Seattle! Sugar Plum Spa Grand Opening this Friday

Seattle! Sugar Plum Day Spa is moving, and you're invited to the new location this Friday evening for some mini-services, cocktails and fun.

Sugar Plum Day Spa Seattle

Enjoy an evening of special sugarplum cocktails, treats, complimentary mini spa services and an opportunity to meet the creator of OHA BioActive Skincare, Martha Buldain. Ask Martha all about skincare and learn more about the OHA signature facial at Sugar Plum.

Save 20% off all products (including OHA) and future services booked at the event.

Oh, and the first 25 guests in line will receive a swag bag filled with goodies and free services!

RSVP on Facebook

Known for it's renowned facials and sugaring services, Sugar Plum is the first spa in the Seattle area to offer organic facial treatments using OHA BioActive Skincare. Sugaring is a least painless method for removing unwanted hair without the irritation that waxing or shaving can leave behind.

OHA BioActive Skincare is made locally in Bellevue using organic and vegan ingredients which help promote healthy skin and natural beauty.

Hope to see you there!

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Beauty & the Brand: Beyonce

If there is one thing I learned from Beyonce's GQ article, it's that she is incredibly good at documenting every move she makes. Through her massive personal archive of photo and video - some of which is featured on her Tumblr and new BeyHive Blog - it's clear this is a woman who took her career by the reins. She's got full control of her brand and likeness, and she manages to use that to bring her fans in for a closer look. I love to cover her on Fresh Jess because of her unparalleled hustle and laser-like focus on her brand. She knows she's sacrificed a lot in order to realize her dreams. Such an amazing role model for women everywhere.

Whoever her photographer is, Beyonce and the camera make a great team. She really knows how to capture many an emotion in an image. Case in point: this photo of Bey and Jay-Z at the Inauguration is the picture of hip-hop royalty. 

p.s. My thoughts on the Inauguration lip-synch scandal are this: musicians pre-record vocals over the track all the time, especially for outdoor, public events. You can read and believe what you want to, but at the end of the day, she sang the shh out of The Star-Spangled Banner in the bitter DC cold. She may or may not have had some help (from her own voice) but she did her job.

All photos via Beyonce's Tumblr


Nike's Be Bold. Be True Video

Whenever I need a pick-me-up or some motivation, I like to watch Nike's YouTube channels (NikeSportswear and NikeWomen.) This is their latest and greatest vid, celebrating Black History Month with some Kevin Durant, some spoken word and a whole lot of inspiring words.

It requires heart to acquire an absence of fear. 
You can become potent when your potential is embraced.   
The power to change your surroundings is right here in your palms. 
Pulverize any paradigms and leave no standards standing.   
Success isn't meant to intended to be in the posession of a select few.


Artful Homes in Burkina Faso

If the Kassena people of Burkina Faso can do it, I can find the inspiration to decorate my apartment.

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

Rita Willaert Burkina Faso

All photos credit Rita Willaert. First spotted on Messy Nessy Chic. See all of Rita Willaert's amazing photos on her Flickr.


Resolution Challenge: On Falling Off the Wagon

So that beautiful weekend cabin trip I had last weekend? While I had a wonderful time disconnected from the digital world, I also may have disconnected a bit from my Resolution Challenge. NOOOO!!!

I've been so good. I have been following Jenn/For the Glow's Challenge to a tee. I stuck like glue to the detox approved foods list and most of the recipes, have done the workouts, sat across from bf, friends and clients as they chowed down on huge, delicious meals at restaurants, and worked out of more than a few Starbucks with a bottle of water over my normal nonfat chai latte. I even prepped food that I brought with me to the cabin. Though I had most of it, I also ended up partaking in family dinner and breakfast. We're talking taco soup, sausage, bacon, french toast - the works.

I was so guilt-ridden as I drowned my sorrows in a green smoothie on Sunday afternoon. What have I done? All that work down the drain. I mean, the meals were delicious. I didn't get physically sick like I thought I would, but the mental beating I was giving myself was enough.

After an afternoon of that, though, I decided the most important thing to do was to pick up and keep going. Yes, I had a meal or two against my diet. That was in the past now and I've still got over a month left of the Resolution Challenge (not to mention I'm a For the Glow lifetime member so I'll be involved in her fitness & food workshops going forward.) Like a runner tripping over a hurdle, I just have to keep on and finish the race. I can't hang up my towel up over one weekend relapse. My willpower needs some more work, I get it. I need to get right back onto my diet regiment and work extra hard on our daily workouts.

I know I'm not perfect, but I need to own this and keep persisting. That's what it's all about right?

Follow all of my Resolution Challenge posts here. Interested in learning more? Head over to Everyday Glow for the scoop.


