Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{GBF Style | Falling Short}

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Photos by Kate Doherty

shirt {Uniqlo c/o}
blazer {Zara}
shorts {Express}
heels {Shoedazzle c/o}
purse {she + lo c/o}
mirrored sunglasses {Chilli Beans c/o}

 My white Express shorts made its debut two weeks ago at a Simple Skincare event. Tucked away in a private bungalow at the Chateau Marmont, we received a crash course on skincare health, its connections to emotional and environmental triggers, and how to intelligently care for our skin. The event was vastly educational and ended on a high note as each of us went home with a selfie stick. It's something I never knew I wanted until I clutched it in my hand. Oh the fun, the vanity, the hours of self on selfie action!

Wearing white shorts in October may not be playing by the book but better to be late to the party than to stay home! Although, staying in with my selfie stick sounds like quite the fabulous night in. As long as a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos is in play.

{live fabulously}


Friday, October 17, 2014

{GBFit| Fab Bod with Jules Erickson}

Greetings from Mountain View! I'm here for an extended weekend trip soaking in the quintessential Norcal experience. Divided into three parts, I'll be spending the first couple of days in the epicenter of the tech bubble. Then it's off to the city exploring new culinary and cultural delights while revisiting old favorites. Finally, we'll wind up the trip by traversing through the windy and "winey" roads of Napa. It's country meets city meets Silicon Valley!

In preparation for what will inevitably be an immersion in foodie paradise-the unavoidable core of every GBF trip, I've been working out and working hard with my friend and personal trainer Jules Erickson at Iron LA. With her help, I now know to use all those intimidating machines in the "big guns" section and have even started bench pressing! 

I'll be honest, before Jules, I shunned the idea of weight lifting as I was afraid it would bulk me up. And not to set feminism back fifty years or anything but I repel the idea of having bigger guns than guys. Jules set me straight. Weight lifting doesn't add bulk! She's educating me on the science behind working out and has raised my fitness IQ as I'm getting so much more bang for the buck with each workout. She's helped me so much that I want to share some of her tips on how to work out efficiently and effectively. 

Personal Trainer Jules Erickson's 7 Tips on Getting a Fab Bod

{Tip 1} 
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Proper hydration is key to all-around health. For proper hydration you should aim for 0.5-1.0 oz of water /lb body weight. So if someone weighs 150 lbs, they should try to consume 75-150 oz of water a day, although I always tell people to go for a gallon. If you’re shooting to consume a gallon of water a day, you’re going to be very well hydrated.

{Tip 2}
Your body does the most recovering during sleep; recovery of your muscle and brain. Working out actually causes muscle damage. Sleep is where the muscles repair and you make strength gains. It is a significant stimulator for growth hormone release, which is a natural agent for cell growth and reproduction. Sleep also appears to improve muscle memory, with the most benefits after 7 hours of sleep. Individuals who get in extra sleep are more likely to perform better (at work and/or at their sport), have a better mood, and have increased alertness.

{Tip 3}
Protein is key
Not only is protein the building block of muscle, it creates satiety. Because our bodies have to work harder to digest it, it stays in our system longer. When looking at your plate, focus on eating your protein first, then veggies, and then any other starchy carbs or fats.

{Tip 4}
Lift HEAVY weights
I know to some ladies this sounds crazy. “But won’t I get bulky?” No ladies, you will not get bulky from lifting heavy weights. You will not look like a man. Physiologically, we do not have the same amount of testosterone as men, so we just cannot build muscle like they do. That “toned” look that everyone wants, the “long and lean” muscles, you get those from lifting heavy weights. Whether you’re doing reps of 5 or 25, the weight should always be challenging. You should never walk away from a set feeling like you could have done more.

{Tip 5}
The faster, the better
When it comes to cardio, the faster you’re going, the better. Steady state cardio for weight loss is a thing of the past. But what about the fat burning zone??? Yes, it’s true, we do have a fat burning HR zone. But here’s the part no one told you, our bodies want to store fat. Our bodies want to store fat so desperately that as soon as you start using fat for fuel (working out in the fat burning HR zone) your body is going to figure out a way to stop burning fat. The more work you do in the fat burning zone, the less efficient your body becomes at burning fat and calories. Not only that, but guess what your body will start using for fuel, your muscle. So not only are you becoming less efficient at burning calories by training in this zone, but you’re losing lean mass, which in turn will decrease your metabolism and make you even less efficient at burning calories.

