Shop Instagram with LiketoKnow.it

YScreen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.44.04 PMou guys know I like to do round-ups of workout clothes for Fashion Fridays, and I’ve shared a little about my own wardrobe woes, wanting to dress better, both in and out of the gym.

Well, I recently discovered a cool app that makes shopping a breeze and, I can do it through one of my favorite and frequently used apps, Instagram!

When you sign-up with Liketoknow.it you get the scoop on where to buy items pictured in a post shared by a Liketoknow.it participant!

For example, I could post a photo of my purse, tag Kate Spade, and, if I’m signed up with Liketoknow.it, give you instant access to shop that same purse with just a click of a button! Pretty neat, huh?

You can log into your account on Liketoknow.it to shop all Liketoknow photos, but they’ve gone a step further and made shopping Instagram even easier by sending you an email with direct links to the items in any Liketoknow.it image you’ve liked on Instagram that day!

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Like the photo. Get an email. Shop!

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I follow some pretty fashionable ladies on IG and I’m excited to have direct access to their wardrobes, and the items I often look at with envy! I love that there’s some budget savvy fashionistas out there, too!

Here are a few of my favorite Liketoknow.it instagrammers:

I love how Instagram is becoming like a mini blog world, with mini posts from ‘bloggers’ or frequent posters; there’s photo styling and a lot of personality and now, it’s even involving big brands– it’s a whole new wave of digital marketing! It’s kind of amazing how fast and furious the digital world is, huh?

I think anyone can use Liketoknow.it whether you’re posting to Instagram or shopping Instagram. I’d probably need to be a little more fashionable to start directing people to shop my posts, but nonetheless, I think this is a pretty neat idea, especially for fashion bloggers.

Have you heard of Liktoknow.it?

Do you follow any fashionable Instagrammers?

Do you ever see Instagram photos you’d like to shop?

Gearing up for Whole30 // Out with Eating Out!

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

I’m jumping right into this week with a post part of my monthly mantra series for October: Out with the old, in with the new! 

One of my goals this month was ‘out with fast food, in with meal prep.’ What better way to achieve that than to finally jump on the Whole30 bandwagon, get rid of the processed (fast) food from my diet, and reset my body before the end of the year? There’s no better time than the present, right? Welp, I’m doing it – I’m giving the Whole30 challenge a try!

You can read the Whole30 program rules on the website but it’s basically a detox from alcohol, sugar, grains and dairy. Specifically, the instructions say:

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
  • Do not eat grains.
  • Do not eat legumes.
  • Do not eat dairy.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. 

This may sound really odd, but I’m super excited!

Whole30

I have very distinct memories of when I did a paleo challenge last year. You can read my recap here, but basically, I felt great! I woke up every morning feeling really light and in the gym, I felt stronger! I also felt so responsible — checking labels and finding sugar, sugar substitutes, and other crap ingredients in some of my daily indulgences; then refusing to eat them! I had such will power!

Even though a lot of people argue diet restrictions can be problematic, I think that sometimes limitations can spark creativity. In fact, it was during the paleo challenge that I discovered some of my favorite recipes; ones I still recreate and eat all the time today!

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Friday Faves: Victoria’s Secret Black & White Collection

Hey hey! Happy Friday!

A few weeks back I bought a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt from Victoria’s Secret. It had been awhile since I shopped there and I completely forgot how much I LOVE their clothes! They have a new black and white collection and I want it all!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

I’m especially obsessed with their new leggings — they’re made of a more workout-like material, not cotton like a lot of their other pairs, and they’re reversible, which I love! I’ve been wearing them a lot!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

There’s several more pieces from this collection on my wish list, so I thought I’d share those with you today!

Victoria's-Secret

1.Collegiate Pant 2. Gym Crew 3. Printed Yoga Legging 4. Nike Free 5.0s 5.Seamless Racerback Bra 6. Seamless Thong

I think another reason I’m totally obsessed with this line is because it all matches the new pair of Nike Frees I got for my birthday in September. I’ve never had nice sneakers before because I would normally just wear whatever sneakers I had to workout. Now, I have my nanos that I workout in and my Nikes that I wear on the weekend! Hopefully this way each pair will last a little longer, too!

Do you have two pair of sneakers?

What’s your favorite clothing line for workout clothes? 

Workouts Lately & A Snatch PR!

I haven’t blogged my workouts lately because they’ve been few and far between. I had a lot going on in September and while I planned to go hard in October, it hasn’t quite worked out that way; though, there’s still time! :)

On the upside, when I did finally get to the gym this past week I set a new personal record on my snatch – 95 lbs, up from 85! Woo hoo! I also got to my work gym this past week, which is a good thing! However, I have to say– working out alone is so much harder than doing it at a box with all my friends! The workout below that I did on Tuesday was only 9 minutes but gosh, it felt like forever! I also took way too many breaks, switching songs and tallying up rounds… I know I can do better! I needed my workout buddy there! (Ahemmm, I’m looking at you, Karlye!)

AMPRAP in 9 minutes of:

9 KB swings
6 lateral over-the-bar burpees
3 shoulder to overhead*

*I have no idea how much was on the bar, but it felt kind of heavy!? Again this is part of doing CrossFit outside the box; it’s just different! The bar looks different and so do the plates… I think this was a men’s bar, so 45 lbs, and I put on 10 lb plates on each side, equaling 65 lbs.

This workout as a modification of the programming at my box that day (I substituted kettlebell swings for deadlifts). I finished with 6+5 rounds but like I said, I think I could have done better! I didn’t warm-up for very long either (I just did a 750 m row and a few handstand holds) and I’ve *heard* the shorter the workout the longer the warmup should be… lesson learned!

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Refresh Your Workout Regime: How to Plan Ahead

This is part of my monthly mantra series for October: Out with the old, in with the new! 

I once heard that 80 percent of our day is driven by habit; did you believe that?

I do. It sounds cliche but sometimes I really do feel like I’m ‘just going through the motions,’ in life. I wake up, get dressed, brushed my teeth, drive to work, work… all without much thought at all!

How to plan a workout routine

The problem is that going through the motions often means perpetuating habits– both good and bad. You know, like if stop by Starbucks on the way to work everyday… that’s awesome the first few days but then, it starts to add up and you’re bank account is suffering! Or, getting stuck at your desk all day, meaning to get to the gym (maybe even thinking you ought to go!), but not quite getting there. Days turn into weeks and the habit of going is no longer a habit; not going is!

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