Grapefruit Spritzer



I got home last night from a weekend in Montreal. It was fun to spend time with friends and family. I drank a lot and went to bed at 2:30 am each night (in case you don't know me, I'm usually in bed by 9:00 pm). I tried a few cocktails that I really liked. Here is one of my favorites. I'm always looking for low-calorie, low-sugar options. This one is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • Grapefruit or rosemary for garnish (I would have used rosemary but didn't have any in the house
  • Optional: A bit of maple syrup for sweetness, if you'd like
Instructions:
  1. Juice the grapefruit 
  2. Add the grapefruit juice, then maple syrup if you want, then vodka and then top off with sparkling water
  3. Stir the ingredients together
  4. Add your garnish
  5. Enjoy! 



The Coffee You Need To Try (My Version of Bulletproof Coffee)


Last weekend my best friend Emily was visiting me and got me into bulletproof coffee. I decided to show it on Instastory (because I do everything else), and I got so many DMs and emails! It almost makes me feel like I should switch my focus from fashion/decor/beauty to diet/wellness! Anyway, I thought I would put together a post explaining what ingredients I use and the purpose of each.

Before Emily visited I had always wanted to try it but never purchased all of the ingredients. She actually brought some with her to ensure she could make it in LA (that's dedication). And what can I say, I'm hooked. My only suggestion is to drink it as early as possible before a workout, because you really need to digest it.

Here's a brief description of the purpose of each ingredient:

Coffee: I've posted a blog about the pros and cons of coffee, you can read it here. Coffee has a lot of antioxidants and nutrients. It can help improve your energy (duh), burn fat and can lower your risk of diabetes among other diseases. I don't know about you but I set my coffee machine on automatic timer the night before and when I wake up the smell literally makes me so happy. I generally make Starbucks breakfast blend. Emily uses Nespresso, in case you were wondering.

Collagen Peptides: I've also done a post on collagen, you can read it here. It's great for your digestive system, a good source of protein,  prevents aging, strengthens hair and nails, and more. I use the marine collagen because I don't eat meat. Vital Proteins makes an amazing one. And if you're afraid to try it, I promise it doesn't have a taste.

Ghee Butter: Ghee Butter helps sustain your energy for longer periods of time. It is high in nutrients and is good for your brain and digestion. If you are like me and refused to try bulletproof coffee because the thought of adding butter to your coffee totally disgusted you, I am here to tell you it's actually good. And, again if you are like me and lactose intolerant, ghee butter doesn't have lactose! I got the one that Emily suggested which is vanilla flavor. It adds the perfect sweetness to the coffee and makes it super frothy.

MCT Oil: MCT oil is fatty acids that are easier to digest, they are a good source of energy, support hormones and are good for your gut (I need all of the above). I would definitely recommend starting with a very little amount and building your way up- this stuff is powerful.

Cinnamon: Okay so I'm actually not using the right cinnamon. You are supposed to use Ceylon Cinnamon (but I have a fresh new jar so I refuse to just buy another one just yet). Ceylon Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and helps guard against IBS. It also adds a nice flavor to your coffee. Pro tip: add some cinnamon powder to your coffee in the coffee machine (I learned this from Ray and now I'm hooked!).

Pearl Powder: I love incorporating pearl powder into my daily routine and this is the perfect place to add it. Pearl powder helps stimulate collagen, even skin tone, whiten the white part of your eyes, and strengthen hair and nails. FYI, this isn't part of the typical bulletproof coffee but is my own variation.

I use a magic bullet to mix it all together. If you don't own one yet, I highly suggest purchasing one. They are amazing to make bulletproof coffee, smoothies, and salad dressings.


Baby Fever



I have baby fever in a big way. I also don’t intend to have a baby anytime soon.

I know I have baby fever for a few reasons. For one, I get a pit in my stomach every time I come across a baby announcement (which feels like every day on Instagram). I remember this feeling when I was ready to get engaged and I would hear about other people’s proposal stories. You are so happy for the person, but are also secretly insanely jealous.  Moreover, I find myself making an effort to be around babies. I’m constantly at my good friend's apartment hanging with her one year old. I’m the girl on the plane being extra helpful to moms and their babies. I’m asking everyone I meet in LA who seems similar enough to me who their doctor is, whether they had a night nurse, if they have a nanny etc. And I’m trying to figure out a timeline of when I should go off birth control, when I should start trying etc. I’ve even gone off some medication because I want to start detoxifying my body. I never really thought about any of this until this year.

