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Health & Fitness Tips

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Health & Fitness have always been a huge part of my adult life, but since I started coaching, it has become my life. These are tips I live by, and share with my challengers daily to stay on track and stay motivated.

1. Drink warm lemon water upon waking up every morning. This helps with firing up your metabolism and detoxing your system, losing fat and improving digestion.

2. Stick to a portion controlled meal plan. Once you learn how much food and the portion of it you should be eating daily, you can learn to fit in your favorite foods and meals without overindulging. (The programs I use have been a lifestyle change for me, you can find the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme here)

3. Make a weekly menu & stick to buying only what you need for it. This helps you stay on track, without snacking on bad foods, and also helps not to overspend at the grocery store.

4. Prep your food. Wash & cut up fresh fruits & veggies, and make them easily accessible for snacking or to grab & go. Make a big serving of homemade hummus or guac for the week, or brown rice or quinoa to add to your dinners.

5. Drink a protein packed, vitamin filled, superfood shake for breakfast daily. Vegan Chocolate Shakeology keeps me full, nixes any junk food cravings (it tastes just like dessert!) and gives me all of my vitamins, and nutrients for the day.

6. Complete one 30 minute workout per day, from toning, to pilates to yoga. I used to spend two hours at the gym doing cardio, and it never transformed my body like these 30 minute at home workouts have, with minimal cardio.

7. Stay hydrated throughout the day. This is crucial to weight loss and staying healthy. Shoot for drinking half your weight in ounces for the day.

8. Dry brushing before showering. This helps detoxify the body, improves circulation, tightens skin, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of cellulite.

9. If you get hungry after dinner, drink a cup of decaffeinated tea. Cinnamon, peppermint, rooibos, pick your fave.

10. Never underestimate the power of weights, to tone your body and transform it (not bulk you up.) I’ve had much quicker results with my body becoming smaller and more fit and toned, than with any type of cardio.

11. Throw away the scale. Setting a goal to lose “x” pounds, can be discouraging, because sometimes your body is reaching non-scale victories much quicker. You may be losing inches, or pants sizes and not realize it because you are too stuck on the number on the scale.

12. Take before pictures. This isn’t for sharing, but sometimes you rely on seeing little differences, and you don’t see the big picture until you compare yourself to a picture of when you started. A photo can show a lot more than the scale can.

13. With each food & fitness choice, ask yourself, “Will this choice bring me closer to my goal?” This has been life changing. Results don’t come immediately. Take everything step by step. By making decisions based on your goals, each choice will be one step closer to getting you there.

14. Check in to keep yourself accountable. I encourage my challengers to check in with their workout & meal plan for the day at the end of the day in our online challenge group to keep themselves accountable. If you know you have to share your food and fitness choices with others at the end of the day, it may help you make healthier choices.

If you’re interested in making a change for a healthier lifestyle, and want to learn more about the programs, shakeology or my fitness groups, feel free to contact me fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com or visit my coach site.

Morning Links

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1. 10 Tips On Working From Home.. these are great to tips to staying on task (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pre-Holiday Cleanse, I eat this way on a daily basis (no gluten, sugar, refined flours… etc) so I’m excited to try some of her recipes (goop.com)

3.. Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Quinoa Salad.. I can’t wait to try this. It looks so good & has so many health benefits! (popsugar.com)

4. Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare Online, great especially for holiday travels or upcoming vacays (theeverygirl.com)

5. Pair with a skirt or dress for a look that’s so on trend.. The Adidas Original Stan Smith

6. How to Fake Calligraphy.. I love calligraphy everything, when a couple of our Save the Dates got skipped getting written out, this post saved me (jonesdesigncompany.com)

Morning Links…

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  1. The whimsical, enchanting vibe of the Delpozo SS14 collection made it my absolute fave (style.com)
  2. Fall Nail Trend (theglitterguide.com)
  3. A yummy veg filled dish to whip up quick (marthastewart.com)
  4. Moving? How to simplify the process (buzzfeed.com)
  5. Transition your whites into Fall (Labor Day is not a deadline) (lextravagance.tumblr.com)
  6. Engagement parties, bridal showers & weddings galore & no time to shop? (renttherunway.com)
  7. A close second to these Rag & Bone ankle boots for significantly less (forever21.com)
  8. The ultimate staple belt to transform your LBD, LWD & bold coats this season (zara.com)
  9. The chicest calligraphy make a unique gift (etsy.com)

Morning Links…

morning links

  1. Closet Tips Stolen from Fashion Editors (refinery29.com)
  2. Bridal Shower Do’s and Don’ts (projectwedding.com)
  3. How to Make Your Boots Last Forever (lhj.com)
  4. The Instagrammys: 14 Beauty Pros To Follow Now (elle.com)
  5. This dress… (anthropologie.com)
  6. This yummy dish is protein & superfood packed (bullfrogsandbulldogs.com)
  7. This statement polish was created exclusively for NYFW (butterlondon.com)
  8. The perfect Fall flat (shopbop.com)
  9. This is amazing – Need to refuel at NYFW? Don’t fret (lifestylemirror.com)

