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Spring Sweat Series: Blogilates

It’s not something I typically blog about, but since recently embarking on my own personal fitness journey, working on bettering my health and wellness has truly become a passion of mine.  It all started this past January, where I found myself constantly feeling tired and “blah” (very articulate, I know), and my wardrobe options were getting smaller and smaller as my selection of pants got, well, tighter and tighter.  I changed into yoga pants, opened YouTube on my phone, and started my very first Blogilates (Pilates) workout.  I was instantly hooked: I loved the music, the combination of cardio exercises mixed with strength training, and the high-energy instructor (self-made YouTube personality Cassey Ho).  But what really, truly helped me commit was the fact that the workout program was structured, and that each workout was laid out for me in the form of a daily schedule.  For me, this took the guessing out of “where do I start?” and “what do I do next?“.  I started the first month with the Beginner’s Calendar (in the picture above) and by February, was all set to join the regular monthly program (which is free by the way; all you have to do is sign-up!).

I could feel myself getting stronger within just the first few weeks, had more energy, and was truly happier.  I found (and still find) happiness and gratification in checking off my workouts as I complete them each day (there are around 5 workout videos to complete a day, ranging from 3-15 minutes each).  Along the way, I’ve gained a new appreciation for fun exercise gear, healthy snacks, and nutritious meals.  So, for the next month, I thought I’d start a “Spring Sweat Series“, where I talk about all of these things, along with other tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way thus far.  And don’t worry, if this isn’t really your thing, there will still be beauty and fashion posts mixed in along the way!  I hope you enjoy!

Have questions, or want to share your own health and fitness tips and tricks?  Let me know in the comments below!

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WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twelve

Photo as seen on happyplugs.com

Photo as seen on happyplugs.com

I received these gorgeous rose gold earbuds in last month’s Spark Sessions swag bag: they are, by far, the chicest pair of earbuds I’ve ever owned.  But they aren’t just pretty to look at, they also have amazing sound quality, and are extremely affordable.  These retail for $29.99, and can be purchased from the happy plugs website, or online and in-store at Best Buy.  Compatible with a variety of devices and with a built in microphone and remote, not only can you change songs and and adjust the volume, you can also answer phone calls.  And can we talk about how adorable the packaging is? Add a bow and you’re ready to gift.

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine, Day Ten, Day Eleven 

 

July/August Favourites!

July August Favourites

The beginning of September means that Summer is slowly coming to an end (but hey, all the more reason to enjoy every minute of the remaining 20 days of the season!).  Here are some of my fashion, beauty, and entertainment favourites for the past 2 months.

1. Jockey Skimmies Short Length Slipshort

I’d been wanting to try these shorts for a while, and it wasn’t until a recent embarrassing (and slightly traumatizing) experience that I finally got my hands on them.  To explain, let me use a simple equation: a windy day + a lightweight dress + bending over to adjust your shoe before getting in the car = showing your neighbours more than they want to see.  Anyways, these shorts are the answer to many of my fashion-prayers: 1. they can be worn as an extra layer under sheer dresses, 2. the smooth fabric doesn’t catch on clothing and can be worn under pants, skirts, and dresses, 3.  they provide a smoothing effect without cutting off circulation or hindering your breathing, and 4. they provide an extra layer of security under short (or lightweight) dresses.  They come in a variety of colours and 2 lengths (I purchased mine in the short length in both nude and black).  Check out Jockey’s website here

2. The Original Beauty Blender

It took me quite some time to hop on the Beauty Blender train, but I’m sure glad I did! I think some people, such as myself, are little hesitant due to the $26.00 price tag, but the results of using this teardrop shaped sponge are definitely worth every penny.  While you can use this sponge with a variety of products (blushes, powders, and etcetera), my favourite use for it is with liquid foundation. Basically, you dampen the sponge (it nearly doubles in size), squeeze all water out of it, and then apply your foundation in a dabbing motion: the result is a finish similar to airbrush makeup.  You can check out the video on Sephora’s website to learn more.

3. Pink by Victoria’s Secret Varsity Crew

This long-sleeve crew sweatshirt is one of the comfiest items of clothing I own (I purchased mine in royal blue at the semi-annual sale).  It’s more lightweight than a hoodie, and has a longer length that can be paired with leggings.  Pink is constantly coming out with new styles and colours, so be sure to check in store as well as online!

4. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”

I originally received this lipstick in a sample-size during a Sephora promotion.  It has a “good for your lips” formulation that includes shea butter and coconut oil, and the colour is a rich, pigmented, beautiful pink suitable for everyday wear.  While the sample-size was generous and is still kicking, I fully intend on purchasing the full-size in the near future!

5. Isis Jewels “The Bar and Chain” Bracelet

I’ve been loving the bar bracelet and necklace trend; there’s just something so simple and elegant about it.  The greatest challenge I face however, is finding a bracelet that fits my super-small wrists.  Luckily, when I spotted this beauty (on sale for 50% off) at the Canadian National Exhibition, the sales associate was kind enough to adjust the length for me on the spot.  Made of sterling silver coated with 14K white gold, and accented with Austrian crystals, it is dainty enough to wear on its own, or will pair perfectly with a watch or other bracelets. Check out other pretty things from Isis Jewels here.

6. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in “Kiss Me”

Sadly, I can’t take credit for discovering this gorgeous lipstick/lipgloss hybrid.  In fact, when I was having my makeup done at Sephora and the artist chose it, I was secretly pouting inside because it seemed so…boring.  However, I was pleasantly surprised once she put it on.  It is one of the prettiest nudey-pinks I’ve ever seen!  I was also impressed by its long-wear: I only need to touch up my lips once the whole night (you can see a picture of it on, here).  Other colours I intend on trying? Trompre L’Oeil and Wonderland.

7. Nashville (on Netflix)

While most of my favourites are usually fashion and beauty related, this television series was a must-have for July and August.  I started watching it last month during my road trip to Nova Scotia, and have been hooked ever since.  Season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, and if you fall in love with the music like I did, the soundtracks can be purchased on iTunes!

 

 

Earworm Alert! Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”

 

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

Though it’s something I’m extremely passionate about, I don’t typically write about music here on my blog.  However, as soon as  I heard this song, I felt compelled to share it.  Not only is it a catchy (retro-inspired) tune you’ll be singing all day, I think the message behind it is also very powerful: stop comparing yourself to others and love yourself the way you are.  In an interview with HuffPost Meghan stated: “It’s impossible for a girl to live up to what we see in the magazines… Everyone is born to be different, and [yet] that’s the thing that makes us all the same.”

Meghan Trainor is a 20 year old songwriter (recruited right out of high-school at age 17), who writes songs for well known singers such as Rihanna.  A song that started as a fun project was then presented to L.A. Reid, who encouraged Trainor to be the voice behind the song (something she’d always dreamed of).  Trainor stated that she wrote the song about herself, as body image is something she, like almost every girl, has struggled with.  She wanted the song to be fun, positive, and feel-good, all of which I think she has achieved perfectly.  (All biographical information courtesy of Today.com).

Video player below not working? You can also check out the video on YouTube by clicking here (4.5 million views and counting!)  Love the song like I do? Let me know in the comments below!