Self Care

My Morning Routine

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I struggled with my digestion for years. I was constantly bloated, doubled over in stomach pain, had unexplainable weight gain, and brain fog. It was terrible and I searched endlessly for solutions. The silver lining of it all, was that it sparked my interest and passion in wellness. I tried SO many different things to heal my digestion. It was beyond frustrating and extremely discouraging at times, but I am so glad I didn’t give up! What ended up working was eliminating histamines from my diet, and following this morning routine. Benefits from Green Juice I’m excited to finally share the simple steps that make up my morning routine. When Thomas decided to start doing it as well 3 months ago, I was curious to see if he would have the same amazing results I did. Within 3 days of back to back juicing first thing in the morning before eating, he noticed a huge difference in his energy levels. (He used to start his day with eggs and toast.) Within a week he literally said, “Wow I feel so much more clear headed and awake.” Not only that, but he noticed it curbed his appetite for junk food and midday snacks. It’s done that for me, and has completely regulated my hunger levels. He also noticed a huge improvement in his digestion, his skin became clearer and more glowy, and he had energy that lasted throughout the day (he used to be exhausted and asleep by 9PM!) He’s lost a ton of weight, and says he overall just feels so much better. It’s been incredible to see these improvements – and hilarious that he now can’t go a single day without his green juice!!! My Morning Routine Step 1: Hot Water with Lemon I wake up around 8AM and drink a glass full of hot water with 1/2 an organic lemon squeezed and dropped into the glass. If you can’t find organic, don’t fret! I thought this went without saying, but since someone asked haha…wash your lemon! I use this spray. Make sure to put the lemon with the peel into your glass because it’s full of amazing nutrients. Doing this first thing, alkalizes your body and wakes it up. It’s the most soothing ritual. I’ve received questions about the acidity from the lemon effecting the enamel on your teeth, and that hasn’t been a problem for me, but be sure to chat with a dentist if you’re concerned! Step 2: Green Juice PSA do not buy a store bought green juice! It’s not the same as a juice you will make fresh in your home and drink right away. It loses its nutrients even if it says it is “cold pressed.” I honestly cannot stress this enough – you will not even remotely see the same results unless you make it yourself. This is the juicer I have. It’s so easy to clean and has lasted for years. My juice recipe is; 1/2 fennel (use only the white bulb part), 5-6 stalks celery, 1/2 green apple, and 1 cucumber. I use this veggie spray to clean them beforehand. If they don’t have organic of something, I don’t sweat it. Life’s too short, and a juice is better than no juice for me. This makes about 16 oz of fresh juice, which I drink immediately. It loses 50% of its nutrients after 30 minutes, so it’s definitely best to drink right away to get the biggest impact. Like I said above, green juice healed my digestion, regulated my hunger signals, made my skin glow like it never had before, helped me lose weight, and got rid of my brain fog. I don’t go a day without it, and if I am on vacation I seek out the fresh juice spots. I typically drink this about 45 minutes to 1 hour after my lemon water, because I like to meditate after my lemon water. Wait at least 30 minutes to eat anything after you drink your juice. I wait a few hours until lunch, but Thomas waits 30-45 minutes and then has his eggs and toast. Step 3: Matcha latte (optional) TBH I rarely drink matcha anymore because I just don’t need the caffeine. My life is a lot slower paced now that I’m not running around NYC all day. I don’t need to be jacked up with energy to make it to back to back meetings, events, shoots etc. But, if I ever do need an energy boost or pick me up, I make a simple matcha latte using ceremonial grade matcha powder, hot water, and this whisk. Add 1/2 tsp of matcha powder to a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of almost boiling water. Whisk rapidly and once the powder is dissolved and frothy, top with more water. You can add a few tablespoons of full fat coconut milk or cream from Trader Joe’s (or find one that doesn’t have any guar gum in it and is pure because guar gum bloats you.) Coconut cream has a natural sweetness to it. If matcha is too bitter for you add some honey, stevia or a little white sugar. I love using this frother for the coconut milk or cream so it tastes like a latte. Most places make terrible matcha lattes, so if you don’t like them, you’ve probably had a very low quality powder. Starbucks matchas are fake and full of sugar…30g of sugar to be exact. The best matcha latte I’ve ever had is from Cha Cha Matcha where they use the barista coconut milk with a frother. I can never seem to make it as good as they do at home even with this though! I typically have my matcha around 2 or 3PM (if I feel that I need it), but Thomas likes to drink his at around 11AM after his eggs. Intermittent Fasting So there you have it, that’s my morning routine. I do not eat breakfast because I have never liked breakfast and feel way too full in the morning. So I love eating a huge lunch and dinner. I don’t “try” to fast. But because I don’t actually eat until around 12PM, I am technically intermittent fasting everyday. I say “try” because if I’m hungry I eat, if I’m not, I don’t. I listen to my body! Recap As always when I talk about my health, I like to mention that I am not a doctor and you should always consult with a medical professional regarding any dietary changes. I love sharing what has worked for me, and hope you have the same amazing results that Thomas and I have had from this simple routine!
