Beauty inside and out - Travel

Best Beauty Products That Travel Well

July 19, 2019

Photo: RMS Beauty

Between my hair products, skincare and makeup, It appears that half of my suitcase is filled with beauty products. Trust me, I try to bring as little as possible, but sometimes it is nearly impossible.

Lately, I’ve been selective with the types of cosmetics I bring, especially when it comes to makeup. There are two prerequisites for makeup making it into my bag:

  1. Is it multi-purpose?
  2. Is it a solid or cream formula?

Asking these two questions saves me space and time from cleaning up spills/leaks from products that have spread throughout my cute toiletry bag. Plus, I don’t have to pull it out for TSA, allowing me to bring more important beauty items I wouldn’t otherwise get out of the airport with (this is especially true when traveling in other countries). read more

Fashion

The White T-Shirts I Can’t Live Without

June 2, 2019

Hey guys! I’m back. It’s been a minute as I have been in transition since starting a new job. You know how that is. But I’m back in the swing of things and so excited to start blogging regularly again about the things I love and are on my heart to share. This week it is all about white t-shirts. It is finally starting to heat up here in Los Angeles and white tees are becoming the focal point of my outfit. Whether I pair them with the infamous leopard midi-length skirt of the year or a structured pair of lightweight trousers, I am very selective.

I don’t like spending $100 on the perfect white t-shirt, I think that is insane and unnecessary. A t-shirt can’t be THAT amazingly soft. It just can’t. So, as an avid tee wearer, here are my top picks you can’t go wrong with –  and as a bonus, they are better for the environment and/or won’t hurt your pockets. read more

Life shit

My Experience After Doing 30 Days of Ziva Meditation

April 20, 2019

During the last week of February, I was listening to the PCOS Diva podcast, and she introduced a woman named Emily Fletcher, founder of the Z Technique and Ziva Meditation. Now, if you’re a frequent reader or personal friend, you know by now that I love trying new personal development hacks and strategies to better myself, so my ears perked up immediately.

I’ve meditated off/on for years and would notice a difference in how much more chill I felt throughout the day even if I just did it for 10 minutes in the morning using an app (also while not really knowing if I was doing it right). So I was intrigued to learn more. Fletcher was promoting her new book, Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance. Obviously, I’m like, “Yes I need this!” Purchasing this. Now. Also, I had never read a book on meditation so I was excited. read more

Beauty inside and out - Food

My Matcha Tonic Recipe For Energy and Beauty

April 1, 2019

I love the flavor of coffee but I’m trying to limit my intake.  I’ve given up coffee before where I only indulged on the weekends, but I almost always go back to it.  Honestly, there is nothing wrong with coffee, except that it increases your cortisol levels and affects your adrenals.  And because I can be sensitive to this, I’ve been swapping out my coffee for matcha tea the past week.

I have been playing around with different ingredients and concoctions in my kitchen to kick it up a notch, and I think I’ve mastered the perfect Matcha tonic.  I call it the Monarch Matcha, haha! And all of the ingredients help you glow from the inside out.  Enjoy! read more

Life shit

Dope Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

March 6, 2019

@lux_eros

Instagram should not make you feel like sh**. And for a lot of us, it does. The whole highlight reel thing can have you second guessing your personal journey, and what you are doing with your life.  There are definitely times when I want to throw social media away. But, because it is my job to be on social, I can never completely disconnect. And I do love the positives that social media brings into my life. One thing I do to manage this is to limit the amount of time I spend on social media. Of all of the platforms, I am on Instagram the most. But I don’t let it control me. I am not missing out on real life, trying to make everything an Instagrammable moment, or letting it take away time I could be reading, learning or building my business. read more

Beauty inside and out - Me

What I Do To Keep My Health In Tip Top Shape

February 13, 2019

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When we talk about the things we can control in life, mastering oneself is THE only thing you can control.  And that includes your personal health and wellness, which I am super passionate about. Although the approach is different for everyone, I thought I’d share what I do to keep my health in tip-top shape in a way that’s best for me. Hopefully, it can help you along your health and wellness journey.

Food

I am big on meal prep. It is the only way to ensure you are eating the way you want to eat.  For almost 10 years, I was a pescetarian, but I no longer eat that way. I do eat low carb (little to no white carbs) lean protein with lots of veggies and healthy fats.  So, basically, my plate is ¼ protein, ¼ healthy carbs and fats, and half vegetables. And my body loves it. I plan out dinner and lunch for the week. I cook my lunch for the week on Sunday, and I cook dinner on Monday and Wednesday.  On the weekends we eat out, aside from breakfast, and this is the time I cheat a bit here and there. I may throw in some pasta (the REAL pasta), doughnuts, etc. You gotta keep it balanced to stay on track. I believe eating healthy is an act of self-care, so you should also enjoy yourself.

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Fitness

My exercise routine is pretty simple.  I do a mix of yoga/pilates, strength training, walking, and hiking.  I also, HIIT here and there. I select my workout based on how I’m feeling and my energy level. I always listen to my body and figure out what it needs that day.  For instance, a couple of days before my period, I’m usually doing yoga or walking. And my workouts usually consist of 30-40 minutes five to six days a week. I workout mostly at home or in the gym in my building using fitness apps, Pinterest or YouTube videos.  Occasionally, I’ll go to a class. I find that being able to work out on my own, according to what I want to do, works best for me to stay consistent, and I’ve seen great results in doing so.

Wellness

Other things I try to do monthly or every couple of months is visiting my chiropractor and getting massages. I get lower back pain so I like to get a tune-up at the chiropractor every couple of months, and it helps so much. I enjoy massages for the relaxation and release that they provide.  Plus, you gift yourself an hour of no talking, no work, no social media. It’s just time for yourself. I also want to add meditation in here. I feel like everyone beats this subject to death, but the benefits are real. And although I almost never get a chance to do it daily, I do it as much as I can, and I notice a big difference in my wellbeing when I do.

So that’s all folks! What keeps you running like a well-oiled machine?  Share it with me in the comments!