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 SUJA Juice Cocktail (+ 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 lazy 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 Mango Amazing Suja Cocktail:

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

Crystals you NEED for your workspace (plus a $100 giveaway from Energy Muse!)

Hi there!

How are ya? How was the weekend? I'm thinking to post on Tuesdays now instead of Monday. I feel Mondays are 'back to the grind' days? Tuesdays may be better but if you have thoughts, let me know!

Anyway, I went to Vegas last weekend for my friend Emily's bachelorette. It was so good to see friends (it's always worth it!), but the low was definitely the TRAFFIC on the way back. A 5 hour drive turned into 8 hours. I pretty much went insane (you know if you saw my snap ha!) 

Today however, I'm writing from my little at home desk, in our bungalow apartment in Venice.

I say bungalow because it seems more California than saying 'small'. But, it's perfect, and we're by the beach. What more could ya want?

(Actually I definitely want A/C because for some reason they don't have it on the West side in Cali!)

Since I started working from home about a year ago, I've really thought about the desk space and home office. It's super important to be conscious about your workspace, whether you are home or in a corporate office. 

It's like, 9 hours of your day! 

At my desk, I have my succulents, orchids, my buddha, and of course my crystals.

Bringing me good vibes, cutting the EMF and any negative energy.

You guys know I am a huge crystal fan who believes in the energy they bring and the magic they have.

I wrote about it here, and here and am SO EXCITED that with this post I am partnering with Energy Muse to do a giveaway for you.

$100 dollars worth of free crystals for your workspace!

Energy Muse is an amazing company based out of California. They are the numero uno crystal babes, with a true dedication to inspiring others and are very KNOWLEDGEABLE about crystals and anything in the spiritual realm.


Included in the giveaway:

EVERY crystal we discuss in this post for you to keep at your home office, or bring to work (to ward off those negative work vibes and bring clarity to your everyday!)

Shungite Pyramid

A MASSIVE Selenite wand

Citrine Point

4 Black Tourmaline chunks

Fluorite


How to win:

Follow @hundredblogla on Instagram

Follow Energy Muse @energymuse on Instagram

Tag a friend (or two!) you think would love win, and comment on my Instagram which crystal you'd love to have most!

That's it!

The winner will be announced next Friday, July 29th.


Quick story about Energy Muse before we discuss the crystals in this giveaway and their benefit.

I went to the Energy Muse store in Torrence, and was BLOWN AWAY at how thoughtful, gorgeous, and welcoming the store was.

(They also let dogs in! This is Erica's dog Bo!)

At their store, I met with my friend and mega-babe, Erica who runs their influencer marketing. She's huge into energy, the moon, crystals and all things love and spirituality. So, it was nice to chat with her about lots of mutual things we have in common.

Like crystals, spirituality and blogging - she is 1/2 of SOLO!

In SOLO, Erica recently wrote about being laid off from her previous job a few months ago.

Knowing it wasn't the right fit for her, and that it didn't align to her deeper self, she reached out to Energy Muse to discuss a position she wanted to propose, and shortly after, she was starting her new dream career.

 Going from being laid off, to doing the job of her dreams that she manifested herself.

She wrote about it here - it's a DOPE story.

One of my favorites of the year.

I am going to interview Erica in more detail in a few months to discuss this further.

But, lets get to it, the crystals included in this giveaway from Energy Muse!


Crystals that will make a HUGE difference in your workspace

Shungite Pyramid 

Amethyst Stone

Amethyst Stone

Where to place: Place on or near your electronics you are working with daily - computer, laptop, iPad etc.

Meaning: Shungite is a tool of electromagnetic protection. It shields against negative, harmful energy while increasing work performance. The pyramid shape enhances higher vibrations and allows its healing properties to be carried a farther distance.

Black Tourmaline 

Where to place: Place 4 pieces in 4 corners of your room where your work space is.

Meaning: Black Tourmaline is one of the most powerful stones. It magnifies the protective energy frequency within a space and creates a protective shield.

(I also use a small Black Tourmaline stone to wear in my bra everyday to ward off any negativity!)


Selenite

Where to place: Place on your window sill

Meaning: Selenite is a great cleansing tool that dispels all negative energy while creating serenity and mental clarity within a space. It aids in energy blockages allowing a free, positive flow of energy through one's body.

 

Citrine

Where to place: Place on your business cards or in your wallet

(I actually wrote about my business cards here and keep my citrine point on top of mine!)

Meaning: Citrine is an amazing manifestation stone that heightens all wishes and intentions especially ones pertaining to manifesting wealth, prosperity and abundance. It is powered by the energy of the Sun therefore does not hold any negative energy.

Fluorite

Where to place: Place on your desk 

Meaning: Fluorite is known for its rejuvenation. It clears and resets the mind during times of "monkey brain", confusion, indecisiveness and negativity. It also ensures a constant flow of positive energy.

(YES PLEASE!)


I have been really loving Selenite lately especially to calm down and ease anxiety. Erica taught me to rest the wand on my chest and it REALLY calms. You can actually feel it working on your nervous system.

I've been doing that each night and I LOVE it.

Plus I've always really loved Citrine, because when I meditate with it, I notice a serious shift in my good fortune.

All of these crystals though, are amazing.

It feels really good that I can work with an AMAZING company like Energy Muse to give you something that's worth over $100 dollars. Products that I feel really matter.

That increase wealth and abundance, clear negative energy and create a more open workspace. 

(Closed mouth smile).

So cool right? This is a huge giveaway and I REALLY love my crystals and Energy Muse so I am excited about this one!

