5/5/19

Girl Chat Q&A

Happy Sunday my loves! Today I have a new Girl Chat Q&A video for you! We are covering lots of topics you guys sent in questions about, such as favorite bras, hair removal and skin tips and more. You can watch the video here! As I have been enjoying doing with my recent Q&A's, I will be answering a few more of your questions below in this post. Hope you enjoy and let me know what other topics we can discuss in the next Q&A!


Photo from my trip to the Amalfi Coast
(Click here to watch the vlog!)

Do you ever compare yourself with other girls?
Although I touched briefly on this in the video, I did see a lot of questions about this topic of comparison on general, so let’s go into it a bit more here! I think it’s so normal, especially in today’s world, to compare ourselves to other people. As mentioned in the video, we now see and have access to thousands of people just by opening an app on our phone.

I do think however that seeing what else is out there can actually be a positive thing sometimes, and of course, at times, not so good! Trust me I’ve been deep in Instagram thinking of things I’d rather change about myself, I think we have all been there haha, but I snap myself out of it as soon as I gain a bit of mindfulness on what I’m doing - and then I ask myself, “Ok Annie, what is it you admire about this person?”. If it’s something that’s actually quite positive, “I like their ambition, their emphasis on family or how dedicated they are to their craft etc.. then I see how I can use that as motivation for myself. It might even be something physical, like I love her haircut, or her fashion sense is really cool or her skin looks so clear and glowy. Again, I look for the positive and I ask myself, how can I use this as inspiration and transform it in my own way that makes me happy. On that note as well, always congratulating people on their success as well (even if only in your heart) will always bring it back to you! Send out your good energy to people who you admire and see how it flourishes in your own life! :)

Without the access to social media, and thousands of people sharing their lives, stories and information online (especially via YouTube and blogs), I would not have been able to learn and grow, and essentially develop into the person I am today. My point is, the INTENTION and our MINDSET whilst consuming content online is really important - and we should try to simply let it INSPIRE us and not make us feel down.

If however there’s an account or person you follow online, and instead of feeling inspired or uplifted after engaging with their content, you feel down and feel like you’ve gotten no value from what they’re sharing, then unfollow them, simple. We control who we follow online or who’s content we consume, don’t forget that :) My advice is to curate a follow list that makes you feel GOOD and/or motivated to bring about positive change in your life, that bring you some sort of value.

And when it comes to our appearance, if there’s something you would love to change or improve about yourself, and it doesn’t harm you or anyone involved, go for it! But make sure the reasons you are doing it are for YOU and nobody else. If there’s something you simply can’t change (or don’t wholeheartedly want to change), then learn to LOVE and embrace it!

At the end of the day, we are all unique and so beautiful in our own ways. On this topic, I once read a quote that said “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” This has been in my heart since I read it many years ago and I share it often with friends and family. I also love the quote “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” We all have space to shine and there is no shortage of love to go around!



Do you see yourself still being an influencer 5-10 years from now?
My passion is learning, connecting and SHARING! I love connecting with you guys and talking about things that have helped me in my own life. Whether it’s about skin tips, fashion favorites, most loved products to health, home and personal wellness - I am passionate about everything that makes us feel confident and our life beautiful. Whether I continue sharing that in a traditional “influencer” setting via IG and YouTube is difficult to say as the space is constantly changing and evolving!

But yes I do love my relationship with you guys and the platforms I have to connect and share, so I can still see myself doing something similar in the future! I know as I continue growing and evolving, so will my content and hopefully you guys, my audience, too! I’m sure in 5 to 10 years I’ll definitely be blogging about life as a mom, my kids and our business! :)

Photo from my trip to the Amalfi Coast
(Click here to watch the vlog!)

