Adaptogens ♡

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Hello Friends! I know that it has been a while since I have posted. I have been thinking about sharing this with you for a while. A few years ago, I discovered something that  really changed my life. 

I discovered ADAPTOGENS !!!!! Adaptogens are a herbal/plant medicine that protects the body from various stressors. You can think of adaptogens as ancient herbal medicines that have been used for hundreds of years from all over the world. There are many different types of adaptogens that focus on many different healing benefits, wether it’s anxiety, stress, focus, skin, hair and more. Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite adaptogens. 🙂

One thing that I would like to emphasize is that adaptogens are life changing but to see results it requires consistency and patience. I’d like to think of my relationships with adaptogens as life long. As cheesy as this sounds, taking adaptogens is a daily ritual for me. It is a journey and I find that different adaptogens are helpful to me in different seasons in my life. I wanted to share with you a few that have benefited my body and my life.

*I like to take my adaptogens with warm water and I drink them as a tea (I do not mind the taste). Some people mind the taste and add them into their smoothies, teas, soups and or coffee. 

Ashwaganda

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First, I will start with an adaptogen that many of you may have already heard of Ashwagandha. This is a great adaptogen to start off with if you are new to the adaptogen world. Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic medicine commonly used in India and in the Middle East.

Benefits of Ashwagandha:

  • Reduces stress hormones (cortisol levels)
  • Supports your immune system
  • Improves sleep
  • Shown in studies to have strong anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effect
  • Boosts longevity

I felt improvements after I was taking this adaptogen daily for several months. I mostly felt more calm and less anxious. When I feel really stressed I drink Ashwagandha and I feel as though my body recognizes this supplement and I instantly feel calmer. But remember! This is meant to be taken consistently.

Rhodiola

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As you can see it is also called the “Brain Tonic.”  When I first purchased Rhodiola I was studying a lot because I was in school and I had a lot of trouble focusing. I did my research and thought I would give Rhodiola a try. After using Rhodiola consistently for several weeks I really could tell that I was focusing a lot more during class, as I was studying for exams.

Benefits of Rhodiola:

  • Improves brain function (In a scientific study, Rhodiola reduced mental fatigue and improved performance on work-related tasks by 20%)
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Promotes stamina and longevity

Fun fact: You can find Rhodiola growing in the mountains of Europe and Central Asia.

He Shou Wu (One of my favorites)

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He Shou Wu is an ancient chinese herb (grown in Southern and Central China). I was first drawn to He Shou Wu for its hair benefits. I have inserted an example of a before and after photo of me after taking He Shou Wu consistently for several months. He Shou Wu is definitely one of my favorite adaptogens and I still use it in my routine.

Fun Fact: Ancient Story

When I was researching about this ancient herb, I read a few legends about the herb. The name He Shou Wu came from a man named Mr. Ho. When Mr. Ho was 58 years, a monk advised him to take an herb that was called  jiaoteng. After taking the herb daily his hair turned from gray to black, strong, long and healthy, his vision improved, and his body became more youthful. Some say he lived until he was 160 and died with black hair. Since then, the herb has been called Mr. Ho’s hair is black (shou = head; wu = black).

Benefits of He Shou Wu:

  • Hair growth
  • Boosts Libido
  • Supporting healthier longevity and aging
  • Helps reduce cholesterol
  • Nourishes blood, skin and nervous system
  • Said to turn gray hair back to its original color.

 

Here is a before and after photo of me (Before I took He Shou Wu on the Left and after taking He Shou Wu daily for 4-5 months to the right)

 

Look at the difference in my hair, my hair grew so quickly and it looked so much healthier, stronger and longer.

Ashitaba (Another one of my favorites for various reasons)

Ashitaba is a Japanese plant, it means “Tomorrow’s leaf” in Japanese. As I was researching about adaptogens I came across Ashitaba and decided to try it in Japan first. Since my mom’s side of the family is Japanese, I was able to purchase Ashitaba at a store in Japan. Unfortunately the brand isn’t sold in the states 😦 I also have the Ashitaba from Sun Potion but I prefer to use the one I bought in Japan. Now my grandma sends me Ashitaba every now and then.

