Stay Fit for Summer

Fitness

When we hear the word fitness, or being fit our minds directly gravitate towards buff bodies, muscles maybe you imagine someone working out or sweating while running.  Whatever your mental picture of fitness may be, you may only partially be thinking of what all fitness entails.  I am not a fitness expert, but I do know my body and what works for my body and I want to share a little with you what fitness means to me.  When I think of being fit, I think of eating healthy foods, taking care of what I put into my body and making sure I stay active regularly to have a healthy heart.  Many people feel that in order to be fit you must be a certain size or a certain weight and actually that’s not the case.  I know many girls who can wear a size XS top and a size L pant but that doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy, it just means that your are curvy and you have a real body.  I think women’s bodies should be celebrated and there shouldn’t be pressure to be really tiny or crazy muscular, unless it’s something you really want for yourself.  I believe that a woman’s body should be healthy and well taken care of and really everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin.

When it comes to weight loss or health I go by my BMI which takes into account your current height and weight and it tells you the weight you should be for your body type.  I am currently at a BMI of 29 which is considered overweight for my 5’1″ frame, which also indicates I may not be making the healthiest choices for myself.  You have to be honest with yourself and make realistic goals in order to change your mind and body.  I recently started a weight loss program for myself because I knew that I wasn’t feeling like myself and I was losing energy throughout my day and I wasn’t able to really thrive on a daily basis. Health & Fitness is really about changing your habits and committing to living a healthier lifestyle by becoming active and eating correctly.  You really have to get to know your body and see what works for you and just begin each day with a goal in mind, and really follow through on these goals.  Remember that when setting a goal, If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

A few of the apps I am currently using that have really helped me improve my daily routine are: My Fitness Pal (a calorie counting app that lets you know how many calories you are consuming in a day and the nutrients you are getting in those foods. You can also set a weight loss goal in this app and it will adjust your calorie intake according to the goal you set for yourself. BE REALISTIC!) C25K (a running app with an 8 week program that helps you with speed and endurance and this can be synced to My Fitness Pal as well so you can track your exercise as well) 10K Trainer (this is also a running app that you can do after you complete the C25K program and it helps you train to run a 10K, it’s a little intense if you are new to running but both these apps are amazing. You must also maintain a healthy diet if you are trying to lose weight and get results).  If you all have any other suggestions for health & fitness apps or programs please don’t hesitate to put them in the comments!

Overall, I  really wanted to touch on this topic because it can be difficult to understand how to lose weight in a healthy way, maintain your healthy habits for a lifetime  and also how to have fun while trying to get your body to the best it can be.  I reached out to some amazing ladies from some tips and tricks that will help you all improve your health and fitness routines this Summer. Remember to love yourself and take care of your body because it literally gets you where you need to go every day. Take your time and establish healthy routines and make goals  for yourself and you will see amazing changes in your body.

What is your #1 Get Fit Tip?

  • Watch out for simple carbs.  Try to balance your carbs throughout the day. –  Maria Herrera, Dietitian
  • Find something you enjoy doing and make it a daily practice…whether it’s a dance class, kickboxing, yoga, or just going for a run, commit to it and have fun.  Dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to do what makes you feel good. –  Mary Joe Alvarez, Yoga Instructor

What is your go-to healthy snack for Summer?

  • My Summertime yogurt recipe that I whipped together.  This recipe consists of raw coconut shavings, chia seeds (great to add onto anything, really.), fresh strawberries, Fage 0% fat Greek Yogurt, and honey.  It keeps me cool and satisfied! – Danielle Margherite, Photographer
  • Rice cakes with peanut or almond butter (it’s better to have a natural nut butter, as opposed to the ones with preservatives), sliced strawberries, sliced green apples. – Blanca Beroes, Jewelry Designer & Fitness Expert
  • Almonds/Nuts & Cheese – Maria Herrera, Dietitian
  • (Sweet) sliced strawberries with peanut butter or a bowl of acai topped with fresh fruit.  (Salty) Avocado Toast: mash avocado and mix in chia seeds with salt and pepper and spread on your favorite toast or use as a dipping spread for veggies. – Mary Joe Alvarez, Yoga Instructor.

What are your top 3 exercises to keep you bikini ready this Summer?

