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#fitnessfriday - Ballet Beautiful update and Gemma Ward weight loss motivation

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Just a heads up, my #fitnessfriday posts may sometimes come in the form of #slimdownsaturday, #superfitsunday or #motivationmonday, because if there is one thing that I have never been called in my life it is - consistent. But hooray for me, I have managed to be pretty darn consistent in my workouts the last few weeks doing about 4 days a week of my beloved Ballet Beautiful workouts. These next two weeks have to be all about stepping that up to a consistent 5 day a week practice and I can't wait to share how it goes and the results I'm seeing. But if you're looking for discussions about pounds lost or before and after measurements, I'll have to direct you elsewhere - I'm a bit too private to share quite all of that. However I'm going to keep a running total of inches lost over the next six weeks to keep as a bit of motivation to keep my workouts at that nearly-every-day frequency. Today's update? My muscles are continuing to get it together so I'm currently in that phase where I can't stop poking at my biceps or feeling on my flexed legs. I know that sounds crazy but thankfully I'm surrounded by people who are very understanding about these sorts of things. 

So it's still Sunday in some parts, but let's call this one #motivationmonday anyway. I'll need it as I embark on my 5-day-a-week plan and right now my motivation is none other than Miss Gemma Ward. Gemma was big in the modeling world before gaining a reported 30-40 pounds. Some say she was rebelling against the fashion industry, others say she was grieving her boyfriend's passing (she was dating Heath Ledger at the time of his death), but last week she surprised a few folks with her comeback which had her opening Prada's show. I'd love to know what she did to get back in model form but I suspect it involved a lot of green juice and a dance/pilates/yoga-type workout routine, so here we go. If she can do it, so can I (and so can you!)

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2015 - front row picks

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Daydream with me for a moment will you? Let's pretend that I have actually won the lottery. Where do you think I would be right now? Yep, in Paris, front and center for the fashion shows this week. First of all, it's practically a fact that Paris was my hometown in a previous life, so the first thing I'd do with my lotto winnings is buy an apartment in the city. Second of all - and you probably already suspect this about me, but I might just have a thing for designer fashion. So really, where else could I be? But since I haven't won any jackpots (yet), I did the next best thing and flipped through the shows at Style.com. Be warned, it is very easy to get lost in those gorgeous galleries and I spotted more than a few things I would immediately buy. Meaning, our little daydream would end with me plunking down the Amex black, ripping the samples off the models and running off to live in my designer dud filled closet...happily ever after.

Chanel

Can a fashion house be a spirit animal? I'm thinking yes and Chanel is it for me

I'd like to respectfully request that someone give me all of the Chanel arm candy. Please and thank you.

And the clothing...

The rest of my fantasy shopping list from the recent Spring 2015 shows:

All images courtesy of Style.com.

fabulous Denver: CCN Celebrate Fashion

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By Friday night, I was a girl exhausted. I've been working too much! Money is great but I haven't had time for much of anything except work. Surely you've noticed the lack of party time posts or pics of tempting meals at amazing restaurants around town. I was in need of a break, Amanda-style. Meaning, must be fashion, food or travel related. A walk around the park or yoga class would not cut it. Well lucky me, there was a fall fashion soiree in Cherry Creek that night - in perfect timing with both my fall fashion post and to save me from my workaholic self. I love how life works out sometimes!

So the event was called Celebrate Fashion. It was a showcase for Cherry Creek's boutiques and a fundraiser for Denver Health Foundation. Win-win. So how was it? Hmm, let's see. Cocktails? Check. Yummy food? Check. Special shopping events? Check. Fashion Show? All the checks. This was one of Cherry Creek North's signature annual events and by this point, I'm hooked. It doesn't hurt that Celebrate Fashion helped in my what-to-wear-and-where-to-shop-for-fall considerations. Truth be told, I have my regular places that I always hit up when looking for new clothes but I've been looking to add a few local boutiques to that list. With this show, I think I finally found a few to call my own here in the Mile High.

