06 December, 2016

What to Get the Fitness Junkie

gift for fitness women
This has to be my favorite type of gift guide in any series.  There's just something about getting that perfect gift, especially one that encourages you to get off your ass during the holiday season.  You know, when all you want to do is hibernate and pack on the lbs.

If you have a fitness junkie like myself on your shopping list, take a look at some of these gifts.  I can almost guarantee that they'll love any of these.

A lot of these gifts are things that I always have in my cart but never actually buy myself, don't want to treat myself to, or things that I just simply forget to buy.  Or they go missing...like socks.

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE:
Headphones: So yeah, I threw my wireless beats in the wash not too long ago and am struggling without them.  I can't say enough about wireless headphones when it comes to my workout.  If you're shopping for someone who doesn't have a pair or is in the market for some new ones, these are perfect.  They're good quality, bluetooth, and they're rose gold.

Gym Bag: A new gym bag is sometimes all it takes to renew your motivation.  Plus, they get grimy and smelly pretty quickly.  I love having a cute gym bag that makes me want to go to the gym.  This one by Nike is simple, affordable, and comes in a few different colors.

Swanky Spandex:  Again, something that can spruce up your workout.  These will definitely make any girl want to go to the gym (and get on her squat game).  ...Yes, I ordered them for myself already.

Dry Shampoo:  You might not have thought of this one...but believe me, we need it.  This makes a perfect stocking-stuffer for any woman, but especially those of us who hit the gym and can't be bothered to wash our hair everyday.  This Pantene dry shampoo is amazing and gentle on the wallet!

Bluetooth Speaker: Take this to the gym or use it for an at-home workout.  Or a girls night in with wine.  Or a dance party in your room.  I've used it for all of the above, and it's seriously such an amazing speaker.  It gets pretty damn loud, and I promise you'll be impressed.  I have the grey color but love the black too.

Foam Roller: I never bought one of these for myself, and the day my boyfriend came home with one I was like "THANK GOD".  These are crucial to anyone putting stress on their muscles.  These can stay at home or can get thrown into a gym bag.

Yoga Mat:  I'm always looking at yoga mats while I'm out shopping.  I don't know why, but it's just a weird guilty pleasure of mine.  Get your girl a staple yoga mat for hot yoga, stretching, and any at-home workout.  

Cute Sports Bra: I love this mesh bra.  Oh, and it's under $15.  Forever 21 has some amazing active wear that is half the price of other brands but just as cute.

Swell Water Bottle:  I always talk about these...and for good reasons.  They're the best.  They keep your water cold for hours (or your coffee hot).  I take mine to the gym, Soulcycle, jiu-jitsu, and just love the patterns.  This white/lavender one is my favorite!

This list could go on and on, but these are some of my staple picks!

Are you a fitness junkie yourself, or are you shopping for one this season?  Let me know if you add any of these to your list!

xx
Cori

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05 December, 2016

Gifts For Women Who Love The Little Things

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Tis the season to spend some serious cash.  If you're making your list for your best friend, sister, mom, mother-in-law, or any female at all, I got you.

I really don't think women are all that hard to buy gifts for.  I mean, if you're dealing with the girl who has everything and poopoos on all the gifts you get her, she probably sucks, but she's also might be more difficult to shop for.

If you're buying for a woman who appreciates the little things, you're in the right place.  These gifts won't break the bank (some are more inexpensive than others), and chances are most women will really appreciate them.  I find that some of the best gifts are things that we usually don't want to buy ourselves or little "extra" things.

Note that most of these aren't style specific:  I like to focus on the basics that most women will wear.  If not, there's always a gift receipt!

I went into detail about this silk pillowcase here.  If I had to pick one item from this list for a gift, it's this.  I bought it for my best friend for her birthday and she was psyched.  It's one of those things that we add to our carts, stare at, but don't want to buy for ourselves!

My picks:




Happy shopping!  Let me know if you're lusting after any of these picks.

xx
Cori
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02 December, 2016

Job Searching While Employed

Yup, I went there.

The idea of searching for a job while employed makes some people shake in their boots.  But you might be shaking a little harder if you didn't have a job or any source of income while under the stress of finding your next gig.
how to look for a new job at work
Chances are you or someone you know has been in the position of looking for a new job while employed (or one of you has another tab open right now with job openings).  I've been there.  It blows.

