Breakfast with Lauren Collins

Haaaaaappy Friday everyone! 

This morning I am kicking off a new series of interviews with inspirational, badass women. Wellness experts, entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, fitness gurus, and more; these women inspire me in so many ways and I couldn't be more excited to bring this space to Wellhaus.

Starting this series is one beautiful woman, inside and out. Lauren gives us some of her top tips for keeping fit, talks about her new business venture with her sis, and gives a little insight into the modeling world. Enjoy a little motivation from athlete, model and business owner, Lauren Collins!

1)    So, hi! Introduce yourself: 

Hi! My name is Lauren Collins. I'm a wife, full time model and co-founder of @siss_fit! I was born and raised in Orange County, California and I am a lover of all things health and fitness.

2) What has your health philosophy always been?

My health philosophy is keeping things simple.  There is such an overabundance of information surrounding health and fitness, so I try to stick to the basics and listen to my body.  Whether that is eating clean and unprocessed, or working out in a way that my body craves; I really try to avoid letting it stress me out and just do what feels right.  

3) You are traveling ALL the time- how do you stay on a workout routine while your gone?

Haha yes, travel has definitely become a part of my norm!  A lot of people say “I’ll get back on track when I get home,” but unfortunately that would mean that I am never on track!  What has worked really well for me has been creating workouts for myself that I know are both efficient and effective.  When you travel a lot it is nearly impossible to avoid long days, unhealthy dining options, and jetlag.  I quickly learned that in order to balance the demands of looking a certain way, and more importantly feeling healthy and energized, I would need to come up with a health and workout routine that I could count on to deliver these results…which leads me to your next question!

Quick Tempeh & Swiss Chard Tacos

Happy Wednesday! You may or may not know this about me, but I am obsessed with Mexican food. Ceviche, pico de gallo, corn tortilla chips, guac, TACOS, MARGARITAS. You name it, I love it all (todo) and I cook it all the time.

Lately, I've been satisfying my Mexican food cravings by making a veggie version of a taco that consists of a just a few ingredients. For all of you vegan/vegetarians out there or just those of you that just appreciate eating more that way more often like myself, you will love these! They are super simple to whip up and taste great.

Tempeh & Swiss Chard Tacos
makes about 6 tacos

1 package of plain or flax tempeh
1 bundle of green or rainbow Swiss chard (roughly chopped and stem removed off bottom)
1 small lime (1/2 for cooking, 1/2 for garnish)
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili lime seasoning (or just a few shakes of chili powder)
Sea salt to taste

Optional: Chopped cilantro and sliced avocado


In a large pan turned to medium heat, melt the coconut oil

Add in tempeh and a few good pinches of sea salt

Cook for about 5 minutes
*If tempeh soaks up oil quickly, you can add a tablespoon of water

Then, add in the juice form half of the lime, garlic powder, chili seasoning and swiss chard

Add in another two pinches or so of sea salt and cook for another 3-5 minutes
*at this point you can also add a teaspoon of grape seed oil or more coconut oil if needed

While cooking, prep your corn tortillas to your liking
*I place mine in the microwave with a wet paper towel around them for about 45 seconds

Once your tempeh and Swiss chard mixture is cooked, place a small serving on each corn tortilla and the cilantro + avo if you'd like!

So quick, so easy, so healthy and so tasty...

Transitional Style

jacket: nordstrom | pants: topshop | shoes: converse 

Well, it was a breakthrough kind of day here in Portland because.... SUNSHINE. Yep, it's true. But don't get too excited because it's only here for one day. This is what Portland does to you, I swear. It's like, hey, see how incredible the PNW is when it's sunny out? Well, I'll just keep you hanging onto that...

Every time I feel like, "ok, I can't handle another grey and rainy day anymore," mother nature does this tricky thing and throws in a sunny day or two just to remind you exactly why you live here.

So, here is a transitional outfit from winter to spring. You never really know how to dress this time of year, so you've got to be a little creative. But when in doubt, tennis shoes and a leather jacket are always a-okay!


A Weekend Away: Seattle (lovebirds edition)

Jetting up to Seattle for a quick overnighter is one of my favorite dates. I actually find Seattle to be super romantic! Maybe because I associate it with cozy weather and good food (aka- my romance recipe), but it really does set up a great a date vibe.

Since I'm not much of a big city person (and neither is Tyson), rather than staying right downtown, we prefer to stay on the outskirts, specifically in Ballard! It just such a cute area.

Here is my go-to itinerary for a quick stay in Seattle:

1. Stay at Hotel Ballard: Hands down, my favorite hotel up there. It is smaller, quaint and on one of my favorite streets. It's the perfect "date night" spot, in my opinion. Not to mention, by staying there you have access to the best gym: the Olympic Athletic Club. I'm not a stickler about going to the gym on vacation, but when you see this place, you will want to workout! Trust me.

2. Discovery Park: Spend a morning taking in the beautiful views hiking around the park. Give yourself at least a few hours to explore and enjoy.

Change of Pace

Well, it has been an official week and a half since I started my whole new working-from-home routine and I have to admit, this rules. I'm currently tackling a bunch of to-do's, I have been spending a lot more quality time with my family and believe it or not, I actually feel more productive. And guys, this is even my second day without coffee, so YES. Go me.

I have been getting asked a lot about what job change I made and I am sorry to those of you I didn't respond to! It's kind of long story, but I will keep it brief here: I left my position at the modeling agency to start a new part-time role at a company called Be Social. They are in California, so for now, I will be working remotely up here in Portland and traveling down to San Diego more often. I'll be doing similar talent management, just with influencers rather than models.

As for the rest of my time, I am jumping into some freelance creative work. I will be helping my good friend and her interior design business, assist in some social media strategy for a few brands, a little production here and there and some photography. Whew.

So there you have it! I'm pretty excited about everything. I feel like the creative side of me has been ignited again and it feels so good to have that back. I've even had time to refresh my blog, as you can see (just please excuse the dropdown menu for the next couple of weeks). Blogging has always been a fun side project for me so I'm excited to have the opportunity to spend more time on it.

Thank you for all of your support and for reading along; it means so much! Now excuse me while Parker and I finish up an episode of Masha and the Bear in bed... ; )