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6 Easy Business Casual Outfits Using Affordable Items

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As a fashion editor, I relish in trying the latest trends and of-the-moment designer pieces (when I can get my hands on them), but as a mom to a 20-month-old, I realize that not every fashion-forward (and expensive) piece is always practical with a toddler. Any mom reading this will know all too well about runny noses being wiped on nice silk blouses or dirty shoes smearing all over chic white pants. Motherhood is messy (in all aspects), and I’ve learned some lessons in dressing for the job—both jobs in my case.

My working wardrobe has certainly had to adjust slightly with a child. But that doesn’t mean I sacrifice on style. In fact, my working-mom capsule wardrobe consists of elevated, comfortable, and practical trusty basics that will not only look polished and chic at work (or right now, for all my Zoom meetings) but are also easy enough to move and play in and inexpensive enough that I’m not overly precious about getting a spill or snag on them.

Below, I’m sharing some of my go-to pieces I rely on time and again as a busy working mom—all under $150. And if you’re not a mom, they’re excellent staples to have in your wardrobe all the same.

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Turns out, stress and sense of smell are directly related

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There’s a reason why the wellness market is chock-full of lavender pillow sprays to help you fall asleep, and why so many of us keep bottles of peppermint essential oils on our desks to stay productive at work. The scent-brain connection is real, and legitimate research has shown that sniffing certain fragrances can have a major impact on your mood. But if your go-to calming scent concoction has suddenly stopped working, your stress levels could be to blame.

“Our sense of smell is intricately linked to our olfactory center of our brain—in fact our sense of smell is only one synaptic jump from our emotional brain which controls our stress response,” says Amy Galper, co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. To get super science-y for a second, your sense of smell (or “olfactory neuroanatomy”) is intertwined with the parts of your brain that control your emotions, including  the amygdala, hippocampus, and orbitofrontal cortex. When you sniff something, it has to get through all of these areas before it gets to the part of your brain that’s able to process the scent, which is why we often have such strong associations between fragrance and emotions. (Can you smell Axe Body Spray without thinking of your high school boyfriend? Because I cannot.)

“Because of this, aromas can trigger emotional and subsequent physiological responses to external stress and visa versa,” says Galper. “So if we are extremely stressed it can affect how our olfactory nerve cells respond to aromas.” says Galper.  In other words, your stress levels can change the way you process certain scents. So if you’ve gone from loving the scent of patchouli to suddenly wanting to throw every patchouli-scented candle in the garbage, your anxiety is a likely culprit.

A 2013 study put this theory to the test, and scientists showed people stress-inducing text and images (think: car crashes and wars) to see if it would change their sense of smell. “After anxiety induction, neutral smells become clearly negative,” Wen Li, one of the researchers behind the study, told Science Daily. “People experiencing an increase in anxiety show a decrease in the perceived pleasantness of odors. It becomes more negative as anxiety increases.” And why is that? According to researchers, in a “normal” (aka low-stress) smelling situation, it’s just the olfactory system that gets switched on, but when you start to get anxious, the emotional system also kicks into gear and becomes part of the processing stream.

While certain scents are considered to be universally calming, there’s no “one size fits all” essential oil for keeping you calm—particularly in times of high anxiety. Essential oils like rosemary, chamomile, lavender, pine, clary sage, or  marjoram have been shown to lower nervous energy and trigger a resting response in your body, so if your usual calm-down candle has stopped working, try introducing one of these into your routine. Just be warned: it may stop working the next time you flick on the news.

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Porsche Design Releases a Watch to Coordinate With the 911 Targa 4S – Robb Report

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There’s something about finely tuned machines that just always complement one another. Case in point: if you’ve ever wanted the kind of watch that can hold its own against one of the world’s best cars, Porsche Design may finally have your answer.

Specifically created in conjunction with the marque’s launch of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition sports car, Porsche Design’s newest chronograph also takes its inspiration from racing vehicles of the ’50s and ’60s. The first of four timepieces set for release, it was developed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as a collector’s item using colorways and patterns taken straight from the company’s iconic cars.

Available exclusively to the lucky owners of the actual roadsters, every element was selected to mirror models from the vast archive. For example, the white second hand and green circles found on the dial are meant to evoke the 356’s speedometer while the embossed leather strap is cut from the same plush leather used in the automaker’s interiors.

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The transparent caseback of the Heritage Edition watch. 

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The company chose titanium for the case material because of its light weight, corrosion-resistance and durability, not to mention the fact that it is often employed in race car engines for precisely the same reasons. It houses a WERK 01.100 movement which bears a chronometer certificate from the Swiss C.O.S.C.-Institute. Proving that no detail was considered too small to overlook, even the rotor was forged to resemble the Fuchs wheel, developed for the first Porsche 911. The limited-edition number that corresponds to the car is laser-engraved on the elaborate, largely transparent caseback.

Scheduled to go on sale this fall, the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Edition is a nostalgia-filled variant that draws from a bevy of sources in Porsche’s history. The two-seater has a dark, metallic cherry red paint job with crisp white racing stripes trailing from its headlights and a vintage crest fixed to the hood and hub covers originally used in 1963.

Beginning this month, the $14,000 watch will be offered exclusively at Porsche dealerships worldwide to future owners of the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition.


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