Bali Recap + FAV one piece bathing suits and post vacay BLUES

Okay soooo I’m BACK!

Back from Bali and feeling, well very so grateful, in awe and a bit anxious to be honest. HA.

But first, how are you? How are things?

For my blog babes, post a link so I can catch up with ya. Let me know!

^^wearing my Poppy and Maria super delicate gold labradorite necklace here!  

I am feeling anxious in the way that going on vacation is fun, but also feeling like I have so much going on at home, it’s hard to get away.

The Almost 30 Podcast launched a few weeks ago (and it’s been AMAZING), Hundred is here, and I started a new job I LOVE downtown. This biatch is DRIVING. (PRAY FOR THE ROADS).

Justin’s also going out of town right when I’m back and I’ve got more travel upcoming which takes me away from my to-do’s. My best friend is getting married in a month btw, and that's all sorts of feels!

But it's sometimes hard to stay in the moment and not get ahead of yourself thinking of all you need to do.

Vacation is amazing to disconnect, but also it gets scary when you have to reconnect.

There’s going to be a lot waiting for you!

I try to remember that, if I really think about it, it’s always gotten done in the past, and in some cases, one day or night or dedicated time will ease all that anxiety away. Trusting yourself that you always get it done (because well, you have before!) is key.

Have you ever felt like this after vacation?

Maybe it’s the precursor to the post-vacation blues. I loved this Man Repeller article on how to remedy those after a good vacation…

Doing things like:

  • Make a list
  • Get dressed up 
  • Sign yourself up for something
  • Repeat after me, "it's gonna be okay"

All so TRUE. For me it's just thinking about all the parts of my life in L.A. that I love, and when you do all those errands shit that you have to do when you're back, it's pretty invigorating for psychopaths like me who LOVE to do shit ALWAYS. 

How do y'all get over post vacation blues? Let a sister KNOW.

Also, we should talk about tips to get over jet-lag! I'm becoming a bit of a pro, and I SWEAR by these tips:

  • Sleep as MUCH as possible on each flight: On this flight, I slept 12 of the 15 hours and then 3 of the 5 on the second leg - LOL. BYE. I take Benadryl, and I can get a serious snooze on with my neck pillow. HOLLA.  Just let it all go and SLEEP. 
  • HYDRATE: I think hydration is the key to anything in life really? So drink LOTS of water always helps. 
  • No booze: Just throws you off really, and never lets you get a good sleep. 
  • Sleep tracking: To get you shifted go to bed earlier, get up a bit earlier, and increase/decrease your time as you acclimate. When I get back and I'm up at 5:00 A.M. because I'm on a different time zone, I embrace it and just start my day. Being mad that I'm not asleep doesn't help and I trust I'll be back on my schedule soon.
  • Melatonin: FOR REAL. Helps so so much with my sleep cycles. It's all natural, and the hormone that induces sleep naturally in your body. You can get it anywhere really, I get mine here.

I love Erica from Fashion Lush's tips here on how she overcame jet-lag when she got back from her trip to Copenhagen.


On Bali though. This place! (heart eyes emoji).

I really never thought I’d go there before, and if you're wondering, the trip was just my sister and I.

She’s older than me, and at some point in our lives I’ve always wanted to take a trip just she and I in our older years (HA!)

Girls with sisters, I know you feel me. It’s honestly just the easiest friend relationship you’ll ever have, pretty much. 

"We could talk, or not talk for hours". 

I won’t bore you with details but there some major highs, and some lows.

We did some LAME ASS tours that were basically shuttles to shopping markets, and our first hotel was um…well let me just tell you that they charged extra for wash cloths. SO JANK. So we moved.

On this piece, never do a tour with Panorama and never stay at Wina Holliday Villa, HA. There’s better ways to spend your time and to stay for that price.

The HIGHS: PRANA SPA, forever.

It was hours and hours of bliss and cool treatments, I got the shirdohara which is supposed to help open your third eye chakra by dripping oil on your third eye for 20 minutes.

There’s also a scalp massage, and face massage which I LOVE.

I’m like a cat. Pet me and I’m yours.

Also Ayana Resort & Spa, which was the last days of our trip.

This place may have been the nicest place I’ve ever stayed in my life. Everything was taken care of, and there were so many infinity pools, flowers, friendly people, and diva feels. So good.

Just the feeling of travel, exploring and being in one of the most gorgeous places in the world was something I’m so grateful for. I feel like I'm always scheming, planning or on the go, so when I travel I feel like I'm most present. 

This one PIECE was also a huge high for me.

I feel like my whole life I’m like trying to be a two piece bikini chick and man it just feels good to rock a one piece. 

This thing from Swim Like a Mermaid is literally like SPANX and sucks you in, cuts in the right places, and is super comfortable. I am finding more and more, that you look better when you just do YOU. Whatever that is. For me, it’s a one piece right now.


Shop my favorite one-pieces:

The one piece was also perfect for my non-working out bod this trip. I took almost the whole trip off working out, on purpose to let my body sort of re-group since I haven’t taken more than 3 days off, probably since Vietnam.

I feel like at some points, it’s good to let your body fully repair, reset and rebuild.

The one workout I did do, was run.

It’s the one thing you can do wherever you go, and you see a different perspective of a place when you’re running. I go in the early morning, so there’s less foot traffic and in this case it’s way cooler.

I feel like when I want to really get right, running is the way to go. Meditative, a great workout, going for 3 or so miles during the week really helped to ground me during a chaotic week.

I’d say, if you can, go for a run on a trip. Find a path or just go in circles around your hotel (done that).

When you’re enjoying your gelato or desert (after lunch and dinner) it makes such a difference to feeling light and having energy.

Sometimes, if there’s a hotel gym and I’m not feeling too frisky, I’ll connect to wifi, and let myself be on my phone during an interval run. I’ll run for a few minutes, walk for a few minutes, and during the walk I can text or catch up with things that I can’t normally not being connected to wifi. It motivates me to workout (SADLY), so just moving and however you motivate yourself to do it, is key.

On Bali, I am doing a full guide for the travel guides section so that’ll have details on everything for ya. If you ever go or are thinking of going, please email me! Let’s discuss I would LOVE to help.

For packing, I used my Vietnam Packing Guide as a reference :) 

Feels good to be back with ya!

What do you guys think about one-pieces right now and working out on vacay? Do you take a break or still get a sweat in? Any tips? I know BBG girls take their plan on the go, which is something I’ve also been thinking of doing!

Let me know! Now off to Whole Foods (need to DETOX, salad bar salad is major KEY $7 for a super filling salad ya’ll)

All my love,

Krista

Manifesting your dream job + spiritual musings with gorgeous moon mama ERICA KMIEC

Hi guys!

Happy you're here. Hope the week is going well. Anything happening? How's life?

I am so excited to share one of my babes with you. Someone that is currently working her dream job, who is super spiritual, creative, beautiful and full of insights. Whenever we hang, I leave with so many things to google and ways I can more deeply connect with myself, love myself or basically live a better life. 

Real quick, Erica works at Energy Muse (who I did a post with previously) and works with MAJOR influencers and brands as their marketing outreach manager. She's chatting daily with the likes of Fashion Lush, The Balanced Blonde, Sakara Life and other leading ladies in the space. She's also super knowledgeable about the horoscopes, crystals, self-care, self-love and beauty. I mean, she's truly a model in every sense of the word. She's tall, thin, unique, always tan (she's half Mexican) has the longest lashes you've ever seen (naturally) and truly takes your breath away!

I love her because she's the best listener. Have you ever spoken to someone and just felt...heard? It's like that with Erica. 

So this interview is SO GOOD to share her beauty secrets and tricks, to learn how to manifest your dream job, how to use crystals, some of her favorites, and some of the positives and negatives of being in the social media space.

You guys actually may remember my interview with Erica and Ryan from SOLO (She Only Lives Once) blog a while back. She's there too!

So, here we are! My interview with Erica!


Tell us a little about who you are what you do?

Well, I'm Erica and I'm a Maaarketing Outreach Manager at Energy Muse, a crystal healing & crystal healing jewelry company in Torrance (come check us out!).

My role here is to collaborate with brands, influencers and events that align with our mission in order to help Energy Muse grow and spread some soulful energy along the way! :)

When I'm not in the office, you can find me meditating, running, journaling, wine tasting, studying my natal chart, reading spiritual self-love books, grabbing a spoonful of peanut butter and enjoying every precious moment in life with friends, family, my fiancé & pup, @bundleofbo.
 

Can you tell us about the journey that brought you to your dream job at Energy Muse? 


How much time do we have? Haha! I'll try to simplify it as much as I can with this timeline:

January 2014 - Moved to California with my fiancé

March 2014 - Accepted a full-time position at a college marketing agency

June 2014 - Anxiety came rolling in by storm because of unhappiness & apprehension with my career…I was well on my way down a dark spiral

August 2014 - Attended a doctor’s appointment for anxiety and refused western medicine treatment because of my beliefs & values

September 2014 - Meditation practice and spiritual journey began

October 2014-September 2015 - Conducted A LOT of internal soul searching because even though I was unhappy in my career, I had no idea what I wanted to do - I maintained an open-mind, interviewed with other companies, asked for guidance, prayed, continued to meditate & just tried to live my life one beat at a time

October 2015 - Witnessed my first natal chart reading, which was a game changer & I attended my first New Moon Circle in Venice where I learned the magical powers of setting intentions surround by a circle of women

November 2015-March 2016 - With much curiosity & intuition it became more clear on what I was looking for in my next position, I planted my "dream career" seeds where ever I could and watered them with all of my spiritual tools.

I set intentions under every New Moon each month, had coffee dates with wellness leaders, asked mentors about their career paths, attended holistic events, read a bazillion self-improvement books, listened to inspirational podcasts, journaled, meditated, visualized and had pure abundant faith

March 2016 - During a mighty solar eclipse, I was let go from my role and was it ever a blessing in disguise. I wasn't courageous enough to do it myself so the universe did it for me! 

April 2016 - BAM! I landed my job at Energy Muse!

Of course there are so many other life details that occurred, but this is a great summary! :) 
 

What's amazing about what you do? 

There are so many amazing aspects, but these two parts really stand out:

  1. Connecting with like-minded souls everyday - meditation guides, astrologists, yoga teachers, reiki healers, holistic beauty experts etc. I'm so passionate about all of these wellness realms and I'm grateful that I’m able to associate myself with such individuals! Their experiences, wisdom & high vibrational energies are pure motivation for me!

  2. Learning and absorbing so much meaningful information - from my co-founders telling stories about shamans & healers they’ve encountered, to researching various spiritual practices, to my co-worker, Sara teaching me about every crystal known to man, their properties & uses. I’m a sponge just soaking everything up & loving every moment of it!

I once watched a lecture by Caroline Myss where she discusses how it's in our human nature to crave instructions & direction - we must seek out teachers & mentors because if we don't, our basic instincts will take over - meaning, we would plateau, get "comfortable" & stay there.

It's no one's fault if this ever happens to us because it's simply in our DNA, but that is why it is so important for us to SEEK out people we admire & want to learn from so they can help us reach our highest potential!

I'm so grateful to be in a position, where I'm able to do this. Sorry for the ramble, but I'm a huge advocate of this if you can't tell already! Haha! 

As I’m typing all of this out, I’m getting chills & a bit of déjà vu - In October 2015 I attended my first New Moon Circle & one of my first intentions I ever wrote was,

“I am gracefully finding myself being surrounded my like-minded, spiritual women who support one another. I am positively influenced by these women- they guide me, mentor me & inspire me as I continue down my purposeful path.”

And here I am. Crazy, right?

What's it like working in social media? Can you talk about the positives and the negatives?

Social media can be a black hole or it can be a light one!

It all comes down to the type of content you are surrounding yourself with. Being in the spiritual wellness world, Energy Muse as a brand is surrounded by content full of uplifting quotes, beautiful recipes, breathtaking travel pictures & overall positive images.

With my own personal social mediums, I try to do the same by only following handles & influencers who soulfully serve me & motivate me.

I try to stay away from a lot of influencers & brands (models, musicians, high-end brands etc.) that are big in the media because I know they easily trigger me.

Obviously, this is easier said than done & OF COURSE I get sucked into the "I wish" mode - I wish I had this, I wish I looked like that, I wish I could do that etc. - I wouldn't be human if I said otherwise! The moment I catch myself having negative thoughts or mindlessly scrolling on my phone, I acknowledge what I'm doing, let go, put my phone down & think of 3 things I love about myself or that I am grateful for. That quickly re-centers me & brings me back home.

You said it best once before! Instagram & other social outlets are highlights of everyone's BEST selfie, best travel picture, best yoga pose, best recipe, best everything & knowing that also helps keep everything into perspective. :)


 

Do you have negative self talk ever, and how do you handle it?

I acknowledge all negative self-talk - no matter how loud & crazy it sounds. In fact, I don't know about you, but I've come to notice that the more I dedicate my life to a path of spiritual awakening & enlightenment, the rowdier my ego gets, but it's okay! You know why? Because I have learned that my negative self-talk & my ego are not apart of me or my soul, not even a little. It is completely separate from my authentic self & appears just to try to shake things up a little!

I was recently thinking & I like to compare my ego to a bad telemarketer.

When she comes a knocking on my door, I acknowledge her, have a nice, polite dialogue with her about whatever it is she is trying to "sell" to me (usually in my case it's usually self-doubt & lack of confidence) then politely ask her to leave & say my goodbyes. 

Poof! Be gone girl!
 


