Qua-routine

I know these past couple of months have thrown everyone of their regular routines, but I’ve been using this time to create a new and healthier routine. Meaning more working out, more walks with my dog, eating healthier foods and working on new projects!

My new found hobby during this time has been road biking! My mom has been an avid cyclist, mostly mountain biking, for years now. So I hopped on one of her bikes and have been loving it ever since!

She has this super cute cycle clothing line called MAD Shredders, so I just had to share! Fashion isn’t only for day to day activities, but it can be for exercise too!

Here are a few of my favorite MAD Shredders cycle kit designs!

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Miami Lines // MAD Shredders

The Beauty of Color // MAD Shredders

Embrace Life// MAD Shredders

What’s your Quarantine hobby?

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Let’s Get Checked!

I’ve recently came across this company that offers at home testing kits called Let’s Get Checked. You literally choose the test you would like to take online, order and BOOM it’s sent straight to your front door within the next week.

I stick to a vegetarian diet and wanted to especially test my multi vitamin levels to make sure I’m properly receiving the necessary nutrients and vitamins, but I also wanted to test out the Iron and CRP (for inflammation) tests, just out of pure curiosity. I think this is a great way to keep track and monitor your health, and the process was so quick!

Now I’m not going to lie, taking the test itself is a bit intimidating, as it requires you to take a small blood sample to ship back to headquarters. Although intimidating, it was actually quite easy and simple once I got the hang of it. Once the collection was taken (during the optimal hours suggested on Lets Get Checked) I sent it back, in the ready to go envelope. My results were back within 5 days and I can easily access them online through their portal.

I think this is such a great way for people to get a quick test done without having to spend the time and extra money to go to the doctor. Especially during times where we are all trying to maintain our health, its important to know what’s going on inside and Let’s Get Checked helped me to do that!

I’ll be sure to update you all on my vitamins, as it may be useful for some of those curious about a vegetarian diet.

Check out Let’s Get Checked different kits and use code ‘essential’ for 20% off!

Watch my full experience on Instagram HERE.

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I Saw a Therapist? (Professional Tips)

Therapy and counseling, are two words I’ve always felt carried a heavy weight. I have had the opinion that you must have a problem if you are seeking therapy and counseling. But after hearing a lot of my closest friends being fans of therapy, I started to change my perspective. After all, it’s not fair to judge something you’ve never tried yourself.

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I figured now would be the perfect time to try out my first therapy session. Considering the crazy world we live in, due to the Coronavirus, I have been in my feelings a little more than usual. Thankfully, I’ve made a great routine and have adapted, so I’m feeling much better these last few days. But those first two weeks of quarantine were rough, and I know a lot of you are still going through some rough patches. Whether, you’re stuck at your place alone and are feeling the effects of loneliness, or you’re stuck with your significant other and trying not to rip your hair out, we are all feeling something.

 

I did some research and found Dr. Lisa Paz in Miami, Florida. She’s an individual and couples counseling professional as well as a clinical sex therapist, and I loved everything I saw about her. I browsed her social media and website and could tell she was fun and had a sense of humor, but really knew her stuff. So I set up my first session…

 

I was very nervous at first and thought I would leave the session thinking I was doing everything wrong. And it was the complete opposite! First off, Dr. Lisa made me feel so comfortable and I was surprised at how quickly we were able to get into our session over the phone call (social distancing*.) She made me feel like I could open up and share anything I had on my mind, and she had such an amazing insight into everything, that made me feel confident in her.

 

I had a couple of key things I wanted to discuss with Dr. Lisa that were really, very unique situations. And surprisingly Dr. Lisa understood exactly what I was talking about due to her extent education and experience in the field. This made me feel so much more understood, and by the end of the call I was feeling even better about EVERYTHING!

I can confidently say, I think therapy and counseling are a super great and healthy way to clear your head. Even being able to talk to someone and feel no judgment, no matter what you say, gives you a sense of freedom and lifts a weight off your chest, that you may have not even knew you had. Dr. Lisa Paz gave me an unbiased, professional and no judgment session that could not have gone any better. I think this experience was a great first step and therapy will definitely be a tool for me to always use if I ever start to feel down or unsure about a situation.

During this time of quarantine and social distancing, a lot of us have been working on our physical health, going for longer runs and walks than usual. But it’s even more important to put your mental health as a priority. It’s okay to want to talk to someone and it’s okay to see a counselor.

Thanks to Dr.Lisa Paz for putting together quarantine tips for couples and those alone.

