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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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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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Last week started off with “the best date night” with dinner and the Tame Impala concert. By Thursday I found myself sunset watching, BBQing and playing beach soccer with Kendall and her roommates.

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And by Friday the weekend was in full-effect. What was supposed to be a fairly mellow day turned into quite the party with another afternoon BBQ, the races, and catching the tail-end of the Thievery Corporation concert.

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However, by late Saturday afternoon, my boyfriend and I headed out of town for a complete retreat. Not knowing EXACTLY where we were going (although we had both done our research, which didn’t amount to too much…I blame the internetz) we found ourselves the most AMAZING camp spot. And sorry, but I will not be telling you or anyone else where exactly this is located 😛

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It was so nice to go completely off the grid. With no cell phone reception, our own private swimming holes, and essentially beach camping in the mountains, we felt like we had achieved a real escape. Sunday morning we journeyed to Aztec Falls to check out one of National Geographic’s best swimming holes in the U.S. (also featured at the Red Bull world diving championships).  Luckily, we got here early enough to avoid the crowds that would later turn into the ruckus of a public swimming pool.

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These summer weeks have been filled with so much excitement. So much spontaneity. And so much happiness. I could not ask for a better time or better people to spend my time with!

Weekly Workout Recap (8/2-8/8):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6 mi
Tues – 7 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 7.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – Hike
Total Weekly Mileage: 20.5 mi
2015 miles: 923 mi

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London and I are at it again!

Last week Kelli offered up her own beach bungalow to host a little DIY Happy Hour Made Healthy. We’re not quite sure she realized just what she was getting herself into, or that we were going to take over her kitchen and hijack her Friday night. Muahaha.

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Planning the menu, we wanted to highlight peak summer herbs and fresh ingredients without being totally #basic. Along with hefty handfuls of fresh basil and cilantro, our drinks featured Bon Affair, a lighter calorie and unique wine spritzer filled with health benefits thanks to electrolytes and grape seed extract. To compliment the light cocktails, we took the party to the grill for simple skewers and a fresh summer panzanella salad.

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Refreshing cocktails, goofing off with the girls in the kitchen, and a warm summer breeze…the recipe for a perfect al fresco happy hour! Stick with us for our inspired menu and four new summer recipes.

On the menu –

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Peach Basil Fizz
Serves 3-4
INGREDIENTS:
2 white peaches, pitted
3 basil leaves
1 bottle Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend peaches and basil until you reach a nice and smooth consistency.
  2. Pour in the bottom of a glass. Top with Bon Affair.
  3. Serve with straw and garnish with basil leaf.

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Cilantro Cucumber Boozy Lemonade
Serves 3-4
INGREDIENTS:
½ cucumber, sliced
1 handful cilantro
2 lemons, halved
1 bottle Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Divide cucumber slices and cilantro leaves equally into glasses.
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into each glass.
  3. Top with Bon Affair.

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Summer Panzanella
INGREDIENTS:
Arugula
Rosemary olive oil bread loaf
Pearl-size mozzarella balls
Cherry tomatoes
Zucchini
Yellow zucchini
Avocado
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut bread into crouton-sized chunks; slice zucchini and yellow zucchini; halve tomatoes; dice avocado.
  2. Brush bread with olive oil and place on the grill until toasted. Repeat for zucchinis.
  3. Assemble all ingredients into a large bowl and toss.

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
INGREDIENTS:
Pineapple chunks
Shrimp
Grill pan
Skewers
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and clean shrimp. Assemble the skewers alternating between pineapple and shrimp.
  2. Place on the grill until grill marks begin to form and the shrimp starts to cook.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. Cook until the shrimp is fully cooked.
  5. Remove and serve.

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Don’t forget the: lemon juice. Add it to anything and everything to brighten and bring out the flavors.

Take away tip: Grill summer ingredients for a unique flavor that’s very seasonal.

Stay tuned for the next Happy Hour Made Healthy!

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I’m going to start sharing some easy dinner recipes I’ve thrown into rotation.  This is our second week in a row having a night with ceviche tacos.

These tacos are easier to make than it is to even say ceviche (sa-vee-chee / sa-vee-chay — I suck at pronunciation).  Anyways, this is less of a recipe and more of a “how to construct.”  If you have a Mexican market nearby, I suggest scoping it out for some fresh ceviche.  The one I go to (off Cesar Chavez exit if you’re in San Diego) has various types of ceviche — we go for the camarones en aguachiles rojos and the camarones y pulpo (shrimp/octopus) — for only $7.99 a pound.  Add a pack of fresh corn tortillas, 36 for $1.99 (seriously), and you’ve got a winning dinner.

