The Year of Self-Care

March 22, 2018

The Year of Self-Care

I was reading a Well+Good article about the top wellness trend predictions of 2018 and one of them is that self-care is essential, not an indulgence. I am a firm believer that health does not end with diet and exercise and am sooo happy to see us moving beyond the juice cleanses and sweaty heart pounding cardio workouts. Health isn’t what we eat or how often we work out. Health isn’t even a lifestyle. Sure, those are all components of a healthy life, but at its core, health is a mindset. What good is it killing yourself day after day on the treadmill if your main motive is just to have a thigh gap or be able to eat more? What kind of message are you sending to your body if you order a salad even though you really wanted tacos because you don’t want people to judge you for eating too much? With me being on my own health journey, I’ve really gotten into the whole holistic wellness side of health. It’s when your body is hurt that you realize how fragile it truly is. Our #1 job is to take care of our body because without it, we can’t do anything. Our minds have more power than we give them credit and what we repeatedly tell ourselves becomes are truth. Your vibe attracts not only your tribe, but your job, your income, your home, and your happiness. 2018 onwards is about treating ourselves right and regularly practicing self-care.

THAT was a long intro to say I’m really excited to take this blog into the direction of not only fashion, but holistic health, wellness, and self-care. This year, I’m partnering up with Health-Ade to create tips, tricks, hacks, recipes, and DIYs to help you live the most fulfilling life you can.

It probably comes as no surprise because I run a natural skincare company with my mom, but I love to DIY my own skincare. There is something so mad scientist-feeling about combining all different ingredients together and then rubbing it on your SKIN. Liberating!

Although it sounds super basic, washing your face is the cornerstone of any solid natural skincare routine. Face toners remove pesky bits of oil and debris still left over after face cleansing. A good toner will also work to clarify, hydrate, and restore the natural pH balance of the skin.

The Year of Self-Care

Many face toners use apple cider vinegar as it contains malic acid which helps remove bacteria-forming skin. Kombucha also contains malic acid, making it a natural exfoliant that can easily act as a substitute to apple cider vinegar in a face toner. I drink kombucha all the time, but I figured why not apply it TO MY FACE? Health-Ade’s Power Greens kombucha contains wheatgrass, spirulina, and camu camu all mixed into a super detoxifying blend of green tea, black tea, and of course, SCOBY (the good bacteria that forms from fermenting the tea that becomes kombucha). The carbonation of the kombucha tingled upon application, leaving my skin stimulated and refreshed.

The Year of Self-Care

Visit Health-Ade’s blog to get the face toner recipe.

Just call me Blair

March 14, 2018

Just Call Me Blair

Oftentimes, I’ll get an outfit idea in my head and later on, realize it was somehow triggered by some subconscious memory. Even though I never watched a single episode of Gossip Girls, I feel like this entire outfit was a subtle nod to Blair Waldorf. Funny how that happens. I’ve actually been listening to a lot of Law of Attraction podcast episodes on The Lively Show and could go on and on about how our subconscious triggers more decisions than we are aware of, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just share the link. 🙂

Just Call Me Blair

Somehow it’s almost spring which makes me so incredibly happy you don’t even know. The other day, I was taking my dog for a walk and the sky was blue, the birds were chirping, and the sun just feels warmer this time of the year. I don’t get any seasonal allergies, so I’m like “Let the flowers bloom!” (Sorry guys who get seasonal allergies.) I’ve been spending a lot of time planning/starting to redecorate my bedroom and home office spaces.

Just Call Me Blair

Just Call Me Blair

Just Call Me Blair

I’ve also made a pact with myself to share more of myself in front of the camera on Instagram Stories. Those of you who have found me through Instagram know what I’m taking about, but if you know me from my blog, know there’s a whole other daily party happening on Instagram. Since I work from home, some days I don’t wear “real clothes” (AKA sweats and no makeup), but sharing more of myself on Instagram Stories holds me accountable to not be lazy. I truly believe if you dress up (not even really dress up, but just dress nicely), even if you’re at home where no one is going to see you, you feel more prepared to tackle the day.

Just Call Me Blair

Tibi Cropped Sweater: Shopbop
Denim Skirt: Ryder via Crossroads Trading
Tights: American Apparel
Loeffler Randall Suede Pumps: Amazon
The Small Drawstring Transport Crossbody in Olive: Madewell
Necklace: Gift from my aunt!
Baguette Studs: Katie Dean Jewelry

The Stomach Diaries Part VII ft. Erythema Nodosum

March 1, 2018

The Stomach Diaries Part VII

I can’t believe it’s been 1.5 years since my last Stomach Diaries blog post update (if you’re new here and have no idea what I’m talking about, go here). I’ve been doing smaller frequent updates on Instagram and Instagram Stories. For a while, nothing had changed with my health, so I didn’t feel an update was necessary, but let me catch you up to speed on what went on in 2017 and what’s been going on in 2018 so far. We left off in August of 2016 when I had just seen my gastroenterologist for the first time and my hand eczema was improving from the high dose of prescription probiotics he had given me. I started getting acupuncture more regularly and by about January of last year, my hands were the best they’d ever been. They were still dry and a bit blotchy, but my hands have always been that way, so I’d call it pretty normal for me. It was a relief for my hands not to be swollen and to regain full flexibility in my fingers. The only thing I changed in my diet was taking the prescription probiotics from my GI, so I can only attribute it to that. Even though I started out taking my probiotic “cocktail” (kefir, apple cider vinegar, honey, pomegranate extract, turmeric, and prescription probiotics) twice a day, once I started feeling better, I pared down to once a day.

Around March of last year, I encountered the most intensive, stressful project I’ve ever done for school. I was working 15-18 hour days every single day for about two weeks. I hardly had time to shower never mind moisturize my hands throughout the day. I noticed my hands getting drier than usual which was to be expected since I wasn’t moisturizing as much. But even after I finished my project and started back into my regular moisturizing routine, my hands were still getting drier and beginning to crack. I had one deep crack in the center of my palm that looked like someone had stabbed me with a knife. Remembering how painful my hand eczema got in the past, my hackles were up and I knew I needed to nip this in the bud before it got really bad. I started my sleeping with bags on my hands protocol—when I sleep with my hands creamed up and sealed in plastic food storage bags to make a steamy, humid environment that helps the cracks close up and dryness subside. I covered my cuts with Tegaderm during the day. I religiously got acupuncture once a week. My hands improved, but I still couldn’t get them back to the soft, non-irritated way they previously felt. Finally, sometime in June, the cracks started closing up for good, and by the end of June, I was down to just nursing three small paper cut-like cracks on my fingers. I didn’t change a thing with my diet (still eating primarily fruitarian).

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