Hiiii! How was everyone’s weekend?! I caught the nasty flu (motivation for me to get the shot every year from now on) and am still recovering, chugging fluids all day and eating tons of garlic, ginger, and lemon. BUT on the bright side, we also got a PUPPY (!!) which has been one of the best things ever. Naturally, I’ve been a little distracted from the blog – can you blame me?! So today I wanted to quickly put together a list of spring 2017 trends, (florals for spring groundbreaking!) to keep an eye out for in the coming months while I work on shooting looks for you guys. It may not feel like it yet but spring is fast approaching!

The top spring 2017 trends you need in your closet right now:

Fishnets

We’re seeing a lot of the hot fall and winter trends continue into spring and summer of 2017. Expect to see more fishnets under ripped denim, paired with skirts and dresses, and even fishnet tops! Basically, you can make this trend as daring as you want it to be.

Corset details
We’re seeing the pajama/lingerie trend linger, but moving past slip dresses and pajamas into bustiers and corset details. I am loving the corset details I’m seeing on tops, dresses, and jumpsuits! I also love the look of a corset or bustier layered over another top – it even works over a simple loose and baggy tee. Not only is it a fun styling twist, a little corset detailing also emphasizes the smallest part of your waist and helps add curves, which never hurts!

Statement Sleeves
Another carry over from last fall and still going strong. There are so many great variations of this trend, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below.

Ruffles
This romantic trend is back for spring and better than ever. Ruffles are especially great if you have a more feminine or romantic style, but they can also work with a more edgy or urban look. It’s all about how you mix and match them. You guys know I LOVE ruffles, remember this starry-eyed Diane dress?

Embroidery
Seeing a lot of little details for spring. Another feminine touch that goes with almost any look. I love embroidery detailing on almost anything, but I especially love the way it looks on denim.

Florals
And of course, what’s spring without some florals? Believe it or not, florals are trending for spring (shocking) and since it’s one of my favorite trends every year no matter the season, I’m already on board! I paired this floral wrap dress by ASTR with my new favorite B-Low the Belt wrap belt (seriously, how good are their belts?!) and kept it still winter appropriate by adding burgundy suede booties and layering a light jacket over (not pictured).

Spring 2017 Trends by The Luxi Look wearing ASTR Selma Floral Dress
Spring 2017 Trends by The Luxi Look wearing ASTR Selma Floral Dress
Spring 2017 Trends by The Luxi Look wearing ASTR Selma Floral Dress
Spring 2017 Trends by The Luxi Look wearing ASTR Selma Floral Dress
Spring 2017 Trends by The Luxi Look wearing ASTR Selma Floral Dress
Stay tuned for more looks featuring all the best spring 2017 trends!
xx, Amy
dress: astr | belt: b-low the belt (similar) | boots: steve madden | bag: gucci

Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of grabbing a vegan post workout smoothie after a good workout session. Once I realized how easy they are to make at home, I started whipping up different variations in my kitchen that I can’t wait to share with you guys! There really are so many benefits to eating within an hour of working out and making sure to consume a good balance of protein and carbs.

Why it’s important to eat after a workout

+ Your body needs to replenish the glycogen, electrolytes, and fluids that were depleted in your body after a tough workout.

+ Consuming protein within an hour of working out helps repair and build muscle (see those guys drinking protein shakes at the gym?)

Why I love drinking vegan post workout smoothies:

+ I like to use vegan protein powder because I’m a little lactose intolerant and whey protein powder, which is derived from milk, can be hard for my stomach to digest. I’m not vegan, but if you are, know that this variation is safe for you to consume and filled with protein!

+ I love smoothies because they’re so fast to whip up and easy, not to mention if you’re really pressed for time you can make smoothie packs ahead of time by zip locking all of the ingredients for one smoothie into a bag in advance.

+ Smoothies are failproof to make, you can use as much or as little of whatever ingredient you have on hand and chances are it’ll taste good. I also prefer smoothies to juices because you keep the fiber from the pulp of whatever fruits and vegetables you blend : ).

Here’s my current favorite variation, I’ll add or subtract ingredients depending on my mood and what I have in the kitchen.

