Getting rid of my DOUBLE CHIN.

Hello!

So there once was a girl who moved to LA, and as things go, she got a bit older and put on few lbs. It wasn't crazy and the weight went into places that were okay, but one of them just happened to be in her face.

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She really had chubby cheeks her whole life, but the double, the double was new.

This double appeared in every photo, in every video, anything that she was doing, and it was REAL apparent. 

Yes this girl is me.

A few months ago, I did a video for a brand, where I felt fine, whatever, and when the video was released, my GOD. My face was seriously chubby, and my chin had multiplied. I have always had a pumpkin head, but this was next level.

It was really embarrassing and honestly, I want to never see that video again. I feel bad for the brand actually, I didn't even promote it I was so embarrassed. You know those things you think of and shudder? 

Yes that's it.

So I looked into Kybella. Which is an injectable that dissolves fat, and does so for people under their chin. But I just didn't want to risk that, and it's expensive as fuck since you need to get more than one vial of it most likely. PLUS you puff up before it settles and dissolves. 

So I got an email from NuFace, about their new 'microcurrent' device. Not sure what it was, but when it came I was down to try it.

It's promoted like a workout for your face, to tighten, tone and lift. Which I needed! So it was perfect.

I need to be honest too that, I was not expecting for it to work, and I was not expecting for it to change my LIFE.

Honestly, my face structure is better than it's ever been. I like, understand how celebrities keep their faces tight, their cheekbones high and looking more chic. 

First I need to tell you that I was not paid to write this. I was gifted NuFace but I just really think it works and want to share it with you. I have been talking about it on The Almost 30 Podcast and in our secret FB group. 

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What it is:

"Microcurrent is a clinically tested therapy treatment, and one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry. It is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative anti-aging results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most clients feel nothing at all.

Micro-current is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that micro-current therapy treatments are often referred to as the "5 Minute Facial-lift."

It's a small, hand held device that you basically work along your face, to tighten. It doesn't feel like anything, and I basically think of it as little shocks that work to 'work out' the face.


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How I use it:

First, I cleanse the skin with a regular cleanser. I love Dermalogica, Kopari and BioClarity.

Next, I apply your choice of NuFACE Gel Primer in a mask-like layer in sections as you treat, beginning with the cheek. Skin should appear wet, and you should feel little to no sensation from the device. 

Then, I turn on the device and toggle the appropriate button until all of the blue lights are illuminated. Intensity can be adjusted. I keep it high just because. 

I run it over the structure of my face. So starting along my jaw line, under my chin, and underneath my cheekbones...I really just follow slowly the structure of my face. Concentrating on the areas that I feel need the most help like my chin and jawline area. 

You can read the official NuFace directions here.


Okay what questions? I have the NuFace Mini - which is perfect and I've been taking it on the go with me when I travel.

I will say that you do need to use it as directed to see a difference. For me that was once a day for 10-15 minutes for about 8 weeks. Now I use it a few times a week and for the amount of effort I put in (very little, I do it watching TV or in my car) it's been a game changer for my confidence level when in photos, videos, etc. 

Okay :) had to share! Let me know what Q's or tricks you have for your double?

xoxo

Krista

How to POSE in photos (the 3 best photos to try to look good in any picture)

Hello hello!

When I was in San Diego for my trip a few weeks ago, I was shooting with Arielle Levy, and she had a real nice compliment :) she was complimenting my posing skills.

Honestly I know how to pose to survive in this game. If I didn't know how to pose, there is no way that I could survive taking so many photos. I don't LOVE taking pictures, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I understand that I have to do it because that's what it takes to be a blogger/podcaster/whatever.

Even if you're not a blogger/podcaster you want to look good in photos right? I think we all do, and nowadays everyone is taking photos and everyone is posting them on the 'gram. It's not vain, but it's about working with what you got and making yourself look as best as you can for a photo. 

I would say that I learned how to pose by seeing 12323253490 bad photos, and having 3 good in that mix. If take photos, study them, what's working, what's not and what do you like or dislike about it. Don't say everything because you so beautiful girl!


So my secret sauce, my favorite 3 poses. 

  1. The LEAN: AH YES. I think this is the secret weapon. Truly. Put the small parts of your body forward. So, for me, I always put my leg out a bit, to make it look longer or I'll lean forward with my arms out so that my body is in the background, and looks smaller. Because you are leaning forward, that appears to be larger, and your body smaller. 
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  1. The SQUAT: The Squat is my spirit pose. Truly it is. Gives you a nice curve, and is SASSY as hell. I really love to show off shoes, show off pants, or get down. Make sure your leg is out a bit in front of you, so it elongates your leg. You want to suck in, arch the back and little and keep the arm off your body, to not smash it. 
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  1. SIDEWAYZ: For real, turn your body sideways and you'll cut yourself in half. I usually make sure that my arm is really far away from my body, because you don't want to smoosh that thing and make it look huge. Just keep it away, let it breathe and give it space from your armpit. 
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Any poses I missed? LET A SISTER KNOW. We're in this together honey's.

LOVE YOU.

xo

Krista

 

Let's Talk about Alcohol

Guys,

This one's an interesting one, but I need to write about it and discuss it with ya.

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It's about alcohol. Drinking. 

GET READY Y'ALL. 

(I posted this on a Monday so if you're feeling a Sunday Funday, this will hit HARD). These photos are from the recent Almost 30 Podcast event with Energy Muse and Spirit Daughter. WHICH also reminds me that having events and doing things like this REALLY helps me to not drink.

