selfcare and motivation

Sometimes it seems like every part of our body is in desperate need of its own highly-effective skincare product to fight premature aging (or even to reverse the existing sings), and while when and how you decide to apply your favorite creams and serums is totally up to you, if you are looking to keep fine lines and signs of aging at bay, discovering alternative anti-aging technics is also super important. 

Sure, you may decide to take the surgical route but for those of us who are deadly afraid of needles-or simply don't have the money to do so, there are still plenty of options designed specifically for your needs, that are actually all-natural. No, I am not talking about the oh-so-familiar anti-aging gimmicks that sound a lot like "apply this cream harvested from a hundred dancing frogs twice a day to keep your skin young and pretty". I am referring to real structured sequences that require no tools or new products. Just your hands.

It may seem like a formula specifically designed for people in their early '20s but this certainly isn't the case. These neck-to-head techniques to stimulate, activate, and rejuvenate all features cater to everyone, no matter their age or gender. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, no. The facial rejuvenation method has been developed 20 years ago by Manuela, creator, and owner of “Summer Glow School.”.

So, how does it work?

How to prevent aging without skincare products

No, you don't need to spend your entire bank account to get your hands on these perfected anti-aging techniques, In fact, all you need is $49.95 and the will to invest some time and consistent effort into this program."I believe that when we meet others from a well-nourished self-care place, we meet them at our best. And when we meet others at our best, we inspire others to give their best too" Manuela mentions. 

Upon purchasing, you will get properly structured sequences once a day, each day, for six days - no tools or extra skincare products needed. During the first 12 days, you will need to implement proper skincare essentials, establish skin "warm-up" techniques, stimulate blood flow to the skin, help the skin detox (no juicing required) and let go of anything that is standing in its way to shine!

In the next 12 days, you will be using neck-to-head techniques to stimulate, activate, and rejuvenate all features. You will be provided with proper sequences to use beyond the duration of this course. Enroll in the course.

I mean, if you’re going to make the commitment to daily routine why neglect your neck? You may be surprised to learn that the neck is one of the first places we show signs of due to the extra delicate and thin skin in these areas. So, if you are on board with stepping up your anti-aging game this year, we’ve got you covered with a lineup of innovative firming and age-defying techniques to try during the winter of self-isolation.
Let's admit it, periods are by no stretch of the imagination fun, they are however highly necessary. Even though I would much rather prefer to actually go in the water instead of laying on the beach, looking at my group of friends having fun, I am very thankful to have a pretty stable period cycle- even if it means that I might have to miss a few exciting activities. Nonetheless, I do remember a time in my life when I absolutely hated how erratic and spontaneous my period once was. Yes, I do too have some embracing stories to share, but maybe in another post. 

My solution since middle school had been to keep at least a few tampons and maxi pads "just in case". Sure they weren't comfy nor discreet, however they were as much lick-proof as any “feminine hygiene” product was going to be - or so I thought. But as soon as I started to research all about the recent horror stories involving toxic shock syndrome and the dreadful impacts of inserting bleach, full of chemicals cotton inside me, I found myself reaching for alternative methods.

This is how I discovered the world of period underwear - and soon after, their pretty outrageous prices. So, that thought stayed locked at the back of my head until I came across some detailed, unbiased online reviews. They were raving about the underwear they had just received, apparently, they looked and felt just like regular underwear. 

Leak-proof, breathable, antibacterial period underwear

I’ve been admittedly a bit unwilling to try them. On a scale of the menstrual cup–which I find absolutely the scariest thing in the world–to my all trusted pad–definitely not comfy but overall effective-period proof underwear falls somewhere in the between. One time I was almost ready to hit the order button, but again, 50$ is way too much to invest in something you hardly believe in. And then, there were the questions. Will they make me look like a 26-year old grandma? What about the first two days, when my flow is pretty much uncontrollable? Isn't it just gross to feel your own blood? 

Well, my fellow skeptics, I have news for you. The quick answers are no, no, and no, because I am happy to report that in 2021, I finally tested a pair of period panties (even though it took some convincing). I will admit that I not only took way fewer trips to the bathroom, I also felt surprisingly dry and ready to wear my regular, everyday trousers- darker colors just in case. Not to mention my surprise when I read that Leak Proof Period Panties are indeed the most eco-friendly choice when it comes to "that day of the month".

If you are still unconvinced, consider this your sign, because today I rounded up some wallet-friendly period underwear straight from the catalog of a female-owned business that offers both quality and quantity- feel free to try them for yourself.

