Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Month Who diss

#July1st

Anyone else feel excited about the start of a new month?
For some reason energetically this month has felt more normal than the others and I feel like I am back in the groove of my life! Excitement-filled days full of ambitious vibes is my go-to vibe any day! 
It's weird also to think that the cases of Covid-19 are increasing in Texas counties and it's almost like a false start for us. But in reality it's all about perspective! My perspective is to keep on keeping on with the same drive and passion as before but to also proactively think of others and our safety. This balance is definitely possible but has to be intentionally done! 

Hand Sanitizer ✔️
Face Mask✔️
Cleaning surfaces✔️
Not touching anything✔️
Smiling at strangers ✔️
Polite Banter ✔️
Positive Thoughts ✔️
Meditate when I'm anxious✔️

All of these are necessary to keep me healthy AND mentally fit!!

Please stay safe out there and also don't let fear of the unknown keep you down!

Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-MartinezπŸ’•
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Just ONE moment of Pause can make a difference

Just ONE moment of pause can make a difference!



Hey yall I have been really leaning on my meditation practice these past couple of months to really ensure my mental health! Taking mini pauses throughout the day and even before I react to triggering events, words, or even turn on the news has realy served me a world of good! If you are new to meditation I have included a list of some of my favorite videos for you to check out!

Ten Minute Guided Meditation

This is a great starter for a mini-break you may need throughout the day!



Five Minute Bell Meditation
This meditation helped me get through the corporate world. When I worked at Cartier this was my go-to on my lunch breaks and allowed me to get re-centered!!

Powerful Morning Affirmation Meditation

This video is great for when you first start daily affirmations as well. I love it when I can start my day with intention and pouring love into myself and confidence.... sometimes we need to hear it to believe it and affirming it is the best way to do it!!

Wind Down Meditation to fall asleep


& this one too is great for falling asleep


Its crazy how fast I feel asleep but it wasnt like a groggy sleep but actual sleep!
Thank yalll for checking out some of my favorite meditation-videos as they have been my serious go to these days to keep me centered!! If you can't do five minutes I recommend starting out with just a minute! One moment is all it takes!!

Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

#TuesdayThoughts

If you would have told me this is how 2020 would have been a year ago......
I would not have believed you but the growth is real!!!!
I had to take space for my inner peace and just overall healing! This space of healing has hit me to my core and is just a wonderful space as I feel like portions of this healing is a buildup from my ancestors that needed to be resolved and healed! Oppression being brought to the limelight at this level is seriously a transformative experience! Transformative but not easy. I urge everyone out there to take a moment to check in with yourself truly and truthfully! If you need to cry then cry. If you need to weep then weep. If you need to tell then tell! This space of true authentic emotion is such a sacred space! Sending love to you on this amazing healing pathπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-MartinezπŸ’•

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday Motivation #May edition


#Maythe4thBeWithYou

This quote inspires me and is my mantra for this month! With two months being in quarantine I realize that the processing of the massive changes in my daily life happens in waves. Some days are incredibly productive and others are filled with Netflix marathons.
It's all soo enlightening because I realize that if I want to do something I have to intentionally commit to doing it and not letting distractions step in and side track me.
"Do or do not there is no try," is a famous quote by Yoda the wise sage from Star Wars ⭐️ 


I'm personally a huge fan of Star Wars & grew up watching the movies with my daddy πŸŽ₯.  I have seen every installment of the series even the Mandalorian the big hit from last year. The "force" being with you in intuition and power is such a powerful theme in the movies and inspirational.

As today is May 4th this quote felt oh so appropriate as a reminder to stop making excuses and to just DO the tough things necessary in order to achieve my dreams. 