My faves? Let's start with Inspyre Boutique. They showed looks that were exactly my style, while taking it up a notch in fashionista levels. The quilted knee jeans, leather leggings and flawy vests had me ready to whip out my Amex. It doesn't hurt that every piece in their shop is under $100(!) which makes it a great spot for a fashion lover on a budget. 

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.

Alicia, the Boutique. Check out their cool brand line-up and what they sent down the runway. I could definitely see myself in the patterned dresses and full skirts they chose for the show. (I made plenty of mental notes of what to wear for a few upcoming events.)

Gabarini. I'm seriously considering giving up my apartment and going to live in a corner of this gorgeous shop. I dare you to check out their designer roster and gem of a boutique and tell me you wouldn't be tempted, too. They also put on a great show - minus the slightly school-girl look in the front, I'd wear every single thing on that runway. The leather, the jeans, the skirts, pretty sure I need it all. And of course, it doesn't hurt that they paired with Europtics, my long-standing favorite place to indulge my minor sunglass obsession. The models were wearing Thierry Lasry sunnies which was extra exciting because I've been hellbent on adding a pair or two to my collection for about a year now.  

Photo via Denver Post.

Photo via Denver Post.

Those jeans! Photo via Denver Post.

Those jeans! Photo via Denver Post.

All in all, it was a very successful night and just what I needed to come back to my senses. I found a few new favorite shopping spots in Cherry Creek, a brand new favorite vodka (Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, I'm looking at you) and got to have a couple dress-shaped cookies courtesy of So Perfect Eats which was one of my faves from the Food & Wine Event last month. Once again, it seems that when in Denver, Cherry Creek has everything I need to satisfy my jet set heart and is a big reason I love calling this city home. 

Final walk!:

Sweet Tea vodka that tastes just like sweet tea. Makes a killer Arnold Palmer. Everyone else couldn't get enough of the Real Grapefruit version.

Sweet Tea vodka that tastes just like sweet tea. Makes a killer Arnold Palmer. Everyone else couldn't get enough of the Real Grapefruit version.

Cookie monster. Diet #fail but worth it.

Cookie monster. Diet #fail but worth it.

jet set closet: countdown to fall

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Hey guys, fall is almost here. At this point, I've just about survived my least favorite season (summer) by hiding in air conditioned spaces, running away to Europe for a few weeks and...more hiding in air conditioned spaces. Oh yes, I was shameless in my devotion to the indoors. Although I did make the mistake of going to a festival on a super hot and humid day earlier in the summer and the results were ehhh...unfortunate, to say the least. #neveragain But I put that behind me, now fall is almost here and I'm nearly freeeee from 80+ degree temps for another 9 months. Hooray. No wait, make that...HOORAYYY! 

So between all the overtime I've been doing at work recently and my lovely shopping compulsion, you know I'm already on the lookout for ways to freshen up my wardrobe for fall. In the last couple of years I've amassed a few collections - scarves, boots, sunglasses, but still I'm often struggling when I go to get dressed. This year I really need to focus on building out my knitwear, denim, layering pieces (tees, tanks, etc) and jewelry wardrobes. I need some shoes, too - namely ankle boots and sneakers. And I'd really like to grab this Rick Owens leather jacket. Vince also has similar styles and amazing quality but for less than half the price of this one. Once I meet my ultimate #fitnessfriday goals, I'll celebrate by finally owning this wardrobe staple. 

Rick Owens, Net-a-Porter $2,620

Rick Owens, Net-a-Porter $2,620

As luck would have it, knitwear was a part of every trend report I've seen for fall. No, I'm not really into trends and yes, knits are a total no-brainer for the cooler months but if it's a trend focus that means there will be a cooler-than-usual selection, so count me in for this one.

From Elle.com's Fall 2014 trend roundup. 

From Elle.com's Fall 2014 trend roundup. 

Apparently blanket coats are also a thing and let me take a wild guess as to where that might have come from...

