Market yo shit: How to share your blog to get more traffic

Hi Hi!

Happy Wednesday, friends! How's it going? 

I recieved a lot of positive feedback on the blogging tips post, and the measuring your analytics post I did in the past few weeks.

Which makes me SO HAPPY because those posts, I am SO INTO.

Value added and super juicy.

Real quick though, lets get the outfit over with!

 You and I have talked about starting the blog, and about the importance of numbers, but it's even more important to know how to MARKET your blog. I feel like when I talk to people it's the same sentiment. They're looking to get more people to their blog. 

I mean, I hear you.


If you do amazing, bomb-ass posts that you take hours and hours to do, but don't market your shit, no one's going to read it.

Sad, I know. 

For me, hearing the word marketing sort of makes me feel, icky.

Just a bit though!

Just, unnatural. But it's the way of the world and people WANT to find what you're putting out.

Marketing is the sharing.

It's the engagement and it's the back and forth between you and people that want to connect with your brand. That's critical, honestly. 

As an example, I was doing Hundred for about 5 months before I shared it with anyone. Which, was a good thing because it sucked, LOL. It also allowed me to get content there, and find my voice.

But I didn't get ANY readers, until I started to market my content. Then, it grew from there, and continues to grow with each and every time I create content, and MARKET it.

So all I do is listen to podcasts, read, speak with and learn from other smart people. So in that, I wanted to just break down the best way to market your brand or business, to grow it to be the thing that you want it to.

Get your content right:

First things first.

Create the content that you love, and honor what it is you want to put out in the world. Do it! I won't tell ya to do otherwise, but I will say that the best content to create is the content that your customer wants to read. 

If you're a food blogger, people may be thrown off if you show a post that's about the beauty products you've been using. It's weird, but people are creatures of habit and like when they go to a blog expecfting something, to find it.

Not saying you don't need to stay in one lane (I mean I'm all over the fucking board) but you're content needs to be right. 

Whatever your blog and it's vibe is make sure to ask yourself:

Am I providing value to my audience?

What is the topic that I cover that this post falls under?

What is the action that your reader can take next?

I think each of these pieces of information is equally as relevant and important. Each post, needs to provide value, it needs to align to your  brand, message or belief and the reader needs to be able to 'continue the conversation' or take an action against it. Shopping, as a popular one is one action. Or it can be to follow you on other socials as you travel this weekend. To read more on that topic in a book you suggest. To check out x website. Or for those that have products whether physical or digital it's to buy that product.

On the value piece I think it gets a little bit tricky. Because a lot of times, people rate or find value in different places than others. What I may find value in, others may not.

But this is where you cultivate your voice, your differentiator, and follow that.

On the topics piece, this can be tricky to categorize everything if you are a 'Lifestyle' blogger but there are creative ways to do so. Still working on that one, LOL.

I would however think about which topics you're most excited about, and write those down. Break it down to what areas fall in that, and try to always go back to those original topics. 

Smart content is also well-strategized content. 

If it’s a post on your own site, keep them moving through to related blog posts or a sales page for your latest product or service.

Create a process (and stick to it!):

Creating a process for blogging and sharing content is really important.

Your audience needs to know when to check in with you to see what's new. Consistency is really key. 

I post on Mondays and Wednesdays and the podcasts go up on Tuesdays. I want people to know when to check in!

But more importantly to that, I have a process (although very basic) for marketing my blog when I've shared a post or a new podcast is out.

For the blog it's:

Reading this, it seems more time consuming than it is honestly. It's a good half hour or so to do all of the above, but when I am in the zone I whip right through it. I do it right after I post at 6 AM PST.

Know your readers: 

How about calling them fans eh? Yes your mom and friend from High School who read your shit, are FANS. I just sort of feel weird calling everyone readers or viewers, maybe just calling you friend also works!  

Of course, all of the tips above aren’t going to do you any good if you don’t know your readers well, or if you don't engage with them.There are so many opportunities to tap into your readers and get to know what they want, what they don't want and what they like to see/read from you. 

Read (and engage with) your blog comments:

Which post really reasonated with your audience? What do they love to read about and see from you? Was there something you did when markeitng that post that may have driven more traffic than normal? There could also be something there too!

I LOVE to read the blog comments to really make sure that I am writing what you want to read. 

Ask for feedback:

If you're feeling like you don't know what your readers want from you, just ask them. Do a poll or share an instagram like Damsel in Dior, and ask how they want to engage with you. Is it on snapchat, is it once a week through a thorough blog post? People like to share feedback if you're going to take it into consideration and be respectful of their opinion. 

Interact with other bloggers:

Most of marketing for me, is interacting with my readers and importantly other bloggers. This is done via Facebook groups, or communities like The Style Collective. 

I do a lot of commenting, reading and engagement with other blogs, because it's important to me to support others, stay interested and give credit where credit is due.

By sharing my posts in blog communities, I get lots of traffic and readers to the site. 

You can also consider business cards, as a way to market yourself. I got mine from MOO and wrote a post about them here. They are good when I attend events and conferences.

Which brings me to the point of getting to know people you interact with online, IRL. 

Attend an event or meetup:

I think these are so underrated and I want to meet people IRL much more this year and into next. Although I may seem cool with all these spelling errors and random knowledge, I am way cooler in person :) Plus it allows me to feed off and contribute to others energy. I always try to meet local LA bloggers, and am starting to host more events like the one at Soulcycle or the one this Friday in Manhattan Beach.

You can join the SoulCycle Almost 30 Podcast Launch by clicking here.

Have brands you work with market for you:

Whenver I work with a brand, I include in the terms that they are to share my link, photo, pin or instagram on their socials as well.

This is HUGE and it's a really great way to get traffic and to bring their readers, to your site. This often happens naturally, if a brand likes the photos you've taken, but I like to be sure! As an example, I've seen a 192% lift in my posts, if a brand shares what I've done for them on socials.

It's a win-win! They get content, you get traffic.


As far as SEO, people need to find you on Google Search.

