Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Done with dresses, on to skirts and pants, and changes to this blog.


Hello everyone,
I hope you are all well, and having a great week. As you may have noticed I have been M.I.A when it comes to blogging, and the truth is, I just haven't had a lot of extra time on my hands to sit at the computer and come up with new and exciting things to write. I have been busy with classes, fixing up our house, and planning out business stuff. It is a slow but steady process, and very tiring. At night the last thing I want to do is look at a computer.
I have completed my lemonade dress, as well as Ciarra's bento box dress, and now I am on to making two skirts...both the same fabric, one for me, and one for Ciarra. The fabric print is pretty unique and we love it. I am also going to be making several pairs of trousers, and some skinny jeans.
I am really "coming into my own" now in figuring out what my particular fashion and designing style is. It is really interesting to see how my tastes have changed over the years, and I would describe myself as more of a "clean and classic modern." This will be reflected in my product line.

I have almost completed my workspace. The only things that are left to do is paint my desk white, cut the mirror for the antique frame we have, and hang some pictures. My husband is also working on his MBA, so his time is limited as well. I still don't know how in the heck I am going to fit everything into my schedule once everything is up and running...I totally get why people hire assistants now. I could so use one.
Here are a couple of snap shots I took recently with my iphone of things going on around the homestead....

My son snuggling under my fall quilt. It was actually pretty chilly the other morning! When there are no thunderstorms in sight, the temps seem to plummet. I can feel the fall in the air!

Picture of progress on the family room. John has painted a bit more on the beams now, and we are going to be white washing the brick with the same color on the upper walls (Benjamin Moore Muslin) I am so loving how it looks! painting all that trim is so utterly time consuming. We haven't even started on the entry yet.
I am also going to be changing the look of my blog. I feel it is really not me anymore. I want things to look more simple and clean. Eventually we will be completely designing a whole new concept, not just using blogger templates.

I need to get back to work, but before that I need to scarf down some lunch.
Stay tuned for pictures of the dresses I made...
Until next post,
Amy

Friday, July 25, 2014

These boots are made for....looking good!

I am in total boot mode lately. I can't stop thinking about fall fashion, making trousers, and of course...BOOTS!
Here are some of my favorite boot looks as of late...



From Just Fab

I love these. They fit great. Again from JustFab
I want this whole outfit
I have the bag and shoes...just need a blouse! I would wear with trousers though.
And these are all from my Fashion Love 2 board on Pinterest...



Victoria again in her lace up boots!

I love these outfits, and of course the boots.
Wow...these look like the same colors and patterns I used for a collection of mine in school! How weird.

Very cool

These are so neat

Lacy goodness

Love


All of these bootie/boot pics are available on my Fashion Love 2 Pinterest board. Info is located there.

And here are some of my booties. All of my tall boots are in my closet still in boxes. I need to make boot stands for them!

Some of these you might recognize from past blog posts.

While I am not rushing summer or anything like that, I do look forward to the season change, and getting to wear all that fashion! I miss dressing in layers, and the utter sophistication that fall brings with it. I also adore all the colors, sights and smells that come along with the season...



Who doesn't love autumn??!!


Until Next Post,
Amy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Current Workout routine and my favorite Yoga...

Good Morning...
I awoke to a rather wet and stormy morning....
Raining, and thundering!
Because of this, I did not go out on a walk or run this morning, but instead opted to do my favorite Yoga routine.
I love the Ali Macgraw workout. Not only is it beautifully shot, the flow of this Yoga is just right for my taste. You can download it yourself on iTunes. That is what I did. I used to have this on VHS, then DVD, but now I have it on my ipad, so I can do it anywhere. I now do this workout in my bedroom in the morning on an empty stomach. Here is a sample of what the workout looks like...

After I am done with my Yoga, I will drink a nice tall glass of lemon water. This flushes out the body, and it great for your skin.

When I am not doing my yoga in the mornings, I am running or walking around my neighborhood, or performing HITT on my treadmill.
Usually late mornings, or in the afternoons, I am lifting weights. Here is my current workout. I always switch up my routine every couple of months, so I am always on the lookout for new ideas, besides my own. I really like my current training routine. It's a nice change. This comes from Muscle and Fitness Hers....

