“The crinkly, crushed-paper feel of the adidas by Stella McCartney Cover Up Studio Image Blouson gives a luxurious sensibility to the jacket’s loose batwing silhouette.”
Ohhhh pretty as a peach. Soft, romantic, and so flowy. I love flowy. I am not sure how I feel about the crushed paper feel though. I’ve definitely felt this fabric before and I sometimes question why I would want to be wearing a plastic bag. Pretty though.
How can I write this post without featuring some Lulu? Man, the whole yoga and pilates community is OBSESSED with this Canadian company!!! Oh and before I start sharing top Lulu styles, did you know that there are 4 Lululemon Outlets in the world?! Yes there are and if you live by one, make a trip. I personally have never been but I hear it’s like the sale rack all mushed up into one place. I am not sure if you can use your instructor discount there. I’ll post more on the outlets later…
I so totally have this jacket in the purple. I had a hard time choosing between coal or purple, but when I put the purple on, it made me smile.
Obviously this jacket was Cassey in a nutshell so I had no choice but to get it. Ruffles and Pilates? C’mon, yes, and thumbholes while you’re at it please.
I didn’t get a chance to get this pant while they still had it in my size. Ugh. I hope this remake it because I love the corseted waist detail (and I have the Tadasana top). Apparently there is also a drawstring cord at the hem to adjust it to more of a ruched capri style. Comes in black/purple, black/aqua, and heather gray/hotpink.
If anyone knows me, they know I love working out in booty shorts. Oops. Or Boogie Shorts in this case. They stay in place when you’re running or stretching and no underwear-showing situations (ahem, running shorts). Can’t wait for summer to come so that I can wear these again.
Lulu does it right with the ruffles, and just subtle ones in this case.
Now I’m not a REALLY big fan of Lucy - I feel like it’s a plain and boring version of someone TRYING to be Lulu. With their Lulu-esque price point, I think they can be a little more adventurous in their design. Anyway, I bought the top below the other day on clearance with an EXTRA 30% off! Oh and that reminds me…they are changing their instructor discount to just 20% off…not 30%. Use yours before the 2011!
I love Lucy’s fitted bra tops. They are long and the boob cups are perfect. Goodbye sports bras.
I like the hole in the back. Super sexy and super ventilating! The sweetheart neckline is also very flattering. I have this in Laguna. Great quality, great fit, I’d buy more Lucy if they kept their styles more interesting.
Sometimes you gotta go to custom-made for extra special activewear. I found this shop on etsy. The fitted arms and low neckline on this bolero are very flattering. I also like that you can tie this in the front or hook it in the back for a completely different look. This would be a great top to teach in.
Each of these shorts are sewn by Crunch fitness instructor Jennifer Morco! Foldover is the way to go. I like the large floral print of the band, matches very nicely with those booty shorts underneath. I might have to get myself a pair come summer.
Oooops, what’s that?! Including my own product!? Why yes. Afterall, oGorgeous is all about fashion and fitness!
This mat strap or mat sling is adorned by 100% genuine suede hand-cut flowers. I actually make them each time I get an order. It’s a compliment magnet.
Okay that’s all for now people. Keep it stylin at the gym. Remember as Kimora Lee Simmons once said, “Dress like you’re going to run into your worst enemy.” This holds true at the gym too! You never know who you may run into…
CRAZY HARD Arm workout that kept me SHAKING!!!
It’s basically bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, and elbow raises with a 3-5lb weight in plank THE WHOLE TIME. No resting in between sets. Sorry guys.
WOW. I did not expect this workout to be so hard for me. You need to try this and let me know how you do. It’s a good one to start off the week with! And don’t forget to subscribe to BlogilatesTV to get all my other HIIT and circuit workouts.
Ahh! Look at fitness fashion heaven! I have arrived!
The BLSportswear team and me!
Matt, Erica, my BF, and I talked for like 2 1/2 hours about business, clothes, bags, travel, acting, blogs, manufacturing...omg everything!!! I felt like we had such a great conversation and we were both constantly learning and sharing new things with each other. We were bouncing ideas like crazy and the chemistry was awesome. I love these guys. Matt and Erica are super nice and down to earth. We even talked about the possibility of having some of my bags in their store! BL and oGorgeous embody the same feminine, fashionable vibe and I think their clothes and my bags really complement each other.
Ended my day at Veggie Grill (my new fave restaurant) with a Thai Chick'n Salad. MMMM so good. Now I am working on uploading all of my bag pics to oGorgeous.com. AHHHHHH I cannot wait to debut!!!! If I get everything done on time, you'll have a blog post tomorrow introducing it all...tomorrow will be a busy day too. Meeting with a buyer! Gotta prep the bags to look their prettiest. It will be my first ever vendor visit sitting on the other side of the table. For those of you that are just joining, I once was on my way to being a fashion buyer myself.
Time to get back to work. Hope you had a fantastic day! BTW, I made sure to get my workout in this morning! There should be NO EXCUSE to not work out when you're traveling. I headed down to my hotel's gym and did my sprints. Then I was set for the rest of the day. Felt great and energized!
Sorry for the non fitness post but thought it'd be cool to share with you guys what I'm up to when I'm not teaching classes or making YouTube videos.
This is one of my fave fave gym bag designs! This bag is so much prettier in real life, the picture just does not do the intricate pleats and sparkle fabric any justice. You can't tell, but the top of the pleats where that first "v" is - that's actually a pocket! So clever and hidden huh?
Bright sweat-free lining is what oGorgeous is all about! Check out that nifty water bottle pocket and large netted pocket!
Oh you've got to check this out. From L to R, a lock loop so you'll never misplace your lock, a key clip so you'll never have to dig around the bottom of your bag, a cell phone/mp3 player pocket, and a jewelry window! (Uhh so yea, basically spending a lot of time traveling between classes and working out allows me to better understand the features that should be included in a thoughtful gym bag!)
Comes with a matching shoe bag!
Vent holes!!! So you will not stink up your new bag with sweaty clothes :) The great thing about this bag is that it can be more than just a gym bag. It's a handbag, a school bag, a laptop case, a travel bag, and well, maybe even a diaper bag! The possibilities are endless.oGorgeous.com site. There are a total of 18 new styles!!!! Let me know which bags you like and if you have any suggestions. In conclusion...I am super tired and am about to die at the keyboard. I want to take a moment to thank my BF and my family for being so supportive throughout this journey. I look forward to an awesome holiday season. We will see what happens. Good night and farewell POPsters. Til tomorrow! <3 Cassey
New year new activewear sale!!! WHOOOOOO!!!!! Guys, ALO SPORT is a wonderful brand and I actually did a few videos featuring their clothes, Here's one:I have the pink bra!!! It's a good bra!!!!! Get this stuff now before it's gone. Sale ends tomorrow. Just click here to go to Ideeli's website and go to WOMEN then ALO SPORT. Have fun shopping! Look cute when you workout and I PROMISE that you will workout harder. It just works like that. Trust me when I tell you that this is a fitness fashion DEAL ALERT!!!
