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Friends and Family Fall Sale at Assured Allure!

Our Friends and Family Fall Sale is going on until midnight, Monday, October 10th.  20% off your entire order, which means everything is on sale!  Even items already marked down!  Here are just a few great pieces you can get:

jenna-cuff-braceletThis is our Jenna Cuff in Wine, which will be a very popular color this fall season again.  Perfect, because I love this color and think this is such a pretty bracelet.  At 20% off you can get our Jenna Cuff Bracelet for only $12.00.

 

 

 

 

cluster-bead-necklaceOur Cluster Bead Necklace is an elegantly effective amount of bling when needed.  It seems like a simple beaded necklace, but brings enough sparkle to make you want to wear it all the time.  This will be your new go to necklace when you’re running out the door to meet your friends in the evening.  With an additional 20% off, you can get this gorgeous necklace for only $12.00.

 

 

cosette-necklace-copyFor making the perfect work statement our Cosette Necklace wins that race hands down!  It simply looks stunning with a beautiful suit or a tee shirt and jeans.  I simply love the versatility of this necklace, not too much, not too little…just right!  With our sale you can get this lovely piece for just under $25.00.

 

 

 

thelma-earringsAnd with a touch of druzy, our Thelma Earrings are the perfect running around earring for a busy woman on the go.  Pick these up, on sale, for just under $11.00.

 

 

 

 

Be sure and check all our pages for many more great deals at our Friends and Family Fall Sale!

Prince – An inspiration

I read a tweet yesterday that said Prince inspired a generation to be fearless. That is absolutely true.  And that first generation was mine.

I first saw Prince in Purple Rain and then later at a concert and both blew me away. You almost didn’t know what to think, at first. How did this short man, in heels, makeup, and the coolest clothes I’d ever seen, simply look into the camera and make you want him. That’s what I saw anyway, and then when the music played, you knew this was something special.  Someone special.   A once in a lifetime special.

I also read someone say that they had never felt such loss for someone they didn’t know and I can agree with this too. I guess there are so many of us who related to this quiet, shy man, who spoke through his instruments and said so much in the music he made and performances he gave.

I find myself so sad that the dream I had years ago of maybe one day meeting him will now have to stay a dream. He seemed like the kind of person you’d want to know. Not a self-absorbed person who had let fame change him, but someone you could just hang out with and jam. And watching the reaction from people who did know him makes me realize that I was right.

All I can say is what amazing courage it took to do all that he did, but I heard someone say he was laser focused, had a tireless work ethic, and knew what he wanted when he started out.  And look at what that accomplished. He earned several Grammy’s, an Oscar, and incredible fame so early in his career. And being the true musician that he was, you can tell accolades were not what he needed. He needed to create like we need air to breath. It seems that’s what kept the light inside him so bright.

I think people whose light shine as brightly as Prince’s, don’t seem to stay with us.  And, sadly, yesterday this proved true.

So thank you Prince for inspiring me as a young girl, for inspiring me again as an adult and for always playing in the background during every special event in my life. Until I make it to that concert in heaven…XOXOXO

Patti

Online Fashion Consignment – Clothes for cash!

Remember the days of the garage sale?  Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like you see garage sales like you used to. When I was young, it seemed someone in the neighborhood was having one every weekend. And my mother dragged me to every one of those! Which means that I have an aversion to them, although I do think they are very good way to re-purpose household items that would otherwise get thrown away. Now, there’s a better and more convenient way.

If you’ve collected an overabundance of nice clothes, purses, and shoes, there are some great online fashion consignment sites you might want to check out. Going this route will not only help you clean out your closet but you can also earn some money too!  Here are some of the sites that you might like.

ThredUp – They send you a bag, for free, you fill it up, send it back and ThredUp sells the items and takes a commission. Super convenient. They are looking for items that are like new or without a lot of wear and tear, or may even still have tags. You can leave your earnings with them and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal.  Every year ThredUp donates 10% of their Clean Out proceeds to Teach for America and you can also donate your earnings to their non-profit partners if you like.  And they also accept children’s clothes.