Having an SEO strategy in place is really important for marketing you and getting traffic to your site. Having an SEO plan gets organic growth and page views (vs. paid or bots - which I don't know how you can actually do that with page views...). 

It's really important and it seems really techy, so just a few high-level tips:

Being Boss on SEO Strategies

Style Collective SEO 101

There are so many resources for creating an SEO strategy, and I would suggest a few articles here to get started. Frankly I am not a complete expert on this, but manage to have Hundred listed as #1 on Google Search.  

Most importantly, having a marketing strategy is the best way for you to get your content out there. It's how you connect with your audience, brands find you, and get you paid for what you do! Finding the right plan to distribute your content is a critical part of your process! 

Okay PHEW.

What do you think? How do you market your blog, or business or service? I feel like so many people are moving towards more creative, living on their own but also need to know how to share their business with others so I am hopeful this is helpful!

Let me know :) 

Loving you,




HOT GIRL CONCERT WEAR: featuring Bourbon Barbies

Hi hi! 

How are youi? How was the weekend? 

I just got back from a week in Detroit, and then in Chicago for the weekend for a wedding!

It was THE BEST. I miss my friends so much, and being with everyone I love is every.thing.  Detroit felt so much like home (Midwest LIFE) and it was great to be among trees and the fall. Chicago felt like/is my serious home and I got to see lots of people, enjoyed the most amazing wedding. 

What did you do though?! Let me know!

A week ago when I was in Denver, we did a concert at Red Rocks and it was basically the shit. Completely rated appropriately (which is high) and a perfect setting for a good fall concert.

I was REALLY into my concert attire, all of it by Bourbon Barbies, a sustainable fashion brand that's doing things differently.

Sustainable being, the clothes are handmade by the BB babes, each to order, and sourced from the leftover designer clothes that places normally THROW OUT.

BB repurposes them, and makes them unique, and rad. They're affordably priced, and I feel like this street vibe is perfect mixed in your wardrobe. 

So I was in a ripped t-shirt, with the lace up and my FAVORITE jean jacket probably ever.

Everything is oversized and I was basically wearing pajamas, in public. Nothing is BETTER. It was comfortable, rocker chic and I really like to just play the part at concerts and dress accordingly. 

Also shout out to this jean jacket for being SO BADASS. I've gotten so many compliments on it. It's so comfortable and just the right size. 

Go to brunch, be brunch chic. Go to a show, be show chic. I am such a fan of dressing for whatever situation I am in. It makes it SO MUCH more fun. 


So I shopped all my favorite Fall/Winter concert threads for you! 

Shop rad gear:

Shop bitchin' shoes:

Shop badass jackets:

Shop babe accessories:

Okay so what are you loving? Anyone else wear specific outfits for specific places? 

Also any good concerts you're excited for? I just bought two tickets to Bon Iver at the Hollywood Bowl and I am SO EXCITED. I feel older that I am looking forward to a 'chill and sway' concert, but thats LIFE.

Okay, loving you! Chat soon.



Shower TIME: What's in my SHOWER

Hi friends!

How are you!? What’s happening?

I'd like to start this post a little like 'The Most Interesting Man' ads.

I don't often shower, but when I do. I make sure that it's GOOD AND WORTH MY WHILE!

(If you want to stop reading, I understand...LOL)

I wanted to tell you, the last weekend in Denver, with girls, I was reminded how all ladies have their specific bathroom bathing, shower habits.

Like, shower lengths for example.

Long showers, short showers. Hot or cold, or what products you use, is SO personal. It was so good to be like, oh you use that for a body wash, oh yeah dry brushing is so in, etc.

Also, call me crazy but I love a cold shower.

I think it could be living in LA but seriously it wakes me up SO MUCH and I heard some weird things about it burning brown fat or something? 

Again, weight loss. I'LL DO ANYTHING. Plus the water in our place is either only lava hot or chilled drink cold. Nothing in between. So I just go with it. 

(I've also had my landlord come in when I'm in robe to try and get the temperature right - she's an old lady, LOL. Love her).

Cold showers have been said to:

  • Increases Alertness
  • Refines Hair and Skin
  • Improves Immunity and Circulation
  • Stimulates Weight Loss
  • Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery
  • Ease Stres
  • Relieves Depression

Read about that here. It's sort of like the same benefits for cryotherapy from my perspective. I do that regularly (like 3x a month) and I wrote about my experience here.

Truly though, with cold showers, you get used to it. It becomes normalized and it's not scary. 

But I wanted to share some of the amazing products, and my shower routine because I’ve done my research!

Shower with cold water: It is good for burning fat and its good to make your hair super shiny.

Dry brush: Seriously a little massage for yourself, dry brushing is great for your skin, cellulite and just overall loving your body, HA. I feel like when I do it I am doing good to myself. I got my dry brush for super cheap on Amazon, here and I do it twice a week with body wash in a circular motion to increase blood flow and help brighten my skin.

Exfoliate: I wrote a post on the importance of exfoliation here, but seriously believe in the benefits of exfoliating for skin clarity and tone. Makes you feel super soft and like a million bucks.

Leave your hair wet: I don’t blow dry my hair, ever. I do enough damage curling it and having it up all the time, that by letting my hair air dry it’s really helped with damage control. Perfectly straight hair isn’t always in, so let that natural wave show (even if it’s just a few days a week!)

Use a wet brush: I bought a really cheap wet brush that really treats your hair RIGHT. It’s gentle, prevents breakage and helps your hair grow longer, stronger and more healthy.

Don't dry off TOO much: Right when I get out of the shower, I dry off just a bit and put on an oil or body lotion. So key to get your skin when it’s a bit wet so that you can absorb the extra moisture from the water.

Always use a hair mask: I do a hair mask every time I shower, pretty much. My hair seriously needs the mouisture and i think showering less allows me to do it, and have it really soak in. I LOVE mixing high end, and low end brands. This has helped me to grow longer, thicker less damanged hair.

Get laser hair removal: It' SO WORTH IT and then I don't need to shave. I got it done in NYC and it's lasted forever. I did basically my whole body, I tried my arm pits and it didn't do anything though, but everywhere else really works! You can get deals on Groupon or Gilt City for really good places. For NYC I did Skin Spa Soho. 

