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Starting From Somewhere: A Workout Plan.....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Here’s my truth, plain and simple, I do not like working out. Here is another truth, I need to work out. Lol! I really do need to start working out again. Oh, and I have a plethora of an excuses too! Like to hear them, here they go:

“I’m tired.”
“I’m focus on something else right now that’s more important”
“My kids need me!”
“I don’t have any time!”
“Where am I going to work out?”
“I don’t want to become one of those folks who post my sweaty workout face on Instagram.”
“I’ll have to change my eating habit even more!!”
“My knees hurt sometimes.”
“I don’t have the proper shoes.”
“I don’t have any decent workout clothes.”

Let me just stop right there.

Even though I listed it last, workout clothes are the biggest excuse for me. However it’s the truth. How I look fashion wise is important. One of my favorite quotes is “I never take a day off from being stylish”. I’m a plus size girl, so I need a decent sports bra or three, yoga pants, shorts, tees, and socks that don’t cut off my circulation. Plus, they need to be cute and very affordable. So, I do what I do best and that’s get on Google and Pinterest to the research to find workout clothes. Maybe a good fitting sports bra and some fun sneakers will put me in the mood to hit the mat or do some jumping jacks.

Pinterest is a great tool in finding ideas on “starter workouts” and “plus size workout clothes”. I just simply “like” a pin then go back and created a board “Workout Motivation”. I even pinned some helpful tips, workout plans and of course cute pieces that might work for me. I also pinned some pieces from sites like Walmart, Target, Nike, Sweaty Betty and I will adding more soon from other retailers.  If you are interested, stop by this link to my Workout Motivation Pinterest board, check it out and share a pin or two!

If you have any starter workout motivation of me, let me know in the comments!

Rural Style: My Obsession With Leggings….

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

I once heard on the Oprah Show, the leggings should not be worn as pants. It’s even in an article on the site! Guess what I WEAR leggings as pants and I’m proud of it!

Sure, I own various pants, jeans even shorts (and they are cut offs! *gasp*) but a pair black leggings with a flowy top just puts me in a comfort zone. I've finally zoomed in on a style, “Casual Luxe”. I’m still working on the “luxe” part( buying high quality, sometimes higher priced pieces) but a pair of black leggings always works with what I’m feeling style wise.

In addition to black leggings, I own grey, denim, and patterned leggings. I find that the patterned leggings are fun and add a bit of personality to my casual style. I also shop all of over the place for leggings, Walmart, Belk, rue 21, Cato, and the list goes on.

Because I’m a plus size gal, I style my leggings in a number of ways to that keep it classy but show off my curves. Here are some of my personal tips:

1)            Make sure your top covers most or half of your bum. I like my tops to cover my bum when I’m wearing leggings.
2)            Get the right size. Buy your correct size in leggings. Too big and they will look like sagging pants and too small will look TOO SMALL!
3)            Proper undergarments. If you need to wear a full coverage panty or a shaper so that you have a smooth “finish” please do so.
4)            Don’t be afraid to wear leggings as pants! Listen, fashion should have some sort of comfort level. 

If leggings are comfortable and are a part of your style, you should wear them.

Leggings are pants are just fine with me. Fashion is personal.  It evokes who you are as a person and should be your own personal flavor. Personally, leggings rock!

So what are your thoughts on leggings as pants? Is it a no-no? Is it a yes? Are you on the fence? Or do you have leggings outnumbering jeans, your favorite maxi skirt and shorts? Let me know in the comments!

DIY Waterproof Mascara Remover!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

In the summer, because of the 90 degree humid weather I face in the South, I switch to waterproof mascara. It seems that my mascara and eyeliner are the first make a run for it in this hot weather! My choice of waterproof mascara is tarte cosmetics lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara in black. It doesn’t one move off my lashes until I’m ready to take it off.

Now, let’s talk about taking OFF waterproof mascara. That is a job in itself!!! Some waterproof mascara will not move, even with the best of makeup removers and wipes.  However, I have found a great and inexpensive way to take off waterproof mascara.