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Life As An Introvert

Growing up I was definitely more of a reserved kid. I was a TOTAL bookworm and threw myself into my homework and art projects. I loved playing make-believe in my treehouse, or accompanying my mom antique shopping. And I was happiest either one on one with someone – or completely alone. I loathed group activities and projects. They stressed me out, exhausted me. And I felt like I couldn’t get anything done with everyone talking over one another. Please No Summer Camp!My parents forced me to do group activities though – everything from softball to swimming, volleyball and track. I lasted about 1 year in each sport and would beg them not to make me go back. I wanted to take art classes (which were always calm + quiet). Or focus on my studies from the comfort of my home. I realize I’m making myself out to sound like a total nerd…welp I still am! My sister on the other hand, was SO outgoing. Obsessed with club volleyball, soccer team captain, always blowing off her homework to have huge choreographed dance parties with her friends in our driveway, and would go to sleep away camp for months over the summer. I can’t even begin to talk about how much I hated camp lol…. A Fish Out Of WaterMy best friends in middle school were semi introverted, but not on the level that I was. So I always felt like a fish out of water amongst my peers. That feeling stuck with me throughout high school, college and beyond. I somehow always gravitated to a more outgoing friend or group of friends (maybe because I so badly wanted to be seen as outgoing and also didn’t fit in with the “shy” crowd), and this left me feeling constantly out of place, confused and misunderstood. For basically my entire life, I tried to hide my introversion. It was impossible though. Like clock work, after I’d done too much socializing, I’d eventually get insanely drained and make up an excuse that I had to go home to grab something, had to work, didn’t feel well, couldn’t make it to the party because of X,Y,Z etc… Stigma Around IntrovertsI was always embarrassed to admit I was an introvert because society certainly doesn’t celebrate introverts. Introverts have been mislabeled and misunderstood forever. People think introverts are shy and reclusive, but that just isn’t the case. I’ve never thought of myself as shy – I love meeting new people and feel very comfortable walking into a room full of strangers and striking up conversation. I also LOVE to travel. Exploring new places and discovering hidden gems is one of my greatest passions. A Book About IntrovertsIt wasn’t until I read the book Quiet last year, that I came to fully understood and embrace the definition of an introvert. Susan Cain, the author behind Quiet, defines introverts as having “a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating environment. Introverts tend to enjoy quiet concentration, listen more than they talk, and think before they speak, and have a more circumspect and cautious approach to risk. Introverts think more, are less reckless and focus on what really matters – relationships and meaningful work.” Cain shares that between “one-third and one-half of Americans may be classified as introverts, though individuals fall at different places along an introvert-extrovert spectrum.” Those people are called ambiverts. Yep, I’m A Textbook IntrovertUp until this quarantine 51 days ago, I considered myself pretty 50/50 on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. I mean, I love going to a good party, catching up with friends, being out + about in NYC – it excites me and makes me feel alive! However I also really love my downtime at home reading, writing, creating and dreaming. Whether I go in or stay out really depends on my mood or the situation. BUT the majority of the time, as in about 90% of the time, I am perfectly content – actually over the moon – staying home by myself or with one or two people I love. I would choose staying home or doing something intimate and quiet, over a loud event, dinner, or party any day. Embracing IntroversionThe blessing and silver lining behind this quarantine for me personally, has been that after all of these years I’ve finally come to terms with just how introverted I really am. I feel SO grounded and content after this time at home, away from the pressure I have felt for years from both myself and others to go out, out, out and do so.many.things! In reality, my fun is recharging at home. Immersing myself in creative projects, cooking, teaching myself new things, and having low key movie nights cuddled with Charlie and T. May I add that I feel very fortunate to even have the option to stay home while so many others don’t! Anyways, when this is all over, will I be sooooo excited to throw on my heels and attend a fabulous party, dine out at a restaurant, and hug my friends? YES OF COURSE! DUH! But, knowing me, I will probably be ready to kick my heels off, throw my sweats on and get cozy about an hour or two in ;) To My Fellow IntrovertsTo all of my closet, or not-so-closet introverts and ambiverts, out there I feel you and I get you! Let’s change the stigma around introversion and be proud of what makes us who we are. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and read Quiet even if you’re not an introvert. My friend Grace wrote an amazing review on it in case you need more convincing. It’s truly an eye opening read that will help you understand not only yourself, but the people in your life.
