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

Lash Lifts

I had a great response from everyone wanting to know more about Lash Lifts and my experience with them! I have had about three or four lash lifts now ever since I heard about it from my Little! I’ve had them done at two different places, one in Texas and one in LA and the process and everything was the same. ALSO, I am not a lash lift expert and do not know all of the terminologies and what goes into the chemicals used, however, I have had positive experiences with the process and wanted to share that with my readers!

I’ve heard it described as a lash perm! Really it is just a chemical put on your lashes that curls them and keeps them standing up instead of straight down. I have thin hair so obviously, my lash hairs are no different. I struggled with getting lash extensions for a while and was scared of the damage it did to your natural lashes. I was told the first time I went for a lash lift that extensions probably would not be best since my lashes were so thin and would struggle to hold up the extensions which would increase fall out. Also, I am so not ready for the upkeep of it!

I go once every four or five months and the lashes usually last about 6-8 weeks depending on how you take care of them. I buffer in a month or two for some down time to let my lashes have a break. I never see any breakage or anything out of the ordinary, I just like to be cautious.

Lash lifts are different from extensions!!! They are your natural lashes just curled upward so they look longer and like you just put on a single coat of mascara. Extensions tend to make your lashes fuller and more visible. Lifts make them longer and for some extra oomph, I like to just use a mascara with my bristles to separate them for a fuller look. Also, you save on mascara since you do not need to apply extra coats.

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT?
A lash lift is a non-invasive lash service that uses cream solutions to “lift” the eyelashes. Lash lifting is essentially a new age lash perm that uses cream-based products and silicone shields to curl eyelashes — eliminating the need for traditional lash curlers. Unlike old school lash perms, which use barrel rollers and give lashes an unnatural curl, lash lifts use silicone shields to lift the natural lashes upward, simultaneously giving height, length, and volume. Lash lifts often accompany lash tints (although a tint may be down on its own) and darken the lashes. When a lash lift and tint are used together, they replace the need for daily eyelash curlers and mascara.
ARE LASH LIFTS SAFE?
When provided by trained and experienced technicians, lash lifts are safe. Since they are cream-based products, they are easy to control and will not run into your eyes the way liquid solutions would. Always get your lash lifting service from a trained and certified lash lift technician.

*Some photos and answers provided by @ingelashes

 

How long it lasts : about 6-8 weeks

How much it costs : I would say anywhere from $70 – $100 depending on where you go. Mine usually cost $75

How long it takes : About an hour

Taking care of the lashes : No oils after getting this done! It can take away the product and make it not last as long. Carefully wash your face, I try to get my lash lifts with no makeup on and then go to sleep and not wash my face until the next day to really let the product set in even though you probably can use most cleansers. I am gentle around my eyes for a while to make the lift last as long as possible.

Don’t try if you are prone to eye problems!