Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift That's Good For You







I recently discovered what quite possibly may be the most delicious chocolate, ever. Dark chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures (aside from peanut butter), but it also offers nutrition and energy that benefit your heart and brain. K'ul Chocolate brings the value of a small batch-crafted chocolate into the functional food segment by producing unique bars from artisan dark chocolate with superfood ingredients, targeting both athletes and chocolate connoisseurs while connecting everyone directly to small cocoa growers. The cocoa is made from single-origin sources, including Peru, Kafupbo cooperative in Haiti, Forester cocoa from Brazil, and Hacienda Limon farm in Ecuador. 

Aside from its benefits, we all know chocolate is known for causing feelings of pleasure. After all, it's a luxurious treat. K'ul's Stamina bar is made from 70% high-quality chocolate, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and maca root. Maca root has been known to increase stamina and libido. Therefore, it's the perfect Valentine's treat. 








Monday, January 9, 2017

Military Shirt Dress + Statement Knee High Boots





After traveling up to the tundra for a week, it feels absolutely incredible to be back in warm climates once again. Before the temperature dropped to 50 degrees in Miami, the weather was amazing (especially on the day we shot these photos). Often times, I style my looks by mixing edgy or masculine pieces with delicate and feminine items. For example, I took a loose-fitting military shirt dress and layered it with a lace bralette and caged knee-high boots. Growing up, I was always running around with my older brother as the epitome of a tomboy. Therefore, my style has evolved but it's still blended with boyish pieces as well. 

What I'm rocking:

Shirt dress by In The Style
Bralette by Express


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Photography by: Shooter Shane


Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Face






Throughout my ten years of living in Miami, my skin has undergone quite some sun damage. More specifically, my facial skin. Let me preface this by saying that I have had an infinite fear of any kind of facial treatments because I had a terrible, tear-jerking experience prior. In lieu of getting a standard facial, I was introduced to Vivid Face, which is located in Aventura, Florida. The center offers full body solutions, injectables, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, and laser facial treatments. Upon arriving, the whole Vivid Face team was friendly and welcoming, which helped decrease my level of anxiety at that point. Reminder: my last facial treatment experience ended with me crying, and I typically have quite a high pain tolerance.

My Vivid Therapist reviewed everything about the Signature Facial Treatment and began a seemingly painless laser treatment on my face. In essence, it felt like she was brushing heat over my face but it wasn't bad at all. The next treatment felt as though she was poking my face, and before I knew it the session was complete. The session lasted for about 20 minutes, so it's quick and easy. My skin was terrible before receiving the treatment (sun spots, dark areas, blemishes), but I even noticed a change the following day. Makeup applied smoother, my skin felt smoother, and brighter. I highly recommend Vivid Face if you're in the South Florida area. 


Use the code VSL435 to receive 10% OFF a Vivid Facial laser treament!

Vivid Face is located at 15400 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 104 Aventura, Florida 33160.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Acura ILX


Back at it again with another beauty, but this automobile is not just any traditional compact sport-sedan. The 2017 Acura ILX completely redefines its category, with aggressive styling and bold accents. The style and sporty 201-hp engine almost remind me of the driving experience of a Cadillac, in the sense that it revels in luxury and class.  As always, pick-up speed is one of my favorite aspects or noted features when I'm driving cars and this one is quite a beast. 

It's particularly impressive in its smart capabilities, with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) which uses a forward-facing camera mounted above the inside rearview mirror to proactively keep the ILX in the center of its detected lane. Therefore, one doesn't have to worry about veering off into other lanes during the driving experience. All in all, the new Acura ILX is rather impressive this time around. 

2017 Acura ILX featured throughout.







For more information or specs, visit www.acura.com



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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mitsubishi Mirage G4






Allow me to introduce the 2017 Mitsubishi G4, as bold and beautiful as she wants to be.  I had the pleasure of driving the all new car recently, and was quite impressed with its performance and technological capabilities. It has some fantastic smart features that allow for little distraction throughout the driving experience. For example, its CarPlay capability allows your phone to sync directly with the vehicle for a completely hands-free feature where it reads your text messages to you. It also offers the option to type out messages as replies, check voicemail, call contacts, etc. 

Aside from its techie aspects, the automobile is quite purse-friendly if you're looking to purchase a car that won't hit too hard on the pockets. Although I would like quicker acceleration, it's extremely fuel-efficient. I know this, because I basically drove all around the world before having to fill it up. 



The 2017 Mitsubishi G4 is featured throughout.

For more information and specs, visit www.mitsucars.com.




