App Of The Month: 7 Minute Workout

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Sticking to your New Years resolutions everyone? A popular for every year is to get in shape, so this app by Perigee will help give you a had start!
 I'm one of those people who love to work out. The feeling that you accomplished something and the mood lift it gives you once you're finished. Many of those, like me, who like to work out sometimes don't have the amount of time that we'd like. From school to work to the 'I'm tired and really don't care' nights, this app has got you covered.
Seven minutes, twelve exercises, seven months. Each 2 month periods you work out with the seven minute workout app you unlock different workouts focusing on different areas on your body you want to focus on. Honestly, I'm in love with this app. The achievements and hearts rewards on the app make you work out everyday. Sometimes I even use this app as a warm up before I go on a long run for a work out. So get to it, it's a free app! Take the seven month long challenge along with me, lucky
number seven right?

Be sure to enter my recent giveaway for a lovely Chloe + Isabel, hosted by Style Yourself In Chloe + Isabel. Click here to get to the post. Good luck, there's only three days left!

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I know I've mentioned it before in a few of my older posts, but accessories are what can make or break a simple outfit. Whether it's earrings, a necklace, or bracelets, they're the extra oomph or the pop that your outfit needs. I don't want to giveaway anything, but you could have your hands on some accessories if you keep reading...

I started my simple outfit with my new Ann Taylor Loft emerald-y green top. This top is fabulous because although it doesn't have a true peplum style bottom, it gives the appearance of one, which I adore. It was very comfortable too, but I loved how it went with my Chloe + Isabel Multi-Strand Signature Torsade Necklace.

From pearls to chains to rhinestones - this necklace literally holds everything and brings it all together beautifully. It's the perfect statement piece for any simple top like the one I have on. To keep up with my admiration for Chloe + Isabel jewelry I put on my Bead + Chain Multi Wrap bracelet.

The colors on this bracelet get along great with my top, and even have the layered affect that the necklace gives off as well. But as much as I love the colorful beads, a girl can't do without some sparkle. Although they're studs, these Chloe + Isabel Crystal Square Stud Earrings are great to wear with any outfit, really. I love studs like this, they're easy to go with simple outfits to the escalated.

I decided to stray away from the girliness a tad for my shoes, so I laced up my brown Timberland Mid Boots. I like the type of boots that have the laces in the front, but have that sneaky easy zipper on the side inside of the hassle of lacing and re-lacing every time you want to wear them. These boots are extremely comfortable, and are tight enough that you can wear them with leggings, skirts, or even jeans - like the comfy go-to pair of Abercrombie & Fitch skinny jeans that I wore with this outfit. Everyone's got their go-to jeans and I say that you can't go wrong with Abercrombie, or even Gilly Hicks. Both are comfortable and last you forever.

 Be sure to check out the boutique Style Yourself in Chloe + Isabel. There you will find a collection with all my favorites from their line!

Top: Ann Taylor Loft (Similar)

Denim: Abercrombie & Fitch

Boots: Timberland

Necklace: Style Yourself in Chloe + Isabel

Earrings: Style Yourself in Chloe + Isabel

Bracelet: Style Yourself in Chloe + Isabel

Style Yourself in Chloe + Isabel is giving away the "Sealed with a Kiss" Envelope Pendant (a $42 value!). I love this necklace because it is perfect for this time of season... Valentine's Day! Colorful and cute, this adorable envelope holds a reminder to yourself to "be creative, be confident, be you". Follow the steps below for your chance to 'be the winner'!

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Just Add Sparkle

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Channeling my inner Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen, I turned up the sparkle for my new Viktor & Rolf bow dress that had me smiling from the moment I laid eyes on it. Simple and sassy just like myself, the dress features a deeper neckline and a fitted the top.

The dress even included pockets, but they weren't used as long as I had my Kate Spade New York bag that featured a cushion cut stone in replica of a diamond, going along perfectly with my glitzy sparkly theme. The satin purse went along with my dress perfectly in my point of view, the lovely gold chain never leaving my shoulder the whole night. 

