There’s No Rest for the Wicked

There’s No Rest for the Wicked

I have a full time job, too many social engagements for my liking (introvert probz), mandatory “me time” at the gym and most importantly on my bike, and adult responsibilities like cleaning the toilet (or hiring a maid to do it) but I’ve been traveling like a mad-woman this year. The traveling adds an extra layer of stress and complexity to my life such as 5am wake up calls to get miles on my bike before work, or having a hectic day at the office when you know you can’t stay late since you made early dinner plans… but I really wouldn’t trade it for the world.

The Wynn @ Las Vegas

The Wynn @ Las Vegas

I’ve turned into quite a prissy traveler but with so much time spent on airplanes and at airports, it’s worth every effort and dollar to make my travels as stress-free as possible. If you read my blog, you know I am all about maximizing my time and enjoying life. I am always on top of picking my seat and priority boarding, and I am not a light packer …but I don’t care! What I’ve learned about travel: do whatever the hell you want and what makes you happy. I use a carry-on for 3-5 day trips otherwise I will check in luggage. I don’t tend to “over-pack” but I will always bring a bigger suitcase for shopping. I learned that I am definitely not a backpacker nor a budget traveler– if I am going to escape, I am going to want the best and do it in style. I can live “normally” at home (aka no 5-star restaurant dinners every single night) so why do I want to travel below my means?! You can save money by cooking your own lunch and buying less coffee… you just need to figure out your priorities.

Traveling is supposed to be a whole experience: culture, culinary and shopping!

Travel Carry On Neccessities

Here are my carry-on necessities:

Wallet (passport, Nexus, ID’s, credit cards, cash) | Cellphone + iPad Mini | Bluetooth headsetMake up and toiletries (I never check these in!)  | Perfume & Mints (I can’t stand unpleasant smells from other people around me …AND from myself) Inflatable Neck Pillow | Supplements + Lactaid Pills (I can’t give up dairy!) | Pen (don’t understand how people travel without writing instruments) | And of course, my trusty Briggs & Riley Spinner & Weekender!

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

What are your travel necessities?

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    Beauty Must-Haves

    Beauty Must-Haves

    MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack | Urban Decay Naked 2 (but I still love building my own MAC palettes) Benefit Lash Glue (BEST lash glue ever)NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation | Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette | Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer | Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder Blush (SUPER pretty color) | YSL Touche Éclat | Urban Decay Lip Liner (I’m wearing a lot of nudes lately so I’m obsessed with 1993) | Dior Addict Lipstick (fun colors and not dry) | YSL Gloss Volupté (not sticky, glossy and beautiful packaging) | Mac 217 Eye Brush (still my favorite blending brush for 10+ years) | Make Up Forever 134 Large Powder Fan Brush | BeautyBlenderJosie Maran Argan Oil | Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


    I’m a Libra so it’s natural that I’m half tomboy and half girly-girl.

    Normally, I can’t be bothered with hair and make up otherwise I’d be reapplying it 3-5x during the day (with my fitness routine), but when I go out, I love getting dolled up. For someone who very rarely wears make up, I am ashamed to admit that I am a VIB Rouge at Sephora. The past few years, the majority of my shopping hauls were fitness and bike related but I’m completely satisfied with my bike and have no closet space for new gear, so unfortunately I’ve reverted back to frivolous spending on shoes, clothes and make up.

    I have to admit, I’m not adventurous when it comes to beauty products. I know what works for me and am hesitant to try on new products. I’ve been using many of these for over 10 years such as the Mac Fluidline— Bobby Brown does NOT compare and I never had a pot dry out (close the damn lid, ladies!!). The other day, I bought an entire bag of 25+ empty Fluidline containers that I found back to MAC to trade in for free lipsticks. Yay for recycling.

    I actually prefer to be minimal during the day because I hate having product on my face but my daily beauty must-haves are eyeliner and some color on my lips. Lip liner is a must!! Coconut oil is something everyone needs to have in their household. I use it for everything from taking off make up, washing my face (although it’s important to find an oil that works for you), moisturizing skin/hair/nails and of course cooking but *make sure you buy cold-pressed, organic coconut oil.

    What are your beauty must-haves?

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      I Want to Elliptical!

      I Want to Elliptical!

      I have a confession: I love the elliptical.

      My life is extremely hectic and I’m always on the go. These days at work, I’m constantly craving to just leave my desk, go downstairs to the gym, put on my headphones and zone out on the elliptical. But of course, I don’t often because I’m trying to maintain discipline. Cycling will always be my primary form of cardio and since I already do way too much of it, I know I need to work on balancing the rest of my body so most of my free time at the gym is spent lifting heavy-ish things and squeezing in a couple super high intensity interval workouts once or twice a week. I really can’t afford to do anymore cardio!

      It seems like ages ago but I use to be a such a gym-rat. I use to be the queen of the elliptical, the queen of HIIT training, the queen of burpees, the queen of wall balls… okay, self-proclaimed queen. I definitely wasn’t the queen of lifting because I didn’t care too much about increasing strength, but I lifted almost twice as much as I can now. I use to do these workouts that would leave you face down on the dirty gym floor, curled up in a ball and gasping for breath… and I always looked forward to them.

      These days, I have to admit I don’t love burpees or wall balls as much as I did a couple of years ago. I rarely do any intense circuit training. If my old gym-buddies saw me now, I would need to hang my head in shame. I did intense circuit today and was dreading it the entire morning so I had to make a constant effort to remind myself that I’ll deal with the pain when it’s happening, instead of agonizing over it beforehand. I want to throw up when I think back to how I use to do hundreds and hundreds of burpees for fun! Maybe one day I will get back into that…

      Once I set my mind on something I always follow through, so after I finished my circuit and some heavy lifting, I rewarded myself with 20 minutes on the Elliptical.

      I found my solution: the elliptical will now only be an award after a proper workout. I cherish it because it allows me to totally zone out with my music while not having to worry about my surroundings. It is therapeutic and I use it because I want to, not because I need to. On the bike, I am constantly on high alert and if were a runner, I would be paranoid about falling on the treadmill (thank god I don’t run). I still very rarely do steady-state on the elliptical… but I really really love you, elliptical! You were there since the beginning of my journey.

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