The Importance of Positive Thinking & Self-Care With Pamprin

Thursday, December 14, 2017


This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. As always, all opinions are my own.

The Importance of Self-Care & Positive Thinking


I'm gonna get really real with you right off the bat today: I don't know about you but when "that time of the month" comes around I am knocked back by cramps for the first couple days. We ladies really do have to kick extra ass the week of our periods. That said, when everything is achy/cramped/bloated/just feeling icky in general, self-care is extra vital. (The same can be said for this time of the year because the holidays are known to be equal parts exciting... and stressful.)

It can be tempting to want to succumb to the negative thoughts that tend to come with our cycles. "Ugggghhhhh, whhhhyyyyy do I have to be a woman right now?!" However, practicing positive thinking and self-talk can be beneficial for our wellbeing - and not just during the most dreaded week of a woman's month, but every single day. Scroll down to see some simple ideas to begin incorporating more positive thoughts into your life.


1. Wake up and repeat an affirmation confirming that the day ahead will go well.

Really believe it will, too. This allows you to start off your morning with an upbeat outlook, and that will make it easier to carry on throughout the rest of your day with a better attitude.


2. During that midday slump, take the time to go for a brisk walk for a few minutes.

Being outside in nature (or if you can't get out into the fresh air, even just a change of scenery from your office to a different floor of the building) is such a great way to reset our minds and get out of the dreaded 2 PM rut. Grab a work friend, take a stroll, and reignite your mind and body in a refreshing manner!


3. Catch yourself in the act when those nagging negative thoughts creep in.

It's natural for all of us to have those unwanted irritating thoughts from time to time. One thing we can do to help lessen these occurrences is to actually practice correcting ourselves when we speak negatively. Forming the habit of rewording a thought from something such as "There is no way I can ever finish ____" to "I am currently struggling with ____" can drastically change your mood over time. It helps us to realize that these moments are only temporary.


4. Treat yo'self.

There's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done at the end of a strenuous week (or for making it through the holiday season). It's not selfish when you're taking care of yourself so that you can then be in a better place to pay it forward and help out those who need it more. Taking care of yourself allows you to better support and be there for others, too.


5. Stop feeling guilty for relaxing.

When I'm crampin' up all I want to do is Netflix and chill. And that is okay. If that's what is going to help me get through the next few days of menstrual pain, then so be it! I personally prefer to brew a cup of hot tea and take a Pamprin Multi-Symptom, which you can purchase at Walmart. (It contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve my crankiness, a diuretic to fight against a bloaty body, and a pain reliever to alleviate those dang cramps!) Then I apply a face mask, grab a cozy blanket, cuddle up with my cats and dogs, and watch some reruns of my favorite TV shows. (Big ups to New Girl and Friends. Those shows always lift me up and put me in a lighter mindset.)


I can personally vouch that ever since I first heard about the importance of positive thinking and, more importantly, actually began making it a part of my everyday headspace, I do feel lighter -- no matter which week of the month or time of the year it may be.




How do you practice positive thinking? Do you feel the need for more self-care particularly around the holidays? Whatever you have to do to feel and be your best, do that. You deserve it :)


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Vegan Holiday Gift Guide [& Giveaway!]

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Hey there, holiday fans! Knowing what to gift your plant-based, cruelty-free living loved ones can seem daunting if it's not a lifestyle that you adhere to personally. What if (s)he hates it? What if I don't even know what "vegan" really means? Is vegan the same as gluten-free? (Answer to the last one: No. No, it is not the same.)

Fear not, kind people who wish to shower their vegan friends with a present or two. To make it easier on you for loving a vegan, I have a created a gift guide that doesn't include wool, silk, leather, feathers, milk, eggs, angora, etc. These items don't even contain trace amounts of animal products so you should be in the clear, sweet soul! (And if you are a vegan reading this, feel free to share this gift guide with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink in your letter to Santa Claus this year.)

And hey, even if you don't know any vegans it never hurts to purchase goods that no animals were harmed in the making of! We all should support the businesses and products that align with our beliefs (and who doesn't adore animals living happy, long lives? 😊)


Stocking Stuffers


"Vegan" Knee-High Socks - I know you're not supposed to buy socks for people, but doesn't that also make it a funny stocking stuffer option? (Or does this make you judge my sense of humor in a negative light? ...) Plus, we vegans tend to wear it on our calves sleeves. And with these high socks you get all the winter coziness one craves minus the wool that so many socks have!


