40-Minute Interval Treadmill Run

picjumbo.com_HNCK2304Yesterday a co-worker asked if I lost some weight, which surprised me since the scale hasn’t moved much since last week. I guess reworking my fitness routine is helping a lot. I really also need to rework my meals, but that requires a little more thought and research. I have, though, stopped eating dairy. And I love dairy: Greek yogurt and cheese are the ones I miss the most.

Since switching my schedule, I’ve been able to get a good 30-40 minutes runs at the gym first thing in the morning. I cannot wait for spring so that I can start running outside without worrying about every dark corner in my neighborhood. Where I live does not have a lot of lighted areas and there are a hell of a lot of dark patches of trees and bush. Meanwhile, I can use my gym’s treadmills and hike the incline 1.0 to mimic the stress of running outside.

I currently switch between one day of a steady pace run and one day of a HIIT run. Most days, I love doing HIIT runs. The constant switch between speeds keeps my mind busy and makes a 40 minutes at the gym go by quickly. One of my favorites is one I found in magazine years ago. I still remember it since I’ve done it so many times, which is great since I’ve also tossed that magazine. If you are looking to change up your running or looking for one that’s good to start running with, give this one a try:150218_40MinIntervalRun_02

Wardrobe Essential: the White Tee

150216_WE_thewhiteteeWith ability be worn under a blazer, tucked in a pencil skirt, dressed with ripped jeans and more, the white t-shirt is essential to any wardrobe.

American Vintage Jacksonville Short Sleeve TopAlexander Wang T Sleeveless T-Shirt

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Life, Loves and… Watching British Documentaries

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How was everyone’s week? Hopefully far more interesting than mine…

::LIFE:: Another week of overtime at the company so I’m a extremely tired and a cannot wait to spend today just lazing around town and at home. My life this week has been pretty much this: wake up, run 30-40 minutes, shower & dress, work, lunch, more work, gym, and finally home. And we worked again yesterday, but at least we’ve finally caught up! Because most of us were single and didn’t have dates for Valentine’s Day, we had dinner & drinks at the Trainwreak. It wasn’t very busy, but there was a lot of couples. And I am pretty sure that the couple next to us didn’t find our conversation very amusing. We may be 30 and older, but we still talked like perverted 16-year-old boys and make poop jokes. That and we were telling stories about when we worked at restaurants and the horrors that happen. For those of you who have never work that kind of job, thank the stars.

::LOVES:: As you know, for two weeks in a row, my department worked on Saturday! And our big boss was super kind by buying us lunch the first Saturday, and then yesterday, we were like, let’s order from then again (with our own money this time). We got some really great Mexican from COA Mexican Eatery in Mount Vernon. My manager and I order (both times) the Burrito Loco. The thing is huge! We both could only get half-way through it. Going to have the rest for lunch today. Oh, so good.

::BRITISH DOCUMENTARIES:: The time I did get before going to bed every night this last week has been devoted to watching some PBS documentaries based on Britain. I watched The Secrets of Britain and The Secrets of the Manor House Series. If you are obsessed with British history & architecture as much as I do, you will love these series. I only wish is that they produce more. Each series only has 5 episodes at only a hour long. I Want More! Also, it is completely fueling my desire to visit London! Today I need to catch up with some vlogs, but I plan on starting PBS’ Queen & Country. Looks so interesting!

100 Questions No One Asks – part 2

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…the continuation of previous post. Finally got to it…

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? High School.. oh, wait, no, 6 months ago for the company.
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? Nope, love a good musical!
53:Is Christmas stressful? Christmas itself it not, the traveling can be.
54:Ever eat a pirogi? Yes.
55:Favorite type of fruit pie? If I had to choose, apple, I guess. I don’t particularly like fruit pies.
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? I think I wanted to be a lawyer.
57:Do you believe in ghosts? Yup.
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yeah…
59:Take a vitamin daily? Yes, a multi-vitamin, a vitamin D, vitamin C and biotin.
60:Wear slippers? Occasionally.
61:Wear a bath robe? Nope
62:What do you wear to bed? Right now, old college sweatshirt and pj bottoms. It’s cold.
63:First concert? It was either a Dead Cab for Cutie or Pretty Girls Make Graves.
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? TARGET!
65:Nike or Adidas? Nike, I really love my Nikes.
66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Ohh, good one. Hmmmm, cheetos.
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Peanuts
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? No.

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69:Ever take dance lessons? Yes, once. when I was younger.
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Nah, as long as we are happy doing whatever make us happy.
71:Can you curl your tongue? yes.
72:Ever won a spelling bee? no. I’m a horrible speller.
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Not really. Or at least what I can remember.
74:Own any record albums? Nope, but I’ve been eying my dads.
75:Own a record player? No, again, eying my dads.
76:Regularly burn incense? No, not regularly.
77:Ever been in love? Yeah…
78:Who would you like to see in concert? I would like to see Lady Gaga or 2NE1
79:What was the last concert you saw? Local band concert in Bellingham
80:Hot tea or cold tea? Hot tea, with a splash of almond milk.
81:Tea or coffee? Tea
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Snickerdoodles
83:Can you swim well? I can swim.
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? 10 seconds….
85:Are you patient? Some of the times.
86:DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ
87:Ever won a contest? I won my Vogue Cat Eye Sunglasses via online contest.
88:Ever have plastic surgery? No.
89:Which are better black or green olives? Black.

