My MAC Makeup Starter Kit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

For some odd reason, a bunch of us lifestyle bloggers have been divvying up beauty posts at the same time – and so here is mine!  Last week I had seen a fun pin on pinterest where someone shared their MAC makeup starter kit, and BOOM! Here is mine.  But first… #letmetakeaselfie

No, but really – interesting story.  So there was this one time where I was a lost girl in her young twenties trying to figure out how to get my name on the interwebs.  I started a blog where I talked about my dad’s cancer and our journey with it, but that was quite depressing.  Then I started one that I think was called glamortude and I don’t even know where that one was going.  All I do remember (or am willing to admit) is that I had a heavy, heavy addition to watching make-up tutorials on Youtube.  I wanted to be a makeup guru and even posted quite a few videos (that have been since taken down).  SIDENOTE: That ish is hard!  You can’t filter videos like you do pictures.   Anyway – moving on, so while I had that obsession I spent an absurd amount of money on makeup and now have enough eye shadow for the next ten years.  How is it that I still have two original eyeshadows (out of three) from my first purchase twelve years ago bewilders me.

Today, I thought I’d share my favorite MAC products with you in case you’d like some suggestions on some tried and true favorites.

What would you include in your MAC starter kit?  Do you have an HG items?

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All About That Bass

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You know what, I’m tired. Tired of trying to lose weight.  Tired of trying to have the perfect arms, flat stomach, best eyebrows (yah I messed them up and can never get them back to looking even), perfectly shaped legs. You get my drift right? 

Am I happy with my arms, HECK NO!!!  I have a definite fat flap on my left arm and the right one – its hit or miss.  My tummy sticks out all the time, I hate sitting down in pictures – or when I realize what I look like to everyone else that sees me sitting down.  Can you say DISGUSTING.  I have really broad shoulders and I look super, extra, gigantically wide when my boyfriend takes pictures of us with his arm extended far away (every girl’s selfie worst nightmare, TRUST ME!). #allthecloseups

But honestly – I’m at the point where I just don’t care anymore.  This is me. So it is what it is.  Not everyone is made to be a size 2, 6, 12, 18, 26.  And regardless of what that darned number is – its only one part of me.  Albeit, important when it affects your health and the rest of the consequences that follow along with it.  But it certainly doesn’t define my personality, character, “loveability”.  (You know I just created that word, because my spelling check has a red squiggly line under “loveability” right?).  #trademarkthatish

Moving on – I think I’ve been hung up on that for so long that it actually hinders my success.  Now – don’t quote me on that, this could just be one big excuse for not wanting to get off the couch.  For whatever reason, I just had the epiphany today that I need to stop caring about the weight.  I need to stop living in the past when I was in the 160s and looking amazing in my size 12s – because even where I’m at right now… someone thinks I look beautiful amidst all the flaws I’ve conjured up in my head – and I should really take that to heart and own it; instead of finding ways to negate it. And HELLO, PS: I did lose 30 pounds since last November.. HELLO HI!!!!!! 

So I’m just going to cut the crap and make a super conscious effort to own my body and love it relentlessly.  And if that love means feeding it whole and nutritious food then great, cause you know I do love me some green smoothies (check here, here and here)!  On the other hand, if that means having my FREE LUNCH AT WORK include: rice, a Korean burger, a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato basil bisque as I sit next to my co-worker/Dietician… then so (freaking) be it.  You know what I mean jelly bean?

Quite frankly, I have all the tools and resources to be healthy.  I’ve done LA Weightloss.  I’ve done Weight Watchers.  I’ve read up on South Beach, Whole 30 yada yada yada...  Not to mention, professionally – I’m a Certified Dietary Manager (ie: did schooling, sat for a national exam – as in I get to sign my professional name with abbreviations at the end).  I get paid to identify nutrition problems, complete nutritional screenings and assessments, provide diet education, analyze intake and weights, etc.

At the end of the day, the power is in my hands.  I am happy with just about every aspect of my life except for my appearance and weight – until today.  Today I say, screw you size 12 and 160s.  Maybe I’ll see you one day in the future, maybe I won’t.  Maybe one day I’ll zip right past you down to the 150s.  Who knows, but today?  Today I’m going to love me exactly the way I am.  Because the hate fueled dieting is not working out at all.  Hate fueled working out doesn’t work.  Why?  Because I’m so bent on the negative feelings that I can’t kick myself out of the slump to do anything productive.   Now it sounds like a little bit of anger, is this the twelve step process??  No, but really – maybe a little anger is good.  Being angry that I hated for so long and wasted that time instead of loving myself like I should have been all along.

