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Natural Deodorant that actually works!

Natural Deodorant that actually works!


Hey babes,

I know I posted a couple of weeks ago about a new deodorant I've been using. It's 100% natural and has no harmful chemicals oh and it actually works that's the best part!

Many of you may know that curtain hygiene items are harmful for you. This includes many mainstream deodorants! More often than not deodorants contain products like aluminum which can lead to breast cancer. When I found this out it blew my mind. Why would they put harmful chemicals into an everyday hygiene product? Ever since I found that out I've been searching high and low for a natural deodorant that doesn't leave me feeling too much like a free spirited hippie -you catch my drift-

My first stop was Toms. It's a logical option for a beginner, especially because you can find it at your local target, but it was so wet and after a while the stick had a funky smell not to mention I did too after a day at the office. Yes I said office, no strenuous work required, so imagine after a workout sesh  #terrifying. I wasn't about to be known as the smelly girl around the office, so I went back to the drawing board and found a different option from Lush.

Now I love Lush, but I think, no I know I tried EVERY single deodorant they offer. One left my pits black-FYI-ppl get lighting done to lighten their pits and I'm sitting here making this shit darker WTH is that all about? Another one irritated my underarms and none of them lasted all day. Not to mention none of their deodorants are very travel friendly. I bid farewell to that ship and searched on.

I then came across one that Kourtney Kardashian vouch for an all-natural deodorant called LAVANILA “The Healthy Deodorant”. I checked it out on Sephora.com and it seemed legit. It was in stick form too which was a nice bonus. The reviews looked good and if it's good enough for a Kardashian it's good enough for the public right? WRONG, I used this stuff for a while, but it just didn't last all day like I was hoping for.

At this point I thought I'd never find the right natural deodorant for me and I would be forced to go back to my aluminum filled cancer sticks or be forever known as the smelly girl -I'm a bit extra I know- Neither were an option.

Then while scrolling on Instagram I came across Holly's keeping it real deodorant. Frist I took a look at the ingredients and theirs only 4 -Organic coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oil (based on scent you choose)- Then I looked at the reviews - which are beyond phenomenal btw- I even did my social media deep dive to see what other people outside of her page thought of the product. People love this stuff, but what really sold me- besides the awesome ingredients- was when an Instagramer I follow did a week long challenge using this stuff throughout her workouts and daily life activities, (sorry I don't remember who it was). I immediately ordered it- I mean what did I have to lose? 

So here is the logistics about this awesome deodorant. First off it comes in 3 scents lavender, Grapefruit, and Sweet Orange. I’ve only tried the lavender and to me it smells great. It comes in a glass container-I know what you’re thinking- but it's small and its pretty travel friendly, not to mention it lasts all day, so I don't need to take it with me. Secondly it's in a paste form. Now don't be scared away, you can apply it with your finger tips or a cloth either way works perfectly fine. Lastly since it's in a paste form, the consistency changes from solid to liquid (similar to coconut oil) depending on the temperature of your place. Mine became pretty liquidy one day so I just popped it in the fridge before I went out the door and it was perfect when I came home.

I have to say this deodorant is literally the best natural deodorant I've tried thus far and as you can tell I've tried a lot. The smell is awesome and the ingredients are amazing because they're 100% all natural! 

Say bye bye to your synthetic filled deodorant and hello to an awesome natural option! 


Disclaimer: I was not gifted this product or asked to say anything about it. Like always I purchased this product 100% on my own and these are my honest and genuine opinions!

HUGE Announcement!


Big Thing are Happening!

Hello my loves,

I have super exciting news. I am  now a Zola ambassador! I know what your thinking, okay ana that's cool but what exactly does that mean and what the heck is Zola? Well let me explains first what this means. So basically if your a bride or groom to be I'm going to have amazing deals coming your way. I'm so excited about this new partnership I have with Zola. Also  I would never partner with a company I didn't believe in 100%. I've even registered myself with Zola for my bridal shower. I hope after you read this post you'll see why I'm so in love with Zola.

Don't know what Zola is? That's okay it's a semi new company, but It's taking the wedding registry world by storm! Not only are they partnered with amazing companies and brands, but if you see something that you want and they don't have it on their list of products you can add it! That's probably my favorite feature. Personally I have a very eclectic taste and most places I like products  from don't have a registry option, besides I don't want to.be registered in 100 different places and confuses people. By using Zola everything is in one convenient spot.

