Do one thing a day that scares you.” I don’t know where this quote came from and I’m pretty sure I see it on the internet all the time. Cliché or not, it’s really not a bad motto to live by. Not to be dramatic, but if you’re not doing things that scare you, facing your fears, making mistakes, trying new things, are you really living?!

Through blogging and the internet, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with tons of people that I never would have met or known otherwise. They share stories of how they discovered their passion, made leaps into the unknown to chase their dreams, and how they worked endlessly to make those dreams a reality. These stories are insanely inspiring.

Do One Thing a Day That Scares You - Why You Should Start Today | by The Luxi Look

Do One Thing a Day That Scares You - Why You Should Start Today | by The Luxi Look

Do one thing a day that scares you.

Reading a book or listening to someone else’s story is great, but most of us learn from actually doing and experiencing things for ourselves. There’s only so much you can take away from someone else’s mistake.

I’ve been thinking about all of the things I’ve wanted in the past and present. I’m sure we all have those skills or hobbies that we always meant to pick up but somewhere along the way they got lost. But honestly it’s never too late to start today! My mom started taking Latin dance lessons a couple years ago and is living proof that it’s never too late to start learning something new. I see entrepreneurs on Shark Tank in their 40’s and 50’s leaving behind life long careers to pursue their own business.

The lesson learned? If you think you’re too old to try something new, you’re wrong! 

Do One Thing a Day That Scares You - Why You Should Start Today | by The Luxi Look
Do One Thing a Day That Scares You - Why You Should Start Today | by The Luxi Look

It’s never too late to start today

So with that said, I am off to Utah for the weekend to ski. Minor confession: I am really horrible at skiing. Just dreadful. And I am absolutely terrified of it – I don’t like heights or going fast. I know, I’m a huge baby! I’ve been putting off getting better for years, just assuming that I wouldn’t be in a situation where I would have to ski in the future (totally false) and thinking hey, at least there’s aprés ski!

But I can’t seem to escape it. My boyfriend loves to snowboard, several of my friends are huge skiers, and if I’m not going to learn now, am I just going to sit out while everyone else hits the slopes for the rest of my life?! So it’s lessons and bunny slopes for me this weekend with *fingers crossed* hopefully some improvement after a couple days. Wish me luck!

So if you’ve been wanting to pick up a new hobby, learn a new language, start a jewelry company, start a blog… what are you waiting for?

xx, Amy

Do One Thing a Day That Scares You - Why You Should Start Today | by The Luxi Look

outfit deets:

jumpsuit: sold out – similar options HERE | shoes: steve madden (very similar to these chloe wedges)

My workout routine is constantly changing. I get bored of the same class after a while, not to mention your body plateaus if you keep doing the same thing. If you’re bored with your current routine or not seeing changes in your body, you may want to check out Classpass. I’ve debated writing this post for a long time, because my relationship with Classpass Los Angeles has been on and off.

For those of you that aren’t familiar – Classpass describes itself as a  “new kind of gym membership that grants you access to thousands of different classes at studios and gyms in your city and around the world.

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

When Classpass first launched, the membership offered unlimited classes at hundreds of studios for $99 a month. Over time, the business found that model to be unsustainable and after a couple price hikes, has gotten rid of the unlimited feature. While that move was unpopular, it was absolutely necessary. Anyone who is familiar with boutique fitness classes understands that they run anywhere from $12-$30 for a single class, with unlimited monthly memberships at some studios running upwards of $300/month!

I never fully maximized the unlimited option – I could never seem to book the classes I wanted, the times I could actually attend before or after work always filled up right away, and I honestly prefer more of a consistent routine. Then there were some studios that I wanted to go to more than 3x a month and either paying more out of pocket for more classes or not going at all. Like a bad relationship, I found myself quitting and coming back for two years.

Today, pricing for Classpass Los Angeles (may vary in the city you live in) begins at $40/month for 3 classes, $60/month for 5 classes, and $115/month for 10 classes, with options to purchase additional classes through the app if you use up all of your classes for the month. The downside is still that the number of times you can visit each individual studio is capped, depending on the membership you have.

I like to switch between the 5 and 10 class per month memberships, which gives me flexibility to try different studios and mix up my routine. While the new Classpass isn’t as much of a deal as the unlimited version, it’s still by far the best bang for your buck in terms of taking a variety of boutique fitness classes. Here are the classes that I think are worth trying on Classpass Los Angeles. These are the studios that I always try to max out on and the ones that I actually go back to as a loyal customer and buy classes from.

