Figuring out your fitness routine

I’ve always been aware of my health, but I feel like now that I’m (sort of) an adult, I need to be more focused on it. When I was dancing/playing sports, I didn’t even have to think about working out. With the days of high school athletics behind me, I’ve found a pretty solid routine that works for me.


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Sunscreen // Tank // Shorts
Phone Case // Shoes // Protein Bar

I learned very quickly that what works for one person does NOT work for everyone. I have friends that love swimming- I hate it. Swimming laps is probably my least favorite form of exercise and reminds me of lifeguard training in high school, a memory I try to block out. I actually enjoy running, but I have friends that hate it. Now (when I’m hope), I usually run 4 days a week, weight train 4 days a week, do 15 minutes of yoga a day, and toss in a couple of fun classes like barre, pilates, etc.

It took me a while to find a routine that worked, and in the process I learned a few things I thought I’d share with you:

1. Gear up appropriately. If you’re going to take up trail running, don’t go with a pair of 2 year old cross training shoes that are totally worn down because you will get injured (and shin splints are the worst). California is warm most of the time, but during the summer we’ll have temperatures over 100 on a regular basis. I love my lulu shorts because they’re loose and made of a really breathable material, and I usually pair that with a breezy tank to stay cool.

2. Fuel yourself properly. I take a HIIT training class at 5:30 am 4 days a week, and even though I’m usually not hungry before I don’t do as well if I don’t eat. I like grabbing a macrobar on the way out because it has a ton of protein and tastes good but doesn’t have any extra junk. Seriously, it’s gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and macrobiotic so it’s compatible with most dietary restrictions.

3. Take care of yourself before, during, and after training. Wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside. Drink tons of water. Soak in epsom salts after a particularly tough workout. Stretch! Even if you don’t want to take the time to do some of this stuff, you’ll feel so much better if you do and that will help keep you motivated.

4. Make your workouts fun! Don’t force yourself to run if you hate running. Yeah, it’s good exercise, but so are a million other things. Try a hip hop class. Take tennis lessons. Create a great workout playlist. Your primary reason for working out should be that you enjoy it and it makes you feel good, not because you feel like you have to.

5. Take the bad days in stride. I don’t exactly spring out of bed at 4:50 every morning, but when I get to go up on weight in an exercise or I notice my running times going down, it gives me so much satisfaction. Yeah, there are days where I am silently cursing my trainer throughout the entire session but overall I still enjoy it. Just remember that even professional athletes have bad days.

Hopefully that helps and gives you guys a bit of summer motivation! Share your best workout tips in the comments below.

xoxo,
Kate “Writing this while still literally dripping sweat and now I’m going to sanitize my computer”

Hot Summer Day OOTD

It is hot today, just like every other day here. Fortunately, clothes do exist that are cute + comfortable to wear in the heat (I still only lasted outside for like 2 seconds). I felt like dressing up a little bit more than usual today because CHEERS to the weekend! IMG_2089 IMG_2091

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Had to go for the vintage-y effect on this one

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I decided to take my dog for a walk and changed into something more walk appropriate (aka a t-shirt and jean shorts).

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she’s mid sneeze/ mid escaping from the  picture HA

Enjoy your Sunday Funday!

Xx, Tay

Fitness Favorites

As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately. Without the right tools, it’s basically impossible to stay motivated. I’ve made a list of my favorite fitness accessories that help me stay energized and injury-free:

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 Headband // Fitbit // iPod
Running Shoe // Headphones // Sports Bra
Training Shoes // Gloves