GLUTEN FREE COCONUT FLOUR PANCAKES
Ingredients (1 large serving):
- 2 TBS coconut flour (60 cals, 2g fat, 8g carb, 2g protein)
- 1/2 cup egg whites (64 cals, 0g fat, 1g carb, 13g protein)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (20 cals, 1.75g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein)
- 1/2 TBS psyllium husk (17 cals, 4g carbs)
- 1 tsp Stevia
- Pinch of saltDirections:
Here is your Miley Cyrus ab workout printable! These moves are quite challenging so please take the time to work on them and you will see how much stronger you get every week! Just click to enlarge then save and print.
Here's the orig. video if you want me to encourage you the whole way!
Isn't she lovely?
Two women that I really look up to in the fitness world are Lorna Jane and Tosca Reno. I talk about Tosca's "eat clean" diet and philosophy all the time. I have many of her cookbooks. It's how I eat and live now. She basically runs a whole empire and is the brains behind OXYGEN magazine as well. I am totally subscribed and get uber excited everytime my monthly issue comes in the mail :)
Lorna on the other hand dominates fitness fashion and creates gorgeous pieces that give Lululemon some serious competition! LJ is my go-to brand for sports bras. These just fit the best for me and the padding gives me lots of support and extra oomph if you know what I mean.
I feel like I have a very special connection with Lorna though...I don't remember if I ever talked about this but oh well whatever, if I did, I'll just repeat it!
It was probably about 9 or 10 months ago when I decided that Lorna was going to be one of the inspirational women I look up to. When I read her story, it resonated with me so much it was insane. We have such VERY similar beginnings. Yes I know I am only 25 and have got a long way to go...but really, the journey so far is so similar it's almost freaky.
Lorna was a group fitness instructor and started out making fashionable workout clothes for herself. Then her students started to ask if she could make pieces for them so the orders began to roll in. At the time she was working full time as a dental therapist. When orders got crazy, she quit, started her own store, faced many challenges, but kept moving forward because she believed in her dreams and surrounded herself with positive people who believed in her too. Today, Lorna's brand isn't the only thing that's famous...Lorna Jane is a healthy living role model for a lot of women. To me though, she is an example of drive, passion, and overall - an outstanding businesswoman.
Well, I am a group fitness instructor! Started teaching back in college when I was majoring in Biology. (See we have that science background in common!) I was supposed to go into medicine. When I was teaching, I couldn't find a yoga bag that was fashionable or functional enough to carry my mat - so I made one. Then students started asking where I got it and one by one small orders piled up. That's how oGorgeous got started. Eventually I quit my first corporate job out of college after just 9 months and decided to give oGorgeous 100% of my heart and dedication. I just didn't think it'd be fair to myself to not give my dreams a fighting chance. It was at some point between developing my bags and having extra time with no "real job" that Blogilates blossomed into something I never had EVER EVER planned for. I always thought oGorgeous was gonna be my "main thing" but now - I get to design and teach every day. The two things I love to do most!!!! It truly is a blessing.
Lorna herself still sketches and designs many of the pieces that debut every month. I majorly respect that. As oGorgeous begins to grow, I don't think I could ever give up design either. I grew up drawing! I don't know if you know this...but you know how when you're in school every kid has a title attached to them? Like John the basketball player. Mary the singer girl. Philip the trouble maker. Felix the smart kid. Guess what mine was?
Cassey the artist.
I have many many many sketches of evening gowns, wedding dresses, and all sorts of pictures I drew. It was my ULTIMATE dream to be a fashion designer when I grew up. But when the discussion of college majors came around...my parents weren't too stoked about me attending a school just for design. So I locked my passion up in a secluded box somewhere at the back of my heart and tried to forget about it for 4 years.
Luckily it didn't stay there that long. THANK GOODNESS I followed my heart, my passion, and my gut. It wasn't wrong. I am sooooooooooo happy and in love with what I do daily that - well - that I don't sleep. Haha. Maybe too in love. Still need to find balance. That is something I hope to learn from Lorna and Tosca. These two ladies have built up magnificent empires around them but find time to spend with family and lead healthy, happy lives.
So yeah, anyway, there is my little spiel!!! I am so happy I got to meet Lorna when I was down in LA for Livstrongwoman Pilates Bootcamp filming a few months ago. She is wonderful and just brimming with good energy. LJ is opening up new stores in CA - all are southern right now. Can't wait til they get an SF location. They are gonna take over!!! Hahaha. So cool. And so wonderful to see growth.
Who are your idols?
Oh wow, I just had a wave of de ja vu flood through my veins. I think I asked you this before already....
So tell me, who are your idols and have you met them? And in school, what was your "title"?
Hope you're having a SPECTACULAR DAY and don't forget to enter the #Trainlikeabeastlooklikeabeauty giveaway! Details here.
<3 Cassey*** FIT OOTD: Zeta Top sports bra from Body Language Sportswear (now $46, was $58), Divine short from Lorna Jane in Shocking Pink ($62.99) and Divine Excel Tank from Lorna Jane in Peacock Merl ($62.99).
- 3/4 cup dry oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP Stevia
- 2 TBSP Craisins
- 1 TBSP Coconut oil
- 2 TBSP nondairy milk (I used organic vanilla soymilk)DIRECTIONS: Mix all together with your hands, mold into balls, then press into cookies, and place in oven for about 15-20 min at 350F! VERDICT? Crispy on the outside, not too sweet, and tender and chewy on the inside. I loved it! 100% NUTRITION FACTS (per cookie, makes 10 mini cookies): Not bad! Give it a try. They really honestly are super good. I think I'm gonna go make some more. Or wait. Maybe I should sleep. Okay love you guys!!! Need to figure out what to do with myself... <3 Cassey PS - #1. last day to enter the TRAIN LIKE A BEAST LOOK LIKE A BEAUTY giveaway - announcing a winner tonight on Twitter. Instructions here. #2. I hear you. One Direction. Live While We're Young.
Gym Bunny tank, shopblogilates.com, $22. Hmm seeing this pic makes me think I need to either tuck my bangs back as I grow them or cut them completely! :-/
Then!!! As I was drafting ideas, I was thinking I need to make a shirt that shows you how to love yourself and your own individual beauty inside and out. So that's the inspiration behind this next tank!
BeYOUtiful tank, shopblogilates.com, $22. What a fab gift for a friend I think. Really! Very empowering.
OK and then I was probably up super late and was like "uhh I want another tank, what should I do!?" I thought, why not make a tank for one of the most common things I say all the time when I get super excited. And I get super excited a lot. Hence the OMG! tank!
Uhhh...no you didn't.
Oh yes I did.
Just cuz okay!!?? Everyone needs an OMG! tank.
