My Favourite Mornings

Setting goals are so important when we want to start making (or maintain) healthy habits in our lives. When we don’t have something to work towards it can be much more difficult to get where we want to be if we haven’t even really figured out where that is.

In September before I started reset:breathe and I had publicly committed to getting up Monday – Friday and streaming live workouts at 5:30 am, I was a bit terrified. I used to think any number that started with a 5 and came with “am” at the end was ungodly and torturous and I had zero understanding how people would get up then by choice. I have 4 kids who don’t sleep well and have kept me up most hours of the night for a number of years, so actually choosing to get up in that five time zone was just crazy to me. I guess you could say I had no idea what I was in for.

Almost three months later, and 56 workouts in to reset:breathe (still can’t believe that) I have to say I’m in awe how this routine has become one of the absolute best parts of my day. I set my alarm for 5:00 am and go and nurse my youngest in hopes he will stay sleeping a little longer. Then I get dressed and head downstairs to the kitchen where I check to make sure my coffee is ready to brew, I fill up my water bottle, add two drop of doTERRA lemon and drink most or all of it in a few minutes. I add a swipe of peppermint to my temples and head downstairs for the workout.

When I turn the lights on in my studio, I start to feel alive. Okay maybe “alive” is a stretch but you could say I start to feel human. I add two drops of peppermint and wild orange to my diffuser and let that fill the air as I set up the camera, write the workout on my white board and lace up my sneakers (or set up my mat).

I press “live” at 5:30 am and then we are off. It takes about 30 seconds for the morning team to join but when I see those numbers pop up on the camera screen, my motivation sores (for real). The thirty minutes flies by, I say that with full sincerity and when we are finished, the perspective, positivity and pride I feel is indescribable. Then, my favorite part, it going upstairs and making my bulletproof, butter coffee and sipping it while I read the comments back from those who were on with me live. Sometimes I get a few minutes of quiet before my kids wake up and other days I drink coffee over their warm little bodies and have a good morning cuddle on the couch. I never thought I would say this, but I love my mornings more then I ever thought a person could. I get asked all the time if I’ll always do the workouts myself at 5:30 am and all I can say to that right now is, I hope so. As long as I can, I hope so.

Tracey

To find out more about doTERRA essential oils and where you can purchase my morning staples, you can visit here: www.mydottera.com/traceybrioux/#/

 

 

 

On Trend at Tulipe Noire

Michael Kors Lace Dress 

Step into the Holiday Season with elegance, romance and style in this Michael Kors lace dress at Tulipe Noire. Simple and whimsical with a nod to the past yet ever so on trend.

DESIGN
Sheer lace and flirty bell sleeves instill this tactile dress with modern romance. A built-in slip promises full coverage. A versatile piece for day or night, it looks chic with both slip-on sneakers and platform shoes.

DETAILS
• 100% Polyester
• Lining: 100% Polyester
• Dry Clean
• Imported

Price $250

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Open Monday -Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
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Why Buying Beautycounter From Your Facebook Friends Is Actually Worth It

An article from my favourite Magazine www.instyle.com today! Beautycounter is beautiful, safe, high-performing product for the whole family! Time to switch to Safer? If you want to learn more contact me at Livinghollisstyle@gmail.com & SHOP – Beautycounter.com/jodyhollis

It is worth it!

Victoria Moorhouse
Nov 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm


Another day, another one of your
Facebook friends is swearing they have the secret to a better, healthier, happier life through a product they’re selling and promoting on your feed. Before you hide their notifications, listen up. Despite the rants that drive you crazy and the endless baby pics, the social media platform is a booming market for beauty products, and if the brand in question is Beautycounter, you might want to go ahead and DM that friend (or let’s face it, former acquaintance).

The green beauty brand, which offers direct sales careers where consultants earn up to 35 percent of commissions, has garnered up over 100,000 followers on Instagram and has the Gwyneth Paltrow goop stamp of approval. And it’s worth looking into if you are searching for toxin-free alternatives to your skincare, body care, hair care, and makeuproutines. Since its inception, Beautycounter has partnered with major retailers like the aforementioned goop and even your beloved Target to expand its reach.

There’s also the very important fact that the products perform. While we can’t attest to trying every single item, we’ve experienced huge success from the makeup department’s high-performance and easy-to-use formulations. One standout is the Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage, a very light and barely-there tinted moisturizer that gives you that coveted no-makeup makeup look with a dewy finish and protection from the sun with an SPF 20. We prefer blending it out with our fingers or a makeup sponge. Another must-have, in our opinion, is the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen, a formula infused with anti-aging ingredients that dispenses through a click-pen and covers redness, zits, and dark circles.

