Sizzlin’ Summer Styles

Sizzlin’ Summer Styles

Stay in style this summer with the latest trends whether you’re hitting up the beach, planning a road trip, or a vacation get away, we have you covered. Out with the old and in with the new sizzlin’ summer styles like ripped jeans, jump suits, open shoulder dresses, high waisted shorts, and overalls.

Don’t forget to pack a stylish beach bag to go along with any outfit. I personally love a cute tote bag from Vera Bradley which are totally stylish and can fit all of your sun-bathing essentials. They also sell cosmetic bags for you to put all of your beauty essentials in. The Oxford Postage Stamps beach tote is my personal pick. It also comes in a floral print. You can mix and match however you’d like with a straw wristlet, lotion bag, tote, beach backsack, or lounge around towel for your friends to share.

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Who doesn’t love cute ripped shorts or jeans? Polyvore has a wide selection of ripped jeans from various stores. I love the denim ripped jeans and shorts especially the high waisted jeans, which pair perfectly with an off the shoulder top or a ripped t-shirt. Urban Outfitters is always my go to for fashion friendly jeans especially BDG’s high waisted light denim skinny jeans.

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I love love Forever 21’s floral open shoulder dresses. It’s the year of the flower power. The more floral the better but don’t go overboard with a floral accessory like a bag or necklace. My personal favorite is the open-shoulder floral mini dress for $17.90. It’s great for a casual night out or you can dress it up for a night out with the gals.

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Free People makes stylish jumpsuits and rompers in every fabric imaginable. All of their designs are unique and for the fashion savvy. You can even purchase an A-line overall and put a cute shirt underneath.

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There is my list for my favorite summer sizzlin’ styles. You can change up the trends and style it anyway you like. Most stores carry for curvy girls as well like Forever 21.

DIY Blueberry Facial Wash

I noticed that my skin seems to be breaking out more than usual  (post-period effects); hence I decided to make my own Blueberry Facial Wash. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. They help with blotchy skin and acne problems.  Who knew almond milk is filled with nutrients including vitamin E to help maintain a well balanced look. Hold off on those Vitamin E creams, almond milk has a high level of it. You can have restored skin and reverse the effects of sun damage in just seconds with this DIY facial. Can’t forget the cinnamon! It fights acne, blemishes, and leaves your skin with a glowing youthful complexion. Rice is great for those summer days when you get sunburn. It helps to cool your skin off for flawless skin.

All of the ingredients are beneficial for your skin. Hold off on buying those expensive creams, and make a simple recipe using only 4 ingredients. If you have any extra facial wash, refrigerate it. I recommend using it within 2 days for the best skin results.

What you’ll need:

Method:

Pour ingredients into a nutibullet and blend until desired consistency.

Get me more edamame pasta, plz!

Who knew that edamame can be made into pasta and actually taste good? Seapoint Farms makes Variety Bundle: Seapoint Farms Edamame, Spaghetti and Fettuccine, 15 oz total, which is loaded with 24 grams of plant based protein per serving. It’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians that want to still feel sufficed by their carb intake. All you have to do is boil 6-8 cups of water, add some salt, and mix until tender.

I’m such a foodie as you can tell. The spaghetti kept me full for hours, pleasantly surprising for me, and it had the same texture as a whole wheat pasta. You can tell you’re eating healthier immediately with a grainy thicker texture. I kept it simple and added marina sauce for flavor. High in protein and low in carbs, plus you can jazz it up by adding diced tomatoes, broccoli rabe, spinach, seasonings, or any other veggies. Go green, stay lean, and eat edamame. Yes PLZ!

Calling all caffeine addicts..

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Do you love your morning smoothies? I know that I do but now you can love them a little bit more by adding Rebel Kitchen Coconut Milk Drink, Coffee, 11 Fluid Ounce  into your vegan friendly creation. You get your caffeine intake with fair trade coffee beans without any refined sugar, preservatives, or additives. With only four ingredients, organic coconut milk, organic date nectar, organic coffee, and spring water, you can start your day the right way!

It not only tastes delicious but gives you enough energy to start your day. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have that bitter coffee taste. I was highly impressed by how well it paired with the banana and nut butter. You get your potassium, essential vitamins, plant based protein, and a slightly frozen  breakfast mix.

