Beauty | Fitness | Wellness

How Some Seriously Badass Boss Ladies Eat, Sleep, Workout and Chill

By on January 4, 2018

In July of this year, I bought the Marie Claire first ever Wellness Issue and it was so good that the magazine still sits on my coffee table.

I read through this section on how these seriously badass ladies do wellness time and time again so I figured I would share what I got out of it (this is directly from their site, my comments are the asterisks):

Laura Alber, CEO of Williams-Sonoma
Her diet: I feel my best when I eat multiple small meals through the day. I love fresh juice and smoothies—my favorite is fresh strawberries with mango and mint. I also try to drink Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar a few times a week with lemon and honey for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Her workout: I am religious about exercising six days a week. The first thing I do in the morning is check my phone, drink a cup of coffee, and get on my stationary bike for at least 30 minutes. I also love the 7 Minute Workout from Johnson & Johnson. It’s easy and effective at core-strength building. Plus: There’s never an excuse not to add seven more minutes.
Her chill: I just started meditating with the Headspace app, which has made me feel more centered, more reflective.

Tory Burch, Fashion designer
Her drink order: Tequila on the rocks.
Her workout: I work out most mornings. My brothers got me a Peloton exercise bike for Christmas, so now I don’t have an excuse not to.
Her mantra: Negativity is noise.


Savannah Guthrie, Coanchor of NBC’s Today Show
Her diet: I’m not anti-carbs; I just try to do my carbs early in the day, so by the end of the day, I try to be carb-free. And then on Friday and Saturday nights, I eat and drink anything I want. I don’t think you can do this job or parenthood without caffeine, a little wine, and dessert.
Her workout: I do a class in New York called Bari. It’s a hybrid of old-school Jane Fonda–type aerobics—because, in the ’90s, I was an aerobics instructor—cardio bouncing on a trampoline, and strength training, and I do that about three times a week.
Her sleep: Reading helps me fall asleep. It has to be kind of boring, but also sufficiently captivating that you get into it. I read a lot of The New Yorker.
Her chill: I get my nails done at the little no-frills place on the corner, and while they’re drying, I get a 20-minute back massage. It’s easy, and it doesn’t take long, so I don’t feel too guilty for being gone for a half hour from the kids.

Hannah Bronfman, DJ and founder of HBFIT and the Beautified app
Her health: I take probiotics in the morning and at night, but that’s not for everyone. I also add medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil to my smoothies. I’m loving Sun Potion powders right now: chaga, ashwagandha, cordyceps, and reishi. They’re good for my overall spirit and chi and energy.
Her workout: I work out about six hours a week. I like the workout studio Switch Playground in New York City. It’s kind of crazy. There are 20 stations, and you do them each for two minutes.

Bobbi Brown, Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and author of Beauty from the Inside Out
Her diet: I always start my day with two glasses of water, with either fresh-squeezed lemon or a little bit of sea salt if I’m dehydrated. And a double black espresso.
Her health: I take acidophilus, vitamin D, and fish oil every day. Everything else I figure you can get from food.
Her sleep: I rarely need help to fall asleep, but if I have to shut off my brain, I take either an Epsom salts bath, which puts magnesium in your body, or I’ll have a magnesium supplement. Magnesium just relaxes every single muscle in your body.
Her guilty pleasure: I love a good Martini (up, with three olives) on a Saturday night.
*Vitamin D is so good to take every day unless you’re at the beach and getting a ton of sun exposure. Also fish oil is key.

Jenni Konner, Writer, director, producer, and Girls show runner
Her diet: The truth is, I don’t eat breakfast. Lord knows I’ve tried. But I’m old and I don’t get hungry, so I skip. Sorry, nutritionists everywhere and the American Cereal Federation.
Her energy fix: Eden Tamari Almonds. They’re super-tasty and perfectly portion-controlled, because left to my own devices, I will eat 1,000 almonds.
Her chill: Transcendental Meditation. I do it 20 minutes, twice a day, when I’m on my game. It is nonjudgmental. If you make a grocery list, you are still meditating. If you fall asleep, you are still meditating. It is for everyone.
Her guilty pleasure: If you put cheese in front of me, keep your hands away from the plate.

