Happy Friday! Wanted to quickly chat with you guys about YOGA before the weekend. I’ve shared my workout routine before, but something I’ve been trying to incorporate more lately is yoga. I find exercise to be the #1 form of stress relief for me, but nothing clears my mind the way yoga does.
I know a lot of people think yoga is “boring” and “not real exercise” (I disagree with both statements!) – but I really do believe yoga is one of the best things you can do for your body.
The benefits of yoga are practically endless – increased strength and flexibility, improved circulation, posture, bone health, stress relief, the list goes on and on… It’s also a great cross-training option – especially if you run and/or lift weights! I especially love hip opening stretches (LOVE/HATE half pigeon pose).
The key is to find the type of yoga that is right for you. Here’s a helpful guide to different types of yoga. My personal favorite is heated vinyasa (the heat is so detoxifying), so I stick to that. Although LA has a seemingly endless amount of yoga studios, I had a hard time finding a studio I really loved. Lately I’ve been really into Y7 studio – basically heated vinyasa set to badass music (think tons of hip hop).
In terms of what to wear to yoga, it helps to wear something slightly more form fitted so you’re not constantly readjusting your clothes. There are so many stylish athleisure brands out there today – if you’re looking for a wide selection definitely check out Sculptique – some of the cutest workout clothes out there.
I’ve always wanted to get my yoga teacher training certification – any trained yoga teachers out there with insight or advice?
Ok, I have to ask… what are your thoughts on the law of attraction? If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s the idea that “like attracts like.” To put it simply, if you give positive energy, you’ll attract and receive positive energy. If you give negative energy, you’ll attract and receive negative energy. It’s thrown around a lot, especially in LA. I started to look into it recently and my feelings are totally mixed.
Not trying to be all new age and weird on you guys (for the record I don’t get my tarot cards read and I only jokingly talk about my horoscope), but I couldn’t help but notice that the law of attraction is… kind of true.
You’re probably thinking, hold up, she’s lost it – but here’s the thing. Doesn’t it, on a somewhat baseline intuitive level, kind of make sense? I wouldn’t go so far to say that it’s a “law” (we’re not talking physics here, guys) but it isn’t a bad principle to live by.
In our daily lives, often what we give is what we get. Think about when you’re walking around on the street. What is everyone doing? They’re most likely walking past you, barely looking at you or focused entirely on their phones. But what happens when someone smiles at you? Maybe it takes you by surprise, and maybe you’ll smile back at them. Try it today – smile at 10 strangers and see how they respond. You’d be surprised by how many people break their mold to reciprocate.
Even on a deeper level, it kind of makes sense. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It’s all about perception. Isn’t it interesting how two people can look at the same exact situation and see things so differently? One person might see a setback that brings them down, the other a challenge that will take them to the next level.
I couldn’t help but look into the law of attraction when very recently, I was being a typical millennial and having another quarter-life crisis about my career and destiny. After complaining to my boyfriend the 286276x time he gave me another pep talk (he’s the best) and helped me shift my mindset, view things more positively, and then – the craziest thing happened. It was almost as if an opportunity came knocking on my door.
Maybe it’s because when we’re positive, we see things differently. I see this every day in life. I do my best to recognize it in myself and others around me. If someone is seeing things through a negative lens, I do my best to flip it into a positive. (Note: Not trying to be that annoying girl that doesn’t let you complain – I recognize not every situation is appropriate for this and I totally get that not everything in life can be perfect and happy. BUT a lot of the things we complain about in our day to day is small and more often than not, #firstworldproblems.)
What do you think? Am I completely crazy? It has been a really crazy time of year so who knows, I may have totally lost it – but I’d love to hear your thoughts!!
I wrote about the importance of loving yourself recently, and have sincerely made it a point to honor my mind and body more. To me, one of the key components of self-love is self-awareness and the ability to recognize when you need a break. We all know the feeling of being on the brink of complete burn out and running on empty. Thinking that if you push yourself just a little more you’ll be able to truly do it all (which in my mind is a myth, but more on that another day). More often than not, when we try to do too much we end up completely fatigued, exhausted, and sick. As much as I would love to be the person that can do it all, I’ve recognized the importance of taking breaks BEFORE that burnout occurs so that you don’t end up completely out of commission.
