This past summer summer I made the choice to do my barre certification with Barreworks in Toronto. You may remember the name because I’ve posted many pictures and stories there attending classes and working out while in the GTA. I love the studio, teachers and the course was did not fall short of that same expectation.
I wanted to share with all of you a part of my e-book that is one of my favourites.
It’s about Sugar and why its so important to cut it the F out!!!
As we do this 25 day cleanse I think its important to share more and more information on WHY we cut out stuff like sugar and dairy. Its super important to be educated and then make the right choices for you moving forward from the cleanse. When I did this last year I cut out out cheese and never went back!
SO HERE YOU GO - STRAIGHT FROM THE FIT FATALE E-BOOK:
I cannot think of a better place to start than sugar. You are losing your mind due to a white, powdery drug that you keep giving yourself. One of the keys to controlling your appetite, mood, and life is regulating blood sugar. Blood sugar is like a rollercoaster. Every time we pump sugar into our bodies - and trust me it happens way more often than we would like to believe, we are sending our bodies on a sugar spike. But like all ups comes a big down. How do we survive it? Well, we reach for more sugar.
I love doing cleanses. They have so many benefits to our health, but I also love the idea of a personal challenge. Of saying no I wont do that and sticking to it. And then of course… once you’ve made it the first few days of suffering without sugar and all those other things we get addicted to… it’s like, well whats the point of breaking now. We’ve suffered so it better be for something. Slowly and slowly you start to feel less cravings and just feel freakin awesome. I cant wait to watch the next group of TFF challenge girls do the same.
While I was just in NYC I had the pleasure to visit Haven Spa in Soho. The spa is cute, quint but super lush with a velvet couch waiting room and little lights in the hallway to your treatments that look like the stars overhead. I booked two treatments. The Peach Smoothie and The Hour Glass. Here was my experience:
Okay so I know that starting your day with greens is usually a great way to boost your energy and mood, but as the weather gets cooler I’m craving more yummy cozy flavours like chocolate and peanut butter in my smoothies.
I cant be the only one!
Here is one of my go to recipes including Vital Proteins Chocolate Blackberry collagen protein powder. It’s so good mixed with a bit of peanut butter. Filling and full of collagen, protein, antioxidants and vitamins.
I started my first blog back in 2015.
The story begins back when I was in fashion school in NYC from 2010-2013. I was addicted to blogs and Tumblr but I never felt the need to be a fashion blogger. Lifestyle bloggers were few and far between at the time, and fitness gals barely existed besides BBG cult followers. What drew me to the process most was the aesthetic and styling of the images. I would save picture after picture in folders on my desktop (pre Instagram and certainly pre saving and filing away on there! Thank G-D for that feature!). One folder was fitness and the other lifestyle/fashion. My two alter egos. So, I spent hours and hours on tumblr with no idea how to start anything remotely blog like and therefore I didn’t. I was young and the idea of starting seems so far away. In retrospect, I wish I had but regret is a useless emotion. That being said, my now boyfriend tells me that on our first date in 2013 in NY he asked me what were my goals after I graduated. I told him I was going to be an influential blogger. He was one of the only people I told that to… and I didn’t know why at the time but I trusted him. He also now tells me at that moment he thought… okay, this girl has big dreams and what the heck is that even?! Ha. 5 Years later, he now is my biggest supporter, the best photographer and teammate!
My typical morning consists of waking up, hitting the gym and one damn good collagen matcha latte.
I often share my recipe (or at least the fact that I'm drinking it) on my instagram stories... like any good health obsessed instagrammer.. But I have never put together a full recipe video for you guys.
SO - here you have it! My Vital Proteins Collagen Matcha Latte of the moment.
Have you ever felt scared to try a new thing?
I’m going to guess, yes! Probably a few times a week, maybe once a day… I feel this weird feeling all the time. Fear. But still a feeling of excitement, perseverance, possibility, drive and often that makes me so excited... until it because anxiety. I think its a common thing to many of us, and I certainly am still trying to figure that out. Why does fear hold the hand of excitement?
