Technically, my weekend was nothing special. It was filled with the usual suspects- work, nature, food, friends, adventure- and still a mere two days long. But everything was different because I finally opened my eyes and stopped taking my beautiful life for granted. I remembered to feel blessed. So while my weekend may have been nothing out-of-the-ordinary, it was extraordinary.

IMG_0117This week I challenge you to stop, breathe, and simply love your life. Accept that it’s never going to be perfect and embrace that it’s always going to be unpredictable, then go out and live it.

Here’s to our extraordinary lives…

-Emily

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram // @missemmmysue

Here’s the thing…I don’t do cleanses.

I’m a huge fan of juices and drink them regularly, but the idea of following an all-liquid diet for multiple days sounds miserable. That isn’t to say I’ll never try one, they’ve just always seemed so extreme.

However, I recently discovered a company that is changing everything–

OMGBlends is an amazing alternative to traditional juice detoxing that results in the same benefits without deprivation. Their cleanse packages include 2 meal-replacement smoothies and 1 almond milk per day and customers are instructed to combine those with a healthy meal (for lunch or dinner). Their products are organic, vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious. What’s not to love?

My magazine editor and I decided to take on a 3-day cleanse together (to be featured in an upcoming issue) and the OMGBlends team did a fabulous job of creating programs for us. They were delivered on a Sunday evening with our schedule and instructions and we started the next morning.

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Day 1

Breakfast: BlendPress- cold-pressed coffee, raw cacao hazelnut, brown-rice protein

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Lunch: BlendSense- peanut butter, cardamon, bananas, almond milk, brown-rice protein

Snack: Mocha Latte- almond milk, dates, coffee, raw cacao

Day 2

Breakfast: BlendPress- cold-pressed coffee, raw cacao hazelnut, brown-rice protein

Lunch: BlenErgy- kale, ginger, almond milk, brown-rice protein

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Snack: Matcha Milk- almond milk, dates, matcha powder, chlorella

Day 3:

Breakfast: BlendTernal- greens, matcha green tea, coconut water, brown-rice protein

Lunch: BlendSpiration- strawberries, beets, almond milk, brown-rice protein

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Snack: Vanilla Latte- almond milk, dates, coffee, vanilla bean powder

I was so worried about feeling hungry, weak, and deprived (a common “cleanse” complaint) but I never did. The combination of protein, healthy fats, and fruits/veggies makes each smoothie extremely satisfying and having an actual meal every night was the perfect addition. Of course, the best part was the taste. OMGBlends prides themselves on only using the highest-quality, organic ingredients and it definitely shows. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the unique flavors (BlendPress and BlendSpiration being my favorites!) and was already craving more the day after I finished.

I can honestly say that I loved this experience and I would highly, highly recommend OMGBlends to anyone that wants a light cleanse or easy meal options for crazy days. The smoothies are sold in select stores in Southern California but they also deliver (see their website for availability).

Here’s to a healthy and happy reboot…

-Emily

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram // @missemmmysue

Disclaimer: OMGBlends provided my editor and I with a complimentary 3-day cleanse but I was in no way compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I’m pretty sure my mom had a heart attack. Can you blame her? I was a young girl in a big, scary city. She always wanted to know where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing and would sent text regular text messages to stay up-to-date. 4 years later, I’m more adapted to the city and she’s [slightly] more relaxed but it can still be dangerous.

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To feel a little safer I always carry pepper-spray, try to avoid deserted areas, and rarely venture out at night alone. Unfortunately, sometimes situations still arise that make me nervous. Things as simple as walking to my car at night or meeting up with someone for a blind-date can be uncomfortable…

Guess what? There’s an app for that.

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KiteString is a new website and mobile app that helps keep tabs on you– it’s basically your “virtual mom”. After creating a free account, you log-in, let them know when to check up on you (in 30 min., 2 hours, etc.), and then click “embark”. KiteString will send you a message after the allotted time and, if you don’t respond, will notify the emergency contacts that you’ve chosen. Pretty cool, right?

In my opinion, this is the type of app that we’ve desperately needed for decades and that everyone can benefit from. Is it something we’ll use every day? No, probably not. But it’s a nice comfort to have if you know you’re going to be in a vulnerable situation (and I guarantee your mom will love it!).

Here’s to safety-first…

-Emily

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram // @missemmmysue

It was a year ago (almost exactly) that I chopped my hair off.

I was coming out of a very dark place, in the midst of watching my family crumble to pieces, and struggling to identify exactly who I was as a person. I was mentally and physically unhealthy and stress had taken over my life. I needed a change. So, I cut off my thin, dead hair and vowed to start fresh. I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

My life has changed drastically since that day– It got worse before it got better, but it did get better. I decided to pursue my passion for writing, I made new friends, I found my internship, and I began to rediscovered the girl I had once been. Somehow, that haircut was my turning point. It solidified the change that I so desperately needed and forced me to face my fear of the unknown.

Now I’m on the road to growing my hair back out and I’m determined to keep it healthy and strong. I’ve been incorporating new products and tricks into my routine and they seem to be paying off.

