Why I Dry

I am just going to jump straight to the point, I LOVE DRY SHAMPOO!

My life has been extremely busy lately, which makes this post oh so apropos. Why? Because I am always on the go! As a girl on the go I have noticed that there have been some changes in my routine. I don’t always have the time to work on my hair AND make up AND get dressed AND make it where I have to go AND do that allll over again! One of my changes has been the way I focus on my hair. Oh so why do i dry?? Here ya go!

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  1. Less washes– You have probably heard before that it’s not healthy to wash your hair everyday, but what if that’s just the way you like it?? Well this really helps! I tend to wash my hair every 2-3 days, but if I push it, that’s when I bring in the dry shampoo. It truly rescues me from grease or frizz and brings back that day 1 shine. Just picture yourself washing your hair only 2-3 times a week!! Think of how much more time you have for new, fun, non hair washing activities.
  2. Lock in those locks– When I curl my hair, I tend to worry about the curls not lasting and slowly dying as I yell NOOOOOOO in slow motion until the last curl drops. I know that hairspray has its place and half does it’s job, but adding a bit of dry shampoo to each lock that I curl seems to help keep silkiness as a priority, and I might sound crazy but I haven’t been yelling as many slow motion NOOOOOs.
  3. Haha to humidity– This mainly comes in handy during my trips back home to the MIA! Humidity once controlled my life. Every time I worked on my hair and left the house and my hair decided to explode into a frizzy humid cloud I would lose a bit of hope in having silky hair, but I now make sure to pack this in my travel case and life in the 305 has become less stressful…now I just have to worry about getting burnt by hot leather car seats and steering wheels yippeee!
  4. Swear off the sweat– Wanna know something about me that might scare you off?? I sweat alot! Yeah I said it. Maybe that’s why I had to leave Miami…whatever it’s cool. So I have found that this dry shampoo stuff/ miracle/whatever you want to call it has truly come in handy, obviously/especially after long hot work outs. My latest workout obsessions are hot yoga and cardio barre, both which lead to me sweating bullets. To be honest, I got into this dry shampoo (a recommendation from my friend Madi. Go Mad! You rock!) because of this very reason. I was introduced to hot yoga and slowly started to like it (future post alert) and then grew into loving it, but there was something holding me back…my hair! I feel like my thick hair can take over my life and I didn’t want to keep going to yoga and leaving with a sweaty rat’s nest on top of my head before work, so I sought out a solution and after trying some suggestions, Lush’s No Drought became my favorite dry shampoo. I can now get my vinyasa on and make it to work without looking like I have sweaty Chewbacca hair (no disrespect to Chewie of course)! So this has pretty much been a life saver.

Do it! I Dare you! Use that Dry!

All Aboard!

All Aboard…the paddle board that is!

Living in California these past few months has definitely helped me become more active. I am excited to let you all know that my new pastime is stand up paddle boarding (aka SUP).  Here are a few reasons (okkk yes another list) why paddling is my latest obsession.

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  • It is a full body workout-I can 100% admit it, I am not the most coordinated person. I love working out, but when it comes to flexibility or balance…well let’s just say I’m a klutz who can’t reach my ankles, let alone touch my toes! Oh sooooo i definitely didn’t understand how in the world I was going to balance on a board. I was a bit hesitant the first time I tried paddle boarding because I just pictured a blooper reel of my day filled with me falling off over and over and over again. Luckily that did not happen! I actually didn’t fall at all. What I did learn is that although it is a low impact and relaxing activity I definitely consider it a workout. It really all depends on the day and what you want to get out of it. I tend to go for around 1.5-2 hours at a time. Sometimes I just relax and even sit down and paddle, but other times I focus on working my core and trying to increase my endurance. On windy wavy days it’s definitely a challenge and an incredible workout. I tend to feel it most in my abs, shoulders/arms, and back muscles . If you’re looking to mix up your workout regimen and live near a harbor, bay, ocean, or lake it’s definitely a must do! 
  • It is relaxing– I have found that paddle boarding can really help me take my mind off of things. A few people told me spending the day on the water can be just as relaxing as a spa day, and although I believe it is pretty hard to beat a day filled with massages and cucumber water I can agree it really is peaceful. As I mentioned above, sometimes I just sit down on the paddle board instead of making it an intense workout. It is nice to do for an hour during a stressful work week to really take time to focus on myself. It can be relaxing both solo or with a couple of friends. I have found it can be a social or individual activity and what makes it fun is that each time I paddle it is a completely different experience.
  • seapaddleI get to see sea lions– I have been paddling on lakes as well as the ocean/bay/harbor. If you happen to live in Southern California, I strongly recommend paddle boarding in the Newport Harbor right by Balboa Island (I usually can find a Groupon deal!) I love admiring the many different styles of houses and cottages along the edge of the island and viewing sun bathing sea lions. They layout in groups on the back of docked and anchored boats and really know how to enjoy themselves. If you haven’t been around sea lions up close and personal it really is a sight to see!

