5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Wellness

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I know this sounds a bit cheesy, but ever since turning 30 earlier this year I’ve noticed a big personal shift towards wellness. I’ve always been health conscious–I stick to a consistent workout routine and (try to) eat clean as often as I can–but recently I’ve been focused on both mental and physical wellness. I’ve been noticing myself gravitating towards self help and personal growth books, investing more in things that make me happy, and making more time for myself. I’ve been taking notes from women who inspire me too, and incorporating their wellness tips and tricks into my routine. Below are my five favorite wellness tips right now.

1. Morning Meditation

I used to be one of those people that snoozed a billion times and woke up at the very last second before I had to get ready. After reading The Miracle Morning (which I highly suggest) I started creating my own peaceful morning routine. I like to get up, have a glass of lemon water, start brewing coffee, and then settle into my living room to meditate. I have been using the Headspace app, which I also highly recommend, and it’s made my entire meditating journey really enjoyable and easy. I started meditating for three minutes a day and now I’m up to 10, and I even meditate at night sometimes as well! It’s really helped me slow down, de-stress, and start my day off in a really positive way. 

2. Adaptogenic Powders

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about adaptogens over a year ago, I rolled my eyes. I even did a spoof on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP detox here. But after doing the GOOP cleanse, I quickly saw the beautiful benefits of Ashwagandha, He Shu Wu, Maca and Cordyceps. Like most, I get spells of major anxiety. Sometimes it would be over the silliest things too, like a slightly off-putting email that made me feel uneasy. I’ve noticed incorporating adaptogens into my morning smoothie or tea routine has leveled out my nerves and makes me feel more calm and level-headed, and better suited to handle less comfortable situations. I’ve been using powders from Moon Juice, but Sun Potion has nice options too! You can also take these in the pill form if that’s more conducive to your lifestyle.

3. Crystal Healing

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, one thing I’ve learned most people agree on are the laws of energy. About two years ago I discovered the powers of crystal healing and I’ve not looked back since! Now I’m not saying to go all Spencer Pratt and spend your life savings on crystals (because weirdly, it’s possible–they aren’t cheap!) but I do encourage you to find a store that sells them and see if and what speaks to you. I personally like perusing the isles at House of Intuition. You’ll notice that some crystals stand out to you, and I encourage you to read the captions of what the crystals that speak to you help with or represent. You’ll be surprised just how accurate your instincts are. I like to have little bowls of crystals all around the house. I love green calcite and clear quartz, amethyst and rose quartz. I also carry around a black tourmaline stone to help ward off bad energy. 

4. Bath + Candle Nights

Sometimes we forget that some of the most relaxing, luxurious things are right at home! Never underestimate the power and calming capabilities of a good soak. There are a few things that make bath time even better. First, a good Spotify station (I like Tycho and The XX because they are so calm and play some of my favorite songs. Second, delicious bath oils and salts. I like to sprinkle Herbivore CALM bath salts in the tub along with my favorite essential oils, like lavender (which promotes restful sleep) and bergamot (which helps us relax and destress.) And three, a yummy candle! There’s something about bathing in candle light that feels like the most luxurious thing in the world to me, and my signature candle scent is Pommes Frites Teakwood and Tobacco candle.  I swear a bath a week is good for the soul. 

5. Infared Saunas

I recently got to go to Sweat by Skintuition in Woodland Hills, CA and I was instantly hooked. I did my first 60 minute session inside the infrared sauna and it was life changing! As someone who works out 4-5 times a week, I’m no stranger to sweating, but this is a different type of sweat. You don’t get all sweaty right away either, it takes a minute because this type of heat heats up the inside of your body. At Sweat, you get your own private sauna too and it has chromotherapy too! I might do a whole post on that next… The sessions are $45 and the benefits include skin rejuvenation, detoxification, relaxation, weight loss, stress relief, improved circulation and lower blood pressure. Sounds fab right? Definitely see if there is one near you!

Dress by Storets

Sandals by Zara similar ones here

Vintage bag, similar one here

Photos by Elaine Torres


Over the Bridge


















Sweet and simple. That’s the mantra I’ve been living by recently, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. My friend is a fantastic dress designer, and designed this gorgeous LWD creation that has quickly become a favorite of mine. You should definitely check out the rest of her dresses over on Lavinia and Co, I know you won’t be disappointed! It was the perfect choice for an afternoon in the Japanese gardens of Descanso. 

I’ve preached my allegiance to scarves for quite some time here on the my blog. They really elevate the look into something that feels styled and personalized. I recently picked up this gorgeous blue silk scarf from the flea market. Allegedly, it’s from India. Tan accessories seemed like a nice compliment, and I’ve always had a love affair with tassel tongues. Sadly, the brand that makes these shoes is no longer in business, so I put several other options for you to shop below!

What’s your summer outfit uniform? Let me know below!

Dress | Lavinia & Co     Shoes | ShoeMint    Scarf | Vintage    Bag | Vintage    Photos | Elaine Torres

Legs For Days

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Pun clearly intended – how rad is this blazer? I saw it and knew I had to have it. I actually pulled it for a shoot at Refinery29 from one of my favorite showrooms, ICA, and have managed to wear it with just about everything since (stay tuned for it’s cameo in some R29 videos!) It’s by a brand called Amator, a super cool brand that has a variety of awesome blazers, separates, and cozy clothes. This particular jacket is from their FW 2016 collection, and everything else in the lookbook is so awesome, I want it all. Take a look at it hereyou won’t be disappointed!

I’ve always been a blazer junky. In fact, besides t-shirts, I think I own more blazers than any other clothing type in my closet. I literally have them in every shade of the rainbow… it’s pretty wild. Because this blazer is so over-the-top (and dare I say, risqué,) I went with a clean, white button up dress. Very nun chic if you ask me, especially when you factor in the stacked, scrappy grandma heels!  And, my little leo bag that’s been on repeat to finish off the look!

Are you feeling the legs blazer? Tell me below! xx

Blazer | Amator     Dress | H&M    Shoes | TOPSHOP    Bag | Loeffler Randall    Photos | Elaine Torres

Newsboy Cap

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I’ve secretly been wanting to try out a newsboy cap for a few years now, while simultaneously kind of hating on them with a burning passion. I’ve seen a few of my friends wearing them here and there (on Instagram, of course) and have had this urge to give them a shot, because when worn correctly, they can actually look pretty rad.

I’m totally subjecting myself to your opinion here – did I pull it off? I actually love it. I decided to pair my newsboy cap — which I purchased on Amazon btw — with a white, airy short sleeve dress, loafer sandal hybrids, and a dainty little choker. I feel like the problem(s — yes, there are many) a lot of people run into with styling newsboy caps are either 1) they look like a conductor  2) they style them too masculine   or 3) they just DGI all together. The worst is seeing a guy rock one of these poorly, sorry boys. And for those of you who don’t know what DGI means… because why would you… it stands for “doesn’t get it.”

Anyway, I’m super happy with how the newsboy cap looks here and I thoroughly encourage you to try one out! Isn’t that what fashion is all about? But perhaps facetime a friend for approval before you walk out of your house haha. Because a newsboy cap gone wrong can be sooo bad!

Tell me what YOU think of the newsboy cap in the comments and buy one for yourself in the gallery below! xx

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Hat | Amazon    Dress | H&M    Choker | DIY    Shoes | Stuart Weitzman   Glasses | Etnia Barcelona    Photos | Elaine Torres