The Products:

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1. Batiste Dry Shampoo

The biggest change I’ve made is not washing my hair every day. If you do, stop. Over-washing strips hair of its natural oils and leaves it limp, dry, and thin. For off-days, I swear by Batiste Dry Shampoo. They sell tinted versions for every hair color and it leaves my hair feeling clean and voluminous.

2. RedKen Intra-Force System:

This is an intense treatment that my hairstylist recommended and I’m so thankful that she did. It’s a 3-part system (shampoo, conditioner, and root-spray) that stimulates your scalp and helps create new hair growth. I used this 2-3 days a week and I had new baby hairs growing in almost immediately. It’s a little pricey but worth the investment if your hair is thin or consistently falling out.

3. LUSH Retread Conditioner:

Surprisingly, this is the first Lush product I’ve tried and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. This intense conditioner completely changed the texture of my hair from course and dry, to soft and smooth. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and smells heavenly– what more could I ask for?

4. Organix Coconut Milk Serum

I’ve heard time and time again about the benefits of using coconut-oil on your hair but my hair stylist said it would probably be too heavy for my fine hair. Instead, she recommended a coconut-milk based serum and I found this one at Target for $8. I apply it after towel-drying my hair and then brush through it with a wide-toothed comb. It’s amazing and makes my head smell like a coconut. Love.

5. Fringe Shine Spray:

I went to an event at the Fringe Salon of Beverly Hills a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to try their new line of products. Everything was fabulous but the Shine Spray is [by far] my favorite. The directions say it can be applied to wet or dry hair but I typically use it as a finishing spray to give my hair a little extra shine. Fringe products are available exclusively at their salon or on their website.

So, there you have it. Those are the products I’ve been using and I can’t get over the results. If you’re struggling with unhealthy hair or simply want to grow it longer and fuller, I highly recommend them!

What products do you swear by?

Here’s to long, luscious locks…

-Emily

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram // @missemmmysue

 

Dating is difficult.

For everyone who seems to have found the “one” without even trying, I envy you.

It hasn’t been that simple for me. In fact, it hasn’t been simple at all. Every date and relationship has been different- some good, some bad- but I’ve learned a lot along the way.

I’ve learned that I don’t do virtual dating. It works for some people and I’m not one of them. I’ve learned that first dates are almost always awkward. They just are. I’ve learned that age is merely a number. A guy can be 10 years older than me and still extremely immature. Likewise, he can be younger and have the life-experience of a 30 year old. I’ve learned that relationships are about compromise. You give and you take and you don’t ever hold the giving over each other’s heads. I’ve learned that honesty is key. Being open and up-front about what you want, need, and desire is the only way you’ll ever attain it. Nobody can read minds. I’ve learned that trust is the foundation of every friendship and every relationship must be built from a solid friendship. I’ve learned a lot.

But there is one thing that I’ve learned that stands above all the rest…

In order to love another, you must love yourself.

Don’t rely on another person to bring you happiness. Find it within yourself and then share it in the form of loving someone else. That is where beautiful relationships spark, grow, and flourish.

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Here’s to a little self-love…

-Emily

 

On March 31st my 2-year contract with Verizon ended and I decided to make the switch to AT&T. The process of changing carriers while keeping the same phone number was much more difficult than I expected but we eventually got it all worked out. Of course, the best part about any new mobile contract is getting a new phone and, after eyeing the gold iPhone 5S since it’s release, I finally made it mine. I said goodbye to my iPhone 4S (still in perfect condition) and hello to a beautiful new baby.

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In my mind, phone cases and screen protectors are not an option, they’re a necessity and I’m picky. Over the past 6 months Wildflower Cases have been popping up all over social-media and the designs immediately caught my eye. After discovering that the company was created by a mom and 2 daughters in Southern California and reading hundreds of positive reviews, I decided to finally order one for myself. Let’s just say that my expectations were met and exceeded times ten.

Each Wildflower Case is handmade and sold for a fairy standard price of $35. They’re durable, protective, and absolutely adorable. Their trademark studs are securely attached and the “bumper” fully wraps around the side and front of the phone. Aside from the beautiful design, my order was shipped within 24 hours and arrived within 72 (probably because I live in SoCal, but still). The case was wrapped in cheetah print tissue paper, adorned with a sticker, and accompanied by a sweet note and two Wildflower stickers. If that’s not great customer service, I don’t know what is.

Thanks to Wildflower, my new iPhone is safe, super cute, and springtime ready. What more could I ask for? If you’re in search of a new phone case, I highly recommend checking out their website and ordering one for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s to spoiling ourselves…

-Emily

I’m not going to lie, March was probably the best month I’ve had in years. It was filled with trips, events, birthdays (not mine), friends, family, work…all of the things that genuinely make me happy. I’m loving every minute of my internship and I finally feel like I’ve rediscovered the girl that I was years and years ago. Life is far from perfect but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.

Favorites: March 2014:

Fashion & Beauty

Free People // dresses // blond(er) hair // pastels // Benefit products // boyfriend jeans // necklaces

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Food & Fitness:

eating out // wine // hiking // yogurt & granola // sandwiches // hiit workouts // quest bars // coffee

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Life:

travelling // writing // learning // fashion events // brunch // country music // laughing

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-Emily

 

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