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Time for some #bootypositivity

By | Body Image | 14 Comments

I’ve been debating whether I should post this photo or not because 1) I’m really proud of how strong my back and arms have gotten but 2) I know there will still be judgment against my small butt. After a sleep, I’ve woken up and decided WHO CARES.

I don’t want to just post things for likes. I don’t want to base my worth on other people’s approval. I don’t want to feed into the big butt obsession (but also can’t 😂).

My body is a result of hard work and genetics. People often forget that genetics play a huge role in the way you look – just like how I have brown hair, small boobs, and almond shaped eyes – I ALSO HAVE A SMALL BUTT. How about some #bootypositivity huh!??? 🍑

Oh and you you know what?? This photo isn’t even posed to make my butt look bigger. It’s just me walking down a slope like a normal human being, not an Instagram model. But I like it. It’s so real. There is absolutely NO photoshop on this body I work so hard for.

Comparing old photos of myself…

By | Body Image, Motivational | 7 Comments

Have you ever compared yourself to old photos of yourself and wished you were as “fat” as when you thought you were fat when you really weren’t fat at all!?

Listened to a Hidden Brain podcast about comparison, and it blew my mind. We all know that “comparison is the thief of joy.” But, did you know that there are types of comparisons – and that they can be used to our advantage?


There’s “upward comparison” and “downward comparison”. To better understand this, imagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you compare up, you compare yourself to a person who’s lost more weight than you in a shorter amount of time. This might make you feel bad about yourself. If you compare down, you compare yourself to someone who is having a really hard time sticking to her diet and actually gaining weight. This might make you feel better about yourself.

Instead of trying to avoid comparison all together (because we’re humans and we’re going to do it anyway) COMPARE STRATEGICALLY for your advantage! It’s all mindset.

When you want to accomplish more, compare up. You don’t have to feel bad when you compare up to people who are “better than you.” I want you to compare up and use them as your driving force to reach your goals!

When you feel you’ve failed, go ahead and compare down. (Yes, others do actually have it worse than you!) This downward comparison can help you find gratefulness, which honestly, we all need more of.

In this age of ultimate outward comparison (thanks social media), when you can’t avoid it, USE IT.

So what about me and the photos? Honestly, I used to feel really bad about not being as lean as I was in 2012. But then I remember back to how mean I was to the people that loved me because I was always hangry! So, I’m grateful to have a little extra weight on me and carry on as a full functional person who is happy.

Help. Need bride squads who want free activewear!

By | Cassey's Corner, Contests, Fashion | 2 Comments

Hey there!!!

Are you engaged? 💍 Getting married? 👰🤵YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

I’m calling all brides (and bridesmaids)! 👰🏻👰🏼👰🏽👰🏾👰🏿 I’m looking for bride squads to outfit entirely in the POPFLEX Active bridal inspired “Dream Collection” FOR FREE.

Yes. As in, I’ll take care of your bridesmaid gifts. Save that money for something else! I know weddings are expensive and stressful, so it’d be my honor to help my fellow brides live #HappilyEverFitter!!!

How do you enter!?

1️⃣ Post a photo of you and at least one of your bridesmaids on Instagram or Facebook doing some type of a fitness pose! (It could be as simple as a selfie flex, or as intense as a handstand!) In the caption, explain why fitness and mental health are important to you as you prepare for your big day!

2️⃣ Tag @popflex_active and hashtag #happilyeverfitter

3️⃣ Then go to bit.ly/happilyeverfitter and fill out the application. This step is necessary!

The catch? There isn’t one really! I just want you to send us a photo of you and your bridesmaids wearing the gifted outfits (maybe from your bachelorette party or from wedding weekend) so we can post you guys on @popflex_active! The contest ends Sept 22, 2019 and multiple bride squads will be chosen! It’s open worldwide.

If you’re not getting married, then could you send this blog post to someone who is? Thanks :)

Also whether you’re engaged/married/single/divorced/whatever – you should try out my Bridal Bootcamp! Here’s “Happily Ever After Abs” to get you started:

PS: Ahhhhhh I wish I could get married to Sam over and over again! I LOVE WEDDINGS!!!!!! 🤪💐👰🏻🤵🏼💍🙃 Good luck!!!

Puppies & Planks happened and it was BEYOND.

By | Cassey's Corner, Life | 6 Comments

My heart and soul are soaring. I took this entire week to let that feeling truly soak in.

Leading up to Puppies & Planks, we were battling the rain, vendors who canceled on us last minute, the sheer lack of time, and also I ended up in Urgent Care just days before. I really didn’t know what was going to happen.