If you live somewhere cold (or go to school somewhere that gets cold), some sort of hat or headband and gloves are musts. The cold air makes it hard enough to breathe when you’re exercising outside, so you definitely don’t want achy fingers and ears from the cold. I recommend getting tech gloves so you can change songs on your phone or iPod while you’re exercising. In terms of tech, a pair of wireless headphones, an iPod shuffle, and a fitbit are all great investments. I’m not the most coordinated person in the world and have been known to get tangled up in my headphone wires, so wireless earbuds are lifesavers. I also might be known to drop my phone when I’m trying to run with it, but the iPod shuffle clips on to your clothes and is lightweight- perfect for exercising. The fitbit tracks everything from sleep to steps and really makes you conscious of your habits- and a lot of studies suggest that being more conscious of your sleeping/eating/exercising patterns make you better about getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising more. Now, why two pairs of shoes? If you’re working out a lot, it’s really important to have trainers and running shoes. They’re designed for different types of motion, so if you’re running in trainers or training in running shoes you’re more likely to get injured. A lot of sporting goods stores have treadmills to analyze your gait, and it’s definitely worth doing. Spend some time having your feet analyzed so you get the shoe that is best for you specifically and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Personally, I run well in Brooks but train better in Nike- that’s not the same for everyone. As tempting as it is, don’t just go for shoes because they’re cute or on sale. Let us know if you have any fitness favs in the comments so we can check them out! xoxo, Kate “My trainer literally laughed at me bc I was struggling so much this morning”

(Healthy) Cookie Dough!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I was craving something sweet but refused to give up on my all-healthy food thing, so I searched the internet for a healthy dessert I could make with stuff I already had in the house. Everything required very specific ingredients that would require a trip to Whole Foods, so I thought I was out of luck. Then, I remembered this company that came to our school a while back that made healthy cookie dough out of beans. Honestly, it wasn’t the best, but I decided I’d try my hand at it and see if I could improve the recipe.

Good news- even my family liked this one! It doesn’t taste quite like cookie dough (obvs), but is high in protein and fiber, vegan, and gluten free (and still makes for a good dessert)

Seriously, is there anything better than a big spoonful of cookie dough??

Seriously, is there anything better than a big spoonful of cookie dough?

What you’ll need: 
2 cans organic chickpeas, rinsed well and patted dry
1/2 c nut butter (I used 1/4 almond butter and 1/4 peanut butter)
1/4 t sea salt
1/2 c dark chocolate chips (vegan if you need it)
1/2 c packed brown sugar (you can sub in other types of sugar, or 1/4 c. agave or
honey)
1 T vanilla extract
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 cup GF rolled oats (or not gluten free if you don’t care/don’t have a medical
necessity)

How you make it:
Put the chickpeas and oats in a food processor and process until broken up into small-ish pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend until it comes together in a dough-like consistency and is totally smooth. Remove the processor bowl from the machine and stir in your chocolate chips with a spatula, then place in a covered bowl or container and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Enjoy!

See? Quick, easy, delicious and healthy. You really can have it all. The future is here, my friends.

xoxo,
Kate “Have we already eaten an entire batch?”

Love/Hate Tag and Liebster Award!

Hey guys!

We were nominated for the Love/Hate tag by The Simple Beginner and the Liebster Award by College Budget Styles and Lets Fucking Blog. We’ve been super busy and are just now getting around to the nominations (sorry!), so we’re combining the tags in this post to make sure we do them. Please don’t hate us for breaking the rules, but we don’t know who has/has not done each of these so we’re leaving the tag open! If you decide to do the Liebster Award or Love/Hate Tag, let us know. ❤

Rules for the Love/Hate Tag: In this tag we have to share 10 things we love and 10 we hate and nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

Rules for the Liebster Award: Thank the person who nominated you on their blog with a link to your post, display the Liebster award on your blog, nominate up to 10 bloggers for this award, ensure these bloggers have less than 500 followers, answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, make ten questions of your own for your nominees, and COPY these rules in your acceptance post.

Here are our questions for you:
1. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
2. What superpower do you actually already have?
3. How quickly would you die in a zombie apocalypse?
4. Run, swim, bike, or marathon (on Netflix)?
5. If you could eat one food and never get sick of it, what would it be?
6. If you could star in a TV show (that is airing or previously aired), what would it be?
7. What is a dream (while you were sleeping) that you had that you really wanted to come true/ be true when you woke up?
8. What are you most scared of?
9. Who is your celebrity crush?
10. What is the best thing you have ever eaten, and what restaurant was it at?

