Happy Friday ladies! Today I'd like to present a new feature here on the blog entitled "Isn't She Lovely", where I highlight the authors of some of my favorite blogs. First up is a gorgeous gal who's blog I became obsessed with because we seem to have so much in common - a nail polish obsession, natural hair, an affinity for bright lipstick, and get this...we have the same name! Jin kindly obliged to do this interview for you awesome readers of "Love, Loss and Lacquer" - I hope you enjoy :)
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi my name is Jin (short for Rajinder) and I blog over at http://www.jinfitness.com/. I’m a Carolina girl. I have a passion for fitness, healthy living, food, and fashion.
You're obviously in great shape now, have you always been health conscious or was it something you became interested in during adulthood?
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in sports and fitness. I spent most of my childhood outside riding bikes, skating, etc. I love fitness so much that I majored in Exercise Science in college. I’ve also competed in a couple fitness competitions.
It's the beginning of 2012 and most of us have made resolutions to loose weight, but we may not know how to get started. What tips do you have someone who feel a little lost or overwhelmed?
I think that you should write a list of realistic goals. Not only do you want to write down your goals BUT you also want to jot down how you plan to achieve that goal, step by step. I was told that it takes 28 days to create a habit. Start out with a small goal like walking 20 minutes per day. Once you are comfortable with that you can start to incorporate new workouts into your routine.
For the ladies who may not have the time or money to make it to the gym, what workouts do you recommended that can be done at home? You don’t need a gym to see results. Running and walking are great workouts that can be done anywhere. I also like http://www.bodyrock.tv/ They have killer workouts that you can do at home.
There are so many temptations on the menu when one goes out to eat, what kind of advice do you have when we're not in our controlled environment at home?
I grew up in a household where my parents cooked 7 days a week. Going out to eat wasn’t an option growing up so I actually prefer eating at home. If I have to go out for food I try to stay away from French fries and fried food. My favorite go to meal is sushi.
Like myself, you seem to love a bold lip - what's your absolute favorite lip stick?
My favorite lipstick is Ruby Woo by MAC
You have gorgeous skin, what are your staple beauty products that you can't live without?
My skin care regimen isn’t that great. Currently I cleanse with a Tea Tree bar soap from Trader Joe’s. At night I apply a thin layer of Olive Oil to my face. In the morning I wash with hot water and apply Origins A Perfect World moisturizer. I exfoliate sometimes but not as much as I should (I always forget ;-/)
What's your favorite nail polish brand and color?
I change my nail polish once or twice a week so I really don’t have a favorite nail color….I like all colors. Currently, my favorite brands are Sally Hansen and Ulta Brand.
I love your natural hair! Have you always been natural? If not, did you do the big chop or did you transition?
I’ve been natural for a little over two years. I transitioned by wearing a sew-in weave for about 9 months. After growing tired of wearing weaves I decided to take it out to give my scalp and wallet a break. My hair was a hot mess when I took my weave out. I had a ton of new growth and thin relaxed ends (hot mess dot com). I was nervous about having short hair so I decided to keep my ends. It was so hard to manage two different hair textures so I cut my relaxed ends after about 2 months.
What is your hair regimen?Currently, my hair care regimen is super simple. I either wear a wash n go or a twist out. Wash n go in the summer and a twist out in the winter. For my twist out I co-wash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner. While my hair is wet I apply coconut oil. I use a T-shirt to soak up the excess water. Lastly, I apply 100 % Natural Shea Butter and twist. I love being natural and I feel like it has boosted my confidence.
There was recently a study shown that Black women tend to avoid the gym as not to ruin their hair. What is your feeling on that and do you have any tips on how we can maintain our hair while living an active lifestyle?
Sweating comes with the territory. Its almost impossible to workout and not sweat. I pull my hair up into a clip while working out. Sometimes I have to retwist my hair at night but I’m okay with that.
Is there anything else about yourself that you'd like to share with us?
I was honored when Jin asked to feature me on her blog 1.) because I love her blog and 2.) because we have the same name.
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Jin, thank you so much once again for doing this interview!
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