Fitness Favorites!

2019 is here! What better way to embrace the new year than with some great workout gear!? There’s no denying the fact that with a new year, comes new goals and resolutions…a ton of them involving health and fitness. I’ve never necessarily been one to set a resolution; if I want to do something or work on something, I’ll get started on it right away. Coincidentally, last January, I went out for coffee on a Friday afternoon with my friend Carmen. Somehow, fitness and exercise came up in conversation and she mentioned the fact that she works out 6 days a week! In my mind I was like…whoa, that’s a lot of exercise! I thought to myself, if Carmen can work out that much, so can I. After our conversation, Carmen asked me to join her for a workout and the rest was history! I made a commitment to myself that I would get healthy and exercise. They say the best things in life come when you are least expecting it, and this unintentional New Years resolution was surely it for me! Here I am, a year later, continually working out every single day. Transforming my body has allowed me to feel confident in myself for the first time in my life. Through exercise, I have been able to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. The greatest reward however, has been growing my relationship with God through exercise and treating my body with the respect it deserves! Below I am going to be highlighting all of my fitness favorites to help you continue/start on a path that honors your body!

Headphones: Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones

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When I first started my fitness journey I couldn’t seem to find headphones that allowed me to thoroughly enjoy my workout. My Apple EarPods would slip out as soon as I worked up a sweat and my Beats Solo3 headphones were too bulky for my runs. I researched a ton about the best wireless headphones that were sweat/water resistant so I didn’t have to worry about them slipping out, were ultra lightweight and had a lasting battery life. I finally decided on getting Jaybirds and to date, they were one of my best purchases I have ever made! The headphones connect to your phone through bluetooth and there is an app that allows you to see the exact battery percentage of the headphones. In addition to that, you can customize the sound of your headphones depending on your workout and there are even playlists to choose from! As a runner, the battery lasts me through a couple 9 mile runs without a charge in between which is awesome! It also warns you when it is about to die which is a huge perk.

Running Sneakers: Brooks Ghost 11

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This summer I took up running and it was seriously love at first stride. When my family rented a beach house, I initially freaked out because I wasn’t sure how I was going to get my cardio in. I knew that my only option on the Island was to run, so the very first morning I laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement. I was shocked how free it made me feel. Every step further felt amazing and when I looked behind me to see how far I had gotten, I was shocked. My very first run was 3.5 miles and the natural high that I got afterwards was truly unmatched. After a week of running, I didn’t want to give it up just because I left the Island. I continued/continue to run a local trail at home and have worked up to running between 9-9.5 miles! I invested in good running sneakers and my Brooks feel light as air. They are comfortable, cushioning, and even have a spring-like ball embedded in the shoe to allow for an extra boost with every stride you make, resulting in a better and longer run. I love how this company is dedicated to creating running shoes alone, showing that they truly care and craft their shoes special for runners. I seriously can’t recommend this shoe enough!

Running Socks: Feetures High Performance Running Socks

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If you’re a runner, you know that blisters are inevitable. A lot of times, we are quick to jump to the conclusion that we are getting blisters because of our sneakers but that is not necessarily the case. For me, it was because of the socks I was wearing. Feetures socks have completely changed the game. They mold to my foot helping to prevent blisters, provide proper cushioning and breathability, and are moisture resistant thanks the wick fibers. They even have a seamless toe to prevent irritation. At only $12 a pair, you will definitely want to stock up on these!

Cardio Sneakers: Nike Gym and Training Shoes

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On days when I’m not out running on the trail, I am in the gym on cardio machines! It is imperative to have the proper sneakers when switching to different style of workouts to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself or strain a muscle. I’m a huge fan of the elliptical, and I found the perfect Cardio sneakers that give me a boost during my workout! The Nike gym and training shoes are lightweight, sleek, comfortable and great for intense cardio workouts both indoor and outdoor, making these very versatile sneakers!

Workout Wear: Old Navy Active

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I may or may not have a slight obsession with Old Navy Activewear! The students working at my college mailroom are even starting to notice…opps!? The quality of their clothing is insane considering how affordable it is. My favorite leggings are the 7/8 high waisted compression leggings! They are incredibly flattering, suck you in and hug all the right places. They make me feel so confident before, during and after my workout. I have them in so many different colors and patterns and am slowly building up my collection. In addition to the leggings, I love their medium support sport bras. They are great for my cardio workouts and my runs. I love how they match the colors and patterns of the leggings so that I always have great workout sets. Their tanks are awesome and have the same moisture wicking fiber as in the leggings. Old Navy refers to this as the “Go Dry” technology so you don’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes during your workout. I also have a bunch of athletic jackets that I pop over my sports bras/tanks after my workout to keep me warm during the cold months. I seriously peek at their website AT LEAST 3 times a week to see the new merchandise. You have to go check it out!

