Koi’s Founder and President, Kathy Peterson, has infused the beauty and rich culture of Japan into her new Spring 2014 collection. Known as being one of the top fashion capitals of the world, Tokyo has inspired Kathy to design a new line filled with bold creativity and color.
She shares her favorite styles and why each print is special.
Makayla Midnight Rose Top (223PR-MNR)
This is a new style made in our silky sateen fabric. It features feminine petals sleeves and adjustable toggles at the waist. The ruby and black print give it a timeless look.
Tori Pin Wheel Top (136PR-PIW)
We brought back the Tori style in our lightweight cotton fabric. It pairs navy and our new verde color in a great geometric pattern. Geo metrics are “in” for Spring.
Katheryn Conga Stripes Top (115PR-CNP)
This is a fun take on classic zebra prints. We added limeade as a bold and playful accent.
Dakota Chalk Floral Top (165E-CHF)
This is one of my favorites of the season. It was inspired by hand embroidered handkerchiefs. You can pair this top with almost any color pants from our line but my favorite outfit pairs this with flamingo Sara pants.
Brianna Tokidoki Sushi Top (190PLM-TKS)
I love this fun, playful tokidoki print. It features some of my favorite characters as well as our new Cornflower color.
Ashley Watch (A103)
This watch was inspired by our Ashley top. I love the striped band. It’s long, adjustable, and easy to wear. We also included an extra white band for a different look. This watch features a LED back light.
Thank you for inviting me to introduce WonderWink PLUS to your readers! I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to showcase this much anticipated addition to our brand.
First, a little background. Plus Sized Fashion isn’t new to Ready-to-Wear, but has been sadly underserviced in the medical apparel industry. For too long, Plus Size women have had to settle for Unisex sizing or extended sizing of traditional collections. The problem with this approach is that the fit is not tailored to the appropriate shape for a full figured woman. It doesn’t take into account the unique curves of a Plus Sized woman, and too often you end up with a shapeless, boxy, unflattering, and totally uncomfortable garment. With WonderWink PLUS, we go through numerous fit sessions on a true plus size model (not on dress forms) to make sure all comfort and styling aspects are addressed.
Our Design Team focused on two main principles when designing WonderWink Plus: Comfort and Flattering fit. As Fashion Designers, we feel that our job is to help our Customers accentuate and highlight the areas of their figures that make them feel best about themselves while maintaining the comfort you deserve. After extensive research, Focus Groups, fabric development and fittings, we finally created a line for fashion forward Plus Size Medical Professionals.
Our line features:
- Longer sleeve and top lengths
- Flattering seamlines
- Unique fit features such as release pleats and inner adjustable waistlines
- comfortable rises in the pants
- Internal tummy control panel
WonderWink’s philosophy is that attitude is everything! Plus Sized or Pint Sized, you look as good as you feel. Be confident. Be Bold. Be Vivacious! Expect Compliments.
We’re proud of this Collection and we hope you’ll take a moment to check it out!
The WonderWink Design Team
Here are 19 things you can do at home to ensure you’re getting the sleep you need:
- Make sleep a health priority, like diet and exercise.
- Wear sunglasses if you’re commuting home in bright sunlight. Light is the most powerful zeitgeber, or influencer of the body’s circadian clock, and will negatively impact your ability to fall asleep. In contrast, once you wake up, go outside into the sun to cue your biological clock that it’s time to be awake and alert.
- Only go to bed when you’re sleepy. Don’t go to bed just because it’s “time.”
- Your body likes routines. Like light, your bedtime routine is a powerful zeitgeber. Establish a standard, relaxing, soothing bedtime ritual. Put on your pajamas, wash your face and brush your teeth to signal your brain you’re preparing for sleep. Play soothing music; take a warm bath for 30 minutes, one hour before bedtime; read a relaxing book or magazine. Allow enough time to unwind and relax, but try to go to bed as soon as possible after your shift, ideally within two hours. Don’t fall asleep in your recliner or sofa with a television blasting in the background.