But this weekend Puppies & Planks exceeded every single one of my expectations. WE RAISED OVER $20,000 for LA Animal Services, Much Love Animal Rescue, Karma Rescue, and The Dove Project!!! Huge thanks to every single person or doggy involved in making P&P a reality. Whether you physically were there or shared it on social media or bought a festival shirt to support…THANK YOU.

A huge thank you to PETCO for being my official partner for the inaugural Puppies & Planks fest! Below is the PETCO “Life’s a Ball!” installation, which included a pool FULL OF tennis balls for the takin’!


I’m so happy. I don’t even know what to say. I’m lost in these feels. The day was filled with so many dogs, so many friends, so many POSITIVE VIBES. I could not have asked for anything more.

So, I’d love to take you on a journey through the day! Ready?

7:50 AM: Here’s everyone entering the main stage under the official Puppies & Planks balloon arch!

8:00 AM: Anna Victoria led a huge warm up for everyone getting ready to do the 3K!

Doggies who signed up for the 3K got an official Puppies & Planks bandana!

Look at all the people and the doggies!

Humans were lining up all day to take plank pics at the official Puppies & Planks paradise installation!

And check out this art installation for humans and pups! It’s called “Dogs Can Fly and So Can I!” by Daniel Kordek.

9:30 AM: The first official class of the day was led by my good friend Joseph Corella of 567Broadway! I love his dance class so much. He always makes me laugh and he’s such a fantastic instructor.

10:30 AM: Next, my sister Jackelyn introduced me on stage as my heart was pounding! So many feelings were swirling in my body!

Starting off POP Pilates with some plié squats of course!

I can’t get over how cool that downtown LA skyline looks behind the stage!

After every class, we ended with a 1 minute plank challenge. I chose the opposite arm, opposite leg plank. Then my sister decided to put George on me. It was hard. REALLY HARD.

Then!!! We presented a GIANT check to the local animal rescues! Wed raised over $20,000 for them through the sale of the fitness class tickets! The check here says $17,700 because that was BEFORE we counted how much we made from on site ticket sales! Ahhh!!!

11:30 AM: Next up my friend Caleb aka The Fitness Marshall rocked the stage with his suave dance moves! I wish my body could move like that!

Lunch break!

We had lots of great food options including delish acai bowls from Amaze Bowls!

Food trucks lined up to feed the peeps!

Just Food For Dogs served up some fresh food for the pups – for free!

12:30 PM: After lunch, CRUNCH Fitness took the stage and leg “Ruff Yoga” – a yoga class made especially for you and your dog!

The dogs really loved it.

The dogs also really loved the Toy Distraction Field! Basically, any toy the dog would touch first it would be their’s to take home for free! We kept hearing owners say “NOT THE BALL!!! DO NOT PICK THE BALL!!!”

Everyone adored the doggo kissing booth from I Has Cupquake!

And the free caricatures from Arrival Fitness!

Oh and the agility course from LARPBO (Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners) was a hit!

 

 

1: 30 PM: Then Luke Milton from Training Mate took the stage to teach his HIIT inspired Sydney Circuit!

2:30 PM: My sister ended the day with “Yoga for Tight Everything.”

People getting their flexy on.

That day we got sooooo many applications for people interested in adopting! And good news, 4 dogs from LA Animal Services were taken to their forever home that day! Yay!

I hope you enjoyed the Puppies & Planks photo story! I could not have done this without your enthusiastic support; without my incredible #Blogifam for spending countless late nights at the office putting this together; without our instructors Anna Victoria, The Fitness Marshall, Joseph Corella of 567Broadway, my lil sis Jackelyn Ho, and Luke Milton of Training Mate who donated their time and their talent to lead the classes; without my amazing event planner Linda and our incredibly creative event production team at Lurline; without Petco’s confident belief in us as our title sponsor; without the rescue organizations; without my husband Sam who at first thought I was totally insane for doing this (you promised in your vows you would support me no matter how crazy) but then was the one who drove me to the hospital when things got too much, and of course…I could not have done it without my baby, my love, my entire inspiration for Puppies & Planks Sir George.


The big question is…SHOULD I DO IT AGAIN!!!???

Puppies & Planks, the festival that nearly br...

By | Cassey's Corner, Group Exercise, Life, PRESS | 2 Comments

You Guys!!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for Puppies and Planks!!! It’s been a lot of intense work to put on an outdoor festival (hmm why didn’t I realize that obvious fact!!??) and the journey has been full of obstacles telling me to quit, but I’m finally seeing it come together.

