Fashion

The Thursday Seven… 7 Hairstyles for Fall 2015

The Thursday Seven is upon us and with fall approaching I could not help but wonder what the top hairstyles and cuts will be trending this season. Here are seven looks I am favoring for fall 2015.

The Piecey Pixel

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The Chunky Wave

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Long Layers

Long layers

Bob with Ombre

bob with ombre

The Lob

dark lob

Balayage – Specifically dark brown hair with Caramel or Auburn Bayalage

Balayage

Angled Bob

angled bob

If you are like me I am always looking for a change in hairstyle this time of year. Whether it be cut or color. What style are you thinking of trying next?

Image Credits – Pinterest

-Yesenia Whipple

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The Thursday Seven… 7 Ways To A Healthy Dinner Out

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I cannot believe The Thursday Seven is upon us already! This week I took a topic I could literally write a book on. I think I might have had 20 ways to keep it healthy before stopping myself (I could have gone on) and shrinking my list down to seven!

No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey going out to eat can sometimes be a daunting, anxiety filled, and stressful process. Trying to stay on a healthy balanced diet with temptation filled menus can make a hermit out of anyone. Here is a list of 7 ways you can stay on track and still enjoy a night out.

1. Avoid big chain restaurants and fast casual restaurants where food is remade and shipped in. These foods are pumped with high levels of preservatives, sodium, and who knows what else! Look for scratch kitchens where you can customize your order.

2. If you plan on bread skip dessert, if you plan on dessert skip the bread. For dessert try a healthier option like fruit with whipped cream.

3. Ask for a box with your meal and box up half of your meal if the portions are large. Better yet ask if they can box half for you prior to bringing out the food that way you will not be tempted when you see your entree in all it’s delicious glory.

4. Stick to small plates or an appetizer or two depending on the size and a healthy side like steamed veggies, side salad, or baked sweet potato (be careful on those toppings).

5.Stay away from creamy dressings. Look for vinaigrette options, oil and vinegar, and ask for these on the side.

6. Look for protein that is or can be broiled or grilled. Ask they go light on the salt when seasoning and if you are feeling really confident ask for your chicken or fish to be broiled in water.

7. Take a look at the menu prior to arriving so you have an idea of what their healthy options are. I always find this to be extremely helpful. At times this will take certain restaurants off the list of where to go. There is nothing worse than getting to a restaurant and realizing it is of a certain cuisine where absolutely everything is fried, contains cheese, loaded with carbs etc…if there are absolutely no healthy alternative skip this place. Stay away! Unless you are on a treat day and are o.k. with those options for that given day.

BONUS: Be careful when attending events that consist of buffets and h’ordeuvres. This scenario is a perfect example of when to eat a snack or an entire dinner at home prior to. This is especially hard for me and if I could ask my husband to tape my mouth shut while attending without looking absolutely ridiculous and not being able to talk to anyone I totally would.

I love talking about all things health and fitness so PLEASE comment with any questions, tips, or Thursday Seven topic ideas.

-Yesenia Whipple

Fitness

The Stairs To A Healthier Body!

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What is an activity that can be incorporated in virtually everyone’s lifestyle? Well there are many. One of my favorites is taking the stairs on the way up or down. Whether you purposely find a set of stairs to climb or choose the office or high-rise set of stairs you can take advantage of an activity that will help you lose and maintain weight loss.

According to Livestrong.com “Doctors also recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.” Furthermore “Harvard Medical School reports that stair climbing is an effective way to lose weight and keep it off, since people who walk up stairs, even at a slower pace, burn calories three times faster than when walking at a faster speed on a normal surface.”

Fitness experts say 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 days per week provides for most optimal health benefits. So why not add some diversity into that activity by adding some stair climbing.

If you have any cardiovascular conditions, or injuries involving your ankles, knees, or hips be sure to consult your doctor. And as always make sure to wear appropriate footwear.

So grab a friend, find an awesome set of stairs, and climb away!

-Yesenia Whipple

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The Thursday Seven…7 Stylespirations

This weeks Thursday Seven is short and fantastic. Seven looks I’m obsessing over this week….

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Sweet Romance

chic outfit with cup

Chic and Confident

Romper

Sweet and Flirty

maxi and crop

Showstopping Silouhette

Work outfit

On a Mission to Dominate

bohemian outfit

Brunching In The City

cute dress

Day Date

Happy Thursday!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

Thursday Seven – Seven Ways To…. Get Your Mauve On

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I have been digging the mauves and nudes this summer when it comes to nail polish. Here are seven of my favorite ways to get my Mauve On!

SEPHORA X NAIL POLISH PERFECTION

1. Sephora – X Nail Polish Perfection

2. Zoya – Rue

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3. Dior – Vernis Incognito

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4. Essie – Lady Like

OPI TICKLE MY FRANCE-Y F16

5. OPI – Tickle My France-y

Malala Julep dusty pink mauve

6. Julep – Malala Classic With A Twist

touch of mauve revlon

7. Revlon – Touch of Mauve

There you have it my lovely readers the Thursday Seven. Seven Ways To Get Your Mauve On. Comment below if you would like any topics covered on Thursday Sevens!