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Leak-Proof Period Panties 3 Pk Coton, $29.99

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Period Proof Panties 3 Pk Bamboo, $49.99 

And, like regular underwear, The Padless Period products are reusable, which makes them sustainable and environmentally friendly. The moisture-absorbing fabric, featuring micro-gaps in the bamboo fiber is antimicrobial, absorbent, and leak-resistant so you can either “free-flow” or wear them with as safety measure for extra protection during the heavy flow days. The miraculous bamboo kun also keep you dry and odor-free, plus there is a great refund policy. Do you need any more reasons to give ’em a go? I think not.

In all honestly, I've never pictured myself as the type of who would ever even consider seeing a life coach, but oh boy was I wrong. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone but the truth is, I had plenty of challenging years over the last decade. Don't get me wrong, my once a week girls-night-out “therapy sessions” has been a great way to distress. However, I became very determined to stay on track with this year's resolution plans and yes, I decided I needed to boost my positive mindset and finally reach the stage of inner peace. 

Take it from a 26-year-old, adulting is hard, it's a long journey filled with ups and downs, especially if you think that you can handle whatever life throws at you with no outside help. Everyone has their own ways of coping with trauma, stress, and the fear of not being in control. 

I needed to be honest with myself because I could have never fixed my life until I admitted that It was indeed, broken. In reality I was filled with negative emotions that were blocking me from being happy, or even trusting people around me. I was sure that my emotional blockage was adding to my emotional pain and made my process of recovery a much more challenging. I needed to re-learn how to feel in order to experience life on an entirely different level. 

This is how I found myself looking for a certified and dedicated life coach with years of experience - because let me tell you, it takes a while for me to feel safe and finally open up from the heart. 

And, while I searched for help in my local community, I soon realized that I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of asking people for suggestions. Luckily, thanks to the Internet, we have the capacity to find the right person to help us take charge of the vision we have for their lives. From then on, I tell everyone who will listen why they need to invest in a virtual life coach. Hear me out, people!

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According to certified life coach Patricia Wall, " Life is too short to live in the past and not see the options we all have. I have experienced this myself and suffered for a very long period in my life. I tried to solve this with the mind until I realized healing can only come from the heart"

It’s more than just dreaming big and tracking your progress, explains Patricia: "It's about knowing who you truly are from deep within. Letting go of old patterns and behaviors to create space for new exciting things" From limiting the beliefs that have been holding you back to battling anxiety and finally getting to the source of what's preventing you from seeing a clear vision of your future, a life coach is one half of a two-person team committed to your rapid progress. It's all about working together on the next steps you need to take in order to transform your life. Sometimes, for many people, the problem isn't a lack of ambition or determination, but a plethora of unreleased old emotional wounds and traumas that continuously fight their way to the top.

Why are life coaches effective, affordable online coaching

We are stepping into unfamiliar territory, what's the process? I hear you asking. Well, it's very simple but oh-so-effective. Patricia explains everything in great detail.  First things first, I need to sign up in the list in order to receive a questionnaire and link to the calendar to book my slot. At the end of all our weekly call, I will receive recommendations, tools and strategies to practice for the next week.

The 6 Week premium coaching program includes 1:1 weekly Video coaching calls and 24/7 support via WhatsApp and E-mail- yes, you will be working towards a better life from the comfort of your own home. Use the code JaN21 to receive 50% OFF your premium coaching program.

In my opinion, therapy should be absolutely free for everyone, and even though there are many ways you can achieve that where I am from, this is certainly not the case for everyone. It's been almost 7 years since I started my twice-a-week visits and that alone has worked wonders on my mental health - well, online sessions at the moment. We all know that taking care of our mental health is extremely important, nonetheless, it's a long journey filled with ups and downs. Everyone has their own ways of coping with trauma, stress, and anxiety, but I've found that a few daily mood-pick-ups can give you a much-needed push in the right direction. For me, that includes a few drops of the best essential oils the moment my anxiety reaches its peak.

Unless you have been living offline, you have probably seen or heard the hype surrounding essential oils - because they actually work. No, I am not here to tell you that a few drops of my favorite Lavender oil will instantly kill my panic attacks, but they do help me focus on my breathing, which is a tremendous help during this time. You will always find me slipping a few drops in my diffuser, especially when it's finally time to go to bed or, every winter when the season demands our homes to smell lovely.

