Happy 2015 to you all! Sorry I’ve been on a writing hiatus lately with the holidays and end of year festivities.
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? I sure did. Continue my yoga and pilates regimen, and continue eating cleaner! What’s helped me stick to my resolution is following a ton of yoga and clean eating inspired Instagrams.
Along with clean eating, I’m getting into products lately that clean my face and leave it ready for a good night’s rest, such as Murad’s Hydrating Toner – this stuff doesn’t burn my face and it gets the job done. What is it about the New Year that makes me run to Ulta and Sephora? I seem to always run out of products around the same time, twice a year! How convenient for the stores and inconvenient for my wallet!
Even thought it’s January and freezing in many parts of the country, this doesn’t mean the sun isn’t an issue. Lather up on that SPF, ladies and gents! I prefer some SPF tinted moisturizers that don’t make me dehydrate halfway through the day. Some faves are the Christian Dior BB Creme with SPF and Tarte SPF Tinted Moisturizer.
What are your Wednesday Must Want Clean Beauty Items?
Just wanted to update you all to let you know of the great deal I got on one of my fave sites, reveboutique! As you may know, I am a huge Sky fan and when I can, I travel to their main warehouse on Robertson Blvd. when I’m in LA. Recently, along the lines of Sky, I have discovered Parides, a brand of kaftan-like dresses. I’ve always wanted to get one, and when I was scouring the internet, I realized that reveboutique has a special promo code for 10% off with code “REVE10” (thanks, retailmenot!)
Anyway, the patterns on the dresses are amazing and the fact you can wear the dress 3 different ways sealed the deal. What do you think of my new purchase? Here’s Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in a similar pattern (um, can I have the bag too?!) It’s also a motivator since I have lost some weight thanks to all the yoga and pilates I’ve been doing!
I finally succumbed to trying the latest trend in yoga fashion, lululemon. I usually would just save my Victoria’s Secret old t-shirts and pants and workout in those, but it was only a matter of time before I began seeing lululemon pants and workout gear showing up to the yoga mats all around me on the regular. I started to feel out of fashion and sloppy. Almost crunchy, like how dare I put on these old clothes when I can be fashionable, fabulous and fitness-savvy?
I didn’t even use the fitting room, I just figured what my size was and took a go. Of course, being that I always like looking for the deals, I wasn’t about to make a regular priced purchase – I made it work from the sale rack. Got my first pair of yoga pants for $76, marked down from $92, and my first tank top for $32 marked down from $42. Yes please, I’ll save $26 anywhere I can.
I slide the pants and shirt on and wow, I feel lighter already. Toned, slimmer, and ready to hit the mat. Unfortunately, I was going to a vinyasa flow class and didn’t realize how sweaty I would get. I rolled up the pants into capris about halfway through the class, but other than that, I left feeling even lighter and still feeling like I could go to lunch or run errands without everyone knowing I had just burned a bunch of calories.
Yes, lululemon is addicting, but there is just something about feeling like you are put together even when you are working out. It’s an extra dose of self-esteem for the fashion-conscious female who is all about fitness. 🙂
Do you have an experience (good or bad) with lululemon fashion? I’d love to hear it in the comment section below!!
So I am a super busy person, but I love Facebook because I can go in and read my friend’s (and face it – some people I rarely ever talk to but am curious about) tidbits about their lives. As a psychology buff, I love getting into people’s heads, seeing if they’re authentic, if they are at a place that I have visited, if they have nice pictures, et cetera.
Sometimes I have felt down about checking my Facebook and seeing other people who seem to have it all. Then I remember: They only post things they are happy about. Ever read that article that went viral about the 8 types of Facebook friends you have on your timeline? I hate those people who are constantly trying to “one up” each other – of course I love sharing good news with my friends, but I don’t do it in a menacing way. Life is about striking a balance. We can’t always be happy or have great things happen to us. Some of my postings have been down, others up or just neutral – I feel they are authentic to the person I am at the time.
I’m just tired of reading and seeing these articles about how looking at Facebook increases your depression. Doesn’t it only increase your depression if you let it? If the world was all the same and the same “great” things kept on happening to everyone, how would we be able to react to depression, darkness, and devastation? Besides, don’t you ever wonder if those people may be hiding their deep, dark secrets underneath the facade of euphoria?
In spite of all this, it has made me wonder: Can Facebook actually be used to motivate and inspire? Recently I showed my students (yes, I teach, so many hats that I wear) a movie by Dr. Amen about brain function. In the movie, there are lots of great tidbits about how to keep your brain healthy and they mostly tie into the body’s health. I have two main reasons to keep my body healthy – I’m about to get married (wanna look great for those pics!) and I’m not getting any younger. In the video, Dr. Amen also says that surrounding yourself with other health-conscious people is a sure bet to get fit. I have been taking a ton of exercise classes and checking into the yoga, pilates, parks, and class locations via Facebook. I love seeing the “likes” on my postings and it inspires me to “like” their fitness postings and plan fitness invites as well as keep up my own regimen.
Not only am I being motivated by the impending date of my wedding, but I’m being inspired by my other friends who make great strides every day on Facebook to get healthier as well.
Take that, you pessimistic people who say New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick and that Facebook is a waste of time :).
What do you think? Does Facebook promote motivation by encouraging friends who have the same interests to stay accountable to their goals?