What questions do have for me about crystals, my workspace, or even about working from home? Do you work from home? Let's swap tips!

 If you have any questions for Energy Muse, I can also have them answer and discuss :)

Do you guys have crystals or use them? I'd love to know your favorites.

Feeling good about this, and loving you!

Have the best day!

xo

Krista

P.S. Thanks to Energy Muse for partnering with me to sponsor this post! Major credit to Erica Kmiec for being such a great partner, visionary and friend!

Photos: 2, 4, 6 via Energy Muse

What it's like to hike the Pacific Coast Trail 770 miles: Interview with Barrett Pall

Oh man you guys!

I've wanted to do this one for a while now. 

An interview with my friend, Barrett Pall.

So first, one of my favorite Barrett stories before I do a full introduction.

When I was living in NYC I would take the 9 PM Barry's Bootcamp, where Barrett is an Instructor.

Barry's is MY JAM, by the way, I love it. 

So in the middle of a full class, Barrett would literally CALL ME OUT during things like, a bent over row (when I'm basically doggie style) and yell to the entire class

"YEAH KRISTA YOU'RE USED TO THAT POSITION".

Crying.

In addition to the class call outs, it always struck me me how Barrett would be so honest and encouraging to me about launching my blog. 

Whenever I'd make an excuse, or say something about a fear I had around it - Barrett would be the first to encourage me, and bring me back to reality. 

"Just do it Who cares." Was enough of a reminder. 

Fun, funny, kind, caring, compassionate, honest, smart, real, aware, and driven.

He's unapologetic and unafraid.

A true gem, who I am thankful to know!

This interview is so DOPE because this is coming from a man who wears a multitude of hats.

Including Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Writer, Model, Blogger, Life Coach, YouTuber and overall multifaceted, thoughtful and loving individual.

You can read his super deep, thoughtful and (sometimes controversial posts) on Artisan King, or browse the latest on his instagram (with over 178k followers, he knows a thang or two about social media too!)

His latest adventure though, had him leave life in New York City, to hike up the coast starting from Mexico 350 miles.

(Remember Wild by Cheryl Strayed?)

Oh and instead of 350 mikes, he did 770.

Yes, 770 miles, hiking, camping, meeting strangers, and enduring all types of weather, people and experiences along the way. 

All of this, while disconnecting from social media, embracing nature and home, and absorbing all the lessons nature allows. 

This interview is the first he's done since his return, and I have so many questions about his MAJOR life changing trip. 

So i get them answered, and get to share them with you! 

HOW DOPE. 

So here we are, my interview with Barrett is PCT Adventure and more:


Can you share a brief recap on the trip for us?

I can't believe that my trip along the PCT has come to a wrap.

It all started 5 years ago when my best friend Stacie Tiftitsoglou, who I've known for 20 years, mentioned the PCT to me, and I coincidentally read Wild. We knew it was something we had to do, and 5 years later we found ourselves committing to actually doing 650 miles along the trail. Stacie was in a crossroads in her life, and I found myself needing a break from the life I so enjoy in NYC, so a month before the trip, I told Stacie I was doing it with her. 

45 days later we ended up going past our goal of 650 miles to 770 miles, where we capped off our trip by climbing to the top of Mt. Whitney, which is the highest mountain in the US behind Denali in Alaska.

My big motivation for this was to get out of my own comfort zone. have the experience of a lifetime with one of my best friends, who I undoubtedly know is a soulmate, and inspire others to live their wildest dreams.  


How did you prepare? What did you bring or physically what did you do to prep?

I'm beyond lucky that all the logistics were taken care of by Staci. She packed all of our food, made all of the packages that her mom would later send to our stopping points to resupply, and mapped out our itinerary, which we pretty much stuck to.

Physically I got myself ready by making sure I got properly fitted for the right backpack at REI, and walked all over the city instead of using public transportation.

I'm super lucky that my life organically prepared me for the trip as I am always doing something active, and usually have a 17 lb backpack on while running around the city living my normal life. However, you truly can't be fully prepared for what your about to embark on as it's like nothing else I had ever done.

Was there a time when you thought you couldn't make it?

Everyday.

As you usually end up hiking alone during the day, your main activity besides walking is thinking. It was a constant mind game of pumping yourself up, and reminding yourself that beyond the constant discomfort and physical pain was a life changing experience that will stay with you forever.

Going up and down 3 mountains that are higher than NYC skyscrapers everyday is taxing, but the views you see, people you meet, and lessons you learn are beyond worth it.

What was the best memory from the trip?

Everyday came with so much fullness that it's hard to pick one specific memory, but the kindness from strangers restored my faith in humanity, and just seeing clean water to drink was a miracle that it's hard to describe unless you've been on the trail.

A few memories that stand out though are: my 1st shower after hiking a week without one, drinking an orange soda for the 1st time as I craved anything orange at one point, getting to the big stopping point where you meet a lot of hikers, and coming across a pool at a KOA ( Campgrounds of America) after being in the desert for a month. Officially becoming "Sweetheart," which was my given trail name, and seeing the sunrise from the top of Mt. Whitney are also very high on the list.

The worst or toughest part of the trip?

The heat, the flies, the physical pain your feet feel. Blisters inside of blisters are a real thing. Flies and gnats test your sanity. The sun is unforgiving.

How physically demanding was it?

I live a very physical life, and had read about the trail, but had no idea how hard it actually was going to be.

