Mini life update

June 25, 2017
Hi! I have been a bit MIA lately, but for good reason... the desire to  f u l l y  live life ☺
I spent a couple weeks travelling and spending time with Dani. I will posts pics in another post. As fall approaches (I know, I know we have just officially begun summer, hah) I have been getting a few things together; it "getting it together & keeping it together."

On my recent travels 




I have settled into NYC and love this "big city/island," successfully solidified my Pressed Juicery membership, and found the top organic facialist in the city. Under beauty I go in depth on my amazing facials with the one and only Kristen Leigh Organic skincare, found here. I feel like skincare and cleansing go hand in hand. I did one after the move and before my vacation, only feels necessary to do another. My go to juices are beet and the infamous green juices.

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On my latest cleanse/body detox! 
(and go-to juices)

My Most recent juice cleanse choices from Pressed Juicery
From left to right 

1. Chlorophyll h2o

2. Aloe vera h2o
3. Orange turmeric apple lemon

4. Roots 1: beet, carrot, cucumber, kale, lemon, orange, parsley, romaine, spinach 
5. Greens 1: celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach 

While living in Atlanta, I frequented Arden's Garden 
My Top 2 were Beet it Better and Turmeric loves Carrot 


Benefits of Beet Juice 
1. More energy for their day. 
Research is showing that this may be due to the ability of components in the juice to improve blood flow. Beetroot juice has been shown to help the body respond better to exercise, by balancing oxygen use and increasing stamina.
2. One of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. 
Nitrates are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body – including the brain, heart, and muscles. These natural nitrates increase a molecule in the blood vessels called nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and allows more oxygen flow as well as lower blood pressure. 
3. Beetroot juice may also be an important ally to lower blood pressure. 
Whether the yellow or red kind of beets, the juice provides excellent blood pressure-lowering ability. Meta-analysis (a quality study that reviewed many past studies) of 254 people between 2006 and 2012 showed clear reductions in blood pressure, with the systolic blood pressure (the number on top) showing the best reduction.
Article from Dr. Oz, here.


Benefits of green juice 
My go-to (kale, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach): 
Green juices are made with fruits and vegetables filled with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins -- sometimes as much as a day's worth of vegetables in one serving. When vegetables are juiced, the natural sugars in the vegetable are separated from the pulp, which is where the fiber is located. You may feel a "pump" of energy once those natural sugars get into your bloodstream and your glucose levels are raised.


The unexpected benefits of a cleanse/body detox:
1. Renewed ability to cope with stress
2. Emotional Release
3. A realization of epiphany
4. Increase in your vibrational frequency
5. Deeper Consciousness.

For the full article on MindBodyGreen, click here.


Why do I opt for Pressed Juicery and not make my own? Simple, time. Having and finding enough time in the day to get the big juicer set up, veggies and fruits prepped and then cleanup and takedown of the juicer. More of a "When I afford to stroll into work around noon" type of thing. Lol!


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On my recent volunteer work

I had a green tea and passion fruit iced tea for extra fuel :)

I am heading to the American Red Cross a bit later to donate blood, I got a call last night referencing the storage and the continual need. Working in the pathology and actually witness the calls back and for the Red Cross asking for platelets or type A pos, AB pos ect. I made it my goal to give when I am able. 


Q: Why should I donate blood?
A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:

  • ✶ women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
  • ✶ children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
  • ✶ people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and
  • ✶ many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients.


It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia.
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.

Source: the WHO, an organization that I know and love

On NYC eats...

Post donation form Oita Sushi made for the perfect saturday evening.


Prayer for Peace

May 24, 2017
Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,And those who work to uphold law and justice.We pray for an end to fear,For comfort and support to those who suffer.For calm in our streets and cities,That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.In your mercy, hear our prayers,now and always. Amen





Filed under the R O Y A L S - Get that look -- Meghan Markle

May 5, 2017
When it comes to style, I just pick items comfortable and appropitate for the city or season. Meghan Markle's style very much so depicts my own in that she is always dressed in a modest tone and totally comfortable. People Mag did most the work for us. Below are a few of her looks and where to buy the items.

Files under R O Y A L S
Ciao Bella!



