12:00 | December 15, 2015

#LIFEGOALS

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The skinny on how I set goals and actually achieve them! 

Today I want to talk with you guys about goals, how you set them, and how you can achieve them. Ah yes, things are getting very real today. Get ready for this. 😉  

So, getting right into it… I have always had a very clear vision for how I want my life to be. Along with this vision comes a very clear set of steps to help myself achieve my goals and make my vision a reality. It can be hard some days to keep pushing, when all you want to do is stay in bed and watch Netflix/sleep/be lazy. There are a few tips and tricks I have up my sleeve to keep myself going and always be moving towards my goals.

It can be scary as hell to set your sights high, as many people often think this leaves room for failure. I actually think the opposite. If you have high expectations for how you want your life to be, you have already mentally set yourself up for success. By setting high goals (even if you only accomplish half of what you originally set out to achieve) chances are you will achieve more than you would have if you had set modest goals.

 

SHOOT FOR THE MOON. EVEN IF YOU MISS, YOU WILL LAND AMOUNG THE STARS.”

 

Totally obsessed with that quote, always have been. Just ignore that fact that it is totally factually incorrect and pretend that those literal distances make sense haha. But it is the spirit behind the quote that I like and apply to my life legit every day.

Aim for the top. Don’t be conservative. Be bold with your vision, and your achievements will directly reflect that!

How to bring your goals to life? VISION BOARDS!

I like to have physical reminders of what I want in life plastered all over my house. One key thing that I always am updating and working on is my vision board. A vision board is kind of like a scrapbook for how you want your life to look – a visual representation of your goals. Having a vision board is a great way to remind yourself why you get up every day and work so hard. (It can be easy to forget when you get in the thick of work/school/general life responsibilities.)

To make a vision board, all you need is a cork-board from the dollar store and a bunch of magazines. Go through the magazines and cut out anything that represents or looks like something you want in life. Your vision board is completely personal and can be organized any way you want. It is also something that is never “done.” I know I always am adding new things to mine that are more relevant, and taking away things that have maybe become a lower priority for me. Compile your favourite words, phrases, photos, or quotes and throw them all together on your vision board. Put the board somewhere you literally can’t avoid it (mine is above my full length mirror lol) so you will see it every single day.

Whatever you want in life, it is yours. So go out and get it babes! And remember, set them goals high. You won’t regret it 💕

How to you make your goals come to life? Do any of you guys have tips to share?? Comment below!

 

x,

 

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2:18 | December 13, 2015

CASEAPP GIVEAWAY!

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20% off custom designed iPhone/MacBook cases + giveaway for you! <3

Hellloooo friends! Happy Sunday! Seriously the best day of the week. I would even go as far to say that Sundays are magical.

What do you guys think of my new phone case & MacBook skin? S’cute no? I designed these myself from an online store called CaseApp. It is sweet, you can legit make any kind of phone case of laptop skin you want. Custom font, photos, you name it. Definitely one of my new fave sites.

Which is why…. **drumroll** I have teamed up with the people at CaseApp to get you guys 20% off your entire purchase on their site! Hell. Yes. 

All you have to do is use the promocode “SKINNYBELLE20” on the CaseApp website and you are good to go! 🎉

ANDDD I am doing a giveaway! One lucky winner will get $40 to spend in the CaseApp store. 💰 All you need to do is COMMENT BELOW TO WIN. $40 FO FREE. Yaaaas.

Happy shopping friends! Remember to comment on this post to enter to win $40 <3

 

x,

 

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12:00 | November 13, 2015

VEGA… BASICALLY A LIFESAVER

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Hands down my favourite meal replacement bar.

Sometimes life happens, and you don’t have time to make yourself a nutritious meal. Work, school, you name it. Vega One Bars are basically my lifesaver from eating complete crap when you get super busy. I carry these bad boys everywhere with me. No matter what I am doing, I always keep at least one of these in my purse. Because you never know. Being hungry sucks, because hunger leads to hanger and hanger is definitely not a cute look on anyone. LOL.😜

Plus, if you don’t come prepared you will end up eating whatever garbage is closest. AKA fast food. AKA the fast track to becoming a slug. Fast food is legit the worst thing you can eat and it is so often the thing that we lean on when we get super busy. That or just junk food in general. Solution? VEGA ONE BARS!

Alright so why do I choose Vega to be the bar that I carry around with me? Well… there are a few reasons:

PLANT-BASED PROTEIN

Plant-based protein is my freakin’ favourite. I hate eating weird dairy byproducts and getting all bloaty and gross after. Just feels so nasty. Vega One bars are filled with protein from plants! Which makes my tummy very happy 😊

TASTE UNREAL

It is like eating a straight up chocolate bar. I don’t know how those guys do it… when I eat a Vega One Bar I am like a kid in a candy shop. Every single ingredient is plant based, and it tastes like a nice slice of heaven.