Here are a few tips that I adopted when looking for a job -- At least one will help you!
tips for finding a new job
Network, network, network: I was going to start these tips with something about applying online, but in my humble opinion, and all honesty, this is the most important.  Network your ass off.  At restaurants, coffee shops, in line at the post office, and at a bar.  Talk to anyone and everyone.  Be yourself and friendly, but simply sparking a conversation with a stranger in your path can open so many doors.  You never know when you'll meet someone in a field you're interested, or their friends' friend's cousin can help you.

Have your resume on deck:  Before you start your job search, clean up your resume.  If you're in your 20s, try to condense it to one page even if you have great experience.  Tailor your resume to the position(s) you're going after.  Nobody needs to know that you know how to work a cash register (I had this on my resume for over a year).  Keep your bullet points specific, unique, and relevant to your search.  I highly recommend designing your resume in Google Docs if you haven't tried it.  It gives you much more creative freedom.  I googled a ton of resume templates and then just copied one.  Best of all, it's free.

Set time aside:  You can't be scrolling through job boards all day at work.  Give yourself at least an hour each day that works with your schedule: mornings, around lunch, or after work to search through job openings, send emails, etc.

Subscribe to job notification emails: This does half the work for you.  Subscribe to alerts for the field/type of job you're interested in, and a list will be delivered to your inbox every morning.  You can scroll through and see if anything stands out to you, flag it, and look into it further later.  If not, delete the email and keep workin'.

Don't waste any body's time:  Your own and your potential employer.  You don't really have time to waste if you're trying to juggle a job search with a full-time job, so refine your search.  Only apply to jobs that you truly feel would be a good fit or up your alley.  Believe me, I know desperation will make you feel like you need to send your resume to any company who's hiring, but don't do that.  You can if you really just need to jump ship, but I recommend keeping your applications to those who really speak to you.

Don't be blatant about your search: When you start getting some call backs, you'll need to schedule in-person interviews.  Again, don't waste any body's time.  If you have a job, ask as many questions as appropriate to the interviewer before you go in-person.  Often times something will rule itself out before you even step foot into an office.  If you do schedule in-person interviews, try to take a personal day off to check everything off in one day.  If you can't, use your lunch hour wisely.

Hope at least one of these tips helps any of you on the hunt!  Hang in there...I promise you'll end up where you need to be!  Stay persistent yet patient.

If you've been in these shoes, what was the one thing that helped you?  Share!

Let me know if you'd like me to go further into designing/creating a resume -- I'd be happy to.

xx
Cori

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01 December, 2016

November Recap

Cori Scherer Houston
Time for the Thanksgiving bloat to go buh-bye.  Y'all, it's December.  Christmas is coming faster than we expected, and somehow it's still hot enough to sport a tank-top here in Houston.

November flew by and was packed full of new opportunities, a little travel, and lots of family time.

First thing's first, I started my new job with a PR agency, and I've been learning the ropes and adjusting to a new place.  Let me tell you all (in case you aren't already aware): Office environment and the people are everything.  If you're currently on the hunt for a new job, feel like something's missing, or just want to know what I think the most important thing is, it's that.

I hit up my first outdoor yoga class with Black Swan at Raven Tower.  If you haven't tried it, definitely make it out for the next one -- They offer free yoga at Raven Tower on the first Sunday of every month!
Black Swan Yoga Houston
How cool was this skull planter?  I want one!

I had the opportunity to see Adele in concert and it was amazing.  I can't even explain how personable and hilarious she is.  I was sitting there feeling like I was having a conversation with my best friend, laughing at her jokes and everything, and then realized that all the other 20,000 people felt the same way.  Pure talent.
Houston Rockets dancers
Huge shoutout to my gig at the Houston Rockets for the ticket hookup!

