Hi lovelies! It’s nearly been a whole month since I’ve taken the leap to become a full time blogger and boy does it feel amazing. I’ve been keeping very busy with brand projects, creating a new routine, consulting, and pouring my creative juices into building a plan for my brand. It’s definitely different than the 9-5 grind that I’m used to but I’m so thankful for every second of it.
My head has been spinning with ideas lately on what I want to share with you all. Like, I literally wake up at 3am sometimes with random thoughts that I then have to jot down into the notes section of my phone. I’m sure all you creative types can relate! The biggest hurdle that I’ve come across so far is having to remind myself to slow down. I guess I can thank my former agency life for the nagging feeling that I need to be doing more, more, more and fast, fast, fast — all the time. Bay kindly reminded me that I’m in this for the long haul so I’m taking that message to heart and giving myself time to really focus on what I want to do. Which brings me to this little roundup post!
Below, you’ll find a few of the things that I’ve grown really fond of these past few weeks. Some will most likely require follow up posts so keep an eye out if you’re craving a little more.
Golden Matcha Lattes
You’re probably tired of seeing these all over my IG story but hey, I clearly am really fond of my homemade matcha lattes. Not only has it helped me save a little cash but I love being able to control exactly what’s going into my morning matcha. And ever since Tenzo Tea sent me their matcha making bundle it’s been really easy. Right now, I go back and forth between adding a turmeric-collagen blend from Live 24K (hence the “golden” matcha) or adding maca powder, Vital Proteins collagen-peptides or an adaptogenic blend from Moodbeli.
DIY Flower Baths
There is nothing quite as therapeutic and relaxing as a bath. I’ll admit I’ve been a little “extra” with my baths lately. Dumping a cocktail of ingredients like coconut milk, epsom salts, essential oil and rose petals may seem a bit over the top but it’s my ultimate self-care treat. If you’re not the “do it yourself” kind of person, you can always invest in a few bath bombs! Lush is always my go-to for that sort of thing.
Clean & Cruelty Free Beauty Favs
Most of you know I’ve primarily shopped for cruelty-free beauty products for the past few years (with the exception of deodorant because I just can’t seem to find a natural one that works!). As of late, I’ve been introduced to a few new natural and/or cruelty-free beauty brands that I’m really loving! I highly recommend looking into Biossance and Acure if you’re venturing down the cleaner skincare path. My skincare regimen still primarily consists of Tula products but I’ve added some new brands for hair, skin and oral care that I’ll be sharing very soon!
I’ve been practicing meditation on and off for the past year but adding it to my daily routine this month has made an incredible difference. It’s such a calming way to greet each day and I’m slowly finding myself increasing the time I spend in each session. I personally love mantra meditation in a seated position, hands gently placed on my knees, accompanied with intentional Sama-Vritti (equal length) breathing.
Nina’s New Insta
You all know how much I love my pup, Nina. She’s made many cameo appearances on my Instagram and has even begun to work with a few brands! Shout out to Pet Plate for being the first. At this point it made so much sense to start an Instagram of her own… so if you aren’t already, go follow @LittleNinaBee (which is the nickname Bay and I call her every day).
This month I’ve had the opportunity to try out a few new fitness studios and I was very pleased with them all! If you’re in NYC and are looking for some new places to get your sweat on, be sure to try out: Shadowbox in Dumbo (boxing), Just Like Om in Flatiron (yoga), and East River Pilates in Williamsburg (pilates).
I hope you all enjoyed this little roundup of my current favorites! This may be the last blog post before I head to Europe but you can check out my weekly guest posts on the Jus By Julie blog and obviously keep up with my daily adventures on the ‘gram.