My Style: Printed Blouse

January 29, 2016

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VEST: TJ Maxx [similar here and here] // SHIRT: Zara [also love this one] //  
JEANS: Gap [similar] // BOOTIES: Old Navy [similar] // BAG: ASOS [similar] // SUNNIES: LuLu's [similar] //

Zara, much like Forever 21, is usually a hit or miss for me. I find so many items I love but the fit is weird and I end up leaving empty handed. That is, until I discovered a "safe zone": blouses. I saw this flowy elephant top and thought it was quirky and fun, which aren't words I usually use to describe my wardrobe. I've worn it so much already... it even pairs well with a faux fur vest for a cold office.

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The 3 Best Detox Drinks

January 27, 2016


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This may come as a shock, but I don't drink coffee. Never have, probably never will since I don't even like the smell of it. (Yes, I'm that person who, if I ever walk into Starbucks, orders a smoothie.) So here are the 3 best detox drinks that I enjoy literally everyday.

Flat Tummy Tea (lemon, optional)

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I am not a tea drinker, but I've been drinking Flat Tummy Tea every day. It's a 100% natural herbal detox tea that helps relieve bloating over 2 or 4 weeks. The morning mix boosts energy, reduces bloating and speeds up your metabolism. The evening mix also reduces bloating and helps with digestion. I actually like the way it tastes and I've noticed a huge difference in the way I feel. #byebloat It's a lose mix, so you'll have to invest in a tea strainer (I use these).

Lemon + Ginger + Cucumber + Water

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I buy lemons by the bag now because I'm always having some sort of lemon/water concoction. I started with this mix of lemon, ginger, cucumber and water and was hooked. All you need is a gallon of water, 1 cucumber, a few sliced lemons, and a handful of ginger root. Add it into a glass jug/pitcher and let sit in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it gets.

Lemon + Hot Water (honey, optional)

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A few weeks ago at work, I wanted to sip on something hot since I was getting over a cold. I poured myself some hot water and decided to use up some lemons I had. It turned out to be a very happy accident - the warm lemony mix soothed my throat and now I drink a couple glasses every single day, usually with a teaspoon of honey. (I'm drinking a glass as I write this!) Plus, I discovered it has SO many more benefits other than soothing a sore throat.

The Benefits of Lemon + Water:

Helps get rid of constipation: When consumed in the morning, warm water with lemon and honey helps stimulate the digestive system and hydrates the colon

Aids in better digestion: Lemon helps your digestive system break down complex foods better and utilize the essential components. Honey has antibacterial properties that help thwart any infections

Boost energy levels & improve your mood: Not a morning person? Lemon activates your digestive system by eliminating toxins that are often the reason for lethargy. Moreover, the scent of lemon is known to be a natural relaxant and can help uplift your mood while honey is an instant energy booster

Clear skin & a natural glow: lemons cleansing action helps in purifying your blood, also aiding in the production of new blood cells that acts as potent cleaning agents

Beats bad breath & improve oral health: The lemon cleanses your mouth, activating your salivary glands and killing offensive bacteria

I really need to start drinking lemon and water when I wake up... but it's hard to get moving like that so early in the morning. Ha!

Do you drink lemon water? Any other detox drinks you'd recommend?

The Meal Deal: Easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili

January 25, 2016

How did you survive #Jonas? Being snowed in for a whole weekend = me being super productive and of course praying the power wouldn't go out so I could make my meals. The perfect winter meal is chili and I think it tastes even better on a snowy weekend when you can't leave the house. I know there are so many chili recipes out there, but I think I've finally perfected mine. It's packed with flavor and ingredients - so keep reading for the easy recipe! (But seriously, is there anything difficult when it comes to cooking in a crock pot? Doubtful.)

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Ingredients:

1 box of quinoa pasta
1lb ground turkey breast
1/2 of a large onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, diced
2 small (or 1 medium) green bell peppers, diced
1 medium orange pepper, diced
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 14.5oz diced tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 15.5oz can red kidney beans
1 15.5oz can black beans
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a skillet, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil) and saute the turkey breast, onion and garlic until the turkey is cooked through

2. Drain and rinse the black and kidney beans

3. Add the turkey mix, beans and the rest of ingredients into the crock pot; simmer on low for 8 hours. (You can also add in the uncooked quinoa pasta but my crock pot was full so I made it separate then added it later.)

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4 New Yogawear Lines to Try

January 11, 2016

I'm finding more and more yoga wear lines as I progress my practice and I don't hate it. There are so many out there and I certainly have a few favorites I go to, but I've found 4 new collections I'm keeping on my radar that may just provide the motivation you need to hit the mat!