Staying active...I also tried out my first class at Sproing in River Oaks.  Damn, I get tired just thinking about the HIIT workout we did.  You can read more about my post here (plus see how you can get a free week of classes).
HIIT workouts
I traveled to Chicago for the first time, ate bomb ass pizza, visited the bean, and had a massive hangover.  More on that here.
American Airlines Chicago
best pizza in Chicago
Thanksgiving was the best.  My aunt, who's like my best friend, came in town with her boys who are pretty much my little brothers.  We basically had a week-long family sleepover (literally, it was a full, over-booked house), and I loved every minute of it!
Houston Galleria Ice Skating
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We spent tons of quality family time together, played annoying games of Monopoly (it never ends), took my aunt to her first SoulCycle class, and somehow ventured to the Galleria late on Black Friday for some shopping and ice skating.
Soul Cycle Houston
To close out the Thanksgiving break, we had dinner at Ibiza, which let me tell you has one of the BEST desserts in Houston.  Trust me, next time you eat there, order the hazelnut brownie -- You won't be disappointed.
Housotn fitness blogger
How was your November?  Let me know if you ate anything amazing or grabbed some good steals on sale!

xx
Cori
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29 November, 2016

Stay Fresh In The Bathroom

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This might be an obvious statement, but I can't stand when my bathroom smells like crap.  But I do love when people comment on how great my room (especially my bathroom) smells.  Why is that one of the best compliments?!

I share my bathroom with my boo, so needless to say, things can get pretty stinky from time to time.  I do everything I can to keep the place smelling fresh, girly, and like I just washed my hair or spritzed my favorite Jimmy Choo perfume.

So what's the trick? Wallflowers.  Plug-ins.  Whatever you want to call them.
bath and body works candles
Bath and Body Works Wallflowers
Seriously, these are such a powerful trick, and they give your room/bathroom a cute touch too.  When Bath and Body Works was having a $3 refill sale the other day, I made out hot.  I ordered about seven different scents and two plugs.  They have festive plugs, but I'm basic and wanted something pretty, so I went for a gold mirrored one and a champagne colored one.

I put one in my bathroom and have burned through the Lavender Vanilla + Smoked Vanilla.  The lavender's been my favorite so far, but the smoked vanilla has a nice winter-y touch that my entire family loved over the Thanksgiving holiday.  ...Keep in mind that this time, I was sharing the bathroom with a handful of boys.  The wallflowers still came through.

I know we all are in a serious relationship with candles, and tons of y'all are probably so hooked to your Bath and Body Works 3-wicks that the idea of a wallflower (gasp) sends you for a ride.  But trust me, try it.  I love a good candle and will always have one on deck, but I've had better results from a plug-in, and they'll save you lots of $$ in the long run!

Have you tried wallflowers, and if so, do you like them better than candles?  What're your favorite scents?

xx
Cori
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28 November, 2016

And Just Like That It's Cyber Monday

cyber monday sales
Well, Thanksgiving flew by.  I hate when a holiday comes to an end, family has to go back home, and reality starts to set in about how much you ate and how lazy you've been (that's for another post).  But really, I always look forward to Thanksgiving and having quality time with the fam.

On the bright side, it's not just any Monday: it's cyber Monday.  To be completely honest, I'm not sure why Black Friday is still a thing.  You couldn't pay me to rush to the malls to be around angry, pissed off people hitting each other over a TV.  K, maybe you could pay me if it was enough, but you know what I'm saying.  It's not worth it, and I'd much rather park my ass on the couch with a piece of pie, glass of wine, and have my family around.

I've seen handfuls of blog posts throughout the past week with links, sales, and products you need.  Personally, I didn't want to push shopping and spending money on anyone last week.  I intended this blog to be more inspirational and helpful, but I figured a sale roundup for today wouldn't hurt anyone.

I'm going to keep it real simple here.  If you're wanting to treat yo'self, get started on your Christmas shopping, or just have the shopping bug, here's a list of some amazing deals you won't want to pass up today:

ASOS: 20% off with code GOGOGO
BaubleBar: Up to 35% off with code SAVE35
Express: 50% off + free shipping (they have amazing sweaters right now)
Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30
Free People: Extra 50% off sale items (I snagged this dress on Black Friday and am in love)
GiGi NY: Up to 35% off
Kendra Scott: 20% off with code SALE20
Levis: 60% off tees + 40% off everything with code HOLIDAY40
Missguided: 50% off with code YESYESYES
Nastygal: Up to 80% off
Nordstrom: Extra 20% off sale items
Old Navy: 40% off everything + extra 15% off with code PERK
Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off orders $100+
Shopbop: Up to 25% off with code GOBIG16
Sole Society: 30% off
Steve Madden: 35% off with code CYBER

Let me know if you end up ordering anything, and if there's a huge sale that I didn't list, let me know!  I know there are a million sales out on the internet, but these are places I'd actually purchase from (or already have).  Happy shopping...stay in your budget!

xx
Cori

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22 November, 2016

24 Hours In The Windy City

What do you get when you put a Texan in Chicago for 24 hours?  Oh, this isn't a riddle.  It's simple.  A lot of pizza, a quick trip to the bean, and a major hangover.  And an awesome work holiday party!
Chicago Bean
I flew out to Chicago for a quick trip thanks to my new job!  A holiday party in November is a smart move when it'll take place in the windy city.  Us Texans don't have a coat of that caliber, so it was nice to be there on a day that didn't even require a leather jacket.  Score.

Of course the first item on my to-do list was to grab a slice (or five) when I landed.  One of my best friends, Emily, lives in Chicago, so she took the train to grab lunch with me. After tons of recommendations from you all, we ended up at Gino's East (Southloop location).  ...I have no words.  

K I guess I do: It was damn amazing.  But a tip: I wouldn't go for the deep dish!  I know, some of you probably want to slap me, but I don't care.  My ideal pizza is a normal, crispy crust with lots of flavor, sauce, and cheese.  They hit the nail on the head -- We got a large Diavola: spicy pepperoni, plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, and white truffle oil.  I'm a sucker for anything with truffle oil.

Also, shoutout to our waiter who looked exactly like Jeremy Renner.  Like, uncanny.  Go see him.

If you follow me on Snap (@corischerer), you saw some of this cheesy goodness.  We were completely stuffed by the end and took a quick walk to the Bean to de-bloat.
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Trump Tower Chicago
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There's something so exciting about being able to walk in a city.  I kept saying that Chicago instantly felt like home, and I've always felt more "me" in a walkable, hustle-mentality city.  I was on a good pizza high on our walk to the Bean while we walked over the bridge.  

We took our pictures at the Bean (because did you even visit Chicago if you don't do this?), and headed back to the hotel.  I had to quickly get party-ready and head to our Chicago office, so I struggled to squeeze my bloated self into a tight, turtleneck bodysuit, snap it (almost impossible), and I was on my way.
Chicago Bean Pictures
Chicago Bean
Our company party was at Honey's, and I don't think I could have had a better time.  We had the best DJ, Jay Il (HIGHLY recommend him if you're never satisfied when you go out and want the perfect R&B, Soul & Hip-hop playlist), a ton of tasty cheeses, and some bomb cocktails that nearly put me out of commission.  
Ten35 Chicago
Best cocktail names
Ok, but how perfect were the names of the cocktails?  

Before our flight back we brunched hard at Yolk.  I got the Eggs Benedict with Chorizo + some Nutella Crepes, because how are you supposed to choose one?
Yolk Chicago
I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Chicago.  I'm a big baby with cold weather, so we'll have to see how I hold up.

Have you been to Chicago?  What's your one recommendation for food/a rooftop bar?  Let me know!

xx



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21 November, 2016

My Jiu-jitsu Journey: Month 1

I mentioned in my October recap that one of the more recent developments in my life was that I had embarked on my new journey with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or BJJ.  If you're unfamiliar with the Martial Arts (I had little idea what BJJ was before I started), you might be wondering what on earth it is.
Jiu Jitsu Houston
BJJ is known as "the gentle art".  There are no punches thrown, no weapons used, and no bitch slaps: it's the art of manipulating your opponent's force against them self.  Before taking my first class, I had only watched YouTube videos and seen others' photos of themselves rolling on the mats.  To put it lightly, I was intimidated.  My first day was October 20.  I've gotten my ass beat more times than I can count between that day and now.  You know, like to the point where you can't breathe but you don't want to cry, so your body just starts making these weird, child-like noises and you just have to learn to control it?  ...Someone can relate.

And that right there is one of the reasons I enrolled in Pablo Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and started my journey.  Why was I intimidated?  I was afraid.  Not only of trying BJJ, but of so many other things in life.  Too often we let fear consume our minds, bodies, and souls, and it can be so inhibiting towards our overall growth.  Starting a new sport is always humbling: You come in as fresh meat, and no matter your age, there will automatically be people who are better than you.  You're forced to put any pride aside and simply focus on learning something new.
benefits of jiu jitsu
As it stands now, my main goal is not to become a Jiujitsu expert.  I am excited to learn how to use my body's strength for something new, develop new skills, and push myself to new limits (after being in a crazy gym funk).  BJJ will get you in amazing shape -- You use every single muscle in your body to support yourself and manipulate your opponent.  I can't explain how much you sweat within a one-hour session...Picture hot yoga, but instead of minimal clothing you're wearing a long-sleeved robe and pants over your clothing.  I'll have to post a post-class picture to show you what I mean.

More importantly, my goals are focused on mental strength.  Being thrown into extremely uncomfortable situations, doubting myself, and being forced to deal with them both on the spot teaches you more than just moves on the mat.  It all carries over into your everyday life, your job, your confidence, and does so much for relieving stress and anxiety.  I am constantly finding myself anxious, dwelling on trivial situations, and unable to let the little things go.
women Jiu Jitsu
Here are a few things I've learned during the first month:

  • Working out in the gym and lifting weights is empowering and cleansing, but it doesn't even begin to show you your body's true strength and potential.
  • Mind over matter is as true as it gets.  When shit gets tough, your mind can either do wonders for you or paralyze you.
  • Sometimes taking a few deep breaths is all you can do, and you'd be surprised at how much calmer your body feels after.
  • Going into a situation full of fear only causes anxiety and worsens your performance.  Go into the same situation fearless and be amazed at how much you learn, even if your performance isn't perfect.
  • It's OK to have no idea what you're doing as long as you continue to remain open-minded and absorb the knowledge being thrown at you.
  • Stop worrying about looking stupid.  Everyone has been in your shoes at some point, and you cannot compare step 1 of your journey to someone else's step 100.
  • Pain is temporary.  Choose your battles and know that our greatest growth often comes from the most uncomfortable situations.
Keep in mind that everything I've taken away from Jiujitsu so far applies to everything in life.  You probably read a few of those bullets and related the back to something, whether it is your family life, your job, your friendships, or a class you're taking.

I'm so excited to continue my journey, share it with you all, and see where it takes both my mind and body.  

Let me know the one thing you've done that was a little uncomfortable.

xx


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15 November, 2016

Beauty Products You Never Knew You Needed

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I'm just gonna apologize now for the money you're about to want to spend.  So, I'm sorry.  I warned you...continue reading at your own risk.  But honestly, the majority of these are so affordable and can be found at the drugstore.  My favorite is the one that's just a bit heavier on the wallet.

While having a self-love/pamper day the other day, I was thinking about how much I loved all of these products, and how I didn't start using most of these until very recently.  I try to love on my skin and hair at least once a week, and I thought this would be a fusion between my pampering routine/favorite beauty products rolled into one.

Let's start with the affordable favorites.

Collagen Eye Pads: You've probably seen some version of these all over social media.  There are a ton of different brands and price ranges to choose from, but I've only tried the cheap ones and I'm not complaining.  Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential mentioned these as a favorite, and I immediately added them to my Amazon cart.  I've been pretty impressed and love wearing them for 10-15 minutes in the mornings when I need to de-puff.  Or during that time of the month when you burst into tears for absolutely no reason and then realize that your eyes look like you're allergic to shell fish.
collagen eye masks
Oh, and did I mention that they are only $5.99?