I can 100% say this was physically the hardest thing I've ever done. Anyone and I mean anyone could do what I did, but it's all about listening to your body at every step, learning to take breaks, and just hiking your own hike as they say on the trail.

How was it to be disconnected from social media and your phone, email...for that long?

So welcomed. I am someone who makes a big effort to not be living through my phone, and this was the biggest push to get even farther from my phone and the "matrix."

If you have Verizon you pretty much have service everywhere, but I have Sprint, which wasn't everywhere, and I'm grateful that I simply didn't have service, so I couldn't even be on my phone if I wanted to be. When you remove yourself from living through a digital world, you end up living a truly incredible way, which isn't to say that I didn't take lots of videos and pictures, but being on the side of a mountain, not knowing what day or time is was, and no one knows where you actually are is supremely powerful for finding clarity. 

Can you talk about the people you met along the way?

They were the biggest surprise and gift from the trail. I thought it was going to be quite solitary, and that it would be just Stacie and I. However, the trail is so much more social than you can imagine. Yes, you hike during the day most of the time by yourself, but at the resupply points, camping grounds, and random places here and there you meet some of the most diverse people. It's almost like traveling Burning Ma in the sense that there is a full hiker culture and collective mindset to not just exist, but truly live. I ended up hiking with 10 of the most incredible people, who in the "real world" I probably wouldn't have even met. We named ourselves the Rainbow Tribe, and became pretty well known on the trail as it we were the biggest group that stayed together. These people became family in the matter of days, and I will forever take things that I learned from each one of them with me. Smokey, The Bandit, Clicker, Rapunzel, Snacks, Dime, MVP, Suture, Sponge Bath, Ants, Pogano, Fabio, Monarch, Cupcake, Mozart and a few others along the way are hikers (these are their trail names) that changed my life, and I love so deeply.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do a big trip or take a big leap like you just did?

Just do it.

Do it now.

Stop waiting for something else to happen, or someone else to go with. 95% of the hikers on the trail start alone, and end up meeting friends along the way.

There will always be reasons why you can't or shouldn't do something crazy like this, but once you do, you can't ever imagine not doing it.

Your life will change in the most incredible ways, and you'll be so much more apt to keep living out your dreams once you start.

What was it like being in the wild the whole time?

It was soul healing. Many religious teachers and spiritual gurus talk highly of nature in the fact that it connects you to your deepest self, and it's so true. It's also very challenging at moments because you just want your bed, running water, a bathroom, but what you learn is that those are all luxuries to be grateful for. You also do end up in towns here and there, where you take zero days, stay in hotels, and regroup, so that you can feel like a "real" person again, but the craziest thing is, you start to miss your tent, your sleeping bag, and just being under the stars.


What is the biggest lesson you learned that you could share with others?

To "Hike your own hike."

There will always be people and things that influence you, but you have to do what feels right for you, not anyone else, so if that means you leave the group and keep hiking then do it, or if that means you stop and stay behind while everyone else keeps going, you have to do it.

Live your life for you, and everything else will work out.

You just have to keep walking.


Has it been hard to adjust back to 'real life', off the trail?

Yes.

I knew it would be, but I didn't realize how overwhelming normal life would feel. I've never felt overwhelmed by NYC, but my first real day back in NYC was rough.

However, as I learned the trail magic never stops, and just when I thought I couldn't deal with NYC, a random girl stopped me on the street because she had followed my hike on social media, and she was about to embark on her own 20 day hike on the John Muir Trail, so we chatted on the street for an hour, and I even went back to REI with to help her be fully ready. It was exactly what I needed at the exact moment. Again, life always works out, you just have to be open to it.

What was the first meal you had when you came back?

The first thing I had when I came back to NY was actually nothing crazy. It was just like a salad, which is something most hikers crave because you miss freshness after eating dehydrated food nonstop. I also stopped being a vegetarian while on the trail, but am happily phasing back to this as I just feel better eating this way.

Whats next for you?

I'm not sure, and I'm the most at peace with this than I ever have been. I've created an amazing life for myself, and I know that more amazing opportunities will pop up, so right now I'm just doing me. I head to Germany in September for 2 weeks with another best friend, and I'm excited for that. At this point, I just want to keep seeing the world, and inspiring others to do the same because it truly is how you learn and evolve in the most organic and healthy way.

Just feel very peaceful, which is what I want everyone to experience.

Where can people connect with you?

My blog is artisanandking.com. All my social media channels are @barrettpall, and my email is artisanandking@gmail.com. I always love to hear from people and answer questions about anything they may be curious about, and that I have knowledge on.


If you could tell people one last thing, what would it be?

Just go for it.

If you aren't happy, you have the power to change this. It may be scary, but fear is simply the unknown, and once you know something it usually isn't scary at all.

Also I listened to the Power of Now while on the trail, and it was the perfect thing to hear while hiking.

This book will change your life, and I encourage everyone to listen or read it!

Lastly, love is everything, so if you approach all areas of your life with that in mind, your life will be more amazing than you could ever imagine!



My favorite YouTube's from his channel:

A video before the hike, 'I'm walking 652 miles in 45 days'

Honor your Truth

Getting Sober in 2016


Such a cool story, right? Honestly there's so much I can share from Barrett. Advice on love, building a business, social media...but this was truly a feat and I am absolutely so proud of him for it.


You can donate to Global Citizen, a charity that Barrett raised money for during this adventure. 

It looks to “help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.”

100% of the money that is raised will truly go to so many important issues around the world.


Let me know what you think. Would you ever do a major adventure like this?

I would really love to embark on a major life changing adventure. Maybe not 770 miles, but I like the thought of disconnecting and getting away to really be in nature. 

