Girl Crush: Natasha Oakley

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We are all occasionally subject to a girl crush, even Little Big Town wrote a song about it. Well, after a recent Well + Good Article on Natasha Oakley, we embarked on what seems to be the beginnings of one ourselves.

Who is she? Natasha acquired a large following and fan base through her social media platforms whom demanded more “Natasha”, a photo a day of her adventures was not enough, they wanted to know where her clothes where from, what her beauty regime was and where she was staying during her travels! Enter: Natasha Oakley Blog.

Why we love her? Tash is in a bikini every day, and yet, even with a rockin bod, she has an amazing outlook on health and wellness. Here is her definition of what it means to be “bikini ready”:

“It’s really about balancing your lifestyle in terms of fitness and mental health—you’re the most confident you when you know you’re healthy. And there’s a lot more to that than looking like the stereotypical swimsuit model. So many girls are aspiring to be swimwear models these days, or to have that, quote, “bikini body”—and there are definitely certain segments of the media pushing a particular look. Fortunately, there are models like Ashley Graham representing curvy women and showing how beautiful they are in bikinis.

Favorite swimsuit of hers? This one.

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Favorite product she uses? Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Shimmer

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Check out her blog, A Bikini A Day and crush away, Boston.

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The Crunch List – 8.28.15

It’s Friday, and the last one we will be seeing in August (and the summer?!). Don’t fret, Boston; Here are some links we love to take you into the weekend.

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1.Five bedroom rules we like to follow (when we can).

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2. Nine fashion buyer picks for the fall.

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3. Tom Brady’s transformation. Because it is almost football season. And I love Tom.

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4. Tips for better sleep. Because honestly, who doesn’t need that?

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5. Food capitals of the world (according to instagram).

Happy Friday, Boston. Have a great weekend.

Fresh Rolls For The Win

One of our favorite food blogs, i am a food blog, recently posted a recipe for summer fresh rolls. As  thai food/all food lovers, these are one of our favorite treats when dining out and we were intrigued to give it a try at home. We are starting Whole30 after labor day (more to come on that), so I thought this was the perfect lunch to transition me into the fall.

We very loosely followed this summer roll recipe, and made a few alterations based on how we were feeling.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 english cucumber cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Butter lettuce

Dip one spring roll skin into warm water for about two seconds. Remove and lay, smooth-side down, on a cutting board. Act fast because the roll gets stickier the longer you wait. Lay down one lettuce leaf in the bottom center of the wrap. (If the wrap is a clock, then think between 8:00 and 4:00) Add a small bunch of vegetables and carefully roll bottom side over filling. Fold in each side of the wrap and continue to roll until it’s all bundled up.

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For the sauce: 

spicy almond butter sauce (can use peanut butter if you’re not into the almond trend)
2 heaping Tablespoons almond butter
1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
squeeze of lime
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
hot water

Mix together, dip, and enjoy!

“Back To School” For 20 Somethings

The end of summer has such a distinct feeling – the air smells a bit crisper, the ocean gets a bit sharper, and our morning workouts get infinitely darker (the worst!). Its easy to think about the end of summer as a sign of the impending doom of winter, but let’s get our minds out of the gutter and into positive “back to school” a.k.a back to reality mode. We may not be going back to school (tear), but we’ll be prepped to get a fresh and inspiring start to fall.

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Say farewell to summer! Give it a long goodbye kiss because we’ve got a long way to go before its return. Cross off all the lingering items on your summer 2015 bucket list – go for one last swim, eat one last lobster roll, play one last game of Spike Ball. But, embrace the end and start to look forward to fall.

Clean your apartment/house. I’ve been running in, up, and around my apartment without stopping all summer, trailing in who knows what from the grimy city streets – do yourself a favor a clean your apartment head to toe. Buh bye sandy sheets!

Continue to spend time outside. Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but there is still beautiful weather to be had into early and mid fall – its not time to hibernate yet. Keep getting that vitamin D while you can. This includes exercising outside – try taking a longer than usual run around the Charles for a workout with a view.

