Inbalance Yoga Retreat Recap + Shop My Current Favorite Activewear

Okay so I know this post is long overdue but last month was a complete whirlwind for me. Between graduating college (YAY!) and transitioning into ‘official adulthood’, wedding planning, and the loss of my Grandmother, it was a complete rollercoaster and I took some much needed time off from blogging to process and adjust to all of these big changes in my life. After traveling a bit and spending time with friends and family I’m ready to jump back into my daily routine, which for now, includes creating blog and social media content and getting back into my workout routine at InBalance.

Last month Justin and I went on the InBalance yoga retreat to beautiful Tulum! It was a perfect location for the long peaceful, relaxing weekend. We stayed at the gorgeous Dreams Resort, which was right on the beach and had a luxurious spa, two pools, several bars and restaurants (all inclusive), and tons of fabulous activities and amenities. #inbalanceinmexico

While in Tulum, we also got the opportunity to go on excursions. Justin and I decided to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, which was absolutely incredible. It is a must see if you are ever in the area and was hands down one of the highlights of our trip.

When we weren’t hitting the beach, bar, or exploring the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, we were up bright and early, with Hope and the InBalance squad taking yoga classes on the beach. If you ever have the opportunity to do yoga on the beach, do it! It was so peaceful to do yoga on a beach so early in the morning when the beach is practically empty and you can hear the sound of the ocean and feel the cool breeze. It makes holding those planks much more tolerable, trust. #namastayatthebeach

I’ve always had a love for yoga, but after this trip I’ve become much more determined to take as many yoga classes as I can to build up my strength and flexibility. I’ve taken yoga classes other places in the past, but the classes at InBalance are by far my favorite. The instructors are super helpful and not at all intimidating, which is nice for a semi-beginner, like myself. Since I’ve upped my yoga game over the past few weeks I definitely feel like I’ve gotten much more flexible (almost at a split, yall!) and have strengthened my core muscles immensely, which definitely comes in handy, when taking barre classes as well. InBalance has added several new classes and programs for the summer and even offers free community classes most weekends. Make sure to follow InBalance on Instagram and Facebook for updates, events, and to RSVP for the next yoga retreat!


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    1. It was such a wonderful experience! InBalance has one every year, I’ll post about the next one we take and maybe you can join us 🙂

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Coachella 2017 Recap + Video

Another Coachella has come and gone, and it was nothing short of amazing! As you all know I have such a deep love for this event. There’s just something so magical about being in this beautiful place surrounded by desert, mountains, palm trees, and incredible live music (..er and about 20million people). It’s probably one of the only times in my life I don’t mind the massive crowds because the vibes are just so fun. Everyone is looking to have the time of their lives, and this is the place to make that happen.

For the second year in a row I stayed at the beautiful Safari tents at Coachella, which means my squad and I got to arrive at the festival grounds Thursday, before the festival even started. The hype was real. We were beyond excited to check in to our luxurious Safari tent and glamp it up. Don’t let the word ‘tent’ fool you. The Safari tents at Chella are spacious, air conditioned, fully furnished with two double beds, seating areas, full length mirrors, and a mini fridge. Better than a lot of hotels, actually. They also have community bathrooms, showers, and a sick lounge area where they have a live dj everyday, a full bar, and serve complimentary breakfast, snacks, and dinner. They even have comfy seating areas and a huge TV where they live stream all the performances at Coachella, you know, in case you came all the way to the festival but would rather watch it on a screen (HA!). Being a Safari guest means you also have access to a ton of perks like a 24/7 concierge service, complementary massages in the Spa Yurt and daily morning yoga classes, golf cart drivers to take us directly to each stage (and backstage), access to the VIP area, VIP Rose Garden, the even more exclusive Artist Lounge, and an up close viewing area at all the stages.

In addition to staying at the luxurious Safari campgrounds we also attended several Coachella parties over the weekend including the Young Turks party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This event had live performances from Jamie XX, Four Tet, Sampha, and more. It took place in an hangar with historic aircrafts, which was such a unique experience. We also attended the Day Club pool party at the Hilton Palm Springs. This was our second time attending this party. It’s always such a good time with live Dj sets from big names such as Skrillex, and Dillon Fancis, vendors, such as L’Oreal, handing out free swag, and bars serving up cold drinks in a coconut (because everything tastes better from a coconut).