  • Squats…Squats…more Squats! My top 3 exercises that keep me bikini ready are: Goblet Squats (I use a 30 lb weight), Leg Lifts on the parallel bars (to workout lower and upper abs, also, obliques), and the epic StairMaster (to workout those legs while still doing cardio).  Danielle Margherite, Photographer
  • Squats 2x a week…never skip leg day.  Cardio 3x a week.  Lastly, depending on your fitness goals, lift heavy weights to tone and build muscles (Ladies, don’t be afraid of lifting heavy, you won’t look like a man, Women don’t have enough testosterone to build muscles like men) If you are already fit and are just looking to tone, then make sure you lift with sufficient weight and do as many reps as possible. – Blanca Beroes, Jewelry Designer & Fitness Expert

What exercise classes would you highly recommend for a full body workout?

  • I have a dancer’s background and I am all about being flexible and toned at the same time.  I highly recommend taking a Pilates class, for both men and women.  This class strengthens your core while giving your entire body a good stretch. Pilates relaxes you like Yoga does, and leaves you feeling pumped like a Zumba/Cardio class. – Danielle Margherite, Photographer
  • I recommend training in circuits, because it engages the whole body and in 45 minutes you can get a full body workout. Whether its with a fitness group like CrossFit, functional exercises, or just by yourself at the gym; make sure to mix upper body exercises with legs and glutes.  It is very important to build a strong core, work on your lower back routine as much as possible, that will give your whole body strength. – Blanca Beroes, Jewelry Designer & Fitness Expert

What is the best advice for someone who is trying to lose weight while maintaining a healthy body?

  • Definitely try to cut down on juices and sodas, or any high calorie drinks and substitute them for water. – Maria Herrera, Dietitian
  • Add the Good Stuff.  That’s always my advice for someone starting out and trying to incorporate a healthier lifestyle.  Just eat real food (avoid processed & packaged foods as much as possible) and don’t get caught up in counting the calories or starting a diet, but rather into looking at the nutritional value of what you are eating.  When your body is satisfied with essential nutrients you will feel fuller and start craving those healthier foods because at the core level, you are feeding your cells nutrition.  Secondly, MAKE IT! Whatever it is you are in the mood for, find a healthy way to make it.  Remember it’s not about restriction but rather substituting the unhealthy ingredients for better options. – Mary Joe Alvarez, Yoga Instructor

Special thanks to all the ladies, who participated in this article and gave amazing advice to all my readers.  I really appreciate it!

Mary Joe Alvarez, Yoga Instructor

Blanca Beroes, Jewelry Designer & Fitness Expert

Danielle Margherite, Photographer

Maria Herrera, Dietitian

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Half-Up Top Knot

Half-Up Top Knot

Trying different hairstyles is sometimes difficult for me because I tend to either wear my hair up in a ponytail or bun or down and wavy, and that’s about the extent of it.  However, during the Summer I get so much inspiration from magazines and Pinterest and I see lots of fun hairstyles I want to try.  Everything from braids to chignons to updos and  there is so many differnt styles to try.  Today I wanna share this cute way to style your hair while adding a little twist (quite literally).  The half-up top knot is perfect for any occasion and my favorite thing is you can keep it loose for during the day and you can try and dress it up with some hair accessories for special occasions.  Thanks to People Style Watch Magazine for this awesome hair inspo and I’m pretty sure I will be wearing this a lot, in the future.

Pick up the July issue of People Style Watch for more style, beauty, and hair inspiration.

Begin by parting your hair down the middle using a pique comb or even a pencil could work. 

Half-Up Top Knot

Half-Up Top Knot

Then select how much hair you will put up in your top knot. Twist that section of hair into a knot and secure with hair tie or bobby pins. 

Half-Up Top Knot

Half-Up Top Knot

Touch up your waves and set with a styling spray or beach waves texture

Half-Up Top Knot

Voila! Enjoy your new do!

Half-Up Top Knot

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Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

I’m definitely a must-have lipstick kinda girl! My motto when it comes to lipstick is “the bolder, the better”.  So, naturally I was super excited when CoverGirl announced the new Katy Perry  Katy Kat Matte Collection.  This collection consists of 11 positively purrrr-fect shades that all have appropriately kitty themed names.  I will say the names of the shades are probably, one of my favorite parts of the collection.  These lipsticks come in a demi-matte finish and they last up to 5-6 hours.  I like the soft velvety finish of these lipsticks because they don’t dry out or fade.  There is really a shade for everyone in this collection and I picked my 4 favorite shades to share with you today.  I shopped this collection at my favorite pharmacy CVS and of course I got to use my Beauty Club Rewards and Extra Bucks on my purchase.  CVS is really my go-to place for all my beauty needs, they have just about everything and the best discounts of any pharmacy.  Shop your favorite shades today and let me know how you like them.

