30 Day Challenge

I’m kind of obsessed with Snapchat right now, and one of my favorites is Chinae from GetFitBrooklyn. She just started a very inspiring 30 day challenge of new, healthy habits. Her journey includes tackling the Whole 30, taking daily walks, and meditation, among other things.

So what am I going to try out for my personalized 30 day challenge in August?

I’m going to work on relaxing and on reducing my stress levels. I’m pretty self-motivated when it comes to working out and healthy eating, so what I want to challenge myself to do, is to slow down!

I’ve been lazy when it comes to my meditation and gratitude journaling lately, and down right deficient when it comes to including yoga in my daily life. So for August my goal is to:

  1. Meditate 1-2 times a day
  2. Write in my gratitude journal every morning
  3. Do yoga 2+ times a week

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Meditation:

I’m not a great sleeper so meditation before bed is a great habit for me to get into. But unfortunately when I’m frazzled at night, I tend to forget. So this month will be able making it an important part of my wind-down routine. I’ll also try to squeeze in a morning meditation session, time permitting.

Gratitude:

I have a calendar reminder on my computer to jot down an affirmation each morning, but if I’m busy when it goes off, I have a terrible habit of snoozing or dismissing it.

No more!

I’ll be sure to write in my gratitude journal each morning – I love starting the day with some positivity to get things off on the right foot.

Yoga:

I love yoga. Love it.

So why don’t I do it more often? Because I have a terrible habit of choosing sweaty workouts instead. But that needs to stop. Yoga is the perfect way to move on active rest days, especially since I’ve been stressing my body lately with heavy weights and long runs.

So I am challenging myself to make these changes for 30 days.

To make these small improvements to my life daily life, in the hopes that they will outlast the 30 day challenge.

Are YOU up for a 30 day challenge?

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MCLV Style: Athleisure

The athleisure trend that has emerged over the last few seasons has been nothing short of a breath of fresh air for fashion lovers.

You want us to wear slip-ons or sneakers instead of four inch stiletto heels? Ok!

You want us to wear silky track pants or a cozy tunic and leggings to go out to brunch? Count me in!

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Goddess Leggings – Alo Yoga

Workout Racerback Tank c/o Lucy

Grey Open Cardigan c/o Lucy

Sneakers – Nike Free 5.0

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And while adopting all of the tenets of the athleisure faith full time isn’t an option due to, you know, dress codes, it has been a really fun style to try on for size.

I feel like there’s more freedom with fashion in general these days, but the athleisure trend means imposing an even more casual and comfortable aspect in daily dress that just hasn’t been there before for women.

Let me add this caveat, however. I’m not here to sign off on leggings-instead-of-pants, your booty should still be covered if you’re not heading directly to your local Crunch for a workout.

But a pair of sleek leggings paired with an oversized tunic for a look that’s part 90’s and part off-duty ballerina? Hell yes!

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

To me, the look I’m sharing here is the perfect one for a part-active, and part-lazy Sunday. You can wake up, get dressed, walk to yoga class, and then grab brunch with friends. Maybe wander to the Farmer’s Market or pick up your favorite blooms at your local florist afterwards… {Can you tell I’m having a moment here daydreaming about my perfect Sunday?}

It’s flattering and street-appropriate, perfectly functional for a workout, and still totally cute.

And since I’m utterly infatuated with this style for the streets right now – Here’s my new Athleisure Pinterest Board for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Tell me – What are YOUR views on the athleisure trend? Are you a fan?

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Links You’ll Love: Get Healthy & Stay Healthy

We all want to get healthy – That’s a pretty universal desire – But staying healthy? That’s the hard part.

It’s easy to stay on track for short bursts – Whether it’s a new workout or diet plan – And then lose your motivation and fall of the health wagon.

Here are some tips and suggestions from the experts to help you stay on top of your goals.

My number one tip? Stop thinking about your health as a phase or a diet or something to be “gotten through” in order to achieve a specific goal {bikini season, wedding, event…}. You have one body – You should treat it with respect and fuel it well, that’s all you get!

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Stuck at the playground with the kiddos this Summer? Never fear, you can still get in a healthy workout!! Channel your inner child with this ab-busting swing set workout.

Curious how your gym bag stacks up against the pros? Check out Chalkboard Mag’s In My Gym Bag With Karena + Katrina of Tone It Up.

Being healthy means being happy. It means doing what makes your body AND your mind happy. Get inspired by this post – 10 Life Lessons: How To Have A Life, Not Just A Resume.

