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

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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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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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Working in a man’s world

I remember my very first experience with sexism in my workplace. It was a few years ago at a place I loved working at. Without getting into details, an opportunity arose for a group of both men and women to work on a project and present their work to a client. The group worked hard, day and night. After much admiration for the work, it our boss revealed that only a select few would present their work. All the men were selected, while the women were asked to stay back and brainstorm new Twitter content. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?

To be honest, when I heard about this, I didn’t really think too much about it. At least not until a close friend told me that this was a pattern, and it had been occurring even before I started working there. The women always did the work with the men, and were almost never selected to travel to present their work.

I remember thinking to myself ‘Ok, this is actually a thing. Happening to people close to me. Which means this could easily happen to me.’

I decided to get smart. I figured, if I prepare for something like this to happen, I’ll be ready to handle the situation and be vocal about my story.

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As I reflect on 2017…

As I reflect on 2017, all I can think is damn, this year was crazy.

2017 was like a grimy, dirty club – kind of a good time, kind of wondering how we got here in the first place.

This year was tough and exciting for me. Anyone in their 20s know what it’s like to be in this weird limbo. Unsure of where they should be going, what direction to take their lives and constantly wondering, “Am I doing the right thing?”

We’re all kind of moving through life wondering when someone is going to tell us to take a left in a half mile.

What I learned from so much uncertainty is that we need to go through this much uncertainty to be certain about what it is that we want out of life.

The biggest lessons I learned this year were with my career and my relationships.

Career-wise, I learned to trust my gut. I started my most recent job knowing that I wanted to get to a higher position. I started at the bottom and was hungry to get to the top. After a few attempts, I was told no. I kept being told to try a new place and move on. My gut told me to stay and prove my worth. As soon as I distinguished what my end goal was, I knew for a fact that I will get there. It just wouldn’t be in the exact path I expected to use originally.

The good thing about me being so stubborn is that I refuse to give up until I get exactly what I want. The amount that I’ve been able to accomplish that has allowed me to move up higher than I expected is insane. But also not surprising. 2017 for me was about proving everyone wrong, including myself. I’m entering 2018 with the same mindset. But  with more intensity. You can’t stop me now, ya feel?

I’ve never felt more sure about myself and my career. I also know that I’ll have to really grind to get to the top, but that only presents itself as a deliciously difficult challenge that I can’t wait to conquer.

 

With relationships, I’ve learned to keep my standards high. There really isn’t much else to it. Nothing more to explain. As women, we feel our biological clock ticking, and I don’t even want kids. It’s hard to not think, ‘shouldn’t I be getting married, like soonish?’

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When is Enough Going to be Enough?

A video went viral this week showing a boy sharing the pain of bullying he experienced in school. The video showed up on my Twitter feed, and I was honestly very reluctant to click on it. I knew that by clicking on the video, I’d have to hear about someone’s painful experience that was inevitably making him feel inadequate in some ways.

I eventually clicked on the video. It was heartbreaking. He shared what happened to him in school that day. With tears, he asked a simple question, “Why do they bully? What’s the point of it?”

He went on to tell what the kids in school made fun of him for.

It was exactly what the kids in my school did to me years ago. I remember coming home crying multiple times because of the horrific things people would say to me. I remember hating things about myself because I was told over and over again that it made me ugly and that it was different.

It took me years to get over it. I sometimes still catch myself reverting back to their comments and wondering if there is any truth to it. It’s funny how some things can stick with you for so long afterwards.

Here’s the thing about bullying – most kids who are bullied are bullied because they are “different” in some way.

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Plan for success

Planning goes a long way. Whether it’s in your personal life, career or just planning your day, when you have a plan, you’re more likely to be more productive and successful in achieving what you need to achieve.

Fitness is no different. Having a well thought out plan is the most effective way to reach your goals.

When I asked in an Instagram poll (@laceandmimosas if you’re not following yet) what kind of post you guys wanted to see next, I was a little reluctant to post this for fitness. My journey through fitness hasn’t been the smoothest. Obsessing over numbers on a scale and achieving goals the fastest way possible became my thing. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve “figured it all out.” Even then, I still make sure to pace myself so that I don’t fall into that hole of perfection and obsession.

This post is going to be about how I planned my cut that has allowed me to lose 4 pounds and tone up in less than a month.

HOWEVER, I want to stress this as much as possible:

What works for me, will not always work for others. This cut has been successful because I’ve figured out what works well for my body. Please, please, please don’t do everything I say exactly. You need to listen to your body and your needs.

So, now that all that is out of the way, let’s get to it.

I’ve been wanting to do a cut for a while now so I decided to do it in three phases:

Phase 1 is a slow introduction to the cut. This involves mostly Intermittent Fasting. Don’t know what that is? I covered it in a recent post here. I slowly cut out processed foods (my main weakness <3) and introduced more wholesome foods. This meant more consistent meal preps, eating out less and reaching for fruit instead of packaged foods as a snack. Phase 1 is very slow just to get into that habitual desire to keep up with this lifestyle change. I stress that this is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. Not only do I want to consistently do this from now on, but I also feel that the word ‘diet’ has a negative, constricting connotation. Health should be all about positivity and good changes, not restrictions and obsessions.  Continue reading

Perception is Reality

I think it was my junior year at UF as a public relations student when I found myself sitting in my PR Strategies class. I remember my professor handing us a truth bomb about what it was really like working in the field of public relations. She told us about how she got hired at a company and how scared she was. She got the job, but she felt like she had no idea what she was doing. Relatable much?

She offered us a piece of advice that I carried with me ever since. It’s simple, and you’ve heard it before. Although it seems silly, it’s how I’ve gotten through every little thing in my life since. Ready for it? Continue reading