Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Moving!

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Monday, October 28, 2013



SWEATY + SEXY = Swexy.  Such a cute piece of media from one of the many workout accessories I'm itching to order today! These headbands are called Sweaty Bands and I'll take one in ever color!  Typical workout headbands are too skinny for my taste.  You go to the gym and sweat for an hour and all hope of removing the headband and having a normal looking bun or ponytail is hopeless due to the ever-so-noticeable crease that I tight thin band leaves.  The thickness of this Sweaty band is great, it has a no-slip-grip and well it's just plain cute! 



I'm about to join a new kickboxing gym (partially because Iza Goulart, pictured to the left, is constantly posting pictures of herself boxing and well... she looks like that...) and there is nothing worse in kickboxing than trying to complete a circuit with sweaty hair stuck to your eyeball!





I've been trying to decide on a new pair of tennis shoes for almost a year now.  I keep talking myself out of it but if I'm going to be kicking a boxing bag every day I'm going to have to suck it up and make the purchase.  I love these black Nike's because I'm not a big color person but I love a fun print! 

One big must for any girl, ESPECIALLY when doing a cardio class is a good sports bra.  Victorias Secret sports bras are on a whole other level.  They are the perfect combination of functional, comfortable and cute!  The bra pictured to the left is ideal for me because of the firm padding and dropped band at the rib cage   It's perfect for extra support.  I don't know about you but I always buy my sports bras a size too small for extra security.  I chose this picture for two reasons, first because black and gold are two of my favorite colors to wear and second because I LOVE Candice Swanepoel! Talk about fitspiration!!




When it comes to workout pants I'm pretty picky.  I like for the waist band to be close to the belly button (nobody wants to constantly pull their pants up to cover their "fat rolls" while doing crunches) and I like for them to be very fitted. Being covered in sweat, red faced and surrounded by fit people while constantly watching yourself in the mirror doesn't make for high self esteem.  Baggier pants not only make that worse but they get in the way when doing stretch centered workouts like yoga.  I love that these lululemon pants are patterned but give the illusion of a vertical stripe which is known to be slimming. I also like that the waist band is so high and has a drawstring.  The extra security of being able to tie them is nice, especially when jumping around in a cardio style class where the tightest of pants begin to slide.  
Last but not least are these Nike yoga wrap shoes!  I am totally obsessed.  Even though they don't totally cover the bottom of the foot, it would look much less awkward walking from the yoga room to the Pilates room with no shoe on at all. Plus the extra grip can't hurt when trying to contort your body while balancing on one foot with your hands up in the air!
What are your favorite work out products?


Layers upon layers

Well, it has begun...

We've had snow flurries twice already here for my first Minnesota winter.  I find it to be terrible depressing if I think about it too long so I'll just focus on the fact that winter clothes are my favorite thing about the season. Needless to say, dressing for this time of year is going to look much different than it did when I was in Arkansas.  So far I've found that the key is layers. The more you can mix and match the better!  For me, the most important thing is the bottom layer.  If I start out with a sweater that is too bulky underneath I end up feeling like a marshmallow and hiding under a hat and glasses hoping that nobody notices me! Stupid right?  I know but it's the truth!  I love this thin comfy cashmere sweater from J Crew ($228.00).  Yes it is definitely an investment piece but it is a classic look and is super warm without being too heavy. 





Pair it with this chunky knit scarf from H&M ($9.95) when there's just a mild breeze or throw on a cute shrug for a little extra warmth.  My personal favorites are the two pictured below by BDG.  I got mine at Urban Outfitters ($59.00)


If you're like me and you're going to have to deal with constant snow and ice on the ground you might want to stick to a flat boot, but who says flat boots can't be fun too?  I like these Steve Madden lace up boots ($99.95) paired with super fitted high waisted jeans like these made by Joe's Jeans (multiple options ranging from around $150-$250.)


