Winter Workouts

With spring and bikini season hopefully just around the corner (fingers crossed!), I am setting a new goal this month to push myself harder. As I mentioned in my Eating Colourfully post last month, I stuck to adding more colour to my daily diet. This month I’m hoping to set a goal for myself that’s a bit tougher and I know that braving the cold more often is something that I’ll need to push myself on because if you know me, I am NOT a winter lover. I would rather be hot and sweaty than cold and outdoors if I could avoid it, which is why I’m hoping once I get in the habit of making it to the gym at GoodLife Fitness more often, it will get easier because there’s nothing like a good run or full body work out to warm you up!

Fortune telling books for brides

Citrus and tea

There’s also nothing better than coming home from the cold and having a tea. I’ve gotten into the habit of adding lemon to black tea when ever I drink it, instead of sugar and milk, and also putting slices of lemon in my water, which I like to think boosts my immune system in the winter. Anytime I feel a little under the weather, my cure is always getting the biggest jug of fresh squeezed OJ I can find and trying to drink as much of it as I can within a day or two. For me, the extra vitamin C makes me feel like I’m being extra good to my body. Extra citrus in your diet can also aid in losing weight I’ve heard, so it can’t hurt to add more of that into my meals this month too!

Stay tuned for my fitness post next month and see how I’ve done with sticking to my goal!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Love Day

Candy HeartsTo my lovely reader’s from across the web and every corner of the world, Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for reading along, and for all of your kind words, comments and emails. They keep this little passion project of mine going. Love you all! xo

 

Eating Colourfully

I’ve been working late almost every day the past few weeks, so after hitting the gym at GoodLife Fitness, by the time I get home, I am in no mood to cook. To stick to my health and fitness goals, rather than skip healthy options for something like pizza, I’ve been making one of my go-to favourites – Mango Avocado Salsa. It’s so easy to make – you just need a couple of ingredients.

Avocado Mango Salsa

Delicious avocado

Mango Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:

1 ripe yellow mango

1 avocado (ripe but not too soft)

1 or 2 small roma tomatoes (or a red pepper if you prefer)

1 red onion

1 lemon

 

What You’ll Need:

Sharp Knife

Cutting Board

Lemon Juicer

1 Large Bowl

 

Directions:

Wash the mango and cut it into cubes. Do the same with the avocado. Wash and dry the roma tomatoes and dice them into small chunks. Toss everything into the bowl together. Dice as much red onion as you like and add it to the bowl. (The flavour of red onion can pack a punch so you might want to add a little bit at a time). Finish the recipe off with a squeeze of lemon juice. The lemon juice really brings out all of the flavours of all the ingredients. Gently mix everything together with a large spoon. This salsa recipe is a tad on the sweeter side, but the onion cuts it and gives it a little kick, while the avocado adds a savoury element. You can serve this salsa with tortilla chips, but it would also taste great with chicken or fish tacos. It’s a pretty versatile recipe so you can experiment with it. Switch up the recipe by substituting roma tomatoes for a red pepper, as they both and a touch of sweetness and juice to the recipe.

The past few months, I’ve really stuck to my goal to eat colourfully. I decided that next month I am setting a new fitness goal- check back next month to find out what it is!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Last month in my Do The Bright Thing post wrote about how I was trying to incorporate more colourful foods into my diet and that I wanted to try juicing. I figured rather than investing in a juicer, I would try it out first to see if it was for me. I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about cold-pressed juice lately, so I looked into juice spots in Toronto and discovered Greenhouse Juice Co.

Greenhouse Juice Co.After a workout at GoodLife Fitness this week, since it wasn’t too far away from my gym, I popped into Greenhouse Juice Co. The moment I stepped into this adorable little shop, I became the girl with kaleidoscope eyes – so many colourful juices, and sealed into such cute little glass bottles -I couldn’t get enough!

Greenhouse Juice Co.^The lovely selection of juice at the Greenhouse Juice Co.^

All of the juices at Greenhouse Juice Co. are made of 100% organic, raw fruits and vegetables. Every juice is cold-pressed which means that the contents retain nearly all of their nutrients because they haven’t been heated during the juicing process.The juices are also packaged in glass which means no harmful leaching that can occur with other types of bottling processes.