Edit your wardrobe. I tend to be super picky about what I add to my wardrobe during the change of the season because I prefer to have fewer, better quality options. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean its time to splurge. Assess what you can continue to wear from summer into fall, know what you still have from last fall/winter, and start to do your research on what you might need to add to your wardrobe so you can catch these items on sale. This goes for makeup/beauty supplies too! No need to hold onto that nearly empty bottle of sunscreen or that shattered bronzer.

Set some personal goals + make plans. Pick something to work towards – maybe that’s getting to the gym 4 times a week or reading two books a month – set goals for yourself to keep you busy and always improving. That said, make some fun plans for the fall – schedule some Starbucks dates (hayy pumpkin spice lattes) with friends or buy tickets for a concert.

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Now, go out and enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Tennis For Twenty-Somethings

It used to be that our weekends were filled with brunches, drinks, and late nights. Don’t get us wrong, those still take up a majority of our weekends, but as we get older, and find ourselves getting up earlier (sigh), it’s important to fill our days with healthier activities like exercising and not drinking at 10am.

After a recent trip to Amelia Island, when the weather was not so great, tennis happened. I had forgotten my love of tennis and weeks of my youth spend at camps. It wasn’t necessarily like riding a bike and I wasn’t great – but it was fun and was an active way to spend a few hours of my weekend. So with that, we decided we wanted to start playing again. Here’s how we are getting started:

  1. Gear. Let’s be honest, this is probably the most fun part. We picked up a Wilson racket and some balls off of amazon, and the Pace Rival Skirt II from lululemon. This skirt is hugely comfortable and has a higher waist which everyone loves.Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset
  2. Lessons. Sure, we can pretend the way we are playing is the best way, but we like to do things right. So, this Friday we are getting a quick lesson on the north shore – more to come.
  3. Grab a partner! We tend to do most of our fitness related activities together – so why should this be any different? Playing with a partner is fun, social, and keeps you motivated. Plus, who’s to say there can’t be a wine and tennis Wednesday in our near future?

This will be a journey – we’ll keep you posted! Happy Monday, Boston.

The Crunch List – 8.21.2015

It’s Friday, and we’re feeling particularly crunchy – see what caught our eye online in this week’s The Crunch List.

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1. So, do jerks make more money? You know you were thinking it… and here’s your answer.

2. The Sephora skincare section: we’ve all been there before, debating whether or not to splurge on that 24K gold face mask because it promises a luxurious, youthful looking complexion. Sure, rubbing 24K gold on your face might be nice for the story or for the Insta, but the beauty editors in this article tell us drugstore beauty products work just as well. Great, we’ll stick with our Cetaphil, thank you very much.

3. Legitimate concerns for those who live and die by their phones: #firstworldproblems.

4. The end of summer is the epitome of bittersweet – with an emphasis on bitter. I’ve got a serious case of the summer blues, but this article is helping pull me out of it. For even more motivation, check out the Quora feed that sparked the article in the first place.

Ciao for now!

BFX Back Bay Gets Chilly

imagesAt the risk of sounding basic, we are always one to try new and innovative workouts. Not because we expect it to magically change the way we look, but because it’s fun and important to constantly mix up what you are doing. Recently, a Boston trainer told us about a new “cold” workout that BFX Back Bay was doing. Intrigued, and given the fact that it was 92 degrees out, we decided to learn more and check it out.

Our pre-work: Before dropping $32 on the class (we would have gone anyways), we did some research. In a new study, it was found that 15 minutes in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of an hour of exercise. Both have an impact on our two main types of adipose tissue, aka fat. Although not significant, we’ll take every calorie we can get. (Check out this women’s health article for more deets).

The class: There isn’t a class that Kelly Brabants teaches that we don’t love. So, maybe we are biased.The class was 30 minutes of kettlebell/cardio and 30 minutes of boxing. It was noticeably colder when we walked in, although that didn’t stop us from sweating.We left fully exhausted and dragged ourselves to SweetGreen where we thoroughly enjoyed our salads (sitting down). image1 (5)