When we finally ventured out to the festival, it was just as amazing as I remembered. The festival grounds were even bigger this year than previous years with new art instillations, 100s of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and of course the many stages of Coachella. There were also a number of air conditioned sponsored tents, such as the Heineken tent, H&M tent, and my favorite, the Sephora tent, which offered complimentary makeup touch ups, flash tats, body gems, a fragrance bar, and a braid bar by Ouai haircare.

The ferris wheel is also a must at Coachella in order to get the full view of the festival grounds.  It got a little update this year too, with much needed air conditioning added to each cart. The view is totally worth the $10 ticket and waiting in line, trust me.

One of my favorite parts of Coachella is, of course, the outfits! I am obsessed with the fashion culture of Coachella and getting to dress up in these edgy, bohochic looks is reason enough to attend. It’s not everyday that you’ll find me in fringe, leather, and mesh with glitter in my hair (all at once), but it is 100% acceptable and very much expected at Chella. Coachella fashion has become such a culture of it’s own that the festival looks more like a runway for bloggers, celebrities, and fashionistas to showcase their #coachellastyle. It’s so interesting to see what everyone is wearing at the festival and is often reported on more than the actual performances. I’m not gonna lie, my friends and I had just as much fun getting dressed each day, putting so much thought and intention into every detail of our outfits, than we did at the concert, itself.

Let’s not forget the reason we all go to Coachella, the music! We were so lucky to be front row in the Artist Viewing area to see all of our favorite artists, including Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Porter Robinson & Madeon, NAO, Dillon Francis, Galantis, Bon Iver, and Local Natives. Each performance was absolutely incredible. It’s very clear that the artists are just as excited to be there as the fans are, so the energy is just amazing.

Being in the Artist Lounge, meant we also were in the presence of all of the performers of Coachella, as well as the celebrities who attended. A few stars we encountered over the weekend included Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, G-Eazy, DJ Khalid, Porter Robinson, Shay Mitchell, Carmen Electra, NAV, Wiz Kahlifa, and Gigi Hadid #starstuck It’s so exciting to see these celebs up close in person, and most of them are so nice and love taking photos with fans.

If you followed me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) and Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) than you saw my stories and got a BTS experience of my epic weekend, but ICYMI, I created a flipgram highlighting some of my favorite moments that you can watch down below.

Until next year, Coachella!

XOXO


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Settling Into 2017.. So far, so Good

So this is my first official blog post of 2017. If you follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) or Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) you probably know that I had been traveling quite a bit over the holidays. But ICYMI I spent Christmas, my birthday (12/27), my future sister-in-law’s birthday (12/30), and NYE in Las Vegas with my fiancée and best friends. And it was pretty epic.

Some of the highlights of the trip included:

 

1. Getting to stay in the Mansions at the MGM Grand

2. Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental

3. Attending NYE performance by Drake at Hakkasan (my favorite club in Las Vegas)

4. And my first private jet experience from Las Vegas to Napa for my future sister in law’s bday.

Yeah, EPIC.

So now that I’m back home and settling into 2017, I want to get right down to business and discuss a few of my goals for this year.

First and foremost,  I want to enjoy myself this year. It’s a pretty big year for me, after all. This year I’ll be graduating from college, finally moving in with my fiancee, and begin wedding planning. So, even though it will be a very busy year, I want to try my best not to get overwhelmed, caught up, or stressed out in all the excitement. I really want to try hard and make time for myself to enjoy these big moments, even if it means, unplugging for a few hours at a time, as difficult as that can be.

Another goal I want to accomplish this year is to live a more healthy lifestyle. If you follow me on social media, you may know that I’ve recently teamed up with inBalance, and am now one of their brand ambassadors, which means I get to take all of their incredible classes (yoga, pilates, and barre, to name a few) and tell yall all about it! Since I plan on wedding dress shopping later this year, I have plenty of motivation to hit the gym extra hard.

Stay tuned to learn more about inBalance and follow along on my social media for updates on the classes and my workout routines.

How are you settling into 2017? And what are some of your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tech + Travel

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Wondering what to get the girl whose always on the go? Look no further. I’ve curated a list of cute, yet functional tech and travel accessories any trendy traveler will want to use all year round. I’ve even included several items from my personal faves list!

