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girl crush: alexis schulze

August 20, 2015

thursday happy to you m’loves!

it’s girl-crush time.

you know all of those nektar juices you’re addicted to?

well today we have the {beautiful} face behind the nektar craze.

alexis schulze, co-creator with her husband steve, of nektar juice, a company just named one of the top 5000 fastest growing in america, graciously took the time to stop by GNI, to let us crush on her.

sweet as pie, and as pretty as its peach filling, alexis is never without a smile or a friendly “hello.

even before i had met her {i of course knew who she was–she’s LIKE totally famous}–she was always so nice to me and welcoming.

let’s get to know this lovely lady:

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alexis, tell us a bit about yourself and how you manage this full life of yours {married to steve, {2} boys, + your juice empire.} 

i think of myself as that girl in the circus balancing on a ball. she might look like she has it all together, but inside she’s freaking out! i juggle a business {i was always a teacher,} a typical busy, family life, and try to maintain my obsession with working out. my passion besides all of this is probably food. i love food…..

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 name 5 bottom-of -the-jar products?

 for my face- arcona has a great line that i have been using on my sensitive, 41-year-old skin for probably 9 years now. my staples are magic white ice, a moisturizer, the solution– a nighttime repairing serum, and the vitamin A complex-a retinol formula for firming and clarity. my newest find is a natural deodorant that {so far} seems to be top notch- nourish organics {berry and fig smell yummy} and their argan butter- which is a mix of argan oil and shea butter, so it’s like butter cream on my dry sensitive skin! and not quite as hippie dippie is my oribe foundation mist. that stuff can fix my post-workout pony tail line that has ruined me for decades…always an obvious tell that i didn’t wash my hair…… UNTIL NOW!! {insert evil laugh here.}

style

who is your style icon and why?

i have to say jessica alba- she’s sexy and classy, and she’s just gorgeous!

molly sims is another one.

i think i am drawn to how real they are; they seem like peeps i would hang out with.

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what is your summer fashion, must-have item?

i am queen of the ROMPER! less thinking about what goes with what; throw it on with a great shoe and some fun jewelry! voila! even i can look put together that way!

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smell

what is your favorite smell?

cookies baking in the oven and my boys fresh from the shower!

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how do you define luxury?

an incredible bottle of wine, sitting outside somewhere beautiful.

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what’s the last book you read and loved?

the nightingale was one that stuck with me.

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what are your vices?

wine, cheese, more wine! not so original in that one!

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

clothes? haha! ok, seriously….. probably a pedicure.

what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

stop being so critical and don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just own what you have.

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what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

a perfect mix of exploration and relaxation. traveling somewhere i have not been, and adding a little adventure, some sightseeing and a lot of food and wine!

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give me your 5 deserted island items….people and things? 

is it bad to NOT bring my kids? i mean, kinda selfish, but i would want them..although i know they would whine the whole time killing my relaxing vibe. so maybe not! being politically correct i should say my husband, but he’s not very handy, and i think charlie hunnam seems to me like he could build us a house and whatever else i needed. a coco jack– that way i could drink a lot of coconut water and stay hydrated. a phone to call my kids and husband {just to check in because i wouldn’t actually want to leave charlie all alone,} a kindle to read {assuming i had a lot of books already downloaded,} and a good pair of shoes for hiking.

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

i think i just described it above….:)

ok really. finding balance, real and honest friendships, and the ability to spend quality time with those i love. oh and if cellulite didn’t exist!

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 family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

family excluded…..well, i am not really into things…i think as unglamorous as it sounds my night guard..keeps me from having migraines…and that is pretty prized.

 in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

i am fascinated by the WWII era, but i’m not sure i’d want to live then.

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 what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

the weather! growing up in arizona it’s really nice to not melt when you walk outside.

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 what are your least favorite things about southern california?

being far from family and how perfect everyone looks is…kinda hard on us perfectionist, aging women!

thank you alexis for letting us crush on you today, and giving us a glimpse into your life—you are sweet as nektar! 

