Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4 Ways To Keep On Track With Your Workouts

I've always been very disciplined with working out.  I've gone through phases where I was super obsessive about it(not in an unhealthy way, I think I was bored and  it was an outlet) to just kind of making sure I work out a few times a week and get to a yoga class(currently).  These are things that have really helped me stick to a schedule and stay healthy and happy.

1. Write it down.
       Runners are known for recording their workouts for training, this is probably why I started recording my workouts(once upon a time I started training for the NYC marathon but got injured).  Writing down what you have accomplished is very rewarding-it helps you see your progress.   I suggest creating a calender on your computer or getting a paper monthly calender so you can see your progress and overall what you could be working on.  I like the monthly view so it is clearly visible what days have been filled with activity.

This cute calender is found here and is a free printable!

2. Create a routine.  
        This does not have to be complicated.  There is so much going on in the fitness industry, it can be extremely intimidating, just find something you enjoy doing!   I've been working out for years and I usually just observe the trends, and don't participate.  My personal workouts are 2-3 days at the gym and 1 yoga class on the weekend.  I simply have it in my head that I am going to the gym and I (insert #3)...  If you don't know what to do and that's stopping you from creating a routine, try walking or jogging.  Try googling some simple strength moves to add to your routine to get your muscles burning!  
3.  Just do it.
        Genius marketing Nike and I agree with this whole heatedly.  While committing to #2(unless your injured or ill of course!) don't create any excuses-just go and get the work out done.  If you're thinking about skipping out, don't-unless you have a valid reason.  Or if you don't feel like doing that particular planned work out, think of something that you would like to do and create a modified day.  

4.  Find a workout buddy or a source of motivation.
        On a regular basis, I personally prefer to workout solo.  From time to time, I do join groups or friends to mix it up.  It's really rewarding to have someone to spend time with while you work out and to help stimulate some motivation(and maybe some competition!).  For me, there are a few blogs I read and I also touch base with loved ones regarding workouts.  It can be  fun to talk about routines to get new ideas.  I love the Tone it Up girls.  If I'm feeling extremely bored with exercises I read their blog or watch some videos for new moves!  Find something that makes you want to work out: find a workout buddy, create a mood board, or have a source you go to for workout inspiration.

What do you do to stay motivated to work out?  Do you have a workout buddy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1 Tip To Avoid Acne Breakouts

The weekends are always such a nice time to catch up with things on your to do list, hang out with friends, and just plain old relax.  I love having alot of weekends where there's always something to do, then having a couple weekends to catch up things I want to get done.  After being in NYC last weekend, this weekend was dedicated to spending time with my boyfriend and playing catch up with emkyshop.  

This blog is primarily about the design industry,  but I think it is interesting to touch on topics that directly effect people's well being.  Because if you don't feel good about yourself, then design(or whatever makes you happy) isn't going to have the same effect.  

Random, but I'm curious-have you heard of washing your face with olive oil?  I tried it a few consecutive days but I couldn't commit to trying it out for a long period of time.  From what I have read, I  feel if you devote your whole skin care routine around it, it seems as though it works in your favor and alot of people have really positive reactions when using it.

I've had a history with acne through my mid 20's and for the most part it cleared up when I found my dream cleanser.  I think there is a great cleanser fit for everyone, I'm lucky to have the exact same skin problem areas as my sister, and I just started using the same cleanser that worked for her.  But, even when I used my "dream cleaner", my skin continued to break out in a less dramatic way.   I tried everything: spot treatments, masks, new cleansers, but I firmly believe it comes down to one thing: your diet.  

I went through a phase a few years ago where I read this book, and transformed my diet to follow "the natural way"(as the book recommends).  When I say "the natural way" I mean I was very strict with mostly organic foods, very little sugar, and the main thing I did was completely cut out dairy.  This, my friends, is a trick I believe in.  If you experience break outs that literally seem out of your control I would strongly recommend accessing your diet.  I personally think dairy and sugar are the main culprits.  Though I would lean towards dairy being a bigger beast. 
Please note-I am definitely NO dermatologist or specialist, but I am a real person that has experienced a fair share of breakouts that seem uncontrollable.  When I eliminated dairy from my diet my acne went away within a week or so.  It definitely doesn't hurt if your having skin issues to try it out.   Dairy is loaded with hormones too(unless you're eating organic and are hyper aware of raw products), so you could even look at it as a "mini cleanse".    Try it out!  

