[ Weslie's cute fam ]
Not gonna lie, I’m supaaaa excited to introduce you all to Weslie Christensen. This mega babe is an all-round special lady. When she’s not being a mother [ yes, can you believe she's mom?!- her bod is insane! ] to two gorgeous kiddos, a wife to People Water’s designer [ Brono ], & taking hot yoga classes, she’s a blogging away over at Love Chugs.
Honestly her blog is one of my favorites- she’s raw, real, & approachable…not to mention beautiful & sweet too.
Anyway, this won’t be the last time you’ll see her on TSC. Weslie [ she's also an estestian ] is the now the official Skinny Conf beauty expert; once a month she’ll share all her tips & tricks! Enjoy, lovas:
+ Introduce yourself:
Weslie Christensen: Hi! My name is Weslie. I am a young mother to two darling girls, wife to one handsome, designer husband, & a family blogger.
I tend to keep it real. I say what I mean, & mean what I say…but I try to keep a sense of humor even in the not-so-humorous moments like this.
I’m an optimistic to fault, lover of little details, & I’m always striving to maintain mental, physical, & spiritual health.
My blog, Love Chugs, is a place for me to remember who I am, & maybe help a few others find pieces of themselves in me and my ramblings along the way, too…
+ Favorite go-to healthy food?
WC: Jennie-O ground turkey. I replace any ground beef with this ground turkey, & it’s SO good. I use it in salads, tacos, spaghetti sauce….you name it. I make a batch once a week & keep it stored in my fridge as a go to snack anytime I’m feeling ‘carb-hungry.’
+ If you’re going to flaunt, what body part in a LBD?
WC: LEGS! I love my self some leggies…of course, pairing that LBD with some dope Jeffrey Campbell’s wouldn’t hurt.
+ Go-to piece for the spring to summer transitional season?
WC: My go-to piece would have to be tanks. Flowy or tight, they’re easy to throw a light jacket or sweater over, & it’s just as easy to take it off when the heat turns up.
+ Favorite trends this season?
WC: This season I’m finding myself attracted to accessories more than anything else. I’m loving round glasses, thin gold jewelry that involve any sort of skulls, antlers, or bull heads, but mostly…..knuckle rings! I’m mildly obsessing. Like this one!
+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?
WC: Drink water! I drink half my body weight in water ounces every day….there are times when I skimp, & I notice in the following days that I retain water, get bloated, & end up craving more salty/sweet foods. DRINK WATER! Preferably PEOPLE WATER…; ).
+ Weekly workout schedule?
WC: I hit the gym around three times per week, & more recently, I’ve started a Bikram yoga class that I go to once a week [ if you've never tried Bikram before, well, it's INTENSE! ]. At the gym, I usually stay for about an hour to an hour & a half, and in that time I run a minimum of two miles, rotate between leg, arm, & core workouts, stretch realllllllly good, then, I spend the last ten minutes hidden in a dark corner somewhere, laying on my back on yoga mat, listening to my calm meditation station on Pandora thinking happy thoughts.
Sounds funny? Try it! Its a pivotal part of my work out routine. It keeps me going back.
+ Cocktail of choice?
WC: I rarely drink, but when I do, I’m a sucker for a Long Island. When I feel like being more calorie conscious, I drink blueberry vodka mixed with water…my sweet, southern bell friend, Emily, introduced me to this drink, & I have to say, it has stuck. It tastes like blueberry water! Too easy!
+ Pick five winter wardrobe essentials:
1.} I live in Utah… This means snow galore. So, I need boots! First pick: the Lee boot.
2.} Black trench…It’s a timeless got-to-have winter piece, and my favorite is from Gstar.
3.} Scarves…any, and all types. I loved this one from Free People…But, anything you can layer, then layer, then layer some more with…I’m all about.
4.} Over-sized sweaters. I usually steal my husbands, but this one is cool from Urban Outfitters…
5.} Leggings, jeggins, jeans…whatever you want to call them; I like skin tight, yet, comfy pants…any print, any color….I love ‘em. These Shopbop ones would do just fine.
+ Motivation to stay in shape?
WC: When I’m not in good physical shape, I tend to be lacking in the good mental & spiritual state too… I honestly feel like the three go hand in hand, & if one is out of whack, the others will surely follow.
I like to stay in shape because when my body feels & looks its best, then I feel better in all aspects of my life. I have more energy & am a better me when I treat my body right…That’s motivation enough.
+ World’s best beauty product?
WC: For me? Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx….it doesn’t smudge a bit, and lasts all day long. Swear.
+ Natural beauty remedy?
WC: I use raw, organic coconut oil for EVERYTHING! I put it in my hair as a conditioning treatment [ <<< me too ; ))) see!--- it's a lifesaver! ], on my face as moisturizer, on my lips as chap stick, & as lotion for my whole body. I even use it on cuts, scrapes, & bruises. Its my go-to for anything-I swear by it.
+ Quick, easy recipe?
WC: My favorite black bean turkey chili..so easy…so healthy…& most importantly, so yummy. This recipe makes enough to serve six.
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 3/4 cups organic chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 [ 15 ounce ] can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 [ 16 ounce ] can whole kernel corn, drained
+ Directions: heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper and garlic powder. Cook until turkey is well browned, stirring frequently to break up meat. Stir the broth, salsa, sugar, beans and corn into the saucepan. Heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Stir the chili occasionally while cooking.