Another great feature is the group gifting. This allows your guests to contribute an amount towards an expensive gift you may have on your registry like that cooper vitamix you've always wanted or that new kithenaid that's calling your name. This way you don't have to feel bad about adding them to your list and hey with a little team effort that item might just end up in your gift pile 😊

Speaking of gift piles. Zola gives you the option of when you would like your gifts shipped. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and maybe you and your future spouse don't know when your getting your place or your moving in after the wedding and don't have space for all your new pretty things. That's now a thing of the past with Zola. Guest have the option of shipping the gift directly to you, but you can wait to ship your gift wherever and whenever your ready. Oh and maybe you changed your mind about that cooper vitamix and want the silver one instead, no problem. You  can turn that item into cash and buy something else on Zola with it! Now that's pretty awesome of you ask me.

If your still not convinced zola is for you yet, this will definitely seal the deal. Are you and the future Mr. or Mrs. an unconventional couple? Do you already have everything you need for a home? Or maybe your just into that minimalist thing. No problem, Zola's got you covered! You can register for guest buy you experiences on Zola. Maybe you want to go to a winery or have a cooking date together. Theirs an option for a honeymoon fund or for guest to help contribute to something you need for the wedding instead.  You can even register for a cleaning service to come to your home and that blue apron subscription you always wanted. Now who can say no to any of that?

Don't think your guests are computer savvy, no problem. Zola has an awesome customer service team that can help them place their order right over the phone. It's that simple so your aunt in Florida that doesn't believe in wifi or technology for that matter, (we all have one or two). She can connviently call up Zola and speak a consultant who will help her pick out the perfect gift for you off your Zola registry.

Okay so here's the deal. Now that you love Zola as much as I do you can get rewarded for making an account! All you have to do is  create your Zola registry with my link, (https://www.zola.com/invite/analuciaromano), and as soon as someone buys you a gift worth $50 or more you'll receive $50 in Zola cash to put towards anything you want on Zola!

I really hope you guys go and check Zola out you can use my link https://www.zola.com/invite/analuciaromano or not, but if you sign up without my link you'll miss out on the $50 cash so I'm just saying a deals a deal right? And who doesn't love a good deal?! So go check it out and let me know what your thoughts on Zola are I know your going to be just as obsessed as I am 😊

Bedtime Beauty Tea


Bedtime Beauty Tea

Hey babe,

This week is really flying by. I can't believe it's almost the weekend! I have so much to do on Saturday it's going to be insane if I actually get it all done. I'm sure most of you ladies already know that my wedding is approaching super fast you'd think that after almost 9 years of being together that 8 months to plan a wedding would be enough time, but it's so not.

In these last 3 months before the big day I'm really trying to concentrate on me and getting enough beauty sleep, taking vitamins and supplements, keeping myself active because every bride wants to look her very best when she walks down that aisle to the man of her dreams, but let's get real who can sleep when their planning a wedding and have a full time job?! I know I can't, but this isn't just for brides to be this is for anyone with a hectic life and needs some much needed beauty sleep- literally and figuratively.

I have come up with a bedtime beauty tea that has been doing wonders for me - I obviously couldn't hold out on you guys any longer!

Every night I've been boiling up a cup of water for my lavender tea. Now lavender in general is known to be a relaxing herb. I like to use it in it's essential oil form when I'm feeling stressed so why not drink it in my time of need- right? I leave the jasmine tea bag in the water to seep and I mix in a teaspoon of sun potions He Shou Wu. I already raved about this stuff in my last post, so If you want to read all about the benefits check out my beauty smoothie post. - I told you I'm really into beauty these days :-p

I promise you I've never slept so good nor have I feel asleep faster then when I drink this tea. Not to mention I was having a few stress breakouts and when I woke up the morning after I drank this tea my breakouts looks so much better. Of course results will vary for everyone and I'm not saying that this is a magical beauty tea, but it works for me and as a bride to be I'm loving every drop of it!

Hot water+Jasmine tea+1 teaspoon of He Shou Wu= Bedtime Beauty Tea

Give it a try for a week and let me know how you like it!

Beauty Smoothie

Beauty Smoothie with He Shou Wu


Hey babes,

I've been whipping up so many different smoothies for the past 5 years so I'd say I'm somewhat of a smoothie connoisseur. I've tried all types of mylks, juices even waters to get the perfect base. I've obsessed over frozen fruit to liquid ratios to get that awesome ice cream like consistency. I've also played around with proteins and supplements to create filling and beneficial smoothies that are actually enjoyable.

My new favorite smoothie to make I've dubbed the "Beauty Smoothie". I call it the beauty smoothie because first of all it's such a beautiful pink color, but also because it has He Shou Wu in it. I'll get into details about this supplement later, but it's kind of a biotin, only WAY better. For those of you that don't know what biotin is, it's taken for your hair, skin and nails aka beauty. 