Robert Frost once said "You can't get too much winter in the winter." I beg to differ Robert... I beg to differ...
Love the skin you're in

If you know me very well you know that I am a Victoria's Secret Model fanatic.   All too often we don't give them enough credit.  We blame their svelte figures and glowing skin on Photoshop.  Of course this is true in many cases but is far from true for all.  Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel are two of my favorites and these two live really healthy and active lifestyles so it is not surprising that their skin looks flawless even with a bare minimum of makeup and photo retouching. 
 The way that we treat our bodies has a direct affect on what our skin looks like on a day to day basis.  I don't know about you but the difference in my skin on a Friday after a week of exercise and home cooked meals and my face on a Monday after throwing my diet and fitness routine to the curb is significant.  It's a constant yo yo of cleared up breakout replaced by an oily bumpy forehead. I quite frequently run across articles about food's effect on your complexion but rarely do I see a good article on how your workout can have the same benefits.  I don't know about you but I generally leave the gym sweaty and bloated and thinking that my face will be ruined after clogging my pores with all of that sweat lingering on my face.   

 I ran across an interesting blog discussion while researching a new workout program to try.  If you're interested in the workout check out the website for 9rounds, a kickboxing franchise, and see if there is one near you.  below is an intercept form a blog post that they recently posted.  There are some interesting points made that I hadn't thought about before.  What is your favorite way to sweat it out and what are your favorite products to rid yourself of the sweat when you're finished?  Along with the article, below you'll find the newest product line that I'm testing out for my TERRIBLY sensitive, acne prone skin. 
 Hope you enjoy!

-Catherine


Sweat Your Way to Healthy Skin!

Oct 08, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Are you tired of reading or hearing about how exercising will help you stay fit and healthy? What if I told you another great reason we should choose to exercise regularly is to benefit your skin? Majority of women choose to work out just to lose that extra unwanted weight. We don’t realize that a regular workout routine does much more than keep that weight off, it makes your skin glow… literally!

Here are 9 ways exercising is beneficial for your skin:

1. Natural Glow – Regular exercise boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells that carry essential nutrients which conveys a natural healthy glow!
2. Sweat It Out - When you sweat during your workout your body is cleansed of toxins that can clog your pores; it is a good idea to shower after a work out to prevent bacterial infections that could occur from dirt clogging up those pores.
3. Tone Your Muscles – The more toned you are beneath your skin the healthier your skin will look and feel. For instance, have you had issues with cellulite you can’t get rid of? Unfortunately, there’s no way to eliminate it but exercising will help that cellulite look better! The stronger and firmer your muscles are, the more support the skin will have.
4. Unwanted Acne – Acne is normally caused by an over-production of sebum that clogs the pores. By exercising, you can correct hormonal imbalances that lead to acne. Exercising relieves stress and lowers cortisol levels in the blood, therefore, eliminating the over production of sebum, which can lead to those blocked pores.
5. Stronger Sex Hormones – Getting fit not only makes you look sexy, it also makes you feel sexy by balancing the body’s sex hormone levels, which in turn can improve the appearance of hair, skin and muscle tone.
6. Stress Reliever – Exercise has been shown to alleviate most mild to moderate cases of anxiety, and can quickly improve mood. (Happy mom = Happy home!) ;)
7. Boost of Self-Confidence – “You don’t need to improve your fitness level to improve your self-perception of how fit you are,” says Adrian Taylor, PhD, an exercise researcher at the University of Exeter in England and the study’s lead investigator. He also says, “Our self-worth is directly tied to our energy levels, our feelings of competence and our perceived attractiveness.” To me, one of the best feelings is being able to feel good in your own skin.
8. Better Your Immune System – We all know that white blood cells are cells from our immune system that helps block infectious diseases. Exercising props up our immune system giving our body a boost for more white blood cells. Here’s another interesting fact- working out keeps our lymph system content. When muscles contract during exercise, they put the squeeze on lymph nodes, helping you look less puffy and polluted.
9. Better SLEEP! – New research shows that exercising consistently can lead to better sleep over time. (Another reason not to give up on your fitness!) A good work out during the morning or afternoon will make it easier for you to hit the bed at night, but there are people who simply can’t fit in a work out during the day and their schedule only allows them to go at night, but a 30 min 9 Round work out is all you need!

- See more at: http://www.9round.com/blog/sweat-your-way-to-healthy-skin/#sthash.okZqCsLW.dpuf  

F
(Burt's Bees products can be found at most local drugstores including Target, Walgreens and Walmart)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

So in case you didn't already know... for some of December and basically all of February my husband and I traveled all over the U.S. as he interviewed for his surgical residency.  He went to 14 different places total and I accompanied him to the majority of them.  Although we had a blast PRETTY MUCH everywhere we went, there were two spots that were the most "photographic" and they are the two I've chosen to include in this documentary post about our travels.  Let's start with Charleston, South Carolina.  In my best northern accent "HOLY BUCKETS!!"  I LOVED it so much.  If we don't move there I want to visit at least once a year for the rest of my life!