Would you continue eating mainly plant based if you got pregnant?
Yes definitely! I am so happy where I am with my diet lately, eating mostly plant based but also occasional eggs and fish (love wild smoked salmon for example). As long as I continue feeling good and energized I will continue eating what I normally do. I know however I will do lots of research when we get closer to starting that next chapter, into what foods are important during this time, what to avoid, important supplements etc.. I am also quite intuitive with my eating, so I will definitely listen and check in with myself for certain cravings I might be having and adapting that way as well. I am SO excited for that journey however and will definitely be sharing lots with you guys during this time :)


How do you feel with mood swings if you have them, and what peps you up?
Ah yes I definitely experience ups and downs. Some days are generally really good, but others can be sprinkled with more difficulties. Having a good morning routine however helps me so much! Check out this video for a detailed view into my morning routine. That really helps to set me up for the day. Meditation, journaling, exercising and taking time to plan out my prioritize and tasks for the day allows me to stay focused, productive and happy.

If I have a swing and something throws me off track, the quickest way is to stop and be grateful for something. It can literally be ANYTHING - gratitude for your breath, your vision, your spouse, your family, the roof over your head, your lunch, the phone or computer you’re reading this on right now etc.. Gratitude instantly brings us to the present moment and is like a switch for taking us out of a bad thought or moment.

Putting on an uplifting video or podcast (or even just a good song) also works wonders. I think interrupting the negative thought is really important and replacing it with inspiration and motivation to change your mindset. Take a deep breath and keep going! XOXO

3/27/19

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS

Hello my loves! A few days ago I asked you over on my Instagram to send me any questions you had relating to beauty, lifestyle, health and anything in between. I received over 600 questions - thank you guys so much! I filmed a video answering a few of them, which you can watch here, and as there were so many interesting ones, I am answering a few extra questions below in this post! 



How do you whiten your teeth and keep them so white?
I occasionally use the Crest 3D Whitestrips. They’re not the best for your teeth so I don’t do it too often, but man do they work! :) I’m also not a huge red wine drinker or coffee drinker, which I think helps a lot for maintenance as well! Pro tip, when I do drink coffee I sip it through a straw to avoid staining my teeth!


Was there a pivotal moment that “switched” you over to healthy eating and living, or did you come to it naturally?
After I lost a lot of weight as a teenager (click here to watch my video about it) it made me a lot more mindful of the food I was putting in my body (I definitely did not want to go back to my unhealthy ways!). With that said, as a teenager and young adult I didn’t know as much as I do now about healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle so I definitely indulged a lot more.

When I was around 24 however, I went for a health checkup and found that I had some hormonal imbalances that led to a few complications with my ovarian health. I then learnt about the power of plant based foods and natural methods of rebalancing the body, lowering inflammation and acidity in the body. This was a huge “AHA” moment for me, and since then I’ve made several adjustments to my diet, which now include no dairy (it is such a culprit for digestion and a host of skin concerns such as acne and eczema) and I focus on eating lots of fiber rich vibrant plant based foods such as leafy greens, sweet potatoes, beans, quinoa and fresh fruits and veggies. I go with what makes my body feel at it's best. This is what's working for me now, but I am always willing to learn and experiment when it comes to my body as I feel like it's an ever learning process and journey :)


Can you tell us more about the supplements you are taking for health and beauty?
I LOVE zinc for my skin! It’s a nutrient that is required for numerous processes in the body including wound healing, cell growth and development, immune function etc... and it’s something that can often be low in people who suffer with acne or problematic skin. I have been taking it for the past few years and it helps me a lot! I also love Viridian’s Clear Skin Complex - it’s also got a good mix of probiotics in there to which is super important for gut health (click here to watch my video all about gut health, my tips for better digestion and how it’s related to skin).

I also love taking spirulina - let’s rephrase.. I love the benefits of spirulina, but the taste is actually quite awful hehe. I take the supplement version so it doesn’t stay too long on my taste palette. Spirulina is an algae rich in vitamin E, selenium and tyrosine, which are all known for their powerful anti-aging effects. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which is essential for healthy glowing skin!