Burberry Prorsum. $1400-ish.

Burberry Prorsum. $1400-ish.

Darn you Burberry and your fabulous fabulousness. No doubt this is great but I'm still torn - in some pics I love it and in others I think there has to be a better version out there. Well if there is one, I will find it. Let the hunt begin.

Time for another ballet workout but here's my shoe wish list so far. Just click on the picture to see the current full list on Pinterest and I'll be adding more as I get my online shopping on through the weekend.

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bag love: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

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If you know me you know that I am a Chanel girl. In fact, I was in Nordstroms a few weeks ago and this salesperson started chatting me up and told me about a few new Chanel sunglasses that came in and he said he just HAD to tell me about them because I looked like a Chanel girl to him. Well, thank you Mr. Salesguy (really, you were super fab) and I’m sure that I just naturally ooze a Chanel vibe all over the place and it had nothing to do with the bag I was wearing that day or your potential commission. That being said, I still ate it up like a dufus as if “Chanel girl” is an actual compliment to most people. But really, Chanel is my number one favorite fashion house and if they sold toothbrush covers, I’d probably run out and buy one ASAP. Yes I know this is a sickness - albeit a gorgeous, expensive, quilted sickness which, when you say it like that - it doesn’t actually sound like a bad thing.

Anyway, before I get too off topic, this post really is just meant to highlight one of my favorite bags. I didn't use it much over the last year until I decided to drag it out of my closet to take along on my recent trip. The Grand Shopping Tote (GST) easily held all of my (way too many) in-flight essentials and also was perfect for the days when I needed to carry a little more with me as I toured the city. Bonus points for this tote because as much as I love my designer goodies, I hate to flash logos and that's easily avoided with this one - I just wear it with the double C's against my body and the pocket facing away. Boom, problem solved. 


#fitnessfriday: progress and wardrobe overhaul

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Welcome back lovelies to this week's #fitnessfriday...on Saturday. Oops. I'm sure you've noticed that I'm still struggling to have fun and blog while working killer overtime to fatten up my wallet a bit. But that's ok. Remember my new "work hard play hard" motto? It's in full effect and I couldn't be happier about it. And working a lot isn't really all bad because extra money. But worry not guys, happy days are ahead - I have some awesome stuff planned in the next couple of weeks so it's better that I focus now. And while my blog has been a little neglected, I'm proud to say that I absolutely crushed the #fitnessfriday goals I set this week which were:

"4 Ballet Beautiful workouts and 2 yoga sessions. Plan workout wardrobe overhaul because it's well overdue. Drink 2 liters of water a day and take my supplements (D3, multivitamin and Viviscal) daily."

Ok, if I'm perfectly honest, I did ZERO yoga this week. So that was a goal fail. But, I did 5 Ballet Beautiful workouts drank 2 liters of water each day AND took my supplements which is a huge deal because I'm terrible with pills. This week's goal is 5 BB sessions, 2 yoga (for reals this time), 2 cardio, 2L water and supplements daily. Even though I skipped the yoga this week, I feel so much more stretched out and balanced because of all the ballet. 

I did some fitness wardrobe overhaul reconnaissance this week and apparently Athleta is something I should be paying attention to now. I still stand by my Nike girl proclamation but I received a lovely email from Athleta that was surprisingly filled with lots of tempting stuff. I have to go through my currently overflowing workout wear stash to get rid of most of it (the too old, too worn, too thick or just plain ugly) and go stock up on pieces like these ASAP:

For your sampling pleasure, here's a 4 minute version of the 15 minute arm routines I've been doing.