I drink Ashitaba daily for many reasons, first being that I have anemia and I have really low blood pressure. Ashitaba is known to be a blood builder and is rich in b12. This is good for anyone with low blood pressure. Many vegans and vegetarians are also recommended to take Ashitaba because of its rich source in vitamin B. Another reason why I love taking Ashitaba is because it has done wonders to my skin. I have always had trouble with acne and this has helped my skin tremendously.

Benefits:

  • Rich source in Vitamin B
  • Improves skin
  • Helps you take regular poopies

 

There are many different brands that sell adaptogens, I would recommend to do your own research before purchasing adaptogens. I really like Sun Potion because they work with suppliers from all over the world to sell the best quality. Their ingredients are organic and clean and they never use ingredients that have been chemically treated.

These are some of the adaptogens I have used and that have worked for me. Please do your research before trying or purchasing anything. I am no doctor, I am just here to share with you what has helped me and I hope to inspire you to implement adaptogens into your life 🙂

Thank you for reading.

With so much love,

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Tulum, Mexico ♡

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Hello ♡ Happy New Year! During the holidays my parents and I decided to go to Tulum for a few days. I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

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Tulum is a city where you bike everywhere! We biked everyday to get to the beach for the first few days.

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I had an amazing smoothie bowl from a restaurant called Sugar Free

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We spent every day at the beach. (Bathing suit from h&m, I couldn’t find the link:( )

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We biked and bought a few pounds of rambutan 😛

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I found the most beautiful furniture store

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Bacalar ♡

 

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My family and I went to this town called Bacalar which is three hours away from Tulum by bus. Bacalar is a lagoon connected to the ocean, this water isn’t salt water! Doesn’t it look like the ocean?

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My beautiful mommy 🙂

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After we swam, we walked around the town. This town had such a calm presence to it, we felt so relaxed here.

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Mexico, I can’t wait to go back and see you again. Hopefully my next destination will be Mexico City? 🙂

Hasta luego Mexico,

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Outside Lands ♡

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During my time at Berklee College of Music, I was able to get into a class called The Berklee Popular Music Institute and the class entailed of sending artists to major music festivals. My team & I were able to go with the band AJNA.

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We had the time of our lives!!!! What a wonderful experience.

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I am so proud of them! They did so amazing!! They killed it. Check out AJNA’s new EP here-

https://open.spotify.com/embed/artist/2UTrfKlrQDFf7VmrnyRNnV

 

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Matine and I on our first day ❤

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I even made a sweet friend on the trip ❤ Sidney !!! She is awesome.

 

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I even got tinsels in my hair!!! 🙂

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I  MET MY BEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION JONATHAN VAN NESS ❤ he was the only person I wanted to meet and I met him. So i’m telling you all… dreams really do come true !! (Credit goes to Matine for taking this photo for me !! )

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Me + Sid + Matine + Aaron ❤ haha GIRLS CLUB

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me and feli! So proud of you ❤

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Outside Lands was by far the best festival  I have ever been too.

IMG_5778 We were surrounded by nature, kind people, music and food!! What more could you ask for!?

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It felt like we were camping at a music festival!! All we needed was some fire and some yummy marshmallows to roast. 😛

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Mac Demarco !!!!

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Haha so much fun!!

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What an amazing team!! What an amazing group of friends!! What an amazing experience!! What an amazing group of people!!

 

Thank you SF!! Thank you Outside Lands!! Thank you Berklee!!

See you soon SF!!

With so much love,

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4th of July ♡

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Spent my last 4th of July in Boston with friends at Carson Beach in Boston. I just wanted to share a few photos from my day on my blog.

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We spent the day with lots of yummy fruits, coconut water and chips.

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Here with my friend Allie!

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and with my peri chan 🙂

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I went with a few other friends but they were too shy to take photos haha.

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We later biked home 🙂

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and went to The Charles River and watched the fireworks! They were so beautiful.

