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Words Of Wisdom On This Workout Wednesday

 

Get up, get dressed, and get your skinny butt moving!

Workout Wednesday - Quote Of The Day/QOTD

Do you absolutely love the way you look? Are you 100% satisfied with what you see when you look in the mirror everyday? While I sincerely wish your honest answer to these questions was “yes”, I have a pretty good feeling that is not the case… However, if you answered these questions “no”, ask yourself this: “Am I doing everything I can to get myself to that point?” If your answer to this question is “yes” then you can just stop reading now (good for your girlfriend, keep it up… We all need you as inspiration!). However, if you answered that questions with “no”, this is the time to reevaluate some things and get together a plan and a routine in order to be able to answer all of the above questions with a confident “yes!”.

As a society, the ladies of today have increasingly unrealistic expectations as to what we “should” look like or what the “ideal” image is. I will be the first one to admit that no matter what I look like, I will probably never be 100% satisfied with what I see when I look in the mirror.  I know that is probably not what I am supposed to say, but it is the truth for me and a majority of the other girls out there.  But, society’s expectations of what we should look like is not what we should be looking at or listening to at all… Rather, we should be looking at what we do to look the way we do and how much progress we have made from where we started.  If you are doing as much as you possibly can to get your ideal body and image, then you should love the way you look.  If you go to the gym regularly and eat a healthy diet, basically you’re living the healthiest life you possibly can, then you are doing your absolute best and you should reward yourself for that rather than beating yourself up for the things you still don’t like about your appearance.

Many of my friends and family may say that this is extremely hypocritical coming from me… For as long as I can remember there has always been something about my appearance that I wanted to change or improve. I usually workout a minimum of five days a week and make every effort to do some type of exercise everyday (sometimes it just doesn’t happen!), and I make every effort to eat as healthy as I can possibly imagine (my latest change has been eating gluten free), yet I still am not completely satisfied with my appearance. Why not? Well this is partially personal (insecurities) and also partially due to the environment I am surrounded by.  With my love of fashion comes the obsession with fashion magazines, and with the obsession of fashion magazines comes the pages and pages of ads showing photoshopped, edited, and airbrushed models who are unrealistically and unhealthily thin.

So what can be done about this problem that way more girls than just me are facing everyday? Well, as far as personal insecurities, we just have to really try and accept and grow to love the way we look.  It is not going to be an easy task at all, but it is one that is worth the time that you will have to put in.  And, while I am never going to give up my monthly mags and I have a strange feeling that the editors of fashion magazines aren’t going to start using real women who portray the image of what real women look like, I am just going to have to accept the fact that I will never look like the stick thin models, nor will almost any other healthy woman in the world. So for now, make sure you are doing everything in your power to obtain the image you want. Go to the gym everyday, go outside and run, or do an at-home workout from the comfort of your living room! Whatever you do, just make sure you’re exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle, there’s nothing more you can do… So love yourself, you deserve it!

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OOTD: Workout Wednesday

Hello there beauties! I hope you are all having a fantastic Wednesday so far, and that you’re as excited about Workout Wednesday as I am! So, with the weather getting to be typical September cold one day, super hot the next, Northern Virginia weather, this may be our last summertime Workout Wednesday outfit, but who knows… It may not! Anyway, getting back on track, I am personally a huge fan of fun workout tank tops… They are one of my favorite things ever, and if I could wear them everywhere I probably would (okay, maybe not everywhere, but you know what I mean!).  Even more, I especially love workout tank tops with fun quotes! There are some super sassy ones out there, and I just love them all! If that isn’t motivation for you when you look at yourself in the mirror at the gym and staring back is a fun, sassy quote telling you how awesome you are or to workout harder, then I don’t know what is! So, in the spirit of the fun tanks, I bring you this week’s Workout Wednesday

Outfit Of The Day - Workout Wednesday

Tank: Etsy, $29; Sports Bra: Nike, $43; Shorts: Nike, $28; Shoes: Nike, $$80

If you hadn’t ever noticed, and you couldn’t tell from this outfit, I am definitely partial to Nike products.  I am also a huge fan and supporter of Under Armour, but for some reason Nike just tops the list for me.  Nike running shoes are the only ones I will buy. This is because I have always had such a great experience with them and they never hurt my feet (I have had a lot of problems with shoes hurting my feet or rubbing when I run… Talk about awful!), so I know what I like and I stick to it… That just happens to be Nike (I would say my favorite is Lululemon, but it’s a little out of my price range at this point in time…. This girl doesn’t have a job at the moment!) But, now off my soapbox about Nike and back to Workout Wednesday

This outfit is so fun with it’s pop of color and the fun quote on the tank! I don’t know about you ladies, but it really makes me want to go change and hit the gym! Do you have a favorite brand for workout clothes other than Nike? What is your favorite type of outfit to wear when you hit the gym or venture into the great outdoors for your daily exercise?

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Trendy Tuesday: Black + White

 

Back to The Basics With a Chic Black + White Ensemble

Good morning and happy Tuesday everyone! I hope y’all had a fantastic Monday yesterday, and you’re ready for the better part of the week to start (I mean anything is better than Monday, right?).  Well, for the first time in what seems like forever (I really am sorry about that guys, it was a crazy summer with the pool and all of the stuff that went along with that!) we have a fantastic outfit of the day! I’m so glad this is the first one to get me back into the swing of things, because Trendy Tuesday is probably one of my favorite days for OOTD posts (other than Workout Wednesday of course, because I am super lazy lately and just love workout clothes because they’re so comfy…)!  So, today we have a super chic little ensemble of a black and white top from Tory Burch paired with a super trendy pair of leather shorts!

