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.

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