Norah O’Donnell, Cohost of CBS This Morning
Her diet: I generally adhere to the Mediterranean diet: fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. I try to avoid processed foods and limit red meat.
Her energy fix: A small scoop of peanut butter with an apple or banana.
Her drink order: Tequila with a splash of tonic and lime, because there’s little sugar (or a headache in the morning).
Her workout: I work out with my trainer, Kira Stokes, twice a week, but I try to work out every day, even if that’s just a quick jog.
Her guilty pleasure: B-A-C-O-N.

Hilary Rhoda, Model
Her workout: I work out every single day for two hours. I do Tracy Anderson Method and SoulCycle. At Tracy Anderson, I do an hour dance-cardio class and then an hour of the definition and toning class. I started doing it eight years ago. I need things that are high-intensity, keep me engaged, and make me feel like I’m going to die after. I don’t feel like my day has started until I work out, so that’s important to me that I get it in every single day. It makes me feel strong, happy, calm, more confident.
Her guilty pleasure: Chocolate. I eat Peanut Butter M&M’s in the morning with my tea.
*She works out for 2 hours every single day but she eats M&M’s in the morning – talk about balance.


Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress and creative consultant at Neutrogena
Her sleep: I have a fantasy about not sleeping with electronics by the bed, but I have baby monitors and alarm clocks and all sorts of things. Wearing pajamas is important. It’s something I picked up from my kids, the ritual of getting them ready for bed. I was like, Oh, I should do the same thing.
Her beauty routine: I drink tons of water and coconut water, and use products from Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line, which have hyaluronic acid to encourage your skin to hold on to hydration. And I’m religious about not sleeping in makeup. I believe in double cleansing. And I protect my skin with SPF. There’s a myth in communities of color that we don’t have to, but we do.
*This is where I got double-cleansing from

Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23and Me
Her health: When I feel like I am getting sick, I take an All One Green Phyto Base vitamin and mineral powder. It makes me feel better when I’m run-down.
Her workout: I do spin for an hour and yoga for an hour three days a week, weights a few days a week. And I bike to work every day.

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Beauty | Fashion

Gift Guide 2017

By on December 19, 2017

What more could a girl want for Christmas than leggings, shoes or products? So here’s my gift guides for the fitness junkie and beauty guru.

Gift Guide - Fitness Junkie


Nike Sportswear Beanie with Removable Pom

Hydro Flask

Vixen Bra 

Onzie Sporty High Waist Leggings
I’m a sucker for a 7/8 leggings since I’m short

Nike Sportswear Women’s Half-Zip Pullover

Swell Bottle Modernist Bottle 

Lilybod Mikie Cool Eclipse Midi Leggings

FP Fletcher Run Hoodie

Adidas NMD_XR1 

L. Erickson Hair Ties
I love these. They don’t slip out of your hair at all while you’re working out and they don’t rip your hair out like the rubber ones

Brooks Crop Bra – Sand Snake 

Ultracor Ultra Matte Flash Knockout Leggings

Star Pant
I love that these come in in black, gray with black stars, and gray with white stars

Adidas + Karlie Kloss Crop Top

Bose Powerbeats 3
Amazon and Costco have them for the cheapest and I love that they come in almost every color you could want now

Cosmic Legging 

Gift Guide - Fitness Junkie (2)

Varley Runyon Sports Bra 

Olympus High Waisted Midi Legging 

Mesh to Impress Bralet 

Varley Terri Crop – White Snake

Beyond Yoga Make a Slash Sports Bra

Nike Pro Indy Cooling Sports Bra
Nike has the best inexpensive but quality sports bras (besides Target)

Brooks Revel Sneaker
The reviews on these for running are amazing so I’m about to snag a pair myself

APL: Athletic Propoulsion Labs TechLoom Pro Sneakers
People have been raving about how great these training shoes are, they also come in the cutest tones of pink and blue and green, plus Lulu Lemon is starting to sell them now

State Bags Kensington Slim Lorimer Backpack
Backpack’s are just easier for the gym and I love this abstract camo – plus its on sale right now!

