Fitness Gear for Fashion Girls

Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks

As someone who isn’t a fan of bright colors, or giving up my fashion style identity while working out, it’s difficult to find fitness gear that reflects my personality! I understand the psychology behind eye catching fitness clothing (i.e. bright colors = happier mood!) but it’s the opposite case for me! When faced with bright colors I become discombobulated and unfocused, thus making my workouts less effective! I need calm tones, muted shades and a sense of serenity when working out. Recently I started the hunt for “the perfect” workout outfits for myself and realized there are probably a lot of fashion-minded girls like me who don’t wear brightly colored clothing, and as a result, don’t see the point in wearing them to exercise! After lots of searching I’ve found some great pieces and had to share with y’all! I’m watching the post office box for mine to arrive and am already so excited for everything to finally be matching! A few sets of matching, good quality exercise outfits are one of those “30 before 30” things everyone should have on their to-do list! Since I’m nearing 29 now is as good a time as ever!







Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks
I hope your next glow sesh is as fabulous as your outfit!

Winter Beauty Must Haves

I have to treat my skin and hair with a little extra TLC in the Winter months because of the dry, cold air. Today I’m dishing on my Winter Beauty musts and discussing why each one is in my routine. Please know that I am in no way qualified to prescribe any sort of treatments or supplements, so if you’re thinking about switching up your skin or hair care routine, please consult with your physician before trying anything new or unfamiliar!

Winter Beauty Musts

  • Vitamins: Everyone has different vitamin and supplement needs and I take extra care to stick to taking my particular blend every day to stay healthy. A few of my favorites are Rasberry Ketone (to help curb those Holiday sweets cravings!), Biotin (to boost overall health) and Stress B Complex (all the B vitamins to keep me out of those winter blues!).
  • Hair: I’ve long touted the incredible health benefits of Thieves Essential Oil blend because it’s helped me in so many ways over the years. One of my favorite ways to use it is as a scalp cleanse. After shampooing my hair I will spray diluted Thieves on my scalp and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing and going about my day. This rids my hair follicles of build up and oils and leaves my hair feeling and looking healthier, as well as promoting growth. I’m also loving It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product. One bottle lasts me about 4 months and I spray it on my hair after washing, before blow drying. This stuff truly is amazing; it leaves my hair shiny and bouncy with zero frizz or static.
  • Skin: Even when I neglect other beauty regimens I always take care of my facial skin! Right now a combination of Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer, L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Minimizer and L’Oreal Revitalift Night cream is my power trio! Truthfully, I’ve been using this combo for almost 2 years and I thought it was time to share! I find that pore care is essential for my normal/dry skin in the Winter.

Winter health and beauty breakfast

  • If you haven’t heard about the restorative properties of Collagen you should check it out! I’ve been taking Collagen for over 4 years now and am especially mindful of making it part of my morning routine to take along with a vitamin C tablet. The glycine in Vital Proteins Collagen works amazingly towards lowering inflammation, which in turn can prevent many health issues. I also like the Great Lakes Collagen because it’s cold liquid soluble and I can shake some up in almond milk in the mornings.
  • Lastly, even if I don’t eat healthily the rest of the day, I make sure that my breakfast gives me a good kick start! Because there are so many germs floating around this time of year I make it a priority to ingest foods that support a healthy body and immune system! I’d much rather work on prevention than getting better from being sick and eating a good breakfast is part of that for me. A typical Winter breakfast for me includes eggs cooked in coconut oil, avocado and honey mustard on an English muffin or sandwich thin along with chopped banana or pineapple and 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk with 2 Tbsp of collagen.

Winter Beauty Musts

Maintaining a healthy routine is so important when the stress levels of Holidays go up and temperatures drop outside!

What are you Winter health and beauty must-haves?


Weekend Workout Round-Up

With the on-going Snowpocalypse making casual weekend errands (like trips to the gym!) basically impossible in some parts of the country I thought today would be the perfect time to share another YouTube Workout Video Round-up! Ironically, I am writing this from my office with all the windows open and the sun shining in — In Germany no less! We’ve had unseasonably snow-less weeks lately and I love it.

The Best FREE Workout Videos for Snowed in Weekends at Home!

I’ve included videos for three popular workout genres: HIIT, Yoga and dance. All you’ll need is a yoga mat/carpeted area/folded towel and a set of hand weights/water bottles. Don’t let the snow slow your beach body progress!

First a little blast from the past! Does anybody else agree that the 90s didn’t really end till 2004 (when this video was made!)?!

Next is my favorite HIIT video — Jillian was making these workouts before it was even a ‘thing’ — she’ll always be my favorite video workout instructor!

If you’re in a chill mood this last workout is perfect for you. Even though it seems low intensity I always wake up with sore muscles the next morning.

If you workout at home what’s your favorite video or DVD series?

Workout Reload

It’s funny how always on the weekend (and more specifically Sunday) I get that renewed sense of energy towards being healthy and working out more. I think it has something to do with the usual Saturday night ‘cheat meal’ and feeling sort of sluggish the next day… couple that with internet browsing and seeing so many fun and interesting looking workouts/workout gear. (Because we all know new workout gear helps us get in better shape. Seriously, I’m pretty sure those floral nikes would make me run faster!)

Here’s my workout reload wish list for this week:

Stay out of the rut :: Fall Workout Lust List #workoutreload

Elle Est Forte tees | Black/white $28 Black/black $30 Floral Nike Roshe Run $170 Albion Fit Go Capri, Antigua $68 Happy Plugs In-ear Gold headphones $40 LuLu Lemon The Mat yoga mat $68  (HERE is why it’s worth that price tag!) H&M High Support sports bra $30 

{My latest fav quickie/warm-up work-out-at-home fitness video from Tone It Up}

Still have some energy? Try this Victoria’s Secret model workout next!

