4:39 | October 31, 2017

SKINNY BELLE – THE PODCAST… IS OFFICIALLY LIVE!

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Dress: Missguided / Sunnies: Vintage MiuMiu

It. Is. HERE people!!! Skinny Belle – The Podcast has finally launched!!!! 👩🏼‍🎤

 

 

I am so excited to have this new platform, to share with you in a much more personal way. 💞 Podcasts are the best things ever (especially mine 😉.) You can listen while you workout (I do this almost daily), while you are driving or commuting to work/school, or just at home hanging out. 🎉

Sooooo convenient. And efficient. 👌🏻

Not only is listening to podcasts more convenient, it’s actually so much more intimate. Sounds super weird… but it’s true! It feels like the person you are listening to is right there with you! AKA I will be in your bedroom, your gym, your bathroom… hahaha 😂😂😂

Okay moving right along… to summarize, podcasts are the BEST, and I am BEYOND EXCITED to have launched Skinny Belle – The Podcast!

First things first.

Where do you find my podcast?

The iTunes store!

There are two episodes available right now, think of them like gateway drugs to a whole lot more audible awesomeness coming your way. 😉

**Android people, I am working on getting it live on Google Play Music ASAP. For now, you can listen on Soundcloud!

What’s Skinny Belle – The Podcast all about?

My podcast gets up close and probably *too* personal with me. 😉 It focuses on my musings (which right now mostly means me getting drunk and ranting lol🍸), fashion industry truths, beauty, relationships, fitness, lifestyle, travel, and guest interviews.

What to do once you’ve listened?

If you likey, please please PLEASE subscribe and rate Skinny Belle – The Podcast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on iTunes, AND tell all your friends! Word of mouth is everything to me, and I cannot tell you HOW HAPPY it makes me when someone tells me their friend told them about Skinny Belle.

Like, the happiest. 😆😃

Have a question?

#AskSkinnyBelle on my latest Instagram post or Twitter and I will answer your question on the show! You can also just use that hashtag to tell me a topic you want covered on Skinny Belle – The Podcast. That works too. 😊

Hope you love it!!

 

xoxoxo,

 

6:48 | October 27, 2017

HELLO, IT’S ME

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Hi friends 🙂

It’s me. Robyn. 🐵

What an amazing week I’ve had! It was so productive, rewarding, and just overall awesome. There’s honestly nothing that makes me happier than getting sh*t done. It’s a great feeling for sure. 😊

Today I am just working away like a little worker bee 🐝and then in the afternoon going out to get ingredients for dinner tonight! Going to cook a whole branzino fish, with way too much garlic, tomatoes, and a bunch of other goodness. If you want to see what I make, make sure you follow my instagram! Most of the time I am live-snapping my kitchen adventures.

Also, bought all the stuff to make Aperol Spritz’ tonight. I am STOKED to get those rolling.🍹 It’s so awesome that North America has finally discovered the Aperol Spritz. It was long overdue if you ask me. If you are also planning on getting lit tonight, as one does, make sure you have read my hangover prevention tips! Nobody like a hangover, that’s for damn sure. 💯

Before I sign off for today, I want to tell you guys that I have a big announcement coming Monday and I CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE!! Like, peeing my pants I’m so excited. 😆 Stay tuned 💕

 

xoxo,

 

 

6:53 | October 24, 2017

PERSISTENCE IS EVERYTHING

Lifestyle

This view, will never get old 😍

How to relentlessly persist, even when you sometimes feel like giving up.

The reason I want to talk about this today, is I actually had a major meltdown the other day when I was surfing. This photo was obviously pre temper-tantrum. 😂

Told you guys, I am putting it all out there haha!

Physical fitness is extremely important to me. We only get one body (until we can replace all our parts with robots… super stoked on that tbh) and I would like mine to be in the best shape possible. And I like to eat like a pig, so there’s that too. Gotta work out to balance things out. 😉

So basically what happened on this surf was I was just not having a great time out there. It was actually the shittiest time ever. I was getting beat down, again and again, by waves that were way too big for me. So I had a little tantrum, like the adult I am, got out of the water, and sat there all pouty on the sand like a total fucking loser. 😒

Probably going to have to get a new identity after that one. 😂

 

After reflecting on said incident a day later, I decided I needed to apply my principle of relentless persistence to this very situation.

 

WTF am I talking about?

Getting back out there, and continuing to push myself to be better.🏄 Keep catching waves, and know that I will get crushed again, again, and again. But, the wins will slowly become bigger with higher frequency the more I apply myself. 💪🏻

 

Persistence is EVERYTHING.

