Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Rock Crops & My Weekly Workout Routine

PC: Kellie Rae Studio

Tie Front Striped Pants | Lace Crop Top: Vici Dolls

HeyAll! I shot out a poll on my IG story asking what blog post you all would most like to read - & I had an overwhelming amount of "weekly workout routine" requests - so here it is! A little week in the life of my workouts, definitely give or take depending on the week, my work schedule, & my level of motivation. ;)

I also wanted to give a little "how-to" when it comes to crop tops - becuz for me they are one of my favorite Summer pieces to wear in a mix of different ways & I feel like I have been incorporating them into a lot of different outfits. I know for some gals they might just not be your thing, but I think for a lot of women - if they found out a mix of different ways to rock one (without really feeling or looking like you are rocking one), you might be more amped to buy & pair with a variety of different pieces! You can pretty much make the decision of going full coverage (yes you can be fully covered with a crop top), showing a small amount of skin, or a lot of skin. I usually tend to pair with high waisted shorts/jeans to show a sliver of skin - but I am also really loving the 2 piece set look right now! For example (pulled from some of my personal #ootds): {two piece set} {w/ high waisted shorts} {w/ track pants} {w/ high waisted denim jeans} & {w/ white jeans}! & here are 5 ways to rock a crop as seen in the media (& that I think are oh so cute)!

5 Ways to Rock a Crop:

{Refer to the Links & Image for Original Image Source}

via Jolie Fashion

1. Rock with high waisted jeans/jean shorts.

via Shop Daily Chic

2. Pair with high waisted tie pants. (Also like I did in photos above).

via Southern Curls & Pearls

3. Wear as a set! (Sets are amazing because you can also wear the pieces separately).

via Ferbena

4. It looks amazing with a high waisted skirt! (Midi, mini, or maxi).

via PopSugar

5. Under a jacket with higher waisted pants. (Linen, jean, slacks, track, etc) to cover up but show just enough!

YAY for crops!

Now for my workout routine! - this is an ideal M-F situation (sometimes I will throw in a Saturday depending on my work week). I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital, & it is a complete hit or miss whether its night or day shift. If I am not home for 13 hours in a day - there is no way I am making it to the gym. I am not one of those people that can haul as* all day at work & then hit the gym pre or post. Sometimes if I work night shift I will lightly run pre night to get my energy up - but otherwise those are off days when I am working!

Monday: HIIT Circuit Workout or Yoga HIIT (50-60 min)

Either at home (I use BBG otherwise I'll throw my own together from time to time) - but mostly I go to Jessica Rossing Fitness for these workouts (*see below). My home HIIT workouts are 25-30 min with a cool down, & when I go to class they are a 20 min yoga warm up, 20 min HIIT circuit, & then a 20 min cool down (Yoga HIIT). Otherwise I will just do a complete HIIT circuit class that involves a full 50 min HIIT circuit with a really quick warm up & cool down. SO many ways to mix it up!

Example: I pulled this from a Yoga HIIT class at JRF - 30 biceps, 10 burpees, 30 triceps, & 10 half burpees (9 minute round as many times as you can run through) - Bicycle Abs (2 minutes) - 30 bent over rows, 10 jumping jacks, 30 push ups, & 10 jump lunges (9 minute round as many times as you can run through) - making a 20 minute set! You'll be dripping, I promise!

Tuesday: Running Intervals (either on the treadmill or outside - 45 min)

Example: I warm up at a 3 mph speed (fast walk) for 5 min, & then I alternate between 1 minute of 7-8 mph speed (sprint) & 4-5 mph speed (light jog) for 35 min, & then end with a cool down of 2-3 mph (light-fast walk).

Wednesday: Yoga Sculpt (60 min)

This workout is my favorite. It is REALLY intense - but the feeling post is literally indescribable. You pretty much work every little muscle in your body & you don't even have time to think about it until you are done! Sculpt involves a flow with weights & cardio that mixes everything up.

Thursday: Yoga HIIT (60 min)

Friday: Running Intervals (either on the treadmill or outside - 30 min)

Saturday: (depending on my week in workouts/work schedule - Yoga Sculpt or Running Intervals 35 min)

* I do all of my Yoga Sculpt/HIIT classes at Jessica Rossing Fitness Downtown Duluth. Jess (& her whole team - heyyyy JEAN) has been an actual GODSEND when it comes to my workouts & my routine! Not to mention we have become fast friends, & she is the sweetest soul. I absolutely LOVE her, her studio, her vibes, her classes, & the motivation she brings to each & every person that steps into her studio, + she is completely reasonably priced. TRY A CLASS. You won't regret it. Side note: I don't rep for Jess or JRF - I just love what her workouts have brought to my life that much I have to shoutout. Info below! <3 *

