Detoxing , depuffing & destressing

Tabouli Salad | Summer Salad

I am visiting my family in Bulgaria for the summer and one of my favorite things here is the abundance of fresh and organic seasonal fruit and veggies. My grandma has her own small veggie garden and I have been making a lot of different salads. In the hot summer days I rarely consume meat but not all the salads can substitute a full meal for me. But this one is great because it is filling. It has been on repeat the past week because it is easy and refreshing! I pick all the veggies from my grandma’s garden which makes it extra fresh, but store bought ingredients will do the job as well. This salad is really rich in vitamins from the parsley, mint and lemon juice. It might or might not be traditional but I like adding cucumbers. Screams summer to me.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Parsley is the main ingredient, it what gives the flavor.Two bunches will do. Chop it finely.

5-7 leaves of mint, finely chopped . This adds so much freshness to the salad.

2-3 cucumbers finely diced

2 medium size tomatoes finely diced

I use 1/2 cup bulgur wheat and soak it in water until soft and tender about 30 min.

FOR THE DRESSING

Freshly squeezed juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. I go heavy on the lemon juice , but it all depends on your taste.

Mix all the ingredients pour the dressing. And voila!

After dressing it I put it in the fridge for 20-30 min to chill and absorb the dressing. Tastes so much better!

I like enjoying it by itself or as a side to meats or sandwiches. Great as an appetizer along wit hummus and other dips.

What to wear this Independence Day / Summer 2021 Essentials

Quay Sunglasses-https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fjuu37c5s47

Levis Shorts- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetjw5c5s47

Converse High Tops- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fjuu3vc5s47

Straw Bag- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetqq8c5s47

Striped Swimsuit- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetkwfc5s47

Portable Speaker- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/feu36gc5s47

Facial Sun Block- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetnrmc5s47

Straw Hat- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetmapc5s47

Gold Hoops- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fa8j64c5s47

YSL Lipstick- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fjuu5bc5s47

Square Toe Sandals – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wfytc5s47

Red Bikini- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fetkqhc5s47

Slit Leg Pants- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fjuu4qc5s47

Easy Dinner Idea with Ground Chicken | Chicken Broccoli Patties

If you are stuck with your dinner idea and if you are into easy meals that are on the healthy side this one is for you. So simple but doesn’t sacrifice on taste. Great thing is those patties are packed with lean protein and broccoli. Great to make for your child that doesn’t like veggies. The broccoli adds vitamins and nutrients but hard to notice or taste. It just doesn’t look like broccoli at all ( it is obviously green but hard to tell it is broccoli). I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of those patties the first time I made them but ever since they are are a favorite of everyone that I served them to. And the leftovers are as delicious as the fresh batch.

You can add those to salads, make a mini burgers, eat with rice, make pita wraps. Great with hummus, mustard, sriracha or the Bitchin sauces. They are so delicious!

Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 lb ground chicken

1 head of broccoli ( around 1 lb)

4-5 stalks of green onion

Fresh parsley

2 cloves of garlic

1 egg

4-5 tablespoons of bread crumbs or almond meal (or I use both)

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons oil of your choice ( I used sunflower)

INSTRUCTIONS

Put broccoli, parsley, green onion and garlic in a food processor.

Add the ground chicken in a large bowl, add the chopped veggies, the egg, crumbs and/or almond meal, salt and pepper. Mix it all together. With hands is the easiest and the best way to combine everything, plus you will get your hands dirty anyway when you shape the patties. If it seems too thin you can add a bit more crumbs or almond meal. Shape patties with desired size. I prefer to make them thinner so they cook faster.

I have two ways of cooking.

1. Add oil in a pan and cook on the stove. Cook each side till it gets lightly brown.

or

2. Line baking tray with parchment paper and bake on 390F for about 20-30 min until lightly brown.

Best Self Tanners 2021

Are you ready to get bronzed before your summer vacay? Or just because you want to look and feel better. Whatever the reason I got a list of my favorite self tanners that never disappoint me.

A classic that will always be in my bathroom cabinet. Great for people that want a perfect glow but are not ready to get a very dark dramatic result. I have used it for quite some time and even though I have other favorites I tend to go back to this especially in the winter months when a very bronzed look will be a bit too unnatural. I also use it on my face and never get irritation, breakouts or clogged pores. Amazing color pay off. This is the only body self tanner that I trust for my face. And I also like the fact that it is not very dark. So whichever from the list below I have on my body. St Tropez classic bronzing mousse is on my face!

St Tropez Classic Mousse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e67bvwc5s47

This is by far my favorite one for deep, bronzed look. In my opinion it gives me the best color. Nothing can beat it. Very luxurious product and easy to apply and smells great.

St Tropez in Dark https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e67bw2c5s47

When it comes to the face I sometimes use body self tanners oops… but if you have sensitive skin I would highly recommend one designed for the face. This serum from St Tropez combines a great color self tanner with some amazing skin benefits.