What motivates you to work out more? New clothes, gear, shoes or music? Finding a new workout? Let me know in the comments below!
With Love, Rachel

Triple Threat :: An Easy DIY Detox for Fall

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I’ve noticed lately that my beauty, health and fitness posts get more views and shares than any other type (even though this is primarily a craftsy DIY blog!) so I decided to write another one!
This time I’m sharing 3 of my favourite detox secrets to re-fresh and rejuvenate before the cold weather sends us all into the blues! I’ve been doing these 3 things pretty much all Summer and it has really helped improve my mood, maintain (and lose!) weight, clear my skin and rev up my energy levels, as well as other health benefits I will share further down.
Everybody needs a good thorough detox every 3-6 months in my opinion. Even if you only detox for 3 days your body will surely thank you. I’m also a firm believer in incorporating new ways to be healthy into my lifestyle that aren’t just ‘trendy’ or ‘in’, but that will be realistic additions to my daily routine. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of ultra easy ways to detox.
#1. Oil Pulling

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I’ve raved about coconut oil before. And why not?! It can literally be used for everything… facial washes, hair health, detoxing, baking, cooking… the list is endless.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is basically using coconut oil as a mouth wash and swishing the liquid for 10-20 minutes a day. The oil pulls toxins from your body. You can oil pull while you’re doing any other task, which makes it the easiest way to detox on this list.
Why do I need to oil pull?
Oil pulling is an a Ayurvedic health practice, which use has been recorded as far back as 800 B.C. that does the following:

  • Reduces bloating/water weight. (When you first start, do it daily for about 3 weeks so you really see give the practice time to reap benefits, then you can do 2-3 times a week onward.)
  • Clears skin
  • Reduces tooth and gum sensitivity. If you have any gum disease, cavities, or oral health problems in general, give this a try.
  • More hydrated. You will feel more hydrated and less thirsty.
  • Whitens teeth. (This is the thing I noticed first when I started oil pulling).
  • Great hangover cure 
  • And a LOT more… 
  • {sources & further reading: 1, 2, 3, 4}


How do I oil pull?
Take about a teaspoon amount of solid coconut oil (any virgin, organic coconut oil at your local Whole Foods or healthier alternative grocery store is fine) in your mouth. As you begin swishing the oil around it will dissolve into liquid at 72 degrees F. Swish for at least 10 minutes (but 15-20 is best). Do not swallow the liquid. It will be toxic as it is pulling toxins from your body. Spit into the trash (the oil will clog your sink drain!) and then swish with warm water and salt for a few moments to ease the irritations caused by the oil pulling.
Note: You can oil pull first thing in the morning (before you take food or drink of any sort) or at night last thing before brushing your teeth.

#2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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What does it do?
Apple cider vinegar has long been touted as a miracle worker. The main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill bacteria and/or prevent them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative.
Why do I need Apple Cider Vinegar?
Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria.
Can lower blood sugar.
Aids in weight loss.
Aids in heart health.
Protective against cancer. 
And MUCH more…
{sources & further reading: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}
How do I Take Apple Cider Vinegar?
You can really amp up the effects of ACV by combining it with other proven health-benefiting substances such as warm water, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon which aid in digestive health, blood pressure regulation, appetite oppression, skin rejuvenation and heart health. 

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First, warm about 10-12 oz. of water. After pouring into a glass, add 2 tsp. of ACV (I prefer THIS kind), 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder, 1tbsp raw honey, 1 tbsp lemon juice. Stir ingredients together and sip until finished.

Note: Even though I’m not discussing them today, if you want to read a bit about health benefits of honey, lemon juice and cinnamon simply do a quick internet search and read a few articles.
#3 Salad Meal Smoothies
We all know the benefits of eating your fruits and veggies… so I really don’t need to go into that… but I find a lot of times when I am making a salad or eating fruit during the day I add a lot of stuff to the process that packs on the calories and sodium content for my day. Such as salad dressings, croutons, turkey bacon bits and dipping apple slices and celery in peanut butter or nutella. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve negated the benefits of the good stuff by drowning it in chemicals and calling it food.

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Here’s my solution for this: Meal Smoothies. 
Now I know you’re thinking… and I agree, no one likes feeling so hungry they go into a blind food rage after drinking a ‘smoothie’ in the name of health only to ruin it because it didn’t do the trick!
The way I make smoothies does NOT leave me hungry and I’ll tell you why… I detox my entire system for days at a time by blending 10+ fruits and vegetables together in each ‘meal’.
This might sound insane but it totally works. Your body is still getting all the nutrients it needs without taking a single bite.

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I have 2 favourite recipes I like to alternate: {click on each food item for a link to it’s health benefits.}
The Green Salad:
+spinach +kale +banana +avocado +celery +carrots +almond milk +tomatoes +pink lady apples +butternut squash
Blend well and enjoy!
The Fruit Salad:
+mango +peaches +strawberries +avocado +almond milk +apples +pears + blood oranges +raspberries +blueberries +figs
Blend well and enjoy!
It is really amazing how full these ‘meals’ keep me and how vitamin and nutrient packed they are! Every fruit and vegetable has their own detox DNA that does something special and amazing for your body. Do a little internet research and mix your own meal cocktail! Click HERE for lists of smoothie recipe ideas.
Thanks for sticking with me through such a long post! I hope you found some informative new inspiration to make your lifestyle a little cleaner.