Monday, November 28, 2016

Boys Bomber Jacket + Denim Shirt






As my five-year-old son has grown into a 33-year-old man over the course of his wondrous life, I can't help but notice that he's developed his own personal style of boys fashion. It used to be simple. I would pick out his outfits and shoes for the day, throw them on, and he would be pleased. Now, he must approve everything and if it's not cohesive with his style then we have to start over. Therefore, I've learned to allow him to pick out his own pieces by giving him choices. Hence, this look that we've created here. Teamwork makes the dream work.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Matrix Fitness


Although doing cardio is such a wondrous event filled with sweat-drenching excitement in the gym, believe it or not, it’s quite comforting to be able to do this at home. It takes away from that whole “sitting in your own sweat” during the drive home from working out. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with Matrix Fitness to introduce their newest residential luxury line of Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Matrix Fitness is the fastest growing commercial fitness equipment brand and their equipment is found in many elite gyms. 

One can assume my level of excitement (and my sweat glands were enthused) when I discovered they just launched their Home Fitness line of machines. These machines have all the best technology and accessories for an incredible at home gym experience. I know I’m not the only one who agrees that it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you have proper entertainment (i.e. apps on apps on apps) to keep your mind occupied, which makes Matrix Fitness equipment so unique. Personally, I like to watch YouTube, listen to music, and have the capability to connect my phone to stay in sync at all times. 







Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines also come equipped with Sprint 8, a HIIT training program that helps trim fat, tone muscles and boost energy. Some users experienced a 27% body-fat loss in 8 weeks without changing their diets! 

Visit their website to find out more information about the all new Matrix Fitness residential luxury line.


This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness. All opinions are my own.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Zesty Holiday Snowballs Recipe


The holidays are one of my most cherished times of the year not only for being able to spend time with friends and family, but eating delicious food as well. However, I seem to struggle with finding healthier options whenever I go home. Obviously, I can't deny eating my mother's cooking or all of the thousands of holiday treats she makes. On the other hand, introducing healthy options is a possibility. To test out this magical theory of mine, I've teamed up with Earth Balance® to conduct a "Sneaky Swap" by swapping Earth Balance® Buttery Spread or Sticks in one of my traditional holiday recipes. Earth Balance® Earth Balance® Buttery Spread and Sticks are a plant-based alternative to butter or margarine, and I've actually been using it for quite awhile now. I've tried to make it an effort to reduce the amount of dairy I consume, for personal preference, and can't even taste the difference.

Therefore, I tested this out with my five-year-old son, with this recipe for "Zesty Holiday Snowballs." With only five ingredients, they are extremely simple to make and a healthier alternative to other holiday treats that may be lurking around.



Ingredients:
2 cup shredded coconut + extra for coating
1/2 cup almonds, peanuts, or macadamia nuts
2-3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Earth Balance® Buttery Spread, melted
Zest and juice of 1 lemon





Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Roll into 1-inch balls, coat in coconut, and let cool in the refrigerator until firm.

Makes 12-15 balls. Calories per ball: 150.

The "Sneaky Swap" turned out to be a success, as my son loved eating and making these yummy treats! If this particular recipe isn't your cup of tea, or you're looking for a visible step-by-step guide, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter French Toast.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Earth Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Toyota RAV4


Believe it or not, I vowed to never become one of those caravan soccer-mom drivers after I had my son. There was something about driving an oversized minivan that did not scream, "I have arrived." However, I have opened up to crossovers or SUV's. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Crossover has been an absolute breeze to drive, and it's not too bad on the eyes either. Its bold and chiseled exterior gives it an athletic touch, yet it remains refined with elegant interior. 

Let me break it down for you. After I stepped inside the vehicle for the first time, I utilized the Smart Key System and pressed the ignition. I thought to myself, "do you hear that?" Absolutely nothing. The RAV4 has such a quiet start that I turned the vehicle off and back on, to make sure it was accurate. Aside from that, it's spacious enough to fit my whole life and then some. It also has an incredibly proven hybrid powertrain and great fuel efficiency. What surprised me the most was its 194 horsepower, which gave it sporty acceleration (we all know I love this aspect of cars).






Toyota RAV4 Crossover featured throughout.

For more information, visit www.toyota.com


What I'm rocking:

Trench by Revolve
Jumpsuit c/o Anatomie (older style)
Shoes c/o Cole Haan at Brickell City Centre 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Silky Lingerie and Army Green





As a young Lynsee, I was quite the obvious tomboy. Yes, believe it or not, I enjoyed wearing oversized t-shirts with over-the-knee shorts and high-top sneakers. Although my style has transformed throughout the years, I still integrate the raw edginess of masculine pieces into my outfits. For example, this particular look combines a delicate light pink bralette and silk pants with a military styled trench coat and metallic shoes. What are some contrasting pieces that you enjoy putting together to complete your looks?

What I'm rocking:

Trench c/o Hot Miami Styles
Bralette by Urban Outfitters (see similar style below)
Pants by ZARA
Shoes by ALDO (see similar style below)


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