Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Hitting the Gym

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As I shared in my last "Workout Wednesday" post, I really enjoy mixing up my workouts. I love cardio and abs, but getting weights in is something I have to push myself to do. Hands-down my favorite cardio machine is the stair stepper (and then the elliptical machine is my second favorite). The stairs is the machine I always start out at and I love that you don't just have to walk at he same speed facing forward the entire time. I usually stay on the climber for about 30 minutes, but I do remember the days when I thought 5 minutes was long on that thing! ;) 

I start out at facing forward going single steps for the fist 5-10 minutes, slowly increasing speed. Then the fun begins. I alternate sides stepping over my top foot for at least three minutes on each side. Next up is my personal favorites, doubles (photo shown below). To make this even more fun, when walking up ever second stair, I bring my foot that is about to take the next step behind me in almost an arabesque position. This gives you a great behind stretch before working those thigh muscles with each forward motion. 

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Next up, it's time for some squats and weights. For me, I prefer low weight with lots of reps (or no weight at all when I'm doing my squats and/or lunges). I generally do x4 twenty-rep-sets for each exercise, with a short rest in-between.  If it's arms day, I enjoy working with the kettle ball and free weights. On legs day, I use the the mat to do my squats and lunges and the machines for different inner and outer thigh exercises. 

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Everyday is abs day for me. I think it is very important to have a strong core, plus on a superficial level I want a flat stomach, summer is just around the corner. Then there's the fact that I am almost 38 and have had two children. It is important to me to stay strong and in shape so I can live long and enjoy my family. That really is it for me! Stay healthy so I can do better at taking care of mine.

If I'm not at the gym, I'm doing planks and sit-ups at home. If I am at the gym, I love mixing up tuck and pike position when using the equiptment below. And if I can stand it, I'll also go get in some time with a medicine ball and/or large exercise ball. 

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Top: MPG Sport // Pants: MPG Sport // Jacket: Fabletics // Shoes: Target // Water bottle: Amazon

(Photos by Cecilia Jean)

What are some of your favorite workouts? Are you guys liking me sharing my workouts here on the blog? Let's chat in the comments section below!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xoxo -Lisa 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Red, Red Wine

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I'm all about the red tones lately. Maybe it has something to do with Valentine's Day or maybe I'm missing the colors of Fall. Either way, this new pomegranate colored jacket from J.Jill is giving me all the feels! I recently had my flare overalls altered as the last time I styled them I had to wear six inch heels. I love me some heels, but I wanted these overalls to be more for everyday wear, so I had three inches removed from the bottom. I couldn't be more happy with the end result! 

On this day I styled my new, shorter overalls with a cream turtleneck, red boots, red jacket, oxblood clutch, and a bold red lip. The look is perfect for everyday or even a casual Valentines date out. I also added a few pops of teal and gold in the accessories. It's all about the details. 

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SHOP THE LOOK:


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Jacket: c/o J.Jill // Overalls, Clutch, & Boots: JustFab // Turtleneck: Gap // Necklace: T+J Designs // Teal Ring: House of Harlow 1960 // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewerly // Lip Color: Glo Minerals- Crimson
(photos by Cecilia Jean)

What do you think of this outfit? Are you a fan of pairing different shades of red together this time of year?


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Makeup with Glo Minerals


It should come as no surprise that I'm talking about the brand Glo Minerals (again) today! Yes, I am fortunate enough to be generously gifted new products to try out, but in all honesty it truly is my favorite makeup and skincare line brand. I recently received the above package and I literally shrieked with excitement. Who doesn't love trying out new colors and products? Especially with Valentine's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time to try out some new looks that make you feel beautiful! 

The three big standouts for me were the luxe foundation, shimmer dio, and cream blush. Let me start by talking about the luxe liquid foundation. In the past, I have not really used foundation. I would usually just apply it to a few spots, but not all over. To achieve the below look, I used the luxe foundation brush and applied it to my entire face and neck. I love how lightweight it felt and how flawless my skin looked! The second stand out for me is the shimmer dio. I used both colors around my contour and highlight areas. As you can see in the below photos, the color and highlight picked up in all the right places. 

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The third standout for me is this cream blush. I am loving this color! It's so perfect for and Valentine's Day look, but this beautiful guava color will take me well into my Spring makeup routine. My favorite part is that a few pats to your cheeks and you are ready for the day. The color lasts long and a little goes a long way. Double win!

