How Le Tote Helped me Change to be a Business Professional

Over the past several months my wardrobe has been slowing transforming and I’m loving it. When I landed my first real ‘office job, I realized that I had been living in workout clothes for almost 4 years and hadn’t purchased any “real life” clothing. I didn’t even have enough professional clothes to get through my first week at my new job. EKKK!  

Octavia Flutter Sleeve Blouse and BCBGeneration Knit Midi Pencil Skirt

After doing a little research, I stumbled upon Le Tote. If you have no clue what it is, Le Tote is an online subscription-based clothing rental company. The idea is to be able to have clothes for any event, in real-time, sent to your door. LeTote stylists do their best to match outfits to your style. If you decide that a particular piece isn’t right for you, they provide a prepaid label so you can easily return at your convenience. Thankfully, I was able to purchase a few items that I knew I NEEDED in my everyday wardrobe.  

When I originally created my account, I filled out a questionnaire about my style, what I’m looking for, and my general size range. Based off my answers, LeTote puts together a few outfits that fit my style and body preferences. Once the recommended pieces are created, you can either choose to keep those options or look around for different things you might like to try. I chose a few of the options they picked out but selected a few others on my own that I wanted to try. Here are some of the items I was sent to try, to give you an idea of the clothes:

With working full-time, plus Pilates, my dog, and social life, I knew I wasn’t going to have time to go shopping for new clothes. This was such a great option for me, especially since I went straight from one job to the next, with no downtime in between. Another benefit is that once you’ve worn the items, you can place them back in the prepaid mailer to return without having to wash them. WHOHOOO! I don’t know about you but I already have enough laundry each week as it is, especially now that I live with my boyfriend. ugh #Adulting

Once I approve the box, it ships out and I typically receive my package within 2 days. I was shocked by how fast I was to get my new outfits. It made me happy realizing that time wasn’t being wasted just waiting around for the clothes since the subscription is monthly. Everything I see on their site always looks the same, if not very similar in person, and always feels of the very high quality. The large variety of clothing is very useful as well. I love that I can pick business casual or fancy outfits for when we nicer have events at work or for a night on the town.

Velvet Heart Tie Sleeve Chambray Dress

So far, I’ve loved all my items from LeTote! I think my favorite piece has been this Velvet Heart Tie Sleeve Chambray Dress. I had some much fun taking photos in it with Bryan at the beach. I think most of the items I’ve been absolutely in love with are from the brand Olive & Oak. The fun of getting surprised by clothing that I can wear if I want or not is definitely something I look forward to, even if I don’t necessarily always look forward to the photoshoots or going to work. Either way, I’m loving this whole Le Tote thing.

Thanks to Le Tote, I’m dressing like a boss babe and am feeling more confident in my new look more than ever. Le Tote has become my fashion go-to for keeping my wardrobe refreshed, and I can’t express enough how much peace-of-mind it has given me. I’m impressing everyone at the office and don’t have to waste time finding a style that suits me when my personal stylist (Le Tote) knows me so well!

If you’ve previously tried Le Tote, I would love to hear you opinion. Comment below!

****I haven’t been paid for this article. This is just my experience and opinion on Le Tote. If you would like to try it out enjoy a special discount from Le Tote, by clicking here.

I Made the Switch to Natura​​l Deodorant

Natural deodorants have been a hot topic for a while, but I’ve always been a little skeptical of natural deodorants actually working. Especially for someone who is in the fitness industry and constantly moving. I was always so scared of smelling like B.O. and having a client have to hold their breath as I corrected form! NO JOKE these are the things I have nightmares about. Haha

However, over the years I’ve also continued to worry about the aluminum in my regular antiperspirant deodorant along with the other chemicals in it that I put on my skin every day. Aluminum is the main and active ingredient in antiperspirant deodorants, it works by clogging your sweat glands and blocking sweat from getting to the surface of your skin.