Questions from Lets Fucking Blog:
1. What’s your dream travel?
Kate: I really want to do the Trans-Siberian Railway from Bejing to St. Petersburg. It’s like a month long trip, but it would be amazing. 
Tay: I want to travel everywhere, but currently I would love to go to Africa and go on a safari. 
2. If you had to live in other country that’s not where you currently live, which one would you choose?
Kate: Probably in the south of France. It’s one of my favorite places to visit- I’ve always felt the people are so warm and inviting and it’s absolutely beautiful there.
Tay: Somewhere in Italy. It’s beautiful and I love the food and people. 
3. What’s your guilty pleasure song?
Kate: Don’t have one. I will readily admit to loving songs that people are usually embarrassed by. #noshame
Tay: ^ same. Honestly. 
4. Shopping spree or TV marathon?
Kate: Ummmm shopping spree. Always and forever. I have a clothing problem.
Tay: TV marathon. I don’t love shopping- I’d rather stay in bed and watch TV all day. 
5. What’s your oldest childhood memory?
Kate: Falling down on the playground in preschool and telling the teacher I hurt my patella. She laughed for about 20 years.
Tay: My dad trying to sell my legs in Paris by telling people they were pomme frites when I was three. 

Questions from College Budget Styles:
1. What is currently your favorite song to jam out to in the car?
Kate: I’m big on oldies, and right now my fav is Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson… makes me feel like I’m driving down PCH circa 1965 and Don Draper is going to pull up next to me any second. 
Tay:  Any Taylor Swift song (Always & forever)… also, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
2. What is one thing that you absolutely love about yourself?
Kate: That I’m not afraid to do stuff that seems weird or crazy. Keeps life interesting.
Tay: I successfully keep my life drama-free. I can’t remember the last time I was in a serious fight/conflict with someone. 
3. What is your favorite go to outfit piece?
Kate: My red supergas. We have a love so strong not even the white converse trend can tear us apart.
Tay: Sunglasses. Even when I feel like I look bad, sunglasses always tie everything together and make me feel put together. 
4. What are three qualities in people that you truly admire?
Kate: Fearlessness, adventurousness, determination.
Tay: Passion, spontaneity, genuine kindness.
5. Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Kate: At home! Tbh my opinion is a little biased but I love LA and would like to live here when I grow up (lol in like 2 years). 
Tay: NYC or SoCal ( & possibly London).
6. What is one thing that you would you do if you knew that you could not fail at it?
Kate: Run for president? Honestly I would do that knowing I could fail… most of the time I go for things even when I know the odds are not in my favor. Maybe actually I’d jump off a building and try to fly. 
Tay: Become an actor. I’ve always wanted to.
7. What is the biggest challenge in your life right now?
Kate: Coming to terms with adulthood, I think. I’m not enjoying the whole ‘being a grown up’ thing. 
Tay: Trying to find out what to do in life. It’s stressful trying to figure it out when I still feel like a kid.
8. What is the biggest blessing in your life right now?
KateAs cheesy as it sounds, my family and friends! I’m actually so lucky to have friends that will fly across the country to visit me (@Tay) and are always there to laugh with until we can’t breathe. Also my dog, Coco. She’s like my baby. 
Tay: My mom, cause she’s the best, and the rest of my family (including my dog Abby). Also, my friends and the opportunities that are presented to me. 


Kate
Things I Love:
Really soft sweaters
Going to the farmers’ market early Saturday morning
Peonies & hydrangeas
Taking my dog hiking
This recorder version of My Heart Will Go On
Cold brew iced coffee
Ice cream. All of it. It’s my favorite food.
Finding old ballet warm ups & wearing those stirrup leg warmers bc why not
Trader Joe’s. I love Trader Joe’s more than my thumbs.
Going to random movies with my brothers & sneaking 5 course meals into the theater.
Things I Hate:
Cabinet doors that don’t stay shut
Being really hungry and then realizing I don’t have any food in the house
Watching a movie where an animal dies and then having my dog refuse to cuddle
When my tea gets cold
My pilates instructor when she stands and watches me until i start doing the exercise
          again.
Having my favorite mug break
Trying on something you were obsessed with online and having it look weird
Washing raspberries and realizing half the carton is gross
People who eat really loudly or breathe heavily while they eat.
Going to my fav ice cream place and having them be out of my fav flavor. =(

Tay
Things I Love:
Traveling & exploring
Watching movies whilst under a warm, soft blanket
Trying new restaurants
Taking my dog on the golf cart and seeing how happy she is
Going on walks/runs/ hikes in pretty places
Pasta
Sleeping in
Finishing a great book and feeling like your life has changed after closing it
Laughing until I cry
Goat cheese & crackers
Things I Hate:
Loud chewers
Rude/ disrespectful people
When people tell me sexism doesn’t exist anymore
Taking a sip of something when it is still way too hot
Waking up early
When my fav characters get killed off/ leave my TV shows
Over-cooked pasta/ college food in general
Germs
The feeling of extreme guilt or sadness
Bananas and tomatoes 


Cauliflower Kale Quinoa Bowl

Hey biddies!

