Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chilled Out

This is usually my go to look. What I would wear any given day when I just want to be comfortable. For me, being comfortable is key and if I am not comfortable with what I am wearing, I am usually fussing around with my clothes all day. Lately, I am chilled out and sick of winter and so my outfits don't really get much though behind them. I just want to be warm, cozy and comfy.

American Eagle jeans / H&M top / H&m jacket / Gap parka / H&M scarf /           ASOS bag / American Eagle shoes 

I've gotten so much wear out of this parka this winter, especially because of the super big hood that has helped shield my face and head from the freezing wind here in Chicago. I am just about ready to retire coats and jackets for tees and sandals. We are almost there! Thanks for reading!

 This quote reading caught my attention, tell me below what you think!

"Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Friday, February 21, 2014

Shades of Blue

Paige Jeans / Gap sweater / H&M coat / Target heels 

I am into blue, all shades of blue. Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Leopard Love

Coat via Macy's / Hollister Jeans / Target turtleneck / Zara scarf / Old Navy booties / ASOS bag / H&M belt 

I am very very very much in love with this scarf and have styled it here, here and here. The last time this scarf made its debut on the blog was in April, but its gotten plenty of love even if though it hasn't appeared on the blog. Right now, I am reading The Alchemist and absolutely loving the book. Does anyone want me to do a book review on it? Also, tell me what's the one item in your closet that gets lots of love from you? Thanks for reading! 

"Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds".

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Black + White

H&M coat, skirt, sweater and leggings / American Eagle Boots / Earrings via Khol's 

I didn't intend this outfit to primarily be from H&M. You can probably guess what pieces from my closet I am currently loving, right? Dressing for me is all about expression and showcasing how I feel. Today's look is all about simplicity, clean lines and comfort! Tell me, are you into a black and white color palette with your clothes? Have a good Tuesday!

Working hard for something we don't care is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion. - Simon Sinek 

Monday, February 17, 2014

What do you think of yourself?

As you know or don't know I make videos on YouTube about authentic expression, spirituality, personal growth and living a passionate life. One of the toughest things for me has always been getting too caught up in my head and with my past. As people we generally gravitate towards things that make us feel comfortable and that are familiar. We often operate on our past conditioning, experiences and beliefs. However, these may not necessarily be helping us or even serving us, as it pertains to who we are today.

In this video, I share this quote by Eckhart Tolle: "You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present". This quote really impacted me as soon as I read it. Often times we go searching for who we were, instead of embodying and being present with who we are. When we understand and know who we are, that unlocks the door for real personal growth to take place. As we question who we are and start being self identified and self approved then we can really tap into our authentic expression. Ask yourself the question, "What do I think of myself?" In order to be who you are you have to first know what you think of yourself, and that is one of the most important questions you will ever ask yourself. Letting go of the past allows us to be present with the now, and here is where the present tense of life can be lived. 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Here is the story behind today:

Saint Valentine was a third century Roman priest. He was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples in a time of persecution of Christians by the Romans. He was so intelligent and charming that even the Emperor Claudius Gothicus took a liking to him. However Valentine, whose name means brave, took things too far and tried to convert the Emperor who was by tradition the High Priest of the pagan religion in Rome. The emperor dealt with this in typical Roman fashion by having Valentine beaten with rods and then beheaded. His Saint’s Day in the liturgical calendar is February 14th.

Be the love you want to see in the world. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Piña Colada Smoothie

I am a big fan of smoothies for breakfast and lately I have been inspired by the Raw Vegan lifestyle to eat more fruits and vegetables. I eat mostly raw throughout the day and then will have a cooked meal for dinner. Eating this way makes me feel more energized, my body feels lighter and cleaner on the inside. So today, I am sharing with you a smoothie I had this morning! I call it a Piña Colada smoothie because it has tropical flavors that will take you right to a beach getaway, but in a glass. 

Frozen Mango chunks
Frozen Pineapple chunks 
1/2 cup100% Organic Orange Juice (not from concentrate)
Coconut water (not from concentrate)
Organic Coconut Sugar (optional)
1 cup water

To a blender I added a handful of mango and pineapple chunks, about 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of water, a splash of coconut water and sprinkle of coconut sugar. Blended it up! Topped with unsweetened coconut flakes. 

This smoothie is extremely filling, satisfying and very healthy for your body! Mango alkalizes the body and aids in digestion. While pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in vitamin C, so its great to eat when you've got a cold or want amazing skin. Although, this smoothie is loaded with sugar, fructose, it is exactly what your cells need to function and keep everything in your body running smoothly. Sugar from fruits will not make you fat! Give this smoothie a try and drink up the sweetness! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tea Talk: Baby Steps

In honor of my new tea cup (thanks Maie), here is tea talk.

In my email this morning was an incredibly eye-opening newsletter from En*theos Academy talking about the importance of praising the baby steps we take as we learn something new. The example used was the first time we ever asked for water, did we say, "Can you please pour me a glass of water, I'm thirsty?" No we did not. We said, "Wahha!" And we were praised over and over again. However, because our parents didn't want us ordering water with a "Wahha", over time we were taught how to order water. What was once praised now was altered until it became closer to the desired result. The same goes for learning how to walk. We didn't get up smoothly, put one foot after the other and then start running around. With cheer and praise we went from crawling, to standing up, to balancing, to tumbling, to putting one foot after the other until we finally could walk. Imagine if we use this same approach when we are learning something new. We would praise ourselves for the baby steps and not get caught up in how many steps still remain to walk. With praise and enthusiasm if we could learn how to walk as babies, we can also learn how to take baby steps as adults! 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Birthday Reflection + Intention

It was my birthday yesterday and I reached a milestone of having lived a quarter of my life. For me birthdays have always been about 'feeling special' and making sure I told everyone about 'my day'. I always went in with a lot of expectation and anticipation as to how I would want my birthday to go and when it didn't live up to the expectation, I would become upset and disappointed. 

Gap jeans / Forever 21 coat / Forever 21 gloves / Urban Outfitters boots / ASOS bag 

This year I gave my birthday no meaning, as in I had no expectations for it. I simply just let it be and lived in the moment. I was not longing for it go a certain way, get a certain gift or feel a certain way. I have the choice in how I want to feel and that feeling comes from within not from any external situation or item. I don't want to feel special, I just want to feel content with who I am and where I am. So that was the mindset I had yesterday, and it was a beautiful day of just being with my presence and allowing myself to stay grounded in who I am: a spiritual being on earth school having earthly experiences. 

To end my birthday last night, I did a reflection and intention exercise to gain a deeper understanding of my progress, growth and experiences thus far in life. I asked myself 6 questions to reflect on my 24th year and then asked another 5 questions as my 25th year intentions. Here are the questions below. 

__24th__ year reflections:

1. What were my biggest challenges?
2. What were my biggest accomplishments?
3. What lessons did I learn?
4. My most memorable moments?
5. How did I start and finish the year?
6. Five people I am most grateful for this past year.

__25th__ year intentions:

1. What am I looking forward to?
2. Five bucket list/accomplishments I would like to achieve?
3. What will be my biggest challenges? 
4. What will I do differently this year?
5. What will be the area of focus for me? 

Give this exercise a go for yourself to really get a feel of how you are living your life, to regroup and organize your thoughts for the upcoming year. Take the time to celebrate you even when you are not a fan of birthdays! Give your birthday a new meaning and REMEMBER age is just a number, how you feel within is all that matters! Tell me below, what are you most looking forward to this year? I am most looking forward to launching my website and creating more YouTube content.