Well May The 4th be with you today!
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez πŸ’•
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Friday, May 1, 2020

Cheers to May


Cheers to making it through April!!πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚
Yall we made it!!πŸ˜‚ Seriously what a blessing to wake up in a new month full of possibilities and hope! 
April was so eye-opening for me as I navigated the quarantine and seriously learned so many lessons. There was this push-pull of being majorly productive and then fully resting. By just being me and present was the real lesson.
One of the mIn successes of last month was incorporating new habits that kept me mentally strong. I ran 46 miles last month and it really helped me commit to a goal while staying healthy!
I'll be posting next week several more workout posts so stay tuned!
I'm feeling hopeful for the upcoming month and wishing blessings to you during this time.✨✨

Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Monday, April 20, 2020

#Home-Made Brown Sugar Scrub

#Homemade Face & Body Scrub

For today's post, I am sharing one of my favorite throwbacks just in time for the quarantine.
As most of the makeup stores Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom are all closed during this time I wanted to share one of my favorite clean beauty recipes. As I have very sensitive skin and it actually works wonder on my skin when I'm in a pinch!
 I'm going over an easy 5 step recipe to make a brown sugar face/body scrub! As I have sensitive skin I was on the lookout for an organic option and I found one below:


Homemade Brown Sugar Face Scrub

Cup of Brown Sugar
Teaspoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil(Solid Version)
8-10 ct of Blueberries
Small Mason Jars- I personally like the Ball brand! It's great quality and some come with lids!
A teaspoon of Vanilla Extra
Bowl or Plastic Bags
1. Crush blueberries (blend them if possible) into small pieces. The smaller they ate the easier it is to mix with the scrub! Save the juice and skin of the blueberries as it's healthy for your skin. Blueberries are full of antioxidants which are great for your skin!

2. Add the Brown Sugar!! (Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for people that have sensitive skin! I personally have sensitive skin and it's better to use this instead of salts.



3. Add the vanilla extract and coconut oil to the mixture.  The vanilla extract is good for keeping your skin young-looking and is also full of antioxidants and heals/ soothes your skin! And it smells tasty! While the extra virgin coconut oil helps as it's antifungal & antibacterial while being a great moisturizer!
4. Add more brown sugar if needed to make the scrub more scrub-like!
5. Voila, you're done! Slather away!! * Make sure you store in an airtight container once done!*
I personally like this scrub as it smells sooo good! It was hard for me not to eat it considering all of the ingredients were organic and edible!
This will assist you tremendously if you have sensitive skin like me as it will exfoliate while moisturizing your skin!
Hope Y'all liked today's post as it was super fun to do! Seriously couldn't believe how easy it was to make using food in my pantry!
Til next time,
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

#FavTrend Feb edition

#FavTrend Feb edition

Hey y'all today on the blog! I am sharing three trends that I have seriously been sooo obsessed with! 



#1 Cutouts

Bella Hadid rocking Brandon Maxwell with the cutouts.
This trend was rocked during the 2020 New York Fashion Week and its a great way to put a modern twist on a normally classy look!


This TopShop top is from Nordstrom @ $35 and it's so cute! It would pair well with high waist pants or jeans!


And this crazy sexy cool cutout across the shoulder  top from Krisa is so cute! Priced at $120 can be picked up from Revolve!


For some reason i have been having technical difficulties with Mercury Retrograde!!! But this is the fav trend for Feb 2020!!
til next time,

Karen Beatty-Martinez πŸ’•πŸ’•
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

#favYellowFashionPieces

#favYellowFashionPieces



Hey yall today on the blog, I am sharing some of my favorite yellow pieces!!
Yellow is hands down my favorite color! It's so bright and sunny and for me it is an instant mood booster!!
It's important to know what color in your wardrobe makes you feel like a million bucks! Presentation, job interview, HOTT date! Know what colors in your closet are your power colors! 

That is your secret weapon!! 


I am sharing several of my favs as well as high and low fashion pieces that are oh so inspiring for me! So stay tuned!!

