a million tiny diamonds laughing in the sun

mermaidSummertime is finally here! Well, I’m actually taking classes in Dallas right now, but I will be back to the beach in a few weeks. In order to keep my beachy, bedhead hair, I use these four products regularly. It is important to maintain your hair in the summer, since the salt water (or salt water spray) can be drying and damaging to your hair. I find that tying my hair into a knot after using these products creates beautiful, natural waves. If theres still not enough texture to hold the knot, I continue to swear by the Goody spin pins!

1. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: My sister recommended this product and I have been using it every day. Even after I shower, I spray it on my roots when my hair is dry and it gives just enough texture and volume. It also smells amazing!

2. Bumble and Bumble Salt Spray: This spray has been one of my staples for over a year. It gives the perfect amount of texture that I get from jumping into the ocean and rinsing when I’m by the beach. It can be drying, so be sure to keep your hydrate!

3. Moroccanoil Weightless Hair Mask: Which brings me to this product…this is the best hydrating mask that I use once or twice a week. It leaves your hair smelling amazing for the whole day! I like using the light mask so it doesn’t weigh my hair down too much.

4. Oribe Split End Seal: I just started using this product for the past few months and it is magic! It keeps my ends fresh and healthy, making my haircut visits less frequent. I just apply it to the ends when my hair is damp and let it dry completely.


working on your soul

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I recently watched Cassey Ho’s video on The “Perfect” Body and it was very moving. We are constantly look at ourselves and wish we had at least five different things about our body. We workout excessively, diet, try insane cleanses (that I personally last half a day through) all for what? Because, if I did end up achieving my “dream body”, would I feel that different? Or would I start picking out other imperfections? It’s all just a vicious cycle that we all play into.

I started wondering why we are so focused on our appearance, when it all comes down to who you are on the inside. This may seem obvious, or cliche (I am a fan of the cliches) but seriously! One day I am going to die, and whoever reflects on my life is surely not going to say “she had big arms” or “she had a good tan” (thanks for that one Brynne). I would hope that someone would talk about the person I was any impact I may have had on them.

Why are we obsessing over our bodies and overall appearance when that’s not what’s important in the end? Is that what really defines you? I’m not saying I’m perfectly secure with my image now that I’m posting this, but it is definitely something I am more aware of. I think we should all accept our bodies for what they are, how they were created, and how they will remain without trying to manipulate our diets and exercise. I’m all about a healthy lifestyle, but to restrict myself from good food or a day of vegging out on the couch is a waste of energy.

Embrace yourselves! We have so much more to share with the world, and good energy and a happy soul makes you look a lot better!

-xo-


dreamer

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The fact that I miss Australia is an understatement.  I can’t tell you how many times I open Instagram in the morning, where my feed is flooded with Australian bloggers, restaurants, and other people who are in the middle of enjoying a beautiful day in paradise.  My heart hurts a little, then I get up and go about my day.

I know, how dramatic! I had my experience, and I am so thankful for that. I plan to go back again soon, maybe after graduating to either travel or explore…so it was not goodbye forever!

One thing I really miss, and I knew I would miss, is the walk to and from yoga. It took about 15 minutes to walk uphill from Coogee to Clovelly, where I would walk into the intimate space of This is Yoga. Melanie and Michael are amazing teachers, with vibrant and positive personalities which makes the classes even better. After a good one hour sweat, I would make my way back downhill to Coogee. I loved walking at night, looking up at the stars in a complete daze. I would make my way to the end of Beach Road, seeing all of the people eating and drinking at Coogee Pavillion, kids running around playing, and seeing the waves crash on the beautiful shore. The moon would either be lit up over the ocean, or just a crescent in the sky, but it was beautiful either way. The sound of the ocean still resonates in my head, the feeling of the salty breeze, and the overall sense of being grounded.

Sydney truly is a special place. I don’t know anyone who comes back with a single bad thing to say about it. I hope I can go back again soon…but until then I’ll try to keep myself from checking Instagram first thing in the morning!

xx


checking out

IMG_5941…and checking back in at the Sahana Villas! No, I did not take this picture from Pinterest, I stayed in the room on the left for three amazing nights! We had the entire property (with three villas) with our own cleaning and cooking staff. Bali is incredibly affordable, making this $1 million a night-looking space WAY cheaper.

I would do anything to go back here and see the people we met. The owners are such a special family, who made our visit very memorable. Seminyak was my favorite part of Bali. I can picture walking down the streets to shop, eat at Mamasan, and have a drink on the water at Potato Head.

