Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

No Party Like An Ok! Mag Party


There's nothing like getting together with your girls and celebrating life, whether it's enjoying a beach day, working out, or pampering yourselves. 

Fortunately, I had the pleasure of experiencing all of this over the weekend, thanks to OK! Magazine's Body and Soul Miami Beach event at The Raleigh Hotel. The all-day beachside event showcased the hottest celebrity health, fitness and wellness trends of 2017 and allowed guests to get out, get fit, and join OK! for a fun-filled day of wellness and plenty of pampering! 

I started my day with a quick stop at the Barbar, where I had my hair braided (let's face it, my hair looks like a hot mess otherwise) before my first workout. Shortly after, The BOX hosted an intense and dynamic boxing experience that started off with some jump romping for cardio and shifted into shadowboxing and boxing-inspired bodyweight exercises. As many of you know, I workout often and the intensity levels are quite high. However, this was one of the hardest boxing and invigorating workouts I've ever tried. DJ Mike Louis played some of the hottest tracks, which made it a fun experience.

In between the boxing and Vixen Workout, I hydrated with both HINT water and Whispering Angel infused ROSE ice pops (yes, they legitimately had rose-filled popsicles on deck). Atkins sampled their new harvest gluten free breakfast bars all day.  Tampax and Always were sampling Pearl tampons and Always pads. The Little Lighthouse Foundation of Miami was there to recruit volunteers for their foundation.







 What I'm rocking:

Sports Bra by Beyond Yoga
Shorts by LIVE!
Shoes by PUMA




Sunday, May 7, 2017

Athleisure






One of my favorite fashion trends of the moment, is athleisure. What started as a pronounced trend in 2010, has significantly shifted the way individuals dress. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of experiencing Funkshion's THE RETREAT here in Miami. Essentially, THE RETREAT has taken the athleisure trend and turned it into a lifestyle. A four day retreat featuring fashion presentations, panel discussions, designer one-on-one's, and private events took place at Soho Beach House and the Nautilus Hotel. As someone who is quite engulfed into an active lifestyle, it was an excellent combination of healthy and fitness-focused fashion/beauty. To be honest, I'm either in full-on workout clothing with little to no makeup or completely glammed up from head to toe. There's really no in between...until now. Athleisure takes the effortless style of rocking activewear and melds it with business casual chic. Would you rock it?

Get the look:


Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Gym Bag Essentials








In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of fitness is stepping outside of my comfort zone. As humans, it’s only natural that we have a little self-doubt every now and then. In all honesty, there are many times where I’ve questioned my capabilities and second guessed my ability to perform a certain exercise. However, it is such a reward once I push past those barriers of not letting anything get in my way and achieve a goal I’ve been aiming towards.

We as women, tend to allow our periods to overcome us as well. Whether it’s a physical or emotional barrier, it’s important to work through them by continuing to stay strong and positive throughout the process. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with U by Kotex® to introduce the new U by Kotex® FITNESS* line, including tampons, that  come with a plastic FITPAK (so you can protect your protection). They are durable, compact, and discreet. Additionally, U by Kotex® FITNESS* liners and ultra thin pads are also available with shape to fit and flex with your body. What I love about these are their discreet packaging, so you aren’t flashing a giant box of tampons in your gym bag!

Honestly, I’m not one of those girls who brings her whole life in her gym bag. Some of my gym bag essentials are fairly basic:

- Water bottle
- Cell phone
- Weightlifting gloves
- Sunglasses (for the walk or drive over)
- Headphones
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Tampons
- Hairbrush
- Hair ties
- Alpha Aminos
- Sweatshirt
- Facial cleansing cloths
- Dry shampoo and dry conditioner
- Lip gloss (so I look like a human afterwards)
- Shaker cup with protein in it (for post-workout)

What are the must-haves in your gym bag?

