Thursday, September 3, 2015

10 Minute Core


Hey y'all back today with another workout from Shape Fitness of Durham! I know summer is winding down, but just because it’s getting to be the end of summer doesn’t mean you have to abandon your abs! Try this 10 Minute Ab workout from Rachel Sevier of Shape Fitness!

Circuit 1:

Russian Twist
Sit on your butt with your knees bent. Heels can be on or off the floor for this exercise. (Lifting heels off the floor will make it harder.) Keeping your back straight, lean back until you feel your abs engage. You should be sitting on the "fatty" part of your butt - behind your sits bones. Now, twist your upper body from side to side, aiming your dumbbell to your hip. Continue twisting side to side for a total of 20-30 twists (10-15 per side).

Trainer Tip: It’s easy in this position to let your back round, but try to avoid this! Roll your shoulders back whenever you feel you are starting to round, and think about keeping your spine as straight as possible.


Straight Leg Sit Up
Lay completely flat on the floor with your arms straight up above your shoulders. Keep your legs flat to floor and slowly use your abs to roll up one vertebrae at a time until your upper body is vertical. That’s one rep. Slowly roll back down, one vertebrae at a time, still keeping your legs flat to the floor. Repeat for 10-15 reps total.

Trainer Tip: Add a dumbbell in each to make this much harder!


Sit Up Twist
Lie with your back flat on the floor, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands behind your ears, careful to not pull on your neck during the movement. Contract your abs and raise your chest and shoulders off the floor until your upper body is vertical. Now twist your shoulders to aim your elbow to the opposite knee. Slowly return to start and repeat on the other side. Complete 10-15 reps per side.

Trainer Tip: Try to not use momentum from your arms to perform the sit up. Focus on just using your core!
Circuit 2:


Side Plank Elbow Touchdown
Start in a side plank position on your elbow with your feet stacked or staggered depending on your balance. Elbow should be directly below your shoulder. Your top arm should be bent with hand resting behind your ear. Slowly fold your upper body forward until your elbow touches the floor and then pull yourself back up so your chest faces straight ahead. Make sure your core is fully engaged in this exercise! Repeat for 10-15 reps on each side.

Trainer Tip: If you can’t hold the side plank on your feet, lower your bottom knee to the floor to make the exercise a little bit easier.


Single Leg Dumbbell V-Up
Lay completely flat on the floor and hold a dumbbell in one hand. Simultaneously, lift your upper body and leg opposite the dumbbell and reach the dumbbell toward your foot. (The other leg stays flat on the floor). Lower back down to the starting position and repeat for 10-15 reps per side.

Trainer Tip: To make this harder, lift both legs at the same time and still drive the dumbbell toward the opposite foot to still get some work in the obliques!


Spiderman Plank
Start in a plank position on your ELBOWS or HANDS??. Keep a straight line down your body from your head to feet and engage your core. Alternating sides, bring your knee towards your elbow on the same side and squeeze your obliques. Return that foot to the plank position and repeat on the other side. Repeat for a total of 10-15 reps on each side.

Trainer Tip: Turn your head to look around your shoulder toward your knee as you bring it forward to really focus on the crunch in those obliques!

Don't forget, Rachel does Virtual Training too, so even if you're not in NC, you can still kick butt!

Have a great day friends!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Favorite at-Home Smoothie Recipes

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I read a news article the other day about a woman who got backlash from her child’s school for sending Oreos in her lunch. The cookies came back, uneaten with a not so nice note from the teacher. I read the news article thinking, really? I used to eat cookies growing up, but the difference between some people and my family was that we were allowed to have two and two only. I remember wanting more and trying to sneak into the kitchen before dinner to eat another Oreo, but my mother was also there to intercept me. 

At almost 30, I am realizing the importance of healthy eating/living more and more, sure I eat cookies, but it’s all about moderation. What goes into my mouth mostly ends up on my thighs now <le sigh>, so I try to be more self-aware. But it’s not just the weight, I want to live long enough to give great grandchildren cookies, so I need to take care of myself to make sure I’m around.