It’s nearly time for the Summer Olympics so my interest in checking in on the athletes is starting to ramp up. I remember loving the Summer games as a child {gymnastics and diving especially} but in the age of social media it’s SO FUN to be able to see their food, workouts, and inspirations. Check out Mind Body Green’s What Runner & Olympic Hopeful Becky Wade Eats In A Day for some serious Fitspo. I’m ready to go running now!

There’s an “anywhere” workout, and there’s a “anywhere with kids” workout. This is the latter! 10-Minute Workouts You Can Do With Your Kids Anytime, Anywhere.

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Are you a fan of Kayla Itsines? Me too. Curious what it’s like to actually workout with her? Me too. Well + Good got the low down, and it makes me jealous. I worked out with Kayla Itsines IRL—along with thousands of screaming fans.

Want a fresh start? I love the whole foods-based recipes for this Two Week Clean Eating Plan from FabSugar.

We all know that sleep is important. But what does your body really need? Check out Anna Victoria’s How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Exercises to do/not do, food mistakes to avoid & more from Women’s Health – 9 Trainers Share the Top Weight-Loss Mistakes People Make in the Gym.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Summer Essentials

I kicked off June with an online shopping binge – Trying to get all my Summer essentials ready for a few months of road trips, long weekends, and water time.

Luckily, I remembered that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was nearly upon us, so I started “favoriting” pieces on the website to make shopping the Nordstrom sale easier on July 22nd.

Here’s the breakdown of this girl’s Summer essentials and what I’m swooping up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year.

Thank You/Host/Hostess Gifts:

A Summer spent with friends at events and parties is a Summer well spent in my mind. All of those weekends away mean finding some unique ways to say thank you though.

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{Sunnylife Flamingo String Lights}

Menswear:

Have trouble getting your guys to go shopping? Doesn’t matter if it’s your significant other, sibling, child, or friend – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up everything they need without dragging them to multiple stores.

Neck ties, sunglasses, socks, work shirts, and more!

And I’m not going to lie, I love using men’s Jack Black products myself so there’s a little bit of self-serving in getting him these… But I’m ok with that. {Especially the lip balm!}

Summer Style:

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{Madewell ‘Balcony’ Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top}

Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home this Summer, you’ll need the perfect style to complement your events and outings. Off-the-shoulder tops, maxi dresses, and flirty swimsuit coverups – Oh MY!

Nordie’s very own Eliza J is one of my go-to brands for work dresses {along with BCBGMaxAzaria jersey frocks and Diane Von Furstenberg shirt dresses} so I always take a look during the sales.

And the other brand I always look out for? Longchamp! I’m obsessed with their Le Pliage line and have collected virtually every bag at this point. In black. Mais bien sur.

Fitness:

A visit to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wouldn’t be complete without some Zella! I’m a huge, huge fan and look forward to snapping up some sale goodies every year to complete my collection.

Nordstrom also has a great selection of brands like Nike and Adidas, and yoga brands I adore like Alo Yoga and Onzie. See a few of my favorite sale picks below!

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Have YOU peeked at the Nordstrom sale yet? What’s on your shopping list?

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Learn to Love: Turmeric

Darlings, today I’m here to spread the gospel of Turmeric.

This bright yellow spice hails from the Far East and has so many health benefits that it’s practically a crime to skimp. Whenever I feel a cold coming on – Hello, office petri dish – I start putting turmeric in EVERYTHING.

On a normal day, however, it’s still pretty prevalent. I add it to coffee or espresso if I drink one instead of tea in the morning {got that idea from LoveSweatFitness}. I add it to my post-workout green smoothie. And I put it in any stir fries, sautées, or salad dressings at dinner.

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{Ginger Lemon Cream Bars}

The flavor is mild and you don’t really taste it unless you work at making it the foremost flavor in a dish.

What are the benefits? I’m glad you asked!

Turmeric has powerful medicinal properties, has been consumed for many generations, and is known for fighting and even helping reverse disease. In a few quick bullets, turmeric is:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-depressant

And, in addition to those amazing benefits, studies have shown that turmeric, and the compounds in turmeric, help lower the risk of heart disease, cancers, arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s Disease.

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{Cleansing Vegetable Soup}

Here are a few delicious recipes that you can try out so that you can get a little turmeric in your life ASAP!

Are YOU a fan? If so, tell me your favorite way to eat or drink it!

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