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Essential oils are obtained via different extraction methods, meaning that they are indeed all-natural. That does not mean you shouldn't handle them with care. You know me, always super paranoid about every little thing, of course, I have done my research! It's true, essential oils carry a lot of benefits, from the improvement of blood circulation and the ease of muscular pain to appetite control and sickness prevention. No matter your struggles, self-care should always be a top priority, especially during the winter of isolation. Ahead, I put together a list of the top therapeutic-grade products that will certainly make you come back for more.
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My oh-so-special Floral & herbaceous scented miracle bottle is definitely my go-to solution for stress relief and a quality goodnight's sleep. Maybe I am especially infatuated with this one because I can still remember my father adding some drops in our diffuser every night in order to help me with my sleep apnoea-Thanks dad!
essential oils for winter

I am bringing you back to the topic of winter, there is no other scent to match my cozy home decor better than the Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. Enhance an at-home aromatherapy ritual with just a few drops of warm, woody scent to soothe your muscles and bring back all your childhood memories next to the bonfire.
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If fruity aromas are your thing, then you should definitely give Sweet Orange a try. Originally used by Chinese medicine practitioners for healing & boosting immunity, this essential oil will uplift your spirit, brighten your skin, and give you a much-needed energy boost to start your day.

The topic of essential oils and aromatherapy is long and very exciting. Even though I would love to keep adding miracle bottles to my must-have list above, it would be best to learn some secrets from the pros. Gya Labs offers a wide range of natural products, from oils and beauty serums to flavorful coffee, teas, and spices, all designed to uplift your everyday. Take a look at their carefully curated collection of heavily scented blends and don't be afraid to add something extra to your cart- everything is very wallet-friendly, I promise.
I have never been able to stay still for more than five seconds, blame it on my addiction to caffeine or, on my total inability to stay focused on something for too long. However, 2020 was a year of change. With social distancing and self-isolation, my anxiety has sky-rocketed - not to mention my constant mood swings. Over the past 5 months, I was desperately looking for something to take my mind of the hard reality we currently still live in and help me get my motivation back.

Physical distancing, even though necessary, might have severe consequences on someone's mental health- I know it took a big toll on mine. So, instead of following the same old habits, expecting different results, try meditation. Not only will it get you through your current mindset, it also helps you stay relaxed and focused on your goals.

Benefits of meditation

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Stress is the number one reason for our lack of good quality sleep, increased blood pressure, and depression. In reality, our minds are constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Some forms of meditation focus on improving our outlook on life, while others focus on different aspects like love and wealth attraction. No matter your current needs, there is surely a meditation guide just for you.

If you are like me, staying focused on something for long periods of time might seem like a very hard task. Well, through meditation we can strengthen and endurance of our attention, everything comes down to practice and dedication.

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A recent study on people with age-related memory loss showed that meditation can actually improve performance on neuropsychological tests while increasing one's attention and memory. Yes, a few minutes of meditation time will improve your overall quality of life.

Meditation audios for beginners and pros

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So where can you find some amazing downloadable audios? Etsy, and more specifically KundaliniXshop. Carmen Wilson's Guided Meditation Audios put the body in a deep sleep while the mind remains fully awake, taking you out of this world and into a state of deep healing. She offers a mix of spoken subliminal affirmations, binaural beats, Alpha and Theta brainwave entrainment, and high-quality healing music that actively helps your mind rest and reprogram. Every guided meditation can be immediately downloaded and kept for a lifetime.

Some of my favorite sessions: Attract Clients Mirror-Work Meditation, perfect for every type of business owners who need help to reprogram limiting beliefs that are blocking them from receiving more clients and money. 

I AM Guided Meditation, a deep healing session that will help you spot and change what is blocking you from living your highest and best life.

So, sit down in a quiet room with dim lights, "filled" with lavender aroma, and start working towards bettering your state of mind this year. I know I am.

During the last decade "cleanse" diets and juices are at the top of most of our "to-do" lists when it comes to body detoxication. We get it, sometimes we make poor choices - let's face it, these times are most often during the Holidays. While detoxing your body sounds like a great tip, wouldn't be better to detox your skin too? Our pores are constantly extracting toxins, skin is after all a detoxifying organ. It would only be fair to give it a boost. Luckily there are many ways to speed up the process.

As much as we try to stay true to our daily skincare routine, life can sometimes be too hectic. I often find myself skipping a few steps, only to regret my lack of effort as soon as the first breakouts kick in- thanks acne-prone skin. Maybe you are also someone who simply cannot say no to French fry binges, I feel you! These.. skin detox steps are quick, easy, and capable to help you minimize the negative effects of skincare neglect.

At-home facials 

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A proper facial can be 10 times for effective than a normal skincare routine. Apart from being on our "top most relaxing things" list, your skin will immediately look brighter and healthier. Visiting a spa or a dermatologist may be the best way to get the full experience, you can always learn how to perform at-home facial treatments like a pro. What's the quickest way to boost circulation and prepare your pores for a skincare treatment? Steam! It's easy and ridiculously effective in detoxifying the skin. Prepare a bowl with hot water, drape a towel over your head as you lean over the bowl, and let the steam do all the work for you.

