After months of minimal posting I feel like there are about a million things new in my life that I haven’t overshared on the internet. And thanks to Gretchen’s reminder yesterday, I finally remembered to hop in on this link up.
In November I discovered that I could not even touch my toes in a forward fold. Ooof. So I started going back to the free yoga class at Lululemon. One of my first weeks back the instructor was Kara from Center for Yoga. I LOVED her class. LOVED! And I previously would have described my interest in yoga as something I can tolerate. I was able to score two free classes at Center for Yoga and then discovered that Kara usually teaches hot yoga.
So I tried hot yoga. And I loved it too! So I bought a Groupon and will be aiming to go to hot yoga every Tuesday at 5.
I’ve already improved quite a bit, which means I’m still terrible, but perhaps slightly less so. I can totally touch my toes now and when properly warmed up I can even get my palms on the floor. My next goals are to work on getting my heels to the mat in down dog and finding my balance in crow pose.
I’ve lived a 95% caffeine free life for quite a few years. But for whatever reason this summer I started drinking iced coffee once in a while. And, like all good addictions, it soon became a daily habit. I bought the large premade jugs from the grocery store because I was sure it was a passing craving not worthy of buying a coffee maker.
Alas, winter is here and it is too cold for iced coffee. So I bought this Aeropress. Now I make a delicious hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning and take it to work in my Swell bottle (seriously, best bottle ever!). I’m definitely a coffee newb, so tell me your favorite brand of coffee so I can explore some new options.
Last year I turned 30 and decided it was time to be a little more proactive on my anti-aging routine. I was also inspired by Kristina to make the switch to cruelty-free skin care and makeup. I’m still using up a few cruel brands I had previously purchased, but all of my recommendations here are cruelty free.
I’m still working on perfecting my routine, but these products are here to stay. I used to have constantly dry skin with a fair amount of redness in my cheeks and some texture issues on my forehead. I would now describe my skin as normal. I still have some redness, but the texture has really improved. I’m even looking to switch to a lighter coverage foundation because I no longer feel like I need full coverage.
Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar*: a mild cleanser which I use in either the AM and PM or just at night (like I said, still haven’t perfected my routine). I wasn’t sure about switching to a bar soap, but it is actually really convenient when traveling since it can’t leak. I started using this in June and have at least half a bar left. So although $28 for a soap seems expensive, I expect the bar to last a full year.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream: a moisturizer which I currently use twice daily. In the summer I only used it once a day, but the cold winter air is really harsh on my skin. Again, it is expensive, but a little goes a long way. I use about a pea size amount for my entire face. I started using it in June and still have a few days worth of product left (and have already purchased my next one!).
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: a skincare treatment applied every other night to improve sun damage, dryness, and most importantly signs of aging. I started using this in September and it has helped the most improving the appearance of my skin. It is like magic, I love the way it makes my skin look when I wake up in the morning. I’ve only been using it since September so I am not sure how long a bottle will last. It is painfully expensive so I will only be purchasing when I can find a discount.
*I’ve linked to the Beautypedia review of each product because I thought you might want to learn more about the ingredients in each product and places trying to sell you something aren’t the best source for a non-biased opinion. If you are interested, Drunk Elephant can be purchased at Sephora, Dermstore, or direct from Drunk Elephant.