Be picky about your bath towels:  I was using just regular old towels before, nothing special, but when I found MAYDE I was like, damn. I have not been living my life the right way. This towel is SO BIG so it wraps all the way around you, like a blanket and it’s so so soft I like to hang in it as LONG as possible.

Mine is the rainbow towel, and it's turkish made, huge and SO SOFT.  

You can get one here

Plus, I am in love with the pattern, it’s bright and cute and just really dope with the fringe. I LOVE it.

I have two for our bathroom and want to get more for when guests come.

Mayde also makes amazing beach blankets and I have such a cute one that I use for our trips on the weekend to Malibu or to the beach.

Before I was using ratchet towels that I barely fit on, and Justin and I would be like massive people on tiny towels. NO BUENO.

So the beach blanket seriously makes my life. The pattern is cute, it’s light and it makes me happy inside.

Shop my favorite Mayde towels:

Shop my favorite exfoliant and dry brushes:

Shop my favorite shampoos and conditioners:

Shop my favorite body lotions:

Shop my favorite hair masks:

What products do you guys use in the shower? Anything I missed? Tell me your routine!

Okay back to cooking, I'm trying to make dinners now (blah) and cook for like a week. WISH ME LUCK.



Interview with Jen Glantz, author of, 'Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)'


I've got a dope, interesting, loving female for you to fall in love with today. Jen Glantz, of 'Bridesmaid for Hire'.

What started as a craiglist ad Jen has turned into a full blown empire. She's a professional bridesmaid, author, blogger, entrepenuer and all around badass.

You may remeber her from being on the The Almost 30 Podcast a few weeks back, where she blew me away by her kindness, her warmth, and her hustle. This girl had a job she hated in NYC, got laid off, and made her dream life by working hard and following her gut.

I could go on FOREVER. 

But a good place to start would be here: 

Once you've listened, subsribed and rated The Almost 30 Podcast :) please enjoy my interview with the amazing Jen Glantz of Bridesmaid for Hire.

Can you please give readers a brief introduction to who you are - what you do :)

I'm Jen Glantz - hello, new friends!

I'm a dry-clean only kind of mess who pulls herself together behind a Forever21 dress and hair products from CVS.

But if you want me give you a verbal on my resume, I'd love to tell you that first I am a storyteller and then I am a professional bridesmaid. I'm the heart behind the blog,, the author of the book All My Friends are Engaged, and the proud founder of the business, Bridesmaid for Hire. 

I'm also a wanna-be contender for the world's fastest pizza eater and library book reader.

Can you tell us about the circumstances or situation that prompted bridesmaid for hire? I love this story!

All of my friends got engaged in our early twenties and I became the "always a bridesmaid" of the group.

One day, I had two friends ask me to be their bridesmaid. They weren't super close friends of mine, but before I could even bat my eyelashes or look away to roll my eyes, I said yes, of course. I came home, told my roommate, and she blurted out -

"Wow, Jen. You're becoming a professional bridesmaid."

At that moment, I was going broke from being a bridesmaid and I was going mad trying to piece together the reason why every single person I knew was smooching their prince charmings and the only thing I was smooching were American Express Bills.

This idea formed in my head that since I was "good" at being a bridesmaid and I had done it more times than I could count on one hand, maybe I could do it for strangers and...I don't know..get paid?

I did what any poetry major would probably do when they want to start a business, I turned to Craiglist. I wrote an ad offering my services to strangers as their bridesmaid for hire, shut down my computer screen, didn't tell anyone about this, and went to sleep. Two days later, the ad went viral, my inbox was filled with emails from brides-to-be, and my heart was beating toward a gigantic opportunity I created almost by pure accident.

Were there ever any times when you doubted yourself on your journey? 

Oh yes, of course. I'm human and I'm proud of that! But the doubt that hit me hard never stemmed from other people's remarks or hesitation to the business idea. A lot of people laughed in my face at first, and even now. I went on live TV plenty of times and had to answer to reporters who were calling me crazy and saying this business idea must be some kind of delayed April Fool's Joke. I always whole-heartedly believed in the idea and the need for a business like this to help brides during a very emotional and stressful time. A time when they may not have a strong or stable support system in their lives.

My doubt, I think, stemmed from the moments when I would look myself in the mirror and feel as though I wasn't smart enough, brave enough or even fierce enough to run a business on my own. I have moments like that all the time.

But do you want to know what I do in those moments? I slap myself across the face. Not literally. But with words. When I feel those things, I force myself to say them out loud and when I say them out loud, I usually whisper those things because I live in NYC and my walls are thin. I don't need the entire neighborhood of Murray Hill to know i'm having a "moment". Plus, those are rough and tough things for a person to say to themselves and usually they are said as words that mask what you're really feeling.

So then I scream, I scream so so so loudly that sometimes I hear the neighbors on the 26th floor of my building open and close the door to see if anything is okay, I scream, "Jen you are enough. You are everything you need to be. You are able to do and feel and fight more than you can even bare to imagine."

Maybe living in NYC for 5 years has made me think that talking to yourself out loud, on occasion, is an OK thing to do. But I'm telling you right now, I wouldn't be where I am or who I am without those motivational monologue pep-talks I give myself quite often.

What has been the reaction of your family and friends?

I'm grateful to have a mini, yet mighty, support system.

My family has always had my back and have always pinky-promised me to never give up on my wild dreams. My brother stepped in when I first started the business and helped me get to be something more than just an idea. My roommate, Kerri, and my two friends, who live in NYC, Jess and Sarah, have loved me and put up with me on my best days and on my nightmare days. I owe them the world - or at least access to a good therapist! 

Of course some people I know haven't been so kind to me about the business. I remember I was in Macys shopping for bridesmaid dresses for a friend's wedding with her other bridesmaids. One of the girl's said nasty things to me about my business and I literally dropped my arm-full of dresses and ran out of the store crying.

But I've learned that no matter who you are, what you are, or what you work day-in and day-out to become, there will be people who laugh in your face, smirk behind your back and try to tell you that you're not good enough.