Hydrogen Peroxide Baths 

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Hydrogen Peroxide Baths are the new craze because they work. This doctor-formulated invigorating bath treatment will not only detoxify your body, it also works as the ultimate body cleanse, can balance your PH and oxygenate your skin, do I need to say more? I recommend the Soakness™ bath formula ($8,99), the first all-in-one hydrogen peroxide bathing product, designed to give you the ultimate spa experience - from the comfort of your own home.

How does it work? The Magnesium Sulfate, Dead sea salts, clay, oatmeal, and hydrogen peroxide (amongst other doctor-approved ingredients) disposes of all the harmful toxins from your body while promoting relaxation and well-being. Take a few moments to distress, relax, and break free from your hectic schedule.

Adapt your diet

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Especially now that we spend a lot of time in our homes, there is no excuse! Getting the right nutrients and maintaining an overall healthy diet is crucial not only for our health but for our skin as well. If you’re like me and love your MacDonald's and sweet coffee, it’s a tough reality to face that these are not helping your health. Your diet should reflect your cleansing goals. Especially if you also have acne-prone skin, stay off dairy products, fried foods. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are at the top of the list. I personally prefer smoothies and cold press juices too.

Incorporate clay products in your skincare routine

clay for skin detox

We previously talked about the benefits of clay, you will be happy to hear that they are also a great addition to your skin detox routine. Clay skincare does just that and some, noticeably smoothing and clarifying the skin. Yes, that means that you use it during your Hydrogen Peroxide Baths, thank me later.

No matter where you live, It's a scary time right now. Judging from personal experience, staying calm and focused during this global pandemic is definitely not a simple thing to do. It seems like everything we read and hear is all about the health crisis. Yes, it's extremely important to educate yourself about what is going on in the world right now. Even though staying inside to protect yourself and others is a crucial measure, it could lead to some consequences for your mental health. 

Fear not! I have spent a great amount of time staring at the ceiling and I am here to tell you that there are indeed some great ways to keep yourself motivated during this pandemic-including a new fun hobby you never thought of.

What's there to do while stuck indoors? This question keeps popping up on my news feed pretty much every day. Today I will share with you a fantastic self-care idea that you can do for yourself or your loved ones right now - no, it's not another quarantine skincare routine, I promise.
Fun things to do in quarantine with your family- Paint by numers for kids

As someone who has been obsessed with drawing, I guarantee you that there is nothing more calming (and time-consuming) than creating a piece of art from scratch. "Well, I cannot draw but I want to" I can hear you thinking. Don't worry, because today I will show you exactly how to paint a beautiful portrait like a pro without having a background in fine arts. Here is by far the most fun activity to keep yourself, your kids, and your family busy during quarantine.

Draw your way out of boredom with Koloryx, the most unique way to paint a portrait of your loved ones, your pet, or any other picture. 

How exactly does it work?

Fun things to do in quarantine with your family- Paint by numers for adults and kids
Fun things to do in quarantine with your family- Paint by numers for adults
1. Upload a high-resolution photo of the portrait, pet, or landscape you wish to paint. 

2. Hold tight, till your canvas gets ready. The Koloryx team will start working on your picture to turn It into a paintable canvas and choose the right set of colors for your art piece.

3. Receive the kit by mail
Within the next two weeks, you will receive the whole painting set on your doorstep (free shipping). The set includes your canvas, colors & brushes.

4. You can now completely DIY the perfect gift for your loved ones or work with them as a family project from the comfort of your own home.

Paint by number kits for adults and kids are not only a fantastic way to calm your mind, but also pick up a new hobby.

Every once in a while, especially during pride month or at the start of the New Year I receive beautifully crafted press releases from a wide range of brands showcasing new collections in support of the LGBTQ+ community. While I am always happy to see established brands advocating for the community, I can't help but emphasize more on those rising LGBTQ+/Ally designers that are not afraid to embrace their individuality through high fashion Pride Lifestyle apparel and accessories. I don't know about you but personally, I like to feel like every month is pride month.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

Although today more and more brands are casting queer people in their campaigns and runway shows, I am finding it really hard to spend money on those who blindly disregard the importance of diversity and inclusivity. 

Don't get me wrong, it's great to see the LGBTQ+ community getting the support and recognition it deserves but, big brands need to go way deeper than rainbow-colored merch and Instagram ads. Queer-led fashion brands are the way of the future. That's why today I am rounding up some of my most favorite LGBTQ+ apparel and accessories, not this Christmas, but 365 days a year.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

That's right! The most innovative labels help u to better understand the meaning behind gender identity and sexuality. Plus, they don't hold back when it comes to mental health awareness and the importance of speaking out about our traumatic experiences and life journey. Inclusivity in all forms has always been at the center of LGBT AF collections. Their wide variety of clothing styles, from the rainbow squad kids line to election, parental, and wedding lines feature actual people- most often not only models but LGBTQ+ activists- allies and leaders and champions for diversity.

