Health + Wellness Tips from your Favorite Influencers

I have really been into health + wellness recently and I have been enjoying listening to podcasts because you get to hear a bit about what works for someone else that might work for you. That gave me an idea to reach out to a few of my friends to ask what they do for their health + wellness routine in general. I did not give any guidelines because I know that looks different for everyone. I love the range of answers that came about and I thought it might be helpful for you too.

Esther from @itsestherlane

“Wellness starts with loving yourself. When you love yourself you choose what will work for you best in all aspects of life!”

Kristina from @laughloveandhippie

“Drink a lot of water, have good sex and get your beauty sleep.”

Gina from @gigitrends

Establish a solid, healthy morning routine. “Having a healthy morning routine that I follow every day has really changed my life. Finding what gets me motivated and stress-free to start my day on a good note. So I read The Daily Stoic every day, journal my thoughts, drink lots of water, and do a meditation. Just a few things that get my mind ready to tackle on the day.”

Shelly from @shellycakess

“Be kind to yourself and your body. Fuel it with healthy Whole Foods & you will see a change in your overall health & skin.”

Genesis from @genesiskubilis

“Prioritize my mental health whether it’s getting extra sleep, drinking water, or journaling. My mental health comes first.”

Alexis from @lexialcala

“When it comes to health and wellness for me it’s all about a balance. But some things I don’t skip out on are my Vitamin C pull every morning and adding Ashwagandha to my smoothie. I also have incorporated 15 minutes of meditation yoga, depending on my day I’ll do this first thing in the morning or end my day with it. I don’t like to follow along to a video because that can be a little distracting for me, so instead, I set my 15-minute alarm, turn on my music and just start stretching/moving. Food-wise, I keep it strict 4 days out of the week meaning no bread, very little sugar, and adding greens/veggies into all my meals. The other days I’ll keep 2 meals healthy and maybe splurge for one of the meals because I’m a foodie and food makes me happy.”

Vanessa from @whatvanessawears

“I love my morning juices to start off my day. Green juice in the morning and later in the day I’ll have a carrot juice to take my sweet tooth away. And lots of water and a good 7-8 hour sleep.”

Diana from @ootd.diana

“So my #1 tip for mental health is always putting at least 10 minutes a day for self-care. With an extremely busy schedule, it’s easy to forget about the little things and become overwhelmed and stressed. But it is always good to know how to slow down and unwind. Even if it is something as simple as doing yoga for 5-10 minutes before you start your day, journaling, watching your favorite blogger on Youtube, or putting on a face mask before bed. Do it for you.

Gina from @teeniegeniestyle

“At least 8 hours of sleep and drink at least a gallon of water a day. It will improve your skin, mood, energy, and the best part it’s free.

Genesse from @stylewithgen

Daily tips that she lives by

  • Drink lots of water (I shoot for 64 oz daily) I add lemon to make it more fun
  • Try to eliminate all processed sugars
  • Read the ingredients label on everything to make sure you’re eating clean
  • Never sleep with your makeup on. I do my skincare routine EVERY NIGHT (& morning too)

“Also I’ve come to realize that it’s ok if I only have time for 15 min workout because some movement is better than nothing. I used to beat myself up if I couldn’t get a full hour-long workout in but not I’ve been loving short daily workouts!”

Debby from @trynfinddebby

“I would say one of my favorite tips is to listen to your body. Your body is different from everyone else’s and it’s important to know what works for you and what doesn’t

Wellness Wednesday

I recently listened to an IG LIVE with Lauryn Evarts-Bosstick from The Skinny Confidential and Mona Vand on wellness. Now, these two are probably the queens of wellness. I wanted to share a few of their tips from the talk and touch on a few wellness points of my own that I have tried to incorporate in my routine.

I think what works for one person of course isn’t going to work for everyone, but there are a few things that do help a majority of people. As Lauryn said, “you’re your own guinea pig”. I think that really resonated with me especially when I form my skincare/workout/eating routine. I try to find that perfect combination that works for me.

Another point that Mona mentioned that stuck out to me was that one of her biggest wellness tips was to eat real food. I have actually read something on this a while back and if you think about it, it makes SO much sense. Cutting out processed foods and foods that come in boxes and packages just don’t seem as healthy as fresh fruits and veggies. Try limiting your intake of food that comes from a package and shop fresher options. You will probably eat more but feel better.