Can you tell us what manifesting is, and what you did to manifest this dream job you have?
 

To me, manifesting is digging deep into our soul & discovering our hopes, dreams & desires and then bringing them to fruition, making them happen! 

I’d like to say manifesting my dream job was as simple as 1-2-3, but it definitely was not! It was a rollercoaster of many highs and even more lows - there was quite a bit of work that went into getting me to where I am now, but I'll try to break it down as simply as possible in these 5 steps:

1. Meditate and visualize your dream job! Be consistent and do this every morning.

2. Write New Moon intentions every month. Be specific!

What is it exactly you want in your position? What are your co-workers like? How do you feel at work? What are you doing on a day-to day basis?

3. Connect with women who inspire you! Go on Linkedin. Research. Attend events. Make lunch dates, coffee dates, yoga dates with individuals who you admire and can learn from.

4. Surrender. Remember, you are fully taken care of and you have everything you need right now. Be grateful for that.

5. Be patient and remain present. Live moment by moment and trust that the Universe is working for you and in your favor. Let go of the outcome, dwell in the now and be in the joy.

One of my favorite quotes from ACIM states, "Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and to wait without anxiety.”

Are there any moments of magic that really stick out to you through your journey?

Ah - synchronicity!  I love it! Yes!

There has been a few moments that really stand out, but my absolute favorite moment happened a few months ago.

This past March I was unexpectedly laid off of my job.

Once that happened (and the mopeyness & sadness passed) I immediately started emailing all of the companies and POCs I've networked with over the past couple of years. 

I met the co-founders of Energy Muse at a women's networking event in Orange County about 2 years ago. I was drawn to their energy, their inspiring story & gorgeous crystals! They made such a remarkable, lasting impression on me that they were one of the first I emailed when I lost my job. The same day I emailed them, their marketing manager had put in her 2 week notice. It was absolutely meant-to-be & divine timing! 

You are so stunning! :) Let us in on some beauty secrets you swear by. 

Krista, girl, you are too sweet! 

Clean eating, sufficient sleep (I need a full 8 hours!) & staying hydrated are my number one!

I'm a big fan of saying self-love affirmations quietly to myself while I'm washing/moisturizing my face:

I nourish my skin with love, gentleness & kindness

My skin glows from the inside out

I'm grateful for my inner & outer beauty

Right now I'm using Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, Eminence (Eucalyptus Face Wash & Wild Plum Eye Cream), Poppy + Austin (Vitamin C Serum & Retinol Green Tea Cream) & La Lune Apothecary (Anti-Aging Serum & Cardamon Coffee Scrub) products.

I’m also am in LOVE with my jade roller, which I use almost daily by itself or with a serum! :)

**Get a jade roller here for cheap! I have one and LOVE it too!

I do at least 1 mask a week!

Either an activated charcoal mask, an indian clay mask or a florapy mask! I like to crystalize my my masks too depending on my mood! If I’m feeling like I need a detox, I might add some shungite or black tourmaline to my facial or if I’m feeling a little stressed out, I’ll add fluorite and amethyst.

You can read more about how I use crystals in my facials here.


What's your favorite crystal right now?

It's so hard to pick just one! My go-to favorites right now are:

Lepidolite - I love lepidolite and place it at the top of my third eye during svanasana - it calms me, soothes me + creates a deeper connection to my intuition. It also is a beauty stone of Cleopatra so it doesn't hurt to harness some of that lovely energy into my world :)

Black Tourmaline - I'm super sensitive to other people's energies so I always carry black tourmaline in my pocket/purse to ground me, protect me from energy vampires + rid my body of energy that doesn't serve me. Works like a charm!

Selenite - Selenite is my f a v o r i t e crystal! It cleanses my body of any stagnant energy, creating a fluid flow for clear, light energy + promotes soft healing. I use it during meditation, for aura cleanses + during my night time ritual. Every night when I lay down for bed, I place my selenite wand over my heart + solar plexus charka along with my lepidolite over my third eye. I sleep like a b a b y!

**I do that too, and LOVE IT!

Who are some women that inspire you?

First & foremost, my amazing madre inspires me!

She has always taught me to trust my intuition, even when I was a little girl she would consistently tell me, "Listen to your intuition. Listen to your gut. It is ALWAYS right.”

She really. really ingrained that into me & I appreciate it now more than ever! 

All of the women in my family have had such an influence on my life! My grandmas, aunts & cousins - they've shown me what it means to embrace my feminine strengths, to honor my vulnerability & that emotions are a beautiful, beautiful thing.

There is something so special about being a woman in this lifetime & there are so many incredible women doing some pretty epic things.

I am so fortunate to be in the same realm of these women & to have them apart of my life - my managers at Energy Muse, Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Natalie Kuhn, Taryn Toomey, The New Moon Circle co-founders, Danielle Beinstein and Paula Mallis, Danielle Mercurio, Rachelle Tratt, Lulu Brud, Elissa Goodman, Cassandra Bodzak, Fern Olivia, Aimee Bello, Melissa Mizer & YOU chica!

And of course there is always Marianne Williamson, Pema Chodron, Gabby Bernstein, Oprah, Karlie Kloss, Christy Turlington, Jessica Alba, Rose-Marie Swift etc.

I LOVE them all!

What are some of your favorite mantras you use to bring yourself back to light? 

I LOVE affirmations! You can catch my shouting them out loud on my way to work in my car or reciting them in the mirror in the morning :)

"I am here to bring more love, joy and light into the world."

"I radiate beauty, confidence and grace."

"I'm creating the life of my dreams, in my mind, in my world and in my heart."


During my meditations, I use Sanskrit mantras because they make me feel more connected. My go-to’s are:

Om Hakini Namaha - a mantra for activating our intuition

Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyeh Swaha - a mantra for attracting abundance into our lives

Om Shanti – a mantra for wishing peace for all

Ishvara Pranidhana - a mantra for having blind faith that we are exactly where we need to be
 

What are you excited about right now? 

I feel as though my soul is super charged right now!

I’m very excited about my future in general. I don’t know exactly what it may bring (although I am working on a special project, launch date TBD!), but my intuition tells me it's spectacular & I cannot wait to watch it unravel & see what this beautiful universe has in store for me!

To be a little more specific, I'd have to say my wedding!

Goodness, that is approaching quickly! I’ll be a Mrs. in February 2017, which I am over-the-moon about! And as you can imagine I will certainly be mixing some crystals in here & there :)

P.S. If there are any bride-to-be’s out there interested in using crystals, please contact me! I’ve used them for de-stressing, bridal shower activities, gifts, relationship rituals etc.
 

Where can people connect with you and learn more :) 

I love connecting with people!

Whether you’re spiritually curious, a crystal junkie, want to learn more about intention setting, manifesting your dream job or just want to chat - I’m all yours!

You can find me at ericarachelk@gmail.com & my IG is @ericarachelk - I have a blog with a friend, Ry, but our site is currently getting a little revamp! 


Okay so using those mantras ASAP, reading up on some of those amazing babes...theres so many good exercises here I just LOVE how much she shared. I am so thankful for her insight and guidance :)

Okay lots to discuss, manifesting your dream job, social media and working in that industry, affirmations, trusting your intuition. What do you think? What did you connect with?  Let me know so I can bring more to you!

Loving this, and you!!!

xoxo

Krista

Be a better blogger (tips and tricks) + Fringe feels in this Tobi number

Oh hi! How was the weekend? What did you do? Anything fun?

I had the perfect mix of friends, being productive and actually had some alone time (GASP).

I also volunteered at this event Sunday and I heard some stories that literally had me in tears. Full details on that to come! I also recorded a lot for The Almost 30 Podcast and let me tell you, I was laughing so much at some points. If you haven't listened, you must! 

But for now, writing about blogging today! The crazy world of BLOGGING!

So many bloggers, so many blogs so little time.

I think the one question I get, EVERY single day about blogging, is,

"So how do you make money then?"

Not everything in life needs to make you money. Ya know? 

But it does make me money (as with other bloggers) and ya gotta love people for being curious! 

So, it's affiliate links, sponsorships and other weird ways. As an example and this is a serious LOL, I work with a company in Japan to give them fashion videos weekly. I record things I've bought and am interested in, and they pay me enough to cover my rent each month. It's truly a GIFT. 

I know people that do social media freelancing, photography, styling, editing, and writing guest posts to also make an income. There are so many ways! Of course, they all take time, but that's part of the job.

Stuff like that. Through being in the world of blogging, marketing and social media now I've learned some things from people way smarter than me.

Blogging tips and tricks. In the most random order, EVER. I've written some really helpful things that I've learned growing Hundred Blog for the past 1+ years. 


Tips for bloggers: 

First, if you have a blog and are looking to make money through brand sponsorship's. I think that having calls with brands, is so KEY. 

I have been suggesting that instead of doing everything via email, that I hop on the phone with a brand and speak with them. I make sure to ask:

  • What are their goals for this year from a marketing perspective?
  • Who is their ideal audience?
  • How can I best partner with them?

This allows me to really connect with them and to chat in much more detail about what I can do for THEIR BRAND not just for me. I did this last week with a brand I use and love, and now we are working together on another full post, Instagram takeover, and giveaway for 10 of my readers. Without treating this company like a client, I wouldn't have gotten so much out of this partnership!

For brands that don't pay, I ask them to post my photo on their Instagram (which can have hundreds of thousands of followers). This gives me visibility, and promotes my brand, in a way that works really well for me and makes it worth it! 

If you love a brand, and they don't have 'budget' (even though most do!) I think it's good to start that relationship, so them value 10x and get your foot in the door to lead to a paid sponsorship later.

Pinterest

I made my pinterest business account so I can see which pins do well and which don't. This allows me to understand which articles or photos are best, and what I should do more of. This is totally free to do! My best performing pin? The one with Justin :) 'Tips on Living with your Boo'

I also made my Instagram account a business account so I can now gather analytics. 

Looking at the numbers or 'insights' on instagram can helpful for anyone really. It' tells you what posts did the best so you can post at better times, and see which posts your followers like!

Add your blog pages to 'Stumbleupon' to get traction and readers that way. it's helpful to share your content with people who may not read it, It's simple, you can do it here

Make your media kit a page on your blog, so you can keep it up to date with your statistics.

I have mine here, and it's password protected. I share this with brands that I am talking to. It allows me to stay up to date (to the week) with my numbers (vs. a PDF may be hard to keep current).

Also, everything else is digital. Why wouldn't this be?

Shoot with different photographers.

I love my girl Danika, but I also learn a lot when I shoot with different photographers. I learn about timing, light, composition of photos, and the varying perspective really helps my content. 

Avoid multitasking! I feel like I try to do that, and it just takes me longer to get what I need to get done, done. Try to focus your time, using something like a time cube, so you can accomplish what you've set out to do. 

Learn to say no to things that don't vibe with you. Lately I've really changed my opinion on being gifted stuff, and really don't accept anything free anymore that I don't love already. It makes me feel obligated to post or write about the product, and if I'm not obsessed with it, I don't want to feel like I have to share with you (and be dishonest!)

Snapchat and Instagram Stories: Do them both, and mix it up. For me, I plan to do sponsored stuff on Instagram stories (because my audience is bigger) and then keep my snapchat personal and more real. 

Take time off: If you need it, give it to yourself so you can come back more creative, focused and still in love with blogging. 

Utilize these apps that I wrote about in a previous post. 

Share updates that are personal and authentic. I've found that the more true I am to myself. The more people connect with me. 

When working with brands, numbers are important, but if you’re able to show a brand why you’re valuable to them, they will want to work with you. This all comes down to how well you can package yourself while being honest. The best partnerships are as much about organic integration and unique content creation as they are about sales.

GMAIL has Canned Responses for things, and they are a game changer for your emails. Read about conquering your inbox here

Save photos for Instagram in a specific folder so you can access them when you need content. 


Shop this look:

Black Tobi Fringe Dress (size down it felt big on me! I usually wear an M but this was really big)

Nasty Gal Strappy Heels

My Willows Shades

Turquoise Necklace (I usually just get these simple necklaces from Etsy! Super cheap too!)

Gold Midi Rings

Dior Lip Addict Maximizer


Oh, and if you're thinking about starting your own blog? Let me know! I'd love to chat with you and brand strategize. 

Also, DO IT! Don't be afraid and trust that there will be people out there that support and LOVE what you do. 

For me, my blog is the blog that I want to see in the world. My podcast (Almost 30) is the Podcast that I want to hear. That's it! 

OKAY YOUR TURN! 

What are some tips? What have I missed? We should share!

Have the best week! Loving you!

xoxo

Krista

 

Keeping it SPICY with Red HOT Date Night Dresses

Damn, sometimes you just need a date night.

Even if it's with your friends, I feel like we all have too many cute dresses to eat at Bareburger every time we go out to dinner.

That could just be me? HA.

Justin and I's date nights are straight up fast casual 99% of the time.

In and out in, about 30 minutes. Rule #1, not talking when the food comes.

So to keep it spicy, sometimes you just need that date night attire to be HOT FIRE.

Especially when you've been dating a while, Justin now sees me most days, with a bun on my head in lesbian button down tops and sneakers, or sweaty workout clothes.

Zero to a hundred, and date night is a hundred.

Also I just got back from Bali and it's so important that we spend some QT together and I'm SHOWERED. Doing a full recap on Bali and guide this weekend! 

This dress is on sale, from Free People, it's super sexy and flattering though. I usually don't go for body-con dresses, but I don't know, this one's comfortable.