NUTRITIONALLY FORTIFIED

Vega One Bars are packed with all the nutrients you need to cover you nutritional bases. Which is happiness! Way better than some gross fast food meal if you ask me.

The one thing you guys might not love about Vega One Bars is the price. They are about $4 per bar, but if you ask me that is TOTALLY worth it. 

Anyways, I am definitely team Vega! And team “come prepared”, so you don’t end up eating junk food when life gets busy. 

As you guys might have seen before, I have teamed up with my friends at Vega to do a fall/winter smoothie series. Check out my first post on my PB Apple Smoothie and my classic Coconut Berry smoothie recipes. 

What do you think? Will you start to bring a power bar with you “just in case”? If you have another great meal-replacement bar to recommend please leave it in the comments, I always love to hear what you guys like <3

 

x,

 

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7:01 | November 8, 2015

GOOD TIMES

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Old photos bringing back great memories!

The other day I posted this photo on my instagram, after I had spent some time looking through old pics. So much fun to look back at all the awesome things we do! This was the last day of the ski season in April this year, and my god was it a good one. It was full on spring skiing, slush and all. Also, being a ginger sucks so bad sometimes. I legit got the worst burn from this day hahah. It was really nasty so I won’t go into details. You would think after 24 years of being a ginge I would have figured out sunscreen… apparently not. 😜

Anyways, these photos got my super excited for the upcoming ski season which is scheduled to start in under 3 weeks! For those of you who just started reading Skinny Belle (HI WELCOME I LOVE YOU 😀 ), skiing is the primary way I like to stay fit in the winter time. That being said I usually only have time to go on weekends because it is such a time commitment. Soooo, I have some great stuff I will be sharing with you soon about what I will be doing mid-week to stay fit! Stay tuned!

 

x,

 

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12:00 | November 5, 2015

RANDOM RAMBLINGS & LOVE

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Some random ramblings and love for ya’ll <3

Helllooooo from your highly over-caffeinated internet friend here! I have officially determined that I am not responsible enough to own a Nespresso Machine. I literally cannot stop drinking them. Do you guys have one too?? They are the best yet worst things ever. To give you perspective on how out of control I am atm, I have had 4 Nespresso coffees today. Obviously switching between the chocolate and caramal flavours (preference to caramel) because they are the best. AND NOW I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY. (Crap.)

So here I am. Fully caffeinated, raring to go. This is probably the opportune time to go workout but I am on FIRE with my work so Ima just roll with this. Anyways, thought I would bring some realness to ya’ll today about my complete lack of self-restraint when it comes to Nespresso. Maybe one day I will be adult enough to have just one Nespresso in the morning. But alas, here we are. That day has yet to come. 😝

On another note, I just wanted to say in my highly caffeinated state I am rapid-fire thinking about how thankful I am that you come here and hang out in this corner of the internet. We’ve got a pretty special thing going on over here you guys. I love it when you comment and share your experiences with me, and the personal emails you send to my inbox are so fantastic to read. It is so great to have you in my life, so thank you for being you. 💕

Annnnndddd… FEEDBACK TIME!

With that, I want to know what you want to see more of here on Skinny Belle! After all, my goal is to connect with you as much as possible and make this a great place where we can all be the best versions of ourselves. So please, comment below and let me know what you want to read more of here on Skinny Belle! Want more personal posts? More outfits? More workouts? Tell me, and it shall be yours. Because I appreciate you and love you <3

COMMENT BELOW! 

 

x,

 

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2:13 | October 25, 2015

RELAXING WEEKEND

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Jacket: Aritzia / Sunnies: Rayban / Shirt: Oak + Fort / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

Yeeessssss. Had the best/most relaxing weekend ever. Sometimes it is really difficult for me to slow down for a bit and just chill. I would say I am largely a type-A personality which means I am both very ambitious and impatient. Two traits that can be very stressful when paired together haha. When it comes to my career/life/business, I want it now and I want it to be the best it can possibly be. You know? So every once and a while I feel the need to just stop, and relax for a few days. This weekend happened to be one of those times and was it ever glorious.

So in the spirit of relaxing, I am going to go meet my bestie Leah for a walk around the Seawall here in Vancouver. Hope you guys got some time to relax this weekend too!

x,

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12:00 | October 15, 2015

WHY I DON’T OWN A SCALE

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My thoughts on the scale, and why you should ditch it!

Okay guys, so I really debated writing this one because topics like this tend to be sensitive on the interwebs, if you know what I mean. But I have so many friends who obsess over that stupid little number that the scale, and I really wanted to share a healthier alternative to monitoring your weight. 