My Go-To Workday Makeup Essentials

I spend 40 hours a week in the office now that I am out of school and have started my career, sooo I would definitely say that work related posts are oh so apropos!

Since I spend many hours of my week at work, it is nice to make plans when it comes to outfit and makeup choices. Don’t get me wrong I like to mix it up, but when I have those days where I wake up too late to make fun makeup choices I like to have my go-tos. They never let me down when I  am rushing around my apartment in the AM.

Here they are: My Go-To Workday Makeup Essentials

(That’s a mouthful! More like a face full…of makeup)

My everyday workday makeup essentials

A  ◊  B  ◊  C  ◊  D  ◊  E  ◊  F  ◊  G  ◊  H

Feel free to click the hyperlinked letters above to find out detailed info on each product!
I have chosen this group because they are very versatile. I like to call it the naturally nude group. I feel that bareMinerals, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Lancome can do no wrong when it comes to makeup.  I usually go for a more natural look during the work week, and these products allow for a simple classic look. You can always spice it up to make each day different with a different eye shadow or switch out the nude lipstick for a bright red or pink.

I have been using bareMinerals makeup ever since I can remember and every time I try something different I always come back to the brand in some way. I love how the products are great with sensitive skin and are very light on the skin. The complexion rescue is a great base.

If I had to pick one feature or part of my face that I am the most obsessed with it would be my BROWS! I’ve always had big brows (so I’m loving the trend right now) and I have finally found the perfect product to complement them. I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. My friend Madi introduced me to it and I don’t know how I had lived so long without the wiz.

It is always nice to have a compact mirror and Forever 21 has the cutest designs. The lips one above is no longer online, but is still in stores. My other favorite is this lipstick grid design! They are such fun additions to the daily makeup game. It’s the little things that light up my workdays.

 

What are your classic makeup go-tos?!? I am always looking to try new products. Look forward to other makeup go-to groups in the future…maybe for a night out or a boat day.

 

New Point of View

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently living in Southern California. I am enjoying the lifestyle out here very much. One of my favorite parts of the lifestyle is how health and fitness is a high priority. You all know I am on a mission to take back my health and this new environment is definitely helping me.

This is what I have learned so far:

  1. Do not try and mimic someone else. I love to keep up with different lifestyle and health bloggers as well as fitness experts, but at times I just wanted to copy their workouts and meals verbatim. I learned that part of what has motivated me to keep working out is adding my own creative touches as well as paying attention to my body and how it is reacting to my daily routines. I recommend using these people and their healthy habits as inspiration and guides, but pay attention to your body and don’t be afraid to draw the line on some things that are just not for you.
  2. Feeling great leads to looking great. Of course I want to look great, but I learned in the past that when I focused on every calorie and jumped on the scale everyday it did not seem that healthy. I have really been working on changing my way of viewing health and fitness. I now celebrate each day that I take the time to workout and don’t shame myself when I feel that I need a break.  I know how hard I am working on changing my habits which is positively affecting me both physically and emotionally.

