Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hitching Back onto the Wagon

So, needless to say, I have been off of my "Fitness Journey" now for about as long as I was on it.  I can't say I'm disappointed because it's been lotsa fun and I'm not really a regretter.  However, I probably put back on as much as I lost if not more.  Lesson to everyone out there (and me): that's what happens when you're active and then all of a sudden, you're not.

I digress; so I got back in the game on Monday.

To be completely hones, a lot of my digression had to do with my gym.  I had a problem with them and cancelled my membership and I let it get to me.  As of Monday, I have got a membership at a NEW gym for a lot less a month and have been rejuvenated.  YAY!!

This gym is much larger with a lot more going on, so I am taking it slow and learning everything it has to offer.  Just like at the beginning of the year, I am looking for a lifestyle, not a diet.  I started Monday with 30 minutes of cardio (15 treadmill & 15 elliptical) and yesterday took a BodyFlow class.  This week is all about making it there.

I'm doing some research and am looking to get into a routine next week.  If any of you can suggest a workout regime that you really stick to and love, hit me up.  I'm always looking for something challenging and substantial.

New recipes and workouts coming soon!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thirsty Thursday!

I know everyone does a post on this subject, but I truly love the art of the cocktail!!!  I've bought books, my boyfriend is a mixologist (LOL), I'm currently styling my bar cart, and to top it all off I did tend bar for several years in college.  So, I definitely HEART making drinks...

Since I started my health kick I'm mostly riding the wine bus, which is nice for me, because for some reason it does not create quite the hangover that beer does, but, that's just me.  Also I drink about once a week due to my workout schedule, and try to stick to one or two glasses, which can be harder when in social situations.

Once a week I head to my bestie's house to cook for her.  Since her husband travels for business and my honey works nights, it's nice to have one night a week to ourselves.  I LUV wine!!  There is rarely anything else I would rather drink, but I dabble.  Since my bestie is allergic, lately, when we have our dinners, she has a cocktail of leftover Stoli and 7UP.... EW!!!

So in her spirit and best interest, on last week's date night I decided to brew her up some nice concoctions...

Thyme Muddled Dark & Stormy

I went all the way authentic on this... Bermuda style!

muddled two slices of lime with thyme
filled glass with ice
goslings black seal rum
barritt's ginger beer

While I was at the shop getting all the ingredients I noticed they had just gotten in my FAVE seasonal beer...

Sierra Nevada Ovila

This is a belgian style beer that, in the past, has been released three times a year, seasonally.  This is a delicious Abbey style Quadruple plum.  So good!  They have also released a Saison for Spring & Summer, and in the past a Dubbel for Fall.  I'm obsessed with the caramel tones of Belgians and always pick these up when released, since they are limited.

We also made our ol' fave, for ol' times sake... Mandarin Tonics...

absolute mandarin & tonic over ice with fresh squeezed mandarin oranges

We had a little tasting of each.  While we are on the subject, I'll share some of my all time faves...

Margaritas (traditional), have to be up there.  I always like to make my own fresh sweet&sour with lemons and limes, sometimes with a little orange thrown in.  Depends on my mood.  I got the idea of making a sweet and sour from a $16 margarita I had at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California.  Which, by the way, was the hands down best marg EVER!!  They make their S&S from organic fruit they grow on their property.  AMAZING!  I know a lot of people just use limes and that that's the ultimate in traditional, but try it this way and you will never go back.

mix equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice (sometimes a little orange)
a little agave nectar
tequila (I like Don Julio Reposado)
orange liqueur (I like Patron Citronge)
to kick it up sometimes I'll muddle jalapeños and/or thyme

Last but not least, my all time fave beer...  Kona Brewing Co. Koko Brown!

The caramel & the coconut, perfect blend.  I am a fan of dark beers and this one is very drinkable.  Also a seasonal, comes out in the Spring, and I can hardly wait every year.  Try it if you get a chance.

I'm not even touching on wines, cuz there's so many I love.  I'll leave that for another post.  Maybe "Wine Wednesdays".  But, I hope you mix or pick some of these few and enjoy.

Happy Tastebuds!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"...In Be Spring Nails"

While doing my nails last night and trying to pick a color, I started thinking...

Nail color for me is what sets the tone for the mood I'm in.  I look at my hands often and like to feel in a spirit of the season, of my outfit, whatever...

I was thinking... that I'm done with Winter, as are most.  I'm tired of dark, I would like to get out of the icey.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a serious neutral girl anyway.  But, when Spring comes we all like to let our nails "POP"!!!

NYFW Spring 2014 was all about the pastels, so I thought, why not wear those now, as my "In Be Spring" color, because let's be honest, as soon as Spring hits I'm gonna run straight for the Poppy.

I went with the OPI Brisbane Bronze, because, well, let's be real, I'm a sucker for metallics, and since I'm dying for a tan, this makes me feel beachy.  Like I said it helps me set MY tone.  I'm so OBSESSED with Mischo Beauty right now.  Their new collection hits perfect for Spring, but I really felt the Jackie, which is an ocean mint, really hit the spot for the InBeSpringer.

Any of these others could be a Winter or Spring inspired hue.  That's why I find them PERFECT for the in between.  Some are classics, some are brand new.  But, I love them all.  If these don't inspire you to immediately book a flight for TurksnCaicos, nothing will...


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hola Fellow SITSers!

Hi Everyone and thanks for visiting and/or commenting today!

This is such a magnanimous motto and truly can be the secret to your success!

Please feel free to comment and make any suggestions for me to improve my blog.  This is my heart and I want to share it all with you, in a manner in which it is pleasing to all.  

I took this challenge a step further by also socially linking myself to the bloggers in the everyday challenge.  It you feel you want to keep in touch, please feel free to do the same.  For me I always say "The More the Merrier!"

Thanks for all the LUV!! <3

An Aloha Moment!

Woke up this morning to a gift from the UPS man?  No, not the UPS man, ALOHA!  Yay!  Shauna over at ALOHA was sweet enough to send me the cutest tote!  Love that!  A girl loves getting gifts, and right before Valentine's Day... I blush, hee hee.  I can't wait to use it at the beach and for sure at the Farmer's Market.  I'm definitely sporting it at the Vera Bradley Half Marathon in Florida in 2 weeks.  Thanks Shauna!! MUAH! <3

Monday, February 10, 2014

Buy Style & Save!

Get your Spring Wardrobe ready for mix & match pieces you can wear throughout the season!

I open my mailbox this morning & what do I see?  No not tiny reindeer, a gift from JCrew Factory.  Today only, get 30% off.

Here's some ideas of ways to put these looks together.  I'm getting most of these myself.  JCrew is "FAMOUS" for having great pieces you can put together.  These are some staples I hope you'll like.

You can see my anticipation for spring is bubbling!  Can't wait to rock these looks! <3