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Monday, August 6, 2018

August Thoughts...

Happy Monday!

It's been a while since I last posted, but I am back! This has been a year of growth, introspection, learning, wonderful experiences, and so much more.

I've been a busy bee studying for the majority of it and am now a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach! In addition, I also have begun working as a social media manager (and am loving it)!

I just got back from a trip to Providence, Rhode Island and at the end of June traveled to NYC for the first time. Stay tuned for a post of my adventures! I also plan to do a 23 things before I am 24 post (I  turned 23 on July 11th) and have some ideas to start an interview series to empower women.

Today's blog is a personal one, which y'all seem to really enjoy.

As, I ended 2017, I wrote a post called, "Your Feelings Are Valid," where I expressed my desire to surrender, honor myself and my body and just be. That is exactly what I did for most of the winter and spring time and it was well worth it.

I spent a lot of time sleeping, reading, going for long walks, sitting by the water and mediating, eating cleaner, and letting all the overwhelm I had felt, fade away. It's amazing how clear one can get, when all the chatter and noise is removed. For the first time in a long time, I could hear my own thoughts and not have it clouded by everyone else's...

Spending time alone brought up emotions. When it was just me, myself and I, I was able to really listen and see what needed love and to heal inside. I'm going to share with you three of the biggest things I worked on.

1. Always Apologizing

A dear friend, looked at me one day in the midst of me apologizing to ask what I was sorry for? I began to notice, I would say sorry all the time, when it wasn't warranted. I wondered why I did that, but for the moment decided to just become aware and notice. I sat in front of the creek near my house, staring down to the bottom of it and began to cry. It became clear to me. Growing up, I wasn't expected to be a perfectionist, but there were still standards. For the most part, I was a straight A student. In other aspects of my life, I was constantly being told, "you just don't do things right." I was never shown the "correct" way or told what I did wrong. It made me feel like I couldn't do things and would always assume it was never good enough. My mantra for this year has been that I AM ENOUGH, which is quite fitting. Once, I became aware of this childhood wounding, I then noticed that in conversations with people, I would get a feeling in my stomach that was indicating the person talking, was going to criticize me. 99% of the time that never happens and truly just noticing these things and logically saying to myself..."And so what? What's the worst that could happen?" the trigger began to heal.

2. People Pleasing

I also worked on my people pleasing pattern. As a child, I wanted to feel loved and so I would do whatever I could to please the people around me. You can be nice and kind hearted, but still respect your own boundaries. It's always been hard for me to say no, because I begin to feel guilty. The more I practice honoring myself, the easier it becomes.

3. Manipulative Love

I am a very sensitive being...Part of that is because I am a Cancer, which is a water sign. I'm that person who sees a movie in the theater and will without a doubt start crying...It can be a comedy, and I bet you, I'll still shed a tear! Lol.
I don't like conflict and will do my best to avoid it. In the past, when people would get upset with me, whether they were right or wrong, I would give in to what they were saying. I didn't want to argue with them, it seemed like a senseless battle. Usually, once I would cave, the person would then show me an abundance of love...This was toxic and I've noticed this has been a pattern with many people in my life. I've decided to step up and show up. I deserve to speak my truth and instead of being shown this emotional manipulative love, I choose to love myself and that's enough. It's truly empowering. At first, it felt scary, but once I started speaking up, I felt more balanced and in control and I won't go back to my old ways.

I also created other habits:



  • I found I felt my best when I had 8-9 hours of sleep per night. 3-4 hours just wasn't cutting it.




  • Listened to Binaural beats/frequencies - I noticed I was getting overwhelmed and that led to anxiety and something that has helped me is to play these sounds to clear the energy from my day.




  • I was big on smoothies and juices, and eating clean, but now I drink at least one protein shake a day. Depending on how my gut is doing, I sometimes will drink two. 




  • I stopped using the microwave. I was aware of all the dangers and not to mention that most of the foods we microwave are processed, but it was so convenient. I made a commitment to stop using one and haven't used it in over seven months! 
Currently, my focus is on physically clearing my surroundings...Getting rid of papers, clothes, etc. That combined with all the emotional and energetic work has me ready to open myself up to what's next. 
The one constant in our life is change and I am continuing to evolve and better myself each and every day. 
I write posts like this as a way to share my journey, but also in hopes that this may resonate with even just one person who reads this. We are all on this planet together, and you are never truly alone...

I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Do you enjoy posts like these? Have a suggestion on what I should write about next? What new habit would you like to form? What is your goal for the next week?



