Last week I had another incredible workout with Shon from Eastern Edge training. It landed on a morning when I was feeling slightly under the weather, and less than motivated to workout. Had this not been a scheduled session with a personal trainer, I probably would have talked myself out of it. When you work out on your own, you dictate when you exercise, how long and how much you are going to challenge yourself. What I really love about having a personal trainer, is that it forces me to go, even when I REALLY don’t want to. Something as simple as a cold, rainy day can make you feel unmotivated to workout. A personal trainer is that voice of reason; the trained professional telling you to not only show up, but give it your all. When you are doing twenty push ups on your own, you can easily convince yourself that is enough. Shon??! No way. I swear he knows what I am capable of more than I know myself. At the point of trembling to get through a circuit, he tells me to keep on going. Using positive coaching, he ignites my self-confidence, which in turns carries me through to the end. There is no doubt in my mind that I have never, and will never push myself to complete such workout goals as Shon has made me do.
An important aspect of Shon’s specific workout regime is circuit training. He designs each session differently, keeping it interesting, and completely unpredictable. You have no idea what to expect, and that is both intimidating, and exciting. All exercises are meant to be felt through your entire core; working on both large and small muscles.
We always begin a session with a three step circuit. I am asked to do between 15-20 reps of each excercise, for three consecutive rounds. Then, we move on to a new circuit. I enjoy this style of training as it not only keeps me on my toes (and definitely never bored), but also for the fact that it actually makes a 60 minute session fly by!
Our last workout focused around one body part that I am always trying the work on; the glutues maximus
Here are FOUR must-do glute exercises, that can be done at home, and do not require any equipment! For best results, perform each exercise in a circuit, for the recommended reps listed below. Repeat circuit 6-8 times..
1. Stationary Jump Squats – 15 reps
2. Curtsy Lunges – 15 reps
3. Alternating Lunges – 15 reps
4. Single Leg Hip Lifts – 15 reps per side
A big thank you to Shon from Eastern Edge training for kicking my butt back into shape!
Feeling unmotivated to workout? Check out Shon’s website for more details on Personal Training Sessions.
A girl can never have enough t-shirts, especially if you err on the casual side. That being said, it’s refreshing to find shirts that feel like a t-shirt, yet appear dressier than your average cotton v-neck.
Insert this Aritzia top. I discovered this shirt while shopping in the village in Whistler a couple of weekends ago, and I have worn it a dozen times since. The material feels ahh-mazing on. And given the fact that it’s only a rayon blend, the cost doesn’t break the bank (win win). I am incredibly guilty of overwearing a new piece, which is why I will be going back for another colour. Like any great t-shirt, if it fits perfectly and wears well, purchase it in more than one color, or you will regret it!
I am off to Refresh market this morning to do some Christmas Shopping. I absolutely love this time of year. Markets, family gatherings, photos with Santa – they are all around the corner!
Enjoy your weekend, friends! xo
This week has been loooooonng. When it rains it pours, and unfortunately for me, it landed on a week where hubby was out of town for work. I could not be more happy that it is Friday, and thankfully, a low key weekend is in store for us. I could REALLY use some extra zzzzzz’s.
Outfit Talk.. This fuzzy black cardigan was such a score at the Aritzia Warehouse Sale a couple of months ago. Paired with a big blanket scarf, it was surprisngly warm enough just on it’s own; sans coat.
I have been getting so much use out of my favourite clothes, but am feeling that it is time to bring in some new, updated pieces. I really “wear” my clothes, and sometimes you must accept that you got your monies worth, and say farewell. A worn looking piece is far from chic, unless intentional (ie; distressed denim). Black Friday is just a week away, and my guess is that the sales are going to make for the perfect time to shop!
Morning! To start your Tuesday off right, check out these accounts which all offer something different. As we have gift giving on the mind, let’s start thinking out of the box for presents this year. Coffee with superfood for the caffeine lovers? Personalized blog planner for a blogging friend? Marble faced watch for a style savvy loved one? Or if it’s just inspiration you are looking for…
@frenchbydesign – interior design, recipes. All witha a parisian influence.
@morethan_just – custom typograhic wire wall racks. At the top of the Christmas wish list for my office!
@aark_collective - Unisex timepieces inspired by simple shapes, geometric form and minimalist design.
@coffenotcoffee - organic coffees and teas enriched with superfood.
@diapersandmilk – organic kids leggings designed in Paris. In addition, the brand recently collaborated with veja, and made these amazing kids marble sneakers.
@ebonyandmilk – the ultimate guide for design inspiration.
@blog_planner – blog planner to schedule your content, and your day to day life.
@cakebynicole - artisan wedding cake designer. Her cakes are the most beautiful form of art.
@laurmcbrideblog – beatiful mama, style blogger. Great style inspiration for expectant moms.
Once again, I meant for this post to go up days ago, and the time slipped away from me. Will there ever be a time when we are all NOT busy?? It seems doubtful at this point.
Just a quick weekend look to inspire you sartorially today. I am going to keep this post short and sweet. Grey? Check. Minimal Chic? Check. Toque?? Check. It’s officially cold and breezy outside, and that means toque season is upon us! Let’s face it; What that means (especially to a mom with NO time) is lazy hair days. I love having my hair washed and blown out, but sometimes i just don’t have it in me!