If you made it through that, you'll understand why the swan arms are now haunting me in my sleep. Last night I had the weirdest dream about...my arms being super defined. Yep, that's right. I couldn't make this stuff up guys, I just hope it was a sign of things to come!

welcome back and #fitnessfriday update with Ballet Beautiful

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No, nothing is wrong with your blog subscription...I went missing for a bit to try to maintain my post-vacation sanity. I hit a wall and needed to sleep it off. It's partially (ok, totally) my fault for taking no time after getting back before jumping right back into a full social schedule. That should have been eased into and because I didn't, I started to pay the price in the form of exhaustion. Sounds glamorous, doesn't it? Well the recovery continues so my Instagram this week will be full of pics of my new pajama pants and shots of Netflix and HBO GO playing on my TV so, you know, stay tuned if you're into that kind of thing. I'm also working a lot of OT because this girl needs to get her fall shopping funds in order. This is essential because I don't do well when I can't buy what I want. Case in point, I'm still tortured by this bag-I-left-behind at the Neiman Marcus outlet: 

I dare you to tell me that leather isn't to die for. I actually hugged the bag because it was so amazingly soft and smooshy. If you had any doubt, I am a handbag girl through and through. Ugh, being financially responsible is hard at times.

#fitnessfriday update: My workout plan is ramping up. I had delusions of being able to jump into this thing full force, doing hour-long Ballet Beautiful workouts followed by more cardio and then some yoga but let me tell you again that Ballet Beautiful is no joke. Each workout has a cardio effect, even if it isn't specifically cardio, if that makes sense. What I'm trying to say is: you. will. SWEAT. And the strength/toning component is incredibly effective - I can't even remember the last time I've been sore within hours of a workout and it happens every single time with BB. So right now I'm focusing on getting up to a consistent 6 day a week workout, rotating between BB's toning, cardio and flexibility focused workouts and then I'll get on myself about adding more challenges in the mix. Extra cardio would be a good thing. And I need some yoga back in my life to counteract the effects of sitting at a computer all day for work. 

This week's goal? 4 Ballet Beautiful workouts and 2 yoga sessions. Plan workout wardrobe overhaul because it's well overdue. Drink 2 liters of water a day and take my supplements (D3, multivitamin and Viviscal) daily.

fabulous Denver: Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

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So not even a week after my return to Colorado, I already had an excuse to put myself together again and sip on some wine and no, I am certainly not complaining. I was pretty much back to normal (read: no more jet lag) so I could actually enjoy the evening without needing to break for a mid-event nap. Cheers for that. So I popped on my seemingly popular T-bags maxi dress, a pair of flat beaded sandals (because as I previously learned, alcohol and heels do not mix for me) and headed out to the event. I made an immediate beeline right for one of the wine tables. The folks at Vinue Food & Wine Bar had a fabulous spread for the evening where I was able to try my first Cabernet Franc which was super yummy and had my second or third encounter with a Malbec, now probably one of my faves. It was a very effective reminder that a girls night at Vinue is in order very soon.

Now let me tell you about how I then proceeded to eat my way through the event which, of course, is the only way to do it. That's the main draw of the evening! To sample a bit from each of Cherry Creek's best restaurants and hopefully find a few new favorites to frequent. Well I definitely had a bit of everything and I'm happy to say that most of the options were pretty healthy so the night wasn't much of a diet buster after all. My favorites were the ceviches from Pikkas (both traditional fish and vegetarian mushroom ceviches!), the spinach pie from Starbucks (yes, STARBUCKS), the albacore tataki from True Foods, the cookies from So Perfect Eats and chocolates from Enstrom Candies. My favorite Sugarlicious was also there (remember them?) with their fabulous gourmet gummy bears and amazing peanut brittle. In fact, I was so impressed with my new favorites that I ran out the next night to have dinner and drinks at Pikkas (more on that in my next post) and am planning a lunch at So Perfect and dinner verrry soon at True Foods. The awesome thing about dining in Cherry Creek is that it gives you an excuse to step up your fashion game a bit. Dressing up for dinner is not unusual there while the rest of Denver is typically pretty laid back and casual fashion-wise, even a little eclectic. In Cherry Creek there's still a laid back vibe but nicer and more put together, if you know what I mean.

It's a sipping selfie.

It's a sipping selfie.