    New Point of View — PC Kaitlin Marron

  3. Mix it up. I mentioned this briefly in The Slide. After writing that post I have found that mixing up my workouts has really been helping me. I have made sure to take advantage of what Southern California offers. Lately, in a typical week, I go to two yoga classes, go the gym twice, hike one day, go on a walk, and go for a run. I have even tried paddle boarding, which I will discuss in the future. This mix has been working for me. I no longer try and avoid working out, because I am not sick of a certain workout or location due to the mix-up.
  4. Set short and long term goals with incentives. Incentives are always great and I personally love having things to look forward to. That is why I make sure to set short and long-term goals. For a more short-term goal I have a deal with my friend Lindsey that if we work out 7 hours a week for two months we will reward ourselves with a lulu lemon outfit. We have decided to make it a long-term goal as well that extends until new years to make sure that our short term goal does not lead us to stopping our good habits. We have not decided our long-term incentive yet, but we figure we have two months to come to a consensus! I have also signed up for a half marathon (more info to come), which is another long term goal of mine.
  5. Shout, shout, let it all out. I may be copying Tears for Fears, but why not?!? Don’t be afraid to let people know of your choice to focus on your health. This blog is one of the ways I am doing so. It allows me to make sure I keep on it. If you let your friends and family know of your plans, they will support you and it really does help with staying on track, if not I am always here to offer advice. I am not an expert, but I once was in your shoes! We all have to start somewhere.

2 months and 1 day

I am oh so sorry for the not so brief hiatus. Yes, as the post is obviously titled, it has been 2 months and 1 day since my last post. But don’t fret, I’m back with a ton of content and exciting plans.

I thought I would recap as well as give you all a taste of what is to come:


Past 2 months:

-Moved from Florida to California

-Started my career

-Learned how much work and time it takes to move across the country

-Learned how busy a new job can make you

-Began going to yoga classes

-Found a new hobby in hiking

Future:

-Posts on tips and tricks for moving

-Posts on starting a career and surviving the corporate world

-Fitness posts (yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, etc.)

-News on some exciting projects I am working on

Stepping into my future — PC Kaitlin Marron

 

So there you have it… a brief list of what occurred and what is to come (yes I know I can get a bit list-crazy, my new co-workers quickly learned of my list obsession).

 

 

 

A Room With A View

I love to travel! Expect a whole section devoted to traveling in the future. I guess some people have different definitions of a vacation or traveling, but pretty much for me if I stay somewhere that is not my home and get to relax, then I’m traveling.  I am about to move to the Newport Beach area, which already sounds like a permanent vacation to me, so my Dad decided to take me on a celebratory graduation/my daughter has a full-time job mini vacation before my big move. The destination of choice: The Ritz Carlton Resort of Naples.

I am currently back at home where I grew up in the Miami, Florida area and Naples is just shy of a two hour drive away, so it is very easy to get to and saved us money (no need to buy a plane ticket). I hope to take mini trips like this around California once I save up some dinero from my new job.

This is really just a recap of my trip, no recipes or workout tips from me today. A balanced and ideal lifestyle includes travel so hopefully I can inspire some spontaneous trip-taking. Also I would love to hear your favorite travel destinations (I am always looking for new places to dream about), comment please.

Five favorite parts of my two-day vacay (in my go-to list style of course):

1. We had a room with a perfect viewIMG_8811

 

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2. The Food!!! My mornings began with fresh watermelon juice, mimosas, smoked salmon, eggs, and delicious fruit and berries. I splurged and had to have a piña colada, because who doesn’t at a resort, am I right or am I right?!? My lunches consisted of caprese salads, shrimp cocktail, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Lastly, I had scrumptious dinners that included risotto, crab legs, halibut, and champagne. Overall a success! Such an awesome graduation present.

 

IMG_88443. A turtle got lost on the beach and I found him wondering about under my Dad’s beach chair. She or he also ate an apple and a banana along its journey . Healthy turtle?? I think so!

4. Oh so…I swam out to a sand bar and found hundreds (I’m serious) of sand dollars and saw a star fish. I admired them from pretty close, but did not touch!

IMG_88315. The fact that it was a father-daughter get away! It was such a perfect trip to experience together right before moving to the complete opposite side of the country.

I love that I got to relax and unwind during the planning of this somewhat stressful but oh so exciting move that officially takes place in 3.5 days. ( Post idea: how-to guide dealing with moving and reducing the stress involved. Let me know what you think!) The Ritz Carlton Naples Resort is definitely at the top of my list of best vacations!