1 1)      Olive Oil or Coconut Oil- I literally bring the whole bottle in the bathroom to use to remove to waterproof makeup or mascara from my eyes.  Just less than a teaspoon with get the job done with little irritation.
Use a piece of paper towel or a warm, wet face cloth to remove the oil.  I pour the oil of choice on a paper towel, place the paper towel over my eye for about 30 seconds and gently wipe it off. Make sure to be gentle with the eyes! I don’t use cotton pads or balls with oil remover because the cotton fibers tend to adhere to my lashes and get in my eyes. A warm, wet face cloth is also a great removal alternative with the oil. Just make sure that you give each eye at least 30 seconds a piece with the oil to break down and remove the mascara!

Tip: Store your oil out of the way of lights and warmth so it keeps it emulsion and consistency better.

2  2)      Vaseline- I know this man made salve is not every natural minded girl best friend, but it works miracles in removing waterproof mascara. Just a dab on each eye, followed by a paper towel or face cloth will remove the mascara just as quick as the oil.

I hope that both of these products save you time and money when removing your waterproof mascara. I know for sure they have helped me! Have a beautiful and gorgeous lash summer!

Suwit Muay Thai camp – Your best choice for Muay Thai training

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Muay Thai is a combat sport originating from Thailand. Few decades ago it wasn’t that known worldwide but nowadays there are professional Muay Thai fighters from around the world. The special rules and the use of all limbs on our body make this sport so appealing.
If you want to learn more about Muay Thai and practice it actively or you are already training Muay Thai but you want to improve your skills then visiting a Muay Thai camp in Thailand is a must.

Since Muay Thai is the most popular sport in Thailand and Thailand has a population of over 65 million people it is natural that you can choose from hundreds different camps around Thailand. In order to save your time we will suggest you one camp that has everything that is needed for a top quality Muay Thai camp.

Of course we are talking about Suwit Muay Thai training gym Thailand. So let’s see what makes this camp the best choice.

The most important factor in deciding on a Muay Thai camp is the qualifications of the trainers / instructors. Suwit Muay Thai has professional trainers with years of experience as active fighters. Many of them have won lots of competitions. With these trainers you can be sure that you will get the proper training according to your needs and abilities without risking any injuries or over training. You can also talk with them about different skills that you need to improve. They understand English and they will do everything they can to help you in and out of the camp.

Over the years Suwit Muay camp has invested a lot in their facility. The quality of the ring and the quality of the equipment is on a high level. You will get all the necessary equipment which is properly maintained.
This camp has organized training sessions and you will need to stick with them in order to progress fast. There are training sessions twice a day and the trainers work with very small groups which is a warranty for a successful training.

These are the two most important things to look before joining a Muay Thai camp and as you can see Suwit Muay Thai fulfills these expectations completely. Besides that it is situated on a great location (beautiful Phuket Island) and it has its own quality accommodation for a very cheap price!

Something really cool about photography......

Monday, March 17, 2014

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  People who love taking pictures with their phones, professional Nashville photographers and Nat Geo magazine, are all crazy in love with the art of photography. There is so much to see and to know about this art. Things are going wild in the world of photography and there are some really cool facts, it would be very nice for you to know.

Every two minutes, we take as many photographs as the people in the whole world did in the 1800s.  This is for you to understand how easy and reachable photography is today. We are so lucky to have the opportunity of immortalizing everything we want. The cameras on our phones are awesome and we can share our tiny creation with the whole world within seconds. When it was all only in the beginning, photography was a delicate luxury. Then it became a once a year thing. So, today we should really appreciate the fact that one wedding is supposed to have one thousand photographs and that one phone can capture everything you want.

In 2011 a survey has shown that in England, 76 percent of people were drunk in the photos they were tagged on Facebook. The survey shows only the fact that people let the cameras do their jobs when they are happy, relaxed and chill. This thing goes for everyone. How many times when being sober you tried to avoid the photographer, but when getting a little dizzy you were shining like a celebrity on the red carpet, in front of the camera. And as the best photographs are the ones that are taken when people do not expect it, the drunken pics are really awesome. Maybe you do not look like a princess, but at least you look real and funny. Happy people are making happy photographs.

  If you ever wondered what is the price of the most expensive camera in this universe, you should know that it is 2.8 million of dollars. It is a rare Leica camera, which was bought for this crazy money at an auction, in Vienna back in the 1923. A mad and rich collector of expensive stuff or just a passionate camera lover who is also rich, shows to the world that photography is precious and it deserves to be treated right.

 I sincerely don’t know if there are any photographs taken with that Leica treasure, but I know one thing, every camera, every photograph and every single photographer in this world are creating this beautiful art for us. It is an art of life, time and people.