Shoes, shoes, shoes! Oooo, if you've read my post for awhile you would know that I am head over heels (ha!) for shoes. If you know me well enough you would know that I can't resist wearing especially heels. That's why I was tickled when I found a pair of these Nine West black bow heels. The pair touched my heart even more with the splash of glitter on the bottoms to keep up some dazzling sparkle. The bows on the back correlated impeccably along with my dress and I couldn't be more happier on how they matched. 

Bling time? Yes, please! The most important part of an outfit is your accessories - especially your jewelry. Appearing in my last little black dress post as well, Ciner earrings and necklace graced my outfit as the perfect touch. The antique jewelry never stops at sparkling and gave my outfit the extra oomph that it needed before it made its debut.

Another under looked accessory is your nails. To keeping them simple or going all out, there is so much that you can do with your nails. For an outfit like this I obviously went the sparkle route, painting all my fingers except one a sleek OPI black color. Trending right now with nails is changing the look of one nail to give it an different look. Trying out this trend I painted a nail a winter white, dusting it with silver sparkle. 

I end with a famous and my favorite fashion quote that I think sums up my outfit for the night quite well. "A girl must be two things: classy and fabulous," Coco Chanel. 

Jewelry: Ciner

Shoes: Nine West

Nails: OPI

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Fourteen 2014 New Years Resolutions

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5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that a whole 365 days have come and gone and we are all about to embark on a whole new chapter in our lives. With a new year comes new determinations and a slew of people are bracing themselves to begin their well thought of New Years resolutions. Since New Years resolutionaries start strong in the beginning, some fade away in procrastination in the hopes of next year, the year to finally get it right. Being one of those people myself, I thought it'd be helpful to give some tips on how to get started on some of the more popular and more sought after resolutions and goals to be started this year. What's your resolution? 

1. Catch Some More ZZZ's 
It's the heaviness that graces our eyes at the end of the day, the tense bones that relax at the touch of a warm cover, its sleep - what everyone wants more of this year. Whether it's going to bed earlier or catching a glimpse of the sunrise, 2014 is the year to transform your sleeping habits. One mistake that I know I've made is starting to trying to wake up or go to bed too early. If you stay up celebrate the new year then immediately attempt to wake up the next day at 5 in the morning - it's just not going to happen. Baby steps! Start off in half an hour increments. Used to that? Now start increasing how early you get up or go to bed and you'll quickly be at the time you aimed for. Now all you have to do is get used to that time. Go to bed early, wake up early, it's all pretty simple. Just remember that it's okay to hit that snooze button every once in awhile.

2. Fashion Forward
A new year means new fashions, so it's time to get your closet and your outfits into gear. Lately the days have been long and at night any energy that you have left is certainly not going to be put to the next day's outfit - but more to being able to get your head on your pillow for a good nights rest. It's time to change all that, because the early morning scurry for a cute and probable outfit can wear on you. Take time with your outfit. Style is an art, and Monet and Van Gogh certainly didn't scribble something down and expect everyone to love it. So take that bit of energy and plan your outfit down to the last accessory. Think about your make up too, and what you might do with you hair instead of messing around with that too. Don't forget - have fun and express who you are through those fabulous fabrics.

3. Healthy Is Happy
As everyone munched on their festive dressed up cookies and cakes this holiday season, many think that with the new year there should be a new healthier snack to reach for. To not sound cliche and like any other fitness fanatic, becoming healthy is not to be looked at as just a phase to get your dress size down - it should be looked at as a lifestyle makeover. It takes time, perseverance, sweat, and determination. Cut out the junk food, reach for the water, and blow off the dust from those fun fitness DVDS that you've been meaning to try. It won't happen in minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months, but eventually it will become easier. Just remember to commit to your healthy change, but don't make being healthy a prison. Although yourself those cheat days! It keeps your mood, taste buds, and metabolism happy.

4. Shopinista Savings
I'm no one to talk about spending too much money. But shopping has become much easier with online products being delivered right to your door ready to wear or use, you just can't help it. The sales and get one get three deals outside of the interwebs get you filling up that shopping cart just as much. But save that money for things you need. That doesn't mean that you cut yourself off from getting that cute top in the window, but holding back every once in awhile will make getting an item that much more satisfying, and so will the feeling you get when you see your balance as well.