One of the things I’ve been doing lately to help me jump start my day is making a green smoothie after my morning workout with fairlife. Sometimes in lieu of my smoothie, I have a protein shake, but when I don't, I like knowing fairlife has 50% more protein and 30% more calcium without adding protein or calcium powders and also 50% less sugar (versus normal milk).

I thought I would share two of my favorite green smoothie recipes with y’all today. When I start my day off with good food, I make healthier decisions throughout the day because I’ve started on the right footing! (Not to say french fries don't still tempt me! And I eat them a lot too! 

Smoothie #1: Grown Up Strawberry Banana (pictured)
1/2 cup strawberries
1 banana
1 cup fairlife (I find ours at Kroger)
1 cup baby spinach 
1 tsp vanilla extract
*I added a fourth cup of blueberries to the recipe in the photo

Smoothie #3: Tropical Cleanse Smoothie
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fairlife 
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1/4 avocado







We buy all of our ingredients on Sunday nights and prep the blender for blending the night before so it’s super easy to just plop it on the mount, blend and go. Plus, they are delicious and healthy, so it’s a win win. Plus, I find that when we make smoothies, we waste less produce because if it starts to go bad, we just blend it! 

And also, don't worry if your smoothie isn't "green." Many of the concoctions I love are more of a blueish/green color and sometimes even brown! They are still delicious!


Do you drink green smoothies? What are your favorite recipes! I would love to hear!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tassel Love

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 Dress, sold out but almost identical here (love this one that's 30% off) / Hat / Chambray / Bag (similar) / Necklace c/o / Shoes / Sunglasses

Maxi Dresses are so easy aren't they? I'm determined to continue to wear mine into the cooler months by layering them with sweaters and booties. But for now, while the temperatures stay in the 90s, I'm happy to wear them as is. It doesn't look like fall will be coming to NC anytime soon and I'm okay with it since we will be vacationing at the beach next week and I want it to stay warm so I can catch an end of summer tan! But after vacation, I would be happy with some 60 degree temps! I noticed it's starting to get darker out earlier and it makes me realize fall is just around the corner!

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maxi dress, maxi dress for fall, maxi dress in fall, summer look, how to wear chambray, tassel necklaces, tassels, tassel outfits, fall look 2015,

maxi dress, maxi dress for fall, maxi dress in fall, summer look, how to wear chambray, tassel necklaces, tassels, tassel outfits, fall look 2015,

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How amazing is this Salt Water Jewels necklace? I love how thick and full the tassel is, plus the owner is such a pleasure to work with which is always amazing! I know I'll be packing this necklace in my bag for our Hilton Head trip next week, it goes with so much! 

How do you wear your maxi dresses in the fall? I'd love to know how you transition them?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Prep in your Step


This past weekend we went to Southport, NC with some friends. I didn't know this until my friend told me, but it's actually where this movie was filmed, Dawson's Creek and I guess a bunch of other shows/films. It's a very small town and we took the ferry on Saturday over to a small little island to do some beach sitting. Honestly, such a peaceful weekend, but still tons of fun. Have y'all been? Not a ton to do, but relaxing at it's finest! We stayed in a B&B and it was my first experience in one, loved it! Now my life goal is to own and run a B&B, I need to get Aaron on board!

I've worn this blouse with so much, never underestimate the power of a good striped blouse. Additionally, I love that these are ripped, but not too much so. I bought a pair of REALLY ripped jeans recently, and I don't think my husband was a fan, but what does her know anyway!






Have y'all hopped on the lariat trend yet? I love this necklace from Blushes and Gold, the key is so unique! I do struggle with how to wear it when I'm not wearing a button down. I need ideas, tell me!

Happy Monday friends!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

White on White on White


Hat / Top (similar) / Jeans (mine, save here) / Mules (love this black version for less than 30.00) /  Necklace c/o / Bag (similar, save options here) / Bracelets and here 

I'm like  a broken record because I know I've said this one million times, but I am determined to wear as much white as possible until the season gets a little cooler. I still wear white after Labor Day, but there is something kind of sad about knowing summer is over and you're just rocking it because you like it. In cooler months, it doesn't seem to have the same excitement (until it snows- and then the excitement comes back because you match it...duh). Something else that makes me really excited? White teeth. Recently, I've been trying out some new whitening products and by far one of the easiest I've work with is the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. You literally Brush, Whiten and are out the door within a matter of minutes and I love it! Plus, it'a great that it isn't one hundred little pieces and you can literally throw it in your travel bag and even whiten on the road while traveling. Why have I not thought of trying this before? I'm still testing it out some more, but be sure to check back and I'll be sure to update you on my thoughts/results!







