Fitness and Diet Routine

As promised, here is my complete fitness routine! In my last post I mentioned a lifestyle change. I know many of you interested in fitness and health have heard those words before, but what do they really mean?

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I have struggled a lot when it came to really making a change in my overall routine. My body has always been pretty easy to work with and my weight fluctuated constantly. This meant I could be ready for whatever event in about two weeks if I really tried. However, doing a crash diet for a couple of weeks and hopping back on my usual diet and workouts afterwards didn’t really help me in any way. If anything, it confused my body.

Which is why when my boyfriend proposed a new fitness plan, I reluctantly agreed to give it a go.

The plan is as follows:

Every morning, we arrived at the gym at 8-8:30 AM for cardio and abs. He would go play basketball and I would either run or walk on incline on the treadmill or do some other heart-pumping exercise.

I’ve always hated and sucked at running so my mini goal was to get better at it, and I definitely have.

After 40 minutes to an hour of cardio, we would do an ab circuit. We’d start off with leg lifts and incorporate different weights as well. Keep in mind we would try to change up a few things in our work outs, whether that be the amount of reps, the weight, or the exercise. Our bodies get accustomed to work outs quickly, so changing it up is a great way to keep your body in shape.

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Later that evening we would return to the gym to do weight training.

Every day we did a different muscle group.

Mondays were legs, Tuesdays were chest, Wednesdays were back, Thursdays arms and shoulders and Friday we would either have a rest day or start again at legs.

For each day we would spend anywhere from an hour to two hours at the gym doing weight training. It’s so, so important to do weights because it boosts your metabolism. There are some myths that girls who lift heavy will be bulky and manly, but it’s not true. Don’t be afraid to incorporate weight into your everyday work out routine. Continue reading

Benefits of Filling in Eyebrows AND how I do Mine

If you haven’t seen on my Twitter or Instagram, I posted a lovely picture of one eyebrow filled in, and the other one untouched (You can see it on all my social media platforms @laceandmimosas). I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how I do my eyebrows so I’ve decided to do a quick post on not only how I do it, buy why.

The trend of fuller eyebrows has changed the beauty game a few years back and now, everyone is pursuing the perfect brows. Face it, we all want our brows to be on fleek.

I remember filling in my brows for the first time and thinking, “I look crazy.”

But, the more I watched videos, the more I was able to make it look more natural. The key to filling your brows without looking like you’re the next Cara Delevingne (not in a good way) is by taking your time. From all the mistakes I made, the one thing I realized is that there’s no magic way to quickly slap on some color to get the perfect shape.

Filling in your brows makes your overall look sharper because it frames your face. It commands attention.

Next time you have some free time, try it out and see for yourself how your eyebrows can be a total game-changer.

So now to the fun part – how I do my eyebrows. So because I know some people have difficult brows that don’t understand what cooperation means, I decided to do this on my right brow that is SO DIFFICULT. It never has a normal shape to it. Additionally, I hadn’t gotten my eyebrows threaded for some time, so this post should relate to all the girls who know the struggle. Don’t worry ladies, even with the most difficult brows can have shape.

To achieve this filled-in look, I only used two products, both bought at Target:

The brow sculptor is by Rimmel in Dark Brunette and the gel is by Maybelline in Dark Brown.

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1)  I start off by taking the pencil and lightly outlining the inner part of my eyebrow, closest to my nose. For this, you’ll want to just follow the hairs and create an outline. Once you outline half of your eyebrow, you can draw the outer tail of the brow a little darker. Think of it as if you’re giving your eyebrow a reverse ombre effect.IMG_2262

2) Next, you’re going to do the same thing with the top. Continue going lighter closest to your nose and darker at the tail. Make sure to follow the hairs to get a natural outline. IMG_2261

3)  Go ahead and fill in your entire brow, again going lightly near your nose. Once you do that, you can start drawing in your brows closer to the center in short, light strokes. You want to mimic hairs, so the key is to go very lightly.

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Reasons Why Spending a Week in Paris is Healthy

Is there a better time than now to write about Paris? Seeing incredible designs by Dior and Chanel Haute Couture stomp down the runway is inspiration enough to put together scientific reasons as to why Paris is healthy for you. OK, it’s not completely science-based, BUT it might as well be.