ADORABLE
Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats, $495; shopbop.com
Rag & Bone/JEAN Capri Jeans, $250; shopbop.com

CASUAL
Cashmere Slouchy Beanie, Black, $74; zappos.com
Goyard Red Goyardine Canvas Saint Louis PM, $1,450; bluefly.com
Buffalo Plaid Shirt, $70; jcrew.com
Windowpane Blazer, $150; jcrew.com
"There is Beauty in Simplicity" via @kristinleighorganicskin



PALE PINK
Hobbs Loretta Waterfall Coat, $840; hobbs.com
Marc Jacobs Snapshot Leather Crossbody Bag, $295; nordstrom.com
Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Letter & Number Necklace, $240; baublebar.com 


Two classic British brands: Barbour and Hunter

1st

Barbour 'Holsteiner' Skirted Waxed Cotton Jacket, $250; nordstrom.com
Goyard Red Goyardine Canvas Saint Louis Pm, $1,450; bluefly.com
Hunter Women's Original Tall Boots, $150; bloomingdales.com
Missoma Double Arrow Ring, $74; missoma.com

2nd

J.Crew Field Mechanic Jacket, $140; jcrew.com
Women's Reebok Classic Leather Gum Casual Shoes, $45; ladyfootlocker.com
Mulberry Zipped Bayswater, $1675; mulberry.com



ROMANTIC
Y.A.S Peyton Blazer, $98; asos.com
ASOS Leather Look Leggings with Elastic Slim Waist, $34; asos.com

The Best Skincare & Facialist I have found yet, needless to say I am done looking.

This post is a bit lengthly, because I'm so passionate about skincare and organic at that.
NYC is known to have the best water, but water alone will not keep your à perte pour les mots ... dewy, gorgeous healthy glow. It didn't take long to find Kristen Leigh Organics with a simple -- who is the best facialist in NYC search. I honesty cant say I've had better conversation, rose hip tea and dark chocolate all in one sitting. Yes, she spoils you ☺ I knew I was home when I opened the door to the classic New York elevator, closed it behind me and moseyed on up to her adorable Upper East Side organic salon.



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ABOUT KRISTEN LEIGH ORGANICS #healthyskinbeginshere



@Kristenleighorganicskin 
Energizing My body for Power Yoga
#rosewater #healthfromtheinside


@kristenleighorganicskin
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Facial Friday- Organic Facial treatments provide outstanding #skin benefits while relieving stress. When you calm & center the mind, tension melts away that reflects in your skin #health. #organicspa #stressreliever @kristenleighorganicskin

KL on Organic:

GET GORGEOUS SKIN, ORGANICALLY

Do you desire clear and glowing skin while preventing signs of aging?  With a holistic, non-invasive approach, Organic elements are incorporated with cutting-edge technology to transform your skin & reveal the results you've been looking for.

FACIAL TREATMENTS

Each session includes a skin analysis & a measure of your hydration levels. Personalized for your skin concerns, each facial features cleansing, exfoliation, massage with a custom masque. Organic product recommendations & ongoing support to ensure you maintain lasting results.

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So my custom facial (each are tailored to your skin) not only consisted of the most insane facial, arm leg foot massage but LED light therapy to help with acnes/scarring, intense get right to the business extractions with ultrasound guidance, and micro-current therapy as well. Kristen uses and is a certified distributor of Eminence Organic Skincare.

To maintain all that we accomplished with my first visit, she gave me a few samples to try (which I love)! I immediately worked them into my budget. Like immediately. Along with the organic heavenly skincare, KL also distributes the Vapor Organic Makeup. Swoon.

ON EMINENCE: I love this brand. Smells very clean, natural and calming which is a very important aspect for me in the mornings and before bed. As mentioned in a previous post found here, on why you should get facials regularly; a major benefit was how well the products actually absorbs into your skin when clean and healthy. The Eminence immediately absorbs and works like no one's business.

Below are links to the products I was sent home with which I love love love love so you can read up on them:

Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer
Clear Skin Probiotic Masque
Strawberry Rhubarb Demafoliant
Bright Skin Targeted Treatment

As instructed, the Clear skin line is a probiotic line which works amazing for everything from breakouts to healing to balancing skin while providing anti-aging benefits - KL

There is possibly nothing sweeter than Kristen's Monthly Specials. She is so considerate of indivual budgets and tailors her treatments accordingly, which is very rare I've found.

This Kristen Leigh Organic's May Special (linked here) is:

Micro-Greens & Lotus Detoxifying Facial
            

If that does not sound like an inside-out facial then I'm not sure what does.

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