Feb 29, 2012

Strong is the New Skinny: Part 4/ HIIT

HIIT Training: 
 is a type of cardio training in which you alternate short, very high intensity intervals with longer, slower intervals to recover. It also helps to burn fat. (source)

This has always been my favorite type of workout because it keeps the workouts fresh and new to me. I get bored working out very easily. HIIT workouts can be done on any exercise machine or even outside if you have a great sport's watch with a timer. Here are a few of my favorite ones:

Treadmill Workout #1
interval workout 1

Treadmill Workout #2

Treadmill Workout #3

Treadmill Workout #4

Elliptical Workout
5 minute warm-up --20 minutes of intervals (20 seconds with ramp at 15, resistance at 15, strides between 155-160 followed by 40 seconds at ramp of 15, resistance at 7 and strides between 115-120) End with a 5-10 minute cool down
Have you tried HIIT? Did you like it? What are your favorite workouts?
(Sources) 1/2/3/4
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Feb 27, 2012

A Little Edge


{Outfit Details} BCBGMAXAZRIA Leather Vest (borrowed), Vintage Sweater, Gap Denim, Forever 21 Motorcycle Boots (similar), Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, Vintage Necklaces, Karen Walker Sunnies

Cannot get enough of this amazing leather vest that I scooped up from the BCBG showroom when I was in NYC for Fashion Week. It has the perfect amount of edginess and adds a little something to every outfit. 

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Feb 24, 2012

California Dreamin'

One: Stripe Front Knot Shirt with Silk Runner Shorts and Flats
Two: Mara Hoffman Fluorescent Bikini
Three: Chiffon Placket Shirt, Denim Cut-offs, Hayden Sandals
Four: Shoshanna Pansy Garden Pareo

Wishing I was somewhere warm with a golden tan.

Feb 22, 2012

Animal Envy (& Ettika Giveaway)

{Outfit Details} H&M Blazer, TJ Maxx Tee, Target Cheetah Pants, Karen Walker Sunnies, Vintage Necklace, Marc Jacobs Bag, ASOS heels, Colored Bracelets c/o Ettika, Skull Bracelet c/o Ettika

I cannot get enough of my Target cheetah printed denim. I bought both the brown and gray pair and they have been held in steady rotation in my closet. 
{giveaway}I am also obsessed with these new bracelets, thanks to Ettika! You will be too if you enter to win a $75 gift certificate to their store! :)

To enter to win: 
1.) Like Ettika on Facebook here
2.) Follow along on Bloglovin' 
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Contest ends one week from today: Feb. 29th!

Feb 21, 2012

Bow Tie Manicure


I originally saw this bow tie manicure over on Refinery 29 and knew I had to re-create them on my own nails.  I headed over to my nearest CVS and picked up the Sally Hansen nail art pen and created the little bow ties. I am totally not ambidextrous- hence the reason you only see my left hand in these pictures ;)
What's your favorite manicure trend?

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Feb 19, 2012

Playsuit Party

Mark my words: I will live in these this summer. What could be better than wearing cute pajamas around? You know you want to go back to those childhood years when you used to wear your onesie on a daily basis....
Dolce Vita Jaiden Lace Romper
Thread Social Floral Playsuit
Alice by Temperley Bea Silk Jumpsuit
Juicy Couture Ruffled washed-silk playsuit
Alice by Temperley Seraphine silk-blend playsuit
ASOS Stripe Nautical Playsuit
Markus Lupfer Washed-silk playsuit
Rory Beca Veena Romper

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Feb 18, 2012

Weekend Giveaway!

Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with PG Bracelets
To win:
1.) Like PG Bracelets on Facebook
2.) Follow via Bloglovin'
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Easy Peasy! Contest ends on Tuesday, Feb. 21st!