I hope you all are having a lovely week & Happy Hum Day! XOXO

Coral Cat

Katy Kat Matte

 

Katy Kat Matte

Cosmo Kitty

Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

Crimson Cat

Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

Perry Panther

Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

Katy Kat Matte

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Cobalt + Canary

Canary + Cobalt

Photography: Danielle Margherite

Top & Skirt Set: Designed by Alice Marie  Sunnies: LOFT   Bag: Vintage  Heels: ZARA 

It is officially the first day of Summer, but around here it has felt like Summer for about a month now.  I decided to start off Summer by sharing with you all one of my own designs and a print that I am absolutely in love with.  I have always been a print girl and I felt like this tropical bird print is very Miami-inspired and perfect for this look.  I decided to go for a matching top and skirt set so that I can wear these pieces as separates as well.  I paired this look with a bright cobalt pair of strappy heels from Zara and a pair of bright yellow retro sunnies.  Who doesn’t love fresh bright pops of color in the Summer!   I have a slight obsession with vintage handbags, and I thought this look would pair well with this white mesh retro bag. This bag was a gift from my bestie who knows my style so well!  I hope this look gives you all some outfit inspo for the week.  I’m looking forward to sharing more fun Summer looks with you all!

Happy Monday XOXO

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

Canary + Cobalt

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Agua de Sandia

Agua de Sandia

It’s the weekend and I have had cravings all week for something fresh, and this childhood drink is just the right way to give the weekend a fresh start.  Agua de Sandia is something I learned to make when I was a little girl.  It calls for 4 simple ingredients: 2 cups watermelon chunks, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and fresh mint leaves.

Agua de Sandia

 To begin, you liquefy the watermelon chunks in a blender or food processor. I added a little water to make it easier to blend.

Agua de Sandia

Take the blended watermelon and pour it over a sieve to eliminate the grainy texture and avoid seeds as well.  I usually like to do it twice to make sure I have all the extras out and its pure juice.  After you have the juice you mix in the sugar and mix until it’s dissolved.

Agua de Sandia

Fill your carafe or pitcher halfway with ice and pour in 1 cup of water, then pour 1/2 the watermelon mixture in then some mint leaves, and then the rest of the mixture, stir and serve with mint garnish.

Agua de Sandia

Que Delicioso!

Agua de Sandia

Tip: When choosing your watermelon make sure they are ripe, because you get more juice out of them that way.

Enjoy this recipe and share it with friends and family on a hot sunny day!

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!Pineapples Please!

I am currently crushing on all things PINEAPPLE.  Pineapples have been a huge trend this Summer in just about every category.  I have certain stores and brands that I shop at on a regular basis and I wanted to take the time to share with you all some of my favorite pineapple pieces from these stores.  Whether it’s apparel, accessories, or home decor pineapples are a cute way to accent your look and the feel of your home.  Golden accents are often a great way to make an outfit or a room pop so shop my top picks here to add some sparkle to your look and home this Summer.

Pineapples Please

Pineapple Table Lamp, Pineapple Sheet Set, Fruit Greeting Cards, Pineapple Candle, Pineapple/Mango Soap Gift Set,

Pineapple Pouch Set, Pineapple Place Card Holder, Pineapple Accent Pillow

Pineapples Please

Pineapple Print Blouse, Pineapple Midi Skirt, Pineapple Cropped Pants

Sequin Pineapple Tee, Golden Pineapple Shell

Pineapple Please

Golden Pineapple Luau Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel, Body Lotion, White Sand Body Scrub,

Golden Pineapple Luau Scented Candle, Pineapple Candle Holder

Pineapples Please

Pura Vida Bracelets w/Pineapple Charms, Pineapple Pouch

Pineapples Please

Keds Pineapple Fruity Prints Sneakers, Pineapple Fruity Prints Triple Decker Linen

Soludos Pineapple Denim Espadrilles, Soludos Denim Pineapple Sandals

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