The Transformation Workout Plan

This Team Bombshell sample workout combines specific cardio and weight-lifting drills for serious body-sculpting results

The Transformation Workout Plan
Ready to jumpstart your own body transformation? Try this sample workout from Shannon Dey, M.S.,  founder and CEO of Bombshell Fitness [2], a competitive training and coaching group for female athletes.
If this expert-grade routine seems intense, that’s because it is. But if you want to sculpt, tone, and firm your entire body—including those pesky trouble spots—this is your ultimate blueprint. Designed for an intermediate athlete, the following plan is inspired by the programs Dey creates for her Figure and Bikini competition clients.
Dey points out that it will take at least three weeks of consistent nutrition and training to get increase the metabolism enough to see results, so it’s very important to practice patience, be consistent, and stay positive.
This week-by-week training plan switches up the workouts you perform to prevent plateauing and help challenge your body to its maximum potential.



MONTH 1
Week 1: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
Week 2: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 3: Workout 3 [5]+ Daily Cardio
Week 4: Workout 1 [3]+ Daily Cardio
MONTH 2
Week 5: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 6: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 7: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 8: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
MONTH 3
Week 9: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 10: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 11: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 12: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
As with most fitness plans, prescriptions may need to be tailored to your specific needs and goals. Always consult a physician before beginning any fitness or weight loss program.
CARDIO
These cardio workouts are intended to be tough. If you cannot complete your entire cardio session in the beginning, do not get discouraged. Push yourself a bit further each day until you can do the entire session at the pace listed. It may take a few weeks of building endurance to be able to complete the entire session.  You know you are working at the right level if you are not able to talk on the phone, or read a book, Dey says.
MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY AM
Warm-up: 5-minute treadmill walk
Treadmill Intervals: Complete the rotation below seven times for a total of 35 minutes. If the speed becomes too easy, increase the rate.
1 minute: Incline 5, speed 4.5
2 minute: Incline 5, speed 5.0
3 minutes: Incline 1, speed 5.5
Track Sprints: Complete six 50-yard sprints with 30-second jogs in between
TUESDAY/THURSDAY AM
Warm-up: 5-minute stationary bike or treadmill walk
Bike Intervals: Complete the rotation below six times for a total of 45-50 minutes.
1 minute: Level 5, rpm of 110
1 minute: Level 7, rpm of 90
1 minute: Level 9, rpm of 80
2 minutes: Level 11, rpm of 70
15 wide high jumps
15 pop squats
15 switch lunges on each leg
20 high knee runs on each leg
WEIGHT TRAINING
Only do one weight training session per day. Dey recommends breaking up the weight training and cardio sessions for morning and night. However, if you must do your both sessions at the same time, complete the weight training first. All the moves listed here are designed to be performed quickly, but with good form. Each weight training session should take no more than 45 minutes to an hour. 
Most of these sessions include supersets, which means the exercises and their repetitions listed should be performed back-to-back, without rest.  As an example, the following superset of 2 x 15 leg extensions and 2 x 15 leg curls would be performed by completing 15 leg extensions and 15 legs curls back to back, resting, and then performing 15 of both exercises again for a total of two repetitions or “reps.”
Workout 1
MONDAY: LEGS
Superset:
2 x 15 leg extension
2 x 15 leg curl
Superset:
4 x 20 wide leg press
4 x 20 shoulder-width smith machine squat
Superset:
4 x 15 leg extensions
4 x 15 narrow stance hack squat
Superset:
4 x 15 leg curls
4 x 15 stiff legs
TUESDAY: SHOULDERS/CHEST/TRIPCS
Superset:
4 x 12 side lateral raise
4 x 15 one arm dumbbell shoulder press
4 x 15 rear lateral raise
5 x 15 incline press
Superset:
4 x 15 pushdowns
4 x 12 bench dips
WEDNESDAY: BACK/BICEPS
5 x 12 wide-grip pulldowns
Superset:
4 x 15 cg cable row
4 x 20 hyper extensions
Superset:
5 x 15 preacher curls
5 x 12 incline dumbbell curls
THURSDAY: PLYOMETRICS
Superset:
2 x 20 leg extensions
2 x 20 leg curls
Do the following exercises four times in a circuit without resting between moves.  Rest 1 minute between rounds.
Superset:
10 wide high jumps
*Tip: Jump as high as possible and hold for 5 seconds in a deep squat after each jump.
15 switch lunges on each leg
10 step-up jumps on bench on each leg
15 reverse lunges on each leg
10 gallop squats on each leg
FRIDAY: BUTT/SHOULDERS/BACK
4 x 10 shoulder press 
4 x 10 wide-grip pull downs
Superset:
4x 15 each leg butt machine
4 x 15 good mornings
5 x 10 high bench step ups
WORKOUT 2
MONDAY: QUADS
Superset:
4 x 12 leg extensions
4x 12 weighted reverse barbell lunge
Superset:
4 x 15 dumbbell narrow squats
4 x 12 shoulder-width hack squat
TUESDAY: SHOULDERS/TRICEPS
Superset:
4 x 12 side lateral raise
4 x 12 seated barbell press
4 x 12 high rope pull for rear delts
Superset:
4 x 15 pushdowns
4 x 15 overhead press
4 x 12 bench dips
WEDNESDAY: BACK/BICEPS
6 x 12 wide-grip pulldowns
Superset:
4 x 15 cable row
4 x 15 one-arm dumbbell row
Superset:
5 x 12 incline dumbbell curl
5 x 15 seated dumbbell curl
THURSDAYHAMSTRINGS
Superset:
5 x 15 leg curls
5 x 15 weighted step up on bench
Superset:
5 x 12 seated leg curl
5 x 15 stiff leg
5 x 15 sumo dumbbell squat – rest 30 sec between sets
FRIDAYBUTT/CHEST
Superset:
4 x 15 incline fly
4 x 10 incline press
Superset:
4 x 15 butt machine
4 x 15 stability ball butt raise
Superset:
4 x 15 sumo squats with weight
4 x 15 cable butt kick backs
Workout 3
MONDAY: QUADS
Superset:
4 x 15 leg extensions
4 x 10 narrow dumbbell squats
Superset:
4 x 20 shoulder width leg press
4  x 15 switch (jump) lunge
4 x 15 narrow-stance smith machine squats
TUESDAYSHOULDERS/TRIPCES
Superset:
4 x 10 barbell shoulder press
4 x 10 wide-grip barbell raise over your head
4 x 10 rear lateral raise
6 x 8 side lateral raise – rest 20 seconds between sets
Superset:
3 x 15 rope pushdowns
3 x 10 dumbbell nose crushers
3 x 15 dumbbell kick backs
WEDNESDAYBACK/BICEPS
Superset:
4 x 8 wide-grip pull downs
4 x 8 close-grip seated cable row
Superset:
4 x 12 reverse-grip (palms up) barbell row
4 x 12 assisted pull-ups
5 x 15 hyperextensions
Superset:
4 x 8 preacher curls
4 x 12 seated dumbbell curl
4 x 15 incline dumbbell culs
THURSDAYHAMSTRINGS
Superset:
4 x 15 leg curls 
4 x 12 leg press
Superset:
5 x 12 seated leg curls
5 x 12 stiff legs
FRIDAY: CHEST/BUTT
Superset:
5 x 12 flat fly
5 x 12 incline cheer press
Superset:
5 x 15 wide smith machine squat
5 x 12 bosu ball squat
Superset:
4 x 20 hyperextensions
4 x 15 butt machine

