Tag: fall

Self-Care For Low Times & The Fall

blog, spirituality September 3, 2018

Hi, my loves!

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So, I’ve had a slightly low weekend and I thought I’d  shed some light on what I do when I get into a dark place.

The best thing to do in my opinion is to ask yourself why you are feeling down. I know for me, it was because I had a really busy week and then this weekend I didn’t do much. Also, I’m an Empath and I have a friend going through a hard time so it affects me greatly. The swiftly changing weather is also becoming more and more apparent and I am not adjusting the best.

Getting out a journal and writing for even a few pages is so therapeutic. It helps release the thoughts into a new space and can star the process of healing. You could also write poetry, short stories, or anything really that is creatively expressing emotions.

You can go outside if the weather permits. During this time of year it becomes less and less appealing to go outside because the weather is getting colder and less sunny. However, I still try to get outside when I can and just simply taking a walk or breathing in the fresh air is a wonderful self-care option.

Clean your space or decorate a part of your space. Now the fall is coming, you can prepare and self-care by cleaning your space and decorating for the season. This always helps me because each season is like a new chapter in your life that you have a chance to rebuild. Buy a set of fairy lights or fall decor from your local craft store. You can even choose to make it an art project. You could also burn Palo Santo to clear the atmosphere of negative energy!

Use crystals to set a positive intention! I like to use crystals for self-care because they are so wonderful to set positive intentions with. Find a crystal that you find drawn to and program it to help you with something you are struggling with or want to embrace more of in your life.

Make your morning routine a ritual. Making sure your morning starts off well is important because it will lead to a more positive and productive day. Make your favorite tea, turn on some music, play with your pet, give yourself a facial massage with essential oils, etc. As long as it is making you feel happy and alive, especially during the low times, it is a good sign!

Say thank you and mean it. You could make a list of things you are grateful for or say them out loud, and then truly feel the power of being thankful for what you have. You could do this at night as you look at the stars or the moon, or during the day when you see the beautiful leaves changing colors. Or anywhere! Just sit with it for a moment and you will feel divinity all around you.

Dance, move, do yoga, or meditate while you walk. Honestly, movement is the perfect remedy for low days because it encourages your mind to produce happy emotions instead of low, sad ones. It doesn’t matter if you’re running a marathon or cleaning the house, you can incorporate movement into you routine and you will feel the benefits almost immediately.

Make a healthy meal. Honestly, I feel nutrition gets neglected a lot when we are feeling sad because we either want to eat everything in sight or not eat at all or maybe just not the healthier foods. When we choose to take time to prepare a meal we show ourselves we love ourselves. Find an easy recipe on Pinterest or simply combine the ingredients you have at home into a delicious lunch. It’ll make you feel better, trust me. With the fall season coming, if all else fails, make apples with nut butter. Or brew a nice earthy tea.

I could go on and on with suggestions, but these are my main ones for right now. I may make a part 2 to this because self-care is so important in our lives. I hope you all had an amazing weekend and I will catch up with you all later!

Until Next,

Julie

My Sunday Night Routine

Uncategorized November 12, 2017

Hello, my dears!

Today is Sunday which is my favorite day of the week. I personally enjoy it due to being able to sleep in, watch football, and enjoy time with my friends and family. I thought I would go over my Sunday night routine and let you guys in on how I prepare for the week ahead.

My favorite part of Sunday night is doing a little pamper session, which usually starts at 7 PM and I start by taking off my makeup. I take my makeup off with grapeseed oil and then wash my face with Biore baking soda wash. This usually removes all the makeup and the dirt but I then go over with a homemade rose witch hazel toner with a cotton round until my face is definitely clean. After I’ll take a shower and I’ll do all the extra steps which I may not have time for during the week, so I wash my hair, shave my legs, do a scrub (currently using St. Ives Coconut and Coffee scrub for a more exfoliating scrub), and of course I use a yummy smelling body wash, like the Soap and Glory ‘Clean On Me’ or Philosophy ‘Fresh Cream’.  After the shower, I moisturize immediately from top to toe, and I am currently in love with Sea Greens by H20+ Beauty. After, I’ll finish up my skin care routine with a face mask – typically it has been the Aztec Benzanite Clay one, mixed with apple cider vinegar, and let me tell you, it is a strong mask! Once applied and washed off, I will then apply a moisturizer – usually sweet almond oil or Vitamin E oil.

By this time, I feel like a whole new person and I will head to my kitchen to make some tea, which is usually a Yogi tea and it is the Detox tea. I like this detox tea because it is an herbal tea for one and it tastes delicious and I always feel a lot better afterward. I then get out one of my planners (yes, I have multiple) and work on my main schedule for the week. I put in my appointments, meetings, dates with friends, and then I have been adding what blogs I should post and when so I don’t have to mess around with figuring out a topic because I already have the idea written down. I like to decorate my planner as well so I usually add some cute stickers or reminder notes that are positive and will draw my attention to my planner.

