Florals For Summer

Happy Fourth of July, babes!  I know my friends and family back home are celebrating Independence Day the American way.  I’m curious to see what we will do here in Germany to celebrate tonight 🙂 We have a nice cocktail recipe book sitting on our coffee table that we don’t use nearly as much as we should.  I guess you could say I’m feeling a bit homesick.  Especially when I see everyone on Facebook posting 4th of July selfies drinking Miller High Life and having fun at their lake houses, not to mention watching fireworks light up the night sky.  Oh, how I love fireworks.  On the bright side, I’m really excited for the next few weeks because we are going on a summer road trip to Italy!  I will be sharing more details about the road trip in another blog post.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how much I love flowers.  I have no shame in how many flower pictures I post.  Well summer in Europe is like flower heaven of me.  I swear the saying “there’s beauty around every corner” originated somewhere in Europe (possibly France).  With that in mind, I think we can all agree that summer is all about floral prints and light-weight, flowing fabrics.  This Metisu silk floral dress I’m wearing is currently out of stock so I linked many other options in the shop slider below that are perfect for summer.  Speaking of perfect for summer, I’m also obsessed with these Urban Outfitters retro oval sunglasses.  They make any outfit look 10x better the second you put them on.

Now lets talk about chic summer footwear.  Living in Europe has made a girl who loves heels, love flats more.  If I’ve learned anything about footwear since I moved to Europe, it’s that comfort beats chic anyday.  Trust me ladies, walking on cobblestone streets is a hell of a lot more comfortable in flats than your blister-ridden stiletto heels.  But since I’m guilty of being a fashionista, I will always find a compromise.  If you’re like me, you’ll opt for pointed flats or kitten heels with ankle straps.  So if you still haven’t found the perfect floral dress or comfortable chic flats to wear with it, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites!

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Full Body Workout + Weight Loss Tips

       I admit it, lately I’ve fallen out of my healthy living routine.  I used to workout 4-5 times a week, eat clean (with little to no sweets), and got plenty of beauty sleep.  The first step I always take to getting back on track is, without a doubt, eating healthier.  That means adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  It also means drinking lots of water.  Seriously bring a big water bottle with you everywhere you go.  You’ll have to pee every hour but your body will thank you later.  Just think, whatever you put into your body is what fuels you throughout the day and during your workouts.  I wish I could eat pancakes and lasagna every day without gaining weight but unfortunately, the calories would start to show.  As far as alcohol consumption goes, rosé is my drink of choice and I will never give it up.  Honestly, weight loss comes down to a balanced diet and portion sizes.  Follow these easy weight loss tips and see for yourself.

Tip 1: Eat slowly and chew your food. It’s so simple yet nobody realizes how fast they inhale their food.  It sounds gross but actually chewing all the food in your mouth before swallowing has many benefits.  Most important, chewing leaves food small enough for the gastric juices in the stomach to further degrade it and thus helps speed up your digestive system.  

Tip 2: Don’t eat in front of the tv.  Mindful eating can help reduce the total amount you eat at any meal. For example, when you eat in front of the television, your attention is diverted from the food. That can result in “unconscious” overeating. Understanding what influences you to eat can help you identify what triggers overeating. 

Tip 3: Switch out your oversized plates and bowls with smaller ones.  By using smaller plates, you will eat smaller portions.  You will trick your mind into thinking you ate more food because you still fill the entire plate with food.  Soon your stomach will start to shrink down and you will become full much faster.  

 

What I’m wearing:

Similar Triangl Bikini

Now lets jump right into this full body workout!

Warm Up Run

Start by warming up your body with a 10-15 minute run.  I’m not the biggest fan of running but it really does wonders to your body.  Just keep telling yourself how good you’re going to look in that bikini.

 Jump Rope

After your run, go straight into jumping rope while keeping a fast pace.  3 sets, 60 seconds

In & Outs

My favorite workout that targets your lower abs.  Keep those legs straight and low to the floor!  3 sets, 60 seconds.

Donkey & Pony Kicks

Who doesn’t love a firm booty?!  You can do this workout on the floor or use a bosu ball for added difficulty.  3 sets, 30 seconds each leg.

    

Triceps Pushdown

This workout is great for toning your arms.  4 sets, 10-12 reps.

  

Lat Pulldown

This workout will help strengthen your back and shoulders.  4 sets, 10-12 reps.

Stretch It Out

Don’t forget about stretching!

        

What I’m wearing:

Nero Label Sports Bra

Nero Label Leggings

Nike Featherlight Hat

Nike Pro Shirt

Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Shoes

And there you have it! My current full body workout routine.  If you have any favorite summer workouts, please share them in the comments!  More summer workouts are coming soon!

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