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Kiwi: Horrendous on the Outside, Gorg on the Inside

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Poor kiwi.

It sits between the shiny red apples, plump blueberries, & ripe raspberries and totally gets ignored.

BIG.BIG.BIG. mistake.

This superfood has so many benefits I could write a novel. Here’s a few: there’s more potassium in a kiwi then a banana, one kiwi has more Vit C than an orange, the fruit repairs DNA, protects against cancer, contains tons of fiber, & decreases the risk of heart disease. Oh…& beauty-wise? It keeps hair, skin, teeth, & nails looking hot, sexy, & healthy. The furry fruit enhances energy levels too. Annnddd a hundred cals for two kiwis? I’m sold.

So. After watching The Dr. Oz Show I discovered a trick: puree your kiwi. Add about three ( make sure they’re skinned ) to a blender or food processor + a sprinkle of Stevia. Then pour over low fat Greek yogurt & you’ve got yourself the best snack/dessert evs. Other options: add kiwi to homemade salsa, veggie salads, or use it as jam on a piece of low carb toast.

On the exterior it’s an ugly ass fruit, but when it’s cut open the green goodness provides way too many benefits to pass up!

Love.L

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lorna Jane Activewear: Look Hot/Fashionable/Sexy While You Sweat

Lauryn Evarts talks with the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear from Australia.

Lauryn Evarts talks with the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear from Australia.

How cool is this?! Lorna Jane is on the blog today. If you’re into health/fitness & don’t know Lorna, then come out from that rock you’ve been hiding under. This women has got.it.going.on.

My absolute dream in life is to create my own fashionable/chic workout line, so it’s an understatement when I say Lorna Jane is a total inspiration. I also die over her book she sent me; the pretty, pink book is full of fitness tips + healthy recipes & it’s called Move, Nourish, Believe:

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lorna Jane about all things fitness, easy recipes, and quick skinny tips.

Alright. Get excited. Here’s everything Lorna Jane:

+ Hi Lorna! Introduce yourself.

Lorna Jane Clarkson: I am  the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lorna Jane, Australia’s leading activewear label for women. I am an active woman, a lover of all things health and fitness, & an eternal optimist.

+ Inspiration to start a workout line?

LJC: It all started over twenty years ago when, as a fitness instructor I was tired of the boring workout wear on offer, so decided to fashion my own. Teaching aerobics gave me the perfect platform, & before I knew it friends and women in my classes were asking me to make theirs too.

+ Favorite piece you’ve designed & why?

LJC: Now that’s a hard one…because Lorna Jane is an activewear brand that focuses on bringing fashion & function together, our styles are constantly changing and subsequently so are my favorites. In saying that, there are a couple of essential pieces that I always have in my active wardrobe; the Pammy Bra because it has incredible support, gives your bust great shape and is fashionable enough to wear on its own but also looks fantastic under a singlet or your favorite t-shirt. The Amy Full-Length Tight is another must-have piece because it doubles as a workout pant as well as tights that you want to wear on the weekend. The fabric is amazing & the panel lines are so flattering, you won’t want to take them off! I have at least four pairs so that I always have at least one pair washed & ready to go!

+ Best workout?

LJC: Well, that all depends how you look at it. My favorite thing to do would have to be yoga…  It gives me that ‘alone time’. Not only do I get to stretch my body, but I get to clear my mind and get in some meditation at the same time. My favorite workout for results would have to be a great legs workout that includes squats and lunges … not much fun whilst you are doing them, but as someone famous once said, “no pain, no gain!”

Lauryn Evarts talks with the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear from Australia.

+ Quick, skinny tip:

LJC: Preparation is everything!  I always have some healthy snacks on-hand to avoid reaching for unhealthy alternatives during the day. I carry protein powder with me so all I have to do is add cold water and shake. Small containers of portioned almonds are always good & I like to have chewable Vitamin C tablets in my bag to ward off any sugar cravings.

+ Easy, healthy recipe:

LJC: My fave at the moment is ‘Protein Pancakes‘. All you need is a banana and two eggs. Blend them for thirty seconds, with a teaspoon of cinnamon, & pour into a heated pan [ I use coconut oil for healthy fats ]. They are great on their own or wrapped around some fresh strawberries for a protein-rich snack. YUM!

+ What makes Lorna Jane different than other workout brands?    

LJC: There are so many things…first off, our brand means so much more to our customers than what you see on the shelves. Everything we do, everything we say & everything we produce is inspired by our Move, Nourish, Believe philosophy. When you wear Lorna Jane you are telling the world that you promise to move your body everyday, nourish from the inside out & believe anything is possible with hard work. This is the active life that we promote & it’s why women all over the world have fallen in love with Lorna Jane.

Another thing that sets us apart from other brands is that we are designed for active women by active women, & our complete focus is on women’s fitness apparel…which I guess makes us the experts. We also have a huge fashion-focus & produce between seventy to a hundred new styles per month, guaranteeing our customers some fashionable motivation to move everyday.

