Reasons to Hit the Gym Aside from Losing Weight

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Did you ever felt humiliated or feel so down every time the media bombards us with their "perfect body images" or "tips to get fit this summer" it's as if you are not doing your part to stay fit and healthy.

Most of the time, this kinds of news and images hits our self esteem, sometimes even the latest fashion trends can be annoying. Its like the time you spend sweating on the gym to be fit, to be healthy, to be able to wear the clothes that you are comfortable with is still not enough.

Perhaps being thin is what's ideal, but most women would not agree in that, even I myself believe that being thin doesn't always mean your healthy and being fat doesn't mean your slouching on the couch eating junk all the time. Chubby girls can be fit too, and not because your a few pounds above the scale means your overweight, what about muscles? Muscles weigh more heavier than fat!

Not because one is too thin or overweight means they are neglecting their health. It just means that each person, each body type responds differently to a certain fitness routine. And not because someone spends more time in the gym means all their goal is to shed all those extra pounds, there are other reasons why one spends time working their ass in workout centers and believe me, you should too.

Everyone of all sizes are now more competitive in the health and fitness department and here's some of the reasons why.

Physical activity such as brisk walking releases endorphin's, a chemical in our system that triggers a positive feeling in the body which means you wont snapped when things doesn't go the way you want it to be or when work is filling up.

Less stress means you are unlikely to be depress or feel anxious. Also, being stress free acts as an anti-aging solution. For one, physical activities doesn't only releases happy chemicals, it also strengthen our bones and builds muscles that are strong enough to prevent damages for years to come.

It's kind of a cause and effect thing. A less stressful daily life results a happy disposition. When you are happy, you became more focus with things, more relaxed with your choices thus, creative juices overflows in your system, which only means work is done pretty easily equals more time for yourself and your family. Combine it with healthier options and having strong bones and muscles and you'll last a couple more years to play with your great grand kids.

Yoga Pants - The Upside Sport

Another thing about being in the gym are the sportswear pieces each enthusiast wear. Yoga pants, running shoes, those nice crop tops that shows a great view of abs and biceps. Not to mention who would want to see a sexy butt doing squats?

Extra Info: Did you know that there was a time in the past that women are not allowed to compete in a marathon? They think we are fragile, but there is one women who proved them wrong, Kathrine Virginia "Kathy" Switzer, best known for being the first woman to run and complete the 1967 Boston Marathon under entry number 261 in 1967. -Wikipedia

Gym Essentials to Look “Effortlessly” Good

Nike Sportswear Trend 2016

I haven’t been in the gym for a very long time. In any case, I was never the type to wake up before dawn to prepare for my gym class before heading out to whatever activity I need to do that day. In addition, I’d rather go straight home and rest than visit the gym after office hours. I don’t have the energy left to at least run a few miles after a busy day at work.

I do run during weekends but that was a very rare event. I do crunches and squats but after a few repetitions I will find myself doing something else, like watching Netflix.

Anyway, recently, my office mates are all about cutting calories and getting fit, not to mention the cute guys at the gym or their yoga instructor.

Kidding aside, I think I’ve been gaining weight, no wait, let me rephrase that “I am gaining weight!!”. The stress of becoming a part of a new team and a new job, my slightly sedentary lifestyle, my binge eating habits when I am stress all adds up to my love handles and its freaking me out how my jeans won’t fit the way they usually do.

I decided to check out one of the many fitness facilities around the office. I found a few good ones with great fitness classes. But it’s kind of intimidating looking at the gym enthusiasts. They all look fashionably great.

The last time I was at the gym, I look like a sweating pig on white T-shirt and jogging pants, but these gym goers look all amazing, like running on a full speed treadmill wouldn’t make them sweat.

While most of us aim to be on tip top condition, looking good while sweating seems to be something we should also look after, in any case no one would want to be caught red handed, especially in a place like this where there is a possibility to meet a lot of people.

Here are some simple tips to look effortlessly good while working out.