Seattle Chocolates Assorted Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffle Bars - My mom got this bundle of three chocolate bars for me last Christmas and it is now my favorite chocolate brand. All three flavors in the gift set taste amazing (and I totally intend to buy this for myself in 3... 2... 1).

Gifts Under $25


"Thug Kitchen" The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck - I've mentioned this book previously and here I am talkin' about it again. That's because it really is that good. The whole cookbook series is fantastic - and funny to boot.


Pacifica Roll-On Perfume Trio - I have this fragrance set; therefore I can personally vouch for how downright deeeeeee-licious it smells. All three scents are so good and this brand is entirely vegan and cruelty-free!

Gifts Under $50


Go Customized Personalized Cell Phone Case - Personalized presents are always nice since it means you took the extra time to really think about the person. For this gift, you choose the electronic device you want to get a case for and then design it however you please! Why not put a picture of your vegan pal's beloved pet on a case? Sweet and sentimental! They're sure to love it. (For my iPhone case courtesy of Go Customized, I chose a photo of Matt and Dakota overlooking one of our favorite spots in Del Mar. I've already dropped my phone multiple times -- #accidentprone -- and it hasn't scratched up even the tiniest bit! I am obsessed with it.)

Enter at the end of this post for a chance to win your own personalized phone case from Go Customized!
(Second place winner gets 35% off their purchase.)


Custom Monogram Ring - Monogrammed jewelry is timeless and classic. You just can't go wrong with it. There's a reason so many people love the look, no matter what their style may be.

Thoughtful Gifts That Give Back


"My Favorite Breed is Rescued" Cuff Bracelet - Purchasing a bracelet like this one from LemonBug lets your plant-based pal share their passions via their accessories. It also donates money to the featured animal rescue or charity of your choice. Win-win!


"I Just Want To Hang With My Dog" T-shirt - I can personally vouch for this shirt from The Daily Tay because I own it and it is my favorite ever. What's even better? When you buy it 20% of profits are donated to an animal shelter and you get to support a small business. (I also think this shirt would be a hit with the kitty lovers of the world. It donates money to animals, as well!)


Custom Pet Portrait - Companion animals, art, and a donation made to local shelters all in one purchase? This is a vegan gift goldmine, people.

If material goods aren't your friend's thing then consider asking for a charity they would like you to donate to in their honor. Personally, I'm skipping asking for any gifts this year and I'm asking for people to instead give to The Humane League. (Shameless plug here: if you would like to help farm animals this holiday season you can donate here to a fundraiser I am a part of. Thanks for any support at all. Every dollar counts. Plus through the end of the year, a donor has agreed to match every dollar 2:1 which means your donation would be tripled to help more animals! Psst - if you donate at least $1 it will also count as five entries into the giveaway below!)

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What's on your winter wish list? Was this vegan gift guide helpful at all? I hope it was because I do realize that navigating veganism can be intimidating if you aren't familiar with it. Really though, I promise it's not scary at all. Whatever you decide to give them I recommend just checking labels for animal byproducts, or make it even simpler by sticking to brands that are labeled as vegan (such as Pacifica) and you'll be good to go. Your plant-based bud(s) will be so appreciative that you took the time and energy to respect their lifestyle. And isn't that the best present of all? 😊 Happy holidays, everyone.


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Print It | Cocoon Coat + Top + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots [& Five Year Blog Anniversary!]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Wait, what? It's been five years since I published my first ever post on LunaVida? HALF OF A DECADE? How is that actually possible?

This blog began almost exactly a year after I graduated from college. Back then Matt and I were spending a year in the deep countryside of Florida, having said yes to the first post-grad job offer that came our way. It was a rough year being stuck there in rural Florida for any amount of time, let alone a full year. (No shade at rural Florida, it's just not the right place for us.) I needed some type -- any kind, really -- of "creative outlet" and I somehow narrowed in on an affordable fashion blog.

Since my very first blog post ever (which you can see and cringe at with me here) our lives have changed a lot. We've moved from Florida to Arizona to California over the course of those five years. We've added two more members to our family, being Kingsley and Ollie, of course. (Back in December 2012 our family was just Matt, Kitten Luna, Puppy Kota, and myself!) My sisters both had daughters. Matt and I have both held different kinds of jobs. We've made amazing lifelong friends in adulthood while remaining close to childhood friends. We've made a lot of stupid mistakes and taken risks that paid off. We've had more Netflix and takeout nights than I can count. And every moment of these past five years, however adventurous or mundane, LunaVida has been there too. It's wild to think that this little virtual scrapbook has included everything from my evolving personal style to a diary of sorts from my 20s to my journey from super longtime vegetarian to [finally] going vegan. What an odd idea a blog is, but what else can give you the same thing? Well, I guess a paper journal circa 1997 can give you that... but it's the digital age now and I'm trying to stay current here, kids.