Looking forward to chatting, and if you have questions for Barrett you can write below! I'll have him answer.

Thanks for this, B!

Loving you! 

Krista

Reveal your creativity with Big Magic + my favorite summer uniform

Hi you! Happy Monday!

Glad you're here :) 

How are ya? How was the weekend? What did you do?

TBH, lately I've been capital B BORING.

I am super heads down working and trying to make things happen with the blog. I have friend time in between, but right now, in this season of my life, I need to really focus on what's in front of me.

Connecting with you through this blog medium right here.

(Or these here!)

So, Monday is back, baby. Here we are!

I wanted to write on two things.

 First, this jumpsuit. I'm not always into writing a straight-up fashion post, so I'll be brief. But this thing is THE BOMB.

Comfortable. All black. Bell bottom with lace-up sides. I LOVE this thing. I wear it every date night and it's super comfortable.

Plus it's on sale for $31 freaking dollars. 



Second, as we check the mornings email (potentially depressed from the thought of another week) it's a good time to think about joy, and finding creativity this week.

Big Magic, the book by Elizabeth Gilbert is all about that. 

For real though, ya'll need to read this book.

For the creatives or non-creatives, the message is applicable to anyone and everywhere.

(Especially my blogger friends!)

Big Magic is a reference to living a more creative existence, period.

From my perspective, it's removing the pressure we place on creativity. Making space to be creative without having an end goal. Bringing more joy back into it.

Every single one of us has the ability to be more creative. To live in less fear (of what people think, of failing, of looking stupid...) and live in more joy. 

It's applicable to Monday especially, because being creative doesn't mean your quitting your job and going all in on your passion sometimes. 

Your creative outlet, doesn't need to pay the bills or be validated by others. It only needs to feel good for YOU.

Whatever it is, if it's bringing you joy, that is enough.

Often we see glorified stories of people quitting their jobs, refinancing their houses and finding overnight success with a major innovative idea.

But that may not work for everyone. Being creative isn't only going zero or hundred. 

(See what I did there).

There's a place for everyone to be creative, and for creativity to do something for you that doesn't have to radically change your life. 

A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.
— Big Magic

We can find creativity in small actions. Creating, because it brings you joy.

Nothing more, nothing less. 

 For a bit more on the actual book, This book review from The New York Times, explains it well. 


Big Magic” is broken into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. Gilbert wonders in the first,

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? . . . The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.” If the creativity inside of you has not burrowed deeper than ever before upon hearing itself referred to as a “treasure” and “jewels,” it is more stalwart than mine.

But Gilbert spends much of the book coaxing out even the shyest creativity with a kind of extended pep talk: Creativity is inside all of us, it should be expressed, and it is not selfish or crazy or foolish to do so — it is, in fact, the best way to live a satisfying life. Gilbert’s advice reads like a positive fortune cookie: a nice surprise you will forget once the taste of won tons has faded from your mouth. Creativity is “your birthright as a human being”; “Even if you grew up watching cartoons in a sugar stupor from dawn to dusk, creativity still lurks within you”; “You are not required to save the world with your creativity.
— Villa Paskin, The New York Times

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
— Big Magic

I know what I want from life doesn't have a linear path to follow. 

Reading the book helped to normalize and affirm a belief that I am a creative being. It also reminded me that I need to be kind to my creativity.

Being creative has brought me joy, and allowed me to express myself in a way that helps me to lead a more fulfilling life. It's allowed me to feel more like 'myself' than ever before. It's made my existence feel UNIQUE and special. Because only I can do what I do. Yes there are SO many other bloggers, but the fact that it's me writing Hundred, makes all the difference.

Which goes the same for your life. Only YOU can bring your own unique perspective, experience, ideas, enthusiasm and spice to whatever it is you are called to do.

You can do it without quitting your job, and you can do it because creativity is inside of all of us. It doesn't make you selfish or weird or crazy. You can take a photography class once a week. You can take up painting after dinner (maybe instead of Netflix). You could start making your own jewelry! There are so many ways to add a bit of creativity to your life. 

Thus, adding a bit more joy.

It's just the best way to lead a satisfying life.

Isn't that what we all want anyway?


But back to you.

What do you think? Have you read the book?

What are your current creative outlets? I'd LOVE to know how you find joy in expressing yourself. it could give good ideas to others! 

I find this blog to completely fulfill me in that way. It's photography, editing, writing, connecting, design....so many things!


You could also consider fashion, or dressing yourself as an expression of your creativity. Cooking, writing, photography, painting, ice-skating, dancing by yourself at the bar....

It's endless!

Guys, jumpsuits and inspired ramblings on this Monday. 

LIFE.

Cannot wait to hear what you think! Let a sister KNOW.

xoxo

Krista

Fuel up like a fitness instructor (what they REALLY eat in a day)

Helloooooo babe!

After the 4th weekend, eating MASS amounts, drinking, whatever...detox is needed. Not even in the extreme way, just a balance back to normal life and normal eating is necessary. 

Diet starts.....TOMORROW. Per usual. #girls

I am always interested in what people eat on a daily basis. I want to know good secrets, hear new ideas....or, in this case find out how one gets a fitness model body.

What do they REALLY eat? 

Like me, do they crush jars of peanut butter on the daily? What's the secret? Is it consistency or what?

I asked my friend Lindsey Simcik, SoulCycle instructor and fitness model (she works with Carbon38 on the regular) what does she REALLY eat in a day?

(BTW if you missed it I interviewed her before!) 

