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Honey Face Scrub

Looking for a face scrub that’s moisturizing, brightening, AND that you can eat?!.. Look no further. We’ve got you covered!

You’ll want to follow the recipe below for an all natural, at home scrub that will leave your face looking AH-MAZING. It’s super nourishing. And yes, you can actually eat it. Try out using it on your lips and lick off any residue! A snack and facial all in one, ha!

Mix together:

  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Scrub on your face for a minute or so, rinse off, and voila!

XOXO, Kim

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Hello my lovelies!!! It is that time of the year… yep, Valentine’s Day Eve better known as Galentine’s Day. A day to celebrate our gals and all the other people we love, the people that are there when we need them and when we don’t need them, the good and bad times, the people we see as family regardless of blood connection.

Having an amazing circle of friends, a great support system, and making time for fun and relaxation with them is essential for your mental, physical and emotional well-being. They give you the best medicine ever… laughter, great shoulders to cry on, and they even serve as counselors during your whining rants.

Hope you had an amazing day celebrating your people’s awesomeness and make sure to make them feel special every day of the year. Don’t forget to have a drink or two in the process, cheers to friendships and all the health benefits they bring to your life… cheers!

Stay True – Chantal

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Faux Leather Jacket

Hey y’all – I have been CRAZY about a good faux leather jacket for winter/spring! I love adding an edgy jacket to pretty much any outfit… jeans and a tee? jumpsuit? a work-appropriate dress?.. CHECK! I also think adding some juxtaposing elements to an outfit is so important to make the whole look complete. And a leather jacket is the perfect way to do that.

In this case, I paired it with this dress I got from Amazon. It was super affordable, and is insanely comfortable. It’s perfect for a date night out or to wear into the office. Add a pair of nude pumps and you’ve got yourself a LEWK! And since it’s been crazy cold outside lately, I added a scarf to winter-fy the outfit. But if you’re wearing a similar look as the weather starts warming up, do without it!

XOXO, Kim

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Know Who You Are & Take Control of Your Life – Solar Plexus Chakra

It is time to talk a bit about our third chakra, also known as Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. This chakra is located between the stomach and the chest, and it is said to be the one in control of will, self-esteem, identity, self, compassion, and personal power. People that have a balanced solar plexus chakra are often perceived as purposeful, successful, confident and assertive individuals that learn from mistakes They also have good discipline, are independent, self-motivated, have good leadership skills, and demonstrate good judgement (aka me… JK!). This chakra is usually represented by the color yellow as it is associated with the element of fire (I think of it as the fire that drives you to attain all you want in life). The physical functions that are attributed to this chakra are digestion and metabolism; therefore, when the chakra is not balanced certain physical discomfort is said to happen, including stomach cramps, poor digestion, weight issues, poor digestion, nausea, among others.   

What are the emotional symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra?

If it is underactive – it may cause feelings of helplessness, lack of self-worth, lack of purpose, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence.

If it is overactive – it may lead to a constant need of validation, a need to control everything and everyone we meet, anxiety, and even manic episodes.

 It is important to maintain this chakra balanced in order to have a successful and fulfilling life. We all know how important self-worth and self-confidence is; however; many people either lack these or have an extremely inflated ego.      

How to balance the solar plexus?

  • Aromatherapy: Some of the best essential oils to use for this chakra are: rosemary, chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, and cedarwood. Essential oils can help stimulate the chakra when inhaled. They can be used in massage oils, lotions or in diffusers.
  • Healing stones: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, yellow tourmaline, and yellow jasper are great to help balance the solar plexus. Why? Well, part of it is the color of the gem. Colors can have an effect in our emotions and behaviors. Another benefit of the stones is that each stone has a different vibration that causes a reaction in our body. Keep in mind that different people have different reactions to the various types of stones; it is not the same result for everyone and therefore more than one is suggested.
  • Yoga: certain yoga poses help you balance the third chakra with great results. Find a quiet and relaxing place and try some of these: child’s pose, warrior I & III, mountain pose, bow, plank, and boat
  • Diet: certain foods that can help with your chakra healing are: chamomile tea, yellow peppers, and corn.