Yesenia Whipple

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Friday Thoughts…Smooth Sailing Can Be A Bore

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Friday thoughts…Wouldn’t it be amazing if things would just be easy all the time, luck was just in your doorway waiting for you to grab hold? But what would we gain from easy street? Would we be bored, striving for a challenge, for something more out of life? I believe we would. I believe we need adversity, hardships, and rocky seas in our lives’ to find meaning, feel accomplishment, and grow as individuals.

-Yesenia Whipple

Fitness

The Thursday Seven – Seven ways to… Sculpt and Tone Those Butt and Thighs

Good morning! I’m excited to introduce a new series to all my readers. The Thursday Seven will highlight 7 ways to…

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This weeks topic is butt and thighs! I highlighted seven exercises that can be done virtually anywhere with or without weights. Gone are the days where sexy was skinny stick like legs. Muscle and tone are in so here are seven of my go to sculpting workouts.

weighted squats

1. Weighted Squats with weights, kettle balls, or whatever adds some resistance. This exercise will work your glutes and thighs. Try varying your squats between regular squats (legs hip distance apart), sumo (wide stance), and even small pulsating reps sprinkled in between or during sets.

single leg bridge

2. Single Leg Bridge – this seemingly easy exercise is actually a killer on the hamstrings and butt. If your form is on point you will be struggling to get through the last few reps. Try increasing resistance by adding ankle weights.

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3. Plank Jacks – will not only target those inner thighs, but it will also engage your arms, chest, core, and gluten. Add a resistance band around the middle of your thighs for a more challenging sequence.

Beautiful Caucasian woman in blue Capri and top doing ten steps of surya namaskar, sun salutation Exercises at white background with the sun in the center. Step by step

4. Sun Salutations – I included Sun Salutations because this sequence works you literally from the inside out. You will gain mental, digestive, relaxation, and physical benefits from this sequence. Physically  you will be working on toning and flexibility for virtually your entire body.

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5. Glute kickbacks – weighted or not kickbacks will define and build those hamstring and glute muscles. During the entire – lift your leg so you’re your thigh is parallel to the floor and your lower leg (below the knee) is pointing straight up. Pause at the top of each lift for 2 seconds. Be sure to focus on just using your glutes through the whole range of motion.

side lunge

6. Side Lunges are probably my least favorite because like many I struggle with hip flexor flexibility and movement. It just feels awkward, but this is such an effective exercise. Targeted muscles are Quadriceps, Gluteus Maximus, and Adductors/Hip Flexors. This is one exercise you don’t feel as much while you are performing it, however, tomorrow you will be SORE!

wall sits

7. Wall Sits work virtually every lower body muscle from your hips to your calf muscles. Such an amazing exercise that can be versatile by adding weights, leg lifts, and even incorporating some bicep curls in there while you sit and work.

So there are is my Thursday Seven! Hope you enjoyed!

Stay tuned for next weeks Seven ways to…topic; and if you want to see a topic covered (it can be about anything) comment below and I will make sure it gets added to the list!

Happy Thursday!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fitness

A side of none of that please!

Squats won't make you look manly... but they will give you a nice ass I love her thighsImage credits: Fitness Magazine/Pinterest

You know those foods you absolutely know 100% are bad for you and well you need to give up or modify? Yes yes we know what those are. It’s the first thing we naturally cut out of our diet if we want to lose some lb’s and get fit and healthy. Then there are the foods that we know are probably not the greatest but we don’t consume them in large quantities or every single day numerous times a day so we say “ah the heck with it; it’s fine”… right? WRONG! I am GUILTY and FAMOUS for this! O.k. well maybe far from famous but you get the point. Those foods add up fast and can make the difference between hitting a plateau, getting rid of that access fat, and/or shredding those last few pounds or gaining that sleek toned physique.

Body Rock published a great list of these every day foods (like coffee creamer and ketchup? Noooooo! Yep!) we don’t even think would make a big impact; yet they do! Check it out: 15 Unhealthy Foods You Should Never Eat If You Are Serious About Fat Loss

-Yesenia Whipple

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Must Try Zucchini Recipes

Let the mouth-watering begin. I never knew how versatile Zucchini was. You can basically make anything with it. Here are some recipes that are on my must try list:

Zucchini pasta – you can toss with different pesto, avocado creams, Parmesan, or dressings. Add Shrimp, salmon, chicken, or steak to make it a delicious full meal.

zucchini pasta

Zucchini pancakes – I love pancakes, the syrup, the butter, everything about pancakes gets me excited. So for a healthier twist you can make Zucchini pancakes.

Zuchinni pancakes

Zucchini Ice cream – Who knew?! Pair with some fresh fruit and BAM! A party in your mouth.

Zucchini Bread Ice Cream

Zucchini Cupcakes – Topped with buttercream frosting. This  is yes a major treat. But everyone needs a good indulgence in their life every once in a while.

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There are so many many many recipes substituting zucchini; I could not possibly name them all. These are on my short list of recipes to try.

What are some of your favorite recipes with healthy substitutes/variations?

-Yesenia Whipple

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Live Every Day With Intention

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Every day is a chance to start fresh. Layout your long term and short term goals and read over them every day. Plan your day out with intentions surrounding your goals. If you focus on them every single day you will one day wake up and say I chased those dreams and I caught them.

Just a little afternoon motivation from yours truly.

-Yesenia Whipple