So I’m trying a different approach and that is just simply to love myself and the body that I have.  I am going to work on accepting my curves, my flaws.  Learning how to own them and rock them.   And maybe, just maybe then – I’ll start to see those small lifestyle changes that will add up in a big way with my health and physical appearance.  

SO here’s to loving yourself and your life, living the best life for you and EMBRACING THE BASS!!

xoxo, Aukele
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WHIPPIN KITCHEN: Corned Beef & Onions

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hey guess what!?

I posted my first official recipe post on my new food blog, Whippin Kitchen, over the weekend.  I thought, what better way to start than to feature a local favorite and a simple dish that I grew up on as a kid, Corned Beef & Onions.  Its super quick and dinner will be ready before you know it!

I'm so excited that this is finally becoming a reality and I hope you all follow along with my foodie obsession there.  Once the blog is fully up and running like a well oiled cast iron skillet - we'll not only be talking recipes, but food trends, gadgets and everything in between.  I'm so excited.  Coming up are one of my favorite snacks and favorite desserts... If you follow my instagram you'll already be in the know (I can't keep anything a true secret).  So go on and check it out!

xoxo, Aukele
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Hurricane Iselle and Julio

Thursday, August 7, 2014
All week we've been prepping at home and work for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio that is headed our way.  Iselle will hit the Big Island (island of Hawaii) first and by the time it hits Oahu (the island I live on), it should be weaker.  Julio has changed it's course a little bit as well.  If you want to keep up with it, here are a few links...

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HAWAII EATS: Lanikai Juice

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you follow me on instagram you would know that I've been on a major smoothie kick lately.  Whether I'm creating my own at home or stopping at my favorite smoothie joint, Lanikai Juice - smoothies abound everywhere on my instagram in the morning!

ANTIOXIDANT CACAO MILKSHAKE: Coconut Cream, Almond Milk, Goji Berries, Cacao Powder, Almond Butter,
Hemp Seeds, Coconut Oil, Vanilla Protein and Blueberries
Lanikai Juice is a local smoothie joint that has been around for over 15 years and their mission is to, "...create healthy, high quality natural juice products."  Not only do they adhere to and accomplish their mission, but their offerings taste amazingly delicious.  This is not your average Jamba Juice smoothie joint.  This is a step above the rest.  No ice creams or sherbets used here.   They are passionate about using the highest quality ingredients and that definitely shines through on their menu.

BLOOD SUGAR BALANCER:  Coconut Cream, Apple, Strawberries, Vanilla Protein, Coconut Oil and Stevia
I usually find myself ordering from their “Meet the Greens” or “Wellness Smoothie” sections of their menu – so I’ve been wanting to try other deletectable “Old School” treats such as the Kailua Monkey (soy milk, banana, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate or vanilla protein powder) or the Almond Loco (almond milk, banana, almond butter, vanilla protein and cacao powder).

HAPPY TUMMY (DIGESTION): Coconut Water, Lemon Juice, Papaya, Pineapples, Chia Seeds, Probiotics, Mint, Coconut Oil, Ginger and Honey
 I love that their green drinks are only sweetened (if at all) with natural sweeteners such as honey and stevia – though my favorite, the Super Green, doesn’t have added sweeteners.  It keeps true to their mission and helps us, as consumers to take full advantage of our own conscious efforts to consume a healthy and balanced diet.
INFLAMMATION: Carrot Juice, Almond Milk, Ginger, Tumeric, Apple, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon and Almond Butter (+ the Antioxidant Cacao)
In addition, the wellness smoothies all pack a punch of good flavor and all serve a purpose for the body.  Whether you want a filling, antioxidant boosting shake like my favorite, Antioxidant Cacao Milkshake, or need a fall spice filled kick with the Inflammation smoothie – you just feel darn good drinking the things because YOU KNOW that they are whole and healthy for you.
SUPER GREEN: Apple Juice, Organic Chard, Organic Spinach, Organic Kale, Mint, Apple,
Lemon Juice, Banana and Spirulina

Do you have a favorite smoothie shop?  What healthy combinations do you drink regularly?

xoxo, Aukele
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