• Yoga with Sara: 5 Yoga Exercises You Can Do At Home!
  • lifestyle |    27 December, 2016  |    No Comments    |   
  • Here are 5 exercises you can do at home, with just a yoga mat!

  • Decided to do a fun blog post with my friend Sara (she’s @saraweeyogic on Instagram), she’s a musician, a yoga instructor at The Yoga Mandala, and pretty much an all-year-round superwoman!

    If you’re like me, and you 1) do not have time for Yoga 2) too embarrassed to attempt Yoga in a class of professionals, then maybe you can try out these exercises out! Clearly, I am not as strong nor proficient in Yoga as Sara, but hey, give me some props for trying.

    Here are 5 exercises you can do at home, with just a yoga mat!

     

    1. Plank Walk-out – 5 rounds

    Walk out to a plank position, with your hands on the floor and above your shoulders. Hold the plank position for 30 seconds before walking back to a standing position.
    This works your spine, abdominals, and core as well as strengthens your upper body.

    2. Easy Sun Salutation – 5 rounds

    Walk into a plank position and get into a downward dog before reverting back. From here, get into a push-up position. Slide your body into a cobra position. Push back onto your knees and slowly lift them to return to the downward dog. You’ll stretch your major muscles groups of your body. If you do this in the morning, it will do wonders for your mood and energy level before starting the day.

    3. Knee-to-Nose Tuck – 5 on each side

    Also starting from the downward dog position, bring one leg up, keeping your toes pointed up. Bring it to your chest and then extend upwards. Repeat. Bring both legs together and put your weight on your back and stretch it at the same time. Make sure to work on both sides. The tuck builds up the muscles in your abdomen and lower back.

    4. Navasana Leg Lifts – 5 rounds

    Form an “N” with your bum and feet on the ground and knees in the air, lean back. Bring your legs up parallel to the floor. Point your right toe up and then the left toe up. Completing this gives you a stronger abdomen, hip flexors and spine.

    5. Side Plank Leg Lifts – 5 on each side

    Go on all fours and bring your right leg out. Bring your left leg forward and extend your left arm straight up. Lift your left leg up and bring it down. Do this three times. Bring your left knee to your left elbow and revert to the original position. Not only does this exercise improve your balance, it also trains your concentration and strengthens your arms and wrists!

    You’ll be thanking your lucky stars if you’ve made it through without wanting to just sleep in!You can thank me later once you feel toned and stronger. Good luck!

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  • Kiehl’s x Jerermyville Advent Calendar
  • beauty |    20 December, 2016  |    No Comments    |   
  • Kiehl’s introduces its biggest and brightest holidy season yet with Brooklyn-based artist Jeremyville.

  • Products featured in today’s blog post: Kiehl’s x Jerermyville Advent Calendar and Limited Edition Christmas Collection; Gold Boxes from & Other Stories; Wrapping Paper, Christmas Baubles, Candles and Ribbons from IKEA, Festive Wreath from The Floral Atelier.

    Continuing its annual tradition of collaborating with artists for a limited-edition label collection, Kiehl’s partners with Brooklyn-based artist Jeremyville this year to come up with fun, adorable, and whimsical holiday designs. I got the chance to meet Jeremyville himself and get a glimpse of this holiday collection while in New York City in May earlier this year to celebrate Kiehl’s 165th Anniversary, and I’m so excited to share them with you guys now that it’s out!

    As evident in the pictures, you can tell Jeremyville’s designs are visual-happiness: the Advent Calendar screams fun, the colouring book can make anyone happy looking through it, and the designs on signature Kiehl’s products (i.e. Kiehl’s Crème de Corpe, Ultra Facial Cream, Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Lip Balms & Hand Creams) just has “festive cheer” plastered all over them.

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    << GIVEAWAY >>

    To celebrate this collection, we are giving away 3 sets of the Advent Calendar, and 3 sets of Kiehl’s signature products (the full-sized brand new Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is included in this set) to 6 readers! See images above for reference!

    To win, leave a comment with your name, age, email, the set you would like to win and why. Contest closes 22 Dec 2016.

    Love,
    Drea

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  • Xmas Guide #2
  • lifestyle |    19 December, 2016  |    No Comments    |   
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  • Squeezing in a bit of time to do up the second of a gift guide series I’m doing on the blog – these gift ideas are truly from my heart:

    They are pieces and products that I would personally love to receive. I mean, well I already own them, so technically I don’t have to receive them, but if I didn’t have them, I would be so happy to be gifted any of the above from someone. As you can tell, today’s theme is everything rose gold – it appears I’m truly fascinated with anything that comes in this wondrous shade.

    Clockwise from top left: Plant from Cold Storage in Planter vase available at Plain Vanilla Home, Philips VisaBoost (Ultrasound Facial Moisturiser) and Philips VisaCare (for Micro-Dermabrasion) beauty tools, Rose Gold Metal Baskets from Comme Home, Rose Gold Dispenser and Container I got from Freedom Australia, Marble Wrapping Paper from Etsy, Tray from Crate & Barrel.

    If I don’t get to do another Christmas guide over the next few days in the lead up to Christmas, here’s wishing everyone the merriest of one. x

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