After I’m done with my regular planner, I will open up my meal planner for the week. I like to do this before the week starts because I usually have an accurate overview of what is in my fridge seeing as I just went shopping over the weekend. I split my day up into “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, and “snacks” and write down what I hope to have for each meal. I am not saying I am perfect but it definitely helps to look in advanced before you get so hungry you just eat anything you can get your hands on.

I will then go to my room and take a look at my clothes and will pick out my outfit for Monday along with accessories, shoes, and any other things I need for Monday. I also put my planner in my purse and tidy it up by throwing away any receipts or unnecessary collected items. At this point, I will also tidy up anything in my room that needs to be tidied.

I then will do yoga before I get ready for bed, so I do some basic stretches and yoga movements and try to mentally prepare myself for the stressful upcoming week. I really need this time to focus, meditate, and recuperate – especially after this week, which was very difficult for me.

Lastly, I brush my teeth, put lip balm or Carmex on, and put some lotion on my feet and put socks on. I grab my dog, Bellatrix, and we hit the lights and are fast to sleep..ZZzzzzz.

 

My Choices for Fall Perfumes

Uncategorized November 5, 2017

 

Happy Sunday, darlings!

If you couldn’t tell, Fall is my favorite season. It has the perfect weather, foods, and activities that certainly make it easy to love. Another reason I adore fall is that it means that richer and sweeter scents are on the market. In this post, I will talk about four of my favorite fall time perfumes or body sprays that I have been using this season so far.

Zum Mist: with Frankincense & Myrrh.  I am a huge fan of essential oils so when I saw this at Target I had to grab it. I am very fond of the smell of Frankincense and together with Myrrh, it is exactly as it is described: dreamy and woodsy. It is a scent which will last almost all day, and can also be used as a room spray. This scent is difficult to describe because it is purely two essential oils mixed together but I urge you to smell this one if you see it in store.

Viktor & Rolf: Flower Bomb. Now, this is a perfume, which makes it a lot more fragrant and has a longer lasting power. Flower bomb is a warm floral scent is how I would personally describe it. According to their website, it is described as a feminine, fresh, floral. I love this for the fall because it is so heavy and continues to last throughout the day but it is not potent or nauseating as some can be.

Bath&Body: Salted Caramel Apricot. Salted caramel apricot is the epitome of fall scents. This is a warm, fuzzy, sweet scent which reminds me of fall treats baking in the oven. If they do not have this seasonal scent next year I will be super disappointed because this particular fragrance has made me feel warm and cozy every time I put it on. The smell is exactly what it sounds like, warm caramel with an apricot underlying scent. Run to Bath & Body,  you won’t regret it!

Calvin Klein: CK2. CK2 is a different type of fragrance. The best way I can describe it is peppery yet fresh. It is a gender neutral fragrance which I totally believe is true. I honestly think it leans more on the masculine side of fragrance but that may just be because of my other personal choices in fragrance. According to the website, this is a fresh, warm, and electric type of fragrance. This fragrance will definitely get you compliments! It is very unique and I am glad it is part of my collection.

It was truly hard to pick my favorite fall time scents but these were the few I have been reaching for lately!

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite fall fragrance! I’d love that!

-Julie

Self-Care Routine for Fall

Uncategorized November 2, 2017

pexels-photo-275765.jpegWe all have moments where life is too stressful and we feel like there is no escaping it. These days can come on quickly and we need to soothe ourselves just as quickly because walking around and interacting with others when we are in distress can only cause more distress. My easiest way to combat these stressful times is to take time for myself as soon as I can and try to get back to a state of moderate stress instead of overwhelming stress. I do this with a self-care routine and I thought I’d share my self-care routine for fall.

In the colder months, it is easy to sit inside all day and not get the fresh air and reverie we need. Pushing yourself to get outside even if for ten minutes is going to bring light back to your day and you will feel refreshed and happier, I promise.

My next step in self-care is to tidy up your spac.e. We often neglect our rooms or apartments or houses if we are under large amounts of stress so now is the time to look after your home and give it a clean, even if it’s just picking your clothes off your bedroom floor. I personally like to clean my bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom and do things like changing the sheets on my bed, or just simply emptying and loading the dishwasher.

I like to journal. I journal in a few different ways but when I really need to feel better I journal all the things in my mind that I cannot seem to express with words out loud. It is sometimes so overwhelming to have too many thoughts in our heads at once so getting them out on paper allows some room to be filled with better, more positive thoughts.

One of the most calming things for me is to take care of my physical body, and with that, I like to do yoga for relaxation and for stretching. Sometimes I do a small workout to get my sweat and stress out. After I do some sort of physical activity I like to do a little pamper session with a shower where I spend time doing a scrub, hair mask, etc. I usually use warmer/sweeter scents for lotions and perfumes during the fall.

Tea is one of my favorite things to drink in my everyday routine but it’s even more relaxing when I’m focusing on self-care and have been relaxing prior. After enjoying some tea, I love to watch relaxing Youtube videos, like Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup tutorials (she has such a soothing voice) or ASMR videos before I go to bed.

Overall, just taking time to myself is the best way to practice self-care for me.

