My Productive Morning Routine feat. Melitta Coffee

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An hour before work your alarm goes off. You hit snooze. Not once, but twice. Forty minutes is enough time to shower and get ready right? 

On your way to work, you're groggy, cranky and irritable. I feel you. That was me for most of my adult life. 

I started reading about articles on how the most successful people are morning risers and get more done by 9am then most of us doing a day. They aptly call it, CEO mornings. I mean, if that’s the case then it was worth trying it out right? 

I began converting myself to an early bird by retiring for bed at 9pm so I could be ready to conquer the day bright and early at 5am. The first couple of days sucked but soon my body got used to the routine and I looked forward to it. 

Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep at it past a month but if I learned something hugely important from my CEO mornings in how to structure successfully structure my day. These days I’m up at 7am but I stick to my morning routine almost every single day.  

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1. MORNING JOURNALING

Writing down a conscious stream of thought right when you wake up is said to help your mind and keep you on track with your personal goals. I’ve been doing this for about a month now and I find on the days that I skip it, I feel like I’m lacking direction. Aim to fill three pages.

2. WATER

Hydrate your body with a tall glass of water upon getting out of bed. I get night sweats (ew I know) so I need water first thing. I actually won’t even drink my morning coffee without having water first. Bonus points for adding lemon or apple cider vinegar to your H2O.

3. EXERCISE

My retired neighbor Bert said it best, “motion is lotion”, LOL. Keep your body active with at least 30 mins of exercise a day. Go with what works for you - HIIT, dancing, walking, strength training, it’s all for the better good.

4. GET READY

Whether your working from home or working in an office with others, get ready for your day like you mean it. Run a brush through your hair and put on some cute shoes that add a skip to your step. If you look good and feel good, chances are you’ll be more confident and happier.

5. BREAKFAST

Having a protein filled breakfast in the morning will keep you fuller longer and it’ll keep your mind from wondering about what sugary snacks hiding in the kitchen. The proper fuel for your body means you’re not eating as much in between meals. 

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6. COFFEE

This is an obvious one. Instead of caffeinating myself first thing in the morning I wait until after I’ve exercised and showered before having my first cup. My current obsession is the Melitta Heritage Pour Over series. All you have to do is pour boiling water into the top filter with your freshly ground coffee beans and voila. I throw the filter and beans into the compost once I’m done because I read somewhere that compost loves coffee. (Who doesn’t?) Plus, it hardly takes up space in my kitchen and looks super cute on display.

Click here to shop Melitta using my promo code Nathalie15% for 15% off your purchase. #PourOverIsBetter



*This post is sponsored by Melitta. All photos and opinions are my own.


WATCH VLOG ONE HERE


VIDEO: VLOG 1 | Balenciaga, CHANEL Beauty, Fresh Beauty, Loewe & HOTEL X Toronto

I've been blogging for about four years now (woahstyle.com) and honestly, I need to mix things up a bit to keep it fresh. I figure YouTube is a great platform for that so I'm starting a vlog series so you can get to know me better and see what I get up to as a freelance blogger.

Hope you enjoy the video! 

xx, Nathalie


I'm back on YouTube + Mini Bathroom Tour & CHANEL makeup tutorial

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Anyone who has been following along with my Instagram Stories knows that Geoff and I have been busy renovating our guest bathroom. This has been a total DIY job from start to finish - from hammering out the concrete to doing the plumbing and electrical. We're very lucky because both of our fathers have experience in this area and out helped a lot. Even the badass tiling work you see behind the vanity here was done by Geoff and I. We're just total DIYers over here at Casa WoahStyle! LOL.  

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We're about 90% done at this stage with only a single wall of built-in shelves that needs to be finished. Needless to say, we're happy to see it coming together and I can't wait to give you guys a proper bathroom tour when it's done. 

For the bathroom design, I was inspired by my travels and visits to some of my favourite hotels - 21C in Cincinnati, Ludlow Hotel in NY and Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland. I wanted clean lines and neutral colour palette to make guests feel more at home.