And that's okay. You never ever have to listen to them.

What's hard about what you do?

It can be a challenge dealing with all different types of people.

Weddings, while they are rumored to be the best moment of your life, are often filled with drama and pressure and just headaches that Advil can't cure. I'm usually what brides use as their 5"7 version of Advil, so I deal with a lot of personalities and attitudes.

I fall in love, a little bit, with every single person I meet. I think that's why I love my job, even on days when most people would get agitated after dealing with three bridezillas in a row. I guess I believe people have mostly good in their hearts. I want to help them bring that out.

What's the best part of what you do?

Meeting people who hire me to change their life but without even realizing it - they change mine. I've had the chance to meet strangers from all over the world because of this job.

My life, my personality and my heart has evolved and changed in the past two years because of all of those people.

What's something you're really excited about right now?

Since I was a little babe, I dreamed of publishing a book. I published my first book as an e-book in 2013 - because close to 35 publishers told me I wasn't good enough or popular enough to write a book that would sell at a place like Barnes and Noble. I refused to give up and am excited to announce that my second book, Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire) comes out February 7th to bookstores everywhere - and Amazon. Simon and Schuster believed in me and they published it - after close to 20 other publishers pointed me to the exit door.

What do you think it is about you, that's made you so successful?

I think there's truly only one secret to success or to get what you want in this world. I'll tell you that secret but I beg that you believe me.

The secret is: don't you dare give up. Even when there's more reasons to give up than to go on - that just means you're almost there. Please hold on. Fight on. Figure out ways to fail over and over and over again. But then figure out ways to piece back together your game plan so it makes sense in ways you never imagined when you first started out.

So yes, that's my secret. I never gave up. If you viewed the list of people who told me I should - throughout my life - you'd be reading a list that's practically as long as the 7th Harry Potter Book.

What has been the most rewarding thing about being successful?

Accepting in my gut that anything is possible - as long as you're willing to work extremely and painfully hard.

Nothing long-lasting happens over night - not love, not forgiveness, not success.

What's your favorite topic to cover on your blog or when you write?

I love writing about the people who enter my world, even if they enter for only 20 minutes, because I met them on a park bench or at the table top of a bar in the east village, and they said something to me - a sentence or two - that forever changed my life.

I love telling those stories because they show the power strangers have over our lives.

What would you tell someone who is in their 20s, and feels like their career isn't fulfilling?

Here's something nobody else in your life will whisper in your ear: you were made to do more than one thing in your life.

When you're in school, you're hammered into picking one major and getting one degree so you can skip town and get one job. That's not what we were truly meant to do. We're humans and we're complex. We love more than one thing and we're not made to settle. Channel your instincts and find a hobby or a side hustle that makes your heart beat out of control - because it should. It always should.

What's one piece of advice you'd give YOUR 20 year old self?

Don't try to make everyone around you happy.

I take that back.

Focus on making yourself happy.

Our 20's seem to be the time when we're focusing on everyone else - because we have to.

We have to impress our boss so we can get paid and have a place to live. We have to impress our friends, because we start to realize how ruthlessly hard it is to make new ones.

We have to impress the person we're in a relationship with, because we far starting from scratch and downloading 8 dating apps.

What happens is that we lose ourselves or we don't ever get to know ourselves. My fear was that one day I'd wake up in my 30's with the wrong job, the wrong friends and the wrong guy.

I guess I learned if you don't want that to happen you have to really take inventory on yourself. Find out what you love - what you will never compromise on - and what you want to get out of this one chance you have at life. 

What's something related to your business that you didn't expect to happen, but that's been a challenge for you?


There was a time when I was working full-time, building Bridesmaid for hire on the side, writing my second book, oh - and trying to date! For a while, I distanced myself from a social life just so I could work, work, work.

I think finding balance is a terribly hard thing to do. I think sometimes you need to give in to the extremes (too much work...too many nights spent on the couch binge watching a show with your roommate or spending the weekend laptop-free, biking Brooklyn with your boyfriend) to get you to realize that you can have both, you can have it all, if you just understand and embrace balance.

Do you have anyone on your team working with you?

Right now, I'm a one-woman show! I have a couple of gals that sometimes will work weddings with me and for me - but i'm managing this business all by myself.

What's been a project or piece that you've worked on that really stuck with you?

I'd say writing my second book was one of the most challenging projects i've ever done. I had two months to write the entire book and at the same time, I was laid-off from my full-time job.

My emotions were all over the place and the idea of having to write close to 100,000 words in 60 days left me sleepless. I poured everything I had into writing that book and now when I read over the manuscript, I can't help but fall on the floor and flood myself with tears. I'm exposing a huge part of my heart to the world and while that's so scary it's also extremely therapeutic. 

You talk a lot about dating and being single in your posts. But now you're in a happy relationship (yay!) how does that affect what your work?

I've always had the goal of writing about what was currently going on in my life.

When I started my blog, 5 years ago, I wrote mainly about the struggle and the blahh of living at home in my parent's house while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and snag a job that paid more than $8 an hour. Then I wrote about my perpetual singledom and being a constant bridesmaid. So I want that trend to continue. If I get married, have kids, move to the moon - I want to expose stories about what that's all really like in hopes that my readers can relate, laugh and realize that live is sometimes disgustingly beautiful.

What scares you?

Time. I'm scared of running out of time. That may be the best and the worst thing to be scared of. Best because it makes me get out of bed in the morning faster. Bad because sometimes I exhaust myself.

What's one of your life goals?

To become a motivational speaker for young women. That's my forever career goal. I just want to change people's lives using the hurt, mistakes and the love that i've hugged onto in my lifetime so far. 

What's next for you?

I wish I knew where or who i'll be in a year from now or even in a week from now. Life has this brilliantly delicate way of keeping us on our tipy toes, showing us that we can stand on them longer than we think, even when the pain sinks in and the temptation to fall over just seems so contently easy. I'm on my tipey toes - eager to find out what's truly next. 

Where can people connect with you?

