Throwing Out the Rulebook

May 29, 2017

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Donni Charm wrap top
Ulla Johnson pants
Lack of Color hat
Donni Charm purse
& Other Stories shoes
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How is it that I always feel like I need a vacation from vacation? Hahahaha. It’s true though. I bring work with me everywhere I go. Even at 2pm on a Tuesday in the Cayman Islands, I’m still stuck on my emails while writing a paragraph for a blog post in my notes app, all in-between a paddle boarding session and seaside happy hour. That’s just how life is for us in this industry of blogging. Work is around the clock. It’s possible for work to be done from anywhere. Yes, even bed. We wake up early to get the most mood inducing shots. And we stay up late because there is never enough hours in the day to get it all done in a suitable amount of time. This job isn’t any old 9-5, that’s for sure. The jet leg, the late nights, the over-organized schedules and endless brainstorming for the weeks ahead . . . even from places where everyone else is strictly on vacation, has every potential to suck the life out of us. But at the same time, we can’t help but enjoy every moment of it because there really is nothing better than being one’s own boss. To see our visions come to life. And to inspires others with our visions, even if it’s the littlest thing like the jeans we wore out the door with a vintage scarf hanging out the back pocket that particular day.

When I step back to see what my day to day and month to month look like from afar, it kind of blows my mind. Over five years ago, I never would have saw myself doing what I do now, with the sort of schedule that brings me all over town one day, and across the Atlantic Ocean the next. I’ve learned to go-go-go on the spur of the moment and to adapt to an unlimited amount of different situations. The spontaneity of it all has been priceless. Growing up, I used to feel like having my future all planned out was the most important focus for me to have to gain a certain level of success. It was as if my life relied on a rulebook. A very serious rulebook. But it wasn’t until I actually let that plan go, threw the rules out the window, and gave my imagination some room to breathe and to delve in different directions, did my true calling come to me. A process of unsteady, gradual maneuvering really did pay off in the end. And that true calling, well it is still far from set in stone . . . but that’s the beauty of it really. I never know what’s around the corner, but I know for sure that there’s always a new story to share. There’s no such thing as boring with my job. And I look forward to getting dressed for the day as a confident, adventurous woman. As all women should be. I feel lucky that I get to say this about what I do.

Today is Memorial Day, and we celebrate a day of remembrance for those who died during military service for our country. It is also a day of no work here in America. It’s a funny thing though, as a blogger and as a freelance creative, there really is no such thing as set holidays. Our schedule and work load don’t depend on these. Most of the time, I’m working while everyone else with an office job is out somewhere else relaxing with work the last thing on their minds. But what I’ve come to learn the most from my job is to not be too hard on myself all of the time. And that the jet leg, the late nights, the over-organized schedules and endless brainstorming for the weeks ahead deserve a little break every now and then. It doesn’t need to be a holiday and it doesn’t need to be a weekend, but it should be interspersed in there whenever it can. Because yes, the life does get sucked out of us (we are human), BUT there is even greater potential to have life injected full with new amazing things, perspectives and creative drive soon afterwards. As long as there is rejuvenation in the process. Rulebooks aren’t the key to success. Regular rejuvenation is. That is a rule by a blogger. And this is the kind of outfit I’ll wear while doing it 🙂

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Skin Nutrition from the Inside Out with HUM Nutrition

May 26, 2017

A well rounded diet and regular fitness regime have been super important aspects of my life these past few months. Eating fresh and healthy food and fitting in time to move and sweat in a way that makes me feel good from the inside out. And my body has come to start to crave these feelings. But still, keeping it up week after week can be a struggle when work calls for flights across the ocean last minute. It’s not the biggest deal of course, because for me, wellness is also all about balance, and nothing can ever be perfect. So because of the hectic schedules that come at me regularly, I was on the lookout for a product that I could use to balance out the days when I don’t have the time to eat healthy or workout as much. Then, thinking in the long term, I was looking for a way to enhance the wellness routine I already had in practice. 