Greenhouse Lamps

^Looked up to spot this adorable design detail – greenhouse light cages.^

I sampled some of the flavours and chose several juices that fit my ‘eating colourfully’ requirement. The juices were the perfect thing to sip on after a run – so refreshing! I felt great knowing that my body was enjoying the benefits of vitamin-rich, bright and colourful juice! Yay to getting my colourful food goal checked off my list!

Greenhouse Juice Co. Toronto

Here are all the juices I brought home with me:

Rabbit Run Cold Pressed JuiceDeep Roots
Gold RushCold-Pressed Apple Juice

Even though I am kind of skeptical of drinking kale juice, (I’m not a fan of the stuff!) I figured if I’m going to do this, I should go all the way and green is definitely a colour I should be eating more of! Here’s the kale juice I got:

East of Eden

I’m going to be reviewing the juices over the next few days and adding to this post. Wish me luck with the kale juice :I Still feeling skeptical about that one. Make sure you visit again next month – I’ll be sharing a bright and beautiful, colour-rich recipe!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

New Year’s Eve Sparkle | UO Liquid Gold Lookbook

New Year’s is one of my favourite events of the year! Any chance to wear a shimmering dress, sign me up! If you’re like me, you are already planning your New Year’s outfit! That’s why I was so excited to get a sneak peek at Urban Outfitters newest lookbook, Liquid Gold. How cute are these dresses and skirt? There are so many lovely sparkly, shimmering, sequined and metallic pieces to choose from! You WILL stand out at your New Years party in one of these stunning looks! Below are a few of my favourites from the lookbook.

Photography by Stefan Heinrichs | Featuring model Kristine Froseth

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Kimchi Blue Sadie Deep-V Sequin Tank Dress^Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Oh My Kimono – Sleeve Dress^

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Ecote Beaded Mini Dress^

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Ecote Beaded Mini Dress^

Love Sadie Sequin Mini Dress^Love Sadie Sequin Mini Skirt^

Casetify Giveaway (Closed)

I’m excited to announce I’m giving away a Casetify phone case! You can either choose a case design from the site, or using the Casetify site or app, you can use your Facebook and Instagram photos to create a personalized phone case, or make your own phone case design!

There are so many case options to choose from on the site! I chose the Abstraction Outline White Transparent designed by Project M. I am in love with the simple, minimal design. I’m so happy with the look of it and it shipped so quickly, I would recommend it as a great gift idea! The coolest thing about Casetify is that you can also design your own cases, including making a personalized photo case which would make a sweet gift for anyone on your list!

Casetify Phone CaseAbstract Lines Phone CaseCasetify iPhone case

^My case c/o Casetify!^

Win Your Own Casetify Phone Case!

I’ve partnered with Casetify to give away a case to a lucky winner who will get to pick from one

of the beautiful cases or design their own dream phone case!

To Enter:

Leave a comment in the blog comments section below saying:

“I want to win a Casetify Phone Case from Lovelyisms!”

The winner will be randomly selected on December 31st, 2014

Good luck!

xo

 

Below are a few of my favourite designs! (Click the image to view on Instagram)

Girl You're A Boss Phone Case

White Marble Phone Case

Instagram Photo Phone Case

Gold Glitter Phone Case

Hello Script Phone Case

Go on, give them a good present this year! (Or be naughty and get yourself one!)

Save 15%  with this Promo Code: MELANIE15

(Promo Code Expires: 12/31/2014)

For more amazing case options, visit Casetify on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest

Do the Bright Thing

I am getting back into running and sticking to my workout plan which I talked about in my Aloha, Beach Body post. I’ve been trying to set mini goals for myself because it can be overwhelming to have one big goal that seems like it will take forever to reach. Little mini goals along the way pump me up and keep me motivated, so my first goal was to get more fruit into my diet. I’ve shared a recipe for a kickass smoothie below!