Lush Mask: A must-have for a DIY spa day.  It's easy to get sucked into the black hole of Lush and feel like you want everything in the store, so I'm here to tell you that the Mask of Magnamity is a good start.  It does everything I look for in a mask: unclog pores, balance the skin, and feels cool to the touch.  Plus it smells like fruity pebbles.
Lush Mask of Magnamity
Coconut Oil: Duh.  I lather myself up in this pretty much all the time, but I always make sure to do it when I'm having my at-home spa day.  I use it head to toe, and there's just something about that fresh coconut oil glow.  Right now I'm using one from Trader Joe's, but any brand works.  Just go for an organic and unrefined version.
coconut oil for body
Dry Brush:  Here's a product I knew nothing about until recently.  I usually forget this step everyday, but I do it as a little treat to myself.  Start from your toes and brush upwards in small circular motions.  Move up to your chest, and you always want to brush towards your heart.  This helps circulation, cellulite, and your skin tone.  I always feel extra glowy after drybrushing and putting on coconut oil.
dry brush cellulite
Face Peel: There's nothing like a facial, but this comes pretty damn close.  This Lemon Strip Flash peel does wonders for pores.  In case you can't tell, my pores have been my main issue lately.  Breakouts have been mild, but these dang pores look like craters when oily (thanks, mom).  This peel tightens them up instantly and makes you look like you've had a minor face lift.  It's 20% AHA, so it's powerful enough to dissolve the dead skin cells and get the gorgeous, healthy cells to the surface.
Peel Mask at home
Silk Pillowcase: K, ya'll.  This pillowcase is the real reason I wrote this post.  Any facialist, dermatologist, and hairdresser will vouch for me here.  There's nothing like sleeping on a quality, silk pillowcase at night.  Good products are key, but investing in a silk pillowcase ensures that you won't wake up with sleep lines, a rats nest, and will keep wrinkles at bay for longer than you think.
silk pillowcase
slip silk pillowcase
Trust me, you'll thank me later.  This pillowcase seriously makes me excited to go to bed.  Not that I needed another reason, but I get all giddy to lay down.  Plus, how freaking gorgeous is this taupe color?  It comes in a few colors, so if taupe isn't your thing, no worries.  I love the black silk too!  If you need a king size, check here!

And, that's it!  My cabinet's stocked with tons of other crap, but these would win a medal if that was a thing.  Let me know if you've tried any or if you'll be picking something up!

xx

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14 November, 2016

Sproing Sport

HIIT workout Houston Sproing
How can you say no to a fitness studio who promotes "the most intense 45 minutes you will have with your clothes on"?  I'll try almost anything if I see a little cheeky marketing!

I'm a huge advocate for HIIT (high intensity interval training).  Not only is it effective for your heart rate and calorie burning, but it's the perfect workout for everyone like me who can't stand cardio.  The days of running for 30 minutes on the treadmill are long gone.  Not like I ever did that consistently, but you know what what I'm saying.
Sproing River Oaks
I got my butt up early (9AM) on Sunday morning to try a class at Sproing.  The struggle is real when waking up on a Sunday, so kudos to you all who squeeze in a quality morning workout!  I invited a group to sweat their ass off with me, and we got hooked up to our Sproing Trainer and got a feel for the thing.
Best fitness studio Houston
Imagine a bosu ball style treadmill with cross cables, and you have a Sproing Trainer.  The base looks like a treadmill belt, and you have two sets of cables: one behind you and one to your sides.  You're strapped across your waist/hip area with a velcro belt, and a small heart monitor is strapped underneath your sports bra.  Or, for all you guys out there, under your nice muscular chest.

The class started with a 15 minute warmup which felt like a full-fledged workout.  Sprints on sprints on sprints.  It takes a couple minutes to adjust to the style of the workout, but the sprints came naturally!  You're essentially using the resistance of the velcro band throughout the entire class to sprint, squat and lunge.  Upper body movements are incorporated in the workout with cable extensions and medicine ball work.
Sproing River Oaks Houston
By the end of the workout, I was ready to smash at brunch, and I was completely covered in sweat.  We ended the class with a few sets of abs, and time was up!  I love a solid 45 minute workout where you feel like you've covered all your bases.

Houston (and Chicago) peeps, go give Sproing a try!  If you're not a fan of the treadmill, want something lighter on your joints, and want to try something brand new, you'll enjoy the classes!  You can register for a free week here, and mention my name/this blog post if you head over there!
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06 November, 2016

Sephora VIB Sale

Brace yourselves, y'all.  ...I'm back!  We'll talk about that more this week!  But the real news: The Sephora VIB Rouge sale has already begun and ends Monday, 11/17 at 11:59 PM PT.  If you're VIB Rouge like myself, you might wear this "badge of honor" with a little shame.  I can't help but think "DAMN, I really spent that much at Sephora?!".  If you're not Rouge, don't sweat.  All VIB members will be able to shop the sale November 11th-14th.