I also know I am nowhere near ready to have a kid. For one, we simply cannot afford it. The move to LA was really difficult on us financially. Plus living in this city is so expensive. We are now just comfortable the two us, there is no way I could raise a kid and live the same standard of living I really want. Moreover, my career is nowhere near where I want it to be. Plus having a full-time job and running a blog is 24/7, where could I fit in a kid? Lastly, I think I like the idea of having a kid more than actually having one at this moment. I really like my life right now. I love spending time with my hubby. I love my jobs. I love my workout routines. I love being able to get up and travel at any moments notice. I’m happy. And I’m not sure I’m actually ready for such a significant change.

So why am I writing this? To be honest, I’m not actually sure. I guess it can feel very isolating to have this feeling and I’m wondering if others go through it (and just don’t talk about it). It’s this intense baby fever but also an intense feeling of not wanting a baby any time soon (I know this is completely contradictory and doesn’t really make sense). Sometimes I feel like you need to go through this stage before having a baby. It’s like how they say you have your whole pregnancy to actually prepare for being a parent and the changes that come (physically, emotionally, etc.) I feel like this time is preparing me for getting ready to start trying.

I know that you’re all probably wondering how long it will be until we start trying. The truth is I have no idea. But it definitely won’t be this year and realistically probably not the next. But who knows, maybe I’ll wake up one day and the baby fever will far outweigh any concerns or feeling of not being ready I might have. 

My Tulum Recap


My recap of my trip to Tulum is finally here! I'm sure you have had your fill of pics from my trip on Instagram. I had terrible Wifi while I was there, so I decided to wait and post my pics when I got home. That being said, I got so many DMs from people saying they are traveling to Tulum soon and wanted to know all the details. So I thought I would share all the details from my trip. I went to Tulum for a friend's 30th birthday. She planned and organized everything, so shout out to her for doing all the research and finding the best spots.






Villa: We stayed at the Tulum Treehouse. As you can see by the pictures, the architecture was jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I wanted to take a picture of every section of the house. The house consists of 5 bedrooms. You can rent each bedroom individually or the house as a whole. Since we were ten people, my friend rented the entire house. It's nice to have the privacy of the entire house if you're a big group. If you are looking to stay there, here are my pros and cons. The biggest pro is the location. It's situated right on the main strip, next to all the good restaurants and bars. There's a terrace overlooking the most incredible view. You can have breakfast made every morning (heaven!). And two of the rooms are spacious and beautiful. The biggest con is that there is currently no air conditioning. Tulum is hot and humid, so be ready. Because it's so hot and you're kind of in the jungle, there are tons of mosquitos (bring lots of bug spray!) There are two beautiful rooms but the other three are quite small. And the bathroom in my bedroom had a clear window so there was minimal privacy, if you know what I mean. Overall it was a really amazing place and I would recommend it if you're a big group. If I ever went back with just Ray I would stay in a hotel.

Restaurants: We ate dinner at Casa Jaguar, Gitano, Kitchen Table and Hartwood. Gitano and Hartwood were my favorite. We ate lunch at Nomade twice and Coco Tulum. Nomade was amazing. They all have great food, pretty decor and fun vibes.

Nightlife: Can you imagine I have a category on nightlife? Yup, I went out most nights (proud?? lol). Casa Jaguar and Gitano turn into nightclubs. We also went to Papaya Playa (which is right next to the beach).

Some Other Tips: There are the cutest shops but extremely overpriced (you can get the same stuff for 1/4 the price on Etsy). For transportation, we took a CARM tour car from the airport to the villa. If you are considering getting pregnant anytime soon, don't go. I COMPLETELY forgot about Zika. Even though I'm not trying to get pregnant in the next few months, it still freaked me out. There's nothing I can do and hopefully I don't have it (or if I do, that it actually does go away after a couple of months). Overall I loved Tulum and definitely plan on going back in the future (maybe post babies, lol).


MY SKINCARE ROUTINE POST VACATION


I'm back from Florida! I left on the Thursday night red-eye and came back last night. Some people think I'm crazy to fly for such a short trip, but I actually love it. While I wish I could stay longer, 2 1/2 days are actually enough for me to feel relaxed, rested and ready to get back to work. 