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Ceviche Tacos
INGREDIENTS:
2 corn tortillas
a good pinch/palmful of shredded green cabbage (shredded lettuce works good too!)
1/2 lb. ceviche
bell peppers (about 1/2-1 bell pepper, roasted), tomatoes, avocado, guacamole (optional)
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Warm up tortilla and top with cabbage, ceviche and any desired toppings.

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Also, the two winners of a Bondi Band are Birdiebee and Jessica Anjela!  Please shoot me an email at dailycup.asheejojo@gmail.com.

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If you’re in the market for some new, stylish and flattering summer activewear, look no further than the “Daily Practice Collection” from lucy activewear.  These pieces provide a look good, feel good attitude, and are perfect for inspiring your daily practice.  I have tried and tested both the Daily Practice Cami and Capri Leggings for multiple workouts and they pass my approval for both yoga (sculpt) and running.

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First up, the Daily Practice Cami.  My go-to tank for both yoga and running is anything with a built-in bra.  It makes life so much easier, plus it makes for one less thing you have to pack/put on.  I love the double-strap look in the front and the thicker adjustable straps in the back.  Plus they’re convertible so you can make it a cross-back tank if you’d like.

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Next, the Daily Practice Capri Legging.  Good fitting leggings are a serious thing!  It’s important (especially for yoga) to have a pair that are not too low-rise.  You need something that will move with you that you won’t have to stop and adjust (goes for running too).  These fit amazing and comfortably snug in all of the right places!

If you’re looking for an alternative workout brand, I recommend trying lucy activewear.  They have some unique pieces, and their designs are fully functional for all workout levels.

What workout wear are you currently coveting for this upcoming summer season?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I received complimentary lucy activewear for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

From May 12-21, I did a 10 day Advocare herbal cleanse.  I failed to mention this cleanse on here because I was worried that the more people that knew, the more I would set myself up for failure (although it should’ve held me more accountable right?). I wanted to follow through and see for myself what the results would be before I broadcasted it.

Anyways…I eat healthy and work out, so why would I want/need to do a 10 day cleanse?

Every day I seem to feel different about my body. Some days I feel great. I feel lean, strong, and happy. Then some days, I don’t. I feel bloated, manly, or baby-fatish. These days, I am always convinced there is something wrong with me to the point that I can work my ass off, eat clean, and not see any changes. It makes me feel like I’m not doing enough even though I know I’m doing more than plenty.

After feeling like I was in the right shape to go bikini shopping for the season, I was strongly mistaken. I became so discouraged because everything I tried on became unappealing as soon as it hit my body.

I had seen Advocare mentioned before on Barefoot Colorado and Health Nut Julie, and since Savannah recently became a distributor, I decided to find out more. Then I started to look at some before and after shots on other blogs.  It looked legit and not like a scheme or one of those websites “backed by Doctor Oz” (e.g. Garcinia Cambogia) where they use real people’s pictures to promote their ridiculous weight loss products.

What was there to lose? Just 10 days of my time. Eat clean(er), workout, take a few extra supplements, see what happens.

There’s no coffee, no protein powders, etc. on this plan. Green tea is allowed, and I also drank regular unsweetened iced tea and sparkling water. And even though this was an herbal cleanse, I pooped less than I regularly do with coffee (TMI? just sayin’…haha).

An average day (or specifically, day one) looked like this:

  1. Upon waking up – take fiber drink and catalyst pills
  2. 30 minutes later – Green smoothie (1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup power greens, 1 cup water), Spark
  3. Breakfast – 6 egg whites, 1 cup fruit
  4. Snack – 2 rice cakes topped with 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (each)
  5. 30 minutes before lunch – catalyst pills
  6. Lunch – 4 oz chicken breast, 1/2 cup quinoa, orange bell pepper, grape tomatoes, persian cucumber, power greens, 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, fish oil pill
  7. Snack – Banana, 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  8. Pre-workout – Spark
  9. Post-workout – Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  10. Dinner – 4 oz chicken breast, 1 small sweet potato, 1.5 cups broccoli, 1/2 avocado, fish oil pill
  11. Pre-bed – herbal cleanse pills, catalyst pills

Plus 2 glasses of water with every meal. Although the supplements change (e.g. 1-3 fiber drink in AM, 1-7 herbal cleanse pills at night, 4-10 probiotic restore pills, 8-10 fiber drink and probiotic pills), the food stayed pretty consistent. I did eat out several times, but made modifications to make it work.

All of the supplements tasted pretty good. The fiber drink was enjoyable (Peaches ’n cream) as was the energy boost, Spark (Mango Strawberry). Even the herbal cleanse pills had a peach flavor to them.

Like I said, I made some modifications along the way and had one cheat meal when I went to Palm Desert to visit my grandparents because we went out to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day (also a day I ran 12.5 miles – my reasoning).