1. Invest in good sportswear: Dress for comfort, pick up sportswear pieces that will make you feel comfortable, not too baggy, not too tight, you should be able to move without feeling discomfort. Pieces that absorbs sweat and dries out easily are a go to.

Yoga pants and leggings seems to be the in thing, bold colored sports bra or razor back sando’s, crop tops and a size bigger than your original size white shirt can be seen to most gym enthusiasts.

2. Good trainers: As a girl our rule of thumb is that “good shoes brings you to good places”, same with picking rubber shoes and trainers. You have to choose one depending on the type of workout you are into.

Running shoes are made especially for running. Trainers are the best options when you are into sports but it still depends on what type of sports you are into. Cross-trainer are also a go-to option when you’re going to spend more time on the treadmill or just have some light jogging or brisk walking exercises.

3. Bring a Functional Bag: Come on girl, we both know this, you won’t follow the rules of the fitness facility no matter what the gym assistant tells you. I’m sure you will bring this and that with you inside the gym. Better bring a slightly bigger bag that can hold your stuff and can be more functional. Like sportswear pieces and accessories that you can bring beyond the gym, it’s called athleisure fashion, and believe me, you’ll get hooked to this trend.

Kendal Jenner Gym Clothes

4. Go for waterproof: No matter what I tell you, you will still push the no makeup-makeup-look in the gym so better invest in a water proof mascara, a good lip gloss that has better hydration qualities, a well-groomed brow and nothing else. Again, nothing else in your face aside from a water proof mascara, lip gloss and polished brow.

No matter how good you are when it comes to the no-makeup-makeup-look, it will dissolve in a messy, sticky sweat that will be seen on your towel, and it looks gross.

You should also invest in colorful hair tie’s and head bands, to accessorize your hair.

5. Water bottle: No matter how good you look, fainting from lack of water is more horrible than getting caught without makeup on.

Anyway, I am already trying to increase my stamina before I enroll in a fitness class. At present, I am regularly taking a jog, well more like brisk walking - during weekends and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

I’m also cutting on calories little at a time, decrease in junk food intake, eat healthier foods and sleep at least 6 hours, yes that’s the longest I can get during work days.

And that’s my list. How about you? Did I miss something?  

2016 Summer Beach Essentials

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The summer is just right around the corner and I know you’re just as excited as I am. The long cold winter nights are over, dry skin and chapped lips are almost recovering as spring slowly makes its way for summer.

Aside from longer days which means more time playing under the sun, it also means a long vacation and what else, going to the beach! Here are your summer essentials for 2016, I also included some fashion must haves just in case you want to be upbeat with what’s new and what you should put at the back of your closet.

1. Swimsuits: Let’s not forget that summer means wearing swimsuits. It doesn’t matter if you have that #PerfectSummerBody, whatever your size is, you can wear a swimsuit. The best tip I can give is to choose one that would complement your curves.

The current fashion trend is consisting of sporty cut-away bikinis. If you also notice, one-piece swimwear’s are also seen being worn by celebrities, just make sure to look for something with little details like cut-outs, off shoulder silhouettes or something with classic cut ruffles or lace details.

If you still feel unsure or insecure, bring a cover up, wear a sarong or a sheer dress over your swimwear.

Rash guards are also seen being a trendy option for those who are too sensitive to the sun or who don’t want to show too much skin.

Camilla Swimsuit Collection

2. Skin and Hair Care Products: Most of us want some good tan but too much sun can break our skin. Make sure you include a sunscreen with a good enough amount of sun protection, at least something with 30+ SPF. Also, include an exfoliating scrub or body exfoliator and moisturizer to help bring back the glow and moisture of your skin.

If you are prone to blemishes, my best advice it to bring tinted moisturizer, it’s not too heavy so you’ll still achieve the no-make-make-up-look.

You should also bring hair conditioner’s, texturizing hair spray or oil that is advice for your type of hair. Salt water and too much sun damages your hair follicles. Putting some oil on your hair before going out helps in protecting it and keeping it soft. On the other hand, texturizing spray enhances your natural waves.