Love yourself and remember that wellness and beauty start from the inside. You attract what you let out into the world. If you radiate positive energy, you will get positive in return. Positive actions + positive thoughts + positive words + beautiful soul = beautiful human being.  

Stay true – Chantal

Be Healthy

Healthy Pasta Sauce

Is ANYTHING better than pasta?!.. not much. And I would literally do anything most days for a creamy alfredo and some Olive Garden breadsticks. That being said, I try to make my at-home pasta as healthy as possible!

I buy my pasta from Trader Joes, and I love to get their pre-made tortellini. In this post, I’m sharing the mini cheese tortellini, which rings up to right around 200 calories for 1/2 cup – not too shabby. They also have lobster, spinach and cheese, and mushroom and truffle (my personal fave). But if you add a huge jar of pre-made sauce, it makes these options not so “healthy” anymore. And I put healthy in quotations because it’s still pasta.. but you still gotta live even if you want to eat better!

My favorite way to healthily eat these pastas is to toss the whole thing (which has about 3 servings) in 2 tbsp garlic olive oil, a little bit of parmesan, fresh garlic, and crushed red pepper. Olive oil does add quite a few calories, but you’ll get HEALTHY fats and it’ll keep you full so you avoid those late night snacks.

If you want to make your pasta even healthier… try some zoodles! A lot of stores sell them pre-made, or just buy a super cheap 2 or 3 dollar spiralizer off Amazon. You’re welcome!

What are your favorite ways to make your italian night healthier? Let us know in the comments.

XOXO, Kim

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Coffee Lovers Face Scrub

Hello my loves! If there is one thing I love more than not waking up early, it is COFFEE! Not only do I enjoy drinking a delicious cup of that miracle potion to get me going in the morning after I managed to growl my way out of my bed, but it is also a fabulous exfoliant! Coffee is rich in antioxidants and helps treat/prevent acne as well as an anti-aging treatment. It is also helpful to reduce the appearance of cellulite as it improves blood circulation. For this exfoliant, mix the coffee with some olive oil while maintaining a grainy consistency.

Apply the paste on your face and/or body gently in circular motions to unclog your pores and remove dead skin. The smell of the coffee is also super delicious and therapeutic, giving your brain a boost and even reducing stress. The olive oil in this exfoliant paste is also incredibly important as it is another powerful antioxidant and moisturizer (among many other benefits). The olive oil will help your skin feel incredibly soft. If you are just doing your face and not your entire body, please remember to also exfoliate your neck. Any kind of facial treatment MUST include the entire neck area as that’s a delicate area that tends to age quite a bit. Instead of olive oil you can use coconut oil, honey, or avocado oil; they are all great options! After you rub all of the areas to be treated, leave on for at least 15 minutes and then rinse. Warning, because it is a scrub and it is not the gentlest of treatments, it should not be used on a daily basis, but a couple of times a week should be good for beautiful, glowing skin.

Do you have a favorite coffee inspired beauty treatment?

Stay true – Chantal

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Group Fitness Tips

Y’all, we’re officially in February! So if you’re still sticking to your New Years Resolutions which most likely includes exercising more.. (yes, I’m a mind reader), bravo! One of my resolutions has been to workout 4 times a week, but I’ll be totally honest that I haven’t totally stuck to it. IN MY DEFENSE, I had a toe injury and then got a bad cold.. so, those are valid excuses, right?

But if you’re looking for a way to keep the motivation going, I would 10/10 recommend trying out some group fitness classes. I’ve tried a few options – I’ve done classpass, bought one off classes at boutique studios, and most recently signed up for Equinox.

I CANNOT say enough good things about Equinox gyms. I’ve been to both of the Dallas locations and the classes are uh-may-zing. The locations are prestine, the amentities are to die for, and the group classes are incredibly motivating while being a great workout.

If you’re intimidated by group fitness classes, here are my top tips to get over the hump and get into the routine!