+ Most exciting thing about starting your own workout line?

LJC: The most exciting thing about having my own activewear brand started from day one and still continues to be; seeing women wearing it. Even after twenty years in the business, I get an enormous thrill when I see people in Lorna Jane. My customers tell me everyday how inspiring the brand is and how it motivates them to be more active. It makes me feel that what I do actually does make a difference in peoples lives…& let me tell you, that feels pretty good.

Lauryn Evarts talks with the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear from Australia.

+ A tip for washing workout wear?

LJC: I think one of the common mistakes we make when it comes to washing the things we love is that we take too much care! With activewear, the best thing you can do is simply machine wash it and let it go through the spin cycle [ you will notice that it will be almost dry ] & then hang it to dry [ usually takes a couple of hours max ].

Don’t be tempted to throw activewear in the dryer as eventually you will destroy the elastane in the fabric which looks pretty bad, but will also make it thinner & less supportive.

+ One word to describe Lorna Jane:

LJC: Just one?! I think I will have to go with ‘authentic’ because we are a real brand that has a real passion for what we do & what we represent, and I guess that makes us AUTHENTIC!

+ To follow Lorna Jane on Twitter, click here.

Lauryn Evarts talks with the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear from Australia.

Top 10 Skin Secrets from Beauty Expert Heather Clarey

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.

My friend, Heather Clarey is the ultimate beauty expert [ & an amazing yoga instructor too! ]. She began working in the health and beauty industry over eighteen years ago & is a popular licensed esthetician in San Diego. She particularly specializes in advanced skin care solutions such as Jessner Peels. Every time I see her, her skin is absolutely glowing. Here she shares her top ten beauty/skin secrets with us:

+ 10 Things to Improve your Skin:

1.] Everyone should use a Vitamin C serum.

Specifically L-ascorbic acid, as opposed to a serum labeled just Vitamin C. This helps maintain normal cellular turnover & builds collagen. L-ascorbic acid is essential for cross-linking collagen molecules, lightens & brightens skin, reduces inflammation, decreases transepidermal water loss, & boosts your own skins ability to protect itself from the sun. Wear Vit C under a SPF moisturizer.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger from Southern California talks skinny tips and health tricks for weight loss.

[ I love Vitamin C spray { this one is amazing too! } ]

2. ] Wear SPF daily:

 Wear a moisturizer with a SPF 30 or higher every single day. This is the most important thing you do to protect your skin from premature aging! The sun causes 80% of aging. Hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, damages the collagen, & elastin fibroblast are also caused by sun…The list goes on. Also, 90% of women forget to protect their neck & chest! This is the worst when you’re driving in the car or you endure incidental sun exposure [ waking to and from your car ]. So I suggest just putting a little more than a pea size amount all over your neck & chest after your L-ascorbic acid for maximum results. For a natural sunburn soother, use oatmeal with water!

3.] Exfoliate:

Something that has stuck with me the most over the years was a woman who came to my work as a trainer at Sephora. I managed the South Coast store & did all their corporate training. She said “the best thing you will ever do for your skin is exfoliate.” She was fifty, but looked thirty…and mind you, this was before Botox! My best analogy is that exfoliating your skin is like flossing your teeth. As we age our skin’s ability to turn over cells slows down. This is called your desquamation process. So we need to exfoliate manually via “scrub” as well as “chemical” exfoliation. Some examples of this are glycolic, salicylic, & lactic acids.

4.] Keep hydrated:

Our bodies are 70% H20. If you drink water all day it will show in your skin!

5.] Lots of rest:

Wonder why photo shoots for celebrities and models are done in the AM? Night time is our time for restoring & healing of all cells in our bodies. Your skin will literally look renewed, refreshed, & rested.

6.] Get a facial:

At home care is if utmost importance. If you want to make things even better for your skin, resort to the professionals. A basic facial will give your skin the boots it needs to jump start fresher skin.

7.] Keep your skin hydrated:

So yes, water is important. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. We loose hydration by the elements. Sun, wind, pollution. Hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in the dermis of your skin holds a thousand times its own weight in moisture. It’s a moisture binder.

8.] Acne prone skin:

Most people don’t know this: it’s hereditary. Keeping your skin hydrated is key in caring for acne. If you over dry your skin it thinks it needs to produce more oil.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

[ Murad Acne Spot Treatment ]

9.] Acidophilus is a bacteria neutralizer:

Add this to your routine & you will normalize bacteria levels, as well as minimize frequent break outs.

10.] Spot treat with a salicylic treatment:

Bacteria can not live in the presence of oxygen. Salicylic acid is the best spot treat!

+ P.S. Heather’s quick skinny tip: eat a grapefruit when you wake up to boost the metabolism. Another tip: get monthly B-12 shots to increase your metabolism, burn fat, & increase energy.

++ To book with Heather at Brazilia Skin Care, click here.

+++ For more healthy skin tips, click here.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

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