How often do you get facials? And what kind?
I try to go every 3 weeks to once a month. My skin loves a deep cleanse and I find it an essential part of a good skin care routine. The type of facials I like are hydra facials, jet peel facials, micro needling, and sometimes I will do a chemical peel (although this is more of one-step intensive treatment done about once a year to deeply rejuvenate the skin). So as you can see, I like to go to facials to have them do things to my skin that I can’t do at home. I’m pretty good with doing masks and facial massages at home, so when I go, I want the effective, deep cleansing machinery-type-work! :)


I have acne scars and I want to know what you would recommend?
Acne scars are a though one! I still have a few and unfortunately it’s not something that will be fixed with one treatment or facial. To fade these scars, you literally need to break down that scar tissue which will then allow your body to create new fresh skin. An at home treatment that helped me a lot is dermarolling! Exfoliation is another KEY - such an important part of skin care, but especially for brightening and evening out the skin texture. I like a gentle physical exfoliant, but chemical ones are also great. There’s one from Drunk Elephant called the TLC Baby Facial, and it is amazing! You can also use toners that are rich in AHA’s and BHA’s that will gently over time eat away at dead skin cells and resurface the skin texture.


What is your favorite perfume at the moment?
Hands down it’s the Jasmine Sambac & Marigold fragrance from Jo Malone! I discovered it last year in September and I’ve been wearing it non stop ever since :)


How do you manage jet lag while traveling? Is coffee a big part of your diet? What are some of your best online shopping venues?
My key for balancing jet lag is HYDRATION. Lots and lots (and lots) of water. I feel like when your body is better taken care of, it works better for you. Also adjusting yourself as soon as possible to the new time zone (staying up a few extra hours / waking up earlier) even though it hurts in the moment, it will be worth it later on! Temporarily sucks but worth it in the long run!

Coffee is not a huge part of my diet - but I do enjoy it from time to time as a little treat. Tea on the other hand, I could literally drink ALL. DAY. LONG… :)

Best online shopping, ASOS, Mango, Zara, & Other Stories!


How do you keep a work-life balance and actually find that for that soul-routine? If you have ever had one, how do you get out of a “run” or “daily race”?
The morning and evenings are the times I prioritize for reflection, relaxation and grounding. I wake up early to allow myself enough time to get myself ready for the day, and have a good amount of time to just focus on myself and self care. I like to take my time having my morning water (watch this video here to find out more), meditate, journal and get in a good workout. (There are days where I can’t do all of these, but I adjust accordingly and prioritize what I feel to be most important.) This routine sets me up so amazingly for the day! I can’t stress enough what a game-changer having a solid morning routine has been for me. (I will be doing a morning routine video soon, so stay tuned for that!)

During the day however, I am turned up and ready to GO! I am very specific about my time because there are lots of things we are juggling at the moment, plus aiming for two videos per week (that I self produce and edit) takes a LOT of time (and creative energy!). I try my best to not feel overwhelmed, but to be honest I am so grateful for what I do that I just want to give it my ALL every single day, and I am actually happy at the end of the day when I can put my head down on my pillow and feel like I did my best and pushed myself.

Then in the evenings I take time to again get back to my center and for this I love to READ! I just uploaded a video featuring a few of my favorite books (which you can watch here) and I also have an evening routine if you haven’t seen that already (click here to watch).

As I work from home most of the time, it’s important for me to have an ON and OFF switch or “time zone”. So I try not to do any work related things too late in the evenings so that I can focus and regenerate myself the best I can for the next day.



Thanks so much for reading and I'll make sure to do another Q&A soon! XOXO

1/16/19

Free Wellness & Self Care Printable Planner


As 2018 was coming to an end, I created this simple planner to help me keep track of the healthy habits and goals I wanted to focus on for the new year. It is so incredible to have this sheet to keep my progress organized and noted so it's not all swirling around in my head :) I hope you guys will enjoy and benefit from this planner as well!

