Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall Feels18

I'm sorry (jk nope) but I am seriously getting all the Fall feels these days. I LOVE coming home to the cozy, burning all my pumpkin candles, lounging in my teddy pullover, and just the feeling of it all. Basic as some may say - but I'm just my happiest during this time. I start new routines (all about them) and in a way a fresh new start. It's like I finished Whole 30 and cleaned my closet in August and then all these things started happening lol #Narnia
  • Professionally - I recently started a new position yay buying for ALL the ladies ;)
  • Personally- I am working on all the wedding planning fun (new hobby) THE COLORS HAVE BEEN DECIDED - these past few weeks we have some venue tours lined up! So excited! also back from the blog off season.
  • Health/Fitness - Keeping up with the routine here, and working through balance (what is that again?) ha
Back to the fashions...sooo last Fall Griffin (love you friend) and I shot these snaps in Central Park to kick off the Fall season ahhh and I am JUST posting them. Luckily not much has changed when it comes to texture and camel tones. What I liked about this look is it was something different for me. Each month in NYC I always make sure to hit up my favorite resale shops. I scored this Zara dress for $12 along with a really cute pair of Jcrew bow tie pants (post coming soon). Making my store stops is always a must when I visit! Don’t get me wrong I love the Houston Galleria – but Chelsea resale shops top it all when it comes to major label discounts.

I know leather and texture is always a great way to get into the Fall mood.  Adding topper jackets and chunky sweater knits is a great way to soften a normally "edgy" feel when it comes to leather looks. I am such a fan of oversized drape knitsopen cardigans, and long duster styles.
Hope everyone is off to a great weekend - I'll be packing up for LA Market this week and Chayson gets to come too! So excited for our fun trip he planned out.
P.s Working on posting more routine/lifestyle type posts.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

G&G Workout Routine

RISE AND SHINE!!! The morning WakeUPcall - Literally probably one of my favorite times of the day. Those of you who follow the snaps know that I use this to stay accountable. I feel like I'm telling a friend every time I snap a pic and post. Yes I am that crazy early bird person. I LOVE waking up and checking this off my list - Already feeling like you've accomplished something is an awesome feeling. If everything else goes south that day, at least you have something good for yourself done. Plus it's a great way to clear your mind and get the day going.
Soo when did this all start?  About 4 years ago (umm time flies) a friend introduced me to Kayla Itsines BBG program and I loved it! It is a 12 week HIIT based program (High Intensity Interval Training) and 28 mins - so very manageable.  The workouts are  3x a week and then LISS (low intensity steady state cardio) training 2x a week - usually a walk or low impact class + 1 rest day.
I ended up going through like 4 rounds of BBG 1&2 and liked the structure/energy I had - it was cool to see how much stronger I grew and really loved all of the classes and mornings I had to myself. I started making friends through my new fit life and grew closer to other friends I knew in NYC as we begin this workout situation together.

I joined a gym in NYC and decided to keep up with my mornings and always had some sort of program or structure I followed. Below are a few of my favorite Guides I have done. Most need basic equipment or body weight and are 30-45mins.
  • Kayla Itsines BBG 1&2 - I know now there is the Sweat App which I have heard is pretty good. I use the purchased PDF guides and saved them/followed along in my phone.
  • PIIT28 by Blogilates - Pilates Intense Interval Training. It it about 30 mins and a 28 day circuit/Pilates based workout with cardio mixed (great travel workouts) no equipment on this one just body weight. 
  • Blogilates - Cassey Ho has some realllyyyy GREAT FREE content on Youtube and her site. If I ever need a quick extra something after a walk or jog I'll do a video of hers.
  • FBG by AnnaVictoria - Fit Body Guide, similar to BBG but with added weights
  • LG Fit Guides - This was a total weight training guide, something very different but I wanted to give it a try...I like adding weights but doing total weighted workouts was not my absolute favorite. 
Now that I am comfortable with the gym life and know what I need to do for my body/mind I have combined different things I like to do. Between workout guides and classes and I take about an hour or so time wise. I am in the gym by either 5:45 or 6:30am...I've tried after work and it's just SO hard to get it going at the end of the day lol My gym here in Houston is super close to my office and I've found getting ready there eliminates morning distractions/lagging at home.

Recent Weekly Routine 

What am I doing since I have completed different workout plans/guides? Overall anything to stay active makes me happy and I aim to do something each day - sometimes I'll either take a full rest day or do a 30 min walk. I feel like each season I go through different routines and my latest since Mid-June is what I have been sticking (below) during the week. I really like mixing in Barre/Pilates with cardio and weights. Most of the classes combine weights and cardio so I always feel like I get in a really good total workout. All about that long lean life y'all.
  • Cardio 3X - Sun/Tues/ Fri (Spin)
  • Barre 2X - Mon/Sat
  • Pilates 2X - Thurs/Sun
  • HIIT/Weight Circuits 2X - Wed/Sun
***The double workout days I try to do both but I might just pick one depending on the feels - one combines a low impact with a more HIIT class
***When I travel to NY I like to do at least 30min treadmill cardio/ run outside or a class if I can (LOVE 305 Fitness in NYC). I tryyyy to get in at least 2 workouts during the week. Running all over market is a workout on its own haha.

At the end of the day this is what I aim for but ultimately I've learned to pay attention to how I feel and what makes me feel my best and happayyyy. During the week I like to make all my meals and try to stick to whole foods recipes. Weekends/Travel are all the funssss sips and snacks.