This all started last summer when I got the idea to put on a charity festival to raise awareness for dog adoption. Bringing my lil baby angel Sir George into my life has changed it in ways I never expected. Sir taught me to be more compassionate, to forgive more readily, and to honestly be WAY more chill! After all, it’s hard to dwell on the bad stuff when you have an adorable pup looking up at you with his irresistible puppy dog eyes!!

It’s really weird, but as my life gets more intense and I have less and less time, Sir knows how to slow it down. I don’t know how he does it, but when I pet him, hug him, and love him – time expands. I can’t quite explain it.

So umm, simply put, Sir’s love inspired me to put on a whole festival for him all the doggies in the land.

I’m looking at the statement now, shaking my head, (as we are only 15 days away from show time and I’m dying on the daily) and I’m asking myself some serious questions about the extremity of my love language.

Anyway you guys, it took A LOT to get to this point. So I am grateful I am even able to announce Puppies & Planks is happening on National Puppy Day, March 23…because just about 1 month ago, there was NO WAY it was going to happen.

The goal was to create this unforgettable experience for fitness lovers, dog lovers, and dogs in the community – all with the purpose of raising awareness for dog adoption. I was thinking we could kick off the day with a 3K Dog Walk, then immerse ourselves in top-notch fitness classes taught by my favorite LA instructors and some of my amazing YouTube fitness friends! Then afterwards we could cuddle adoptable pups, walk the shopping village with some of the coolest health, wellness, and doggy brands, have our dogs play in the pup carnival area, we could take pics at aesthetic Instagram stations, and then picnic on the grass after getting lunch at the healthy food trucks!!!

Doesn’t that sounds like the best time ever!?

So immediately, I started researching brands that loved animals. Then I researched local LA dog shelters. I asked my fitness instructor friends if they would want to teach. My friends were like YASSSSSS! So I put together a deck, thinking this would be easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I was SO WRONG.

After sending out hundreds of emails, getting on numerous phone calls, and pitching so many people, several months went by and NOT ONE organization was had signed on. It was most heartbreaking when even the dog shelters didn’t want to be a part of it! It was really weird and almost backwards at points. There was a particular shelter that did not want to bring their dogs out to the event to get adopted unless we paid them thousands of dollars. I had tried to explain that we’d be donating 100% of our ticket proceeds to them, but they still wanted the money up front. So after that phone call – I really felt heartbroken, and like this wasn’t something I should be involved in.

At this point, I had given myself the deadline of Dec 2018 as our we-need-to-stop-trying deadline. After Christmas had passed, I told my event planner Linda that we needed to seriously stop. But she told me no. She told me to not give up just yet. She said “Give it one more month Cassey.”

To be 100% honest with you, I had completely lost hope at the end of December. I didn’t want to invest more time, energy, or money into this thing that clearly no one wanted to be a part of.

But…

It’s the very moment when you’re about to give up, but don’t, that the magic happens.

The VERY last week of January, we secured our incredible title sponsor – PETCO!!! WHHAAAAAA!!!????? I CRIED.

You guys. Petco was my dream sponsor. They were on my vision board for the event from day 1. After numerous phone calls and emails with their marketing team, serendipitously meeting their CMO in person at a conference (and trying to casually pitch him the idea), and then just praying to the universe…they came on board. And they SAVED US! I feel so lucky, because had Petco not partnered with Puppies & Planks, I don’t think I would EVER attempt to put on this festival again. They saved Puppies & Planks, and now together, we’re going FULL SPEED.

Above are just some of my amazing friends that will be teaching at Puppies & Planks! From left to right, it’s Anna Victoria who will be leading the warm-up before the 3K Dog Walk, The Fitness Marshall who’s gonna teach you how to dance like you’re in a music video, me who will POP Pilates your abs to death, my lil sis Jackelyn who will stretch your body with her cool yoga class, and Joseph C0rella who will teach you how to dance like a Broadway star with 567Broadway! Not pictured, but you’ll also get to take Ruff Yoga with CRUNCH (aka yoga with your dog) and also Luke Milton’s HIIT class from Training Mate!

You can grab a fitness ticket here.

AHHH!!!!! You guys I CANNOT BELIEVE that it is FINALLY happening!!! General Admission is FREE! So, if you live in the Southern CA area, please please please can you come out to support!!?? Invite all your friends and fam. I’d love to see you.

You can grab a free ticket here.