Soma Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve

Climawear Escape Racerback Crop Bra
There is nothing better than a bra that can double as a top

Zella Live In High Waist Legging
Zella has the best priced liquid/leather looking leggings

Climawear Adventure Awaits Sports Bra & Leggings
These pieces are so cute as a set or separates

Zella Autumn High Wait Moto Ankle Legging
White and moto?! What more could you want (ps. the black ones are on sale)

Zella Live-In Midi Leggings in Fiery
I am obsessed with this color right now

Zella Wear It Out Bomber Jacket
The perfect to and from workout jacket

Another great idea is an Apple Watch now that they’ve come out with the 3 with Cellular so the Series 1 and 2 are cheaper

*Also I pin a ton of stuff to my Workout Wear board on my Pinterest if you need any more ideas

Gift Guide - Beauty Guru


Glam Glow Super Mud Set 

La Mer Introductory Set
Who hasn’t heard how amazing La Mer is? I have yet to splurge on anything La Mer yet but this gift set is a great way to gift La Mer

Origins Gift Set
This set has everything: cleanser, moisturizers and makes, plus I love this brand, especially their charcoal mask, which this includes

Morphe Brushes 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette
This was the first Morphe palette I bought and I’m obsessed, it has all the right colors. Plus you can’t beat the price at $18

BH Cosmetics Rose Gold 11 Piece Makeup Brush Set
I spotted this at UO a few weeks ago and the quality of the brushes and the pouch that it comes with is such a steal for the price

Origins Ginger Body Scrub
There is nothing better than an all natural scrub – you can buy in this tube here or in a glass container that I love here 

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit
This is the holy grail, the masks of the masks, plus this includes the 24k gold eye patches…

Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit
Every highlight color you could want

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Set 

Holiday Heroes Silver Edition by Space NK Apothecary
This set also has everything: EVE LOM cleanser, Sunday Riley Good Genes, travel-size Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick (lipstick was considered a sin back in medieval times so women used the natural acidity of lemons to bring forth a natural blood-red stain on their lips), plus a nail polish, award winning mascara, and a lip scrub



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How I Finally Got Control Of My Acne

By on October 25, 2017

Acne – the thing you’re not supposed to have at age 24. The thing no one likes to talk about but a lot of people have and you don’t even realize.

But I’ve had it since I was in high school and I’ve tried it all – spending thousands on dermatologists, creams, serums, face washes, and I’ve done a round of Accutane. And still have acne.

It has taken me a pathetically long time to realize that every single thing that touches your face makes a difference – externally and internally. I used to think it was all genes and just frankly having bad skin. Plus, it doesn’t help that I constantly touch my face. I love a good magnifying mirror (yuck).

I’ve used just about everything at the drug store – Neutrogena, Proactiv, Biore, Yes to Tomatoes, Burts Bees, Dermalogica, the list goes on. I’ve also used all the creams that dermatologists gave me – Adapalene, Retin-A (retinol), etc.

But it had really started getting bad in the past year and I decided to just take a step back and think about the basics and what even causes me to break out.

It has taken a good amount of time experimenting with things like my diet, which I will do a separate post on, and plenty of products.

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The Best Dry Shampoo Out There

By on October 18, 2017

I have tried every brand of dry shampoo out there – all the drugstore brands, all the high-end brands and nothing beats Batiste.

It’s no wonder it was voted #1 best in the UK.

But I recently just tried a different flavor (yes I call them flavors instead of scents, types, etc.) called Fresh and I love it even more.