It's beautiful.  The word beautiful doesn't even do it justice.  So historical, so eclectic, and not to mention it's right on the ocean so even the downtown area smells like salt water!  Lovely.




Although John is more adaptable than I, I would say that we are both warm weather people due to our southern roots.  The smell of the beach and the warm ocean are are somewhat nostalgic.  How can you not love it?

Everything was beautiful.  Every building, every restaurant, even the cemeteries.  Not to mention we went during restaurant week so even the food was pretty!


So overall would I recommend you paying this precious town a visit?  Absolutely.  Go now.  Book your flight.  Land in heaven and enjoy.


Next up, with a HUGE change of pace, is New York! New York!

I mean really, how can you not get excited about this city of lights?



There's just something about Times Square, as crowded, noisy, sometimes smelly and cold it may be, it lights a fire in your veins.  Makes you imagine what life would be like if you lived there.  If you auditioned for Broadway and made it.  If you spent every night on a stage with hot white lights shining in your eyes.  It's a dream.



We tried our best to fit in... Maybe if we look casual and cool with a "we know what we're doing" attitude they won't notice the excessive amount of pictures that we're taking, the childlike oooos and ahhhs, or the pauses before running out in front of crazy taxi drivers hoping to give us a little scare (maybe even a little brush with the bumper) and they'll just think we belong.



Food isn't cheap, that's for sure, but one cheap culinary pleasure?  PIZZA.  If you know me at all, you know that I love pizza. Like... A LOT.  As in.... last dying meal love!  So of course we had to go to Luigi's in Little Italy for what I CONSIDER to be the best pizza in town!



Speaking of towns... Chinatown? Well.... our brisk walk through the streets, ignoring the "Hand bag? Hand bag? Rolex? Rolex?" whispers in our ears, was quite enough...





Highlight of the trip?  I must say in my hour of longing for a delicious dessert that it was the Lollipop Tree!  OMG.  David Burke Kitchen, you got this one right my friend! I mean really??  A tree made of assorted flavors of cheesecake lollipop's?  I can't think of anything more appealing at this moment in time...  My mouth is actually watering as much as my 150lb great dane's right now...

So anyway... before I head off to eat the very last white chocolate covered Oreo in our house, pretending that is is more like a 5 star restaurant's dessert, I'll leave you with this...

Travel.  As much as possible. Wherever, whenever you can.  Life is TOO SHORT to stay put!

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
-Saint Augustine

Peace, love, and happy travels!

Catherine

Razorback Britt guest blogging!

Hey y’all! I’m Brittney from Razorback Britt. I am so excited to be sharing the contents of my gym bag with you! I’m a Zumba instructor and wanna-be runner, so I always have a gym bag packed. Here are some of my must-haves for my gym bag. (I was gonna share the contents of my makeup bag, but we all know Catherine is the one to be taking that sort of advice from, so I’ll leave that to her!)
Must-Haves for my Gym Bag


For starters, I have to have a good sports bra. I absolutely adore the Under Armour sports bra. It is super supportive, and it even comes with pads for those tight workout shirts! And bonus! They are bra-sized so you can get the perfect one for you.






I love the compression pants from Old Navy. Whether I am running or doing Zumba, or taking a Piloxing class at the gym, these are my go-to pants. They keep everything in place. I call these my “jiggle free” pants. And they are comfy too. I recommend sizing down as I have found they run a little big.






I have to have a big water bottle. I really like Camelbak bottles because they have a straw, but you can close them (which is a requirement in my gym…no bottles that can spill!).




I also usually keep a pre-workout snack in my bag. I really like the ThinkThin Cookies and Crème bar. It isn’t necessarily the best tasting bar out there, but it has 20g of protein and NO sugar! When I’m in a pinch, these make a great snack. I eat half pre-workout and half after.


What’s in your gym bag? Leave a comment below and tell me what you have to have when working out. And come on by Razorback Britt and say hello!







Blog Hop

Blog hoppin' again! Unfortunately I am just now able to post this, sorry for the delay everybody! Get excited about a super fun post from Brittney Lee from Razorback Britt blog! Leave her lots of happy comments :)