I’ll be teaching POP Pilates at 10:30am that day at Los Angeles State Historic Park, but will be hanging out afterwards so lots of time to meet and chill! If you want to take any of the fitness classes, it is a $25 donation for an all-access pass and 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to LA Animal Services and other local rescues! (Yes, some finally came on board!) The rescues will be bringing their doggies to the event so you can meet them and maybe even adopt them on site!

If you’re not able to come…there are 2 other ways you can help out!

#1. Purchase a charity festival shirt!

100% of the profits from this sales of these 4 shirts will be used to pay for the hardworking staff and the hard production costs of putting on the festival. The sponsorships unfortunately don’t cover all the costs, so we are fundraising! The navy shirt and the coral shirt are unisex, so feel free to grab one for the boyfriends or hubs too! You can find these on popflexactive.com.

#2. Take the #puppiesandplankschallenge!

If you have a small dog, big dog, old dog or even a stuffed animal dog toy, take the #puppiesandplankschallenge to raise awareness for the Puppies & Planks Festival and to raise awareness for dog adoption! Then tag 5 friends who either love dogs or have a dog to join in. Let’s spread this and make it a movement! Please tag @blogilates and @puppiesnplanksfest so I can see your posts :)

I can’t believe this is happening!!! Here are the deets:

WHEN:

Saturday, March 23, 2019

3K Dog Walk begins at 8AM

WHERE:

Los Angeles State Historic Park

1245 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

WEBSITE: https://www.puppiesandplanks.com/

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puppies-planks-festival-tickets-56752101062

We are also looking for volunteers, so if you or your school club or organization are interested in helping out, please email [email protected] Thanks so much you guys!!!

#100AbChallenge Ultimate Progress Tracker!

By | Calendar | 30 Comments

Hi guys!

The #100AbChallenge is the biggest challenge we’ve EVER done! 100 reps of an ab exercise every single day, for 30 days! Thousands of POPsters jumped in and you guys totally killed it. Whether it was all 100 reps in one go, or 10 sets of 10 reps – it didn’t matter. YOU DID IT. Huge congrats. I made a playlist of all the videos HERE.

Here are some pics of your results! GOOD JOB!!!

Clockwise from top left: @popster_kate, @manderrs_, @tancaliel, @inhalepaleo_exhalepilates, @blissful.fitness, @popster.kitty

Remember that physical achievements are only part of the equation! I saw a teeny bit of new definition in my abs, but for me, that wasn’t the point of the challenge. I know my mid section is a zone that likes to stay soft no matter what I do :) For me, my strength gains have been sooooooo significant. After completing the challenge, I feel a lot more confident, soooooo proud of my body that I have, and so impressed with the incredible things it can do!

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I see a bunch of you guys are doing the #100abchallenge again, so I wanted to do something to make it EASIER for you to track your progress. I’m gonna make doing 100 reps a day like a little game. I’ve created a super cool interactive doc that will allow you to see all the videos and track your progress. PLUS it is a great hub to invite all your friends to for a lil challenge – to keep each other accountable!

I used a tool called Coda.io! It’s kinda like an app, but on desktop? And free? Yeah, it’s pretty amazing. Play around with this one to get a feel for it! But if you want a copy of the doc to start filling in, just sign up with your email and boom, that’s it! Sam and I are actually starting to use Coda in place of Excel because it’s so much more visually appealing, and honestly, you can do so much and it looks so professional!

Give it a try HERE! I’m thinking of making a Coda for the monthly calendar. What do you think? Is the current calendar ok or kinda clunky? It is ok to be honest!

Your February Workout Calendar!

By | Calendar | 22 Comments

Hey guys!

WOW!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT 30 days have passed and we have OFFICIALLY conquered the #100AbChallenge! Absolutely insane. I am so so soooooooooo proud of you guys!

AN IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED…

And you know what? I taught myself an important lesson along the way.

I’ve never been proud of my abs because of the layer of fat that sits on top of it. I’ve directed so much anger and hatred at my abs for not being slim, flat, and “perfect”. I hated the fact that my ab strength did not reflect in my ab physique. I felt weak for not having the CONTROL to lose the fat on my stomach.