Happy Shopping,

XOXO

 

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Desert Neutrals

Traveling through west Texas to the deserts of Marfa and the mountains of Fort Davis inspired my outfits so much. I fell in love with the colors of the desert and the beautiful sunset skies. There is just something so beautiful about the desert. It has a certain “vibe” that just makes you want to be apart of it. So dressing the part is a must! I styled this outfit pairing neutral colors with a pop of white and stacked and layered my jewelry for a casual desert chic look. #desertvibesimageimageimageimageimage


Top: Zara, Jeans: Zara, Hat: Lack of Color, Sunglasses: Old Navy, Boots: Sam Edelman, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Choker: LF, Necklace: Old Navy, Bracelets & Rings: J for JMR, Photography: Jana Cantua

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Safari Chic in Marfa, Tx

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Dress: Socialite, Vest: Topshop, Hat: Lack of Color, Sunglasses: Old Navy, Shoes: Nine West, Choker: LF, Necklace: Lat & Lo, Bracelets & Rings: J For JMR, Photography: Jana Cantua

 

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Vacation Romper

This summer I got an awesome opportunity to collaborate with American Threads. If you haven’t shopped the site yet you’re missing out! American Threads offers a huge variety of super trendy women’s clothing, dresses, rompers, and accessories at affordable price points. While working with them I got to choose two incredible rompers that I completely fell in love with, so I decided to bring them on vacation with me. I, along with my 2 rompers, headed out to the Bahamas last week and had a fabulous time hitting the beach, shopping (of course), and exploring the beautiful islands. This tropical off the shoulder romper was absolutely perfect for a day relaxing poolside and one of my favorite pieces from the site. You can shop this look and more on shopamericanthreads.com.

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Romper: American Threads, Shoes: JustFab, Backpack: Gucci, Sunglasses: Céline, Earrings: BaubleBar, Necklace: Old Navy, Resort: The Cove Atlantis

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#tbt

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Throwback Thursday from last month’s road trip to Marfa, Tx. I already miss driving through Texas surrounded by all these beautiful views of the Davis Mountians. It was such a great experience to just unplug and be surrounded by nature for a weekend. So peaceful! Follow along on my snapchat @chicintheHOT for unboxing, product reviews, #ootd, and to see where I’m off to next!

XOXO

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Young Wild Free

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Dress: Free People, Bikini: Becca, Hat: Lack of Color, Sunglasses: Old Navy, Bracelets: J for JMR, Necklaces: Vintage, Photography: Jana Cantu

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Coachella Weekend 2 Recap

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I did it y’all! I traveled from deep in the heart of Texas all the way to the desert! Yup, that’s right, I went to COACHELLA! And it was everythinggg (and then some)! If you followed along on snapchat (@chicintheHOT) then you know just how much fun I had. But ICYMI don’t worry, I won’t make you suffer through the FOMO. I’m recapping a few of my favorite moments right here, right now.

 

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The on-site luxury Safari tent we stayed in definitely lived up to the hype (and the sky high price tag). At $7,000 a piece, these beautifully designed tents included 2 queen sized beds, wood floors, A/C units, a mini fridge, 24/7 concierge service, complimentary breakfast, dinner and snacks, a beautiful lounge area with a full bar and DJ, golf cart rides to and from all stages, access to the VIP area and even more exclusive Artist Lounge (that is crawling with artists and celebs), complimentary hair salon visits, massages, and facials. All of these amenities made life in the hot desert environment for the long weekend so much easier. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny.image

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Loved this look!

Romper: LF, Sunnies: Dior, Choker: Chic’tique, Shoes: Joie, Handbag: Nordstrom BPimageimage

I got my hair braided with glitter roots and blue hair chalk highlights with my complimentary hair service at the on-site Beauty Coach salon.imageimageimage

This was my favorite outfit of the weekend!

Top/dress: LF, Shorts: Topshop, Belt: Topshop, Handbag: Nordstrom BP, Necklace: Chic’tique,

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There were several “Houses” at Coachella. This one was the Pandora House, Sponsored by Pandora Jewelry. It was one of the few air conditioned places in the festival. It was a nice place to escape the crowds and heat. It was beautifully decorated and had photobooths and free wifi. There were also vendors selling Pandora Jewelry.image

La Grande Wheel. An absolute must at Coachella!image

There were hundreds of food vendors selling everything from gourmet hotdogs, to ice cream, to sushi. These garlic crab fries were by far my favorite! Delicious!image

Views from the La Grande Wheel.image

Skrillex and friends at Day Club pool party at the Hilton Palm Springs. Basically the adult version of Spring Break.

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It’s definitely safe to say I had the best time at Coachella. There’s really nothing else like it. From the fashion to the gorgeous scenery, pool parties, and amazing artists. It really is a culture all of its own that brings out every element of a good time. #festivalvibes

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Until next time, Coachella!

XOXO

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