Some research has been done showing a link of exposure to aluminum and increased risks of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s as well as disrupting the endocrine system(your hormones). Some evidence is inconclusive, but honestly, the existence of some evidence is enough for me. Here are a few other bad ingredients:

  • Parabens – Endocrine/hormone disruptors, found in 99% of breast cancer tissue sampled in this study
  • Phthalates – Helps ingredients stick to your skin. Several studies, like this one, have shown that phthalates could impact fetal development in pregnant women.
  • Triclosan – Helps kills bacteria. Some studies have linked it to unusual hormone activity. One study even suggests it could be messing with our microbiomes and day-to-day operations of our genes.
  • Fragrance – Almost every scented product has “fragrance” among its ingredients. Due to an FDA loophole, manufacturers are not required to disclose what that “fragrance” is. So it is impossible to know just what chemicals are being used.

Once you make the change to natural deodorant your body will start working towards getting back to normal. Basically, your armpits have to go through a chemical detox. Sounds fun right! (another reason I was scared to make the switch) Some friends have told me stories about unusual excessive sweating and extremely bad smelling underarms. Back when I was teaching 25 classes a week, it just didn’t seem like a good option for me. However, I started working in an office full-time I knew it would be a good time to make the switch.

I learned about Curie this all natural deodorant with quality ingredients, in 2018 when it first came out. I was blown away with Sarah the founder, her passion and product. Also, knowing their formula is good for people with sensitive skin, I just knew this would be the perfect deodorant for me and it smells AMAZING!

When I started using Curie I was prepared for the worst. I planned on carrying my deodorant and perfume with me all day in case I needed to freshen us, I also picked out clothes that wouldn’t show sweat or hold onto odors. Can you tell I was paranoid from my friend’s horror stories… However, my “detox” period was easy, I hardly noticed the switch. Every day I would take off my top and I was expecting to smell a little but all I could smell was the lovely Curie white tea scent and I never felt the need to re-apply throughout the day even when working out.

I’ve had a very positive experience with switching to Curie’s natural deodorant. It has been over a month of using Curie and I’m still obsessed. I’ve also noticed this deodorant isn’t staining my shirt, which is a HUGE plus for me. If you’re interested in making the switch I highly recommend using Curie, it’s perfect for sensitive skin, smells great, completely natural and it actually works. Did I mention it also only costs $12! So what are you waiting for? Say BYE BYE aluminum!

Since you stayed with me this whole time you get 20% off your first order with Curie, online!

New Product Launch: Radiant Defense

I have amazing news and just in time for our “Indian Summer” here in the Bay Area. Rodan and Fields just released a new product: Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This tinted multitasker protects your complexion against a variety of environmental stressors and even improves skin’s overall appearance, delivering a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.  

This new product will be applied right after your skin care regimen.  This will help you create a flawless look and even out your skin town while nourishing your skin with peptides and antioxidants. Radiant Defense is oil-free, won’t clog pores, won’t cause breaks out, lasts all day, delivers immediate cosmetic benefits and dermatological benefits over time, improves overall appearance and blurs imperfections.

Radiant Defense is available is six versatile shade and has been tested on a variety of consumers with diverse skin tones to help create a shade for most people. While Rodan and Fields is a skin-care company and not a makeup company this offers medium coverage to help create a even glowing complexion. You wont even need to apply makeup for a natural daytime look. Check out these different before and after images. 

I’ve already ordered mine in Beige, so once I get it I will show you some photos and share my opinion. I’m excited because I don’t wear face makeup, so it will be nice to have a products that can give me a little coverage while making my skin glow. If you want to try this product, get on my waitlist by messaging me! We will officially launch the product for clients on October 1st. 

 

How to Become a Morning Person

Another year has come and gone, yet we still have to-do lists that are a mile long. UGH adulting  is hard! But an easy change to your daily routine can help you be more productive throughout the day and evening, here’s to getting shit done in 2018. 🙌

Waking up early is the perfect resolution if you’re looking for a way to fit something new into your daily routine. Become an early riser this year and get your workout in or get some creative writing tasks done before life or work distracts you. Try these 5 handy tricks to change your ways and become an earlier riser in no time. 

 

Down a glass of water before bed.

