Friday, January 28, 2011

Crazy About Crazy Sexy Diet

Okay, this book has inspired my first ever Life Is Beautiful book review! Since scooping up my copy of Kris Carr's "Crazy Sexy Diet" last week (and tearing through it), I have been telling everyone I can about it. First off, if you don't know who Kris Carr is, allow me to introduce: she is motivational speaker, author, cancer survivor and totally inspiring "Wellness Warrior".

Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at age 31, Kris empowered herself with knowledge and healed herself holistically. Making major changes in her lifestyle included meditation, juicing and embracing a plant-based diet. In 2003, her uplifting and courageous journey was recorded by TLC in a documentary called "Crazy Sexy Cancer" and Kris has been spreading the wellness word ever since.

With two books and an award-winning website, Crazy Sexy Life, under her belt, Kris Carr has just released her latest gift to the world, Crazy Sexy Diet. Already on the New York Times bestseller list at #6, the book has been dubbed a "must-read, modern wellness bible" and for good reason. I have a pretty nice collection of books on health and nutrition and I have to say, this one TRULY is a MUST-read!

What's so good about it, you ask? Well, most importantly, it is chocked-full of information that you NEED to know about your body and what you put in it. Crazy Sexy Diet features chapters such as "pHabulous", all about your pH balance, enzymes and alkalinity, "Cupcakes, Coffee and Cocktails", about the affects of sugar consumption and "Go With Your Gut", the run-down on why keeping your "pipes" clean is crucial. Everything you need to know but more than likely weren't taught along the way...

The info is presented in such a candid, entertaining way, it feels as though Kris is talking to YOU all the while...and man, is she funny! I had several chuckles throughout the read and I must say that is a rarity. It definitely makes reading about a serious topic, your health, so much more fun! Not to mention, the chapters are colorful and concise, which also lend to easy reading.

"Crazy Sexy Diet" is the perfect combination of information and inspiration and I, for one, am inspired! I'm pretty positive you will be too. She really empowers you to WANT to make changes in your diet and lifestyle, which is Step #1. Much props and gratitude to Kris Carr for sharing this tremendous gift with us. I officially LOVE her! Please do yourself a huge favor and read this book ASAP!

*I also highly recommend signing up for the Crazy Sexy Life weekly newsletter and following KC on Twitter and Facebook. Spread the word to your friends and followers!

Love for Lemons

Did you know drinking water with fresh squeezed lemon juice is one of the simplest, cheapest and most beneficial things you can do for your body? 

Read up on my Top 3 Reasons why...

1) Lemon water helps clear toxins from your body, especially when consumed at room temperature, first thing in the morning. It stimulates cleansing of the liver and kidneys, plus aids the bowels in eliminating waste more efficiently. We can all use a little (or a lot of) help in those areas...weight loss, youthful glow and clear skin anyone?

2) Although lemons are an acidic fruit, they have an alkalizing effect on the body and help raise the  bodies pH balance. This is extremely important because many of the foods we eat (meat, dairy, bread, coffee, sugar, alcohol) are very acidic, which throws off our pH and causes inflammation. Inflammation is the precursor to disease, fatigue, acne and other maladies...ugh! Drink up!

3) Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C, which has been proven to boost your immune system and combat colds and seasonal allergies, naturally. Plus, the acid in lemons cuts through mucus congestion in an amazing way. I have used lemon water to eliminate the yucky stuff on several occasions and I believe it has stopped colds from developing. Thankfully, I rarely get them these days!

As I mentioned, it's awesome to drink lemon water first thing in the morning because your body is in detox mode while you are sleeping, so why not assist the process? Drinking any water room temperature or even warm, is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. The theory is that cold water is somewhat of a shock to your body and causes the blood vessels around the stomach to shrink.

Lemon water is super easy and quick to make, simply squeeze half of a fresh lemon in your water and enjoy! If you would like, you can even use a teaspoon of organic lemon juice, that can be purchased in most health food stores. 

Cheers to your health!

PS) Limes are just as good! I personally love the taste of limes and it's nice to switch up the flavors.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Spider Goddess

My new year began with an exciting new client, actress T.V. Carpio. Originally cast as part of the Geek Squad in Broadway's "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark", T.V. has now stepped into the lead role of spider-woman villainess, Arachne. With a wonderful whirlwind of publicity surrounding T.V.'s debut, we have had the opportunity to work together several times this month. T.V. was featured in USA Today, Good Morning America, and quite a few others. Here's one of my favorite press shots from the bunch:

I have had the pleasure of meeting T.V. prior to working together and she is a genuine person and talent. Not to mention a total cutie with an awesome sense of personal style! Best known thus far for her role as Prudence in "Across the Universe", I have no doubt that T.V.'s embodiment of the Spider Goddess Arachne will take her career to new heights.

Wishing T.V. a safe and successful spin as Arachne in Broadway's "Spider-Man"! Check her out in the thrilling new show!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Welcome the Green Beauty Team!