Outfit Of The Day: Trendy Tuesday - Chic Black And White Ensemble

Top: Tory Burch, $350; Shorts: J. Crew, $450;  Shoes: Saint Laurent (YSL), $795; Clutch: Valentino, $855; Bracelet: Mulberry, $215;  Earrings: Jessica Simpson, $18.

If you didn’t notice, this lovely ensemble was inspired by my friend Hilary’s outfit from Saturday night (see yesterday’s Motivational Monday for a picture!).  I absolutely loved her super cute outfit, and I am dying for a chic little pair of these amazing leather shorts (we know what’s on my wish list now…)! But, what do you think of this amazing outfit?! You could really wear it for so many occasions… Whether you’re having lunch with an old friend, going on a date with someone special, or hitting the town with the girls on Friday night, this outfit is perfect for them all!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday today, and get ready for tomorrow’s Workout Wednesday… I hope you’re as excited as I am!

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Motivational Monday: Dr. Seuss Always Says It Best…

Hello and happy Monday beauties! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and you’re ready to take on this week! My best friend (and roommate from school) Michele came to visit this weekend and we had a blast! We went out on Saturday night with my very best friend from high school, Hilary, our good friend Samantha, and some other friends and it was great! Michele recently got a big fancy job in New York City working at VH1 Classic where she is scheduling promotions. I am so happy for her (that’s pretty much her dream job! Well, it will get her to her dream job…) but that means that it is harder for us to get together and visit, so it was really great to get to see her and spend time with her this weekend! Here are a few photos from our night out in Arlington!

Back In Action - Out With The Girls In Arlington

A little Snapchat action that we just had to save! Bottom Row: me (left), Hilary (right). Top Row: Samantha (left), Michele (right).

The Girls Out In Arlington - At Hunan

My favorite girls all in one picture! (Left to right: Hilary, me, Michele, Samantha)

Hilary and I at Hunan in Clarendon.

Me and Hilary at Hunan in Clarendon.

Michele And I In Arlington

So glad I got to see this gem this weekend! (Me and Michele)

But, now that I have just blabbed about my weekend… Back to Motivational Monday! So, this week I have a few words that I found to be really meaningful. I have heard this quote about a thousand times probably, but when I saw it last night it meant something a little different to me.  I always just saw it for what it was, knew it was meaningful and was a powerful quote, but I never really looked deeper than the surface or saw beyond the words.

Motivational Monday - Quote About Memories

With all of the change I have had in the past few months – graduating from college, moving back home, looking for a job, etc. – this quote really hit close to home for me.  Sometimes when we are in the middle of doing one-hundred things, we forget to step back and really appreciate the moment or the thing(s) that we are doing.  I know that personally, this happened to me when I was in college.  I never thought four years could fly by so fast, but it seems like I went to bed as a freshman and woke up the next day at graduation. It flew by, so my advice to anyone who is in college now or will be in college in the future? Enjoy it.  Every single minute of it.  The long nights spent studying or doing homework in the library, going out on a Tuesday night just because you can, staying in on a Friday night with your closest girlfriends and watching movies and eating your weight in pizza and ice cream, going to frat parties and maybe drinking a little more than you should have, even pulling all-nighters to finish that paper that you’ve had all semester but put off until the last minute despite saying you weren’t going to do that this time.  It’s the small things that you will look back on and think that they were the best days or nights that you can remember. Like staying in sometimes and just having a well needed girls night. My roommate Kasey and I had our fair share of these our senior year (maybe a little more than normal…), but those are the nights that I laughed harder than I ever have in my life and made some of the best memories of my entire college career.  Or Sunday nights doing homework with my roommate Michele, getting distracted by every little thing and ending up taking videos of her acting like Harry Potter (I will never get rid of those videos and every time I watch them or even think about them really, I laugh just as hard as I did the day it happened.) My point is, at the time we felt like we were just being boring and staying in because it was freezing or raining outside, or like I was just doing homework that I really didn’t want to do but needed to get out of the way, but in reality they were some of the best moments I’ve ever had. However, because I didn’t realize how much those memories would mean to me after graduation, I didn’t really cherish them as much as I think I should have.

What I am trying to say is to make sure you appreciate every moment you have with your friends and family, because you never know what it will mean to you in the future.  Don’t wake up one day and regret taking so many things for granted.  You only get to do all of these things (no matter what they may be) once, and you can’t go back and change things.  That being said, don’t ever beat yourself up about decisions you’ve made or things you’ve done that you may be embarrassed about. Like I said, you cannot change the things that have happened in the past, so if it is something you may not be the most proud of, learn from that and don’t make the same decision twice… Use it as a learning experience and move on!

I hope you enjoyed my little nugget of wisdom on this wonderful Monday! I hope I wasn’t too naggy, and I hope it didn’t come across as a lecture (I realize now that it may have…).  So, until tomorrow… Have a wonderful Monday, lovelies!

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