With this said, I do think a person needs to find the best fit cleanser for for skin type and their skin in general.  But I think if you have continued acne, you may want to dig a little deeper, and this may be a great starting point.  

Another  reason I've been posting these "tips" lately is I'm honestly so sick of being sold things from companies.  There is ALWAYS something new to try and it's nice to just recommend tips that don't necessarily cost anything to try.  This tip will actually save you money since you would be eliminating something from your diet:) 

Do you have a tip to avoid breakouts that has worked for you?  Have you tried olive oil as a cleanser?  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interviewing Tips From a Real Girl, II

Hello there!  I just sat down on my warm cozy couch and it's all bright and sunny out, life is good.  I know, I know, I should be outside if it's bright and sunny but I just got home from a long day of work and it's nice out most days in Southern CA:)

I wrote about interviewing tips a couple of weeks ago and I received some great feed back on the post and I would love to share more!  I really want to stress that the only reason I feel inclined to write about interviewing and jobs is because I have many, many years of experience and I've been in alot of interviews myself.  My experience is in the fashion industry but I have also ventured into print and web.  I strongly feel these tips can be applied to any industry.  Maybe your a law student interviewing for internships and you're reading this post and asking yourself if this information is applicable to you.  My answer is absolutely.  We're all people, and it doesn't matter if you're interviewing for a life guard position(wassup, been there), a waitress job(wasssup again, over 6 years experience), or your "career" path, you have to explain yourself to the person that sits in front of you.

This post's tip is...

Mimic the interviewers behavior

This tip is actually inspired by an experience that my boyfriend had with a recruiter.  The recruiter basically told him to mimic the personality and the energy of the person he was being interviewed by. Merriam-Websters definition of mimic is:

Does that make sense?  Let me explain.

Why should you mimic the personality of the person that is interviewing you?
I'm not saying completely change your personality and copy everything they do.  Please do NOT do that.  I'm simply suggesting that if they have a very serious demeanor to them, and your personality is loud/hyper/bubbly, maybe you should tone it down for the time you are interviewing with them.  If the person talks alot, this usually means they want to be listened to.  So, simply listen.  If there on the serious side of the spectrum, remain serious and straightforward when you are asked a question.   If they are friendly and chatty, go off of that energy and smile and add a little cheerfulness to you tone, especially if you are normally subdued.   Look for cues in their personality and translate them accordingly.

With this said, you have to also stay true to yourself and realize what your signing up for.  

For example, maybe you do you have a bubbly personality and you interviewed with the person with the serious demeanor.  Let's say you left the interview with a sour feeling in your stomach and genuinely thought the personality fit was not there.  Definitely take that into consideration when you are naming off the pros and cons of the job.  You don't want to be stuck in a situation where you are simply unhappy.  

What do you think of this tip?  Do you have a tip to share form a personal experience?  
Picture sources 1,2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

3 Interviewing Tips From a Real Girl

I've worked in design for about 8 years(not counting internships).  I graduated design school at 22 and continued working in my restaurant job while job hunting.  It was honestly terrifying going on those interviews.  I still remember them so clearly: how nervous I was, how determined I felt, my horrific portfolio-but it was all so incredibly exciting.  These tips are applicable to most any field.  The most important thing about interviewing speakng confidently to the person you are interviewing with while explaining how you can help their business or the company.  

I spent a 2 year period freelancing from home and I would go in spurts where I wanted a full time job.  I was very lucky to have enough work to be able to work from home and freelance.  Working from home is a battle, when you have alot of work it's amazing, but there is this whole social interaction piece missing from your life.  When I would have these urges to get a full time job I would end up going on many interviews and I learned TONS of what to do and what NOT to do.  Feel free to check out some of the companies I have worked with here.  Please note I'm only linking that to show that I do have experience in this subject matter.  I have read alot of articles about interviewing in the past and more times often then not the tips seem really generic to me and I question the writers credibility. 

