Happy Fourth of July!

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Hey guys!

Happy Fourth of July (to my Americans)!! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the freedom and the opportunities that we have here in the US. Like even the fact that YouTube isn’t banned here!! If it was, where would we all be!?? So thank you US of A. I appreciate you :)

I hope you’re taking the day off to spend with your family, friends, and of course doing some sort of outdoor activity! If you’re headed to a good ole BBQ, don’t stress too crazy over the hotdogs, hamburgers, and baby back ribs. Have some and know that you’ll bounce back if you work out hard the next day! Or you could just eat the protein plus a side salad and you’re good. Keep hydrated though. TODAY IS HOT (at least in LA)!!!! If you are rockin’ a new bikini today with your new hard earned bod, hashtag #blogilates so I can see!

Also, since we’re talking Fourth of July, I wanted to extend a fun sale for you guys! FREE shipping on all orders in the US plus 25% off orders over $100+ (for everybody) through Monday on shopblogilates.com.

 

This is THE time to take advantage of the equipment. Those babies are HEAVY and EXPENSIVE to ship. So get your hands on a new yoga mat, power ring…whatever you want! The POP Pilates Essentials Set is a great place to start.

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Make sure to use code “BOOM” at checkout. I choose “BOOM” because that’s that’s the sound fireworks make when they explode. Oh dear. I have way too much fun coming up with coupon codes…haha.

Now…I wanted to share with you a fun photoshoot we did the other day! I’ve really been wanting to get a special new lens for a couple years now. I always see how amazing my fashion blogger friend’s photos look – golden, milky, crisp but bokeh – ugh so perfect! It makes me drool with desire!

So I finally sucked it up and saved up for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 lens (for your photographers who are curious out there). Here’s what we came up with on our first test shoot!

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This is my backyard. How can my backyard look so good!!? Shorts are from Evolvefitwear by Teeki.

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Casual hair hold. Did we really take that!?

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Sitting down like “heyyyy!”

We shot during Golden Hour which is basically the last hour before sun sets. Everything looks good during this time. It makes my skin look golden and angelic! (Nuts!) You should give it a shot. Notice how the background is super blurry. That’s because our F-stop on the lens is low…it’s 1.2. Now, I am TOTALLY super amateur at photo settings but so far this is working for us! I’ll share more details as we begin to learn how to use this baby! Also, the camera that I’ve been using for the past couple years is the Canon 60D.

Ooh! And if you’re trying to figure out what healthy treats to make today for your party, try these Strawberry Protein Shortcakes that I made with Cambria from Breelovebeauty!

 

By the way, for those of you wondering what happened to Cheap Clean Eats – don’t worry! It will be back soon. It’s just that I’ve been working really hard getting ready for the launch of BODYPOP Activewear that I haven’t had time to come up with new recipes. For now, you still get the Monday workouts on Blogilates and then Cooking Clean with Quest recipes on Quest’s channel mid week!

Honestly though…I cannot WAIT for you to see and experience everything that is BODYPOP. We’ve truly delved into so many different aspects of entertainment for the launch. Music writing. Singing. Storyboards. Music video producing. Shooting on RED cams. Working with people and POPsters from all over the country. I spent most of my time behind the camera on this project! My only hope is that you will LOVE LOVE LOVE  and enjoy the final thing. :D

Ok well have a beautiful holiday weekend! Train hard and make your dreams come true POPsters. Love you.

<3 Cassey

Comments

  1. Cassie you are an American beauty! Keep shining <3

  2. Chelsea says:

    GOAL: To do the pose you did in the first pic. …hmmm how will I get there?

  3. Hey Cassey!

    Your pictures are beautiful! What a coincidence you are talking about photography… It’s become my newest hobby since April! And I bought a EF 50mm f/1.4 for my Canon EOS 1000D (which I got for free from my parents heheh) and I totally get your satisfaction, since I am super happy already with a f/1.4!
    Thanks for specifying what camera model you use, I was about to ask you this question.

    I am doing a Project 365, have you heard of this? You’re supposed to take a picture a day for a whole year. Great for improving your skills and becoming creative.
    I was thinking of blogilates in particular for my day #9. ;) https://www.flickr.com/photos/123012464@N05/14137443206/
    Feel free to look at the rest of my gallery!

    See you!
    Natasia

  4. Great post and pics. Happy 4th and forever! :)

  5. Hey Cassey~ I just subscribed to the Blogilates app and downloaded the Rise N Shine video on my iPhone. Is there a way for me to download that video onto my computer? It’s just that I play my daily workouts vids with you full screen on my laptop cause I think the screen on my iPhone’s a bit too small. Thanks! Sweating Happy! :D

  6. I’ve only just started reading your site and just wanted to stop and say how fantastic it is! You’re inspiring so many young woman (and likely older women and men!) to live more healthfully it is insanely awesome… so many people do this and do it poorly and you’re just really super great.
    Bravo! Can’t believe I’d never seen it before this week.
    PS. Awesome shorts! I recently visited the US & loved how much pride you guys take in your country.
    http://lemon-living.blogspot.com.au/

  7. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Even having a crappy day can be turned around with some encouragement :) I was having a tough one, and decided to work out in the evening and your videos made me smile even though I was super out breath lol. Thanks, your happiness is contagious!!!!

  8. anniebells says:

    Totally inspired to buy another lens for my camera now !! Unfortunately I own an Olympus and couldn’t afford a $2,000 one ! But still ! Completely in love with the photos.. : )

  9. Beautiful pictures :)

  10. You look amazing in the photos Cassey! Photography is so much fun, great purchase on the lens!

  11. 1.2 F lenses! You really had to suck it up big time – even 1.4 are much more expensive than 1.8. I hope it’s worth the investment :)

  12. Happy 4th!! I love your blog and you are a part of why I am working on launching my own lifestyle blog and YouTube channel!! I love your shorts! Where did you get them?

  13. Jess ♡ says:

    Beautiful pictures well done to you! Your doing great at photography well all proud of you :) Love love love xx Happy independence day

  14. great pics, you look gorgeous!

  15. I should take a moment to write a gratitude post. Happy independence day! We’ve had Canada day. Come to Toronto please :)

  16. I can’t wait for the BODYPOP to launch. I’m excited to see what’s in store for us :D
    Have a great day Cassey! My day is almost ending but it was relaxing, so it’s all worth it :)

  17. Love these pictures, Cassey!!!! Yesss the golden hour does make everything look even better~and you did a great job with these. :) I so wanna save up for a lens like the 85mm, but saving for anything is hard nowadays, hah! Are you planning to upgrade/change your camera anytime soon?

  18. Beautiful pics! Happy Fourth of July everybody!

  19. Love your smile and your total charisma and positive vibes you’re sending through these pictures :-)
    You look good and happy and that’s just infectious!
    Have a great July 4th!!

  20. Love the pic with casual hair hold!!

  21. It would be so cool, if the shipping costs for europe would reduce too. I want to buy something really bad :(

  22. Wow! Taking pictures during the Golden Hour is the best. Love your photos!

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

  23. Love that pose in the first pic! It’s in the new Les Mills Bodybalance release!! :) I just finished practicing so I can teach my class monday!

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