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Here is my finished Valentine's Day makeup look:
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Photos by Cecilia Jean

Makeup featured in this look:


What is your favorite makeup look for Valentine's Day? 
Have you tried out any new Glo Mineral products lately? Let's chat in my comments section! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

How to Style a Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I always wonder how other women style these types of turtlenecks. I picked one up back in December of 2015, but truth be told, I have only worn it a handful of times. This beautiful brown number from Free People recently showed up in my swap bag from Kaitlyn, and I could 't wait to try it out! The more I looked around for inspiration, the more I found that there is no wrong way to style this type of top. As for the undershirt, add solid colors, stripes, polka dots, whatever! They all look amazing and change the style of the look very easily. In the end, I styled it almost identical to how Kaitlyn had worn it back in October. Hey, if it's not broken don't fix it, right?

These photos make me so happy because I had the honor of shooting them the day before Groundhog Day, in Woodstock, IL. I am a giant fan of the movie Groundhog Day, and this is where said movie was filmed. I was so excited, I couldn't stop smiling. I kept thinking to myself, I am standing where Bill Murray stood (and Andie McDowell). How can you not smile about that?

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SHOP THE LOOK:


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Turtleneck Sweater: Free People // Sweater: Express (similar & under $18) // Jeans: Gap // Boots: Sole Society // Bag: E Street Denim // Hat: Box of Style // Watch: Fossil // Teal Ring: House of Harlow 1960 (similar) // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Lip Color: Glo Minerals-Crimson

Do you own a sleeveless turtleneck sweater?
Are you a fan of the movie Groundhog Day?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Yoga + Dance

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If you are anything like me, then sometimes you want to mix up your workouts. I have practiced yoga for years, but since I moved, I have not taken an actual yoga class. (For shame!!! I do plan to fix that!) I do however my practice at home, either from memory or with a workout app on my phone or IPad. In the past six months, I have found that doing yoga, followed by more stretching and dancing is my favorite of all workouts! It just takes me from this calm grounded place to this happy, I can't stop smiling the rest of the day place. And that is not a bad place to be! 

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I did not grow up in a family that had a lot of money. I am one of five children and I did not have the option take gymnastics or dance classes until they were offered in school. Which meant I waited until high school to take gymnastics, cheerleading, and poms. This also means I have never had any formal dance training, but that never stopped me from dancing! 

From as early as I can remember I would dance all around my house. Give me a hardwood floor and I could spin for hours (and did, sorry mom!). ;) As children my sister & I (plus all of our friends) would make up dance routines and perform them for our parents and neighbors. When I was in sixth grade and met my best friend Gwen, we would create dance routines to entire albums. Yeah, we were super cool! All I know is that I loved dance and I found another soul (who is to this day still my BFF) who loved dancing and spinning as much as I did. Man did we have fun growing up while being neighbors!


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When it comes down to it, you really should do what you love! If you love yoga and dancing like I do, then do them both! Why not? 



SHOP THE LOOK:

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Cardigan: MPG Sport // Sports Bra: MPG Sport // Leggings: MPG Sport // Yoga Matt: Target // Water Bottle: Amazon

Photos by Cecilia Jean

I recently picked up these three items at MPG Sport because they are having a super sale! New items are coming to their site in a few days (wait for highlights of said new items over on Sister Marie blog), so shop these sale items before they sell out! All three of these are so comfortable, and these yoga pants are hands down my new favorite.

What is your favorite workout?
Do you ever mix two workouts to help balance your soul?

Monday, January 30, 2017

An Unexpected Pairing

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Sunshine, sunshine, wherefore art thou sunshine? ;) It has been eight days since I have seen the sun. The last time I saw the sun, it was only out for three hours. Prior to that day, we had not seen it for another nine days. I am enjoying the consistency of the weather (or my neck with titanium plate & six screws are), but my strength in looking on the bright side of the gloomy views is getting harder with each passing day. So, in honor of finding the beauty in the gloom, I am trying new outfit pairings. Unexpected ones if you will! 

On this day I paired some Spring stripe pants with a cashmere turtleneck and a faux fur vest. To tie the outfit together a bit, I added navy in the hat and boot plus blue in the sunglasses. I also wanted to make sure the pairing was cohesive (even in it's unexpectedness) so I pulled the brown hues from the vest into the bag I choose to wear. 

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Vest: Nordstrom (similar) // Sweater: Banana Republic (similar) // Pants: c/o J.Jill // Bag & Boots: c/o Sole Society // Hat: Gap (similar) // Sunglasses: Ray ban // Watch: Movado

What do you think of this outfit pairing?
Do you ever mix your outfits up to brighten your mood?