As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com 


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Until next time,


XOXOTheZenFashionista


Monday, April 9, 2018

TheZenFashionista's 4 Fave Vegan Beauty Products

Happy Monday! I was asked to write an article on my favorite vegan beauty products for an up and coming magazine, so I thought I would also share it here! It was hard to choose just 4!



1. Devita Moroccan Rose Facial Toner























I first discovered this product, four years ago. It's my favorite toner that I've tried. I love the smell and the feel on my skin. I also sometimes will use it to set my makeup or throughout the day. It is made with rose oil, aloe vera, green tea extract, rosemary, sage, and witch hazel.


2. Milk Makeup



About a week ago, Milk Makeup announced that going forward, all of their products would be 100% vegan. If you are not familiar with Milk, they developed a following quite quickly and have some of the coolest holographic and cruelty free (and now all vegan) products.

During the holidays, I received their holographic stick in Supernova Lavender. What I love about this highlighter, is it not only looks great on my skin, but it is made with ingredients that moisturize, such as coconut oil and mango butter.


And because I think this brand is super rad, I have to also recommend their tattoo stamps! I have the star stamp and it is really fun to incorporate into my beauty looks.





3. Unicorn Snot 




Ok, so I am obsessed with this stuff! It's vegan, cruelty free, and magical. Who doesn't love shimmer? My favorite is the purple glitter gel. You can put it on your face, which I have used above my cheekbones...You can place it all over your body (arms and legs), and I have even put it in my hair. They also sell lip gloss and recently came out with loose holographic lip glitter.



4. Frank Body Everyday Face Moisturiser


























A few years ago, I found this brand on Instagram. Trying their original coffee body scrub was all the rage. Since then, more products have been created. My personal fave is their face moisturizer. It's lightweight and isn't greasy. This is super important when I am looking for a face cream. Otherwise, it gets flaky or makes me look oily. It's full of amazing ingredients such as vitamin e, coffee seed oil, shea butter and more. So much love for Frank Body!




What is your absolute favorite beauty product right now?


XOXOTheZenFashionista

Sunday, February 18, 2018

30 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle

Happy Monday! I'm super excited to announce that I have decided to create a 30 day healthy lifestyle challenge!




30 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle Challenge :

Eliminating: Dairy, Gluten, Sugar, Alcohol, and Caffeine

There are exceptions. This isn't a cookie cutter plan. Together, we will figure out what works best for you.

During the 30 days, I will help you create a meal plan, provide recipes, and support and coach you throughout the whole journey.

If you choose to partake, you will also be added into a private Facebook group, where I will share information such as:

  • Lesser known foods that cause inflammation
  • The effect sugar has on our body
  • How to eat clean and reset cravings from processed and sugary food
  • Natural remedies for congestion/sinuses, anxiety/depression and chronic pain

Any health or dietary concerns, can be addressed by reaching out to me via email. Or any other questions you might have. Please send me an email at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com

If you'd like to sign up for the challenge/to be coached by me for 30 days, you can sign up below!

$30 for 30 days! *** Can't wait to embark on this adventure together. Kickoff is March 5th!

*** If interested in a customized meal plan, a consultation/intake questionnaire, and additional coaching outside the facebook group and basic questions along the way, their will be an additional fee.





Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Your Feelings Are Valid...


Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Monday! I always have a lot of fun creating gift guides. Here are seven, unique gifts for this holiday season!  


1. Unicorn Snot Glitter Gel for Face, Body and Hair, 45ml Pink (Vegan & Cruelty-Free) $12.99 (as low as $9.99)






So, if you know me well enough, you've heard me mention this magical product! What is Unicorn Snot you ask? Well, when a unicorn sneezes, what is to happen? Glitter comes out..and voila! Unicorn Snot is a cruelty free and vegan glitter gel for your hair, face and body. I am honestly obsessed with this stuff. I use it as a sparkly highlighter on my face, rub it on my arms for a slight shimmer, and I put it in my hair sometimes too, when I go out. It is sold on their official website and on Amazon, which I linked above for $12.99,  but places such as Hot Topic and Tilly's have it for as low as $9.99.



2. What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game $29.99





By now, you've probably heard about the game, Cards Against Humanity (AKA the adult version of Apples To Apples). If you're looking for another fun game to try, look no further. Each player has seven cards with captions on them and you pull a picture (meme) card from the deck and have a rotating judge choose which is the funniest combination. I played this at a friend's house a few weeks ago and we had a blast.


