Tuesday, December 5, 2017

health + fitness journey

I'm going to dedicate this post to my health + fitness journey and progress. This has definitely been one of the hardest journeys for me. I was athletic my entire life from age 5-17 playing soccer, running cross country and track and field. But when I went to college, those four years was me overeating, not balancing my diet, eating out every other day, and never exercising. By the time I finished college I had very little muscle and weighed about 145 lbs. I probably hit 155 at one point but I honestly never weighed myself too much. 

I have really never labeled myself as fat or anything. I know I wasn't. I just hated how much muscle mass I lost and that although I was still average weight I didn't like the jiggling my body did. I wanted to feel strong again, I wanted to be toned, and I wanted to be confident about my body. It was a long journey with a lot of trial and error. But I think after 2 years I am very happy with my progress and I have found what worked best for me.

First off I only started using fitness supplements this year. I have been using Women's Best products for all of my weight loss and training. I started off with their slim body shake two times a day fpr protein and to prevent me from snacking. I  Now I only did this for a full week to get my body use to the shakes and shed a few pounds. It is technically a meal replacement but I found that it really just boosts my metabolism. I would get hungry a few hours after finishing a shake. I would drink one of these for breakfast or lunch and replace one of those meals. I generally eat a very large breakfast and dinner so cutting out a large lunch with the shake made all of the difference. Also I have noticed drinking the protein shake that my snacking urges were close to gone. Stress eating from work and school was always my areas of weakness.

For the fitness portion I generally did my workouts at home. I religiously follow Chloe Ting's Workouts on youtube. I could play it on my phone or laptop anywhere I went. I made a strict workout program for myself to do at least 3 days a week. I did a lot of research online and tried so many workouts.

I would do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts at the end of each small workout. These are great for those with time limitations. I made it a habit to run at least twice a week at least 2 miles (cardio's great for fat loss). Gymming with friends has made all the difference for me. My real progress came when I started gymming with my friend Fiona. Having that extra someone always helps motivate and push you further. On average I would do these 2-5 times a week (depending on my school/work schedule). Aside from the protein shakes I would fill my bottle shaker with some BCAAs for when I don't have a protein shake. They're just your aminos/carbs to help with exercise and helps you with soreness.

I think the heaviest I weighed was around 150 lbs. As of last week I am about 120 lbs now. I am happy with the weight loss but now that I've been more focused on actually training I am expecting my weight to increase due to muscle mass. Overall this experience has helped me mentally and physically improve.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

the girls that get it.

I haven't really been able to follow any trends these past few years. Those of you who know me know that my wardrobe consists of gym-wear and work clothes only. I haven't been able to splurge on any fashionable pieces in a while. I came across Are You Am I, based in my hometown in Los Angeles and I was sold.

"Easy to wear. Easy to style. Easy to combine. Perfect for any occasion and every casual moment in between."

top: ling top black size small
bottom: easy jean dark wash size small 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

acai bowl ft. women's best

With new workout routines and eating habits, sometimes you want something light to fuel your energy for the long week. I've been working on getting my daily dose of proteins and vitamins. Women's Best.

I used:
- 200ml vanilla soymilk (I get mine from Trader Joe's)
- 2 tbsp of acai powder from Women's Best

 - 1 tsp of honey 
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds 
- 200-250g frozen berries 
-2 scoops Women's Best Vanilla slim body shake.

Blend everything up (I added a few ice cubes)!
The top with your favorite fresh fruit and some oats/granola. 

Hope you enjoy this! More coming soon!

Friday, August 25, 2017

summer daze summer editorial.

I haven't been able to blog this summer because of my summer classes and crazy work schedule but I was able to work on this editorial the beginning of summer which was published the beginning of August. I just wanted to share this fashion snippet of my work from NYC's PROMO Magazine that was published in print and digital. All wardrobe is featuring Bobbles & Lace's summer lookbook.

Photography: hello, emy
Model: Catherine of Maggie Agency
Hair + Make up: Love Notes by June
Wardrobe: Bobbles & Lace

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

the one thing on my mind.

Livy for Baltisoul

I have not been active on social media at all ever since 2017 has started but I hope to slowly make a come back. Here are a few photos from my most recent shoot with the amazing Livy for Australian Magazine Baltisoul, a lovely magazine run by actual models. Please stay tuned for more photoshoots to come. Full editorial here.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

date night ready.

I have been on a short hiatus from social media and blogging due to school and work. With valentines day rolling around the corner I wanted to share an outfit I am wearing for valentines day dinner. Nudes and neutrals are my current obsession. Everything in my closet now is either black, grey, white or nude. It is just way too hard to shop for colors because seasons change and I want to be able to wear my clothes all year round. 

I thought a nude bodycon dress was the best idea instead of my usual little black dress. Those who know me, know that I generally do not enjoy layering jewelry or clothing too much. I enjoy a clean minimal look whenever possible. My bodycon is pared with a thick choker (a guilty trend that I am obsessed with) and rose gold hoop earrings for a little something I would not ordinarily wear. Lastly, I never wear bracelets and I rarely wear rings but what I always have on is my Daniel Wellington classic black cornwall watch to finish the outfit.
You can grab any Daniel Wellington item with discount code "LOVELYEMY" for 15% off your entire order no minimum from now through March 13th.  Also they currently have their Valentine's champaign where if you buy a classic or dapper watch you can get the GWP heart charm for free until February 15th.

Dress - Missguided
Earrings - Missguided
Choker - Brandy Melville
Watch - Daniel Wellington

Monday, January 16, 2017

health + fitness

It has been a good several months since I last posted. A lot has changed and happened for the better. 2016 is now long gone and we are in 2017 where we recreate our goals for this new year that has taken us by surprise. I graduated pretty much the end of 2015 so the beginning of 2016 was a strange transition into the adult world for me. Post college got me 35 extra pounds added to my weight and terrible skin. I was not ready for the world of full-time work because I was so use to working in the evenings or just part time internships. The adjustment took quite some time and around five months into 2016 I continued Kayla Itsines BBG workout routines. I started to fall behind and my workouts became inconsistent. Her workouts and eating plans were so detailed that I could not keep up with my busy schedule.

Towards the end of the year I started to research other workout guru's and came across Chloe Ting. She has a ton of videos to focus on very specific areas of your body and what I love most is that she has videos dedicated to at home workouts. I started her workouts in November 2016 (left photo) and the right photo is January 2017. I really feel and see the results of becoming more stronger and toned without the bulk.

Aside from workouts being from California one of my favorite pressed juice is Juice Served Here. I do not do the cleanses too often, maybe 2-3 times a year max. If you are looking for a fresh start I definitely recommend doing 1-3 days of full cleansing with exercise to give yourself that push you need to continue with a healthy lifestyle.  

(Semi-Cleanse package)

I have been committing to these exercises 3-4 days a week. I generally spend 1-1.5 solid hours doing them and if it is a weekend I will cool down with a light 1-2 mile jog. I would like to think that I am slowly but surely getting stronger. I hope to continue with what I am doing and I hope this helps. I got a few requests to talk about my fitness life.

I'll be working on more blog content in the near future. But as of now, I just started grad school and work has been hectic. I'll do my best and thank you for reading! xx 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

love + weddings + aisle style


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