Thursday, June 28, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Top Five Tips for Losing Weight

#1: Lose the Sugar!
Many people don't realize the amount of extra calories you consume by drinking soda, juices, or other drinks that are full of sugar.  Rather than drinking beverages high in sugar, opt for water.  It's much better for your body and your skin!  There is also plenty of sugar in alcoholic drinks, so if you are looking to lose weight I suggest leaving the alcohol alone for awhile.  If you have one drink per week, then mix it with club soda or have one glass of red wine.

#2: Portion your Plate 
If you eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, it will help you with portion control.  Your plate should be no higher than an inch of food in height and should consist of primarily proteins and vegetables.

#3: Switch to Whole Grains
Limit your grains or carbohydrates to a minimum, but choose whole grains if you must.  Whole grains refers to brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pita bread, or anything that says "whole-wheat" is pretty much safer for you to consume.

#4: Egg Whites are your New BFF
There are added calories in whole eggs so switch to consuming egg whites, which are lighter and better for you.  They are the perfect breakfast with a side of turkey bacon and spinach or hard-boiled eggs are a great snack (minus the yolk).

#5: Snacks Don't Have to be Bad
If you must have a snack throughout the day, grab a handful of raw almonds (no salt added) or dried cranberries.  I also like apples with a little almond butter. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are looking to lose weight or for those of you who just want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NYC Trip and Insanity Commercial Part I

If you follow me on Twitter or my Facebook page, then you may have seen a post about my recent participation in the upcoming Insanity workout program commercial.  As many of you know, I lost over 55 pounds in two months using the Insanity workout program and I sent my results in to Beachbody (the creators of the workout program).  Since they loved my results, I went through a selection process and was chosen to be part of the new commercial.  Therefore, the company flew me to New York City where we filmed it.  It was my first trip to the big city and it was nothing short of amazing.  From the fashion to the food, there was so much for me to take in and I loved every bit of it.

As soon as I landed, they had a private car and chauffeur pick me up at the airport and take me to the King & Grove Hotel which was right off Madison Avenue.  After a quick outfit change, I was already exploring the city.  I took plenty of photos from the city as well as the shoot.  The shoot was so much fun!  We did photo shoots, an interview for the commercial, and footage of a group of about 12 of us working out with Shaun T himself.  Check out my first round of photos!  I have more to come in future posts!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Golden Birthday & OOTD

Hey guys and dolls!  Today is my "golden" birthday!!  For those of you who have never heard of this term before, a golden birthday is when you turn the the same age/number as the date of your birthday.  For example, I turned 26 today and my birthday lands on the 26th of June.  I am so happy to be where I am in my life and to have the amazing loved ones who surround me.  I'll be celebrating with a few friends tonight at a quick happy hour on the water, but the big celebration will take place this weekend.  I planned a private boat ride (although I'm unsure about it due to the weather), dinner at Serendipity 3 (my new favorite restaurant in Miami Beach), and Bamboo Miami Beach.  I'll post a blog about it later next week!  For today's post I'd like to share my "daytime birthday look" of the day.

What I'm wearing:
Vintage blazer
Cotton On blouse
H&M shorts
Mossimo sandals
ALDO handbag
H&M necklace

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Favorites: Party/Brunch Ideas

Happy Friday everyone!  Lately, I have been brainstorming and looking up party ideas since my baby boy is going to be 1 year old in about a month.  I've already decided on an overall theme, which I will announce in a later post.  However, I wanted to share with you some of my food ideas (because everybody loves food, right?).

Mini Dessert Cups - These look so yummy and fun for a little kid's party!  How fun would it be to make (and eat) them?

Mini Spaghetti & Meatballs - I LOVE this idea and it's been decided that I'm stealing it for Taejin's birthday party.

Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup - The traditional and simple dish

Mini BLT's - Of course I would opt out of all the mayo on these and swap for turkey bacon, but these are another option.

Mini Tacos & Tequila - Si Si!  These would be for the adult guests of course.

Mini Coffee & Donuts - After living in Miami for so long, one gets comfortable with drinking coffee after meals...and what goes better with coffee than donuts?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

American Black Film Festival VIP Private Event Recap

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the American Black Film Festival VIP Private Event for opening night of the festival.  First of all, I'd like to give you a little insight on this festival which has been going strong for over 16 years.   ABFF consist of four days filled with movie premieres, master classes, panels, exclusive parties, contests and awards facilitating collaboration, education and deal making within the entertainment industry.

The event that I attended last night was an opening night soiree complete with the acclaimed director and actor Robert Townsend in addition to actress and event ambassador Tracee Ellis Ross.  In addition, director and actor Bill Duke was present as well.  It was a great turnout with many key players in the Miami community and entertainment world.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snap many photos because I was busy running around and networking but here are some shots from this amazing event!

I will be posting more photos through my Twitter and Instagram so make sure to keep up with me there!  @LynseeHeeKyeong

What I'm wearing:
H&M necklace
BEBE dress
ZARA heels
Guess watch
*I wore a blue blazer over my dress, but it was hot inside so I took it off.
Celebrities Bill Duke, Robert Townsend and Tracee Ellis Ross
In route to the event!

Snapping red carpet photos with producers, directors, etc. but I made sure to take one by myself for the blog =]

My necklace of choice for the evening!  I love the colors.

Shoes by ZARA, which I received so many compliments on!  The ladies loved them.

Another red carpet shot of my complete look.
I snapped a photo with this sweetie...she LOVED my shoes and let me know that she wanted to steal them.  Haha!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

OOTD: Peplum + Denim

One of my favorite trends for spring/summer is peplum, as it adds femininity to any look.  There are so many ways that you can rock a peplum piece as well.  Peplum refers to a top, bottom or dress that typically flairs out somewhere on the garment.  For today's OOTD, I decided to pair this lightweight ZARA peplum top with some casual skinny jeans to create a relaxed yet put together look.  Pairing skinny jeans with high heels can turn any casual look into a chic outfit.

What I'm wearing:
ZARA peplum top
BEBE skinny jeans (SO comfortable!)
Forever 21 necklace
Guess watch
H&M gold metal headband
Steve Madden handbag

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

H&M Haul - NYC

Since I just went to New York City, of course I HAD to check out the fashion in the area.  I fell in love with Fifth Avenue as I browsed the high end designer stores and labels, but H&M also had a flagship store in the area.  I thought I would share with you the few items that I picked up!  I'm a big fan of high end labels but I also appreciate affordable fashion as well.

Check them out and come back to see how I style these pieces.

Monday, June 18, 2012

What's in my June MyGlam Bag?

This month's June MyGlam Bag is probably one of my favorites!  The theme "Out All Night" features beauty products that are perfect for a girl's night out or night on the town. 

What's in my June MyGlam Bag?
Philosophy Oxygen Gel Cream
NYX Lipstick
Living proof Nourishing Styling Cream
Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen