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  • Six Steps to Developing a Confident Sense of Style: Acquiring Perfect Pieces

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    Yes, this means shopping!

    Next, you are ready to acquire the items you love that best represent the style you have begun to identify. Most importantly . . . buy only what you love. I recommended not buying anything unless it is the best clothing item you have seen and you cannot imagine living without it. We have all set out to find the perfect outfit to wear that very night to an important event. We search for hours and end up with something that is suitable, but not fantastic. Suitable will not do. Give yourself time to develop this new authentic wardrobe. Buy it only if it is fabulous.

    Just because something isn't trendy doesn't mean it's not cool or fashionable. Buy things you love. Don't be afraid to shop in thrift or vintage stores. Watch the movie Pretty in Pink. -Kris DeForest Continue reading

  • Six Steps to Developing a Unique Sense of Style: Seek Inspiration

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    Thank you for your continued interest. If you are seeing this series for the first time, check out The Introduction, Part 1: Self Evaluation, and Part 2: Take Inventory so that you get the back story.

    This lovely photo is from The Sartorialist archives, specifically here. This blog is my go-to for inspiration on a daily basis. He photographs people all over the world, all ages, races, and sizes. I am ever impressed with the beauty this man finds in our everyday world. Please note when looking through his blog full of inspirational photos of glorious people, the subtle points of style, often simply involve some cool shoes or bright pop of color.

    Step 3: Seek Inspiration

    Now that you have made room for some fresh looks that best represent your true self, it is time to find those great pieces. Continue reading

  • Six Steps to Developing a Confident Sense of Style: Take Inventory

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    Welcome back. If you are seeing this series for the first time, check out The Introduction and Part 1: Self Evaluation so that you get the back story.

    Thank you, Maggie Aldworth, for letting us use this adorable photo of you walking the streets of NYC. Not everyone can sport such a cute pixie cut, but you wear it well!

    Now that you have spent some time thinking about who you are and how you want to present yourself. Let's take inventory of what we already have . . .

    Step 2: Take Inventory

    With a clearer sense of who you are and these five descriptive terms, it is time to assess what you currently own that fits the authentic you. Think about the outfit that makes you feel your best, as identified in the previous step. What about it is so special? How does it make you feel and why? What other garments in your current wardrobe do you love? What do you need to get rid of? What do you need to add to your wardrobe to present your unique style? Continue reading

  • Six Steps to Developing a Unique Sense of Style: Self Evaluation

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    Welcome to Part 1: Self Evaluation.

    Thank you, Tracy Gnojek of Seattle, for letting us use your photo. We ran into Tracy in the Ballard neighborhood, shopping at Couch, and were super impressed with her unique sense of style.

    Let's begin the process of defining our style . . .

    Step 1: Take Stock of Who You Are (A.K.A Self Evaluation)

    First, we need to separate out what is true about ourselves from what we assume people think about us. What makes us unique from those around us? In an effort to identify the true self and self image, ask yourself the following questions, physically writing down the answers in a journal or notebook: Continue reading

  • Six Steps to Developing a Confident Sense of Style: Introduction


     by Becky Prater

    It is not always the pretty girl with the expensive clothes and handbag who people admire and want to be like. Often it is the person who has her own unique sense of style, walking around not noticing whether she fits in or not. She wears what she wants and has that "look" about her that no one else has. Think Zooey Deschanel with her spunky vintage-inspired style or Rhianna wearing sneakers with a dress. To some people, this uniqueness comes naturally, but for others, we have to work a bit harder to discover our true self and thus, unique style. How does a person do that? In this series we will present a six-step process for discovering and developing a unique sense of style. Continue reading

  • What to Wear for Yoga: depending on the type yoga

    banner for special considerations blogWe hope you have found the previous posts about what to wear for yoga helpful. Missed them? Click here: bottoms, tops, accessories, fabrics. Today we are talking about what to wear based on the type of yoga you are doing, specifically Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram and Kundalini Yoga.

    What we wear for yoga depends a bit on what type of yoga we are going to do. While the basic requirements of maximum comfort, complete freedom of movement, not too loose, and wearing layers hold for all types of yoga, a few special considerations need to be taken into account depending on the style of yoga you are practicing.

    Determine the type of yoga you are doing

    Check the schedule to find out what type of yoga class you're attending. While there are many different styles of yoga, we will talk about the most common.

