Office Dress Code – Without Wearing Black

  Office Dress Code - Without Wearing Black Most businesses have some sort of dress code in place.  My husband and I have a clinic and we have a dress code, albeit a fairly relaxed one.  Recently our front desk team asked to have a uniform.  The medical assistants and lab team get to wear scrubs.  And when you know what you are wearing getting dressed is easier. However, as the front desk, they are the first people to interact with you as you are welcomed in, so scrubs isn't the right fit for them. How do you make something basic, like a cardigan, still look cute and stylish? This universally flattering shade of orange cardigan works great with our other branded colors AND some basics.  However RED and BLACK are NOT our branded colors.  Designing an office uniform that doesn't involve black clothing can be tricky, but here's what I came up with.  What do you think?   … [Read more...]

Hormone Balancing Freezer Meals – ADRENAL RESET DIET

Hormone Balancing Freezer Meals - ADRENAL RESET DIET A big part of living a fabulous life is (and looking & feeling fabulous) is eating fabulous things.   That means respecting yourself and giving your body what it needs so your skin glows and you can put on any article of clothing and look (and FEEL) great. Your body does best with lean protein, carbs (gluten-free carbs if you have a gluten sensitivity), and lots and lots of veggies, some fruit, and healthy fats....Especially if you want to balance your hormones at the same time.  Food matters.  And you know it.   Money also matters.  No matter how successful I am (or months when I am not), I grew up respecting the value of $1 and what you could do with that.  (One of the things I would do is buy Atomic Fireball hard candies for 10 cents, then sell them for 20 could say I was always a business-minded woman) - LOL. So I am over 40 and I still can't pass up a great sale.  Purses, shoes, fabulous dresses, and yes....groceries.  It's not as glamorous, but it sure does help me feel like I'm living a more beautiful life.   Here's how you can too.... Buy your produce on sale.  And when it's on sale, buy extras to make freezer meals.   Today, I made 9 MEALS in 90 minutes....and I only spent $38 on both the veggies AND the chicken.  I was inspired by pinterest and thought it would be even cooler to do this using ONLY veggies that were on sale.  Maybe they are on sale because they are in season and organic.  Maybe they are on sale because the wether has been so hot then cold here, that whatever grew....even if it's not quite the right season for...they had an abundance of.  You can get organic, or not.  You can blend organic and non-organic.  I'm not perfect.  Some days I want to buy a regular red pepper for 98 cents instead of an organic one for $2.18.  Buy organic when you can.  Don't let perfection be the enemy of "good" (Hubby always says that!) Here's what I made: 1.  Carrots, cabbage, canned tomatoes, orange pepper, chicken and onion. 2.  Carrots, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, broth 3.  Eggplant, carrots, green beans, red & orange pepper 4.  Chicken, cabbage, carrots (or carrot pulp from your juicer), broccoli stems (I used the heads for a meal earlier in the week), broth, ginger 5.  Chicken, salsa verde, carrot pulp from your juicer (it's a sneaky way to add in veggies if your kids are picky eaters), red pepper, onion 6.  Chicken, artichokes, 1/2 stick organic butter (you DO need organic butter no matter what), tomatoes, white wine (we seldom drink so this is a great way to use the wine we receive when guests give it as a present)   * #6 is a meal that you can have no more than 3 times a week because of the butter and the wine * I had so much, that I was able to make multiple bags of some of these listed.  Awesome, right?! Here's what I used: * 2 packages of chicken tenders (on sale and only $7.50 total) * 2 red peppers * 4 orange peppers * 2 cabbages * 4 eggplants * 6 tomatoes * small-medium bunch of green beans * 6 onions * 4 pounds of carrots * carrot pulp from juicing about 10 pounds of carrots (and a little bit of spinach which I just discovered barely does anything when you try to juice it) * 4-5 broccoli stems MISC: wine, butter, canned tomatoes (with basil), ginger, broth, salsa verde, canned artichoke hearts Take one out to thaw the day before you plan on cooking it.  You can stir-fry it.  You can turn (some of them) into stews.  You can throw it in your crock-pot.  You can add protein to the ones that don't have them.  Add your carbs separately so you can get the right serving size based on which meal you are having because you can eat these for breakfast, lunch OR dinner!    * BREAKFAST - 1/4 cup carbs    * LUNCH - 1/2 cup carbs    * DINNER - 3/4 cup carbs Add seasonings the day you cook.  Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring Dress: asos - similar style HERE and HERE Shoes: DSW Coat: Vintage - Fashion by Robert Black - Similar style HERE (bargain) and HERE (splurge) … [Read more...]