And just as all that wine started going to our heads, the 9-piece band (Azucar Latin Ensemble) started up to play us into the night.

If you've never been to the Food & Wine, I recommend that you join me and make it a point to go to next year's event. It's well worth the money and time - proceeds go for a good cause (more info on that here), there's tons of good food and drinks, live music and a great crowd. 

#fitnessfriday: back on the fitness wagon and Cherry Creek Food and Wine

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I'm back from Europe and jet lagged as heck. It's the worst part about traveling and indulging my jet set heart. And if you were a fly on my wall this week, you would have witnessed me in recovery mode...(ever so gracefully) laying around in bed or on my couch, shamelessly playing that Kim Kardashian Hollywood game. Occasionally I'd get up for some water or, if I was feeling ambitious, to walk my dogs. To my credit, I did give some thought to working out but actually getting off the couch to do it was something else entirely. The will was there but my body just wasn't having it. It took four days after we got back before I could eke out a whole 25 minutes of Pilates, but today (day 5!) I should be able to get back to my 60-ish minute long Ballet Beautiful workout. So there's my first workout log/diary/report - two whole workouts this week. It's better than nothing, right? There is something to be said about knowing when to take it easy to allow your body to get up to full strength.

So you'd think that with alllll of the eating we did on vacation, I'd jump right into healthy eating or juicing or something like that, right? And that was exactly my plan, but not even a week home and I'm already faced with my first "cheat" evening. Tomorrow night is one of my favorite events in Denver - the Cherry Creek North Food and Wine. It's basically a smorgasbord of yumminess from Cherry Creek's best restaurants. 20 will be there, each presenting a few small bites (pinxtos style!) to give attendees a taste of what they can do. They are also doing some good in the community and helping to raise money for Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a non-profit that provides access to art experiences and art education. At last year's event there was a bar, wine tasting and Stella Artois stand as well, so this feel good event is an all you can eat and drink affair. Add live music and really, there's no way I could skip this in favor of some diet. I'll just have to be sure to be on my best behavior the rest of the week. Oh gosh, that sounds like I'm working on moderation or balance or something, historically not my strong suit. Let's see how this goes.

 A list! 

 A list! 

the great OJ epiphany and dry elbow worries

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Traveling with folks who like to drink to exhaustion is...well, exhausting. As much as I love to travel and be away from home, I'm looking forward to getting back to my regular health routine, my stash of green teas, vitamix, and favorite avocado and tomato breakfasts instead of the pastries we've been downing. And about two seconds into my first fresh squeezed orange juice and croissant breakfast here, I realized that I need a citrus juicer. Yes, need. I'm not even sure how I lived this long without one - drinking store bought orange juice as if it doesn't make a difference. It does! I'm not thrilled with the idea of adding yet another appliance to my itty bitty kitchen but fresh squeezed OJ is magic, guys.

I also miss the dry Colorado climate. Mainly because I schvitz like a mofo in the slightest amount of humidity. I usually just tell people that I'm melting and then they think my icky sweatiness is cute. But this trip has made me realize that while I desperately miss it, dry air is kind of crap for your skin. Having spent nearly two weeks in this humid little seaside town, all of my body skin woes have resolved on their own - no more dry elbows, heels, cuticles, or those little bumps I always get on the back of my arms. And come to think of it, I only got them after moving to CO in the first place. Now that I'm addicted to having soft elbows, I've got to find a way to keep this up. What are the odds that those cute little Evian misters are the answer? Guess I'll find out soon, because I plan to carry one 24-7 after I get home. But be warned that should they fail, the second my elbows start to shrivel up again I'm packing up for the nearest beach town.

And now, enjoy this ridiculous photo my friend took of me dancing at the Jazzaldia festival. The humidity had my hair in full super curl mode but I swear, it was actually cute that night. I was doing the "had too much wine" dance. You know how that goes.

Jazz hands at Jazzaldia.

Jazz hands at Jazzaldia.