Wednesday, October 26, 2016
|Tank: Atheta c/o / Leggings: Beyond Yoga / RX Glasses: Eye Buy Direct c/o|
Summer-lovin of 2016 is done and gone, and we have retired the bikinis until the next year. Even though the stress of looking swimsuit "ready" has passed, doesn't mean that we need to go into a gym hibernation until the New Years. Fall tends to be a busier time of life because kids are in school, outdoor adventures are over, and we start preparing for the busy holiday season. Don't let the start of the season put you in an active rut!
Need some motivation? Picture this. Carrie Underwood's toned thighs, and Gisele Bundchen's perky butt!! What girl wouldn't want that am-I-right?!
For today's fall motivation we are gonna talk about a killer glute/thigh circuit that is gonna make any man stop in his tracks, and say " Damnnnnnnnnnnnn Gina!" Let's take that derriere from looking like a sad ol' pancake to a luscious round bunt cake ;)
What you will need: Bench or sometime type elevated platform. You will also need a weighted medicine ball or free weights. I personally like to use a ball between 6-10 lbs.
What muscle groups we working: Glutes and thighs
You want to do the entire circuit for 3 sets with a 2 minute break between each set.
Start off holding the ball in between your palms. Place your right foot on the center edge of the bench as pictured above while your left foot is on the ground, left of the bench. Press down with your right foot on the bench so you can almost straighten it (don't lock out it out) allowing the left leg to float in the air. You then want to land on the ball of your left foot on a right diagonal in a curtsy position. 16x reps each leg.
Start off bringing your legs wider than your hips with your feet turned out. Holding a ball close to your chest bend the knees, and fill like your sitting back while keeping the chest open. Make sure that the knees stay above the ankles. Squeeze the glutes as you come back to the original position. 30x reps.
Bulgarian Split Squat
Start off standing in front of the bench with one foot on, and both hands on the hips. Keep your core tight and chest open as you slowly descend to ground stopping just before your front knee touches the ground. Once you reached your low point, push yourself up extending your front knee and hip at the same time stopping short of locking out your knee. 16x reps each leg.
Bench Glute Bridges
Start by laying down in front of the bench, and place both feet on it hip width. Place both palms into the floor to lift and lower the hips. 30x reps.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
|Photography: Jamee Edwards|
Top: Target / Hat: Target / Necklace: Baublebar / Bag: Target / Skirt: Nordstrom (old similar here, here, here, here) / Lips: Urban Decay - Venom
Before I talk about today's linkup topic I just want to say THANK YOU for all your sweet comments about "Cirque du Fonce" yesterday through comments, texts, and social media. Did you know we got the shoot published by Lemonade and Lenses? Make sure you check it out ;)
Back to the blogpost.....
With fall being upon us, no chic outfit is complete without a stylish fall hat. Autumn is my favorite time of the year to dress because of all the scarves, hats, and ponchos that gives an outfit that extra "wow" factor. While I don't discriminate on headwear accessories I would have to say that the floppy hat is my favorite hat for fall. By adding a floppy hat to an outfit you immediately elevate your style without looking like you are "trying" to hard.
One thing you need to know about floppy hats is making sure that it doesn't wear you. Since I have a smaller face and body I look for floppy hats that have a smaller brim so that my face isn't completely hidden by the hat. Just like a flowy blouse I need to fit the right "fit" so my body doesn't get lost. I also look for floppy hats where the brim doesn't fall flat to both sides of my ears, and then sticks out the front and back of my head (hope that makes sense).
Another great thing about hats is that whether you are having a bad hair day or don't have time to style it, just throw a hat on to look immediately chic. For those of you who know me I am all about washing my hair once a week, and hats are definitely my life savers on days where I have meetings between washes.
Meet Our Cohost
|When Lily from With Love Lily Rose sent me these images for the blogpost I wanted to cry because of how beautiful her hair is. Yes beautiful hair and puppies get a girl a little teary eyed. I absolutely love following Lily because she gives me petite inspiration for new pieces I can add to my wardrobe. Make sure you stop by this gorgeous girl's blog, and follow her for some style and beauty inspiration. Definitely check out her chunky pull through braid tutorial here.|
Featured Bloggers of the Week
|Chokers, chokers, chokers, how I love you so. Chichi from The Style Tune looks absolutely amazing in this velvet dress. Her simple choker was the perfect balance to this lux outfit / Nancy from Simply Nancy also goes for the minimalistic choker that she pairs with her darling sweater dress / @theintimatebrunette makes our list again for our favorite hashtag share for the week|
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Monday, October 24, 2016
|Ringmaster || Bra: ASOS / Leggings: Ebay / Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Blazer: Mod Cloth / Crop Whip: Amazon / Earrings: Nordstrom |||
Acrobat || Designed by Ashley Reiser ||
Lion || Dress: Rent the Runway / Necklaces: Nordstron - Sold Out similar here + here ||
Clown || Designed by Ashley Reiser ||
Cirque Du Fonce - Dark Circus
I am definitely not one to keep a secret for so long, and so I am proud of myself that I shared no sneak peeks since we shot this in the beginning of August. I would have to say that this shoot is hands down my favorite shoot I've ever done. EVER!
The inspiration for this shoot came from a dream I had back in June while I was home in Utah. The next day I woke up determined to make my dream become a reality. This idea was the perfect way to distract me from the heartbreak I had back in Phoenix. I needed the distraction to give me that "fire" that was missing in my life.
I locked myself in my room for countless hours searching Pinterest for ideas on how I would make my EPIC idea come to life. I need a tent. I need a horse. I need a lion. I need an alpaca (I actually did have one, but he had to cancel on me for a child's birthday party.)
Once I determined my vision for the shoot I texted the one person that I could trust to bring the "edge" I was looking for. Brit Jacox. Two days after my dream I texted Brit to see if she would be down for an EPIC production that was sexy, edgy, and editorial. From there Brit introduced me to Ashley, which elevated the shoot even more. I met Ashley over coffee where we discussed the concept, and from there she came up with the most amazing ideas on how to style my characters in ways I've never dreamed of. Ashley basically killed it.
There were so many things I wanted for this shoot, but the one thing I wanted most was to create a project with some of my close friends that we could look back on. If you are going to put in an 8 hour day for a shoot you might as well do it with some of your best friends, and laugh the day away.
Side note: After the shoot Bria and I slept over and Nadya's house, and at 3 in the morning we were about to go to sleep where she dropped the bomb on us that she was pregnant. Ahhhh!!! I'm gonna be an auntie to two beautiful Brazilian twins!!!
I am so thrilled how this shoot turned out, and hope you love it as much as I do. I also wanted to say thank you all for following my blog, and supporting my creative vision. For the past month I've had people come up to me on the street, text me, and email me saying how October is their favorite month for my blog because of all my Halloween shoots. I honestly love what I do every single day with J Petite, and love all of you that support me. Every comment I have received has touched me deeply because I do consider myself an artist, and J Petite is my creative outlet for my art.
Let's give a big round of applause to my killer Utah tribe!!
Photography: Brit Nicole Jacox
Coordinator / Set Design: Yours Truly
Stylist / Costume Design: Ashley Reiser
Hairstylist: Bria Carey
Makeup: Makayla Holmes
Horse Florals: Nature's Own Flourish
Characters: Ringmaster - Yours Truly / Lion - Nadya Cox / Acrobat - Kendall Fischer / Clown - Logan Edmunds / Dog Clown - Django