Hope this post helped any of you in a workout rut or get some new ideas. If anyone has anything they like to do I would love to hear. Always into mixing it up :)

I also linked some of my fav active wear styles/goodies below.


Monday, September 10, 2018

In My White Tee #Basics

When life gets a little cray - lets not over complicate things. And sometimes we need to just go back to the #basics. By that I'm talking stylin ALL the tees. T-shirts and denim are having a real moment amirite?  I've picked up just about every color tee and the best part is we all have one. If not gather up $4.99 and you are set (thanks Gordmans).
I know  Labor day has come and gone and of course I'm not feeling that no white rule. I think it's safe to say that we can ditch that idea and keep it moving with our white tees. Denim and tees have become my recent Go Tos and for good reason - they live FOREVER and we all have them in our closet.
Below are a few recent trends that play well with your #basics
  1. Layered Necklaces + Coins - This is such a great way to add a little interest to your basics. All the coins and chains really give an ordinary tee something else to talk about. Love these here too!
  2. Chunky Sneakers - Hello 90s and I'm bringing back my SPICEGIRL shoes. Lol my parents know all too well my childhood love and I'm still feelin these shoes. I lived in a pair of sketchers chunky sneaks in 3rd grade and thought I was the shizzz. Not much has changed from those shoes to these haha added inches (yes please). 
  3. Denim for the family - Girlfriend DenimBoyfriend Denim, MOM Jeans, EVEN NOW DAD denim lol . Loose/comfy and high waisted styles are all checking YES these days. I am especially a fan of the girlfriend styles ( a little more tailored/tapered vs. boyfriend) and the paperboy denim here is just way too cute with a crop top/tee.
Back in Houston and shopped NY for all the fashions! Super excited for all the fun things I'm working on here for the ladies. Keep up with my snaps/stories HERE. 



Monday, September 3, 2018

Whole30 Round#4 Update

Happy Fall Y'all! FINALLY it's pumpkin spice and sweater season...classic favorite. So I wanted to pop in and give a quick Whole30 Update. I am now 21 days into my 4th round and so far everything is going well - starting to feel the star status! I know some of you are started September Whole30 and I wanted to do a quick post on eating out tips, traveling on Whole30, and my recent favorite products/W30 hacks. Also my first two posts can be found below. 

For those of you new to the WHOLE idea/craze I want to reiterate that this is NOT a diet. This is a way to reset and eliminate anything that is inflaming the insides, messing with blood sugar, promoting cravings, and overall just making you feel not your best. It is a great way to find out if you do have any sensitivities towards any of the below.
Eliminate: Dairy, Legumes, Sugar, Alcohol, Grains, Gluten, Additives (list here).
After 30 days you slowly reintroduce everything and you'll start to notice what works and does not work with your system.

Ok so back to the food thing...WHAT in the world do you eat?
REAL unprocessed food - Ingredients you know and can pronounce. Anything that looks a little??? is probably out. Meats, seafood, Veggies, fruit, good fats (Avocado, nuts, ghee, natural meats), spices/herbs are all a go. It's much easier to focus on the things you CAN have and just know that everything else is a hard no for the next 30 days.

Sooo not going to say I am a complete pro - but I definitely feel confident navigating my way through 30 days of whole foods . Round number 4 is here and I have to say, this is probably the smoothest most whatever round yet, also the round I think I have eaten out the most too. I remember during the first two I super had everything planned out and mapped and I was so nervous that everything had SOMETHING in it I could not have. After that I started just moving towards buying products and things that fell into the "complaint" list - Dairy free milks, snack bars, spices, meats, condiments, canned goods - like non of that needs additives or sugar so I stopped buying the ones that did.

After August travel I decided I needed a true Fall Reset. 10 days of crayyy NY and Vegas will really make you feel like okay I need to get it together and clean it up. I've started to feel the NonScale Victories here - especially energy and mind clarity benefits :) YAY and we know we all could use more clarity in our lives.
Compliant On the Go Snacks/Breakfast Bars AKA LifeSavers ( linked below)
Breakfast Egg Cups: Layer Sweet potato, chopped onion/veggies, wrap a compliant bacon or ham, crack an egg on top, add spices, Bake 400 15mins

Eating Out vs. Whole30

Ok so the easiest for me have been breakfast cafes, salad bars, or surprisingly burger places. If you have any any veggies/fruit, protein (eggs/smoked salmon are SO easy for all the breakfast places), and a fat (nuts/avocado) you are golden. Sometimes this can require you to BYO a few things. Just in case I usually have the following stashed in my bag.
  • Epic Bar - in case you need an extra something 
  • Nuts/Raisins 
  • Really get weird and stash an Avocado #ultimate Basic
Breakfast on the absolute go would be any of the below...sometimes with work craze I stick to #1 everyday and combine it with any of the below usually #2 and #5.
  1. Coffee Fix ErrrryDAY - Vital Proteins, Nut Pods, Coffee
  2. Boiled Eggs, Nuts, Apple
  3. Epic Bar + Fruit
  4. Banana+Almond butter packet
  5. RX Bar (or compliant bar) + Fruit
Travel - Ok packets of things are annoying and expensive. But make life so much easier and the hassle free life is worth it. Things you can find in packets: Vital Proteins, ranch packets, calm tea, almond butter, bars, creamer, nuts.
Snacks - Apple or banana , chomp stick, Epic Bar, RX Bar, Plantain Chips always, dried fruit/raisins, cashews/nuts

Hope this post was helpful to anyone starting or completing another round :) If anyone has any tips/tricks feel free to share and msg me - always love learning new kitchen and clean eats hacks.

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