Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey & Hot Water

I recently started to drink hot water, apple cider vinegar and honey in the morning to help jump start my day.  In this video I am sharing my recipe for how I make it and discuss some of the many health benefits of this drink including weight loss, reduced inflammation and increased energy.  Press play now to check it out!

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Benefits:

  • Helps with digestion 
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps weight loss
  • Eases sore throats
  • Boosts energy
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Reduces inflammation

xx,

Colleen

Finding Your Zen: How To Meditate

 HOw to meditate

 Almost two years ago I decided to leave my corporate job and start City Luxe Style.  As sure as I was that I was doing the right thing by leaving a job that was no longer a good fit for me, I started feeling a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about the future.   One day I was talking to a friend and she mentioned that meditation might help reduce some of the stress and feelings of uncertainty that I was experiencing.   I knew that I needed something to refocus my energy so I started doing some research and was introduced by a family member to a spiritual teacher named Gabrielle Bernstein.  Gabby is a thought leader in spirituality, a New York Times best seller and an overall badass when it comes to business.  Her messages about the power of positive thinking and trusting in the universe really resonated with me and she got me thinking about spirituality in ways that I have never really thought of before.  Part of what she teaches is the importance of meditation to quiet the mind and refocus your energy away from fearful thoughts and towards positive thoughts to help shape your life.  If you think about it, we live in such a risk-adverse fear based society and you really have to train your mind not to think that way.  Life is constantly throwing us curve balls and disappointments so staying in this positive state really is a practice.   For some people it comes easier than others, but that is why meditation is so important because it helps to bring you back into that positive frame of mind.

 I have to admit that at first I was really frustrated with meditation.  I would fidget, watch the clock and think it was pointless because it seemed impossible for my mind not to wander onto a million other thoughts like what I want for dinner or something I need to do for the blog.  That's why I have recently turned to guided meditations because they help keep me focused and have a clear beginning and end.   I try to meditate for at least 5 minutes a day either before bed or soon after I get up in the morning.  I find that it helps with stress and keeps me more focused on my dreams and goals.  I am still a work in progress when it comes to meditation, but I will tell you that taking just five minutes a day really does change the way I feel and I am always glad that I did it. If you are interested in starting a practice or if you are like me and have had trouble meditating in the past, I have linked some of my favorite resources and tips below.   

Meditation Tips:

  • You can do it at any time of the day, but I find that meditating at the start of the day really sets the tone and gets you into a peaceful, positive mindset
  • Find a quite space and a comfortable chair ( you don't need to be sitting indian style on the floor).  I like to put earbuds in to cancel out all of the noise outside my apartment.
  • If you have trouble concentrating, use guided meditations (see resources below)

Resources:

xx,

Colleen

3 Tips For Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

Hello City Luxers,

Today I am stepping away from fashion for a minute to talk about New Years Resolutions.  Every year most of us without fail, make resolutions to improve different areas of our lives.  The harsh truth is that most of us (myself included) are guilty of making resolutions and breaking them shortly after.  For a few years I even declared myself resolution-free because I felt that it was too much pressure and that I was much more successful creating goals for myself whenever I felt I needed vs. the start of a new year.  That being said, since I started my business I have realized the benefit of creating goals at the start of the new year and the significance of starting fresh.  So today I thought I would share some of the things I have done to make sticking to my resolutions a lot easier (and more effective).

  1. Get Organized:  It's not enough to say "I want to lose weight" or "I want to find a new job".  The pressures and responsibilities that we have on a day-to-day basis are inevitably going to come in and distract us.  I have found that being super specific about the HOW and WHEN make the resolution a lot more achievable. Start by breaking your resolution down into bite-sized chunks so that you have a short term, mid-term and long-term year end goals to support it.  This makes the resolution seem much more achievable.
  2. Invest In Your Resolution:  This is a big one for me.  In my experience, we usually have to put something on the line in order to force ourselves to change.  For some people this may be investing money for a gym membership or springing for a higher level of membership on LinkedIn if you are trying to find a new job.  I find that if I invest money or time into something, I am more likely to do it so I don't "waste" it.  Even if you don't have a lot of money, try to find creative ways to invest in your resolution.  For example, if you are trying to start a business and can't afford a coach, go out and buy a really fancy notebook to start writing your ideas down in.  You're much more likely to do it if you invest in it.
  3. Partner Up: Sometimes it's easier having someone else to help hold you accountable.  I recommend finding a friend or family member and agreeing to share you resolutions with each other.  It always helps having someone else to buddy up with for motivation and to help keep you on track.  Mid-way through the year you can meet up and review how far you've gotten to see if you need to course correct or make any changes.

So there you have it!  Three simple ways to help you keep your New Years Resolutions!  The biggest thing is to not get discouraged.  Setting goals and achieving them does not have to be reserved for January 1st.  If you find yourself slipping or changing your mind halfway through the year, you can always find a way to get back on track.  To help get you get started, I have linked some goal sheets (free!) and day planners that I use to help stay on track. Here's to making 2016 the best one yet!

xx,

Colleen