My Morning and Night Routine

As requested, here is my nightly and morning-ly routine!

Firstly: AM Schedule

Real talk, I get up early as hell and I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept in on a work day. Period. It’s really important for me to workout in the morning and if I don’t get my butt up, I’m not working out. It took me a while to get used to the commute and waking up an extra hour early (actual hell for the first two months), but now that I have a routine I stick to it obsessively. Trying to be a better planner the night before, but most times I’m just winging it. 

6:15: First alarm goes off

I’m gonna admit it. I snooze it. Every.time. I either go back to sleep if I’m really tired, or just lay there for a few minutes

6:24: Second alarm goes off

Okay I’m awake, but I snooze again and check my phone for messages, snaps etc. Basically, the haps while I was asleep (cause I also go to sleep super early)

6:33: Third alarm goes off

Get out of bed, make the bed (which involves pulling up the comforter and propping up the pillows lol) and head to the bathroom

6:33-6:45(ish): Bathroom Junk

Wash my face and chug a glass of water (essential). This wakes me up real quick and gets me ready for the workout ahead. I got into the habit of washing my face before I workout and shower. I feel like washing the gunk off my face before I sweat is better than having the night gunk sitting on my face on top of the sweat? Maybe that only makes sense to me. I also have a super dry mouth, so drinking water all the time is kind of unavoidable. 

6:45-7:30: Workout

This is a give or take since sometimes it takes me a sec to figure out what workouts I wanna do specifically and/or if i feel like running if it’s my running day. Mondays are always 45 minutes no matter what. Tuesday and Thursday is 30-35 (35 on a good day). Wednesday and Friday could be 30, or could be 40-45 just depends on how I feel. Here’s a post more on my workout routine during the week.

7:30: Take a minute to breathe 

This title sounds like my apple watch talking to me. Anyway, I just started doing this again and I really like it. I have the apple watch and on it, is an app specifically just for focusing on breathing. I recommend it just to set some intentions for yourself before starting your day. Again, a struggle because I’m thinking about all the stuff I need to do before work, during work and after work. It’s only a minute, so I try to squeeze it in, no excuses. 

7:31-ish: Shower

Next I head to the shower. Ya’ll know what goes on in there. Then I chug another glass of water and brush my teeth. 

7:45-8:30: Makeup, get dressed, chug more water and run out the door.

This is where I kinda struggle because I like to leisurely do my makeup which forces all other things to be quick and rushed. I try to figure out what I’m wearing the next day ahead of time but if you’re a girl then you know sometimes you put stuff on and it looks dumb so you have to try 50 other shirts before you get it right. Sometimes it works, but most times I’m just late and fast-walking to the subway.

And there you have my morning routine!

Nightly Routine:

For obvious reasons, my nightly routine is a little more lax because I have more time, but here’s a definitive list of everything I HAVE to do before I go to bed.

  • Drink a warm lemon water

Started doing this a few weeks ago and I really like how it’s been making me feel. Yes, it tastes pretty gross but I’m gonna drink the water anyway so why not give it a little boost? I also drink one of these in the morning while I’m at work before I have coffee. 

  • After using said lemon half for my water, I squeeze that shit on my face

Okay this is super weird but I just decided to do this one night and tbh it has dried my face up so much and helped a lot with my scars. I’ll give more details in a different post, but trust me its good.

  • After normal night junk like washing my face and brushing my teeth, I take my eye makeup off with Coca Butter

This is essentially like using Vaseline, but I already had this and it does the same stuff. My lashes look longer and fuller and stay curled better when I do this instead of using a makeup wipe.

  • Attempt to figure out what I’m wearing tomorrow and what workouts I’ll be doing in the morning

New thing I’m attempting to do to save myself from the inevitable power walking to the subway in the morning. Depending on the day, I need to pick out which videos I’ll be doing and in what order etc. This gives me more time to do the actual workout without having to waste time picking videos.

  • Journal/write in some sort of way

I have a book that prompts me each day with a question I have to answer. I love it because it forces me to write SOMETHING everyday. I also have just a regular journal that I write in whenever I feel the urge. I also have one that is a prompt for a 1 page short story. This sounds obnoxious since I also have a blog, but the goal is to write a book one day and I gotta work on fictional writing as well as just blogging. I also don’t write in all three everyday cause who’s that put together?

And that’s the routine! I got to bed at 10:30 because I love sleep and am also a g-maw.