Thanks to Lindsey Simcik for the insight! You inspire me yo!


The 'Eat like a fitness model' diet 

via Lindsey Simcik

Wake up:

In hopes that my first real movement of the day will be that of my bowels, I drink a glass of warm water with lemon. 

I try to wake up two hours before a workout or before teaching a morning class to give myself time to eat at a normal speed and digest.  

My go-to breakfast is a vanilla Siggy's yogurt mixed with blueberries (any berries in season get me excited), a dollop of Nuttzo nut butter (12 different nuts!), and a handful of Earth Bar's Paleo granola, which they make fresh in house (I DIE..thank you Krista for the intro).

I love BulletProof Coffee, so if I have time to make my own, I will (thank you, Vitamix) or I'll go to the local BulletProof Cafe.  

Snack post workout:

Green veggie juice with a little apple or pineapple to sweeten it up a tiny bit...and three hard boiled eggs with pepper and a pinch of truffle salt....

Truffle salt--best purchase of my life.


Lunch:

I love to create these layered bowls with what I have in my fridge.  

My go-to is sautéed spinach (light evoo and garlic powder), next layered is a casually mashed boiled purple sweet potato, then top the sweet potato with a mashed avocado, add some chicken or tofu or whatever you want, and then top with your favorite spread, hummus, or salsa!  

The colors are gorgeous, it's delicious, and will give you serious energy for the second half of your day. Plus, it covers most of your food groups!

Afternoon snack before another workout or evening classes: Almond Latté and an RX bar..or I'll grab an apple and a handful of Mary's Gone Crackers "Superseed Everything Cracker"......dip em"' in ANYTHING.


Dinner:

Greens and proteins, man.  

I love a salad that is large and in charge.  

I want the fiber content to blow me alway, literally.  Ok thats gross, but I want hoards of greens like kale, spinach, and arugula...roasted red pepper, chickpeas, avocado, corn, hearts of palm, yellow beets, sweet potato...dude, whatever I can fit in this thing.  

As for protein, I gravitate towards organic, free range chicken, wild salmon, or shrimp.  

But there will be days when I don't have meat.  

So I just kind of listen to my body and what it needs. I'd say I'm a vegetarian 4/7 days a week!

As for dressing, I love a simple evoo and fresh lemon juice combo, with tons of crushed pepper and maybe a little garlic powder.  


Dessert:

I love dessert so much.  I will never give it up! 

I've found a few dairy free ice creams that I am obsessed with: Steve's coconut ice cream (Burnt Vanilla is my fav) and Almond Dream ice cream makes a bomb cookies and cream!

I also love to freeze grapes and nibble on them after dinner for a little sweet kick.

I don't have dessert every night, but if I want it I have it..I just try to stick to the serving size!

Before bed I love to drink tea. Any decaf tea is great, but I love Yogi Tea for digestion or for relaxation.

The ritual of making tea makes me feel complete before bed :)


Eat the part, now dress the part: How to dress like a fitness instructor


Cool right?

I think with this, it's really just the CONSISTENCY of eating well.

Having your meals, having your greens, having a balanced diet that you don't feel deprived with.

So each day you're doing lots of whole, real food. Indulging a little and feeling like you're fueling your body in the best pay possible. 

Love this! The clothes are dope too right? Fitness clothes as normal clothes - FOREVER.

What's your daily diet like? How is your eating? I tried to do the 6 small meals a day but now really try to stick to 3, with intermittent fasting a few days a week! 

Let me KNOW. Sharing is caring! hehe

xoxo

Krista

 

A HUGE $600 dollar Nordstrom giveaway for you guys!

Hi Guys!

I want to catch up on the 4th soon.

See what you did and where you went.

What you wore and if you did a boomerang to document it? I feel like I saw so many Boomerangs from people on Instagram which I LOVED, HA. A little movement to the image never hurt anybody.

I hope you were with family and friends and really soaked it all in. 

Lets definitely ease into the week, right? July 5th is always a bit of a struggle, LOL.

I've been meaning to find a way to give back to you, my readers for a while now. I think about it a lot with each of the brands I work with. I now ask to do giveaways ALL the time so I can get you something free with every post.

So, I was super excited to find this opportunity to partner up with some other badass blog babes to bring a Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway just in time for the Anniversary Sale (starting on July 22nd).



It's free to enter and SUPER EASY. 

Nothing to lose and everything (in your closet) to gain.

I HOPE YOU WIN IT ALL, because you've been here through the whole Hundred Blog process, and I would give you each a hug and Nordstrom gift card if I could!

BTW: The bloggers and I who participated in this, paid to be a part of it! As in, paid for the card for you guys to win, because we love you so much.


How to enter:

Complete the rafflecopter below


You’ll receive one entry per completion


This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/18


Winner will be announced here!



To prep for you a possible win, I also linked some of the items I LOVE




Super excited for you, and hoping you win! 

This week I have another giveaway with Energy Muse! Really amazing crystals that will be amazing in your apartment or at your desk. That's to come on Friday.

Good luck :) keep me posted on what you love!

xoxo

Krista

Super key for creatives, bloggers and small business owners - business cards from MOO

Hi hi!

How are ya? How's it going? I hope you have good plans this weekend for the 4th! Let me know what you do!

This post is for my bloggers, creatives, photographers, whoever....on BUSINESS CARDS.

I know, I know. Business cards are so, 1992.

But I SWEAR. They are NOT.

 It seems like an ancient practice, but it's one of those things like handwritten cards that really makes you stand out. It's taking the extra time to be a little different, with a personal human touch.