Twitter + Instagram + Snapchat land: @jenglantz




All My Friends are Engaged Book

Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)

Bridesmaid for Hire

There are some SERIOUS nuggets in there, right? If you haven't already, definitely listen to the Podcast Episode, it's SO GOOD I was in tears at points.

Let me know what you think. I reasonated so much with the parts of doing your own thing, finding your own way and sticking true to who you are.


So glad to introduce you to Jen :) Keep me posted on what resonates with YOU.



Brands I LOVE + I was interviewed by Poppy & Maria (use the code KRISTA20 for 20% off!)

Hello hello! Hi!

Cruising ourselves on through the week!

We are halfway there! How's it been going? 

Today I am so excited to share two brands I love, really good links to shop and an interview I did with the brand, Poppy & Maria. They posted it on their site a few weeks back!

Poppy & Maria is a jewelry brand that makes stunning, quality, dainty pieces that have crystals in them - My JAM! as you know.

What I love about Poppy & Maria is that each piece is really QUALITY. They are stunning, classic and I wear them all the time, and they haven't tarnished or changed color. It's real gold! 

They also are just really thoughtful and customer service oriented people. Gotta love that!

(You can also get 20% off by leveraging the code KRISTA20 !) 

In this post I also share this amazing comfortable flattering Show Me Your Mumu Tunic, and my fav purse.

The reason I am sharing the interview I did with Poppy & Maria is because I thought the questions were super thoughtful, and really provide a good understanding of me, how I structure my day, and my priorities :). 

I know you guys know me, but for new readers, maybe a little insight? Also it was good for me to see  how I would like to interview people! Loved it.

Okay short and sweet! Here we are! 


My interview with Poppy & Maria Jewellery


What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Ohhh I love this question! I am big on the morning ritual! The time between dreamland and when we wake is so precious.

I wrote about morning rituals here!

I went through a long period where I got up at 7 AM, went straight to my computer and phone and started my day from there.

Basically, I wasn’t being intentional with my time, and letting my stress get the best of me! This, for me, was basically the worst way to start the day. Spiked cortisol levels had me buggin’!

I now make it a point to start my day with intention.

The first thing I do when my alarm goes off at 6 AM is give thanks, for waking up, for my boyfriend next to me, and my health.

After that I meditate, eat breakfast (usually from a food delivery service called Thistle) and then write down 3 things I want to accomplish that day.

Sometimes I’ll oil pull with coconut oil to whiten my teeth, and scrape my tongue (which has been said to remove bacteria that gets you sick). After that (about 45 minutes later) it’s off to the races. I’ll either get started on work or go for a workout!

No rest for the wicked :)

A typical day for me goes something like this:

Right now, I am full time blogging, but in a few weeks I’ll start a new job in Digital Media in Downtown L.A. Each day, I’ll make sure to meditate, workout (either doing SoulCycle, or The Studio MDR in Marina Del Rey - which kicks my ass!)

After my morning ritual, and my workout, I will start working around 10 AM and either work from home or Rose Cafe in Venice. I’ll work through the day until 4 PM, and I’ll usually have sponsor/brand calls mixed in through the day.

It’s super important for me to get on the phone with brands because it totally shifts the energy of the relationship so it’s more meaningful. For me, this is all part of the process of treating The Hundred Blog like a real business, and applying all of the business skills I’ve learned to my brand now.

When I say work during the day, that includes, writing, editing, responding to emails, commenting, social, proposals….some days are photo shoots as well. I usually do a full day photoshoot once a month with my photographer, Danika. Of everything I do, taking pictures is probably my least favorite! It’s fun to dress up, but man sometimes you’re not feeling it!

The amount I work on my blog each day changes, and I am lucky that I can go with my motivation levels for the day and be fluid with myself. I do spend about 40 hours a week on it with everything that goes into it - but it’s mostly outside of just 9-5 hours.

After the work day is done, I’ll try to get yoga in, see friends, or go walk on the beach with my boyfriend. We live right on the water in Venice - so we try to make the most of it!

Before bed I may sneak in some more emails or social, but ideally, I’ll be asleep by 10 PM. Sleep is everything!

I don’t watch TV or anything like that, it’s basically just friends, blog and working out all day everyday. But I wouldn’t have it any other way right now.

I got into (my profession) by …

I got into blogging, and writing about a year ago when I lived in New York City. That place man! If you don’t have a side hustle in addition to your normal hustle, you aren’t living in NYC. At that time, two years ago, I was working at a company based in London, so was traveling a lot. After friends kept telling me that I needed to document my travels, I decided to make the blog with the intention to share my travel recommendations, and life in NYC.

It’s really just been a process from there.

Lots of intention setting, coming back to the purpose, and then consistent posting and sharing. It ebbs and flows from fashion, to fitness, to personal growth but I try to keep it authentic to what’s inspiring me at that moment.

I want this blog to be a foundation for me to move into public speaking, or something related to personal growth and an impact on a deeper more energetic level that’s most likely going to be done in person. But we’ll see!

If I knew then what I know now, I would …

I would have started my blog a lot sooner, and worked on it a lot more! My first blog posts were so weird, man. They were like haiku’s. I swear they didn’t make sense, but I think you need to just figure out your style, and that only takes time! Even posts I’ve done a month ago, I’m like, er what?

But you just need to keep it moving.

I would have also been less afraid.

The first year was basically just telling myself to ‘not care’ what people think of me if I was sharing my thoughts via the blog. If I had started before I would be way further along than I am now.

What’s your favorite piece on your site?

Weirdly, I love my music section!

I feel like it doesn’t get much love, but I really love music so the playlists I make, I’m really into! There’s a mix of chill, rap, R&B and alternative, and there’s nothing better than a good playlist when you’re grinding away at work.

The best thing about having my own fashion site is…

Feeling like I can share a part of my being that I wasn’t sharing before.

I feel like Hundred Blog is an extension of me, and I get so much satisfaction from creating and being creative with the site. I’ve loved the actual website design process so much, I’ve created three other websites in addition to Hundred Blog!

Also, it’s hearing from people that read or I’ve connected with, that what I am saying resonates with them. There’s nothing better than knowing you’ve impacted some person in some positive way.