Rebel Kitchen’s Breakfast Smoothie

It’s totally soy free, gluten free, and dairy free and an easy way to make a healthy breakfast.

Ingredients:

What to do:

Pour all your ingredients into the blender. I use my Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System“>nutribullet to make a delicious smoothie! Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Seapoint Farms brings healthy snackin’ to you!

Seapoint Farms makes edamame, seaweed crisps, and pasta loaded with 24 grams of protein.  All of their products are non-GMO verified and totally vegan friendly. It’s perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up!

I always try to grab a healthy light snack that can conveniently fit into my bag. Grab and go is my motto. I love their seaweed crisps that have a bit of a crunch and flavoring to balance out the seaweed taste. Try the Seapoint Farms Seaweed Crisps, Pumpkin Sesame, 1.2 Ounce (Pack of 12)“>almond sesame and pumpkin sesame; my two personal favorites!

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Try all of their healthy products! Don’t worry Christa Alexis will be back with recipe ideas! 🙂

Summer time is for smoothies

Summer is a season where people head down the shore, plan weekend getaways, and get their tan on. It’s a time where you grab yourself a beverage, preferably a smoothie drink loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep you hydrated. My favorite smoothies include strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and spinach. I try to go with whatever my body is craving.

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What you’ll need:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Protein powder, cinnamon, tumeric (optional)

Directions:

Blend it until smooth and ENJOY!

 

Zucchini Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Diced Tomatoes

This is a great summer dish and helps you to cut back on the carbs using zucchini noodles. I added broccoli rabe with diced tomatoes for extra flavor. Don’t forget the seasonings like fresh basil and oregano. Dig right in for a high multi-vitamin packed green dish.

Many people may assume that broccoli rabe is difficult to make. It’s a dark green leafy vegetable and a significant staple in the Italian American dishes. Did you know it’s packed with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Magnesium?

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First, I put the broccoli rabe in a pot and then boil it until tender. Meanwhile, set aside a non-stick pan lined with olive oil, crushed pepper, and sliced garlic. You can cook until the garlic is slightly brown. Once broccoli rabe is boiled, place in the pan and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes.

You can also dice tomatoes and throw it in your dish for more flavoring. Add a little bit of sauce too. I usually add salt, pepper, and other Italian seasonings to spice it up. You can either boil or fry the noodles, but I prefer to boil them slightly before mixing them in with the broccoli rabe and tomatoes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Broccoli Rabe (1 head)
  • Tomatoes (1 or 2)
  • Zucchini Noodles (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings (Oregano, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper)
  • Sauce (Optional)

Get ready for a wholesome meal. You get your greens, your vitamins, and a light meal. Induldge in a guilty-free meal and load up on the “zucch noodles.”

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Christa Alexis makeup of the day

My makeup for the day was a combination of dark eye shadow colors with a black eyeliner on top and bottom. I decided to wear lighter vibrant colors on my cold shoulder shirt paired with white jeans to really make my makeup pop.

Apply light eye shadow and then a darker shimmer shade on top. You can apply the pencil eyeliner after you put on the eye shadows. Repeat until you get the desired look.

Next, apply the eyeliner on bottom and mascara. I put my liquid foundation I like to check the ingredients and make sure they are organic. Apply to face and rub in thoroughly.  You’re almost done. Just add your simmer on your cheeks.

Walk out of your place feeling fabulous. Christa Alexis here! xo

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Southern style cooking

Southern style cooking redefined with more vegetables, beans, and cheese – vegan friendly option of course. I love how southerners invest their time in homemade authentic prepared foods. A few of my favorite vegetarian items are collard greens, beans, cornbread, and of course you can’t forget the biscuits.

I decided to saute broccoli with olive oil and garlic; then add baked beans to the dish with a sprinkle of veggie cheese on top. It’s a light lean meal with just the right amount of protein. For more creations, stay tuned Christa Alexis will be back.

 

Feeling fresh and fabulous with Innisfree!

Innisfree is a Korean skin care company, which makes an array of high quality skin products packaged in their own uniquely designed bottles. I tried the green tea face serum and the seeds work quickly to moisturize my skin within seconds; it has a refreshing scent and you can feel the difference immediately. My skin looked brighter, softer, and felt refreshed.

I’d recommend washing your face first and then applying a few small drops to your face. It’s currently their best seller and I see why. I can’t wait to try more of Innisfree’s products!

 

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