St Tropez Bronzing Serum https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fdnpgzc5s47

Bondi Sands has great quality self tanners on a very affordable price (compared to other self tanners in the same category). Great deep bronze color. If you want to look like you spend a week on the Caribbean this is your secret weapon. Smells like a tropical dessert and easy to work with.

Bondi Sands https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e67bxsc5s47

Loving Tan is highly rated and there is a reason for it. A natural color pay off that never looks fake or orange. Gives just the right amount of bronziness and mimics the vacation look with a breeze. Very easy to apply. Great self tanner and beginner friendly.

Loving Tan Deluxe Mousse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/faua9nc5s47

My newest addition that ranked at my top is the St Tropez Classic in Lotion form. Same great color as the mousse but a different form. I love having options and this one has been on rotation lately. Gives me very nice color. Not overly dark but enough to see my inner golden goddess coming through 😉 When it comes to being tanned sometimes it’s more about how you feel. Tan gives me so much confidence!

St Tropez Classic Tan Lotion https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fdnnmnc5s47

And the last but surely not least is a gradual self tanner from , sorry, again, St Tropez. I just love and trust that brand when it comes to faux tan. They certainly know what they are doing. This gradual self tanner lotion is great for beginners or people that want to control the darkness of the final result. Builds a stunning color slowly. You can stop once you achieve the desired look or you can just skip a day and layer afterwards. I have tried it on my face with great results. I love this lotion in the winter. For warmer months I am more impatient and want a quicker results. But this product is a must have for me.

St Tropez Gradual Self Tan Lotion https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fdnnidc5s47

If you guys are uninterested in this topic I have some videos on YouTube reviewing and applying some of those self tanners. Make sure to check them and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE and support me there.

Thank you so much 🤍

Xoxo Iva

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark Review / Is it worth your money?

Who doesn’t want to be bronzed and glowy for the Summer? And some of us actually want to look like this whole year round. I don’t know what it is but a good tan is an instant confidence and mood booster for me.

And even though I found a couple of self tanners that I swear by ( St Tropez and Bondi Sands). (I have videos on YouTube and a blog post reviewing those), I can never stop exploring and testing new once.

I was really intrigued by Loving Tan as I have been seeing it on social media a lot. So I decided to give it a try and see if it is really the best self tanner out there as a lot of instagram models, influencers and bloggers claim. I have seen a lot of girls raving about it and rating it pretty high on the chart of faux tanners.

I picked up the Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark, as first time using the product I was nervous to get the Ultra Dark. Anyway I am pretty pale at the moment and what I look for in a self tanner is a natural looking bronzed glow rather than a look of super dark, unnatural and fake color.

I always exfoliate prior to application and use a velvet mitt to apply. The product comes out really dark and warm colored foam, but looks very natural on the skin. Really easy to apply. Can get a tiny bit streaky while you rub it in but it is easy to blend the mistakes out after you go over them. The foam is a true foam texture. Fluffy and airy which I liked because I have used other self tanners with more liquidy foam and they really get messy and hard to apply.

Has nice , beach, vacation smell but highly scented. And after it starts developing a self tanner scent lingers for a while.

The guard color is not super dark so you need to pay attention where you apply. But I like that because some other self tanners that I have used have a really dark guard color and even though it allows you to see where you applied it looks very unnatural. So you have to really plan when you apply and make sure you stay home while it develops. Some other brands add a little bit extra green to their products to counteract the orange, but in my opinion, it doesn’t look that natural.

Loving Tan’s initial color pay off is realistic. Gives the appearance that you really laid down in the sun. Because that first sun kissed look that you get after spending the day at the beach is really warm, reddish , brown color. It makes you look youthful and flushed. This is what you get with the application of Loving Tan. I liked that I could apply it in the middle of the day, go out do my things without being afraid that I look like an alien.

It dries out pretty quick. If you choose to apply it during the day though be carful so you don’t get yourself wet, especially when you wash your hands or the dishes . Water might drip on your skin and it can mess up the look of your tan.

If you choose to wear tight, light clothes before it has fully developed it might transfer on them. But it washes out in the laundry.

I would recommend you to apply it in the evening so you can avoid any of the above mishaps.

The skin that reveals after you rinse out the guard color is natural, lightly bronzed and healthy looking . It is not as dark as I have seen on other people on YouTube or Instagram . But I love it!

Lasts about 6-7 days and it is very hard to tell how long exactly because it fades naturally and slowly, just gradually washes out with each shower. I was really impressed with the way it wears off. Did not have any weird patches around the wrist area or any other folds on the body like a lot other fake tans do when they start fading . After day 7 I like to use exfoliating mitt to remove whatever has left to ensure my skin is clean of any product left on it.

Overall a great self tanner that I will add to my favorites list.