1. Yellow Blazer




This is literally my go to, my secret weapon wardrobe staple! I actually wore it today for a presentation I gave! The crazy thing is that it was under $30 when I purchased it from Shein but with great upkeep(Thank you local cleaners) it has stood the test of time!
To shop for other yellow blazers click here!!

2. Yellow Zapatos
These boots are so fyahh with the combination of not one but TWO trends! Python and YELLOW! Yass please! Click here to shop these boots!!

3. Sunflower Blouse: 



Dolce & Gabbana Sunflower Blouse

Yall, I am seriously soo obsessed with the top above! Like seriously its crazy!! This Sunflower blouse is perfect regardless of the season! Dolce & Gabbana made a gorgeous piece! To shop for this stunning piece click here!
The blouses below are so business casual chic you can ever convert them to date night without any hesitation! 

More of my favs:

4. Yellow Chaqueta




This jacket! It is another trendy inspo piece for me! ITs a Teddy Style Jacket + Yellow Jacket! Seriouslyy love it!! It's only $275 so it's not too crazy! 
Click here to shop for this piece!

5. Yellow Birkin




Hermes Birkin.... yes, please! This is a complete inspo piece! It's only quoted at $83k no big deal!! It's stunning and this is literally the perfect statement-making piece for like ever! Shoot it better be it the cost of some cars!

favs:

Comment below which piece is your fav and inspires you!

til next time,
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez

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Monday, February 10, 2020

#favOscarsLooks2020

#favOscarsLooks

Blog If yall have not picked up your jaw off of the floor from last night's Oscars I'm there with you! I am nothing but inspired and excited for the fashion year ahead!! Okkkkkkay!!!
*I do not own the rights to these gorgeous photos, All have been tagged!


JanelleMonae Instagram

Janelle Monae Instagram

JanelleMonaeInstagram:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Z1QaFASkN/

1. Janelle MonaeThis look is STUNNING, Point, blank period!! Alright thats it! Jewels, cape and gown all morphed into one! Just pure perfection!! Okay I have to talk about how much I'm obsessed with this look! There is a video by Ralph Lauren showing the making of this look! And seriously it exemplifies why its the number one look!For the Full Instavideo click here:https://www.instagram.com/tv/B8YG2d5h40R/?igshid=spv3na88j0bc




@ShayMitchell-official Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8aYHlRF7xI/

2. Shay Mitchell killed it! As she is a new mom who didn't bounce back but bounced forward!! She is one of my fav celebs with her style and personality and this look did not disappoint!

Ciara's Instagram/ :
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8aJ6piHx9u/

3. Ciara


yes queen baby bump and all and she completely killed this look! Yall this look makes me think twice about not rocking a killa look, baby bump or no baby bump!! You can still rock it!! Literally no excuse!! They seriously look like Ken and Barbie! #perfection once again!! 
FashionBombDaily:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Y8Vl8FiDS/?igshid=1w3j5ls5zjqdn

4. Tessa Thompson


This Versace Goddess Look was spectacular!! She looked like one of the gorgeous Valkyrie from Marvel!! Stunning!!

https://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2020/02/10/ralph-russo-the-vanity-fair-oscar-party/

5. Kylie Jenner

This look is such a gorgeous and chic evening gown look! Literally the style gods sent this custom gown for her! just a fyahhh look!
Picture from FashionBombDaily/Versace:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Xcuj3FsCF/?igshid=16ggqqft3vz7p

6. Cynthia Erivo- 

This dress was completely worn out by here! The way it hugs her curves but also looks like a ball gown but what about the leg slit! Yass queen she kilt this look!! A++ 
via FashionBombDaily:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8YNWseFkdl/

7.Vanessa Hudgens's Royalty Purple Gown


The hue and the overall sexiness of this look was just so timeless and just so classy in an understated way!!! So gorg! Well done Vanessa!!