It's definitely a bit 'boobie' though, so your going to be hanging out or exposed, but sometimes you just gotta live. When I go out to dinner just Justin and I, is when I like to wear boob tops.

Otherwise, I cover up all day, because I don't like walking down the street seeing dads check out my rack.

Ya feel me?

It's so important to get dressed up feel sexy and make the shift with your partner, like to both get ready for each other and treat each other like you're dating again, even if the dinner lasts 45 minutes before you want to get back in your sweatpants. 

I feel like when I get busy, Justin gets the least amount of my time and attention, like I'll just plan to see him at night, or in the morning (since we live together) and I'd like to change that.

I also think since he's my dude for life, that I have time with him (just in the future!)

Anyone else feel me?



Shop hot FIRE date night dresses:

Shop hot girl shoes:



Other date night essentials:


Besides possibly some spanx is there anything I missed?

Keeping in mind I usually wear these dresses when I am feeling GOOD and we are doing a nice dinner where I am not SO tempted to be eating my face off.

The FP dress though, fire right?

Let me know your favorites! Any advice for keeping it spicy? LMK :)

More Bali updates later, too!

ALSO PSA The new ALMOST 30 Episode is out and it's SO GOOD. LMK what you think?!

Also email me to be on it!!

Lahving you,

Krista

The deets on OIL PULLING (aka how to get super white teeth)

Oh hello you! Sharing from Bali! A few more days left here, staying at the AYANA Resort and it's basically the nicest place I've ever been, I feel like I'm on another planet TBH.

How are you? How was the weekend? So crazy it's fall now right? Loving the season change!

I wanted to share today's post with ya!

More weird shit y’all. Weird shit that WORKS.

You may have heard of coconut oil for moisturizing your hair and body, for fat loss or even for cooking. It's got properties that make it good to add to your diet and beauty routine.

Oh and The Skinny Confidential cites it as the best lube - LOL. Yes, Lube. 

Is talking about coconut oil dead?

MAYBE. But if you don't know about this - you should because it's so cheap, so easy and a natural way to improve your health.

It's the best way to whiten your teeth, improve gum and oral health and make your breath super fresh. It's how I keep my teeth super white, without using white strips (which hurt my teeth!) 

Oil pulling.


So, what is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an old trick to clean your mouth, remove the germs and clean yourself. Part of Ayurvedic medicine. Taking 20 minutes in the morning, you oil ‘pull’ the germs from your mouth with coconut oil each day before you eat or drink anything else.

Vogue says,

For those unfamiliar with the Ayurvedic practice—which has been credited as a potential cure-all for everything from headaches and allergies to hormone imbalances and acne in recent months—it involves swishing a high quality food-grade oil in your mouth (sesame, olive, or coconut, for example) for twenty minutes, then spitting it out. The ancient cleansing method is meant to eliminate bacteria and microorganisms and, along the way, purportedly detoxifying the body’s lymph nodes, glands, and even skin by default.

So, Vogue is in on this. Let's get to it.


How to do it:

Make sure to do it in the morning, before you've eaten or drank anything, you can also do it before each meal to further increase your dental and oral health.

It's best described via some of the detail from wellness mama,

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. 
  3. Spit oil into the trash can.  Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! The oil may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!
  4. Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better. I swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth. Some sources recommend swishing with warm salt water.
  5. Brush your teeth well.

Positive Benefits:

Helps reduce overall oral health: The lipids in oil reduce the adhesion of bacteria to the teeth and gums.

Relieves bad breath: Reduces plaque to support the health and gums. 

Some sources claim that cavities have also been shown to be reduced by up to 50% in people who practice oil pulling.

Whitens teeth, naturally.

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I wouldn’t have shared this if I didn’t think it worked. Honestly. But oil pulling WORKS. I don’t do it for the full 20 minutes (who has twenty minutes?) but about 5-8 minutes before I eat breakfast or do anything else and I notice an immediate glean of my teeth.

I don’t use white stripes anymore, and I love this as the way to keep my teeth white, naturally.

Listed benefits beyond dental health?

Many holistic practitioners cite other benefits of oil pulling. It is believed that oil pulling stimulates the lymphatic system and aids in the transport of toxins away from vital organs. The reported benefits of oil pulling include:

  1. Clear skin
  2. Beter digestion
  3. WEIGHT LOSS
  4. Promotes normal sleep patterns
  5. Helps kidney and liver function

What you need and where to get it:

I seriously love natural, easy, cheap ways to keep you pretty/healthy/fit. This one, is one of those!

Here I have Trader Joes photographed because I always pick it up from the store and it's super easy. 

You can shop the best coconut oils below:

Another one of the best brands for coconut oil is The Skinny Co. Coconut Cil which is a SUPER high quality coconut oil.

It's unrefined, eco-friendly, and alkaline. I have been using their coconut oil for the past few weeks, either cooking, pulling or even eating at night so my metabolism stays up to burn through the evening! 

They actually have a special oil for pulling that has essential oils in it too which makes it taste AMAZING. I love love this one. Get it here.


P.S...other great uses for coconut oil:

  1. Body lotion. It makes your hands, and skin SUPER smooth.
  2. Put coconut oil in smoothies for added health benefits and smoothness.
  3. Eye makeup remover. Its also an all natural moisturizer. 
  4. For shaving. Makes your legs smooth and super affordable. 
  5. In tea or coffee. Helps fill you up for the day with healthy fats.
  6. In cooking. It's a stable and healthy alternative to olive oil. 
  7. LUBE, LOL. Via The Skinny Confidential

Actually going to go oil pull now after reading all these benefits. SUPER amped on white teeth and weight loss....(I know I'm the worst, LOL).

Have you guys tried oil pulling? Any other uses for coconut oil? Seriously it's like a MIRACLE! Super cheap, natural and you can use it for EVERYTHING!

Crazy!

Keep me posted - I love chatting with you in the comments.

xo

Krista 

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BALI VIBES: My mini-itinerary + what I packed

Hi friends!

Surprise, LOL, I am in Bali for the next week or so, basically trying to absorb, chill, learn and just soak it in as much as I can.

Thus far I did a little detox with my phone, to give myself two days to really just be here, and it’s been amazing.

Highly recommend that. It was freeing, to be honest! It's always gonna be there when you return :) 

Lately I've been feeling like I'm not being supportive enough or like spending enough time liking or commenting on my friends/blogger babes posts. So hard to keep up, and I always want to feel like I'm doing enough for others that do for me....

But I can manage that, I think. Let me know if ya feel me?

I did however, want to share the itinerary with you for what I’m up to for the next week or so!

Especially if you wanted to do Bali or have recommendations for me!

I’ll be snapchatting @hundredblog the good stuff and posting the highlights on Instagram @hundredblogla :)

The first two days were chilling, adjusting and getting my bearings. I also did some meditating, beaching and planning for the week since I hadn’t done much research.

Wanna hear something? I love tours on vacations, LOL.

How MOM AM I? 

I know it's sort of lame, but I feel like i get so much more out of it when someones telling me what I am doing or what I am looking at.

Also, you learn things. I am a more 'cultural active vacationer' than 'chill' vacationer. 
Like I keep my schedule TIGHT and I know everything I'm doing when I go.

HA.

What kind of vacationer are you!?


Otherwise what's happening:

Monday: Arrive, Kuta Beach and dinner at the W Semiyak

Tuesday: Beach Day at Le Pirate (CUTEST EVER!) stay here, it's amazing

Wednesday: Kintamani Tour of local Temples, Dinner at Merah Putih

Thursday: Eastern Bali Mystic Tour, which involves trying local drinks and meeting the local people, Dinner at Sea Circus

Friday: Breakfast at The Spicy Coconut, which has the best acai bowls EVER, Prana Spa for a 3 hour SLIMMING Treatment, Beach for the afternoon

Saturday: Oleh-Oleh Tour which is an evening show from the local people, dancing and drinks

Sunday: Beach morning, Monkey Sanctuary visit and Motel Mexicana for dinner

Monday: Snorkeling, boating in Padang Bai 

Tuesday: Beach in the morning, Lunch at Sea Circus (AGAIN) and airport to travel home


Where I’m staying:

We’re in Kuta which is the middle of the island, on the west side. It’s supposedly the most populous area, and close to beaches, shopping and nightlife. I am wondering if we should have stayed in the North part of Bali, but we'll see :) 

We'll be at a few different spots, like the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak and Peppers Seminyak, all around Seminyak and Kuta. We did one night at Le Pirate which is s'cute.

I am so excited to share what I’m doing through the week mostly on socials and do a full recap with pictures when I’m home. Also all the feels of the culture. 


What I packed:


I packed really light this trip and made sure that I had a range of light breezy fabrics for the week.  Sunscreen is a major must and making sure to bring beach gear is key! It’s all tropical, but as always I wear things that have a bit of an edge so I have that in there as well. Unfortunately, a few of my brand collabs will have to wait to share until when I'm back because my packages didn't come (noooo!!)))

But I'm really excited :)

Super brief but I wanted to keep in touch with you! Let me know if you have any suggestions for a sister or what’s happening with you! LDW recap PLEASE!

All my love,
Krista

VIDEO! I got my food delivered for a MONTH (review and is it worth it?)

Greetings babes!

Sharing from BALI this week, but I had to get a post up for ya! I'll be sharing updates on that trip soon. 

But I had to write about this because, for a while I have been thinking about getting food delivery. 

Like, food straight to my door. Healthy meals that I can eat through the week, that I don't need to think about. 

For me, I've said it before, I just don't cook. I don't enjoy it, and I don't find it relaxing, and I'm always too hungry to wait for it to cook, and just find that other people make food SO much better than I do. 

Like I could never make a delicious bowl that I get from Cafe Gratitude. Who has nori on deck at their house? (Not me!)

Sigh. Maybe someday when I have a baller kitchen!

So always having to think about what to eat, what to make, when to get it, and then on top of that thinking that it needs to be healthy, vegan and fairly affordable.

BAH.

Overwhelm.

I will use any trick I can to make things streamlined. I am so busy (I know, I know, it's an epidemic and we are ALL so busy) but if i can make anything easier, and healthier for me, it's a win-win.

So I decided to check out Thistle.co which is based in SF. and promises vegan meal delivery at $138 a week.

If you didn't know I was vegan, I wrote about it here.


What's included in your delivery:

3 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

3 Dinners

3 Large juices

These are all fully prepared packaged meals.


You can also add a snack, a small juice, a latte, and cold brew coffee.

The whole sha-bang!

They have a vegan menu and an animal protein menu.

The vegan one is a bit cheaper, and honestly is SO filling. 


Some example menu items:

Tantalizing Thai Curry Tofu Scramble

Mango, Roasted Cauliflower and Curried Chickpea Bowl

Summer Heatwave Salad

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Green Broccoli Bowl w/ Creamy Avocado Dressing


Full review is on the video above! Let me know if you have any questions below, and I'll be happy to answer them!

Guys I also have to honestly say, with Thistle, my orders got messed up, a whole BUNCH of times. I would say about 60% of my orders either got delivered to the wrong place, or were wrong....I think they are just starting and getting things going. They were always super on top of helping me out and rectifying the situation, I got credits and everything but I need to be transparent about it!

I would still recommend it, but also explore other options and places, I think I really enjoyed the overall experience of food delivery in general. 



Have you guys tried any food deliveries? Or how do you cook each week and prepare delicious meals? Let me know! Would love to chat about this with you!

Have the best week!

xoxo
Krista

WELP HERE GOES NOTHING: The Almost 30 Podcast (!!)

Oh my goodness guys.

I never thought this day would come. 

Can I be super excited about something for a second? 

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So you know i am a huge podcast fanatic, and listen to about 5 hours of podcasts a day. NO JOKE. During my run, when I am walking anywhere, when I am working or driving, it's ON.

I talked about my favorite episodes, and favorite podcasts here.

I also interviewed The Lady Gang a while back (LOVE THEM!) and really have been interested in the medium (is that what you'd call it?) for a while.


Why podcasting:

Because as much as I love the blog, I love the emotion and flow of speaking, and feel like this is connecting with readers, not in front of a screen. 

I know how much we are in front of screens on the daily and to be able to have a conversation with you via the podcast is pretty much the best thing ever. I've always said I want to TALK to people, or have people really know me aside from photos or what I write. The podcast is that.

Also a podcast removes the visual aspect of it, where you get to know the real me and my real personality.

How I talk, the cadence of my speech and what I really think about topics we discuss.

It's also perfect that I'm doing this with Lindsey.

A true inspiration in my life, and SO MANY others lives through SoulCycle (she literally is a fitness queen in L.A.) fit modeling, acting, whatever. She's the perfect ying to my yang. Thoughtful, aware, funny and just on the same page as me with shit.

She brings good life advice, good career advice, fitness/health advice, and she's single. So her insight on dating and love is unique to mine. 

Which is so key! 

I've written about Lindsey here, and featured an article that she did on what she eats in a day. She's a funny chick, and makes all the difference in this podcast. It's nice have two perspectives on every question or conversation. 

So a bit more about the podcast and process in this post!


Behind the scenes:

We've been working on this for about 6 months now, idea sharing, recording, deleting, practicing, basically everything with trial and error.

Finding what works and what feels right and going for it.

We also created the website (I did all the backend and design) and then had photo shoots for our branding, created a Facebook page, found a sound engineer, figured out how to actually get a podcast on iTunes. 

We also have our Instagram we created!

It's been a process for sure!

Oh and working in our schedules when to record had us up on weekends at 7 A.M. 