It’s been a month since I was introduced to HUM Nutrition, a brand of nutritional supplements that have a strong focus on inner beauty and skincare from the inside out. First things, first. HUM Nutrition supplements are sustainably sourced, non-GMO and free of soy, gluten, artificial colors, and preservatives. Many are even organic and vegan. Second, the supplements provide continuous care and also prevention by working from deep inside you (as opposed to a topical treatment) so that you can have more long-term results. Prevention is key to beauty! The earlier, the better. Third, it’s so easy to take advantage of HUM Nutrition’s personalization process. There’s a quick 3 minute evaluation which gives you access to recommendations by a Registered Dietician. This company is run by pros!

Now, onto my three recommendations from the HUM website:

Daily Cleanse Skin & Body Detox Supplement

This is my number one! The blend of organic chlorella algae, detoxifying herbs and cleansing minerals work together to detox and protect my skin (as well as liver, gut, kidneys and lymphatic system). It literally stops the impurities and toxins before they even get a chance to affect my skin. My breakouts have decreased dramatically since using this product. When paired with healthy meals on the daily, and especially a good workout session, I notice my skin looks brighter and smoother, as well. Less makeup needed. That is always the goal for me.

Gut Instinct Probiotic 

I read an article about how much inflammation is one of the biggest problems Americans face, and it is mostly because of diet. This supplement contains 25 billion (yes 25 billion), 10-strain probiotics which work to heal your gut, boost your immune system and protects against inflammation and oxidative stress. Basically, as a result of these supplements, inflammation is down overall so your skin doesn’t have to suffer from redness and breakouts and general aging. Like I mentioned before, the best and most effective way to increase the health and look of your skin is from the inside out. It’s exactly why we make the decision to eat a grilled chicken salad over a slice of pepperoni pizza on an average day. This supplement just amplifies those healthy actions and puts them in motion in a way that shows on the outside in the best way possible.

Flatter Me Digestion Supplement

This just happens to be the perfect supplement for the months right before bikini season. This one is made from a unique blend of 18 full spectrum digestive enzymes and herbs. It’s an easy way to reduce bloating and improve digestion. I take it right before dinner so I can be sure to sleep with and easy stomach that night. And on top of that . . . crop tops here I come!

I also want to throw in how much of a fan that I am of the Daily Raw Beauty To Go packets, especially for when I’m really in a rush, or just in the mood for a light meal. Flavor of choice? Mint Chocolate chip. It’s a mix of superfood greens, which are full of antioxidants and adaptogens for energy + enzymes, probiotics and fibers for a metabolism boost. And only 25 calories. I add it to a fresh smoothie blend of berry’s, vanilla almond milk, cashew butter and pumpkin seeds. It’s my favorite after a workout, or right before yoga class when I didn’t have time for lunch. It keeps me energized and full. Plus, it feeds my skin all the extra nutrients I missed out earlier on in the day, or that I won’t be able to get in later on. When traveling, it’s an easy fix to shake it into my water bottle or add to a juice, as well!   

My skin and has been looking and feeling its best in a very long time. I carry my supplements around with me, and spread them out throughout the day with my meals or snacks, and it’s been a great motivation to keep my eating habits in check. Like I said before, it’s all about balance, and the main goal of my wellness challenge is for my eating habits, fitness routine and dietary supplements to complement each other and enhance each other. Of course, there is always a little wiggle room, because life can never always be planned. But at least, we can make the most of what we can do. 