Poshmark – You take a picture of what you want to sell with your phone and post it using their free app.  And then hope it sells!  Poshmark promotes a community of buying and selling with other Poshmark “closets” and you actually follow other peoples postings based on your likes.  So you are selling to your contemporaries. This service is more of an eBay process approach, which means you do more of the work to sell the product, and they tend to focus on name-label products, such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Michael Kors.

Tradesy – You sell anything in your closet that’s in great condition. Again, you take the picture of the item, but they will help with enhancement of that image. If you aren’t sure of a price, they will suggest a price. And if an item sells, Tradesy sends you a free pre-addressed box, a prepaid shipping label, packing material, and you ship your product out. They earn a commission on your sale price and if a customer wants to return the product they will process the return for you. This is more of a hybrid of the first two online services listed here.

Threadflip – They either send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid shipping label at home to send your products to them.   Your products are then inspected and if they don’t make the cut are either returned to you or donated to Goodwill.   For items they accept to sell, they will photograph, price, sell and ship. You can leave your earnings with Threadflip and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. This and ThredUp are very similar models.

I’ve given you tidbits on sites that you can buy and sell primarily clothing and purses, but there are sites that you can use to sell other products too, such as swap.com or eBay Valet.

While most of us know about eBay, eBay Valet lets you simply package up an item you want to sell, ship it to eBay using a free prepaid label and then eBay Valet will handle the rest. They will photograph your item, create a professional looking post and deal with customer inquiries. Once your item sells, they’ll ship the product to the buyer and send you up to 80 percent of the sale price via PayPal. There are some limitations on what you can and can’t sell.   This is a site you cannot use to sell clothing or anything worth less than $40, but if you have electronics, sporting goods, or instruments, then this is the site for you.

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I love the fact that the online world has given us these alternatives. No more garage sales! Not to offend the garage sale lovers out there. After all, my mom still loves them. And, yes, sometimes I still go with her.  But if I do go, I’m wearing our Crystal Tube Bracelet.  A piece that can be worn anywhere!

Happy Selling!

Patti

Dry Shampoo – Some helpful hints

Up until about a year ago I was a “wash-my-hair-everyday” kind of girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of not washing my hair, even if that meant blow-drying long hair, in the middle of summer, in a southern state. We’re talking 100 degree, 100% humidity averages, where you instantly start sweating the minute you get out of the shower. No matter what the thermostat is set on. Well, needless to say, I finally got tired of that. So instead of packing up and moving somewhere cooler, I figured out that dry shampoo could actually take on the task of cleaning and refreshing hair. But even now I only go a day between washing, or in other words, I traditionally wash my hair every other day.

One thing I have learned after going through a maze of what dry hair shampoo to use or not is that what you use really depends on your type of hair. One of my sisters has fairly thin hair and stopped washing her hair everyday years ago. But what she uses may not necessarily work for me, since I have thick hair. And my hairdresser claims she only washes her hair once a week! Sorry, but I can’t imagine that. I guess I should fess up to the fact that I have oily skin and hair, so after a week that would get scary. I know the oil secretion would adjust over time, but sorry, I just can’t go a week.

Another determinant of which dry shampoo you like will be the scent that comes with it. Some are strong, some not so strong, but almost all of them do have a scent. So if you are scent sensitive, you will probably have to try a few before you find one that is right for you.

And keep in mind some dry shampoo’s are better than others for color treated hair. This was big for me as I am now on the “trying different colors and highlights” bandwagon.

I have discovered that the key to a dry shampoo working well is to spray or apply accordingly and then leave it for two minutes before you brush or style your hair. This will give the product enough time to absorb any excess oil or odor.

I put together a condensed list of what made several “best and worse” dry shampoo lists floating around the web. And I include comments from what I’ve tried and haven’t tried.