 

Do you remember the app where you like 'bumped' another phone and get that persons contact info? 

You'd open the app, then touch your phone with the other persons (the 'bump') and somehow that way the data got transferred?

For some reason, I don't want to always have everything be in my phone lately. There's already so much info!

I also don't want to be on my phone when I'm meeting someone for the first time. 

With that, there is also the awkward process of handing them my phone to get information.

Then they see that my phone background has my current diet goals (no peanut butter or fake sugars, eating past 6 PM - LOL) and it's like, you don't want someone in your business or a phone number in your phone book if it's not going to be used often. 

When I was in Palm Springs I was talking to a few people about their brand, business, blogging, whatever, and I just wasn't in love with going on my phone adding them to my phone book, standing there while they typed their names in....

At this stage in my life the numbers in my phone book are the homies. People I talk to everyday, and I don't want to add everyone in.

Just for organizations sake ya know?

So in comes the business card.

Super easy, and it's the most natural thing when talking to someone to just hand them a card.

In the greeting, or in the goodbye, giving a business card is still a classy ass move.

It's like, 'I have a legitimate business, check out my card' to know that. BAM.

Plus it keeps things more streamlined and it makes you stand out.

So for the blog events I've been doing and just in general when I'm out (because seriously if you talk to people, you don't realize how everything is somehow connected!) I've found photographers chatting with strangers, connections to brands, or even just readers. 

I found these amazing MOO business cards and am IN LOVE.

I was looking for them to be unique, CRISP, clean, modern and THICK.

Plus I wanted them to be a little different, and I couldn't decide between the pictures on them so I was happy I could have more than one style.

I got the 50 Standard Size Luxe Business Cards, and the style template is called, "If the shoe fits".

The LUXE is a thicker paper, which makes it feel heavier. 


Having business cards:

  • Differentiates you 

  • Is professional

  • Helps you increase your brand awareness

  • Is a super cute to connect with people


For me, it's worth it to throw them in my bag, purse, whatever. Because I feel like EVERYDAY I meet someone that knows someone that I can chat further about something about. Related to the blog or not.

PLUS. If you give someone your business card - you are not obligated to call them or reach out to them at all. SO. The power is in your hands with what you do with it should they reach out to you.


What to put on your business cards:

  • Your email

  • Your cell phone number

  • Name/title

  • Where they can find you on social media (SUPER IMPORTANT)


The photos I chose feel like represent me and my brand (whatever that means) in a way that's creative, professional, yet honest.

These are those photos:

Also, these MOO cards are under $35 dollars for 30 of them, and they'll last you for a long time! I love how quality they are and you can make whatever kind you'd like with their various templates. Feel free to be creative!

Let me know if you have questions on these. I thought it was cool, and had to share it!

You da best!

xoxo
Krista

Interview with the babes of LE SWEAT: Charlee Atkins and Meridith Miller

YOOOO!

Hi there. Happy Wednesday!

I like to interview badass females doing THANGS.  Have you noticed the trend? Joni Payne, The Lady Gang, NOBREAD's Nicole Cogan...

Real recognize real, and more ladies need to recognized for going out of their comfort zone, doing something different and just being true to themselves. 

So.

In comes in the babes of the blog/website/forum/fitness diary called Le Sweat. 

Created by Meridith Miller and Charlee Atkins, it's a unique and REAL perspective on all things related to, well, le sweating, and then some. 


A few of my favorite articles from Le Sweat:

An expose of the f*ck boy

Le park bench sweat (video)

Le travel SOLO (on the importance of, and how to travel SOLO)

Plus, the playlists are BOMB.


For their credentials. Charlee Atkins, is a Senior Instructor at SoulCycle, selling out classes like a BA, and modeling with Wilhelmina. Meridith Miller is basically killing it as a marathon runner, and in business at a little company called Twitter. 

So this week, I'm excited to share with you what these two bring in the blog called Le-Sweat.


Brief introduction to LE SWEAT?

C: The health & fitness industry is very crowded by professionals, non-professionals, and a whole hell of a lot of fitness-enthusiasts. We created LS to be another voice in the fitness world, but our goal was to be a different voice.  An approachable, yet science-based voice with 10 years of experience in the field. Everything LS is real-life experiences, and self made errors that we’ve found remedies too from simply being in the industry.

M: For me, fitness and physical challenge has always directly impacted my life in every other aspect. Because it’s such an important part of both of our lives (in different ways), we wanted to find a way to make that fitness oriented mindset easy.

Who you are and what you do?

C: Charlee Atkins / CCO of Le Sweat; 30 years young, live in NYC, CSCS + Model + Group Fitness Instructor.

M: Meridith Miller/ COO of Le Sweat; 33 years of age; lawyer by trade but life enthusiast by nature; I currently run a partnerships team at Twitter as the day job.

What is Le Sweat?

C: Le Sweat is a community for people who are working on working out. We like to share stories / articles / content that is relatable, aspirational, and most importantly: ATTAINABLE for every body.

M: What she said.

What can people expect when reading?

C: To be talked to you like you are talking to your best friend. No small talk, straight to the point, sassy, but honest, and brutally honest.

M: Oh and puns. Don’t forget the puns.
 

What makes the LE SWEAT different from other blogs or websites?

C: LS is different from others sites because it’s our voice. Our workouts are inspired by the shit we’re going through IRL, so by talking about real life shit (like fuck boys, break ups, and keeping your vagina clean) we parlay it into why should also work shit out.
 

