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DIVINE SELF CARE {TEAM} 2018 EDITION

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SELF CARE IS A DIVINE RESPONSIBILITY.

- DANIELLE LAPORTE

I created a list of resources for you all in 2017 but as this list has grown and changed, I want to provide an update!  Below you'll see that I've added information from

Listen. I'm not perfect (duh.) Some nights -- to my food therapist and mother's chagrin -- I eat trail mix for dinner. It's not something I'm proud of but hey, it totally happens. Like once a week. I don't claim to nail the self-care thing 24/7 but I do have a team of people who keep me feelin' pretty damn good.

Self-care gets thrown around as a selling point all the time: you're worth it, you need this, do more, do less, etc. Nobody likes to be sold to, myself included (big time.) But I do believe that SELF CARE, like Danielle LaPorte says, is a divine responsibility, and it's a responsibility that I've come to take more seriously over the past few years.

*drum roll*  Here's my DREAM SELF CARE TEAM...

NUTRITION THERAPY // SLEEP, DIGESTION, ANXIETY

Jessica Elizondo // 2233 Peachtree Rd NW #204, Atlanta, GA 30309 // 404.355.5499

Jessica Elizondo, ya'll. This woman has changed my relationship with food. I can't even tell you what kind of anxiety I used to feel surrounding eating a meal. My stomach would get as big as a beach ball, I would cramp up, my skin would itch, face would break out, the ailments go on. I also (used to) experience periods throughout the year when I really do not sleep well (anxiety!)  And, as previously mentioned, my joints have been an issue for me for quite a while. Jessica had treated me for all of these issues and more with completely natural supplements. I no longer fear what I put into my body because I know what to avoid and how to take care of myself. She is also located inside of Corrective Chiropractic; you can book an appointment with her without committing to a chiropractic relationship.

SKIN // FACIALS + BODY SCRUBS

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SWATCH BOX BEAUTY  // 414 East Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30305 // 404.975.3535

NAILS // MANICURES + PEDICURES

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SWATCH BOX BEAUTY  // 414 East Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30305 // 404.975.3535

FACE // COSMETICS

Leah Connors // 3440 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326 // leah_connors@s5a.com

I started seeing Leah Connors in Spring of 2017 (thanks to my sister!) and never looked back! What was the selling point for me? My sister... who never showed an interest in things like brow-shaping and lip liner. Leah is an absolute gem because she educates you as she does your make up, shows you how to use products in multiple ways (like me, with clothes!), doesn't get super sales-y on you and if Laura Mercier does not have the product you need, she's quick to recommend a different brand that will work best for you.  Laura Mercier counter at SAKS 5th Ave at Phipps.

NO, the products* I use are not organic. Please do not reach out to me about selling make up! 

MEDICAL ANTI-AGING + SKIN REJUVENATION 

NELSON CENTER for PS&R // 5445 Meridian Mark Rd, suite 395, ATLANTA, GA 30342 // 470.440.1777

Things *shift* as we age!  If you are interested in any anti-aging treatment and care, Dr. Nelson Castillo is my top recommendation.

BODY MECHANICS// MASSAGE + CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Corrective Chiropractic // 2233 Peachtree Rd NW #204, Atlanta, GA 30309 // 404.355.5499 

Austin Cohen at Corrective Chiropractic took over my spinal care in 2014 after years of confusing joint and back pain. But that was just the start.

After aligning me to my current state (and maintaining that structure), I started seeing Cohen's in-house massage therapist, Shalonda Barnett. I see Shalonda for a massage about every 6-8 weeks. If you are an active athlete and don't take a ton of time to stretch (or even if you do!), massages are a must. Corr Chiro has great rates for massages and you do not need to be a chiropractic patient to enjoy Shalonda's talents!

NOTE!  There are Corrective Chiropractic centers in Decatur, South Buckhead and Sandy Springs. You do not need to be a chiropractic patient to enjoy massage therapy with Shalonda Barnett talents.

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MIND // MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION

Atlanta Mindfulness Institute

In my opinion, this is the very most important aspect of Divine Self Care. I'm not shy when it comes to talking about my struggle with anxiety and depression. I've seen specialists, doctors, a handful of therapists, etc. I still strongly believe in medication if you need it and absolutely recommend therapy at any stage of life. But Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions courses teach you something that neither pills nor "sitting on the couch" can. The MBSR course I took with Dr. Stephanie Swann in the fall of 2016 taught me how to be in relationship with my thoughts. If you're like, "wait, wtf is Mindfulness?" click here.

HAIRS // CUT + COLOR

Salon Modello // 674 Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312  // 404.681.3670

Salon Modello is my literally my home away from home. I've kept short hair since 2011 and it requires frequent trims! Thankfully, shortly after I chopped all of my locks off in my South Carolina hometown, I found Aaron Rohling in Atlanta. His scissor artistry is unparalleled to any I have ever seen and I truly recommend any type, face shape or texture of hair to go see Aaron for at least one cut. His team of colorists are absolutely spectacular.

HAIRS // LASER HAIR REMOVAL

WIFH // 6115 PEACHTREE DUNWOODY ROAD, #200, ATLANTA, GA 30328 // 404.334.2459

TEETH // WHITENING

SMILE BRILLIANT
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Over the past 10+ years, I've tried a few other tray-style whitening kits -- nothing custom -- as well as the regular ol' Crest whitening strips. But because my teeth ache and are super sensitive after whitening, I've never really stuck with it to see the results I've desired. Until Smile Brilliant Click here to learn more about the process.

WORK OUT // FUEL

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REVERE is changing the game for athletes of all shapes and sizes.  Co-founded by my brilliant bombshell friend, Alexandra Blodgett, REVERE was launched in July 2017.  I consume REVERE before and after every work out. The pre-work out gives me an extra spark to rock a spin class or pound out an hour of heavy lifting. The post work out formulas curb my sugar cravings and replenish my system when I'm on zero.

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