NYFW F/W 2014

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New-York-Fashion-Week-The-Front-Row-Burberry-and-alexa-chung-Gwyneth-PaltrowNew York Fashion Week is fast approaching (officially beginning tomorrow).  Although I have never had the honor and pleasure of attending any NYFW shows, I love love LOVE reading reviews from bloggers and checking out their many photos of the beautiful pieces.  I cannot wait to see and read about what some of my favorite designers have created for the Fall/Winter season.  Of course, I have always dreamed of attending some shows more than others.  In no particular order, here is my dream list of shows:

But let’s be real – I wouldn’t mind attending any show.  Despite the less than desirable weather conditions in New York as of late, the show must go on!  Safe travels and best of luck to the bloggers and designers!

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Who would you like to see at NYFW?

Weekend Plans

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All of that being said, I am beyond happy it’s Friday and so ready for the weekend.  Since I completed my double workout (my Friday schedule has two 25-minute HIIT workouts) before work, I feel free to do some relaxing while also getting in some plans for the weekend.  Here’s what’s on my agenda:

Friday Night – Relax and catch up on my DVR

SaturdayThis DIY project

Saturday Night – Dinner with the girls

Sunday – Spend time with Nick

I’m looking forward to each of these activities and cannot wait to start off with some relaxation.  Where is 5pm?

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Beachside Chic

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For this past Christmas, Nick and I decided to forgo the tangible gifts and go on vacation somewhere.  Like a real vacation, where your only troubles are what time should I get up to lay on the beach all day and whether to read a book or magazine at said beach.  We booked a trip to the US Virgin Islands for early spring and it cannot come fast enough.  Although I have tons of beachwear that is in perfect condition (don’t get to use it much), of course I still want to see what’s new for the season and snag a couple of pieces.  Above are some of my favorite beach finds that I have been looking at for a couple of weeks now.

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Inspired

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A-Piece-of-Toast_TornPeplum_v131219-2Do you ever feel overwhelmingly inspired by others to become a chicer, more stylish you?  Living in a fashion hub such as New York City, I feel inspired every day.  This happens for me especially at work.  It encourages me to relook at my wardrobe and see where I can mix it up and get a little more high fashion.  Throughout our “day in, day out” routines, it’s very easy to get into a rut and wear basically the same outfit every day.  For me, the run of the mill look is ripped jeans, a sweater, and either flats or white chucks.  Rarely do I put much thought into what I’m wearing from Monday through Friday unless I have plans after work.  Maybe I should add “a change in everyday looks” to my goals for 2014.  I’d better start brainstorming my wardrobe!

How about you?  Where does your fashion inspiration come from?

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Healthy Living + Recipe

9a9317de2d8d98d8adf751ec1d7a07daWhoa!  It’s already Hump Day?  Yesterday flew by thanks to a busy morning and a four-hour long training at work.  I’ll take it!

After work, I came home and completed my second T25 workout of the week.  I have to say, the simple fact of it being only 25 minutes long is enough motivation to put on my workout clothes and get through it.  When I was faced with a 45-60 minute class at the gym or gearing up for a run out in the frigid temps, my motivation would be nowhere to be found.  But the constant reminder from Shaun T himself that it’s only 25 minutes a day, and not to mention that I want to keep up with my big sister, keeps me going.

To supplement my healthy activity, I have become more conscious of incorporating more protein and less carbs in my diet.  I have been looking to add more fish to my weekly meal plans so last night, I made baked salmon with pineapple salsa.  I have made this a few times before, using whatever fish I found on sale at the market.  Not to pat myself on the back or anything but this is a pretty tasty dish.

Baked Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

(Servings: 2)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of salmon, cut into 2 filets
  • 1 cup of diced pineapple (I used canned because pineapple is currently not in season)
  • ¼ of a small red onion, diced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare baking sheet with aluminum foil and place salmon filets on baking sheet.  Coat salmon with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.  Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.  (This highly depends on how thick your filets are.  If they are thicker, baking time will have to increase.)

While salmon is in oven, prepare pineapple salsa by combining the remaining ingredients in a bowl and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

When salmon is to desired doneness, remove salmon from oven and top with pineapple salsa.  Enjoy!

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Golden Globes 2014

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsI have to admit I don’t follow award shows as well as I would like.  I usually forget that they’re on and find out about the amazing couture gowns the following Monday.  So I was quite proud of myself when I watched the Golden Globes last night in its entirety.  I didn’t catch the pre-show red carpet arrivals and interviews but I did watch the awards portion completely.  And since I’m a newbie to this, I found it refreshing that the nominees are sitting at round tables instead of in rows all facing forward.  It reminded me more of a party rather than an award show.  It was also amazing to hear how much respect each actor and actress has for one another.  Everyone was blessed to be in the same company as their fellow nominees and to be working with such talented people.  Guess Hollywood isn’t as cut throat as it seems.

And of course, who wouldn’t love a show hosted by Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler?