In my opinion, scales are the devil. Like, just the worst. They show every single fluctuation in your weight. Eat an apple, gain a pound. There will be no actual relevant changes in your day-to-day weight, and obsessively weighing yourself everyday is just unhealthy. One little number should not define how you feel, and definitely does not define how healthy you are.

 

Let’s start with reasons why weighing yourself sucks:

Fluctuations

Every single thing you do will make your scale fluctuate. What time of day you weigh yourself, how much water your drank, if you exercised, how much clothing you are wearing, which way the wind is blowing… etc. You get my point. It is not an accurate daily representation of how healthy you are.

Weight does not reflect health

How much you weigh does not indicate how healthy you are. And we want our bodies to be lean, mean, fighting machines. The best way to check how healthy we are is to make sure we are following that Skinny Belle Lifestyle of balance, and eating 80% wholesome healthy food

You feel like crap

Yep. When has anyone ever stepped on a scale and said OMG YAY I FEEL GREAT! Nobody. Ever. (Or, they are a liar.) Even if you have reached your “goal weight” you will still feel like it “could be better.” It is so important to feel happy with yourself, and frankly scales are just depressing.

 

Okay so, if I don’t weigh myself, how do I know what I weigh? I don’t. But I monitor my health and wellbeing based on my fitness level, how my clothes fit, and the food I have been eating. It is a far better way to track your health without getting all stressed out over a stupid little number. After all, health has so much more to it than physical weight. 

This advice is given in the spirit of helping you live your happiest and healthiest life possible. As always, this is just what I have found to work for me! Please see your doctor if you before changing anything about your health or fitness routine to find out what is best for you.

Lots of love <3

 

x,

 

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8:18 | October 9, 2015

TOP 5 WAYS TO STAY FIT FOR FALL

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A bit of motivation to get your butt in shape for fall!

Today we are talking about how to not completely let ourselves go in the fall. Lets be real here. I need this post, you need this post, we all freakin’ need this post. It’s that time of year when our overzealous pre-summer fitness goals have long been abandoned, and exchanged for way too much comfort food and Netflix. (<– real talk.)

Ladies, let’s get it together. Just because the temperatures are dropping and it is getting ever rainier, does not give us an excuse to stop all exercise and starting eating like crazy! It is so important to maintain a healthy body and mind year round, and not have an annual “get skinny for the beach” panic attack a month before summer starts. We should feel like we are at our best, always.

Alrighty, so how can we make sure we stay active for fall? Below are my favourite tips!

 

BUDDY SYSTEM

Get a girlfriend and schedule a gym date together, every week. The buddy system is SO KEY to making sure you go do your workout. It is way harder to say no and ditch someone than it is to quietly tell yourself as you inhale a pie that “it’s okay, you can go workout tomorrow instead….” So, gym buddy. Get one, and stick together like glue!

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Even though I am a bigggg fan of being in the outdoors to get my exercise (hence the photos above lol), there are just too many rainy and gloomy days in the fall for me to realistically expect myself to go for walks and jogs every day. It just ain’t happening. So, pick an indoor activity to do! For example: spinning, yoga, pilates, or even kickboxing! All great ways to stay sheltered from this fall weather & still get your fitness on. And obviously when the sun is shining get outside and enjoy it!

NEW GEAR

Invest in some new workout gear! This is so simple, but ohhh so effective. There is no feeling like rollin’ into the gym like you own the place in your new sneaks. LOL! I am serious. It makes me feel like such a boss. So go out and get yourself a cute new little workout outfit. Who knows, maybe you will catch the eye of the hottie to your left on the treadmill 😉

SET GOALS

I have talked about goal setting before and how it can be a great motivator with your fitness! And this is no exception. Make your workouts a challenge for yourself, and see how much you can accomplish. If you set a goal for yourself and have an actual objective to work towards, you will be so much more motivated!

TREAT YO-SELF

Okay so once you set those goals, and achieve them…. Treat yo-self!!! Buy yourself those shoes you have been wanting for a few months. Cuz babes, you deserve it. Believe me you will feel even more fab when you strut around in those new boots when you know you have earned them!

 

So guys, those are my favourite tips to stay active in the fall! Just remember it is all about feeling good all year round. You will be happier and healthier for it… promise! 🙂

Okay so now I am going to go practice what I preach… and get my pilates on! What are you guys going to do to stay fit for fall? Comment below, the more inspo the better! <3

Lots of love.

 

x,

 

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12:00 | September 24, 2015

MORE MATCHA PLEASE!

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Matcha green tea. SO GOOD. So healthy. Soooo many health benefits. I probably should have shared with sooner with you guys, but I mean… late is better than never right?! K so I am a bit late to the matcha party but what is important is that I am here now 😀

So first, what is matcha? Matcha is essentially a very high quality green tea, that is blended into a fine powder. Unlike regular green tea, matcha tea is not steeped. You simply whisk it in with your hot water and drink up!

