Chakra Balancing: Root; Muladhara

Hi friends! Over the summer I began learning about the chakras, or the seven energy centers of the body. Having an interest in health, wellness, and spirituality, I knew studying the chakras was inevitable on my journey.

Having taken all of these photos in Miami with my new favorite red swimsuit, I thought a post on the “root” or “Muladhara” chakra would be appropriate, as the color of this chakra is red.

Although very skeptical at first, as soon as I began reading “Chakras For Beginners” by David Pond (given to me by a very good friend of mine), everything began to make sense.  After about five pages in, the first thought I had to myself was, “Damn, all of my chakras are unbalanced.” I knew this book fell into my lap for a reason.

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Chakras are energy centers, meaning energy flows through these points of the body.  If these points are blocked, energy cannot flow through.  Blocked chakras are said to lead to illness, both physical and psychological.  Story has it that you must balance all of the chakras in order, starting with the root (followed by the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras).   If there is anything I learned in life thus far, the root of the problem must be fixed in order to fix the rest.  There aren’t any shortcuts here, and each may take some time to balance.

The 7 Chakras for Beginners” by MindBodyGreen is a very helpful cheat sheet for beginners who are interested in learning about all the chakras.  Click here to read this article.

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The root chakra represents our foundation and feelings of stability and being grounded, and it t is located at the base of the spine/tailbone.   If your root chakra is unbalanced, you may feel insecure, unstable, unsure of yourself, anxious, angry, controlling, afraid, and have a lack of self confidence.  You most likely have problems with your basic survival needs: food, housing, work, and finances.  If you are balanced, you will feel confident (not arrogant or fearful), grounded, centered, and stable. Balancing your root chakra creates stability and a foundation for yourself.

So how do you balance your root chakra? Through food: red beets and apples, red meat and eggs, vegetables from the ground such as carrots and potatoes, and red spices such as cayenne pepper and hot sauce.  You can also do certain forms of yoga and yoga poses to open up your lower spine and help ground yourself.  What worked for me was saying daily affirmations including “I am safe and secure,” “I am stable and grounded,” and “I am connected to the Universe and to the earth.” Visualization is also an extremely powerful tool, and while sitting in a chair, feet on the floor, you can close your eyes and visualize roots growing from your feet into the ground.  Sounds crazy, but it works.

Balancing my Root chakra took about six months, as I wasn’t happy with my work situation and didn’t know who I was as a person. Now that I’ve counted these months, it feels like it’s been a long time, but finding myself and securing my foundation was worth the wait, dedication, and hard work.

In 2016, I made a commitment to myself. Discovering and becoming the person I was meant to be were my top priorities. This is something that people spend a lifetime trying to figure out, and I didn’t want to be one of those people. Although I still have my moments, I used to live in a world solely based on fear and anxiety.  I was very insecure and had low confidence.  I was unsure of myself, and this uncertainty was reflected across all areas of my life.

Having succeeded in my 2016 intentions, I now feel grounded, and I am certain of who I am. I have a concrete foundation to grow as an individual and balance the rest of my chakras from here.

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Swimsuit: Asos

Hat: NineWest

Sunglasses: Missguided

Let It Go

January was an amazing first month of 2017 for me. I am so excited for the year ahead, yet I’ve noticed that my excitement has lead to trying to force situations and experiences into my life. Because of this, I thought it might be time to write a post about surrendering.

I have been trying to trust the flow of life for some time now. Although it can be extremely difficult in the moment, I believe surrendering to the world around you makes for a happier, less frustrating life.

Growing up as a perfectionist, I spent years micro-managing every aspect of my life. Now, I spend my free time trying to undo all that I have taught myself. Every situation I experience or person I come in contact with is an opportunity to use my new surrendering tools and rethink how I am going to react to a situation or person.

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Have you ever forced a situation to happen or chased after someone? Did you realize that the more you force or chase, the more they run away? Well, if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. It’s as simple as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole—it’s just not going to happen.

Instead of forcing something to work out, ask for guidance and surrender the situation to the Universe. Surrendering is neither giving up nor defeat. Although it may not feel like it, you still remain in control of your life, as you are consciously choosing to go with the flow of life.

With practice, surrendering can become empowering—you are choosing to surrender to a higher power/the Universe/the world and acknowledging that some things are just not meant to be (right now). Don’t forget that “no” doesn’t mean “no” necessarily, it means “not right now.”

