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Monday, September 29, 2014

HerLouisville: Guide to Looking & Feeling Great and Enjoying Autumn

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Autumn is an incredible season here in Louisville. The city is full of fall festivals, football games, and the vibrant foliage of fall. Any given weekend may bring a neighborhood or cultural festival , a trip to Huber’s, and a high school football game or two. It’s a busy season, so we’ve put together the HerLouisville Guide to Feeling Great and Enjoying Fall to help you stay as pretty as the season around you.

Whether you’re tailgating, picking pumpkins, or just celebrating the season, here are some tried and true ways to look great while enjoying your autumn:

Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten sunburned on a beautiful fall day at Churchill Downs or Cardinal Stadium. Yeah, me too. Even in cooler temperatures, most of us find ourselves spending a lot of time outside on beautiful autumn days. It’s easy to get sun damage or even a light sunburn on sunny fall days. Remember to re-apply sunscreen frequently to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.

Remember to hydrate!
The intense temperature changes of Kentucky autumns bring dramatic foliage and beautiful flowers. Brisk breezes and temperature changes also make it easy to get dehydrated. Keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times, and don’t forget to moisturize your skin. You’ll look and feel better, and have more energy to enjoy autumn events.

Eat your autumn vegetables!
You’ve probably reminded your kids to finish their veggies at least a half a million times. Be sure to take your own advice and enjoy some of the season’s vitamin-packed harvest. Leafy green vegetables like kale and rainbow chard are full of antioxidants and keep your skin glowing and your body performing at its highest potential. These superfoods are in season now and can be found for a great price at Lucky’s or your local farmers market.

Take some time for yourself!
Autumn brings so many amazing opportunities and obligations that it’s easy to wear yourself out. Don’t try to do it all: packing in too many fun activities leads to an overtaxed family who can’t function at school or work. You need to remember to take some time to relax. Many local yoga studio and massage centers are running great promotions through Groupon and LivingSocial right now. Easy to reach, easy to afford and easy to take care of yourself! And remember that a night in with good friends and a good bottle of wine is sometimes the best autumn activity of all!

 photo PonchoPricklyPear_zpsb563be3a.jpegDon’t forget to layer!
 photo WrapPricklyPear_zpsf9610550.jpegThe old saying goes that if you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, stick around a day and it will change. I find that, during Kentucky autumns, weather changes are more of an hourly thing. Dressing in layers is the only way to stay on the go while trading out pieces that are appropriate for the very moment. Pair neutral leggings or skinny jeans with a long-sleeved t-shirt, and keep a vest, fleece or poncho in the car. You can easily switch between t-shirts that support your kids’ soccer team and a dressier poncho or wrap as you switch between activities. Riding boots or wellies keep you warm and pull the look together.  The pieces shown are available at the Prickly Pear Boutique in Middletown.


Have a gorgeous autumn, y’all!
Heather

Learn about Heather and see a growing compilation of HerLouisville features on our new page dedicated to the topic.  We'll focus on entertaining, style and dining with moms in mind!

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