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Favorite Free YouTube Workouts

by Alessandra on 09/11/18

A sudden chill to the morning air. A few leaves falling from the trees. The enticing call of a cup of tea or hot bath. Yes, fall is right around the corner. And with the change of the seasons typically comes back to school and back to work rituals, including for many people, a focus on fall fitness. Which is what has inspired this month's post. I love to workout, and I especially love free workouts. So that's why I'm sharing some of my favorite YouTube workouts.

Blogilates Extreme Abs 3
Doing this without any weights is hard enough, but add some 5 lb ankle weights and then try this workout and I promise you will die (in a good way). Casey Ho's upbeat personality and chatty nature will at least help you forgot some of the pain. There's also Extreme Abs 1 and Extreme Abs 2 if you just want to keep going with it.

Action Jacquelyn Love Yourself HIIT
Jacquelyn Umof has a lot of video offerings to choose from, but this is one of my favorites. It's 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and it will get your heart rate pumping. Not too many bells and whistles here, but you're in, you're out, you're done.

Tone It Up Total Body Mermaid Toning
I love working out with Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up. They are always fun, energetic, and upbeat. One of my favorite workouts of theirs is this fun and effective mermaid-inspired toning routine.

Christine Bullock Fit & Sexy with Brook Burke
I've been a big fan of Christine Bullock for some time now and have a number of her workout DVDs. And I'm loving this new collab she did with Brook Burke. Great workout and wellness inspiration from two fitness icons.

Bonus: Boho Beautiful Meditation
Feeling like your fall needs some peace and tranquility? Try a meditation video with Boho Beautiful. I love Juliana's soothing voice, and the filming locations are breathtakingly gorgeous.

Technology Tip
Don't want to have to watch the videos on tiny phone or tablet screen? Then grab a Google Chromecast. This cheap and easy to install device will stream YouTube videos (as well as other compatible apps) from your mobile device to your TV. 

Burning Man Photo Shoot

by Alessandra on 08/01/18

Last month I grabbed some girlfriends and one of our favorite photographers, Eric Green, and we headed out to Moses Lake for a Burning Man-inspired photo shoot. Fellow models are Nancy Elizabeth and Jada. Here's what we came up with :)

Mermaid Beauty Roundup

by Alessandra on 07/02/18

Last year I published a post on unicorn beauty, because it was the perfect mix of one of my favorite magical creatures and some pretty cool beauty products. Fast forward to the present, and this month I'm hearing the siren song of another favorite mystical creature, the iconic mermaid. Who, just like unicorns, is having a major pop culture moment. Which is totally fine by me, because it means there's some pretty fun mermaid inspired products to select from. Here's a round up of some of my favorite mermaid inspired beauty products.

Tarte Mer-Mist Shimmer Spray
If you were to buy just one product from this post, I think this should be the one. I absolutely love this stuff and apply it liberally before performances. It adds the perfect balance of subtle sparkle to arms, legs and torso. It's not oily or greasy at all, so you can feel safe wearing it with your belly dance costumes. Although, that being said, I would still recommend spraying it on and letting it dry for a few seconds before donning your belly dance couture. 

INC.redible In A Dream World Iridescent Sheer Gloss

The cutely titled, Mermaid on Land, is a glittering green lip gloss. Looks great alone or topped over lipstick. Not quite ready for green on the lips? They have some pretty awesome "mainstream" color options as well.

Too Faced La Creme Mystical Lipstick

Too Faced's La Creme Mystical Lipstick really is magical because it actually changes colors with your body chemistry. There are also unicorn, angel, and fairy colors to round out your fantasy creature options.

ShopLeeBrick Mermaid Scrub
I love to see and support what small business owners create. And look how adorable this mermaid sugar scrub is from the Etsy seller ShopLeeBrick! Smells delicious as well. 

And another adorable creation from yet another Etsy seller. The owner and creator of the shop will surprise you with the scent and color. Pop in into your tub for some effervescent bath time fun. 

I love fun color on my nails because no matter what I'm doing or where I am, I can look down at my fingertips and get an instant mood boost looking at sparkly, fun colors. And this mermaid dream's nail polish by Deborah Lippman certainly fits the bill. 

A trio of beautiful opalescent highlighters. I wear highlighter every single day because I love the instant sun-kissed, healthy glow it adds to my checks. And it's a definite must for performances! Palette also comes in four other color combinations. 

This mask is a true multi-tasker, as it can be used on the hair or the face, depending on how you mix it up. With it's key ingredients of honey and aloe, it will leave whichever body part you select to use it on moisturized and healthy. 

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