 

I will miss you Boston, sad to be leaving you so soon.

 

With so much love,

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Brooklyn Flea Market ♡

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Over the weekend I had the chance to go to New York and during my time there I was finally able to visit the Brooklyn Flea Market in Dumbo !! woohooo

The flea market was located under the Manhattan Bridge, in such a cute little area.

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The market sold such cute little things, look how adorable these little vintage photos are.

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They also sold these cute little succulents and these beautiful rugs.

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I fell in love with a pair of earrings there that I should have purchased but I didn’t (Currently crying about it right now)

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AND I will be coming back for these beautiful photos for my new room once I move to Brooklyn!!! hehe

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We had a wonderful time!!!

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Just being a little adventurous with the sunglass selection.. hehe

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I had a great time Brooklyn Flea Market, I will definitely be going back to do some shopping!! 😉

 

with so much love,

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Mexico ♡

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I had the great opportunity to go to Mexico over Spring Break ♡

Felipe and I visited Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, I wanted to share a few photos from our trip.

 

Playa Del Carmen

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We enjoyed the beach so much!! ahh I miss it.

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mmmm just looking at this mango makes my mouth water.

IMG_E1437IMG_E1313We enjoyed walking around and looking at the beautiful architecture, we ate lots and lots of tortas and tacos and mangos. yum yum yum.

 

We found many cute coffee shops and cafes here were my top two favorites:

Que Huevos-

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Fresco Habito-

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These smoothie bowls were so yummy

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Xpu Há Beach

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I didn’t get to take too many photos of Xpu Há beach, but if you ever have the chance to go to Playa Del Carmen, please go visit Xpu Há.

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Mayan Ruins Tulum

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We went to go visit the Mayan Ruins in Tulum!

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It is crazy to think that human sacrifices were done here! This was my second time here but it is always so much fun going here.

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There were so many cute iguanas

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We had a lovely time!

 

 

Tulum

 

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Felipe & I spontaneously decided to stay in Tulum for a few nights!

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We stayed at a very cute hotel in Tulum called El Posado Del Sol

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I fell in love with Tulum, next time I would love to go back and stay in Tulum for a longer time.

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yummy fruits 🙂

MAMASAN

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We biked to this really cute rooftop bar/restaurant in Tulum called Mamasan. If you ever go to Tulum, I really recommend going to this place. The drinks were so yummy.

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We had such a great time and maybe we biked back a little tipsy haha

 

Cenote Azul

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On our last day we went to a beautiful Cenote, the water was crystal clear!!

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Look at the water it’s so beautiful!!!

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So thankful for my time in Mexico, we enjoyed it so much.

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See you soon Mexicoooo ♡

with so much love,

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Gifting a Unique Wood Watch ♡

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This blog post is very exciting to me because I am doing my very first ever giveaway!! I have been waiting for this exciting moment. FOREVER!!

I was so excited whenJord Wood Watchesreached out to me to collaborate. When companies reach out to me, my number one priority is that I have to genuinely like what I am blogging and sharing.

These watches caught my eye because they were very unique. They’re made from sustainable resources, make for timeless gift options, and offer an element of unique style to anyone that wears them. This also means that no time pieces will be exactly the same.

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I was able to gift Felipe a watch from their Hyde Series, this watch is called Ebony & Iron. You can also gift a beautiful watch to a significant other, a friend, a family member or even to yourself!

They have unique men’s and women’s watches, that you can also check out because one of you will be winning a $100 gift card to Jord Wood Watches. Woohoo. If you sign up for the giveaway —-> here <—  The giveaway will close 03/11/2018 at 11:59pm.

Click here to check out: men’s watches

Click here to check out: women’s watches

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The watch arrives in a beautiful wooden box just like this. So pretty, I love the detail of this wooden box.

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Thank you so much to Jord Wood Watches, sending lots of love to you!

Sign up for the giveawayhere

All photos edited by the fabulous Remi David for inquiries check out her portfoliohere 

with so much love,

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Wooden Wrist Watch
In collaboration with Jord Wood Watches