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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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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

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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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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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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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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