Zoya Summer 2015: Island Fun & Paradise Sun

Zoya’s summer collection was recently released and they’re taking summer hues to a whole new level with the release of Island Fun (creams) and Paradise Sun (glitter). I am not sure how I feel about this collection. It's not the normal bright from summer colors instead they are more towards muted fall tones. Individually the colors are gorgeous as a collection they don't seem to make sense for summer. What do you think?

  Cecilia is a showstopping teal crème.
  Demetria is the perfect summery tomato red
  Jace is a granny smith apple green
  Nana is a jeweled raspberry

  Talia is an ocean blue
Serenity is a dusted purple
Aphrodite is a tomato red with flecks of metallic gold and fuchsia

Genesis is a creamy sparkly white
Isa is a purple shimmer metallic with flecks of blue and purple sparkle
Mae hot pink metallic with silver and pink shimmer

Oceane is an electric frosted sea blue with matching glitter and silver flecks.

Selene is a glittery emerald green

5 Ways to Protect Your Pup From The Sun

Dogs can sunburn just like we can so it's critical to make sure your furbaby is safe this summer. Even with lots of fur (like Jack) pups are still prone to sunburns. Here are five ways to keep your pooch safe this summer:

1. Provide shade
2. Do not shave your pup
3. Play inside
4. Pet friendly sunscreen
5. Limited time outside

Romantic Gestures

A bouquet of flowers is the kind of romantic gesture that smacks you in the face with sweetness. While this kind of gesture means the world to most of us it’s nearly impossible to receive such a sweet gesture on a constant basis. Here are 9 underrated everyday romantic gestures we’d be happy to receive. 

A kiss before he heads out the door

Texting “Good Morning”

Celebrating the small stuff

Kisses on the forehead

“Remember that one time?”

Texting midday just to say hello

Something homemade like dinner or dessert

Giving a fantastic massage

Buying a dress and leaving a note that says “Put this on dinner at x time”

Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

The unofficial start to summer began last week and I have been invited to plenty dinner parties and BBQs this week. One of my friends and I have been really trying hard to incorporate more vegetables into our diet, and since asparagus was on sale last week we came up with this little recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuscan Roasted Asparagus
Fresh asparagus, trimmed
Grape tomatoes
Pine nuts
Olive oil (I used Pasolivo Citrus)
dash of salt
dash of pepper
Garlic cloves
Lemon juice
Grated parmesan cheese
Lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix oil, garlic, salt and pepper together
3. Add to asparagus to half mixture and toss to coat
4. Place asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil lined cookie sheet.
5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until tender
6. Drizzle with remaining oil mixture, lemon juice, sprinkle with cheese and zest. Toss to combine
7. Enjoy

Creating a Better Version of Myself

Sometimes life happens, and you’re pushed to the edge of a plank. You have two options you can either jump into the water hope to survive or you can jump in and fight for your life. I jumped in and lost control – I stopped going to the gym, I gained weight, I lost my confidence and would put myself down at any opportunity I could. Recently everything clicked for me.... I want to be healthier and happier for ME and no one else. My eating habits changed and my workout game was taken to a whole new level. I am pushing the negativity away and only excepting positive vibes around me. Here’s what’s helping me become the best version of myself:

1. Exercise even if you only have 15 minutes.
A short gym routine is better than nothing.

2. Invest in a fitness tracker.
I’m motivated by goals so my FitBit has made a huge difference in my daily routine.  Sometimes I find myself pacing back and forth in my bedroom just to reach my step goal that day.

3. Mix it up.
I’m currently loving a yoga/pilates, HIIT, cardio rotation.

4. Eat! 
I was cutting so many calories that I was actually putting my body in starvation mode.

5. Foam Roller
That thing has become my saving  grace. I absolutely love it and don’t know how I worked out without one previously.

6. Drinks
I don’t drink at all and personally only drink Vitamin Water Zero, iced green tea and water.
7. Endorphins
I focus on how I want to feel instead of how I look. Endorphins make me happy and I always feel better about myself after working out.   

8. Sleep
I like to be to the gym by 6:30 am which means I’m in bed by 10 am and spend an hour on Instagram before I fall asleep.