If you followed me on Snapchat or Instagram stories you most likely saw the meals I was eating in Italy… and well, let’s just say I’d be lying if I said I didn’t come back from Italy with a little vacation weight gain. I’m a tiny bit softer than I was when I left. But honestly, no regrets because nothing beats homemade pasta. I know a lot of people go away and get a little vacation weight gain and freak out – but honestly it’s mostly just your body holding on to excess water weight since you’re most likely dehydrated from traveling and eating differently than you’re used to. Your body is built to handle small fluctuations and will adapt and bounce back in no time.

Now that I’m back home, here’s my plan of attack for the next few weeks as I attempt to get back to feeling normal (the jetlag is not helping either) and a little less puffy.

Losing Vacation Weight Gain | The Luxi Look

Vacation Detox with L*Space | The Luxi Look

Vacation Weight Gain | The Luxi Look

How To Get Back On Track After A Little Vacation Weight Gain

No alcohol. It’s possible I drank more wine than water in Italy, but the fastest way to get back to normal sleep and eating patterns is to cut the alcohol.

No fried/processed foods. As much as I love carbs, it’s a definite no-brainer to eliminate the daily chips that came with happy hour (always a spritz!) and cut down on the pasta and bread.

Limit sugar. Ugh. I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and this is really hard for me, but dessert on the daily was excessive and all signs suggest that sugar is one of the worst substances for you. Studies have shown excessive sugar can lead to heart disease, belly fat, and potentially even cancer. Yikes.

Sweat 3x a week.  I’m horrible at working out on my own, I spend more time “stretching” in the corner than actually doing anything productive,  so in an effort to actually be effective I turned to boutique fitness classes years ago and haven’t looked back. My absolute favorites in LA are Barry’s Bootcamp and The Studio MDR.

Lots of whole foods. Thinking smoothies/eggs/oatmeal for breakfast and lots of fruits, veggies, and lean protein throughout the day. My boyfriend and I love to cook dinner together (actually I got extremely lucky and he is an amazing chef : ) I make small contributions here and there) and we try to keep it very clean. Last night we landed and immediately make a big batch of vegetable soup and garlic chicken thighs for dinner. You’re welcome to come over for dinner anytime ; ).

Vacation Weight Gain | The Luxi Look

Vacation Weight Gain | The Luxi Look

Overall, I live by the 80/20 rule.  If you take the 80/20 rule literally, my philosophy is that if you eat right 292 days of the year, the remaining 73 you can let loose a little ; ). Like a lot of girls, I struggled with finding out what was right for my body and health for a long time and it really wasn’t until I let loose and became more in tune with my body did I actually begin to feel better. Some of the first blogs I ever read and loved were centered around health and fitness, so stay tuned for more posts on these topics!

Truthfully it’s way less about how I look and more about how I feel. By the end of our trip, AJ and I were desperately craving chicken and vegetables (boring, lol) and my body completely rebelled against any and all wine : (. My skin broke out horribly in the worst way in a year and I knew that my daily diet of espresso, pasta, wine, and gelato needed to change. But all good things must come to an end and as much as I LOVED Italy (full recap to come) I couldn’t be more excited to be home and back to work, as dorky as that sounds.

Last thing – can we talk about this heat wave we’ve been having?! Yay or nay to summer year round?!

xx, Amy

jacket: lovers and drifters club | top: l*space | bottom: l*space

photos: lauren miller

Feeling Blue

The Luxi Look | Vici Collection

Hiiii friends! I’m currently on my way home back to Los Angeles – long travel days are never fun, but this trip was one for the books. I can’t wait to share more photos and a full trip recap! But a sneak peek – Italy is one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, the Amalfi Coast is absolutely breathtaking, and don’t even get me started on the FOOD and WINE. I am still dreaming of some of the meals I ate in Italy!

If you’re thinking about visiting – RUN, don’t walk, because I guarantee the beach towns of the Amalfi Coast will be swarming next summer! A full recap will be up soon, so keep your eyes out for that!

