Simple and Efficient Workouts You Can Do On Your Own

We all want to stay healthy and feel good in our bodies, but sometimes the time that it takes to go to the gym and partake in an extensive workout regime is just too much time, money, and effort in our already busy lives. 
So for those of us that want to support our health and exercise without the need to go to the gym, here are some forms of exercise that you can do on your own with basically zero equipment. This seems truly befitting, especially in these precarious Coronavirus (Covid-19) times where confinement and social distancing are of the essence!

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Simple and Efficient Workouts

At home strength training 

At home strength training is very simple to do, and you can use little to no equipment in order for an effective workout. Some of the most efficient exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home include: push-ups, squats, lunges, abdominal crunches, etc… To be sure you are following a routine that you will really see results with, you can use a fitness app like the 30-Day Fitness App for a guided workout. Let’s say you want to focus on your midsection, the app has a specific 30 minute core workout that you can follow, as well as an entire abs regime that you can do and track your results with. 

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Walking

Walking is a very underrated form of exercise, even though it is an efficient way to get a workout in – workout that is easy on your body and, definitely something you can surely fit into your daily routine. Going for a walk and getting some movement in, in general, isn’t something that will get you drenched in sweat, yet it will activate your cardiovascular system. You can go for a morning walk, go for an after-dinner walk, fit in whenever and wherever you can during your day, and even get your family or friends to join you. This is especially helpful for parents since they can get their kids out for walks with them and get some exercise in all the while encouraging their kids to be active. 

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Jogging/Running

Running is a way for you to get outside or make use of that treadmill you have at home. You can boost treadmill workouts by doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the treadmill or on your run and amplify your already effective workout. Running is something that you can really build up your endurance with and have fun mixing up where you go running. Do it somewhere where you appreciate the landscape, go with a friend, or download your favorite audiobook or podcast to keep you company and make your run feel less like a workout and more like a fun activity! 😉

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Cycling 

Cycling has become a more popular form of exercise in recent years with the growing popularity of group cycling classes. If you have a traditional bike, a ‘bike’ exercise machine in your home, or quick access to a cycling class, this is a fun and effective way to mix up your workout routine with a workout that really packs a punch. 

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Yoga

Yoga is an effective form of exercise for both the body and mind. It increases your flexibility, strength, and encourages you to focus on how your breath moves through your body.

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Workout out on your own and on your own terms really gives you the flexibility and the confidence to adapt your workouts to your own liking, availability and fitness level, as well as the flexibility to work through moments of frustration without feeling any pressure or competition by those around you.

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Here you have it! If you like these workout ideas, don’t forget to share your thoughts with me; Let’s share the love and positivity, so please hit the “share” button below and share with your friends.

Thank you for visiting and make it a wonderful day!

XOXO,

Edwige

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Yellow Crush | Spring Forward

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With everything going on in the world today, I thought I would bring this little burst of color to brighten up your day. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for colors. Winter style is fabulous and all, but there’s nothing like making that Winter-to-Spring transition. The days get longer, the clothing gets a little lighter and the styles gets brighter. What else can we ask for?

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As much as I want to keep this post about Spring style, it will be hypocritical and insensitive not to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic that the world is facing. It’s been difficult to find that balance between real life and escapism. I want to address the issues that affect us all, but also maintain some degree of normalcy and decorum.

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That been said, none of us is really in control of this unfortunate situation, but my faith has allowed me and my family to surrender everything to God and to lean on Him. It’s fair to say that this pandemic is affecting all of us one way or another, but we must all remain calm, take precautionary measures and keep our peace through it all… and most importantly, know that in the end, everything will work itself out.

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The main message here is to not be fearful or anxious, but to keep praying and practicing mental positivity daily. I believe we will get through this; and I’m sending a prayer and positive thoughts to anyone that needs it.

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

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Now, back to this Winter-to-Spring transitional outfit. Do we like it? Share your thoughts with me. I’m taking this time of international pandemic and quarantine situation to prioritize certains things in my life, and practice more self-consciousness. Expect to see more blog posts, and in the meantime, subscribe to my newsletter to stay in the loop, and get your read on.

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As always thank you for visiting. I hope you have a great start to the new week! You can shop my look below.

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Happy Valentine’s Day with Liana’s cake pops

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Greetings to you, valentines and galentines,

I know most of you have been waiting for this day with great anticipation! Well, so have I!  This very day being extremely busy for us – Conferences at the girls’ school and basketball game for big sister all evening – I actually decided to surprise hubby with a quick lunch for two, since he got the good fortune to be working from home today…

I told myself: If we can’t go to a valentine’s day dinner tonight, well a valentine’s day dinner will come to us… at lunch!   I quickly door dashed a steak meal for two from Ciao Bella… Truth be told, as much as I was excited about the quickly planned home-style dinner for two, I was even more excited by these goodies Liana’s Cake Pops hooked me up with! What a great compliment to my ‘minimalistically’ impromptu setup for the lovers’ lunch! The combination and assortment of colors just bring up the V-Day vibe!

