This week has flown by hasn’t it?! I had a ton of fun meetings in Venice and West Hollywood earlier in the week and am in Antigua for the rest of the week/weekend. I packed all of my most colorful kaftans and sundresses for the trip and they inspired this week’s Currently Coveting post! I wish I had seen these sandals and this tote before I left – they would have been perfect! How cute is this stripe shirtdress? Wouldn’t it look great with these studded heels? I just ordered this jumpsuit and can’t wait to wear it when I get back into town. FYI I went a size up for a more casual fit. For a natural looking, gradual tan I recommend this lotion. I’m not usually a fan of pink nail polish but this shade is really pretty for spring. These earrings are under $100 and this necklace is super similar to the one I wore in Monday’s post (although I may even like this one more!)
Stress – it’s something we are all familiar with and all experience at one point or another. Whether it be at work, at home, at school, or somewhere in between… 3 years ago I found myself in desperate need of new stress relieving tactics. My old ones weren’t working and my cortisol levels were through the roof. I had just broken up with my serious boyfriend of almost 8 years and my business was expanding rapidly. I was absolutely devastated from the break up and completely overwhelmed with the thought of running a business by myself. The stress started to affect not only my mind, but my body. My weight fluctuated and my sleeping patterns became disrupted. I felt helpless! I’m a problem solver. When I come across a problem, I do everything in my power to fix it. Stress is tricky though because there’s not just some “magic pill” or solution that will get rid of it immediately. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the best doctors, naturopaths, healers, and nutritionists in the world. I wanted to share what I’ve learned thus far and some of my favorite ways to relieve stress and unwind!
- I meditate for 20 minutes every morning.
There seems to still be a weird, pre conceived notion out there about meditation (which I’ll admit I had too before I took this class.) It’s becoming increasingly more talked about though, and now there are drop in studios, apps, etc. I personally find “transcendental” or “vedic” meditation the most effective. You can read about the benefits here and see why Oprah and basically every top CEO and athlete meditates.
- I switch up my exercise depending on my mood.
For a while, I was only doing intense exercise i.e. boxing, running and Soul Cycle and I was actually increasing my cortisol levels. I’ve now learned to balance my routine with yoga and pilates. I was also doing BBG at home, but I found that group classes and great music make me a happier camper.
- I took a serotype test and avoid (for the most part!) foods that cause inflammation.
Trust me I still love pizza, ice cream, and french fries – couldn’t ever give those up completely… But for years, my stomach hurt after almost every meal. It was stressful not knowing what foods were triggering this! My friend Annie referred me to her doctor who did a serotype test (beware because many food allergy tests are not accurate) and I found out what was causing inflammation. Even if a food is deemed “healthy” it doesn’t necessarily mean it works for YOU. Once I eliminated things like chickpeas, cashews, and blueberries (random I know) my stomach problems disappeared which was a relief.
- I take a 30 minute epsom salt bath with a drop of this oil at least once a week + read a book while I soak.
Not only are baths relaxing, but epsom salt baths remove toxins and give your body the magnesium it needs. I put on a face mask too (gotta maximize that bath time!) and read a book (I just finished this one – highly recommend – Betty is the cutest!)
- I get acupuncture once a month.
I went here when I lived in NYC. You can read about all of the benefits here. I’ve also done cupping before which is AMAZING and I found it actually had a stronger effect (in a good way) than normal acupuncture, but it did leave large red circles on my back for over a week. I definitely got some weird looks when I wore a tank top.
- I bought a standing desk and anti-fatigue mat.
An anti-fatigue whhhhaaat? I know it sounds funny. But let’s be real, we all spend hours a day sitting. Sitting in a car, sitting at a desk, sitting at the dinner table. I started developing back pain and horrible posture from sitting so much until I finally decided enough was enough and ordered this mat and this desk. They were total game changers!!! I feel more positive, productive and my digestion is way better.
- I get reflexology and a Thai massage once a month.
You can read about the benefits of both here. The place I used to go in NYC was a hole in the wall and nothing fancy – but it was $25 for a 1 hour massage!!!! If you don’t want to get a massage – I have this lacrosse ball and run my foot over it while I’m at my standing desk (which is a tip I picked up from a physical therapist.) It works wonders.
- I’m a firm believer in therapy.