How to Feed a Family of 5 Healthy Food for $160/week

How to Feed a Family of 5 Healthy Food for $160/week A few people had privately messaged me and asked how I can eat so healthy AND feed my family of 5 and only spend $160-180 week on groceries. Until I can film/host a cooking class, here's an easy way you can get started. And I give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Okay, so this isn't a quality production video, but I just wanted to take a moment and be REAL with you.  Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Day at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Day at the Desert Botanical Gardens Homeschooling my son has been the most wonderful experience.  As you might expect, the only negative is that he doesn't get to see his friends as often as he did in public school.  Well, today was a blast because he was able to meet his teachers and a few classmates at the school field trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. Because the weather here has been both cool and warm, it's hard to figure out what to wear.  But a convertible maxi dress is a great choice so you can wear it sleeveless when you are in the sun, and pull down sleeves when you are in the shade.  (Both are pictured here).  No matter what you wear, when you are outside - especially at the sun's most intense time from 11am-3pm, you always want to wear sunscreen.  Being a redhead I wanted to take extra precaution and also wear a sun hat. Enjoy! xoxo Kirin Dress: similar ones found HERE, and HERE (both on sale!) Hat: Similar style HERE Sunglasses: YSL … [Read more...]

Add COLOR to your Adrenal Reset Diet Meals

I don't know about you, but I love seeing photos of beautiful meals for inspiration! Remember using "unlimited foods" (from my husband, Dr. Christianson's Adrenal Reset Diet) is a great way to add color (and make you feel full and satisfied longer) to your meals. Here's an example of a few Adrenal Reset Diet friendly meals I made this past week for our family. (Salads, stir-frys, and casseroles) Think in color! ***** 1) Salad with chicken, avocado and pine nuts 2) Bok choy with coconut milk and turmeric 3) Spaghetti squash with pesto and bruchetta, chicken leg, and a salad 4) Salad, black rice, and fresh shrimp baked in a little butter 5) Chicken enchilada casserole with carrots and kale pulp from our juicer (this one isn't a perfect ARD meal, but it's ok because we are back to thriving - the holidays had us all a little stressed!) 6) Chicken, rice, spinach, and grilled yellow and red peppers and onions (took this photo before putting in the microwave for a minute or two....everything except the spinach was leftovers and already cooked. You could eat it cold or warm) … [Read more...]

Soft Pink

Soft Pink I love the color of the Valentino Rockstud blush shoes.  They are neutral enough to almost be your skin tone (for those of us with fair skin), but with enough pink to look a little different.  The studs are gold, but can look silver in some lighting. Do you know what this means?? It's damn near impossible to get a matching purse - unless you buy the coordinating Valentino purse.  I believe in mixing and matching.  And I love saving money.  Because the shoes (I was able to get them on sale!) were already a splurge, I would rather have a simple purse so the shoes are the "rockstars" and the purse is the supporting star (but still can whip out a solo every now and then).  You know what I mean?? So what is the answer? Kate Spade's tote.  It's a fraction of the price of the Valentino's and although it's not a perfectly matchy-matchy color, it's close enough to complement the shoes.  So you can get dressed easier knowing that you will already be coordinated no mater what you wear with it. Here are a few other pink Valentino/Kate Spade shoe and purse combinations for you.  Enjoy! xoxo Kirin Shoes: Valentino Purse: Kate Spade … [Read more...]