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It’s funny because I used to boycott Paris in a way. Before our family trip to Europe, all I wanted to know about was Italy. I honestly didn’t even care if we stopped by Paris or not. But for those of you who haven’t gone, or have the same weird mindset as I did, forget it! Paris is absolutely wonderful. It’s romantic, it’s charming and it’s beautiful.

So, my lovely readers, here are my reasons why Paris is, indeed, healthy for you.

1) Food and Drinks: They say a glass of red wine is good for your health…let’s ignore the fact that I just proved Paris is healthy for you and let’s talk about the food. What I loved the most about Paris were the coffee shops. I may be wrong, but I feel like people in Europe give themselves some time in their day to sit and enjoy a pastry and coffee. Giving yourself a little time to process the day is what keeps you sane. I’ve met many professionals and read about plenty of celebrities who start their morning with silent meditation. By doing this, they have a peaceful moment (even if it’s only 10 minutes) to prepare themselves for the rest of the day. Silent meditation is our version of European coffee.

2) Fashion: Take a second and go on any big blog or website (try whowhatwear if you can’t think of any) and look up Parisian style. I guarantee there will be at least one post on how to achieve the ideal Parisian fashion. It’s a style that says elegance in a laid-back, one-of-a-kind way. What better to surround yourself with Parisian women (unless you’re in typical tourist areas) when trying to achieve their style. Paris has some of the most naturally beautiful women who will make you question why you never dressed like them in the first place. And face it, a little appreciation for natural beauty is good for the soul. Continue reading

Dreaming of the Hamptons

Come on, who hasn’t dreamed of spending a summer in the Hamptons? Lavish green grass, fancy dinners and a moment to “get away” and relax. I was super inspired by the idea of simple elegant patterns and Brigitte Bardot hair. Brigitte represented the best of the 50s and 60s with her iconic half up and sexy dark eye liner. There was something so sexy and feminine about that era that I believe should always be brought back.

Mixing the 60s with the modern-day Hamptons was a chic juxtaposition that really put this whole look together.

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Award Season: Glamour Awards 2015 Best Dressed

Talk about a glamorous event with fancy cocktails and swoon-worthy gowns. Today we’re talking about the best dressed celebs of the Glamour Awards. The 12th annual event was featured in London this year, and they teamed up with Next to make this the event of the year. It’s interesting to me the small amount of coverage the event received. Although most websites provided minimal amount of information about the event, here is my list for the best dressed celebs and best looks of the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards:

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a Cushnie et Ochs gown

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Festival Inspired

I’ve always loved the “festival look” and literally look forward to Coachella every year to see what the celebrities are going to wear (look up Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella and you’ll see what I mean). I feel like festival fashion is much more liberating because you can pretty much do whatever you want with it – just add some fringe and you’re good to go. So the other day I woke up and felt like I needed to wear this amazing hat from Forever 21 and put on my combat boots with a dress. I paired it with my beautiful tribal fringed kimono from Hollister and I was set.

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Heart on my Middle Finger

The older you get, the more thought you put into your purpose in life. I’m not trying to sound like a wise old woman here. *Spoiler Alert* I’m 23, and I have no idea what I’m doing in regard to basically everything. However, I’ve recently thought a lot about what my purpose really is. What am I really passionate about? What gets my blood boiling.

The answer to this is actually really funny to me.

I wouldn’t call myself a raging feminist. I think there are a lot of preconceived notions about the word “feminist” to begin with. In case you’re one of these people, I want to clarify that I do shave my legs and I wear a bra, don’t worry.

Getting back to the point, I never thought I’d be a feminist. I’ve always surrounded myself with my guy friends, I joke that I’m the son my dad has always wanted, and I think some women complain way too much.

However, I think that being this way has turned me into the feminist I am today.

My very first tattoo was a heart on my middle finger. I always got asked why I got that tattoo and if it’s a way to say “fuck love” to society. It’s totally not. I’m way more original than that.  Continue reading

How to Deal With Pressure in Fitness

Fitness to me is more than just a hobby. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – fitness is therapy. As amazing as these last few years have been, I’ve also realized just how taxing fitness and nutrition can be on someone. For 2017, I made it a point to look at health differently from how I previously had. Before this year, I did fad diets, I was inconsistent and I was obsessed with achieving a goal that was never going to happen.