 

 

Adventures in Crazy Workouts: Orange Theory Edition

Following an abundance of bloggers from all over the country, means I’m influenced to try an abundance of different things. Duh, considering thats the definition of an influencer. I stumbled upon this from a couple Southern bloggers I follow, and was intrigued. As you guys know, if you click on anything, even accidentally, the next thing you know, ads for whatever it is start popping up on on your social media. I barely looked into it before it was all over my feed on Instagram and it kept saying “free class!” “free class!” *picture of fit sweaty girl in a sports bra*. So I decided to try it. Free is free right?

First, they set up the class over the phone, which is strange but cool, whatever. I hate talking on the phone and I am an unreasonably agreeable person so I was signed up for an 8:30 am class. On a Saturday. And I had to be there at 8.

Like the good little girl I am I was actually early as I left my place earlier than I ever have before in the 6 months I’ve lived there. I soon realized why I had to be there so early as she asked me to go through the class, my exercise history, and my goals. Kind of a lot to take in as far as the how-to of the class went. I did kind of enjoy talking about my exercise history cause I’ve been working out for a very long time and I’ve basically done it all. Weirdly proud of that for some reason? Actually not weird, I WORKED HARD okay.

The workout started at 8:30 and I knew we were going to do some running, but I made it up in my mind that it would only be for a little while. I have no idea where I got that because we were on the treadmills for 30 MINUTES. I kept waiting for him to be like “Okay now we’re gonna switch and go to the floor” but he just kept saying “okay now we’re gonna go to your push pace,” “okay now your all out pace.” I tried to keep the same “base pace” aka your warm up pace, the whole time but I started out full force thinking it would be quick and painless. The bright side was that there was a mirror in front of me while I was running (which sounds horrific but my flabby bits were covered by my treadmill) and all I could see was my upper body and that just happens to be the most toned part of me. I felt all powerful with my arms flexing while I ran. Definitely a pump up for me, highly recommend running in front of a mirror.

After 30 MINUTES of running my butt off, we switched to 200 meters of rowing followed by various floor exercises. The first thing I learned was that I’m doing the rowing machine totally wrong, and that’s how I got the crick in my neck the last time I used one. The second thing I learned and unfortunately, so did the trainer trying to help me, was that I am very uncoordinated and hard to teach NOT to do something a certain way when that’s how my brain decides it’s done. He literally had to tell me every time how to use the machine and which part of it I was using wrong and I was SO OVER IT.

Finally, after another 30 minutes on the floor and the rowing machine I couldn’t understand, we were finished. Here are my stats for you lovely people cause they conveniently emailed them to me.

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Pretty sure green means you’re crusin’ nothing crazy, orange is like great you’re burning, and red is like okay you’re gonna die. Yes those are the official meanings! All I know for sure is after they wen over my results they were like “woah you were kicking some butt!” and I was thinking, yeah cause I didn’t think I was gonna be running for 30 minutes straight but also didn’t wanna look like a wimp after I just gave you my whole workout history.

Overall, I really liked this workout. I had some crazy energy afterwards which usually happens after I run, and I felt great all day. Will I do it again? Nope it costs too much for my lil broke butt (sponsor me orange theory). Would I recommend? Yeah girl get you a free class cause its FREE!

A Survival Guide to NYC: Winter Weather Edition

I’m gonna spit some hashtag realness on you real quick. I am struggling with this whole “real seasons” thing NYC has going on. Coming from the South, all we really get is “hot” and “so hot you might die” weather. It’s March, so by now they are in the “hot” weather stage where you get to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts. Here, however, we are still getting 30 degree weather, aka weather where all you wanna do is stay in bed all day in a big blanket. Some more realness? This has me moody as hell and I now know why everyone says New Yorkers are mean. Turns out, we’re all just really cold and on the verge of tears about being outside in it (just me???). Here’s how I’ve been combating the cold weather and attempting to be warm:

 

  1. Heated Blanket

This is number one for a reason, ladies (and dudes I guess). 100% the best purchase of my life was when I bought my 35 dollar heated blanket. I discovered these beautiful babies when my college dorm roommate decided she wouldn’t ever turn on the heater. Ever. I saw one at Target just as winter started and it was as if God himself came down and said “You gon be alright.” I knew I was gonna have to get one when I got here and thank god I did. My room stays pretty warm while I sleep but it’s damn cold as soon as I wake up and as soon as I walk in the door after work. All I have to do is turn it on and it takes maybe 5 minutes to heat up. Okay I’m done gushing I just love it SO MUCH.