In terms of pricing, you’ll have to put aside a little more cash than you would at the drugstore, but the quality is there. The Dew Tinted Moisturizer goes for $45, while the skincare products range from $24 to around $68.

So next time your friend from high school invites you to an online shopping party, maybe go ahead and click accept on that RSVP.

http://www.instyle.com/beauty/best-beautycounter-products-facebook

November is the New January

November is the new January (starting today)

First of all, before I get in to the November talk, I have to say that I really love Canada. I love my home, I am proud of where I come from, and I will always stand behind the red and white. Now that I have that out of the way, I don’t feel as guilty when I say I don’t really love winter. I kind of hate it. Yes experiencing winter is a big part of being Canadian, but if you live in this country you may have heard or used this line a few times between November and March- “I’m not a big fan of the cold.” Ugh, I just shivered.

So there is that and then there is the fact we are engulfed in darkness by 4:46 pm in the evening. Ouch. Cold and dark are not great contributors when you are trying to lead a life full of vitality. So to all those out there that are starting to feel that pull to the couch by 6:00 pm- I get it…but stop… don’t do it. Don’t sit down and get your cozy pants and slippers on.  It sounds so inviting to cozy up and maybe even turn the fire on and make a hot chocolate, but letting yourself fall victim to the fleece blanket that’s calling your name will soon start to affect you in other ways. I am hugely affected by winter. I will be the first to admit it and sometimes the first one to the couch but I know how it starts a domino affect on the rest of my life. My laundry starts to pile up even more then it usually does, kids toys start becoming more mountainous in places they shouldn’t be, the counters get cluttered, my car gets messy and my to do list grows. So then my stress levels increase, my patience diminishes and everyone in my house starts to feel it. Anybody with me or am I the only one with kids pictures from school all over the kitchen??

Yesterday was a really hard parenting day for me. It was one of those days where no matter what I did, someone was fighting or crying, then water got spilled on homework, there were Cheerios all over the floor and all my sick baby wanted to do was be held. I felt like a referee that needed a hair elastic and a shower. When my husband got home from work my mood mirrored that of that big monster in the old Rudolph movie (I think I was making noises like he did too) and I wanted to go hide with a fleece blanket in the closet. I knew the answer to lowering my shoulders away from my ears was to go for a run. It’s always my solution and it always gives me fresh perspective…. but yesterday I let that voice in my head talk me out of it- “it’s too cold,” “do it tomorrow,” “have wine instead,” etc. etc. Not good. I went to bed feeling on edge, stressed and discouraged. So this morning was this beautiful, brand new day which us lucky ones get every 24 hours and I knew what I had to do. As soon as everyone was out the door and even though I had a mountain load of work to do, I put on my running clothes and off I went like a bat out of hell (not really but it kind of felt like that)… I ran, I conquered and I was renewed. It was exactly what I needed and I came back feeling strong and proud and ready to tackle the day.

Sometimes when things we normally can do with ease (or somewhat with ease) become difficult- its when our body and mind need it the most. When life is stressful and moving your body seems like another thing on your endless to do list- put it at the top. Seriously, it belongs there. Yes some things might get left out or become last minute, but you will tick off the items on that list a lighter human being, a calmer human being, and a healthier human being. No one is ever going to make you put yourself first- but every being around you will get more from you if you do.

Please don’t say to yourself in January you will change. Take care of yourself right now. Stop that domino before it falls and feel energized and proud as you finish 2017. Believe me, I KNOW it can be really, really hard but those little daily obstacles (like sick kids and messy homework) won’t seem so bad if you are looked after. You are worth it. You are SO awesome! You have got this.

Here are a few little things that can help you fight off the winter blahs:

1- Decorate early for Christmas. Why not?!  Start the excitement early and enjoy the beauty as long as you can.

2- Play music. There is nothing like relaxing tunes or a random dance party in the kitchen to make you feel a little lighter. I love Michael Buble’s Christmas album as a compliment to early Christmas decor.

3- Use essential oils daily. I rely heavily on doTERRA essential oils this time of year both to help boost the immunity in our home and to lift our mood and spirits. When you walk into a room that smells delicious, it’s an instant mood booster. My current fave is Holiday Joy. Sooooo good! To find out more, you can visit here: https://www.mydoterra.com/traceybrioux/#/

4- Leave notes around the house as reminders to move and that you really are awesome. Maybe a note by the TV that says “wait until later,” and another by the couch that says “we will visit after 8:00 pm.” The most important in your kitchen that says- “you are amazing and you are loved.”

