July 22, 2017

9 HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS




Traveling is the ultimate wellness practice! Am I right? It feeds your mind, body and soul like nothing else. If you do it correctly, you should feel renewed and inspired upon arriving home. Do it wrong and you end up needing another vacation.
For me, doing it right starts before I even leave the house and culminates when arriving home. Here are some of my travel tips for maintaining wellness while away:

Pack on hangers + bring a steamer:

This isn’t for everyone, but for me, packing on hangers keeps me hyper-organized and makes packing and unpacking super simple. Once outfits are planned, I lay them right into my case on hangers (alternating which sides the hangers face every five hangers or so) and when I arrive, I immediately unpack and hang things up. This allows the clothes to unwrinkle, I can see everything I have all in one space and it makes packing back up a cinch. Bonus tip: Pack a travel-size steamer

TSA pre-check + known traveler:

Applying for TSA pre-check and a Known Traveler ID for Global Entry takes time and a little bit of money, but it’s worth it. Once you have it, you will save valuable time by skipping unreasonably long lines and ultimately every trip you take will be less stressful.

Hard cases:

Pack in hard cases with wheels that spin in all directions (AWAY makes some great ones AND they have a built in charger for your cell phone – genius!). That goes for carry-ons and checked luggage. The hard cases protect your stuff and they’re much easier to zoom around (a high priority for me). Just one less thing to worry about as you’re walking around an airport or once you’re at your destination.

Pouches + bags:

Use different small pouches and bags like it’s your job! That goes for everything: toiletries, plugs (major key right here – I always pack extra cords for all my devices and a minimum of two portable chargers), lingerie, shoes, medications, accessories, handbags, etc. I find that giving everything its own little home keeps all the goods from getting scuffs and it’s easier to find what you’re looking for in a rummage.

In-flight essentials:

Staying happy, healthy and hydrated on the flight makes hitting the ground running upon arrival that much easier. Here are three things that I always carry on to help with that:
A blanket: I’m always cold, but wary of airplane blankets, so I bring my own. I invested in a cashmere travel blanket which is big enough to cover my whole body but small enough to wrap around my neck as a scarf – life changing! It keeps me incredibly warm but isn’t bulky enough to crowd my entire bag.
Face mist: I try to wear minimal makeup while in-flight and keep my skin hydrated with a face mist like Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water. I’ve never masked on a plane but am a little envious of the girls who have no shame and do.
Hand-sanitizer: Is it just me or do airports bring out the grossness in people? I always, always have wipes (currently obsessed with Herban Essentials Cleansing Towelettes in lemon) and an organic hand sanitizer on-hand while traveling and love the EO Organics lavender spray. Pro-tip: Spray it a few times around you if someone near you is sick, it will help fight germs.

Honor you practice:

You get from your wellness practice what you put into it and while traveling it’s easy to let it fall by the wayside. But don’t! Make time for whatever it is that you need: yoga, hot water with lemon every morning, meditation, supplements, journaling, etc. Just because you’re not at home doesn’t mean your body doesn’t want to feel good. Let it!

Avoid the gym:

There’s something about going into a gym and running on a treadmill while I’m in a foreign place that feels so wrong. I feel like I’m missing out on everything I want to see and do, so I try to avoid going into a hotel gym while I’m traveling. Instead, I run outside, swim, walk everywhere to clock 10,000 steps or try a workout class in the area.
I also always pack a lightweight jump rope so that if I do need to get in a harder workout, I can do it efficiently. I like to do two minutes on the rope followed by 50 abs of choice and 20 push-ups, repeated five times. It’s quick but hard.

End on a relaxing note:

If I’m traveling for ten or more days, I always come home one day early to allow myself time to acclimate, unpack, and get my life in order before re-entering the real world. It makes such a difference!
​What are your go-to travel tips?​

July 20, 2017

Martha Calvo

My lifetime obsession always has been jewelry ...
and the talented Martha is here to answer my prayers. She creates exactly what I love.
Take a look below at my MC collection :









April 5, 2017

How to Find peace in the Chaos of Life

It’s important to live in the moment, but all of the noise in our lives can make it feel impossible at times—the beeping horns, ringing cell phones, and constant chitchat can become more and more difficult to tune out. 


We know it’s important to be present, but research also indicates that mindfulness actually keeps us healthier (and saves us money). If you’ve ever doubted the importance of injecting your life with mindfulness, chances are being happier and financially fit will sway you. Although it may seem daunting to add more rituals to your already jam-packed day, we promise it will pay off in the long run. 

We’ve rounded up five in-the-moment tips to add to your daily routine, according to mindfulness expert Leo Babauta:
Slow down on social media: All of the friend requests, Instagram likes, and constant scrolling through photos can be time-consuming. Pick a time each day to check in on all things social, and be sure to delete the apps or programs you can live without.
Set contact limits: If you’re constantly checking your work email after-hours, it’s easy to become distracted. By setting reachable time frames with co-workers, you'll avoid receiving messages at all hours of the night (or weekend).
Be okay with doing nothing: They call it leisure for a reason. Sometimes we’re so busy that it becomes difficult to just sit and be. Make sure you dedicate a few minutes a day to doing just that.
Live in the present: Savor the little things in life, such as treating yourself to a muffin for breakfast or spending time coloring after work. The less you think about the past or future, the more you can focus on how nice the here and now can be.
Do a little soul searching: It doesn’t have to be as corny as it sounds. Find out what makes you happiest, and just go with it. When you tune out the background noise, you may be surprised at the kind of thoughts that come to you.

March 18, 2017

Why + How to Ditch Coffee for Matcha ...

As many people, the ritual of a hot cup of coffee is the only thing that gets them me out of bed in the morning. 

While coffee may have some benefits, it also can have very bad side effects like acidity, dehydration, and potential to cause anxiety. 

If you haven't heard of matcha yet, you're about to become addicted! Matcha is a concentrated form of green tea. Rather than simply soaking the leaf, the entire tea leaf is stone-ground into powder and consumed whole, so you get a more potent version of green tea. The list of benefits from drinking matcha tea is long. Matcha will give you the energy boost many seek from coffee, but because of the large concentration of antioxidants, the absorption of caffeine is slower so there's no crash. Coffee first thing in the morning can also contribute to adrenal fatigue, as our cortisol levels are naturally high in the morning and a huge, artificial energy boost from coffee is unnecessary and hard on the hormones that regulate our energy. If you do drink coffee, it's best to do so with a food and at least two hours after waking up.



Ingredients:
3/4 cup Almond Milk unsweetened
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
- Bring 3/4 cup of almond milk to a low simmer in a small pot or sauce pan over medium-high heat.

- Place 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a mug or other heat-proof cup. 
- Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup boiling water, then almond milk, tipping cup slightly to help create more foam. If you have a frother, you can use that as well. 
- Sweeten with honey or agave syrup.




 below are seven reasons why you should be incorporating matcha into your diet ASAP.

March 17, 2017

OUTER SPACE x CHANEL 2017 bags

Chanel Plays It Mostly Safe in Outer Space for the Brand’s Fall 2017 Runway Bags
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