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Jewelry and Kids: A Guide To a Healthy Combination

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Whether you wear jewelry only once in awhile or daily, chances are your child will soon be intrigued by the flashy, colorful pieces they see in your jewelry drawer. The decision to let your kids wear jewelry is tricky because you want to keep them safe from harm – and some jewelry can be risky. Here is what you should know before you let your precious babies wear bling.

Daily Wear Can Be Dangerous
Before you purchase an item of jewelry for yourself, chances are you consider your lifestyle. Well, before you put your trinkets on your children you should also think about their lifestyle – and it’s an active one! Children like to run and play, and this can cause the jewelry they wear to get damaged or – even worse – it can cause them to hurt themselves. A long necklace can fly up into their face while they’re running or they could scratch themselves (or another child) with a bracelet.

If it’s a once-in-a-while occasion for your children to wear jewelry, such as if you’re going to a fancy event and your child is accompanying you, then this makes it safer. This is also because they’ll be on their best behavior. Avoid letting them wear jewelry daily, such as if they’re going to the park or with friends. Even small earrings could catch onto something or tear their earlobes, so be careful.

Choose Safer Pieces
Maybe your children are getting older and are interested in owning jewelry of their own. In such cases, make sure that the pieces of jewelry are safe for them. This includes checking that the item of jewelry doesn’t have any sharp points that can cause scratches. If your children are really small, don’t let them wear pieces that are small or could come undone (such as charms on a necklace) as these are choking hazards.

Avoid Allergies
Although you might be keen to give your children costume jewelry so that they don’t damage anything too expensive, bear in mind that there are allergy risks as well as toxic reactions associated with this. Follow these rules:

  • Don’t let your children wear anything with lead as it can have serious health effects, such as increased blood pressure, organ damage and nervous system problems. A study found that inexpensive jewelry is often full of lead, while even jewelry pieces that are labelled as being sterling silver can contain this dangerous metal. The fact that really small children tend to put everything in their mouths makes it even more important to keep them away from jewelry that has toxins in them which accumulate in the body.
  • Avoid items containing cadmium. This is often used as an alternative to lead but it can be just as dangerous. Cadmium is a heavy metal and studies have found that children who have higher levels of it in their bodies have three times greater chance of experiencing learning disabilities. Again, cadmium has been found in inexpensive jewelry.
  • Avoid items made of brass, copper or nickel as these are associated with allergies such as irritation on the skin.
  • Your best bet is to stick to surgical stainless steel, gold or titanium. Avoid silver- or gold- plated jewelry as these could contain other metals underneath them and which could also be bad for sensitive skin. This is also the rule when having your baby’s ears pierced. Bear in mind, however, that infections from infant piercings are common, and can include puffiness, redness, as well as pus, so it’s worth waiting for them to get older.

When kids start asking if they can wear your jewelry, start introducing them to jewelry. Avoid letting really small babies wear jewelry, however, as this can be more hazardous, especially since they’re small and their skin is more sensitive. When children are older, teach them about being careful with their jewelry and be sure you’ve chosen pieces that are safe for them according to the above tips.

Naomi Shaw lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is a free-lance journalist and stay at home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, jewelry, and parenting.

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Member Musing: We Feel What We Wear

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I was at a networking event last week and was asked “What’s your why?” and “Why do you do what you do?” So I am going to give you a great example of my why and why I do exactly what I do.

What I wear impacts how I feel.

It can make or break my day. If I am not feeling that outfit, it simply won’t work. I know that might sound pretty deep, but it’s me being honest. And it’s probably a big part of how I became so savvy at versatility, at tweaking my outfits to make them work.

I don’t think everyone thinks the same way, and that’s ok — this is MY WHY.

A group of researchers from the University of Queensland are currently researching how we use clothes to improve or mask emotion. Lead researcher Dr. Alastair Tombs says, “We demand many things from clothing. Quite a few people talked about using clothes to change their mood. If they get up and aren’t feeling great, they would put on something that would brighten them up. “On other occasions they use clothes to mask their emotions. It didn’t brighten their mood, but it would give them the appearance of being bright and airy, even if that is not how they actually feel.” Dr. Tombs says an example of this is when a woman puts something on and they’ve been complimented on it in the past, and they will re-wear it because of the emotional connection and the known feel-good-effect it will have. Despite relying on clothes to boost our sense of wellbeing, we also blame certain garments when something goes wrong.

TOP CLOTHES ASSOCIATED WITH GOOD MOOD
According to a study from the University of Hertfordshire, women wear the following items when happy:

1. HATS – Twice as many women wear a hat when happy versus when depressed.
2. SHOES – Women are five times more likely to wear their favourite shoes when happy.
3.DRESSES – On a happy day women will be ten times more likely to wear their favourite dress.
4. HAPPY CLOTHES – ‘Happy clothes’ were found to be items that are well-cut, figure enhancing and made of bright and beautiful fabrics.

Avoid…

1. JEANS – Only one third of women say they wear jeans when happy.
2. BAGGY TOPS – 57 per cent of women likely to wear a baggy top when feeling down.

PAMP gladly accepts member blog submissions, including anecdotes, advice, confessions, recipes, outing suggestions and more! Want to join in the fun? Submit your own musings.

Melissa Menzies is a Australian Mum to three young ones and lives in Palo Alto. Check out her fashion blog YummoMummo.

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5 Fashionable Tips for Moms

Posted By Communications Manager, Friday, March 25, 2016

The mornings can be rough as we attempt to get lunches made, kids dressed, coffee down our throats, teeth brushed, back packs on, etc. But what about us? Don’t forget about us Moms/Mums!

Here are five super easy tips to help you rock it out the door. Tips to help you feeling and looking good — from the inside out.

 

1. Lipstick
I have always believed that lipstick is like a magic wand. It can truly turn any frown upside down. A shot of color, however bold or subtle you desire, can perk you up – it’s like a shot of espresso. As winter comes along, your moisturized lips will thank you. Muah.

2. Celebrity sunglasses
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to make eye contact until I’ve had a chance to grab my latte on the way home from my school run. So, along with my signature red lips, celebrity sunglasses are a great touch. Hide yesterday’s make-up, the rough night with the baby, the late night watching House of Cards. No one will be the wiser!

3. A funky tracksuit

An outfit you can throw on in a New York minute should be a staple in any wardrobe. A tracksuit allows you to layer as we transition from fall to winter, and back into spring.


4. Fruit-infused water bottle

You will thank yourself later if you begin water intake from the moment your feet hit the floor. Your system will kick-start with the burst of fruity vitamins. Have this ready the night before and waiting in the kitchen for you upon rising. (Tip: I use a straw throughout the day and it really makes difference in the amount of water I drink).

5. Bike or walk to school
It’s a reat chance to hit two birds with one stone. By the time you get back from the school run, you’ve got some air in your lungs and will be feeling more pumped to get into your day.

I hope these 5 tips will have you feeling more ready to take on the crazy school mornings. If we feel good on the inside, it will show on the outside.

Melissa Menzies is a Australian Mum to three young ones and lives in Palo Alto. Her fashion blog YummoMummo states that style and fashion should be affordable and accessible to anyone and that every woman deserves to feel great and honor herself. 

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