5 Things I’m Loving Right Now

1. Pink Tea Infuser @teamiblends: Focus Tea, Relax Tea @teamiblends

While I understand the whole “sometimes I get sick of water thing”, I can’t say I fully understand the extensive selection of teas, juices, and soda’s at every gas station.  The idea of drinking something packed full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals is nauseating; perhaps, if the selections were made with real ingredients folks would make better choices.  Thankfully @teamiblends has created a pocket-size infuser available in multiple colors that makes choosing the right drink on the go an option.

Teami Relax  has five ingredients: Lavender Flower, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Orange Peel, and Valerian Root extract.  Sometimes I get so tired in the late afternoon and then find myself restless and craving sweets at night.  Luckily, Teami Relax kicks both nighttime munchies and afternoon restlessness.

Teami Focus boasts 11 plant based ingredients and is my go-tofor creating a more clear focus and attention to detail.  Forget about the extra cup of coffee... grab Focus Tea instead.


2. First Aid Kit Products

Eczema has been a lifetime struggle of mine.  I remember having splotchy red spots behind my knees and in my elbow creases as a child.  Many days, those spots would itch so badly I would scratch them until they bled. Today,  I have multiple spots on my hands and arms where the pigmentation in my skin has faded due to years of outbreaks in repeated spots.  When all my friends began buying their skin products at Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret, I followed suit only to find that the perfumes and dyes inflamed my sensitive skin even more.  Dermatologists continuously recommended Aveeno, Cetaphil, and Aquaphor for daily use, but I always wanted to use something more exciting.  I admit, I love product marketing and I wanted to buy something more attractive than a supermarket lotion with an unexciting label.  Enter First Aid Kit Products, they’ve got my heart, and I don’t see myself straying anytime soon.  Their products are packed with yogi- friendly ingredients like: clay, charcoal, colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and more. Better yet! You can find them where you’re probably already shopping, like Sephora.


3. Cropped Yoga Pants

People often ask me why I don’t sell cropped yoga pants at my studio.  Honestly, I just don’t care much for them; in fact, the way the sweat feels on my calves really annoys me. Additionally, I like keeping my pants long enough to grab the fabric under my heel in balancing poses such as uttitha hasta padangusthasana b.  Despite my inclination to reach for a pair of yoga leggings, recently I’ve enjoyed wearing yoga crops!.  I’ve found that they offer the versatility to double as pants for walking pups or going for a jog in the park in addition to rocking an awesome practice.  The unwelcomed sweat on my shins and ankles has given me the additional challenge of engaging more low belly action, uddiyana bandha, and focusing more on my breath.


If you are interested in learning more about the crops I am wearing below, check out these tie-dyed crops on instagram @versaactive


4. Custom Converse Chuck Taylors

 

Recently I went on set for a day long photoshoot with a new supplement brand out of Nashville, Tenn..  My only requirement for the photoshoot was to bring my own tennis shoes.  I asked the director if I could wear my tried-and-true chucks...enough said.


5. Winnie Couture Flagship Bridal Salon

Entering Winnie is how I imagine entering Barbie’s Dreamhouse; crystal chandeliers descend from the ceiling, pink accents decorate the walls, and handmade bridal gowns hang elegantly in clusters throughout the store.  At Winnie you’ll find sales associates such as Winer and Ricklie, all of whom dedicate themselves to making each bride’s dreams come true. Whether looking for an elegant fitted gown, or a full skirt and cathedral length veil, Winnie will make your dreams come true, just like they made mine. .  Head over to Winnie and let them know Carly Grace sent you, I promise your dreams await.

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!