ROUGE CODE: 20ROUGE
VIB CODE: 20VIB

Pro tip: Sign up for Ebates if you haven't already and earn 4% off your entire purchase at Sephora!  There's a million other retailers on here too -- You'll thank me later.  Just make sure to go through Ebates before you start shopping online!
Sepora Sale Promo Code

This is the perfect time to buy yourself that one thing that's been on your wish list forever, holiday gifts, and birthday presents.  I've been eyeing the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation for months but wouldn't let myself give in until I cleaned out my makeup junkyard.  I finally purchased it in shade 5 and will update you all!  I also got a Laura Mercier Bronzer, an HG of mine.

If you're looking for some gift ideas and want to snag them at 20% off, I gotchu.  To me, the sale is the perfect time to stock up on any staples or higher-end items that you've been putting off.

Here are a few of my top picks:



Let me know if what you picked up or what's on your list!  I'll be writing more soon with a few updates and new content.
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10 October, 2016

Go-To Green Smoothie

green smoothie recipe
Happy Monday!  Today I thought I'd share my favorite, go-to smoothie when I know I've been a bad girl with my greens.  I've been making an extra effort to get a proper dose of green vegetables in everyday, and I'm horrible with bringing them for lunch to work or ordering enough if I go out.
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07 October, 2016

Work Experience vs. Travel

how to travel when you have a job
WARNING: LONG POST. GRAB A SNACK.

This concept is something that we've all thought about ourselves, had conversations with our family and friends, and probably grown frustrated with at one point or another.  Memes circulate the Internet showing young kids lined up for jobs that require years of experience, but they're only 12 years old.  We're taught from a young age that the standard, American dream is going to school, going to college, interning/working in between, and landing that dream job with a corner office.

There's no doubt that society has changed tremendously, and there are so many more outlets now to take a more creative path, and us "millennials" are less likely to crave the 9-5 life, the corner office,a the need to report to the same place at the exact same time every day.

I've been wanting to touch on this topic for a while, and I finally had a conversation that triggered all the right words.  If you've been keeping up with my posts, you saw that I mentioned my 2017 goal is to go to Europe.  I've never been, and I was talking with friends about taking my Birthright trip to Israel this summer.  The ideas started circulating, and I thought the perfect plan would be to fly to Israel for the trip and then stay on that side of the pond and head to Europe.

I've always struggled slightly with the idea of going to Europe.  How am I going to go when I have a job?  How am I going to take the time off?  What will my boss say?  How am I going to afford it.  I would make excuse after excuse, but...they're valid excuses, aren't they?

I worried with taking the time off, since with a 9-5 we're only guaranteed so many days, so many hours.  I worried about "getting in trouble" or potentially losing my job, which would then cut any saving I planned on doing.  I finally came to the realization that it's now or never, and I told my sister that she had to come to Israel with me!  I've been trying to save, and saving has to be the BIGGEST excuse we all make.  I spend so much money on trivial things -- If I could even cut that in half, I'd be golden.

My sister, Sydney, is a sophomore in college (Bear Down).  She's always been super involved in school: athlete in high school, active in clubs, and is now very involved in a sorority.  She has a handful of things to put on her resume, but as always, we're drilled and semi "brainwashed" to always believe that's not good enough.  She needs more experience, more internships, more connections to compete with everyone else in the playing field.
how to get internship experience with travel
I wanted to share our conversation because it truly makes me a little frustrated, sad, and fed up.  We're rarely told how important once in a lifetime experiences are, and we're always forced to think about our future, our career, and the next job we're going to land.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in work experience and getting as much on your resume as you can.  BUT, I don't believe that we should pass up a huge experience if were blessed enough to be able to have them.

I finally told myself that now was my time to go.  Yes, I'd have to take my time off, but I'd save the days to do so.  I'd save the money.  And at the end of the day, we only get one life.  If you're fortunate enough to be able to travel, be thankful.  Go for it.  Opportunities knock constantly, but you have to open the doors yourself and let them in.

The pressure on young adults and even young kids is real these days.  Yes, supporting yourself and surviving in the real world is imperative.  But living your life to the fullest is JUST as important.  Don't forget that!

I'd love for you all to share your experiences with work vs. travel dissonance -- Let me know thoughts you've had, decisions you've made, and why you chose to pursue one path over another.


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