In the meantime, how have you been? Not sure if it sounds weird to say, but I missed you guys! It feels so good to be coming home and I can’t wait to catch up this week at all hours of the day while I fight jetlag. Speaking of jetlag… what are the best tips to beat it ASAP? Is that even possible? I’m honestly dying to know, because jetlag is the worst. So if you have any secrets, PLEASE SPILL!

These photos are from earlier in the month, but I wanted to share because HOW CUTE is this dress from Vici? Now that we’re almost in October I promise I will get fall fashion posts up ASAP ; ). As much fun as Europe was, I’ve been dying to get back into my routine in LA, back to blogging (+ work), and back to the beach! Even though the post vacation blues are real, coming home to LA is as close a vacation as you can get! You’re always an hour or so from the beach (sometimes even less!) so if you ever need an escape… Malibu is the perfect place for that.

xx, Amy

The Luxi Look | Vici

The Luxi Look | Vici

The Luxi Look | Vici

The Luxi Look | Vici

photos: lauren miller

Being Present

Be Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
Ciao from Italy! We’ve been in this beautiful country for almost a week and are currently wrapping up our stay in Positano – seriously one of the most stunning places I have ever visited in my life. Every corner is picturesque beyond words and all the photographs you’ve seen simply do not do these views justice! It’s amazing and a much-needed getaway, but at the same time I’ve found myself thinking about home and all the things I need to get done when I get back. BUT – I am trying really, really hard to live more in the now and be present in the moment.

Being present is something I have always tried to be mindful of, and a huge part of what led me to begin practicing yoga 5 years ago (something I really need to get back into). It makes sense – research has shown that dwelling on the past and negative makes us more likely to be depressed. Waiting for the future to be happy also leads us to be unable to enjoy the present. Whether you’re always dwelling on the past or looking to the future, the problem is that you aren’t living in the now. Of course, we are ALL guilty of doing both, myself included!
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
For me, I find myself often looking to and planning for the future – great for preparation, but not great for living in the moment. It is also hard to be present when our attention is split between several different tasks at once! A huge part of being present has been putting away the phone for me. I’ve noticed myself and others being on our phones constantly when in the presence of friends. Such a terrible habit that has become so socially common/accepted! I am really trying to make a point to put my phone down when I around the people I am with and give them my full attention.

Social media is also related to this – I’ve talked about social media not being real life in the past and I stand by this. Real life is ALWAYS > Instagram. Being present and in the moment and not constantly staring at your screen looking at other people’s lives is something I want to practice more over the rest of the year. In fact, if we are hanging out and you see me on my phone, PLEASE call me out on it! My goal is to be able to focus on what is in front of me in that moment, and nothing else.
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
Being Present in the Moment | The Luxi Look
As cheesy as it sounds, I felt much more grounded and present when I was practicing yoga regularly – which is why I’m considering picking it up again. I have yet to find a yoga studio I absolutely love and adore in LA, so if you have any favorites, please send them my way!! Meditation/Buddhist podcasts are also a helpful tool – I listen to them during my commute to and from work. My favorites are episodes of Audio Dharma led by Buddhist teacher Gil Fronsdal (I’m not Buddhist, I just love his talks and the messages he delivers).

How do you stay present?

xx, Amy

In a perfect world, we would all be able to buy whatever we want, whenever we want. However in this world (or at least the one I live in), a girl’s gotta stick to a budget. My goal, always, is to be relatable and show style that is attainable for every girl. However, I do appreciate investment pieces that can be worn and kept for years and years. Jackets, jewelry, shoes, and bags normally make the best “investment” pieces. Personally, I love love LOVE shoes and tend to save my splurges for pairs I cannot resist. However, figuring out how to save for investment pieces is VERY important.

I use the term “investment piece” loosely because at the end of the day, they’re clothes/things you wear and not an actual investment that will give you a real return (unless you’re going for Chanel or Hermes… then yes, it could actually be considered an investment.) Designer clothing and accessories don’t always equal better quality, but often it does! Having a couple nice pieces in your closet can really transform your entire wardrobe.