2. Buy some sweatpants (thick ones)

This might be like a “duh,” but I really never wore sweatpants back home because I was really never that cold. Leggings always seemed to be just enough, so my sweatpants went too good ole goodwill when I moved. I came to immediately regret this as stepping outside just for a coffee was torture on my legs that somehow felt bare. I also decided to pick up running after a few months off for medical reasons (let’s be real I gained a couple pounds and was not having that shit), so

3. Get a big, warm coat that also happens to be cute

I got my big coat from Express right at the beginning of December and its the best decision I made besides my heated blanket. It’s over sized, wool and hits me right at the calf. You definitely want something as long as possible too keep warm and even better if it fits basically like a blanket. I wear mine basically everyday (cause people who have like 8 coats must also have 8 closets to put them in when its summer) and it just happens to be really cute so a win-win. 

4. Earmuffs are a real thing not just a cute accessory in the movies

I HAAAAAATTTEEE the way I look in hats and beanies because I think maybe my head has a weird shape? Also I kinda look like a skater girl or something which is not a good look on me. Hence, the reason I got ear muffs. They have saved me while running (yeah I actually try to run in this weather too like an idiot) and when I just wanna pretend I can’t hear cat-callers and weird dudes. 

5. Snow boots, UGG boots, just any fur-lined boot.

Here’s a scenario: You want a bagel. It’s Saturday at 11am (yeah you’re being lazy today). It’s also 20 degrees. What do you put on to grab said bagel? Tennis shoes= cold toes. Ugg boots with cabin socks=The perfect combo. Nobody likes cold toes and ain’t nobody trying to wear cute booties just to grab the weekly coffee and bagel combo. 

 

Here are some tips for when you’re moody about this weather and need a pick me up:

1. Do something every week that’s just for you

Get a pedi, get a mani, get some bubble bath stuff, get a pizza, go shopping, have a movie night with some gals, get some wine, get some new shoes you’ve been eyeing, get some fancy coffee, get a new book, literally just do anything that makes you feel good, heck do all of those things in one week. I can’t tell you how good it feels just to call someone and be like “dude I almost cried today thinking about going outside” and having you’re friend be like “Omg me too I hate everything.”

2. Plan a trip somewhere even if its just a staycation

I have the luxury of having every fancy hotel I could ever nee right here and sometimes, I just wanna not be in my apartment where I live with other people. It’s just great to get away, even just for a night. Even better, plan a trip somewhere warm for a weekend and have something to look forward to to get you through some of the rougher days (aka me dreaming of my NOLA trip in a couple weeks!!!)

3. Remind yourself that it’s temporary and in a few weeks, you’ll be sweating your butt off.

It’s kinda funny how we think about the future ally the time, except when we’re miserable and we can only be sad about what its like right now. Being upset is a normal human thing, but there’s no reason to be upset about something as fickle as the weather(most talking to myself here). 

Cheers to Daylight savings time ending and Spring being around the corner!!

 

Fitting NYC in One Weekend

As promised, here is the definitive list of everything me and Lauren did while she was visiting for the weekend and if it was worth them coins.

Friday:

First was Murray’s Cheese bar: I had some really good Sangria and the sweetest red wine ever. Lauren had two glasses of said red. We shared some cheese I can’t pronounce and the best mac and cheese to ever grace my tongue. Do I really need to say how I felt about this one? 1000/10

 

Next, we ventured to the Garrett: This is one of those bars you have to go through a weird fast food place to get to, which is like a trend here and really makes me uncomfortable. The space is really cool and hip but the drinks are like everything you don’t want to taste in a drink all mixed together. Honestly should have known it would be bad since the bar shares the same name as the nut-case clinger I went out with for .5 seconds in college. 0/10 would not go again!

 

Then it was off to this cutie place with the pink couches I was dying to sit on called While We’re Young: Unfortunately, the couches were taken so we sat at the bar. Loved the cozy vibes of this place and the drinks were A++. I got the “One Night Stand” because of my obsession with Tequila, although after the last drink I had I was scared to try anything other than a water. 8/10 (only cause I didn’t get to feel those pink cushions under my cheeks).

Saturday:

 

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Boozy Brunch at Cafe Cortadito was the late start to our Saturday. Thought there would be a wait since there almost always is for brunch, but we got seated right away! I went with bottomless margaritas since mimosas aren’t really my fave. The food came super quick, I got something with eggs and also ate some of Lauren’s rice because drinking works up my appetite. The drinks and food were all really good; however, I felt as if we were being rushed out of there and didn’t even get our last drink which sucked. 6/10 I’ve had better bottomless to be honest and will not be going back cause I need the full 1.5 hours of drinks.

