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Reccommended Reading

I recently was inspired to read more in my life. I read a decent amount usually between books, online articles, etc but my reading list has increased dramatically just in the past few weeks. I have read many books of various types. I always love to learn and gain more knowledge. My biggest surprise in reading so far was, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was a beautiful story but also carried tremendous amounts of wisdom. I have to say it was the best book I’ve read in my life thus far. It’s a pretty easy read and I recommend it to everyone!

The other book I read that I enjoyed was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I didn’t realize until I started reading it, that this novel was made into a movie just recently. I thought it was an intriguing read and really liked the authors ability to be so witty and conversational. I will probably more of this author as well.

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Stinky Lululemon Mat?

It’s true! If you purchase a Lululemon mat you will notice the odor of the natural rubber material when you unroll it.

When I first unrolled mine, I couldn’t figure out what it was. I didn’t even think it could be the mat, I thought something was just smelling so badly in my house and I racked my brain until I realized maybe it’s this mat. Then I thought, I must have gotten a bad mat. I asked around to others and found that it’s actually quite normal. Who knew! The great news is that the smell goes away after some time.

My advice is that you go ahead and unroll it and leave it unrolled as much as possible. I know this might deter someone from buying a Lulu mat and perhaps buy a Manduka but truth is, this is the best mat money can buy. It’s non skid so you do not slide around at all and it’s thick and supportive. I would still recommend a Lulu mat despite the odor.

In addition to the non skid, thickness and support the lululemon mat is ultra absorbent and absorbs all sweat and moisture.  Also, the top layer of The Mat is made with Polyurethane mixed with Ultra Fresh brand antibacterial treatment, which means that it prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi. Pretty great right?

Do any of you own a Lululemon mat?

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Handstands look fun and all but how do they benefit us?

 

Handstands in yoga are just one of many inversion poses. What’s an inversion? An inversion is any time your head is below your heart. There are many poses this happens in yoga such as a wide leg forward fold, shoulder stand, downward facing dog, headstand and so forth..

We teach inversions for a number of reasons both physical and mental/emotional. In yoga we are always offered the opportunity to shake things up and break up all the habitual patterns of life. Inversions are great for getting out of our ruts because being upside down contradicts our physical nature. You can imagine the emotions this can elicit before we invert, during and inversion and afterward. When a teacher suggests going upside down we might feel fearful, anxious, excited, rejection, you name it. Then once we get into an inversion whether it be wheel pose or headstand we not only feel the amazing physical benefits but then we are rushed with new emotions… perhaps like you overcame a fear, maybe bravery, energized, powerful, confident, or maybe other feelings like humble because there is so much to appreciate and learn etc.

Not to mention the physical benefits, here’s a general list:

Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation:
Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood thus increasing mental functioning, and improving concentration, memory, and processing abilities.

Increase immunity and prevent illness:
The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system where much of the toxins enter the body.

Energize:
Inversions such as handstand, headstand, and forearm balance get more blood moving to the brain, which results not only in physical invigoration but mental revitalization as well.

Relax:
While the heating inversions (handstand & headstand) energize, inversions of the cooling type (shoulder stand & legs up the wall) work to calm the nervous system, thereby activating the parasympathetic nervous system and producing feelings of balance and calm.

Improves balance

Improves core, shoulders and arm strength

And one of the BEST reasons… Because they are FUN! It keeps us youthful, playful and light hearted!

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Yoga for the Office Body

Do you work in an office? Or at a desk most of your day? If you do, often you may be suffering from those slumped turned in shoulders, achy joints, cramped muscles and even burning eyes! Working in this modern age has got us staring at computers, sitting and rushing around. As a result we are left with tight muscles and a tense body that is all cramped up. We need to counteract and nurture these areas daily to feel better and prevent long term problems. If you have an office body, the main areas you need to release tension are neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, hamstrings and the spine.