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Today is day 1 of the #100abchallenge and I am going to do something I’ve never done before, and honestly, don’t want to do. . But since I’ve asked you to take a before photo, I wanted to get vulnerable and show you the one part of my body that I am least confident about. My abs. . From years of kids making fun of me for being fat, from years of mean comments telling me I wasn’t fit enough to be a fitness instructor, I’ve held a lot of resentment and hatred for my body in my lower belly. Its the one part of my body I can’t seem to control, and because of that, sometimes I feel like a failure. It’s quite sad actually that something that is so simple and so physical can be so emotional. . Anyway, I recorded this this morning. It’s day 1 of the #100abchallenge and I’m truly excited about using these next 29 days to train my abs to get stronger, and to train my mind and my heart to love my body for exactly what it can do and not what it looks like. If fat loss and ab definition come, so be it! If it doesn’t, imma have the craziest, coolest core I’ve ever had!!! And that’s something to be proud of! . Have you done day 1 yet!? The full workout video is on YouTube.com/Blogilates! Bio link! #blogilates

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But after completing the 100 Ab Challenge, I realized that I’m not weak at all. Turns out my abs are crazy HARD CORE and it’s absolutely incredible what they can do!! So what if I’ve got some fat laying on top of my abs? Does that mean my strength and my skill should be completely discounted?

NO!!! That’s stupid.

So, I am making a choice to respect myself and to stop directing negativity onto a part of my body that truly is magnificent. I am GRATEFUL to have this body, and I welcome it, and love it in whatever form it wants to come in :)

ON A SEARCH…

Have you heard? I am currently on the search for my 2019 POPFLEX POWERGIRLS!

Have you applied yet? It’s been so incredible reading through your #iamapowergirl entries. The Blogifam has been tearing up at some of your posts. Whether or not you plan on applying, have a read. The stories have been SO empowering.

YOUR NEW WORKOUT CALENDAR!

Next up, here is your  February Workout Calendar! I’ve got a fun LIVE workout planned for you on Sunday, Feb 10th at 10 AM PST! I’ll be leading a Total Body Sculpt class with my sister on my YouTube channel. Make sure you are subscribed so you get an alert when I go live! All you will need is a yoga mat. Invite your friends to work out with us! It’s going to be a super fun full length class.

Click to download hi res cal!

  1. SUNDAY: Ultimate Upper Body
  2. MONDAY: Booty Burn
  3. TUESDAY: Feb Fat Burn
  4. WEDNESDAY: Adore the Core
  5. THURSDAY: Captivating Cardio
  6. FRIDAY: Relax & Recharge
  7. SATURDAY: Lovely Legs

If you’re new around here, this is how it goes!

  1. Click on the hi res link to download the calendar and print it out for your wall!
  2. Head over to blogilates.com/calendar and click on the videos of the day. It’ll take you directly to the YouTube video!
  3. Do each video once (unless otherwise stated)
  4. Check off as you go!

I’m looking to sponsor…YOU.

By | Best Of, Contests | 17 Comments

Social media has connected more people than ever before, yet I feel more DISCONNECTED than ever before. 😕

Back when I first started YouTube in 2009, I really knew who my POPsters were…we’d actually meet up in real life, do Pilates, and then eat lunch together! These days, it’s physically impossible to do that, and that makes me sad. As we’ve grown, the reality is, the distance has grown too. 😢

So this year, I have a mission to end that. My mission is to develop truly meaningful relationships with my most dedicated POPsters! Guys, I’m so excited to announce that I’m officially on the search for my…

⚡️2019 POPFLEX POWERGIRLS!⚡️

I’m looking for role models who are shining examples of strength 💪, positivity 🎈, resilience 💫, and kindness ❤️. If you are selected as a POWERGIRL, I’m gonna take care of you SO GOOD 😉I’m going to SPONSOR your entire activewear closet with POPFLEX workout clothes and accessories for ONE ENTIRE YEAR!!! 😱😱😱

If selected, this means you’re going to become our very 1st official brand ambassador! 😶

Here’s how to enter!

 

And just to be clear, this isn’t your typical “brand ambassador program” where the company basically turns you into a sales rep, gives you a discount code to sell clothes, and forces you to buy your own clothes at a slightly reduced rate. (You know who I’m talking about! 😉)

Being a POWERGIRL for POPFLEX is something so so special. I suppose you could look at it as being named a VS Angel…or a Nike sponsored athlete…I mean we’re definitely not that big (yet), but I’m really excited to extend this opportunity to you. And unlike those brands, it’s not about bring the skinniest, the prettiest, or the fastest…it’s about being authentically YOU.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A POWERGIRL?

The ideal POWERGIRL is someone who lives and breathes our brand. You’re strong. You’re positive. You’re resilient. You’re passionate. You’re kind. You take amazing photos and know how to inspire people with your content. You are a light in other people’s lives.

If that sounds like you, I need you to apply to become a POPFLEX POWERGIRL!

WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M SELECTED?

