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Weekend Playlist: Let’s Work It Out

By |July 26th, 2014|Weekend Playlist|

runner stretch vie sportForget Kanye, this is Kiki’s workout plan.

In conjunction with twice weekly Pilates at Flex Studios and as many times as I can get there yoga at Strala, I run.  I run as much as my little feet can handle.  That’s why they look like a spend my free time dancing on hot coals.  When I’m not running along the Westside Highway (due to inclement weather), I take it to the treadmill for interval training.  This started as a trainer’s written instructions and as it got too easy, I modified it to work for me (so, feel free to do so for yourself).

  • 5 minutes at 5.5
  • 1 minute 7.5
  • 1 minute 5.5
  • 1 minute 8.0
  • 1 minute 5.5
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  • 1 minute 5.5
  • 1 minute 9.0
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  • 1 minute 8.5
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  • 1 minute 9.0
  • 1 minute 5.5
  • 1 minute 8.5
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  • 1 minute 7.5
  • 1 minute 5.5
  • 5 minutes 4.0

I do all of this on a 1% incline and I get through it only with the thought of thinner thighs and a good playlist.  I’ve created a few for you before (here, here, and here) and this is what I’m currently burning rubber to.

xx,

WhyDid

Friday Frocks: Don’t Play No Games

By |July 25th, 2014|Friday Frocks|

workout fashionYou know what can ruin a perfectly good Eggs Benedict?  Watching a girl wearing sweaty yoga pants join the table next to you post [insert latest/trendiest workout] class for mimosas and toast, gluten free, of course.  I understand the stress of squeezing in a workout pre-weekend gluttony.  Getting from point A to point B without upsetting all parties and attempting to look like you didn’t just emerge from Tulum’s sweat lodge.  The struggle is real.  Whether you’re looking to find love on the tennis court or love in the club, these sporty little dresses are perfect for slipping on post calorie torching.

workout dresses1. L’Etoile Sport Medea Striped Ribbed Stretch Jersey Dress, 2. ADDISON Terry Drop Waist Tank Dress, 3. byCORPUS Stripe T-shirt Dress, 4. Orlebar Brown Sanremo Cotton Terry Dress, 5. Athleta Dip Dye Middy Maxi, 6. Clu Pleated Sweatshirt Dress, 7. Sparkle and Fade Side Slit Maxi Slip Dress, 8. Athleta Bob and Weave Active Dress, 9. SUNDRY Stripes Sweatshirt Dress, 10. Monreal London Stretch Jersey Mini Dress

xx,

WhyDid

 

Why Did You Wear That: If Shopping Is Your Cardio

By |July 24th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

nordstrom sale shoppingYou know what’s a great way to beat this miserable heat?  Shopping.  And wouldn’t you know, it’s that time of year again.  Get deep discounts on new arrivals during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale.  We aren’t talking about picked over end of season goods either.  Stock up early and shop everything from Joie suede booties to J Brand denim to Hanky Panky thongs until August 4th when regular prices return.  So, if shopping is your cardio, consider me your personal trainer.

xx,

WhyDid

Beauty Buzz: Gym Class Heroes

By |July 23rd, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

workout fitness beautyI think most women who actually take their physical fitness seriously can attest to the fact that one of our biggest eye rolling moments at the gym is upon spotting a perfectly made up, coiffed, push up sports bra clad babe texting in between turning pages of Cosmo on the elliptical.  I also suggest that you always tie your body with a weight lifting belt when lifting weights to exercise properly without having strains. Speaking of which, I always cringe when women’s magazines suggest meeting men at the gym because I promise you the last thing I want is for a juiced up bro to approach me while running interval sprints on the treadmill.  That’s a surefire way to get a dumbbell straight to the dome.  Besides, I tend to be a bit of a sweaty mess and believe this is why women only gyms were invented.  So how does one recover beautifully post workout?

Just like I mentioned about there not being some magic way to acquire abs of steel, there are, however, a few products that can certainly contribute to the cause:

  • I love dry brushing before the shower or you could use the Skinesis Bodylift from Sarah Chapman to help with pesky cellulite.
  • Tossing your hair up into a high ponytail or messy bun atop your head can actually cause quite a bit of damage as you move.  Definitely opt for softer rubber bands sans metal closures to avoid breakage and if you can, wear a braid (French, fishtail, rope– take your pick).
  • After your sweat session, you may only have time to rinse and head back to the office or hopefully happy hour. No full swing shower, massage and chiropractor session (more about the services here).  If you’re like me and a full on blow out isn’t even in the realm of possibility, then meet your new best friend, dry shampoo.  The trick is finding one that won’t  leave you looking like Martha Washington with a powdered wig.
  • If you like running outside when humidity is less than that of a tropical rainforest, then sunscreen is a must.  For so long, I didn’t bother.  Partially because I’d had a few sour experiences of blindness once sweat swept my SPF right into my eyes, but basically out of sheer laziness.  Guess who doesn’t want knees that look like a vintage leather handbag?
  • The biggest favor you can do for your skin pre-workout is wiping your makeup off.  Your skin needs to be able to breath in order for toxins (that bottle of Sauvignon Blanc you shared last night) to be released.  Stash makeup wipes in your gym bag for a quick cleanse before you feel the burn.
  • I can’t lie.  My feet are gnarly from miles logged on the treadmill and on the road.  Be sure to take some time to soak those tired toes and give them a little TLC so you won’t be ashamed to bare them in open toe shoes or plop them up on the chaise lounge poolside.

workout beauty

1. Fresh Sugar Deodorant Antiperspirant, 2. Alterna Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo, 3. Sephora Collection Tropicolor Ribbon Hair Ties, 4. MED e TATE DERMAdoctor, 5. This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle, 6. Samudra Coco Palms Pouch, 7. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, 8. Sarah Chapman Skinesis Bodylift, 9. Bodyism’s Clean and Lean Serenity Shake, 10. Margaret Dabbs Hydrating Foot Soak, 11. Hampton Sun SPF 35 Continuous Mist Sunscreen

xx,

WhyDid

Setting the Mood: Get It, Sporty.

By |July 22nd, 2014|Setting the Mood|

workout fashionThe other day I received a message asking how to get abs like mine.  I’m not sure if she was expecting some magical answer like, “I house a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos dipped in Cool Whip before bed every night,” but she seemed a bit bummed out when I answered instead, “Pilates, yoga, and running.”  This is not another installment of “You Did Not Eat That.”  I actually do spend time sweating and while I did partake in National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, I am cognizant of what I put into my body on a regular basis.  I don’t do it because I want to be thin, though that is a welcome side effect, I do it because I actually feel better when I’m not bombarding my intestines with ingredients I can’t pronounce… except for the occasional glass of wine from some far corner of the Earth that I just point to on the menu and smile.  Sure, when I was in college I could sit down in front of the TV with a raging hangover and feed my frame an entire pizza without seeing the effects.  But seeing as I’m no longer wielding a fake ID from Tennessee, my metabolism has given me the middle finger and shopping is most certainly not my cardio.

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xx,

WhyDid