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8 Raging Rings for Every Personality

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A diagnosis to ring fever should become a fashion goal for this month. Why? A majority of the population seems to avoid accessorizing because of the uncertainty of how to put it all together. Well, in this case, and in any case, rings are the perfect place to start! Not to mention, this is the perfect go-to piece for you naturalists who love the look of simplicity.

Rings a fantastic way to add a bit of zest into your wardrobe without going overboard, and the best part: it is nearly impossible to mess up as there are almost no rules to these accent halos. Anything (in the ring department) goes as long as it’s rocked with confidence. Whether you are a lover of bows or a rustic nature girl, this list will find you well.

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The artist’s ring: Colorful Crag’s Ring.

The best statement ring: Alexis Bittar Woven Gold Half Moon Turquoise Ring.  

The best ring for a dressy event: Alexis Bittar Zanzibar Gold Pave Ring.

The beach girl’s ring: Free People Sea Life Ring.

The traveler’s ring: Erika Renaisi Finger Ring.

The naturalist’s ring: Free People Leaf Band Ring.

The girlie girl’s ring: Kate Spade Large Bow Ring

The everyday pop ring: Kendra Scott Rana Cocktail Ring.

4 Ways to Rock a Leopard Belt

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Leopard is the epitome of versatility. What options occupy this untamed print? Pure sophistication. Classic elegance. Rocker edge. This animal infused pattern can be bent towards all things hippie just as much as it can add the most polished accent to a neutral outfit.

Belts are those accessories that can afford a risk, but there is a fine line between “this works” and “this is a disaster.” Hence the reason why we took something that borders on tricky and combined it with a print that is an everlasting, non-fading, hard-to-mess-up trend. Consult the following snapshots as a guide to using one piece to create a variety of looks that think outside of the basics!

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Where to buy:

Featured belt can be purchased at Cotton Island. Other alternatives: from left to right, Michael Michael Kors Kenton Belt, $39; ASOS Fantasy Leopard Belt, $20.69; W. Kleinberg Reversible Hair Calf Belt at SAKS, $175.

Maxi Skirts: Go Long!

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Boho is hot this summer, but don’t think the trend will be leaving anytime soon. The best part about all of the Boho inspired looks is they will carry over into the fall! So hang on to those maxi skirts you bought for the spring and summer, mix them up with different tops for the next season. Try a fitted tank, off the shoulder top, or even a loose rocker tee! Add some funky accessories (long necklaces, bright earrings or chunky bracelets), and you are ready to go. If you don’t already have one of these skirts, they are essential. Here are some uber-cute maxis to add to your wardrobe.

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Free People Rounded Godet Maxi Skirt
Be bold with some ruffles and a subtle print.

Jack by BB Dakota Kris Striped Maxi Skirt
The striped skirt is fitted, yet flirty.

Club Monoco Joni Long Skirt
You can’t go wrong with black.

Free People Lace Maxi Skirt
Lace can be dressed up or down, keep it playful.

Free People Ruffle Maxi Skirt
Pop some color with your maxi skirt!

Avocado: The Green Fruit that Keeps on Giving

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Avocado is equivalent to a summertime dream. Why? It makes your hair shine, your skin glow, and your body burn fat while simultaneously fighting disease. In first thought, it is often known as the culprit in Mi Cocina’s addicting guacamole or otherwise referred to as the substance that sticks to your thighs. Take note: yes, avocado is high in calories, but when consumed in moderation, it is a powerful fat-burning agent.

Is it just me, or does this fruit have an element of refreshment? Maybe it’s just the lime green color, or the fact that it aids in forming a heightened internal metabolism to keep your body in bikini shape. For all it’s worth (AKA a source of GOOD fat), this superfood deserves some attention. Here are fun new recipes to sneak into your diet that ignite the health benefits of this yummy treat. It’s time to take use of this dynamic source of omega-3. Are you on board?

To jump start the morning:

Avocado Breakfast Pudding (Serves 2)

1 ripe avocado
1/2 c. 1% milk
1 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. slivered almonds
Blend first three ingredients until smooth. Garnish with granola or almonds.

Source & nutritional ingredients: Vital Juice

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For a mid-day meal:

Simple Salad

Here we have (with absolutely no measurements, as usual):

Roasted Brussels Sprout and Avocado Salad
Mixed garden greens
Red onion
Avocado
Roasted brussels sprouts: cut in half. toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. roast until toasty brown.

For extra pizzaz and protein, throw in an egg fried in a bit of olive oil.

Honey mustard dressing:

One part white wine vinegar to two parts olive oil
A dollop of dijon mustard
A large drizzle of honey
Salt and pepper

Add dressing ingredients to a small jar and give it a good shake.  Toss with salad and enjoy!

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For dinner-time:

Try this dip with grilled skewers. Choose your favorite meat and veggies!

Avocado Cilantro Dip (Makes about 1 cup of dip)

1/2 cup thick greek yogurt
Juice from 1 lemon
1 avocado (average Haas size is good – about 6-8 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed
1 tablespoon capers
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of garlic salt
Pinch of smoked paprika
Optional: If you love garlic you can add a clove, extra cilantro leaves

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To top off the day with a sweet treat:

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 ripe avocados
½ cup of unsweeted cocoa powder
½ cup maple syrup or agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Cut open 2 large avocados and spoon them out into a bowl. Beat well until the avocado is a creamy mouse-like consistency. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat until all ingredients are mixed evenly. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve later.

Refreshing Ritas

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Who doesn’t love a margarita in the summer? Being a Texan, “Tex-Mex” is one of my favorite food genres meaning that margaritas are one of my top treats! Sitting on a patio having this drink with friends becomes a hobby when the weather is nice out. Not to mention, they can be so refreshing in these high temperatures. Margaritas are ideal when throwing a fiesta and the perfect “just because” delight. Has your craving started yet? Are you already planning your next rita outing? Well, I have some good news. You can make the delicious drinks at home with this wonderful recipe for margaritas on the rocks!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup silver tequila
1/4 cup sweetened lime juice
1/4 cup triple sec
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda or to taste (I prefer using Sprite Zero)

Ice cubes
Salt for rimming the glass

Directions:

Rim two margarita glasses with salt and add ice. In a shaker, add ice, tequila, sweetened lime juice, triple sec and soda (lemon-lime). Shake vigorously (holding top of shaker on tightly) . Pour into glasses and serve this delicious summer drink! Perfect for any party!

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 317
Total Fat: 0.1g
Cholesterol: 0mg

50% Off Discount Code to JewelMint: An Exclusive (Kate Bosworth) Jewelry Club

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