My latest addiction is the Dailey Method. It's been something totally life changing on the work out end of my life.
It basically consists of various exercises using hand weights, a ballet bar (similar to barre method), a strap on the bar, and a small playground ball.
Why I Love It:
It's an amazing distraction. I know that I have to focus on what I am doing and I cannot focus on making lists like I normally do when I workout. The environment is extremely friendly and encouraging. I can tell that there is no pressure or judgement. The instructors have been sweet, motivating and helpful. The scheduling is super easy, both online and on an iPhone app!
Note: this is not a sponsored post, I just adore the class and think everyone else would love it too!
Dear A, Happy happy birthday. I love you so much. You're the best blogging partner, and an even better friend. I hope you have a fabulous day! Of course I'll talk to you soon! Send some love to this 19 year old! xoxo, C
I don't like spending too much on swimwear. It gets snagged and pilled. I would much rather invest that money in a pair of sandals. Here are some Target bikini picks! (go now, they get picked over! Hence the timing of this post!)
I got the pink ruffled one at the top! DO you love Target swimsuits? Let us know!
Bright pink blush. Something about this screams retro glam, mod 60s. I love the idea, now I just have to figure out if I could pull off this look myself. I love the idea, and I'm going to make it work!
Blue eyes are also everywhere for spring. I cannot where them, because I have a personal trauma behind the shade. In 7th grade, my first "colored" eye shadow was blue. I was getting ready for a mixer and I shattered it all over and ruined my white shorts. the end of blue for me. Nonetheless, here are some choices!!
Do you love the blue eyes? Or will you stick to neutrals?
A few summers back, I had the privilege of visiting Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a totally underrated European city. It's beautiful, historic. Cobblestone streets and Harry Potter-esque buildings make up this city. Here a few photos from my trip!
view from Edinburgh Castle
The Cafe where JK Rowling wrote much of Harry Potter
mid day lounge. Literally all of these people just laying around for a midsummer afternoon nap.
Have you visited Edinburgh or any other part of Scotland?
Maybe it's because I've recently taken up barre classes (A has been for awhile!) that has caused me to notice some people's awful manners. We have some recommendations on what to avoid in this week's MYMM.
1. Respect personal space. If you can avoid it, don't get too close to others, unless it's a full class, then we all get it!
2. Avoid chatting during class or making unnecessary noise. This one woman the other day would not stop talking to the instructor while she was teaching, and it drove me crazy! We need to focus.
3. Don't complain about the difficulty of an exercise. That's what you're in the class for, to work hard!
4. Wipe off any equipment that is not your own.
5. Say thanks to the instructors and front desk staff.
I'm not sure where you can buy these, because I buy them at a local pharmacy. These little soap slips are exactly what they say they are-little slips of soap. They are little sheets that come in handy when the public restroom is out of soap (or frat house or someone's house) and they are a life saver while traveling. Especially in Europe, where soap is sometimes scarce. I know I've written a lot about something potentially "stupid" but I promise you'll love them. They are inexpensive-$3.00. My whole family has these at all times.
Here are the contents of my gym bag! I'm currently using a large black Longchamp Le Pliage. If anyone has any real suggestions for an actual gym bag, let me know! The pouch was the one that Target sent out in their fall beauty bag, and I love it.
-B&BW Rain Kissed Leaves Lotion
-Clean and Clear Blotting Sheets
-B&BW LOL Lime Hand Sanitizer
-Mini Benefit They're Real Mascara
-Mini Hair Brush
-John Frieda Flyaway Tamer
-Nivea A Kiss of Milk and Honey Chapstick
(not pictured, but usually there: Suave Keratin Dry Shampoo, which is not in a small size!)
-Scarf (Local Shop)
-Texting Gloves (Target)
-The Sammy (aka swimming towel that looks like cardboard but is really good for sweat)
Whether you have been a workout junkie for years, or working out was your New Years Resolution, many of us encounter the gym frequently. Gym etiquette is necessary (and sanitary frankly.) So here are our tips.
