fashion & fitness friday!

Happy holiday weekend FRIDAY!!!! Can I get a WOOP, WOOP!?
So stinkin' excited for the weekend to be here.

For the fashion aspect of today's post....I have been living in my barre gear lately. Like dirtball, head to work, straight after class (even though I go home first to get the boys). So a few "staple" pieces to at least make me look presentable:

1. Zella sweater - - > this sweater is SOOO lightweight. Just gives you that coverage to make you feel like you aren't showing everything. Plus it has thumbholes. Thumbholes just make any outfit complete ;)

2. On the Mark necklace - - I live in this necklace....literally. I wear it with everything. I think it's a mixture of how cute it is but also the meaning of the arrow. It's always a great reminder to see when I look in the mirror at barre class.

3. LTB bracelet

(Shoot me an email if you want more info on this bracelet!)

For the fitness aspect of today's post...I was recently asked to share more on my fitness regimen by Petro over at ETB Fit.
ETB is just starting up....I invite you to go check out the philosophy behind the brand HERE.

What foods do you eat pre-workout?
Well, when I've been "good" & prepped my meals, I normally 'eat on the go'. I have a 15 minute drive to my Pure Barre studio at the ungodly hour of 5am. Since I sleep until the very last minute, I have to have food that is literally grab.and.go! So my 3 go to items are: hard boiled eggs, almond butter quinoa bars, & english muffin with almond butter. I am normally famished come the middle of class, so even if I'm not "hungry", I normally force myself to eat something during my drive.

What do you listen to during your workout?
Whatever the Pure Barre mix is for the day!!! If I'm lucky to get a workout in at home with my animals kiddos, I normally am not able to wear I listen to them playing, or screaming, or crying.....

How do you switch up certain routines daily / weekly to stay motivated?
Motivation has not been an issue for me lately. The variety of Pure Barre workouts has been amazing. It's entirely different from when I ran 24/7....and did the occasional Physique 57 workout or Ballet Physique. The camaraderie at the studio, encouragement by the instructors & just the FUN of the workouts, keeps me so motivated & interested in the workouts. Plus no 2 workouts are exactly the same. Even if I went every day Sunday through Saturday, not one of the 55 minute sessions would be the exact same. Variety is the spice of life ;)

What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most out of your workout?
I recently discovered the importance of this!!! I am so happy to share :) So as soon as I get home, I make a PWO shake. I am totally addicted to the CLICK brand's Caramel one. So yummy!!! I just put 12 oz of water in my shaker, 2 scoops of the mix & shake, shake, SHAKE! I used to mix it with Almond Milk, but I prefer the water. I also recently started using BCAA's. I haven't quite found a favorite though....the ones I have tried are wayyyyyy sweet, so what should take me minutes to drink, takes me an hour :/ I'm currently using THIS brand.
So I drink my protein shake while I'm making my breakfast. I am a creature of habit, my breakfast is always 2 eggs & lots of spinach! I can go through 2 cartons of bulk spinach in a week, easy. Along with an 18 pack of eggs. MattyB on the other hand, thinks it's ridiculous :)
I also take my multivitamin.....which I loathe taking this is huge. I was introduced to the FitMiss brand by the fab Kate Horney - so I take their vitamins. FitMiss also has their own protein shakes....I use their Chocolate flavor one to annihilate my sweet tooth. It's awesome for making a brownie batter shake & a chocolate mug cake.

Something to have to enjoy your workout. If you don't enjoy it, you won't stay motivated....especially if you are not seeing any "results". Speaking of results....stop letting the scale determine those results! Take your measurements....notice how your clothes fit....and even pat yourself on the back if you made the choice to NOT have a coke today. It's small changes over time that make lasting results! There is no quick fix. It's hard work & determination!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my progress check in. But here you go if you missed it ;)

I would love to hear from you! Share your Friday-YAY with me! Results? Workouts? Cute new outfit? Spill your guts in the comments!

can you KEEP a secret?

Have you heard about KEEP Collective?

From the fabulous CEO of Stella & Dot, Jessica Herrin comes the latest & greatest in personalized jewelry!

Affordable pieces to customize & share your story.

How does it work?

Then just add "keys" that you love, or keys that share a story.

Have a "theme"....

Or just brag on those you love...

These make great teachers gifts, graduation gifts, birthday gifts.....seriously, any occasion.

Best yet? You can earn free products!!!

Head over to and check out the new line!

So what would you design? Bracelet? Necklace?

What keys are your favorite!?

skincare from a jewelry line!?!

"Skincare from a jewelry line!?!" - - - > will probably be the most repeated statement I will hear for the next few months. Especially as I share my latest adventure with more people!

The answer, YES!

Stella & Dot is now a family of brands. Within that family is the beautiful EVER Skincare line.

"Great, so during coffee break, the people that make the jewelry are now concocting skin care regimens!?!" - - - um, NO!

The beauty & brains behind the products are:

Read more on the science & team here:

People Style Watch magazine already featured the brand!

The oil is probably my summer time favorite. It provides subtle color & shimmer. Plus it's not greasy, smells great, and leaves your skin feeling soft & moisturized!!!

So what's so special about this line?
1. No auto ship!!! You buy your product as your need. End of story.
2. You can earn shopping credit through the loyalty program and the referral program!!! 
3. Most importantly, these products are free of parabens, sulfates, and other chemicals that are not healthy for your skin. Especially the chemicals that are banned in other countries (that US still allows to be used!). 


Read more here on the Conscious Beauty:

I am launching a 30 day challenge for any one looking to up the game on their skin regimen. If you're interested, please fill out this brief survey:

I saw a great opportunity to expand my clientele base by now offering skincare. If you are an entrepreneur at heart, I would love to get with you on how you too could launch as a skincare specialist! Read up more on the opportunity here:

Shoot me an email for more info!

I can not wait to show you my results!!! Now that the brand has officially launched, feel free to go browse all of the products on my new site:

What is your favorite product in your beauty regimen (that is not make up)? 

Onecklace + giveaway!!!!

Y'all know I love my Stella & Dot.....but when I had the chance to review Onecklace & their personalized pieces, I jumped on it.

Onecklace specializes in unique & personalized products. Their products are 24K gold plated, sterling silver, & 14K plated. I invite you to read more on their standards & quality here:

Some important things to note for any online shopper:
1. They offer FREE shipping
2. Orders ship within 24 hours
3. You have 60 days to decide if you're going to love the piece or return it

I went with the Carrie Necklace. Of course, an ode to Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw.

I love that it can be paired with pieces that I always wear. (Ahem, my Stella & Dot!)

Barre attire....

Work attire,,,,

Here are 2 of my other picks from Onecklace:

Every girl needs a monogrammed piece of jewelry. 

Kinda cheesy, I know - - and something my mom would love....
but now that I'm a mom, I totally would wear this. 
"I'm a cool mom"

Now YOU have the chance to win a $50 shopping credit to get your own personalized piece!
(Open to US, Canada, & England)

Enter below & then be sure to hop on over to the other blogs to up your chances of winning!

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