Oh, and getting paid to wear cool stuff isn’t so bad either! :)

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mix of L.A. bohemian and minimal lesbian streetwear - LOL.

I really toe that line where during the week, my everyday wardrobe is very street. I like black, I like easy button downs, and Adidas sneakers. Minimal T-shirts from Alexander Wang, with ripped jeans from Blank Denim NYC are life.

I like anything with a bit of an edge.

When I dress up, however, I love to go super feminine. Big hair, simple gold jewelry, statement lips, doe eyes and a bomb dress.  I always like to try new trends for date night or going out, but try to stick to what works for me and my body for the most part.

If I could raid one person’s jewelry box it would be…

Ah this is such a good one! Even though most celebrities borrow all their jewelry - LOL.

I would LOVE to raid the Olsen Twins collection.

On the real, their line, Elizabeth and James is so STUNNING, and through all the chaos of growing up, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stayed super classic, fashion forward and ahead of the times. I love their simple, elegant and feminine approach to jewelry. It never overpowers, just eye catches and adds to their whole appeal.

True fashion icons!

What’s the best fashion secret you have ever learnt?

Either that fashion is truly cyclical, or that, it’s always good to do something different.

I remember living in NYC, my friend Rob commented how cyclical fashion was, when I was wearing this 70’s style suede fringe vest to lunch. It struck me how true that was! As I get older I see things that were cool when we were like 10, are back in style. Bell bottoms were the bomb when I was in 8th grade, but then we went to skinny jeans, and now bell bottoms are back. Mini backpacks like the ones in Clueless were all the rage, and now they’re cool again! There’s so many examples of this, but it reminded me that I can keep classics in my wardrobe forever.

It’s always good to do something different, I learned in high school. This is so lame to even say, but I was voted best dressed, and when I won I was so surprised, because I felt like I had always been doing my own thing in fashion (as much as you can call it fashion in Ohio!) I didn’t wear anything anyone else did, and I felt like that made me not as cool, but in the end, people remembered that I did something different, and recognized me for it.

For me, no outfit is complete without …

A crystal! I always put one small one in my bra - usually a black tourmaline chunk or citrine!

No matter how busy I am each day, I make sure that I …

I said it before, but I always make sure to either meditate, or sweat!

Meditation has changed my life in a major way, and created a space for me to become more closely aligned to God or Spirit, and to the person I am and want to be.

I wrote about meditation here.

When I have spare time, you can usually find me …

Working out!

I’m sort of crazy, but working out keeps me sane. I feel so much more connected to my body and so much more grounded when I work out multiple times a week. It’s more than just the physical benefits for me at this point, it’s the mental clarity and calm that means so much.

I wrote about working out here.

On the whole, I would say that I am …

Really interested in getting the most from life.

Whether that’s eating really well, learning as much as possible, or loving as much as I can, I want to really make this lifetime count. It sounds corny, and it is, but I feel really #blessed to be healthy, whole and be surrounded by people that love me.

Not to say that I don’t have bad days, but most of us are on the whole, truly blessed if we really stop to think about it.

When it comes to jewelry, my mantra is …

Simple, soft and with a purpose! I love when jewelry MEANS something me. You’re wearing it so close to your heart, so when a piece really has meaning, it’s that much better. I got this gold quartz necklace in South Africa, during a vacation with my boyfriend, and I didn’t know it then, but because it reminds me of that trip, I love it that much more.

I love how Poppy & Maria incorporates stones into their pieces. Crystals are weird, but they work! So having them in my jewelry is the best.

Shop my favorites from Show Me Your MuMu:

Okay your turn. Would love to know the answers to some of these questions! I felt like what they asked me was so on point to what's interesting, what people want to hear about and really allowed ya to get to know :).

Taking note for my future interviews!

Also how amazing are their pieces? And the Show Me Your Mumu Dress/Shirt? I LOVE. I have been wearing it with and without pants (hehe) and it's such a good transition for Fall here in L.A. Definitely one of my favorite brands :) 

Alright friends! Keep me posted, I love you!





How to be an amazing bridesmaid (or wedding guest!) + this dress from Free People

Oh hi friend!

How are you? How was the weekend?

I was in DENVER this past weekend for my bestie's bachelorette, and am feeling oh so TIRED. But loved it, we did a lot of the things listed in my Denver guide, and also had a TAROT READER come join. It was really fun.

But to you. How's life? Is it Fall where you are? California is hot as F right now. 

With my friends wedding upcoming, I started to think about weddings and how I can be the best wedding guest or bridesmaid possible. 

I’ve come to find that making the effort for these weddings, really sets my friendship with that person apart from someone that may not show up, or is a bit aloof or unsupportive.

Justin and I made the effort to see my amazing friend Alexandra and her fiancee wed in Atlanta (I wouldn’t have missed it for the world TBH) and I feel like it really solidifies my place in her and her husbands life, as forever friends.

No better feeling really!

I think that I really could use more advice here from you too.

For the bridesmaid babes, what do you do to make the bride feel special? How do you try to make their lives easier during a crazy chaotic time? 

Or how do you just be a good-ass wedding guest to all the weddings we have these next few years!

 Oh and this dress! This I wore to a wedding in Chicago from my lovely friends at Free People.

This dress is so appropriate for a wedding I LOVE the halter top on the dress. It shows enough skin, (but not too much) and I felt comfortable all night.

Plus the quality is out of this world. It feels expensive, a bit heavy and really nice to wear. I am so thankful I have this so I can wear it, pretty much forever.

Highly recommend, friends! I'll have it forever I'm sure! :)

But back to being a good wedding guest... I asked my lovely friend Jen Glantz of 'Bridesmaid for Hire' what her tips would be on being a good wedding guest.

If you haven't met her, check out The Almost 30 Podcast episode where we interview her - she's AMAZING and basically attends weddings as a bridesmaid for a living. In addition to that, she's an author, has an amazing blog and just all around badass lady.

You can also get her amazing book, Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire) here! I just picked mine up :)

She drops knowledge on my first bullets below! 