On Going Offline & Recharging

Last weekend, bf and I joined his family for a night up at their cabin a couple of hours outside of Seattle near Crystal Mountain. Close enough to civilization, but far enough out of range of phone or internet service. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I "disconnected" like that, and to my surprise, it was more of a welcome sense of relaxation than a panicked anxiety that washed over me.

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

I've seen friends unplug while away on vacation or as a routine part of their week or month. As a blogger and social media consultant, that notion always felt unnecessary or impossible - until I actually did it. Last weekend I realized I need more disconnection in my life!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Social media has brought countless fascinating people in my life. Being in the game for over four years, I've seen Twitter and Facebook take off in popularity and "newcomers" Instagram and Pinterest grow huge communities of their own. With growth comes a lot of...noise. I still love social media as an information resource and to keep up with my family and friends, but there is a LOT of complaining, ranting, veiled condescendence, sometimes mean-spirited ignorance and just general negativity to sift through as well. It's easy to get caught up in absolute nonsense and other things that have nothing to do with me, and inversely, that much harder to stay focused on my task at hand or my goals.

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Our night at the cabin reminded what it's like to truly be in the moment, from watching movies, taking walks through nature and playing board games. Being in the moment is one of the most fleeting, difficult things to master when you spend a lot of time in the digital space. With my 2013 theme "Be Responsible," being present in my physical space is one thing I'm spending a lot of time working on. I know I need to do this to focus better, be a better listener and to quiet the chaos fighting for attention in my mind. Finding that sweet balance between a blogger's life online and a girl's need to be offline is very high on my list of priorities!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge
Oh yes. Spike came too!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge


Lookbook Love: Mara Hoffman Resort Swim '13

Mara Hoffman is running the swimwear game right now. I know it's still cold outside, but these beautiful images had to be shared. I'm a big fan of these bold prints and bright colors. I'm thinking one of these suits might be my reward to myself after this Resolution Challenge is well and done. 

Peep the rest of the collection at MaraHoffman.com.


Viva Beyonce!

I know you've probably seen these all over the place, but I don't care. Queen Bey is on a media blitz and I am soaking up every minute of it! Catch her in the pages of GQ, singing at the Presidential Inauguration and the Super Bowl, with Destiny's Child promoting their new album, and on HBO for her "Life is but a Dream" documentary. And that's just in the next month!

Surround yourself with people who will lift you higher. I may not know you personally, Beyonce, but your work ethic and grounded humility inspire me to no end. 10,000 hours for real.

"I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want," she says. "I've reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I've sacrificed a lot of things, and I've worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it."


Seattle: Poshmark's Winter Essentials Posh Party 1/31 at Hotel 1000!

Have you ever donated your clothes at your nearest Buffalo Exchange or thrift shop & thought, "Gosh, I probably could've made a couple of bucks selling that?" Or maybe you've been to a clothing swap or flea market and totally imagined yourself with a rack of your most unloved clothes looking for a better home. Thankfully there are apps like Poshmark, a free iPhone app that allows you to sell from your closet and shop the closets of thousands of women from across the country. It's a fun, engaging, and easy way of allowing your friends, fans, followers, and blog readers to shop your closet!

What I like about Poshmark is the community aspect built into the app. Fashion enthusiasts from across the country meet on the Poshmark app to sell clothing and accessories. They host regular Posh Parties; virtual, real-time shopping events dedicated to buying and selling under a specific theme or brand. So if Chanel is your weakness or you’re on the hunt for Gucci, or your next party dress, you can join thousands of women on your iPhone and have plenty of fashion fun!

Poshmark is hosting a very special Winter Essentials Posh Party with an "in-real-life (IRL)" piece, Thursday, January 31st from 6:00 - 9:00p.m.  PST at Hotel 1000 Seattle. If you're in the Emerald City, I'd love for you to join my co-hosts and I for a fun night of cocktails, mingling, and of course, shopping! Please RSVP to rsvp@poshmark.com. If you're not, make sure to tune in during that time to get in on the virtual party.

You can find my closet on Poshmark at JessEstrada. Not a member yet? Head over to Poshmark and create a profile - and use HUWKM for a $5 credit! I PROMISE to fill my Poshmark closet with some winter essential goodies for you to covet, buy, trade, etc. by early next week.  I'm looking forward to hanging out with you on the 31st!


20 Hrs in Portland for 366 Days of Kicks

On the first day of my detox, I thought it'd be a brilliant idea to take a road trip to Portland with my bestie to celebrate my friend Amy Jo on the completion of her blog project, 366 Days of Kicks. The party was so high-energy, with dance performances from dance troupes in Portland and beyond (the Monsters of Hip-Hop workshop was being held the same weekend just up the road in Vancouver, WA.) 

I love that Portland has this sporty, laid-back style to it. Being in Nike's backyard makes for a style that's distinctively Pacific Northwest yet very different from Seattle and Vancouver. Amy's party definitely had the streetwear stylish in attendance that night. I can't remember the last time I've been in the presence of so many incredible pairs of sneakers. I definitely felt right at home!