But…for now I’ll be here in Dallas, daydreaming of being tan and vacationing on the beach…


must be on vacation

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…clearly! I haven’t posted anything in the longest time! This semester has been hectic, not to mention it’s flown by! It’s crazy to think I was in Australia a few months ago, and that I had all these goals and plans in mind. So much has changed, but I am committed to going back to Australia very soon!

I’m going to NYC this weekend! I’ve only been twice when I was younger, so I’m excited to go on my own and visit friends.

Dallas has been amazing–believe it or not, I’m going to stay in June for classes. Hopefully I can squeeze in a Bahamas trip in May, I’m dying to get to the beach for some summer sun! I’m also excited to say that I signed up to complete my yoga teacher training with Baron Baptiste this summer. I’ll be going to New York for a week-long intensive teacher training. I can’t wait to see some old faces from level one, as well as meet some new people!

I’ll be sure to keep this more up to date, with a NYC post to follow!

xx


sweet

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Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you all enjoy the day with the ones you love. I am so happy to be home with my family–we’re celebrating my cousin’s engagement! The weather is perfect, sunny and a cool 60 degrees. It’s great to take a break from reality and come home for a few days.

Send the love today! I’m missing all my friends who aren’t here today, but I’m so thankful for the great relationships in my life!

xx


simplicity

dainty picValentines Day is around the corner, but it’s never too late to order last minute gifts for your best friend, or to have your best friend hint to your boyfriend! My current jewelry trend is collecting small, dainty pieces that give a more simple look.

I have always loved Helen Ficalora–I have my charm necklace collection that started back in high school and is still being added on-to! They just launched an updated site which makes shopping her products a lot easier!

Catbird is a recent favorite, with the dainty stack rings that are also fun to collect! My best friend Clara recently gave me the small heart ring, which is now stacked with another ring and gold knuckle ring. I’m already adding to the collection, but it’s a secret because I got a matching one for Clara for Valentines day 🙂

I recently discovered a jewelry designer, Ariel Gordon, who has similar products and also some other adorable additions! I Love the double heart ring, and there’s some other beautiful pieces on her website!

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentines Day! This week by roommates and I will be baking sugar cookies to give to our best friends here in Dallas. I’m going home as well next weekend to see my family and celebrate my cousin’s engagement!

xx


cheers!

 

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I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2014–okay, how many people have said that? Anyways, I’ll be spending the holiday sick in bed with the flu…but that gave me some time to think of some new years resolutions!

After spending most of my year across the world, I’ve come to terms with so many of my previous beliefs and resolutions. Mostly, you get the classic: workout more, eat clean, think positive, yadda yadda. How many people really stick to that? Let me rephrase that: How many people stick with that for more than the first week?

This year, I’ve decided to practice some new resolutions–some that are the opposite of mine last year!

1. exercise when there is time

Last year, my resolution was to make time for working out. It became a line on the checklist, something that I didn’t put too much thought into. I believe that exercise should be enjoyed, and should be something to clear the mind and body from stress–not something to stress about. So this year, I’m going to work out when there’s that window of time that I need to step away from any chaos, and I hope to transition my mindset of exercise as a reward rather than work for a reward.

2. leave the country at least once

It’s so easy to settle back into routine at home. When I was abroad, I told myself not to do that and to keep traveling while I can. I can slowly see my mindset changing back to my comfort zone. I love being home, with my family and friends, but I want to take the opportunity to travel for at least a month this year.

3. meditate

morning or night. pick one. no more excuses!

4. put my phone away

no more phone at the table, at home or out at restaurants. I’m at dinner to enjoy the company of the person(s) sitting with me, not the person on the other end of the iPhone.

5. trust my gut

I think this one is the most important. and yes, pretty generic I know. I’ve noticed that whenever I’m trying to make a decision–big or small–I ask at least five people what I should do. I seek the validation from people who will agree with me, and may get one or two people who will disagree. I’m all for asking for advice, but this year I’m going to work on going with my gut, because it’s usually right. Even then, no matter what decision I make, I believe that it will have been meant to happen and will work its way out somehow.

Happy New Year Everyone!  xx


merry

 

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merry christmas! it’s been a crazy few weeks since I’ve been home, I can’t believe that it’s already christmas day! here’s a few things that i’m currently loving this holiday season. hope you all are enjoying time with family and friends!

xx