More recommendations

Rose Nectar : add a drop in your water for or use as a toner for soothing skin redness and irritation

Hemp Seeds : Add a little to your morning breakfast for some amazing benefits

Dates : Another wellness and beauty favorite that has a slow sugar release

 

Disclaimer : None of these pictures are my own

Movement to Clean Beauty

I just watched a fireside talk from Create and Cultivate on Clean Beauty and was inspired. I definitely have heard a lot about these points before, but I liked hearing about the specific reasons that clean beauty is so important. The term “clean beauty” refers to the non-toxic ingredients that are used in beauty products. This includes being sustainably sourced and more eco-friendly for the environment. Many household brand names are not in the clean beauty category, however, there are many that are at least taking the right steps toward that change.

The Create and Cultivate panel included Steph Shep, co-founder of Future Earth; Katie Matthews, Chief Scientist at Oceana; and Catherine Gore, President of Biossance.

“The Climate Crisis has the worst PR” -Steph Shep

One fact that stood out to me was that the United States only bans about 30 harmful ingredients in our products while other countries ban over 100.

“You have to be that much more focused and evaluate ingredient labels” -Catherine Gore, President of Biossance

You can still have amazing skin and be clean. I think that a huge step is to not buy these products in hopes that enough people will join and switch up their buying habits. But we also need to voice the opinion and vote to change the ingredients allowed in our products. Lastly, we need to encourage younger generations to be interested in learning how to create cleaner options in the first place.

I have also been on my stories lately sharing different tidbits about my new skin routine such as using a liquid exfoliant and applying sunscreen daily. Here is a list of some clean beauty products to try next time you are out shopping. All of these brands can actually be purchased at Sephora. I am a big supporter of Sephora because they have amazing brands, are dedicated to clean beauty, and also show their support for the BLM movement.

What’s in my Beauty Fridge

So I finally got a mini beauty fridge (thanks Easter Bunny)! I did not want to fill it with all of my products as they would not all fit, so I put a few of the ones that I use the most.

Here are the products listed:

  1. Eye Mask : gotta keep these cool so they can work their very best and depuff the area around your skin
  2. Lip Mask : same goes for this one, these keep your lips plump, but I think mostly its just a self-care patch to apply anywhere on your face that needs to depuff
  3. Bye Bye Undereye Cream : This is one of my favorite products since I feel like my dark circles are so prominent
  4. Exfoliating energy facial with enzymes : Youth to the People created this mask that I have been trying a few times a week and I love it! I am still testing it out in my mini-fridge
  5. Jade Roller : I have heard mixed things about jade rollers and recently it’s not very good, but for a quick depuff in the morning it actually works for me
  6. Firming Mask : Kiehl’s ginger left and hibiscus firming mask just feels better when it is cooler and makes my skin feel rejuvenated

What areyour go-to beauty products?

Body Positivity

I’ve seen similar pictures all over social media so I wanted to take a crack at it myself! (That’s the phrase, right?) I usually HATE the way my hair looks when it’s pulled back, but the towel gives the illusion of hair so I thought it was super cool! I love the glam feel of it and while there are a few things I would change about these pictures, I am still relatively happy about how they came out!

So let’s get right into the post. It’s about body positivity and if I am being honest, I was not very body positive about this shoot! I feel bloated, and a bit insecure. But, let me tell you, once I got in the water and felt how good it felt, I forgot all about that! That my dears is what life is all about. While I am still going to work my little tush off to be back to where I want to be, it is important to be happy with the body you’re in no matter what part of your fitness journey you are at.

Even on bloated days like this, I am actually SUPER comfortable in my body. I remember in middle school a girl in my guidance class said that even though her older sister was bigger, she was still so comfortable in her body and she envied that. I thought to myself that I would not feel comfortable if I was as big as her sister was, though she was not huge.

Our guidance counselor said that most girls get to an age when they are just comfortable where they are at and while they may sill strive to be better, they still don’t mind wearing a bikini at the beach or cute mini skirts to show off! I thought, no, if I’m not small I wouldn’t feel that way.