I have made drinking a cup of matcha tea a part of my daily routine. Because of it’s high caffeine content, I find it to be the perfect “afternoon pick-me-up” drink. Not only this, there are tons of major benefits to drinking this magical green drink (yes, magical.)

Here are my favourite reasons to drink matcha tea on the daily:

BURNS CALORIES

Ohhhhh yessssss, that is right ladies. Matcha tea helps your body burn fat at a faster rate (about 4 times faster!) than normal. AKA it increases your metabolism. AKA it is magical and amazing. A fast metabolism is a thing of beauty, people. 

HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

Yea, antioxidants. Those things that everyone is yapping on about. They do lots of amazing things for our body, including reducing & fighting the effects of UV radiation and making our skin look young and beautiful. You guys know how obsessed I am with keeping my skin looking young. See my posts on Gelatin (the natural botox), Borage Oil, BioSil, and my Coffee Face Scrub. Like I said, obsessed. You will thank me later 😉

INCREASE CONCENTRATION

We all need to be focused when we are busy being #GIRLBOSSES. A cup of matcha will increase your energy levels, boost your memory, and help improve your concentration. Winning? I think so.

BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM

Seriously this is a big winner for me. Being sick sucks, and I hate it. Like, a lot. So anything that can help boost my immunity is a big bonus in my books! (Read about another one of my fave cold cures here.)

Oh yes friends, matcha offers all those benefits and more. The abouve are just my favourites. 😀 SO DRINK UP!!! 

Where can you get matcha tea? I buy mine at Davids Tea. Click here to get their Ceremonial Matcha Tea! It’s delish. 🙂 Enjoy!

 

x,

 

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2:34 | August 30, 2015

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO BE HAPPIER

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My goal here at Skinny Belle is to share my favourite tips and tricks on how you can live your best possible life. A big part of being your most beautiful and exuberant self is feeling HAPPY! A smile is worth a million bucks, and in the famous words of Audrey Hepburn, “I believe that happiest girls are the prettiest girls.”

So today I bring you Skinny Belle’s 5 Simple Ways to Be Happier. These are all things I do in my everyday life, and have found to put me in an awesome positive mindset. When you set out to conquer the world, you want to be happy. Negativity is like a disease that brews and grows inside you and ultimately affects your outside life. Happiness is a mindset, and we are all in control of our minds. There are many things in life that you can’t control, but what goes on in that big beautiful brain of yours is all up to you!

Ladies, let’s take on the world together. And be freakin’ happy as hell while doing it. 😀

Without further adieu, here are 5 Simple Ways to Be Happier.

 

Eat Right

You are what you eat. Eat like shit, feel like shit. Eat like a queen, feel like a queen. What you put in your body has a serious impact on how you feel! Think about the last time you crushed a pint of ice cream or sat at home and ate a large pizza. Chances are you did not feel very happy after. When you eat a wholesome nutritious meal you will feel satisfied and happy because you know you have done something good for your body.

**To learn more on my perspective on eating, read about the Skinny Belle Lifestyle. Need some healthy recipes to make? Lurk the Skinny Belle Food section. 

 

Dress Well

Dress for success. Why does it matter what you wear? I dareee you to tell me you don’t feel happy when you look fabulous. (Tell me!!) Really, who doesn’t have that extra bounce in their step when they know they are looking fine AF. When you mindfully put yourself together, you will have an aura of confidence, happiness, and success about you. It feels good to look good, so take an extra minute to put together something decent to wear and happily feel like a #GIRLBOSS all day long.

 

Workout

I am alllll about them endorphins. Seriously, I get high on life from working out. (Yes, I am that person.) Even if it is just a power walk/jog, it feels SO good to get your body moving. You will become more alert, feel great, and have a huge boost in your mood!

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t!”

– Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

 

Be Social

Hang out with positive, awesome people who make you want to be the best version of yourself. Surround yourself with only people who make you smile. After all, nobody likes a negative Nancy. Friends who just want to bitch and whine? Cut them outttt girl. You don’t need those people killing your positive vibes! The best friends are the friends who can laugh with for hours. I don’t know about you guys, but when I hang out with my besties I legit can never wipe that stupid smile off my face because they make me so damn happy.

 

Pump Them Tunes!

Hit up your Spotify and blast the happy tunes! I am a big fan of just throwing on a “feel good” or “girl power” playlist, and rocking out by myself. (Super cool, I am aware.) Dance around your apartment like an idiot, and feel fantastic. I legit have no shame with this haha. I cant sing, am an average dancer at best… But putting on happy songs and dancing about puts a smile on my face like no other.

 

A happy mindset is a mindset for success. So try these 5 Simple Ways to Be Happier, and set yourself up to feel and look great. 

Which tip is your favourite? Do you guys use any of these in your daily life already? Comment below!!

 

x,

 

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