Blueberry Almond Butter Vegan Protein Smoothie Recipe (inspired by Earth Bar)

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I really like Vega)

Blend together, adding more milk or ice until you’ve achieved your desired consistency. I like mine to be a little thicker, which is why I like using frozen fruit and adding more ice cubes.

** Extra add-ins if you’re feeling crazy – chia seeds, kale, spinach, greens powder, any superfood powder.

xx, Amy

 

Almost the weekend!! I’ll be taking this one easy… brunch, maybe a visit to a Korean Spa (dying for a body scrub!!), lots of reading, a weekend detox… what can I say, I’m a grandma : ). If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I spent last weekend in Mexico City, consuming my fair share of really, really delicious food and too much mezcal to count. It was definitely “letting loose” relative to my typical day to day lifestyle, and while it was totally worth it, I always feel a little sluggish after an indulgent weekend. After a long weekend, I try to be a little more conscious of what I’m putting into my body and focus on eating whole, clean foods and drinking a ton of liquids. I don’t do juice cleanses or extreme detoxes, but I do try to pick out certain ingredients that have detoxifying benefits and help get your body back to normal. Here’s what goes into my mini weekend detox and how it helps you get out of your weekend slump.

Weekend Detox - Wellness Drinks by The Luxi Look | Kombucha, Kreation Juices, Infused Water

What I’m sipping on:

+ Kombucha – satisfies my craving for something fizzy, not to mention is so beneficial to your health. Kombucha helps with digestion, boosts your immunity, and is claimed to aid with energy and weight loss.

+ Fresh juices – even though the juicing craze has died down a bit, fresh juices are still a great way to drink more liquid and get more fruits and vegetables easily. Making your own fresh is the best, but it can be time consuming and messy – when I’m on the go, I love Kreation, Beverly Hills Juice, and Juice Served Here in LA.

+ Water – duh! If you’re struggling to get enough water, you absolutely need a water infuser in your life! This one has totally changed my life – it makes water taste SO much better. My favorite combination is cucumber, lemon, and mint, but you can use a variety of fresh fruits and herbs to flavor your water. Water is essential for a weekend detox.

Weekend Detox - Wellness Drinks by The Luxi Look | Kombucha, Kreation Juices, Infused Water, Get Well Shot

Weekend Detox - Wellness Drinks by The Luxi Look | Kombucha, Kreation Juices, Infused Water

Weekend Detox - Wellness Drinks by The Luxi Look | Kombucha, Kreation Juices, Infused Water

Detoxifying ingredients to look for:

+ Tumeric – anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which boosts your immunity. If you haven’t tried a turmeric latte yet, you need to do so!

+ Activated charcoal – flushes toxins out of your system. I love charcoal lemonade, but if you can’t find it nearby you can also take activated charcoal pills. Just be sure to drink lots of water with it!

+ Ginger – also an immune system booster and helps with inflammation and may even help prevent cancer.

+ Lemon – warm water with lemon in the morning has been shown to improve digestion and detoxify the body. None of that master cleanse BS.

+ Cucumber – another hydrating superfood that is full of vitamins and antioxidants. Yum!

+ Apple Cider Vinegar – adding a little bit of ACV in your beverage may help with weight loss and digestion.

Happy detox-ing!

xx, Amy

We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it till you make it.” Truthfully, it always sounded like a bunch of BS. But when I started thinking about it and read more into it, I came to realize that it might actually be a key to success. Not buying it? Hear me out.

“Fake it till you make it” can be confused with lying, being manipulative, and overall being full of BS. On the one hand, it’s true that you don’t want to be someone you’re not, and you certainly don’t want to be deceitful. On the other hand, sometimes we all need a little boost of confidence that might come in the form of “faking it.”

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

It turns out that there is some research out there that backs up the psychology of the “fake it till you make it” mindset. Here are my thoughts:

Why you should “fake it till you make it”

You’ll believe in yourself and be more confident. The way I see it, it’s all about conveying confidence. I wasn’t comfortable calling myself a blogger for a long time. In fact, there are some days when I still don’t feel like I’ve truly earned the title. I work a full-time job and don’t even dedicate the majority of my day to my blog, so it can be tough to identify myself as a blogger. But then I realized that other people won’t take you seriously unless you do, and if you can’t even believe in yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to. After all, what we think, we become.