Actually, my real motive was to create a bathroom that was totally Instagrammable and beautiful to shoot blog content in. The reality is family only stays with us about once a year so it's actually my space now. Most importantly, we're adding value to our house by having an extra bathroom.

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Anyway, I'm really happy with it so far. I find the space so inspiring that I dusted off the ol' ring light and decided to shoot my first video in what has been ages. Make sure you press play K?

Without giving away too much, the video features items from the CHANEL Les Beiges Collection, which launches May 1.

I'm totally smitten with all of the products here, but if I had to pick a must-have for spring/summer, it would be the LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR POWDER.

Even if you decide to skip blush for the day, this powder does wonders for your complexion and instantly warms the face. Plus, how beautiful is the packaging? It comes with its own brush that's equally as chic. It is limited edition though so if you guys want to pick it up, be sure to get on it. 

 
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CHANEL Les Beiges 2018 Collection

From top to bottom:
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer, $60 (I'm wearing the shade Medium)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder, Limited Edition, $75 Limited Edition (I'm using Medium)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, $53 (I'm using shade No.25)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette, $70 (I'm wearing Deep)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Lip Balm, $43 (I'm wearing Deep)

 

Featured in the video:
CHANEL Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care
CHANEL Le Vernis nail colour in 628 Prune Dramatique (new shade)
David Yurman cable bracelet
Valentino bracelet
Larsson & Jennings watch
Jenny Bird pendant
Lisbeth beaded necklace
Free People tank
Mackage cropped leather jacket circa 2014

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4 Ways to Transform Your Home into a Luxury Winter Retreat

I recently had a chance to write a piece for La-Z-Boy's home blog, The Comfortable House. The piece was a lot of fun to write and the topic was something that I had been wanting to tackle for quite some time.

In the post, I'm giving you some of my favourite tips on how to convert your home into a luxurious winter retreat. My tips are super easy and don't require a big budget. Best of all, it's the kind of mini-makeover you can give your home during the weekend!

If you want to learn more about how to convert your home into a luxurious space, be sure to check out my post here! I hope you can truly take some good decorating tips away from it!

 

*Images sourced from Pinterest. 


RECIPE: Ginger, Turmeric & Cardamom Latte with Manuka Honey

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It's flu season, and it seems like everyone in my circle of friends and family is sick right now.

When Geoff came down with a nasty cold for the second time in two weeks, I ordered him to stay home from work and sleep it off. 

That day, I made sure that he had lots of warm veggie soup, herbal tea, and plenty of ginger and garlic to help boost his immune system back to health. 

Of course, as he was getting better, I got sick. 

I spent the day in bed, sleeping it off, just like I had recommended to him. 

When I couldn't sleep anymore, I grabbed my iPad to browse one of my favourite blogs, goop. Yup, this once-upon-a-time Gwenyth hater is now totally head over heels smitten with her and her site.

 
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A video for something called Warming Tea Latte caught my eye, which inspired me to run to my kitchen to concoct my own version.

The results are exactly what I needed to get better - a drink that feels soothing, comforting to sip on, with the subtle flavours of ginger and cardamom with a hint of sweetness from Manuka honey.  

That night I went to bed early and the next morning I woke up feeling a million times better and ready to conquer the day.

Thanks for the idea GP!

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RECIPE: Nathalie's Ginger, Turmeric & Cardamom Latte with Manuka Honey

Makes 2 cups

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  • Almond milk (or any non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • Water
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1-inch piece of fresh organic ginger, peeled, washed, and cut
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp, more or less, of Manuka Honey for taste
  1. Fill a mason jar with half water and half almond milk.
  2. Throw the water/almond milk mix and all of your ingredients into a saucepan. 
  3. Simmer on low-medium heat for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Stir occasionally and check in to make sure it's not boiling. Simmer is good. Boiling is not.
  5. Strain into a mug and enjoy!
  6. Flavour with more honey if that's your thing.
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