  • Don’t be shy! One of the most awkward things for me is going into a new workout class where everyone knows each other and the instructor is familiar with the attendees. EVERYONE was new to the class at some point.
  • Ask questions! If you’re unsure what equipment you need, how to click in your cycle shoes, etc.. ask! Again, everyone was new at some point and they’ll be happy to answer questions. And you have to be prepared in order to get the best possible workout out of the class.
  • Do research on new classes! I’ve gotten to try out some press classes for Equinox, and always share my thoughts after I go to make sure possible attendees have a source of information. If you do a quick google search on the class you’re trying, I guarantee you’ll find tips and tricks from other people who have tried it out! And let us know if you want for us to share class specific posts!

So hopefully this helps you feel more comfortable walking into your next group fitness class! Let us know in the comments if you want info about specific classes. I’ve tried different cycle classes, barre, hot yoga, jazzercise.. a ton of variety! Don’t be shy 🙂

XOXO, Kim

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Road Trip Style – Cadillac Ranch on Route 66

During our latest road trip, we decided to stop at an iconic landmark in Amarillo, TX… Cadillac Ranch on Route 66! In case you are not familiar, Cadillac Ranch is a public work of pop-art from the 70’s and it consists of 10 Cadillacs (models between 1948 and 1963) buried nose down in a large empty lot. I have to say that it is pretty cool to see the cars all lined up facing the same direction and tilted on a specific angle. The cars have all been painted on, but the place definitely has a unique hippy-ish vibe.

The weather for the road trip was far from nice, the wind was so cold that my ears almost fell off and my tears came out as icicles. On top of that, you have to walk through an open field to get to this main attraction, so thank goodness I used my common sense and wore flat booties for this! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on road trips and the people I go with solely choose fashion and completely forget of comfort, even being fully aware of the large number of hours they’ll be stuck in the car! Well, choose both!

During the cold season, I love wearing cozy oversized sweaters! Now, don’t get me wrong, don’t just buy a giant sweater, shape still matters if you want to not feel like a complete slob. Wear a slightly bigger sweater, pair it with some form fitting jeans or jeggings, and your favorite seasonal booties. This look is casual and comfy while still looking cute and accentuating certain curves. For this particular outfit, I do have to say that I underestimated the windchill for the walk from the car to Cadillac Ranch. I was perfectly fine with my sweater until mid-walk, when a bone chilling breeze hit me, and I thought I had instantly caught pneumonia; but the outfit was perfect for the rest of the trip.

My color obsession this season has definitely been a kind of mustardy yellow as well as other yellowish and golden tones.  This sweater worked great for the pictures we took here since the cars are so colorful; it helped to tone it down a bit and has that chill vibe I was going for.

I repeat myself a lot when I say this, but it is so true. Fashion is all about feeling great in your own skin and loving what you are wearing. It doesn’t matter if you are dressed in the latest trends… If you don’t feel right, it shows. You have to feel beautiful and comfortable with whatever you are wearing to project that confidence to others. Confidence is beauty, remember that. People can give you their opinions, but the only thing that truly matters is how you feel and how you see yourself. It can be hard but work in falling in love with yourself; love that gorgeous woman in the mirror staring back at you.

Share your secret, how do you boost your self confidence on a daily basis? What is your favorite road trip look?

Stay true – Chantal

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Anti-Aging Oil

In my opinion, it’s NEVER too early to start using some anti-aging products and be proactive! This is coming from someone who used one (or 20) too many tanning beds in her teenage years… take care of your skin as early as possible!

So if you’re looking for a one stop shop product for anti-aging and more, try out rosehip oil. It has the following benefits:

  • Moisturizes
  • Treats wrinkles (and prevents them)
  • Brightens dark spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Firms and tightens
  • Gently exfoliates

In this case, I used the oil as a moisturizer after a face mask – but you can use it morning or evening, and whether you do a face mask or just use some makeup wipes after a long night. Wake up with glowing skin!