In the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to focus on being healthy and strong, not inconsistent and skinny.

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One of my best qualities and biggest flaws is that I’m a competitive perfectionist. Not only do I strive for perfection, but I want to be the absolute best at what I’m working on. Being this way makes me determined to reach my goals, but it’s also hard to celebrate how far I’ve come and not just look for how much more I can do. Although I’m super proud of myself, I do know that I need to stop being so hard on myself.

I have a short-term goal and long-term goal that I’ve decided to keep to myself. This way it’ll help take the pressure off of reaching and surpassing these goals.

Sometimes, the best way to work towards your goals is in silence. It’s also important to be as realistic as possible. Scrolling through Instagram and following fitness models selling teas, can be really discouraging. It can be so easy to want to have a “perfect body”, but it’s so important to understand just how much your body is capable of in a specific amount of time. I don’t believe in unfollowing all these bomb ass women, but I do believe in separating yourself from what you see online.  Continue reading

2016: A year in review

As the 2016 chapter closes, I’m eager to start 2017. It’s not the first time I’ve mentioned how weird 2016 has been. We’ve seen some pretty awful things happen around the world and perhaps even experienced some hardships ourselves. However, 2016 has been so good to me personally. I’m proud of all my accomplishments. From getting new jobs to graduating from the University of Florida, I really have nothing to complain about. But the biggest present this year has given me is peace of mind. In my 23 years, I’ve never been as happy and comfortable in my own skin as I am now. In the last few months, I’ve seen myself grow even more than I’ve seen in previous years. I’m at an incredible place right now where every decision I make is mine, and what people do, whether good or bad, doesn’t have as much of an affect on me as it would have previously. Continue reading

How 2016 has changed my mind and body

Every once in a while I’ll write a post about fitness. Usually it’s a new work out I’m trying or how good it feels to pick up fitness as a hobby. But today I wanted to write about what’s made 2016 different than previous years. I’ve always been a fan of staying active and trying new things, but this year has felt intensely different.

I used to hate running, and sometimes still do. I’ll never forget earlier this year when my friend asked me to go on a run with her. I knew I was going to suck, but nothing prepared me for just how badly I would actually suck. I couldn’t run for longer than one minute at a time. Put me in a room with weights and I’ll kill it, put me outside and I’ll die. I was low key mortified. The next few days after that I couldn’t get running out of my head. Even as a kid I was told running wasn’t for me and that my body just wasn’t built for it. Part of me wanted to accept that fate, but a bigger part of me said eff it, I’m going to run. I downloaded a running app and began the grueling process. Every day the app made me run for 30 seconds longer. Soon, I was sprinting and running, and I fell in love with it. Sure, there were days where my breathing was off or my legs were tired, but I was thrilled to think that I was doing something I thought I would never be able to do.

After conquering running, I slowly started adding more cardio to my work outs. I love being outdoors and craved it all the time. I started changing the way I worked out and the work outs started changing the way I looked. My absolute favorite work out right now is Continue reading

Why you might be to blame for being single

There are three sides to every story: My side; your side; and the truth. This tends to be the way things work in every part of life, with little exceptions. Being in college and being surrounded by different people every day, I start to hear reoccurring complaints about today’s dating world.

“He only wants to hook up.”
“He says he likes me but isn’t ready for a relationship.”

“She doesn’t want anything serious.”
“Loyal girls don’t exist.”

The funny thing about these complaints is that they’re all similar in nature. In fact, they all seem pretty easy to fix, too. Think about it, if both the man and woman made appropriate changes, neither party would be able to have these complaints.

However, this isn’t the case. We made our bed, and now we have to sleep in it. We are to blame for the culture we created because we refuse to uphold the standards we might have had in the past.

It’s so easy to blame someone else for their behavior, but maybe we are more to blame than we think.

Take the classic problem where a guy puts minimal effort into getting to know a girl, and even though she realizes this, she caves and they start hooking up with her knowing there is no actual intention of a relationship.

It’s easy to blame the guy for putting in the minimal effort and only wanting to hang out past a certain hour, but once you agree to this, you’re in the wrong just as much as he is.

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