2.28.2014 2 Notes Finding your zen...

IDK about anyone else but when I get stressed, I immediately seek a de-stressing/calming activity to feel better. One of my favorite ways to do that is to break out my go-to recipe for a detox water, and lemme tell you... it's DELISH.

Combined with a workout and a face mask... I'm in heaven.

This post has it all.... workout fix + hydration fix + beauty fix = ending your week on Sunday in the best way possible before Monday madness strikes the following morning.

Let's start with the agua>> Lemon, Mint, Cucumber Detox Water

I know. It looks amazing, right?! So here's how I prep:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 package of fresh mint
  • water of your preference, I use water from my Brita filter
I spread everything out on my counter and slice it all. Mind you, the above is more than enough for a decent sized container, but I tend to make 1 to 2 servings and save the extra for a serving later in the week.

The key to this is the longer you let the ingredients sit in the water, the more the ingredients will fuse into the water. I like when it's ice cold, but that's just a personal preference. I add ice cubes into my mixture, too. 

TADA! The most tasty, thirst-quenching, and purifying mix to help detoxify and cleanse your body, mind, and soul.

Now, combine this recipe with my go-to arm workout found on PopSugar, here. This workout BURNS, in a good way, and only takes 10 minutes. Believe me, that's all you'll need. Check it out!

I have an amazing BFF who donated her yoga mat to me since she hasn't used it (umm... yes it's pink!) and I picked up a few light-weight dumbbells at Target on sale! When I go to purchase my own mat, I've had my eye on these and they come in a wealth of color options. Check out your local Target for a set of dumbbells in your weight preference, like these. The video workout above alternates between 5lbs and albs for different exercises. 

My "de-stress day" inevitably ends with another glass of detox water and a face mask to completely relax me. One of my favorite masks is Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask, which you can pick up at Ulta for $6! This mud mask happens to be infused with strawberries and it smells incredible. My other go-to face masks include Neutrogena's Clear Pore Mask and any of the Lush Cosmetics Fresh Face Masks.

Do you have any stressed out go-to products to help you find your zen? What's your calming routine? If you haven't already, try throwing some of these into your mix! 

PS>> I was introduced to a program and goals by a new friend and I'm excited to say that I'm starting a new journey this weekend with some major diet and health changes and I can't wait to share!


2.27.2014 0 Notes M.I.A.

SOOOO sorry I have been so M.I.A! Things have been crazy here with the semester starting, work picking up over the last few weeks, some sad/exciting news at work and squeezing everything else into my life. Phew! I finally have some time to breathe (sigh).

I've been religiously reading my daily faves and checking out everything that's been going on lately... I've become a major online shopping addict, mind you this was something I was so against! Why? Maybe because I feel the need to try things on a million times before making a purchase with my plastic, who knows. As my friends have pointed out more recently, I am OVERLY PARTICULAR; and this is both a blessing and a curse.

I am a girl set in my ways and not always so willing and optimistic to change said ways. But I'm learning to let it go. There are bigger things to worry about when I really think about it.

Moral of this story/post? I'm changing my ways... sort of! First change, experimenting with online shopping. Over the past few weeks, I've ordered 3 different necklaces from 3 different stores, a shirt, a book, a keychain, and more. I've been a little shopping crazed I guess, but who's to say that's a bad thing? I mean dang... shopping is my cardio, right?

Here are a few of my recent deals and steals!

My jewelry binge consisted of the following BaubleBarILY Couture, and Now Yours. First off, let me just say that all three experiences at these stores are top-notch!

Check out this darling little pendant from BaubleBar!

Ever heard of the "Buried Bauble" on BaubleBar's site? To. Die. For. I snagged this beauty one gloomy Friday and was pleasantly surprised when less than a week later, I added this little gem to my collection as my daily staple. Although they no longer have the Hamsa Pendant, you can get a similar one here.

I ordered this little cutie from ILY Couture (j's are sold out now) to add to my daily wear, too! P.S. ILY and Bauble Bar both have an incredible customer service team. If you haven't checked out their companies... do it pronto. How perfect will this be paired with my BaubleBar hamsa pendant?

One of my fave new pieces is this gorg statement necklace from Now Yours! How cute is that? And the best part? It's $10! A complete and utter steal! (Shocked face x 10!!!) Get the Capri Necklace here.

What are your favorite steals and deals?