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Keeping It Casual

One of my favorite pieces of clothing is the boyfriend cardigan. Not only can it keep you warm during a cooler day, but you can pair it with some nice jeans, booties, and a graphic tee for a comfortable and casual look that still looks nice for a day out. Two of my favorite colors to wear together during winter are, midnight blue and burgundy red (as shown in pics); I also love folding my jeans up a bit to show the full bootie. Finding the ideal cardigan can be tricky because it really is all about knowing your body shape and choosing something that looks favorable. A lot of people tend to buy an over-sized cardigan to wear as a top layer, but you really need to stick to cardigans that are a bit more form fitting so you don’t add dimension to your body, making yourself look bigger (unless that’s your purpose). A cardigan can be flattering when paired with the right layers. For the boyfriend cardigan, form fitting shirts work better than thick sweaters or shapeless tops; same goes for the bottoms, something that accentuates your silhouette is the way to go. If you are a curvy girl, leaving the cardigan unbuttoned works best, you can also trade the graphic tee for a plain one and have fun with some cool accessories. Flaunt those curves the right way! Want a shorter style cardigan instead? Pair that bad boy with a cute flowy skirt or mini dress and some tights. Fashion is all about fun and feeling confident in your own skin. Play with the different styles, learn what looks great for your body shape, and go conquer the world! 😉

Show us your favorite cardigan style ❤

Stay true – Chantal

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Dry Brushing for Beauty

So this might sound crazy – but dry brushing is one of the best ways to get glowing skin and help feel better inside and out!

In case you haven’t heard of it, you basically take a super tough brush and rub it all over your body before taking a bath or shower. You’ll take the brush and brush towards the heart, and then counter clockwise on your stomach. Some of the benefits include:

  • Aids digestion
  • Exfoliates the skin
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Increases blood flow

I’ve heard of some people doing this with a dishwasher brush if you want to get real serious, but you can get a dry brush for less than $10 on Amazon!

After you rinse off, your skin will feel SO SOFT and glowy – pinky promise.

Have you ever dry brushed before? Let us know in the comments!

XOXO, Kim

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Get Your Emotions in Check with The Sacral Chakra

Today I want to give continuity to the last wellness post in which I talked about the Root Chakra and move on to its neighbor, the second energetic point in the body called the Sacral Chakra. This is also called Svadhisthana and it derives from the Sanskrit words, “Swa” that means one’s own and “Adhisthana” that means seat. This is said to be the seat of emotions as it linked to your emotional responses as well as creativity, sensuality, pleasure, and reproductive functions.  People that have a balanced sacral chakra are often perceived as friendly, compassionate, emotionally stable, energetic, creative, and passionate (all great traits to have!).  

What happens if the sacral chakra is not balanced you ask?

If it is underactive, it can be linked to feelings of isolation, insecurities, low libido, fatigue, hypersensitivity, introversion, and lack of trust.

If it is overactive, it can be linked to emotional detachment of others, sex addiction, substance abuse, bipolarity, and eating disorders.

 Obviously, since this chakra is all about our emotions, it is a good idea to keep it balanced so we don’t have a complete emotional meltdown or engage in risky behaviors!    

Feeling on the verge of an emotional crisis?

There are several things you can do to balance your sacral chakra and it is a good idea to practice these on a regular basis in order to stay balanced:

  • Because this chakra is located in the lower abdomen, moving and stretching your hips is a great idea. You can try some yoga poses where you engage the hips or even try some belly dancing or merengue. Shakira’s got nothing on me! 😉  
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating exercise in your daily routine. Tip: incorporate ginger in your diet (i.e. in tea or shakes), this is a miracle root with many properties
  • Get a hobby that allows you to express yourself creatively
  • Speak to a counselor or spiritual guide. It is okay to seek help!
  • The sacral chakra is identified by the color orange; its opposite color is blue. If your chakra needs a little boost, surround yourself with the color orange; however, if the opposite is true, use the color blue
  • Meditation is a great practice to balance all your chakras. For the sacral chakra, utilize visualization, concentrating on your lower abdomen, breathing deeply, and imagining an orange light nourishing that energy point
  • Aromatherapy is also of great help. Some essential oils that work specifically for this chakra are: jasmine, orange, rose, sandalwood, and clary sage
  • Chakra stones that can be used for the healing of the sacral chakra are amber and orange carnelian

Remember, mental health and your inner well being are even more important than any outside beauty. Everything starts from within, take care of yourself starting from the inside and everything else will follow.

Stay true – Chantal

What is your favorite way to relax and take care of your inner self?

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When You Are in Need of a Mini-Vacation

Hey, I get it… working every day, going home to take care of family, cooking, cleaning, and the same routine over and over and over… yuck. WE ALL NEED A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE!