This post is in collaboration with HUM Nutrition

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Gucci + Miu Miu | Yoox.com

May 25, 2017

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Gucci pants from Yoox.com
Miu Miu purse from Yoox.com
Zara sheer glitter top
M. Gemi shoes
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Rainy in London. Rainy in New York City. Some things just follow you wherever you go. But I don’t mind the rain too much. It just means more warm drinks to enjoy in the afternoon. Not only that, but the weather inspires me in interesting ways. The gloomy sky gets me going in the opposite direction of its natural color scheme. In this case, that direction came in the form of fancy pants by Gucci from Yoox.com. A pair that also leans generously towards the word “quirky”. The quirkier the better when it comes to pants nowadays. It can be easy for a pair of trousers to feel too corporate and plain, but a fun pattern or bold print can change that feeling in an instant. Look what they made me do in the middle of street in a sophisticated part of London! I’m super into color mixing and matching, and especially so with salmon pink tones like the one on this Miu Miu patent leather satchel, which I also got on Yoox.com. What a find! These pants and purse might not seem like the most complementary of options, especially on a rainy day in London Town, but they felt just right for me. We checked into Claridge’s this day, one of the fanciest, and oldest hotel in all of London. My pants certainly didn’t match the wall paper or carpet patterning and let’s just say that I turned heads in these pants when I walked in through the revolving door . . . but that’s exactly the point right? I got a head nod from the bell boy; that’s all that mattered really. Hello London, this is me! xx

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A Cayman Islands Roundup

May 24, 2017

Hello lovely, lovely people. Writing to you from a rainy NYC once again (nothing has changed. haha). I felt like it was worth it to dedicate a blog post to the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in The Cayman Islands. With a huge thanks to Donni Charm for making the trip happen. More Donni charm spring and summer styling to hit the blog very soon. Right now, I want to focus on the time we had at the resort. Literally just a few months old, the Seafire is exactly what the model of future of what the island is striving to be. Caribbean-inspired at its heart, yet minimal and futuristic around its edges. I loved the mix of both worlds. The room were large and cozy, with a very luxurious shower and bath tub (which I fully made use of my first night there). Mine had a view of the pool and beach, which was one of the biggest delights for me. The first thing I did in the morning was sit out in the balcony, bare legged and bare foot. My skin fresh and dewy, not a spot of makeup. My hair up without a care in the world. A coffee in my hand. The blue reflection of the sea quite harsh on my eyes, but I didn’t even bother with sunglasses. I just closed my eyes, leaned my head back, felt my legs tingle with humid warmth, and melted in the cushions of my balcony’s couch. I wish all my mornings could start that way. Waking up without stress and forgetting the existence of emails and deadlines and documenting moments via social media (even though I felt like I was on vacation, it was still a work trip!). It’s crazy to think that this could actually be everyday life, if I really wanted it to be. Oh, so, so tempting. Quite dangerous in fact! I’ve never loved a sunburn more on the tip of my nose more than I did at this place.

Oh, and the food! How well we ate. And how full our tummies felt before our sleep each night. The main restaurant just a quick walk outside the lobby kept our taste buds interested and alert each evening. It changed between two different restaurants . . . Ave and Avecita. Ave being more well-rounded and casual, serving more Mediterranean-style meals all throughout the day. Avecita is open for dinner only with a special Spanish-style tapas menu that is made for the experimental and taste enthusiastic. Outside, closer to the beach, is Coccoloba, the bar and grille made for those in the mood for a margarita and ceviche. The menu is a mix of coastal Mexico and Caribbean, and everything on it is absolutely delicious. Caribbean tacos and the sound of crashing waves? YES! Our group laughed continuously over the fact that we had to be in bikinis most of the day, despite the amount of food we were consuming on this trip. Hey, you only live once. And especially in The Cayman Islands. 

Even thought I was indulging in food and more than one drink a night during our trip, I did have time to focus on my wellness and fitness. Paddle boarding for even just an hour during the day left my entire body, and especially arms, sore in the best way possible. I’m addicted to that feeling actually. Paddle board yoga was quite another story, but at least I got a tan out of it, and I’m sure it kick started my metabolism that day. One morning I started off with yoga on the grass, which mostly ended in a bunch of mosquito bites, but I felt ready for the day of activities ahead because of it. Kissing stingrays, holding starfish, snorkeling in blue, blue sea. This trip was full of firsts for me. And I left feeling more adventurous than ever. 

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