The Cutest Sneakers Ever + How to Get Rid of Muscle Tension

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Ok, first things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: a new blog design!!! A few months ago (a few times a couple, but close enough), I “settled” on a design that I just thought was ok, because I liked it better than what I had, but wasn’t super over-the-moon-in-love-with-it. Yesterday I decided it was time and after loads of research on Squarespace templates, I opted for this beauty. Squarespace makes customizing their templates really easy, so it literally was just some time on my end.

Retro Casual Outfits for the Win!

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**These shoes were gifted to me in exchange for a review. Opinions my own.

This is generally the time of year when my outfits start getting a little more casual. The norm for the next few months will be snow and ice-covered sidewalks which make for slick conditions. So, unless I need to be dressed up, you’ll see me regularly in flats or sneakers.

Speaking of sneakers. Are these the CUTEST lil’ kicks you’ve ever seen? From Poppy shoes, they have such a fun retro vibe - they remind me of some of my first cheer shoes way back when. Each of their sneaks have fun crochet embellishments, on this style, it’s on the toe and heel.

I’m wearing the Poppy Nights Made For, complete with Memory Foam for amazing comfort and chic lil’ satin laces. I just love the floral detail as well…sooooo adorable! All Poppy shoes are handmade with vegan faux leather and come in whole sizes. I typically wear a 6.5 and ordered the 7 and they fit perfect! These shoes retail for $114.99 and Poppy also has fun hi-tops, casual flats and chic loafers.

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This perfect for weekends or running errands jeans and running shoes outfit is complete with just a basic white sweatshirt. The sweatshirt is from the Universal Thread line at Target that I picked up last winter. My one little complaint - it doesn’t have the soft fuzzy typical sweatshirt lining. BUT, it was priced right and I had been looking for a plain white sweatshirt for what seemed like 1 million years (exactly 1 million), so I got it anyway. And I’ve worn it about a million times since then, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much:)

The jeans are from Gordman’s - I’ve really had so much luck finding cute jeans there recently. And the prices are always way less than anywhere else, so I highly recommend checking them out next time you’re jean shopping.

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How to Get Rid of a Tension Headache or Tight Shoulder and Neck Muscles

On to the next topic, which is a complete 180 degree turn from style, BUT, since today I’ve had a little muscle tension of my own, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my home remedies with you.

It’s not uncommon for me to get the occasional migraine (due to stress), or tension headache. And weirdly, I’m saying tension headache, but really for me, it’s either a full-blown painful migraine where if I’m awake, I’m puking, OR, unbelievably tight neck and shoulder muscles. I don’t know…maybe I have a headache then too, but I don’t feel it because of the tension elsewhere.

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This kind of tension is the weirdest thing too. I never get these ailments when I’m actually stressed out, but, like clockwork, it’s just about immediately after the stressor is gone. And, usually for me, it’s not even negative stress. The past three or four days, I’ve just had a ton to do and places to be, but all things I looked forward to and enjoyed. But as soon as I slowed down a minute, boom. I have a knot in my shoulder the size of a small country.

Below, I’m sharing everything I do to help get rid of these knots as quickly as possible. A massage of course would be the best thing ever, but I don’t have a masseuse on my staff, so my plan B options are listed instead:)

1) Stretch. OMG, this is my favorite thing to do anyway, but especially when I have neck and shoulder tension. If you don’t know what stretches to do, YouTube has some GREAT ideas!

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2) Get Yoself a Cherry Pit Heating Pad. This is the exact same one I have and I love this little guy - way more than a traditional heating pad. Just throw it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and set it on the tight area. The pits conform better to the body than a heating pad and I can lay on it when I go to bed without worrying about turning it off. There are lots of options for a homemade heating pad out there, including the super popular rice heating pad options.

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3) Caffeine. This is a weird one because caffeine can also cause headaches, but, when I get tension headaches or migraines, I crave it. You can Google it (because the internet is ALWAYS right), but it’s something about the vasoconstrictive properties. With certain types of headaches, blood vessels actually enlarge and caffeine can help them constrict and help to ease the pain a bit.

4) Aleve. It’s my go-to pain reliever and just about the only thing I use to help ease my ailments.

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What are some of things you do help ease muscle tension and headaches? Let me know if I missed anything!

And in case you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s post, also very casual chic, featuring the cutest beanie ever for winter!

Below, I’m showing you all some of cutest vintage-vibed kicks I could find. Also secretly hoping Santa brings me one of each:)

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