How did the idea come about, and can you talk about the process behind creating the website/brand?

C: The creative process is a mixture of the two of us tossing a document back and forth to each other making edits of each other’s edits until we’re pleased with the product (or we hit our self-imposed deadlines).

M: We know there’s a lot of “fitness” blogs and sites out there, so this is really about creating a voice and a brand that our audience can relate to, have fun with, and actually use because it’s attainable. “Le Sweat” specifically was conceived to embody all the things we sweat in life: physical, emotional, mental, you name it - we all sweat!

Where was the site birthed?

C: It was conceived in Saxon + Parole on one eve, but a majority of its gestation was in Thailand. It was also stimulated over many, many, MANY cups of coffee.

M: I believe it was around coffee number 1,327.
 

What is your favorite post?

C:How To Be Alone not Lonely” - Everything about this post is us as individuals. We’re both successfully single living in NYC, we love to travel, we love to workout, and we love to inspire and motivate those around us to embody not having to answer to anybody but yourself/ourselves.

M: Nailed it.
 

As fitness bitches, what are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make as it relates to getting or staying fit?

C: That hardest part is getting started, second hardest part is maintaining it. People begin to see the initial benefits of fitness, and then immediately go back to old ways. Being fit / staying fit is a matter of habitual behavior change.  

Habits will always remain, it’s just a matter of what you replace them with.

M: Thinking they can’t do something just because they’ve never done it before. Ex: Running has always been my “thing” and luckily has come easy to me.

But people who don’t run normally think they can’t. It’s just one example of that starting point Charlee references: it all starts with the mental belief you can do it and the biggest hurdle I see people face is thinking they can’t do it before they even try.

What's been the biggest game changer for you in your fitness journey?

C: Finding a community / friends who hold me accountable to show up for my workouts.

M: Staying consistent. You have to have days off, but you have to keep it consistent - whether you’re busy with work, friends, relationships, or travel - you’ve got to keep it going.

Can you talk about eating and nutrition, and the role it plays for you it staying fit?

C: You have to eat properly to fuel your workouts. That means eliminating something, adding others, and also knowing when to eat what. At this point, people know what is good, and what isn’t good for them, so it’s a matter of being an adult and making and adult decision to say no to bad diet choices, and yes to healthy diet choices.  

My favorite quote is from a man named Jay-Z. He says “What you eat doesn’t make me shit” which is true.

You choose to put whatever you want in your body, make good choices.

M: Personally, I love food. All food. One of my biggest motivating factors to workout is knowing the next meal is just around the corner. I don’t believe it depriving yourself and I do believe in balance.

Eat the burger, eat the cookie, eat the pasta and the cheese. But also eat the salad, the chicken, and always eat a healthy breakfast!

 

I have to ask: Where do you get that six pack?

C: Laughing so hard at this whole process.  That’s where we got them from.

M: I love that you think I have abs. I guess the grass is always greener right? ;)

 

What's your favorite workout?

C: Any workout that makes you Le Sweat, but I am very proud / fond of our Foam Rolling video (below). It’s not really a workout, but it’s very simple, educational, and will put many workouts back on your body.

M: If I take it off the site, my fave workout of choice right now is a solid sweat sesh on an indoor bike with the one and only Charlee Atkins.

 

Favorite playlist on Le Sweat?

M: Sweat Tunes No. 8. They’re all upbeat but this one gets me goin’.


Goal or Mission of Le Sweat?

C: If you’re unhappy in your life in some aspect, maybe it be job, relationships, current living situation: we hope to inspire others to want to move in a way that will make them feel good in the moment, and then continue to make daily choices that help them achieve that emotion of fulfillment all day every day.

M: Of course what she said.

Our goal is to connect with our audience so that when they’re sweating it out in life, our message helps keep them going.

Ultimately we all come out stronger on the other end, and we want to ingrain that mindset in our audience.


Where can people find more or connect with you?

us@le-sweat.com

Instagram: @le_sweat

Twitter: @le_sweat

Facebook: we.are.le.sweat

And if all of thsoe don’t work out: www.le-sweat.com


I really liked the goal and mission of Le Sweat here. Its hard to put a goal or mission into words but here they put it really well.

Plus, you can see that mission shine through in the content.

Right now both ladies are traveling in are Cannes, Istanbul and Santorini....so following them through their travels is a very good idea!

Loving you - and looking forward to your thoughts on LE SWEAT. Now I need to go le sweat myself on a nice little run.

xo

Krista

How to look effortlessly chic (even when it's hot out, or you want to just wear pajamas)

Sup ya'll.

How are you?!

Real quick, I got really good feedback on the hair post on Friday - so glad you liked it!

Anyway how how was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know! For me, it was a good L.A. weekend. Mixed work with some play - saw Finding Dory - LOL. Did a SoulCycle influencer ride with some Hundred Blog readers and Style Collective bloggers. It was SUPER inspiring to be with other blog babes that are doing similar things as you. 

I want to write a blog life update post this week so I'll share that later.

So, yesterday I donated THREE BAGS of clothes to Goodwill in Los Angeles, and let me tell you, getting rid of, going through and organizing your clothes is EVERYTHING. If you want to clean, give back, and remember all the clothes you actually do have, do this.

It's easy, it helps people and it's a good way to make space in your life. 

You can find Goodwill Donation Center's here, and then drive up with all your goods, drop them off and get a receipt that you can use towards your taxes if you need! There are also other places to donate clothes, like Salvation Army, etc. but it's a win-win all around.

So, to the post.