Letting go may be upsetting at first, but the feeling of knowing that there is something greater for you out there is certainly more uplifting than trying to control and micro-manage every aspect of your life yourself. The rush of relaxation and calmness that surrendering gives me is far better than the anxiety that comes with trying to force something or someone into my life.

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This stunning jewelry is by Anne Koplik Designs, a handcrafted jewelry brand based in NY and designed with crystals by Swarovski.  You might have caught some of their pieces on the T.V. show Dancing with the Stars, as they have been the exclusive provider of jewelry  since Season 5.  If only I could constantly wear this jewelry and samba with Derek Hough!

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Their jewelry has also been featured at the American Music Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, The Wendy Williams show, The Home and Family Network, Entertainment Tonight, and The Insider.

Anne Koplik has a wide variety of jewelry styles–I’m talking every color, crystal, and design imaginable on necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  I got a sneak peak at their new line for Spring, and I narrowed my favorite choice down to a delicate choker with a sparkling pendant and earring set.  You’ll be able to shop these new spring  styles in the upcoming weeks.  If you love this look as much as I do, check out more chokers here.

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Being a model (and a lot of times a hand model), I have to keep my nails freshly manicured at all times.  Enter the gel-manicure which is hassle free (until it starts to chip) because it lasts for two weeks.  Although I get bored with the color usually after week 1, I get my money’s worth and stick it out.   I hate the process of taking a gel manicure off at home, I find myself going to the salon every two weeks on the dot.

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After bopping around on the internet one day, I came across Red Carpet Manicure, which is the first at-home LED Gel Manicure system, and boy, is this product a game changer.  Red Carpet Manicure sent me their Portable LED Light and a bunch of  LED polish colors to play with.  This light is so easy to use, and you can give yourself a gel manicure in the comfort of your own home (i.e. while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).  Not to mention, Red Carpet Manicure was also the official nail sponsor of the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show!  You can also find a bunch of other products, including nail kits, one-step gel polishes, and nail treatments on their website.  Shop these products here!

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Thank you Anne Koplik Designs and Red Carpet Manicure!

Xx Marisa

P.s. These make great Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie 🙂

 

Nip+Fab & Rodial Collab

I love, love, love these brands!  This is my third collaboration with Nip+Fab and Rodial.  Nip+Fab sent me some more skincare goodies, along with an eyeliner sample from their sister skin care and makeup line, Rodial.  I had the opportunity to try five more awesome products!

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My favorite product from this collaboration is the Kale Fix Clay Mask (maybe because I love Kale so much)!  This face mask both softens and decongests the skin.  It is super packed with amazing ingredients including kale extract, watercress extract, and witch hazel.  The kale extract contains vitamins A, C, & K to help reinvigorate the skin.  The watercress extract helps to provide maximum softness, while the witch hazel works to draw away impurities without leaving your skin completely dry.  My skin felt so smooth after using this product!

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Ok, so, we are officially in the dead of winter, and my body is  in hibernation mode and in need of some sculpting. The Bust Fix Night is an awesome night cream that seriously plumps and firms the area around the bust while you sleep.  Although I am a member of the IBTC (lol), I tried it out a few nights in a row, and I can say that it really does it’s job.

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The Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are exfoliating facial pads that retexture and brighten the skin.  The glycolic acid retextures and resurfaces while the hyaluronic acid moisturizes and refreshes.  It leaves your skin feeling very smooth and calm.  I love using these daily.

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Nip+Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot is an intense moisture serum that immediately saves your dehydrated skin.  The hyaluronic solution and dragons blood in this shot leaves your skin feeling fresh and plump.  It locks moisture into the skin, comforts, and restores.  With just two drops of this powerful serum, your skin will feel 100% hydrated- it’s a life saver during these dry winter months.

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I never wear liquid eyeliner because I always struggle with putting it on.  A simple winged look can turn into a catastrophe real quick, however, this Liquid Liner by Rodial is a game changer.  It’s so smooth and easy to put on.  I think I’ve used it every single day since receiving it!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Pick up some of these products for your sweetie or for your friends–what a perfect gift for Galantine’s Day! Click here and here to shop these products 🙂

Thank you Nip+Fab & Rodial!

Xx Marisa

Nip + Fab Round 2

Hi friends!  Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

A few weeks ago, I partnered with Nip+Fab and reviewed some of their products! Check out my first post here.