Everyone has a different concept on what they consider relaxing and a break from the day to day. Some people love going hiking, some biking, mani-pedis, locking themselves in a room with a tub of not ice cream, ignoring the neediness of their family from an entire day and just watch Netflix in PJs… well, you get it. Even though I love all of those activities (or lack of), I have a HUGE OBSESSION with this fantastic place near my area called Spa Castle. Sadly, they only have a location in Carrollton, TX, one in College Point, NY and one coming soon in Alexandria, VA. If you live in any of those areas, rush over there to check it out if you haven’t done so; if you don’t, maybe there’s something similar? Look it up… really worth it!

Now, this is unlike your regular day spa; this is a combination of a European spa and an Asian bathhouse and the experience is beyond relaxing for an entire day of disconnecting from the world and avoiding responsibilities!

Temperature controlled jetted pools

No freezing your butt here, all their pools are temperature controlled and you choose which pool has the best temperature for you. On top of that, you get to try out all kinds of different jets to massage every part of your body, relieve tension, increase circulation, and improve digestion. I am telling you, you will have to get dragged out of there because you’ll be so relaxed! You can even order a drink or two at the bar and zip while you don’t think about the people on the outside 😉

Bath Area

Because one hot tub is never enough, they offer four! They also have a cold bath pool that it is supposed to rejuvenate the body, strengthen the immune system and help with blood circulation. They also have a dry sauna and a steam room to relax and cleanse the pores.

Sauna Paradise

If you share the love I have for saunas, this is the place for you. This place has seven saunas, all made with different materials and for different purposes. Each sauna has a sign that tells you the benefits of that particular sauna, what it is made out of as well as a sign that gives you the temperature. Here is a list of their different saunas and their benefits according to Spa Castle’s website:

  • Gold Sauna – This beautiful sauna is lined with plates of real gold and it is supposed to help with sore limbs as well as to balance the mind, body and soul.
  • Loess Soil Sauna – This is their hottest sauna and the smell of the loess soil and herbs help with relaxation.
  • Jade Sauna – Jade emits infrared rays that help heal the body.
  • Color Therapy Sauna – Each color section of the sauna helps improve different physical and mental aspects of the body; emotions, moods, metabolism and energy.
  •  Himalayan Salt Sauna – This sauna creates a bacteria-free environment, it helps to regulate blood pressure, relieve allergies, and reduces signs of aging!
  • Far Infrared Sauna -The infrared light of the sauna is absorbed by the skin to stimulate blood circulation, increase oxygen to the brain, clear up nasal congestion and clear pores.
  • Ice Land – This is a cold space that is meant to stimulate the body’s anti-oxidant capabilities, strengthen the immune system, firm the skin, reduce cellulite among other incredible benefits. (I counted three less butt cheek dimples after leaving the room! lol JK).  

Spa Services and More

Pamper yourself like there’s no tomorrow with one of their spa services, like body scrubs, massages, facials, and body wraps. Once done, you can go have a bite at one of their restaurants, their café, bar, or my favorite… The Juice Farm! Their milk tea or coconut slushy with boba are to die for!!!!!!

Know Before You Go!

As I mentioned, this is part bathhouse, so there are certain areas where people are completely NAKED, yes… NAKED! Every time I visit this place, I see at least one group of women in the locker room or bath area looking shook and confused as to why everyone is walking around naked with no hesitation. Let me explain, this place has certain “naked areas” and certain “clothed areas”.

The naked areas are: the locker rooms, showers, hot tubs, steam room, and the only dry sauna in the bath area. All these areas are either all men or all women.

The clothed areas are: the jetted pools, bar, restaurants, meditation areas, spa, lobbies, and all saunas outside of the locker/bat area. For these areas, you are provided with a uniform that you are to wear, and you must wear a bathing suit for the pools. Also, no shoes allowed, it is all a barefooted facility.

Some people may be completely against seeing other people’s nakedness (and that is fine), so make sure you actually do some research on the places you are planning to visit to decide if it is a place for you or not. Now, you don’t have to get into the bath area, you can just go and enjoy their fantastic spa services, saunas, the multiple pools with various temperatures and jets, as well as their delicious food.  Honestly, once you are there, you don’t even care anymore, so just give it a chance. People are in a completely different mindset, just relaxing and minding their own business, people are not looking at you and thy are not judging you. Go with it and own it!

