April 5, 2017

How to Find peace in the Chaos of Life

It’s important to live in the moment, but all of the noise in our lives can make it feel impossible at times—the beeping horns, ringing cell phones, and constant chitchat can become more and more difficult to tune out. 


We know it’s important to be present, but research also indicates that mindfulness actually keeps us healthier (and saves us money). If you’ve ever doubted the importance of injecting your life with mindfulness, chances are being happier and financially fit will sway you. Although it may seem daunting to add more rituals to your already jam-packed day, we promise it will pay off in the long run. 

We’ve rounded up five in-the-moment tips to add to your daily routine, according to mindfulness expert Leo Babauta:
Slow down on social media: All of the friend requests, Instagram likes, and constant scrolling through photos can be time-consuming. Pick a time each day to check in on all things social, and be sure to delete the apps or programs you can live without.
Set contact limits: If you’re constantly checking your work email after-hours, it’s easy to become distracted. By setting reachable time frames with co-workers, you'll avoid receiving messages at all hours of the night (or weekend).
Be okay with doing nothing: They call it leisure for a reason. Sometimes we’re so busy that it becomes difficult to just sit and be. Make sure you dedicate a few minutes a day to doing just that.
Live in the present: Savor the little things in life, such as treating yourself to a muffin for breakfast or spending time coloring after work. The less you think about the past or future, the more you can focus on how nice the here and now can be.
Do a little soul searching: It doesn’t have to be as corny as it sounds. Find out what makes you happiest, and just go with it. When you tune out the background noise, you may be surprised at the kind of thoughts that come to you.

March 18, 2017

Why + How to Ditch Coffee for Matcha ...

As many people, the ritual of a hot cup of coffee is the only thing that gets them me out of bed in the morning. 

While coffee may have some benefits, it also can have very bad side effects like acidity, dehydration, and potential to cause anxiety. 

If you haven't heard of matcha yet, you're about to become addicted! Matcha is a concentrated form of green tea. Rather than simply soaking the leaf, the entire tea leaf is stone-ground into powder and consumed whole, so you get a more potent version of green tea. The list of benefits from drinking matcha tea is long. Matcha will give you the energy boost many seek from coffee, but because of the large concentration of antioxidants, the absorption of caffeine is slower so there's no crash. Coffee first thing in the morning can also contribute to adrenal fatigue, as our cortisol levels are naturally high in the morning and a huge, artificial energy boost from coffee is unnecessary and hard on the hormones that regulate our energy. If you do drink coffee, it's best to do so with a food and at least two hours after waking up.



Ingredients:
3/4 cup Almond Milk unsweetened
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
- Bring 3/4 cup of almond milk to a low simmer in a small pot or sauce pan over medium-high heat.

- Place 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a mug or other heat-proof cup. 
- Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup boiling water, then almond milk, tipping cup slightly to help create more foam. If you have a frother, you can use that as well. 
- Sweeten with honey or agave syrup.




 below are seven reasons why you should be incorporating matcha into your diet ASAP.

March 17, 2017

OUTER SPACE x CHANEL 2017 bags

Chanel Plays It Mostly Safe in Outer Space for the Brand’s Fall 2017 Runway Bags
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