This past week was long and emotional. To be honest I struggled internally with blogging after Tuesday. It didn’t feel right to me. I try to keep things light hearted and positive on the blog, but I just couldn’t muster up the energy. I’ve talked a lot of positivity on the blog, and in general think it’s so important to be hopeful and optimistic. But sometimes you’re just too tired to fake it. Even if you’re trying to find ways to stay motivated. I know this isn’t the normal fluffy happy blog topic BUT I do think it’s important to keep it real and honest. Not every day is going to be sunshine and shoes and trends and it’s ok to acknowledge that.
I had to tell myself – it’s ok to take a break. It’s ok to be tired. It’s ok to want to do nothing and just have a day/night to yourself. So I’m putting the coffee down, hitting the snooze button, and focusing on healing and rest before trying to take on the world again. (Probably going to meditate and get a massage as well.)
On a somewhat tangential note, if you’re looking for ways to take action, here’s a wonderful post written by a friend compiling all the ways to help women and minorities in the wake of last week’s events. Thank you Hayley for more eloquently sharing the words many of us are thinking.
Hi loves. Taking a little bit of a departure from the usual subjects today. I took a mini break from blogging yesterday, so apologies for the delay in post. It was hard getting back on social media today. To be honest I spent most of yesterday processing what happened Tuesday night. I had originally prepared a post for Wednesday, but it just felt like fluff and to be honest, I needed a little break.
Will be back to posting soon, but in the meantime I just wanted to re-share this quote from Hillary Clinton.
“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams.”
While there are several products that get the job done whether they’re from the drugstore or a high end department store, certain things are worth saving up for. It’s important to know when to spend and when to save – so here are the beauty products I think are worth the splurge.
This is definitely a beauty product that is worth splurging on, in my experience. High end foundations tend to have better formulas and more pigments. It’s worth trying out a variety to find the right coverage and finish for your skin. I love Nars tinted moisturizer for daytime (it has SPF!) and Armani Luminous Silk foundation for when I want slightly more coverage and a flawless finish. I had to look twice at the price tag, but it is 100% worth it (makeup artists and celebrities everywhere agree). AND right now it’s 20% off at Sephora for VIB Rouge members (use code: 20ROUGE) and VIB members from November 11th – 14th (use code: 20VIB).
I think high quality hair products are SO important, especially if you color your hair. It’s important to use products that are paraben and sulfate free to preserve your color. My favorite line of haircare products, by far, is Oribe. Needless to say, I’m completely #oribeobsessed. I love everything from their Gold Lust line as well as their dry texturizing shampoo.
Because I wash my hair infrequently (aim for 1-2 times a week… call me gross, whatever), a bottle of shampoo and conditioner lasts me almost 2 years (to the point where I should just throw the remaining product out). So I really don’t feel bad splurging on Oribe products because they last forever and the quality cannot be beat (bonus: you won’t be able to get over the scent!).
Your skin is your largest organ and the one that everyone sees (duh). I would prioritize skincare over splurging on makeup products ANYDAY. Obviously diet and lifestyle factor into the quality of your skin, but the next best thing is nourishing your skin with the right products for YOU. This takes a lot of trial and error over time, but once you get your skincare routine down pat – whether it’s simple or a crazy 10 step regime – it’ll be one of the best things you can do for your appearance.
Something about a nice lipstick just makes you feel more put together and honestly, fancy. The formulas of high lipsticks (Chanel, YSL, and Tom Ford especially!) are tough to beat – they glide on smoothly, stay put, and have the most gorgeous, vibrant shades. It might feel like a lot to spend $30 on a lipstick, but it’s one of those small little luxuries that is perfect for the days when you just need to #treatyoself.
What products do you splurge on, and where do you save? If you’re a VIB Rouge or VIB at Sephora, take advantage of the 20% off sale right now (this stuff NEVER goes on sale). Have a fabulous week, babes!