In my latest video I share exactly how I like to use this planner and you can print out your free copy below (after the "Read More" section). Let me know what you think and if you'll be using it as well! XOXO



9/22/18

A Fall Makeup Look

As summer comes to an end, another beautiful season approaches, FALL ♥ I love long summer days and endless sunshine, but there’s something so magical about this new season, seeing the colors of the leaves change and gently shed to the ground, temperatures drop and we all get a bit cozier and cuddlier and the return of hot teas keeping our hands and hearts warm as we go about our days.

To welcome this new season, I am showing you a beautiful makeup look perfect for this time of year, with a luxurious twist. This classic look featuring nude lips and a soft golden glittery eye flatters every skin tone and face shape. The touch of glitter on the center of the lid and deeper smoked out lower lash line create mystery and perfectly compliments the fall season. Wear this makeup look with warm nude cozy knits, a pair of denim jeans, a beige scarf and brown boots.


An overview of some of the key products used


Step 1: SKIN 

- I love prepping my skin before makeup by exfoliating and applying a good moisturizer - it makes a world of difference to how smooth and evenly the makeup goes on!

- Apply a light layer of foundation to even out your skin tone. I used the Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation which instantly blurs fine lines and pores, and has beautiful long wear coverage without feeling too heavy or cakey. It is flawless skin in a bottle!

- I then conceal and brighten any darkness underneath my eyes with a concealer. I will also take this around the base of my nose and between my brows to highlight these areas as well.

- Set your concealer and foundation with a loose powder. I used the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder which is a universal 100% talc free weightless setting powder with light-reflecting particles that instantly blur imperfections for a invisible, natural skin finish.

- Warm up and add dimension to your face by sweeping a bronzer and a touch of luminous blush up and outward on your cheeks. This will add a beautiful pop of healthy color to your skin.

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder


Step 2: EYES

- Using a fluffy brush, sweep the same bronzer in the crease to add natural dimension and shadow there - this will also provide a great base for the following eyeshadows!

- Taking a deeper burnt orange / brown shade, run it under your lower lash line to create depth, this will also make your lower lashes look fuller.

- Using a deep purple or black eyeshadow and a flat angled brush, line your upper lash line. This is a softer way of lining your eyes and looks beautiful for an every day look.

- Make your eyes pop with a touch of sparkle. I used the Tom Ford Shadow Extreme in “Gold Glitter”, and with my finger, pressed it onto the center of my lid, and softly blended outward. These single eye shadows are long wearing and ultra-pigmented!

- Finish the eyes by applying a few coats of your favorite mascara!

Tom Ford Shadow Extreme in “Gold Glitter”


Step 3: LIPS

- Line your lips with a nude lip liner for the perfect lipstick base. If you want to make your lips look fuller, take the lip liner on the very edge of your natural lip line and softly blend to create the illusion of more voluminous lips.

- Apply a comfortable long wear nude lipstick. I used the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide in “N100 Nude Tweed” which is a soft velvet cream liquid lipstick packed with intense color and hydration. It’s also got a fun new component that looks like a classic Givenchy lipstick bullet but instead is a twist pen foam applicator. 

Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide in “N100 Nude Tweed”


Step 4: FINAL TOUCHES

- Mist your skin with a light setting spray to softly blend and set the makeup in place for the day

- Apply a fresh uplifting fragrance to invigorate your senses and mood. I used the Atelier Cologne Cl√©mentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume. This bright & sparkling blend is reminiscent of a sunny drive down the California coast line with notes of clementine, mandarin, juniper berries and star anise. It carries a touch of summer into the fall ♥

 Atelier Cologne Cl√©mentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume



I hope you've enjoyed this post and found some inspiration for the upcoming fall season! I'd love to know what you're most excited about for fall, share with me below in the comments ♥ XOXO


This post is in collaboration with Sephora. All opinions / reviews are my own.