Do you own any Piko tops? I love them because they are long, baggy and just comfy! This isn't my exact one (it's no longer available), but Amazon has some crazy good priced ones! And if you've been looking for a good pair of mules, these are so comfortable! I am also debating on these, I mean, less than $30?!

So yea, I am loving wearing all white and of course, a nice bright white smile is the best accessory you can have in my opinion! How does the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening pen fit into your daily beauty routine? Share your experience here and check out what other products Colgate Optic White has to offer! And, today, I'm teaming up with Colgate to offer two readers to win a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush kit! Just make sur eyou're following on Instagram and leave a comment below with your IG user name!




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Friday, August 28, 2015

Beach Waves



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We are headed to the beach tonight for the weekend with friends and I honestly am so pumped. I am looking forward to a day of sun bathing and salty hair on Saturday, with some tunes and naps on a beach towel. I actually wish I were there right this moment. The even better news is that when we come back on Sunday, I only have five more days of work until we pack up again and head to Hilton Head for the week. Although I hate packing, I always welcome beach trips with open arms because they are much easier to pack for- throw in some bathing suits, maxis and jewelry and you’re pretty much good to go. In fact, I often don’t even blow dry my hair, opting to let it air dry with a little bit of spritzing product. That is something I always miss about the summer come fall though, the beachy/messy waves that come with warmer months. So, today, I’ve teamed up with CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner to tell you how to make your own beach waves at home…without the beach- during fall. Are y’all excited yet?

I actually used my own concoction in these outfit photos and I was extremely impressed with the results. When I first wash my hair, it’s always smooth and silky, which is great, unless you want to fix/curl/braid, etc it. So, with the help of the CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™  Intense Conditioner and a few other ingredients, I’m able to create some beachy waves at home even with clean hair!
I picked my spritz bottle up in the travel size section at Target. This last a decent amount of time, but you could easily double the mixture and it would last even longer.

Here is what you need:
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (I get mine from Trader Joes)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™  Intense Conditioner (love this for it because it makes your hair smell awesome and also adds shine)
Literally put all ingredients in bottle (you may have to warm coconut oil) and shake! Voila! Spay in, scrunch and you have beach waves for days even when the leaves are falling from the trees and pumpkins are out.



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beachy waves, wavy hair, beach hair, sea salt spray, summer look, red top, nordstrom nude heels

I’ve been using CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner for about 20 days now and I have to admit, I’m really impressed. I actually feel like my hair is more hydrated and shiny which I love. You can pick these products up at any Target near you. Now, even though I typically go a little darker with my hair color during the fall months, I’m able to still rock some beachy waves. Love it.

On a side note, these are my favorite black pants. Year after year I buy the same ones and I don't know what it is about them, but you can dress them up or down and they are just always on point. If you're in the market for a good cropped pair, these are for you!

Tell me, do you love beach waves? How do you get them? I usually just scrunch my hair while it’s a little damp and if we are going somewhere a little nicer, I may touch –up slightly with a curling iron.
Have a great weekend friends! I hope it’s a relaxing one!




I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

3 Ways to Wear: Flares



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For the past few seasons, I feel like flares have been making a comeback. I picked up the most recent Instyle the other day and lo and behold lots of flares. I'm actually kind of excited since I have big thighs...I feel like they help balance them out! I still love my skinnys, but  am looking forward to switching it up a bit. However, I have yet to actually get a pair this year, so I've been on the hunt! And to all of those flare jeans I gave away when they went out of style a few years ago, I'm sorry. It makes me never want to get rid of anything because literally everything comes back. Maybe I'll just be a clothes hoarder!

Yes, this sweater is back and in one of these looks because I am telling you, it's the best. I always size up to give it an over-sized feel! Perfect for any season really!

Stay tuned for tomorrow, I have a hair tutorial!

Thanks for reading! It really means so much!






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