Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fitness 101: Outdoor Workouts with Onzie

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Sports Bra: c/o Onzie | Capris: c/o Onzie | Sneakers: c/o Under Armour 

all photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Spring time means getting outside and enjoying the weather. After such a harsh winter, it's nice to take my workouts outside. Let benches and stairs become your gym equipment. I've teamed up with Onzie to show you how to spruce up your workout with some Spring gear and outdoor workouts!

BENCHES:

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Step Ups. There are different ways in which you can do step-ups using a bench. One way is stepping up with your right leg and bringing your left leg up to step on the bench, then step back down with left leg. Repeat this step 10 times on one leg and then repeat the process on the left leg. Second way is to step-up with your right leg and leaving your left leg straight, never touching the bench and come back down on your left without bending it. Repeat 10 times on this leg and then repeat the process on the left leg.

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Dips. Bench Dips are a perfect workout for your triceps. Sit on the edge of the bench, place palms at the end of the bench facing out, and place your legs stretched out in front of you leaving your heels touching the ground. With straight arms move your body away from the bench and have your heels of your feet on the ground. Begin to dip your body towards the ground by bending your elbows. You should be able to feel a stretch in your cheat or your shoulders. Raise body and repeat. If the move is to hard with your legs stretched in front of you bend your knees.

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Incline Push-Ups. Push-ups are not only great to strengthening your arms but as well as you abs. To do an Incline Push-Up with using a bench start by facing the bench and placing your hands at the edge of the bench slightly wider then shoulder width apart. Position your feet from the bench with your straight arms and body. Arms should be perpendicular to your body. Keeping your body straight, lower chest to the edge of the bench with bent arms. Then push your body up with straight arms, repeat process.

SHORT STEPS:

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Squat Jumps Up Stairs. Some see just a short staircase, I see a tool to use for a great leg and butt workout. Start at the bottom of the steps, stand with legs about shoulder width apart and do a regular squat (don't know how to squat? read here). As you come up from your squat explode up and propel yourself forward so that you land onto the next step, when you land come back into a squat position. Keep your landing soft. Once you get to the top of the stairs run down and repeat the process. This move is a cross between Squat Jumps and Box Jumps.

These moves are a great addition to any run that you do this Spring through a park or in your neighborhood. They can help you build muscle and get strong. Plus, like everything there are many variations to some of these workouts to assist you or make the workout a little harder. As you mix up your workout, don't forget to switch up your workout gear! Onzie has you covered is season with their bright prints and colors. Their workout gear isn't only just good looking but totally functional and comfortable! Plus, the price point is super affordable!

What is your workout routine this Spring?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Real Talk: On Personal Style

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Trench: H&M (old) | Shirt: Forever21 | Jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Forever21 | Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy
Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique 

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

My style is always changing; from year to year, season to season; even from day to day. I can go from something completely feminine to boho chic the next day. And thats what I love about my style. It's not solely dictated on trends or labels. I like to wear what I like, what makes me feel good and how I feel that day. As far as I can remember this has always been my style philosophy. In High School I was the emo/surfer girl, wore jeans, Vans sneakers, and if not a band t-shirts something from Billabong or Roxy. Over the years my style as changed but still incorporate what I use to love in a more grown up sense. This Spring I'm feeling a lot more laid back with my look; which means flats, relaxed destroyed denim jeans, and throw-on-and-go tops. As I get older I can see my style changing more and more. I now try to be a more practical buyer then a impulse shopper (don't get me wrong I still have my moments of buying things that I don't necessarily need).  This Spring I'm keeping a list of things I need rather then just buying on a whim. I want to continue to build a wardrobe of essential that will be timeless and chic, especially I get closer to 30 (turning 29 this year!).

How has your personal style changed?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Outfit Post: Off Duty Style

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Jacket: American Eagle | Sweater: Zara | Pants: LF Store | Sneakers: Steve Madden c/o Piperlime | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

These leather joggers have easily become one of my favorite pieces in my closet. They are fun to dress up and easy to dress down. Since this Spring is off to a colder start it has allowed me to continually wear these leather joggers from the LF Store. Which is surprising to me, I knew I would wear these pants but I didn't realize how much of staple they would become in my wardrobe.

What is your off duty style?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Outfit Post: The Spring Pant

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Jacket: American Eagle | Top: H&M | Pants: vintage Dolce & Gabbana | Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Feather's Boutique (in Austin) | Necklace: c/o Capwell + Co.

photos by Brian Cavanaugh

I scored these vintage Dolce & Gabbana pants from Feather's Boutique while in Austin. They had my name written all over them...and by some sort of miracle they fit me. I have been dying to break these pants out since I bought them but the weather hasn't been just right for them. But what better time to wear gingham printed pants then on Easter?  Especially since spring has FINALLY sprung here in New York and I could not be more excited. I'm starting to think I can now safely put away my snow boots.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Foodie Friday: Avocado Toast

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Sometimes the best eats are made with the simplest ingredients. Avocado toast is not only delicious and easy to make but a great post workout meal. Avocados are high in fat (GOOD FAT), vitamins B, K, and C, as well as potassium. For this recipe all you need are 5 ingredients!

