The 10 Best Non-Toxic Nail Colors for Fall

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As soon as September hits, I immediately transition into fall mode. Even though the weather doesn’t truly cool off until the end of September (or even October) in Texas, it’s fun to pretend fall is in full swing.

Part of the shift to fall also includes updates to my normal nail polish. During the summer, I tend to stick to light nudes and bright red on my nails, but it’s fun to try some darker tones during fall and winter.

It’s taken me awhile to find my go-to non-toxic nail polishes, but now that I’ve got my regular lineup, it’s easy to know which salons carry them. (Don’t be afraid to bring your own polish to a salon either—I’ve done it several times before!)

What Does 5-Free Mean?

Before I share my favorite non-toxic nail colors for this fall, I thought I’d also talk a bit about what you should avoid in your nail polish. Trust me, I know how overwhelming it can be to try to understand what should and shouldn’t be in your polish, so let me try to simplify it as much as possible.

If a nail polish is considered 5-free, it will not have formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. These chemicals have been known to cause a lot of health issues to your body.

While non-toxic polishes do typically cost more, I also find them to be much higher quality as well. Often my 5-free nail polish bottles also last longer too.

Some brands, like Butter, can even get up to 12-free.

Nail Polish Colors for Fall

Before you go get your next manicure, pick up one of these non-toxic polishes to bring to the salon with you. If you’re a gel polish-lover, don’t worry; I’ve included a non-toxic gel polish too!

 

How Much Exercise Do You *Really* Need Each Week?

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If you’re like me, you’ve heard a million different numbers when it comes to how often we should be working out. I’ve heard everything from three to four days a week to six days a week to really maintain your fitness levels. So I decided to get to the bottom of this and figure out just how much exercise you should get each week.

At the end of the day, even small amounts of exercise can make a big difference. Even as little as five minutes of exercise a day, when done consistently, can improve your overall health drastically. For most people, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to see a significant mood boost.

But let’s say you’re looking to do more than just decrease stress levels and improve your mood. From a fitness point of view (aka what the Centers for Disease Control says), the recommendation each week is a minimum of two and half hours of moderate intensity activity — or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity — plus at least two muscle-strengthening days a week.

WHAT IS AEROBIC ACTIVITY?

To determine if you’re doing moderate or vigorous aerobic exercise, there are a few simple indicators.

For moderate activity, you will notice that your breathing quickens, but you’re not out of breath; you may slowly begin to sweat after about 10 minutes; and you can still carry on a conversation. Examples of moderate activity include brisk walking, swimming or mowing the lawn.

If your exercise is considered vigorous, your breathing may become rapid quickly; you may begin to sweat immediately; and you will likely have difficulty carrying on a full conversation. Vigorous activity examples include running and aerobic dancing.

DON’T FORGET THE STRENGTH TRAINING

I’ve always been hesitant to strength train. At 5’2″, I’m always afraid of bulking up. But the truth is, strength training can actually help build lean muscle for women.

Most people have the misconception that strength training solely means lifting weights, but it actually includes so much more than that. Rock climbing, heavy gardening and even workout apps like SWEAT are great ways to get in your two days of muscle-strengthening each week.

I hope you guys found this post as informative as I did! I have a long list of blog topics to cover, but I’d love to prioritize anything specific you’d like to read. Feel free to comment with your suggestions in the comments section!

Welcome to Good & Balanced

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Hi, friends. Welcome to Good & Balanced!

After months of brainstorming (and developing) the concept, I am so excited to finally unveil the next steps for my blog.

Many of you are reading this because you’ve followed Kin & Kodachrome, which was focused on sharing affordable style. And while I loved creating that space, there was always something missing.

For starters, I never loved being the focus of the photos. I’ve always wanted to create a blog that wasn’t about me, but about the people reading it.

Secondly, I was never really able to share much about my true passion: health and wellness.

To me, health and wellness is about more than just diet, exercise, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love working out more than anything, but there have been times in my life (right now included), where working out has taken a back seat. Instead of feeling down about myself during these times, I try to focus on being my best self in other aspects.

I have been that girl with extreme eating and exercise habits. And I can tell you this—it’s not healthy.

So Good & Balanced is about just that: living a good, balanced life.

You’ll find three different sections on the blog: LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD and BE WELL.

LOOK GOOD: This part of the blog will focus on clean beauty (skincare and makeup) along with some style. In my opinion, a big part of a healthy lifestyle includes being confident in how you look. It’s taken me quite a while, but over the years I have been able to redefine my beauty regimen to be (mostly) clean.

FEEL GOOD: From healthy recipes to new workouts, the FEEL GOOD section will cater to moderation and sustainability when it comes to diet and exercise.

BE WELL: I am especially excited about this part of the blog. BE WELL will be built around mental health. So often this is overlooked when we think of healthy living, but it’s so important. This section will cover everything from self care to building a better work/life balance.

Part of the new direction will include lengthier, more informative blog content. Instead of the 100-to-200-word posts you’re used to seeing from me, Good & Balanced will be focused on educating and empowering women to live their best lives.

In order to focus more on what I do well (copywriting), you will notice a bigger use of user-generated content (i.e. photos sourced from other people with proper attribution). This will allow me to spend more time researching, writing, etc., and less time frantically trying to figure out what photos I will be using to fill my Instagram feed every day. I am planning on a 70/30 ratio of UGC/my own photos.

Lastly, I will still be able to work closely with some of the brands I’ve built meaningful relationships with via Kin & Kodachrome. When I was thinking of the concept for the new direction of my blog, allowing these brands to fit into the concept organically was a top priority. And I think I’ve been able to do that well.

Virtue Labs (my absolute favorite haircare brand) and HydroPeptide (my everyday beauty products) will fit perfectly into LOOK GOOD. Hiatus Spa, which you guys know I love (and am going to be an ambassador for yet again!), fits seamlessly into BE WELL.

I really hope all of you enjoy the new direction of my blog. I put a lot of thought and effort into it and can’t wait to share it all with you. I’d love to see any feedback you have in the comments section!