Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Truth About Orangetheory

Hey what is up hello! I posted the other day about going to an Orangetheory Class, and I got a couple DMs about it, so I thought why no share my experience. (flash forward to paragraph 5 if you do not care about my story).

A little back story on me. I have been athletic pretty much my whole life. I have always been a runner, I have always enjoyed working out. I can say I think I have been a routine runner since 2006. Then I started doing army stuff in 2013, and my fitness level went to another level. I wanted to beat the boys, so I started running log distance, and doing a ton of body weight exercises.Long story short I had some health issues in 2016 and I stopped running distance because one of my knees killed, and with one of my health issues I lost so much weight I stopped caring about what I ate because I could not gain weight for the life of me (to the point where it hurt to sit down). Flash forward to 2019, I am on my deployment, the thought of working out exhausted me, and my horrible diet caught up to be about 20 extra pounds.

I tried just about EVERYTHING to get myself back into a fitness routine. I did not even have a goal, I just wanted to feel healthy/fit again. I tried to run again (my knee still killed), I tried getting into weight lifting (I gained a ton of muscle, but was not losing any weight), I tried spin class (I hated it), I tried BBG (I could not even get myself into the gym I hated it so much).

I get home and my mom signed me up to go to an Orangetheory class with her. I was hooked!

What is Orangetheory?

Their motto is "Run, row, lift". You run/walk on a treadmill, row on a row machine, and do circuit training (abs, arms, legs). They also say it is science based, so you will burn calories even after the class (super hitt type cardio). You also have a heart rate monitor, so you can see if you are pushing yourself too hard, or not enough. Which is nice because another thing was I was getting frustrated that I was not as good as I once was. Then at the end of the class it sends you how far you went, and how many calories you burned. You are never on anything long enough to get bored.

Do you like it? 

This is the first workout I have done since college that I like. In fact I LOVE it. It is super self paced. I have even gotten back into speed training (which I NEVER thought was even possible with my knee) In fact I think my knee hurt for so long because I was going the same pace. My knee, for the most part, feels fine now!

Have you noticed a change?

I feel less fluffy and more tone from this. I have been doing this for 4 months now, and I love how it makes me feel happy after the class, and I already feel healthier. In fact I ate something the other day where I was just so incredibly bloated, and 20 minutes into the class I felt a million times better. I am not saying it is magic (the class kicks your butt), but I love how it makes me feel.

How much does it cost? 

It depends what area you are in. I do the 8 classes a month. In Michigan it was 65 dollars a month, Downtown D.C. it was 165 a month, and DC suburbs it is 99 a month.

Can I do it if I am new to working out?

Yes! If you are a walker you can do it. If you are an ex athlete you can do it. Seriously anyone can do this class and get results.

How do you stay motivated to go?

Remember? I only go twice a week! I need to start putting a long run in there, but I am giving myself grace and just making myself go twice a week. And I also do a strength training day once a week because #abs #shoulders.

Do you feel like you will get bored with the Orangetheory Workouts? 

They are designed where you will never do the same workout twice! Which I agree, I have not done the same one twice! Some days focus on going longer distances, and some days you are at each station for like 3 minutes at a time and rotate. Also I normally would do a rotation of running and circuits. Rowing is kind of new for me though, but it is a fun way to get cardio in.

What if you can not do something?

I would talk to the coach, they understand, but also if you can not do something (circuit wise) you can skip it or do your own thing. I went to the Beta store a couple of times (I did not like it so I switched places) and they had some weird things, and I just substituted them for something else.

Do you get stronger from this class?

It is not a "lifting class" I would say you weight train for sure. People that worry about getting too big, this is a good class for you. You do enough weights to keep your body burning for longer, but I do not see this being a class where you "get big".

What shoes do you wear?

Brooks! I love brooks shoes. In fact I am getting these shoes: Ice Cream. I think they are so fun, and I ONLY wear them to run or OrangeThoery. I have better runner friends and they all agree brooks ghost are the best. Yes the are ugly but you knees and feet will love you.

Why do you stay with OrangeTheory?

1. My body loves for me to run. I get my best results from running. (and a healthy diet)2. It is only an hour a day. 3. I can go only twice a week and see results. 4. I feel AMAZING after the class. This class seriously made me feel like myself again.



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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

After Party Sale 2019

Hey what is up hello! As you might know the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale is going on right now. I have loved Lilly for years and years and years. My sister and I even at a young age looked like two retired pals because we walked around in our bright flowery skorts and visors. 

Anyways I always find that I look at my Lilly items summer after summer to wear around. It is a classic preppy look that I love year after year. That is why I love the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale.

Here one of the items I got. (I always wear rompers on the weekends). And below is some of my favorite items from the sale.





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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Work Wear Nordstrom Sale

Hey what is up hello! We all love the Nordstrom Sale, I think everyone has beat this sale to death. I am loving rich colors for fall. I love loose clothing that I can move around in. As always, I love solid colors and color blocks. Here are some of my favorites to wear to work.




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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TMI Tuesday: Natural Deoderant

 Hey what is up hello! Happy TMI Tuesday today's topic Deodorant! Not just any deodorant, aluminum free deodorant!

You can do your own research on why you don't want aluminum in your deodorant... like seriously go google it right now!

And aluminum free deodorant was one of my top post ever (check it out), so here is a new option I am LOVING! 

Green Goo Helps deodorant is not an antiperspirant BUT it really acts like one. Plus it smells like whole food beauty department. I have tried EVERY non aluminum deodorant and this one is by far my favorite! (also blow are some of my other favorite options)



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TMI Tuesday: Leave-In Conditioner

Hey what is up hello! Let me tell you soul sister I have dry hair. Yes, as dry as that desert in the background. It is so dang dry that is knots up into 4 dreadlocks about once a month.