3. Grammar Grumble Mugs Set Approximately $10-$13 each





Have a friend who is a writer or a grammar snob? How great are these mugs? You can get all six for about $60, or as individual mugs, for $13 a piece.


4. [LABIOTTE] Wine Lip Tint PK01 (Blush Pink) 7g Prices vary 





This lip tint became super popular last winter. Packaged to resemble a wine bottle, this product comes in six shades and is a great lip moisturizer. It has actual wine extract in it and comes with a smudge tip applicator, inside the cap, to help blend.


5. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask $11.50





This mask helps with pores and blackheads. It bubbles up on your face, and is trendy right now because of how much fun is had while waiting to take the mask off.


6. Constellation Mug On sale for $7.99





This is one of those heat activated mugs, where once a warm beverage is inside, more detail emerges. In this case, eleven constellations.


7. Snarky Tea $12.99 





I saw this on Shark Tank and this would make a great gift. High quality tea and fun packaging...I can think of a lot of people on my holiday list that would love this. Just reading the descriptions of these teas, is enticing to me!



I can't believe it is almost December. What are you most looking forward to before 2017 comes to a close? What is your favorite item off this gift guide?



As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com 

To subscribe to my blog, you can click the subscribe tab at the top of this page, comment, or give it to me personally. I really appreciate it!

Until next time,

XOXOTheZenFashionista

Monday, November 20, 2017

Everything Orgo Travel Organizer Review

Happy Monday! Looking for a great holiday gift? Today, I’m reviewing the Everything Orgo Lite Travel Organizer. 



In April, I was at The International Travel Goods Show and came across this unique product. 

When traveling, have you ever come across the problem of not having enough counter space for your toiletries? Have you dropped your products in the sink? 
Orgo solves these problems and more. The creators came up with a water resistant, organizational case that expands over the sink and enhances storage space.  





I travel frequently and the majority of my traveling is 2-4 weeks at a time, which means I take a lot with me. Orgo is sleek and compact, so it doesn’t take up much space in my suitcase. While compact, it does give me ample room to put all of my items. There are also removal organizational inserts/dividers.  



As you can see, I have room for my skin care products, toothbrush, shaver and deodorant, as well as my makeup. There are zippered compartments on each side and I like to put my jewelry in them, or a makeup palette. 

I use mine for toiletries, but the possibilities are truly endless. You can use this for children and put some snacks, crayons and small toys --- Or, put a small tablet, pens, a journal etc.  

I decided to play around with mine and see what I could fit in it. 
I was able to fit snacks, sunglasses, an essential oil, crystals, perfume, lipstick and chapstick, earbuds, phone charger, a book an IPad, and more.



Specs:
Comes in black with hot pink, black with lime green, or plain black (On their website, you will also see some other styles/colors)

Dimensions: 
15" x 11" x 2.25 (zipped)
22" x 11 x 2.25" (with ORGOsliderTM  extended)
36" x 11 x 2.25 (fully expanded)
Weight: 1.65 lbs

To open case fully and have it expand, unsnap the tabs (found at bottom of case) and slide the two pieces apart. 


If you're interested in purchasing an Orgo and want to check out their website, click here.  

Enter code, "FALL17" for a 10% discount!

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Orgo Lite for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own



As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com 

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Until next time,

XOXOTheZenFashionista

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Yom Kippur Resolutions 5778/2017

Today, is Yom Kippur, which is known as the day of atonement. It's a time to look back on our year. I love this holiday because I see it as a spiritual cleansing of sorts. It's not only a time to say we are sorry and vow to change, but it's a time to be more mindful. To create new patterns. To evaluate our last year and start to determine how the next one might look. I choose today to let go of what is no longer serving me, make amends with those I may have wronged and to set goals for the person I'd like to be in the upcoming year. 

Here are some of my resolutions for the year 5778...


  • Drink more water  
  • Inspire people
  • Journal and write more  
  • Listen to my intuition - Instead of second guessing myself, I should listen to my gut instinct
  • Continue to weed out negativity and toxicity in my life
  • Become more involved in both the Jewish and spiritual communities around me 
  • Continue to step out of my comfort zone. If I'm fearful or nervous about an experience, do it anyway! 
  • Speak my truth 


In the coming year, I strive to love and honor myself, let my inner goddess flow, and remain grateful and count my blessings.

I pray for peace and compassion as we move forward....

Gmar Chatimah Tova! May you be inscribed in the book of life. ❤



We have 93 days until 2018 - What is something you'd like to accomplish before the year is over?

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com 

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Until next time,
XOXOTheZenFashionista