5. New Years Nervous Habits
For years I have been repeatedly trying to rid myself of the horrible habit of picking my nails. It's a nervous thing than many people exhibit. "Your nails are going to look so good," I see myself saying almost every month as I coat them in strengthener, imagining the pretty french manicure that will grace my long nails. "What have you done?" I then realize when I find myself picking at what was going to be my achieved goal. It's easier said then done, but it's time to find a new better habit than this. Whether it's putting in a piece of gum, sticking in that few minutes of yoga, or stopping to examine why you're doing the habit - it's gotta stop. Take this journey with me this year to stop that small habit that gets you into trouble with yourself every time.

6. Don'tcha Know That You're Toxic?
It's time to stop playing the Britney tune and look around at those who are there for you in life. Its time to realize that instead of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer - release those enemies to make room for more friends that you can now become closer with. Toxic people in your life are a downer on your mood. Would you rather have people who don't support you and make you miserable in life or to be happy? I think the answer is pretty clear. This year make room for new relationships to blossom and pluck out the flowers that cease to bring a smile to your face. 

7. Unplug
With cell phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. we find ourselves more invested in what others are posting about their lives and the people in them rather than our own. This year it's time to unplug from the bright screens and get connected with those who surround you. Start small, by simply turning off or leaving your phone somewhere else when you're at dinner. Then start by not getting on the computer before going to bed. It's no secret that I'm guilty of sitting in bed endlessly blogging - which I found out can seriously mess up your sleeping habits. Time for a change!

8. Make Time For Meditation 
Spread out that yoga mat and let the worries in your mind slowly fade away, 'cause it's time to meditate. We've all heard the wonders it does for your mind and mood, so now is the time to start becoming the believer. Although I personally have not tried going deep into meditating, I'm making this one of my resolutions. Yoga has opened my eyes into a world of calm and peace. I never realized that just focusing on breathing in and out can let you float away from any anxieties or stress that you face. Start by picking out a mantra. Or if you'd just rather focus on breathing and letting your thoughts float by - that's the option I'm shooting for.

9. Oh, Organization 
Organization can come in various forms. From your time, to your room, to your closet, to simply your overall life. 2014 just may as well be the right year to organize. Start from managing your time from when you wake up to organizing your closet so you can pick those shiny new year outfits. 

10. Snap And Scribble
You know we've all wanted to start that journal documenting our day or take more pictures with that camera that you got at Christmas, but we all find ourselves falling short. So go out and buy yourself a cute little journal and a nice pen and write down what happened in your day - the highs and the lows. 

11. Signature Feature
We all know that one person that wears the certain color of lipstick everyday, that wears the certain perfume that everyone loves, well it's time for you to be that person. Personally I wish that I had Cara Delevingne's statement brows - but don't we all. Start with a scent and work your way up. What will your signature be?

12. Break Out Of Your Shell
This resolution is a big one for me this year. A shy girl by day and a rambling blogger by night is a personality I can't live with another year. That's why I'm encouraging myself with baby steps. From simply telling that stranger hello or actually voicing my opinion, it's going to be the start of something new.

13. Travel
The title explains its all, really. Traveling doesn't mean that you have to board a plane to Europe (which by all means would be nice) but it could simply be to drive a bit further where you live to a city or place  that you haven't experienced. But if you save up from the resolution above, a lovely trip to some place warm or foreign is foreseeable this year.

14. Queen of Procrastination
Where's my crown? It seems that this year procrastination was my only action through the year. From homework, cleaning, to even blogging I simply couldn't muster up any self motivation at times. If you're like this too I say we make a change this year  today. You need to do something? Do it now. No, no, not tomorrow or Monday - in the moment. That's what needs to happen this year in order to make 2014 great - a little less procrastination and a little more determination.

My biggest resolution this year is to become a better blogger. I am tickled to have such lovely followers and talks with other bloggers like me. I hope you and your resolutions make it far this year, and may 2014 bring you happiness. Happy New Year! 

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