4 Things Your Girl Squad Knows That Your Significant Other Doesn’t

…Because friendship is thicker than water

Ah, you’re in love. You want to tell your partner everything, except you don’t. Why? This is probably because some secrets are better kept between you and your squad. Like what, you wonder? That depends on your history, but no matter what scandalous details your past does or doesn’t contain, here are our top four things your squad knows about you that your significant other doesn’t.   
 

Your Heartbreak Stories
Remember that time you spent months – years, maybe – mourning the one that got away? Spending your nights cyber stalking them on social media and crying into your cosmopolitan? Your friends sure do, and while it’s probably not advisable to get into too much detail with your current love about a past devastation (at least not early on), your friends remember what you went through. They can help you see how much you’ve grown since.


Your Embarrassing Tales
Although your significant other may believe otherwise, odds are good you haven’t always been perfectly composed and lady like. Witness that time you drank way too much in Cabo, or were so angry at your ex that you threw a glass across the room. Whatever blackmail-worthy things you’ve done (or have had done to you) are under lock and key with your inner circle. Hopefully you can all laugh about them now, because the past is history.


Your Love List
Let’s face it, you’re not in your first romantic relationship. There have been others and your squad knows the scoop from lurid details, to close calls, to secret longings. They’ve been with you through wild times and dry spells. They can remind you who is and isn’t good for you and what you took from every pairing. They can also see patterns and offer an ear when you need it with a special understanding of how you operate in love.


Your Relationship Fears
Even the happiest couples have complaints about their relationships. There are always things we’d like to change or difficulties we work with. When these arise, who do we go to as a sounding board? Our friends of course! We share the red flags from the get go, so they can keep track of our progress and remind us what we saw coming should things go wrong down the road. Ideally they won’t, but the one upside should your romance go awry, is that your squad will be there to help you pick up the pieces.

3 Morning Rituals for Alpha Women

Start your day off like the woman you were born to be

Being an alpha woman -- the boss lady, if you will -- requires a lifestyle that supports full-throttle engagement with your work and world. Guess what? It starts from the moment you open your eyes. Are you a, “I’m not a morning person” person? Try our three AM rituals and we guarantee you’ll get there.
 
1. Get Out of Bed!
The National Sleep Foundation says we need 7 to9 hours of shut eye each night to be as healthy and productive as possible, so get to bed! But once you’re there and you’re done, c’mon… get up. Get up early, in fact. We recommend at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. That means no more snooze button. Getting up early is essential to all of the other steps that follow. It also sets the tone for your life. You’re not a hapless victim of circumstances, no ma’am; you’re in charge and ahead of the game from the very start. See how relaxing and boss-like that feels?
 
2. Feed Your Brain
Nope, not by reading social media posts or the news, though those aren’t bad ideas for later. First, fortify your mind and soul by meditating. It’s the secret super power of boss ladies such as Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry. Just take 10 minutes, sit quietly, close your eyes and focus on your breath. That’s meditation. If you want to get fancier, try an app like Simply Being or Headspace. You’ll feel more focused and in control for the entire day. For extra power, take five additional minutes to journal. Either write down your goals for the day (make them realistic and achievable), or do a “Best Possible Self” exercise. Imagine if you were living the absolute ideal life right now. What would that look like? Take a couple of minutes to describe it in detail. This will give you a mood boost and focus your mind on your loftiest ambitions. 
 
3. Feed Your Body
Most Americans get a paltry one serving of vegetables and fruit a day, says Seattle-based nutritionist Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For optimum mental and physical performance, you should get five. In the AM, too many women rush out the door without eating anything. So, what’s our solution? Drink something and make it plant intensive (a win-win). One of Oprah’s favorite life coaches Martha Beck recommends this vegetable-heavy smoothie in her book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.
 
Gorilla Smoothie
  • 2 cups fruit juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • handful of raw baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tangerine
  • handful of mixed field greens
  • 4 strawberries
  • handful of lettuce
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • handful of wheat grass
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 3 baby carrots
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink up!
            

Make Mother’s Day Magic

3 gifts you can’t go wrong with for mom

Even if you’re not a mom yet, you have one, and every year the question arises – how to properly celebrate her on Mother’s Day? Yes, flowers are lovely and so is brunch, but what can you do to make her feel special in a more lasting way? That depends on the mom in question and what her likes are, of course. However, whatever your mom is into, here are some great gifts that stick around longer than the holiday, making mom feel special for the long haul.

Make a Music Playlist
Music has the power to transport us. Not only can certain songs remind us of times gone by, special moments and those we love; they make us feel. So, whether she likes classical, country, pop, indie rock or anything in between, a well curated playlist is something mom can turn to time and time again to feel the love. Include childhood favorites – hers and yours – and even the right, cheesy ballad (The Wind Beneath My Wings, anyone?) and you’re sure to have mom tearing up… with happiness.

Make a Pamper Package
Everyone knows a little self-care goes a long way, especially for a busy mom, so put together a little kit of beauty products you know mom will love. A skin softening bath bomb, a good exfoliator and the right moisturizer (JAFRA’s own Royal Jelly Ritual comes to mind) and every time mom takes time out to indulge herself, she’ll feel the love.

Make a Memory
What is something your mom has always wanted to do? Whether it’s a trip to a resort in Sedona (if you can swing it), a night out at the opera, a cooking class or a Tough Mudder, do it with her! Feeling extra schmaltzy? Pick something she used to do with you that has long since gone out the window and relive it as adults; garden together, or get your nails done. As long as it was a special ritual when you were a kid, it will hit the right note now and mom won’t forget it!

Mom Knows Best

Beauty tips from everyone’s #1 lady

Mother’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to honor the best women in our lives! Not only do moms love, care and support us, they also have great advice; especially in the beauty area (whether we listen to them or not!). For example, my East Indian mom taught me to use lemon juice on my face (fresh squeezed, applied and rinsed off after a minute or so) to smooth my skin and give it a “glow”. Of course, lemon juice is a source alpha hydroxy acids, which are found in many products to exfoliate the skin.
To get more advice, I reached out to a group of women to find out the best beauty advice that their moms (and sometimes dads) ever gave them.
 
She forced me to always wear sunscreen in the non-sunscreen 70’s and 80’s. The skin damage I now have is from the years I didn’t listen in my 20’s and tried to tan my lily-white skin. And, Never. Ever. leave the house without lipstick. It wakes up your whole face and makes you look more put together.”
Tara, Corporate Executive
 
“My Greek Grandmother would always say, ‘Look up, not down.’ Another way of saying hold your head up high with dignity and class and you will always be beautiful.”
Dessa,  Mother of 2 and Children’s Music Teacher
 
“My mom always told me to protect my skin from the sun, use facial lotion on my face and not to forget about my neck.”
Melanie, Mother to Twins and Entrepreneur
 
“Here is what my mom always preached – make sure to use a good moisturizer on your face, neck and hands every night.”
Shelby, Mother of 2 and Pharmaceutical Executive
 
 
“My mom would tell me to always wash my face. She always used to take me to get a facial every other week when I was 12 and 13 because I had a few pimples.”
Tracy, Mother of 2 and Entertainment Industry Executive
 
“My mom never gave me any advice on cosmetics, but my father always said that beauty is a discipline. He also said at 20 you have the skin you were born with, at 40 you have the skin you earned, at 60 you have the skin you deserved and at 80 you are still a beautiful lady!”
Paige, Financial Industry Executive
 
My mom told me to always smile! If you smile, you will always be beautiful!”
Julie, Beauty Industry Creative Director
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