I heard about He Shou Wu while doing my research on the brand Sun Potion. Which I heard about through Jeannette aka Shut the Kale up. I was in the market for a new biotin supplement and when I found this one it seemed perfect. It claims to help promote collagen, stop premature grays, that alone sold me on this product, but I dug deeper and found out that He Shou Wu is a Superior Blood and Longevity Tonic. WHAT?! yes please, and as claimed on the sun potion website it has a history of use as a longevity, anti-aging, blood-building, beauty, & rejuvenation food. Regular consumption of this herb may do the following:
  • tonify and nourish the blood, hair, skin, nervous system, sexual center, shen (Spirit), and Jing (primary essence/life force)may help reduce cholesterol
  • a tonic for the endocrine glands
  • may help improve stamina 
  • good for resistance to cold
  • promotes red blood cells
  • enhances immune function
  • increases antioxidant activity 

Yes, Yes and Yes I'm all about all of those things who wouldn't be?? 

Once it came in I wanted to start experimenting with it and what better way to do that then whipping up a smoothie aka the Beauty Smoothie. I choose raspberries for this smoothie bc they have so many health benefited including Healthy Tissues and Blood Vessels: Raspberries are full of Vitamin C which helps repair skin tissues and aids in cell regeneration of the skin, bones, ligaments and blood vessels. They also help  aid in weight loss, Raspberry is low in fat and high in fiber, so they’ll fill you up without weighing you down with extra calories. They’re also full of water and potassium which will stave off dehydration and all the unpleasant side-effects that accompany it. 

I chose to use bananas in this smoothie too because not only do they give that perfect creamy consistency, but Bananas Contain Powerful Antioxidants which is perfect for any beauty regimen. 

 Recipe :
1 sliced up frozen banana
1/2 of frozen raspberries
1 cup of cashew milk
1 teaspoon of He Shou Wu

 Directions :
Place everything into your Vitamix / blender and MIX MIX MIX
Until you see that everything is well combined. you know you have the perfect smoothie when you have a pretty four corner design that stay there even when the blender is turned off. 







Golden Milk Energy Balls




Hey babes,

As you all know I've been going strong on this food lifestyle change I made at the beginning of the new year. With my new clean eating I've been trying tons of new foods and beverages some I like some I don't, BUT golden milk is prob one thing that I really love. Especially because the Gaia herb golden milk mixture makes it so convenient (no this isn't sponsored I just really love this stuff). I love it so much that I knew their had to be other ways I could use I like a truffle of some sorts. Now for those of you that don't know I used to own a cake truffle company so I pretty much want to turn anything I find delicious into a cake truffle that's where I came up with the idea of golden milk energy balls. I did my homework and apparently I wasn't the first to think of this idea Arman from the blog "The Big Mans World" came up with an awesome recipe and I just modified it to use Gaia herb golden milk mixture and to make it raw too. (Gaia Herb Golden Milk can be found here)

 A lot of people asked me on my Instagram post (@fashionstylefoodie , yes that was a shameless plug go follow me!), if these golden milk balls actually do give you "energy". Not in the artificial energy sense. Meaning that they're not going to hype you up like an energy drink, but in the natural sense it does give you energy. They keep you full and focused when you need to be. I find that 1 or 2 will do it, but their so yummy I find myself going for a third.

If you want to know all the amazing benefits of golden milk you can check out that post here.

Add in wet ingredients
Mix dough with your hands
Roll dough into mini cake balls
Add in toppings
Toss in toppings
Cake Ball perfection :-)
Now for the precise recipe aka my take on golden milk energy balls

Ingredients
* 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oat flour
* 1/4 cup coconut flour (can sub for almond or extra oat flour)
* 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (I used organic coconut sugar)
* 1 Tbls of Gaia herb golden milk mixture
* 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
* 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
* 1/4 cup cashew butter (can substituted for any nut butter)
* 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
* 1 Tbls milk - your choice, I used cashew.
* Extra coconut sugar and golden milk mixture, to roll bites in

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sweetener, golden milk mixture and mix well.
2. In another bowl mix your vanilla extract. Pour your wet mixture and coconut oil to the dry mixture and mix well. Depending on consistency, either add dairy free milk of choice or extra flour until a firm texture is formed.
3. Using your hands, form into small bite sized balls. Roll balls in optional granulated sweetener/golden milk mixture and place on a baking tray or plate. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up.

Using social media in your 50’s +


An open letter to my Mom & Dad

It’s fine as a millennial I get it. You don’t want to be left out, or wait you did want to be left out for years until now when you finally realized that computers weren’t going anywhere. I think it’s great that you want to get on, “The Facebook”, but it’s just called, “Facebook”, not, “The Facebook”, there’s no, “The”, just, “Facebook”, one word, great glad we had that chat. Now as for posting on Facebook, your personal status is for you to share articles or life moments, not to have a conversation. This one's for you Dad, when you write “HEY BOB HOW'S LIFE GOING?”, you just posted that to your own Facebook wall, not Bob’s. Bob will probably never see that, because we didn’t go over tagging yet. Oh and while we’re at it, status are not meant for you to have a public conversation, so please don’t write personal messages on your Facebook status. Not everyone needs a documented timeline of our personal lives. They also don't need a chronological story about your daily life activities, so if you have something personal to write, use the messenger app at least I know that I would, as well as the rest of your Facebook friends, appreciate it.