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Jessica Simpson's The Warmup - Did you know Jessica Simpson had an active wear line? I sure didn't! She is looking more in shape than ever and decided to create a fitness apparel line. Her line is available at Macy's and full of bright colors and patterns. I especially love this mesh tank.

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Kate Spade + Beyond Yoga - Anything involving Kate Spade you know is gonna be good (and full of stripes). Kate Spade has teamed up with Beyond Yoga to construct a sweet and sporty athleisure line. The 21-piece, limited-edition collection combines Kate Spade’s bright and feminine style with Beyond Yoga’s smooth silhouettes. The line launches January 16 in select stores, but you can shop the items online now at both Kate Spade and Beyond Yoga!

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Manduka's "Made For Yoga" - Manduka, a company known for their high-end yoga mats and props, is launching its first apparel collection with innovative designs for both men and women. The line is now available on Manduka.com, in yoga studios, and select national retailers!

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Beyonce + TopShop - Beyonce and TopShop have partnered to build a new athletic street wear brand featuring clothes, shoes, and accessories designed for sports, yoga, and dance. I can't wait to see what Bey brings to the table—and the mat! The much-anticipated new collection will launch online in April 2016.

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My Style: Zara Off the Shoulder Top

January 8, 2016

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COAT: Old Navy [last seen here] // TOP: Zara [similar] //
PANTS: Target [similar here & here] // BOOTS: Target [similar] // BAG: Old Navy //

I kind of saw off-the-shoulder pieces as more of a summer staple, that is until I found this Zara top. The stretchy material and the fact that it can be worn off-the-shoulder or higher up to cover more skin makes it perfect for this time of year. I've already worn it a ridiculous amount of times. It's such an easy piece to add to faux leather pants - or even tucked in a skirt.

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Stay warm friends!

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My 2016 Goals

January 4, 2016

I'm still finding it hard to believe that it's now 2016.... where does the time go?! I am, however, excited for a new year and fresh start. This year, I bought a Passion Planner and spent the weekend reflecting on my goals. For five minutes, I wrote down all my goals - big and small - and a timeline to get to each. It was just what I needed to start the new year organized and focused on my goals, so I figured why not share some of them here too. Hold me accountable, people!

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Sign up for a fitness competition - This is at the very top of my list and it's something I've been contemplating for a while. I just need to take the plunge already!

Get back to doing research - Due to the holiday hustle and bustle, I haven't been doing much research on new workouts to incorporate into my gym routine and it's time to change that! It's important to keep your body guessing and prevent boredom.

4 Sets, No Rest - I've already started incorporating this into my daily fitness routine and I've noticed a HUGE difference in the way my body responds. Instead of 3 sets, I've moved up to 4 with no rest in between. Let me tell you, my heart rate increases immediately and I feel like I get so much more out of my workout! It also forces me to drink more water, too which is always a plus.

Conquer a handstand - As my yoga practice progresses, I really want to be able to hold a handstand as long as possible. I've definitely mastered the headstand so it's time to shift my focus to a new goal.

Be able to do 15-20 pull-ups - They're one of the most effective resistance training exercises. I haven't been working on them as much as I should... until now!

Learn how to count macros -  I've tried to understand the whole IIFYM (if it fits your macros) thing, but I just don't get it. Ha! I know that eating right not only fuels your workouts, but proper nutrition will also help you reach goals... whether it's to lose weight, gain muscle, etc. It's really fascinating and past time for me to sit down and learn!

Read my magazines - This is so embarrassing but I have magazines from over 6 months ago I've never opened. Magazines are a great source of inspiration, so I need to take more "me" time to just sit and read.

You can also read my post on staying motivated here!


What are your goals for 2016?

My Style: Tan Cocoon Coat

January 1, 2016

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COAT: Old Navy [here & here] // SWEATER: Old Navy [similar] //
SKIRT: Target [love this one] // TIGHTS: Target // BOOTIES: Shoemint [love these & these] // SCARF: Express [love this one] // SUNNIES: Lulu's [similar] // BAG: Old Navy //

I don't know about you, but I've been finding it difficult to dress for this wacky weather and a chilly office but I digress. Let's talk cocoon coats, shall we? This tan Old Navy coat has turned out to be the best winter purchase. Every time I wear it, I get so many compliments.... it could totally pass for this $350 J.Crew version! Unfortunately, it's no long available but I've linked to some other options!

Warm wishes for the New Year!!


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