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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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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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

Summer Activewear Trends

Sweating isn’t always glamorous, so why not do it in style? With the summer heat hitting us hard, material, colors and style are all factors to consider. Below are this summer’s hottest trends, with the heat taken into consideration.

Colors and prints:

That’s right. Put away your black yoga pants and be bold with bright colors and prints. For prints, the runway showed soft lines, tribal and splatter prints. For color, think big. Yellow, navy blue and magenta are the current favorites.

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Material:

In this heat, it’s crucial to wear something breathable. Luckily brands like DKNY showed basically mesh everything. The best part is that mesh is subtle enough and can easily be matched with all the tops and bottoms you already have in your closet.  Another favorite is material that feels like you’re wearing nothing. Continue reading

Intermittent Fasting – What is it and does it work?

Intermittent fasting. If you’ve heard about it, you’ll know that it’s definitely becoming a popular term in the fitness industry. I heard of intermittent fasting a few months ago and decided to give it a shot.

Intermittent fasting, according to authority nutrition.com, is “a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.” There is a principle that states people who eat less are generally healthier, and IF comes from this very principle.

So, how does IF work, and what are the benefits?

Basically you pick hours of the day in which you are fasting and eating. For me, I eat between the hours of about 10:30 am to 8 pm, leaving me with about 14 hours of fasting. Does this sound kind of awful? Sure, but it really isn’t. I’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s go over some of the health benefits of IF:

  1. When you fast, your insulin levels tend to drop dramatically. With lower insulin levels, stored body fat is more accessible.
  2. While fasting, your cells enter cellular repair process. Because of this, cells remove old proteins that build up inside.
  3. Fasting can increase your metabolic rate by 3.6 percent to 14 percent, which makes for a great weight loss tool.
  4. A study on rats showed IF increased their lifespan by 36-83 percent longer.

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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