In honour of the fourth of July, I've been strategizing about what type of healthy and light day cocktails I can consume for the celebration. I'm currently in NYC and since I brought with me my favourite to go packs of Vital Proteins Beauty Water I wanted to share with you all this video of my Mom and I making skinny spritzers together back on Mother's Day. They were bomb!
I can see myself years from now, someone interviewing me about my life, or my business or perhaps just my kids asking me what the scariest thing I did in my career was? What was the biggest risk I took? I can see my mind flash over everything that’s brought me to that point. In all of my triumphs and obstacles I have and expect to face in my projected career, I can’t imagine anything being harder than falling in love.
I spent this past week with Saucony in London, UK kicking off their #RunYourWorld campaing. As their Montreal ambassador, Saucony flew myself along with two other Canadians from Toronto (my girl @kale_and_krunches) and Vancouver (new friend @LangstonNatalie) across the pond to check out all the trendy run spots hitting London.
Whats new in stretch? Chantelle Lingerie launched a new collection of one size Soft Stretch bras and undies and I’m totally hooked. The collection is comfort all the way. They are really soft to the touch with a seamless finish so they go unnoticed under anything. If not hidden away they are cute and sexy to lounge around in, hit up a pilates class or wear under a blazer with jeans. Here are my 5 Places to Rock Chantelle Seamless Soft Stretch this summer!
I'm getting summer ready in partnership with Sport Check!
This past weekend has me pining for more sunny days and shorter shorts please. I am so excited for this summer and after such a rough winter over here in the North East I think we can all agree we are dying for some sunshine! The sun and the summer dresses go hand in hand with a little fitness motivation to cary us through to our goals - staying fit and healthy all summer long.
When you feel good, you look good and when you look good you'll be freakin' shinning right through to fall.
I recently fell and had an accident which left my face scratched up and in need of some healing love. As many incredible products as I have, I know that what we take internally will ultimately help us rebuild our skin cells and decrease the chance of scaring and wrinkles. This is why right away after my accident i was sure to load up on Vital Proteins Collagen to go packs.
One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn as an entrepreneur (especially one whose focus is on working out in the cutest active wear - like the Climawear sets I am wearing in these shots) has been building a structure that works for me into my daily life. I left corporate for the reason of not having that 9-5 structure. Everything about it makes me afraid of a habit driven lifestyle. That may totally works for so many people and industries, don’t get me wrong, it just was not what worked for me. I wouldn’t change anything about having learned the benefits and professional approach from such structure, but looking back now I am more completely myself than I have ever been.
Here is my favourite recipe this month!
It's fresh and easy to make for those sweet and energized spring morning cravings.
Why I love it so much? This recipe is full of collagen, healthy fats to keep you feeling full and of course matcha that will naturally give you an energy boost and wake you up for your day.
There is nothing I love more than a company that has a great product, foundation for health and wellness and a great story. When I first started writing about companies on my blog it was always about “the story”. I didn’t have as strong of a common message as health, so with happiness being the underlying tone to the content I focused on who was behind every brand and how it brought the world to a better reality. After all, changing anything on a bigger scale comes from the route of where it all started, that one person’s story.
It’s hard to always find your work out groove while traveling. Recently, I have been back and forth a lot from Montreal to Toronto. I am lucky to have studios that I love so much in both places, and yet some days when we travel for work (and we all know this very well) we simply don’t have the time to wake up and get to the studio whilst maximizing meetings and content.
Once upon a time… I swear I had clear skin.
.... But in the middle of any breakout, the way you feel about your face, skin, and confidence makes you forget what life once was prior to pimple central.
The worst thing about the lack of confidence from skin problems is that no matter how hard you work to create the body you want in the gym, the success you want in your career, the love you want in your life you still will feel the insecurity that washes over you. It feels so out of your control too. You feel like your face does not represent the person you are becoming, but yet it's the first thing people see. It represents everything you do. Its what people see first and foremost. Its what you see.
Patience may be what allows any of us to find true happiness.
When I was 20 I thought that being happy meant working towards things you want. I thought that it meant focusing on what was to come, how exciting it will be when you get there and how beautiful the end destination will be.