Modeling – How to Book Jobs

  Modeling - How to Book Jobs Thank you for all the questions about modeling you've sent me after my recent post about doing a magazine photo shoot with my daughter! Because I often get asked for how to break into modeling (maybe it's because I was 37 years old before signing with the FORD - Robert Black Agency in Arizona??).  Anyway, awhile ago I made a video on how you can become a model.  Because the 1st thing you need to know is the kinds of jobs you can book.  If you are 4'11" and pursuing a runway career, you will be a million times more successful focusing on a different area of modeling.  This is a lesson I feel ALL women should know because it's about highlighting your strengths and working them for your advantage! Yes, I also sell a program on how you can become a model and book modeling jobs.  It's 50% off right now.  No pressure.  If you want to do it, it's avaialable for you.  If not, you can still get a ton of information on the video. Watch this FREE video to discover the types of modeling jobs you could be booking right now. MODELING VIDEO Enjoy!  xoxo Kirin … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes – Magazine Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes - Magazine Photo Shoot Have you ever wondered what goes into making those gorgeous magazine spreads? Here is a sneak peak (from a model's perspective) about what goes into it.  I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to book a magazine spread this weekend and work with my daughter, a few of my favorite girlfriends, AND a talented team - several of whom I have worked with before. A week before the shoot: Get booked directly for the job because I had worked with (and loved working with!) the beauty director in the past.  She asks if I have other friends with teen daughters that would work for the shoot (because it's for PRISteen Magazine).  **This is how I book most of my direct booking jobs (about 85% of all my modeling jobs).  When you are booked for a job, be prepared, be professional, and be kind.  You never know when you'll book something else because of how you are on set. Eat super clean this week, and exercise daily.  Especially work on those "trouble" spots to tighten and firm. 2 Days before the shoot: Wax, tweeze, skin prep, pedicure, manicure, schedule a hair trim for tomorrow night, and do an extra challenging workout.  Gas up my car.  If you need a spray tan, do it today. 1 Day before the shoot: Pack shoe tote and  model tote bag.  Confirm the time, distance, address, and all the things the team needs me to bring.  Have hair trimmed, styled in the style they want for tomorrow, and once it's styled, put it into a clip on top of my head so it retains it's shape while I sleep. Day of the shoot:  6am: Wake up.  Shower and do hair and makeup. 7am: The location is an hour away from my house.  Make a protein shake and drink it on the way there while watching a beautiful sunrise. 8am: Arrive for hair and makeup.  Teens were to have only foundation on.  Moms were asked to do their own hair and makeup so the makeup artists and hair stylist only needed to touch us up, which saves the entire crew (and models) a ton of time. 9:30am: Arrive to the location shoot. It was a perfect park with a vintage carousel and mini ferris wheel.  How many people are on set?  Well.....There is the 1) photographer, 2) photographer's assistant, 3) beauty editor, 4) assistant makeup artist, 5) fashion director, and 6) hair stylist on set. 10:15am: Start shooting the spring looks.  It's freezing!  So when we are not shooting we are bundled up in our winter coats.  Or we  change into our next outfit, and watch the other models shoot.  At one point we need 3 people to block the suns direct rays - holding up coats and sweaters in addition to the collapsible sun shade - so the photographer could get the perfect shot. 11:45am: That's a wrap!  Now we return the clothes and accessories we from the shoot, and it's time to take lots and lots of selfies and photos with the cast and crew.  :) Look for PRISteen Magazine in the Southwestern states in April, or you can subscribe for only $12/year (I did because I love their message for teen girls!).  Enjoy! xoxo Kirin … [Read more...]

What Ingredient Makes YOU Glow??

What ingredient makes you glow? It's not a fancy or expensive cream. Answer:  CARROTS You can cook them.  You can eat them raw.  Or you could juice them. Do you juice? Don't throw away that fiber! You can use carrot pulp to make tons of delicious foods.  You can also use it IN foods.  Try it in a cucumber & tomato salad. Add onions and carrot pulp. For your dressing use 1/2 of a fresh lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy! xoxo - Kirin (Thanks to Integrative Health) … [Read more...]