Five Facts

Two fab blogger friends, Sarah and Taylor recently tagged me in their Five Facts Posts. So I’m sharing five fun facts you may not have known about me, and tagging these stylish gals to give it a go Caity, KendallAngela & Alexa, BethannDonnaAlex and Lynsey. (I couldn’t pick just five! 😉 )

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1. I don’t match my swimsuits or mani-pedis. These are two examples where you have the most room to have fun with fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and complimenting colors.

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2. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years, and a vegan for 7 years, and within the past year I became gluten-free. Since I was a child, I never understood the concept of eating meat, and I always went with it to it. I’ve eliminated things like refined sugar, and artificial coloring, because I like sticking to whole foods, and lucky for me, I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. 😉

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3. I love baking and decorating. Before an exam in college, baking was always the best stress-reliever for me. I was always whipping up my the best ever banana bread recipe (no really, it’s called that) or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from this cookbook. Styling cupcakes, a coffee table or an ensemble share a creative aspect that I love doing.

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4. I love to organize. This totally ties in with the fact of starting my own personal style consultation business. See my closet organization tips here. I’m definitely OCD when it comes to my closet. It’s organized by category, color and then sub-categories. These lucite organizers keep my nail polish and lipstick addictions under wraps.

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5. I subscribe to 19 magazines monthly. I can’t get enough knowledge and inspiration from fashion, home decor, and fitness. I tear out pages that inspire me and place them in a binder (trailing back to the OCD), it serves as inspiration for outfits, decorating, and new toning routines and recipes.

The Mess-Free Manicure

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure I love sporting deep hues during the Winter months (right now I’m loving navy.) Unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest to apply. This Pinterest found beauty tip is key for a fool-proof manicure in just minutes.

  1. Using a Q-tip, apply Aquaphor (a must-have multifunctional healing ointment) around each nail, making sure not to get the lotion on your actual nail
  2. Apply base coat, polish and top coat (letting each coat dry in between)
  3. Once dry, rub in the Aquaphor onto cuticles

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure The end result: A mess-free manicure (no need to spend time on touch-ups!)

Promptly Pampered

  1. Nordstrom ‘Butter’ Low Cut Socks – So cozy & locks in moisture after product is applied.
  2. Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair Stick – The stick version is so quick & simple
  3. Mr. Pumice Pumi Stone – This hybrid pumice/foot file is super convenient
  4. Philosophy Soul Owner Foot Cream – This foot cream is super-charged with salicylic and glycolic acids to help reduce rough soles.

Last week, I shared my Fall beauty buys. As the weather gets colder, my beauty routine changes to keep my skin well moisturized. To keep your pedicure fresh in between visits,  follow this simple routine, to avoid rough soles, and cracked heels.

  1. Before showering, use a foot file to file the bottoms of feet and heels.
  2. While in the shower, use a pumice stone on your heels and on any calluses.
  3. After getting out of the shower, apply a repair stick for cracked heels.
  4. Lather on a softening foot cream.
  5. Immediately put on a pair of moisturizing socks and wear around until you’re finished getting ready.

Closet Detox

While transitioning into Fall, it was time for a closet detox. I’m pretty good about eliminating items almost weekly, but I was in need of a true deep cleaning. This meant really evaluating and eliminating the ones that I haven’t worn in the past year.

While perusing through Instagram, I came across Copious. Copious is a “ebayish” type of website where you can buy and sell your clothing, accessories, etc. but much simpler. It’s much less technical than eBay, and you only give 3% of your profit to the site. You don’t have to pay to list you items either. You connect your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr so you can sell & buy to people you know. This worked out very conveniently for me, because I simply uploaded photos of all the items I eliminated from my closet and they were up for sale within seconds. (I sold two items hours after they were posted!)

If you’re detoxing your closet for Fall, (or any season), I recommended creating a profile.

Shop my closet on my Copious profile: http://copious.com/profiles/brittany-shick

Click here for tips on closet organization.

*This is not a sponsored post, just strictly my recommendation

A Glimpse Inside my Closet & Tips for Organization

I’ve decided to share this How-To Organize Your Closet post by including a glimpse of my own closet. When your closet, dresser, and jewelry are organized it causes less stress, saves you time, and money! You don’t need built-ins or a customize closet. Follow these tips to organizing your own to find out!

My closet is divided into sections. Each section has a category, then a subcategory, and then organized by color. This system is the most useful to me, because it lets me find everything I need, without wasting time.