Thanks to Dr. Lisa for sharing these amazing tips to practice. Hope this helps!

Click here for more on Dr. Lisa Paz 

@DrLisaPaz

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Must-Have Pieces

Back at it again with another must-have LBD! I’m telling you, Femme Luxe has to be one of my new go-to sites for affordable and trendy clothing. This beautiful black midi dress ties around the waist, exposed one sleeve, giving it a trendy edge and uniqueness from your standard little black dress. The material is extremely soft and stretchy, creating a flattering silhouette for all body types. I’m just waiting for the day social distancing ends so I can take this piece out for the night!

 

Of course, a little black dress needs a little black heel. If you saw my previous outfit post, you would know one of my good friends created this design with Cecconello Shoes and I’m obsessed. This heel height is perfect for me, and the faux leather is so soft and comfortable for wearing on long nights out.  What’s your favorite place to shop for fun basics?

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Black One Sleeve Dress// FemmeLuxe 

Strappy Heels// Cecconello x The Urban Gal

 

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Ultimate Skincare Routine

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! During our quarantining I’m trying to do my best at taking extra care of myself, including my skin. A big part of this is proper diet, lots of water and most importantly good skincare! I wanted to share my current must haves by one of my favorite brands Image Skincare. I’ve been a lover of this line for around 5 years now and am obsessed with their ORmedic line. My absolute must haves are the lip balm, it keeps my lips moisturized all day! And the total resurfacing mask, minimizes my pores, softens my skin and improves my skin tone.

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My current skin care products.
Holy grail lip balm!

I use the face wash morning and night, followed by the vitamin C. In the mornings I’ll use the SPF after the vitamin C.

2 or 3x a week I’ll alternate between the exfoliating wash and exfoliating mask to keep my skin smooth and glowy!

What’s your favorite skin care product?

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My LBD

Tis’ the season of staying indoors, but who’s to say that will stop us from shopping! I’ve found the cutest online store, for inexpensive and trendy clothing, so I had to share! This dress is one of my all-time new, favorite little black dresses from Femme Luxe. The one-shoulder style is so flattering, and the firey designed puff sleeve adds an extra oomph to the outfit. Every woman needs a LBD, so why not make it stand out. I styled this dress with one of my best friends collaborative shoe design, The Urban Gal x Cecconello, and I have to say this is one of the comfiest heels ever! The faux leather is so soft and stretchy, and the strap around the heel keeps it in place even if the wrap gets loose. A total comfy and boss babe look!

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Black One-Shoulder Dress// Femme Luxe

Lace-up Heels // Cecconello “Th Urban Gal”

Nails // More Mano, Miami

 

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What New Show to Watch?

I’m sure we have all had the same conversations with our friends, family, co-workers and even strangers!

“What new show should I watch,” “What book should I read,” “Where should we eat tonight,” “Which Podcasts do you listen too,” and “What movie should I watch tonight?”

Well, I’ve found the perfect app that allows you to connect with your friends, family, and strangers where you can put all of your favorites in on convenient location! Friendspire is actually a super-cool invention, that makes you think “why didn’t I think of that,” it allows me to rate and leave a review for TV shows, Movies, Podcasts, Books and Restaurants. Making it easy to see what some of your friend’s favorites are.

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Especially today, people are being quarantined to their homes and running out of things to read and watch, making this an even more perfect time to check out and download Friendspire. Think a social media app to connect you with other users, but also using it as a source of information and recommendations. I can tell you this, I’ve been loving it and even created a pretty thorough profile sharing only my favorites!

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My Friendspire’s Show List

As you can tell I love shows that provide me a comedic relief, such as Workaholics, Dave and Bob’s Burgers. But also throwing in some fantasy like the Originals and Lucifer. I can tell you all of these shows are only my favorites! And all can be seen on Hulu or Netflix.

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My Friendspire’s Movie List

I’m not as big of a movie person, I think its harder for me to find several hours watching one thing, the commitment of a movie is too much for me. hahaha, but nonetheless I still wanted to share a few of my favorites like Shrek 2, The Count of Monte Cristo and of course Lord of the Rings.

 

And you can even make a playlist catered for whatever mood or setting you want. Here is “Aroon’s Night In,” as you can tell I’m a huge fan of comedy shows. And if you have not seen Dave, with Lil Dicky in it, you MUST! It’ll have you crying of laughter, available on Hulu.

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Check out Friendspire here.

And follow my page @Aroon Duncansonto check out my other favorite ratings, and I’ll be sure to follow back!

 

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