Bomb Besties Workout Gear

Warm weather is just around the corner, which means boats, bikinis and day parties! Which also means it’s almost time to get into bikini bod mode. Working out by yourself can be difficult sometimes, but cute workout gear and a workout partner makes things so much easier.

Get it into gear with these BOMB bestie looks and customizable Spirit Jersey tops!

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Photographer// @eyesofsiul

Aroon’s Look

Top// Spirit Jersey

Basic Yoga Pants

Sneakers// Kruzin

 

Lo’s Look

Top// Spirit Jersey

Joggers// Adidas

Sneakers// Adidas

Check out Lo’s Blog at LoBehold Styleย and Insta @lo_behold.style.

 

xoxox

 

Top 5 Skin Care Superfoods

7543200_origSuffering from dry, cracked or acne prone skin? Or do you want to combat the signs of aging with natural skincare remedies? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are five of the top recommendations for theย best skincare superfoods. Consume these super-foods on a regular basis or use them topically within moisturisers, cleansers or face masks to benefit from softer, smoother, and eminently younger looking skin.

1 | Pineapple

If you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, eczema or inflammation then eating pineapple on a weekly basis could completely revitalise your complexion because the active ingredient within pineapple is bromelain; a natural proteolytic enzyme. This particular enzyme is extremely effective at removing dead surface skin cells, reducing swelling and combating inflammation. Eating pineapple as part of a balanced diet, or by using skincare products which contain pure pineapple extract, you can benefit from these exfoliating properties of bromelain and achieve softer, more hydrated skin.

2 | Tomatoes

If you love sunbathing but wish to prevent your skin from premature aging and UV damage then it is strongly recommended that you increase you tomato intake. After all, as skincare experts TCClinic highlight, the beauty boosting ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a type of carotenoid which provides your skin cells with comprehensive protection against UV rays. What’s more, if you cook tomatoes before eating them then your body will be four times to absorb the lycopene within them compared to eating raw tomatoes!

3 | Chia seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, fibre and protein. However, when asked to pick one of these super-foods above all others we have to highlight the benefits of chia seeds. Despite their small stature, these seeds are bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, zinc, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants amongst other essential nutrients. As a result, by consuming chia seeds on a regular basis you can hydrate your skin with essential healthy fats. What’s more, if you apply chia seeds topically you can combat fine line formation and benefit from their efficient anti-inflammatory properties.

4 | Pomegranate

If you are looking for a super-food which will combat the effects of prolonged sun exposure then pomegranate could offer the ideal solution for you! This is due to the fact that the seeds extracted from this unique fruit are an exceptional source of ellagic acid; a polyphenol compound which efficiently prevents the breakdown of collagen within skin cells as well as inhibiting the inflammation caused by UVB rays. In fact, numerous studies have shown that incorporating pomegranate seeds within your diet can protect your skin from premature aging and safeguard against the long term damage caused by prolonged sun exposure.

5 | Kale

No skincare superfoods list would be complete without praising the benefits of kale! This particular wild cabbage plant boasts a wealth of health benefits for your entire body. As skincare specialist Dr Pauline Hili explains, kale is a super-food which contains high levels of vitamins A, C, E and K. Dr Hili also advocates how the topical addition of these vitamins in the form of kale based skincare products can be up to 100 times more effective for re-invigorating the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting healing and reducing puffiness than other skin care methods. In this manner, eating kale on a daily basis and using skin care products infused with kale extract can significantly improve the condition of your skin as well as your overall health.

xoxoxo

 

 

Sunny Summer

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Finn and I are getting ready for our summer adventure living in Miami Beach, less than 2 weeks until the big move and I most certainly have some pieces that are going to be a staple!

I am completely obsessed with this straw baseball cap from Wyeth,ย it is made with 100% recyclable paper and I get so many compliments. It’s a win win!

And I can’t forget about this perfect beach tank, customizable from QTee, totally obsessed with everything coconuts ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Hat// Wyeth USA

Tank// QTee Shirts

Boyfriend Jeans// Zara

Watch// Beginning Boutique

Rings// The Peach Boxย 

Rescue Pup// Pet Alliance Orlando

 

xoxox

2 Minute Healthy Dessert Under 100 Calories

Can you even believe it?!!?

I want to start adding more health and fitness related posts to AroonMelane, so what better way to start it off? This extremely quick and easy dessert has been one of my go-to’s recently!

All you need is a bag of frozen fruit, your choice (but the fruit you choose may change the calorie count).

I’ve been using frozen mango chunks from Trader Joes, as I find the mango has a better texture. 