It's definitely not easy, but we'll talk about our launch in one of our mini-sodes which we'll be sharing weekly, and are shorter episodes to answer questions from you.

But if you have any about the process, let a girl know! I got you!


What The Almost 30 Podcast is about:

Being authentic and real. As much as I am on the blog, and then some. Being able to speak exactly the truth that I want, has been amazing.

We're about figuring this crazy part of life together. Dating, career, friends, health...we talk about everything that we actually talk about IRL.

Honestly, you're twenties and thirties are UNDERRATED challenging.

Like our tagline says, it's when shit gets real. 

Seriously!
You choose your life partner, you choose your career, you choose where to live. Your priorities change so much from 20 to 30, and you are a different person at the end of it.

I feel like, no one ever talks about this time, and how many choices we have. So we want to explore that. 


The format:

For most episodes we follow a format, but sometimes we have guests on, and sometimes we'll do mini episodes where we just answer a question. Trying to keep it spicy!

Hundred/Not Hundred: SO ME RIGHT? Hehe - this is our highs and lows of the week, what we loved and what we hated. What's hundred, and what's not hundred. 

Shit that stuck: This is the deep part of the podcast where we talk about things that inspire us, and make us excited. It's the 'shit that stuck' with us for the week that we want to share with you. 

20s Us 30s Us: This is a hilarious look on what we were doing in our twenties, to what we want or what we're scared of in our 30s. 

Most importantly, we answer question from our listeners (you!) 


Where you come in:

I'd love to have you join the podcast, and ask a question that we should answer about ANYTHING. Nothings too crazy, or specific or too small. We've talked about dieting, periods, boyfriends, career...anything under the sun.

You can submit your question here on The Almost 30 Podcast website under the 'ask me anything' section.

Also if you know anyone, or are someone that would be a great guest on the show, let us know! Just like my interviews, I am always on the lookout for badass individuals to share their story! 

Last, if you could help a sister out and subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes, you will make my LIFE. 

Having people subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes really helps get on New and Noteworthy on iTunes, which is MAJOR and a  huge goal of ours! Just to help spread the word and get this little thing off the ground!

Here is the link, and tell ya friends: I would be so grateful!



Um okay, so I want to know so much from you.

Podcasts, are we into them? What would YOU want to hear about listening to a podcast? Wanna be on? Let us know or submit a question using the forum!

Always thanks for being supportive, loving, thoughtful and open with all the stuff that i do. You guys are the best, and if I can support ya in anyway, let me know! (Also make sure to link your blog post here!)

Happily,

Krista xo

How to get super soft, young, bright, clear skin through exfoliation

We're talking easy cheap ways to stay soft and sexy y'all.

Today, I've got another easy thing that you can do that helps you feel and look your best. 
 

Exfoliating!

I will say that is one thing I'll say, I lotion and lather the F up at all times. Justin calls it 'slime' but after my shower, I seriously have so much lotion on my body it's visible for hours after.

I think because when I was little I had eczema and my skin was so dry I'd like bleed, I just really go into moisturizing. That's gross right? K. LOL.

For real though, exfoliating helps you stay youthful, feel better, and our skin is our largest organ. It's important to love it! 

A major key (DJ Khaled reference) to staying soft and supple is exfoliating.

Getting rid of all the dead skin, or dead whatever that lingers on your body. 

I feel like I've been exfoliating regularly lately and it's really just helped to clear my skin, and weirdly, to improve circulation on my body. Especially after a long day and workout, it's nice to just scrub and move everything around. I think too, that this sort of massage helps to reduce cellulite. 

If you use your exfoliant with a dry brush (MAJOR KEY) this is a added bonus and helps to improve circulation, and decrease cellulite.

Shape Magazine says,

Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.

As for detoxifying, dry brushing is similar to massage. The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated. 

Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.


Benefits of exfoliating:

  • Removes dead skin cells from skin, which helps keep pores from clogging

  • Leaves the skin feeling SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN!

  • Reduces acne and blackheads through the cleaning of your pores (ew dude LOL)

  • Makes pores appear smaller

  • Speeds up the skin renewal process allowing smoother, healthier skin cells to take their place

  • Helps with fine lines and wrinkles

  • Helps with discoloration of skin

Also one of the major keys is that by exfoliating helps you to clear off dead skin for a better fake tan.

FOR REAL. By having soft smooth skin you provide a great base for the self tanner to absorb and look natural, not streaky or stripe-y. 

Been there, HA.

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My favorite self-tanners:


Best body scrubs:

I really LOVE LOVE the Laura Mercier body scrub because it smells INSANE.

It's the only thing Justin has commented about smelling good on me, ever.

So it's worth it, and I'll mix it with my cheaper Trader Joe's Body Scrub or Homemade Body Scrub sometimes to make it last.

Pictured I am using Raw Sugar Living Body Scrub which is really great, organic products and super affordable. Love this brand!


Recipe for a homemade body scrub via wellness mama:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil

1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil 

1 tsp real vanilla extract

Mix it all together, and keep in a container in the shower! Use 1/2 cup when you want to scrub. This one will be a brown sugar almond scent, and if you want to a different scent, use a different type of extract of essential oil! 


Do you guys make your own scrubs or exfoliate regularly? I think I needed the reminder, that it's so easy and cheap and you look and feel so much better!

There's also this really good DIY recipe via Elle Magazine that has Coffee in it that I love too!

Keep me posted - what are your favorites?! 

Chat soon,

xoxo
Krista

Diet, wellness tips + an amazing recipe! My interview with the beautiful Daniela Kende

Hello loves! 

Today on The Hundred Blog I have this amazing lady. A glowing and angelic babe who knows so much about health, wellness, dieting and nutritious eating.

I am so excited for you to read this interview and get this AMAZING recipe for her energy balls.

I discovered the gorgeous Daniela at an event for Ethona a few weeks ago.

She talked to us about her recipes, her business and a bit about the importance of super-foods.

I was super impressed with her calm demeanor, fun attitude (and after eating 7 of the energy balls) I had to know MORE.

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Really quick on this energy balls (of which I have a recipe here!) she brought 4 AMAZING flavors. Each was as incredible as the last.

So delicious, I tried them all, TWICE. 

These things are filling, easy to make, and packed with superfoods. 

It's such an easy, delicious way to eat well. 

I'll have anything that she's having TBH.

You know I love a girl that's doing good for herself, and her body and sharing that with others!

Daniela has a youtube where she makes delicious plant based recipes too.

How gorgeous is this girl? Truly! Dark hair, and dimples!? I mean, jackpot!

Let's get to it! The lovely Daniela with amazing advice, tips, info and the best recipe for energy balls!


Tell us a little more about who you are, what you do:

I am a Holistic Nutrition Coach and the founder of Color Me Complete, LLC. I help busy professionals learn how to tune into their bodies and make more nourishing & intuitive food and lifestyle choices so that they can create real and lasting energy to feel their best at home and on-the-go.

What got you into holistic health coaching?

I was fortunate to grow up in a home where living a healthy lifestyle was a core value of my parents.

My father is a former Olympic swimmer and my mom can cook up a plant-based feast for a crowd at the drop of a hat thanks to her Italian roots.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University, so when I learned about Holistic Health Coaching I found it to be the perfect marriage between nutrition & psychology – my two favorite things! I love keeping up to date with the latest nutrition findings while also having the opportunity to connect with my clients in a deeper, more meaningful way on a regular basis.

What’s different about your approach?

I believe that we each have the capacity to be highly intuitive when it comes to observing our bodies’ unique needs.

For many of us, however, our intuition has been drowned out by food addictions and the latest diet craze. I take an investigative approach with my clients’ diets and routines in order to help them identify food sensitivities and toxic triggers that are holding them back from optimal health.

I like to tweak one thing at a time and pay attention to the impact it has on how he or she feels. When we feel the impact and understand why, we are much more likely to make and stick with the necessary changes!

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet, everyone I have worked with has benefitted from reducing processed foods and moving towards a 75% plant-based diet. I love helping my clients shift from counting calories to counting colors (colors from plants, not gummy bears!) once and for all.

What’s the biggest challenge you see people have with their health?

Constant judgment and self-punishment around what they eat each day, and getting stuck in the “binge-cleanse-binge” cycle.

Trying to make changes through willpower alone – instead of digging deeper to understand why the craving is there in the first place – never ends well. Our body is incredibly intelligent and only wants the best for us, which is why I believe that lasting health begins with compassionately deconstructing cravings and getting reacquainted with what our body actually wants and needs.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to lose weight what would it be?

Call me :) 

Have a bit of patience and A LOT of self-love. Chronically elevated stress hormones interfere with everything in our bodies (especially fat storage and weight loss mechanisms), so improved stress management is a major part of any weight loss plan I put together for my clients.

A few do-it-now practical tips: Minimize added sugar (don’t eat anything with more than 10g of sugar on the label), and stay away from diet foods and drinks!

Whether or not you have weight to lose, the best thing you can do today is to remove artificial sweeteners and chemical additives from your diet.


What’s the biggest mistake you see people making in regards to their diet and eating?

Falling for low calorie diet “food” that is full of artificial ingredients.

It’s like getting seduced by the cute guy who has an miserable track record for how he treats women, but expecting a different result. That relationship will never end well!

Can you share with us some of the links to your favorite recipes?

Yes!

I recently started a “Saucy Sunday” YouTube series with how-to videos and of my favorite homemade salad dressings and dips. I recommend making a big batch of at least one dressing each Sunday so that it’s ready-to-go for lunches and more throughout your week. In the summertime, I love tossing my Creamy Avocado and Mint Pesto with raw zucchini noodles and cherry tomatoes. It makes the perfect crowd-pleasing summer dish, and is super filling thanks to avocado, peas, and nuts in the recipe!

I also love my Eggplant Super Sandwich, which is one of the first recipes I ever shared! It uses thick-cut eggplant as the “bread”, which keeps the sandwich light and savory.  


Favorite superfood?

I love accessible everyday superfoods like lemons, kale, blueberries, and raw apple cider vinegar.

If you’re feeling fancy, try spirulina, moringa, camu camu, and adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs. They’re the current stars in my smoothie basket.

You look great! Have you always looked so fit?

Aw gee, thanks! Yes and no.

Whenever I stray from my mostly clean eating routine, I’ll quickly notice my body changing. Both in outward appearance and how I feel internally. I will break out, get headaches, joint pain, bloating, and have wayy less energy than when I am eating really well.

I eat a very clean diet at least 80% of the time, but feel strongly about maintaining a degree of freedom and flexibility with food (especially while traveling) so that eating remains enjoyable!


What foods do you make sure to eat almost everyday?

I can’t go without lemons and leafy greens! 

I start almost every day with a Color Me Complete superfood smoothie.

My smoothie formula is one of the first things I share with my clients, as it has such a dramatic impact on energy levels and is an easy way to get more greens into breakfast than most people get in an entire day.

I also have at least one salad-based meal a day. I love a large salad filled with as many veggies as I have on hand + a lean protein (I’ve been really enjoying wild sardines lately) and a beauty fat like avocado, nuts or seeds. I grew up vegetarian, so beans and legumes have also always been a go-to food group for me. Nothing beats a cozy lentil soup in the winter!


What are some of your favorite foods to recommend to your clients?

Inflammation is a huge (pun intended) problem for so many people, so I love recommending herbs and foods that are naturally anti-inflammatory. Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger are my favs, and are a great addition to a morning smoothie.

Best food for workout recovery?

Mighty Bites!

They are my homemade superfood and protein-packed energy balls that provide the perfect post-workout recovery fuel.

I make a few different varieties that each provide unique essential health benefits.

Right now I’m really into Sunflower Lemon Zest Bites! They are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, provide complete protein from hemp seeds, and beauty fats from coconut oil, cashew butter, and more.

When I don’t have Mighty Bites on hand (they don’t last very long in our house!), I go for a simple plant protein powder and almond milk shake with a tablespoon of chia seeds stirred in.

Blend a ½ or whole banana in after particularly sweaty workouts to replenish glycogen stores.


Recipe for Lemon Zest Mighty Bites:

Yield: About 20 Mighty Bites

Ingredients:

¾ cup pitted dates

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

½ cup shelled hemp seeds + ¼ cup set aside for coating

¼ cup raw sesame seeds + ¼ cup set aside for coating

⅓ cup raw cashew butter

Zest of 2 small lemons (~2 tablespoons)

Juice of ½ lemon (~1 tablespoon)

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ teaspoon powdered ginger

½ teaspoon sea sal

Instructions:

1. In your food processor, pulse together all ingredients except for the additional hemp and sesame seeds that you've set aside. Pulse until well combined.

3. Now take the sesame and hemp seeds that you set aside and arrange them in a thin layer on a flat plate

4. Using your hands and a small spoon, form your batter into bite-sized balls and roll each in the seeds to coat.

7. Transfer finished Mighty Bites to a flat tupperware and store in the fridg

TIP: Double or triple the recipe and store extras in the freezer!

Enjoy before or after a workout or anytime you need a healthy pick-me-up!

Nutrition Facts

Per Mighty Bite (approx):

Calories 129

Fat 10g

(Saturated 3g, Monounsaturated 2g, Polyunsaturated 4g)

Sodium 45g

Potassium 151 mg

Total Carb 7g

(Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 3g)

Protein 4g


Best food for breakfast?

A power green smoothie, or paleo pancakes made with coconut flour and flax meal.

Homemade pancakes were a Sunday staple after church growing up, so I will always have a love for pancakes. I’ve just modified the recipe to reduce the carb induced post-brunch energy crash! I love Dr. Mark Hyman’s Blueberry Walnut Pancake recipe.

