IMG_8908For our move to Oregon, Kevin and I sold most of our belongings and caravanned/road-tripped up with only what fit in our 2 cars. Our route included 1 night in Santa Barbara, 2 nights in the Sequoia National Forest, 1 night in Modesto and 1 night in Crater Lake. While in the Sequoia’s, I had the chance to field test both the Katya Top and Kayla Jean from the prAna summer line. Both of these items are made of organic cotton, creating a functional, and eco-friendly product.

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Suit up for your next adventure at prAna.com. Use promo code “MSS17DA” for 15% off your next purchase, good until July 13th!

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This post is sponsored in partnership with prAna and Mambo Sprouts. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I’ve mentioned it before, and Kate’s literally laughed in my face when I’ve said one of my goals has been to clear up my skin. For someone who had moderate pubescent acne, it’s stricken pretty hard as an adult.

For the past couple of months I’ve been pretty religious with my skin care, taking my “acne kit” around with me for anytime I’m not home.

I’ve gone from dermatologist prescribed (day topical: Acanya, night topical: Atralin, oral: minocycline,wash: Sumadan), to OTC (Juice Beauty), back to derm (night topical: Epiduo, oral: spironolactone).  You’ll see instead of having the whole gamut of prescriptions, I have one night topical and a blood pressure pill that doesn’t really work well to lower blood pressure but works better for acne (don’t ask me).

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With this regimen, I was in need of a gentle wash and natural moisturizers. In search of this, I found my favorite skincare, Skinfix, just came out with a face line! Like the hand repair cream and rash repair balm I use, the face line is about as natural as you can get (which is important, especially when you’re dealing with an acne war zone!).  Made with natural ingredients and pH balanced, the formula is free of parabens, synthetic fragrance and dyes making it gentle and non-irritating.

Here’s what I’ve been using:

Foaming oil cleanser (97% natural) — I know my gut instinct is to gravitate towards an abrasive scrub to get rid of all oils and impurities.  However, when I do this, I find my skin produces more oil to compensate for everything it’s been stripped of. In stark contrast, this Skinfix foaming oil cleanser utilizes natural oils to keep your skin supple.  It’s dermatologist recommended and for all skin types.  It also uses coconut based cleansers that gently wash away dirt and make up, without stripping the skin’s essential moisture.

Hydrating lotion (95% natural) and Moisture boost serum (97.5% natural) — I’ve been using the hydrating lotion during the day and the moisture boost serum at night to lock in the benefits.  Both of these moisturizers are lightweight and help make my face look fresh, moisturized and “dewy” without feeling overly greasy or oily (a big struggle for me)!

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Brightening eye cream (96.5% natural) — I’ve also been using the eye cream because Daja (the girl who’s done my makeup for a couple recent photoshoots) recommended using one because the skin beneath your eyes doesn’t absorb regular moisturizers the way the rest of your face does.  It’s definitely something I’ve neglected in the past, but it’s already helped to brighten the dark circles under my eyes.

All of these products are now available (and on sale!) at Ulta.

What’s your tried and true skin regimen?

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Chafing sucks. And if anyone tells you they don’t chafe after a long run, they’re probably lying (or incredibly lucky). There are a myriad of reasons and factors that effect chafing. And I’m not ashamed to tell you mine occurs after a good number of miles of skin-to-skin and fabric-to-skin.

To avoid this during runs, I use Body Glide. It’s something I’ve learned to just add to the running pack. For training runs I’ll just apply it to my inner thighs. And for races I’ll apply it to anywhere I might rub (usually inner thighs, armpits, and back where my tank top hits). It helps to create a slicker layer so whatever normally chafes will glide instead of rub.

However, there are some times when you can’t stop the friction and you’ve got to react with some damage control. When I do chafe, I use Skinfix Rash Repair Balm to help with irritation. This helps to create a soothing and restorative layer for when I end up with inner thighs that look like a cat attacked them, or a burning sensation when I step in the shower. I like Skinfix because it’s made with natural ingredients, and free of steroids and parabens. It’s also good for other uses (e.g. razor burn and insect bites), so it’s a multi-functional product.

So there ya have it. My 2 ways to deal with chafing. Preventative: Body Glide. Reactive: Skinfix Rash Repair Balm.

How do you deal with chafing?

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Here’s what I’m wearing for Sunday’s race…

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Lululemon Power Y Tank
Hoka One One Huaka
Stance Dreadmill OTC
Body Glide
–Ipod shuffle
Garmin 620 Forerunner
-Probar chews
Gu: Espresso Love, Salted Caramel, Caramel Macchiato & Chocolate Peanut Butter
Amphipod Profile Lite
–Lululemon Turbo Run Shorts

Plus a little lesson on flat lays (or flatlines like Jen likes to call it 😉 )

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1. When you’re mocking your “Millenial” friend 😛

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2.When you lay everything out in the right placement, exactly as worn (“organic” as I call it)

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3. And what you’re really wearing…ugly throwaway gear and all hahahah

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Even though EVERYONE (namely Andy) loves to make fun of me for these shoes, Hoka’s are my number one, absolute favorite running shoe.

I’ve been wearing these shoes since I got my first pair last December for a gift. I was hesitant because the first time I tested a pair (around Summer 2013), they were super chunky, rocky and felt like a whole-lotta shoe (this was around the time that minimalist shoes were still pretty popular). Fast forward to 2014 and more styles had been produced for a variety of different uses.

