2017 Jahresrückblick/Looking back

About two hours until 2018 here in California- time to look back! Oh 2017, it’s been a year. Rollercoaster of a year. I can’t quite remember a year where there had been such lows but also such highs. To an extent 2017 was one of the most challenging and most difficult years of my life,…

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Ojai 

There is something about California in October. The Golden State. Golden for a reason. Driving down the highway leaving Salinas, heading south over Paso and San Louis Obispo. They call it Monterey wine country and it’s pretty fascinating just how many vineyards there are. Miles and miles of grapes until 101 S leaves it’s inland…

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What’s in my basket for the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 

I’ve been a Sephora member on Rouge status for a lot longer than I care to admit.  I absolutely adore purchasing beauty items. It’s a thing. What’s also a thing is the yearly Sephora Beauty Insider Sale. 20% off for Rouge and 15% off for VIB’s- online and in store, or both. That’s how we…

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And who holds you back?

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” There is something about fortune cookies that I like. It’s like your own little piece of gypsy wrapped in a carb baked cookie after you ate your body weight in spicy eggplant. Very comforting.  I’ve always kept my little wisdom,…

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Autumn equinox and why I care

“Life starts all over again when it get’s crisp in the fall.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald Full disclosure that as a child I didn’t particularly care about fall. It only meant shorter, colder days and back to school. I am a June baby so that’s where it’s been for me most of my life – looking…

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Rising to the occasion

The next level. Every next level of your life will demand a different you. Every next level of your life will demand growth, change and adapting. And every next level should push you to become the person you always wanted to be. No matter where you are in life currently, find comfort and discomfort in…

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Mallorca 

“My eyes are filled with wonders, my heart is filled with spirit, like coffee for the soul, gelato for the brain, travel makes me sing, Mallorca and Spain.” – Samantha Richardson Palma de Mallorca is to Germans what Cancun is to Americans. Miles and miles of beach party on Ballerman 6, beers are to be had…

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August Astrology: Power to the people

“But I want you to remember that struggle and strife come before success, even in the dictionary!” -Jessica in Post Grad (the movie) Sit tight, fasten your seat-belts, August astrology is going to be bumpy, fast and furious. The stars go from simmer to sizzle serving up major moments of change. Leo season, partial Aquarius…

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Inspiration of the day: “Stronger because you had to be!”

“I’m stronger because I had to be, I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I learned.” -Curiano  It’s ok to be like a glow stick, because sometimes you have to break before you can shine! From there you can start your comeback. You stop asking…

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Inspiration of the day: “Happiness discovered by chance”

“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have” -Joel  Osteen Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most out…

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Inspiration of the day: “Every end is a new beginning” 

“And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings!” Because “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” -Eleanor Roosevelt  (There is something about new beginnings, they are like fire and ice, like a crisp fall morning. There will be the day when you…

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Inspiration of the day: “Sometimes the best thing you can do, you have to learn for yourself”

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything  will work out for the best. -Unknown You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn if for yourself. -The Wizard of Oz  (Picture of my newly unwrapped Dubai…

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Inspiration of the day: “Travel”

“Travel not to escape life, but so that life does not  escape you!” -Unknown  (Picture taken in a part of Big Sur,California currently only accessible by hike or helicopter ride)  

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Inspiration of the day: “There is no other life but this”

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunity and look towards another island. There is no other land. There is no other life but this!” – Henry David Thoreau 

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Inspiration of the day: “Daughter of the forest” 

“You will find the way, Daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through … loss, your feet will walk a straight path.” – From the Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

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Before 6 am and the reality of changing a lifestyle

I have been a night owl since I can remember. Even when younger, I absolutely loved staying up late, linger around my room and just be. And ‘lingering’ meant getting stuff done, I’d sometimes re-orient the furniture in my room, by myself, at the the age of 12 – all during the late evening hours.…

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Current favorite evening routine

Truth be told, I have not always been a fan of evening routines. There were times in my life where I may even have skipped one or two nightly facewash’s (honesty has always served me well #RealTalk). But obviously, once I was headed to esthetics school in Germany all those years back, I’ve learned that…

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