OMG! Shopblogilates.com, $22.Oh and I think you will really LOVE the design of the back!!! It's a peekaboo racerback that'll allow you to breathe. That's what I've been working on for the past few weeks! There will be more lacey hoodies coming, more neon hoodies, zip up sweatshirts, and I've got some rockin' slim-fitting tanks as well. Once again, I did not make a ton so grab em while you can! The styles and sizes are limited to keep things fresh, so get your mouse clickers ready! Also, today at the gym, I saw this chart and thought you might be interested to see it! This is just a general chart and is totally dependent on how hard you work, your gender, your age, and a bunch of other things. Probably the most accurate way to determine how many cals you burn during a workout is to use an armband thingy like an Exerspy or BodyBugg. I actually just bought one and will be able to tell you how many cals our workouts burn on myself soon, after each video. That should help you out! Okay, have a fab Halloween weekend!!! Who's excited for the end of #OMGOctober and the start of #NutsInNovember!? MEEE!!!! Get ready for a brand new hard core calendar next week! Oh yeahhhhh!!! We're gonna KILL IT!!!!! Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter to get the pw emailed to you! <3 Cassey
Train like a beast, look like a beauty eyelet hoodie! See more colors. You really need to click on the link so you can see the more detailed photos of this hoodie. The eyelet detailing is just gorgeous! Plus it's a longer length hem which is nice, cozy, and slimming. I also wanted to put one of my fave inspirational quotes in a very peculiar and discrete place with this design. I put the quote on the inside of the hoodie so that it's kinda like a secret that only you and I know about ;)
I WILL KILL IT tank. I decided it had to be made after you guys got such a good laugh from this meme I made on Instagram (my username is @Blogilates):
Haha gotta love those old school dumbbells. Pick up those weights ladies!!! And finally, my most favorite design of all in this release...
I am Ready. I am Beast. GRRRRR! This tank was inspired after I wrote a blog post randomly saying that and a bunch of y'all were like make a shirt, make a shirt! So I did! And this is our first tank with a cool graphic on it since the "Muffintops are from Muffins Only" tank from way back in the day. Do you remember that one? Seems like eons ago!
Don't forget to use the "thanks10" code which gives you 10% off all your purchases on ogorgeous.com until 11/22!
Which design do you like best?
I can't believe it's more than a week into November! That is so coconuts. Already the gym is getting emptier and emptier as people start to get lazy and prep up for the holidays. Thanks for staying strong and pushing through the toughest of exercise seasons! You're amazing! Yay-yuhhhh, we go #NutsInNovember!
And here's your workout command of the day:
Hey POPsters! Happy Thanksgiving! I am so appreciative to have workout BFF's all over the world! Hope you enjoy your YOLO meal today :D
Here's a cool DIY project to do with your family this holiday season! or whenever really! Grab your old t-shirts it's time to make fitness fashion free and easy! This is the DIY Muscle Tank I am wearing in my latest VS Bombshell Butt Workout Video:
Cute yeah? Here's how to do it!
STEP 1: Cut the crew neck and sleeves off. Then cut the sides of the shirt completely. If you're bold enough you can go from the hem of the shirt to the top of the shoulder in one straight line instead of doing sleeves then side. Up to you!
STEP 2: Fold in half and cut a U shape!
Step 3: Open up! This is what you have. Then pull, pull, pull!!! This gets rid of all the jaggedy edges by stretching the cotton and it starts giving cool shape to your top!THE FINAL RESULT! Pair with a bright sports bra! It's so bad-a** sexy to wear this to the gym over a pair of booty shorts. It's like your a tough girl from the front and back but from the side you're a sassy bombshell! Tweet me @Blogilates or post a pic up on FB if you do this! I wanna see! And if you haven't already...try the original racerback style workout top! Very very cute. Click here to see it. <3 you, Cassey
This is option #1.
Oh my freaking goodness, this is option #2.
Either way I need to have my hair up and I just don't do updos. Anyone have suggestions? Any beauty gurus or fashionistas out there who'd like to give your sneaker-lovin gal some tips? :) Which dress do you like better? My heart is definitely leaning towards one of these! Do you know which?
I'm excited to be observing not just the clothing on the models tonight but the way the girls walk, what makes them seem so confident, and of course delving more into that diet investigation I was telling you about. Fashion shows are just that - a show. You need to realize that the ways some of these gorgeous girls (and guys) achieve their bodies are through means that are truly unhealthy and dangerous for your body. This is also true on the opposite end...even fitness competitors do things you may not even think of to sculpt that lean physique. Of course there are those that are naturally thin (I remember Ryan Higa saying that if he had one superpower it'd be the ability to eat as much as he wanted and not gain weight!) but for the most part, extreme leanness takes work. There are shortcuts, but the shortcuts could literally end up killing you.
Just remember that the goal in life is not solely to "be skinny" or "get an inner thigh gap" because when you get there, you're just going to want more and more and more. Kind of like if you saw a dress in the store that you really liked. You work real hard to save up a ton of mulah to buy it. You feel euphoric once you purchase it and wear it out to an event. But after it's been used, you need another dress!
Try to train yourself to think this way - switch the goal to tapping into those things that foster happiness.
There's also a brand new Train Insane tank with a cool braided back!!! The material I used is super soft and stretchy cotton/lycra. It is a very high quality fabric and you will feel it once on your skin. Click here to see the pink version too.
The shoot was fun but cold. My photag was really helping me groove into the zone, going "YEAH, YEAH, work that pose work it!!!" I was totes starting to really feel it ya know? Then he goes, "now jump and look cute."
I decided it was time to pull out the good stuff.
America's Next Top Model here I come.
When we have a quick sale and you wanna make sure you beat everyone to the checkout, there's even a feature to "add to cart" on the home page! See the Blogilates tank in Tangelo? And if you have any questions EVER just live chat my representative and ask! Sam's always happy to answer your questions and I am usually right there when he answers. Or if there's something more detailed about an order you already made, you can always email Bach at [email protected]. We're always here to help!
In celebration of each and every single one of you, I wanted to dedicate a page to your fashion! It's actually really cool. It's called the "STYLEGRAM".
All you have to do is go on Instagram and hashtag a pic of you wearing anything Blogilates or oGorgeous with #ShopBlogilates! Then automatically your pic will pop up in the store for POPsters all over the world to see!
I thought it'd be a fun idea to show how you style your workout wear. Plus it'd be cool to see the clothes on all types of shapes and sizes!
Click here to see YOU wearing Blogilates!!
Of course the store is always in progress and I am always looking for ways to make it better for you. Can you please take a look at the site and let me know if there is anything weird going on? Anything you LOVE or HATE? Your comments are always super appreciated. And don't worry, I won't be offended if you don't like something.
OH! And since Mother's Day is coming up in a week, I wanted to give you a some time to prepare gifts for the woman in your life! I'm running a big sale this weekend that you'll def wanna take advantage of! Your present will surely arrive in time :)
$5 off $30 - use code "sweathappy5"
$10 off $50 - use code "sweathappy10"
$15 off $75 - use code "sweathappy15"
And!!! FREE SHIPPING in the US for orders over $100! If I were you, I'd totally get a bag for your mother!
This is the bag I am currently using! The Pleated Pocket Gym Bag in Pink Sparkle.
Okie dokie guys! Happy Shopping! OH!!! And before I forget!!!! I just had to...
