My Top 5 Favorite Beginner Workout Programs

Moving outside your comfort zone can be difficult, especially in spaces you’re not used to. The gym can be one of those places for many people. Many gym newbies gravitate toward the cardio machines because they’re easy to use and there’s really nothing to learn. But what if you want to do something instead of, or along with, your cardio? Where do you start? I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite beginner workout programs that offer something different than a couch-to-5K cardio plan.  (more…)

Brand Review: Alphalete Athletics

I love to shop, but lately, I can never find anything I want unless it’s activewear. I’ve tried so many brands, most of which are crazy expensive, and most of the time I’m impressed. However, I thought I would try some other brands I’ve discovered through my research in the online fitness community. When you study digital media and monetization of the fitness industry, you’re bound to find some brands not promoted through traditional media. That is exactly how I found Alphalete Athletics. (more…)

House & Home for the Holidays

After traveling for ten days, it feels awesome to be home and charging toward the end of the fall semester. I love this time of year. I’m able to write and read fiercely, while seated next to a sparkling Christmas tree. I decorated my apartment this past Sunday and thought I would share a few photos with you.  (more…)

Thanksgiving in Anthropologie {Year 2}

Anthropologie PonchoIf you were around last year, I posted this Thanksgiving in Anthropologie look. Well, guess what? It’s another Thanksgiving holiday and I’m once again in my favorite fall brand. Anthropologie just screams the fall season to me. I find myself shopping Anthro more often in the late summer and fall, and never seem to purchase any other times a year. While I’m a fan of their dresses, I just don’t have many places to wear their beautiful spring and summer dresses. Fall sweaters are timeless, however, and this poncho fits the bill perfectly.  (more…)

My Favorite Supplement Company {Black Friday Fitness Deals}

My favorite supplement company: GHOST LifestyleHi friends! I’ve shared my favorite supplements a few times on my blog and YouTube Channel, but I’ve finally decided to share my love for one brand in particular. I do want to say this video is not sponsored (but boy, do I wish it was). I’ve been buying from this company for over six months now, and I’ll be honest, I first started as a bandwagon fan. A lot of you know I’m in graduate school studying media and my thesis is on fitness, so it’s hard not to get caught up in the most popular brands being promoted on social media platforms. However, there are more reasons to love this brand other than it’s amazing work with fitness influencers. Here are my favorite things about GHOST. {Read until the end to see some of my favorite fitness Black Friday fitness deals!}  (more…)

What to Buy at the Sephora Holiday Sale

What to buy at the Sephora Holiday SaleYou have 3 DAYS LEFT to shop the Sephora Holiday Sale. It is one of the only times I shop at Sephora, as I have been wearing less and less makeup lately. I have never had much interest in makeup, but I do have a pretty large investment in skincare products. Skincare can get expensive, and while I know I need to be taking care of my skin now, it can be difficult to spend money on nicer products. The Sephora Holiday Sale is a great time to stock up, as VIB and VIB Rouge members get 20% off. If you’re an insider, it’s 15% (which is still an amazing deal). Need ideas on what to purchase? Today I’m sharing the items I ordered off of Sephora.com from the Sephora Holiday Sale. (more…)

Stripes at the Pumpkin Patch: What to wear when it’s warm?

Of course I waited until the second to last weekend of October to go to the pumpkin patch. I haven’t been in a very long time, and there’s a popular spot close to where I live. I convinced my little sister to tag along and we headed to the pumpkin patch on a very warm, yet very windy Saturday afternoon.

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Why I don’t like Fast Fashion

Find the best pieces at Forever21 | Chambery and Champagne

Forever21 is not my favorite place to shop. But sometimes, I have to go in and “just see.” Nine times out of ten I walk out with nothing. You really have to know where to look, and how to look, in order to get the best buys. There are piles upon piles of clothes (that’s the nature of fast fashion), 70% of which is under $20. Fast fashion is a term used to explain the speed clothing moves from the catwalk to the store. Usually, it’s cheap fabric, made in bulk, and sold for a relatively inexpensive price.  (more…)

#Olay28Day Challenge

This post is an #ad was in collaboration with Olay. Thanks to all of you for reading and supporting me!

If you know me, it takes a lot to for me change up my skincare routine. Growing up, I didn’t struggle with acne or breakouts of any kind. However, the last six months or so, my skin has been freaking out. Changing up my diet has lead to acne and textured skin across my forehead and chin. Because of these issues, I’m very picky with my skincare and hesitant to try something new. However, I found something that has changed my opinion on products. (more…)

Understanding heart rate and why it matters

Remember all those times your Soul Cycle instructor told you to check your heart rate and you sort of knew what to do, but not really? You put two fingers on your neck and pretend to count, get a random number, get off your bike and leave? Never to think about that number again? You may want to re-think how you’re interacting with those numbers. Knowing your heart rate is important, and can tell you a lot about your health.

For those of you out there with an Apple Watch, it has a built-in heart rate monitor. I never gave much thought to it, but recently, the heart rate app on the watch was updated. It now shows you “Heart Rate Recovery” data. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about that number and what it might tell me about my health, so I went online and found next to no recent information  (Post-2014) on heart rate and recovery. I collected as much information as I could, and today I’m going to share it with you in the hope you can understand just a bit more about your heart health.  (more…)

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