Which I am writing in my damn white tee. Just an easy post to share a good thing to get for summer to wear with EVERYTHING.

White t-shirts are SO badass for some reason.

I'm not sure if it's like 'you're cool enough to keep this clean' or like 'I haven't spilled on myself today'...but there's something about it that makes it crisp, easy and sexy.

White t-shirt. Boyfriend or skinny jeans. Sneakers. Leather jacket. Done.

Supermodel off duty vibe.

You can dress a white t-shirt up, with basically anything in your closet or you can dress it down, obviously. You could truly wear one every single day.

I found the softest, best cut white t-shirt, ever, and I wear it as much as the Alexander Wang T-shirt that I bought two years ago. This one's just cheaper. It fits right, not too big or too small and I got a medium just so it's a big looser but still nice!

$15 dollars baby, $15 dollars. OLD NAVY REPPIN!

I also linked some of my favorites below, and things you can wear with your white t-shirt. For summer when you want to wear something soft, something easy and something that goes with ANYTHING, this is it!

Here I am wearing the t-shirt with Levi's easy black shorts and my favorite sneakers from Adidas!


Shop the best (cheap) white tee's


Shop thangs to wear with your white tee


I am wearing mine almost everyday.

Like I do, I'll wear it until it's really gross, then probably never again.

Or just will get a new one because it is hard to keep these clean! But buying cheaper ones makes it easier to stay up with a new white.

Short and sweet - lots to do today! 

Also how is summer going guys? Isn't it amazing how we PACK it all in during these amazing months? I LOVE IT.

Keep me posted. Any favorites?!

Loving you.

Krista

 

Long, thick and healthy hair SECRETS (what vitamins I take, products I use...!)

Hello you!

She has big hair and it's full of SECRETS! (Best movie ever!)

Anyway!

Writing this post by request because I think I've talked to at least 6 people about this lately.

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It's my hair. 

It's gotten REALLY long and it's just massive at this point. Not sure why, but I feel like my hair has been varying levels of thickness in my life. Probably related to diet, and hormones but right now it's a MANE and SUPA THICK!

Thankfully, my hair is my thing. Since I was little and when I was wearing an eye patch. I had my hair.  The uglier I feel, the longer I'll have my hair, hehe.

But it's been nice to be long again, and I wanted to share the biggest secrets to having long thick hair that doesn't break, and can survive coloring and sun damage. 

Good hair can change the world, right?!


Hair secrets:

First, most importantly, is viviscal guys. I SWEAR BY IT. 

Biotin doesn't work. Like I don't know why it just doesn't. Or if it does I never noticed. This is the REAL DEAL. 

I wrote about it before, and you can get it here, but it's the real DEAL. It has changed the game for making my hair so much thicker, and growing so much more quickly from when I had the Rachel cut in August of last year. Sometimes I think about the girl that told me about viviscal at a bar, and I want to kiss her.

You can get a months supply here, for around $25 dollars, or 6 months supply here for $110 which is SUPER cheap for what I've seen! I would do the 6 months so you can really see the results.

Like any vitamin or pill you have to use it for about 3 months before you notice a difference, but it's SO WORTH IT! 

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Also MAJOR.

I wash it once a week, maybe.

I truly go as long as possible, up to two weeks without washing my hair. If you use a good dry shampoo (like this one by Caviar!) it will absorb the excess oil and create volume and lift without drying it out from washing. This has allowed my color to stay, and caused less breakage.

I workout most days, so when it's sweaty I'll dampen the roots with water and shoot it with a blowdryer. But even letting it dry with a little bit of being dirty, gives it lots of volume!

Plus it saves me SO MUCH TIME to not wash my hair.

  • I never blow dry. Ever. My hair is naturally really straight, no wave really, so when it's drying I'll run a wet brush through it as it dries to keep it from doing radical things. It's key to keeping it healthy, because the less heat the better.

Right now I am going off a curling binge, I curled it 3 days in a row and it feels like Bob Marley dreadlocks it's so dry. For that, I'll do a mask once every two weeks. I rotate between expensive and cheap brands. For real L'Oreal has the cheap drugstore brand game on lock, and I love Kerastase masks for all they do. I put the curling iron I use on here. It's BOMB and my curls last fo-eva.

On products, I feel passionately about spending money on products - like the ones I use linked below. Because, if you wash your hair once a week (slash month) you can spend more and use less. The expensive shampoos WORK and have really helped with damage control. 

This is weird, but I don't know, and also TMI but we're all FRIENDS. I also think my hair is thicker since getting off birth control (I have the copper IUD). I felt like those hormones messed with me. Anyone else? Is that legal to write that? LOL.

For coloring, I get it done once every 3 months (down from every 4 weeks when I was MEGA blonde) and having a toner added at the end really helps to draw out the color and make it last SO much longer. Highlighting and coloring your hair can REALLY lead to breakage. For blondes, your essentially removing the the pigment from your hair when you make it blonde (for other colors you are adding pigment).

So, having my hair a darker blonde really has extended my time away from the salon which saves my hair and my wallet :)

Hmmm...I think that could be it as far as secrets. Massaging the scalp is good, I'm like a cat basically if you rub my head. But any questions on hair? Ask me!

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Products I love:


PHEW. That one felt good. Any tips for me? Do you do anything special to keep your hair healthy? Lemme know! Or share below so we can all benefit :) 

Also I'm wearing Ethona Active - it's a new line based out of Los Angeles that I've been working with - and LOVE. It's super soft, fits well and the cut is pretty unique. RECOMMEND IT! 

xoxo

Krista