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friday i’m in LOVE!!!

August 14, 2015

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friday happy to you m’loves!

no, you’re not still tripping on last night’s portobello mushroom, i’m back for the second time this week.

i feel like i’m finally emerging from my self-ensconced, post-natal lair.

leaving the house for life outside of work and when the coffee runs out, is starting to happen more often.

i’m also resuming my crucial, uninterrupted time with my first girl, my heart, my love–my priscilla.

priscilla LOVES sutton…

case in point:

~a snippet of the hours of footage we have where priscilla watches over a newborn sutton.

she hasn’t left her wee charge since.

jones takes more of a hands-off, night’s watch approach; he guards the house, and minds the perimeter of the property–loving our girl from afar.

i adore these beasts more and more every day…..

here are few other things i’m loving on this fine friday:

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this week marked my first forray back towards pre-baby fitness.

i’m not looking for a certain number on the scale, or a previous sized pant; what i care most about is how i feel.

i want/need/will pay good money, and/or will perform circus animal tricks for more energy.

i miss moxie in my joints and muscles.

i long for a feeling of spontaneity in my legs, arms and back; rather than the deadweight of a napping, grizzly bear i’m currently carrying in my shoulders, neck, and hip flexors.

the dailey method is my remedy.

it’s no secret the dailey method {TDM} is my favorite barre class.–and yes i’ve even taught for this ice cream sundae of a studio–they are hands down the best barre studio around. no one pays more attention to form, safety, and alignment-you will NOT injure yourself in these classes {if you follow proper instruction and ask for modifications when necessary.}

shannon roberts, just one of the best girls EVER and luckily, my friend, taught the class, and effectively handed my “seat” to me.

i left the studio “lifted, toned, and stretched.”

there are currently 56 dailey method studios globally- i encourage you to try one out.

and if you don’t have a studio nearby…you can always purchase or stream their workouts

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now on to my favorite subject: food.

i’ve been living off these two soups from trader joes: the organic creamy asparagus soup + the organic roasted tomatillo gazpacho; both are vegan, filling, and delicious.

i’m not sure how the asparagus soup is dairy free; it’s as creamy-tasting as cupcake frosting, but without costume change into waistband-free, sweat pants.

and although the gazpacho says to eat “chilled,” i heat it up nonetheless.

if i wanted it cold, i’d serve it over tortilla chips with melted cheese and call it “salsa.”

—chilled soup!??!?!—so stupid!!!!!


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and this could be my most favorite find of the year!

method PURE NAKED moisturizing body wash is the only grocery store/target/drugstore {mainstream consumer brand} body wash i’ve ever found that does not test on animals.

yes, you can buy specialty body washes at the grocery store, etc..but they’re always pricier, and typically available in scents that smell like yoga mats or tuna casserole.

this wash comes in surfside, magnolia {my favorite}, olive leaf {hunkiest’s favorite}, + a white tea scent.

it kills me that people lose their minds over cecil the lion {which deserves the outrage,} but in the next breath/post they’ll laud a company or product that tests on animals–which if you ask me, an entire life locked in a cage, poked, prodded, and poisoned {aka tortured} is still worse than a life spent roaming free in a national park until being mercilessly hunted down one night.

i’m not saying i’m perfect {i’m currently looking to replace my bounce bursts–found out they test on animals}–but, if animal cruelty is something you’re not down with, i believe a quick smartphone google of “cruelty free” the next time you go shopping can collectively make an impact.

now can someone please get me a gondola ride down from my soapbox?

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i leave with you some jams for your weekend audio pleasure:

i have to give credit to my friend, my mate in soul and jukebox, john p., for reminding how much i love the paper town’s soundtrack.

there isn’t one bad song on the album {do people still call them albums?}

if i had sam bruno’s “search party” on cassette, the ribbon would already be unraveled from so much play + rewind; i’m apologizing in advance to my classes for the search party overdose.

santigold’s “radio,” kindess’ version of “swinging party,” + alice boman’s heartbreaking “be mine” are my other favorites.

and you…always you m’loves–you of course are my favorites too!!

weekend happy to you….let’s go out having a swinging party shall we?

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pregnant or not at XPECTING boutique

February 11, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 6.15.59 PMXpecting boutique is a southern california, one-stop shopping mecca for mommies; both pregnant and not.

my partner in local-tomfoolery, leigh beach, and i were graciously asked by stefani, the owner of Xpecting, to kick off their social media campaign #pregnantornot; where two people, one who is pregnant and one who is not, wear the same article of clothing in three different ways to show how truly versatile and accessible Xpecting’s fashion is.

we had a blast “styling” ourselves; although i want a do-over when these 30lbs are gone.

 let’s get to know the woman behind this great retail concept:

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stephani clymer is a working mom of two awesome boys {nash-4 and pierce-almost 2). she started her career in PR at Neiman Marcus. after a brief outside sales stint she realized retail was her calling. with a bachelor’s degree in retail from the university of arizona, stephani had the perfect background to open up a successful boutique.
Xpecting came about from a life-long dream to open her own shop, and at the age of 25, stephani’s best friend was pregnant and struggling to find cute maternity clothes; that sparked an idea, and stephani opened Xpecting in 2006.
what’s interesting is that stephani opened Xpecting before she was even married; let alone pregnant with babies–this must be why her selection of non-maternity items is so fabulous.
i asked stephani a little more of what makes Xpecting so special:
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what makes xpecting unique?
i think our best/unique quality is the reason women love Xpecting, and that is the fact that over half of what we carry is NOT maternity. sounds crazy at first, but when you really think about it so many of today’s styles are long and loose making them belly friendly. we like to say we do the homework for you by choosing the styles that will work 9 months and beyond. of course we do carry a great selection of maternity denim, dresses, tops and bras because some items just have to be the real deal.
on top of all that we now cater to busy moms who are not pregnant by offering a wide selection of fashionable, price conscious, NON-maternity styles.
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you’re getting in new stuff daily; what’s the best way to stay in the loop besides facebook + instagram on new finds and events coming into the store?
the best way to save at Xpecting is to become a VIP – for $50 you can save 15% off of every single purchase for an entire year, plus 25% off twice, each month. where else can you save on new arrivals with brands like Free People, Citizens, Splendid, Chaser, DL1961 and more?!
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leigh and i couldn’t agree more, Xpecting carries rad, versatile clothes that both the mommy-to-be + the skinny bitch leigh can wear.

 we were asked to style the clementine long kimono from JACK by BB Dakota.

super lightweight and comfortable, it retails for $62, and Xpecting still has them in stock.

for the first “look,” on her way to a movie with her husband eric {he was SO bummed fifty shades of grey wasn’t out yet,} leigh paired her kimono with ripped black jeans and a beanie. she and her not-pregnant self couldn’t look any cuter.

i dressed my kimono up a bit, wearing it over a black blazer, trousers, and pumps.

where do you ask, was i going, so fancy-pants’d-up?

um, downstairs to the fridge thank you!

duh.

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leigh and i were both able to put the kimono to work for a barre class—she to take, me to teach.

i love the privacy it gives my growing bump, legs, and bottom.

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date night can’t get any hotter with leigh in her leather pants, cheetah heels and kimono.

priscilla and i had our own version of date night, chilling out on our back porch in denim and boots.

thank you again stephani for letting us play “rachel zoe” for a couple of days, and thank you even more for letting us keep the kimonos!!

Xpecting is located at 369 E 17th Street in costa mesa, ca. their phone number is 949-574-2184 + you can email them at info@xpectingmaternity.com..

leigh and i had so much fun with this game we’ve decided to forray it into a new career…..we are open to all offers and businesses; particularly del taco, sidecar doughnuts, four seasons hotels and of course, mercedes benz…so give us a call.

wednesday happy to you m’loves! make it a fashionable day!

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