My dad has been a psychologist for almost 30 years so I am a huge advocate of talk therapy. You do not have to be depressed to go to therapy. Pyschologists are wonderful when you want a neutral opinion and sounding board that isn’t a friend or family member. Not all psychologists are the same – and not every one will be for you so meet with multiple people until you find the right one for you. I hear from too many friends that they “hate therapy” because they had one bad experience with a therapist they didn’t click with. It’s just like anything in life – you need to shop around to see what works best for you!
- I do a Reiki session once a year.
You can learn more about Reiki here. I had no clue what I was signing up for the first time I tried it, but just went in with an open mind. It was amazing and I’m a believer!
- I try to spend an hour in a sauna, steam room or float tank once a month.
All are such great ways to relax and detox. Grab a girlfriend and make a spa day out of it!
I left a few obvious stress relieving tactics out like call a friend, have a spa day, catch up with family, take a walk, watch a funny movie, binge watch Netflix, book a trip, dance, retail therapy etc. because I know you gals probably already know those ones/are doing them! Anyways, I hope I gave you a little insight into how I relieve stress and unwind! Please let me know if you try/like any of them! xx
It’s been 1 month since I moved to LA! I’m happy to report that I love it, already feel at home, and kind of can’t believe I didn’t move sooner!! I’ve been slowly, but surely getting settled here and wanted to share a few updates. The most frequently asked questions I’ve gotten from friends and readers have been; What do you miss most about NYC? Will your style change? To answer – the thing I miss most about NYC is my friends! I miss walking out the door and being able to pick up the phone and say “Hey I’m right by your apartment, are you home? Wanna come downstairs and grab a coffee?” I miss spontaneous Soul Cycle dates, brunches, wine nights, etc. Everyone is a bit more spread out here in LA (with traffic it can sometimes take up to 45 minutes to meet a girlfriend.) So I definitely miss the spontaneity and my besties! I am very fortunate, however, that I do have friends and family here in LA. My two aunts live 30 minutes away and I’ve got girlfriends from middle school, college, and blogging that live in the area. Has my style changed? Yes! I’ve gotten a bit more casual (sandals over heels!) and am getting so much inspiration from the chic girls I see walking down Abbot Kinney or on Melrose. I feel way more domestic because I finally have a full size kitchen and actually enjoy grocery shopping (Erewhon market is heaven on earth.) I love eating outside on my back patio, waking up to sunshine, and being 3 blocks from the beach. Everyone I’ve met thus far has been insanely friendly and there’s such an overwhelmingly huge community of freelancers and creatives so I feel like I fit right in. The pace is a lottttt slower, especially here in Venice, which I love and it’s what drew me here – but of course it’s an adjustment for this former non-stop, go, go go, overachieving New York gal! Dating here is quite different as well…which I quickly found out when my first date rolled up in a tank top and on rollerblades. We went for a walk along the boardwalk (errr I walked, he skated) and got ice cream. Prettttty different from the buttoned up, high strung finance guys I had been dating in NYC LOL. I’m enjoying all the different aspects that this city has to offer and can’t wait to share more updates with you guys as I continue to nest (hopefully no more bad date stories involving rollerblades though!) ;)
Happy Friday! If you’ve been wondering where to take your next spring/summer getaway – book a ticket to San Miguel de Allende. You will not regret it. I wasn’t familiar with the city at all until this trip with The New York Times, and I am so grateful to have been introduced to this special place. If I had to compare it to a city or town that I’ve been to – I would say it feels like the town of St. Barths or St. Tropez. With a relaxed village vibe, unique markets and luxe hotels this is a great place for any traveler – of any age. The hotel we stayed at was called Hotel Matilda which was gorgeous and super modern. We dined at the dreamy Rosewood hotel which has a wrap around terrace overlooking the entire city. My favorite spot was Doce 18 Concept House (you may remember me freaking out about it on instastory!) It’s a stunning space that has a hotel, shops, restaurants, boutiques, and a florist all under one roof. I literally want my entire house to look like the rooms there. After we had lunch at Doce 18 we wandered to the local market a few blocks away which had vendors offering all sorts of authentic things; hand painted pottery, beaded jewelry, fresh cacti, corn on the cob, fruit, flowers, pewter dishes, and embroidered textiles. I loved picking out two embroidered pieces that I’m going to have framed for my new home. Speaking of home – a few of you have been messaging me about the white trays that I put my perfume on – FYI you can get them here. Have a great weekend!