Best Dry Shampoo’s

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Not only have I seen this on almost every best list for dry shampoo’s (totalbeauty.com, thefashionspot.com, allure.com), it really does not leave the dreaded white residue and smells great. It is a bit on the pricey side at $20, but worth it to me and most reviewers.  Or you can try the travel size for pricing as low as $9. I typically try new products this way, so if you want to try, purchasing the travel size may be the way to go.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original – Like the above, this is on most best’s lists and the scent is good. It sprays on white, so you will just need to brush through after letting set a bit. Batiste also makes several other versions of a dry shampoo, but the “original” version is what makes it on all the best lists consistently.  You can find the “original” version at most drug stores.

Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer –  This is another great dry shampoo with a subtle scent. According to TheFrisky.com it adds volume and shine. You can buy at Drugstore.com  It comes in full and travel size, so choose carefully since this is a bit pricey.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is not technically a dry shampoo, but has been used as one and praised consistently. The only issue here is the price….$42 a bottle on Amazon. But they do have a smaller travel size that sells for much less.  And this was on The Fashion Spots best list for dark hair.

Worst Dry Shampoo’s

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo – On several worst lists and for good reason. It is tough to spray on and not overspray. It does not blend well into the scalp, or rather it still shows after extensive brushing in darker colored hair. I have used this and, personally, do not like or recommend.

The following were on both the best and worse list of several reviewers’ depending on the reviewer.

Psssssssst – According to Elle.com this dry shampoo can keep your hair refreshed for days.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – This was one of the first ones I tried and I loved the scent. And it works well on most hair color’s.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Again, some loved and some did not love….but you have to love the price. At only $4, it may be worth a try.

According to The Fashion Spot there’s a way to make a do-it-yourself dry shampoo that will make it easier on the budget and the environment.

But I have to say, according to some older and wiser ladies who did not have dry shampoo until a few years ago….plain baby powder does the trick and does it well.

And what do I put on after I have gorgeous tresses? I absolutely love our new Regis Necklace!

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It’s a trendy, yet subtle way to add some style if you are not a huge statement maker. And it comes with matching earrings! No looking for a pair to match up with it.  And remember we have free shipping until after the holidays!

Happy Shampooing!

Tour Bus Travel with Style in Scotland!

I recently took a trip to Scotland for two weeks and it was fabulous! Part of what made it so great, aside from the fact that this was the first time I was able to be away from work that long, was I went on the trip using a tour bus company. I have never considered doing this previously, but one of the people in our group suggested a particular tour company and simply raved about how good they are. Another person in our party has MS (Multiple Sclerosis) so my family thought doing a tour would make the walking or physical exertion of traveling easier. So off we all went.

But first, let me advise that you should schedule plenty of time in between connecting flights on your way to Europe. It’s no fun running from one end of an airport terminal to the other, and barely making the flight. Or not making it at all. Just give yourself plenty of time and consider visiting one of those airport spa’s, if you have the time. Sage advice, as I’ve learned the hard way…more than once.

Usually there’s limited time and you want to see as much as possible while on vacation, right? Tour bus travel will definitely get you to many places each and every day. As an overview, we started in Edinburgh, went north up the east coast all the way to the Orkney Isles, then across to the west side to the Isle of Skye, and ended the tour in Glasgow.  Regardless of how large a geographic area you are trying to cover, the bus stops every hour and a half, if for anything, bathroom breaks.  So sometimes this meant road stops with a café and tourist shops, but most of the time this was a chance to visit some incredible castle or take a scenic photo. Examples of quick stops were St. Andrews, Glames Castle, Melrose Abbey, a ride on the “Hogwarts Express”, and so much more.