I’m ecstatic about incorporating more fitness based content into this blog and hope that y’all are too! I hope that this post gave you some motivation or inspiration to try/buy something new. It’s your year…do this for YOU!

XO, Lexie

 

Young and in Love in NYC // Central Park

After a crazy month of final exams, present prep and saying goodbye to friends at college, I’m finally home for the holidays! I’m beyond excited to spend quality time with my family over the next couple of weeks…I’ve missed them so much! A few days ago, my boyfriend Mike and I headed into the Big Apple to explore all things Christmas! Growing up, I’ve always had this dream of exploring Central Park with someone I love. Going there with Mike was seriously a dream come true for me!

We started our day by boarding the crowded train in New Jersey. After only an hour’s time, we made it to New York City! Our first stop was Times Square which was flooded with tourists from all over the world basking in the holiday spirit. We stopped at Starbucks for a little “pick me up” to prep us for a day full of lots of walking.

As we made our way uptown, we finally reached Central Park. I was giddy with joy to have Mike by my side in one of my favorite places in the whole world! Hand in hand, we made our way around the Park, laughing, joking and taking lots of photos!

The Christmas Vendor’s were set up in the Park and we decided to stop and take a look. Mike bought me my perfect white pom hat that I’ve been on the hunt for…I’m seriously obsessed with it and put it on right away! As far as my outfit goes, I went for a more casual look and decided to make a statement in my new cherry red puffer jacket! I wore my favorite black Quay aviators which are my go-to sunglasses no matter the occasion. I find that they always help to polish any look I’m going for. Like I mentioned before, I popped on my white pom hat to add the perfect winter touch to the look! Whenever I’m in the city, I also find that carrying a cross-body purse is the best idea; this way, I can keep a close eye on my belongings. I wore my favorite black Michael Kors bag with gold detailing that is seriously the perfect size!

The whole day was so magical and truly unforgettable. There’s something about the Christmas spirit in the air in New York City. I’m so happy that I got to experience the joy of the holidays with him!

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This holiday season, I feel so lucky to have this guy by my side! He’s the best gift I could ever ask for! Wishing y’all a happy and safe holiday season!

XO, Lexie

 

Oh My Gourd…Fall is Here!

Happy fall y’all! A week ago it seemed like the cool weather would never come, but by the grace of God, the temperature dropped and autumn is finally here! To kickoff the season, my sister Cammie, best friend Courtney and I decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch to get into the spirit. We started our day with Starbucks and worship at church and then drove to Lloyd Family Farms for a fun filled day!

Upon arriving, we waited in line to get our hayride tickets. After purchasing, we began loading onto the wagon. We were surrounded by giggling children pointing out the farm animals and soft smiles from all passengers as they gazed at the gorgeous open-land. The crisp air was magical making me wish this day could last forever!

As the pumpkin patch came into view, the hayride came to a stop. We made our way off of the wagon and into the sea of orange. Court, Cam and I immediately pulled out our cameras and began snapping away!

Like every blogger, fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I couldn’t wait to showcase my staples at the patch! I wore my holy-grail Urban Outfitters black turtleneck top (seriously can style this in a ton of different ways) paired with an A-line camel colored suede skirt from Old Navy that I know I’m going to wear on repeat this season! For shoes, I went with my black, suede, block heeled, thigh high boots from Zara that I adore. To finish the look, I popped on Mac Cosmetics Cream in your Coffee lipstick (favorite fall shade) and threw on my Quay Australia black aviator sunglasses for polish.

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I hope you guys are enjoying the cool weather as much as I am! What are your fall fashion staples? Comment below!

XO, Lexie

 

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie

 

But First, Brunch!

Brunch has and always will be my favorite meal! You simply cannot go wrong with a mix of sweet and savory delicacies, coffee, mimosas and most importantly, great company. My family and I love trying out new places to eat and recently, we were recommended by a friend to try out Wildflour Bakery Cafe. This darling little restaurant is in a gorgeous, historical Victorian style home making for a cozy and warm atmosphere. This menu puts a special spin on classic brunch foods. They’re dishing out unique crepes, omelettes, flatbreads and offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten free options, making this restaurant a pleaser for all lifestyles. I started off the meal by sipping on a delicious almond milk cappuccino that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of! I followed my cup of joe by ordering a vegan roasted kale and sweet potato crepe served with a vegan chipotle aioli…it was seriously amazing! There is nothing I love more than sitting down to a meal with great people, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying life together.