Shoes. Try to separate your shoes by style. Pumps, espadrilles, flats, sneakers, etc. Then arrange by color. If you don’t have shelf storage, try a shoe organizing shelf, or an over-the-door shoe organizer. An under-the-bed shoe organizer is great when you’re limited on space.

Necklaces. Statement necklaces are a vast part of my wardrobe. I don’t like them to be hidden, or tucked away. I use hangers to organize them. I divide my necklaces by color: gold, silver, multi-tone, and colored. This eliminates using 1-2 hangers where they can easily tangle or brake, and they can all easily be seen.

Jewelry. I separate my jewelry by costume and fine jewelry. Then I organize them by type. Bracelets, rings, earrings, hair accessories, etc. Jewelry drawers really help keep me organized. But these drawer dividers work just as well!

Belts. I organize my belts by style, color, and width. I can view all of my options when looking for something specific. An Over-the-door Multi-Hook is a great option for keeping your belts organized.

Handbags. I organize my handbags on shelves. I categorize by type, style, color, and brand. I keep all clutches, crossbodies and wristlets together. A hanging shelf, or over-the-door organizer are also great options.

Hats. I organize my hats by season, then style. Keeping them in drawers is the most effective solution for me. If you lack drawer space, an over-the-door hat organizer works well, also.

Seasonal Accessories. This is my drawer for Winter accessories. I keep heavy scarves, hats, headbands, and gloves organized together. This makes it easy for me to adjust from season to season.

Seasonal Shoes & Coats. Like accessories, I group Winter boots together. I organize them by type, height, style, and color. I organize by jackets by heaviness, style, and color. I keep my heaviest in the back so they aren’t taking up space when I’m not wearing them. Boot hangers are also a great way to keep boots’ shape.

Travel Accessories. I have a travel drawer, in which I keep garment bags for shoes, laundry, and swimsuits. Included are also wallets, organization  bags and additional handbag straps. This eliminates some of the stresses of packing. An accessory organizer is another option for these items.

Scarves. I own quite the scarf collection, due to the fact that it’s own of my favorite accessories. I have them categorized by color, then by thickness. A multi-use hanger also works well.

Denim & T-shirts. I keep my denim and tees stacked on shelves to eliminate hanger creases. I organize them by color, style, and length. Hanging shelves are another great option.

Knits. All of my knits are stacked on shelving, as well. Hanging knits can deform their shape. This includes, sweaters, cardigans, wraps, and knit jackets. They’re organized by type, thickness, and color. Hanging organizers and sweater organizers are a great way to organize as well.

Shorts, Skirts & Blazers. I hang all of my bottoms on wooden hangers with clips. This eliminates hanger creases, and easily lets me navigate through the items. My shorts and skirts are organized by casual, or dress, then by color. All blazers are organized by color, heaviness, and season.

Maxi Skirts, Pants, & Dresses. I organize all of these items together on a rack where I have the most height. This keeps all of my lengthier items neat. I organize by color, style, and season. A garment rack is a great option if you don’t have the length in your closet.

Casual Jackets & Swimwear. Along with my necklaces, I group casual jackets that I wear for lounging and the gym, and swimwear and coverups together. Divided drawers are another great way to store swimwear.

Sleeveless, Dress and Button-Front Tops. I group sleeveless tops together and organize by color, then strap thickness. Dress, and button-front tops are organized by sleeve length, then color.

Vests, Casual Tops & Casual Footwear. I group my vests, and casual tops together. They are categorized by sleeve length, then color. I have separate shelving for casual footwear, such as tennis shoes and flip flops.

General Tips:

  • Keeping the same style and color of hangers throughout your closet, shows consistency and organization. I like velvet non-slip hangers.
  • Organize clothing, accessories, and shoes by season. This makes for an easy  transition. If you don’t have the closet space to fit all seasons in at once, under-the-bed drawers, bags, baskets and storage boxes are a great solution for off-season items!
  • Go through your closet once per week, and decide whether to keep clothes you haven’t worn in the past month. Make three piles: clothes to keep, clothes to consign or sell on eBay, and clothes to donate. If you’re on the fence, let this aid in your decision-making: If it’s in season, and if you aren’t going to wear it within the next month, choose to consign. This way you’re gaining closet space and making money for future purchases.
  • It’s a good idea to invest in wardrobe staples that will bring you from season-to-season. Classic staples include, black and nude pumps, a chambray button-front top, a lightweight utilitarian jacket, a lightweight peacoat, a classic LBD, and your favorite denim. H&M, Forever21, and TJ Maxx are great for purchasing trendier items that you may only wear for one season. But don’t be fooled, you can also find many designer staples at affordable prices at TJ Maxx. It’s my favorite place to find amazing deals!
  • A clothing steamer is a great item to have in your closet to eliminate wrinkles, and a trip to the dry cleaners. Travel versions work great too!