Where can people connect with you?

My website: www.colormecomplete.com

Or on Instagram or Facebook: @colormecomplete


SO good right?

These energy balls are SO INCREDIBLE. I have been making them for the past two weeks and freezing them to keep on hand. It's a good little breakfast, desert or snack and they are SO DELICIOUS.

I also really love what Daniela talks about when she talks about dieting. More so relating it to the whole situation going on, your personal life and emotional health than just what you are eating!

There are such good recipes on her website, and I have been loving the YouTube channel to see new recipes for things like salad dressings.

Definitely check her website!

Let me know if you make the energy balls, and what you think of this interview.

Do you like seeing stuff related to health and fitness? It is my serious obsession, so let me know!

You da best.

xo,

Krista

 

 

Life changing morning rituals (+ my fav jumpsuit from TUC + WES & CAT WALLET! from Octer)

Hi you!

How are ya? How was the weekend? Let me know what you did and if there's anything noteworthy, hehe. I had a good one, was on another level productive, got a car (which is so adult it hurts) and then did some work. Prepping for Bali in a week! WHAT! 

But anyways! To you, to this post. On MORNINGS!

Guys I am a MORNING PERSON.

What are you? Morning? Night?

Not a person? Alien?

Hehe.

I love mornings so much. That time when you have all to yourself. To just start your day and get ahead before all the chaos ensues - is truly everything to me. I am a 'bed early, up early' person all DAY. As I get older and older, it's just my thing. 

I do truly believe however that some people are night owls. They stay up, creative juices flowing and need that extra sleep in the AM since they were working away while the morning people snoozed. Justin is a night owl, but I am slowly transforming him.

How you morning, says a LOT about you. It says a lot about your priorities, honestly. 

Think about it. 

What's the first thing you do? Reach for your cell phone? Answer emails or check Instagram? That's your priority then. During those first moments of the day, that's what you're doing (for better or worse! I'm guilty!)

Or, you could get out of bed, stretch, drink hot water with lemon.... Move the body and start slowly and respectfully. 

It could be a morning with an alarm, or if you're retired, you may not have an alarm (JK but if you don't have an alarm tell me your secrets).

What I mean, is that, depending on you, there is a right and a wrong way to wake up.

Waking up sets the tone for your day, and physically it can really help you to wake up mindfully. 



Shop the post:

TUC + WES Jumpsuit (This has sold out - but similar can be found here!) 


Morning rituals to try:

Have a glass of warm lemon water: This has been said to ease digestion, and through the aryuvdeic tradition, is the best way to wake your body up and ease yourself into the day.

Meditate: I can't say it enough. It has changes the game for me. it's changed my life in the most drastic way, and has made me more present, more aware, and has decreased my anxiety. When I meditate in the morning, I feel like I have a better handle on the 'day', I don't feel like it happens and I am out of control, I feel more in control of it. You can read my tips to meditate here.

Scrape your tongue: This is another ancient tradition, but it's said to remove bacteria from your tongue to keep you from getting sick. For some reason, it just makes me feel clean! You can get the one I use here.

Stretch: I love a good quick stretch in the morning. Just a few seconds, to stand up straight, get the blood flowing, it's an easy way to wake your body up.

Journal: I go in and out with journaling, but if I do my gratitude journal, to write down what I am thankful for (just 3 things) I find that my life unfolds in such a beautiful way. Gauging your feelings is so important. I've had situations where I look back on my feelings in a journal, and it has helped direct me to the right decision in the present moment because I will have noticed a theme. My favorite journal ever is here.

Electronics on ice: Keep the phone away while you start your day. When you look at your phone immediately, you trigger the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to higher stress levels, and with cortisol, higher amounts of belly fat. I find that if I wait for an hour before I look at my phone I feel much more prepared for the day.

Writing down a list: What do you want to accomplish today? Write it down and it's so much more likely to happen.

Green drink: I wrote about the Chef V green drink, and I really feel better when I have green juice in the morning. It gives your body so many micronutrients, and sets you up for success.  You can shop the Chef V Green Drink (with a 55% discount here!)

Having a 'moment': Just having a second to yourself, to be present. Where are you, where are you going, what is your purpose? I sometimes just put my hand over my heart to feel my heart beat and give thanks for my health, my home, my purpose.

WATER: Having water is so key in the morning. It starts your metabolism. flushes your system and helps to hydrate you after 7+ hours without water. I find that when I drink water in the morning, I also want to eat less throughout the day.


Keep it EASY: I LOVE this little key card holder that I got via Octer, by Charlotte Olympia.

How cute is the little kitty on it? LOVE.

I use this basically everyday in lieu of a full wallet and I feel like it's so much easier to carry with my phone.

Also P.S., what's different about Octer is that it's a unique marketplace of the biggest UK stores. So things that we wouldn't normally find at our U.S. based spots (like Nordstrom, Bloomies, etc) we can find here. They have everything from cell phones covers to running shoes, and instantly compare brands to show you the best matches; so you always get the lowest price and can discover products from stores, that I definitely wouldn't normally think of.

Like this cat wallet! Would have never thought of it - but found it on Octer, on the Farfetch website which is basically Net-a-porter esque and amazing.


Anything I missed? What do you do in the morning? 

I think for me, meditation, water and not looking at my phone are truly key. The phone thing, is hard but I just think that whatever needs to be done can wait, and creating that boundary is important. 

The others, I sort of go in and out of doing, but if I took an hour each day for me, just to do this, I think my world would completely change. 

Definitely something to consider!

Okay let me know yours! Anything you really think makes a difference? Let me know! Also link your blog posts this week so I can read! 

Chat soon!

xoxo
Krista

What kind of person are you? The 4 tendencies (+ this easy dress from LMN&MNT)

Yoooo!

Good thought provoking discussion and a dress that I wear out but also chilling at the house - like everyday. It's that soft.

I like to share stuff that's interesting AND share some clothing. I feel weird writing like, Hey! OMG busy week, work ya know!?! Blah blah here is this outfit!

Feels.....not me. But, anyway. To the post!

People love categorizing themselves.

Either with Myers Briggs, or as a astrological sign. People love finding ways to further understand themselves and their identity. It's related to the self. 

'Oh! Tell me more about me!'

Saying all of the above because I truly love that shit. ALL OF IT. Tell me who I am! 

So, I found such a good, new way to think about what kind of person you are and how you act based on that. 

For me, this really helped to understand my relationship with my decision making process and weirdly, eating. 

It's from Gretchen Rubin, who wrote, The Happiness Project. She also has a podcast that I listen to occasionally. It's good! There are definite episodes that I really like.

In a nutshell, under this scheme, people fall into one of four categories.

Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, Obliger.

This all depends on how you respond to external rules and internal rules.

So under this concept, you fall into one of these areas, and live your life accordingly.

You can take the quiz to see which one of these you are! 


Upholders wake up and think, “What’s on the schedule and the to-do list for today?” 

They’re very motivated by execution, getting things accomplished. They really don’t like making mistakes, getting blamed,  or failing to follow through (including doing so to themselves).

Questioners wake up and think, “What needs to get done today?” 

They’re very motivated by seeing good reasons for a particular course of action. They really don’t like spending time and effort on activities they don’t agree with.

Rebels wake up and think, “What do I want to do today?” 

They’re very motivated by a sense of freedom, of self-determination. (I used to think that Rebels were energizing by flouting rules, but I now I suspect that that’s a by-product of their desire to determine their own course of action. Though they do seem to enjoy flouting rules.) They really don’t like being told what to do.

Obligers wake up and think, “What must I do today?

They’re very motivated by accountability. They really don’t like being reprimanded or letting others down.


Understanding this is important, because if you want to motivate yourself (or someone else) to do something, it’s key to know how a person will consider and act upon that request or order!

SO WHAT AM I? Well, I am a damn rebel.

But I am also a questioner. Sounds like a super delightful combination, right? LOL. Stubborn and on my own shit, that's for sure.

It's true. I don't know what it is but my motivations are based on some ten year old me that wants to do my own thing, live my own life and is motivated by resisting expectations that people have. So for example, this one thing (this is really personal ha) but my wonderful mother had specific expectations on me related to my weight so sometimes those rear their head, and I rebel, aka eat my face off. Do things that I know don't serve me in that space. 

But that's a longer post/conversation.


What I'm wearing in this post:

Dress from LMN&MNT

This brand is super cute - it's festival style, easy breezy and I love how the fabric feels. Super affordable too! Mine is Ella Coachella, and I love how it fits, because it's a line so it goes out around the waist but hits the right spots around the top.

Sunglasses

Lip Color

Midi Rings

Crystal Necklace via Shop Girl Party

Shop Girl Party is a super cute store in California that has unique curated goods you can find online. There customer service is amazing and I love their street style vibe. I also got my Quay Shades that I LOVE, there too! 

I've also written about crystals and crystal jewelry here and here.


I LOVED this, and it's just fun. Something light and easy! Which one are you? Do you know anyone that you work with that is a specific one? This may help to understand how they work!

Let me know, let's discuss! I've been thinking about which categories people I know fall into as well, and it's so fun, HA!

Chat soon! 

xo

Krista

P.S. Link your posts this week so I can read them! I love catching up with ya.

 

Cheers bish! The Lazy Girls Margarita (+ a giveaway for you!)

Hi you!!

Super excited for a Suja post for you today. This one is a giveaway of SO MANY juices - that you can use for alcoholic beverages or a drank in the A.M. 

I got my large Suja box in the mail last week and it's like, Christmas. A rainbow of colors, so many flavors, and so many different additions, Suja is a FAVORITE.

So this post is really exciting because it's a cocktail recipe, and a giveaway! An opportunity for you to win a full case of Suja Juices! 



What's nice about Suja Juices is that you can seriously mix the juice with any alcohol of your choice to mix it up, give it a boost of nutrients and still taste ah-mazing.

I am the laziest human, and respect so much when people make things or cook their meals, but for some reason I am just not there.

I need grab and go, I need two ingredient recipes, I need SIMPLE.

So.

I made a little cocktail recipe for the girl that still wants to get tipsy, and also likes to enjoy her healthy beverages. Super easy and simple,  the Suja Juice is the real star here!


Lazy Girls Margarita:

1 shot of tequila OR

1 shot of mezcal

1 cup of Mango Magic Suja Juice

Seltzer Water to give it some bubble, to taste

 Truly, this juice is so good you don't need much else! It has so many flavors, and is such a creamy texture. If you want, you could also make it a Popsicle or a frozen drink using the same recipe, just freeze it, or blend with ice.


Details on the Mango Magic Juice:

Mango Magic is a luscious and creamy mango smoothie that takes you to a tropical isle with warm breezes.

Mango Magic contains apple, mango, orange, pineapple, banana and ginger.

  • 10.5oz, 12oz
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Kosher certified
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free
  • No added sweeteners

Other favorites from Suja:

For alcoholic beverages:

Berry Goodness

Cucumber Chill

Lavenade

When I'm feeling healthy:

Classic Green Supreme

Classic Twelve Essentials

Classic Master Cleanse

When I want something sweet:

Sweet Beats

Berry Nana

Carrot Crush


The Giveaway!

Winners will receive 20 Suja Juices! 

To enter, all you have to do is:

Like this photo on instagram

Follow @lovesuja, @annie_spano, @pepperedinstyle, @hundredblogLA AND @courtneybentleyfitness.

Tag 3-5 friends that you wouldn’t mind a fridge full of Suja!

Contest will be open until 8/17 12AM EST and winners will be announced Thursday 8/18 after 8pm EST with details on how to claim their prize. #scsujacocktails #itsthejuice #stylecollective


Shop cute stuff for your favorite beverages:



I am so excited about this giveaway guys. Seriously to win all of these drinks is a dream. They'll last you forever, and you can enjoy them when you want to be healthy OR when you want to party hehe.

Make sure to check out the other babes recipes too, I am sure they are INCREDIBLE and possibly way better than mine, HA.

Tell me your favorites! What other cocktails could I make with this? Would love to know what you think!

Oh and P.S. Good LUCK on the GIVEAWAY!

xoxo

Krista

How to truly LIVE each day of your life: Interview with fulfillment coach and teacher, Jenna Starkey

Oh you! So glad you're here. 

How's the week? How was your weekend? I don't think I asked on Monday...

I was in Chicago for one of the best weddings ever.

Cassidy and Kory - two amazing and loving humans who brought the heat! With such a unique, fun and gorgeous way to celebrate their true love. I had the best time riding SOLO because Justin was in L.A. staying back for work. (BORING!) But he was missed.

ANYWAY. What did you do? Let me know!

Guys I have a really good serious of posts coming related to badass females. FOR REAL. I've always loved people that do their thing, boldly and passionately live their live and truly work each day to fulfill their lifes' mission and as a bonus help others find theirs.

I’m passionate about working to help people realize their potential and to connect with life in a stripped-down, meaningful way. Capitalizing on strengths and solving problems with a human-centered, creative approach is a recipe that fuels my most meaningful work, allowing me to give my best self to others.
— Jenna Starkey

As fate would have it - I was introduced to Jenna Starkey through the grapevine, and was SO IMPRESSED with this life she has built, as a fulfillment coach, who runs her own classes and workshops called 'Light it up' events. In Jenna's words:

"Light up events" were inspired by my love for collaborative discovery through activities focused on wellness and intellectual growth. I host workshops and activities in personal development, including topics like Enneagrams, Energy Healing, Design Thinking, Improv, and Life Coaching.

