Monday, January 25, 2016

ATGAH: 2016 Winter Favorites

It may be cold outside, but my favorite winter picks keep me in a sunny mood.

Oh the weather outside is frightful; at least if you're like me living on the East coast of the United States. It is officially winter folks. We had a much needed break from it, but with winter storm Jonas coming through, there is no denying, it cold outside. And with the cold comes the uncontrollable urge to stay inside, eat yummy foods and binge watch shows on Netflix. However, since that really isn't the most productive way to spend our limited free time, how about encouraging some self love with my favorite winter picks. Here's what I'm loving right now:

I ADORE Herbivore products.
HERBIVORE SKIN CARE - I'm late to jump on the Herbivore line, but I'm totally onboard now. This all natural, therapeutic line is just what the doctor ordered to chase those winter blues away. I use Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist and the Rose Hair Perfume everyday for the perfect pick-me up. And they don't just stop with these great items. The bath salts, clay masks and oils are perfect for everyday use or an evening of at home pampering, which is a must in this dry season. 
BLACKSTAR by DAVID BOWIE - With the recent death of the late and great David Bowie, there's no question that his last album would make my list. With its classic haunting lyrics and smooth melodies, its a fitting goodbye from the rock icon. Available on iTunes, Amazon and at all major retail outlets.

CHALKABLES - I couldn't make this list without including something for the little ones. Chalkables square chalk sticks are just down right awesome. The colors are so vibrant and with names like sage, blush and ocean blue, your kiddos with tap into their inner hipster. The best part for me is because of the shape, they don't roll away and they are washable. Always a plus for this working momma.

SMITH'S ROSE & MANDARIN LIP TIN - I love a good conditioning when it comes to my lips. Folks, there is nothing worse then dry lips. So I make sure that mine are always moist and one of my absolute favorite products is from the Rosebud Perfume Co with their Smith's Rosebud Lip Tin. So when I saw there was a Rose and Mandarin version, I almost had a fit. not only does it come in a beautiful tin that fits in any bag, but the mixture of rose and citrus will make you feel like your on the beach.

I've been a fan of Josie Maran for years.
JOSIE MARAN WHIPPED ARAGAN OIL - Look whose back on the list. I love, love, love Josie Maran product, but I especially love her aragan oils. I have really dry skin and winter is like death for me. So its really important that I stay hydrated, but also that I don't clog my pores with tons of product. So at night I use her Whipped Aragan Oil Cream as well as the light version of her aragan oil on my face. When I wake up in the morning my skin looks clean, fresh and most importantly its not dry.

FRIDA: ORIGINAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK - I ADORE Frida Kahlo. I can honestly say that I boarder a little on the obsessive side. She is my favorite painter and her life and spirit was so full of truth, love, pain and pure self love and honesty. The 2002 motion picture bio-pic was epic and beautifully done in every aspect. And the soundtrack was no exception. Beautiful vocals, passionate guitar cords and emotional lyrics encompass this album. You will see yourself in Casa de Azul dancing with Frida and Diego. Available on iTunes and

URBAN OUTFITTERS FRAGRANCES - I could have probably done this entire blog post on Urban Outfitters Fragrance section. But since I will save you the time, just know that the lines they carry are amazing! There is something for everyone, from light to heavy, floral to fruity and everything in between. I'm loving the Gourmand EDP Fragrance in Macaron Rose (are you seeing this pattern with rose scents people???). I especially loving putting it on after my nightly shower for a calming effect when entering dreamland.

THE 52 LISTS PROJECT by MOOREA SEAL - Saved the best for last I did. In spirit of positivity, I present to you The 52 Lists Project. From the designers at Moorea Seal, comes a year long weekly journal that promotes self expression and self discovery. This journal is beautifully presented with gorgeous layouts and photography, guiding you through the seasons. And if you're looking for a bit of encouragement or inspiration, follow the hash tag #52ListsProject on Instagram. 
The weekly journal is here to motivate and inspire.
Hope you enjoy these picks and as always, feel free to comment or email me with question. Stay warm out there friends.

     Malinda xoxo

Monday, January 4, 2016

Consistently Inconsistent

It's four days into a new year. The gyms are packed with new members, determined to shed the winter pounds. Facebook is full of "New Year, New Me" status'. And don't get me started on the 52 week money challenge, all in an effort to save a little money for the next year. Every year we collectively make New Years resolutions, that ultimately the majority of us break within the first three months. So I decided to shake things up this year. I made no resolution, instead, I did something much more meaningful.

I wouldn't call myself a quitter, but I am an expert at starting and stopping and starting again more often then I'd like to admit. Hell those of you who follow this blog on a regular basis know of my inconsistency. And there it was...I am consistently inconsistent. Now yes, life does get in the way. I do have two small children, a conventional 9 to 5 job, mortgage and everything else in between. But committing myself to my passions, my health and my dreams, should come naturally. Instead, those things have taken a seat on the back burner and only arise when I feel guilty for not reaching my goals. So this year, I made a vow to pray and meditate in the spirit of consistency. In doing this, I see my goals as a whole and not separate things I'm trying to achieve. And it not only applies to my writing or my health, but the people in my life as well. I cannot surround myself with friends or family who bring only limited experiences to my life and not expect the negativity to rub off on me as well. And the best part is the feeling of completion. I don't feel like a mouse running on a wheel trying to get to the cheese as fast as I can. Rather it feels like a continuous, gradual growth.

Consistency is key and I finally understand why.

Happy 2016 my friends. Be blessed!