Sunday, August 28, 2016

August City Life: Summer is Coming to an END! Finally!

Life in the city: Well, we are coming to an end of my third summer in the city. You would think that I would be at the beach all day everyday because its like a 15 minute drive, but I really don't like being outside in the heat during the summer. This month was great because on August 1st I knew I had one month to go before its September (my favorite month), so I was super happy and the month flew by, unlike June & July! 

Fitness &  Health: I had been sick almost all summer and this month is the best that I have felt all summer. I finally could get back into pilates, yoga, and basic workouts that I do as well as gardening and going to the park. I have been practicing quite a few new pilates/yoga moves and I am hoping I can get my hubby into it so we can work out together! I have gained 5 pounds since the summer started and I was pretty much in the bed sick everyday so I will be focusing on that as well as getting more cardio now that I have my gym key again. I remember my first workout after I had the whole bout with bronchitis and I swore my husband was going to have to drive me to the hospital because I couldn't breath for an entire hour and every muscle in my body ached. I have come a long way since the end of June while going slowly.

Future: I have also spent a significant amount of time planning this years family cruise that will be coming up soon. I am finally wrapping up all of the final details and I am getting excited!

After spending the entire summer reviewing and using the Garnier Fructis Whole Blends line I am wrapping up my last review this week and I have returned to my favorites Coco Conscious Collective which are organic, natural, and to my knowledge gluten free.

This months impromptu project: I have had my condo garden since March of this year after struggling to keep things alive. I have successfully kept all of my plants alive during the hottest time of the year so I am treating myself to 7 new plants. I had such a great time doing yoga on the balcony with the plants this week I wanted to go a step further and create a "yoga oasis" that should be great for fall and winter.

I picked up quite a few interesting plants and re-organized the area. Despite all of my diligence, I still managed to buy this plant- Marble Queen- which is toxic to cats, so I have to return it. I may be able to find a way to keep it if I can move it to this higher table. 

I bought some really pretty purple plants that I am sure I will love when they get bigger. 

I am trying the Orchid one more time, I have never successfully kept one alive.

Home: This month I have also done quite a bit of organizing (I do this every month because I am a neat freak). I got this cute little Toto box from the LUX App. You can put anything in it, but I decided to use it to store the items I use most while I am in bed. I am notorious for having my cell phone, my kindle, my remote, my glasses, and other things in the bed which drives my husband crazy!

Yue's grandmother made her a cute little cat bed from crocheted yarn and she loves it!

I found a new park this month, but I haven't been able to go back because its been raining, but if I can get there before the 31st I will update this post.

ALL GLUTEN FREE FOODS COOKED BY ME (recipes are available upon request).

Spicy Thai styled chicken broth soup

Slow cooker whole chicken

Mediterranean Frittata

slow cooker chicken with spinach and rice

Pan seared Tilapia w a light mustard sauce and kale

Seasoned pan seared Tilapia

Slow cooker meat balls

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 2016 Fabletics Jade Collection Review

Hi loves! Today I am reviewing some items from Fabletics that came out a few months ago; I cant remember the name of this collection. This collection surprised me! When it came out, I was like "well, it looks kind of plain" very "simplistic". I decided to buy Wharf on a whim and when I put it on I was like "Man, this is very comfortable!" The thing that I was wowed by was the softness and comfort of the Juneau sports bra.

Venetian Tank
Naaru Short
Juneau Bra

Next, we have Delta which also has the Juneau sports bra in black and the tank top is reversible; I think the Beckham capris are so cute, I don't have any capris like these, they are a new item as far as I know. I love the way they feel, fit, and are styled. Everything I have here fits true to size and its a collection you won't want to sleep on! 

Lastly, I have the jade yoga mat. I had to buy another one because my cats have made my other yoga mat their new home! This mat is quite different than the ones Fabletics has sold in the past. Its light weight, eco friendly, and made of recycled pvc. It has a really smooth and soft texture unlike my old yoga mat (its also from Fabletics). The other one I have has a rough texture which is what attracted my cats to it (go figure). 

There is one last outfit that I want from this collection called Scuba, but its $95.00 so I have not purchased it yet. When I do, I will update this post with photos because it is super cute!

Eiffel Tank Reversible
Beckham Capri
Juneau Bra

Thursday, August 25, 2016

8-2016 Just Fab Haul & Try On (YouTube)


Hey guys! As promised here is this month's Just Fab haul video. This video contains items from both the OMG Summer sale as well as the end of summer clearance that happened about 2 weeks ago.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kimono + Tube Top + Boyfriend Shorts + Chokers

I can hardly believe it is almost fall! Its less than a month away and I am so happy! Today I opted for an outfit that I would actually wear during the fall months, but I felt it was appropriate today.

Kimono Eva Mendes for NY&Co (old)| tube top H&M basics (in store)|  Boyfriend Shorts here| Sandals "Yessy" Just Fab here | Choker Ettika x Shopbop "Onyx Still Surprise You" here | Onyx Tripple Hamsa charm choker here| Onyx Beaded bling n/a (will keep you all posted)|.

*Wearing Colour Pop lipstick in Maneater

*My hair is in a twistout I used Coco Conscious Curly Concoctions AND Straight Transformations to achieve this look.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Giveaway! Soft Summer Moments with Scotties Tissues (CLOSED)

Hi loves! This month I am partnering up with Scotties facial tissues to talk about"soft summer moments" or summer fun. For many people, summer is a really great time to get out of the house and have fun at the beach, park, or even at the lake! Summer is all about fun and spending that quality time with the ones you love the most! One of my "soft summer moments" is actually watching and listening to the rain. 

Since I moved summer rain has been taken to a new and amazing level since I live in a high rise condo. I get to see the rain come in from across the bay and see it from a different level as well as experience the thunder and lighting. I love to curl up with a good book or movie and just enjoy the rain! 

I would love it if you guys leave me a comment of some of your "soft summer moments" or things you all do for summer fun below and guess what!? You will be entered to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and a care pack from Scotties

A winner will be chosen on Friday at 12am e. Please note: I will also need a name and email address to forward to Scotties along with your comment.