Independent LGBTQ+ fashion brand

 Despite the numerous notes I took, let's say that 2020 didn't go exactly as planned. Luckily I have plenty of hope that the next year is going to bring a ton of new, amazing opportunities- and way less time at home. As we are currently just a month away, I am ready to kiss 2020 goodbye, I think you agree. That's exactly I already have my eye on some fantastic 2021 daily planners.

I remember myself always been obsessed with the too-familiar crisp smell of a brand new planner. My 15-16 years old self never missed the opportunity to scout the school supplies section for the most colorful daily planners. Unfortunately, I spent my late 5-6 years quickly writing down all my daily tasks in my phone's notes, which lets me tell you, it's not nearly as fun or satisfying. Everyone is looking forward to a new start, that's why daily & hourly planners make a great holiday gift idea for your friends and family too. Or you know, self-gifting is always appreciated.

Why you swap your phone's note for an old-time classic daily planner
Shop the Aburgess And Co daily planner

Time management is everything
Let's be honest your time schedule needs a little boost. If you haven't mastered the art of time management, daily planners are definitely going to help you with your tasks each day. Set up due dates for every important entry- you will never run out of time ever again.

Less anxiety, more productivity
What's the one thing that causes a lot of stress? The feeling of being overwhelmed. Most of us have a very busy schedule, sometimes dealing with a variety of different tasks. Sure, there are many more outside factors that might make you lose sleep over them but, imagine being able to manage all your responsibilities effectively- and most importantly on time.

You not only need to be productive at work, but you also have to take some time for your much-needed self-care. Daily planners can effectively help you organize all aspects of your life from deadlines to at home chores with ease. .

Health benefits
Yes, you can also track your meals and exercising schedule. I don't know about you but I sometimes find myself postponing my workouts or I somehow manage to forget to drink water- don't laugh. Pre-panning can be a great motivation boost, especially if you tend to procrastinate.

The more sections, the better

All of us have different needs when it comes to the sections and overall set up of our planners. Some prefer the classic days and hours layout, while others (including myself) want to get the most out of them. I need everything! From goal trackers and brainstorming sketches to inspirational quotes, notes, and wishlist sections, my planner needs to be stylish, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly useful. 

No matter if you constantly planning months ahead or love to make short-time additions a beautifully put-together daily planner will surely take your to-do list a long way.

Undoubtedly the inclusion of all shapes, colors, and sizes in every type of media is a much-needed change. For many years we let photoshop determine what's "acceptable" by society's standards. Still, to this day many women (and men) assume that their heavier, curvier bodies do not meet the ideal image of beauty. 

Unfortunately even the most female-centric industries like beauty and fashion are still predominantly dominated by men. The good news is that each and every day more and more women are taking a stand against this uneven number. We have seen some extraordinary women with empowering stories to tell, launching their own brands and businesses- but we want more!

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Having strong female role models, especially from a young age, can influence the lives of people and even entire industries in positive ways. For me, it's all about celebrating women who continuously try to subvert the industry standards by founding their own business, embrace their individuality, and encourage others to follow their lead. As someone who is constantly sharing stories both here and on numerous other media outlets, I often get frustrated by the lack of representation. Only 2 in 10 brands that reach out are female-owned.

That's why when I get the chance to feature an athletic & streetwear brand made by women for women, it’s an instant "yes" for me. Fashion is a tool that has the ability to empower women to feel confident and strong. This was a driving force behind Yoga Bitch, a performance apparel brand that recently hit the market with their commitment to bringing ‘bold and unapologetic fashion’.

Yoga Bitch Founder Jen Stenberg is an experienced business executive, Wife, and Mum of three who is passionate about movement and style. Jen is inspired by the complex lives of people who share a love of fitness, and how in doing so express themselves, their vulnerabilities, and their strengths. Her inclusive line carries sizes from XS to 6X, making it accessible to all shapes and sizes, with plans for even further future expansion to meet the unique needs of groups who can be overlooked in the current market. After all, diversity is something we should celebrate daily. 

This Athletic Brand Is The Epitome Of Body Positivity And Female Empowerment

Yoga Bitch caters to women with full lives, hang with their friends take care of their family but, have limited patients for uncomfortable clothing. You know me and my obsession with cute athleticwear that allows the wearer to feel beautiful no matter the time and place. Jen's Yoga Bitch apparel is budget-friendly, not to mention extremely fun and versatile. From plain black sports bras to camo and animal print, there is definitely something for you on the website. Time to add some unique styles to your Holiday wishlist.  Happy Shopping!