Waking up can be hard especially now with the cold and wet weather hitting, but this little trick is sure to make you pop out of bed! After all no one likes a wet bed… 😳  Drink a glass of water right before bed, you will wake up to a full bladder and you will have a little bit more pep in your set as you make you way to the bathroom. Now that you’re up and in the bathroom might as well start brushing that birds nest and your pearly whites!

 

Set several alarms and place it out of reach

In the next iphone updated they need to make alarms more difficult to turn off. Literally I have the ability to turn off my alarms without even waking up, it’s a serious issue! But I know I’m not alone on this. These are some tricks I’ve come up with to help me wake up at the butt crack of dawn. I used to charge my phone by my bed, now it’s on my dresser totally out of reach while in bed. (This is also good so I don’t stay up for hours on IG). I also set 5 different alarms, they go off right after another! It’s annoying but works, and soon enough you will start to get used to waking up earlier.

 

Wake up at the same time everyday

This one is really important, because you need to keep your sleep cycle consistent. On the weekends I give myself an extra 30 minutes to sleep in but honestly I’m so used to waking up early that my body naturally wakes up early and I feel rested. If you don’t get enough sleep on a given weekend just take a little time for a nap, just try to keep your waking up time the same in the mornings.

 

Turn off your electronics

Looking at your computer, phone or tv screen will stimulate your brain and wake you brain my active and alert even if you feel tired. Try to turn off all electronics at least and hour before bed. Maybe create a new habit, read a book, meditate, write in a journal. Creating a night time routine screen free will help your body realize it’s time for bed and fall into a deep sleep faster. Who doesn’t love the sound of that?

 

Go to Bed Early

You can’t just expect to wake up earlier, get less sleep and be as productive. You need to make sure you’re getting around 7-9 hours of sleep a night. You can slowly start to change your bedtime by 20 minute increments each day that way it’s not too sudden of a change for your body.

 

You can do it! The hardest part of becoming a morning person is just to actually get out of your warm and cozy bed. I know that to many waking up early seems daunting but think about how much more productive you can be.  Find what works for you and try to stick to it. Let me know if you have any tricks that work for you!

5 Perfect Gifts for your Fit Friend

Do you have the same issue every year when trying to find the perfect holiday gift for your fitness minded friends? I do, I always take forever on some friends then I panic and get a non-personal gift card just so I can give them something. Not this year tho, I put my foot down and got to work this year early, now I’m here to help you!

1.Philosophie 

Instagram post by @philosophielove

I know this seems like a weird present to give but your fitness freak of a friend will love you forever. This amazing protein powder is vegan, raw and gluten-free and believe it or not, it taste like heaven! I was shocked to find out this powder has more than 10x the antioxidants of green tea and more magnesium than 3 cups of broccoli. With three different flavors, the options are endless for what to add them to.

2.On the Go Blender

Everyone loves convenient things, and this Hamilton blender is the perfect gift to help you friends get healthy without making it harder. This blends your smoothie directly into a portable bottle, making breakfast smoothies a breeze. Also, can be paired with some Philosophie to make your gift complete.

3.DETOX Dry Shampoo

Instagram post by @thedrybar

All of your fit peeps will be so excited about dry shampoo as a gift, especially if you get the Dry Bar DETOX Dry Shampoo. They will be able to get their workout in before work, or even a hot date since their hair will be looking and smelling amazing. Whenever I use this, I get so many people comment on how good I smell…I never tell them that’s just the dry shampoo to try and cover the fact I’ve been working out all day and haven’t showered. 🙂

4.Muscle Roller Stick

These amazing muscle rollers are the perfect gift for your friend that’s always complaining about being sore. They can easily bring this stick anywhere to roll out sore muscles, it’s so small it can fit in a backpack or gym bag.

5.Mat Bag

Instagram post by @cliniquesskins

Yoga mats are big and awkward to carry around, I find I’m less likely to go to Yoga some nights because I don’t want to have to carry around my mat. So give your favorite yogi buddy a bag to make sure they can easy grab their mat and go. They also might cancel on you a bit less, since they will want to show off their bag any chance they get.

 

 

 

* Photo courtesy of MNTSTUDIO