I am happy to report that I have gotten to that point in like that my counselor was talking about! What helps keep it all in perspective as well is to remember what a blessing it is to have a working body, or a body at all.

My favorite body-positive Instagram accounts:

  • libbyshappyproject
  • hannah_neese
  • effyourbeautystandards

 

 

LA Favorites

I had a request to do a post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of my favorite places that I actually go to and you can find me at during the weekends. From food to workouts, this is just a small round-up of places you may not see on a regular travel guide to LA. If you are visiting LA for the second or third time, these are the kinds of places I would say to go to after you’ve done all of the regular touristy things!

I think I will also create a guide to a few of my favorite places to eat as well soon so watch out for that one! Let me know what you think and what you want to see next!

 

LA second-hand stores are AMAZING! Even if you go to crossroads or goodwill you are sure to find some name brands. For a genuine thrifty store, I like to go to SLOW Clothing on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Gardner Street. They have really cool prints and I always make a great find! The fair fax area of Melrose Avenue is a great place to get something unique and cool.

Lemonade is my go-to for a healthy meal on the go! I always try something different when I go, but I seem to end up with a side of their broccoli and cheese! This is a great place to get lunch between sightseeing, and the lemonade is of course amazing!

One thing that you must do is drive the PCH! You can take it to Malibu and I recommend doing this because the views of the ocean are amazing! I remember the very first time riding down the PCH with the windows down and the music loud. Definitely a memorable experience!

A fun thing to do when you have a few extra days is to go see a movie! The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a fun place to see some older favorites accompanied by unlimited popcorn and a view of the sunset against the hills. Snuggle up in a super comfy bean bag chair and blanket and it is definitely a fun experience. Also, EP & LP is right down the stairs so you can make a bar stop right after!

One of my favorite beaches is definitely Matador Beach. The rocks are giant which makes for great shots! I would say that since it is a beach the cell service is horrible and the beach is a bit small so get there early for a good spot and good parking! It is a bit of a drive from LA as it is in the Malibu/Calabasas area, but definitely worth it!

I went to High Tide in the Arts District with a few friends and fell in love! The food was great and it was a great place to stop for drinks! I recommend going before the sun goes down because the outside area is completely pink and perfect for sweet photo ops! I definitely recommend getting a rose and an appetizer for a chill night out.

Want a work out that will leave you sore afterward? Check out, Psycho. Your first class is free so even if you are wanting a quick workout during a longer stay, this one is worth it! Everything is put together so well and it is really an effective HIIT class! They also have yoga sessions that are a great way to relax after a long day!

 

Friday Faves

It’s time for another quick round-up of my favorites! Just another mini blog post full of random items and tidbits I do every once in a while. So let’s get started!

 

For an everyday natural look, I use my Glossier boy brow in black. I wear this to work EVERY DAY. Such an easy way to get darker, natural looking eyebrows that stay in place. If you want a few more beauty product recommendations, check out my wishlist – beauty tab!

 

Do you work in Media? Check out this article on Girlboss written just for you!

My mom got me a blender so I am excited to start making smoothies in the morning for breakfast! What’s your favorite recipe?

 

How killer is this jumpsuit from Beginning Boutique? I’m thinking about buying for ACL!

Want to see more of my fashion faves? I always update my wishlist tab!

Bloggers Who Brunch Health and Wellness Event

Happy Memorial Day! This past weekend I went to my first Bloggers who Brunch event. It was such a fun experience as it was centered around health and wellness. I was able to take my very first class with the one and only Aubrie Winters! Aubrie is the cutest fitness influencer who teaches classes around LA and we were all able to do a mini dance cardio sesh with her!

I loved meeting her because she is so upbeat and so fun! She is such a people person and I loved her class. She teaches with a “never not moving” mentality and her music keeps you pushing through. Even though it was a 30-minute mini session, I was still sweating by the end!

There were some great sponsors such as Lavazza coffee, and Suja pressed juice. I also loved the yogurt bar that we were able to enjoy at the end of the workout! It was such a fun experience and I wanted to share a bit more of the LA events I attend on my blog! If you keep up with my Instagram story then you were able to see videos of the workout, of the yogurt bar and some snips of me actually working out!