What’s your favorite local place for a me day?  

Stay True – Chantal

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Suede Skirt

If there’s one material I’m obsessed with for winter.. it’s suede! Or, faux suede, to be specific. I love a good faux suede skirt to pair with a silk top, a plain white tee, or in this case a casual blouse.

I paired my outfit with my absolute favorite Stuart Weitzman OTK boots. They’re insanely comfortable and go with pretty much any winter outfit!

XO, Kim

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3 Ways to Use Avocado

Y’all – if you’re not using avocado for literally EVERY use in your life.. you’re missing out! I won’t take total credit for these “recipes” (Chantal is the resident beauty expert here), but I got to be the guinea pig and L-O-V-E-D all of this.

In case you didn’t know, you can use avocado in your meals (duh), for your face, and for your hair. Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, and can be extremely moisturizing externally. It also has potassium, letithin, and more minerals that nourish your body inside and out.

Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
Toast
Avocado
Corn
Cilantro
Greek Yogurt
Cotija Cheese
Salt/Pepper (optional)

 

Avocado Hair Mask

Ingredients:
1 1/2- 1 3/4 Avocado
2-3 tbsp Honey
2-3 tbsp Olive Oil 

(Adjust ingredients based on how long your hair is)

 Put on your hair for 20-30 minutes to hydrate! Then wash your hair as normal.

Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients:
1/4 Avocado
1-2 tbsp plain yogurt
1-2 tbsp honey

Place a THICK layer all over your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes! Once it’s dry, wash off and feel the difference!

Hopefully you try out these recipes to get all the benefits out of avocados. Have a great weekend!  

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Inner Well Being & Your Root Chakra

I believe that everything comes from within and therefore we need to look inward to achieve emotional and physical well-being as well as beauty. We need to understand that we need to be able to connect with our inner self, our spirit, and the energy of the universe to connect with others in a harmonious way and to live a fulfilled life. We need to radiate positive energy in order to attract positive things to our life. I love meditation, it has helped me beyond measure when it comes to depression, anxiety, to have a positive outlook in life, and to feel at peace. I am in no way an expert in the subject, but I am a big believer that understanding the Chakras and meditating can help improve your life in many ways.

What are Chakras?

The Chakras are energetic points within our body that allow for energy to flow. There are 7 chakras with different purposes but all equally important to have a healthy and well-balanced body, mind and spirit. Today I will focus on the Root Chakra, explain what it does, how to identify when it needs attention, and provide an exercise to help you balance this, your first Chakra.

What is the Root Chakra?

The official name for this Chakra is actually Muladhara and it comes from the Sanskrit words Mula, meaning “root”and Adhara, meaning “support”.  This Chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone area) and it goes up to below your belly button. When this Chakra is well-balanced, you feel a sense of stability, accomplishment, and peace. You feel grounded, connected with your human experience and your survival needs are being met.   

How to identify a Root Chakra imbalance?

You may experience anxiety, fear or jitteriness and trouble concentrating. It is said that it can also be linked to digestive problems, lower back and/or lower extremities issues, bladder issues, among others.

How to balance the Root Chakra through meditation?

  • Meditate in a quiet place where you can avoid distractions. Adopt a comfortable standing or seated position for this practice.
  • Intention is key. Be still and place attention on your breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale though your nose (not mouth), in a slow and controlled manner.
  • As you meditate, practice visualization. Focus on your connection to your spirit and your connection with the universe. Imagine this red energy flowing up from your legs to your spine (the location of the Chakra) and see this energy being absorbed by the it and getting nourished this energy.
  • You can further enhance your experience by utilizing aromatherapy during your meditation. There are essential oils that are made with scents specifically meant to help balance the Root Chakra. These are: myrrh, oakmoss, vetiver, angelica root, cedarwood, linden blossom, spikenard, benzoin, patchouli, and frankincense.
  • Chanting or playing meditation music can help during the meditative state.
  • Gemstones that help balance the Root Chakra include garnet, bloodstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, red carnelian and red jasper.