 

If there’s anything I’ve learned in this life, it’s that those who just keep on pushing forwards, are the people who usually end up winning.

Think about how many other people before Steve Jobs had the idea of the personal computer. I actually had the damn idea for the iPad when I was 6, and my dad told me it wasn’t possible. (God dad, I could have been the next Steve Jobs if my genius had been more carefully cultivated. 😒😉)

Steve did not have an easy time in the beginning, middle, or… erm… end. (Awkward..) He constantly faced technological, business, and personal challenges throughout his entire career. He had flop after flop, a small win, another flop, was kicked out of his own company, and then asked to rebuild it. CAN U EVEN IMAGINE. 😵

Did he give up? Did he EVER sway from his mission? Even when he was forced to leave, he still created, and pushed forward.

Persistence is key to success. 🔑 This is all just a game of seeing who can stay standing the longest, and in the end, those of us still standing, win.

And I like to win.

Persistence is something I apply to my life in both short term everyday actions and my long term perspective. It comes very easily to me most days, and on occasion, I feel like I need an extra push to keep moving forward.

 

Here are some strategies I use to stay PERSISTENT when feeling a lack of motivation or discouragement:

1) Take a step back

Did something go wrong? Have you lost sight of your end goal? 🔭

Sometimes I find stepping back, pausing, and assessing why I am feeling a lack of motivation or discouragement is a great way to get myself back on track. ✔️

And I literally step back. Whatever is bugging me or not going well, I will stop, go do something else, not think about it, and then a day later come back to the issue and 99% of the time the solution comes to me right then and there.

Boom. Science.

 

2) Get some inspiration

The other day I shared the fitness accounts I follow on instagram that help get me going in the morning when I reallllly don’t want to workout. I also follow people who motivate me (@garyvee talking about you!) who I listen to/watch/read about.

Sometimes all you need is a good dose of inspiration, from someone you admire.👑 Think about who inspires you, and make sure you are following them on your social media of choice! It will come in handy when you least expect it.

As for the heros we are getting our inspo from, just remember, it took them a long time to get where they are. “Overnight success” are only overnight in the public eye. To the person who is the success, it was years and years of smart + hard work. 🙏🏻

 

3) Write down your goals, put them where you can SEE them!

6 months ago, I wrote this blog post on achieving your 10 year goals in 6 months.

✨I have achieved almost every single thing I wrote down on that list.✨

How did I do it?

I wrote my list down on a piece of paper (which I still have) and taped it to the mirror where I do my makeup and get ready in the morning. 💅🏻

You will see that paper, every single damn day. EVERY DAY.

Lots of days you will just ignore it, but I find, on the days when I need it most, I read it, and am reminded of the awesome journey I am on, and feel re-focused on my mission.

It works, like a charm.

 

We will all have dark times in our life, times where we feel like we are lost or lack motivation. What proves our strength is our ability to come through, learn from these experiences, and bounce the fuck back!

Persistence should be applied to all things you see value in, and are important to you.

Let’s go get those goals, and be PERSISTENT! The payoff will be long term, but oh will it ever be sweet.🍬

Tomorrow, you can find me surfing. 💪🏻

 

xoxo,

 

10:02 | October 20, 2017

THE HANGOVER, IS SO REAL

Lifestyle

Me looking unimpressed at how unbelievably hungover I get 

I was going to share the designer of this dress with you…

But given the fact that my ta-tas were out the ENTIRE time, I 10/10 do not recommend

Holding up this damn dress

Uhg, getting old sucks the BIG ONE. 🍆

I literally get so hungover now, it’s not even funny.

All it takes is 4 – 5 drinks and I will be dead on the couch the next day. DED. 💀

What happened to the days of chugging the shittiest/cheapest booze I could find all night long in lethal quantities and waking up the next day and going for a light jog? Maybe a fitness class. Uhg, I was such an asshole and I didn’t even know it. 😒

My youth is gone. The days of savage hangovers are now upon us. FYI I am only 26 but when girl hits the town it makes me feel like I’m about 90.

Since I am getting more elderly by the minute, my nights on the town need to be much (MUCH) more carefully planned out.📝

Another thing is I have a pretty strict bedtime of 9 pm or so. I don’t set it but at that time I am PTFO whether I like it or not lol. 👵🏻

Over my years of experienced drinking (can I add this to my resume?) I have developed a careful blend of strategies to reduce the gravity of hangover I endure.

I cannot deal with being hungover. It’s a total waste of time, so gotta do what we can to avoid it. 