As another way to stay motivated, I got a new pair of workout shoes. Before this purchase, I had the same runners since highschool! Isn’t that insane!? I just never really cared to get new ones because they never appealed to me style wise, but then I saw these shoes and I fell in love. A gal needs stylish workout basics to stay motivated, ya know?

Nike Free TR4^^My Nike Free Tr 4s^^

I have already used them once at GoodLife Fitness on a treadmill run and while doing some weight training. They were so nice to workout in! They are so light and airy, you almost don’t feel like you are wearing shoes. Since winter has unofficially arrived, I’m pretty sure that’s the only place I will be using them because while I admire people that run all year round, the freezing cold workouts will never be my thing and it’s so much nicer to work out inside in the warmth of the gym!

Nike Free TR 4 Crosstrainers

Let’s get back to that recipe!

I am not a morning person, therefore breakfast is normally something I skip during the week. I know, I know – not good! But to make up for it, I do pretty big breakfasts on the weekends. Buuut, usually those are greasy breakfasts, so that usually leads to a spontaneous trip to buy a ton of fruit right after. Today, was one of those days I felt like I needed to eat fruit ASAP to get some vitamins! Here’s what I made:

purple blueberry smoothie

Blueberry Honey Vanilla Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

I whizzed all the ingredients together in my blender for about a minute and then poured it into a glass. Making smoothies is honestly so easy there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to do this every morning, especially since eating colourfully is so key to getting plenty of vitamins.

Check back for my next fitness post for more fitness fashion and to find out if I decide juicing is for me and try to get more colour into my diet!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Bohemian Vibes

Today I made a stop in Urban Outfitters and fell in love with this flowy white top. I paired it with a pair of ripped light denim Neuw Razor Blue Skinny Jeans for a fully boho look. I ended up liking the top so much I bought it… Now I might need to go back to grab the jeans to complete the look!

boho inspired outfit^^Bohemian Vibes^^

>>Shop The Look<< Neuw Razor Blue Skinny JeansFor more on Bohemian Style, check out my guide.

The Man Bun

A while ago I wrote about the Undercut. Recently, I’ve fallen for another hair style – the man bun. This men’s hairstyle should only be attempted by a certain type of man that can take it from looking lazy to looking chic.

It is not an easy look to pull off, but when done right H.E.L.L.O. There is something so rugged and masculine about a man with long hair that can make a casual bun look artful.

This look may not be for everyone, but personally I am a big fan. Here are some of my favourite looks…

Man bun hairstyle^^Pairing a beard and a man bun? The chicest.

hair bun men's hairstyleNot even man’s best friend is immune to the powers of the man bun. Beware: The man bun may make everyone want to go on car rides with you.

Man bun hair^^Just perfect.

Of course, great style and a man bun bring a man to demigod status immediately. Zeus totally had a man bun, amirite?

Do you like long hair styles on men? Would you try this look? I think it takes really daring man to try this and do it confidently. Are you brave enough for a man bun?

Say More With Less | Daniel Wellington Watches

The Classic Sheffield

{My Classic Sheffield Watch c/o Daniel Wellington watches.}

For a while now, I’ve been coming across Daniel Wellington watches on Pinterest. I was drawn to the minimal details and simplicity of the design and fell in LOVE.

Daniel Wellington Watch

{The Classic Sheffield Watch}

>>Shop the look<<

I wear my Classic Sheffield all the time. The black leather strap, white face and rose gold finish are so  simple, but it really makes a big statement. (I’ve had so many compliments on it!) It was really tough to choose between the black or brown strap, but I chose black since I am a sucker for anything black and white and I’m glad I did because I can wear it with just about anything. It’s my favourite accessory in rotation right now. Someone also mentioned to me that upside down, DW spells MD which is kind of perfect since those are my initials!

Daniel Wellington Watch

Daniel Wellington Watch{The Classic Bristol Lady Watch} 

>>Shop the look<<

If you are in love with this watch as much as I am, you can get %15 off all products at danielwellington.com/us until October 31st using the discount code: “melaniexeinalem”

Daniel Wellington offers worldwide shipping so the promo code can be applied wherever you live!

Follow @danielwellingtonwatches on their Instagram account or on Facebook for more gorgeous shots of their watches.