I would also like to include waterproof cosmetics like mascara. I know this is being too vain but hey, I like my lashes long and thick looking, wearing a water proof one will help me avoid smudges and look pretty at the same time.

Include some lip gloss or lip moisturizer with lots of SPF in your make-up bag to avoid chapped lips. A few sheets of facial wipes and blotting paper to get rid of sweat, grease and grime and a bottle of baby powder to dust off sand.

3. Accessories: Add some glam or a pop of color using different fashion accessories like:
Flip flops, as much as you love wearing your stilettos, it’s not a good idea to wear one on the beach, instead bring on comfy sandals or flip flops.
Sunglasses, the current trend for round faces consists of geometric shapes, rectangular frames to help elongate your facial features and cats eye shapes to sharpen your look. For the those with a more defined jaw, you should opt for curvy frames like butterfly or a round edge cats eye.
Bring some straw hats or fedora hats whenever you got out, it’s not just for protection it’s also for fashion proposes.
Camera, well not really an accessory but a must have beach essential

4. Sand Toys: If you’re going to travel with kids, this is a must have item to keep them busy during the scorching hours. And as the saying goes “you’re never too old to make sand castles or play in the sand”.

5. Extra Bag: Bring an extra bag that is waterproof to put on your gadgets, and another extra bag where you can put all your used clothes and other stuff.

How about you? Do you have a list of summer fashion tips and tricks? Did I miss something? Share me your tips.

The Growing Trend for Athleisure and How to Rock this Style

Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift wearing Athleisure

“When I first came back to London from Australia about three years ago, I would walk around in my leggings and people would give me odd looks, but these days it’s so much more acceptable to feel confident going bare faced in yoga pants in public”.
-Madeleine Shaw, author of healthy lifestyle book Get the Glow

I feel you Ms. Madeleine, I often travel to different places and most of the time, almost everyone is watching your every move not because you’re a foreigner but because of your fashion style or your choice of fashion.

For example, I was in a different country one time and it was summer, most of them are wearing dresses and me on the other hand is strolling around wearing my yoga pants and T-shirt in that blazing afternoon looking like I just got out of the gym, and their faces were like “what the heck is she wearing?”. 

Sometimes, store keepers will keep an eye on you like you’re not going to pay your stuff. It was stressful at first but maybe I got used to it and now whenever I remember it, I just find the experience hilarious.

Then suddenly, I don’t know where it started, I just woke up one day and notice that everyone seems to be wearing yoga pants and other sportswear beyond the gym.

So how can you look stylish wearing that sportswear when you’re not working out? Here are some simple tips.

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1. Choose pieces that is a combination of function and fashion. The best example are track pants, tracksuits, yoga pants and sporty kicks.

Tracksuits, sweatshirts and hoodies are commonly seen being paired with skinny jeans or miniskirts in whatever material - best to choose one that would complement your chosen track suit, or will make your top be the highlight instead – you can either pair it with a sporty sneaker or an ankle boots.

On the other hand, track pants, sweat pants, leggings and yoga pants can be worn on a professional/business environment given you’ve chosen one that have a tailored look. And your workplace offers a more casual dress codes.

Tapered joggers, yoga pants and tracksuits, probably one’s that are ankle length and in block colors such as black, white and gray are the common options, black as the most popular. You can pair in with stilettos or pumps to make the ensemble looking more professional.

Kendal Jenner for Athleisure Fashion Trend

2. Dress for the occasion. They say you can’t wear gym clothes on a date, but with the right piece’s mix together, you’ll definitely look way hotter than the girl next table wearing a dress with a plunging neckline.

The best tip is to wear neutrals, in a color palette of nudes, taupe’s, heather grays, dark blues, and charcoals. If you want patterns, choose muted one’s and don’t wear a beat-up sneaker or it will kill the look, instead pick up classic sneakers in white.