How to be an amazing wedding guest:

  • Show up on time & show up sober. Get through the ceremony and then you can reward yourself with hugging hello the open bar.
  • Dance when the party needs a pick-me-up. Even if your seat at the reception table is super comfy, get your butt on the dance floor to help get the party started and keep it going. 
  • Leave the drama for your momma - or just at the door. Try not to start any fights or bring in any stress on the wedding day with personal problems. Everyone can feel your energy when you walk in a room and that energy is contagious. Bring your best self to a wedding.
  • My friend Cassidy talked about making things personal for the wedding gift, or going off the registry. Which I think are both really good points. The wedding party really takes time to fill out the registry, so what's on there, they actually want. Or if you know them well, get them something you KNOW they'd like. 
  • Also to not overwhelm the bride, try texting other people if you need to find the location for the church on the big day. If you text the bride and the groom it may get overwhelming, so try to be mindful and keep the random text for directions to a minimum.

How to be an amazing bridesmaid:

  • DON'T make this about you. If you're not happy with the dress, your hair or makeup - don't make it a point to go wild about it. Suck it up and remember, in 8-hours you can change into PJs and wash the makeup off!
  • Don't ghost on the bride. Call and text every so often to let her know you're there if you need her.
  • I make it a point to check in often with my friends that are brides. Asking how they are, how everything is going is really important. It's such a stressful time, and there's so much going on, they need to know who is there and be reminded why they are doing it in the first place!
  • I also love to get my bride babes this necklace from Etsy. It's simple, and I engrave either her new initials or the date of their wedding in there. 
  • Keep it calm, and be understanding. Period.

Shop the post:

Free People Athea Drape Maxi in Green

They have other colors too which are GORGEOUS. 

Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' Sandal

These are so comfortable, let me tell ya!

Other great options:

What do you think?

For the brides, what could your guests do for you? What could your bridesmaids do to help? Would LOVE your advice and stories too! I'm sure you have so many!

Loving you!


Thanks for Free People for your partnership on this post! 


Not into numbers, but why METRICS are key for bloggers (which ones and why!)

Oh my.

A post about NUMBERS and key metrics for bloggers. It all seems so serious to me. 

I am not a numbers person.

Just not into it.

Math? I'm good. Counting calories? Nah. Checking my bank account regulary? Would rather not.

(Anyone with me?)

So, I never thought I'd be doing this. 

I just cringe at the thought of putting a numeric value on my CRAFT!

(Dramatic sigh).

I also never thought I'd be buying toilet paper on a Saturday night but HEY! Sometimes you can't predict life.

As a blogger, or website owner, or whatever you want to call it, understanding your metrics is REALLY important.

Let me tell you a story real quick.

7 months into blogging I was doing my thing focusing on quality content, trying to stay true to myself and basically using Hundred as an outlet.

My blog is basically a place where I create what I want to see in the world. 

I had RewardStyle and this point, and Google AdSense (of which I don't use anymore, you can read about that here) and hadn't had a sponsorship deal yet.

Then randomly, a brand I LOVED reached out to me. I'm pumped, I'm like yeah totally let me rep you! Then, they asked for my #'s.

I'm like um, 36, 25, 34?

(JK those are the measurements from Baby Got Back).

I actually had no idea. So at that moment, I knew I had to (even though I didn't want to) force myself to take a look at all my numbers.

The metrics and data behind Hundred Blog.

Its one of those things like weighing yourself.

You don't want to do it, but it's the truth. The numbers most of the time, don't lie. They can also help you to start planning for the future. Just like the physical scale, you need to understand your baseline to plan to lose weight and track accordingly.

You don't need to be obsessed but if you want to grow you have to understand where you're starting from. 

Using metrics you can get clear on what’s working and what’s not working.

Look at your most popular content on your website. See which posts do well, and which don't to get a better understanding what your readers are into. 

Some of my most popular posts are the below: 

This tells me that you guys are into the beauty posts, and travel. Also relationship inspiration and a bit about healthy eating. Importantly, my most recent post always does the best, which means that people are staying up to date with each post! 

Here, the key part is looking at the kinds of content that gets good traction and make informed decisions around that!

The key things to look at:

Look at your top pages visited and use that to shape future content. Doing follow-up to those! This is something that I am working on. Figuring out how to incorporate old post data in my current content. 

Find out what people are searching for on your site. 

Look for what’s relevant to your readers, and go there! 

Check your comments to see which seem to resonate the most with people and drove the most true engagement. The amount of comments or feedback is a good indicator of what drives people to your site. On disqus (what I have) you can use their analytics tool to see which months, days and posts drove the most engagement!

The most important part, and to bringing it back to my theory. 

Numbers are one tool but they aren’t always the full story.

They aren’t the background into why you are creating it and why you are sharing it.

This should be your passion, your voice and you need to feel compelled to share something with all the lovely babes that you connect with.

Lastly, another tip is to give your readers that next step:

Ask people to share.

What’s the next thing you want them to do? Share with friends? Shop your post?

The Skinny Confidential, is SO GOOD AT THAT.

She always keeps you going to other parts of her brand or social. Read this, tweet here, enter to win this on X platform. Serious GOALS.

Giving the call to action can sometimes be that important point.

But you still need to make the most impact with what it is you are creating.

Oh, BTW and I've got this outfit and some fall transition FAVORITES for you to shop while you're thinking of ways to repurpose your amazing content :) 

Shop the BEST embroidered tops:

Shop high-waisted denim:

Growth is something you need to track, and for sponsors, they need to know your numbers to undrestand your reach.

Of course you'll tell them you'll provide value in other ways, because your value is in your unique ability to represent their brand but essentially they'll want to know:

  • Your social reach (all of your socials totalled) 
  • Your page views monthly
  • Your unique website visitors
  • Your RSS subscribers (some do this)
  • Your conversion rate (some do this!)

Having these figures helps them to undrestand and lay the groundwork for what they can expect from your relationship in terms of exposure. 

The most important thing is if you continue to do what you love, and you’re passionate about that, it will pay off.

Data shouldn’t matter to you with your creative outlet.