It can help in social situations. Socially, it also helps to “fake it till you make it” – especially for us introverts!! As a blogger, it can be hard attending events alone when you don’t know anyone. Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s ok to “fake” being an extrovert in these situations. At work, it can help to fake “it” (confidence) when you’re in meetings or giving a presentation.

You’ll be taken more seriously. Ever heard the phrase, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? There may actually be some truth to that saying. You shouldn’t completely change the way you dress, but it doesn’t hurt to look put together at work or when you’re meeting someone new for the first time. First impressions matter, and oftentimes they last, so why wouldn’t you want to put your best foot forward?

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

Pros and Cons of "Fake it Till You Make it" | The Luxi Look

When you should NOT fake it

If you can’t ever be yourself. If you’re constantly faking it, when are you presenting your true self to the world? Can you truly be honest with yourself?

If you can’t back it up. As with all things in life, if you want to succeed, you have to be prepared. It doesn’t matter how much you “believe in yourself” or “fake it” – if you don’t do your homework and don’t have the skills to ultimately support your claims, it won’t do you any good.

At the end of the day, the goal is to become the person we are trying to be. There’s a great TED talk on this topic – specifically, the power of our body language in conveying our confidence. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says: “Fake it till you become it. Do it enough until you actually become it and internalize.”

What are your thoughts on the fake it till you make it attitude?

xx, Amy

Let’s talk food. If you follow me on insta or snap, you probably already know that I LOVE to eat. Living in LA, there are so many options for food. Every type of cuisine at every price point imaginable. We really are so spoiled. With that being said, there are still a handful of spots that are my go-to’s and I eat at on a regular basis. The place I probably go to the most (aka an embarrassing amount) would be Zinqué,. I am OBSESSED with their “Le Bowl.”

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, girls brunch, date night – you name it, Zinqué is my spot. I love their outdoor patio, wine list – perfect at the end of a long week at work – and their fries. YUM.  If we’re friends, chances are I’ve dragged you to Zinqué. If not, let’s go soon.

The thing is – I order the same exact thing every time.

“Le Bowl.”

Sounds fancy, but the “Le Bowl” is really so simple. Brown rice,  avocado, tomatoes, arugula, a little cheese, sriracha mayo, and your choice of protein (I usually get chicken or ahi tuna). So. Damn. Good.

Le Bowl at Zinque in West Hollywood by The Luxi Look

I can’t go there every day and I really need to resist the temptation to go overboard by ordering a glass of wine, those damn fries, and dessert (the flourless chocolate cake is to die for) so I make my own at home when the mood strikes. This has become a weekly occurrence in my apartment.

It’s super easy to make and the perfect lunch or dinner if you’re looking to whip something up quick that’s still delicious and good for you.

Here’s what you’ll need – feel free to adjust the recipe accordingly to your taste. Add more of ingredients you love, remove the ones you don’t.

Ingredients for "Le Bowl" - easy, healthy lunch or dinner

Le Bowl (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 4 oz shredded chicken
    (I bake chicken breasts, shred up a rotisserie chicken, or use “Just Chicken” from Trader Joe’s – no weird ingredients)
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 tomato, cubed
    (If you have time, marinate in red wine vinegar for a day. Makes the tomatoes super plump and juicy)
  • Handful arugula
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Comte cheese (Trader Joe’s has this, otherwise feel free to sub Emmentaler or Gruyere)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sriracha
  • Mayo

Mix brown rice, chicken, avocado, tomato, and arugula in a bowl. Add cheese to taste. Season with salt and pepper, and dress with sriracha and mayo.

** Healthy substitutions: swap the mayo for greek yogurt and replace the rice with cauliflower rice if you’re trying to go low-carb. You won’t miss them. Don’t eat dairy? Remove the cheese and mayo. Vegetarian? Add roasted vegetables or egg whites.

Voila! Tasty, easy, healthy meal. And it goes perfectly with a glass of rosé ; ).

Bon appétit!

xx, Amy

 

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