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

hoodie: bebe | grey activewear set: grana

My Favorite Classpass Los Angeles Studios

Barry’s Bootcamp – if you want results, go here.Weights + treadmill intervals get the job done. I keep a normal class package in my account but will always max out my Classpass classes here.

Y7 Yoga – my favorite yoga studio in LA. Heated, set to hip hop music, and in a super dark room. The instructors are all pretty solid, but my favorite is Jess.

The Studio MDR – hands down the best megaformer (pilates on crack) workout in the city. I drove from West Hollywood to Culver City/Marina Del Rey for over a year to take classes here. The commute got to be too long, but I still have a huge soft spot for The Studio MDR. Classes on their own are expensive, but worth it! If you find a rare spot open on Classpass, snag it asap!

Training Mate – fun circuit training based workout. The atmosphere is super social, so bring a friend. The Australian trainers cracking bad jokes at you the whole time don’t hurt either.

Ballet Bodies – the stretch class is a godsend. If you want to loosen things up, help prevent injuries, and feel like a ballerina, go here!

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Other Classpass Los Angeles Studios Worth Trying

Sweat Garage – similar workout to Barry’s Bootcamp. The studio is more bare bones but classes feel more intimate, and less intimidating.

Hot Pilates – a variety of heated yoga/barre/dance-inspired classes, but in a hot studio. Makes the workout way more intense. The classes are great on the weekend when you need to sweat out the bad stuff.

Cycle House – personally not the biggest fan of spin but everyone else seems to love it. This one has a bit of a cult following. Classes are intense and you will sweat a LOT.

Flywheel – again, if spinning is your thing, definitely check out Flywheel.

Prevail – classes are tough to get into on Classpass, but the actual workout (boxing + conditioning) is a ton of fun and will get you into shape.

Fitmix – the combination of pilates on the reformer + crazy treadmill intervals is beyond killer.

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

These are the classes in the West Hollywood/Mid City/Hollywood area that I’ve taken and would recommend. I’ve taken classes at other studios that just weren’t as memorable, so if you have a question about any in the area give me a holler. Now that there’s a limit on the number of classes you take a month, Classpass feels less like a membership to help you find new studios, and more like an affordable way to take boutique fitness classes at a handful of your favorite spots. If you’re used to working out 5+ days a week, you’ll either need to adjust your routine or supplement with a membership elsewhere.

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Grana was kind enough to send a couple sets of their new activewear to me to try out. I’ve tested and worn their basics before (here and here) and have always been blown away by the quality and prices of their pieces. Despite having a closet full of yoga pants, I was missing a pair of the perfect black leggings. These photos were quickly snapped with my photog and friend, Lauren, before running off to a bootcamp class together. I wore this black set for the first time and was surprised by how comfortable the material was and how well the fabric wicked off moisture during even a very intense and VERY sweaty workout sesh.

Honestly, I really, really love these leggings and the best part is they’re only $49. The matching bra is only $29. Sizing is slightly smaller than in the US, so size up if you’re unsure.

I’ve been impressed by a lot of Grana’s launches, but the activewear line may actually be my favorite (so far!).

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Classpass Los Angeles - Studios Worth Trying | by The Luxi Look wearing Grana Activewear

Millennials are always on the move. Our mentality is “go, go, go” – and it’s not uncommon for us to have a job and a side hustle. We are seeing this everywhere. Most blogs are a side hustle. Maybe you have a jewelry business. Or freelance consult or write on the side. There are so many options and opportunities to have a side hustle these days.

My thoughts on this arrangement? I think self-improvement and growth are totally badass. I love people that are determined, passionate, and persistent. A little grit goes a long way.

I’ve really been trying to read more, tackling a long list of books to read that I recognized had a lot of self-help and self-improvement messages. (Not as boring as it sounds, I promise!!)

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Quincy Bag for Spring

A common theme that came up in the books I read was the idea of a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. The belief that you can develop talents through hard work and persistence vs. the belief that talent is innate and to a certain extent, “fixed.”

What I found was that I didn’t always have a growth mindset. In fact, I had spent the better part of my life believing that my abilities and skills were “fixed” to a certain extent and out of my control to change. I had always thought of myself as “analytical, numbers oriented” and “not creative.”