Isn't that fab!? Omg. Each one is about 128 calories and is super filling compared to a regular donut. It's all healthy fats you're getting with no added sugar. Amazing. These tasted so good that when I was done, my friends and I wolfed it down in 2 seconds.
I ended up topping them with a banana almond milk glaze and dipped that in shredded coconut and walnuts. HEAVEN!!! Look at these babies!
If you have a Babycakes donut maker like I do, it will take about 5 min to cook! But you can also get a donut pan at Target and cook it at 350F for about 10 min and I am sure they will come out the same! For those of you with nut allergies, I did not try this with oat flour but I suspect that it would turn out very similar.
Have a wonderful day...and for those of you working hard on the BlogilatesBet, I'm so proud of your progress so far! As a team we're down nearly 7,500 lbs! I myself have lost 1.4 lbs this week , I feel energetic and strong...so I am on track to meeting my goal. I saw some comments with POPsters being disappointed about slow progress, but please do not worry. There are a few things you can do to remedy this:
1. Take a second look at your diet. Snacking can be the culprit. If you snack, snack on fruits and veggies. Banana pancakes are cool too.
2. Increase your intake of veggies. This is a nutritious and low calorie way of filling your stomach up volume wise so that you won't FEEL HUNGRY all the time. Thus...less snacking.
3. Drink more water! This is imperative. It flushes you out, makes your hair and skin look great, and will again, fill you up! If you're bored with water, then make your own version of HINT water by mixing 1/4 cup of juice with water. Tastes the same 'cept you don't have to pay a bunch for basically...watered down juice! Or cut up a few slices of fruit and put it in your water. Also gives the same "hint".
4. Your workouts need to make you sweat. You need to work hard. No going around this. If you're "working out" then checking your phone, then doing some earthquakes then going to check facebook...ummm no. I want you to commit your 45 min to 1 hr a day SOLID. GO BEAST. I'm serious. Commit, then play. I want sweat dripping into your eyeballs and down your collar bones! If you don't feel challenged, your body and your strength will not change.
Those are my tips of the day! Hope that helps. As always...tweet me questions @Blogilates if you need more advice! I'm always by my phone.
OH! And one more thing!
I just released some cool new tops in ShopBlogilates.com! I'm all about backless right now. You can actually wear a strapless bra with the Oh So Low top, and for the Open Your Heart Crop Top, I suggest a cool sports bra with a fun back.
And many of you do not know, but it was one of my childhood dreams to be a hand model. I always believed in my feminine fingers and nimble knuckles. Today I am happy to tell you that finally made it, guys. I finally made it.
LOL. It looks like an ad for manicures at one of those nail salons at the mini mall down the street.
Aww looking at them makes me laugh! I actually went a lil cray and got 2 pairs of Nikes on Saturday but no worries my friends, I got a good deal! Nordstrom Rack had a ton of Nikes on sale and I ended up saving a good amount of $$ after my purchase. If there are any of you looking for good quality discounted Nikes, try Nordstrom Rack and the Nike Factory Store or Nike Clearance Store. I seriously want a whole rainbow shoe closet of these before I want any Jimmy Choo's or Louboutins. I would assume a lot of you guys feel the same way :)
OK 3am and off to bed now. I have to teach my 8am POP Pilates at Equinox in a bit! See you soon my lovelies and have a FANTASTIC start to your week! Let's go crazy and let's KILL IT! This week is yours.
- 1 banana
- 1-1.5 cup kale
- 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt (vegans can sub tofu or soy yogurt)
- handful of ice
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- juice of 1 small lemon
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper <—- yup there it is! (If it’s your first time having pepper in a drink, I’d start with a pinch and add more as you get more advanced)The spiciness in this drink from the pepper helps to raise your metabolism, and all the Vitamin C from the lemon and kale helps in the production of Carnitine which helps your body metabolize fat. Also, the banana provides a source of tryptophan which aids in relaxing your mind and lifting your mood. The protein in the yogurt keeps you full and ALSO, because your body takes 2x more energy to digest protein than carbs, eating more protein makes you burn more calories. This is great as a morning breakfast! Or whenever you need something to SUPERCHARGE YOU! Nutrition Facts: 232 cals and 16g of protein Share this and keep it close to you! This smoothie is seriously a miracle! ALSO!!!!
Yay!!! We have water bottles! It's so important to stay hydrated. A lot of us don't drink enough water, so now, you have no excuse. Drink to your heart's desire! Too cute not to right?
I was so excited that I stayed up late last night to do a lil photoshoot with these babies. I had so much fun naming their colors. Because each kinda looks like a translucent crystal, I named the colors of the bottles after gemstones. You can see all the colors here.These are actually blender bottles with little spiral balls to help you mix your protein powder smoothly. Aren't they darling? I felt like this lil guy needed his own portrait :) I want to thank you guys for always suggesting new product ideas. (I never thought I'd get into bottles!) It's not always the easiest trying to figure out how to design and manufacture new things. But it's not an impossible challenge. So again, thank you for your continuous flow of ideas! Anything else you want me to do for you, just let me know in the comments! Ready to design and tackle! Do you remember this Blogilates yoga mat that I handpainted before my first NYC meetup? Look at all your gorgeous signatures. You guys are amazing. After this, I got so many requests to actually make this mat for you guys...well you know Cassey. I take your comments very very seriously. So umm, after months and months or testing and development to make it as close as possible to the original, here it is guys!!! The Limited Edition Blogilates Yoga Mat.
Also, since so may of you have been doing POP Pilates or a while, I wanted to take your workout to the next level with a new toy. I use the Power Ring when I teach my classes and I've been wanting to show you guys my special routines for so long, but was afraid to because I know like 90% of you do not own a ring. So for the first time ever, I am releasing a piece of Pilates equipment to bring our workouts to the next level. This is super exciting because I'm ready to show you how you can tone your legs like CRAZY with this baby. Inner and outer thighs REALLY will get sore with the exercises I'm about to kill you with. Oh it's gonna be fun.
Also, the pads on the POP Pilates Power Ring say "TRAIN INSANE" on the inside! Oh and I'd like to make a comment about me on the box.
Umm, I'm on a box.Hahahahahahaha. I hope you enjoy :)
AH! I was just about to post when my friend Sarah from Sarahfit.com texted me this:
I have no idea why I am purple and why iJustine is blue but OMG cool!!!! Did anyone get this issue yet? I need to go pick it up. Thank you for growing Blogilates to what it is today. It's seriously all because of you. Also, I wanna thank Sarah for being an awesome friend over the past few years since I started posting videos on YouTube. She is an online fitness veteran and has really been genuine and trustworthy to me from the beginning! It's always nice to find truly good people in the field in which you work. I mean, the reason why I left my first corporate job was mostly because of how toxic the coworker relationships were. Life isn't about work or getting things done...it's about working together as humans.Love you guys! Please instagram your smoothie #cheapcleaneats after you make it so I can see! Yum yum! And lemme know which bottle and mat you like best. Your first Power Ring workout will be on YouTube next week! <3 Cassey
First this picture of one of Ruby the Corgi doing POP Pilates went viral on the internet...
...and then it was published in a magazine!