- Try to maintain a consistent and regular sleep schedule on work days AND days off/weekends. Keeping a routine helps your body know when to be alert and when to sleep.
- Stop working at any task and attempt to resolve anything potentially stimulating, worrisome or upsetting one hour before bedtime. Writing down your emotional worries and thoughts in a journal may help release these concerns from your mind. Learn a relaxation technique, such as progressive muscle relaxation, and practice it in bed.
- Use your bedroom only for sleeping and sex. Keep it stress and clutter-free. No paperwork, bills, unfolded laundry, TV, electronics or pets.
- A darkened room signals your brain that it’s time to sleep. So keep your bedroom as dark as possible. Blackout shades, heavy curtains and eye masks can help. Standard window shades let too much light in. Cover an illuminated alarm clock, especially if you’re a “clock watcher,” or remove it, if necessary. If you need to get up, use a small nightlight instead of turning on bright lights.
- Eliminate noise with earplugs, a fan or a white noise machine. Turn off or unplug the phone. Install carpeting or sound-absorbing curtains, drapes or shades.
Keep your room well ventilated and the temperature on the cool side, ideally between 60 and 65 degrees (range: below 75 and above 54 degrees).
- Invest in a good mattress. A poor or an old mattress can disrupt your sleep. The average mattress lifespan is about seven years.
- Make your sleep time sacred. Enlist the help of your family and friends and request that they respect your sleep. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the front door, so friends and delivery people won’t knock or ring the doorbell. Have family and friends wear headphones when watching TV or listening to music. Ban vacuuming, dish washing, lawn mowing, loud games and any other noisy activity.
- Tell your kids not to go into your room unless it’s an emergency, and be sure to specify exactly what is and is not an emergency. Schedule appointments outside of your sleep period.
- Get at least 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep per day. Try to make up for lost sleep on days off.
- Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants. Alcohol, while initially a sedative, causes arousals and awakenings, sweats and nightmares after it’s metabolized. Ideally, avoid caffeine-containing beverages and food such as coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate at least six to eight hours before bedtime. If you’re having problems falling asleep in the morning, avoid caffeine after midnight. Avoid cigarettes before bedtime and during awakenings, and alcohol at least five hours before bedtime.
- Don’t go to bed too hungry or too full. Avoid eating two hours prior to bedtime. If needed, have a glass of milk or light snack before bed. Milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which research has shown helps people fall asleep. Avoid consuming protein at bedtime, which may be harder to digest. Don’t drink excessive fluids prior to bedtime to avoid having to get up to urinate.
- Don’t lie awake in bed for more than 20 minutes to avoid developing a negative association between your bedroom and sound sleep. After 20 minutes, leave the room and do something relaxing, such as reading, listening to music or watching television. Don’t return to bed until you feel sleepy.
- Schedule 20 minutes of regular aerobic exercise and work it into your normal routine, but not within three hours of going to bed. Exercising raises the body temperature and can be alerting too close to bedtime. Walk or bike to work instead of driving; climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Consider exercising before work or during breaks to help you stay alert on the job. Keep a resistance band or hand weights at work for strength training. Find an exercise buddy to make exercising more fun and keep you motivated. Exercise will improve your sleep, energy level, mood, stress and cardiovascular fitness.
- Address your partner’s sleep issues, if present. One partner’s sleep problem causes the other to lose, on average, nearly one hour of sleep a night.
- Begin altering your sleep schedule three days in advance of a shift change. On the third day prior to the shift change and each subsequent day, postpone your bedtime and wake time by one to two hours compared to the previous day. By the time you begin the new shift, your circadian sleep-wake rhythm will be reoriented. For example, if you’re on a 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift and moving to an 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. schedule, do the following:
- Three days prior to your shift change, rather than sleeping from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m., postpone your bedtime to 5 a.m. and sleep to 1 p.m.
- Two days prior to the shift change, sleep from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- One day prior to shift change, sleep from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- On the day of the shift change, sleep from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.