What I love about who she is, and what she does is that she works to help others, and has found something she is not only good at - but also passionate about, and she's followed that dream! 

Let's get to it.

Interview with the fabulous, badass female Jenna Starkey!


Tell us a little bit about you, who you are, and what you do

My name is Jenna Starkey and I am a fulfillment coach who supports people (mostly millennials) to start really living every day of their lives.

I work mostly with dreamers who are moving through life with a twinkle in their eye, not quite sure if their dreams are worth taking seriously. My work focuses on helping them realign with what makes their hearts sing so they can go big for what they want.

I grew up in Berkeley and currently live in my dream neighborhood, North Beach in San Francisco. It's where my parents met when they were exactly the age I am now, 27. I'm also endlessly captivated and enchanted by music. I believe it's the barometer of the soul, and has a way of communicating beyond what words can. 

Can you tell us what a fulfillment coach is?

"Fulfillment" coaching is a term that comes from the Coaches Training Institute, where I received my certification. It's a model of coaching I gravitated towards naturally and have found completely transformational in my own life. It's about having clients let go of preconceived rules and limitations in order to step into creating a life that's centered in what truly brings them alive. 

Can you tell us about how you got to the place you are today?

Did you always know you wanted to coach people or were there events that led you to pursue this career? 

I always knew I wanted to help people live meaningful and happy lives. I’ve always been enamored by how others see the world. My mom introduced to do a personality system called the Enneagram when I was about 11, and I became enthralled by the way the tool helped people articulate their view on the world. That way of understanding people is still my greatest passion.

My coaching journey really began a few years ago when I enrolled in a five week "Passion Program" to help me kick-start a passion project. I sat down that first day like a gitty school girl, knowing something huge was about to happen.

During the final presentation, I declared that I would be quitting my job at the end of the school year to start pursuing my love for personal development. Without a job in site or a plan ahead, I started networking my ass off to figure out what a career in "personal development" would look like. I met with people every single day and starting drawing connections between the people I felt aligned with. A dear friend introduced me to a classmate who was in the middle of her Coaching Credential at CTI and insisted I step in as a sample client. Within the first hour of the session, a light bulb went off, and in that instant I knew coaching was that “thing” I had been looking for all along.

Three months later, I enrolled at CTI and started doing whatever I could to pave a new path for myself.

Both my parents were horrified to learn that I was quitting my very stable Director position.

My mother hardly spoke to me for months because she was so scared. It was a very big risk indeed, and they were concerned. This experience with my parents was one of the most transformational periods in my life, because for the first time ever I was profoundly disconnected from my parents. I call what happened during those months, my time of "individuating" from my comfort zone.

I was finally trusting myself in a profound way, despite what the outside world was telling me.


Are there any defining moments in your life that made you as passionate about working with people to help them realize their potential?

There wasn't one defining moment, but there was a lifetime of arrows pointing in that direction. 

As a child, I always mixed up my words. I had a tendency to say the wrong thing. My most embarrassing moments as a child all had to do with miscommunication. I never felt like I could express myself in a way that made me truly feel seen, heard and validated. I always said the wrong thing in school plays, acting classes, presentations. To me it felt like I was the center of endless jokes and it crushed me.

When I got to college, my instinct landed me in a prestigious journalism school. Something in my gut told me that I needed to master communication. I wanted to be an expert at getting my message across, and I wanted to articulate what it was that other people were seeing and saying too. I didn't want to fall short when it came to expressing what needed to be expressed. I wanted my ideas to have merit.

In college, I started to realize that what I loved so much about effective communication was its ability to give people a voice. I was in awe of how saying something honest to an understanding friend gave people freedom to step into their full power. And I noticed that transmission all around me: in writing, music, storytelling, singing and sharing a good hug. Realizing potential in oneself all boiled down to connection and communication. 

I wanted to free others and support their full potential; to help people communicate openly so that they could be seen, heard and appreciated in the ways my inner child so desperately wanted to be. 

In order to be a coach, I would imagine that you have a very thorough understanding of yourself, so you can help others to navigate their lives, have you always been so self assured and confident?

Some people think I've always been confident because I am naturally spontaneous and carefree, but that's not the case. Growing up I was painfully aware of what others thought of me. I was paralyzed by fear to speak in public all through high school and college. Only recently have I been able to let myself fully be seen up on stage.

Feeling judgement has always been a painfully real struggle for me.

When I'm completely confident, I can let my family and friends grimace with embarrassment at whatever I'm doing. And that is no small task! When I say something silly or make a strange decision, confidence is about trusting myself no matter what those close to me think. That's my endless quest, in trusting my process and knowing I'm loved, despite the experiences other people have of me.


What would you say the biggest thing keeping people from realizing their full potential today is?

Letting the voices in our head dictate our life, and forgetting that we really, truly get to create our life in every single moment

What advice would you give to someone who wants to find true fulfillment in life?

Recognize that fulfillment comes from the quality of our attention. 

Embrace the preciousness of impermanence. 

Take the time to slow down and notice what your intuition is telling you. 

Take care of yourself the way you would a wide-eyed, innocent child. 

Marinate in the fact that you are enough the way you are right now. 

Don't wait for tomorrow to enjoy today. 
 


What do you think is the biggest mistake people make today related to achieving their dreams?

They wait for tomorrow.


I'd love for you to share what "Light up events" are, which is how I came to know you!

"Light up events" were inspired by my love for collaborative discovery through activities focused on wellness and intellectual growth. 

I host workshops and activities in personal development, including topics like Enneagrams, energy healing, design thinking, and life coaching. They are my way of bringing like-minded people together to talk about the deep things in life that often don't get expressed.

In fact, these topics are often unwelcome. I wanted to give permission for people to GO THERE. 

I also love what happens when strangers and friends get together and learn new ways of being. There's this moment of epiphany that washes over people when they start to see new possibility. This is the "lighting up" I have always been after. Witnessing these moments is what gives my life purpose. 

The topics at the events are on things like energy work (my favorite) and design thinking (I actually took the design thinking course with IBM!) what other topics are on the schedule for this year and how do you pick them?

  1. Enneagram Crash Course 
  2. Design Thinking Our Lives
  3. Public Speaking Workshop (with my friend Eric Fettner of Out Educated)

These topics always find me! They manifest from conversations I have with peers, strangers, colleagues, clients and friends. Whatever burns in my belly means there's resonance, and therefore the ability to follow through. 


What is the enneagram? I've never heard of it! 


The Enneagram is a personality typing system that my mom introduced me to when I was young to help everyone in my family understand each other better (like most families, we struggled with that big time). 

The structure of the system is based around nine personality types with elements rooted in traditional teachings such as the Seven Deadly Sins and the Kaballah. In essence, each of the types is defined by a distinct motivation based around what has evolved to be nine basic vices/virtues.

I always find a way back to the Enneagram because of its dynamic nature.

Some may disagree with me, but I believe it doesn't put people in boxes.

The Enneagram recognizes that we are all connected, and just have default modes that propel our lives forward. The ultimate lesson in the Enneagram is to notice our blind spots, capitalize on our strengths and ground ourselves in the gifts of the other types which all live inside of us.

What's challenging for you in your work?

Staying the course of building a business.

My enthusiasm and curiosity can have their way with me if I don't create the right structure for myself. This means I have to lock in productive work dates with accountability buddies and find tools and systems that work for me. I've learned that I can be just as focused and productive as anyone else as long as I am willing to support myself through an iterative design. 

What's the greatest thing about what you do?

Being witness to what makes people’s lives sparkle above and below the surface.

Coaching is deeply rewarding for me because it’s my way of healing the world. My dad is a neurologist and my mom a nurse, so I feel connected to looking at coaching as a way to heal. For me it’s about working towards a full mental, physical and spiritual health.

I feel in complete flow by working towards this every day.

Who have been some of your mentors or biggest influences?

There are so many! Here are a few that jump out...

Annie Nogg, my own personal coach and CTI mentor. She has single handedly changed my life. I love her.

Anniemarie Estess, founder of 8count and 20rock, she is the reason I found coaching in the first place. She is a professional dancer, teacher and coach for millennials. I am constantly in awe of her positive energy, creativity and the overall quality of her work! I wouldn't be where I am without her. 

My dear friend Mary Kate (who introduced me to Annemarie), the most incredible, loving, funny, brilliant, living in full color human I've ever met. She has taught me how to live in my own lane in life, never give up on my dreams, and heal the world with radical love and unshakable compassion. She's also a soul-cycle instructor from San Francisco. If you want to experience her magic, take one of her classes

Believe it or not - my ex boyfriend Nick. He saw my potential when I couldn't so many years ago. I'm forever grateful for the belief he gave and continues to give me, even though we are marching down very different life paths.

Pema Chodron, the beloved author of When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times.

She taught me the meaning of the most important lesson I've ever learned, which is to appreciate "the preciousness of impermanence." 

What's your life mantra?

"Put yourself in the way of beauty." (Thank you Cheryl Strayed.)



What are you most grateful for?
 

Being aware of the jaw-dropping wonder of existence.

Where can people find and connect with you?

jennamstarkey.com  

jenna.m.starkey@gmail.com


Okay so. Wow, right?

I needed good book recommendations - BADLY, and these ones are life changers. I also love her life advice, and the things keeping people from realizing their true potential.

How true is that? I know a lot of it rings true for me personally. Hearing her journey, from corporate life as a Director, and moving towards her true passion is nothing sort of super INSPIRING. 

Man, being connected to babes like this is truly one of the best parts of having a blog. If you know anyone you'd like me to interview - let me know!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Also let me read your blog posts this week! Link them!

xoxo

Krista

 

My favorite podcast episodes ever + an outfit to kick it in

Oh hello you!

So glad you're here. What's up? How are you? 

I've been wanting to share a list of my favorite podcasts (specific episodes!) with you forever! 

I the biggest fan of podcasts. It's like, my way of multi-tasking. I listen when I do almost everything, seriously. When I clean, when I'm chilling, when I'm walking... it keeps me:

  • Up to date with the world
  • Informed of new trends and topics
  • Interested in people 
  • Interesting in conversations

I know all I know because of podcasts probably. I wrote about my favorites here!

But in this post I want to write about the episodes that really stuck with me.

Oh and did I mention I'm doing a podcast?

With my friend Lindsey Simcik, that'll be launching in the next few weeks. I just finished making the website (my fourth website I've made!) and it's called the Almost Thirty Podcast. It's about your twenties and thirties, and how it's such a interesting and pivotal time in life. We'll bring on guests, answer questions, and chat about topics like 20's us/30's us, and Hundred/Not Hundred.

But anyway, if you don't do podcasts, DO! In the car, wherever. These are 5 of my favorite episodes from the past few months.


Podcast Episodes to listen to now:

Tara Brach is my girl. She's calming, present and speaks on topics that relate to spirituality, mindfulness and joy. Once a week she'll post a really good guided meditation. If you've never meditated this is a great way to get into it. It's only 5 minutes, so I use it to come back to presence. 

I really LOVED this podcast. It was great to hear the hosts talk in detail about a creative lifestyle, and balancing your creative life with your personal life. They asked some really good questions about what you need to be happy, and I felt like it just really flowed. This would be especially good for anyone whose a blogger or creative.

Rich Roll is my dude. Always dropping knowledge and keeping me up to date with important and thoughtful topics. This one in particular hit home because it's on a topic that I know little about. The fashion industry. Here Andrew Morgan talks about 'fast fashion' and the effect that super cheap clothing has on our environment, economy and world. 

Not sure if you saw my dope interview with The LadyGang - but these babes KILL ME. I love them. Listen to all their podcasts but this one in particular made me chuckle. 

I actually felt neutral about Chelsea Handler until this episode. She is so rad, for real. She owns her life, she's honest, but she also shows this really soft raw side of her, that's loving and open. I loved hearing the contrast between her and Anna (who is super sweet!) 

For real Shaun White is HILARIOUS. I had never known his story, how he rose to fame and how he made a BUSINESS out of it. Capitalizing on his Gold Medals to build a life that outlasts those moments. This one's a good one, and super entertaining.

Keegan Michael Key of Key and Peele is a true Legend. Hilarious, warm, and charismatic, hearing him do improv on this podcast is the coolest thing. He's super creative and HILARIOUS, I was crying laughing listening to it. 


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Shop the look:

TUC + WES Green Drape Jacket (sold out, similar from BB Dakota here

Adidas Superstar Kicks (On sale here! These are my EVERYTHING)

Tan Ribbed Dress

Turquoise Gold Chain Necklace


Other outfits to kick it in:

Easy Dresses

Drape Jackets

Comfy Shoes


LOL @ eyes closed. Sometimes ya just can't get it right ya know?

But anyway, let me know which podcasts are your favorite! I am SO down to listen to what you share!

Also want to be on our podcast? Let me know! We'd love to have ya ask a question or propose something for us to discuss!

WE.NEED.YOU!

Keep me posted on the ones you love. These are SERIOUSLY so good. 

Okay, love you!

xo

Krista

I'm on a new level: How to increase energy, and get more life clarity with the Lifestream Generator

Hello guys!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I'm feeling in the flow at the moment, which is good!

I'll share some exciting news next week, but now I am getting ready to go to Chicago for one of my favorite couples wedding! Plus a photoshoot with Free People and Iron + Honey (Chicago photographer).

Free People is goals, and I definitely vibed that one out - so definitely be clear on intentions with what you want!

Okay so.

This post! So excited. We are on a new level of healing, health and spirituality today! You know that I cover everything.