Peace out ♥

 

My Summer Syn

Having attended a Jesuit school I heard a lot about how everyone sins, but no need to worry for those of you that like keeping things light! This summer I’m not sinning (well who knows, maybe I am), Im SYNning. Yep, I have a new obsession and its SYNERGY (raspberry chia to be exact).

synWhat is Synergy?

Raw and organic Kombucha drinks that are created by the company GT. The products are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

What is Kombucha?

It is a fermented fizzy drink. It s main ingredients are tea and scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The bacteria part may sound scary, but it really is not. That is why I love synergy. Kombucha can have many positive effects on your health, and that’s why I choose to trust the professionals. If you have ever heard negative thoughts on Kombucha it is most likely related to homegrown and homemade Kombucha. Some novices are not assuring a safe process. This is just like when people choose to make beer in their garages; if not done correctly it may not be safe. I thought I would put that out there, but please don’t fear. I love Kombucha!

Why do I love Kombucha and Synergy?

It is a well rounded health drink. It is a great source of probiotic bacteria and helps with digestion. My favorite is Synergy Raspberry Chia. Although there are lists of the health benefits, I only preach what I have actually experienced. After drinking this drink I really do believe that I have felt energized and my digestion has been positively affected. Plus it is delicious. It may not be everyone’s cup of (fermented) tea! I love tart drinks, so this is perfect for me. Plus this particular one has chia seeds in it, which is definitely more filling and a great source of Omega-3. I was a little under the weather last week, and it definitely helped me get through it. I have also heard it can cure hangovers…I’ll let you know if I’m ever in that situation. I love this grab and go drink, perfect to drink on your way to work!

Feel free to comment with your thoughts on Kombucha or Synergy. I know there are many opinions in the fermented health foods and drinks area and I would love to hear what you think. But seriously try the raspberry chia synergy if you love tart drinks and care about your health! I get mine from The Fresh Market, but Whole Foods and other stores sell it too.

 

Stop Whining, Start Wining

Before I elaborate on my wonderful wine tasting experience at Wine By The Bay in Miami, I thought I would quickly point out the fact that my last two posts just so happen to be about “grownup beverages”. Yes, I love wine and fun cocktails, but I do believe it is better in moderation…now that I have graduated from that crazy place called college. Anyway, I could not resist sharing my wine tasting experience!

I am going to be honest. I love wine tastings but am also pretty new to them. As of yesterday, I have been to five wine tastings in my life. One in Indiana, two in North Carolina, one in Chicago, Illinois and now one in Miami, Florida. I can not wait to get my butt out to Napa Valley, but I guess I am starting with wine tasting baby steps. I got my mom this wine tasting present off of Groupon and you know it just so happened that it was a wine tasting for two. I’ll admit it was in the back of my head that maybe she would bring the lovely daughter that gifted her this experience, and she did!

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The Selection

I could go on and on about the great selection that Wine By The Bay has and how quaint and casual the location is, but I want to get down to business (talking about my experience). Just make sure to click on the photo to check out this modern wine boutique’s website.

I thought I would just make one of my lists to let you know some of my favorite things about the wine tasting. Here it goes:

  1. It had a very intimate feel. The tasting was at a table and benches that only sat ten people and then there were chairs circling the table with about twelve more people. My mom and I made sure to get there early to get a seat at the table! (I had gotten her a wine tasting gift to this same place two years before, so she made sure that we nixed the idea of being fashionably late)
  2. The theme was Spanish wines. There was a selection of eight wines, with a majority from the Rioja region. We made our way from easy going whites that still “pack a punch” to smooth reds and ended with a sweet dessert wine.
  3. Liz and Kasey made the experience! They were extremely knowledgeable and energetic. They were the perfect pair and made us feel as if we were their good friends invited over for a causal night of wine drinking and girl talk.
  4. I loved all wines, which may be a problem if this keeps happening in the future. The relatable Kasey mentioned she struggled with this problem, but I guess there are worse issues in this world than never being disappointed by fine wines.
  5. They served cheese!
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Oh So Selfie

If I could I would have bought a bottle of each of the Spanish wines, but we decided to go with two. We chose a red and the dessert wine. They are the Alto Moncayo Veraton (perfect with chocolate) and the Pedro Ximenez Triana Hidalgo (which tasted like a fig newton). I am a red wine gal, but wanted to branch out. That is why I chose the dessert wine instead of another red or a light white. The fig newton taste was like an elementary school lunch snack blast from the past with a sophisticated twist of course, and I just couldn’t pass it up.  