I tried literally everything on my hair, and it would still stay super dry and tangled. My hair laughes at conditioner, and will actively drink any oils or creams that I put on my hair.

Until I found this leave in conditioner. This is also the only conditioner i have ever seen have a before and after photo when you go to buy it.

This is an intense Ouai that you spray after you shower. It leaves your hair so smooth and silky. I'm not a big scent person, but i smells amazing. I will make you smell like you charge you crystals when there is a full moon, and you regularly do hot yoga so that you can center yourself. (Neither of which I do). Also the scent doesn't linger, which I also LOVE!

Anyways for the dry hair out there, this is your match made in heaven!


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Friday, May 17, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Red Dress Boutique

Hey what is up hello! I love a good boutique. Also I am trying to get more into buying smaller. I feel like the way social media is going with the algorithm, social media is making it harder and harder for a small business to thrive without paying for Instagram ads. (some business can afford this, and some can not). 

Also with the blogger affiliate links, bloggers do not make a commission from brands, and small businesses are barely on affiliate links. (I believe this is because, again you have to pay a commission to be on the apps). 

That being said, I love small businesses and boutiques. I mostly shop online. I love when boutiques post their new products on their Instagram stories. I can just flip through what is new, and it is honestly the fastest way to see new products.

Red Dress Boutique does a GREAT job of this. I have been following them for years (They are a Georgia brand, and I grew up in Georgia). Also before the bachelorette, Hannah G. was/is one of their boutique models! I don't have favorites, but they are for sure my favorite. 

Also to just add a little history, Red Dress Boutique was on Shark Tank . The owner, Diana Harbour is a total boss. you really need to check out her Instagram and look at the "Ugh Amazon" stories. She dives into how much faux fashion not only effects luxury brand, but also small businesses. 

Not to mention all their clothes are extremely cute! Every time I wear a dress or romper from them, I always get compliments! They have great statement pieces for every occasion. Here are some of my favorites for this season. (I am loving tow piece sets fyi)

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Transition Wardrobe

Hey what is up hello! If you are in the south spring is right around the corner. If you are from Michigan, you want spring, but you probably are not going to get it for 2 more months. That is where a spring transition wardrobe come into play!
Here is what I am loving for spring:



My favorite trends for spring: I am loving pink. It has not been my favorite color in the past, but this season I am loving it. Tweed! Seriously is so classic, and I am loving it. Flared jeans are perfect for staying warm, but giving an updated spring look! Also, this is a pro tip. throw a blazer over a dress to keep you warm. I feel like it is the updated school girl cardigan. You look like a put together women. 

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Travel Shoes

Hey what is up hello! This should be the number one thing you think about when you decide you are going to be touring around a new city. There is so much you can do in a new place and you want to look good, but also feel comfortable. 

A trip can be totally ruined by bad shoes! When you are hiking a cute trail, going for a bike ride around the pier, stomping up old cathedral stairs, you want to be able to do it without feeling your feet with every step. 

Here are some cute ones that I typically gravitate towards! I do want to thank Jcrew for making sneakers and a normal outfit a fashionable look. I also like a pair of slides to just throw on!


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

6 Tips For a Full Day Of Travel

Hey what is up hello! You booked a trip! You are on your way out the door, you are going on your dream vacation. BUT what do you do when you are spending your day from dawn to dusk out and about taking on the town. I have been to 21 countries, and about 40ish states. I have been a traveler my whole life. I have been traveling internationally for 3 years, and here are 6 tips that will help you with a full day of traveling.

Shoes// Wear comfortable shoes, if you put on some trendy shoes so you will look good in photos, great! That does not mean that they are the best to walk around in. Do a test a couple of weeks before. Trust me there are a ton of cute shoes that are also comfy for walking around in.

Meals// Obviously the best thing about traveling is EATING! However, whatever you do in normal life do pretty much the same thing you do on a trip. If you have two coffees a day make sure you stop at a café twice. ALSO the biggest thing, keep your water normal! If you have 6 small meals or 2 big meals a day keep it the same! Nothing kills a day of touring around by you getting sick or feeling ill because you body is used to a routine!

Travelers Wallet// This is one of my new tips. I used to travel around with a cross body and a large wallet. It always felt like I had so much stuff. I got this travelers wallet recently (I got it in pink and I hate it but I think grey or black it would be fine). This saved my life. It holds my phone and passport. Which just traveling to a different country you need it, but in the middle east you need your passport to get into most restaurants/ lounges/ clubs. So it is nice to carry it around with you. In mine I also carry around 10 cards/ memberships, a necklace, some cash, and about 5ish tampons. ALL IN A WALLET.

Paper// What is paper?! I have an iphone! Well my friend iphones die. Write everything on a piece of paper (also iphone notes) and add the address and reservation numbers. That way if your phone dies or gets lost, you aren't. 

Have cash// I swear the USA is the only country that you can get away with never using cash. (Maybe Canada too). You never know when you are going to need it, I would carry around cash just in case there is not an ATM near by. 

Rest// Get your normal amount of sleep. Yes, you want to see everything, but you are going to get real cranky real fast if you are running off of a couple hours of sleep. Also if you are spending a couple of days in a place only plan one or two things to do. That way you can really enjoy your meals, take in some sunsets, and really just enjoy! Remember this is a vacation!

Coat// Get a longer hip length coat with pockets. (As seen above) Number one you are going to be in public places and if you are sitting down or outside you have something to sit on. Traveling light will be your friend and if you have pockets vs a bag you will be able to get around easier. I like these coats// one// two// three



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