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Ingredients:
- 1 medium Avocado
- 1 small lime
- salt
- whole wheat bread
- paprika

Steps:
1. Slice your avocado in half.
2. Scoop out the side with the pit into a bowl. Remove the pit.
3. Slice your lime in half. Squeeze half of the lime into the bowl with the avocado and add a dash of salt. Mash together.
4. Toast your bread.
5. Take the other half of your avocado and slice your avocado.
6. Once your bread is lightly toasted (or however you prefer you toast), spread the avocado mash over the toast, place sliced avocado on top, and sprinkle on some paprika.
7. ENJOY!

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Simple and tasty! The lime gives it some zest, while the paprika adds a bit of a smokey taste. I love that this is a quick and easy meal to make. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or just a post workout snack. For a healthy breakfast meal add a egg over easy on top!

Would you opt for this healthy meal after a workout?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PINCHme Box Review

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There are so many different monthly subscription boxes out there; Birchbox, NatureBox, etc. PINCHme is different from these monthly subscription boxes as there is no monthly fee. Yes, it's free! They are offering your favorite drugs store products for you to test out for free in return for feedback on the products. Simply sign up on the PINCHme website, answer a few questions, and start picking your samples. I received a PINCHme box to review and it was FULL to the brim of products; Sinful Colors nail polish, Revlon nail filer, Maybelline lipgloss, Babble water bottle, Clean & Clear, etc. Here are a few of my favorite and not so favorites from a few of the products from the PINCHme box!

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Captivating Carnation. Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore beauty products. They were the first brand that I used when I started to play with make-up and sttill to this day they are a brand that I go to for my lipstick fix. This is a glossy lipstick with a sticky finish. It has a pinkish touch to it, perfect for those Spring days that you want a touch of color on your lips. I love using this color over a nude matte lipstick to give it a gloss finish and a bit of pink to my lips.

Babble water bottle. I love the shape of this bottle. It's perfect for gripping and throwing in your bag. I thought this bottle would be good for a new sports bottle but I was wrong...it takes a bit of sucking to get water out of the bottle. Not so great when you are out of breathe from a rough workout. I do like this bottle for an on the go water bottle. New York in the summer you need a water bottle on you, especially on the hot subway station platforms.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Moisturizer. I typically stay away from Clean & Clear products as they dry my face out, but I thought I would give this a try since I was traveling to Austin and couldn't bring my usual face products. Though this product is to be used in the morning to moisturizer your face I felt like it dried out my face even more. This product is a miss for me.

Band-Aid Advance Healing Blister. These are a major MUST HAVE for any woman who wears heels, anyone who exercises or just on their feet all day. I have used these during Fashion Week after spending hours in heels and were a total feet saver. When I saw these in my PINCHme box I couldn't have been more excited. Seriously, sometimes its the small things in life.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Ever since receiving this brush, it has been my face brush. I ditched my old one for this one real quick. It's perfect for foundation (both liquid and powder) and for cream blushes. I really like using this brush for my liquid foundation and cream blush as it doesn't soak up these products, it's firm enough to grip the product but soft enough for your skin.

Sinful Colors in Folly. Sinful Colors is my favorite lower end drugstore nail polishes. If you look at my nail polish collection its made-up of Essie, MAC, and Sinful Colors. It's affordable (which is perfect for nail polish lovers like me) and the colors last, they don't chip within hours of applying. Sinful Colors in Folly is a vibrant pink color that is perfect for Spring/Summer. It will be a color that I will continually wear this season.

Tom's Deodorant in Wild Lavender. TMI time...I'm a sweaty girl. I don't glisten, I sweat. End of story. Tom's is an all natural deodorant, no animal testing EVER, and no artificial fragrances. To be honest I was skeptical about this product, "all natural deodorant...will this actually work?" Surprisingly, yes. As a sweaty girl it fights off odors and it smells so good. I also had razor bumps under my arms and since I switched deodorants I actually no longer have red bumps under my arm.

Would you give the PINCHme box a try?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Living La Dolce Vita with WILDFOX

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On a warm Thursday night I made my way from Brooklyn to Little Italy for the Wildfox Fall 2015 presentation. Little Italy is the last place I would expect any type of fashion event to happen, outside of a dinner. Once inside the rather large Italian restaurant, Il Cortile, it came apparent why this was taken place in Little Italy. Wildfox's Fall 2015 collection is named La Dolce Vita (roughly translated to "the sweet life" or "the good life"), which is inspired by the idea of escaping winter to take a vacation along Italy's Amalfi coast. Wildfox transformed the back room of the restaurant into a Little Italy of their own, with models dressed in Italian themed tops sitting at restaurant tables while the female group Tre Bella sang classic Italian songs. In Wildfox style there were plenty of fun and cheeky tops; "Kiss Me I'm Italian," "Italians Do It Better," "Talk Italian to Me"...

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all photos taken by me. see more photos here

I adore Wildfox Couture. It's just a fun brand that knows how to be cheeky in a classy way. There were a couple of tops I will be pricing once they release like the "I'll be napping" and "Pizza" sweater. I love the overall playfulness of the collection. It has a young feeling to it, some pieces paired together might be to young for a woman like me in her late 20s, like I love the bloomer shorts but paired with the pizza sweater it screams YOUTH. So switching out the Pizza sweater for a oversized knit sweater would work best for me, as I just love those gingham shorts.

What do you think of this collection?