Mara, From HTX to PDX

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May 22, 2017


I am really into being more active and eating right. Now that the sun is out I enjoy being outdoors or just heading out to the gym , and when I can't I do a few at home workouts. I shared my favorite indoor cardio circut here. I had the best mix going for the gym yesterday and I wanted to share my workout playlist with you. It works if you want to go hard either at home or the gym:

Do you have Spotify? You can scan this code to view my playlist!
Working on toning this all up, but I am happy. Don't beat yourself up over your body. 

I mentioned here briefly that I have gained some weight since moving. It is crazy because I am heavier, but I feel like I look healthy. I am still in my healthy weight and only a 21.8 BMI. BMI is highly debatable because a man 6'5'' and pure muscle has a skewed picture of a healthy weight... However its a good baseline.

Underweight: Your BMI is less than 18.5.
Healthy weight: Your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
Overweight: Your BMI is 25 to 29.9.
Obese: Your BMI is 30 or higher.

I used to be 19.5, so for me, even though I am still healthy I moved up a few points in the scale of 6 months. My workout journey is one of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not so much trying to be bone thin. I definitely could have used some of the weight I gained though, just not all of it.


May 18, 2017

MARC ECKO: Unlabel

 I read Marc Ecko's book Unlabel about 4 years ago... I never wrote my review. It has sat in my draft for that long. I was really inspired at the time and today while walking to lunch I saw that Marc will be on campus next week. I am dying and really excited to hear a keynote with him and Wex! He's a great businessman, in terms of branding, he's honestly talented. Outside of Ecko Unlimited, you know he started complex media? COMPLEX!!!!

So, its been about 4 years. Unlabel is still timeless. I have had a small internal struggle with my blog since I moved to Portland. Throughout these years I have never focused on this blog 100%. In college I focused on school and did this on the side. Throughout the last few years I have focused on my career and did this on the side. My blog has been consistent for sure, but I never give it a true focus.
I started blogging in college when I moved to Huntsville. I was studying fashion merchandising and I wanted to document my journey. At the time I wasn't thinking about getting sent things for free, followers, revenue. I blogged what was cool to me with what I had. In between classes I would throw up a blurb about trends, music, or life. When I graduated I was working in the field I wanted to. I got invited to events in the city that I blogged about on weekend or after work. I got sent things in the mail to review and even made a little money along the way. Again, all without making this a main focus. Now that I am alone in PDX, blogging is something I want to really focus attention to, but resources are slim.


May 15, 2017

ZERO DEGREES | My New favorite Boba Spot in Beaverton.

No, it's not zero degrees outside. There is a new boba place in town and its right around the corner from my house!  The line is always at least 35 people long and today I decided I would go. Thankfully there were about 15 people in line when I went. I still was there for about an hour to get my drinks. Zero Degrees started in California and this is the first franchise. Judging by the long lines, it is a success. It has been about a week or 2 since the soft opening and no matter what time I drive by the line is guaranteed to be out the door.
The ingredients are fresh and the boba is very sweet and freshly made as well. The most popular things are the two things I tried, Mango twist drinks and Split Cups.
I opted for strawberry limeaid with the mango twist straw. It has Tajin sprinkled on the mango, definitely reminds me of Texas. I love a good limeaid and this one was FRESH with strawberries, mint and lime remains in the bottom. 

May 11, 2017


Mothers day is coming up soon! Do you still need help picking out a gift? I put together a quick list of easy go to mothers day items. This is my first mothers day away from my mom so I will be mailing a gift home.

1. I have a couple of these Kendra Scott necklaces and they add the perfect touch to any outfit. I had the best one that was gold with black druzy and I lost it in Belize! I can't have nice things... really.
2. The apple watch is the coolest accessory for any tech obsessed mom. It does all that a fitbit does, and so much more.
3. Glossier's Balm dot com is my favorite lip balm, its so simple and care free throwing this into a gift bag for your mom is going to be a thoughtful and useful gift.
4. My mom loves Clarins after I gave her a kit for Christmas. They have so many products for many skin types and needs. I have raved about Clarins almost any chance I get.
5. Glam glow is another great gift for any mom that just needs to unwind! I know I love a good mask or multimask to end a week.
6. My mom and I were walking through Nordstrom one time and she was obsessed with this scent from Cartier called La Panthere. She has so many perfumes but of course wanted this one.
7. Kendra Scott earrings. They have so many shapes, sizes and colors to choose from you can easily find something for your mom there!
8. IT cosmetics is a new brand I am happy to start working with and they just introduced me to this lip balm. I'll talk more about them in a future post but this balm was developed with plastic surgeons to awaken and hydrate those lips!
9. What mom doesn't love a bag? This Tory Burch tote is the perfect tote for a working mom. 

Are you ready for Mother's Day?


May 7, 2017


Summer is coming and we are all trying to squeeze in time to shed a few extra lbs or tone up. I haven't had my dog to run and the rain and wintery seasons have kept me indoors. With this combination, I have definitely put on a few lbs. I am still within a healthy weight and BMI for my height, but it's not a norm for my body so I am working to lose a few pounds.
To solve not always having a moment to go to the gym or spontaneously go for a run with my pup, I found this at home workout. Since I don't do cardio often this is actually kind of challenging! I do it while watching TV so that it doesn't seem so tedious. I also break the larger sets up but the more you do this the easier it gets:

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