And just think, you don’t have to worry about driving in a foreign country yourself, figuring out that country’s train system, or paying a lot of money for taxis. You are chauffeured around in the comfort of a large and, typically, luxurious bus, with comfy seats and a toilet on board. While I’ve always enjoyed using mass transportation in other country’s, the “when in Rome” attitude, I have to say, I didn’t waste any of that “which rail line do we take” map reading time while on a tour bus. You simply jump on and away you go. No dilly-dallying. The only thing you figure out is where your assigned seat is on the bus each day. And according to others on the tour who were more seasoned than I, the times we left each morning were good (in other words, not real early). We typically had a hotel buffet breakfast each morning (included in the tour price) at 7:00 or 7:30 am and left the hotel by 8:00 or 8:30 am.

Some additional perks of using a tour were, since I was traveling in a party of five, they always made sure to sit my group together on the bus, or at functions we went to. In addition, the main tour guide was very knowledgeable about the country, each place we visited, and handled any special requests, such as arranging ahead of time for dietary restrictions. Also, some city’s we visited they brought in a tour specialist to give us even more detailed information about where we were visiting. And lastly, the tour I used, Trafalgar, delivered and picked up one piece of luggage for each person from our room. We changed hotels at least five times, so you don’t realize how helpful this is until you see how small and slow European elevators are.

I have to mention a few miss-steps too, right? One was we went at peak season, on probably the two busiest tourist weeks of the year in Scotland. This meant the group was VERY large (52 people). And that meant it took a while to do anything. A bit of herding cats for our tour guide. On the flip side though, we met a lot of wonderful people from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But, overall, I highly advise you NOT to go during peak season; May and September are usually good times for most European trips.

I found a great article on comparing bus tours on Rick Steves’ Europe site. Check it out if you want a great trip. While Trafalgar was listed as low-end cheap, it was great, well organized, and we saw more sites than we would have seen if we had done this trip on our own.

Click on the hyperlink for a few more good tips from Rick Steves’ Europe site.

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As for what jewelry did I take? I typically like to take basic pieces such as the Tubular Pendant Necklace or the Chandler Necklace. They go with just about anything. I also took the Trim and Proper Bangle, one of my favorite pieces, our new Medora Spiral Ring and the Henley Cuff Ring.

Oh, and as for the physical exertion concern, our family member with MS enjoyed the trip tremendously.  The tour company is always amenable to anyone who does not want to get off the bus or see a specific site.  In other words, you still do a bit of walking.  And while tired at the end of the day, we were still able to make it to the hotel bar for a libation, including some great scotch.  🙂

Cheers!

Fabulous Fall Bags & Matching Fashion Jewelry

If the finer things in life like super expense bags such as Chanel’s new mosaic bag that costs a whopping $9,000 or Fendi’s Peekaboo mini clutch, priced at $4,150 are way out of reach there are some amazing alternatives you need to know about. We’ve done some digging and come up with some gorgeous trendy fall bags and matching fashion jewelry accessories from our online store to help you pay the bills and look chic doing it!  If you’re looking for a stylish fall bag that looks far more expensive than it is, consider your shopping done. Here are some gorgeous fall handbags and perfectly matched fashion jewelry accessories that fit the bill.

mango-bucket-bagMango

Since Mansur Gavriel launched in 2013, the bucket bag has been back in the spotlight. But there’s no need to cash in your savings. Ya know?

Pair this sophisticated bag with our super popular Alexa Collar for the whole look. Priced at just $36 it’s a winning combination. alexa collar

 

 

 

marie-turnor-lunch-clutchCroc-Effect Bucket Bag, $79.99 at Mango

Rebecca Minkoff

Fringed handbags made a name for themselves this fall on the runways of Altuzarra, Burberry Prorsum and more. When you’re looking for affordable options, try a rich autumnal shade. Neutrals and bright colors can look a little cheap in this price range.

halle watchPair this fun look with our Halle Silicone Watch for the full-effect.

 

 

 

 

J.Crew

jcrew-blue-clutchJ.Crew’s tassel clutch is perfect when you want a clutch that works for day and night. Plus, it comes in lemon as well as indigo (shown here).