POWERGIRLS get their activewear closet FULLY SPONSORED for an entire year by POPFLEX. YEAH. THAT’S BIG. If selected, you’ll also have the opportunity to make some extra cash by as an official affiliate and brand ambassador. Plus, we hope to grow your following and give you as much exposure as we can by featuring your photos and videos on our social media accounts! So get ready to start shooting some incredible, quality content if you’re chosen!

Oh and let me let you in on something…there’s gonna be some AMAZING new collections this year. If you’re selected as a POWERGIRL, you’ll be one of the first to try on the designs – before anyone else.

This is going to be such a cool partnership between you and our brand! We hope to develop a very real and meaningful relationship over the course of the year.

Terms and conditions apply: https://www.popflexactive.com/pages/popflex-powergirls-terms-conditions

If you have any questions, leave em below!

100 Ab Challenge. You in?

By | Best Of, challenge | 1,165 Comments

This is the biggest challenge we’ve EVER done. I’m personally committing to doing 100 reps of a unique ab exercise every single day, for 30 days. And guess what? I’m going to go the extra extra EXTRA mile and give you something I have NEVER EVER done before.

I’ll be uploading 30 workout videos in 30 days.

YUP.

1 video for day, per move.

Ambitious. But I’m gonna do it. Because I don’t want to hear ANY excuse for you to not join in! So, if you’re ready to commit, go in the comments right now and type “I’M IN!”

Here’s the challenge:

WHEN:

You can start today!

WHAT:

Do 100 reps of the ab exercise listed for the day! Whether it’s all 100 reps in one go, or 10 sets of 10 reps – doesn’t matter. JUST FINISH IT.

Take a before picture and an after picture! As long as you’re eating clean and drinking tons of water, you will see and feel a difference at the end of the challenge! Use #100abchallenge if you post anything along your journey! This will help us all stay motivated and connected!

Track your progress with my Coda doc here or the YouTube playlist.

WHERE:

Anywhere! You can do all these moves with no equipment! Print out this printable above and hang it on your wall and also head over to YouTube.com/Blogilates to watch my daily video showing you EXACTLY how to do each move! I’ll also suffer through the 100 reps with you!

Track your progress HERE.

AHHH!!! Are you ready!!?? This is SO EXCITING! I AM PUMPED! I’ve never done 100 reps of a lot of these moves, so I am curious to see how I will do! Also, if you want me to collab with a particular person, comment below and tell me who!

GOOD LUCK!!! Now, type “I’m in!” and share this post with at least 1 friend!

 

 

THE LEGIT CUTEST 2019 Printable Calendars!

By | Best Of, Calendar | 41 Comments

Hey guys!

Every new year means – a new chance – another 365 days – to live out your best life! I love visualizing my year out on paper, so having calendars hanging on my wall is super key to staying organized and on top of my plans! Because I want you to have a productive year too – we made these super cute monthly calendars, desktop wallpapers, and phone backgrounds for you to download and print…FOR FREE!

Please share them with as many friends as you want. Yay hope you love!

 

2019 MONTHLY CALENDARS

Click to download full PDF pack

 

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

 

DESKTOP WALLPAPERS

 

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

 

2019 PHONE BACKGROUNDS

 

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

 

Which background is your favorite!!?? I really love how mystical September us! But January also feels so fresh and so clean CLEAN!

 

2 minutes before I went on stage, I ripped up my s...

By | Best Of, Life | 14 Comments

My dad once said…”You have 3 choices. You can either be a doctor, a lawyer, or…a failure.”

I didn’t like any of them. So I wrote in my own answer to that multiple choice question.

I spent 2 days struggling to write my acceptance speech for one of the biggest achievement awards of my life. But…just a couple minutes before I stepped on stage, I ripped it up. I decided to speak from the heart.

To be honored with the Digital Influencer Award in front of so many people I respect and admire – directors, actors, writers, authors, singers, and fellow creators I’ve watched for so many years – my body was shaking, my heart was racing, but my soul was flying.

Choosing to follow my passion was scary. I tried to ignore it, but as the days passed on, my heart became more hollow, more fragile, and more lost. I wanted badly to make my parents happy, but I didn’t know how it would be possible if I wanted to be fulfilled too. There were times I even thought of ending it all…

Eventually, my soul couldn’t take it anymore…so I took a risk…on myself, on my family, and on my future. I dropped out of Organic Chemistry, sabotaged my perfect Pre-Med record, and followed my heart to where I am today.

If you grew up Asian American, you’ve probably heard this story. Maybe you ARE this story. Perhaps you’re still trying to figure out YOUR story.

