3 Things for a Fit Fab Weekend

27 Apr

Photo credit wine bottle is from apartmenttherapy.com

Happy Friday! Here are three things to try that I think will make for a Fit Fab Weekend!

  1. Wine bottles make a perfect water carafe for the table: One of my favorite coffee cafe/ bistros in Seattle serves water in a wine bottle on the table and I love it. Many wine bottle are so pretty and it’s a creative way to set the table as oppose to using a regular water pitcher. You could make your own labels and the wine bottles are easy to store in the fridge so they’re cold for dinner. If you have a screw top wine (like many from Australia) you can keep the bottle in the fridge and reuse it.
  2. Unplug: My husband and I recently took a quick weekend trip to Whistler, Canada after many, many weeks of non stop work. We vowed to turn off our cell phones, and that meant no email, no text messages and no obssesive checking of People.com. ( BTW, I’m the only one who checks People.com, my husband would want me to tell you that:) It was a little uncomfortable at first but one we were past the initial separation anxiety, the self imposed (and roaming charge imposed) tech break was fabulous! We enjoyed each other’s company more, we enjoyed our surroundings more and we finally had the ability to relax. Even if it’s for one hour this weekend try to unplug and live like everyone did, oh, I don’t know, 10 years ago;)
  3. Sport Chambray: I’m completely obsessed with the classic chambray shirt, especially for the weekend. It’s low-key but still super fashionable  and chic (very Gwyneth) and makes for an oh so sophisticated off duty look. Wear it with white jeans and flat sandals or wedges or open over a nautical striped dress with cute flats. I promise you’ll looking for ways to  wear chambray all week long as well:)

Happy Fit Fab Weekend!



Gotta Have Bright Jeans: Splurge versus Steal

25 Apr

I really can’t get enough of bright colors when spring and summer roll around. I love bold decorative pillows on the couch, bright statement necklaces, and all the great color in clothing this season…especially the bright jeans! I’m at heart, a jeans a t-shirt girl, so the opportunity to jazz up my go to look is very exciting. Tons of celebs including Cameron Diaz, Kate an Pippa Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Bilson, just to name a few, are loving the look of colored jeans lately. On a recent trip to JCrew I couldn’t get enough of the candy colored denim adorning the shelves. You can pair them with everything from a silk blouse and nude heels for a sophistacted look to chambray shirt and flats for something more laid back. With my penchant for deals I had to do a splurge verusus steal so you know you can rock this trend no matter your budget. And by the way, I have to say the Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans come in tons of different colors and are my favorite go to jeans in my closet. The fit is amazing, nice rise,  stretchy and comfortable and perfect for ladies (like myself) who have a bit of a booty and athletic legs:) Plus, they are under $35!!! SO weather you want a splurge or steal, this is a really fun and fashionable way to wear jeans so I totally recommend picking up a pair for spring!

  1. J Brand skinny twill jeans in bright blue $175
  2. J Brand skinny twill jeans in coral $170
  3. Rage and Bone jeans in aqua blue $190
  4. Old Navy Rock Star Jeans $35, these come in blue, coral, yellow and green. It’s easiest to find them in stores as oppose to online.
  5. Gap Skimmer legging jeans $59.95.
  6. Blank NYC jeans, $88

Printable Workout: The 20 Minute Calorie Crushing Cardio Workout

24 Apr

Who doesn’t love a super quick and effective workout? Here’s one you can do first thing in the morning or if you find a little extra time in the day … before you know it your cardio will be conquered!  It’s inspired by one of my favorite Insanity workouts and some if the fitness classes I teach, plus it consists of 30 second high intensity cardio intervals, so you know it burns tons of calories. Try do to this two to three times a week and you’ll be in super shape for the upcoming swimsuit season in no time:) So grab your ipod or put on your favorite playlist and crush those calories!!!

Happy Workout

Get the printable workout with directions here. 20 minute cardio workout

p.s. if you have questions about any of the exercises just ask in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Motivation Monday!

23 Apr

“If not now, when?”

Top 10 Spring Beauty Must Haves

17 Apr

When spring finally makes it’s long awaited appearance, I can’t wait to pack away my sweaters, store my boots and break out my bright colors, maxi dresses and sandals. I adore spring time since and I love that we still have an entire summer of warm weather, al fresco dining and fabulous spring and summer styles to look forward to. As the season changes, along with switching out my wardrobe, I’m always sure to update my makeup. Plus, picking up an on-trend lipstick like this one from Revlon is a great way to update your look for spring for under $10. For spring time beauty this year, I love soft shimmery corals, subtle bronze skin, neutral eyes and a bold lips paired with a pastel manicure and pedicure. Here are  10 of my spring makeup favorites!

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: This is my go to for spring and summer coverage. It leaves your skin looking flawless and it has a rich moisturizing texture that gives you coverage without looking like heavy makeup. It’s perfect for warm weather and a go to for top celebrity makeup artists.
  2. Stila Eyeshadow in Sun: I love this and I’ve been wearing it for years! It’s a beautiful soft shimmery coral that looks great on it’s own or you can apply it wet for more intensity.
  3. Benefit Sun Beam highlighter: Properly placed highlighter gives you supermodel-like cheekbones and this soft gold shade creates such a beautiful and ethereal glow for spring.
  4. Stila Lip Glaze and Apricot: This looks great placed over a bold lip color to tone it down and add subtle shimmer or on it’s own for a sexy, nude lip.
  5. Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown is knows for her perfect nude shades and creating the most flawless “no-makeup-makeup” looks. This palette is great because you get some many shades that look great on many different skin tones.
  6. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer: A great bronzer is key for spring and summer. I wear mine all the time which is how I justify the splurge for this Guerlain bronzer:)
  7. Revlon Lipstick in Persian Melon: Bold lips are the must have beauty look for spring and this color is perfectly on trend without being too out there. I always like to pick drugstore brands for my more adventurous beauty choices so I’m not breaking the bank.
  8. Essie nail polish in To Buy or Not To Buy: A soft and shimmery lavender, this shade is the perfect spring time pastel.
  9. Julep Nail polish in Hayden
  10. Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer: Simply apply this everyday and you’ll have a great, natural looking streak free, safe tan in no time!