For most of us going out might still not be an option but that's no excuse to give up on our workout routine- or maybe pick up on some new indoor activities. Whether you are looking for some new pieces to add to wear while you get in shape or just love athleisure as much as I do, this pilates-inspired clothing brand is about to give your wardrobe a major upgrade.

You know me, I am always on the hunt for new, cute, and stylish workout clothes that can easily be worn outside the gym. Keep reading for a few styles that can get you anywhere from the street to casual coffee dates, running, and back.

Shop The Pilates Love Collection

No matter if you are rolling on your mat according to the instructions of your online Pilates coach or simply love to explore new options from emerging independent brands, I got you covered. You know, the brands that offer the perfect balance between fashion and activewear or, bonus point if they actually carry an important message. Luckily in 2021 you no longer have to choose comfort over style.

Marisa In Motion is a newly established, pilates-inspired brand from the US that delivers a very clear message. Marisa Fuller the founder of MIM designed 7 amazing collections, all based on her eternal love for Pilates. Her story might be a sad one but, there is always something incredibly inspiring about overcoming life's obstacles, only to rise stronger despite the hardships.

Shop The Pilates Strong Collection

In 2014, I was tested for the breast cancer gene as my brave, amazing, inspiring mom is a breast cancer survivor" Marisa mentioned. "I was BRCA1+. I had decided before taking the test that I was going to do preventive surgeries. I would always wait to hear from my doctor “you have the go-ahead to start exercising. Like I said, it is my happy place. It helped me with my recovery, get stronger, and heal through my hardest of days.” she continued.
Since 2019 Marisa owns her own Pilates studio along with her empowering clothing line that quickly captured the love and attention of many like-minded women. Like I mentioned above, this is not a depressing story. It's the real and raw reality behind her statement-making work out clothes, designed with the sole purpose to motivate you.
Shop The Coffee And Pilates Collection

I bet you are looking forward to getting a glimpse of her apparel, I rounded up some of my all-time favorite designs from Marisa In Motion that guarantees to take the word "uncomfortable" out of your vocabulary this winter. You can check the MIM for more wishlist-worthy styles. A portion of the proceeds from all sales are being donated to Breast Cancer Charities.

 What exactly makes a great workbag depends on what you do for work. Do you currently have a desk job that requires the use of a laptop? Then a structured tote bag might be exactly what you need. Are you always on the move? A spacious backpack or crossbody bag with outside pockets will come in handy. Yes, there are so many different work bags to choose from and match with your everyday outfits but, today we will focus on the ones that actually help you stick to your healthy eating habits.

The importance of meal preparation

You don't need to be an athlete to consider this. In fact, meal preparation can be a life-changing decision, especially if you are too busy to cook new, healthy recipes each day of the week. This technique is based on pre-cooking. The basic idea is to prep certain food - for the next day or several days ahead- and store each meal into lunch boxes. This way you will always be able to snack on something healthy during the day. Meal prepping is also a great way to control your portions and save money by replacing low nutrient snacks with healthy alternatives.

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What does all this have to do with stylish handbags? I can see you looking a bit confused, let me break this down for you. If you are like me, desperately trying to stick to a healthy diet despite your hectic daily schedule, then this one is for you. Praktikals is a brand with a very clear mission to create fashionable yet very functional vegan leather bags for everyday, hard-working women. The main purpose of these innovative bags is to help all fitness enthusiasts maintain their healthy eating schedule no matter how busy lives can sometimes be.

The fashionable meal pre bag you didn't know you needed

Praktikals carry 3 different meal per bags with unique characteristics. The Bella, Eloho, and Maris bags offer the best (and most discreet) meal pre compartments to store your home-cooked meals. Praktikals can be your new, fully functional work, travel, or gym bag that keeps your meals and drinks fresh throughout the day - thanks to the insulated food compartments.

"I love carrying my homemade meals to wherever I go and every time food or water would spill all over my bag. That made me thinking of a handbag that would resolve those issues that most women experience regularly. That is how Praktikals handbag was born. " said Leidiane, the founder. 

meal-prep handbags

These bags have proven to a great staple piece to our wardrobes. The online product reviews speak for themselves. All three bag styles are currently on sale! Visit the website to find out more.