You guys are always sending PETster pics in to me and I love love love seeing them! I download them and keep them on a folder on my desktop :) I adore doggies and I really do wish I could have one but it seriously just wouldn't be fair for the pup. I'd wanna be able to take care of him with all of my love.
I'm sure this beauty would want a Dogilates workout.
And this one's warming up for a killer workout!So I thought long and hard about how I could make this happen. It was a bigger project than I could handle alone. So I reached out to the only people who I knew could bring my dream come true. I tweeted The Pet Collective. They are a fantastic channel that makes hilarious pet music videos of popular Top 40 songs. I first fell in love when I saw Corgi Rae sing Call Me Maybe last year. If you haven't seen this, you must watch:
BLOGILATES Track Jacket on Me
Train Insane Slimfit Hoodie Giselle
I'm really excited that I'm playing with patchwork and embroidery details in the clothing now! I am always striving to get better quality and style with each collection I design for you. Also, guess what else I'm pretty stoked about? New models!!! Yay!!!
I wanna say thanks to my friends Giselle and Gracie for sharing their smiling personalities with us! I met Gracie on set while filming some workouts for AwesomenessTV. Both her and Giselle are tv actresses from Nickolodeon's Supah Ninjas! What's great is that they practice healthy lifestyles and actually do exercise to look fit! Real bodies and real work! Love it.
Hope you're having a magnificent start to your weekend. Love you so much!
You can see how the shorts look on a model here.
Hope you are having a fantastic week and are enjoying the Fall weather changes. I can't wait to head to Boston next week to see the Fall Foliage. What's it looking like over on the East Coast right now? Anyone?
Watch this heart-warming video...gets me every time!
*****1. Ashamed of Gaining Weight (1263 comments) - a post about how I gained weight back after my bikini competition and how people were telling me I looked fat. 2. Your Thigh Gap's Not Good Enough FYI (1210 comments) - a post about negativity in the community and people body bashing...me. 3. Things that Make me Scream and Shout (913 comments) - my honest reaction to the first time I watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Maybe a little too honest. Heated. I remember reading the comments here and crying!! 4. Look what Honey Boo Boo Started (1068 comments) - my follow up post explaining why I said the things I said in my original Honey Boo Boo post. Took a couple days for me to write. 5. Do you Call this Fat Shaming? (372 comments) - a post about how controversial fitness mom Maria Kang "shamed" other moms into thinking they should look like her. 6. The Victoria's Secret Model Diet (114 comments) - a post about how VS models must eat before a runway show.
*****Go read those if you have a chance! You'll see why they were the most heated posts of the year. And leave a comment if you feel necessary :) OH!!! And I finally got a chance to try on the sparkle dress. What do you think?
My mommy always told me that if you're unsure about a purchase, just sleep on it, and when you wake up, and you still want it, THEN you can go get it! I have a feeling I'll still want it...but ok let's see if my dreams say otherwise. I still have the romper as back up. Eek the decisions! And then the shoes! One step at a time...
I guess you all will see Tuesday night at the A List "Passport to the World 2014" Ball! what dress I end up choosing! And in case you were wondering, this one is by Jovani and the romper is by Keepsake the Label, an Australian brand.
Ok happy reading and see you again soon :)
When will it be out? Hopefully sometime this season! I just never know what problems could come up. I'll let you know what the name of my new fashion activewear brand will be soon :)
Expect bright colors, feminine accents, and sexy silhouettes. High quality. High fashion. High function.
So excited for you to touch and feel and wear! Eeeeeee!!!!And finally, OMG, thank you to the POPsters who made this worldwide scrap book for me!! I got home from the PO Box and my jaw nearly dropped to the floor. I opened my package and saw a whole book of letters, messages, and inspirational notes from POPsters all over the world.
I can't believe you took the time to make this together and send it to me. My heart feels so warm and I am in awe. I feel like this is a yearbook!!! I am so happy to know that being a part of the Blogilates has helped you create long lasting friendships with one another...from 1000s of miles away! I am forever smiling :)
I can't wait to launch the Blogilates Community so that you guys can get closer to each other for real. Facebook makes it way to hard to connect. I am pushing hard to get the project finished for you! I know you will absolutely adore it!
You guys are my life. Thank you for everything. I love you.
The most epic, most retweeted selfie in the history of the internet.
Hope you had a fantastic start to your week! Yesterday morning, I woke up and taught an early POP Pilates class at Equinox then had a sweaty gym sesh afterwards followed by a photoshoot of some new Blogilates gear coming your way! I think you will love the new clothing. It's all made from a soft slub fabric that is so comfy to wear!Anyway, let's talk Oscars for a sec, okay? You may have seen or even joined in the conversation with me on Sunday, but if you didn’t I was tweeting all about the red carpet with celeb blogger Perez Hilton and Chobani. We were giving out some of our own awards, naturally sweetened by Chobani’s Simply 100 Greek yogurt. Yesterday morning all I could watch on my Stairmaster TV was Oscars Fashion Galore!! Many of you may not know this, but since I was 10 I've been keeping binders and binders of hand drawn evening gown designs. My dream as a little girl was to one day design a dress for the red carpet. Those dreams got shattered when I was 16...but now I am so happy that through fitness and Blogilates, I am able to design again. Functional, fashionable activewear. Can't wait to debut the line I've been working on now for over a year! I mixed feminine silhouettes with sporty accents. You will love and I will tell you more later :)
But back to the Oscars now.
All the stars looked fantastic, but you know they were prepping for the red carpet many weeks before. It's like training for a big sporting event!! The dress, hair, and makeup are just the embellishments. The confidence and the glow come from the the diet and the training they do. To lose about 10 lbs, the celebs start training/dieting 5-6 weeks out. If a star just wants to tone up and lose a few extra pounds, approximately 10 days out will do - especially for the ones that are fit all year round.
It's no different than what we have to do! It takes work and discipline. Anyone trying to sell you a quick fix is selling you guaranteed failure in the long run. Eat clean, and when you work out, work out like you mean it. You have my #MIGHTYMARCH calendar to follow and the many free meal plans on my blog to follow. You know what to do :)
Anyway, here are the people who I thought looked totes fab on the Red Carpet...
Lupita Nyong'o was the belle of the ball. Super sculpted and trim, she was a princess in her Prada and I loved it.
Also very princess were Johnny Weir's shoes. Can we say move over Cinderella!!?
Look at that perfect Red Carpet pose! I love the ageless Charlize Theron here in her long black Dior gown.
It's Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive. The nude tulle and the beading are majestic. I like how the sleeves are see-through and how the dress boasts a high neckline, but you can't even tell. Super classy.
But my absolute fave dress of the night though belonged to Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan. Those beautiful flower cutouts are just so intricate and mesmerizing.
Perez picked Lupita for "Simply Stunning", but my vote goes to Portia. What do you think?
Pharrell showed off his toned calves in a shorts tuxedo. It was weird, but kinda awesome. Perez and I agreed on the next award.
He was "Simply Bold!"
Robin Roberts was glowing with confidence and happiness. But can we take a moment to notice those arms!!?? She's a breast cancer survivor and a super strong woman.