 

Suede and Leather Tassel Clutch, $128 at J.Crew

Pair this look with something sparkly… like our Mia Drop Earrings for a fun look you’ll feel fancy about! E27521-2T

Smart Idea- A Healthy Happy Hour

200278039-001If you’ve fallen into the bad habit of planning your weeknights around which happy hour event you should attend then we are here to help with a healthy happy hour! While the appealing post-work happy hour Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday or Wine Wednesday is great once in a while – it’ll leave you feeling lackluster once you realize your fitness and diet goals are severely slacking among all those empty calories and tasty fried bites. But there is a great way to use those after-work hours for something good and studies show that the hours of 4-6pm are actually best for peak athletic performance so instead of pouring another cocktail dig into an adrenaline kick instead at the gym!

Part of the appeal of going to happy hour is that you get to chat with friends! Well after a great workout you can stop by to grab a smoothie or healthy fresh green juice. That way you have the social experience as well as the treat to look forward to. Working out in a small group is more fun and helps you actually work harder than you would on your own so join a class or small group training session to get the most benefit. Fit friends are fun friends so grab a buddy and get moving!

Reframe how you ‘celebrate’ things. If you usually celebrate with cocktails and a slice of cake try celebrating with a great, blood pumping workout and a healthful fresh pressed juice after! You will have the better end of the deal every time because unlike that cake that will slow you down, that workout will fire you up and give you long-lasting energy and a sense of euphoria like nothing else can.

Banish a blue mood simply by moving your body. If you sit down and start eating it may feel good for a little while but the longer lasting effect is self-loathing and a bigger number on the scale. Both of which you will not feel good about so bust the blues by heading to the gym, taking a powerwalk at your lunch break or doing a few squats and lunges around the office. You don’t need fancy fitness equipment to get the benefit of moving your body – you just have to get up!

And remember, MODERATION is the key to everything in life. A little of something you enjoy paired with an overall healthy lifestyle is the best way to tackle your fitness goals. You can never stick to the ‘no ____ ever again’ rule because forever is a super long time and we’re human – we love treats! So reward yourself every now and then but stay focused the other 80% of the time and you’ll be just fine.

Reward yourself right now with a wallet-friendly accessory that will last longer than any cocktail and will always look good on a healthy body! Here are our favorites of the week:

unique necklace Neva Necklace – Elegant sophistication for every outfit! 

 

 

 

 

 

long tassel necklaceChic long tassel necklace comes in burnished silver- great for day or night. 

 

 

 

 

unique drop earringsThese super cute drop earrings feature filigree metal for a fun look.

 

 

 

pearl spiral ring Glam-up your finger with this fun pearl spiral ring! 

 

Wear This, Not That- The Funniest Fashion Faux Pas

We all have our cringe-worthy fashion moments, especially looking back to our youth where we have to ask ourselves, “What were we thinking?!” And celebrities are the same! We did a little digging and found some truly awesome and memorable fashion faux pas to share. So sit back, get ready to laugh and enjoy! You’re going to want to share these with friends and let us know your favorite laugh-out-loud outfit on Twitter @AssuredAllure with hashtag #fauxpas.

stripedjumpsuitThis one-legged and one-shoulder striped body suit. This faux as requires nothing further!

 

 

 

 

whoopie-greenoutfitWe all love Whoopie Goldberg but this shiny purple and green ensemble has so much wrong with it we don’t even know where to start! #toofunny

 

 

 

 

 

 

buttcrackLeggings as pants + the wrong underwear = BIG FASHION MISTAKE anytime!

 

 

 

 

carriepinkCarrie Bradshaw ‘Sex and the City’ – not one of her finest moments on the show. She’s like a pink wonderwoman pirate in this outfit. #majorfauxpas

 

 

 

 

 

carrie2Belting your waste line without clothing covering it – nope bad idea anytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have some favorite fashion faux pas you just have to share? GREAT! Send them to us via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll post them for a good laugh.