Enter my Giveaway!
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Ultra Thin Pads With Wings, Regular (15 count)
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Folded & Wrapped Liners, Regular (40 count)
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Compact Tampons, Regular, Super, (15 count)


#FindYourFITNESS* and get a free sample here


I was compensated by U by Kotex® on behalf of FitFluential. However, all opinions are my own.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Puma Girl









As of now, it's safe to say that I have been wearing these Puma Fierce Strap Swan shoes in two colorways (all black and black/blue) nearly every single day. What can I say?  Sometimes a girl is just comfortable in sneakers 24/7. Let me retract that - women are comfortable in sneakers all of the time. Nobody wakes up and says, "I can't wait to throw on my pain-inducing 5-inch heels today. Yes, let's get it world." I digress.

About a month ago, I was in La-La-Land for work, and had the pleasure of perusing Sunset Boulevard during a brief breakfast stint. There was a quaint little cafe style restaurant right off the strip, where I had the most delicious spinach and egg white fritatta and chai tea latte. One aspect of LA that I could always get used to is that everyone seems quite active. Equinox was right around the corner, and nearly everybody was decked out in active wear. My first thought was "Los Angeles, I have arrived." Nevertheless, I fit right in with Puma's newly launched pieces! 


Photography by: @MaxTheBody


Get the look:



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Day in the Life: Full Leg Workout, Dental Spa + Healthy Food!


 
I'm excited to take you into a "day in the life" with me, as I share an intense leg workout at Legacy Fit, a visit to Dr. Patty's Dental Boutique, and some of my favorite healthy food essentials. I often receive questions or inquiries about my workout routine and diet, so I thought I'd share this with you to give you a better idea! Lately, I've been incorporating high-intensity interval training in between my sets (I love supersets) to keep my heart rate up.  Essentially, a superset is when you do two exercises back-to-back with little to no rest in between. It's been the most effective for me, in shaping my body how I desire it to look as well.  Here are the complete details for my workout:

SUPERSET #1
Walking Lunges 15 per leg x 3
Jumping Lunges 15 per leg x 3

SUPERSET #2
Barbell Squats (Sumo) 10 -12  x 4
Pop Squats 15 x 4

SUPERSET #3
Deadlifts (Sumo) 10 - 12 x 3
EZ Bar Curtsy Lunge Pulse 8 - 10 (Each leg) x 3

SUPERSET #4
Squat to Reverse Grip Shoulder Press 15 x 4
Battle Rope To Failure
Single Sky Bridge (Each leg) 15 x 4 

CLICK Active Protein Powder: http://bit.ly/2nn2sBz

Sports Bra by LVE! (similar style): http://bit.ly/2lUK8mr
Workout Shorts by LVE!: http://bit.ly/2mFQuEM
Shoes by PUMA


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift That's Good For You







I recently discovered what quite possibly may be the most delicious chocolate, ever. Dark chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures (aside from peanut butter), but it also offers nutrition and energy that benefit your heart and brain. K'ul Chocolate brings the value of a small batch-crafted chocolate into the functional food segment by producing unique bars from artisan dark chocolate with superfood ingredients, targeting both athletes and chocolate connoisseurs while connecting everyone directly to small cocoa growers. The cocoa is made from single-origin sources, including Peru, Kafupbo cooperative in Haiti, Forester cocoa from Brazil, and Hacienda Limon farm in Ecuador. 

Aside from its benefits, we all know chocolate is known for causing feelings of pleasure. After all, it's a luxurious treat. K'ul's Stamina bar is made from 70% high-quality chocolate, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and maca root. Maca root has been known to increase stamina and libido. Therefore, it's the perfect Valentine's treat. 








Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Face






Throughout my ten years of living in Miami, my skin has undergone quite some sun damage. More specifically, my facial skin. Let me preface this by saying that I have had an infinite fear of any kind of facial treatments because I had a terrible, tear-jerking experience prior. In lieu of getting a standard facial, I was introduced to Vivid Face, which is located in Aventura, Florida. The center offers full body solutions, injectables, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, and laser facial treatments. Upon arriving, the whole Vivid Face team was friendly and welcoming, which helped decrease my level of anxiety at that point. Reminder: my last facial treatment experience ended with me crying, and I typically have quite a high pain tolerance.

