Loving Lately: Products, Practices + Places

Loving Lately: Products, Practices + Places

I haven’t done a Loving Lately post in a really long time. They actually used to be some of my favorite parts of this blog, since it totally delights me when I get to give you guys a real glimpse into my day-to-day life.

I love sharing things that I feel are bringing my health/fitness/beauty/life game to a whole new level 🙂

Here are the products, places and practices I’m really digging at the moment:

PRODUCTS:

-.21 BRIGHTENING SERUM by C. Lavie is incredible! Seriously, I am in love! The signature ingredient—Siberian larch—brightens and evens skin tone by regulating the skin’s melatonin production and by reducing inflammation.

By stimulating collagen production, it also boosts the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. I apply it every night before bed and right in the morning when I wake up. Lately I’ve also been mixing in a little hyalauronic acid + retinol serum.

Together, this combination puts it over the top. It brightens, tightens and has drastically reduced acne scars, wrinkles, under eye bags and fine lines – all concerns I’ve been trying to tackle (without success) for years!

Great for summer time to deal with sun-inflamed skin or redness, but seriously – if you battle any of the above, get yourself this stellar combo of skincare superheroes. You won’t regret it!

-I swear I’ve never felt more confident or more like ME  before – all thanks to Genetix. I am SO excited about this summer and will never go a day without breaking out this sexy little bottle. Find out why 🙂

Matchaaaaaa! Although I can’t really tolerate caffeine in it’s traditional form (coffee), matcha has been an incredible way to incorporate a little energy boost into my diet without the crash or craziness. I just put tiny tiny little amounts into my tea, and I get the clarity without the caffeination.

Obsessed with this Malaya Body Oil in Citrus &  Bloom! Check out my other Malaya obsessions [here] and [here]. It makes my skin SO soft and smells amazing! Plus, totally organic 🙂

PRACTICES:

Speaking of amazing skin, I am STILL obsessed with drinking butterfly blue pea tea, which I enjoy in some way, shape or form daily.

Not only does it look gorgeous (totally ‘gram-worthy), butterfly pea tea is full of antioxidants and anti-infllamtory properties has been proven to heal and brighten skin. Plus – it’s delicious – especially with some organic honey and cinnamon!

It also has pain relieving properties, which I need lately because I KILLED my legs during a workout a few days ago and boy am I in bad shape – haha!

OUTDOOR YOGA: I feel COMPLETELY different when I do yoga outside than I do when I do yoga inside. There is a definite connectedness to nature that gets stifled when you are indoors.

Since I am originally from the east coast, anytime I can exercise or do an activity outdoors, I always get excited. The weather has been all around perfect lately, so I have been spending at least 30 mins a day outdoors stretching, practicing kriya and meditating. It’s so inspiring and endlessly beautiful. I feel like there are so many places to explore here in San Diego! I never get tired of it!

If you want to explore Kriya yoga (the yoga that I practice), I highly recommend checking out this book, which got me started on my path and has been an invaluable part of my life ever since. It’s a very relaxing, chill, mindset and breath-focused practice, which is great for beginners or those looking to explore different types of yoga that are less well-known but still very effective.

BLUE VERVAIN + SKULLCAP have been my go-to tinctures lately.

Some of the benefits of blue vervain include its ability to stimulate the liver, soothe the nervous system, detoxify the body, reduce depression and stress, eliminate pain, lower inflammation, protect the immune system, and it helps with coughs and colds!

I use skullcap to reduce anxiety and soothe the nervous system. It also helps to treat diabetes, help with weight loss, prevent certain cancers, lower inflammation, balance hormones and aid sleep issues. Seriously one of my OG favorite plants!

PLACES:

I actually left the house the other day (I know – it’s a miracle!) to go to the Most Admired CEO Awards, held by San Diego Business Journal. It was awesome! I was nominated! It felt so great to go as a Finalist and connect with some of the most powerful people in SD. I also came home with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the California State Senate for my work in the private health sector. 

I actually really love awards shows like this, since they connect some of the best and most hardworking people in one room 🙂 (They also help me to tackle my social anxiety, which is still VERY real most times.)

-Speaking of overcoming anxieties, healing and learning new life practices, have you signed up for The Organic Life Natural Cures Retreat?

Our debut retreat is being held this November on the paradise island of Huahine. The island equivalent of the Garden of Eden, Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields.

Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. Undoubtedly, this island will leave you spellbound.

I just got back last month, and i am forever changed. I can’t even begin to explain how much more calm and clear I feel. I’ve been able to work on so much more with so much less effort and time. I am able to let things go much more easily. I am focused on goals, which truly seem to revolve exclusively around helping others.This has brought me an unwavering peace to my soul and my actions that I’ve NEVER had before in all my life.

I cannot wait for you to experience this.  

Huahine is exceptionally green because fewer travelers frequent her sandy shores and lush hillsides than her favored counterparts, Moorea and Bora Bora. For this reason, though, Huahine has retained the alluring essence and authenticity of early Polynesia.

The locals pride themselves on preserving what they genuinely believe is the most picturesque island in Tahiti; and those who visit often find that Huahine becomes their favorite island, returning again and again to find the same landscape still unchanged over time.

Sign up here and find out what all the love is about!

The Wellness-Centered Retreat That Will Change Your Life:

The Wellness-Centered Retreat That Will Change Your Life:

Imagine a lush, tropical paradise island, nearly unchanged by man. Palm trees greet you in every direction. Ocean water laps at the coast – it’s healing, bath-warm and so clear it is see-through. A relaxing, no-stress environment full of helpful, friendly people who always have a smile on their face and a native greeting for you. There is no pollution of any kind to be seen: no streetlights, hardly any cars, no noise pollution, no trash and no excess people. Tropical birds and ocean waves are your only background noise for five days. A world far removed from the day-to-day stress and over-stimulation that we’re used to.

It’s hard to imagine anything more reinvigorating than a few days at our health-centered retreat, huddled away on its own scarcely-traveled island in Tahiti. Whether you’re into hiking or yoga, or just need a nap-inducing day at the beach to relax, book now to rejuvenate both mind and body. It feels like your own private oasis. (Oh, and expect plenty of sand, sun, and amazing, fresh dining, too.)

We’re counting down the days until The Organic Life Paradise Retreat – and this is your last week to sign up! Founded on the key pillars of relaxation, restoration and healthy eating, this retreat is ideal for a whole host of rejuvenation-seeking travelers.

You can’t get much closer to nirvana than Huahine, Tahiti – also called The Garden of Eden. Feel the stress begin to melt away the moment you step off your plane in Huahine – as you’ll be greeted family-style by the natives (this had me in tears it was so beautiful!)

Continue decompressing at your beach bungalow and enjoy the resort’s personalized guest services. Dip your feet in the water or grab some gear and go snorkeling! There is also a small boat and kayaks for exploring the depths of the shore (if that’s your thing!)

For those who are a little more adventurous, we have also coordinated day-trips to an organic farm, private and sacred spots on the island. Your retreat includes a day-long boat tour around Huahine, where you can snorkel with rare tropical fish or swim with friendly reef sharks. This boat tour finishes on a private island, where you’ll be served drinks and dinner to your hearts content! Definitely one of the highlights of the trip and one of my personal favorite parts!

There will also be plenty of trips to the beach, yoga and of course – shopping and drinks. As stated, this is the last week to sign up! (Check out more photos here)

Trust me on this – Huahine is unlike any other place in the World. I came back last month and am still feeling all the good vibes from my magical days on the island. I am changed forever in all the best ways. I am so excited to bring you this experience and watch your life change for the better, too!

Click [here] to book!

Payment plans are available.

SEE YOU THERE!

Health & Happiness,

Tara

The Organic Life Retreat on the French Polynesian Paradise Island of Huahine

The Organic Life Retreat on the French Polynesian Paradise Island of Huahine

BOOK NOW!

If you’ve ever had the desire to get away from it all, the perfect experience has been custom designed for you.

The island equivalent of the Garden of Eden, Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. Undoubtedly, this island will leave you spellbound.

The Organic Life Wellness Retreat will be held this year in November on the island of Huahine. Huahine is exceptionally green because fewer travelers frequent her sandy shores and lush hillsides than her favored counterparts, Moorea and Bora Bora. For this reason, though, Huahine has retained the alluring essence and authenticity of early Polynesia. The locals pride themselves on preserving what they genuinely believe is the most picturesque island in Tahiti; and those who visit often find that Huahine becomes their favorite island, returning again and again to find the same landscape still unchanged over time.

Lush and scarcely developed, this is an island to visit for extreme calm, communing with nature and a genuine taste of culture. There are plenty of opportunities for diving, surfing, snorkeling, exploring top-notch archaeological sites and horse riding, but the beauty of this unique paradise is just how easy it is to relax and do very little at all.

With only eight small villages scattered across the island, the few residents welcome visitors with great kindness. Not surprisingly, this fertile world offers rich soil providing the local farmers a bountiful harvest of vanilla, melons and bananas. This month I met with Ao Nui Adventures, who will be providing us with a warm, family-style welcome and accommodations throughout our stay. This 5 night experience is intimate – we are accepting less than 10 guests to stay in their own gorgeous, beach front VIP property.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Featured sessions on natural herbs for treating various illnesses
  • Mindful Meditations
  • Light Yoga
  • Body Connection Workshop
  • Exploring Nature in Huahine
  • Visits to local beaches, ancient meeting grounds, sacred spots
  • Lush botanical farm tour + lunch
  • VIP Boat Tour around the island of Huahine, snorkeling + swimming with reef sharks
  • BBQ Lunch on Private Island
  • Meeting the local Medicine Mama + Papa and learning ancient healing secrets
  • Tasting the local liquer store
  • Swimming
  • Hiking to lush overlooks
  • Healing through organic, wild caught, raw + native foods
  • Organic fruit and vegetable farm visit – learn how the people of Huahine make their own bio-diesel – naturally!
  • Learning about how the people preserve their native culture + habitat
  • Plus other exciting activities that will deeply connect you to this once in a lifetime experience!

The Huahine 5 nights package includes:

THE VIP EXPERIENCE:

  • Daily buffet breakfast at your hotel
  • Daily lunch and dinner included provided by MFR Huahine (optional to dine on your own as well but at your own additional expenses)
  • Special lei welcomed greeting at the airport in Huahine by MFR Huahine
  • Exclusive authentic cultural experience to all attendees of The Organic Life provided by MFR Huahine
  • Free water activities at the hotel

 

(The actual bungalow, beach and room where you will be staying! ^^ More photos of your stay and accommodations here.)

ACCOMODATIONS:

  • Round trip coach airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti via Air Tahiti Nui
  • Round trip coach airfare from Papeete, Tahiti to Huahine via Air Tahiti
  • Round trip airport transfers to your hotel in Huahine
  • Five (5) nights at the Relais Mahana Huahine in a garden bungalow (upgrade to Lagoon or Beach Bungalow available)*
  • Hotel taxes are included except the required city tax of $2 per person per night payable at the hotel upon checkout
  • Airlines taxes are NOT included as subject to change until ticketed.

TRAVEL DATES:

  • Air Tahiti Nui departing Los Angeles on NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 at 11:40pm, arriving in Tahiti at 5:30am on NOVEMBER 11TH, 2017
  • Air Tahiti Nui departing Tahiti on NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 at 11:45pm, arriving in Los Angeles at 11:00am on NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017

COST + COMPARISON:

Included in your price is your roundtrip flight, travel, ride to your room to and from the airport, 5 nights of your room, board, bungalow, daily meals, drinks, beauty products and gift bags! You will come away relaxed with a one of a kind, life changing wellness experience.

$2990 per person based on double occupancy. *You may also upgrade to lagoon bungalow – add $100 additional per person. Or add $200 per person for beach bungalow, based on double occupancy.

We also accept payment through payment plans, so you don’t have to pay the entire cost all at once! This can make it way more affordable, especially if you start now.

This trip is a major steal! In comparison, this retreat is roughly 1/4 of the price you would normally pay for a roundtrip flight, 5 night (6 day!) stay and accommodation in Huahine. However, you will receive so much more than a much needed paradise vacation. This is an immersive wellness experience that is designed to remind you of your connection to the earth. Since we are being hosted by a family who is so closely connected with the island, there will be a familial and welcoming feel to the retreat that is not only invaluable – it is otherwise unobtainable.

Plus – there is no pressure! I want each guest to do exactly what they are lead to do by their heart. Not only will we be getting back to our natural roots, we’ll be learning to listen to our body as well as our minds!

The spell cast by Huahine will last a lifetime. First timers will love the welcoming hospitality of the locals and the absolute serenity of the island’s natural surroundings. Mystical, captivating and alluring, Huahine is admittedly one of the more beautiful islands in French Polynesia.

I’m so excited to see you there! Spots are filling up quickly! If you’re interested, BOOK NOW!