Yesterday I posted about my health goals for the summer, so I thought I’d share the recipe I used for dinner last night & a few updates! I’m trying to focus on minimizing packaged, processed foods and eating lots of fresh, organic fruits & veggies. I’m also in some pretty intense training classes, so I still need to get plenty of protein. Last night, I made quinoa bowls with sautéed kale, roasted cauliflower, and poached eggs. It was super easy and most of it can be prepared ahead of time!

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What you’ll need:
Quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s Tricolor Quinoa)
Flat leaf kale
Olive oil
1 head cauliflower
Organic, free range eggs
Sea salt & pepper, preferably fresh ground

How you make it:
Preheat your oven to 425. While it’s warming up, rinse your quinoa and prepare according to package instructions. Once you’ve got the quinoa cooking on its own, cut your cauliflower into florets and toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread on a cookie sheet, then bake for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through.

While the quinoa is cooking and cauliflower is roasting, set a pot of water on to boil for the eggs. Rinse your kale and massage with olive oil (I know that sounds weird, but it helps to eliminate the bitter aftertaste kale can sometimes get). Toss with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté over medium heat for just a couple minutes, or until it takes on a bright green tint and begins to wilt. Take the kale off the heat and set aside.

By now, your quinoa should be done- take it off the heat and fluff with a fork, then set aside. Crack one egg into a ceramic ramekin and swiftly (but carefully) submerge it in gently boiling water. Use a wooden spoon to bring the white over the top of the egg so it forms a sort of pillow around the yolk. Cook for about 2 minutes if you want a runny yolk or wait a bit longer if you prefer your eggs well done. Spoon your quinoa into a bowl, then top with kale, roasted cauliflower, and your eggs. Season according to taste and enjoy!

xoxo,
Kate “Can’t move any part of my body but it’s cool”

Instagrams We Love

Instagram is quite possibly my favorite form of social media. I love looking at pretty things, and insta is the perfect place to swoon over other people’s wardrobes, homes, etc. Here’s a list of a few of my fav instagrammers in case you’re looking to fill your feed with something new & fresh.

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Julia Engel // @juliahengel
I’ve been following Julia’s blog (Gal meets Glam) since she was in college herself and am OBSESSED with her style. She always looks so effortlessly pulled together and goes on the most incredible trips.

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Dice and Briohny // @bryceyoga
I would love nothing more than to be able to do the kind of inversions that this husband/wife yoga super team manage. If you’re unsure, watch this video of Briny. They’re so focused and calm that they always motivate me in my own yoga practice.

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Ashley Rose // @sugarandcloth
Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth has the most adorable DIYs and her instas are always on point. Everything she posts is just so damn cute. If I could live in an insta account, it would be this one.

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Samantha // @preptista
Sammy of Preptista is a fellow LA resident and amazing lifestyle blogger. Everything on her insta is so bright & cheery that it is literally impossible to be unhappy after seeing one of her perfectly-arranged photos.

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Elle // @ellefitactive
Elle started out as a broke college student looking to yoga for all its health benefits, so she taught herself. She has this whole ‘yoga for the people’ thing going on that I’m obsessed with. I have her Get Bendy guide and it’s already helped so much with my joint troubles- seriously worth the money.

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Carly Heitlinger // @carly
Carly of The College Prepster is one of my favorite bloggers ever. She’s very honest on her blog and super relatable, which is one of the things I love most abut it. Her blog is a mix of food, fashion, and travel and never disappoints.

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Marnie // @marniethedog
I’m obsessed with Marnie. Her life is about 1000000x cooler than mine will ever be and she’s absolutely adorable. Sorry, but if you don’t crack a smile at one of Marnie’s posts than you are probably a robot or something because she’s SO CUTE. Just look at that tongue hanging out. UGH so adorbs.

