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New Year, New Rear: Talking Fitness Fashion and Fitness Goals for 2020

FITNESS FASHION

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Bra: Zella // Leggings: Free People // Shoes: Adidas

Around this time every year is when the gyms are flooded with people attempting to kick their booty into gear. I have always had a fickle relationship with the gym and working out mostly because of my hip issues but 2019 was the first year I stuck with something fitness related. I found pilates and have never loved a workout more. With my new found love for Pilates, comes wanting to buy all of the cute work out clothes which can get expensive really quick. Why in the world are stretchy clothes so dang expensive?!

Now is a great time to stock up on quality active wear for the year. Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale and there are some great finds in there. Zella, Adidas, Sweaty Betty and Beach Riot are some of my favorite brands that Nordstrom carries and I’ve also rounded up my favorite sale finds to make it easy on you below. Don’t forget Nordstrom has free shipping and returns so if you aren’t positive on sizing, I suggest ordering two sizes and returning the other. Sizes tend to sell out quickly so this is the best way to ensure you get the item you are wanting!

FITNESS GOALS

I get questions a lot on what I do to stay so fit and I’d be lying if I said it’s from a strict workout or diet plan. I struggle with both daily. Quick backstory, I had two hip surgeries in 2017 and honestly hadn’t done any sort of real workout since college prior to my surgery. Then after, I had so many issues that I barely did any sort of physical exercise, let alone workout. But this past year has taught me how rewarding it feels to work towards something and to push your body and mind further than you thought it could go. There is a small victory and dare I say small adrenaline rush that happens with each workout. Going into 2020 I want to put a stronger focus on my overall health and mindset.

Over the past year I’ve learned to love working out for multiple reasons. Obviously I have enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor physically but mentally it has done wonders for me too! Working from home, sometimes my only break out of the house for the day is going to workout so it’s kind of become an escape. Running has done the same. On days I’m stressed or just need to clear my head, running helps so much. It’s crazy how a year ago I thought people who did these things were just torturing themselves. I don’t know what clicked for me in 2020 but I’m so glad it did. If you haven’t found a workout that makes you feel this way yet, keep searching. Pilates has been my saving grace.

Physically, I’ve noticed the most extreme amount of definition in my arms, abs and butt which are honestly the places I have always been most concerned about toning. I have loved Pilates because it does not involve much cardio yet still gets your heart rate up while being a full body workout. It’s definitely not easy but you can make the workout as hard or as easy as you want it to be. For those that are local to Houston, I go to HIP Fitness which is a megareformer class.

So what are my goals for 2020? Honestly I’d be happy with continuing on the path that I was on in 2019 but my main goal of this year is to add in variability with my workouts so I can start working new muscle groups. I also want to start adding in cardio as I am severely slacking in this department. While I love Pilates and plan on continuing to take it in 2020, I want to widen my range of workouts. So here are my specific goals…

Take at least 3 classes a week. 

Try a completely new class once a month. 

Start mixing in cardio once a week. Whether that be a long walk, *short* run, spin class or cardio based workout. 

Get a massage once a month. Again this goes back to overall health and mindset and I think can be included as a fitness goal as working out/stress can create tension and knots that make it harder to workout and perform other daily tasks. 

Eat dinner at home at least 4 nights a week. Of those 4 nights, try a new recipe once a week. 

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

*Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Budget Friendly Holiday Home Decor

When it comes to home decorating do you tend to take a traditional or non traditional approach? Over the years I’ve flip flopped back and forth. For example this year I love all of the buffalo plaid. I incorporated it for Fall and am now bringing it into the holiday season as well. My holiday color inspiration this year is white, grey, rose gold and buffalo plaid. I ordered this 7.5 flocked Christmas tree and a quite a few other pieces that I can’t wait to show you next week when I bring my vision to life!

My favorite places to shop for budget friendly home decor are always Target, WalmartTJ Maxx and Amazon. They have affordable finds that last me a few season’s worth so that way if I want to change it up one year, I didn’t invest too much money into a theme that isn’t to my liking anymore. Most finds from these places are under $20, if not less. TJ Maxx has free shipping days every so often where I like to stock up on all of the things.

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Non Traditional Holiday Decor
Traditional Holiday Decor
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The Best Portable Charger

Motile Smart Tech Accessories

Coming from someone who is on their phone 24/7, I have tried countless portable chargers over the years. I usually have one in every bag, purse and corner of my house! Even though I charge my phone every night, it’s usually dead before lunch time. If you can relate, I’m about to introduce you to your new best friend!

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Motile Smart Tech Accessories

Motile Smart Tech Accessories

Walmart just introduced their very own tech line named Motile that is chic AND cheap. Two of my favorite things in this world:) The premium line features everything from portable chargers, charging cords, and backpacks with built in chargers to wireless keyboards and mouses. Like I’ve said, I’ve tried out quite a few portable chargers and I love the Motile one not just because it’s cute and colorful, but because it’s actually a 2-in-1. This means it has double the charge of others and is compatible with all Apple products. The magnetic base functions as a power bank with a USB that allows you to charge two devices at once. The best part is if you are charging your phone, there is absolutely no cord required! It’s also so convenient that I can charge my laptop and phone at the same time or if I just want to have double the charge for my phone, that’s an option too!

Unlike other portable chargers, it is small enough to fit in even the smallest of purses and makes the perfect travel accessory. I never want to be without a charge when I’m at the airport or about to jump in a random Uber. I’m telling you ladies that it has saved me on so many occasions! If you are in the market for any type of affordable smart tech accessories, I would highly recommend checking out Motile at Walmart! Don’t forget that they have free shipping on orders over $35 and free in store pick up on all orders!

*Thank you Walmart and Motile for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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TJ Maxx Finds

It’s free shipping day at TJ Maxx and honestly I think some of these finds are better and more exciting than Amazon Prime Day! Mostly because there are name brands that we love on major discount at TJ Maxx. My favorite fashion brands to find there are Free People, Levi’s and BlankNYC but there are so many more! Plus they are always my favorite for unique and budget friendly home decor finds too. See below for some of my recent finds. The number one selling item from here is always the Slip Silk Pillowcase and silk sleeping mask. It constantly sells out so if you have been wanting it, grab it!

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Amazon Prime Day Finds

Happy Amazon Prime Day! These deals will only last 48 hours at most and once something sells out, the deal is GONE! I will be adding more deals as they become available. Amazon will slowly release “flash deals” throughout today and tomorrow so make sure to check back here for the most updated deals. I will also be sharing the flash deals on my Instagram stories since these last a shorter amount of time. See below for some of my finds.

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