This was a major wake-up call, and honestly when the blog was born. I was determined to prove to myself that I was creative and if I wasn’t great at flexing those muscles then, I would get better.

I was letting my mindset and self-perception get in the way of my own success.

So the blog has been my side hustle. I work full time and while sometimes it’s exhausting and overwhelming to do both, for the most part it’s been exciting, stimulating, and immensely rewarding.

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Gianna

Why do I do both? For me, it’s yin and yang. My full-time job works one part of my brain and my blog the other. I get to build two very different skillsets: taking on challenges with the blog that I’m interested in, shaping every aspect of the creative direction, and learning new skills I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to. I get to interact with different kinds of people and develop a deep understanding of very different industries.

To be honest, I like the combination and challenges of both.

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Quincy Bag for Spring

The pros of having a side hustle:

+ A new challenge and something to learn from. You never know what opportunities might come out of it.

+ Learning new skills. Social media, digital marketing, content strategy, writing were all new to me before I started the blog. I’m learning so much every day, and it’s even helped shape my perspective on where I want my career to go in the long run.

+ Perspective. Having a side hustle has really opened my eyes in a way that working in a corporate environment never did (in a good way!).

+ Flexibility in the projects you take on and the kind of work you do. A lot of people dream of turning their side hustle into their job. What they fail to recognize is that doing something for fun vs. doing it for work/your main source of income is very different. When you have a side hustle, it’s purely a passion project that allows you to express yourself.

+ Extra income.

The cons of having a side hustle:

–  Say goodbye to your social life/sleep/other hobbies. I’d be lying if I said I was able to have and do it all. Social media is not reality. For every picture of me in an outfit drinking iced coffee, there are countless hours behind a desk in an office and working on a laptop at home. Not that glamorous! But having a side hustle requires some sort of sacrifice. There are only so many hours in the day.

– It can be distracting. Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking really isn’t that great. In fact, it can be downright awful. When your brain is constantly jumping from one thought to another it can be next to impossible to do any one thing well. Staying focused through time blocking and prioritizing daily tasks has been essential for me.

– All of this can lead to emotional ups and downs. It’s hard not to compare yourself to other people and feel like you’re not doing enough in either job. The best advice I’ve come across is to just focus on yourself.

As for how I balance a job and a side hustle?

I try to do as much as I can, when I can. And I don’t beat myself up when I can’t.

Specifically: I’ll wake up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later. I make my workouts more intense so I don’t have to go to the gym as often (think: high-intensity bootcamp or pilates on the megaformer 2-3x a week vs. the elliptical for an hour every day). I don’t say yes to every party, event, or happy hour invite. Some days I’ll get a lot done, other days I won’t do anything for my blog.

A little bit of effort goes a long way. Growing up, my parents would always tell me the Chinese saying, “constant dripping of water wears away the stone.” I’ve finally come to appreciate it. If you pour a bunch of water on a stone, it won’t change. But if you consistently drip water on it, over time, the stone will wear away. That’s what I’m going for.

The key word here really is “balance.” I never want to feel like I’m overwhelmed and stressed for prolonged periods of time. What I try to remind myself is that I’m in it for the long game. My career is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and I have to pace myself if I want to make it all the way.

Eating well, getting enough sleep, yoga, and lots of “me time” are key for me to staying grounded and balanced.

I also have an amazing support system – which I really think is key! Behind every successful person, there’s a team. It really does take a village ; ).

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Quincy Bag for Spring

And of course, blogging has forced me to be more put together (with the exception of mornings when I take my pup out at 6 am and some weekends when my style can be described in no other way than derelict) and conscious of my appearance. When I have more than 5 seconds to get dressed, I still try to keep it simple. Think: out the door in 5 minutes.

For spring, I am all about a white bag. Kinda risky, but I can’t help it – white is my absolute favorite color and nothing screams SPRING (or bridal) more than the color white.

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Quincy Bag for Spring

Botkier has been a long time favorite brand of mine. I don’t have the budget for a closet full of Chanel but a good mid-range bag (think: between $100-$500) can be hard to find.

Botkier keeps is clean, simple, and chic. This crossbody is perfect for a girl on the go. Maybe a girl with a side hustle? Ha!

And, they just launched SHOES this spring! I am digging every pair in the new collection. Although I am absolutely horrible in heels, two things make them more bearable – a chunky heel and an ankle strap. This pair has both and I am in love.

