Power your life with CrossFit.

“Wow, those people must really hate their bodies. Why would anyone ever do that to themselves?”

That’s a great question.

 

If someone you know does CrossFit, the high-intensity fitness training favored by Marines and first responders, you’ve ribbed them about being part of a cult. This is a natural response to their relentless insistence that CrossFit has changed their life, and that it will change your life, too!

When I began doing CrossFit about two years ago, I was surprised  by all the ways CrossFit is not just a form of exercise but a culture of its own. When I first walked in to the CrossFit box I thought that I’m in a foreign country because I had no idea what language they are speaking but i was intrigued. First 5-7 workouts I was about to pass out and felt like I was dying. A lot of people wouldn’t like that feeling but it didn’t stop me because I love a good challenge.

So why CrossFit?

This is the last week of CrossFit Open 2018 and our coaches were doing all different kinds of challenges for us and this week we have to write about why we chose CrossFit. I needed almost 2 years to understand why I’m so obsessed over Crossfit now.

  1. Coaches. Without them our box would not be the same and I think a lot of people will agree with me. These people are inspiring us every single day. They see our weaknesses and strengthens, they never baby us but their support is incredibly powerful. I want to give a special thank you to our head coach and owner of CrossFit Viera box for everything he is doing for us 24/7 365. This man changed my life for the better. He brought me from not being able to step on a 2-3 inch plate to jumping on a 20 inch box, from not knowing what a power clean is to getting my PR of 145lb, from hating my body and pushing personality to excepting and loving myself. He always finds time to talk with us about all our concerns, to cheer us up when we need it and yell at us when we deserve it. Matt Steele is a Coach that we look up to, who motivates us and most importantly who we respect and trust unconditionally. I tried so many sports starting from boxing to yoga, but I never thought that coaches can care about you that much. Crossfit Viera coaches are not only training us but they truly care about every single person in the box.
  2. Judging free zone. There is no judging in the Crossfit. Our loudest cheers are not for the first finishers but for the last. I never felt so accepted, strong and beautiful in my life. When I was growing up in Russia, the environment taught women to hate their bodies, hate their status in life and feel like they could not achieve their dreams.  I was bullied growing up for my body, my looks and my beliefs, and that turned me against myself which caused depression, guilt, and defeat.  I never feel like I am looked at differently than anyone else in the box.  I am just happy to walk in, never feel self conscious, and never feel like I am an outcast.
  3. Community. One of the main reasons why I do CrossFit are the members of our box and community around the world. I don’t need to watch motivational videos to get inspired, instead I just can look around and see examples in my own box. Somehow we have the most kind, thoughtful and strong people. I guess that is why CrossFit not for everybody but for the best. I am thankful not only for the people motivating and cheering me, but those who have helped me out over these two years.
  4.  Me vs me every day.  When I started Crossfit, I was looking to others for competition and judging my performance against theirs, but after two years, I have started to look within and competing only against myself, my goals and my aspirations. I finally do not want to be better than someone but just better than myself yesterday.

I could keep talking about all the reasons I do CrossFit all day… but I want to finish with this… in the middle of WOD I caught myself stairing at the wall in the box that says “The Best Hour of Your Day” and I thought, Yes, Yes it is!

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Simply Stylist and Coppertone event in Miami.

Simply Stylist and Coppertone hosted a wonderful event at the luxurious Eden Roc Hotel in sunny, sensational, South Beach Miami on May 13th, which I was honored to attend. The South Beach sun was not covered by a single cloud that afternoon making it the perfect occasion to lather up with Coppertone.

The appetizers that were offered were uniquely and creatively prepared by the world class chefs at the Eden Roc. Wine and champagne were paired perfectly with the light dishes. Each separate station offered bloggers the opportunity to sample Coppertone’s products and engage with each while receiving beauty tips and manicures. The main display was beautifully staged with hundreds of flowers and a photo booth allowing attendees the opportunity to snap their best side.

Our gracious hosts, Nastia Liukin, a US gold medal winning gymnast, and Ali Fedotowsky, a former ABC Bachelorette were accompanied by special guest DJ, Brandi Cyrus, current fashion editor at Style Native. Many of South Florida’s most influential, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty bloggers attended to bask in the South Beach sun, share fashion insights, and sample Coppertone’s newest product offering, which was a must have that day.

COPPERTONE® CLEARLYSheer® Whipped Sunscreens offer a luxuriously light, breathable formula that provides trusted broad-spectrum protection in a rich and creamy lotion. This water-resistant and innovative sunscreen glides on easily and absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling velvety soft with a refreshing citrus scent. Available in SPF 30 and 50, Coppertone® CLEARLYSheer® Whipped Sunscreens are perfect for everyday protection, transforming your sunscreen experience from a mandatory task to an indulgent occasion.

I don’t think I’ve ever used a product with broad- spectrum protection that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, feels so light and glides on skin easily. The best thing about Coppertone Whipped sunscreens is that they are available nationwide at food, drug, mass and internet retailers.

