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Do you ever have that moment where you’re just like, “I want to do this.. I don’t know how to do this.. but I’ll do it anyway, because– why the f not?!?

Well, I had that moment to the fullest extent LAST NIGHT.

I’m talking less than 14 hours ago.

It was, “AHA!” Fireworks went off and I suddenly became more excited than ever, for my newest idea…

So WTF am I talking about?

A BOOK CLUB!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t really know what it takes to start a book club, I’ve never officially been a part of one, but I assume it goes like this:

1. Decide to start a book club.

2. Tell people about it.

3. Get those people to say “yes” to reading (convince/force).

4. Read at a similar pace (make benchmarks).

5. DISCUSS/LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT. <————- most important part!

So, that’s my model for the book club.

WANT TO JOIN?!?

Perks of the Everything’s A Thing Book Club Membership include:

-It’s very official.

-Hilarious reads (I’ve already picked the first book but you can tell me what you want to read next. Must be GOOOOOOOOOOD).

-We can talk about all of our lovely thoughts/feelings about our book.

-IT WILL BE SO FUN.

Ok, hopefully you’re convinced.

BW

The first book is…. Babe Walker’s “Psychos.” Buy here, and read through chapter 1 (you’ll fly through this chapter 1, just want to give everyone time to order the book).  BTW- Make sure you e-mail me and let me know if you’re participating!!

Thoughts??

Hope you babes are as excited as me, clearly this is my best idea ever.

Loveys!!

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I’m a simple girl, really.

I don’t need a mansion, a Rolls Royce or a stack of hundreds to roll around in.

What I really want in life is for things to be pretty.

All things pretty.

Pretty house, pretty life, pretty food, pretty everything.

That’s what the f is up.

So I found my top five pretty finds from Urban Outfitters to help you live a pretty pretty life.

(BTW- I love Urban because they have affordable awesome finds and they offer Free Shipping over $50, easy peez.)

 1. Macaroon Candle, Set of 6- $18

 mac1 This is what I’m talking about when I say all things pretty. How damn cute are these yummy macaroon candles?! I want to scatter these all over floating shelves and just bask in their cuteness. So adorbs.

2. Wire Circle Shelf- $89

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The macaroon candles on this shelf is everything. I love creating little sets of items in my house to showcase my favorite books, yummy smelling candles and little plants in cutesie pots. Think stackable, various colors and textures.

3. Industrial Wall Mirror- $39

mac2You can never have too many mirrors, really. Especially if you live in a small space. It’s all about reflecting to make the room/space seem bigger and full of light. I love these little hanging mirrors for a hallway or a bedroom.

4. Triple Tiered Geo Hanging Terrarium- $59

mac3This item is worth every little penny. Terrariums are hot right now, and they’re the perfect way to bring greenery into your home (hiii people that kill plants, you likely won’t kill these air plants!! Just saying!)

5. Right Angles Handwoven Rug- $24-$99

mac4I love how colorful and sweet this little rug is. The geo patterns are so precious and the fringe on the ends is just perfect.

 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Full disclosure: I may or may not be munching on the Spice-z Parmesan Garlic Chipz as I write this……

(I am).

As you all know by now, I’m all about eating healthy and being very aware of the ingredients in the foods I eat. I still love to indulge a little bit, I still like to have a little fun beyond just fruits and veggies, so I do occasionally venture out into world of packaged foods.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI totally love chips and dip, it’s like an addicting/never gets old/delicious snack that is just too perfect for too many occasions, and there are so many great options to make sure you are eating a healthier version of the yummy snack.

Recently my buds over at Chipz Happen sent me all of their delicious flavors of chips to try and I have to say, healthy tastes good.

chipz6Chipz are made with Rice Bran Oil which is a superior frying oil with the highest amount of antioxidants. Chipz are also Non-GMO (ewww GMO’s = nasty/gross/never), and flavored with Himalayan Pink Salt.

(gasp)

Can we just take a moment for Himalayan Pink Salt?

Please?!

This stuff is everything.

Not only does it have a distinct (delicious) flavor, but it contains 84 minerals, aids in hydration, balances electrolytes, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, removes toxins, and aids in absorption. Oh, and it tastes like heaven on earth.

I CAN’T.

Chipz1I also love the story behind Chipz.  They’re a San Diego based family business. It all started at home (where the magic happens) from the lovely Mother who spent 20 years perfecting the recipe, and the kids (now grown kids) helping by being expert taste testers.  Personally, I love family owned businesses. There is something so remarkable about the family unit, working together for a cause they all believe in.

Oh, and if all that sweetness isn’t enough to try Chipz, check out Kidz Happen, their program to award scholarships to underpriveleged children.  A portion of proceeds go to Kidz Happen. More about this amazing program here.

Loveeee!

Visit Chipz Happen here and buy here or at all Sprouts California locations. :)

 

 

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Okay guys, excuse me for a moment while I fan girl out….. If you don’t obsessively follow all of the top fitness bloggers, let me just fill you in on Kayla Itsines… She’s straight up EVERYTHING.

BTW- Kayla’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, Shape, Lorna Jane, Hello Magazine and the list goes on… NBD (BD, SERIOUS BD!!)KaylaItsines_20 A little back story- Kayla started out as a personal trainer in Adelaide, Australia, which quickly turned into her developing her very own exercises based on research she had done on the relationship between nutrition and exercise. She then started her own company to help women achieve their fitness goals in as little as 12 weeks!! #GIRLBOSS ow ow!! More About Kayla here.

Take it away Kayla!

