Stronger

Happy Workout Wednesday!  Today I am excited to talk to you about getting stronger.  Even though at the moment I am lying on the couch sick! Getting stronger doesn’t only have to do with muscle, its also about our mind an spirit too!

What does it mean for you to get STRONGER?  When I hear the word stronger many things come to mind, including Britney Spears song “Stronger”…..

Stronger, than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I, I’m stronger

Haha!  When I say stronger I’m not referring to Britney’s song, although now I can’t seem to get it out of my head! Haha! Some people go to the gym to get stronger, some to lose weight and some to get toned.  When you reach a certain level in fitness, it becomes more about strength and endurance. What I love about getting stronger is that is means getting leaner and building more muscle!  Being stronger also makes me feel healthier in my mind, body and spirit.  Whether you’re trying to lift more, get lean or gain mass, mental strength will be the key to your success. Your goals may be physical, but your mind controls everything you do!

We have to get our mind in line with our goals in order to achieve them, right?  Whether our goals are physical or its a task you are trying to accomplish we have to make sure our mind is focused and it not clouded by things that don’t serve us or serve our goals.  If your goal to be stronger doesn’t have to do with your physical appearance, hitting the gym is still the best way to clear a foggy mind, relieve stress and prepare you for situations.  The gym, a walk or a run is my favorite way to focus and relieve stress.  But I also love making my physical body stronger in the gym for many reasons: 1) so clothes fit well 2) less susceptible to injury 3) to build muscle and a fit body.

What do you do to be stronger, in mind, body and spirit?

XO,

Rachel Ashley

 


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Skinny Jeans Workout

 Do you ever feel like you have a love/hate relationship with jeans?  Some days I love them and other days I can’t stand jeans.  Jeans are a fashion staple, whether we like them or not.  I hope you found the post early this week about Jeans with a Good Derriere helpful!  There is a jean for almost everyone, it just takes proper fitting to find the perfect pair for you!  Whether all of you looks good in all them jeans or not, everyone can use a good lower body workout in addition to a good fitting pair of jeans, right ladies?!?  The key to good legs and a good derriere are squats!  My favorite day in the gym is leg day!  Hopefully this workout will help you love leg day too!  If it doesn’t make you love leg day, it will certainty tighten and tone your lower half to ensure you look great in your favorite pair of jeans!

  • CHAIR SQUAT

    • Begin standing with your back to a chair, feet hip-width apart. While keeping your weight centered on your heels, draw in your abs and hinge forward at the hips slowly lowering your butt toward the chair. Pause right before you would sit down and return to standing while keeping the core engaged. 
  • DUMBBELL SQUAT

    • Grab a heavy dumbbell and hold one end in each hand at arm’s length in front of your pelvis. Set your feet about twice your shoulder width apart, toes turned out slightly.  1. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees 2. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps.
  • SQUAT, LUNGE, CURL

    • Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground 1. Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground 2. Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes 3. Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.
    • Tip: For a challenge, add dumbbells
  • CURTSY LUNGE

    • Standing with feet hip-width apart, step your right foot diagonally behind you and into a 7 o’clock position. Bend both knees so you’re in a lunge stance. Lean your torso forward 30 degrees and pulse up and town 10-15 times. Straighten the body and pivot 180 degrees so your right foot comes to the front. Again, lower into a lunge.

XO,

Rachel Ashley


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Jeans with a Good Derriere

It is all about jeans this week on Fashionably Living!  So excited to share with you my favorite brands and styles to fit everyone’s body type.  Is there a pair of jeans you love?  Jeans and I seem to have a love hate relationship.  There are days I love them and days I would rather wear a dress, because I find them completely uncomfortable!  But there is something to be said about jeans that have a good derriere on them.  The flair from jeans comes from the backside, wouldn’t you say?  The pockets on the jeans either have bedazzle on them, cool shaped pockets, pockets with a flap or no flap.  Jeans have really stepped up their flare with the stitching or pockets.  Every jean company has their signature look or logo embroidered on them.  There so many options to choose from, that everyone can find a jean that fit their body well.

There are certain jeans I am drawn to and ones that fit me well.  The jeans that I always say I love as soon as the person turns around and I see the butt of the jean, are always True Religion!  I love True Religion jeans on men and women!  There is something about their jeans that catches my eye and I say “Oh l love those jeans!”   The derriere of their jeans is my favorite.  I remember I first fell in love with True Religion Jeans when I was in college and I felt like so many people had them and I didn’t yet.  Then one of my friends asked me what size I was, she said she had a pair of True Religion jeans to give me that didn’t fit her anymore!  I was so excited!  My first pair of True Religion jeans was about 10 years ago, and I was over the moon that someone was going to give me a pair!  I still have the jeans to this day and they aren’t out of style and they still fit!  What was your first pair of jeans that you were so excited to get?

XO,

Rachel Ashley

When it comes to picking a pair of jeans that flatters your derriere, there is a science to it!  Squats and lunges will definitely make your derriere look good in any pair of jeans, but if you haven’t been hitting the gym regularly there are jeans out there that can lift, shape and make the derriere look great!  I want to give you a list of tips and tricks and a few of my favorite jeans for shaping your backside and making sure your derriere always looks good.

Tips and Tricks for Finding Jeans with a Good Derriere:

If your derriere is small…you will want to find jeans with prominent detail.  For example a flap pocket, embroidery, etc.