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I can’t wait for many more delicious brunches at Wildflour! What is your favorite brunch place? Make sure to comment your recommendations below!

xo, Lexie

Best of Beauty 2017

Hi readers! 2017 was a huge year for me filled with so many life changes! I graduated high school, started at my dream college, made the most amazing friends, joined a sorority (shout out to Alpha Gamma Delta) and grew so much as a person. As I reflected on myself this past year, I thought that I would also reflect on some of my favorite beauty products that I used throughout 2017! Below I am rounding up my holy grail products that you definitely have to add to your beauty routine in the new year! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Best Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin // lightweight, airy, medium-buildable coverage, flawless finish. the perfect foundation. 

Best Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser // smooth, easy to blend, airbrushed look. perfect coverage on under eye circles and blemishes.

Best Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Pressed Powder // added coverage, perfect to dust overtop of foundation, doesn’t crease.

Best Setting Spray: NYX Matte Setting Spray // affordable, keeps makeup in place ALL DAY, can’t leave without spritzing some on.

Best Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush // pigmented, natural, flushed look. the perfect rosy cheek. 

Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer // guaranteed chiseled cheekbones. great for contouring. awesome shade for all skin tones, warms up the face. 

Best Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss in Eclair // creamy, moisturizing, the perfect pink pout. 

Best Lipstick: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx // my everyday pink/nude lipstick, inexpensive, long wearing, my go-to. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” // amazing color payoff, highly pigmented, blendable, mix of fun and neutral colors, potential day and nighttime eye looks.

Best Mascara: Maybelline Colossal in Glam Black // have tried high end mascaras of all brands and always come back to this Maybelline one. affordable, lengthens, curls, makes the lash line look dark and full. 

Best Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal // glowy, soft, photographs well, not outrageously metallic like some others, good for an everyday shimmer.

Best Makeup Brushes: Ecotools // soft, cruelty free, inexpensive, wash nicely, made with recycled and synthetic materials, feel good about applying your makeup with these brushes.

Best Face Wash: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel // use this face wash once and you’ll never want to use another cleanser again. leaves your face soft and very clean after a long day of oil and makeup exposure.

Best Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray // spritz this rosewater spray for a refreshing, hydrating lift after washing your face! 

Best Face Mask: Aztec Secret Bentonite Indian Healing Clay // hands down the best face mask I have ever used! it seriously feels like you have new skin after just one use.

If you try out any of these products please comment below! I would love to know what you think about them! Wishing all of you nothing but health, happiness and success in 2018!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Snow Place Like Central Park

To me, the holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. Growing up, my family and I always took a trip into the city near the holidays to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Because of all those amazing memories, my friends from college and I decided to do a girls trip into NYC to experience the magic of the Big Apple around Christmas time. We started our trip by trekking down to Central Park from Penn Station. It snowed the day before, so when we arrived the Park was covered in a blanket of white. It was breathtaking. While strolling around we made sure to stop at the famous Gapstow Bridge and Central Park Pond for some photo ops of course!

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After taking tons of pictures we decided to fuel up with a proper NYC brunch at Jam’s Restaurant conveniently located right across from the Park. The restaurant is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Ivy covers the exterior of the restaurant contributing to the upscale vibe of the place. The inside of the restaurant is cozy and elegant. Exposed white brick walls, lots of greenery and twinkly lights warm up the space and create a romantic ambience. The menu consists of a great balance of sweet and savory brunch options, everything from brioche french toast topped with an apple-berry compote to killer kale salads. Eating at Jam’s does come with a price so be sure to come financially prepared…I can assure that it is well worth it! I seriously can’t wait to go back in the future.

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Lots of posts are coming soon so be sure to be on the lookout for those! I’m super excited to share them with you!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

A Day Downtown // Fredericksburg, VA

In need of a good meal and some retail therapy, my roommate and I took a trip to downtown Fredericksburg for a day of fun! I had never visited before but have only heard great things about the town and I couldn’t wait to explore. I was greeted by massive, historic, southern homes that truly took my breath away. The further we drove into town, an abundance of shops, boutiques and restaurants popped up. I couldn’t wait to stop into as many as possible! With that mentality in mind, I knew my roommate and I had a long day of shopping ahead of us.

We decided to start our day by fueling up at Mercantile. I cannot recommend this place enough. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with distressed exposed brick, crystal chandelier lighting, and colorful chairs. It is sophisticated, yet playful and is most certainly inviting. Mercantile has lots of vegan options which made me one happy gal, but also had many normal options if you prefer. I got an awesome tofu scramble with vegetables and a potato hash, and my roommate got breakfast tacos which consisted of steak, eggs, cheese and vegetables topped with a potato string garnish. It was delicious, and as we walked out of the restaurant door, we both looked at each other and said that we need to go back asap!