-Introduction-

Hi there :) My name is Kayla Itsines. I’m a 23-year-old personal trainer from Adelaide, South Australia. I specialize in training women as I have a passion for helping them achieve their goals whether they are appearance, health or confidence based. I love to spend time my partner Tobi, especially at the beach, as I absolutely love summer. I have a Siberian Husky puppy called Ace who keeps me very busy! I hope I continue to grow as a person and expand my knowledge to be able to bring more information to women all around the world. You can access my website here!

KaylaItsines_4(<3 her dog!!!)

-What type of products do you sell? How do your plans work?

My Bikini Body Training Guides 1.0 and 2.0 as well as my Nutrition HELP guide are all E-Books :) My training plans are focused around a 28 minute training method that are aimed at burning fat fast in order to feel fit, lean and confident. My Nutrition HELP Guide is a 7-day meal plan and educational information about nutrition and healthy eating, which is based on a wholesome and balanced diet.

-What is your advice to clients who are just starting out? How do they stay on track and stay focused on their goals?

Be patient, change isn’t going to come instantly! Try to work yourself back in slowly and your body will soon develop a habit. Poor lifestyle patterns take time to re-write and you won’t see significant results in a week. It’s about maintaining your lifestyle change for the long run so that you feel confident 100% of the time. So find a plan that works for you, stick to it and you WILL get there!

-What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?

My mission is what inspires me. I have a dream to end confusion within the health and fitness industry. Fads and scams in this industry have created so much distrust and insecurity around weight-loss programs. I want all people to understand their body, have a place to learn about health and fitness and in turn feel confident & happy.

KaylaItsines_21(Can we all look like this, please?)

-What does your weekly workout routine look like?

I generally rotate through weeks 9-12 of my Bikini Body Training Guide but after the latest release of my Bikini Body Training Guide 2.0 I’ve started using this and absolutely LOVE the challenge!!

-What are your top three on the go snacks?
When I do snack I generally go for a piece of fruit that I feel like, mango is an all time favorite :). Almonds and berries are also great for snacking on the run!

-How do you combat cravings, and what is your favorite splurge?

I have a weak spot for Tiramisu, which is a Greek coffee flavored dessert. Because I am lactose intolerant and this has dairy in it, I can only have it once every so often… but this is probably a good thing haha!

-Any advice for readers who may want to lose weight without “dieting”?”
You need to put 100% into both eating a healthy and balanced diet, and 100% into a regular exercise program if you want to see results in the long run; the two go hand-in-hand.

-Favorite way to relax after a stressful week?

People don’t usually believe me but I generally relax by working out! Exercise releases endorphins, which make you happy! So when I’ve had a stressful week I love sweating it out at the gym. This, or putting my feet up on the couch with my gorgeous partner, Tobi and a big mug of chamomile tea!

If you want to see some of Kayla’s amazing client transformations, follow her on Instagram @Kayla_Itsines

Thank you Kayla!! :)

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I use the term HBIC (head bitch in charge– LOL) quite often because A. I think it’s funny and B. that s%%t describes how I feel about myself and the ladies in my life SO WELL. If you aren’t a strong, independent, and super sassy babe, I’m prob not friends with you. Nothing against you, we all have types. ;)

Basically, I feel that every woman should be the HBIC in her life. Like, just own being a woman, be a total feminist, know your worth, know your strength, your power, and just OWN all of it. That doesn’t mean necessarily that you have to be a big ol’ mean bitch about everything, or demasculate your man (if you have one/if you even like men…) but it means love yourself, love yourself so much that you won’t take “no” for an answer, ESPECIALLY as it pertains to you getting exactly what you want out of life.

Little known fact: You can get what you want, and you shouldn’t settle for less.

That goes for the ladies AND the mens.

(I used to have this girlfriend who called men, mens and I died over it- so cute!!!)

Any who, this top five this week is all about dressing the part.

You know that old saying, “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want..

SO TRUE.

Dress for the job/life/person you want or want to be.

1. Faux Leather Midi Skirt $119

HBIC1I’m seriously craving everything fall and this skirt is everything for the coming season.  This skirt commands attention with its faux leather and longer length (perfect for colder months), oh and it has pockets. BTW- Pair with a black top, thank me later. Buy here.

2. Lovers + Friends Lasting Impressions Dress $154

HBIC2Nothing makes me want to get a bob more than this photo and this dress. Clearly by the look on this hot tamale’s face she knows she is center of attention b/c duh that hair and attitude- girrrrrrl!! If you love the high neckline in the front, wait until you see the back.. Buy here.

3. BB Dakota Henderson Jacket $70

HBIC3Ok another from Revolve b/c hey free shipping/returns, oh and this hottie number is only $70… YES, $70 for a jacket you’ll wear about 90 million times this fall/winter. In love with the asymmetrical cut and the faux leather (ewww to real leather ;)) I love that this is so soft but also commanding with the shoulder and leather. Buy here.

4. Schutz Rita Shoe in Lime Light $180

HBICSchutz is a fantastic, pretty affordable quality brand that gives you a lot of style bang for your buck.  I love these lime pumps because they are sexy with a pop of color. Buy here.

5. Torn by Ronny Kobo Faige Sweater in Black $248

faige-sweatshirt

This may or may not fall under the splurge category, I can’t decide, but if you crave detail and sex appeal, this is a must have. This sweater is a double knit in jersey, with super hot hot cutouts that kind of look like a uniform, so duh- I looooooove. Buy hereHBIC1   HBIC4 .

 How do you declare you’re the HBIC?? Tell tell ;)

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