Try this out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal

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Affordable & Natural Skin Care

Sometimes the struggle can feel REAL when trying to get good quality skin care items that are just as good for the environment.. and not spend hundreds of dollars! Here are a few ways to pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

  1. Go through your pantry! One of my favorite ways to remove facebook is by using olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil. It might seem counterintuitive slathering oil all over your face, but it takes off makeup SUPER easily and when your skin is dry, you actually produce more oil!
  1. Search your local store for hidden gems! I shop at Trader Joe’s normally, and I absolutely loveee their rose oil as a moisturizer, their facial oil cleanser, their face wipes/masks, and their acai facial scrub. These all have minimal ingredients and are all under $6 each! (and they smell amazing)
  1. DIY! We’ll have a couple of DIY face mask recipes coming up, but there are a ton of concoctions you can make at home and then you KNOW what’s in it! One example is that lemon juice can brighten up the skin, or check out this post about red wine.

XO, Kim

 

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Create Your Own Style!

Love having some fun mixing and matching colors, textures, and patterns. For this look, I decided to pair up one of my fave maxi skirts (notice the zebra heads) with a lovely turtle neck sweater, and black high heels. This look is perfect for date night, a day of shopping at the mall, or brunch with your girlfriends; a Cosmo, please! 😉

By wearing a fitted sweater and tucking it in, you create a more sophisticated look, and the maxi skirt gives the illusion of a slimmer and longer body. This is something that I particularly look for with anything I wear since I have a curvier shape; a bulkier sweater is just not as favorable for my body type when combined with a maxi skirt. I think this is a look that works on most body types and it is easy to pull off and make it your own. Get creative and choose your favorite colors/patterns! You can also go with a more casual sweater/skirt, pair it with some converse sneakers, and layer it with a jean jacket for a completely different look.

As far as accessories go, I tend to keep accessories minimal when I wear turtlenecks, but feel free to add your unique touch. Share your favorite maxi skirt and sweater looks with us!

Stay True – Chantal

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Mission: Hair Rescue


Our poor hair goes through a lot, sun exposure, heat damage from our various hair styling techniques or chemical damage from hair dyes and bleaching. Even not using the right type of hair products can damage our hair greatly. It is super important to give our hair and scalp some love. This is one of my favorite hair treatments, because it makes my hair feel full, shiny and gorgeous. On top of that, it smells super nice and helps with hair growth by addressing scalp health and hair breakage! For this treatment you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil
    • Rich in vitamins A, E and antioxidants
    • Helps bring and seal in moisture to hair and fight dandruff
    • Protects the keratin and strengthens hair
    • Gives your hair a beautiful shine and softness
    • Helps repair damage caused by sunlight and pollution
  • Castor Oil
    • Rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9
    • Seals in moisture and adds sine t hair
    • Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory for a healthy scalp
    • Strengthens hair
    • Makes curly and frizzy hair more manageable
  • Almond Oil
    • Rich in protein, Omega-9, fatty acids, and vitamin E
    • Helps to strengthen hair and adds shine
    • Makes hair smooth and easier to style
    • Helps diminish split ends
    • Addresses scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis
    • Bonus points: makes this oil treatment smell delicious!

Note: Do not use almond oil if you suffer from nut allergies.

Mix all three oils in a glass jar or any jar you can heat up on the stove top. Make sure you have a good amount of each oil depending on the length of your hair. You may also want to make some extra to store for additional treatments. Place the jar in the center of a small pot. Fill about a quarter of the pot with water and heat it up on the stove top on medium heat. As the water starts boiling, it will slowly heat up the oils. When the mix of oils is warm enough, remove it from heat and spread it all over your hair without directly applying to the scalp. You can apply the treatment on clean dampened hair to seal in that moisture, but it is also great on dry hair. Once you saturate your hair with the mix of oils, put your hair up in a bun and cover it with a plastic cap. Leave the treatment on your hair for 45 minutes to an hour and then rinse and wash your hair.  Remember that oil can be a bit hard to wash off so make sure you get it all off. Style as usual and feel the difference… freaking amazing, I know!

 Do you have a favorite hair oil treatment? Share it with us!

Stay true – Chantal