Once you have your serving of frozen fruit out, stick it in your blender, add some water and blend until creamy! 

I love making this treat with mangos because one serving makes a lot! And the texture is that of an ice cream/Italian ice mix! It’s amazing and sooooo easy! 

One serving (14 pieces) of Trader Joes mango chunks = 90 calories

What’s your favorite healthy dessert?

Xoxoxox

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

I am sure most of you have heard of the amazing benefits hot lemon water, first thing in the morning, is supposed to have. After hearing so many people talk about how amazing this simple drink is, I decided to give it a go.


For the past month I have been drinking hot Lemon Detox Tea (click here to purchase) with half a fresh squeezed lemon. I drink this before I eat or drink anything else. And I can definitely tell a difference. Some of the immediate and visible changes I saw were:

  • Clearer skin, after only a few days of drinking this there was a noticeable difference in the complexion of my skin.
  • Eating less. I felt much more full and did not tend to be as hungry throughout the day.
  • Digestive health

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These are only what I can visibly see changing within the past month. But this morning drink is supposed to have many internal benefits for your everyday health. Such as:

  • Source of Vitamin C, to help build immune system and prevent sickness such as the common cold
  • Balances pH levels
  • Lemon contains pectin fiber which is great for your colon
  • Helps prevent growth of certain bacterias
  • Provides energy to liver enzymes which in turn helps keep a healthy liver
  • Helps with wrinkles (Luckily I do not have wrinkles yet, so I can not tell if this has personally helped)
  • Helps replenish salt levels
  • Can help with dental problem (freshens breath, relieve toothache and gingivitis)

As you can see this stuff is basically magic! Yet it is so simple and such an easy thing to add into your morning routine. Instead of drinking your regular tea or coffee in the morning, try this lemon detox and I am sure you will reap the benefits like I have.

xoxoxo

Favorite Summer Recipes // Pinterest Inspired

Summer means lots of time to try new things and spend your days outside with friends and family. That being said, here are a few of my favorite summer treats, thanks to Pinterest!

Moscato Peach Wine Slushies

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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Moscato Wine (750ml) (I used Barefoot brand) plus more for blending *see note
  • 2 cups frozen peaches (unsweetened)
  • ยฝ cup powdered sugar (can cut back but it needs to be pretty sweet)

Instructions

  1. Add frozen peaches, sugar and a few splashes of moscato to food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour in the rest of the moscato and blend until incorporated.
  4. Quickly pour mixture into ice cube trays. (stir if peaches begin to settle on the bottom of blender jar)
  5. Freeze.
  6. Place frozen cubes in a blender. ( I never measure them out. I just toss a handful in and add more if I need it)
  7. Add a splash of wine to make blending easier.
  8. Blend until slush consistency, adding a splash of wine to thin it out if needed.
  9. Pour into wine glasses, add a straw (if desired) and serve immediately.
  10. Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries and peach slices
Notes

You’ll need to add a few splashes of wine to the frozen ice cube for blending. You can reserve a small amount of wine or just use some wine from another bottle, which is what I do.

ADD ice! If you like for your slushies to have those tiny little ice chips then throw in a few ice cubes and a little bit more wine!

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 8 cup Seedless Watermelon
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. In a small pan, add sugar and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool.
  3. Puree watermelon in batches and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add sugar syrup and lemon juice and mix well.
  5. place in a 13ร—9 dish, cover and place in freezer until firm.
  6. Puree frozen mixture before serving.

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Raspberry Lemonade Tea

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sweet’N Low (12 packets)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ยผ cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 2 cups raspberries, pureed
  • 3 1/2 cups cold water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Bring the Sweet’N Low and water to a simmer. Let cool.
  2. Add pureed raspberries to sugar water.
  3. Add fresh lemon juice to the raspberry mixture.
  4. Pour raspberry mixture into a large pitcher filled with cold water.
  5. Stir and add ice cubes.

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Let me know if you try out any of these recipes!

Have a happy summer

xoxox

Summer Tips

It is finally summertime which means lots of sun! The sun can be fun, but it is always important to make sure you’re aware of the everlasting effects too much sun can have on your body. Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure you protect yourself from the sun.

derm1. Always apply a SPF daily moisturizer in the morning. I use dermalogicia SPF 50 everyday after cleansing my skin.

2. The Suns UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 2 pm, when the sun is highest in the sky.

3. Plan on being in the ocean a lot? Apply hair oil or conditioner before going on the water to help keep hair silky smooth.

4. Drink before you are thirsty. You may not realize your body is dehydrated, so it is always important to constantly stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel like your thirsty! The more water, the better.

Have some fun in the sun!      

 xoxoxo