The "Simply Buff & Beautiful" award hands down belonged to Ms. Roberts!
Ok and can we talk Jennifer Lawrence for a sec? Our Katniss showed up in scarlet red and looked iconic in her Dior Couture. Then, she pulls a J-Law.
The lovely actress and positive body image advocate fell. It was the cone's fault. Then she got back up and laughed. That's what we love about Jennifer.
What can we learn here? Life isn't about how tall you can stand...it's about how you get up after you fall down...and how you can keep moving on. That is the beauty of your character. This is called resilience. Failure is part of life and you need to stop trying to avoid it. Rather, live life to the fullest and embrace your failures. They teach you to be smarter and stronger and they are a part of the learning process of life. Don't be afraid to fall and you will surely succeed. I promise.
Also, another thing. Remember that epic selfie pic I posted at the top of this blog post? Here's a look from a little farther away.WSJ, Samsung spent an estimated $20 million running ads during the Academy Awards. It wasn't until much closer to the event that Ellen said she wanted to take selfies. The producers suggested she use a Samsung since they were the sponsors of the event. Well, didn't Samsung get lucky! They struck social media gold because Ellen got over 3 MILLION RETWEETS as of Monday afternoon. She basically owned twitter (it went down for a bit!) and the rest of the interwebs. It was the most retweeted tweet in the history of twitter. Amazing the power of celebs when they actually want to use social media and be just like us!! Haha. This pic is so cute. I love it. And Angelina Jolie actually participated in something vs. standing there and looking untouchably perfect. So anyway, hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know which celeb donned your fave look and what you think about that selfie! Much love, Cassey PS: You guys know I love greek yogurt and use it in a ton of my recipes, so when Chobani called and asked me to host the Oscars twitter chat with them and Perez, I was super excited! This post was kindly sponsored by Chobani.
I love how magical everything is there. The fireworks. The lights. The people. The shops. The kettle corn. Haha. Kettle corn is one of my weaknesses. I hadn't had it so long so getting a bag was a must.
I've been spending a lot of time drawing and designing a few last pieces for the collection. Did I tell you the name of the line? I don't remember so I will tell you! It is called BODYPOP. I am so proud of every single piece so far. I've tried on each and every sample that has come back and the pieces hug my body so well! It's comfy, sweat-wicking, super stretchy, super resilient, and ahhhhhh just so cute!!
One of the things that I really needed to get right besides the fabric (which thank goodness after a year, we blended it correctly) was the fit of the bottoms. I've probably worn every active brand there ever was in the history of the world and I know the difference between the most minute details that no one would even notice. The 3 things that I look for in the perfect bottom are:
1. How comfortable the waistband is. Does it dig into my hip and give me unnecessary bumps or does it simply outline by silhoutte?
2. Does my butt look cute!?
3. Does my underwear show when I squat!? (Ugh the horror!)
I am so happy to tell you that the BODYPOP pants fall after the most perfect, sexiest place on your hips, it does not dig into your skin, your butt will look bubbly, and you BETTER BET that the pants aren't see-thru!
OMG. I cannot wait until I can finally launch the line and share with you the pieces!! I'm currently thinking of the most creative way to debut BODYPOP. It needs to be special. Different. Something you've never seen before...you'll see :)
Anyway, back to sketching in my notebook! I hope you're all well and that you're having a lovely start to your week!
I know I sure did when I had to hit traffic and then see unhappy coworkers who hated what they did for work.So guys, take a moment to make your Monday mornings the best they can be. Wake up EXCITED for the day...for another opportunity to live...to make things happen...to make this world yours! If you don't like what you're doing, you know you have the power to change it right? Yes. You do. Don't tell yourself that you can't be happy because your parents, your boss, or the society tells you that you have to be a certain way. NOPE. You create your own change and you can live the life you want. Anyway! No more sad kitty face! Monday means it is a new week of #AprilAbs!!! Today we start off with your new video, "5 Best Butt Exercises to Sculpt a Cute Booty." Your video is above and your printable is right here below.
Please print the above printable out and keep it in a binder with you so that whenever you feel like getting an instant butt lift, you know where to go ;)
So what are you up to this week? Lemme know in the comments what's up in your life! I have a whole ton of vids to film, and some products to share with you, so I've got my hands full! As well as seeing some friends I haven't seen in a while. I'm also getting deeper and deeper into the design process of BODYPOP. Look at my new friend!
After asking you guys what I should name her on Facebook and Instagram, I have decided to call her "Manny" for mannequin. I know. I know. It's not Bertha Rae Johnson or Poppy like many of you suggested...nor is it very creative at all, but I naturally started calling her "Manny" when she got home. So that's what it is!! Cool?
Manny is currently dressed in BODYPOP clothing that I cannot show you yet...but you will LOVE LOVE LOVE! More and more designs are being fit-and-durability-tested by me every day to ensure a fabulous experience. We just finished painting a custom watercolor print with a very special artist in Europe that will be featured on some snazzy pants and sports bras. OMG. I am dying everyday to show you. But I can't. I just can't until it's perfect enough for you!!
Ok well back to work now! Please feel free to tweet me @blogilates anytime you feel like you're losing motivation or just wanna share a cool pic with me! Also if I don't get back to you quick enough, you can always use the hashtag #askpopsters to find other Blogilates fans around the world to connect with :) Oh and of course, download the free Blogilates App if you want inspirational friends fast! I love how interactive and supportive you guys are in there! Keep up the positivity! We all need it!
This is my backyard. How can my backyard look so good!!? Shorts are from Evolvefitwear by Teeki.
Casual hair hold. Did we really take that!?
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!
- 1 chicken breast
- 1/4 cup of soycutash (mixture of edamame, corn, and red pepper - you can get this at Trader Joes in the frozen section)
- 1 TBS of balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 strawberries
- 2-3 cups of organic spring greensDIRECTIONS: 1. Boil the chicken breast until nearly cooked, then chop it up into mini chunks. 2. Sautee the soycutash in a pan over high heat. If you have a nonstick pan, no need to use any oil. 3. Then add in the chicken breast chunks. Pour about 1 TBS of balsamic vinegar and make sure everything gets a piece of the action! Do until corn has some slight browning on it's surface. 4. Cut strawberries into circles. Cut avocado into slices. 5. Plate by grabbing a few handfuls of spring greens and creating a bed. Then pour your chicken/soycutash mixture on top and decorate with the strawberries and the avocado. I hope you choose to try this combination! It's amazing how great fruit tastes along side more savory things. If you end up making the salad hashtag it #blogilates so I can see! Today I also want to share with you a fun fitness fashion photoshoot I did the other day with my new lens and my new white capri! At first I was like who wears white workout pants!!?? Then I put them on...
You can't go wrong with coral on white.
First I was like yeah, let's do coral Nikes too! But it was too much. Toned it down with my black Adidas sneakers.
Loving the mesh side panels.
Wasn't really posed but I thought you'd appreciate some squats paying off :) Always in progress though!
Understated. But strong.
I would say that after my core, my thighs are my strongest body part. What's yours?
