Monday, February 1, 2016
I am finally getting better! I have been sick for the past two weeks with a nasty virus which sent me to the ER. I ended up booking a flight home to Michigan, so here I am, sitting on my couch in front of the fire watching Sex and The City and writing you this handy dandy little guide to stay healthy this season. Thanks to the team over at Eat Clean, who wrote this post.
1. Wash your flipping hands. My mom is a stickler for this and I always am like "yeah yeah yeah, i've got you girl." But seriously, make sure you wash your hands frequently; before you eat, when you come back from errands/work, at the gym, just basically if you have the opportunity to wash your hands, do so! And don't forget to use a moisturizing hand lotion so you don't chap your skin.
2. Eat rainbows of veggies and fruits. The best way to pick out your fruits and veggies is by picking veggies that are the colors of the rainbow.
3. Yes to yoga. Yoga has been one of the most rewarding practices that I've added to my routine. I go to an advanced yoga class at Equinox, but what I love most is the teacher's invigorating and motivating attitude. Yoga is a physical workout and a mental workout.
4. Breathe. Yoga focuses on the breath, but you can do simple breathing exercises on your own to reduce anxiety. When I'm not prepping for auditions, I'm usually equally as spastic and stressed out so breathing techniques are something I have to force myself to learn and practice, but well worth it for health overall.
5. Walk. I have a weird theory that walking and moving around strengthens your immune system. Steve Jobs believed in walking to boost creativity and productivity. I recently moved from Chicago to LA, and I am walking a lot less, and driving a lot more. Even in Chicago's harsh weather and daily subway rides, I never got sick. Once I moved to LA I started getting a lot of respiratory bugs (pollution I know) but I also think that the lack of walking is a culprit too. I've made a point to find ways to walk more and go on hikes. Indoor air is also where germs are circulated and re-circulated so getting fresh air is in your best interest.
6. Journal daily and set goals. Keep a journal, or even better a gratitude journal too. I always feel lost if I'm not writing down my goals (long and short term), and also journaling my emotions and current challenges. Right now I'm all up in the air about moving to NYC and journalling is helping me make the right choice.
7. Drink more water! Not only does it make your skin glow, it cleans out toxins from your body and energizes you. I like my water ice cold and with lemon.
Most of these tips are a no brainer, but worth revisiting to make sure you are hitting the basic principles of good health!
Sunday, January 3, 2016
How many of you are endeavoring on a healthier you for the new year? Yay! I hope you are. I am making the move to go Vegan (or trying to at least!) And I'm also cutting back on sugar and researching more into the effects it has on your body. Did you know that cutting down on sugar will help with anxiety? Anyways, there are tons of new recipes to try, new workouts to learn, and new bikinis to flaunt! Nothing motivates me more than seeing rocking bodies on my Instagram feed (I screenshot so many) and the teeny tiny bikinis that show off your hard work.
I bet you can guess what's coming next...A bikini body workout! I'll be back in beautiful SoCal tomorrow and anxious to shoot in Malibu!
Thursday, December 31, 2015
About the look:
I thrifted this amazing sparkle vintage top from Salvation Army-it's fabulous! I also got the boyfriend jeans at Melrose trading post and they have become my favorite pair of the moment. The bag is brand spanking new from Anthropologie, I actually got so many compliments on it I ended up gifting it to my mom in peach! It's a perfect party bag.
While looking like a bombshell is always in the back of my head as a goal, I think New Years is an important time to check in with your direction in life and how to best excel in all of your endeavors. Keep reading for success hacks to use in 2016.
2015 was the year of the panic attack for me. I graduated from college, moved to LA on my own, and have been trying to figure out life as an actress, model, and self employed style blogger.
Discovered I was more of a city girl than an LA girl.
Moving to LA not knowing a soul here was probably the biggest challenge. Ever have a moment where you really want to undo a decision? You regret it and then wake up the next day and move on. Yeah, that's kind of what happened to me moving, except I couldn't wake up the next day and get back on a plane. I had to learn to keep getting back up despite the car accidents, trip to the ER, crazy roommates, and INSANE atmosphere of LA. It's insane. I'm not over exaggerating! Especially coming from the Midwest, it was such a paradox shift! I'm making the best of it and I tell myself "you know what, it's not forever. You will get to live other places and experience different cultures so stop your bitching and enjoy it!"
Fell out of love.
I notoriously have tweeted and blogged my little heart out about a guy I met for five seconds in a gym, hence the nickname "Big Sexy". I truly believed it was some love at first sight type of thing, but I think it really was just hormones + a bad crush. I'm not the type to get crushes on people so it was out of character for me to be daydreaming all of the time about this mystery man. I spent a year almost certain he was my lobster (Friends reference). It turned out to be a flop and a waste of precious day dream time. The good news for me is I found out he wasn't perfect and kind of woke up and realized I deserve way better and life is too short to not have passionate love. If someone doesn't make an effort for you, throw them the deuces and block away! On to the next one.
I've had plenty of meltdowns and crazy mood swings trying to figure the heck out what I'm doing and make sure that I don't mess up along the way. It definitely all hasn't gone as expected (quite the opposite to be honest) but I found that keeping a good attitude and daily checking in with my priorities and making sure they are in line with my goals has helped keep me from going completely crazy. Keep a journal, write it down! Read about other people's success in prioritizing and goal achievement and find a method that best resinates with you. And find time to balance yourself out. My stress relief is the gym, so if I don't get my daily work out in I'm all out of whack. Lastly, life is precious and each moment you have is a lucky one- don't waste it on negative things, people, or emotions.