Jessica Rossing Fitness
20 N. 2nd Ave E. Duluth MN, 55802

Lately Summer has really been getting to me & I haven't been following my diet/workout routine as strictly as I have at times in the past. What I have noticed personally is that things fluctuate a lot for me (daily tbh) & of course as everyone should know - when I see the biggest & best changes in my body it is VERY much dependent on what I am cooking in the kitchen. If I am eating out a lot I notice I am more tired, bloated, & just blah. I try to primarily cook at home, but of course in the Summer, that isn't so easy with all the fun! Best advice I can give when it comes to working out/eating healthy/seeing results - don't give up. A little is a lot. Baby steps. It is okay to fall down & take a few steps back. You can always start TODAY! In college/highschool I seriously didn't work out a DAY. I don't even think I knew what a routine was. I ate crap constantly - & the biggest change I noticed when I started these small strides was my mental & physical happiness & energy secondary to it. Of course seeing changes in my body puts a smile on my face, but what makes me smile MOST is the feeling I get post a workout regardless of where my body is at. This is the mentality that got me to really find a routine & stick to it - vs. trying to maintain a "perfect" figure consistently. I know that I feel SO much better even if I just get that 20 min run done, or that 6 am workout complete - even if I "cheat" with my meal that night. You will start to see those changes & feelings too! I promise. :)

In my story today - I had a good amount of requests for a "summer staples" blog post (what to wear, read on the beach, beauty buys to beat the heat, etc) - & so I will try to whip that out in the next week or so here too! I know I don't frequent the whole actual blogging thing but it is definitely fun to sit back and put these together every once in awhile. Hope everyone's Summer is treating them AMAZING. Per usual - I feel like it is jam packed & going way too quickly! Tis the SZN.

Love ya'll! XX. E.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Summer Wedding Guest Dress Under $100

Hello babes! The weather is getting warmer & the nights are getting longer - which means, it is pretty much wedding season! I don't know about you but I love going to weddings. I lurve love (& celebrating it), a good party, & a chance to dress up! But, what comes with a Summer filled with weddings are some pretty pricey weekends, & unfortunately for me, I almost have to have a different dress for every event, (is this normal? probably not) - which definitely takes a lot of money out of the ol' piggy bank. As I start to plan out these events it prompted me to write up this blog post for all of you, (thinking you guys might be running into the same problem) - featuring some different wedding guest dresses under $100 so that you don't have to break the bank to find that outfit (or outfits) you so desperately want to rock to your next wedding soiree!

I fell in love with this coral dress the other week when I was browsing some new PRIMP arrivals - (if you guys hadn't seen from my social media I am now a PRIMP Boutique Brand Ambassador & I am so in love with their store & everything that comes with it) - & I immediately thought; this dress would be perfect for a wedding this Summer (hence, also the making of this blog post). You can get it online {here} & also in stores at any of their 9 locations! Use code EMILY10 for 10% off at checkout making this dress only $43!

Coral Tie Front Dress: PRIMP Boutique

PC: Kellie Rae Studio

I wanted to break my picks up into categories of the types of weddings usually held during the Spring/Summer to make it semi easier on you guys to browse. Types include: Garden, Black Tie, Beach, Barn, & Hotel/Country Club! Scroll through for details!

My Wedding Guest Dress Picks Under $100:

Garden Wedding:


Black Tie Wedding:


Beach Wedding:


Barn Wedding:


Hotel/Country Club Wedding:

*Some of my other favorite spots for reasonably priced wedding dress guest picks include: Lulu*s, Tobi, & ASOs!

Hope these help you guys find some amazing dresses for your next event. I am seriously loving this weather & I can't wait for Summer!

So much love. xx. E.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Life Updates & Springspiration

PC: Kellie Rae Photography

Sweater | Jeans | Sock Booties

Hey guys! I wanted to drop in for some quick life lately's & some Springspiration for this next season! Even though I haven't been as up to date with my blog posts as I would like to, I still love staying in touch with you guys (why I originally started my blog & the ultimate reason behind it) - to give you some updates, current loves/likes, inspirations, hopes/dreams, & life hacks that may benefit you & yours currently & in the future! If you guys want more day-to-day photo roundups, my IG is basically where I post on the daily (OOTD's, what I am loving, travels, etc) - & you can find me here: (@emilybfahlsing).

With that, here's a little 1-10 of life lately's for you all!

