Bunny Love

I’m going to start by apologizing for the lack of work out Wednesday this week. This is due in large parts to the fact that I have just been feeling so randomly sick that I can’t eat. With the lack of proper diet = no working out :(. But I didn’t want to leave you all hanging without a post. This week I’m looking for some advice from my readers and fellow bloggers.  I was going to save this for Friday but.. I didn’t want to. Lol.

 So while I am not vegetarian or vegan,I also do NOT think that any animal should be harm for the sake of me being able to go from looking like a zombie to a normal person ever morning. Call me a hypocrite if you want but I hate the idea of using products that are tested on animals.
I have done a lot of research on cruelty free brands I have a basic sense of the ones I like and don’t like for most of the products I use daily. Yet because I am so picky and cheap.(because let’s be honest it cost a lot to keep these little guys from being tested on, but worth it).
 So that is where in reaching out to you. In hopes that you can help me find the missing cruelty free products in my life. Let me know your favorite products and why in each category. Help me to expand my all ready insanely large cosmetic collection. 🙂
Mascara:
This has been the hardest one for me to replace. I am a picky mascara user. I like my eyelashes HUGE and thick. I searched for years to find a brand of mascara I love and that works well. Then I come to find out it isn’t cruelty free.. bummer. I’m looking for recommendation for super lash mascara under 20 dollars.
Shaving cream and deodorant:
This is another one I have been having issues with. I have really sensitive skin and I’m looking for something that won’t make me break out. I also shave a lot. So expensive small bottles really do not work for me.
Drugstore brand body wash:
I had this really great one from the body shop. But at around 10 dollars a small bottle my budget cannot handle it.
Hair dye:
I’ve got nothing for this. I dye my hair like every few months so nothing crazy expensive.
I’d really appreciate the help from all you fellow bloggers and reader. Especially all those cruelty free bloggers out there.
Thanks
XoXo

Fashion Friday: Art and Fashion

Many may be wonder why the title of my fashion post is about art.


THAT IS WHY!!!
This past MLK day miss Jaime and I decide that a day at the MFA (museum of Fine Arts in Boston Ma) was needed. Of course it didn’t hurt that the Testino exhibit was still at the MFA and these two queen bees needed a fix of the their favorite Kates.
For those who don’t know, Mario Testino is a photographer who I believe can literally make ANYONE look beautiful. His photos are beautiful. His pictures have been on the covers of so many magazines that it is impossible to keep count. Even if you have never heard they name I can guarantee that you know his work.

Looking at his work and the people he has worked with, one thing was very clear. Fashion is not just about the clothes, the make up or the shoes. It is also about the personality and attitude you bring.
Sadly- we were not able to take pictures in the exhibit. (stupid copy right laws or something). But thanks to the wonder that is the internet I am able to share with you some of our favorites that were on view.

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Work Out Wednesday: Run-Away!

If you had told me in high school that I would enjoy running. I would have laughed my ass off. The thought of running used to send me into hysterics. I was so self-conscious about my body and about what other people who think if they saw the “fat girl” trying to run.

Yet here I am in 2013 planning a list of 5K races that I actually cannot WAIT to run. So what changed? Most of this has to do with the “give no shits” attitude I have adopted when it comes to fitness. But the real thing that has made running something I look forward to is how fun themed 5k’s can be. For anyone who knows me I am a sucker for a good theme party. If you tell me that I can get dressed up and hang out with my friends I am always down for that. Last July my friend Hope signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k race and found out she had a conflict with the date afterwards. She asked me if I would like to take her place. I was nervous since I had never run more than half a mile at a time but I figured what the hell. I must say that race was the most fun I have ever had in my life.  It did not matter how fast you were going or what “place” you finished at. All that mattered was being with your friends and being splashed with multi-colored corn starch until you looked like a Crayola books exploded on you.

 After that race I was determined to find as many fun 5k’s to do with my friends the following season. I find these races as the perfect length. Because really anything longer and I feel like I would get bored out of my mind. But that may just be me. Themed 5k’s are a great way to get in a workout without ever feeling LIKE you are working out. With these races you are having fun, enjoying the weather and most of all enjoying being you.

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Fashion Friday: make up remake

So thanks to work and school Fashion Friday has come a day late. And i am sorry for that!!!

Lately every morning I get up, get dressed go to whatever work I have that day. This all happens with no thought or care of what I will wear or look like. Which for people who know me can vouch that this is not normal of me. But then again 2013 hasn’t really been a normal year.
So I decides this week that this needed to change. As vain as it may sound I always feel better when I actually put some thought into what I look like before I leave the house. So I put my self up to the challenge of making small changes in the day that make me feel more put together. Starting with my favorite part of an outfit…. Make- up.
This week I took all my “go to make up” and told my self that I’m not allowed to do the same look twice this week. I have so much stuff that I’m sure I can find different ways to create new looks.
Challenge accepted!