How to Save for Investment Pieces | The Luxi Look

How to Save for Investment Pieces | The Luxi Look

Now that it’s September, everyone’s talking boots. Particularly, OTK boots. I think OTK boots have moved past being a trend – they’re a definite staple in my closet and I constantly try to think of ways to wear them, even in the summer.

Stuart Weitzman shoes are some of my favorite. The 5050 boots were the first nice shoes I ever bought for myself and thanks to an amazing cobbler (if you’re in LA and want a good rec, lmk!) they’re still kicking today. My current favorites are the Highlands (pictured here) and Lowlands (need to acquire every color… stat). I love suede shoes and the adjustable tie in the back helps ensure the perfect fit!
I’ve honestly tried on so many pairs of OTK boots and have a really hard time finding ones that actually stay up. These fit perfectly to your legs for that skin-tight look, even if you have thinner legs. If you’re going to splurge on shoes and looking at OTK boots, I would recommend this pair.
How to Save for Investment Pieces | The Luxi Look
How to Save for Investment Pieces | The Luxi Look
I’ve been working for years and make a point to be save money and be smart about the purchases I make. When it comes to big-ticket purchases such as vacations or nice shoes, I find it easier to set money aside over time rather than come up with it all at once. The way I look at shopping (“wants”) vs. the essentials in life (“needs” – rent, bills, etc.) is that shopping comes second. Every paycheck I make sure to pay off my bills and set aside a certain amount of money for actual savings (like, see you in 30 years kind of savings) – the rest is mine to spend.

 

In my experience, money out of sight is money out of mind. That’s why I really like automatic transfers – you can set this up in any checking account to transfer money on a set frequency from one account to another. Or you can use an app to help you save money – I’ve really been using and loving Digit, which tracks the money in your bank account and automatically withdraws amounts into a separate account. Because the app is tracking your spending habits, it makes sure to only take an amount of money that you won’t even notice is gone. Over time, you’ll realize you’ve saved a ton of money without even thinking about it! This is great to 1. transfer into actual investments or 2. use on something for yourself – like a pair of shoes. I was able to save a lot of money for upcoming trips by using Digit. Full disclosure – I’m not being paid or anything by Digit, I just really love the app!

 

I’d love to hear how you approach setting budgets and buying investment pieces – any tips or tricks to share? Lmk!

 

xx, Amy
dress: forever 21 (similar) | boots: stuart weitzman

 

photos: ryan chua

Minimal Jewelry

Minimal Jewelry | The Luxi Look
For the longest time, I struggled with jewelry. I’ve never been much of a jewelry wearer – I tend to gravitate towards minimal jewelry that can be worn every day. The occasional statement piece can be worked in, but I prefer smaller pieces that I almost forget I’m wearing. I HATE heavy bangles and necklaces that weigh me down. The great thing about minimal pieces is that when you’re looking to make more of a statement, all you have to do is quickly layer several pieces together.

 

Lately, I’ve been venturing into jewelry more and starting to embrace it in my own way. The choker trend has been going strong for some time and doesn’t appear to be letting down. I admit I’m guilty myself of wearing chokers maybe too often. I can’t help it – I’m a 90’s baby for life. However, rather than one choker, try layering several dainty pieces together to create the ultimate necklace stack.
Minimal Jewelry | The Luxi Look

dress: spell & the gypsy collective (similar) | choker: similar | necklace: similar

Minimal Jewelry | The Luxi Look
leather choker: frasier sterling | opal choker: amarilo | rings and bangles : the 2 bandits
haati-chai-amaril-vrai-and-oro-lili-claspe
top: haati chai (similar) | second: amarilo | third: vrai and oro | bottom: lili claspe (similar)

 

My favorite pieces right now, and so fun to mix and match! What pieces and brands are you rocking this fall?

 

xx, Amy
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