Another great thing about the event was running into some of my other blogger friends! I went with Gina from Teenie Genie Styles (who I went to Coachella with), and I ran into a few other bloggers like Joy who is also a designer, and a few others from blogger meet ups! It really is cool when you get to see the community come together and enjoy a cool event like this!

If you are in the LA area I would definitely recommend taking a class from Aubrie Winters! Trust me, I definitely see myself taking more of her classes in my future! I mean look at her awesome bod, who wouldn’t want to take her classes?!

Friday Faves

It’s that time again for a short round-up of my favorite things of the moment! So let’s get started.

(Click on the picture for a direct link to the website)

Show 

I have been addicted to watching ‘The Act’ on Hulu! It’s based on the true story of the seemingly sickly Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard. The story turns when Dee Dee ends up murdered and Gypsy Rose ends up missing. It is a must-see because there are so many unexpected discoveries and since it is true I recommend watching the full documentary on Youtube after! Super interesting and such a truly insane situation!

Skin Care

If you follow me on Instagram you know I was gifted with some cleansers, lotions, and creams by SebaMed! I have been using them daily and I am really enjoying the moisturizing face cream. I use it pretty much daily after I get out of the shower to seal in the moisture. Also, did I mention it is only $15?!

Shoe Trend

I am obsessed with clear, nude heels! I really want a pair because I can see myself wearing these for years! Have you ever felt like you have the perfect outfit but you don’t know what shoes to wear because you don’t want to ruin the whole outfit? These will do the trick. Plus I am all for simplicity and these could not be more simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing

So let me start this one by saying I have not tried juicing for very long or extensively. I usually will do a day at most if I am trying a cleanse, but I love having a juice at least once a week to keep up with my veggie intake and because of the many benefits. I have tried so many different brands and the ones I recommend are sold at Whole Foods and Pressed Juicery! Those are the best tasting in my opinion and make it easy to use as a meal replacement or supplement.

I usually opt for a juice filled with various greens. I always follow it up with some cold water to speed up my metabolism and I really like it infused with lots of lemons! I would recommend every at least try a local juicery near them for the flavor at the very least!

Brand : Meshki

Meshki has quickly grown to a more well-known brand especially because of Instagram and I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces. Also, there are a few similar versions of their pieces sold at Forever 21 if you love the look but not the price. However, I definitely recommend checking it out because the quality is really worth it for sure!

 

Website 

If you keep up with my Facebook Page for the blog, you know that I am always advocating for The Newsette! It is a daily newsletter filled with short, informative articles on pop and fashion news, health sections, inspiration, and shopping columns! It is sent right to your inbox daily, is short, sweet and to the point and updates you on a few things in today’s world before even having your first cup of coffee!

Getting Swim Suit Ready

Swim Suit season is basically here so let’s go over a few of my tips that I think are super important. I truly believe to have a swimsuit body you just put a swimsuit on a body. Still, living in an age where everyone seeing everything with one post, it is easy to feel judged over something so simple. Plus it is the worst looking at these perfect looking girls! Okay, mini rant over… let’s get on to the post.

1. If you are not happy with your body, do something about it!

I get super frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a few. And I hate that you feel like you have to be swimsuit ready 24/7 for all of the summer. Take a fat day you know! But what I am trying to say is get ready by running or taking a fitness class. Work for what you want. Also, it makes you feel good after and like you’ve accomplished something. Plus there are so many health benefits to just getting up and moving!

2. Body Positivity.

This is a big one. While you are on the road to looking how you want to. Accept your body as is. Remember the blessing it is to even have a body, especially a working one. Own what you have and be confident no matter how big or small you are! And if you want to look different, revert back to 1.

3. Flatter yourself not fatter yourself

Wear the pieces that flatter your body no matter the size! I used to wear smaller pieces just because I could fit into them, but that doesn’t mean they look the best on you! Plus when it comes to swimsuits there are SO many different silhouettes that you can mix and match and find the pieces that you love. Pick a cute cover up for those days you aren’t feeling it. And of course a matching headband for a completed look!

Swim Top : Pretty Little Thing // Swim Bottom : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Forever 21