1.  PRACTICE.  This is absolutely my #1 tip.   There are so many cliche interview questions that seem easy enough: what are your strengths, what is your weakness, how did you help your last company?  So, how did you?  Thinking in your head those questions seem easy enough- but have you actually tried saying everything out loud before you have to say it to someone you are trying to get a job from?  Be able to explain yourself, skills, background, and previous experience to the person you are interviewing with before you get to the interview.  Sit in front of a mirror and start chatting with yourself numerous times before you have to talk to the person interviewing you.

2.  SELL YOURSELF.  So how are you going to help the company?  Entry level jobs are a little different in this area.  As a person at an assistant level you are being brought on to a company to help with business,  but also to be taught skills.  
         -How do you  sell yourself if you are entry level?  Easy.  Do your homework on the company and the position you are interviewing for.  I remember when I was 22 I would apply for EVERYTHING.  I would go on these interviews and not actually know what I was interviewing for.  Research the job description before you go in and make sure it's something you would actually want to do.   Then, explain your skills and how they can help the team you will be on.  Always be motivated and willing to work hard.  Maybe you don't have a ton of experience, but you have skills. You need to be able to talk about these skills to convince the person you are a good fit.  
        -How to sell yourself if you have experience?  Answer this question: what have you been doing at your jobs the past (insert amount of years) years?  What skills from this job is going to help the team at this new company?  Then go back to tip #1. 

3.  REACT.  Be mindful of what type of interviewer this person is.  Does this person have a list of questions they want you to answer?  Maybe the person you're interviewing with is a talker.  That's okay.  Let them talk and listen to what they have to say.  When they ask you questions, make sure you are quick and mindful of what you say.  Don't rush yourself- but this is your time to talk-so say something good.  In my experience, usually the person interviewing is a talker.  I often leave the interview confused and annoyed because there was so much that I didn't say that I wanted to.  If you're really interested in the job and you feel the interview wrapping up and there is still thing you didn't go over, I would recommend trying to keep the person there to keep chatting.  In design, you present materials to show your skills and past work.  That's an easy way to keep someone there, just keep showing them your work.  I feel like you could easily do this in most industries-you just have to be creative.  It could be as simple as typing out a chart of your sales or a list of things you have done that has proven helpful to the company.  

What interview tips do you have?  Do you hate interviewing or love it?

I actually don't mind interviewing.  I think it's a great time to learn something new about a company.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TTT: 3 Things to Make Your Tuesday Better

TTT is Three-Tip-Tuesday.  I keep seeing random posts online from writers with their favorite things of the moment, and I always love reading them.  My days have been pretty long lately from working at my full time job as well as working on my personal work.  I don't mind it though, busy is always a great thing, I think it is a blessing.  Especially when you have many people to share it with, near or far!  I am very, very, very lucky to have alot of amazing people in my life, but I currently feel very far away from most of them!  I suppose that is just a part of growing and overcoming challenges of everyday life.   Here are three tips to help make your Tuesday a little better.

TTT #1:  Drinking a smoothie or fresh juice in the morning.  This is something I am really consistent with, but alot of the time it is extremely monotonous.  Usually when I get sick of drinking a smoothie I will juice for a week. 

Making your own juice can sometimes feel a tad pricey and time consuming but I never regret it when I start.  I always feel amazing even after just one juice.  I will say, I am definitely a fan of bottled juice for convenience but I urge you to try fresh juice if you can.  It really does produce a fresher result and as a result, I personally feel has so many benefits you can feel after you drink it.   This juice pictured is carrot, beet, lemon, cucumber, and celery.  It's one of my favorite combinations and all veggies extract juice really well so you get the most bang for your buck.  Too expensive or time consuming? Another great alternative is starting your day with fruit.  I've recently started putting a banana in my purse for when I get hungry and I'm regretting all of the hundreds of dollars I have spent on Luna, Cliff, or Kind bars over the years.  Need smoothie recommondation? Here is a recipe from the very talented Angela from Ohsheglows.com.  