Start in a low lunge on both sides, focus on releasing the hips down while keeping the front knee over the ankle and stay for a few moments. From the low lunge, if it’s accessible drop to the forearms and try to settle into lizard for a few minutes on each side. Then move into lizard pose while reaching for the back ankle just like in the picture above.

Only move into this if it feels safe, listen to your body. I can take time to move into this so be patient.

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Yoga at the Beach

This has been a great trip to Destin, Florida. I have been able to practice yoga at the beach or on the balcony every day for two weeks! It’s so fun to be outside with fresh air and the beautiful view of the ocean herself! I’ve mostly been doing the YogaGlo videos and right now I am really enjoying Kathryn Budig. I’ve tried to switch it up and work on different things each time. Overall it’s been a really great experience and I’ve learned some about myself being able to dedicate my practice to nothing but the ocean waves and my growing awareness. It’s impossible to not stay in the moment when you are surrounded by such beauty.

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Portlandia

 

This last weekend, my best friend and I met up in Portland for a girls weekend. We had a blast. Stayed in The Westin Downtown and it was beautiful. We dinned at Departure on the 15th floor of the Nines building and then Portland City Grill on the 30th floor of a big building downtown in the financial district. I would definitely recommend that if you are ever in Portland. There is great shopping downtown and actually fall is a great time of year there. So beautiful when the tree turn in the NorthWest. photo-2

 

*Wearing my Tom ford glasses, Louis Vuitton Scarf, Jimmy Choo boots, Muuba leather jacket and purple Balenciaga bag.

 

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YSL Tribute Sandal & Outfit

Last night I went out to dinner and loved my outfit and wanted to share it. I’m obsessed with the YSL Tribute Platform Sandal. It’s one of the only two styles I have and will typically wear from YSL, now just Saint Laurent. They are SO comfortable. I love that the style can work for winter or summer just depending on the color. Here are a few pictures, I wore them with black rag and bone legging jeans (so soft) a white casual cotton tank from Zara and a silk leopard blazer from Guess.

Bag: Diorissimo

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Lobster Red

My new nails today! I never do red, I usually stick to neutrals, occasionally I’ll do purple or something. But it’s rare. But now that I have a new red hand bag I thought it would be so hot to do red on red! This is shellac “lobster red”

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Red Diorissimo

 

Happy to be back in the USA! First night back, going to get some real American food! Lol. Wearing a Young, Fabulous and Broke Black halter jumpsuit here. David Yurman ring and bracelet, Alexander McQueen Bracelet and Chanel Watch. I paired this with some black Minolo Blahniks and white blazer. And popped my new Red Dior Diorissimo Bag I bought in Paris. See below. I DIE for this bag. So beautiful!!!

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Monaco for my Birthday

Zara pants (so comfortable) and Madewell top with Pink Victoria Secret Bra, Gucci Earrings and Tom Ford sunglasses you can see above

Zara pants (so comfortable) and Madewell top with Pink Victoria Secret Bra, Gucci Earrings and Tom Ford sunglasses you can see above

 

This was just one outfit I wore in Monaco. See more pictures from my trip below… This was on my birthday! I felt so spoiled. Who gets to spend their birthday in Monaco? Definitely a “special” time for me. We stayed at the Fairmont in Monaco right on the water. It was divine.

Beautiful port in Monaco

Beautiful port in Monaco

 

View from the balcony, right on the water

View from the balcony, right on the water. Jen’s Pirate Booty skirt, Forever 21 Mint Lace Crop Top, Chanel Earrings

 

Ate some lunch on the beautiful balcony

Ate some lunch on the beautiful balcony

Chanel Bracelet that is also a necklace for my birthday :)

Chanel Bracelet that is also a necklace for my birthday 🙂

With these matching earrings... I LOVE these!

With these matching earrings… I LOVE these!

 

It was a great birthday! Number 26!

It was a great birthday! Number 26!

 

 

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