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Next we went to Goodnight Sonny and I had some sort of very light beer. It was pretty good. The atmosphere was kinda blah, but it was also like 2:30 pm and we were kinda getting tired to be real. 5/10 but I’d probably go back when it was more popping.

Next I got my tattoo at Fun City Tattoo on a whim (I hope my dad doesn’t read this hah insert sweaty emoji). I looked them up on Instagram first just to be sure they did good work and was like let’s do it I’m bored (also had been thinking about this tattoo for two years). My experience was brief because it took 3 seconds to do it, but they were all very nice and didn’t make me feel like a preppy loser with my zero tattoos. He even said “badass” when I said this was my first one so ha! I’m cool!

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We made our way literally down the street to Please Don’t Tell. I’ve wanted to go here since I heard about it two summers ago and finally got my chance. It’s got a speakeasy vibe because you have to go through a hotdog place to get to it. We had to wait in a line that somehow had formed in the time it took us to get cheese fries, so we figured it must be good right? Wrong-o. This place has all these really stupid “elitist” rules (they even post them up in the bathroom) for example: you’re not allowed to get up and talk to people…..like at all. This lil cutie came and talked to us at one point and the hostess made him sit down. Like we were in class or something. They’re trying to be better than every other bar cause they got rules like “no talking to people” and “no fun.” Made me think of this gif that makes me laugh constantly:

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Also their drinks suck and have a bunch of stuff I don’t even know in them so there. 0/10 catch me in there again I’ve been body snatched by an old boring fart.

Finally, we ended our night with good ole Pianos. If this place had Free Drink Fridays like Fred’s in BR I think I’d never go anywhere else. I’ve only been here a few times, but it’s totally becoming my go-to for a fun night of dancing my butt off and meeting new people. If you get there before 10 pm you don’t have to pay to go up stairs and lemme just say, you wanna go upstairs. By about 11 pm, the music gets good so you’ll wanna pay, but beat the system and go earlier (even like 9:55 I’ve done it). I love a good bar with good rap jams and doesn’t hurt my ears with the EDM remixes (looking at you NYC overrated clubs). 10/10 will go there again probably next week.

Sunday:

Woke up again, way too late but like when hungover right? First stop: The Russian Tea Room. I’ve been meaning to find an excuse to go and what’s better than someone coming in from out of town? This place is sooooooooooooooooooooo fancy. I really wanted to be in leggings and look ugly all day but this forced me to be fancy on a Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere was great, the staff was nice and….that’s it. The food was very meh, especially for what I was paying for it. I didn’t get Champagne, but I had some of Lauren’s and I couldn’t taste any difference between that and the Barefoot brand for 10 bucks at Target. Also, caviar? Horrible. I’m sorry but they tasted just like fish smells and ya’ll rich people can keep that. 5/10 because I loved just being there, but probably won’t go again.

And right about here is where Lauren died on me!! (not literally but she decided she needed a two hour nap in the middle of the day *eye roll*). So that is basically where our journey ended. I hope she had fun cause I certainly did, although my bank account did not thank me for it.

Adventures in Crazy Workouts

I have not posted anything in a HOT second on here (sorry for being MIA). My shnookum pumpkin was in town so I had no times to blog or do anything cause I was busy af.

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IFFFFF you’re following me on my instagram (which you should be doing), you’d have seen all the cool stuff we were doing! So I wasn’t really MIA, just having way too much fun. I’ll make a post in a few days of all the things we did (and if I liked the experience), so look for that! I also did a crazy, spontaneous thing you might want hear about :))))))))

Just wanted to do a quick recap of this crazy workout we did the other day, as can probably tell from my title. As you guys already know I am the queen of cardio, but Lauren wanted to do something more yoga centric (crushing my should basically). We went with Y7 studio in the Flatiron district for a hot-yoga vinyasa-flow style workout.

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First off let’s talk about these stairs. They look so cool and motivational. There are three set of them and they are STEEP. My ass was wearing some high heeled booties and let just say I tripped a lil bit on the way up and almost slid down them on the way out okay. Great lets move on.

 

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As soon as you walk into the workout room its like candle lit and really warm. Even coming in from the frigid rain, I was like Hmm can they turn the heat down a scootch? We started out by doing some directed breathing, which felt cult-y as most people released their breath like someone who just dropped a full caramel latte on the ground. Then the director? teacher? person said Okay now were gonna start the first flow and turned up the beats.