They sent me some more skincare goodies, along with an eyeliner sample from their sister skin care and makeup line, Rodial. I had the opportunity to try five awesome products!

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The winter months are upon us, and my body is already in hibernation mode and in need of some serious sculpting.  Luckily, Nip + Fab sent me two body gels: one for my bust and one for my booty.  The Cellulite Fix is a body sculpting gel for fast action against the appearance of cellulite.  The Bust Fix is a light serum that plumps and firms the area around the bust.  I’ve been using these products for about a week, and my skin feels much firmer.  I haven’t gone to the gym in two weeks because I have been sick, but my skin (especially my booty–a problem area of mine) feels tight thanks to these products.

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The Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing pads are exfoliating facial pads that retexture and brighten the skin.  The glycolic acid retextures and resurfaces while the hyaluronic acid moisturizes and refreshes.  It leaves your skin feeling very smooth and calm.  I can definitely see myself using these on a daily basis.

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The pores on my face are visibly huge and suck up any makeup I put on, leaving my pores to be constantly clogged.  I tried Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix, which is a priming gel that transforms the look of your skin, minimizes pores, and controls the production of oil. It definitely does it’s job–my pores are visually smaller.  You should apply it before putting on your makeup.

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Last but not least, I am also in love with my Smoky Eye Pen from Rodial! I have been in the market for a new black eye pencil, and I have found it! I love how it leaves a matte finish.  Now if I could only wing my eyeliner perfectly!

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Thanks Nip+ Fab & Rodial!

Xx

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Brooklyn Babe

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Ponchos: Orange Scarf

Faux fur scarf: Orange Scarf

Leggings: Neeshe

Coat: Via Spiga

Suede Booties: BCBGeneration

Lipstick: NYX Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lipstick “Blood Love”

Orange Scarf, founded by Diane Sabato, is a fabulous brand that sells women’s scarves, ponchos, and shawls. Orange Scarf is committed to giving back, and sales support organizations and causes that empower women. No matter how big or small, one can always contribute to changing the world around us.  Whenever Diane or one of her four sisters would ask their father “how do I look?” he would reply “all that outfit needs is a nice orange scarf,” hence the creative name of this line. 

Neeshe. a chic, NYC-based brand, is the evolution of the legging.   Why can’t leggings be the statement piece in one’s outfit? Well with leggings from Neeshe, they can be! Neeshe leggings are the perfect choice for today’s dynamic, fashionable woman on-the-go. 

Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

Nip+Fab Skincare

Hi friends!  I recently partnered with Nip+Fab and reviewed some of their products! Nip+Fab is a natural and affordable skin care line created by Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of Rodial.  They have products for both your face and body, and they even have a line for men!

I had the opportunity to try four awesome products!

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The Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum is designed to moisturize dehydrated skin while leaving your skin looking plumper. Sap from the Croton Lechleri tree (Dragon’s Blood) helps to reduce redness and plumps skin.  Ingredients include hyaluronic acid to hydrate for plumper looking skin, amino acid to brighten the skin, and dragon’s blood which comforts and restores through skin hydration. My skin felt more hydrated and looked brighter after using this product for just one week!

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The Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask is a hydrating gel mask that intensely hydrates and plumps the skin (to avoid those nasty wrinkles) to refine the skin’s appearance for a brighter complexion.  My skin has been so dry from these weather changes, and both the Plumping Mask and Serum seriously hydrated my skin. This mask is not too heavy, and it has a nice, light texture and scent.  It leaves your skin feeling very refreshed!

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The Glycolic Scrub Fix is a triple action mico exfoliant with glycolic and salicylic acids to refine, brighten, and renew the skin.  The glycolic acid (3%) gently exfoliates and retextures while the salicylic acid cleanses pores. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth!

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The Glycolic Fix Night Pads is a super-strength treatment that targets oily and congested skin.  These pads contain 5% glycolic acid which aids natural skin exfoliation and refines the skin’s textures, salicylic acid that helps unclog congested skin, and lactic acid which gently weakens the bonds that hold dead skin cells together.  It really helped decongest my problem skin areas.  These pads are a life saver for problem skin or occasional breakouts.  I always break out after I eating dairy and these glycolic pads keep my pores really clean and clog free.

I give these products an A+ review. They also smell so good and are very lightweight.  You can shop these products and more here! Don’t forget, they also have products for men here!

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Thanks Nip+Fab! Xx