November 24, 2010 § 1 Comment
This morning I woke up to several inches of snow! As a child this would have called for much celebration followed by many hours spent outside building snow angels and tobogganing. Since those wondrous years are behind me, and I now have way to many responsibilities, my initial reaction was dread and fear as to how I was going to get to work. As I was worrying my cell phone chirped and gave me some of the best news…the office was closed! With a full day off and nowhere to go I was finally able to do a few things that I haven’t gotten around to.
After indulging in many pots of coffee and Live with Regis and Kelly I put on my workout shoes and did a workout DVD that I haven’t done in ages. This was followed by a relaxing shower, more coffee and finally getting a chance to read some magazines that I haven’t had a chance to crack open. All in all, my day was wonderful and relaxing, and I hope those who did have to bare the elements today did so in safety.
November 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
I’ve had an obsession with faux fur for quite some time now. From the first magazine ad I saw last year with faux fur it was lust at first site. Over the seasons I have built a small collection and this cropped vest is the newest addition. Not only is faux fur extremely fashionable it has also proven to keep me warm on those days of mixed weather here in the Northwest. Be it gray, black, brown or caramel colored, vests can be paired with anything. I love making my vest the statement piece and pairing it with a simple top and jeans.
November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
I am all about getting the most out of a workout and Contrast Training is one of the best ways to fatigue your muscles and really feel the burn. This type of training involves performing a resistance exercise with weights, immediately followed with a high intensity body-weight exercise that works the same muscle group. The idea behind Contrast training is to exhaust the muscle group being worked to its fullest.
In this training the second exercise performed mimics that first one and trains your body to engage more muscle fibers. Since weights are involved, Contract training will build lean muscle mass while your body becomes a fat-burning machine.
Try these moves and see how your body reacts:
Holding 10 to 20 pound dumbbells in your hands, perform five to ten squats. Next, ditch the dumbbells and do ten jump squats. With a short break in between, repeat this sequence and work your way up to five or six sets.
Using the same dumbbells, perform five to ten chest presses. Follow the chest presses up with 10 explosive push-ups. Again, repeat this sequence until fatigue sets in or form becomes strained.
November 14, 2010 § 4 Comments
This past Saturday turned out to be one of those great days where nothing necessarily gets accomplished but when it’s all said and done you go to bed with a real feeling of success. My day started with a Spin class at the gym and ended with great conversation over coffee with friends. The Seattle forecast called for a “chance” of light afternoon rain so I decided to where a dress before the opportunity passed me by. If you have ever been to Seattle you know that once fall hits you should never leave home without an umbrella. To give my purse size leopard print umbrella a rest, I recently purchased this great hat and wanted to put it to the test (as well as channel my inner Lauren Hutton). Needless to say, the hat proved to be a purchase I will not regret any time soon.