I hope you all have a relaxing evening!

  • Julie

 

 

 

15 Ways to Have a Cozy Fall

Uncategorized October 29, 2017

 

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Hello, my lovelies,

It is now completely the fall season! We can rejoice with the sounds of crunching leaves and football and as the weather gets colder we can snuggle in for a warm night by the fireplace. With this, I came up with a list of different ways you can enjoy a cozy fall season.

  1. Light a fall scented candle while making homemade popcorn – use coconut oil for a healthier option.
  2. Drink tea while reading your favorite book. Honestly, we all need to get lost in a different world sometimes and tea is always a comforting drink.
  3. Have a pamper night and use a coffee scrub. Pampering is a great way to spend a cold evening, and a coffee scrub will bring life back into your skin whilst exfoliating.
  4. If you have a fireplace, light a fire or turn it on and drink apple cider while thinking of all the things you are grateful for. If you don’t have a fireplace you can always use one of the online ones!
  5. Walk to your local coffee shop and order a warm beverage (perhaps a hot chocolate or pumpkin spice latte). You won’t be able to do this once winter comes!
  6. Wear an oversized sweater and make a seasonal treat like roasted pumpkin seeds or squash soup, then dance around the house!
  7. Play a board game with your friends or family, make a night out of it! Apples to apples is always a common favorite.
  8. Start a bullet journal and fill it with your goals or even a fall bucket list, and try to cross a few off!
  9. Watch a documentary about something you are interested in on Netflix! Or rewatch your favorite episodes of a TV show.
  10. Paint your nails, or get your nails done. We all need to take care of our hands when the weather gets cooler.
  11. Play with your pet or spend an evening with them. Sometimes we are too busy to really spend quality time with our animals but they will love it as much as you will!
  12. Plan out a list of chores that need to be done around the house for fall/winter and then do them! This will allow you to plan out times for each task you need to accomplish.
  13. Rake leaves, jump in them, have fun outside! It’s fun to spend time in nature as well as get chores done.
  14. Choose a topic to study and spend time studying it. This can be something you already know about but want to know more or something brand new you never learned.
  15. Do brain aerobics like crosswords or Wordsearch puzzles – you can also play brain games on your phone. This is a fun pastime with benefits!

These are just a few activities you can do without spending too much money that may make you smile at the end of the day.

Have a great day, and enjoy the fall season!

  • Julie

My Very Simple Skincare Routine For Fall

Uncategorized October 19, 2017

Hello, my dears! So today I thought I’d go over my very basic skincare routine which typically allows me to control my acne, and stay moisturized!

To start off, I wear makeup. I wear a lot of makeup on a day to day basis because of previous acne scarring I have dealt with throughout the years and I generally just love makeup. My acne is not typically a problem these days due to my routine but sometimes I still struggle due to my time of the month, and also due to being on the medication lithium which dries out the skin and is known to cause acne or skin conditions.

So now that I’ve prefaced that, I would like to get into my skincare routine. For a long time, I used a lot of products and many chemical ridden products which actually made me break out even more. These days I use mild, more natural products which I know work.

To take off my makeup I actually use grapeseed oil with a washcloth. Grapeseed oil is basically the oil from the seed of grapes, so it’s very natural. It is typically used for cooking but it takes makeup off without irritating my eyes or skin. It leaves skin soft and hydrated as well. I highly recommend this for stubborn eye makeup or those days when you wear concealer or a high coverage foundation. I would say grapeseed oil takes off 85% of my makeup alone.

The next thing I do is wash my face. For washing my face I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Almond soap. It’s a soap which is natural and full of healthy ingredients you can use for many purposes. Here are a list of ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. These are many of the oils I would use on their own, so it is great to have them combined!

After washing my face, I use a toner on a cotton round. I’ve been using a witch hazel toner, sometimes it is just the pure witch hazel, sometimes witch hazel with rose water. Sometimes I just use rose water as well. I think toning is an essential skincare step because it allows you to see if any dirt is left over after cleansing, it also aids in balancing your skin.

So, on a regular basis, I will just apply a moisturizer. So, either I’ll apply almond oil for a moisturizer and give myself a massage or I will apply PONDS deep moisturizing cream for dry skin. The reason I chose PONDS is that it is one of the brands that have been around for so long that I trust it will not break me out, and it hasn’t.

If I’m having a particularly bad skin day or I want to relax and enjoy a face mask I will apply one of the Freeman masks, or sometimes the Aztec Clay mask. I also really enjoy using raw honey as a facemask for moisture.

I also do exfoliate with a little olive oil and sea salt. I’ve found that sea salt and olive oil will scrub the dead skin off but leave your skin so moisturized that it is literally like heaven! It also works on hands and on the body.

Every day I try to dry brush and moisturize with Palmer’s Coconut Oil cream.

Try to keep your hands clean, and off your face. Also, try to use new hand towels every day and don’t ever use them to pat dry your face, use a washcloth instead.

Hope this helped or was at least fun to read!

Have a good night!

  • Julie