Kim Kardashian Instagram

Kim's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8YBQLyA7QR/

8. Kanye & Kim

Kanye's look was just soooo crazy cool! Everyone is commenting how it looks like the Old Kanye! Its almost like he is matching Kylie lol. Kim looks stunning per usual with this cream number! The fabric and overall style screams Alexander McQueen and is such an epitome of edgy-chic!! Perfect!



9. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig

This combo was so sensational during the Oscars! I feel like they stole the show and these looks they were serving definitely needed an award!! They should look into being hosts next year because they would kill it! BridesmaidsTWO huh??



10. Natalie Portman

 This dress is so so chic, effortless and glam! To make the whole look even more statement-making Natalie had all of the women's directors names embroidered on the cape who were shut out of the Oscars!  


11. Brie Larson 

This look was seriously looked so stunning in this gorgeous number! With the matching cape and the jewels together this ensemble ranks as one of her best looks in my opinion!!

Yall all of these looks just seriously inspired me sooo much and I remember as a teen being so mesmerized by award season and it seriously still rings trues! 
These fyahhh looks seriously encouraged me to keep stepping my fashion game up but they also re-affirm why I picked up my pen years ago..... as fashion still lights up my soul!!


til next time,
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

#CURRENT STATEMENT MAKING PIECES Jan ed. 2020

Current Fav #HighLow Statement Pieces


Hey yall today on the blog I am sharing some of my favorite statement-making pieces.
As this is the January edition its mainly focused on winter wear. Several of the pieces can be transitioned into fall like the one above but definetly they are pieces that are trendy will most likely still be sooo hottt in 2020!!

1. LEATHER JACKET:

Yall, the jacket above has seriously been my go-to for the past two months! I am sooo obsessed with the color! This jacket is from Charlotte Russe and I actually got it from a local consignment shop on top of that! As you can see from above I just pair it with an all-black outfit and boom I'm dressed up!
For more of my favorites: 




2. HEADBANDS:


Yall headbands are perfect if you are having a bad hair day or just want to add a little pop to your outfit! I use them when my hair is not looking as fresh as it should be! this is a great tip if your braids or weave needs a refresh! Headbands will help you buy a couple of days! 

To shop some of my favs:






3. HANDBAGS:

Need I say more! Handbags can take any outfit from blah to YASSS honey!
To shop the Lipstick purse click here! SPLURGE-WORTHY!!
Regarding my personal style I have a range of low end purses like an

 essential brown bucket bag pictured here to my classic Louie!

I highly recommend you invest in a signature luxury handbag!
The thing is that no one tells you is that you could purchase a luxury handbag (pre-owned aka pre-loved) or you could even rent it! Yall Im so serious! I am dedicated a full #blogpost about purchasing luxury handbags so stay tuned!
For some of my favs:




4. SNEAKS


Sneakers are perfect to dress down a outfit and also as a mood booster to kick butt in the gym!

these are some of current favs!!
All of these range in price from under $100 to upwards of $600
 Sneaks Favs: 





5. BLAZERS:



Missguided & Asos has several oversized blazers that are under $100 and can help you still get that fab look!
Also, I highly recommend you visit your local thrift store and check out the men's blazers as you are more likely to find a bigger jacket with a crazy sexy cool vibe!
Currently fav blazers:

Thank yall for the checking out some of my favorite statement-making pieces! The best thing about high/low fashion is that you don't have to splurge on the statement-making pieces but if you know how to style it, it will look like you splurged.
til next time
Peace & Love, 
Karen Beatty-Martinez

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Favorite Designer Shoes... Jan edition 2020

#TrendyTuesdayShoesday Jan edition 2020

Luxury Edition &&& Hot Trend Report

Hey, y’all today’s post is bad after popular demand! Its all of my current favorite shoes just in time for Tuesday ShoesDay!!

So since its the winter season and new 2020 I wanted to do a deep dive to see if there are any “NEW NEW” trends in the shoe department.