The Top 10 Diets the Experts Recommend in 2015

ss_pr_120104bestdiets_overallThe diet debacle has been raging in this country since the dawn of what we lovingly call ‘high fashion’ today. Meaning as sizes started trending smaller and our waste lines needed to match a whole new wave of experts have popped us to show us the light to eating healthy and getting fit. Well in 2015 there is some new and old advice trending we thought you’d want to know about. Pick and choose what works for you and always remember – moderation in anything is the key to long term success. After all, any diet that commands “NO ____” is bound to fail because who can really live without an old favorite food forever?? Share which of these diets you’ve tried and whether it worked for you with us on Twitter @assuredallure.

Thanks to Stylecaster.com for this great list:

  1. DASH Diet

The DASH in DASH Diet is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension–yep, this was a diet originally designed to fight sky-rocketing blood pressure, but the expert panel gave the diet an A+ for also being easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and great for weight loss.

  1. TLC Diet

While some commercial diets do all the hard work for you (ahem Weight Watchers), the TLC Diet is very much a DIY type of plan. It’s a low-fat way of eating that involves munching on fruit, veggies, whole grains, fish, and skin-free poultry.

  1. Mayo Clinic Diet

Makers of the Mayo Clinic Diet claim you’ll drop six to 10 pounds in two weeks, and continue losing a further one or two pounds each week until you make it to your goal weight.

This one focuses on breaking your bad food habits and replacing them with good ones. So, no more scoffing dinner in front of the TV, we assume.

  1. Mediterranean Diet

Although the jury’s out on whether the Mediterranean Diet is the best for weight loss, it is great for heart health.

Actually, there’s been a big of buzz about this one lately, and with good reason. It’s asks you to chow down vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruit, nuts, olive oil, and tasty herbs and spices. They even recommend you top if off with a splash of red wine. Where do we sign up?

  1. Weight Watchers

You’ve seen the ads everywhere for years, and Weight Watchers clearly has the facts to back up their healthy weight loss claims.

The report experts found this diet way outweighed most other commercial eating plans in heaps of areas, including long and short term weight loss, and safety.

The points-based program also earned extra credit for being particularly easy to follow.

  1. Flexitarian Diet

The Flexitarian diet, which emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains and plant-based protein, is a smart and healthy choice. Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: Flexible and vegetarian, which basically means followers can be vegetarian most of the time, but still occasionally sneak a steak when the craving strikes.

  1. Volumetrics

Apparently slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss–Volumetrics was a hit with panelists for being safe, claiming that followers will drop a healthy pound or two each week.

The diet is more like an eating guideline than a structured diet, and followers eat according to a specific set of rules unique to Volumetrics.

Food is divided into four categories: Category one (very low-density) includes non-starchy fruits and veg, nonfat milk, and broth-based soup. Category two (low-density) includes starchy fruits and veggies, grains, breakfast cereal, low-fat meat, legumes, and low-fat dishes. Category three (medium-density) includes meat, cheese, pizza, fries, salad dressing, bread, pretzels, ice cream, and cake. And Category four (high-density) includes all of our favorites: Crackers, chips, chocolate candies, cookies, nuts, butter, and oil.

All the rules are outlined in a book called The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet, but ultimately you’ll go heavy on the first two categories, lighter on the third, and lighter still on the fourth, which kind of seems like a pretty obvious eating plan to us.

  1. Jenny Craig

Experts gave the commercial Jenny Craig eating plan a big tick of approval for being great nutritionally and super safe to follow. They did point out that Jenny’s fees might be enough to turn most would-be dieters in the other direction (towards the cheaper Volumetrics Diet, perhaps?).

  1. Ornish Diet

The Ornish Diet has some fans, and it has some critics–particularly on the expert panel.

On one hand, it’s definitely nutritious and safe, but it involves pretty severe fat restrictions and would be tough for many people (us included) to stick with. Also, you might not lose weight, but you’ll improve your general health.

  1. Biggest Loser Diet

After six weeks of regular exercise and following this diet you’ll be dropping kilos and on your way to preventing some scary illnesses, like dementia, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

The plan’s a bit pricey and you’ll have to read one of the books to get on board, but the crux of the Biggest Loser Diet is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, keep a food journal, and go easy on the red meat intake.