If your derriere is flat… embellish – Flat-bottomed girls, look for styles with flap pockets and added detailing to pump up some much-needed volume

If your derriere is saggy…whatever you do don’t wear boyfriend jeans!  You want jeans that will pull and lift your backside.

If your derriere is wide… go for mid-size pockets- a mistake women frequently make is thinking pockets will make their butts look bigger, when actually, it’s the opposite.

If your derriere is wide…keep it simple – Stay away from a bedazzle pockets, embroidery and flaps.

My Favorite Jeans:

True Religion Jeans

Hudson Signature Bootcut Jeans

J Brand Jeans 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Jean

Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jeans

Joe’s Jeans ‘Honey’ Fit Bootcut Stretch

Seven for All Mankind

Banana Republic Jeans


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HIIT PYRAMID

Hey ladies!  Oh how I miss you and truly appreciate you putting up with my sporadic posts the last couple months.  I know many of you can relate with busy schedules, crazy deadlines and overloading yourself!  I miss you all when I am not here sharing with you and commenting on all your amazing blogs and websites!  We truly have a special community of woman and I am truly grateful.

I want to continue with my usual Workout Wednesday Posts!  This is truly one of my favorite posts I get to do every week!  This week I have a great High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout for you!  HIIT workouts will increase your heart rate help you burn fat throughout your day!  Why are HIIT workouts some of my favorite workouts to do?  Because they are the most effective and the best use of your time.  HIIT Workouts helps you lose weight not muscle, increase metabolism, no equipment necessary and can be done anywhere!!!  Try this HIIT Pyramid and let me know what you think.  It should be a challenge, but you will feel great after you complete it.

XO,

Rachel Ashley


 


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America

Happy Tuesday Lovelies!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Getting overly excited for Fall….its still hot, but I am trying to wear long sleeves…lol!  This is one of my fave shirts from Alternative Apparel that I designed the logo!  You have seen me wear it before for the 4th of July, here.  I wanted to dress patriotic for work, because we had some political speakers coming to speak.  It was a lot of fun and I of course love a theme!  These pants are truly one of my favorite dress pants, because they fit my body so well.  I highly recommend the dress pants from Banana Republic.  Paired the navy pants with one of my fave Michael Kor wedges and thin red belt.  I also wanted to make my long sleeve t-shirt a little more dressy, so I threw on one of my fave necklaces from Ily Couture!

XO,

Rachel Ashley


 Get the Look:

T-shirt: Alternative Apparel/ Belt and Pants: Banana Republic/ Shoes: Michael Kors/ Necklace: Ily Couture


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Studio to Street

We talk fashion all the time on Fashionably Living, but let’s talk about workout apparel fashion!  Fit and chic is no longer an oxymoron.  Have you found a brand of workout apparel that you can’t live without?  Trendy workout apparel seems to be all the rage lately.  Workout apparel once demoted to the back of the closet, are moving to the front of the closet and the fashion scene.  Having the ability to wear the same outfit to a barre class and then out to eat for lunch with your girlfriend is convenient and on trend.  It’s all about being able to run between work and play.  As women we want stylish workout apparel to wear on the weekends and to run our errands in, right?!?  There is something to be said about wearing stylish yoga wear, running attire or dance wear.  As women, we enjoy comfortable clothing, but most of us don’t like to sacrifice style for comfort.  Active has become an important part of what customers are wearing. I know I would much rather be uncomfortable and look on point, then look disheveled and unstylish!  There are so many options these days for us to choose from there is really no excuse to not look stylish in workout apparel anymore.  From printed leggings and neon sports bras to flowing ballet-inspired tops and translucent windbreakers, there are really so many options to choose from.   Fashion week in New York proved this all to be true!  All kinds of brands were strutting their new styles on the cat walks and ladies we can be comfortable these days and still look stylish!  Top designers like Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang all rolled out fitness chic clothing lines, as well as Sweaty Betty, Athleta, and Lululemon with everything from $50 leggings to $125 zip-front hoodies and $225 long john sweatpants. Plus, big nationwide retailers like Gap, Forever 21, Victoria Secret, Wal-mart, Target and Macy’s have fitness lines too.  I have had so much fun lately finding out about new workout apparel brands.  I have also enjoyed buying workout apparel more than ever.  There are so many brands and so many cute active wear outfits to wear these days.  As a fitness addict and a dance and cheer coach, I go through a lot of workout apparel outfits a week!  I know longer have to worry about sacrificing style for comfort.  I can still look cute and stylish while being active!

XO,

Rachel Ashley


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Camo Green and Gold

 Happy Monday lovelies!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend, those of you that spent last week in NYC at Fashion Week, did you have fun?  Who was your fave designer?  I watched Oscar de la Renta’s show live online…his designs were magical and classic!

Weekends always seem to go by so fast, would you agree?  I enjoy the week days, but I enjoy spending time with friends and family on the weekends.  I have really enjoyed these summer months, but  this summer heat, the bugs and the humidity is really making me look forward to Fall.  Plus, I went shopping this weekend and all the Fall sweaters, jackets and pants are really making me look forward to the cooler months, when I can layer my clothes.  But as I continue to enjoy the warmer months, I enjoy wearing some of my favorite summer dresses.  This outfit happens to be one of my favorites, its comfortable and super stylish too!  I love Michael Kors clothes and bags, he seriously is my favorite!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Dress: Michael Kors/ Belt: Michael Kors/ Shoes: Payless/ Purse: From a store in South Korea (no brand)


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