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March Fitness Updates + Playlist

Oh man, this month has been all sorts of crazy.  I've been kind of bad with the whole clean eating thing with the bf visiting + the cruise, but my workouts have been on point.  I finished T25 early this month and started Insanity Max: 30 (another Shaun T regimen), and I can't even begin to tell you guys how crazy it is.  I'm on week 3, and I STILL can't make it through 10 minutes without taking a break. I thought I was on top of it all, but I'm still weaksauce, at least with this program.

Insanity Max: 30 month 1 has six different modules total:  Cardio Challenge, Tabata Power, Sweat Intervals, Friday Fight Round 1, Pulse, and Tabata Strength.  I haven't tried Tabata Strength yet, but I'm guessing it's hard as hell. My fave so far is Tabata power because it goes by quickly.  You basically do one exercise two times for 20 seconds each with a 10 second break in between.  All of the other workouts (with the exception of Friday Fight Round 1 and pulse) give you a 30 second break after 5 minutes of hardcore exercising.  It's HIIT (high intensity interval training) to the max - you go as HARD as you can for 5 minutes, then catch your breath during a short break. I definitely would've been ok with a longer break in between, but it's only 30 minutes long so I won't complain. Shaun T makes you write down the time at which you max out, and your goal is to beat it the next time around.

I'm all about HIIT because it's the most efficient way to get in shape!  You burn a crazy amount of calories while working out, and your metabolism stays up extra long so you're burning tons afterwards as well.  Anywho, I'm excited to try Tabata Strength later this week.  The bf's gone, and I have a bunch of trips coming up in mid-April (to Phoenix & SF) so I need to get my sh*t together - gotta get in shape so I look good for all my upcoming shoots!  I have a good 1.5 weeks so I'll be super good, haha.

Anywho, here's this month's workout playlist for you guys!  I hope you all enjoy these tunes.  What have you all been doing to stay in shape? Any cool new songs you recommend? I'm always looking for new music to sweat to.

Wearing Brights to Work: Featuring My New BCBG Dress

Happy humpday, everyone!  For today's featured OOTD, I centered everything around my fab new drape dress from BCBG.  I picked this baby up a few weeks ago at their factory outlet in Arundel Mills for $20 or so (!!!!) I'm sure as hell going to miss shopping their sales - I think they're closing within the next few days, if they haven't already [insert super sad face].  Apparently, BCBG was losing money with their factory outlets so they're moving everything online? I'd typically be ok with this, but their sales stuff is usually always final sale so I (very unfortunately) won't be able to shop their discounted merchandise online.  Hopefully they'll change their policy since stores like ASOS and Zara have such kickass shipping + return policies.
Anywho, for my latest, I styled my dress with neutral pieces for balance: a fab blazer from Banana Republic Factory, cute mary janes, and killer statement earrings.  I bought my heels years ago at Kohl's while they were on clearance, and I still can't get over how adorable they are!  I don't know if they're still "in," but I don't care - I think they're cute so I'll wear them whenever I please.  Remember guys, trends are great and all, but at the end of the day, sport whatever YOU like best.  Confidence is the secret ingredient to amazing style.  If you feel like a million bucks, you'll look it!
 A close-up shot of my earrings from JWholesale.
Other colorful dresses that are beyond adorbs:

 Dress:  BCBG Factory || Blazer:  Banana Republic Factory || Shoes:  Kohl's || Earrings:  JWholesale
Shot by the fabulous Sung Shin.

Chilling in Georgetown: The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton

Hey guys! I hope you are all having an awesome week thus far.  I know it's only Tuesday, but I'm already looking forward to the weekend.  I had such a great time hanging out in DC with the bf Saturday.  After teaching piano at Peabody, we decided to grab drinks and food at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown to relax.  The Living Room was beyond gorgeous - it was a beautiful space with fab ambiance featuring exposed brick, a 130 foot wood fireplace, and luxe seating.  
While we were there, we tried two of their fabulous cocktails: The Peruvian Hemingway and The English Elixir. The former was a pineapple infused pisco with lime juice, simple syrup, and a luxardo cherry, while the latter had angel's envy bourbon, maple syrup, earl grey tea, clove, angostura bitters, and an orange + lemon slice.  Both of these drinks were on point, but my fave was def. the Hemingway.  At $17, these don't come cheap, BUT keep in mind, they come with complimentary fireside bites and you get free valet parking.
We were pretty hungry so we ended up ordering two "small" dishes: Charcuterie and TJ's Crab Mac-N-Cheese.  The platter featured a bunch of local noms and the mac had copious amounts of Chesapeake crab and featured fresh black truffle.
A closer look at The Peruvian Hemingway - easily one of the best drinks I've had in the DC area.
A shot of the accompanying fireside bites - both were DELISH!  The cracker assortment was super flavorful and complemented the drinks beautifully - the white platter pictured below came with pickled veggies, marinated olives, and whipped feta with crackers.  
If you're looking for a cool place to chill in DC after getting your work on, make sure you check out The Living Room!  It's an AWESOME place for date night if you're looking to impress.  Come for pre-weekend activities - it's a great place to grab a drink before hitting up the town!  They also have a badass happy hour from 5-7 on Mondays-Fridays so come check it out for yourself because it sure as hell beats sitting in traffic.

A huge thanks to The Living Room & TAA PR for hosting us!