Side Hustle - Girl on the Go | by The Luxi Look wearing Botkier Quincy Gianna

This look is perfect for brunch, no? Speaking of which – I’m off to make some avocado toast. Trying to make some changes to my diet, one of which is more healthy fats! You don’t have to ask me twice if I want more guacamole. Happy Sunday babes!

xx, Amy

two piece set: similar (more options below) | bag: botkier | shoes: botkier

Hii! Another week is just flying by. Between being sick and getting a puppy (he has seriously stolen my heart), this week has been busyyyy. I have been super antsy to get back into my usual routine… On the bright side, I am honestly so excited the sun peeped out again this week. Getting more into spring trends, this kimono/duster is one of my favorite pieces in my closet at the moment. I just want to wear it all the time, so I had to figure out different looks and how to style a long kimono.

Duster jackets were super on trend all fall and winter, but you don’t need to retire the look just yet. Once your duster jacket becomes too heavy for the warmer weather, just replace it with a long kimono. There are so many ways to style a long kimono and dress it up or down.

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

Here’s how to style a long kimono

+ With a bodysuit and shorts. Now that it’s almost time for festival season, a long kimono is a great accessory to pair with your outfit. Layer on all the chunky, crazy jewelry you can find.

+ With a crop top and trousers. If you’re already wearing a loose, flowy kimono, don’t be afraid to bare a little midriff and pair with trousers or some sleek black denim. Very Kardashian esque. It’s great to balance the looseness of the robe with something more form fitting underneath.

+ With flared denim and round sunnies for a 70’s inspired look.

+ Over a swimsuit. Kimonos make fantastic swimsuit cover ups.

+ With jeans and a tee. I kept it simple here, because my day to day style is very simple. I’m all about no fuss, throw on and go outfits.

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

How to Style a Long Kimono | The Luxi Look wearing House of Harlow Yoselin Bed Maxi

I absolutely adore this House of Harlow long maxi robe. The print caught my eye instantly and it’s just so easy to wear. I threw it on over these super comfy GRLFRND jeans (if you’re on the fence about their denim, totally go for it because they are just the bomb) and a graphic tee (“the future is female“).

Okay now I’m off to play with the pup – and sip an apple lemon triple ginger (<< the best if you’re fighting a cold/flu!) juice before dinner!

xx, Amy

kimono: house of harlow | tee: otherwild | jeans: grlfrnd

shoes: isabel marant | bag: gucci

If it’s not too late for a new year’s resolution (ha!), I have one. Actually, it’s more of a life resolution. When it comes to my diet, my goal is to focus on whole, clean foods with the occasional indulgence here or there. The key is balance. However, I have the craziest sweet tooth and working in an office where there are constantly treats around has not been easy. I found myself reaching for a little sugary something almost every day – a piece of chocolate, half a cookie, a bite of a cupcake. Now that I’ve been reading and learning more about SUGAR and the effects it has on your body, I’m really making it a point to eat less sugar. More on that later, but for now I wanted to share the easiest recipe for a morning or afternoon snack that satisfies your sweet tooth – spicy fruit salad.

If you live in Southern California, you know what I’m talking about. Ever see the fruit carts on street corners selling assorted fruits and vegetables? They’re mixing up spicy fruit salad. When I was in Mexico City, I had the freshest, juiciest mango of my life from a fruit stand – and have been recreating this sweet and spicy concoction at home.

Easy, Tropical Inspired Spicy Fruit Salad by The Luxi Look

It’s so, so easy, and the perfect morning and afternoon pick me up. If you also have a sweet tooth, fruit is the best substitute I’ve found. It’s natural, loaded with vitamins, and water filled. You’ll get an immunity boost from all of the vitamin C and I swear my skin just glows when I eat more fruit.

Not to go all fruititarian on you guys, but I could eat this every day.

Easy, Tropical Inspired Spicy Fruit Salad by The Luxi Look

Easy, Tropical Inspired Spicy Fruit Salad by The Luxi Look

Easy, Tropical Inspired Spicy Fruit Salad by The Luxi Look

Zesty, Spicy Fruit Salad

  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Jicama
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Tajín (<< this is what makes it!)

Cut up fruit into chunks, squeeze fresh lime juice over, and add Tajín liberally. Feel free to add any other fruit or vegetable you like. Papaya and oranges are a great addition as well. If you can’t find Tajín, you can substitute chili powder and a little salt. Enjoy!

xx, Amy

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