WARNING!! You will see this coat at least a hundred more times on the blog. No exaggeration. Loving this “investment” piece of mine!
On a separate (and rather somber) note, please take a moment to send positive thoughts & prayers to those affected by the Paris attacks yesterday. So devastating. I held my babies extra tight at bedtime last night and watched them sleep, sadly knowing how many families would not be able to do the same.
Starting off the week by celebrating my birthday!
I think its only natural to reflect on years past when you turn another year older, and I have to say, with all of the major life events that have taken place so far, I am in a joyful state of mind. The meaning of your birthday seriously alters after having kids. The thought of a sleep in and not having to cook will suffice on your special day. I am feeling grateful that I not only experienced one, but BOTH of those “luxuries” this weekend as we spent our first night away without both kids in Whistler for Cornucopia. Bubbles, shopping, dinner out and a wine festival??! YES please!! As much as I missed the boys, my husband deserves my undivided attention too. It felt good to get away, and not be multitasking at every moment for a solid 24 hours!!
Let’s talk outfit. I scored one of these items this weekend for under $30!!! This pair of wax denim from Joe Fresh fits me like a glove, and have major stretch which I LOVE. It is nice to have variations of denim in your wardrobe to play around with, as they are an essential item for most, and will see great use. Fit is everything when it comes to denim, so if you find a great pair that doesn’t break the bank, don’t think… just BUY!
Looking for this coat??? It is now on sale at Mango here!!
I recently read a saying on my friend Jamie’s instagram that said, “I am happy for the success of others – there is enough to go around”. I couldn’t agree more with this statement. That is why I love sharing other bloggers with you in combination with brands, stores, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others (especially in the digital world), but someone else’s success can be your motivator. Turn it in to a positive, and use that tool to drive you towards your goals.
Now, are you ready to meet the ladies behind these amazing accounts??
@topknotstyle.ca – Oversize knits handmade in Canada. I can already envision one of these beauties strung across the foot of my bed..
@intoyourcloset – Parisian mum blogger of two, with extreme cool factor.
@sophievandaniels – Style blogger from Maastricht. Beautiful, chic aesthetic.
@project_youandme – Australian lifestyle brand featuring bespoke products for the modern mom and her babe.
@greyandscout – Interior design stylist and blogger. Her taste is impeccable, and her baby is adorable.
@maryellenskye – Stylist, Creative Director from Nashville. Pretty & joyful feed.
@brit_gill – Photographer with a serious talent for capturing beauty. Her feed will inspire you, without a doubt.
@misswhitemelbourne – Soy candles from Australia. In theme with the marble trend that is continously going strong
@ahappyfooddance – Recipe blog with some very tasty ideas. The images say it all!
On Friday night I was able to escape the house post baby bedtime for a much needed catch up with my best friend. The fact that we are now both moms makes it easier for us to relate, and understand the need for some “away” time. We are both so incredibly busy – parenting, working, etc., that the time flies by and gets away from us. Getting dressed up (yes I consider ripped jeans with pumps an elevated look now) and going out to a restaurant sans kids to have an actual adult conversation is a BIG deal. So to celebrate, we indulged in a glass of prosecco
I dusted off this blazer from my closet (coincidentally called the “Rex” blazer) as it somehow slipped past the rotation for quite some time. You can just never go wrong with a blazer; A wardrobe essential that defines classic. And something about the whole blazer/denim/pumps combination just screams night out (and is very street-style inspired). You feel dressed up, without having to wear a dress.
I have always been a fan of a short hem vs. a low cut. I think it goes without saying that if you expose one half, you should cover the other (just my personal opinion, especially since becoming a mom). This outfit is rather on the short side, but with a nice big turtleneck on top, I didn’t mind showing some leg
I love the idea of layering thick chunky knits with flowy dresses, so I paired these two classic aritzia pieces to create a cozy, fall appropriate outfit. Using a nude/beige coloured shoe on the bottom creates an elongated look, which helps to make you appear taller. This combination is SUPER comfortable, and versatile. Two key components in my opinion!
Happy Friday, and Happy Halloween! xo
I have to start off by giving some serious credit to my photographer (aka my husband) for this shoot. These are probably some of my most favourite photos to date on the blog. Simple, sleek, minimal – and he captured it just perfectly so. The bonus, and a little behind-the-scenes details – it took all of 10 minutes to shoot, and I scouted out this location that is literally a two minute drive from our house. You gotta love that.
Now because I rarely have to go into an office anymore, I like to keep my office style minimal. That being said, I have a serious infatuation with shoes, and if there is going to be a “pop” in my outfit, leaving it to my footwear is the prefered choice. I have had this pair of dolce vita booties for quite some time now, but they still reel in the compliments every time I wear them. The unexpected strip of snakeskin on the back adds an edgy vibe, without appearing tacky.
If you are feeling uncertain on how to branch out of the norm when it comes to office attire, start with shoes & accessories. Adding an element of surprise in a tasteful way allows your personal style to shine through in a corporate environment.