Because 'll just say it, I don't drink really. It's been about 3 years that I've been this way. 

Sure, I'll have a glass of wine once a month with girlfriends or hold a drink at a club. But I'm just not into it.

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I'm very black and white with things that affect me personally, so, it's like 100 or nothing (PUN!!!!) and I just am zero on drinking. When I do drink it's Bright Cellars wine that's sent to my house (their wine is the best and we always have bottles on hand, you can get free wine here if you'd like!)

Don't get me wrong, I definitely drank in college, and went through a period of time where I drank A LOT in Chicago. Not like, during the week, but on the weekends, I would get DRUNK. That was the goal.

I think it was beginning my meditation practice that began the shift away from drinking. Or just a greater sense of interest in my body and wellbeing. 

But I feel like I've never actually even liked it in the first place. I was talking to a friend who knows me from WAY back, about how I was glad I don't need to feel like I have to drink anymore, and she goes "even in college you never liked to drink". 

Which was true. I would do it, sure. But I wasn't enjoying what it was doing to me physically and mentally. Even emotionally. 

Ever seen a drunk girl cry outside of a bar? Yeah. Exactly.

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("WHERE'S JESSICA? I THOUGHT SHE WAS WITH YOU?")

("CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE HIM!")

In college, I LOVED my friends, hanging out with people, yes. Did I laugh a lot, and was it fun, yes. But the days spent on the couch watching Real Housewives of Orange County, nursing hangovers or feeling sick from late night pizza, I don't miss. What I could have done with that time!

But having phased it out of my life slowly, really has changed everything. 

Maybe I never felt like everyone did when they got drunk. For sure I was fun and funny, but it was almost like, I wasn't present or didn't remember anything. Which means that I wasn't really THERE in the first place. If I'm spending time with you, I actually want to BE there. 

No judgement of course, everyone I know for the most part drinks, but I wanted to share some of the benefits I've seen since cutting back. 

A lot of people's problems can be solved by not drinking, ya know? Want better skin? Don't drink. Want to sleep better? To feel better? To have a better workout schedule? To manage your mood? To feel more connected to yourself and your body? 

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Benefits I've noticed from of not drinking:

Spiritually, feeling more connected: Alcohol does the opposite of supporting your spiritual growth. Alcohol lowers your vibration, numbs your psychic senses, and creates energetic holes in your aura. I know it's a bit out there, but it's true. My connection with myself, God (Source) whatever, and my angels has been so much easier to access now that I don't drink.

Your SKIN: It's made a huge difference on my skin, it's elasticity and overall plumpness. I can tell if I ever have a few glasses of wine how much less vibrant I look. Since I don't drink my skin has been so much more clear and bright.

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect, which can give skin an unhealthy color and texture. By not drinking, your body is able to absorb more vitamin A, increasing cell turnover, which keeps skin looking healthier and younger.

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Mental clarity: Having clarity in my thought - makes me feel like it's me making decisions, not a hungover self who is tired, groggy, achy...etc. I am able to be super sharp and multi-task a million things because I don't have the sugar or alcohol slowing me down. You also are able to have much more clarity on your emotions. Ever been drunk and cried? YUP. It really just exacerbates things.

It's help my sleep: my quality of sleep is really so much better since I stopped drinking because I get into DEEP sleep. I don't wake up still tired, or feel so exhausted because my body has been fighting poison and blood sugar spikes all night.

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Alcohol can disrupt the two most important parts of our sleep - Slow Wave Sleep, which is the most physically refreshing part, and REM Sleep, which is the part which helps us learn and remember.

Therefore, most light to moderate drinkers (like I was) who reduce their alcohol intake or stop drinking altogether, will see a marked increase in the quality of their sleep. 

Feeling better in my body: I respect my body now so much more than ever, so being kind to it by not feeding it alcohol has been really amazing. I can get in every workout that I plan on doing (I don't cancel because I'm hungover) and really focus on what's going on in my body without a fogged mind. 

More meaningful relationships: Truly. Having conversations 1-1 with friends and people in my life without alcohol is everything. Getting really deep or just having fun with THEM not the drunk person they/you become allows you to really create a deep meaningful relationship. 


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I don't mean this as preachy, by any stretch, but I definitely get asked about it, all the time. For each person, that asks, it's mostly a response of agreement, that they also feel better when they don't drink. Which is interesting. 90% of the people in my life drink, and it's for them. I still go out to bars and clubs, and seriously just chill and people watch. It's also nice to be a sober person, watching my friends, keeping track of purses, making sure everyone's safe and ALWAYS being the DD. I love that part of it. 

If I could sum it up, I would say that, what I want out of my life, I won't get by being drunk.

For the peer pressure? It actually doesn't exist. Yes, I've been in situations where people probably want me to drink, but also people don't care about what you're doing as much as you think. 

The bottom line is that I DO NOT GIVE A FUCK IF YOU THINK I'M LESS COOL BECAUSE I DON'T DRINK. Period, bye.

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So reminding yourself of all the benefits, maybe sipping on a soda water is really the key for me in getting the MOST out of my life. Building this massive business that's Almost 30 Podcast, feeling aligned, feeling healthy...it's all worth it for me.

Okay, phew what do you think? Do you guys drink more, drink less or what has your pattern been? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Have the best week!

xoxo

Krista