Navy and white print cocoon coat: Old Navy

Off-white lace babydoll blouse (also seen here): Target

Hudson dark wash skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop
[similar - on sale!]

Splendid LA gray ankle boots (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop







I am so lucky that LunaVida still doesn't feel like another job or chore (most days). It's still fun for me. It's a daily task that I often look forward to doing. That isn't always the case because it is certainly a labor of love, but it's also a continuous part of my life that I keep getting to learn from and get excited about.

Throughout the years of LunaVida, I've gained new skills. It's given me a gigantic timeline of my life over the past five years that I can look back on one day. It's allowed me to work with amazing brands. It has held me accountable and taught me how to prioritize better.

It's introduced to amazing people. Like you :)

I'm so grateful for all of you who choose to read this blog. It's much more fun to share and engage with you guys. So whether this is your first time ever stopping by LunaVida or you have read every single post since Day 1 (hi, Mom), thank you. I hope you'll keep coming back from five more years (and then some) 💗


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Rusted | Open-back Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Riding Boots

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Hey there! How has your weekend been so far? Mine has been jam-packed with work aaand I also work again today. I am downright exhausted, but I am loving how there are so many holiday events popping up now that it's December. I have been beyond ready to kick off all things Christmas since July. And although it's still warm here in SoCal, it's "chilly" for us and I am liiiiving for it. I'm so into the season that I am currently wrapped up in a blanket, drinking vegan peppermint hot cocoa, while watching holiday episodes of New Girl. This is my nearly-winter happy place.





Rust colored open back sweater: c/o PinkBlush
This sweater is THE BEST. I love how oversized and cozy it is. Then ya turn around and bam! It somehow gets even better. If you're in the market for a new sweater, I highly recommend this one.
(As for fit, I got the medium but definitely could have gone with a small. If you want a bit more of a fitted look, I recommend sizing down.)

Dark wash distressed skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
[similar - on sale!]

Madewell cognac flat riding boots (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop




Turquoise statement necklace (also seen here, here & here): Mourning Dove

Gold geometric triangle necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o StyleLately




Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you're still checkin' off presents on your list, you should totally check out PinkBlush. They are definitely one of my favorite online shops. Every item that I own from them (which you can check out here) has been comfortable, easy to mix and match, and long-lasting.

What are some of your favorite stores to get gifts for loved ones?


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Wishing For Whistler | Travel Bucket List

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Who else is loving those holiday feels? Now that it's finally December those feelings are pretty much surrounding us, from all of the decorations at the stores to our own home decor and even on our Insta feeds. (Who can resist double tapping a hot cocoa and Elf on the TV photo? Not me, no siree.) Here in Southern California though, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas since it's still in the high 60s most days. As much as I love warm weather, around the holidays I always crave snow. This is probably because I grew up in Ohio, and waking up to a white Christmas was all a small town kid could think about on Christmas Eve. (Well, that and hopefully a room full as many presents at Dudley Dursley demands.)

This time of year in particular is when I find myself Googling those dreamy snowy places. One place that always seems to come to mind? Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. It's so beautiful there and I can't wait to actually make my travel dreams a reality one day by booking a trip. However, for the time being, sharing the reasons why Whistler is on my travel bucket list will have to suffice. Scroll down to see just why I've just gosta make it to this Winder Wonderland as soon as humanly (and budgetarily) as possible.


1. To start off, do yourself a favor and check out some of the Whistler home rentals that are available. Can you imagine starting and ending your day in one of those beauts? 😍  Seriously, I can't think of a more perfect place to cozy up with a cup of coffee when the snow is falling. Add in all-day pajama wearing, crankin' the heat up, and some spiked apple cider and you've basically created your own snowglobe to live in... and then promptly never leave again. (Let us be real here, who wouldn't want to become a recluse with a setup like that?)

2. There are plenty of highly-rated vegan and veg-friendly restaurant options in Whistler, which you know is one of the first things I look for on a trip. Honestly, walking leisurely around town, popping in and out of cafes, and checking out the local food scene is one of my favorite ways to spend a vacation. (What can I say? Food brings me great joy no matter where I am in the world.)

3. THOSE WORLD FAMOUS CANADIAN VIEWS. Personally, I could stare at a pretty landscape for hours and not get bored. That, and people. I love a good view and I love a good people watchin'. Combine them into one event and you've got a recipe for the ideal afternoon!