Personally, I'm usually not too motivated to make that gorgeous smoothie(pictured), but I am motivated enough make my creation I make many mornings out of the month: 

Lazy Girl Smoothie:
-2 Handfuls of spinach(or mixed greens will do)
-Half a frozen banana
-A half a handful or so of frozen mixed berries
-Some frozen mango chunks
-1/2 - 1 cup of water

Put everything in the nutri-bullet or blender, give it a whirl, and slurp it up!

TTT #2:  Listen to something new!  Do you have one of those days that just drags and drags on?  I'm pretty sure everyone does-and if you don't have those days, please share what your tip is to avoid the drag on?!  I work in design,  sometimes when I'm coming up with concepts I will listen to NPR or a podcast(if I have to do anything too thought provoking I usually listen to music or have to focus in silence).  I came across a fashion podcast today and was pleasantly surprised to find some new tips.  It's nice to have some new entertainment added to the day.   Here is Nicole Longstreath's website, thewardrobecode.com where you can find her podcast.  

TTT #3: Write in a journal or maybe in this journal.  I have gifted these types of journals a couple of times on different occasions and I always mean to pick one up for myself.  Writing is so therapuetic.  I feel like this type of journal is such an easy way to jot a thought down to get yourself thinking about something random once a day.  A little imagination always makes me much happier.

What's your tip for today?
What do you start your day with?

Monday, June 23, 2014


   Is anyone else over whelmed by all the beauty products out there?  Anyone? Or is it just me?  There are so many beauty products on the market, it's so overwhelming!  I have recently signed up for Birch Box.  I am on box number 3, and so far I like it, though I have been very disappointed in some of the items I have been sent.  Pastel blue nail polish? Hmmm, not necessarily for me.  Detangler?  YES! But then it dried my hair out so now I have to avoid using it.  The little perfume samples, absolutely LOVE those!  Which reminds me I need to start reviewing these products!
  One thing I do know all about is the perfect mascara.  Oh yes.  It's perfect.  My sister showed it to me years and years ago, I think I've been using it since I was 20?  I'm not completely sure, but I've definitely been using it for the past several years.  

From L'oreal

   I'm definitely NOT into expensive beauty products.  I like saving money and putting it towards my business and traveling.  I love this mascara because it dramatically enhances your lashes while being inexpensive and very easy to find. I put multiple layers on my lashes, and apply to both the front and back of my eyelashes until it looks juuuuust right.  I personally recommend the curved brush in black.

What is your favorite mascara?  Are you a fan of Birch Box?

Sunday, June 22, 2014


This post is originally posted here, but I love it so much I also want to share it on this blog.

Compassion is underrated.  "Follow your passion" is said so frequently that is starts to sound and feel like a cliche.  Did you know compassion can be even more inspirational then devoting your energy to finding or pursuing your passion?
Here's some ways to follow your compassion:
1.  Acknowledge a struggle someone is having and offer a supportive word or two.  Sometimes just knowing someone else cares is just the thing that a person needs.  Ask, "What can I do to help?"  They will probably say something like, "Just knowing you care is enough."

2.  Listen.  Sometimes that's all that is needed to help someone feel better.  Don't try to give advice or tell them what you think unless they ask for your opinion.

3.  Invest in a charity you believe in.  Give your time to something you believe in.  EMKY gives back by producing all product in the USA, you can read about it here.  We also give 20% from the sale of select fashion scarves to Make-A-Wish Foundation.  You can view the scarves herehere, and here.  
4.  The Dalia Lama on compassion:
5. Pass it on!  Realize that others are noticing what you do, especially children.  By offering compassion on a regular basis you inspire others to do the same.  This chain goes on and on and on, so add to the chain positively so compassion surrounds you and others!

YOUR turn: How are you compassionate?