Nike Sky Hi Dunks in black / Zara leather jacket (similar) / Topshop cargo trousers / Feel the Piece deep v-neck striped tee / H&M chambray shirt (similar)

Lynn Quan had her Obsessionism wares on sale at the 366 Days of Kicks shindig, and I couldn't help myself in the face of this spiked beanie. Lynn crafts these beanies, snapbacks and jewelry when she's not busy designing for Nike. Thanks & great to meet you Lynn! Find her on Instagram at @Obsessionism.

We capped off our 20 some-odd hours in the City of Roses with some shopping at the Nike employee store and Pearl District. I'd say it was another successful day trip!

Saw this quote in the bathroom at Prasad's cafe. Such a great line of mantras to take with you on the rest of your day.


Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson + Levi's = One Inspiring Commercial

Well, I'm still coping with heartbreak after that Seahawks loss Sunday, but we've got an incredible team here now and it can only get better from here. Our quarterback, Russell Wilson, got a taste of the playoffs in his rookie year and he and this team will take that as fuel for years to come.

Someone tweeted this video link out of Russell Wilson's Levi's commercial, and I loved it so much I had to share. He is inspiring and hopeful, with wisdom and maturity well beyond his years. We have a true leader on our hands, Seattle. Be proud!

"Be on a constant quest for knowledge, be unique, and be uncommon."


Resolution Challenge: Detox Done, Phase 3 Ready!

The For the Glow Resolution Challenge Detox is DONE!

Jenn Jordan and her Glows have been detoxing for ten days now, and boy has it been a ride. I've never committed to a health and fitness goal like this before, and the process was a serious lesson in persistence, willpower and strength. Some days were fine (like the day I made this video), and yet other days, all I wanted was food I couldn't have. I didn't want the food I could have, and I definitely didn't feel like cooking. But for as many times as I wanted to have a cheeseburger or some phad thai, I never reached the point where I put in the motions to get the food. It's all in my head.

Guess what? For all of that persistence (in misery), I've lost six pounds, a couple of inches off my waist and several millimeters around my legs and arms, and I can fit into clothes I haven't worn in FOREVER. Holy cow, this hard work paid off!

Image pulled from Pinterest

I saw this quote somewhere recently: "Achieving goals is addicting once you set and achieve that first one." Though I've got a couple more pounds to go to hit my resolution goal of ten, I've got that motivation and fire in me to keep this up. We're entering Phase III of the For the Glow Resolution Challenge where we switch our focus to our workouts and superfood diets, but now the variety of things I can eat is much wider. For me, this phase is all about learning how to fuel my body with food while incorporating a superfood diet into my everyday life. The challenges aren't over, but I've got the signs of progress on my side and that's got me looking forward to tackling the rest of this Resolution Challenge!

Seattle! Want to join us for a weekend of workouts? For the Glow is hosting a Superfood + Sweat weekend workshop  Friday, February 22nd to Sunday February 24th or Friday, March 1st to Sunday March 3rd at the Salsa Seattle studio in downtown Seattle. For $79 and three days of your life, here's what you'll get:

  • Dinner at Veggie Grill for our launch party & nutrition chat
  • 2-day suggested meal plan + grocery lists. Match your workout efforts with nutrition for maximum results!
  • Class instruction + printable guide to all workouts
  • Q&A Sessions
  • Stretch + Recovery guide
  • Coconut water and post-workout recovery fuel
  • Email + text support
If you've been following my progress throughout the Resolution Challenge, you know that I would absolutely recommend you attend this! For the Glow has obviously worked wonders on me already, but feel free to tweet me @JessEstrada if you have any questions.

Head over to the event page for full details and to register.

Follow all of my Resolution Challenge posts here. Interested in learning more? Head over to Everyday Glow for the scoop.


Resolution Challenge Detox: So Far, So Good! (video)

Yesterday was day 7 of my For the Glow Resolution Challenge. So far, so good! Made another video update on how I'm doing:

Follow all of my Resolution Challenge posts here. Interested in learning more? Head over to Everyday Glow for the scoop.


Resolution Challenge: Make It Count!

The For the Glow ladies and I are about halfway through our Resolution Challenge detox today! I discovered Nike has re-upped their amazing #MakeItCount campaign from last year for the 2013. You can use the term #MakeItCount on Twitter & Instagram to show how you're making your resolutions stick, your goals a reality and your dreams come true. 

These were my favorites from the ones I saw on Nike Women's Facebook page. I thought they were great motivators for those of us going through the For the Glow Resolution Challenge. 

Make it count!

Follow all of my Resolution Challenge posts here. Interested in learning more? Head over to Everyday Glow for the scoop.