Add a feminine touch by wearing dresses and instead of your good old high heels pair it up with sneakers. Choose silk or something with a pop of color when wearing athleisure in neutrals. You can also use a hoodies or tracksuits but make sure you accessorize properly.

sports accessories

3. Accessorize Properly. Speaking of accessories, jewelries inspired in sports are everywhere, all you need is to choose an accessory that would make you look sophisticated or whatever the occasion calls into. Even bags in sporty styles can now passed as stylish.

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Tennis shoes, classic Adidas shoes or white sneakers are what seems to be the "in thing" for celebrities rocking athleisure fashion, so you might want to stock up on that.

Easy Tricks to Make Your Outfit Look Expensive

There are those days when we feel tired with our good old fashion style; wearing skirts or dresses can be impractical to some women so slacks and blazers and pumps are your go to fashion. In most cases this ensemble can be a bit boring if you wore the same type all throughout the week, or worst, your entire career life.

In most cases, almost all of us who work in a business type of environment are required to look professional and dependable. But changing your wardrobe every season can be utterly expensive and impractical, not to mention most fashion brands, be it fast fashion or designer brands releases new items every season.

Most items being released by designer brands are perfect only for the runway where model type of bodies wore the said clothes. In addition, this type of fashion trend are only affordable for celebrities, or, you can actually purchase one that will go a long way but it will make you swim with debts your entire life.

Fast fashion brands on the other hand are more affordable but you've gotta be wary since you might come across someone wearing the exact same clothes you are wearing.

Nevertheless, it is still possible to look expensive without spending all your hard earned money on designer brands or wearing clothes from fast fashion brands all the time without anyone noticing.

1. Get your clothes tailored:

With fast fashion on the rise, you can purchase dresses that looks expensive at a cheaper price, but then again, you might come across someone who wears the exact dress you are wearing, talk about awkward moment eh.

Another thing about fast fashion is that there is a universal size they follow, S M L, which most tailors cringe because every person has his or her own body type and size that would flatter or break their style.

You love that women's jumpsuit you see on fashion magazine but it's a designer brand and it's price is way above your budget? Then again, you found one in an online shop although you are not sure about whether the size would really fit you? Why not visit a textile shop? Have a list of whatever suits your taste and bring it to your good old tailor together with that magazine copy for a custom made dress perfect for your size.

2. Wear Single or Two Tone Colors:

An easy way to look expensive is to wear block colors such as an all white or an all black ensembles, add a good pair of fashion accessories or your one and only designer bag to create stunning statements.

Another option is to combine colors, black on white, red and black, blue and white. Just keep this items in check, fading one's are a no go unless you bought it that way or it was jeans.

3. Iron your Clothes:

Looking sleek and put together make you seem to radiate with luxury. Remember, crinkled clothes make you look unkempt. Make sure that your clothes, especially the one's that really needs ironing is ironed and properly kept on your wardrobe, without stains or rumpled sleeves.

4. Invest in Timeless Pieces:

Go for classic wearable pieces like the little black dress that can be worn on a casual Friday or on a more formal event. Choose a camel tone coat that can be worn during cold weathers, just remember to choose your silhouette wisely.

The current fashion trend for 2016 are bold and block colors of red's and blue's, you can add style by picking pieces with print stripes. What's great about this haul is  that it can be worn every season.

Another tip is to invest in designer bags with classic designs if you can afford it since it can go a long way and it wont go out of style not to mention that the value just increases unless you wont take good care of it.

You can make this classic pieces work on this era by combining what's on the latest trends, this way you wont need to spend huge amount of money.

5. Invest in Statement Pieces:

What make's a classic outfit stunning are the accessories and statement pieces. As mentioned above, be it a designer piece or not, as long as you've chosen the best design that would go with different outfits in different events it can be paired to any clothes anytime

Jacket's or coats and a niece pair of shoes are great statement pieces that when paired with cheaper or more subdued items makes the wearer look more expensive.