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90:Can you knit or crochet? I can do both, actually.
91:Best room for a fireplace? Living-room
92:Do you want to get married? Sure.
93:If married, how long have you been married? N/A
94:Who was your HS crush? Um, lets not discuss that one.
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? no.
96:Do you have kids? no
97:Do you want kids? don’t know…
98:Whats your favorite color? at the moment, teal blue
99:Do you miss anyone right now? My BFF.
100. Something that happened to you in middle school. I moved one town over.

That’s pretty much it. I did find another tag that I want to do, but I’ll save that for next month. Anyones else do these tag? Any one you would suggest I do, comment below!

Planned Purchases

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Payday is coming soon and I’m been making a list of products and gear I want to purchase. I find this the best way to manage my money and not overspend, which happens. And since I’m trying to set aside money for a international vacation this year, I’ve really got to spend my money wisely. So other than my bills, household necessities, and food for the week, here are the top 4 things I’ve “planned” to spend money on this upcoming payday.

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1. Wen Hair Care Kit // I have finally decided to try the Wen products. Several friends and online reviews speak highly about it, and several of my favorite YouTube vloggers use them. It’s a bit pricey, but you are getting three products: Cleaning Conditioner, Anti-Frizz Styling Cream and a Nourishing Cleansing Treatment. I was considering of ordering the deluxe kit. However, I want to see if I like it or not.

2. Bras // My two favorite Victoria Secrets’ bra broke in early January. So I’ve now officially down to four. I’ve brought a cheap on from Target last month, however it’s just not quite what I wanted. So I really need to replace them with ones I like to wear and in solid colors. Currently I cannot wear any of my thin light-colored sweater and shirts without the pattern was showing.

3. Order prints // I’ve got several new photos to print for my Project Life book. I also want to make a “Instagram” wall. Yup, that’s going to happen, just need to order prints from Walgreen’s. I know, I know. There are several places I can have them printed online for much cheaper, but then I have to wait for that order to arrive. With Walgreen’s app, I choose the photos, choose the size and send in my order. Typically, it only take a day or less, and they are ready to be pickup! Boom. Done.

4. Jeans or Leather Leggings // or rathe ‘faux’ leather leggings. Mine are beginning to look very worn. Or jeans, because I looked in my closet and I’ve only got 5 pairs. None are black. Got to fix that at some point. (These ones are from Asos and they are only $32.10 right now. However, only size in stock: 00)

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..and then there is the possible #5 // Nike Flyknite Running shoes // My current Nike’s (also Flyknits) are nearing their end. I only use them for running, but it’s been a little more than a year since I first go them, and I just know they are going to kill my feet. They are an investment!

I also wanted to get some makeup, but I’m holding back. Or at least trying to. I do need new mascara…

Rocksbox

120211_Rocksbox_01It’s been a long time since I had a monthy subscription. I had at one time been on StyleMint, Popsugar, My Little Black Bag (or was it box) before they merged with Pose, and several others. I slowly closed those accounts when I move out of parentals to help save a bit of money and for one, MintStyle, I was increasing uninteresting in the styles offered. Best time to get rid of something you don’t need to have.

But I decided to give Rocksbox a try. It’s a little different than the typical subscription box. It’s more of a rental box. For jewelry.

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So I signed up at the beginning of the month. The montly fee is $19 but I had a ‘new member’ code and got my first month for free. After answering an array of question on their style survey and adding items to your jewelry wish list. Then a stylist picks out jewelry for you based on your style and likes. It took about 5 days from my order date to arrive (Saturday) but I don’t check my mail very often and didn’t know until Monday night. Woo!

According to the personalized information card, I was sent the Slate Spectrum Necklace, Gorjana Esme Cutout Studs, and Marget Elizabeth Teardrop Bangle in Black Druzy. Evern with member prices, the most expensive was the bangle at $70.

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I really like the necklace. it’s so pretty and shiny. I used to wear a lot of statement necklaces. Then I stopped, but I have returned. The earring’s are really nice. I absolutely love Gorjana. I have a leather wrap bracelet from the same brand that I love wearing. The one piece I really didn’t like was the bangle. I don’t know, they just didn’t give me the same feeling like the other did. I don’t plan of wearing that one.

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Oh, did I mention that if you like a piece you can buy it. Yeah, highly considering buying the necklace. What ya think?

Then after you are done wearing them, you send the ones you don’t want back in the handy parcel and prepaid mailing label. I love this idea of trying out jewelry and discovering new brands / designer. I don’t have a lot of places locally that sell this quality jewelry in styles I would coveted.

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I’m going to keep these pieces for a while before I send them back. Still thinking about purchasing the necklace. But then again, I wonder what pieces will be sent in my next Rocksbox?!

Leopard Print OOTD

150210_OOTDLeopardPrintLeopard Print Button Up (Some shop in the Philippines) • Black Tank Top from StyleMint • Skinny Jeggings by RewashNine West Knee High Books • Silver Bracelet (Dad brought a set for me when he was stationed in Saudi)

Hello! Just a quick one today! An OOTD to be exact. I’m trying to do this again and make it a regular post, so bare with me as it may take some time for me to remember to take photos right before I head off to work. Side note: either I need better lighting or a new wider mirror; or probably both.  For now, though:

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