Illustrated Tarot Decks
New age-y spiritual practices like healing crystals, readings, and astrology are now more than ever in demand. Forget all about the previous stigma surrounding this subject. You no longer have to visit a self-proclaimed professional in the sketchiest part of town to receive the answers you seek-or to try out the process for the first time. Tarot readings are certainly amongst the top 3 most popular New age practices and, luckily for us, easily accessible. No matter if you are a pro at reading decks or simply looking for an easy way to start your spiritual journey, there are many different ways to dive into the mystic world.

First things first. Not everyone interested in having a collection of crystals or reading cards is actually invested in spirituality. There are plenty of individuals who love to collect unique tarot decks that feature delicate artwork from independent artists. I, even though new to the world of predictions and interpretations, have been focused on creating healing crystal art for quite some time. That's probably the main reason that I instantly fell in love with @le.sinex, the artist behind the "Botanical Sword" Oracle card deck. Whether you are on a journey of self-discovery or in it for the aesthetics one thing is for certain, the practice of tarot reading demands respect.

Illustrated Tarot Decks

As opposed to many other practices that focus on future prediction more definitively, tarot reading seems to push us further into self-reflection while taking many different angles and perspectives into consideration. Below you can find the perfect illustrated tarot deck that will not only satisfy your need for mental clarity, it will also look fantastic spread across your coffee table as part of your decor.

Not only this illustration deck comes in a set of 40 beautiful blackwork illustrations on textured paper, but it also comes with a mini guide book to further help you with your interpretations along with a detailed online version. Sounds awesome, right? Well, there is more. " In the name of “Botanical Sword”, Sword as a visual feature captured the essence of masculine heroism inside and the Botanical imagery expresses the feminine part from fantasies." the creator explains. Each card in this set is designed to help you overcome difficulties, inspire mental clarity, and guide you through difficult life decisions via its insightful illustrations.

Illustrated Tarot Decks

Maybe you are like me, someone who can get enough of minimal, spiritual illustrations. Lesine offers The Botanical Sword 2021 Calender, either as a full set with the tarot deck or on its own (many as a gift for your New age-y best friend too?). Is there a better way to decorate your home other than having a new Oracle illustration wall art through the year?

 If you are fortunate enough to have a pool or have unlimited access to one, you will know that having a summer gathering with your best mates is much more enjoyable in the water. You probably already know that pool parties require the right amount of space, delicious cocktails, trendy swimsuits, and of course, the cutest pool floats. You know exactly what I am talking about. The ones that not only manage to gain a ton of likes on Instagram but also help you relax and have fun in the water.

What if I told you that you can impress your friends (and neighbors!) and support the first black-owned pool inflatable startup at the same time? Keep on reading.

I have lived my whole life close to the sea, cute pool floats were a must amongst us kids. Later on, we kept this tradition going ( yes, we still hunt down the most unique designs every spring and summer). Let's not forget that one time we decided to place an actual floating pool in our living room and almost ruined half of our furniture after a few not-so-careful attempts to have fun in it. The point is I am obsessed with these adorable floats and when it comes to pool parties - not during the pandemic of course- I am more than ready to recreate the best moments of my childhood with some unique inflatable floats.

black owned brands inflatable pool

Pool floats have been a huge Instagram trend for years, and they aren't going out of style any time soon. But we are not kids anymore. There are many more factors we should consider before making our decision. You all know how huge I am on sustainability, upcycling, and supporting small businesses. I highly encourage you to stock up on the Alma Ocean floats so you can rock this summer and still support the cultural-inspired styles made for you to tap into a new look and mood. I rounded up all the info for you.

Sustainability, Diversity & Creativity

Danielle Hodge, the founder of Alma Ocean, enjoys pool floats so much she decided to create her own. "I searched high and low, extensively, without success and couldn’t find any floats that appealed to my personal taste" she mentioned. "I wanted a product that spoke to my culture. I wanted to see and feel inspired by the inflatable designs, so I created my own!”. So in 2020, during the global pandemic, she decided to create her own line, aiming to inspire women -and men- of color to enjoy their time in the water and celebrate their culture at the same time. Sounds great, right? Well, there is more.

black owned brands inflatable pool

She offers upcycling services to transform your old products into one-of-a-kind accessories. You are not confident enough in the water? No prob, you can find many resources to help you enjoy your days at the ocean -or pool- in the safest way possible.

How can you support this black-owned business?

Danielle Hodge is crowdfunding with IFUNDWOMEN the entire month of November to raise funds before her launch in summer 2021. Let's all honor creativity and diversity- You can thank me later after you have the most trendy pool party of all times.

Get Up And Get Going 

While it is always easy to keep hitting the snooze button in the morning, doing so is not the best thing for your overall sleep patterns. Try to break yourself of this bad habit, and instead set the alarm for the actual time you need to be awake. If the snooze button remains too tempting to abandon completely, try to use it just once per day. The snooze button is really causing you to loose sleep, not gain it, because it chops up restful slumber in such a way that you do not really benefit from the few extra minutes you think you are getting. 