To really torch the fat, you want to increase intensity. Switch to short burst of high intensity exercise (sprints, Mt. Climbers, burpees, kettlebell swings…) followed by a rest period (the higher your intensity, the longer your rest should be), and repeat for 10-20 min.

{Tip 6}
Focus on performance
I have been in the fitness industry of over 10 years, and I have found, when people focus solely on weight loss, it becomes a frustrating process. They let the number on the scale control their happiness and that is not a fun, or healthy, place to be. Instead, I’ve found that people make the most dramatic changes when they switch their focus from how they look, to how they perform.

{Tip 7}
Consistency and patience
Ultimately, making noticeable changes in your performance, and how you look, come down to two things; consistency and patience. You have to be consistent with your workouts and nutrition. Plan out your days in advanced. Figure out your workout time and make an appointment with yourself. Plan out your meals so you know what you’re eating and when you’re eating it. Slips here and there won’t make or break you, but remember, the more slips, the longer it’s going to take to see changes.

Connect with Jules!
FB: Jules Erickson Fitness
IG & Twitter: @JulesErickson

{live fabulously}


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{GBF Shops | shopbop FAMILY25 Sale}

The shopbop Friends and Family sale is back carving out the perfect opportunity for some guilt-free fall shopping!  Enter FAMILY25 at checkout to receive 25% off your entire purchase. Here are my picks for the best fall pieces that skid in at under $150! Sale ends tomorrow so you better bop to it!

{day dresses}


{party dresses}





{live fabulously}


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

{GBF Style | Pearly Blues}

Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
Jenny Wu LA style fashion blogger
 Photos by Kate Doherty

top {Motel}
jeans {Cult of Individuality c/o}
shoes {Qupid c/o}
necklace {The Pearl Source c/o}
bracelet {Mint and Lolly c/o}
watch {Guess c/o}

Inspired by the marbleized fall shades of the mark. Eye Dream of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow palette (I don't think I've been this excited about eyeshadow. Ever.), I wore this outfit to the Uniqlo opening soiree last week. Pairing jeans with pearls is a new look for me and one that I'll try again as the contrast between prim and proper and LA casual epitomizes my everyday style!

Speaking of pearls, I've committed to the #3DWhiteSmile challenge. For the next two weeks, I will be using Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit to whiten my teeth which claims to whiten as well as a $500 in-iffuce professional treatment. The FlexFit technology allows Whitestrips to stretch and mold to custom fit your smile for superior coverage and provides 30% more coverage to whiten more teeth. Can't wait to share my results! 

{live fabulously}


Friday, October 3, 2014

{GBF Beauty Tutorial | Gradient Lips}

The gradient lips lipstick trend has been popping up everywhere! From runways to beauty editorials, it seems like everyone's jumping on the trend that first sparked in Korea and the world of K-pop. It's a fun and fresh take on lipstick and a super easy beauty DIY that uses products you already own.

When I was young, I hated my lips. Thin lips were the beauty ideal in 80s Shanghai and mine were too thick, too pouty, too atypical. They made me feel self-conscious so I always pursed my lips in pictures. I looked like a Cheshire cat smug with secrets. I didn't embrace my thick lips until after moving to the US, reaching coming of lipstick age, and discovering the big-lipped and beautiful Angelina Jolie. 

And now, my lips are the perfect size to try out the gradient lips trend!  

{step 1}
 Gradient lips packs a statement making punch so keep the rest of your makeup light and natural. The focal point is your lips.
{step 2}
You'll need your favorite lip balm, concealer, lip pencil, powder, and lip gloss.
{step 3}
Coat lip balm over your lips for long lasting hydration
{step 4}
Dab concealer over your lips. The color should match your skin tone.
{step 5}
Use a lip pencil or matte lipstick to dab a few spots of color on the center of your lips. Use bright or dark colors for dramatic contrast. Gently blend out using your fingers.
{step 6}
Use your finger to cover lips with a pressed or loose powder to set the color.
{step 7}
Apply a clear or nude lip gloss for shine and hydration. Blot if necessary.
{step 8}
{perfect the look on a budget}

{perfect the look on a fab budget}

{live fabulously}