I'm pretty OCD about my skincare routine when I get off the plane. As you guys know, airports and planes are filthy and flying seriously dehydrates you. It's SO important to take care of your skin after a trip (especially one where you're sitting in the sun). Here is my skincare routine that I start as soon as I get home. 

My Favorite Essential Oils

I joked on Instagram today how essential oils get me through life. While it's a bit of an exaggeration, I do make them part of my daily routine and they definitely have a positive impact on my mental state. My mom introduced me to lavender oil when I was young to help reduce my anxiety. She would tell me to put it in my bath and even place a few drops on my pillowcase at night. Over the years I've tried different oils and have found which ones I consistently reach for, and which I can do without.

Getting into essential oils can be overwhelming. Which ones should you use? When should you use them? Should you mix them? I thought I would share my favorite doTERRA oils and the purposes of each. It's important to buy high-quality essential oils, as they are safe and effective. For your info, I keep a diffuser in my bedroom, guest room and kitchen/dining room.


Lavender: Of course I need to start with my favorite. I use lavender every night. I place 3-4 drops in my diffuser (depending if I mix any other oils with it). As I mentioned above, I also place a drop on my pillowcase and in my bath. It helps promote a restful sleep. I will also add it to my face moisturizer. Lavender oil helps to reduce skin imperfections. I like to add it to my moisturizer when my skin is feeling dry and depleted.

Ylang Ylang: I add it to my diffuser with the lavender before bed when I want a bit of a change. It helps reduce anxiety and sadness. You can put it on your skin to help reduce inflammation. You can also put it in your hair overnight to help with damaged ends.

Clary Sage: I put this on my stomach during the time of the month to help alleviate PMS symptoms like bloating and cramping.  It also helps to normalize hormone levels. Besides getting you through the time of month (which sometimes feels like the whole month!), you can add it to your shampoo or conditioner.

Lemon: I love to add lemon to my diffuser in the kitchen when I'm cleaning up and want it to smell fresh and clean. I also add it to my dish soap and sponge in the kitchen. You can also add it to your water, which as we know is amazing for digestion.

Peppermint: My hot yoga teacher always ends class by fanning a towel with peppermint on each person. It's seriously the best feeling after a hardcore workout. When I come home from a workout I like to put it in my diffuser to have a similar effect. I also add a drop to my shower.  Lastly, you can add it to your water to help with stomach aches.

Bergamot: My favorite scent for the living room when I get home from work. It's both uplifting and calming. It's also a good background scent, if you know what I mean.

Frankincense: This is another great one for the living room in the afternoon. It's also a great scent when you want to meditate or relax. It helps to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has anti-aging benefits so it's great to add to your nighttime face moisturizer.

Rose: There is nothing like the smell of roses. I apply this to my palms before bed. It's clean and has a pretty smell, without being overpowering (which is perfect when you're sleeping in bed with someone else).

Blue Tansy: One of my favorite face masks is a blue tansy mask, so I wanted to go straight to the source if you know what I mean. It's found in a lot of high-end skincare products. It helps diminish the appearance of blemishes and soothes skin irritation.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): A classic, tea tree oil is great for acne, your hair and dry cuticles. You can also add it to your cleaning supplies.

This kit is great if you are just starting out and want to try a variety of oils.

Mint Vodka Limeade Cocktail

I've decided to start a new series! If you're anything like me, you freeze when the bartender asks you what you want to drink. I avoid drinks that are too sweet, since they are loaded with calories and give you the worst hangover. But I get so bored of just getting a glass of wine or prosecco. In this series I'm going to share easy to make, low-calorie drinks. These drinks are not rocket science. But for some reason, I never think to order them or to make them.  They're great to make when you have company and you can definitely order them in a restaurant or bar.

Mint Vodka Limeade Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh mint
  • 2 limes
  • Vodka (as little or as much as you want)
  • Ice
  • Water
  • Honey (optional)
What to do:
  • Fill half a cup with ice 
  • Add water until it is 3/4 full
  • Add juice from 1 1/2 limes
  • Cut the other 1/2 of the lime into thin pieces to place in the drink and as a garnishment
  • Add handful of fresh mint leaves 
  • Add 1-2 shots of Vodka (or tequila, if you would prefer) 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey if you would prefer it to be sweet
  • Stir and enjoy!