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Immediately, this lil girl is going a mile a minute Downdoglegupbendforwardwarriorposehumblewarriorleftarmbackrightarmliftupcomeupbendofrwardleguplegdown 

Shoutout to the super bendy very well-versed girl next to me whom I followed the entire time cause if not I would be stuck in down-dog the whole time. After the first “flow” I said good-bye to my shirt cause the sweat was getting in my eye balls and was very glad for the darkness.

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The basis of the workout is 3 “flows:” the first is slow, the second is fast and the last is one you just do whatever you feel like. That sequence repeats 3 times. It lasted the entire hour and I felt like my body was super stretched out and limber. I did legs that morning so it felt amazing to do some stretches while also getting sweaty, which is the point of working out to me.

Overall, I prefer cardio to this because it just feels shorter in a way. I did like it but I’m always more interested in burning my body, less about toning it(maybe I’m backwards who knows I’m not an expert)

The Sunday Summary

Talking about this new dry shampoo hair trick I tried, my new favorite pants (cause I’m all about pants lately), the best Galentine’s ever and the best workout for your abs!

Beauty

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As a blogger, I follow a ton of bloggers on Instagram (duh). I recently started following Brighton Keller who lives in Dallas. She super sweet and one of the more genuine bloggers in my opinion. I saw on one of her stories recently about a dry shampoo trick she does with her hair and then mental made a note to try it out one day. Well Friday I was struggling with some day-3-hair-bun-action and this guy was like “let’s have drinks!” My motto is to just say yes to everything so I was like I guess I gotta figure out how to make this work and then I remembered her trick and was immediately over-joyed. I’ll link her video here, but the gist is to take a round brush, hair drier, dry shampoo and basically act like you’re drying your hair with a round brush even when its dried. Sounds very weird but my hair was super flat and gross so I figured I’d give it a shot. I used Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo, but you can use whatever you have.

 

And there you have it! Definitely not something I have time or energy for everyday since I barely have time to dry my hair, but definitely something to do on day 3 hair that just the grossest it could possibly be (aka my hair).

Style

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would like pants that look like these, but New York has changed me (kinda). These are some that I got from work that aren’t available yet (coming soon I swear its on the website), but you really can get these anywhere. Super comfortable and have like a denim-feel without looking it straight up jeans. Here I dressed them up with booties and a black turtle-neck:

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Then I dressed them down with a t-shirt and sweater with converse:

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Fitness

I love me some Tabata because its short bursts of working out, which makes it go by quicker. To me, it’s the best new way to do a HITT workout. My new favorite is this super quick ab workout I just discovered. As I’ve said in my workout routine post, I run every other day and do abs. This is great because its quick and by the time I finish running, I’m over it (cause running kinda sucks lets be real).

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So I watched this show………

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This honestly should just be titled “I binged this show in a day because it was so good.” I don’t know if you guys remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but me and my mom LOVED that show when I was a kid and we watched it all the time. Well Netflix has done a re-boot with all new people and it is the best reality show I have seen in a while. The guys are ADORABLE and fun, I have a huge crush on Antoni like zamn. It’s just like the old one where each guy is in charge of different aspects of life like food, style, and design. Besides this show being hilarious and fun, it’s also so important and they touch on some really serious issues. They talk about police brutality against black men (Karamo is black), what it means to be gay and religious and the struggle to define yourself as a black and gay man. I laughed, I cried and I cannot wait for next season

So I read this book…….

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I subscribed to Book of the Month, which is a great way for me to push myself to read more and I get a gorgeous hardcover book for 16 bucks! I just finished this book and wow, it was insane. It’s all about this woman living with Agoraphobia (fear of the outside) because of a drama she experienced about a year ago. Of course it’s a murder mystery romance-y thing because that’s all I read now.

 

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should too

If you’re a human being, you know that Valentines Day was this past week (barf). However, you might not know that the day before Valentines day is Galentine’s Day! Coined by the beautiful and fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, it is a day of celebrating gals! I decided to take my gals to this beautiful restaurant Café Medi. I’ve been wanting to see it girl because the pictures I’ve seen are unreal.

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They were having a Galentine’s event, 3 courses AND a bottle of wine for 50 bucks. Basically a steal for NYC and I love any excuse to drink on a weekday. The place was gorgeous, and the food was unbelievable. I ate way too much and had way too much fun. No complaints from me.