Beauty treatments like cryotherapy, laser light therapy...things like crystals and meditation

It's everything that's purposeful.

Living that 'hundred life'.

(Yah, I'm a loser).

If it's something I can try that will make me feel better in any aspect of life. I'm into it.

I'll try it - and share it with you!

I told you that when I moved to California I was ready to get into some next level stuff. Kundalini yoga, is one of them and it's changed my life.

So, as fate would have it, I found Mitchell and Jade of Trancension

Transcenion, helps people find their true selves, to feel more aligned, healthier, lighter and more vibrant. They have so many different ways they work with people, but we felt like the 'Lifestream Generator' would be the best first thing.

The Lifestream Generator is REALLY new age/forward thinking Los Angeles thing that helps you to improve your life both physically, spiritually and emotionally.  

Come to L.A., say you're on that Lifestream Gen shit, and you get major spiritual/yoga community street cred.


Benefits of the Lifestream Generator:

Improved Performance

Reduced Visible Aging

Restored Mental Balance

Increased Energy

Helps with Stress Management

Increased Longevity

Sharpened Mental Clarity

Increased Intuition


From Mitchell and Jade, my angel facilitators who did my treatment:

You would use the LifeStream for a wide variety of things like; eliminating stress and anxiety, physical pain and injuries, expanding consciousness, clearing heavy emotional baggage, increasing your hyper awareness and intuition, just to name a few.

We have personally seen the LifeStream clear major blocks emotionally, mentally, energetically and physically.

One of our clients experienced a massive increase in energy after being absolutely drained all day everyday.

Another client was able to simply sit in the energy in a deep meditation and find her life purpose.

A lot of the time we see huge emotional purges even on the first session which allows for more connection with the self as well as dropping completely into the present moment.

One of our most recent clients had a Staph Infection and was in severe/chronic pain for several weeks with an abnormally swollen leg. After three sessions back to back, over 90% of the pain was gone and in the next week his cells had the energy to begin its own healing process.

Overall, the LifeStream works case by case with your intentions as well as what your body truly needs at that exact moment in time.

Details! What the Lifestream Generator is:

The Lifestream Generator uses Radiant energy waves to send a Unified Field of Energy through the body and in the process raising the cell voltage of all parts of the body thus bringing back a balance to oneself and allowing the body and mind to bring itself back into well being. Radiant Energy Technology when produced causes oneself to re-connect to the planets Earth Pulse and will naturally bring you back to balance from all surrounding exposures to energies that cause imbalances (EMF, RFI, power lines, etc.)

The benefits are nearly instantaneous. Your body and mind will relax within minutes and will proceed to eliminate your stress centers of the imbalances that cause the body to store or hold these harmful imbalances.

The LifeStream is most effective when the energy is directed into the body through a hands on energy transference.

From my perspective, it's a big white light energy generator.

Almost like a battery, that recharges your cells and breaks blockages in your energetic field. If you think about all the things that might dampen your energy (stress, pollution, junk food...) this would help to recharge you up!

Also, you know muscle fascia?

How it holds your muscle and body together? It's almost like a netting, and the Lifestream Generator, breaks down the energetic blockages in your body.

I felt like my muscles were SO RELIEVED after, and my shoulders have never been so relaxed.


What is the process like:

An initial session begins with you sitting in the energy for 10-15 minutes to experience it and then we direct the energy into you, which opens your energy meridian system.

The energy is directed into you via your healer, in my case Mitchell, touching the electric generator and then touching spots on your body where there is tension like your shoulders or neck. It's an electric current so it travels from the healer to you, and ends in you.

Then every session after that, you get to have 30 minutes of the energy directed into the body to help remove all the blocks that aren’t serving you anymore. All you have to do is stand on a marble grounding plate and receive!

Here’s a link of what a session looks like with Mitchell and Jade:

https://youtu.be/_AzAA5_app8

What I felt:

There's a lot of digging deep, getting into meditation and preparing for the session. It's definitely intense, and you're going go really think about things could be holding you back from your biggest dreams. You'll discover or reveal any limiting beliefs you have. 

The whole process, is like being shocked and having the entire bit of your muscle fascia release. It's almost like you feel all the muscle and connective bits being released. 

it's hard to explain, but it's like you have this pulse of energy going over your whole shoulder, face and arm area. Waking up all senses and connections, you can FEEL the blockages removed and all the energy going through making connections and releasing tension.

It's seriously unlike anything I've ever done before.

Ever. Physically so radical (in the truest sense of the word!) 

I feel physically like there was a tension release, and spiritually, since my session I feel clarity.

So cool right? I will be doing sessions once a quarter to continue to see the progress and change. It's one of those things where, it feels right!

The cost varies at each location where you could do it, but via Transcension it's $80 a session, and you can buy packages.

Since I know a lot of my readers aren't in L.A. to do the Lifestream Generator, there's still something you can do from home to make a positive impact on your life or well being today.

Via Mitchell and Jade,

Stop everything you’re doing, get in a comfortable position and literally take 2 minutes to yourself.

Close your eyes and take three deep breaths in.

Notice any tension and with every release of the breath, visualize the tension flowing out of you.

Set a positive intention for how you’d like your day to go and with every cell in your body see that intention happening!

Be sure to use an “I AM” and “I NOW” statement so you declare it in the present moment.

Avoid using the word “want.” Wanting just means that you don’t have it yet and you're in a state of lack.

It's most important that you feel with every cell in your body what it'll be like when everything you desire is here NOW!

Ex: You're not at your dream job. “I NOW have my dream job at…”

Or if you’re going on a date later tonight. “I am so grateful for an amazing connection on this date”.


Shop this look:

Super beach-y, soft and something I don't mind getting wet or ruined. I'm wearing this Jumpsuit from Shein in size Medium. 

Floral Flutter Sleeve Playsuit

Vegan Suede Choker from Nasty Gal

Ray Ban Round Shades

Free People Riley Layered Boho


Where to connect to learn more:

If any of this resonated with you and you’re interested in rapid personal growth and manifesting a new paradigm, we’d love to gift you with a 30 minute Transcension Call to help you start deconstructing old paradigms and awaken the power within you to heal and create!

Link to book Call: https://calendly.com/transcension

Website: TranscensionNow.com

Phone:    310.986.4785

Email:     jm@transcensionnow.com


Guys I feel like this was a wild ride, we went deep and this is pretty different so let me know what questions you have or if you've heard of it.

I swear it's going to be the next big thing in the upcoming years as technology advances and people explore new modes of healing.

I love it and definitely noticed a shift because of it - Mitchell and Jade are amazing people so if you're in L.A. make sure to connect. 

This was a big one! Any questions? Ask me! Also is there anything you do to enhance performance, or feel more connected? Or any cool beauty/fitness treatments I should also try? Let me know!

Now off to Chicago!

Love you!

xo
Krista

Blog updates and the apps I use + babe feels in this Tobi dress

Oh hi!

How are ya guys? How was the weekend?

Summer is FLYING. We resigned our lease at our apartment - YAY. I got to work on some things, and hung with friends. For the most part, laid low. I leave for Chicago on Wednesday so preppin' until then!

So, I wouild love to use this post as a conversation starter because I feel like I learn the most from you.

I've wanted to talk in general about blogging. 

Some of the changes I've made to my blog and some apps I've used that are really helping me lately. 

This will cover helpful tips, apps, and just some updates on my end. I would LOVE to hear what you're doing differently or what you're noticing in the industry or blogging community. I want this to be helpful, but also a conversation between us :) 

First tho. I want to share this off the shoulder black dress from Tobi, because it's the BOMB. I mean, these pictures though? My girl Danika really killed this shoot.

It's super soft, you can dress it up and down, and it's becoming a go-to. I can wear it to the beach as a cover-up or out at night.

Or, by a door for a photoshoot - hehe.



Thoughts on social/blogging right now:

In general I do notice how 'crowded; the space is. Everyone and their mom has a blog.

Which if you think about it, is cool. I love that people are getting more comfortable expressing themselves, and I always remember (when people try to point out competition) that what makes each blog different is the person that's creating it. YOU are the differentiator.

I've been meeting with new bloggers on a coaching basis, and it's been really nice to discuss brand strategy and the creation of their vision. I have a goal in the future to create a coaching service or business that helps babes launch their business or blog of their dreams.

The common theme I've noticed here, is that we're all creative beings with something to express and it's becoming less of a stigma to do a blog overall. 


For Hundred Blog:

I have removed ads that I was using via Google AdSense. I don't think the amount I made from the ads was worth the look aesthetically.

For monetizing I'd rather stick to sponsorships and affiliate links. I noticed on the blogs I really loved, it was super clean and really focused on them, which I liked.



For Instagram, I've been struggling with keeping it authentic, keeping it real and to keep it looking aesthetically pleasing.

Anyone else with me here?

I want to post photos sometimes but the quality is meh, and I think when you make your Instagram more your brand you move away from personal posts. Which is interesting. I really loved what Jordan of The Balanced Blonde wrote on this here.

Right now I am seeing my blog as my way to share or a creative outlet I want. I don't want to compromise my posts and share a brand that I don't vibe with. Yes it's going to make me money, and I definitely work for that, but forcing it to be something before it's ready isn't the best thing to do.

I'd rather do, few sponsored posts, that are with brands I really love, and start a genuine lasting partnership with brands I'm into.

Like, SoulCycle for example. A brand I LOVE, and a partnership that makes actual sense. 

I'm struggling right now, actually with this because I made a commitment to a brand that I loved. But when I did more research on the product, and unfortunately, they animal parts, that I'm not cool with. 

But it's a struggle bloggers have, and as you become more conscious it gets more challenging to find brands that fully align with what's good (for you and the planet).

More updates on that later.



To the good-good. Apps I use:

  • UNUM: is my FAVORITE app for putting my Instagram together before I post. It allows you to add photos so you can see your 'squares' together. It's helped me to create a MUCH more cohesive Instagram. I love it - and it's free.
  • Followers App:This app allows you to see who has unfollowed you or who isn't following you back. I don't use it THAT often, but I do check once a week what's happening with my followers count.
  • Aviary: For photo editing, I use it to brighten up my pictures and increase the vibrance.
  • Evernote: Where I put all my ideas and all the craziness when I think about things I want to do!
  • Calendars Plus: A good calendar app to use - there are so many but this one is nice!
  • WhenToGram: Helps you analyze when to post that amazing gram of your back on top of the hike you did this weekend (hehe GUILTY)
  • Buffer: Buffer lets you schedule out your posts for across the board. This really helps if your swamped for time!
  • LaterGram: Let's you schedule out your Instagrams. So key for making sure to be consistent. Being consistent with my Instagram is definitely what got me into the thousands of followers, and now about 12k.
  • Hundred Blog: I mean DUH. I need to rep for my app! I definitely use it to browse hehe.

What's next:

Adding Emoticode to my snaps so that I can link products that way. This allows you to shop snaps via Shopstyle, and it's being used by some of the big bloggers like Gal Meets Glam and Fashion Lush.

More meeting with brands and other bloggers in person. This is really everything. It's the best way to meet people who have a common interest to you, and there's nothing better than meeting new friends. I've LOVED getting to know people in this community, it inspires me everyday.

Cleaning up my travel guides. I mean some of those have some whack photos in there! I want to make this page much more attractive. 

Getting a virtual assistant to help with things. If you know anyone that does social media and has VA experience - holler at ya girl!

More giveaways and things that I can do with readers. I LOVE doing giveaways, it's free product for you and I want to give you guys as much as the good stuff as much as possible.

Anything I missed? If ya have feedback I'm all ears!


Now your turn. What do you have going on blogging wise? I'd love to see and hear what you're doing as you evolve. I know we're all at different places in blogging, but it's always good to hear tips and tricks from each other!

I'd also LOVE if you shared your favorite apps. Any that I missed? 

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Let me know, I love chatting with you!

Off to the week. Exciting news to share with you soon too! August will be a good one.

xoxo

Krista

Interview with Kristen Caires: Celebrity Host and People TV Correspondent

Hi babes!

If you don't know her already. You are in for a TREAT. I want you to meet a babe who is BADASS. 

I'm trying to think how to describe her, because it's going to sound annoying for me to say she's a perfect human. 

But she is. 

Truly. I've known Kristen since Freshman year of College (sorority sisters what what!) and since that time she's been kind, warm, generous, intelligent and funny as hell.

This girl seriously says some shit that'll make you bust out laughing - then think about it again for days.

I remember in college at like sorority chapter, I would be chilling in my True Religion jeans with my blonde bangs just sipping a 600 calorie smoothie wondering what Kristen would want to do with her life. 

It's been fascinating that, I think she always knew she wanted to get into Television (secretly knew it in her gut!) and here she is now. 

Following her dreams and stuff.

THE BEST :)

Okay, let me introduce you to this tall, leggy blonde, babe, whose now a People Television Correspondent, running red carpets at the Oscars, working for People as a TV Host an Correspondent.

She's working side by side with major celebrities, and being her charismatic self all along the way. Sometimes I'll scroll my Facebook and it's like Kristen just moving up the ranks doing the damn THANG.

 

So, let's get to it. My interview with Kristen Caires. 


Hi I'm Kristen Caires, an Entertainment Correspondent for PEOPLE Magazine in New York City and a superfan of Krista and The Hundred Blog.


How did you become an entertainment and lifestyle TV correspondent? Can you talk about your journey?

Well, it definitely didn’t happen overnight!