After I hit the weights I drink a post workout supplement and take amino acids. I then usually follow this with a meal. If I can't get the meal fast enough, I will drink some whey protein isolate.
I forgot to mention that pre-workout I usually drink a pre-workout supplement, or just some green tea.

It is so important to me to stay healthy and fit. This reduces time spent in doctor's offices, and a great side effect is that you look amazing in clothes or naked!! ;-)

What sort of workouts do you take part in?? What is your favorite??

Until next post,
Amy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Style Obsessed!...Victoria Beckham

I have to admit that I am obsessed with Victoria Beckham's style. I totally love her clothing line, and the fact that she wears it herself. She always looks so put together no matter what. I recently read her book from cover to cover on our drive down to the Florida Keys. I was done reading it in just a couple of hours. I loved it...

"That Extra half inch" There are some great tips and style advice in this book. I swear, I would get along so well with this woman! 
Here are some images of Victoria's Street Style...First up...Victoria in trousers and pants....

UM...HELLO...These are like the pants I made! Now I know I want to flare them out just a tad for sure...I am loving these...

She always looks FAB in jeans!

OMG...YES!!! I WANT A PAIR!!!

I would totally wear this

Cute and classy!

Love those Chloe Jeans



LOVE!


I so love this 1970's style outfit...I would wear this any day!
And here she is in skirts and dresses...
YES! LOVE THE COLOR!

I want this outfit so bad!

Nice

It's orange...so you know I love this

BOHO!! YEAH!!!


So classic

I want those boots!!

I love it!


Great shot! I love the wind blowing her scarf

Reminds me of my summer sunshine dress from the front...

YES..love!

So cute

I am not sure how I feel about this dress yet....This was recently taken.


Omg..yes. This is so awesome.

I love this.
So who do you find to be a style icon?? Who's style inspires you??? I would love to hear what you think!! Please leave a comment below.

Until next post,
Amy