Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Workout Routine

With summer fast approaching for me (only 2 more weeks!) I have been amping up my workout routine. I am not trying to lose weight, just get more healthy and toned. I also find exercise to be a great stress relief, something I am in dire need of.

Unlike my brother who made the varsity lacrosse team as a freshman, I am not the most athletic person. In high school, I played field hockey and ran long distance on the track team. Between those two sports, I never had to exercise on my own or outside of practice. However when I got to college, I realized it was now my responsibility to work out. I quickly found a routine that works for me so I thought I would share it with all of you! I also included some of my favorite workout pieces that are good quality yet affordable.


MY ROUTINE

1. First, I like to do about 20 minutes on the elliptical. I find this is a good way to warm up and get some cardio in. The gym at my school is free to students, so I take advantage of that! If you don't have access to a gym, you can lightly jog outside for the same time.

2. Next, I like to do abs. I switch this up a lot because I get bored easily, but I'll do around 7 to 10 minutes of various ab exercises. I really like the Cassey from Blogilates on YouTube - she has short videos that are very effective and work really well!

3. The last thing that I do is some running on the track. I loved running in high school and still do. I like to do interval training, so what I'll do is jog the straight aways on the track and then sprint the curves. My track coach told me this is one of the easiest ways to get lean and faster in general. It burns a lot of calories, and is the most efficient way to run for exercise, since you only have to do a few laps to complete the workout. I'll normally to 3 to 5 laps, depending on the day.

4. About twice a week, I like to try different workouts with my friends. On Sunday, my friend and I did the Carrie Underwood leg workout that was featured in Glamour. Today is Wednesday, and I am still sore! This one definitely works! Last quarter, I did a yoga class once a week as well, and it was a lot of fun, but very challenging!

I do this workout about 3 to 4 times a week, depending on how much time I have. I am not a professional trainer, I just thought I would share what I like to do. You can modify these workouts to create a personal plan that is at your level. Again, I am not trying to lose weight, I'm trying to be toned and as fit as possible for me. Let me know what you do to stay in shape in the comments - I'm always willing to try new things!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Day in the City

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, which means 3 days off! I am so excited; I am in need of a break. On Saturday, my friend and I are planning on taking the train into San Francisco to do some shopping. Unfortunately, it might be too cool to wear this outfit, but this would be perfect for a summer day in any city! I love white paired with any bright color - let me know your thoughts in the comments! I hope you all have a relaxing and fun weekend!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Inspired Style: Blake Lively

Blake Lively's outfits at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were right on point for me. Everything she wore was classy and had an 'old hollywood glamour' feel. My favorite look that she wore was a dress by Giambattista Valli. The beading looks so detailed and intricate and the fit is flawless. However, this dress is not available to everyone and is very expensive, so I found a few dresses that embodied some of the qualities of Blake's. These looks are not meant to be exact matches, just looks inspired by this one! Let me know if you have another look you would like me to do in the future!
image from Just Jared

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monograms

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going great. Mine got off to a very busy start (I had two midterms), but now I am free for the weekend and I am so happy! Today I thought I would let you all know about www.personalizedfrommetoyou.com. This is not sponsored at all - I just really like this website for all things monogrammed. They have almost everything you can imagine from jewelry to bags to towels to sunglasses. I picked out a few things that I think would be great for summer, but I really wish I could get everything! If monograms aren't your thing, that's ok! In the words of the great Sarahbelle93x, "Haters gonna hate, monogrammers gonna monogram". Let me know what your favorite monogrammed items are in the comments. Also, let me know if you have any requests for future posts - I want content that makes you all happy!


Images taken from the website personalizedfrommetoyou.com and sarahbelle93x instagram 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Country Concert

On Saturday night, my 2 best friends and I went to the Tim McGraw concert. It was so much fun and we loved every second of it! Country is my favorite music genre by far, and going to concerts is one of my favorite things to do, so the combination makes me so happy! Dresses and cowboy boots are a staple in my wardrobe, which is not the norm in California, but I don't care - I love both! Here are some ideas for outfits to wear to a country concert. Let me know if you are going to any concerts this summer - I would love to hear about it!

p.s. We also got to meet Kip Moore and he signed my boots. He was THE sweetest person, not to mention easy on the eyes as well! :)




I wore a floral dress from Urban Outfitters, black cowboy boots, and a denim jacket from Nordstrom. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Summer in California

     Happy Friday everyone! Summer is so close I feel like I can taste it! Living in California, there isn’t a huge difference in the seasons, but it does get warmer and the nights get longer, which is my favorite part! I will be going home to San Diego for summer in the middle of June and then come back to the Bay Area in the fall. 
     Katherine, from http://thegreenbows.blogspot.ca, and I are doing a collaborative post about our summer plans and picks, so go check out her post too! We live in different areas, so we thought it would be fun to compare what our summers are like based on the questions below. Answering these questions made me so excited for sunshine, warm weather, and bright colors! I want to hear what your plans are and what summer is like where you live so let me know in the comments!

1) What are your plans for summer?
I will be at home, shopping, blogging, relaxing, and working at a local theme park! This will be my first summer after being at college, so I am looking forward to relaxing and spending a lot of time with my family! Also, I can't wait to see my friends from back home and share college stories!

2) What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I like to go to the beach (I’m only 5 minutes away) and swim in the ocean and tan. Also, I like doing anything outdoors, such as hiking, attempting to surf, and going out to lunch. It's' hard for me to stay inside when it is so nice out!

3) What is your favorite summer snack?
My favorite snack is any type of fruit, but I especially like watermelon and pineapple in the summer. Also, in Southern California, acai bowls are extremely popular, and they are one of my favorite meals of all time! If you haven't heard of them, they are basically a smoothie in a bowl topped with fruit, granola, coconut, and honey!
Image by Pumps and Iron

4) What is your must have fashion item for summer?
I pretty much live in swim suits! The ones from Target are always cute and never too expensive. If I’m going somewhere nicer, I like to wear a cute sundress with wedges.

5) Must have summer nail polish color?
Anything bright pink! One of my favorites is Sally Hansen Xtreme in Pink Punk. I also liked white nail polish a lot last summer, and I have a feeling I will be wearing that again this summer!

6) What is on your summer wish list?
I really want a pair of Kendra Scott "Danielle" earrings! They are the perfect size and shape in my opinion, but I have a really hard time deciding which color I would pick!

7) How do you spend your summer nights?
I really enjoy going to beach bonfires with my friends. We make smores and always have a great time watching the sunset and seeing the stars come out! My family also has a lot of barbecues in our backyard by the pool!
Image by OCPoliticsBlog 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Summer Jewelry

     To me, summer means bright colors and big statement pieces when it comes to accessories! Go big or go home, right? Lately I've been loving Bauble Bar for jewelry because it's absolutely adorable and affordable at the same time. Can't beat that! Also, so many people have been talking about Kendra Scott earrings, and I am jumping on that bandwagon. They are so cute and the perfect size in my opinion. Plus, there are so many colors to choose from! Statement jewelry makes a simple outfit look like you put a little more effort in than you actually did, which is perfect when you're in a rush. It's like wearing little pieces of art! Let me know your favorite in the comments!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Summer Dresses

     It's May which means summer is next month - I am so excited! I've mentioned this before, but dresses are my favorite thing to wear in the summertime. They keep you cool while still looking cute! I've picked out some of my favorites that are on the dressier side of casual. They would look great with flats or wedges. I can see these being worn for a day on the water, out to dinner, or even to a summer wedding! I really love all of them; I can't pick a favorite! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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