5- Brighten someones day. It feels good to make others feel good, so buy a friend a coffee, send a note to an old friend and smile at a stranger. Your mood will feel it.

6- Don’t take your phone to bed with you. There are so many reasons why you shouldn’t take your phone to bed with you so try not to. If you need it for an alarm, put it at the other side of the room. Let your mind relax and read a book instead.

7- Move your body daily. Even if it’s for one minute at a time, it’s so important.  Here is a 1 minute video you can do anywhere when you are short on time but need a reset. Visit @resetbreathe.

Tracey

PS – Livinghollisstyle.com and Resetbreathefit.com are teaming up the end of the month to do a one week Health Challenge from Nov 23-29. Exercise, no refined sugar & greens everyday for a week. Come join the healthy FUN! For more info click below 🙂

 

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Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty

I found this article on the European beauty in minimalism helpful for maintaining a lifestyle that goes with the home style. Let me first say that I am not a minimalist: my walls are covered in art from tame to eccentric and I am person who needs colour in my life. But wouldn’t it be so easy to keep up with the household chores if we could just get rid of what we didn’t need and got each room organized?

The Beauty of Minimalism  (Engel & Völkers blog, 2014)

Minimalism is one of the most enduringly popular decorating trends, and it’s easy to understand why. Characterised by streamlined shapes, sparse furniture, and a serious lack of disorder, minimalist decor brings space and light into any room and keeps the focus firmly on the beautiful bare necessities.

Starting work on a minimalist makeover isn’t difficult: just follow our simple steps to transform your home.

Get rid of what you don’t need

A good way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to ask yourself “is it essential, or is it beautiful?” If it’s neither, put it in a box for charity. It’s best to keep furniture to a minimum, favouring basic items like couches and coffee tables over ornate bureaus and chests. Strip your home down, judge each piece independently and then decide which things you want to keep and select the most suitable location for each one.

Organise your storage space

Every household is filled with items that, while essential, are best kept out of sight. Bits and pieces such as computer cables, folders filled with paperwork, and DVDs are required for daily life, but in a minimalist home the old adage that there should be ‘a place for everything, and everything in its place’ really does hold true. Give your current storage space a rigorous clear out to make room for the things that you really do need.

Keep it plain and simple

Ornate décor is not at home in a minimalist household. Avoid patterned upholstery and carved furniture, keeping lines plain and simple without any distractions. Floors should be kept clean and clear: preferably in plain hardwood, but if you favour carpets then choose a block colour in a neutral shade. Move items that are cluttering up surfaces into storage spaces, leaving only a few splashes of colour where appropriate.

Add some objets d’art

Once your home is cleared out, it’s time to stamp your own character onto the clear canvas. Don’t get carried away: you only need one or two pieces per room to express your personality and make the space look lived in. Add statement pieces such as simple artwork on the wall, a vase of flowers on the coffee table, or place a hardback copy of your favourite book on the shelf.

Do it slowly

Rome wasn’t built in a day – so don’t try to change your entire home all at once. Start with one room and work from there. You’ll also find it helpful to keep coming back to review your decisions – make the initial changes and remove clutter, give it a few days and then examine your work again with a fresh pair of eyes. You may find that items you previously couldn’t bear to part with now seem unnecessary complications, so it’s important to review and simplify on a regular basis.

If you feel that your new minimalist interior still needs some statement pieces to complete the look, visit Engel & Völkers Interiors. Our beautiful collection has been carefully selected to help you create an elegant décor, perfectly complementing our equally luxurious property listings, from state-of-the-art design penthouses to deluxe minimalistic Villas with sea views. With impeccable taste and an effortless online shopping process, you’ll find everything you need for beautiful minimalist style.

Sandi
sandipiercy.evcanada.com

 

Give the Gifts of Safer Beauty this Holiday Season

For the Trendsetter – BEAUTYCOUNTER Holiday Gifts Sets 2017

Gifts That Last
Here’s to giving the gifts that mean the very most. Here’s to safer beauty. Take care of your loved ones with gifts that nourish, soothe, and revitalize.

Join our mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone this season. Split up Holiday Gift Sets to make beautiful gifts for teachers, friends & family! So easy and FUN! Perfect for everyone on your list!