From marathon training to marathoning for M2B, what started out as a long-run shoe for me quickly transitioned into my all-the-time shoe.

When I heard they were discontinuing the Huaka style (the “lower profile” Hoka– a mix between a trail and road shoe), I got a little bummed. That is, until I found several pairs in different colors available on Running Warehouse (so of course I had to stock up).  Eventually I’ll have to transition to another style (probably either the Clifton or the Speed Goat), but until then I’ve got a couple pairs of Huaka’s to last me a couple more trainin cycles 😉

So just like the other weekend in SF, this weekend I’ll once again be wearing the Hoka Huaka…watch out!!! :-)

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This post is unsponsored (although I wish I could get sponsored by Hoka!) and therefore, all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

And we’re off! This morning we’ll be taking the streets of San Francisco. Make sure to follow along on Snapchat as Fit Andy and I will be taking over the @finishlineusa account!  Here’s the gear I’ll be wearing (and don’t make fun of my Hokas!!!).

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–Larabar
Skinfix  Rash Repair Balm
–CLIF Shot Blocks
Garmin 620 Forerunner
–Ipod shuffle
Stance Run Threshold Crew
Body Glide
–Lululemon Turbo Run Shorts
–#FNLRunsSF tank (similar style here)
Hoka One One Huaka

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Earlier this week, So Cal Runner Gal and I went out for a run, and afterwards we proceeded to jump in the ocean and shower in the public beach showers.  Now…mid-October…in the ocean…let me tell you, this is completely plausible because it’s been blazing hot.  Like I’ve said many times before (and everyone already seems to know) San Diego has no seasons.  So for this reason, owning 100+ bikinis is completely viable and necessary!

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My newest bikini is from DESPI Beachwear.  DESPI Beachwear is based out of Miami and made in Brazil.  It’s different from my other bikinis because 1. it’s not as cheeky (aka family friendly), 2. it’s more sophisticated, and 3. it’s fashion-forward/#trending.

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Expanding on my statements above…

  1. it’s not as cheeky — this suit is the Macrame Set in Royal with full cut bottoms.  However, since the style and influence is still Brazilian, it still offers a tiny bit of cheekiness.
  2. it’s more sophisticated — the fabric of this suit feels high-quality and is very substantial.  This strapless style offers nice support and shape, making this suit fit-to-flatter.
  3. it’s fashion-forward/#trending — this macrame style was a common theme found throughout Miami Swim Week earlier this year.  I love how vibrant the blue is with pops of neon yellow in the macrame details.

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What’s your favorite bikini style?

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Last week I met up with some of my favorite bloggers at the Bzees x Athleta Sip + Style event.

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Already a fan of Bzees (my favorite “grocery shopping shoe”), we were introduced to the new Fall line which brought in a lot of 70’s flair, natural elements and subdued tones.  Even with the new designs, Bzees has kept its comfort the same through air-infused outsoles, free foam footbeds, dynamic stretch uppers making them literally feel like clouds on your feet.  #lightfeelsright

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Not only did we score a free pair of Bzees, but we also got to enjoy sushi bites from Blue Ocean, sips from California Fruit Wine (wine made from fruit other than grapes) and my favorite part…PHOTOBOOTH pics!!  Athleta stylists also helped us pair our new Bzees with their cozy fall staples, taking athleisure to the next level.

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Proceeds from the evening also went back to the Autism Tree Project Foundation, making this fun night of mixing and mingling with other local bloggers even better too!

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I’ve spent a good amount of time this summer complaining about the heat, while simultaneously soaking up sun and submerging myself in water at the beach. And while summer technically “ends” this upcoming weekend, San Diego doesn’t experience seasons, so as a result this activity will continue well into September/October…

However, due to all this sun exposure and water play, my tan has developed but I’ve noticed dry patches of eczema creep up that have created white splotchy sections on my arms. And while I appreciate the tan…sometimes I feel like a spotty banana!! I’ve started using a new product that I wanted to share because I feel like you wouldn’t normally pick up and decide to use for your whole body — SkinFix Hand Repair Cream. But strangely enough, it works. I’ve started to apply it on my arms after every shower, and even within the first few days I started to notice a difference.

My favorite part though is that it’s a natural formula (free of steroids, fragrance, and soy) that uses healing botanicals, rich natural butters and emollient oils to rebuild the skin barrier.  It’s a good investment and addition to the medicine cabinet because I know come fall/winter (when the seasons sort-of change) I’ll be using it for it’s actual “hand repair” use to deal with dry and cracked hands.

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Bikini Top  // Bottoms // Skinfix

Tell me: do you have any natural products or regimens to deal with dry skin and/or eczema?

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Nike recently released 3 new and updated Free models – the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit (“most natural ride”), the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit (“a cushioned, natural ride”), and the Nike Free 5.0 (“most cushioned natural ride”).  Through Finish Line I’ve had the opportunity to wear and own the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

The Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit is super lightweight and comfortable worn with or without socks.  I just love the vibrant blend of colors and print that the stitching makes.

And since everything else I own seems to be bright and in your face, I like the subtlety of the light purple with the hot lava the for these Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes.

While I haven’t taken either of these out for any serious runs, I’ve been wearing them for light runs and just out-and-about as casual shoes.  Check out the Finish Line blog to see what the rest of the Finish Line Fam is saying!

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