Self-Care Essentials

We often take care of so many things and people better than we care for ourselves. Self-care is on everyone’s tongue tips at the moment because so many of us just don’t take the time to slow down and grant ourselves small pleasures. Self-care can come as simple as lighting a candle at night to create a calming environment before bed. It can be taking a longer than usual bath or shower. Water does not only help cleanse the body but it also helps to center the mind. I use Sundays as a day where I carve out some time in the week to do some things just for me. there are some products that help to make the pampering just a bit easier. They aren’t pricey, obtainable and most importantly good!!

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My favorite subscription box, Curlbox, makes a Curlbox Body Box and this edition featured products from “Eden Bodyworks“. The coconut and shea line adds moisture to skin and smells fantastic. Use it after a bath or shower and layer on your scents.
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A good magazine is an essential and “Vanity Fair” always has great articles that are so well written they take you away. While reading I like to treat my face and hair. After deep cleaning my face, I add treatments like “Paula’s Choice” Vitamin C Spot Treatment and add some “Palmer’s” Cocoa butter to my lips for incredible moisture. I add “Jane Carter Solution” Seal and Shine serum to my strands for moisturized, tangle free and shiny hair. Oh, you can’t forget to give yourself a self-mani. These colors from “Old Navy” in collab with “Zoya” are perfect for Spring.
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Yeah, no, I’m not on vacation and I’m not surrounded by water but this Ralph Lauren catalog took me away!!! How beautiful is this view?? I’m bathed, smelling good, feeling good and flipping through the pages of outdoor furnishing goals. I’m winning!
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I live for a basket weave.

Finally, now that we’ve worked on pampering and improving the outside, let us focus on the inner health. Detoxing and feeding your body good food is probably the most important part of self-care. Hannah Bronfman, the creator of HBFIT, works out all the time and varies her workouts to fit her mood and body goals. She also eats clean and makes a detox soup from time to time that anyone can make at home. You simply saute these ingredients (onion, zucchini, asparagus and celery) in a pot, add stock (salt and pepper) and then blend. You’ve got soup for a few days!

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What are your self-care tips? 

Quick Old Navy Summer Sale Haul

I sauntered into my local Old Navy Outlet in mid-July looking for sports bras only to find very few options because there had been a major sale. What’s a girl who needs sports bras to do? Go online of course. I’m not the biggest online shopper there is. I like to feel, touch and look at my wares but the way Old Navy and I are set up, I don’t really need to feel that way regarding shopping online with them. I think I know the store stock by heart.

I went online for sports bras and ended up getting a bunch of yoga/athletic tops and pants for my daughter and some beach essentials for myself.

Let’s take a peek at my goodies:

 

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At $8 dollars each, I had to have two! I cannot get through a workout without a great sports bra and these are a perfect fit and I look for the under breast elastic and crisscross back support.

 

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I spotted this sandal on a girl on the train and I loved them immediately. She had the perfect white polish pedicure and wondered where she got the cute sandals. Fast-forward a week later and there they there were online at Old Navy  for 5 dollars. Mine!
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We are headed to a little getaway in a few weeks and I am in desperate need of a new swimsuit. This coral color one piece with the braided strap is fresh, young and perfect for family swims. Even greater steal at $16.

 

 

Workout Essential: Sports Bras at Old Navy for Only $8 Dollars!

I’ve been really making an effort to hit the gym more consistently as of late and the one workout essential that is most necessary is a great workout bra. I’m a 34-D and cannot tackle the treadmill at decent walking or running speed without my spandex, racerback bra. No ma’am! Recently, one of my favorites, Old Navy announced a sports bra sale and a stock of sports bras can be yours at $7 or $8 dollars each. You know good and well that decent sports bras don’t come for less than 17 bucks so hop on over to

Recently, one of my favorites, Old Navy announced a sports bra sale and a stock of sports bras can be yours at $7 or $8 dollars each. You know good and well that decent sports bras don’t come for less than 17 bucks a pop so hop on over to www.oldnavy.com and snatch up some bras.

My Old Navy Sports Bras Picks:

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Go-Dry Seamless Light Support Sports Bra for Women (Adjustable Straps) 
Go-Dry Racerback Medium Support Sports Bra for Women - Black Jack 3
Go-Dry Racerback Medium Support Sports Bra 
High Support Racerback Sports Bra - Blackjack
High Support Racerback Sports Bra 
Go-Dry Strappy Cami Light Support Sports Bra for Women - Ahoy Navy
Go-Dry Strappy Cami Light Support Sports Bra 
Ruched Cami Sports Bra - Blackjack
Ruched Cami Sports Bra 

If you are busty and need more support go with medium and high support racerbacks. For you ladies in the A and B cup range you may be ok with the light support.