My Vivid Therapist reviewed everything about the Signature Facial Treatment and began a seemingly painless laser treatment on my face. In essence, it felt like she was brushing heat over my face but it wasn't bad at all. The next treatment felt as though she was poking my face, and before I knew it the session was complete. The session lasted for about 20 minutes, so it's quick and easy. My skin was terrible before receiving the treatment (sun spots, dark areas, blemishes), but I even noticed a change the following day. Makeup applied smoother, my skin felt smoother, and brighter. I highly recommend Vivid Face if you're in the South Florida area. 


Use the code VSL435 to receive 10% OFF a Vivid Facial laser treament!

Vivid Face is located at 15400 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 104 Aventura, Florida 33160.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Matrix Fitness


Although doing cardio is such a wondrous event filled with sweat-drenching excitement in the gym, believe it or not, it’s quite comforting to be able to do this at home. It takes away from that whole “sitting in your own sweat” during the drive home from working out. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with Matrix Fitness to introduce their newest residential luxury line of Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Matrix Fitness is the fastest growing commercial fitness equipment brand and their equipment is found in many elite gyms. 

One can assume my level of excitement (and my sweat glands were enthused) when I discovered they just launched their Home Fitness line of machines. These machines have all the best technology and accessories for an incredible at home gym experience. I know I’m not the only one who agrees that it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you have proper entertainment (i.e. apps on apps on apps) to keep your mind occupied, which makes Matrix Fitness equipment so unique. Personally, I like to watch YouTube, listen to music, and have the capability to connect my phone to stay in sync at all times. 







Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines also come equipped with Sprint 8, a HIIT training program that helps trim fat, tone muscles and boost energy. Some users experienced a 27% body-fat loss in 8 weeks without changing their diets! 

Visit their website to find out more information about the all new Matrix Fitness residential luxury line.


This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My Current Hair Routine









My hair has gone through a damaging rollercoaster over time, but my latest haircare routine has been keeping it smooth and silky. To begin, I've recently fallen in love with Suave's newest collection - Coconut Oil Infusion shampoo, conditioner and damage repair oil treatment. The 3-step system visibly repairs two years of damage and leaves hair luscious and healthy-looking. After using it, I've noticed a difference in the softness and weight of my hair. Since I live in Miami (also known as humidity central), Suave's Damage Repair Oil Treatment helps tame flyaways while delivering a healthy and long-lasting shine. Many of Suave's collections are salon proven to work as well as luxury brands. Awhile ago, I damaged my hair by applying an ombre dye job and let's just say it was a nightmare. In an effort to strengthen my hair, I tried a number of shampoo brands but failed to get the result I was looking for. Therefore, Suave's Coconut Oil Infusion collection has brought my hair back to life! I also love how affordable the products are, as I snagged these from Walmart. 

Currently, I wash my hair and condition it first. After rinsing, I towel dry it and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, I blow dry it and apply Suave's Damage Repair Oil Treatment and smooth it out with my hands. Brush over it one last time, and my everyday hair is ready!

Visit your local Walmart to try out all of the new 2016 Suave Professionals collections: Coconut Oil Infusion, Coconut Milk Infusion and Biotin Infusion, while supplies last.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Suave Professionals  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuaveBeliever #pmgSuave  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


Friday, September 9, 2016

The Snack Monster





There's something you should absolutely know about me...

I am a snack monster. I don't know about you guys, but I love snacking throughout the day for a number of reasons. First of all, I'm a mom on-the-go so I'm usually chasing after my 5-year-old son or looking for a million and one ways to entertain him. Second, the concept of physically having to prepare a complete meal doesn't sound appealing to me all of the time. Finally, snacks are more fun. In all honesty, I often eat snacks in between meals to help satisfy my cravings or keep me from eating my arm. One of my favorites would have to be the Fiber One Lemon bars (their Oats & Chocolate bars are also quite addicting). 

The bars have 25% less sugar and no artificial colors or flavor, which is a major factor for me. There are so many other sugar-packed snacks that my body would hate me for, so Fiber One Lemon bars keep me satisfied throughout the day. My son also loves them as after school snacks. Hence, my purse is packed with these. In short, the bars are so good, they should have another name. If you haven't tried them yet, they are available at Costco (AKA a mom's BFF). What are some of your favorite healthier options for snacks?




Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Costco, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.