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Apr 17, 2018

PHX TRAVEL LOG | THE DESSERT MUSEUM

I AM BACK! I am jet lagged but I am so happy to have gone to my homeland and hang out with my family, city hop, eat good food, and just relax. My first 2 week vacation ever. Thats right. I have never been allowed to go on a 2 week vacation before, so I am extra thankful to not only have the ability to go, but also have the encouragement to take time off to myself. So where do we start? Let's start where my vacation started: MANILA.

I was born in Manila, Philippines. I lived in PH for like maybe a year and then moved to the US. I have been back to PH 4 times now, and it changes so much everytime. I am also much older now since the last time I went, but that didn't mean I didn't want to be a kid and eat desserts and play in instagram heaven. My cousin works for the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City which is just off the Mall of Asia, and also on top of the Dessert Museum. Because of my travel schedule I landed in PH before my mom, so Cyn-cha and I both had a stay at the Conrad and a mouthwatering tour of the Museum.
The Doughnut room starts out with a slide. You slide into the museum. 

A bathtub full of gummy bears is actually kind of an amazing thing. After the gummy bear room we headed into the cotton candy room. When they spun cotton candy the sprinkled it with powdered milk. I was very confused but the flavor wasn't bad. I don't prefer it that way, but it was a unique experience. 
It was really fun! If you find yourself in Manila I recommend going. 8 rooms and 6 desserts later I was a happy tourist.
LOVE, MARA
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Mar 28, 2018

OFFLINE


I was going to write a few auto posts but I decided to truly take a break to get inspired. What better way to take in some inspo offline then heading to... THE PHILIPPINES.
I can't wait to share more with you when I get back. Until then, ya girl is OFFLINE.
LOVE, MARA


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Mar 20, 2018

EVA GUTOWSKI X COLOURPOP

I've been an Eva fan for a minute which might be kind of weird for me to admit, but I just did. Eva is such a cool girl boss with great style and she has the ultimate travel goals... I say this, but I have the world's worst luck when it comes to flights. I love to be anywhere but home, but getting there is always a struggle. That in itself can be its own blog post. I have a ton of airline anxiety stories... including one this week!
BUT ANYWAY. 
EVA, TRAVEL GAWD, has a collab with one of my favorite affordable makeup companies, colourpop. I own a ton of their matte cream lippies, and am kind of sad Eva didn't include any in her collection. The eye shadow colors however, are everything. I put together a couple mood boards because GIRL is everything. The line drops on Friday! I don't really wear eyeshadow but I love these tones. I want to try to get the lip colors, I wonder how fast these will go. 

How are you feeling about this collab?
LOVE, MARA

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Mar 12, 2018

MUSIC MONDAY | MALIBOOTY

I have been busting it in the Gym for the past few weeks and I am feeling more like myself again. I have gained some weight since moving and the gym is making me feel like I am getting back to the dancer bod I used to have. I have been an adamant gym goer for a few years now, but I am happy getting back into a grand routine. 
Different things work for different people. Because I typically go to the gym and lift weights, or use weights for workouts, bodyweight cardio exercises will do nothing for me. If you are starting from zero, sure...cardio alone will show results at first. You will not become shredded from just cardio. It doesn't work that way. If you are looking to build muscle, cardio actually can hamper muscle gains. I alternate arms/back and leg day at the gym, but I always end with the elliptical. To burn more fat, cardio after weights is best. Some people say the other way around, and some people day it doesn't matter. For me, I prefer to do cardio after. The general rule of thumb is if you are looking to increase endurance, do cardio first. If you are looking to lose weight or increase strength, do cardio after. 
I have done lots of research over the years and have done things the right and wrong way and seen real results doing things a certain way. I mentioned on my IG that I was trying Kayla Itsines BBG. As someone who does a harder gym routine... it wasn't something that works for me. Yes BBG is a good workout, but if I'm doing lunges I prefer to put 110 lbs on my back and do 4 sets of 12. Not walk around a room for 24 sets. Will I be tired from lunging around a room? Sure. Will I feel as accomplished as reaching 145 lbs as a PR lunge? NOPE. 
I like being able to go to the gym after a day of work, unwind and have some quiet time to just listen to music, turn my brain off and just sweat. Some people hate lifting or using machines but I personally kind of love reaching a new PR. I have WEAK arms. I started about 3 weeks ago only being able to do a wide grip lat pull-down with about 50 lbs, now I'm pulling 75. My goal is to pull 120. I love the gratification of being able to see my strength build. I just plug in and chip away at my fitness goals. 
I have a few different playlists but I am always into really upbeat songs when I'm at the gym, so here are my music Monday selections:

These links lead to youtube, happy Monday:

LOVE, MARA
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Mar 4, 2018

Kendleton Farms | Shop Local, Support a Great Cause

Before I get into the amazing cause that is Elijah Rising, I want to be sure to highlight that all products from Kendleton Farms help provide assistance to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. The survivors live, heal and work at Kendleton Farms and lets be real, the products are so amazing.  In my care package from my girl Sam, who I went to high school with by the way, I got the best array of items that represent the brand. 
Kendleton Farms uses natural and high quality materials in their line. The scents on everything are really impressive. I was actually surprised by the quality here. This line is so cute I hope it has found its way into little boutiques already! The aesthetic is everything and every little detail goes a long way.
The Items I received are linked below:
Charcoal Mint Natural Soap (not available)
Tobacco and Cedar Soy Candle (14.5 oz linked)
Is this not the cutest candle? It also smells amazing. 4.5oz won't do, I need to spring for the 14.5oz ones. I am so curious to see what the other scents smell like, the prickly pear and honey bourbon are sitting in my cart as we speak. I love giving gifts that are not only amazing, but also for a good cause. If you are looking for items to fill a gift bag just know that this is my new go-to. The items I am talking about range from $5-$28. 
I have been eyeing different types of bath salts so this came at a good time. I can't wait to unwind with this lava soak. It has a clean scent and I love the way it looks on my already cluttered bathroom counter. It fits the vibe, so I am here for it.
If you want to learn a little more about Elijah Rising click here. Through prayer, awareness, intervention and aftercare they are committed to ending Sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is always a major problem in port cities, Houston is one of the worst, but Portland is also pretty bad.
You can shop Kendleton Farms HERE.

Thanks for sending me this package Sam! This is one of the coolest things I have been able to share with my readers.
LOVE, MARA
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