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My Favorite Loungewear

We’ve all been spending way more time at home than usual, so I wanted to share some of my favorite loungewear pieces. These are all affordable, soft, and flattering! Best Cozy Loungewear Workout/everyday black leggings These ALO leggings are a DREAM. They’re high waisted and legit the best leggings I’ve ever worn. They run true to size (I wear a small), although if you’re short, I would size down. I wash them normally and even put them in the dryer, and they’ve held up beautifully. I LOVE that they don’t slip down when I’m being active and don’t squeeze your waist in the wrong places like so many other leggings do. Loungewear set I lost the top of this set, but I wear the pants ALL the time. They feel like pajamas (the material is SO soft), but look like nicer than your typical pajama bottoms so I don’t feel guilty wearing them around the house during the day. They run true to size! Cozy joggers I have 2 pairs of these because I wear them 24/7. They’re the perfect soft, cotton jogger that doesn’t pinch at the waist. They run true to size, and are acceptable to wear out in public for a casual grocery run or to walk your dog! Sherpa jacket This fuzzy jacket sold out at Nordstrom, but it’s still in stock in multiple colors here! It’s so thick and cozy. I LIVE in this on chilly days. The fact that it’s cropped makes it 10x cuter than any other sherpa jacket! This is a less expensive option. Long cardigan I have this cardigan in grey and it’s the perfect, basic long cardigan to throw over leggings and a t-shirt. Long sleeve bodysuit I have this bodysuit in 2 colors and it’s beyond flattering on and goes with everything. There’s something about wearing a bodysuit that makes me feel more put together – especially when I’m home working. The V-neck version is great as well! Crew neck sweatshirt You can’t go wrong with this $10 crew neck sweatshirt. It comes in tons of colors and is a best seller for a reason. And this cream crew neck from Stripe & Stare has quickly become a favorite – it’s legit the softest thing I’ve ever worn. Henley shirt I bought this shirt in the short sleeve white version, long sleeve white version, and white sleeve tan version. Such a classic style, that looks perfect tucked into sweats or jeans. Slippers These slippers are to die for. Your whole foot is covered in warm, soft shearling – YES PLEASE! Also love these! Nip covers I’ve been wearing these for years, and usually opt for them over a bra. They’re seamless, comfortable, and hassle free. I cannot recommend them enough! Shop the rest of my favorite cozy loungewear pieces below!
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Binge-worthy TV Shows

Who doesn’t love to watch Netflix and chill? ;) This post is a loooong time coming, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few shows that are binge-worthy on here, but this is a great start if you’re looking for something new to watch! I put this post under my Wellness/Self Care section because it’s just as important to rest and recharge as it is to go-go-go! Best TV Shows to Binge Watch Sex and the City I can watch this over and over again and never tire of it Emily in ParisThis new show is kind of like the modern day version of Sex and the City (Darren Star – creator of SATC is behind it!) but takes place in Paris. It’s definitely cheesier and more cliche, but honestly, we all need some fluff and lightness in our lives right now. It’s easy to watch and the scenes around Paris are beautiful BridgertonThis steamy series is addicting and you’ll finish it in 2 days! It starts a bit slow, but then rapidly picks up. The costumes are incredible and it’s basically like a Marie Antoinette 50 Shades of Grey… Cobra KaiThis is the modern day Karate Kid in a series with all of the original actors today. It’s really well done and has a ton of classic flashbacks. The OCI recently starting watching this show again and it’s bringing back so many high school memories. It’s a quintessential high school drama filmed in Newport Beach. An oldie but definitely a goodie LOVESO witty, takes place in LA, centers around quirky dating scenarios that you can totally relate to if you’re a millennialSchitt’s CreekYou will pee your pants watching this – the bestStranger ThingsI only watched the first season and loved it, haven’t gotten into the other seasons TBH, but first season was REALLY goodSex EducationThe second season JUST came out, this is a hilarious British TV show based on awkward sexual high school encounters SuitsThere are 9 seasons of this so you’ll be occupied for a while! Really good show that’s easy to watch – I wish this series hadn’t ended!Royal PainsHappy, cheesy, and easy to watch, there are 8 seasons so it’s a great mindless show that takes place in the beautiful HamptonsLaw and Order SVUThe old Law and Order SVU episodes are so good, so twisted, and so easy to bingeGame of ThronesINTENSE action packed series, that I had a hard time getting through because I get scared easily and have nightmares LOL, but incredible acting and