Cute twisty top!
Thanks to these pretty bougainvillea for making a gorg backdrop for my shoot :) I SHALL PICK YOU NOW!!! MUAHAHA! (Just kidding, I didn't pick them.)
Ah and before I say bye, I want to let you guys know that I will be in the Bay Area this weekend teaching a couple classes on Pier 39 at the SHAPE Magazine's Summer Shape Up event with Jillian Michaels and some of America's Top Trainers!
I had a blast in Manhattan Beach meeting you guys post workout a couple weekends ago. Now time to meet some of my Bay Area POPsters! It's been a while guys ;) Come out and play! You can get tickets HERE (it's only $5 a class). I'll be there all Saturday July 12th.
Hope you enjoyed my fitness fashion post! What do you think? Would you rock white workout pants?
Bye for now pretty POPsters!
.: OUTFIT :.
Top: Forever 21
Even babies came, hogging them detox bottles! :P
Billy Blanks even stopped by to do a crazy pose with me :DSo before I show you what our booth looked like this year, I want to do a throwback to 2013. It was a 10 x 10 booth with one headless mannequin. This was my first booth ever!! And then here is the 2014 booth! I actually designed this booth (you wouldn't think that this is a job but it is...haha) and I made sure there was squishy wood flooring, bright lights in the background, a changing tent, and lots of pictures! Oh and matching hangers. And 2 mannequins with heads!! Such a must! This year we grew to a 20 x 10! We even had matching shirts and reusable Blogilates bags! So legit. So legit. Thank you to my Blogilates fam for pouring their heart and soul into this event. It really was exhausting for everyone, but we made it through! I was also asked to lead 2 talks there. It was an incredible honor to speak as an expert on social media and branding to other fitness professionals and bloggers. I love sharing my knowledge with people especially when they appreciate it and will apply it to their own lives. Much like when I give you a monthly workout plan and meal plan. I want you to use it and make some changes in your life for the better. I also did the talk about how to turn your blog into a business leading up to Jillian Michael's keynote. If I could sum it up in one sentence, it would be this: Stand behind what you believe in and serve people whole-heartedly with passion. Then came Friday night at the POP Pilates Party! OMG it was so much fun! Several hundred POPsters, trainers, and fitness professionals gathered together to do a 1 hr class with me. Let's just say everyone's butt was sore the day after. Oops. I also want to plan a Blogilates National Tour for 2015. Where should we go?! Please tell me where you're from and if there's enough interest in one location, I will be there!!! Oh and I also want to show you something cool. Look! It's me on a door!!! Hahaha. I've never seen myself like this before :P I also taught some classes in celebration of the launch of the POP Pilates Certification program! Woot woot! Which by the way...we finally have dates for! The dates and locations of the trainings are:
Please go sign up! I will personally be leading these sessions. You will learn how to not only be a fitness instructor, but a SUCCESSFUL fitness instructor. You will learn how to be confident in front of a crowd and how to rock your class's core. Trust me, it is THE MOST rewarding job I've ever had. Your job is to inspire!!
Plus, you get to make money while you work out. And most gyms will most likely give you a free gym membership too. I mean - obviously those are not the important things, but they are very nice perks :)
Ok well hopefully I will see you guys soon at one of these trainings! Or next year at the Blogilates National Tour! Please comment below and let me know where we should plan to visit!!
This shot is one of my favorites!
Looks like you all are having a FANTASTIC time with the #POPstersinPlank Contest! I am laughing and smiling so much every single day because of how WEIRD and perfect you all are. I wanna give a special shoutout to POPster Rayen for dressing as Elsa and then planking in the Frozen aisle. Wow. Just, wow.
And then these? Tank plank! Roof plank! Horse plank! And supermarket seems to me a favorite destination for many of you.
Remember that you have until Wednesday night Oct 8th to enter the contest! The categories you can score in are:
1. Plank in the Oddest Location
You guys are CRUSHING this category. Great job!
2. Most People Planking in a Pic
There is actually a REALLY good chance of winning in this category. I haven't seen too many entries and you can control your win if you just check the largest pic to date. Get in on this guys...it's a great prize!
3. Random POPster Planking
Some people seemed confused on this one, so let me explain: This category is open to any entry! It's for people who don't fit into Catgories 1 or 2. I will pick a random winner.
If you want to see what the prizes are and read the official rules, click here. It's international and you can enter as many times as you want.
Guys, we finally got our 1 MILLION Subscriber YouTube play button award! I literally have been waiting for this moment for like 5 years. We actually hit 1 million on Jan 1st, 2014 (we're at 1.7 million subscribers now) but it took 9 months to get this baby. Worth waiting for though :) Thank YOU for being part of the most vibrant, positive, and unstoppable group of people EVERRRR!!!! You make Blogilates what it is. There would be no way we'd be getting all this recognition without YOU putting your time, sweat, and love into sculpting you dream bodies and your dream lives. Our positivity is motivating people all over the world to get healthy. And our friendship is strong and clearly contagious. From the bottom of my heart, thank you sooooo much for being here with me and for being a member of the Blogilates fam. Le's keep charging forward and well, changing the world :D I hope you have a fantastic start to your week! Remember that all dreams can come true. Just want it bad enough, and you'll figure it out. (I'll tell you my secret maybe in a week or 2!) Anyone wanna take a guess? <3 Cassey
.: CLOTHING :.
Red Romper by Keepsake the Label
Laser Cut Lace Up Shoes by Choies
From ab video:
You are the first to feast your eyes on the POPFLEX Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection!
Ready to dive in?
This is an actual shot of my sketch book as well as the mood board that sparked the look and feel of this summer's collection! Mermaids, sea glass, sea shells and succulents.
Kylie, our professional ballerina from the Peony Collection makes an encore appearance as a mermaid! She's just exquisite! And I can't handle myself right now...those pants are life.
WHAT. The booty shorts come in mermaid print too!? Yeah, that's basically what I'll be wearing all summer long, thank you.
Partner fun! Jacquelyn and Kylie support each other in this challenging pose. Wait til you get a close up of these pieces...
The very first POPFLEX Crop top! And that X detail across the chest is everything to me. The fact that it matches the seafoam booty shorts makes my heart sing with joy!
YUP. YUP. YUP. The Pointe Legging now comes in Nightfall!! Umm basically this will be your EVERYTHING PANT! Don't forget that it has POCKETS!
Booty. Shorts. The most flattering wide band design ever.
The crop top comes in mermaid! And yes there is a staple black booty short that will be your everything when it's too hot to wear the Pointe Legging in black!
I am so proud of the Siren Tank. The design detail on the back is so strong, yet pristine.
The Goddess Tank in Seafoam :D
This crown. That hair. Mermaid status.
A little note from me :)
Kylie and her leg flexibility. Jelly. Love it.
Below is the POPFLEX line sheet. Get prepared for what you want, because when the line goes live on Tuesday April 19th at 10AM PST, the site will be CRAZY.