  • Easy and mess free application
  • Nicely but highly scented and has a self tanner scent after it starts developing
  • Doesn’t take long to dry
  • Can transfer on sheets or lighter, tighter clothes but will easily wash out in the laundry
  • The tan that develops is healthy, bronzed and glowy looking
  • Lasts about 6-7 days

BUY it here:

Loving Tan Mousse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/faua9nc5s47

Exfoliating Gloves https://rstyle.me/cz-n/favzf6c5s47

Velvet Mitt https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fauc6dc5s47

Last Minute Mother’s Day 2021 Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know how stressful it can be to find the perfect gift. Even though I am the one giving those ideas to you I, myself always struggle when it comes to finding the perfect gift no matter the occasion . I take it very personal and always want to find the perfect piece that will make the person I am gifting happy. Here I found a few pieces that can fit different budget and needs. Hope you find something for the woman/ women in your life 🙂

Nude purse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7st75c5s47

Dyson hair dryer https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjkz8c5s47

Jo Malone Candle https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchtiqc5s47

Architectural Digest Coffee Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchrikc5s47

Tom Ford Coffee Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7ste9c5s47

Cloud Running Shoes https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvixc5s47

Dyson Curling Set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjkuac5s47

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcihjsc5s47

Mug & Warmer Set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvwkc5s47

Jo Malone mini luxuries set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchujic5s47

Santal 33 Perfume https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvqgc5s47

Le Creuset Dutch Oven https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjndyc5s47

Square Toe sandals https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wfytc5s47

Sunglasses https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvh9c5s47

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2021/ Mother’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

Every mom needs a stylish tote that can hold evereryone’s essentials

Matc Jacobs Tote https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wg6qc5s47

Super comfy yet stylish running shoes

Cloud running shoes https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvixc5s47

Tom Ford table book because if she doesn’t have it already she needs it.

Tom Ford Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7ste9c5s47

Stylish chair to bring some freshness and comfort to any room.

Chair https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7stdic5s47

Luxury set to make her feel special.

Jo Malone mini luxurious set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchujic5s47

New designer fragrance is always a win.

YSL Perfume https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvt3c5s47

Mug and warmer set to keep the coffee hot for longer and can double up as a phone charger. Perfect for busy mom life and comes in a lot of cool colors

Mug & warmer set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvwkc5s47

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit with a lot of beauty necessities great for travel or just to sample the high quality products plus the bag looks super stylish

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcihjsc5s47

How to Make GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE FRIED CAULIFLOWER RICE

I would 100 times choose a home cooked meal verses a restaurant one. I try to live a healthy lifestyle and this way it allows me to control what goes in my body. One of my favorite meals to order from outside is fried cauliflower rice . I always thought it is a hassle to make at home and it would never taste as good as at a restaurant. I was so wrong!! This easy recipe changed my outlook.

I love cooking simple and healthy meals that are ready preferably in under 30 min. This cauliflower fried rice is so easy to make, full of flavor and low in carbs. Loaded with veggies for extra nutrition. Shrimp is optional, you can use chicken instead or fully skip it and make this meal vegan friendly. Check my version of the Asian classic dish.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • Fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of frozen green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 bags of frozen cauli rice
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • Splash of gluten free soy sauce
Optional

Shrimp, deveined

1 bunch of organic baby bok choy

1 cup of snap peas

Fresh cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pan or a wok add the sesame oil
  2. Add the shrimp seasoned with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on each side for 3-4 min. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan heat up the oil of your choice
  5. Add the green onion and garlic
  6. cook for 1 minute. Try not to burn the garlic
  7. Add the cauliflower rice
  8. Cook for 4-5 min
  9. Add carrots and green peas, red bell pepper and grated ginger and cook for another 2-3 min
  10. Crack two eggs in the cauliflower rice and mix in until eggs are cooked
  11. Do not overcook because it can get mushy
  12. Add splash of soy sauce and snap peas and bok choy, I like to add those at the end so they stay crunchy .

Serve it in a bow add the shrimp and garnish with cilantro , enjoy!!!

What I Want for Summer 2021

Here are a few affordable items that I am adding to my cart so I can be ready for summer!

All the items go really well together but can also be combined with so many other pieces and take you from the beach to dinner.

These bikinis from Amazon are such a high quality, so soft and stretchy and the cut is super sexy. If you are going to purchase them be aware that top and bottom are sold separately and they sell out quickly. They have great neutral colors that will look so good with tan. I am tempted to order more.

I know wool hat is not really for summer but this one just screams french classy to me and I don’t care I will be rocking it!

High quality white linen button down is essential for everyone, this doesn’t need much explanation.

Hair claws will replace my scrunchies this summer for sure.

I love those square toe flat sandals. I have been obsessed with the style for a while now but the ones I picked up last summer were high heels and I am glad I found those and can let my feet rest and still be trendy.

High quality canvas tote will go a long way! Great for the beach, overnight trips or as take it as a carry-on on the plane

Trendy pair of sunglasses that doesn’t break the bank gets me super excited. I can’t tell you how much I love this pair from Amazon.

White Linen Button Down H&M- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wig9c5s47

Bikini from Amazon – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wghnc5s47

Wool Hat H&M- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6uqjbc5s47

Square Toe Flat Sandals from Amazon- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wfytc5s47

Hair Claws- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wf3uc5s47

Marc Jacobs Tote – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wg6qc5s47

Sunglasses- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvh9c5s47