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/want-to-lose-weight-experts-recommend-these-10-diets/#ixzz3PNbGrBRW

And remember, you can always be in style if you’re healthy inside and out – no matter what size you’re hitting on the scale. Perk up any look with fashion forward high-end costume jewelry today at super affordable prices right here at www.assuredallure.com. And check back every week for a new hot fashion, jewelry or lifestyle blog. We’re always digging up the goods on ways to make women look and feel their best. Share your diet secrets with us by posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages and sharing ideas you love with us on Pinterest.

Get Mean and GREEN in 2015 | Easy Green Juice Recipes to Try

greenjuiceIf being healthier is on your agenda in 2015 then incorporating some new beverages, like green smoothies and juices into your diet, should be top of your list. If you’re not great at preparing a lot of whole fruits and vegetables, particularly super foods like kale and spinach, there are easier and tastier ways to get them into your diet with less fuss than you might think.

And you don’t need a lot of fancy special equipment either. Some of these juice blends can be purchased already made from your local grocer or Whole Foods Market for around $2-$4 each from brands like Suja and Evolution Fresh. The latest and greatest is organic cold-pressed juices that lock in the key nutrients that will build your immune system and keep your metabolism revved up and happy.

The old days of ‘fruit’ juices that were really just a combination of concentrates and sugar are over! Today, ‘juicing’ means a combination of fresh veggies and fruits (sometimes odd colors like green, orange, reddish or brown) but that taste great and are packed with everything your body has been craving.

Give these easy fruit and veggie juice blends a try at home with your basic juicer or blender and see how great you feel! Thanks to Stylecaster.com for these tasty, healthy green juice recipes!

Mean Green Juice
1 cucumber
4 celery stalks
2 apples
6-8 leaves kale
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp ginger

Bright-Eyed Green Juice
5 small carrots
1 large cucumber
3 handfuls of cilantro
2 handfuls of kale
1 small lime

Green Lemonade
1 green apple
5 large celery stalks
1 cucumber
5 kale stalks
Handful of parsley
lemon juice to taste

Iron and Vitamin C Boosting Green Juice
1/2 field cucumber
1 cup green grapes
1/2 cup spinach
2 small kiwis
1 to 2 cups of water

Fat Flush Green Juice

1 pink grapefruit, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
1 bunch mint
1 head romaine lettuce

Skin Rejuvenating Green Juice
1 cup blackberries
4 sprigs mint
½ fennel bulb with greens
2 stalks kale
2 small green apples
1 cup broccoli
1 handful watercress
1 small cucumber
1 lemon, peeled

Lean Green Power Juice
1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
juice from 1 lime
1 cup baby spinach leaves
10 mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp agave nectar
crushed ice

Healthy Colada Green Juice Recipe
1 cucumber
1 heart of romaine lettuce
3 celery sticks
4 cups ripe pineapple
1-inch piece ginger
1/2 cup coconut water

Think Green Juice
1 celery stick with leaves, chopped
1 green apple, cored and chopped
2 large kale leaves, stems removed
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger, chopped
Handful of spinach leaves
Handful of mint leaves
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons stevia or raw sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt flakes
600 ml cold water1 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)

Avocado Blueberry Detox Smoothie
1 avocado
1 banana
1 cup blueberries
1 cucumber
1 handful spinach
coconut water

Pineapple Green Smoothie 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup frozen banana slices
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey (optional)

Green Goddess Smoothie
1 cup ice water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
3/4 cup fresh spinach
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 green apple, cored, roughly chopped
1/2 green pear, cored, roughly chopped
1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 avocado
8 to 10 ice cubes

Kale, Spinach and Pear Smoothie
1 heaping cup spinach leaves
1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves
1/2 pear
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (or soy milk or orange juice)
1 tablespoon honey

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