Happy running and jogging!

This Just In: The Old Navy Edition.

Why do I love Old Navy? I don’t have to wait until some mega sale in order to buy what I want in store or online. The prices are accessible for most of our bank accounts and paychecks. The styles are classic yet they do try to keep customers on trend. These are the current styles that I’m obsessing over for the summer. They are all way under $30 and available in all sizes. Unbeatable.

Some of my favorites look from the season at Old Navy:

 

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I adore a dress that can take you from the beach to dinner. If you belt and accessorize this easy cotton dress then it can take you to a great night out look.

 

 

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This is a fun and figure flattering top. You can eat an extra hot dog this Summer and still be comfy.

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How sexy yet classic are these great tank style tops!
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This top is perfect paired with tights and cute sandals.
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Summer is made for stripes and denim.
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These orange cotton shorts are a great punch of color for basic tops or pair it with fun prints.

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Skinny Rockstar jeans for the win!

 

 

And now, Swim!

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These fun two-piece suits are still available in all sizes. Forget the black suit and opt for a Summer white or a vivid yellow.

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What are your Summer staples?

 

A Short Layered Cut and a Sassy Coat.

I’ve been obsessing about a cut and a color recently. I would like to testify. I think about hair accoutrements way more than I should and way more than I would truly like to confess. I am guilty. So a few days ago, I woke up and decided that I want shorter hair. I didn’t google the stylist or the salon. I just walked into a spot where there was parking (NYC woes)  and asked for a short layered cut. I did ask the stylist if she does cuts. I’m spur of the moment but I am not crazy. She assured me that she is versed in doing layered cuts and I submitted to the chair and the scissor. The results? I love it! She could have gone a bit shorter and my hair could have been better layered but all together, I am pleased. I would like to add that I am not overly picky or hard to please though.

Today, I picked up my daughter from school and was so happy that it wasn’t raining or freezing cold. She told me her good news. She got a solo in her school’s music performance!  (Happy Fingers). I asked her to shoot a few photos for me because the sun made me happy. She acquiesced and I happily posed for her.IMG_1049IMG_1023IMG_1018IMG_1003

Photos: Angelique R.

Summer Stripes

 

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Summer/Spring is here and that means we should be pulling out the stripes and denim. There is nothing more easy and carefree than throwing on a pair of comfy jeans and pairing it with a striped, cotton Tee, or shirt. An outfit like this makes me feel like I am automatically on vacation. It takes me to a mental space of the beach or a fantastic boat trip where I’m surrounded by warm blue water and fresh open breeze. Instead, I’m surrounded by concrete and city sounds but have no fear because when I am feeling nautical, I slip on some stripes.

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What are your Summer staples?

Jeans: Forever 21

Top: Old Navy 

Snow Day in New York City. #Juno

We were expecting the mother of all blizzards, instead it was just a regular snow day in New York City. I am relieved because I am not prepared nor do I want to be bothered by the catastrophe that Juno, nickname for said blizzard, would have caused. The white powdery stuff is no friend of mine but is a beloved member of Winter for my 10-year-old. She loves laying in it, rolling around in it, making snow angels…you get the picture. I want no parts of it. The sand is more of a great friend of mine.

Our Snow Day Favorites:

The morning started off with a cup of coffee from my new favorite mug. Picked it up on the after Christmas sale from Target.
The morning started off with a cup of coffee from my new favorite mug. Picked it up on the after Christmas sale from Target.
The calm of a quiet snow day.
The calm of a quiet snow day.
The digging out of the cars as yet to begin.
The digging out of the cars as yet to begin.
The cold weather calls for layers and this sweater from Old Navy is perfect for layering.
The cold weather calls for layers and this sweater from Old Navy is perfect for layering.

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...and yes I am wearing kid's snow boots. My daughter outgrew them but they fit me perfectly fine.
…and yes I am wearing kid’s snow boots. My daughter outgrew them but they fit me perfectly fine.
The warmest trapper hat .
The warmest trapper hat .
She insisted on tasting the snow but I cautioned her against the yellow kind.
She insisted on tasting the snow but I cautioned her against the yellow kind.

How did you spend your snow day?

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