Friday Favorites

{Julia Roberts – Valentino, 2001}

{Gwyneth Paltrow – Ralph Lauren, 1999}

{Kate Hudson – Versace, 2003}

{Jennifer Lopez – Armani Privé, 2010}

{Zoë Saldana – Givenchy Haute Couture, 2010}

{Marion Cotillard – Jean Paul Gaultier, 2008}

{Rachel McAdams – Elie Saab Couture, 2010}

{Kate Winslet – Ben di Lisi, 2002}

{Hilary Swank – Guy Laroche, 2005}

{Halle Berry – Elie Saab, 2002}

{Gwyneth Paltrow – Tom Ford, 2012}



Milk Alternatives

Along with limiting my sugar intake, I really try to limit my dairy intake as well. I’d much rather eat a wheel of brie cheese than to have skim milk in a latte. Priorities, people, priorities. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been blessed with adult acne (thanks hormones) and avoiding dairy and sugar as much as possible seems to help, along with a slew of face creams, masks and peels, this all seems to work together.

I’m allergic to almonds, soy adds to my acne, so unsweetened coconut milk is my milk of choice. Lauren Conrad’s website provides a great breakdown of non-dairy milk options, which I’ve shared below:

1. Soy Milk. Soy milk is to be one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives there is. The Starbuck Soy Latte has become almost as ubiquitous as it’s dairy counterpart. Soy contains phytoestrogens that can disrupt hormones, with prevalent side effects including acne, hypothyroid, infertility and even cancer.

2. Almond Milk. Almond milk is a contender for “best overall milk alternative”. It’s lacking in calcium, but loaded with Vitamin D and E. It’s also low in calories for anyone for whom that is a concern. Just make sure you choose a variety with no added sugar, and watch out for carrageenan (a harmful additive) on the ingredients list.

3. Coconut Milk. Real coconut milk is another amazing pick! It is a great source of manganese and MCT fats. The lauric acid present in coconut milk is even antibacterial. Opt for a minimally processed variety without additives like carrageenan or added sugar.

4. Hemp Milk. Hemp milk ties with almond for “best overall milk alternative” according to Kelly. It has all essential amino acids; omega 3 and 6; four grams of protein; Vitamins A ,D, and E; folic acid; phosphorus; magnesium; 46 percent of your RDA of calcium; Vitamin B12; and potassium. If you are looking for an alternative milk that nourishes, hemp is a pretty good bet.

5. Rice Milk. Rice milk has more carbohydrates than cow’s milk, without the fat or protein. It’s basically just starchy sugar water with very few real nutrients. Rice milk is what people who suffer from severe food allergies to dairy and nuts often turn to, but it’s not the best option out there if you can drink the others without issue.

 



Friday Favorites

 



Apps I love: Charity Miles

I recently heard about Charity Miles from a co-worker and completely loved the idea behind the app.

Having grown up volunteering with two different charities, I love that Charity Miles combines two of my favorite things: Giving back and logging those steps.

Charity Miles works with large corporations to donate money to over 30 charities on your behalf for every walk, run or bike ride taken. All you have to do is launch the app, pick a charity and head out for your choice of physical activity. Below is a breakdown of how money is donated for your choice of exercise:

  • Run / Walk: 25 cents a mile
  • Cycling: 10 cents a mile

Some of favorite charities participate on this awesome app: ASPCA, (RED), Stand Up To Cancer, charity: water, World Wildlife Fund, Nothing But Nets, to name a few.

Being able to help to a few of my favorite charities during my day to day activities is so easy to do and there’s really no excuse not to.

 

 

 

 

 



Happy Valentine’s Day



Best Dressed Women: The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

{Beyonce – Cavalli Couture}

{Demi Lavato – Julien Macdonald}

{Erika Jayne}

{Katherine McPhee -Thai Nguyen}

{Heidi Klum – Philipp Plein}

{Kat Graham – Jean Paul Gaultier}

{Carrie Underwood – Elie Madi }

{Chrissy Teigen – Roberto Cavalli}

{Jennifer Lopez – Ralph & Russo}

{Adele – Givenchy Haute Couture}

{Paris Jackson – Balmain}



Best Dressed Men: The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

{John Legend}

{Brad Goreski}

{Diplo}

{Flume}

{Nick Jonas – Balmain}



Health Benefits of Kombucha

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Kombucha and have one everyday. I typically have a Ginger GT Kombucha during dinner every night and love it. Not only do I find kombucha to be refreshing in taste, but it comes with a slew of health benefits.

{Courtesy of Dr. Axe}

Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast”. Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu.

Two of my favorite kombucha brands are: GT’s Kombucha and KeVita.



Sneaking In Your 10,000 Steps

 

Without a doubt, my everyday accessory is my Fitbit Alta. I never leave the house without it and if I forget to put it on before leaving for the day, it throws my whole day off. I’m a total fitness fanatic and love staying active. Being able to track my steps is one of the healthy habits I swear by! Fitness experts recommend walking 10,000 steps a day. Adding a yoga or pilates class to that is also another way to stay active. However, if you miss out on one of your favorite classes, logging those 10,000 steps a day is just as good! While it’s easier said than done to get those steps in, below are a few tips to reach that daily goal before you know it:

  1. Take the stairs
  2. Park as far away as possible from the store you’re going to
  3. Take a walk during lunch
  4. Walk around your neighborhood or city
  5. Start a (friendly) competition

If you’re looking for a simple way to start your workout regimen, walking is one of the best ways to kick it off. Being able to reach this daily goal also brings amazing health benefits, wanted to share some of the ones you too can experience:

  1. You get a workout
  2. You feel relaxed
  3. You sleep better
  4. Helps with digestion
  5. Eases back pain
  6. You lose weight
  7. Improves posture

 



Best Dressed Women: 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards

{Tara  P. Henson – Reem Acra}

{Amy Adams – Brandon Maxwell}

{Sophie Turner – Louis Vuitton}

{Brie Larson – Jason Wu}

{Sofia Vergara – Zuhair Murad}

{Chrissy Teigen – DSquared2}

{Emily Blunt – Cavalli Couture}