The good news is, it will only get better.
2016 will be full of endless possibilities, days we will never forget, and adventures that will feed our soul. It will also have plenty of not so great moments that we'd rather not Instagram and share with the world. I do know that having a healthy outlook changes everything. I promise you this, there is always room for improvement. And that is a wonderful thing! You change your thoughts and you change your life. Try just eliminating negative words from your thoughts and speech and watch how different your day will be. If you're proactive with your success you'll be able to see the rewards and gage your progress along the way. If you're not proactive, and just getting through each day without a sense of deep motivation to really succeed, you'll never be fully satisfied with yourself. Or at least I wouldn't be.
So I'm ready and excited! Here's to loving where you are in life (literally and mentally), appreciating the journey you're on, deleting all douche-lord crushes from your schedule (remember how I said to prioritize!), and to loving and respecting yourself. I hope your year starts off on an amazing note.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
We were freezing our bums off so we went down to a tent with heaters and blankets!
I've only been in LA a few months but I have an immense sense of self responsibility to make each day count. How often do you get to be young and working in film/tv?! I'm most thankful for my attitude, perseverance, and sense of direction that has landed me 3 feature films so far. I graduated from Loyola with a degree in advertising and public relations but my goal since I was a kid was to be in entertainment and a part of movies. I'm a natural performer, rarely get nervous (and if I do i hide it), I love the energy of being on set- it makes my life worth living. Mix that passion with a good attitude and the results will follow. I know it is silly to say, but I believe that thinking positively and having a driven outlook is what excelled me in such a short amount of time. My New Years goals are to keep up my positive daily check-in with myself, continue to feel blessed, and also ask myself what more can I be doing to ensure I'm successful. My other concrete goals are to sign with a top talent agency, be enrolled in acting classes continuously, and get my SAG card which requires 3 vouchers. I already have one!
I wanted to share my experience last week working on the feature film, Climate of Fear. I got to wear a couture gown (the rack of gowns was over $150,000!) and have my hair and make up done with a 1940's vibe. One of my favorite parts about shooting is the amazing people I meet! I always feel like I click right away with people in the industry who share that passion.
Beth look beautiful in pink! One of the few people I've met that I can talk about skincare with for so long and not have them nod off to sleep.
I brought the book: Love, Style, Life by Garance Dore to read while in between takes and getting my makeup done. It's a great airplane read too if you are traveling over the holidays.
I hope you enjoyed a little behind the scenes for the film I did last week! I am so excited for this year. I also was approved for IMBD, I'll list all of the films I am in on there :)
Monday, December 14, 2015
The winter weather in sunny California calls for different textures, but peep toe shoes are still a-okay. It seems like lace up tops are everywhere on Instagram and bloggers alike. I found this western lace up top from Brandy Melville and loved the suede texture and color of it. So LA. This suede top is only $7 and would look adorable with high waisted jeans. I also love this white and red lace up top that is 70's and perfect for bell bottoms and chunky heels. The lived-in jeans are from Melrose Trading Post, which is a famous flea market that takes place every Sunday in LA. These One Teaspoon jeans make a great supplement if you are not in LA but still want to channel your laid back cool girl vibes.
I was just browsing for shoes to share with you guys and nude lace up shoes popped up all over the internet for Spring 2016. So it looks like I am ahead ;) I actually bought these shoes a few years back at a Michael Kors sale but I think they are pretty timeless. I also love these, these, and ouu definitely these!
Accessories are where you get to have a lot of fun. I basically collect handbags at this point, borderline hoard. But hey, they make me happy. I believe that your handbag ties the statement of your outfit together. This Aztec/embroidered bag makes my whole outfit feel western and boho.
I'm looking forward to heading back to Michigan and Chicago this week until January. Finally get a change in weather and scenery! I get so antsy being in one place for too long.
What are your holiday plans? Going anywhere cool? Comment below!
Photographer: Mark Mercury
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
First let's ooh and ahh over the kit that this baby comes in. I feel like a pro already before I even plug my iron in with an array of wand sizes to choose from and barrel styles. I opt for a thick barrel that will give me a big body bouncy wave.
Here is my "before" hair. It's air dried and has a natural beachy wave. I want to add volume and definition.
And now we curl. Make sure to add heat protectant serum, I'm using Amika. I also love Kerastase thermal protectant (super conditioning as well).
And after! So much body, movement, and vivacious bombshell curls! I love that the wand adds shine to my hair as well. I always toss my hair over to one side and scrunch it a few times. I don't use hairspray (hate the feeling of it) and my hair naturally holds a curl so I don't put any product after. The curls last until the next time I wash my hair!
Gap Fit- Sportsbra
Brandy Melville moto jacket
Thank you to Irresistible Me for sponsoring this amazing curling wand!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Stepping into Sephora this time of year is extra special and will really get your blood pressure rising. The eye catching packaging, the sparkles, the gloss, the palettes! I'm like a kid in a candy store walking down the aisle with my basket overflowing with "gift palettes" that will most likely end up as presents to myself. Who are we kidding, every day is treat yo self day. Whether you are shopping for your own inner beauty junkie or for that friend of yours that takes wayyyy too many selfies (god love her), you can find it all in this magical, beautiful little shopping guide. Flip through and feel free to oooh and ahh when necessary.
What is on the top of your list from Sephora this year?