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Caroline Khoo // @nectarandstone
Oh. My. God. Everything Caroline makes is absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure it tastes incredible too but I don’t know if I could even bring myself to eat any of it because it’s so beautiful. If you didn’t think food was an art form before, you definitely will after seeing her insta.

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Kelly Mindell // @studiodiy
Bright. Poppy. Quirky. Fun. I want to be best friends with Kelly, who is behind Studio DIY. Seriously, she made an avocado piñata so I’m sold.

xoxo,
Kate “Have I been perusing instagram for the last hour?”

ACA- BELIEVE IT! Pitch Perfect 2 is actually good! {review}

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In short, I’m that person who has seen the original Pitch Perfect a good 30 times. I know all the words to all the songs. I know the dance routines of the performances. The biggest reason I know so much is because I was in Europe two years ago and there was a movie channel (the only English channel) that played it on repeat. It’s one of those movies that looked cheesy in the commercials, but turned out to be really well written, hilarious, and had well-rounded, diverse characters.

That being said, I was a little hesitant to see the second one. With such a solid first film, sequels usually ruin it for me. I went in with low expectations, expecting it to try really hard to be like the first one, but fail miserably in all aspects. I was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t suck.

I’m not saying that it is a great film, but it is good, and it definitely is a good time. The first one is amazing, and being that no one expects the second one to be better than the first, the second one is a good continuation of the story of The Barden Bellas. The humor is fresh and witty. Instead of trying to keep the same jokes and the same plot line, they actually modified it successfully. The characters grow in unexpected ways, the plot line is interesting, and the jokes are funny as hell + the MUSIC is great. If you love the first one, it is definitely worth checking out the second one.

Funniest Part: Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) singing “We Belong” from a canoe

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Most Goosebump-worthy Part: The final performance & the performance of the original song “Flashlight” 

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Cutest Part: When the Bellas sing a rendition of “Cups” around a campfire and find their voices again27E93F9200000578-3052577-image-a-3_1429810903771

Sweetest Part (*spoiler): Benji finds love *tears*

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Best Song Cover:  Run the World (Girls) #girlpower

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Xo, Taylor “I’ll be singing the songs for the rest of my life”

Get up offa that thing

Growing up, I was always really active- I danced for 10 years, played golf, and was always moving and playing outside. Throughout high school, I had such a routine- I got up early, was super productive during the day, came home to a healthy dinner every night and went to bed as early as I could. When I started college, I got way off the schedule I was used to and it sent me into a sort of funk. I didn’t sleep as well, I was always tired, my joints started hurting more, I felt stressed and anxious, and just generally felt off.

Even though I eventually found a rhythm, I still haven’t totally found my groove again. What really did it for me was when I came back this summer and realized just how blah I’ve been feeling. My doctor told me I have multiple vitamin deficiencies, I wake up every morning by cracking every one of my joints into alignment, and I get out of breath within a mile of my runs (even though in high school I could run 3.2 miles in under 30 minutes pretty easily).

One of my goals for this summer is to totally focus on my health. I want my old dance flexibility back. I want to finally break that 25 minute/5k time. I want to finally be able to do an inversion. I want to wake up every morning feeling rested and ready to tackle my day. To accomplish these goals, I signed up for a group weight training class and made a calendar for what I’ll do each day to help get my groove back.

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I’m sharing this with you because I think it’ll help keep me accountable and I figured some of you might want to join me. I’ll be sharing recipes and updates regularly as well, but let me know if you’ve decided to follow along so we can offer each other moral support!

xoxo,
Kate “Just got back from first class & can’t feel my legs”

Summer Wish List

I’ve been online shopping a LOT over the past few days and can’t wait to start updating my summer wardrobe. Right now I’m on a self-imposed spending freeze but I have my eye on a few pieces that are super cute. summerwishlist

Linen Popover // Sandals // Sleeveless Shell 
Denim Shorts // Sweater
Off the Shoulder Dress // Wrap Skirt // Tunic Dress

What about you? Do you have your eye on any summer must-haves?

xoxo, Yasi “Anyone want to give me a credit card without limits (and pay it)?”