4. Whistler is known for world-class skiing. I've never been skiing before but it's always been something I have wanted to attempt at some point in my life. Although I have to admit that I do fear that I will be terrible at it, due to my extreme lack of coordination and all that. Even still, "a day on the slopes" (I think that's something skiers say) sounds like such a fun way to spend a vacation.

5. There is a place called Lost Lake that looks so peaceful. Yet another winter activity I have never experienced is snowshoeing. I'm already imagining bundling up, strappin' on some snowshoes, and taking a hike in the snow around the water. (And no, despite growing up in a cold climate, I've shockingly done very few of these wintertime activities. We really just went sledding in Ohio. We weren't fancy. But now I'm an adult and I am ready for a little bit of fancy!)

6. Located in Whistler Village there is Olympic Plaza. They have all kinds of things to check out there, but what excites me the most is the outdoor ice skating rink. This is a winter activity that I actually have done before! ... Buuut that doesn't mean I'm any good at it. I'm actually downright terrible. Despite not being a natural Michelle Kwan on the ice though, I still enjoy ice skating every few years. Plus, every group needs someone who is dismal at the sport so that they can point and laugh while they're off doing cool skate moves. (I am the person who gets pointed and laughed at, and yet I still find it fun; therefore, you definitely will enjoy it if you're even semi-okay at skating!)

7. Two words: NIGHT. TUBING. It's an actual thing you can do in Whistler! You can rent a snow tube at Tube Park and then slide down different lanes in said tube. I think out of all the things to try this one really sounds like the most entertaining to me. And whenever we do make it to Canada, I am making this Activity #1 on my travel to do list!

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What are your favorite winter activities or which do you want to try out the next time you're near snow? Have you ever been to Whistler? I've been to Canada a few times with my family when I was growing up, but I've never made it to the western part of the country, unfortunately. It's been a dream of mine and Matt's for a while now to travel there, but writing this post makes me realize that we need to make this trip happen sooner rather than later! 


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Knotty or Nice | Military Jacket + Tee + Skinnies + OTK Boots

Monday, November 27, 2017


Hello there, we've officially made it to the kickoff of the holiday season, people! Matt and I got all of our Christmas decorations out of storage and cozied the crap outta our place. There really is something so exciting about the glow of Christmas lights surrounding you every night. It's just so pretty! Plus my cats love the tree and, my god, do they look cute sitting under there. The best time of the year indeed.





Olive green military jacket (also seen here, here & here): Forever 21

Gray v-neck t-shirt (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Hudson dark wash skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop

Brown over-the-knee flat boots with buckle detail (also seen here, here & here): Target



Turquoise flower ring (also seen here): c/o Crown Jewelry

T-shirt & Jeans burgundy saddle crossbody bag with tassel (also seen here & here): DSW



Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Jeffrey Bay



This outfit is one I will be wearing on repeat over the coming weeks. It works well for running all of those holiday errands we need to check off our lists and it's comfortable enough to make it while standing in all of those long shopping lines.

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Are the holidays your favorite time of the year, too? What traditions are you looking forward to most? I can't wait to try out lots of vegan baked good recipes. If you've got any favorites, please let me know!


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Textured | Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Happy Tofurky Day! Matt and I are cooking up some vegan yums and bringing them over for Thanksgiving dinner at our neighbors' house tonight. While Thanksgiving has never been a big holiday for me personally, I do appreciate the idea of taking a day to show gratitude. My list of "Oh My Lawd, Thank You So Much"-es revolves around how beautiful life can be. I am forever grateful for my loved ones, how life led us to Southern California, for veganism, as well as the path and life's purpose it lit up in me, and for you LunaVida readers, of course! The list goes on and on and on and on and on (and so on and so forth). So really, I am thankful for this life in general and the chance to live it freely.




LC Lauren Conrad coral textured sweater: Kohl's
[similar - on sale!]

Dark wash skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Gap
[similar - 50% off with code "BLKFRIDAY"]

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap
[similar - Also 50% off!]

Studded brown ankle boots (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
[similar - Half off, too!]


24K gold "A" initial bar necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o oNecklace
[similar - 20% off and free shipping!]

Gold bar pendant necklace: Nordstrom - on sale for under $8!

Brown printed mini crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): American Eagle
[similar - on sale!]



If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what attire do you typically wear? Depending on my plans for the day, I range from pajamas all damn day to something exactly like this outfit in today's post and all the way to a more formal dress. Whatever you're wearing, I hope you're comfy -- and have a drawstring or elastic to let out during the feasting.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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