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Beauty Packing List: Here’s What Almost 30 Podcaster Krista Williams Is Taking on Tour

Wellness and lifestyle blogger/podcaster Krista Williams is ready to go on tour: “I’m all about growth, learning and transformation, so having the opportunity to be surrounded by new environments, people, places and things fills me up.” She and her Almost 30 podcast cohost, Lindsey Simcik, have packed their bags for a whirlwind trip across the country, where they will have a chance to meet their enthusiastic listeners and share insights on health, wellness, spirituality, relationships and careers.

It came as no surprise to us that Williams, our most trusted lifestyle guru, is also a masterful traveler. Her packing tips and pre-flight health rituals teach us that turbulent travel can be avoided with simple preparation. Ahead of her tour, we caught up with Williams to get the nitty-gritty on how she stays organized, calm and moisturized while jet-setting. As usual, she keeps it 100.

HERE’S WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR PACKING LIST

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Beauty Food & Drink Interviews Skin Care

Dr. Raj Teaches Us About Our Skin’s Microbiome

Despite regimented facials and thorough double cleanses, what happens in your gut will eventually show on your skin. “If the good and bad bacteria aren’t balanced in your gut and intestines, you can develop conditions like acne, redness, psoriasis, dry skin and eczema,” says Dr. Roshini Raj, the woman behind TULA Probiotic Skincare. The  gastroenterologist with glowing skin is a big believer in approaching beauty from the inside out. Her range of prebiotic- and probiotic-infused skin care is free of toxins and full of skin-loving superfoods, like blueberries, turmeric and vitamin C, which maintain a healthy skin microbiome and improve skin barrier function.

So what is a microbiome, exactly? To better understand the connection between the skin and the gut and how this can all result in a breakout, we called on Dr. Raj to help us understand what’s going on inside our bodies, and therefore, on our skin’s surface. And most urgently, how do we correct an imbalance? Her advice and her beauty breakdown, ahead.

THE DOCTOR IS IN

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Beauty Food & Drink Interviews Skin Care

Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Morning Routine

Amanda Chantal Bacon’s purpose in life is to make things taste as delicious as possible. The classically trained chef turned cosmic wellness guru began her career creating decadent, pleasing things to feed others when she decided to pivot, slightly: “I combined this culinary education with another part of my life that was equally informative—this deep, holistic health,” Bacon says.

ELEVATE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS

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Zella Pro Rachael DeVaux Dishes on Her Health and Wellness Goals

Photo courtesy of Rachael DeVaux

Hyping ourselves up for a workout is no easy task, but with the right gym gear and a pep talk from our fitness guru, we find the motivation we need to be active. Enter Rachael DeVaux of Rachael’s Good Eats, the registered dietician and personal trainer with a wealth of health and wellness knowledge. We asked Rachael about her favorite workout, how she keeps disciplined and what she likes to wear for her sweat sessions. Ahead, she teaches us that achieving #fitnessgoals begins with a positive attitude.

GET HER TIPS

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The Evolution of Nike Air Max

Since legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield put the brand’s revolutionary air technology on display in 1987, the Air Max has earned a devoted following that includes sneakerheads, athletes, pop stars and, most recently, the fashion elite. Rita Ora rocks them on- and offstage, and Beyoncé has been spotted in a pair (in Liquid Gold, of course). Fashion Week attendees count on the sneaker for walking comfortably from show to show, and minimalist-style-queen Phoebe Philo pairs them with understated separates. The sneaker is majorly cushioned, incredibly innovative and super fly—a solid streetwear staple. March is Nike Air Max month and to celebrate, we’re looking back at a few iterations of the game-changing sneaker.

SEE THE TIMELINE

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How Moon Juice’s Amanda Chantal Bacon Handles Stress

Amanda Chantal Bacon knows a thing about being busy. As the founder of Moon Juice—the high-vibe destination consisting of three L.A. cafés, plus a line of potent plant-based potions—she’s attracted a cult following, counted celebs like Gwyneth and Karlie Kloss among her clientele, and ascended to modern wellness stardom. No stranger to competing demands, she shared with us her tips for handling stress, and her knowledge of how plants can help.