Above are a few of my favorite looks of the evening.

What were your favorites?

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Sale Alert: Winter Stock-Up

Winter GearI know in terms of the fashion world, we’re looking to what spring collections have in store and getting to those warmer temps as soon as possible so we can wear them. However, Mother Nature doesn’t see it the same way as we do so we must bear it through the cold for a few more months. As I mentioned yesterday, the current weather is anything but warm so I’m still looking at what I can wear now. This is the best time to be shopping for winter gear since stores are trying to clear out of what they have to make room for what’s to come.  And what better timing could I have than now with Shopbop’s Fall/Winter Sale!  Above are some pieces that I absolutely love and would love to get my cold little hands on.

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Cold Temps


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It is brutal out there!  Today the high is 13 degrees and I woke up to Good Morning America telling me it was 5 degrees at 7am.  Whaaaaa?!  I know this is nothing compared to what the Midwest has been going through with their below zero digits but it is rough when your daily commute consists of a 30 minute walk to and from work.

In a city like NYC, there isn’t much that would keep a fashion-conscious lady from being her chic self, but today’s frigidness is one of those exceptions.  I’m not super proud to say that I had to whip out the Uggs but it had to be done.  And rather than wear a pair of cute mittens, I sported my snowboarding gloves to keep my hands as warm as possible.  Ugh!  At least we only have to bear it for today and we’re back up in the 20s tomorrow.  I have never before been psyched about 20+ temps, that’s how cold it is.  Gotta take what you can get!

Hope everyone stays warm and indoors!

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Now Work It Out

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Today marks the first day of my Focus T25 workout program.  I would have loved to start this morning but the DVDs are set to arrive this afternoon so you can guess what I’ll be doing tonight.  I’m actually excited to try something new that is structured and where I have a goal in mind.  Speaking of which, let’s talk about what keeps us motivated to work out…

Let’s go back a little bit.  I have been running on/off for about five years.  Throughout grade school and high school, I can remember having a serious disdain for running.  I played basketball until I was a junior in high school and hated running laps or doing suicides.  However, as I have gotten older and realize that I have a much more sedentary life, I need something to get me moving so I looked towards running.  Why you ask?  Because it does not require a gym membership or any equipment at all.  All you need is a good pair of running shoes and you’re off.  But my relationship with running was pretty irregular.  I didn’t have any goals in mind other than keeping active.  I finally got in a rhythm when my good friend suggested I run a half marathon with her.  I downloaded a training plan and stuck to it because I knew that every run would count to reach my end goal.  Throughout my training, I kept thinking about other forms of exercise that I wanted to try such as yoga, strength training, various classes at my gym, but found I didn’t have time to pursue new activities with my existing plan.  So I vowed to try these workouts after I finished my half.  Weelllll, that didn’t happen.  I felt after all of the training and accomplishing my goal, I deserved a break and couldn’t really get back in the groove of running.  I quickly realized that unless I have a concrete goal in mind with a structured plan, working out was not a priority in my life.

So that’s where T25 comes in.

The goal – shaping up for my trip to St. Croix. 

The plan to get me there – Focus T25. 

I’m hoping that having a new “training” plan and a goal date will keep me motivated and on track.  As far as my meal plan, I am going to continue a low fat/cholesterol, high fiber/protein routine that I have been following for a few years.  So here’s to a healthy, fit body for 2014!

What’s your fitness routine?  Do you feel like you need a goal/plan to stay on track?

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New Year, New Beginnings

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So what’s in a new year?  What lies ahead?  Possibilities, opportunities, hopes, goals, resolutions, and 365 days of newness.  I love the beginning of a new year.  It means a time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, successes, failures, and what we would still like to improve.  It also means the start of a year with a clean slate, the chance to finish what we’ve started, and the possibility of new challenges.

As I have read others’ posts about the New Year, I have noticed there are a lot of people out in the blog world not fond of the term “resolution” and prefer “goal” instead.  I personally find them to mean the same.  They are both a promise, whether major/small/broad/specific, to make a change.  Here are my personal promises for change in 2014:

  • Send handwritten notes to friends.  I have never been good at this.  It’s something I always think to do but, for whatever excuse reason it may be, I don’t send them out.
  • Blog regularly.  This has been something I have worked towards before and failed miserably.  I’ll get on a good kick and then the rest of my life takes over.  Here’s to (insert any number) time’s a charm!
  • Take the Focus T25 challenge and get in shape.  At the end of March, I’m going to St. Croix for a relaxing vacation and my goal is to be in “lying by the beach” shape.  I’m doing the latest workout program from Shaun T (creator of the Insanity workout) with my sister so we can keep each other accountable and on track.
  • Let go of the bad to make space for the good.  It is very easy to let negative thoughts run rampant, especially in a crazed place like New York City.  I want to live more positively and keep myself from getting worked up over the little things.

What are your resolutions/goals/promises for 2014?

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