DipticOverall I loved the cleanse. It was very manageable and very sustainable. I just feel more confident, even if the changes weren’t drastic. I finally don’t feel bloated and/or feel like I look like I eat McDonald’s even though I work out and eat clean.  I ended up losing 1+ inch from everywhere (thighs, waist, booty, bust – top, bottom and middle) except my biceps…they grew ;-). And although I didn’t lose any weight, I feel rock solid now.

Things I learned:

  • Going out to eat a restaurant doesn’t have to be a diet pitfall. I had to be conscientious, even with “healthy” options to make sure they really were healthy.
  • That being said, I don’t ALWAYS have to have bread and dessert at a restaurant.
  • A cheat meal doesn’t have to turn into a cheat day.
  • Prepping some staples to have on hand for dinner (in addition to all my other meals) made everything so much more easier. It was nice to have some options, other than local take-out.
  • Chicken, sweet potato and a roasted green veggie is an acceptable (by my standards) and balanced dinner.
  • When I did get take-out, I substituted the creamy-based dressing for my own (and now favorite) homemade dressing.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Both of these were made a little over 2 weeks ago –during my 2-day obsession with chilled fresh pasta salads.  Because fresh pasta is SO GOOD.    After picking up and putting down several different kinds of pastas (quinoa, ancient grain, spinach — I wanted something different), I ventured into the refrigerated pasta section.  I was intrigued by both of these pastas (see below) but then went with the fresh penne.  The next day, I couldn’t stop thinking about the first pasta salad, so I had to make another!  The second time, I changed it up and went with the stone ground whole wheat rigatoni because something about the color and shape just drew me — go big or go home.  I hope you have some fresh pasta available so you can try out one or both of these recipes!  Simple, healthy and refreshing.  Perfect for Memorial Day weekend and BBQ’s, no?

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Chilled Fresh Penne Pasta Salad
INGREDIENTS:
9oz fresh penne (I used Marina’s Pasta from the refrigerated section at Whole Foods)
4 cups spinach
1 small can (2.25 oz) sliced olives
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/2 zucchini, sliced into crescent moons
1 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp. good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the pasta has cooled down, toss with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ready to be served.
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Chilled Fresh Whole Wheat Rigatoni Pasta Salad
INGREDIENTS:
12 oz fresh stone ground whole wheat rigatoni
1 cup zucchini, peeled into ribbons (about 2 small zucchinis)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 hass avocado, cubed
2 Tbsp. basil, finely chopped
1/4 – 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
3 cups power greens
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp. good-quality extra virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. In the meantime, prepare other ingredients: peel the zucchini into ribbons, slice the cherry tomatoes, finely chop the basil, and toast the pine nuts.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain and cool to room temperature.
  4. Once the pasta has cooled down, toss with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ready to be served.

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My lifestyle and routine is always a work in progress, but some things I do because they give me an extra boost of beautiful confidence. A look into my daily routine would include:

  1. Morning run – gets me going for the day and makes me feel good knowing I did something for myself before the day’s even started.
  2. Hot cup of coffee – warms me from the inside out and makes me feel happy.
  3. Nourishing food – eating clean, healthy, and nutrient-dense food ensures that I’m giving my body the care it needs for all the work it puts out.
  4. Walks during work – sunshine, scenery, and ocean breezes break up the day.
  5. Yoga Sculpt – provides a good sweat, subtly tones my muscles, and refreshes my mind and body.
  6. Fat Girl Six Pack by Bliss – gives my tummy a tingle while it tones and tightens with 6 natural ingredients. This helps to supplement the benefits of exercise and healthy diet.

What’s one thing you do daily that gives you a boost of confidence?

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bliss, however, as always, all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Here are some non-running summer things that I either have and/or really like.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta get-on out of those workout clothes, and head-on over to the beach!  Healthy living is all about balance.  Everything in moderation, right?

Summer Stuff I'm Lovin'

1 – Raen Arkin in Calico // have a pair of Raen Squire Sunglasses that I adore!  And just got this frame too!  It has a similar shape but it’s a little bit chunkier and a little bit rounder.
2 – Maaji Peaches & Wolves Bustier Bikini Top // I bought this top and originally didn’t know if I liked it, but now I love it.  Plus it’s reversible. 2-for-1.
3 – Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray // This stuff smells so good, I swear I would wear it on my body like a perfume!
4 – The Laundry Room Watercolor Floral Short // I don’t have these exact shorts, but I love cutoff Levis for the summertime.
5 – Seacret Ocean Mist Salt Scrub // This stuff is saving my skin.  Plus it makes you smell delicious.
6 – Raen Five Panel Cap – Aloha // I don’t have this, but right now I’m really into flat-brimmed/guy-style hats.
 
 
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