I saw that there were a lot of neutrals and also sparkly, gem-encrusted and studded shoes! Or maybe that's my own taste!!



#1 Prada Neutral Boots- $790

These boots remind me of Timbs so bad bu are a little chicer in a way with the laces! These shoes will def be hotttt this season! Mark my words!
To shop these shoes click here: 


#2 Chloe Studded Booties $1380


These are pretty expensive but definitely will be in season for the next couple of seasons! 
The pattern of the studs makes them casual but also dressy!
You could dress it up with a TutuDress and Graphic Tee or even a rocker tee and cuffed black jeans!!
Sooo cute with an edgy touch!!
Click here to shop these beauties!





#3 Gucci Wool Combat Boots

Yall these boots right here!!!!

Fyhhhh! They have the monogram and I can see so many people rocking these boots y’all!
They come in two colors tan and black! 



These bad boys are gonna go fast so make sure you purchase them before you’re too late!!

Click here to buy the Tan option!





#4 Christian Louboutin Studded Collar Booties- $1095

Love love love the to collar of these booties!!! So chic and the way the studded collar is you have gotta rock them!
These are gonna be hott hot hot
They also come in a tan color as well!
Click here for the tan option:
And for the black option
These are the perfect option for an all-black outfit! Think date night with skinny black jeans or shiny black leggings and a black turtleneck! And then add the booties and its the perfect sexy cool look!




#5 Rose Dolce & Gabbana Sneaks


These shoes are boho slash futuristic!
These would be my theme shoes for the 2020 year! Active but also chic!
Make you wanna jump on the tennis court real quick and be Mrs. Williams!!

Click here to shop these tennis shoes!



 BONUS: d&G Heels


These heels are stunning! They give me like Venice vibes and they would be the perfect complement to a little black dress!
Click here to shop these heels:


Comment below which shoes are your fav! Also how you would personally style these beauties


til next time,
Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez 


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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Great Workouts to Start 2020 with a Bang!

Start 2020 with a BANG!!


Hey y'all today on the blog I'm sharing some of my favorite at-home workouts to help
You kickstart the new year. I personally have a big goal this year to run several
More 5ks and a 10k!

If you are having a hard time getting started on your goal then I Definitely recommend for you to watch the video below!

I personally find that when I need a kick in you know what I watch a 3-4 minute motivational video.

HIIT Treadmill:
High-Intensity Training is supposed to be a fat burner and as a sprinter, I find it so helpful for a quick workout
I have been doing an incremental workout lately on the treadmill that has been paying off for me! Regardless of the amount of time I have to work out just doing a 15-minute workout was impactful.
Basically what you do is walk 30 seconds and sprint 90 seconds and then alternate it. The goal is to be able to sprint the full 2 minutes. If 30 seconds is not enough to rest increase to a minute and walk one minute and run one minute.
Basically, it will look like this for a 20-minute workout
0:00-1:30 Sprint -Light intensity-;warmup rate
1:30-2:00 Walk
2-3:30 Sprint at Medium Speed
3:30-4 Walk
4:00-5:30 Sprint at Full Speed
5:30-6:00 Walk

Repeat the sets to the amount of time for the workout

Make sure you warm up before with at least 7-10 minutes of stretching.

And make sure you also cool down with good stretching. This is a step I never skip as I have pulled muscles in the past and its all because I was rushing. Don't make this mistake!

#Abs


The Best abs video I have used I have not been able to get thru all 7 days and yall thats definelty on my resolutions list this year!




#Leg Day:






Britnee Babe gives so many workouts that you do at home with no equipment! Seriously I am a big fan of her easy and kick-ass workouts!!



#Yoga

Adrienne is an Austin based Yoga teacher that has an amazing yoga community and she makes so many amazing videos for any fitness levels!

This video is great for cool downs after a long workout as well!



Hope yall enjoy today's post and this will encourage you to get started on your fitness journey!

Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-MartinezπŸ’•

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