1. Favorite Show(s):

*The Resident on Fox (seriously addicting medical drama that is actually not all a bunch of bullsh*t; lol)
*The Siren on Freeform (I just watched the Pilot & I'll give Ep. 2 a try)
*Gossip Girl & Scandal on constant repeat until I make it through (2nd time around with GG becuz, GG)

2. Last Trip I Took:

I just got home from Fort Lauderdale, FL! I seriously loved my time spent here and would definitely recommend this area for beaching & good eats. I posted a ton of pics on my IG feed & highlighted a bunch of my travels under my "Story" highlights in the "travel" section, but some of my favorite local spots included:

Sweet Nectar: Ahmmazzing food & even better cocktails! My sister & I shared the "Sweet Nectar Pitcher" & it was beyond delicious.

Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall: This mall was every shoppers dream. Seriously all the best stores at outlet prices! A little overwhelming how many great deals. Not to mention it was pretty much completely outdoors! Which is definitely my vibe.

Greek Islands Taverna: This place was JAM packed & had a line out the door. Bomb greek food & a super nice ambience. Service was amazing & such a great atmosphere!

The Sandbar Grille at Suntower: This place was the perfect little beachside restaurant! Cabana vibes, with the best fish tacos I think I have actually ever had. Sooooo good.

3. Spring Playlist:

4. Summer Bod Workout Regimen:

I have been struggling between wanting to just go to Yoga Sculpt (because it is definitely my favorite workout) & mixing in cardio. I feel like cardio always makes me feel better endurance wise - but Sculpt/Yoga really helps with my strength & lifting capabilities, plus it is my ultimate destress-er & endorphin booster. Lately my week in workouts (when my work schedule allows) looks like:

M: Yoga Sculpt
Tu: 30 min LISS Cardio (treadmill or run outside)
W: HIIT Yoga (20 min Yoga warm up, 20 min HIIT, 20 min Yoga cool down)
Th: Yoga Sculpt or LISS or HIIT
Fri: 45 min on Treadmill (I warm up for 10 at a low speed, do interval training for 25, and then cool down for 10 at low speed - all while binging Scandal or GG, Duh)
Sat: Yoga Sculpt
Sun: Rest

From my IG, you guys can see that I attend all of my Yoga/HIIT classes at Evolve Duluth - & I am absolutely obsessed! I adore the community & think Jess (main trainer) & all the instructors are such rockstars. First class is $6 Duluthians! Thank me later! :)

5. Quotes I'm Living By:

"You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be."

"Expect nothing. Appreciate everything."

"The phrase do not be afraid is written in the bible 365 times. Thats a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless."

"Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love."

6. This Month:

Focusing on staying positive! I get into lulls at times especially when the weather is fairly dreary. Snow in April - come on Duluth! I have really horrible SAD (seasonal affective disorder), & although January/February are usually my worst months, I struggle when the cold/shitty weather prolongs into Spring. Healthy eats, good workouts, approaching my workplace with a good attitude, being kind to others, extending lots of love - all things I want to expel my energy towards this month!

Otherwise - I am heading to Chicago at the end of the month for a girls trip with my Momma & sisters! My middle sister Sophie lives in Chicago & goes to school there, so my Mom & I are headed into town with my youngest sister, & we will spend the weekend shopping, eating, & enjoying some much needed girl time! I am excited!

7. Brand Spotlight:

I shared on my Instagram Story today how OBSESSED I am with For Love & Lemons Spring Lookbook. I am actually dying over this whole line right now! I love how dreamy & ethereal all of their pieces are for Spring/Summer. The mix of lace, cascading ruffles, & easy prints are exactly what I am loving for my closet. I've linked some of my fave pieces below!

8. Eating Lots Of:

Oui Yogurts, Chickpea Pasta, & Avocado Toast.
I am so in love with these Oui Yogurts for breakfast! My fave flavors are Coconut, Mango, & Vanilla. They seriously taste like a little slice of heaven. I have been making a variation of Banza Chickpea Pasta (100% made of chickpeas - I found at Target) about once a week, with red sauce & either ground turkey or chicken breast & it is SO good & flavorful. Otherwise I have been having a lot of avocado toast for lunches & they are so filling & delicious! I usually just use the Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins (100 calories per serving) with avocado on top, a drizzle of olive oil, & a few pieces of goat cheese/red pepper flakes/salt & pepper on top.

9. Favorite Recent Purchase:

My merino wool blanket in "blush" from Sarah Lou Co. Even though Summer is quickly approaching, I am ALWAYS cold, & this blanket is the coziest, softest blanket ever! Not to mention it is OH so pretty & such high quality. I linked it for you guys {here}.

10. Currently Reading:

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I meant to dive into this last Summer & got caught up in some other reads. I am excited for this one though! I love a good thriller, & it is based in Minnesota!

& lastly, I put together a little "Springspiration" Shop with some of my current favorites below!

Have a good weekend lovelies! I love you all a latte. <3 Xx. E.