5 Tips To Start A New Workout!

Aug 29, 2014

Jumping right back into fitness or any kind of workout can be intimidating. I remember starting a workout after not working out for almost two years and feeling unsure of what I should be doing or how to start. I think it's important to set up a good mind frame when starting a workout, and that makes a huge difference in the long run. Here are some of my tips on starting and maintaining a new workout!

1. Make a schedule: Okay, so this is usually the hardest for most people. Where can I fit in time to workout? That's a common thing that most people struggle with and individually it needs to work for you. I suggest writing in a calendar and starting off small. Work from 3 days a week up. You need to give your body time to adjust so time off is imperative. You're going to have to adjust your schedule in order to fit in some workout time, but in the long run, you'll feel better.

2. DUMP THE JUNK!: No one can really fight the urges to snack, especially when you're surrounded by it. For me personally, I can't have junk/snack foods in my house because they will get eaten when I am h-a-n-g-r-y. Best thing to do? Go food shopping and leave yourself healthy options. If you look in the cabinet and everything is healthier, guaranteed you make a better choice for yourself on that day, and in future choices! If you find yourself running around most of the day I suggest packing lunch/dinner in advance and a healthy bunch of snacks to choose from. Fail to plan, plan to fail! That's how the cookie crumbles...literally. As I have mentioned before there are healthy options that actually taste good too, do some research, or try some protein bars, they're delicious and some even taste like your favorite snack! (Ie. Cookies & Cream Quest Bars)

3. Make a good playlist: Imagine working out in silence, or even worse...imagine working out to someone's awful music playlist. Sometimes at the gym, this happens. If you load some music that pumps you up onto your phone or i-pod, you will be motivated to keep going, and it will distract you from staring at the clock. Get some decent headphones, and keep your phone charged, guarantee you stay in the gym longer if your music is on point, and so is your attitude!

4. Inspiration: Instagram has become a place where you can get a view into other people's lives. It's a way to connect with others who share the same passions, but also can inspire you to be better. Instagram has become huge for the fitness community because there is so much information at your finger tips. By this I mean fitness advice, HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training), recipes, inspiration for workout clothes, different exercises and more. I follow a lot of different people on instagram who provide me a lot of inspiration. I love getting inspired to try new things and push myself in the gym, so what better way to do so than by connecting with others. 

Some of my favorites : Katy Hearn // Tanaashleee // FitHealthyRecipes // FitMenCook

5. Gym Buddy: Finding someone you can work out with is HUGE. When you're feeling super lazy you need someone who is going to help you get back on track. Sometimes just having someone there who is just as motivated as you are is enough to get you going. Make plans with people or family members who go to your gym, and see if you guys can work out together. My sister and I just started going together and I love having someone to talk to in between sets. Time flies by, and it's a great way to keep myself going when I am tempted to stop.

All in all just remind yourself that you're doing awesome. Don't compare your journey with anyone else and make sure you always stay focused. If you take a few days off, just jump right back into it when you're ready! It's like riding a bike, you can always get back on!

Textured Curls with Garnier Fructis

Aug 27, 2014

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I am super excited to share a hairstyle with you today using Texture Tease by Garnier Fructis! Since I usually get asked about my curls, I want to share with you guys one of my favorite ways to wear them. The great thing about loose, wavy curls is that you can dress them up, or down depending on where you're going. It's not overly dressy, but it's also not extremely casual so it leaves you right in between.

What I do first is make sure my hair is nice and clean. I usually wash my hair the night before and then sleep on it. Once I wake up in the morning it's usually crazy and wild(lots of volume) which is what I love! If your hair is harder to manage this way, then just wash it and blow dry it as you normally would. You want to start with your natural hair, a little bit of wave is fine too! You should work with your hair, and no one knows it better than you!

Next, section off the hair into half up, half down. This helps maintain each curl separately and you can drop section by section as you curl. I wrap my hair around this 1 inch curling iron, and that works best for me. Regular curls don't hold in my hair, so I love that I get this wavy, all natural look with wrapping.

As soon as you curl a section, spray the bottom with the texture tease, and scrunch your hair with your fingers to give it that extra texture in between curls. 

Once you get to the top section of hair, take the texture tease and spray it into your roots. (This will be in between your top and bottom section. Since texture tease is backcomb in a bottle you can use your fingers to tease the product into your hair.

Once the product has successfully has been teased into your hair, you can continue curling the remaining hair from the top section.

Finish it off with a little Sleek & Shine Anti Humidity Hairspray and some texture tease underneath the hair for that perfect look! To add that extra touch, I added a flower crown to go with my textured waves!

Also, don't forget to enter the Garnier Sweepstakes! Pin your favorite hairstyle for a chance to win a $500 visa giftcard! Read more info below.

 Learn it, Do it, Rock it with Garnier Fructis Style.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Garnier Fructis via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier Fructis.

The Little Ballerina

Aug 25, 2014

I'm never the girl who says "call me princess" and I am never even close to making a statement like that but I must say, this skirt makes me feel like the littlest ballerina. When I threw the shoes on with this outfit I immediately felt fancier than usual, especially on a MONDAY. Sometimes we all need reasons to dress up though, right? When I wake up in any kind of funk I like to throw on something a little crazier than my usual get-up and that usually does the trick.

It's crazy to think that September is around the corner, and even crazier to think that time is just zipping by. I remember looking forward to Summer and looking forward to all these things I wanted to do, and then before I know it, it's almost over and I am gearing up for layering and sweater-ing. Yep I just made up a new word. 

If you've been a follower of this blog for a long time you obviously know how much I love the Fall. I know that's such a blogger thing to say, but for me personally, the cold weather is awesome. I love snow (not cleaning it) and I love fall fashion. I tend to consider myself more of a winter baby but the one thing I miss in the winter is wearing a skirt with no tights!

You better believe that I will be showing these legs off until it gets cold! Then as soon as it gets cold out, my stocking game will be on point!

Details // Bodysuit : American Apparel , Hat: Courtesy of Lovely Bird , Necklace & Rings: Vintage
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Black Pleiades Loafers: Courtesy of Le Bunny Bleu

Simple Pastures

Aug 21, 2014

If someone had asked me years ago where I wanted to spend most of my time, I probably would have told them that my dream was to one day own a farm. I love the idea of land as far as the eye can see, horses grazing and lots of animals everywhere. Fast forward to reality, and I live nowhere near any kind of farmland, but it's something that tends to creep up in my mind often. One day when I own my own house, I can't wait to have a big backyard that my kids can play in, and maybe if I'm lucky, I can go horseback riding every now and again, and maybe even own some chickens. Dreams tend to change as we get older. They're sometimes still attainable, but they tend to mold with you as you grow into your future self. 

One thing I know for sure? I feel much more at peace when I spend some time outside with the sun shining down on my face. It's nice to just breathe fresh air in and relax, especially when you have a lot on your mind. Nature is one of those things that is right at your finger tips, it's free, and you can do as much or as little as you want. It's all in your hands and every single day can seem like a adventure waiting to unfold.

Details : Shorts & Crop // Courtesy of Marshalls , Clogs // Swedish Hasbeens 
Necklace // Bought in Cyprus (made in Peru), Flower Crown // F21