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!
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.
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
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.
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?
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?
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!).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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!