Know you size as well. If you are unsure, then use the size chart here. For reference, I am 5'5" and I normally wear a 32B bra, size 26-27 jeans, and a size 2-4 in dresses. My POPFLEX size is size 4 in tops and bottoms. Also if you've ever bought Lululemon before, the sizes are also comparable.
Comment below which piece is your favorite!! I can't wait to hear what you think!!! I really hope you love it!
Oh yeah and the sale ends on Sunday night, so get what you can while it lasts. Love you so much and have a beautiful weekend!!
I hope you like these mats as much I do! Right now I am most addicted to the So Many Succulents mat...but I sort of trade around depending on my mood that day. It makes working out so much more fun!!! :D Which design do you like best?
Now...onto your next task...Here is your brand new Monday video...PERFECT 10 ABS! It's really fun - my best 10 ab moves done back to back to back! I command you to do it now:
We'll be making 3 recipes: Pumpkin Pie, Matcha Pistachio, and Dragon Fruit.
Ready? Let's get started!
PUMPKIN PIE NICE CREAM
4 frozen bananas
1 C canned pumpkin
1/3 C maple syrup
1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
MATCHA PISTACHIO NICE CREAM:
3 frozen bananas
3 TBS coconut cream
1 TBS matcha powder
DRAGON FRUIT NICE CREAM
4 frozen bananas
1 frozen Pitaya pack
1 TBS agave nectar
That's it guys! I hope you try to make these for your friends and family this holiday. They are delicious and taste super creamy. Hashtag #cheapcleaneats if you make it!
You've made it here! :D Now go ahead and click on the image above and view the POPFLEX Peony Collection lookbook in it's entirety! I hope you love it. Tomorrow, January 14th, 2016, the entire collection drops at 12PM PST. Write down what you want now and get your mouse clickers ready!
Comment below which piece you like best!
PS: The official hashtag is #POPFLEX. You can always photo tag @blogilatesdesigns so we can see what you got!
So this year, July 2016, we are back at IDEA with the first ever POPFLEX Pop Up Shop!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! For the first time ever, you can come and see the clothing in person, feel how buttery the fabric is, and check what size you are! Everything will be discounted up to 40% (you'll be getting the VIP discount), so you NEED to come!
PLUS...we spent a lot of time designing this year's booth. I have a surprise there for you. I think you will really like it :)
To get into IDEA World, you need an expo hall pass. You can get there here. The special thing with that link is that you can use it to RSVP for my POP Pilates class & Showcase Party on sat July 16th at 12pm too!
The expo hall hours to shop are:
Thursday, July 14
12:20pm - 6:30pm
Friday, July 15
Saturday, July 16
Alrighty guys! I hope to see you there! It's going to be a blast!
Here's a wonderful shot of me and my sister after we scrambled. What could we be looking at?I was so not prepared for the dryness and heat of Joshua Tree. I brought a big bottle of water and drank the entire thing before we even started any of of real activity. Luckily Jackelyn brought this Camelbak contraption that looks like an IV bag with her in her backpack. I felt bad for drinking from her water source but I was so dehydrated that I could not even function. After about 3-4 hours of hiking and scrambling, it was time to prepare for our photoshoot! Golden hour was approaching! You must have been thinking...but weren't you sweaty and disgusting? Well, ya know, when you gotta shoot, you gotta shoot!!! In addition to our lovely gowns, I brought a bunch of wet wipes to clean the dust off our bodies and feet. We did our makeup in the car and changed in there too. Heatless hairstyles.
Not bad huh? :)
I am IN LOVE with my dress from The Jet Set Diaries. This emerald teal color is everything to me. And the fluidity of that skirt? It's a fairytale.Here's baby sis in a gorgeous skirt from Anthropologie and my crop top from Brandy Melville. I've been saving that skirt for like a year now. Never knew the right occasion for it. But I think what we've all been waiting for was for sis to sit on a rock in the desert and pretend like she was in an Anthro catalogue. PERF.
I decided I wanted to try sitting on the rock too.
Look at those Joshua Trees! Don't they look alien like!? The trees are scientifically referred to as the Yucca brevifolia.
Sam told us to turn around and smile candidly.
Check out the back of this dress. And that skirt flow is just ON POINTTTTT!My sister is headed back to the Bay Area today after a month of living with me, and to be honest, I am sad. She is a ball of light and laughter. I have not gone home yet, I'm still blogging from my desk at the Blogilates HQ, but I am afraid that when I get there and see her empty room, that my heart too, will be empty. I'll keep you updated on whether baby sis decides to come live in LA with me or if her heart takes her far away. Whatever she decides, I know that her adventures will be epic.
Oh and I forgot to say...that night when we were driving back from Joshua Tree, I saw my first ever meteor while on the freeway. It was the MOST INCREDIBLE THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. It was just magic. SO MAGIC!!! White and blue with a super long trail of sparkles...and soooo big!!! I don't know what it means, but for sure, I will never forget seeing that for the rest of my life. I am going to wish that you will get to see a meteor one day too.
I hope you enjoyed these photos! And big thank you to Sam for always being such an amazing photographer!
Is that a little peplum action?!!! Maybe. A jacket? Maybe. A nice thick one that'll keep you warm...promise. Plus an accessory to keep you even warmer...I'll give you a real clue though. The word hiding under those pens are "ankle biter". Take a moment and think about what that means. I think you'll really like it though because you've been asking for it! ;P Okay, I have given away too much. I must stop now. Well, go sign up for the Rewards Program! It's free! GO!
Evil Queen vibes.
I'm wearing the Queen's Coat in Night.
We bought the bike just for the shoot. I thought the color was going to be more butter but it came out banana. I freaked out a little bit, but then, turns out it looks great on camera!
Hand stands. Practiced for MONTHS. I am not great at them. And when the day came and I had to do it onto a tree overlooking a cliff, my nerves crept in. I fell multiple times, my muscles gave out, and I almost started crying. But I picked myself back up, tightened my core, and BELIEVED. That's when we got the shot.
I'm wearing the Wishing Star Capri in Dark Bloom.
This tree pose was surprisingly soooooo hard to do with my eyes closed! Open, no prob. Closed, another story!!! I nearly tipped over several times! We thought getting me in tree pose in front of a tree would be a nice thing to try. I love how powerful the photo is. It looks calm and still. But really, I was wavering!
My friend Laura who is firstly an awesome person and secondly a super talented professional ballerina, helped me prepare for this shoot. Working with her helped increase my flexibility while bringing out the dancer inside.
BTS shot. Then you can appreciate...
...the final result.
The colors of the wind were vibrant that Winter day!
I love this shot.
A blend of now and what's to come.
I'm wearing the Wishing Star Capri in Plum and...you will see next time ;)
Big thank you to the incredible people in this photo. Lexi, Laura, Sam, Daniel, Tiffany, and Leslie! I am SOOOOOO GRATEFUL to have you guys in my life. Your passion for what you do and your love for the Blogifam is just so pure. I am so happy that I get to be around these amazing human beings and can't wait to make more beautiful things together.
Hope you guys enjoyed my Dark Bloom photoshoot pics! Which one is your fave?
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#1. Go to popflexactive.com and make an account.
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