I check my numbers monthly, I have an afternoon or night where I go through my Google Analytics, check and review my popular posts, tally my shares, and look at trends on Hundred Blog. I want to be sure that I'm always trending up, or if I'm not understand why that may be. 

There have been bigger months than others, and I also am beginning to take a look at time as it relates to the popularity of my posts. When do my people read Hundred? Then go into the 'WHY' which is around content. 

Basically, though, if you're trusting your gut, and it feels right, your intuition and trusting your gut is bigger than numbers! Truly. 

That's what I always say.

INC. magazine also had this amazing feature of Gary Vaynerchuk talking about less data, and more intuition. It's SO GOOD. 

Read about that here

I really think that the best bloggers, business owners and creatives are best at following their intuition, over anything. So that should trump data anyday. 

So, about you! Which metrics do you guys look at? Do you have a process for analyzing your blog's data? What should I be doing? I'd love tips and ideas here!

I hope the week is going well, BTW. I'm prepping for a bachelorette in Denver this weekend and lots of things for Almost 30 Podcast - SO cited.

Loving you!

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

Okay soooo I’m BACK!

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

But first, how are you? How are things?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you ever felt like this after vacation?

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

Doing things like:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The HIGHS: PRANA SPA, forever.

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

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

I’m like a cat. Pet me and I’m yours.

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

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

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

This one PIECE was also a huge high for me.

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

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

Shop my favorite one-pieces:

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

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

The one workout I did do, was run.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feels good to be back with ya!

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

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

All my love,


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

Hi guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, here we are! My interview with Erica!

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2014 - Moved to California with my fiancé

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

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

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

September 2014 - Meditation practice and spiritual journey began

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's amazing about what you do? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here I am. Crazy, right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Poof! Be gone girl!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ah - synchronicity!  I love it! Yes!

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

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

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

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

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

Krista, girl, you are too sweet! 

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

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

I nourish my skin with love, gentleness & kindness

My skin glows from the inside out

I'm grateful for my inner & outer beauty

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

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

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

I do at least 1 mask a week!

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

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

What's your favorite crystal right now?

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

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

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

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

**I do that too, and LOVE IT!

Who are some women that inspire you?

First & foremost, my amazing madre inspires me!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I LOVE them all!

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

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

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

"I radiate beauty, confidence and grace."

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

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

Om Hakini Namaha - a mantra for activating our intuition

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

Om Shanti – a mantra for wishing peace for all

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

What are you excited about right now? 

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

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

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

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

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

Where can people connect with you and learn more :) 

I love connecting with people!

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

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

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

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

Loving this, and you!!!



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

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

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

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

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

So many bloggers, so many blogs so little time.

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

"So how do you make money then?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for bloggers: 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shoot with different photographers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop this look:

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

Nasty Gal Strappy Heels

My Willows Shades

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

Gold Midi Rings

Dior Lip Addict Maximizer

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

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

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


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

Have the best week! Loving you!




Keeping it SPICY with Red HOT Date Night Dresses

Damn, sometimes you just need a date night.

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

That could just be me? HA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ya feel me?

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

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

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

Anyone else feel me?

Shop hot FIRE date night dresses:

Shop hot girl shoes:

Other date night essentials:

Besides possibly some spanx is there anything I missed?

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

The FP dress though, fire right?

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

More Bali updates later, too!

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

Also email me to be on it!!

Lahving you,


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

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

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

I wanted to share today's post with ya!

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

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

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

Is talking about coconut oil dead?

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

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

Oil pulling.

So, what is oil pulling?

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

Vogue says,

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

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

How to do it:

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

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

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

Positive Benefits:

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

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

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

Whitens teeth, naturally.


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

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

Listed benefits beyond dental health?

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

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

What you need and where to get it:

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

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

You can shop the best coconut oils below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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BALI VIBES: My mini-itinerary + what I packed

Hi friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How MOM AM I? 

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

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


What kind of vacationer are you!?

Otherwise what's happening:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday: Snorkeling, boating in Padang Bai 

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

Where I’m staying:

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

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

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

What I packed:

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

But I'm really excited :)

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

All my love,

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

Greetings babes!

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

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

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

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

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

Sigh. Maybe someday when I have a baller kitchen!

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



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

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

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

What's included in your delivery:

3 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

3 Dinners

3 Large juices

These are all fully prepared packaged meals.

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

The whole sha-bang!

They have a vegan menu and an animal protein menu.

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

Some example menu items:

Tantalizing Thai Curry Tofu Scramble

Mango, Roasted Cauliflower and Curried Chickpea Bowl

Summer Heatwave Salad

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Green Broccoli Bowl w/ Creamy Avocado Dressing

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

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

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

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

Have the best week!


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

Oh my goodness guys.

I never thought this day would come. 

Can I be super excited about something for a second? 

(blushing emoji)

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

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

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

Why podcasting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which is so key! 

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

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

Behind the scenes:

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

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

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

We also have our Instagram we created!

It's been a process for sure!

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

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

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

What The Almost 30 Podcast is about:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The format:

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

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

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

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

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

Where you come in:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Krista xo

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shape Magazine says,

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

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

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

Benefits of exfoliating:

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

  • Leaves the skin feeling SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN!

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

  • Makes pores appear smaller

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

  • Helps with fine lines and wrinkles

  • Helps with discoloration of skin

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

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

Been there, HA.


My favorite self-tanners:

Best body scrubs:

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

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

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

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

Recipe for a homemade body scrub via wellness mama:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil

1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil 

1 tsp real vanilla extract

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

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

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

Keep me posted - what are your favorites?! 

Chat soon,


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.


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?


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


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


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:

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.





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!


What are you? Morning? Night?

Not a person? Alien?


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!


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


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.


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! 



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


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

Hi you!!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Lazy Girls Margarita:

1 shot of tequila OR

1 shot of mezcal

1 cup of Mango Magic Suja Juice

Seltzer Water to give it some bubble, to taste

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

Details on the Mango Magic Juice:

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

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

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

Other favorites from Suja:

For alcoholic beverages:

Berry Goodness

Cucumber Chill


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!