Feb 16, 2012

NYFW Day 2: Pops of Neon

{Outfit Details} H&M Hat, Piko 1988 Coat, H&M tissue tee, Neon Collar by lovesexton on etsy, Leopard skinnies from Target (Crazy comfortable), Target wallet, Zara Boots

This was my second look for NYFW. Pretty much relied on Target for this one (Yea, I love Target-so there!) I also love this gorgeous neon collar by lovesexton. These pictures don't do it justice! She also makes many other amazing collars, if you are in the market for one! :)
*Pictures by Caitlin 

Feb 15, 2012

NYFW: Herve Leger F/W 2012

One of my most exciting moments in fashion week history (thus far) was having the opportunity to meet Lubov Azria (the wife of Max Azria and lead's the company's design team and oversees marketing and merchandising for the BCBGMAXAZRIA group). She was so down to earth and laid back. 
The Herve Leger runway show was packed to the max and everything I thought it would be. Edge mixed with femininity. I loved the equestrian vibe with the belted harnesses displayed with each look. How killer are the boots in image 1 on the left? Absolutely loved them. 
*Photo credits: style.com

Feb 13, 2012

NYFW Day 1: Studded Leather

{Outfit Details} Piko 1988 Coat, Zara cardigan, My fiancee's J. Crew chambray shirt (similar), Nordstrom leather pants, Valentino Heels, Oia Jules Bracelet

This is my first outfit from my trip to NYC. I was able to stop by the BCBG Showroom, hit the Lulu's Style Studio and attend Blogger's Night Out. I highly suggest that you attend the next PARTTTAY! Check out the site for updates! next time I hope to head over to the Currently Obsessed Party as well! You can follow my items on Currently Obsessed here.There is never enough time in the day! :)

*Pictures by Sonia

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Feb 12, 2012

Mara Hoffman F/W 2012

During my brief trip to NYC, I had the pleasure of attending the Mara Hoffman F/W 2012 runway show. I couldn't get enough of the combination of bright colors, geometrical patterns, and the fierce fabric cuts. My favorite was the loose fitting dresses that just flowed behind the models as they made their way across the runway. Gorgeous!

*I didn't have my camera during this show and the photographs are c/o style.com

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Feb 10, 2012

Off to NYC- and a fabulous sale!

I am off to NYC for a little taste of Fashion Week. It will be a quick trip but it is jammed pack! :) If you didn't have the opportunity to attend this time around, feel free to treat yourselves to an amazing ASOS Sale. Use the code: LOVEBAGS for 20% accessories. Here are some of my favorites that I purchased:
one: Round Sunglasses with Metal Bridge
two: Colorblock Belt
three: Oversized Retro Sunglasses
four: Pastel Skinny Belt
five: Frosted Bowler Bag
six: Neon belt
seven: Portfolio Clutch
eight: Oversized Retro Sunglasses in Nude

Feb 8, 2012

Peak of Ikat

{Outfit Details} Zara Blouse, Forever 21 Coat, J. Crew Pants, H&M Hat, Nine West Gloves (similar), Jewelmint Necklace, Urban Outfitters Watch. J Crew Bracelet, Marc Jacobs Handbag, Zara Shoes (similar)

Thank you ALL so much for the birthday wishes yesterday- made my day! :)
I have fallen in love with this new blouse I scored on sale at Zara in Boston. The tiny little ikat detail is perfection paired with bright blue pumps. Bring on the bright hues and bring on spring! 

Feb 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!


If I could get anything I wanted for me birthday at this very moment- this would be it. Oh, and a Macbook Air as well!

Feb 6, 2012

Life in Photos


New Products to love: Rimmel Nail Varnish, Harvey Prince "Yogini" purchased via birchbox (sign up here!), and Facial Wash and Hair Masque by Earth Science


A beautiful vintage glass bowl to store jewelry

Camera Effects

Campfires after a long day of snowboarding!


Steak with avocado sauce and caramelized sweet potatoes

Finally scored the neon wallet from Target!

If you wouldn't mind taking a few seconds out of your day to vote for me in Refinery 29's Next Big Blogger Contest- we can say it's an early birthday present (my birthday is tomorrow!) 
Head over here, my name and blog is towards the bottom- click on the heart to vote! :) Easy peasy!

Feb 4, 2012

For Sale!


I am selling some items on Ebay - check them out here! :)
Happy weekend!