    Hatha Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga: Many beginner-level classes will either be Hatha or Vinyasa. Both are focused on coordinating movement with breath. Vinyasa, the most common type in America, is a little faster-paced and will involve more intense stretching, leg lifting and inversions.

    Iyengar Yoga: focuses on holding poses for longer periods of time giving you a chance to find your balance and appreciate the benefit of the stretch.

    What to wear: In the previous three types of yoga, the level of workout depends on how much effort you put into it. You may or may not sweat a lot. If you do not, then I would recommend wearing natural fibers like cotton or rayon from bamboo. They are supremely soft and enable maximum breathability of the skin. Having a bit of lycra or spandex in the fabric will enable the fabric to retain its shape and increase freedom of movement, while maintaining the unique benefits of the natural fiber.

    Love Yoga CaprisAshtanga or Power Yoga: These classes focus more on power and strength and involve constant movement between poses. Practitioners get a good cardio workout performing these poses.

    Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga class: The rooms are heated to approximately 105 degrees (40.6ºC) in order to induce detoxifying sweating. The heat encourages relaxing of muscles, which leads to deeper stretches.

    What to wear: For these high intensity forms of yoga, look for sweat-wicking fabrics to aid moisture management and keep the body dry. Most athletic clothing these days are made from nylon or polyester that has moisture management functionality. When you purchase these items, check the hangtag for details. With these types of yoga, less is more. Sports bras, crop tops or supportive bikinis along with small shorts are ideal for hot yoga. It is just too hot to wear long pants made of cotton.

    Kundalini yoga is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. It goes beyond the physical performance of poses by emphasizing breathing, meditation, and chanting. The Kundalini sequences can be very physically intense.

    What to wear: Tradition dictates that students practicing Kundalini yoga wear white, like the Wisdom yoga Pants and top to the right, representing light and divine energy. According to Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga, "A teacher wears white cotton clothing while teaching. White clothing makes you as a teacher look divine and represent light. The colour white represents the seven colours. Cotton is the flower of the Earth. It is good for your psyche, for your energy, and for your nervous system. Your way of dressing should be saintly and make you glow with grace."

    In summary, what to wear for yoga depends somewhat on what type of yoga you are doing. At Beckons, we believe it is important to wear organic cotton clothing for yoga because it allows for maximum breathability and comfort. If you are doing hot yoga choose our skimpier pieces. No matter what you wear to hot yoga you are going to remove it immediately and wash it. Remember, organic cotton is good for our planet and our bodies!

  • What to Wear For Yoga: Accessorize Your Outfit

    Beckons Yoga Clothing what to wear for yoga blog accessorizing your outfitWelcome back to our fifth installment of what to wear for yoga. Here are links to the past blog posts in the series: Intro, fabric, tops, bottoms. Today we are talking about accessories and all the things you need for yoga besides the cute and functional outfit.

    Accessorize Your Outfit for Yoga

    Typical accessories such as jewelry and scarves are not appropriate in the yoga studio and can get in the way of movement and inhibit your practice. Certain extras such as hair ties, YogaToes socks, and of course, your mat, will come in handy. Here is a list of key items to bring to yoga class. Continue reading

  • What to Wear for Yoga: Picking the Perfect Pant

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Picking the Perfect Yoga PantsToday we are talking about picking the perfect yoga pant. This is the fourth blog in a series of what to wear for yoga. For the previous three blogs in the series click here: intro, fabric, tops.

    People often hesitate taking that first yoga class because they do not know what to wear. Most importantly, yoga clothing must provide full freedom of motion and make you feel good about yourself while you are doing yoga. Here are some key things to consider when picking the perfect yoga pant. Continue reading

  • Creating An Intention Tree

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Intention Tree BlogHere is what you will need:

    1. A tree jewelry stand. I got mine from Urban Outfitters
    2. Sculpey Clay, which you can find at any hobby or art store, or by clicking here
    3. Simple wire to create the hangers
    4. Letter stamps and permanent ink from a craft or stamp supply store
    5. Oven for baking the clay

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  • I am Worthy of Love

    Beckons Yoga Clothing heart shoe stringsSay out loud, "I am worthy of love." Was that uncomfortable for you? Do you feel it is true? Does it feel forced? Did your internal tape recording kick in saying, "If I was thinner, smarter, wealthier, better looking, I would be worthy." Whether you ARE worthy or not doesn't matter. What matters is .  .  . that you BELIEVE you are worthy.

    I just listened to a TED talk by Brene Brown called The Power of Vulnerability. You can watch this inspirational video here:


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