My parents gave me an extremely rough time growing up, but I owe it to them for igniting this INTENSE fire inside me. Their blockades taught me how to FIGHT HARD for what I wanted. We still have a lot to work through, but I love them so much for helping me become the woman I am today.

Thank you Kore Asian Media for this incredible honor and for bringing together so many inspiring people in our community for a moment to stop, dress up real fancy, and celebrate! Thank you to my fellow creators for your genuine friendship and enthusiastic support. And thank you to YOU GUYS, my POPsters – you are the reason why I’m living my actual dream. THANK YOU.

2018, what a year.

Now…here are some photos from this year’s Unforgettable Gala at the Beverly Hilton, which honestly feels like prom – but like, MUCH MUCH BETTER :)

Me holding my award! It’s so pretty! And actually, dangerously sharp!

On the cover of this year’s KORE Magazine with some VERY influential people in our community!

Here’s me on the Red Carpet wearing my Sherri Hill ballgown. Guess what? IT HAS POCKETS.

Sam Tsui and Jen Chae (Frmheadtotoe) presenting the Digital Influencer Award to me on stage! So special to have my friends there with me for such a special moment.

Incredibly honored to share the same stage as author of my favorite book series, Crazy Rich Asians! Yay go Kevin Kwan, John M. Chu, and the cast of CRA!

Me and da hubs! He didn’t want to go on the red carpet but I made him :)

Friends. Casey Breves, Sam Tsui, me, Sam Livits, Jason Chen and Lucia Liu.

Ballgown life with Jen! Can we wear ballgowns all the time!!??

Okay Jeannie Mai and Mama Mai are HILARE. I can’t even.

Eugene Lee Yang basically winning red carpet fashion.

And finally, Sam Tsui being the friend we all need.

“The Enchanted Oasis” – our offi...

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You guys…Sam and I are SOOOOOOOOO excited to invite you to The Enchanted Oasis. Watch our wedding film above and come relive the magic that happened in the desert on October 6th, 2018! Eeeeee!

I’ve been meaning to do a wedding recap for a LONG LONG time, but things got super crazy after the wedding. (I mean, we still haven’t gone on our honeymoon yet!) We are still getting used to calling each other “husband” and “wife” – but every time we do it, we can’t help but smile and say “Can you believe…!!??” 2 months into our marriage and over 10 years into our relationship you guys! I’m grateful that everything still feels super fresh!

Okay, ready for our wedding photo story? Let’s begin!

The morning began with me getting ready in the Master Suite at the Solomon Estate in Rancho Mirage, CA. I felt like a princess in a modern day castle! I mean, there’s a palm tree growing in the master bath for goodness sake! A PALM TREE. Oh there’s a jacuzzi, a sauna, and 2 toilets in there too. The bathroom alone is like the size of my ENTIRE first apartment x 3. Ha!

Here’s my sister Jackelyn and I taking a moment to Instagram Story our Tieks! I mean, gotta capture every moment! We’re using my Galia Lahav veil as a backdrop.

This is when I sat my mom, sister, and Sam’s mom down to give them personal cards, hand carved hangers, and robes to wear for the getting ready part of the day! Apparently I’m a really good writer because everyone is crying.

Jackelyn got these wooden hangers hand made from a vendor on Etsy! How cool right?

I love this shot. It’s me, mom and sis having a special moment before we put on our dresses.

Perspective. The train is REALLY long on my Galia Lahav dress, but you really don’t understand HOW long until you see it next to the other non-bridal dresses. There’s enough tulle for me to live in for the rest of my life.

These are my wedding shoes from Badgely Mischka! They have platform on them too, so they’re not THAT uncomfortable. There are rhinestones all around the shoe which made them SUPER glamorous (plus I love the rose gold sole which matches my ring), however, I did not know that rhinestones + tulle was going to be the worst idea ever for walking. The stones kept catching onto the inside tulle of my dress and made it nearly impossible to walk down the stairs and then down the aisle! It even ripped part of my dress. But oh well! Whatcha gonna do!?

The ceremony dress. This is the Ms. Elle from Galia Lahav, custom designed to have a deep v cut in the front as well as side cut outs.

It’s always so cool to see something go from concept to completion.

THAT TRAIN THO.

Didn’t think I was extra? Well now you know!

Meanwhile, Sam and Sir George played in their matching tuxedos!

Sam’s dad, his best man, Sam, and my dad getting ready for the big moment! Doesn’t everyone look so dapper?

Yes, Sir George sure thinks so, while posing all casual on top of a medieval leather bound book.

Here was the entry way with the welcome sign I wrote! If you get satisfaction from watching people write calligraphy, check out this video I hastily made just hours before we headed out to the venue!