productionYOUAddicting, twisted, creepy and yet the main character who is a murderer is somehow likable. Takes place today in NYC and LA – season 3 is coming soon!DexterA murder mystery series that has lighthearted moments that balance it out – intense but so well writtenMarvelous Mrs. MaiselAn award winning show for a reason. The acting is amazing, the 1950s costumes are gorgeous, and it will make you laughThe CrownA captivating series about the Royal family. The first seasons were way better than the current one – in my opinion!Money HeistYou’ll be on the edge of your seat (in a good way) watching this series. So many twists and turns – adventure packed LupinThis Paris thriller on Netflix is incredible! A son tries to redeem his father’s legacy after he was wrongly convicted by a wealthy French businessman. It’s full of mystery and secrets.Gossip GirlA classic series that I can watch again and again, XOXOLuciferOMG Tom Ellis the main character is so gorgeous – if anything watch it just to see him shirtless LOL!!! He plays a devil reincarnated on earth living in LA. SO good and it’s coming back for another season! YellowstoneThomas recently got me into this show – and I have to admit, I didn’t think I’d like it and I really do. It’s super intense, takes place on a beautiful ranch in Montana, and has a ton of twists and turns. Great to watch with your significant otherMad MenThis series captured the 1950s in NYC’s ad world perfectly. The sets, the costumes and acting were all on point. Such a unique, special showScandalTBH I only watched a few shows on and off, but the ones I did watch were so good. Kerry Washington is incredible and I’ve been meaning to sit down and watch the series from start to finish!HomelandSame thing with this series, I only watched the first few seasons, but they were really good. VERY intense, and drama/action pack filled but great if you love crime, action, mysteryBodyguardCan they please come out with another season?! Thrilling series following a high profile government bodyguard saving London from terrorist attacksDead to MeThis was AMAZING! I don’t know anyone who didn’t like this show – SO goodThe Assassination of Gianni VersaceVery dark and extremely disturbing, but fascinating nonetheless. The actor won an award for his performance – which was truly well deservedRussian DollQuirky and weird, but really well done. This is a short, quick series to watch one weekend LovesickThis British show is a feel good series that follows the lives of 3 friends who live in a flat and 2 of which are secretly in loveTales of the CityTakes place in SF, about a group of friends who reside in an LGBTQ community home. Heartwarming and captivatingOzarkA small town accountant gets caught up with drug lords who are controlling him and his family. A thrilling and ironic storyRiverdaleA murder mystery show centered around a group of high schoolers – so many good twists and turnsMorning ShowI’ve never watched this but had to include because everyone’s been raving about it! I need to watch it ASAP!Breaking BadI watched this entire series front to back and was SO sad when it ended! A small town professor turns into a drug dealer and has a complete mental breakdown – this show will keep you on your toes!ImpostersI feel like this show ended way too soon! Can they please bring back one more season?! Playful and mysterious with comedy mixed in, this series follows a con woman and all of the flings she picks up along the wayBillionsA billionaire who lives a fast, lavish lifestyle is fighting to stay in control of his life, family and companyThe Girlfriend ExperienceRiley Keough was only in 1 season of this and I wish they had continued it! Her acting was perfect and she nailed the law student turned high end escort partAnimal KingdomThomas loved this show. I had a bit of a hard time watching it all because of the violence (yep I am a scaredy cat!!!) but it was REALLY well done. It takes place in California and follows a family who is involved in some serious shady businessSuccessionA billionaire news mogul and his seriously dysfunctional family fight each other for power, back stab, and jet set around the world. So exciting, well written and award-winning for a reason Home For ChristmasThis popped up on our Netflix when we were in Paris. It’s a cute Norwegian show that follows a girl who is in her 30s and pressured to find a boyfriend to bring home to meet her family for Christmas. Such a sweet, feel-good seriesBelow DeckI’m a sucker for a BRAVO reality TV show! Below Deck is one that both men and women will be able to appreciate!Real Housewives of Beverly HillsAnother ridiculous reality TV show that is so bad it’s good ;) Beverly Hills is my favorite out of all of the series What are some of your favorite TV shows to binge watch?! Any that I absolutely need to watch? A few that I didn’t include but am “reviewing” hehe and seeing if I actually like are…Fleabag, Modern Love (not loving as much as other people do), and Black Mirror (pretty dark the first few episodes are good.) Happy binge-watching!!!
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