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Work Out Wednesday: Stuck In a Rut

Like I said last week, my work outs have become pretty much me lifting or running. Which is great because those are two things I NEVER thought I would be able to do. Yet even with the large amount of cardio that I have been getting and the weight training, my body is stuck in a rut. I have been at the same fluctuating weight since about July 2012. And I am NOT a happy camper about it. They always say the last 20 pounds is the hardest to lose and I will defiantly agree with that statement. With that I have started looking into a few new work outs to try out in the next four weeks to see if there is anything I love enough to give it a shot for longer than one day.

I am a VERY picky person when it comes to working out. My work outs need to make me feel like a beast, they need to be a decent amount of time (about an hour because I mean for real I have other things to do with my days), and they need to have enough variation to make me feel like I’m not going to get super bored with them. The also need to be cost efficient because I am still a student and money will forever be tight.

This weeks challenge workout is taken straight from my favorite show.. The Biggest Loser.

On this weeks episode Bob Harper’s last chance work out for the blue team include only two things… Their own body weight and a deck of cards. Each suite had a work out attached and the card number was how many of each you had to do.With face cards looking like this: JACK  11, QUEEN 12, KING 13, and ACE being 15. So I figured if these 300 plus men and women can do all 52 cards in one work out.. Why the hell can’t I. So this week to mix up my normal routine. I am challenging myself to Bob Harper’s Card Deck Challenge.

Want to Join? Here is what it looks like:

HEARTS: Push Ups
SPADES: Burpees
CLUBS: Squats (with weights)
DIAMONDS: Jumping Jacks

Now during my hour work out time I will do ALL 52 cards. But this is also a fun and easy way to get in a quick 15-20 minute work out. Grab about 20 cards and just go until you are done. The best thing is that these “work outs” are not set in stone. You can change-up the work out associated with each suite so you’re not getting board with doing them after a week or so.

So I thank you now, Bob Harper, for the large amount of pain I am going to be in tomorrow when I do this work out for the first time.

XoXo

 

Fashion Friday: Thrift Finds

Living in the Boston area allows me to do A LOT of thrift store shopping. This has become one of my favorite past times since moving back here. I love searching through the racks to find that diamond in the rough. And the cheap prices aren’t that bad either. :). This week I headed over  to my favorite store (buffalo exchange in Somerville) and found some great new additions to my already overflowing closet.

Pay no attention to my messy bed :p

Mint green knee-length flowy skirt.  (8 Dollars)

New going out dress! and it was a steal. I just need to get the zipper fixed (10 dollars)

My new yellow heels! Best deal of them all (6 DOLLARS). 

Best part is I got all three for 24 DOLLARS. I must say I think I made out pretty well. I can’t wait until my next thrift trip.
Any of you lovely readers have a favorite thrift or consignment shop? Share them here.

XoXo!

Workout Wednesday: Back to the Beginning

To kick of my workout Wednesday series I figured I would give you all a little background. Over the last four-ish years fitness has become a HUGE part of my life. For most of middle school through my first half of college I was very overweight for my height. I ate like shit, drank like a fish in college and just did not take care of myself. I used to fluctuate between periods of not eating at all to eating everything in sight and doing whatever I could to get rid of it afterwards. I was always unhappy and could barely look at myself without wanting to cry. And then one day I took a good look at myself and realized I could not do this anymore.
By this point I started getting myself to the school gym, even if it was just once a week. I started really thinking about what food I was and wasn’t putting into my body. I moved off campus for a small amount of time, which made me have to make my meals rather than relay on the school. Around the same time I also got a job working the front desk at Gold’s Gym in New Hampshire. I think my time at Gold’s is what really got me on a fitness kick. I met some AMAZING people who helped me learn how to create proper and affective work out. My friends Ryan and Kelli taught me how awesome weight lifting is. Ever since then I have been trying to do weights and cardio at least 4 times a week.
I have lost about 55 pounds since 2008. Which to some doesn’t sound like a lot. But the best part is I have learned how to maintain my weight rather than gain ANYTHING back when I have off weeks.

December 2007:

June 2012:

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I have about 20 more pounds to lose before I am able to feel more comfortable in my own body.
Since then I have started to gain a passion for all different types of work outs. I have also been working on finding out how to incorporate fitness into my future career. :).

Lately I have been starting to look into different types of workouts and classes to add into my life. As much as I love lifting and running, I think it is time to find something new and exciting for this year. So that is what this is for. Letting all my lovely readers know what is going on in my fitness journey. I look forward to sharing the rest of this journey with you all!

Cheers!