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💍 PART 13: The Calligraphy. 🖊 My personal goal for 2018 was to learn how to do calligraphy! But, I did not anticipate doing it for our wedding! Last minute the person who I thought was going to do the calligraphy for us bailed out, so I had to up my game! 👊 I watched countless YouTube videos, attended a live calligraphy tutorial, and practiced with all sorts of pens until I felt comfortable enough to take on all the signage for our wedding! I’m still in my learning phase and am trying to develop my own style. Though at times I get frustrated with my lack of experience, I’m truly enjoying the feeling of not being an expert – of knowing there’s a lot more potential!!! It’s humbling and beautiful. ☺️ (PS: The frames you see here I constructed to emulate the invitation. There’s real moss glued piece by piece onto the background – which took wayyyyyy longer and was wayyyyy messier than I thought!) 🌿 What hobby are you currently enjoying right now? 🎶 Music: “I Got a Girl” by Philip E. Morris. #EnchantedOasis #diybride #weddingcalligraphy #calligraphyvideo

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Did you notice that the frame matches the invitation!? DIY’d it all to make sure we would be ON THEME with “enchanted oasis”!

On the entry way table, we added a nice touch to honor our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Golden frames with pictures! I took a chalk paint pen and wrote on top of the glass. If you plan on doing this, get a chalk paint pen that is permanent, or else it will rub off. This one from Amazon is the one I used and I highly recommend it.

My sister, the Maid of Honor. OMG she looked STUNNING in her Galia Lahav. She went for Old Hollywood Glam with her look and she served it!

Here’s my mom putting on my veil! I’m about to walk down the aisle!

Speaking of aisle, we had it lined with gorgeous blooms to give the ceremony a “secret garden” feel.

Most enchanted chuppah ever. All florals by Lovesome Blossoms.

The aisle.

This was honestly the highlight of the entire wedding I must say. The moment Sir George drove down the aisle.

Here’s Nola, our flower girl! And Sam’s niece.

When my dad walked me down the aisle!

The ceremony. We began with the lighting of the unity candle. Our love story was written by my sister. We also had a guided meditation that I wrote, which was requested by Sam. We also had family members chime in and give advice on marriage! It was a very unique ceremony that blended both the Vietnamese/Chinese and Jewish cultures!

“You may kiss the bride!”

Walking hand in hand for the first time as husband and wife!!! AHH!!!

Next, the guests were surprised with a carousel that we had built on site just for them! Each horse was brought in one by one BY HAND. Why? Cuz…#ENCHANTEDOASIS. DUH!

Makes for a great Instagram photo :)

FRIENDS LOOKING SO FINE.

The signature drinks.

We also had a matcha bar because Sam and I are matcha FANATICS! Custom blended drinks by Midora Matcha with golden straws to matcha our theme!

The seating chart that took me a FEW tries to get right. It was SO HARD to fit all the names on there.

My 2nd dress! A whimsical gown with custom drop sleeves from Galia Lahav. It’s the Lydia.

The reception tent – made up of thousands of twinkle lights!

Me and Sam doing the Horah! SO SCARY! Also our live band Christien Anthony KILLED IT. They learned how to sing Hebrew in 2 days. WHAT!??? And their music was ON POINT! They brought all the energy onto the dance floor!

Chair decor.

Table settings.

Each guest got their own hand pressed heart napkin. The heart napkin was a big deal during wedding planning. I wasn’t going to budge on this :P

The cake swing.

Mmmm. Berries.

CUTTING THE CAKE! You have no idea how much I’ve been waiting to eat my blue velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

SO. GOOD. Also, look at the girls’ faces! Adorable!!!

More desserts! By Midori Matcha.

I hope you enjoyed the photos from our wedding! There’s like 3,000 more but these are my faves.

Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Wedding Dresses and Maid of Honor Dress: Galia Lahav

Wedding Planner: Laurie Lund of The Events Department

Location: The Solomon Estate in Rancho Mirage, CA

Photography: Kassia Phoy

Videography: 

Directed by: Brad Etter

Video Produced By: Ashla Soter

Director of Photography: Marco Bottiglieri

Additional Camera: Faisal Shah

Edited by: Brad Etter, Cassey Ho

Florals: Lovesome Blossom

Hair & Makeup: Beauty Marked

Catering: Fusion Flair

Matcha Bar and mini desserts: Midori Matcha

Cake: Exquisite Desserts

Tent, Lighting, Chairs etc: BRIGHT Rentals

Carousel: Christiansen Amusements