When I was a little girl, I used to set up my Little Tikes furniture in my bedroom and interview my stuffed animals. I’d pour them mugs of apple juice and use my hairbrush as a microphone. However, despite being a reporter at heart since I was in diapers, I stupidly took the “safe” route and decided to major in business in college. After graduation, I got a job and an apartment and tried to adjust big-girl life - I was content, but knew I wasn’t doing what I was put here to do.

So, I listened to that little voice in my head and decided to make some moves. I signed up for hosting classes in New York City and started building my reel, which at first consisted of either mediocre footage from unpaid jobs or my Mom filming me making up news stories. I learned how to edit footage and saved my pennies to buy a camera, mic, tripod and green screen. I signed up for all of the casting sites in New York and compulsively applied to all hosting gigs several times a day. I got head shots taken, stalked, sorry I mean “networked” with established hosts online, read hosting books by Tim Tialdo and Marki Costello and watched countless hours of Oprah (definitely the most enjoyable part of my self-training.)

After several years, and many “no’s” from producers, casting directors and agencies – I landed my first full time job at People hosting an entertainment news series called, “People Scoop” - and the rest is history!


What's a typical day in the life?
 


A day in my life starts by waking up with two really cute dudes next to me - my adorably perfect 11-year-old Cavalier King Charles, Cody and my fiancee, Trey. After lots of coffee, I head downtown to PEOPLE’s studio.

The morning consists of hair, makeup and getting up to speed on breaking news stories – These can range from Kim Kardashian posted another nude selfie, to there’s a llama loose in Brooklyn, to more serious human interest/crime stories.

I work with my team to write scripts and produce videos throughout the day. The workday is sometimes followed by covering an event, either a red carpet, fundraising gala, book launch etc. 

To prepare, I'll research the people attending, come up with questions and primp some more so I feel like I semi-fit in with all the fabulous folk. Once the night wraps, I head home to report on what went down at the event and spend some much needed quality time with my boys.
 

What's the biggest misconception about being on TV?


That it's easy.

Some people think that hosts and correspondents are just talking heads reading a teleprompter (and some are!) but many also research, write and produce their own content.

The on-air aspect is only a small part of the day!
 

What's the hardest thing about your job?

Asking personal questions. The transition between what they're working on and what our audience really wants to know is always a little tricky: "So your film looks great, tell me about it...Oh, great! Now who are you dating?"

What's the best thing about your job?
 

Free stuff! 

Jessica Alba gave me a bag with like 50 different lotions and potions and candles and things from The Honest Company. I don't think I'll ever need to buy shampoo and conditioner again.


Embarrassing moment or story when meeting a celebrity?

Ugh. 

Well this was thankfully not at a work event. I had a major crush on Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights. Because God has a sense of humor, I saw him at a bar after having 2 very strong drinks and decided to go introduce myself. 

My opening line was, "Hi, I think I have pink eye but I still came out tonight". It was also my closing line and he quickly drew away from me.


Most surprisingly cool celebrity you've ever met? 


Tom Hanks is quite possibly the nicest human being on the planet. The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard and Jane The Virgin's Gina Rodriguez are also just effortlessly genuine, good people (with really good skin.)
 

What's the most star struck you've ever been?
 

I saw Oprah at a Broadway show. I'm sure Kinky Boots is a great performance, but the entire time I was in a trance staring at Oprah while she sang and clapped and danced in her seat.
 As she walked by, I tried to smell her hair.

She's been my idol since I was tiny - I was the only fourth grader who insisted on being home by 4PM to watch The Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Beauty secret you've learned during hours in hair and makeup?


Use sunscreen and moisturize a lot or your foundation and powder will look cake-y and flakey and YUCK.

Also Spencer Barnes taught me to dab a bit of gold eye shadow onto your cupids bow to make your top lip look bigger. Another artist told me if my powder eye shadow isn't showing up, to put some lotion on your eyelid to use as a primer and suddenly the color pops big time.

What's something you can't live without?

My eyelash curler, Blistex and peppermint tea.

Favorite thing to ask people during an interview?

I'm getting married in a few months so I've asked every woman who has gotten married recently what they would have done differently. The resounding answer is to spend less time worrying and have fun (I'll try!)
 

What are you currently excited about?

My wedding!

I am getting married to a super hunk on New Years Eve.

I am also looking forward to guest co-hosting our live show PEOPLE Now in a few weeks and shooting the Bachelorette segment on PEOPLE.com called "Pop Culture Pie" with author Jennifer Wiener who is freaking hilarious!

Life dream?

WHOA! We are getting deep here!

I'd say my life dream is to fulfill my purpose and to, by the time I peace out, have made this weird world we live in, a better happier place.

Where can people see or connect with you?
 

Follow along!

Instagram: @kristencaires

Twitter: @kristencaires

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristencairesTV/

Website: www.kristencaires.com


Guys you definitely need to get to know this girl. FUNNY, witty, confident and kind - she is truly going someone to watch or aspire to be, hehe.

I always love sharing interviews with badass babes. She's the best right?

Also being a TV host and People Correspondent is the dream right? I definitely have had moments where I am like, hmmmm, celebrity interviewer? OKAY.

Love this, and love with you! Can't wait to read your thoughts. Questions for her, let us know!

xoxo

Krista

KEY for post workout recovery AND getting a leaner, tighter bod

Hiiii!

Happy you're here!

How are you guys? How was your weekend?

Summer is flying by, no? Living in L.A. I feel like I have no idea what season it is. Sort of weird, like groundhogs day, HA. But, can't complain.

I cleaned SO MUCH yesterday, I got rid of lots of random things (I had like 40 sparklers in my desk drawer?????) I also did some home shopping on Urban Outfitters - OBSESSED. It's so Malibu, boho chic. 

If you want me to show you what I got, let me know!

So on another, very Monday type of note, let's talk fitness.

Recently, I've been really upping the workouts.

Somedays I'll do a yoga class and strength class. I've got SoulCycle regularly with Lindsey, and then I try to run once or twice a week (so boring for me lately. If you run, what's your secret to stay interested?)

It's SO NICE that now in L.A. I have babes that I can workout with regularly. 

But.

If I'm completely honest, since I moved to L.A. I've put on some weight that's just bugging me man. I'm trying everything, and I want to write a full post on that topic, but I'm doing what I can in the workout space to try and get this shit off ME. 

Everyone is different, and I know what's a good place for my body and weight, and I'm just not there. In pictures, I take 1 of 400 that looks good - so don't let that fool you! HA.

I've talked about my workouts and eating here and here, but I have something new to share with you that I am obsessed with.

I always want to share stuff that works for me, that could also be helpful for ya.

This isn't sponsored or anything :)

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's).

Not sure what they are? 

Branched chain amino acids, or BCAAs, can be taken during or after a workout to help improve exercise performance and endurance in addition to potentially aiding in muscle recovery. 

BCAAs go directly to the muscles for fueling, building and repairing after a workout. 

Science says,

"Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refer to three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA supplementation, for people with low dietary protein intake, can promote muscle protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time. It can also be used to prevent fatigue in novice athletes."

I realized how freaking sore I was yesterday, and it was because I had ran out of the BCAA's that I have been taking regularly.

For me it has been confirmed time and again how much of a difference BCAA's make in my fitness game.

I've noticed I have:

Less muscle soreness

More lean muscle tone

Increased natural energy (no cracked out jitters)


I've been taking them for about 6 months now, and really feel like I can workout longer, and more often without a necessary recover day or two in between. Plus, it's all natural, without any stimulates or weird ingredients that your body won't recognize.

For real. 

I LOVE that it's affordable, gives me a little boost of energy, helps decrease body fat and lets me workout longer and harder.

Enough said, right? Basically, say 'fat loss' and I'm yours.

(Seriously though if there are vitamins or supplements that say 'weight loss' there's a 99% chance I'm buying it).

Bodybuilding.com says,

New studies have shown that dieting groups supplementing with BCAAs (like leucine) increase muscle retention and maximize fat loss much more effectively than non-supplemented groups. That’s the bottom line, my friends: more muscle mass retained, and a greater percentage of lost body fat.

The major benefits of BCAA's

All amino acids are necessary for the growth and repair of muscles and tissues in the body. So, without them, protein in the body breaks down resulting in muscle loss.

(I take mine in the morning and then again at night. Usually with breakfast in the morning and nothing at night). 

ADDED BONUS:

During exercise there are increased levels of serotonin, which can actually make you more tired during a workout. 

(Weird I know!)

Several studies have proven that BCAAs, can potentially help reduce serotonin levels and help prevent tryptophan (the hormone that makes you so sleepy, that's in Turkey LOL) from entering the brain. This means you bypass the 'tired' stage of your workout.

Like a natural energy boost!

BCAAs can also potentially help with muscle soreness.

BCAAs can be used to help prevent post-exercise muscle soreness by impeding exercise-induced muscle damage and helping stimulate growth and repair.


When to take your BCAAs:

Ideally 45 minutes before and 45 minutes after your workout.

This gives you added energy and helps to repair muscles after.

This isn't a hard and fast rule. 

I've read you can also have them within 24 hours, but I usually try before and after a workout. 


My favorites:

You can take BCAAs in pill form of powder form in a drink or shake.

I do both, but prefer the pills because it's easier. 

What I'm wearing in this post:

Really into a new activewear brand, Ethona and I am wearing ALL their new gear. I posted some of their stuff on my Instagram and recently did a super fun shoot with them in Malibu. What I love about their clothes is that they are really good quality. Super thick and SOFT as hell. The color palette is muted, and I feel like I need a new athleisure brand in my life!

Ethona Gray Tenacity Tight Grey Leggings

Divine Zip Front Hoodie in Grey

Irresistible Long Sleeve Layer Nine Iron

Adore Muscle Tee in Mauve

Gleaming Bralette in Snow Grey


Okay so your turn. Let's discuss tips.

Do you guys take BCAA'S or anything else to help in muscle recovery from a workout? I think if you're working our regularly, you're definitely an athlete, so treating yourself like one is key! 

Let me know what you take or do to recover, I'm always into trying new stuff!

Also, have the best week. It's going to be a good one, I can feel it!

xoxo

Krista

BADASS Brows: My first tutorial (!) tips and products you need ASAP

Hi there!

So this one - this feels TOO REAL.

I am trying to listen to where the 'market' is going with video. To dive into the realm of video and try a little tutorial out. 

I now feeling like on snapchat that I am expressing myself more and more, so that's help me get more comfortable.

Keep in mind how basic this video is, and how there is no true editing quality or like, music background, transitions etc. I want to try this out! I did one take, HA. Because that's how I roll.

This post is all about BROWS.

Why they matter, how to get gorgeous ones, and the products you need to create them!

Because truly, brows are created!

Another optical illusion us ladies have in our arsenal to make us more attractive. Like highlighters, bronzer, Spanx....

Having a full, defined brow has really changed my look in a major way. It looks natural, yet brings such life to your face! 

It looks really beach-y, earthy and fits my face so much better than a thin brow. I have big features. Big eyes, big nose, big lips, so I basically have to have big BADASS BROWS.

Brows seem so simple, but oh they can do SO MUCH to your look and face.

They frame your features, they can add dimension and shape, and even make you look more awake.

Here I share the products I use, which I am truly obsessed with. I've tried so many things and really think that I'm getting closer to mastering the brow.

What I use stays on, it gives the perfect color, and I can 'build' my brows to be as thick as I'd like. If I'm going out in the day, I'll keep it simple and just fill them in a bit, but for a night look with more makeup I will really darken them with more of this MAC pro-sculpting cream.

I know there are SO many ways to do your brows, with tinting, brow gel, or pencil, but this one lasts, washes off, and is super easy to do! 

I'll also share a few other products I love to use, when I am feeling a bit more frisky (aka not lazy AF).


Video Tutorial: What I use, and how I do my brows:

Guys my first video! Just did it and uploaded. I used VIMEO, because YouTube feels scarier, and more intense.

You into the videos? Let me know if you're doing them or what you think!

Now where to get the GOODS.


Best Brow Gels:

A brow gel is a pigmented makeup that goes on with a mascara like brush to your brow. You can get various colors, but this will give you a great color and last for a long time. 


Best Eye Shadows

You can use eye shadow to fill in spaces in your brows. Get a brown color, like the MAC Charcoal EyeShadow to make them look super thick.


Best Brow Brushes

These are to brush your brows into shape. Used with or without makeup, they help give that 'brushed up' brow effect.


Best Highlighters

These you wear underneath your brow right at the bone. It draws light, makes you look angelic and really awake. Plus it gives a sense of clean underneath the brow.



Tips:

  • Don't be afraid if it looks a bit intense at first. Put your whole face on first! Mascara WITH the brow, change the game.

 

  • See which product you like the most, and stick with it! I don't LOVE using eyeshadow on my brows, because I feel like if you touch it, it rubs off all over, but I know some people say they love using powder!

 

  • Do brow tinting if you're into it! Places like Benefit have it, for pretty cheap and this helps if you have brows, just want them to be more pronounced and darker. I don't do tint, but would definitely try it.

 

  • I draw the end of mine pretty far out, just to make the brow look much longer and full.

 

  • Brush your eyebrows up (not over!)

 

  • Don't over-pluck or over trim. It gets harder as we get older to get full brows (hormones, etc) so keep that precious hair you have.



Alright that's the brows y'all. Now I'm off to WORKOUT. I'm trying to run more, I just totally fell out of it!

What do you do for your brows? Any tricks? Also, what do we think of videos? If you guys are doing them, I want to see! Put the link here!

Loving you!

xo
Krista