I'm pleased to introduce a brand new website dedicated to one of my favorite topics, Green Beauty! Freelance makeup artist and green glam girl Kristen Arnett has just launched Green Beauty Team, an online resource for more natural, safe and eco-friendly beauty products. Upon learning more about the toxic ingredients prevalent in so many of the products we use each day, Kristen was inspired to revamp both her personal and professional beauty kits. Taking on the challenge of finding makeup that's both safe and effective for everyday use, as well as on the job, she delved into extensive research and trials. Kristen's findings prompted her to present her discoveries in a way that would help educate and inspire others to green their beauty routine.

On a sweltering day last summer, Kristen and I bonded over iced tea and our mutual passions at her lovely garden apartment. It was exciting for me to talk with another professional who had made great progress in determining what worked and what didn't in the world of sustainable beauty. I was so grateful to find an ally on my journey. Later, Kristen shared her plan for the Green Beauty Team and asked me to be a contributor for the Makeup and Self-Care sections. Naturally, I was thrilled to join her! 

Please do visit the site and check out my first article there, Brush Up On This, a review of some of my favorite vegan makeup brushes. Stay tuned for informative and practical content from a team of industry experts who have made Green Beauty a mainstay in their lives and work. 

Gabby B x RC Beauty

I know it's a lil' late in January to mention this, but what an awesome way to end 2010! My last makeup gig of the year was working with motivational speaker and author Gabrielle Bernstein for her 2nd book cover! It was just earlier in the year that I found out about Gabrielle thru a friend and was so impressed by her passionate work. Not only is Gabby a speaker, author, life coach and mentor, but she has created a social networking site for young women to find mentors and share wisdom. Her connects women worldwide who are looking to find, or be mentors and currently services 6, 216 members! 

Bernstein's first book, "Add More ~ing to Your Life, A Hip Guide to Happiness", is based on connecting with your "~ing/inner guide" and applying the formula "Rethinking + Moving + Receiving x 30 days = Changing". It's a spiritual, fun and honest approach to creating positive change in your life that became a #1 best-seller. On the heels of that success, GB re-launched her site, and penned book number two!

It's always so cool getting to work with someone you totally admire and Gabrielle is just one of those people for me. If you're at all interested in loving your life more, I highly recommend you pick "Add More ~ing", check out her vlogs and articles at and attend her lectures! The next one in New Work is January 19th and is all about becoming a Miracle Magnet - and who doesn't want to be one of those? 

PS) Beautiful hair by Marshall Lin at the Frederic Fekkai Salon. Look for Gabby's new book, "Spirit Junkie" in September 2011!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Very Intelligent Nutrients

Love the name. Love the vision. Love the products. Intelligent Nutrients is an organic health and beauty brand founded by Horst Rechelbacher, who also created Aveda (which he sold to Estee Lauder in 1997). Two years ago, he launched IN as an authentic, food-based, certified organic line of health and beauty products for your body, home and pets. Rechelbacher's vision is "Everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe".  Check out this inspiring video about the Intelligent Nutrients perspective:

This all-inclusive line includes Certified Organic: Body Care, Skin Care, Scalp and Hair Care, Maternal and Baby Care, Nutraceutical Supplements, Functional Foods, Home Hygiene, Love Therapy, Aromatics AND Pet Care! Intelligent Nutrients provides a superb foundation for a truly holistic lifestyle.

Crafted with 100% plant food based ingredients, IN is committed to creating the highest quality, sustainable products that are good for you inside and out. Totally up my alley! Since I was in the market for a "cleaner" hair care system, I tried their Harmonic Shampoo, Conditioner and Volumizing Hair Spray. I found them to be light-weight, invigorating (lovely essential oils) and effective for keeping my fine hair looking fresh! Cannot wait to explore the myriad of Intelligent Nutrients goods.

Another golden nugget from Horst: "When the body is healthy, the body is beautiful." Ahhhhh. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Beautiful Thing

At any moment in time, we can choose to change our thoughts and in turn, our life! Every season, month, day, hour and even minute can be seen as an opportunity to start fresh. However, reclaiming our intentions at the start of the New Year is part of a powerful tradition that generates a collective consciousness. Reflecting on the past, evaluating the present and making changes for a brighter future, creates a stir of positive energy and resolutions.

It's always helpful to take a moment or two, and look back on all you have experienced and accomplished- in just a year's time. Reflecting on the growth gives you a greater appreciation for where you are right now... doing what you had once only hoped to do! Let's take some time to be grateful for our achievements, lessons and present success.

Whatever you didn't love about last year, be open to see the lesson in it and let it go. Remember that everyone and everything is in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Letting go makes space for the newness you are welcoming with open arms, hands, mind and heart...

It's a divine time to renew your commitment to create the life you desire and deserve. Whatever that looks like to you, feels like to you, hold onto that vision/feeling and give it pure intention. Remember we already have everything we need. Sometimes, we need a little support to tap into all of our gifts, so don't be afraid to reach out. There are so many amazing communities, consultants, coaches, trainers and healers that want to help guide you along your path.

The positive vibrations in the air really inspire my own personal mission, to help people cultivate more inner AND outer beauty. Becoming a Certified Wellness Consultant was/is a major highlight in my year gone by. I am so thankful for all the growth it has inspired and how it will continue to grow. This year, I am looking forward with knowing gratitude for the ability to help others and in turn help myself. And THAT is a beautiful thing.

xoxo Rebecca