When writing on people’s photos, I don’t even know how to put this nicely, FILTER YOURSELF PLEASE! You don’t have to call them how you see them. Yes Mom, she looks drunk in the photo, no you don’t have to tell her I’m sure she’s aware. Yeah Dad, people don’t get married sometimes, it is 2017. Come to think of it we don’t do much of anything :: hints:: how I had the time to write this entertaining blog post. No Mom she's not 21, that would be why her page is private and probably why your friend request was pending for 21+ days.

Lets move on to your Facebook feed. I get that people's posts are sometimes ridiculous. I know you don’t want to unfollowed them because you don’t want them to think you’re being rude. That’s why Facebook invented this magical feature called the, “hide from timeline”, button. It’s this awesome function that you can click. This way you don’t need to hear that persons annoying comments 24/7. The best part is that in return, I don’t get to hear you complain to me 24/7 about how ignorant they are. See it’s really a win, win. so hit the damn button. You know what, I’ll show you how to do it later.


Acronyms aka short hand writing. Now this one you do get Mom, BUT what you don’t get is you can’t just create your own language. We millennials are quite crafty and yes, have created basically our own language. This probably came about because we're lazy, but mostly because we didn't want you to understand what we were saying to one another. The point is that these acronyms are universal, so when I say IDK (I don’t know) or NVM (never mind) everyone in my generation and the generation before mine pretty munch knows exactly what I’m saying. Here's where it gets you confused. You think you can make up your own words, but you can’t just create your own language. I know you don’t understand why you can’t make up your own words since we basically did, but it just doesn’t work that way so please please PLEASE stop!


Lets chat Hashtags. You know what lets not, just don't use them #NoHashtag

After all is said and done, I truly enjoy you being on Facebook. Mostly because I find it hysterical when your posts pop up on my feed. So you know what, just ignore everything I just told you and don't let anyone tell you you're not technology savvy and if they do, just tell them you're on "The Facebook".

Golden Milk aka The Magical Mylk



Golden Milk aka The Magical Mylk

My quick and easy version

Hey babes,

It's been a minute and I'm sorry, but I'm back and I have a delicious and magical treat for you called Golden Milk. This drink has been going around blogs and Instagram for awhile. The first time I heard of golden milk was over a year ago. Not only did it sound delicious the benefits seemed to good to be true. A beverage that aids in digestion, fights cancer and detoxifies your body among many other wonderful benefits seriously intrigued me. especially when it says it fights against alzheimer's disease. Since that runs in my family and theirs no known cure so if drinking this golden drink can help I'm prevent it I'm done to give it a try!  


Let's get to the basics, golden milk can be made by mixing various spices together, but it's quite tricky if you don't know exactly what to use. For instance, adding black pepper to the spices will make the turmeric 1000% more absorbent. If you're not sure what to put into your golden milk mixture then I recommend giving a pre mixed package a try. The only one I've tried is Gaia Herb and all the ingredients are clean theirs nothing in it that's a chemical or preservative. I picked mine up over the weekend at Whole Foods it was on sale for $13.99 and when I went back today it was completely sold out! I recommend checking your local Whole Foods and if you can't find it there, you can find it here 

How to make it, well if your going to go the from scratch route you'll have to find out exactly what to put inside of your milk just putting turmeric and spices isn't going to give you all of the benefits. Their are awesome from scratch recipes out their just make sure you're following a correct one. If you're going to use the Gaia herb then warm up a a plant based milk. I prefer coconut milk over almond milk (since almonds are not the best for you, but that's a completely different post).


Once your milk is simmering add in a teaspoon of your golden milk mixture stir it until it's completely combined then pour it into your mug and enjoy! It's that simple.


I recommend having this drink once a week. If your taking it for inflamed muscles or for a pre existing condition, try sipping on this twice a week. Leave me a 💛 emoji on my golden milk Instagram photo so I know you were here!  

Just a few of the awesome benefits:
  • Better digestion
  • Happier muscles
  • A shield against colds and flu
  • Weight-loss support
  • A boost in good cholesterol 
  • Detoxifies your body
  • Boots immunity
  • Makes skin GLOW
  • Helps with sleep
  • Reduces cramping-buh bye aunt flow
  • Protect against liver damage
  • Suppress symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes 
  • Helps fight depression