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After fueling up, we set our sights on the shops. I walked into boutique after boutique wishing I could take one of everything back with me to college! I had so much fun looking around, thinking about all the outfits I could create, but my favorite part of shopping were the incredibly nice boutique employees that had the sweetest southern charm! After getting my shopping fix, we stopped into an old bookstore called Riverby Books that was magical and historical. Old books dating back to the 1800’s were mixed with current literature, appealing to every booklovers taste. I was in heaven, snapping away and dreaming about the hours I could spend here with a coffee and a great read.

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I can’t wait to plan my next trip back to Fredericksburg! Have you ever been? If so comment your favorite restaurants and shops below! I would love to check them out!

xo, lexie

Crisp Autumn Air // Exploring Virginia

As cliche as it sounds, fall is truly my favorite season. To me, nothing beats waking up to cool, crisp air, watching the leaves fall, and having a warm drink in hand…it’s oh so cozy and I love every minute of it! Recently I moved down to Virginia for college and I’ve been having a thrill exploring a totally new place. Currently, I’m on fall break and what better time to explore the state than with some time to kill!? My roommate, her family, and I rose to the occasion and planned a fun, fall filled couple of days.

We started our autumnal adventure by taking a trip up to the mountains for an apple harvest festival! The drive there was absolutely breathtaking. My eyes were glued to the window of the car, staring in awe when I spotted the mountain ranges in the distance and peeped the leaves slowly starting to turn. Upon arriving to the festival, I was greeted by cool air, the smell of apple cider and cinnamon, and the sound of crunchy leaves beneath my feet…as you could imagine, I was in my glory. We started our day by taking a hayride around the apple orchard where I was welcomed by an explosion of fall colors; gold, red, orange, and green foliage covered the ground like a blanket. The longer we were on the hayride, the more visible the mountains became. Living in New Jersey, I don’t see mountains very often, so this was certainly a treat. After our hayride concluded, we snapped a bunch of photos with our apples and made sure to grab their famous kettle corn before we headed out. I dressed for the day by throwing on one of my favorite, cozy, blue and green plaid button downs, a dark wash denim skirt (fall staple in my wardrobe) and my trusty chestnut Tommy Hilfiger riding boots!

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It wouldn’t be fall without going to the pumpkin patch, so the next day we headed to Snead’s Farm for the ultimate fall experience. It was nothing short of magical! The property was stunning; fields of bountiful flowers and plants were ready to harvest, a quaint historic farmhouse sat in the middle of the grounds, lush pumpkin patches were in the distance, and the smell of cinnamon lingered in the air. I had a blast exploring the place, snapping everything in sight. I was shocked to see how huge of some the pumpkins were, going for $40 a piece! Not looking to carry something that large, we stuck to picking out pumpkins that were a bit more modest in size, perfect for painting or carving! Being so far away from home, this trip reminded me of the farm I grew up going to where I would go apple and pumpkin picking. It was surely nice to get a little taste of home for the day! My outfit for the pumpkin patch was a black, lightweight, v-neck long sleeve tee, a pair of dark wash denim, and my beloved gold jack rogers.

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I had an absolute blast this fall break, getting my dose of all things autumn! What is your favorite part about the fall? Comment below!

xo, lexie

Rooftop Views // New York, New York

There is absolutely no place in the world like New York City. The magical energy that comes from the diversity, bustling streets, and dream chasers is simply unmatched. Every time I visit this incredible place, I am overwhelmed with massive amounts of inspiration and the feeling that I can conquer the world. While scrolling on Instagram a few weeks back, pictures of bloggers and social media influencers at The Whitney Museum of American Art kept popping up onto my feed. They all had taken epic photos on the rooftop of the museum with one of the most beautiful cityscape backgrounds I have ever seen! I had a girls trip to the city planned out with my amazing friends Nicole and Caroline and knew that we totally had to check it out! They were so in, and to The Whitney we went! We couldn’t believe our eyes when we walked through the glass doors out onto the platform. We were greeted with the most astonishing view in front of our very eyes. It was truly breathtaking seeing New York from this perspective. The location of the museum couldn’t be better. Not only do you get a view of the Hudson River and Hoboken skyline, but you get a glimpse of the Empire State Building! I could have stayed there for hours just looking out in admiration, taking in the immense beauty of this city. One day I hope to call this place my home.

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Look out for lots of posts coming up covering my college adventures! I can’t wait to share them all with you!

xo, lexie