Stop The Snacking 

Food and drink and when they are ingested will have a lot to do with how well you sleep. See if you can stop eating at least 2-3 hours prior to retiring for the night so that your entire body is prepared for relaxation. If you drink any alcohol, try to do so early in the evening so that the body can process it before you fall asleep. Caffeine should be taken only in the morning, and you should focus on other types of drinks for the rest of the day. Caffeine lingers in the body much longer than you realize, and it can harm your sleep quality to a real degree. 

Tips on getting a good night sleep

Napping News 

While you might think that a nap will interfere with your ability to sleep at night, short ones of up to 30 minutes can actually help the process. Even something as short as 10 minutes of napping can boost alertness during the day, which can lead to better, more restful sleep at night. 

Comfortable Surroundings 

If you have a bedroom that is serene and comfortable, sleep will come easier. Keeping the surroundings cool, quiet, and dark is the best way to optimize your sleep experience. Be certain to have a mattress that is large enough for full range of movement, firm enough to provide necessary support and comfortable enough to make you want to stay in it for a complete night of rest. Read these Puffy Mattress reviews and find the perfect mattress for you.

Working Out For Better Sleep

Regular exercise is a great way to prepare the body for sleep, and this can even take the form of a simple, brisk walk. Try to finish working out no less than two hours prior to bedtime so that the body is cooled down and ready for slumber.
As easy as it sounds to wear what truly makes us happy there are plenty of factors that can influence someone's opinion. With the rise of social media and the constant visual stimulations, they offer we all find ourselves lost and confused about what we actually like -or need-. How much time do we spend trying to convince ourselves that a particular piece of clothing fits better than it looks or that we weren't actually influenced by someone else to like something we truly don't? No one can deny it, there is an overall mainstream idea of how a person should dress ( and look ) judging by their age, marital status, hobbies, and field of work. Maybe 2020 is the perfect time for us to focus on how fashion makes us feel rather than blindly following trends and "musts".

Champion Greece, Champion outfit
S/S 20 Rochester collection by Champion

The art of shopping less

As we change and grow we all have a different perspective on what fashion is and what it represents. All the things we once thought we needed may now make us cringe or be considered "out" of fashion. There are some basic but key questions to ask ourselves before hitting the order button. Will this specific item fill a gap in our closet? Will we get much use out of it? Does the brand follow ethical techniques to create this piece of clothing we are about to wear? No matter your personal style these questions should always be a priority.

Moreover avoiding impulse buys at all costs will have a positive impact on our finances and closet space. How many times have you found yourself looking at clothes on the hunger - with tags still on- only to second guess your prior decisions? Having high-quality basics that can be worn countless times for years and years does not automatically mean designer items. Not everyone has the means or the will to spend that much money on one style, nonetheless adding necessary-only fashion to our wardrobe will inevitably help us create an admirable capsule collection, very beneficial in the long run no matter the price point.

Champion Greece, Champion outfit
Comfy casual styles with statement colors

Take this pair of  Dockers white platform sneakers for example that I wear pretty much every week religiously since last November even though I have quite a few alternatives. Why? Because they make me feel great. You have seen me styling more than a few looks around them on my blog and Instagram, they are simple and easy to wear with each and every outfit.

As soon as I unboxed my Buffalo CHAI sneakers on the stories I received so many mixed reactions. People loved how comfy and statements they were while others hated the chunky look they had. I feel so good when I wear them and I find myself reaching for them many times a month. That's what it really means to buy something that makes your heart happy as soon as you put it on as opposed to ordering something because someone else's opinion - and influence - managed to change your perception.  that's how I feel fashion should be. A way to make us happy and more confident.
Champion Greece, Champion outfit

So why my style has changed so drastically over the last 5 years?

If you are an avid reader - and follower- of meets style and @konna.antoniadou you probably already know what I am referring to. For years I have been trying to convince myself that the clothes I was wearing were a reflection of my personality, false. Even though I really loved my midi dresses and white boho tops reality was my personal taste was heavily influenced by the society's opinion of what a 20-year-old should look and act like. I never actually felt comfortable squeezed into my tight dresses and over the knee boots but honestly, I didn't know any other way to be. I had a certain idea of how I should look all day every day. Even now, freshly turned 26, I get comments here and there from people who claim that I should be dressing more "age appropriately", meaning not athletic I suppose. Do we need to pay attention to what others have to say about our appearance and life choices? NO. That's why you should wear fashion that makes you happy.

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