 

This post is sponsored by Simply Stylist and Coppertone.

Last Minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

Mother’s Day is the special time of year when you get to celebrate your first best friend and the person you always turn to when you need advice. Mother’s Day is also a great time to show your love for all the other wonderful women in your life. If you’re looking for a way to show your mother, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and friends how special you think they are, these lovely gift ideas for mothers day are just what you need.

  1. Perfume. Mothers have a special scent. They smell like comfort, reassurance and tenderness. The scent of mothers and their babies help them bond and although scent is not the strongest sense of mammals of our kind, they can recognize each other by their scent only a short while after the baby is born. We all have that so recognizable scent that remind us about our favorite person. I would recommend to use the Sephora website to order perfume, your mom will receive her gift perfectly wrapped in only 3 days!
  2. Special time together. There are plenty of ways you can squeeze face time into your busy schedule, but your mom will probably appreciate if you set aside a whole day to spend together on this special day. Take the day off from work or any other day-to-day obligations you might otherwise be doing. Take her to Brunch and after treat your mom with a spa day, or recreate the experience at home. Whether it’s a massage, a facial treatment, or a manicure/pedicure, your mom will love getting pampered with you.
  3. Beauty or Hair tools. Your mom is a women with the same dreams and needs as any other woman. She deserves to get something she always wanted so she can feel all our love and attention. What could be better than luxury hair tools by T3 Micro! You can find gifts ranging from hair dryers and curling irons to shower heads! With T3 Micro your gift will be unique, thoughtful and luxurious!  
  4. Don’t forget your card. Tell mom how important she is with words—specifically iconic quotes that remind her how important moms are to everyone. Need help finding the perfect words? Don’t worry Hallmark has everything ready for you, just find the perfect one describing your feelings!
  1. Flowers. Never ever forget about flowers for your mother. It shouldn’t be the biggest and most expensive arrangement, you can get one rose and tell her how much she means to you.

Happy Mothers day!!!

La Mer. Is the high price tag worth it?

THE MOISTURIZING GEL CREAM.

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I don’t believe hype. I believe results. Specially when the product comes with such a high price tag (310$+tax). I have combination skin (oily T-zone), acne, and now wrinkles. I have tried so many products for acne with various moisturizers (prescription and over the counter) with no results. Either the moisturizers caused me to breakout or left even more shine. Out of sheer desperation, I tried a sample of La Mer moisturizing gel for two weeks. I was impressed right away with the initial results. It felt hydrating and soothing when I applied it to my skin. My skin seemed softer and had a bit of a glow almost right away. After a week of use I noticed my dry patches and texture issues were improving. My adult acne and redness also improved. I decided to purchase The Moisturizing Gel Cream in a full size. It really turned out to be a miracle product for my skin.

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If you always wanted to purchase La Mer product but was not sure, I can say for sure that La Mer the moisturizing gel cream worth every cent.

THE REFINING FACIAL.

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The Refining Facial does everything it promises. Leaves behind a rich moisture barrier because of the beautiful oils it contains. A lot of other facial buffers are really harsh and make microtears in the skin. Particularly coffee scrubs and nut-based scrubs! This La Mer facial buffer is very gentle, it smells amazing, and your face feels fresh, not scoured or red. Definitely worth the seemingly steep price (95$+tax) because you use so little each time. I only use it twice a week. I’ve recently become a La Mer convert and I’m loving the newest addition to my collection!

Tip: I leave it on to dry for 5-10 minutes and it comes off so easily. My skin is left feeling smoother and looking brighter and more awake than ever!

“investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”

“Must have Top” Friday

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Have you ever thought, “I have nothing to wear…?” If you are a human in heels you will answer “Of course, all the time!” Have you ever thought how does this happen? I found the answer, girls! We love shopping, right? We buy so many pretty things that we might wear once or twice and this is it! First of all we waste our money, second we damage nature by throwing it out.

This is why I decided to write about “Must Have” items every Friday. We will find here my favorite clothes, make up, skin care,  that I cannot live without.

I will start with my recent purchase at “BCBG MaxAzria”. I’m a big fan of this brand, always beautiful design combined with great quality! I have some pieces from BCBG that I’ve been wearing for years and are still very stylish!  The number one thing I need in my closet is my favorite pair of jeans and couple “ready to go” tops. They have to be comfortable, simple, and chic. Not easy to find those, right? This is what  BCBG MaxAzria is the best at! Their tops are to die for!

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I got this multi strap cutout Sleeveless Top in Burnt Orange a couple weeks ago at the Premium Fashion Outlet in Orlando, FL. I got it for only $63! What a find! For the summer we need something light and colorful, multi straps, that show off shoulders from the best side and that can worn in the  daytime with my favorite Free People ripped jeans or for a date night with a sexy skirt.

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I have a couple multi strap tops in my closet in different colors and finally I have no question how to look stylish any part of the day!

Here are my favorite tops from BCBG MaxAzria:

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