Saturday, August 11, 2012

Quick Update

I just recently got a new laptop and am working on setting it all up! Shouldn't take me too long but it does take some time to get your laptop to your liking when you first get it. I have to transfer all of my fonts over and it's a serious pain in the behind!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

VS Yoga!

I went shopping a last week and I'll slowly get around to posting the photos of all the items I purchased. I love VS Pink yoga pants. They are by far the comfiest and they really don't cost that much. Since I only had one other pair that was looking pretty worn in, I decided to buy some new ones. I went with the boot cut yoga pants with a pink band. They're pretty simple, but I'll probably end up wearing them all around my dorm in the Fall.

What I love about these yoga pants is mostly the material. It's not see through like the material you get from some places (Aerie for example) and it stretches really nicely. Great for working out but that's what they're supposed to be! They cost 39.50$ CAD. I'm not sure what the prices are like in the States but most likely a little bit cheaper. 

Not even going to lie, this little free dog that you got with purchase was the main reason that I ended up buying something. I'll probably go back and pick up some undies and various other t-shirts. What are your dorm essentials? Yoga pants? Shorts? 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

21 Days to a Better You!

With the beginning of the school year only 4 short weeks away, it's time for me to start getting back into shape to tackle the upcoming year not only physically, but mentally as well! 21 Days to a Better You is simple. For 21 days you follow the diet regime below and add in a some working out whenever you please. It's not a strict diet but you will need to have some willpower to complete it! 

Let's start off with the tough stuff. The items listed below are the things that you're going to need to cut out of your diet for this to work. This is where the will power is needed. These are those little treats that you reach for when you're sitting watching television. They're the treats that are usually the impulse buys. 
  • No Candy (Chocolate included)
  • No Cake/Cupcakes
  • No Donuts (Say no to Tim Hortons and Krispy Kreme)
  • No Muffins (This one makes me cry)
  • No White Bread (Opt for whole wheat or tortillas)
  • No Chips (No brainer)
  • No Fast Food (Say bye bye to McDonalds!)
  • No Ice Cream
  • No Pastries
Essentially you're cutting out junk food. Also avoid processed sugars. They're hiding in a lot of  foods so be sure to read the labels!

Replace the items above with:
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Whole Grain and Whole Wheat Bread
  • Green Tea
  • Water
  • Hummus and Guacamole 
  • Vegetable Chips
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce (Make your own by microwaving apples and puréeing them with some cinnamon)
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Granola (Watch out, make sure it's the healthy kind and not sweetened)
  • Your favourite fish and shrimp
  • Leafy green salads (Use spinach)
  • Almond Butter
Combine this healthy eating regime with a little bit of working out:
  • Yoga (Here is a YouTube playlist filled with awesome videos)
  • Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred (on YouTube)
  • P90X (For the ultimate fitness people)
  • A simple walk or light jog
  • Swimming
  • Whatever else you like to do!
Since working out is not the main aspect of this 21 days program, you don't need to devote all you time to it. However, if you do choose to work out, you'll most likely see better results sooner. Mix in some weights and strength training to get the ultimate back to school body. 

They say that it takes 21 days to break a habit or to gain a new one. Try eating healthy and cutting the above items out of your diet and sooner or later, you won't even crave them any more! Follow along on my blog to see how I'm doing! 

Latest Instagrams

I've been totally caught up with Olympic fever! Canada has been doing so well and it was a great feeling for our country to have attained our first gold medal yesterday in trampoline. Unlike the United States, Russia or China, Canada only has around 35 million people. One thing that I have been paying close attention to is Oscar Pistorius. If you don't know who he is, I highly recommend that you look him up! Not only is he the most amazing athlete that you will ever watch (and sure winner for the most amazing Olympian of all time in my books) but he is pretty easy and nice on the eyes. Definitely my Olympic crush. 

I managed to get some shopping in last Wednesday and I came out successful. Something that hasn't happened in a long time. I'm going to a Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan concert in a few weeks and was in dire need of an outfit. I ended up with a nice floral dress from XXI and some super cute hats that add to the country feel. 

I also picked up Sephora to use up the last bit of my gift card. Since I'm a Philosophy addict, I grabbed a Fudge Cake body wash and this eye shadow by NARS. It's a pale colour and really doesn't show up on the eyes too much but it is filled with glitter and looks great in the corner of your eye. I love it and it looks great on. 

Lastly, I was going through some old books and came across this collection of mine. Back when I was in grade four or five, I used to love Captain Underpants. I'm pretty sure I have the entire collection somewhere. Looking back and reading them now I can only think to myself how the heck did I manage to read this? 

Did you read Captain Underpants as a kid? 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dorm Chic Day Two: Desk

A desk is a very important space. In university/college, it's where you spend the bulk of your time. With all that late night essays and assignments, you need a space that is not only comfortable, but productive at well. These products make your life and schooling a little bit easier. 

1. Giant Tiger Framed Cork Board or DIY 
2. Ikea 'Dokument' Magazine Holders  (Great for holding assignments and various papers)
4. Enjoy Lighting Flameless Silver Iced Candles (Calm your atmosphere without burning down your dorm)
5. Jonathan Adler Scales On the Go Mug (For those late night cram sessions)

The Average Blonde Bracelet Giveaway (Closed)

Just letting everyone know that the winner for my bracelet giveaway was announced today! Congrats Abigail! You've been emailed and have 48 hours to respond with your address! Thank you all for entering and there will definitely be another one in the near future. Over 100 entries were received!