Wine is a new found passion of mine and hopefully this is just the beginning of my wine tasting ride. Cheers!

Go-To Brunch Cocktail… The Strawscato

Let’s get one thing straight, I’m a brunch gal! I love brunch. I also like things to be simple and sweet, especially on a good ol’ Sunday early afternoon or any day for that matter! I think it is because whenever I eat something sweet I wish I could have something salty right there with it, and brunch seems to be the perfect solution to my oh so troubling sweet vs salty battle. And what goes perfectly with this sweet and savory meal? Well, a cocktail of course! I’m a sucker for the traditional Mimosa, Bellini, and Bloody Mary, but I like to simply mix things up every once in a while.

Well, one Sunday afternoon I was mixing and matching and came up with The Strawscato! Whether you think the name is awesome or a bit odd, just know it’s delicious and extremely easy to make. Make it for your next get together and your friends will be calling you the cocktail queen (or king)!

Okay, let’s get down to business!

IMG_8603Recipe (for 3 glasses)

Ingredients

Directions

I take the strawberries, lemon juice, and grapefruit zest and put them in a blender. I use the Magic Bullet short cup. Next, I blend the ingredients for about 45 seconds. I like the fruit on the bottom effect, but for a complete blend I recommend around 1 minute. Then just pour around 1-1.5 teaspoons of the strawberry blend into your wine flute and fill the rest of the glass with the Moscato. Remember to pour slowly to avoid the bubbly foam at the top or a possible overflow! Just repeat with the next couple of glasses.

Thoughts

  • Feel free to top it off with some mint or add a strawberry on the rim. Don’t be afraid to add your own creative touch!
  • Why did I choose the recipe to be for 3 people? I guess my brunch parties tend to have around 3-6 people so it is easy to double or triple the recipe! It may serve another glass depending on the size of the strawberries 🙂
  • It is just as easy to make a Strawsecco. Just substitute your favorite Prosecco in for the Moscato and voilà! You are now a Strawscato and Strawsecco making master!

Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie

I feel that it’s time for me to expand the blog, so that its more than just the story of why I am blogging. I thought today I would offer up a simple and oh so delicious recipe. It’s my very own “Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie” recipe.

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Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 handful of fresh kale (feel free to be generous if you love you some kale)
  • 3 medium size fresh strawberries
  • About 15 fresh blueberries
  • .5 frozen fresh banana
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • .5 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • 2 mint leaves

Directions

I add the lemon juice, kale, strawberries, blueberries, and the banana into my magic bullet. I blend those ingredients until there are no longer large pieces of fruit.  I then add the greek yogurt and agave nectar to add to the flavor and for the correct smooth consistency. Once again I blend the smoothie, this time for around 45 seconds. Sometimes I do two bursts of 30 second blends, mixing or shaking the blender in between. Finally, I pour the smoothie into a glass and top it off with a couple of mint leaves. Ta Da!

Thoughts

  • I choose to freeze fruit (or you can always buy frozen fruit at the grocery store) so that I can eliminate the use of ice most of the time. It is a perfect way to guarantee a cold refreshing smoothie without watering out the flavor.
  • The lemon juice gives it a much needed light refreshing kit. Sometimes I use 2 teaspoons.
  • I am a supporter of the idea “if you look good you feel good” and I don’t just apply this to my appearance. I love adding the mint to my smoothies for aesthetic appeal plus the aroma adds for a better smoothie drinking experience.
  • I am definitely not a pro, as you can see from my “handful”  kale measurements. You don’t have to be a pro to make a scrumptious smoothie. Be confident and try it out. If it doesn’t taste how you wanted just add a bit more of your favorite ingredient.
  • I love to start my day out with this recipe. It fills me up and is such a positive start to my day.
  • Get creative! There are unlimited ways of making berry kale smoothies. Feel free to comment with your favorite smoothie recipes. I would love to hear from all of you.

Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie

P.S. I will be island living for only two more weeks so I thought why not take advantage of the abundance of shells I have!