You know that smell when you leave the salon after having your hair done and it doesn’t even matter what product they used, it just smells amazing?

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Beauty | Wellness

Why I’ll Never Wear Normal Deodorant Again

By on October 8, 2017

So I’ve been reading for a while about how horrible mainstream deodorant is for you. I’ve always heard that the aluminum in it is bad for you but I never really knew why so here’s what my research said:

“Aluminum salts—in the form of aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum hydroxybromide—prevent us from sweating when aluminum ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts, causing the cells to swell and squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out.” – Mother Earth Living

Aluminum is considered a neurotoxin linked to breast cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. The link above explains how exactly. Now I’m not saying that aluminum is going to give you breast cancer or Alzheimer’s, but if we can avoid any risks associated to breast cancer, why not do so?

A lot of people seemed to go through a ton of trial and error finding a natural deodorant – there’s sticks, creams, and other weird methods like not wearing any at all at first (no thanks), but luckily the first one I tried worked perfectly.

So here’s the gist on Schmidt’s:

Helps neutralize odors naturally
Plant-based powders absorb wetness without use of aluminum
Scented with essential oils; no artificial fragrance
Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, paragons and phthalates – well Katie, wtf are those?

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Ulta Haul 💄

By on June 14, 2017

So one of my birthday presents was a gift card to Ulta. And when you aren’t running out of anything you need, that means run wild and buy anything and everything you’ve been wanting to try.

I may or may not have snapped some of the stuff I purchased but I wanted to try everything before I did a post about it!

P.S. I like to buy travel-size things before buying the full-size because I’m trying to act like I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to buying products and only using them once…

1. TonyMoly Water Sleeping Pack – I freaking love TonyMoly. I went on a Korean skincare kick a few months back and this is the one brand that stuck with me. I haven’t come to a complete consensus on this one yet…I’ve been trying to moisturize my skin more because I’m constantly drying it out with masks (thank you acne) so a few nights a week I sleep with a serum on my face.

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Ombre nail obsession + my disgusting habit

By on June 13, 2017

Confession time. I have bit my nails since I was 10 years old. I’ve tried solving it with polish that tastes bad, gel, anything and everything people suggested to me. My mom’s now suggesting I see a hypnotist.

But I finally found a nail lady that I love and she said, “We are going to break you of this habit.” She told me she’s helped other people do it and she had someone so bad that while she was getting her acrylics or gel taken off, she would sit there and bit her natural nails off before they could even be redone. Ew.

It is so disgusting and I am constantly reminded by everyone that there is so much bacteria on your hands and under your nails.

Trust me, I know it’s gross but I don’t even realize I’m doing it. A doctor once told me it’s normal for people with ADHD to do because it’s a fidgeting habit.

Anywayyyys, I went in to Midtown Nails one day because I had yet to find a nail salon or tech that I’m really happy with here in Charlotte. But they had good reviews on Google so I figured I would give them a try.

I came in to get pink and white ombre done with a coffin shape (see nail chart here – thank you Fashionlush) and Lisa did a freaking phenomenal job. Phe. Nom. En. Al.

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Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray + Mac Fix+ Dupe

By on May 24, 2017


So I bought Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray one time probably 5 years ago and then I found an article on how to make it yourself, wrote it down, and haven’t paid for another bottle since.

I’ve also read that this is comparable to MAC Fix+ but I’ve never used it.

Here’s the magical recipe to mix up in your spray bottle:

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Balayage at Salon M2 Charlotte

By on April 26, 2017

So I don’t dye my hair – which I think most people know with my red hair.

But the beautiful Taylor Sharpe hooked me up with Salon M2 near Stonecrest in south Charlotte.

Since it’s about to be summer, I decided I want to do balayage and holy jesus christ it turned out so freaking perfect.

I just don’t even have words. It’s perfect since I don’t usually color my hair – it’s the perfect shade, not too blonde but the blonde streaks are very visible throughout.

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