1. Wipe off everything you use. It doesn't matter if you were sweating or not. No one wants to sit on a sticky bike or grab weights that are still warm.
2. Limit your time on cardio equipment at peak hours. The rush hour(s) at the gym are typically 4-7 (at least at my gym.) During those hours, they have a 30 minute maximum on cardio equipment. It's good to give others a chance and keep things moving.
3. Dress appropriately. Make sure your covering places that should be covered, that your pants aren't too low etc. No one wants to see that, especially considering the variety of people at gyms.
4. Keep a distance if you're waiting for something. Others don't want to be watched or feel pressure.
5. Thank those who work at the gym, and those who used the treadmill etc before you.
Times get tough and stressful. No doubts there. This song by Natasha Bedingfield is a reminder that there are "so many beautiful reasons to be happy" regardless of your level of stress. Food for thought this Sunday! xoxo, A+C
There is something about that cute delicate ring that puts a smile on our faces. I didn't actually wear rings until recently, because I was paranoid that they would get stuck on (yes, this is from a past experience). But, I've worked up the courage, and now rings are a part of my daily accessory repertoire. They are easy to throw on. They make you smile when you write or type in class. Of course, we need more delicate ones for day time. Here are some we love (reasonably priced we add!)
Aside: The silver ring in the top right corner looks EXACTLY like this Tiffany Paloma Picasso ring that I received for 8th grade graduation!
Hair. Hair is either a blessing or a curse, depending on what type you have. We thought it would be fun to show you some neat little "tools" that you may or may not know about, that nonetheless make styling our hair a little bit easier. (there will be a product installation tomorrow!)
1. Emi Jay Hair Ties
2. Regular Size Bobbi Pins
3. Round Brush (use for blow drying with body or waves)
4. Ionic Brush (blow drying hair straight)
5. Teasing Comb (adding extra body)
6. Regular Brush
7. Spin Bins (AWESOME for buns!)
8. Regular Pony Tail Holders
9. Hair Donut
10. Wide Tooth Comb (wet hair)
11. Big Bobbi Pins (use for thick hair or for styling)
12. Blow Dryer (this is a great one)
13. Flat Iron (one with metal all around, can be used for curling iron!)
With the New Year comes New Years Resolutions. Although we prefer calling them goals. It's always good to remind yourself on a few basics that most of us learned as quickly as we learned to walk. (I also took 4 years of etiquette classes at my club, so these are always the points that were drilled into my 6-10 year old head.)
1. Always make eye contact. Make eye contact with the Starbucks Barista. Make eye contact with your professor. Make eye contact with friends and family. Make eye contact with the Target checkout lady. It's SO important and forgotten by much of the younger part of society. If you don't make eye contact, people will think you're not listening or you don't care, especially elders.
2. Stand up straight. It's good for your back. It makes you look self confident. It makes you look taller and thinner (an added bonus!)
3. Master the handshake. A future MYMM installment will feature this art.
4. Sit with your legs crossed. Either at the ankle or over one another. No one likes to see you sitting like you would be on your couch while you're in class!
5. Remember your please and thank you. I swear that people are genuinely surprised when I say thank you at some places. Like they are taken aback. That should not be the case. [Funny story: At the tender age of four, my mom told me if I didn't say thank you within 10 seconds of receiving something, she would take it away. Yup, that happened at an ice cream shop. I watched everyone else eat ice cream, and I haven't forgotten that since.]
What are some MYMM basics we've omitted? Let us know!
So, New Year=New Wardrobe, right? Not exactly. But we can dress more put together with what we already have! Here are a few tips on the apparel side of being more put together.
Dedicate one day a week to be denim free. This dips your toes into dressing up a little more for class or errands. Throw on some cords or a skirt. It will allow you to wear some pieces that you may not wear normally.
Lay out your outfit the night before. You have no idea how much easier this makes get ready for class in the morning until you start to do this. Check the weather the night before so that you're prepared for rain or snow.
Make or take OOTDs. It motivates me to dress cuter if I know I can/should put a few things together for my tumblr or just for fun. It's also great to look back for inspiration if you're stuck in a rut.