FIND YOUR CALM

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Beauty Interviews Skin Care

Krista Williams Gets Ready with HUM Nutrition

When it comes to wellness and beauty advice, blogger and podcaster Krista Williams always keeps it real. She demystifies the worlds of spirituality, health and well-being on The Hundred Blog and as the host of the the Almost 30 podcast, dishing out real talk like your most trusted BFF.

We could think of no one better than our personal lifestyle guru to guide us through the onslaught of beauty supplements available on the market. Williams graciously answered the call and invited us behind the scenes of her morning, revealing that the secret to her glow starts from the inside out. Below, Williams walks us through her morning routine with HUM Nutrition, her most trusted source for premium and clinically proven dietary supplements. You’re going to want to take notes.

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Technical Enhancements: The Latest Developments in Sports Bras

It’s not often the most fun purchase to make, but a quality sports bra can change your life—and definitely improve your workout. Recent developments in athletic wear have also made this exercise gear much more interesting. There are new wicking fabrics, the inclusion of heat vents, hidden underwires, convertible bra straps, foam linings and other fascinating technical advancements to assist your assets. No longer just a practical, cleavage-eliminating option, women like the model Bella Hadid and the fashion blogger-cum-designer Chiarra Ferragni have been spotted on the street wearing the undergarb in some decidedly non-sporty but very sexy get-ups.

If your goal is more geared to eliminating bounce during burpees, though, we’ve rounded up the state-of-the-art performance options you should try. They’re also quite stylish, so you might just consider wearing them out beyond the gym.

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK (AND YOUR RACK)

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10 Things to Find Your Chill Beauty

Just Relax: 10 Things That Are Helping Us Chill Right Now

As we’re about to enter the most wonderful time of the year (and the busiest, the most expensive, and the booziest) we’d like to take this moment to remind you to take care of yourself. Although shopping for and pampering ourselves is rarely a struggle, sometimes the things we consume aren’t that good for us. Instead of the popular exhortation to treat yourself, this season we’re calling on you to take care of yourself. To help, here are a few of the fun ways we’re finding our chill.

OUR SELF-CARE CHECKLIST

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Zella in Your Corner: 3 Basic Boxing Drills to Know Before You Get in the Ring

This October, Zella observes 10 years in the activewear industry. To get into the celebratory swing of things, the Nordstrom-exclusive brand is honoring the occasion with a special capsule collection dedicated to a burgeoning sport with some serious fighting spirit: women’s boxing.

While female competitors have been throwing punches since at least the 18th century, boxing has been largely considered a macho, male-dominated sport for most of its history. Even today, physical aggression is seen as a man’s specialty, despite female fighting phenoms like Claressa Shields and Cecilia Braekhus making regular ESPN headlines. But the world of women’s boxing is only ramping up—and we’re hoping this new collection inspires a few more million-dollar babies out there.

For one, it delivers a full-body workout that tones almost every muscle and incinerates up to 900 calories an hour. (That’s twice as many calories as your average foray on the elliptical machine.) Boxing’s inherently short bursts of extreme cardio are proven to burn more fat than a steady-going cardio session and continue to burn calories post-workout. It’s also incredibly empowering and fun. When you’re punching bags and lifting weights in fast and furious drills, your endorphins are cranked to 11. You’re building strength, honing hand-eye coordination and learning practical self-defense skills. You’re firing on all cylinders, pummeling the day’s stresses away.

Not into human combat? No problem! In fact, most boxing students never step into the ring. Some don’t even spar (when two people practice fighting against each other). It’s a choose-your-own-intensity sport where you control the level of involvement. What matters is you’re getting your heart rate up, working muscles head to toe and managing stress in a healthy way.

WATCH & LEARN BASIC BOXING DRILLS

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