And they did not just look pretty, they were scrumptious! Thank you, Liana’s Cake Pops for this marvelous creation! You made my day, girl!

I’m looking forward to the weekend to enjoy fully some fun time for my valentine, but I couldn’t wait to share these pics with you!

I hope they make you smile as they did me… and oh contact me now to book your home or event design/decor complimentary consultation.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!”

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Shop Valentine’s Day Dresses in every budget.

The first month of the year is almost at its end, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. There are so many beautiful dresses and pieces out there; and I know it can be overwhelming, sometimes, to shop for the right dress when there are so many options, but I got you covered. I have selected a few beautiful dresses in different styles and colors in every budget for you guys. Before we get to that though, let’s talk about this beautiful off-the-shoulder dress I wore a couple of years ago… it is so in style and perfect for a chic and elegant Valentine’s Day outing!

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There’s no doubt that this red dress will make a bold entrance in any room, but just imagine it in a timeless and classic NOIR… Chic! Can’t decide between the red and black? Get both! You can’t go wrong with either of them. Just send me a note and I will hook you up!
P.S. It comes in white and other colors as well! 😉

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If you need more options, take a look below. I made a selection of some of my favorite dresses from different brands in different price points. Just click on the images to see more. Before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be here, so make sure to get your looks completed ahead of time.

XOXO, Edwige

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Baby it’s cold outside… Wear your Long Thigh-High Socks!

“Baby it’s cold outside… Wear your Long Thigh High Socks!”

“Baby it’s cold outside… Wear your Nice Warm Coat!” …

I have heard my husband saying these words to me almost every day of the Winter season. The man loves to remind me of how cold it is outside, like I wouldn’t know myself… That’s Love! 🙂 I have lived in the Midwest for over a decade now, and trust me, Winter is always harsh here, but wearing the right clothes and sporting a positive attitude is how you brave those winter days and one of my favorite Winter fashion accessories are Long thigh-high socks.

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Thigh-high socks are the perfect footwear choice when you’re looking to cover a bit more skin than just with a pair of knee-highs, but don’t want to wear full tights. I love the fact that they’re so versatile and fashionable, and Chrissy’s socks has some of the most beautiful and fun long thigh-high socks… and they are made in the US. Check them out! 🙂

Oh, and if you are wondering how you can style your high-knee socks, here are a few ideas that I found on Chrissy’s socks website.

OVER SHEER TIGHTS

Thigh-highs are a great addition to simple hosiery. If your sheer tights simply aren’t warm enough or you are looking for a way to make your styling a little more interesting, then wearing a pair of black thigh-highs over a sheer black tight creates a very attractive gradience of shades. The two-tone effect is both trendy and subtle enough to be pulled off from daytime office-wear to an evening outfit. Alternatively, you can play around with color combinations and wear tights of any color under your socks. This lets you have fun with a pop of color rather than going overboard with it.

OVER PATTERNED TIGHTS

Sometimes, a pair of patterned tights with a great design can look a little too busy. Wearing a pair of solid thigh-highs is the perfect way to create a more subtle look and wear the pattern on your tights as a statement peeking above your thigh-highs. Wear a sexy black print with your black thigh-highs or opt for a fun and playful combination in a pair of colorful hosiery and white thigh-highs. Why worry about getting a run in your hosiery or choosing between comfort and fashion? This combination is the perfect balance of both.

SHORT SKIRTS & SHORTS

This has been a favorite look on the fashion runways, television, online media and magazines for many years. Pairing up your mini skirt, tailored shorts, or even sweater dress with a pair of thigh-highs is the perfect way to wear a short hemline and still look sophisticated. Why not try a combination of a pair of short-shorts and an oversized knit with your thigh-highs? It is a warm, casual look with the added flair of showing a little bit of skin. The great thing about thigh-highs and mini dresses is that they can transition from a cute lecture look to party wear simply by switching from a pair of flats to some platforms or high heels.

UNDER BOOTS

Forget wearing a daggy, mismatched pair of cartoon themed socks under your boots, because you think “no-one will see them”. Thigh-highs are an excellent accessory that will look particularly attractive when worn under your knee-high or thigh-high boots. Wearing your socks this way lets you show them off just a little bit and play around with layering. This doesn’t just look cute and fashionable, but it also makes wearing boots a lot more comfortable.

WITH ANKLE BOOTS

Ankle boots with shorter outfits can sometimes look less than perfect because they visually shorten legs or seem inappropriate for the weather conditions. When your outfit just doesn’t look quite right with a pair of ankle boots, the ideal accessory is a pair of thigh-high socks. Match colors to create the illusion of a slim boot or play around with contrasts by pairing your dark ankle boots with a pair of white thigh-high socks.

This post is sponsored by Chrissy’s socks . All opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam

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