 

In honour of Friday 🍸 here are my top tips to avoid a hangover:

 

GO TO BED EARLY

Oh my god do not stay up til 4 am. You will look like a sack of balls, and you will feel like one too. You need time to rest, beauty sleep is EVERYTHING. I posted about this as one of my first ever blogs on Skinny Belle.

 

DONT DRINK SHITTY ALCOHOL

Get that Smirnoff AWAY from me!✋🏻The higher quality booze you are drinking, the better you will feel. So much more worth it to drink less of a higher quality alcohol. It tastes better, and ain’t nobody got time for the savage hangover that is sure to come from Polar Ice. 😷

 

STICK TO ONE TYPE

When I am yoloing everywhere and mixing and matching my drinks all night long I always end up with the worst stomach ache. 😩 So just decide… is tonight a tequila night? A vodka night? Pick your poison, and stick with it.

 

AVOID SUGAR LIKE THE PLAGUE

Okay we all love ordering festive cute drinks,🍹but you need to really consider how much sugar is in your order. Sugar is like the hangover devil. Avoid at all costs. 

 

EAT DINNER

Honestly, if you don’t know this one by now… stop reading my blog. We can’t be friends. Kidding, luvs u. ❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜

 

WATER WATER WATER

Drink this, like it’s your job. You need it. All those margaritas you are tossing back are major dehydrating you, and you will wake up looking like a raisin. Not a good scene. I do the 1 for 1 rule.

 

 

Okay sooooooo let’s say you totally failed at all of the above, and wake up with a raging hangover delivered straight from satan. 

Here is some stuff you can do to minimize your pain and suffering:

 

DRINK ALKA-SELTZER

Or just something fizzy. It helps reduce the nausea just a little bit. Key word: little.

 

EMERGEN-C PACKETS

These work too. I just like the taste, not sure about how healthy they are, but they help get my lazy bum up and going when I have over indulged.

 

EXERCISE

Seriously, even if you are on the verge of chundering, get up, go throw yourself in a cold pool or ocean or ideally go skiing. 🎿🏄 No matter how horrid you feel, this is basically the only way I know to make me feel better. The other morning I woke up with a raging hangover for literally no reason, I had like 4 weak drinks the night before, and I was feeling hung AF. Got myself up, went surfing, worked like magic. It probably works because you cannot just lay there wallowing in your pain anymore.

 

GREASY FOOD

You need juuuuuust enough grease to absorb the alcohol in  your stomach. I like to cook turkey bacon (available at Whole Foods) because it is way healthier than normal bacon AND it tastes better, in my opinion.

or….

 

JUST DON’T DRINK!

HAHAHHAHAHAHHA. JK. That would be so wrong.

 

Those are my best tips for curing the senior hangoveritis… aka the hangover that should NOT exist. If you were to ask my college-self, I would never believe this was a thing. But, alas, here we are. I am 26 and apparently 4 drinks keeps me bed-ridden the entire next day. 

Comment with your strategies to avoid a hangover! I want to know what other super secret tips and tricks are out there.

Happy Fri-Yay friends! Have a great weekend 🍻

 

xoxo,

 

10:07 | October 17, 2017

🍑 BOOTY & ABS WORKOUT 🍑

Training

Get that 🍑 LIT

YAAAASSSS! Obsessed with this workout. 💪🏻

This is one of my absolute favourite workouts to do to keep my abs and booty TIGHT AF! 💯

Designed by Braden Touche, head trainer at Four Seasons Vancouver, this workout can be done all at home with no equipment. We used some extra weight and resistance in this video, but it can be done either way. 😊

The best way to do this workout is to pause the video on the move description after watching the demo. If you hit up🎥MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL🎥you can see detailed instructions with clickable links to the right part of the video.

If you want to do the workout right from Skinny Belle (aka here 🤓), you can find the instructions written out below:

Single Leg Bridge
– Lie down with your heel close to your booty
– With one leg in the air, press into your foot on the ground and raise dat ass up into a bridge
25 reps, 2x

Curtsy Lunge to Squat 
– Step one foot behind and across the other and lower into a lunge
– Step back into a regular squat (make sure you engage the core the whole time, ur bod will be lit)
15 reps, 2x

Bungee Kick 
– Raise one leg up and over across your midline
– Keep the rest of your body totally still
30 reps, 2x

Bicycle Crunch 
– Start in a V-sit, engage those abs
– Bring one knee and the opposite elbow together, do the other side
– Reach up and try and touch your toes
20 reps, 2x

Leg Raises
– Put your hands under your booty to keep this move slow and controlled
– Raise legs, at the top, lift your bum off the floor
15 reps, 2x

Plank Claps 
– Grab your bestie and get into two plank
– High five eachother a bunch of times
1 minute! Challenge yourself to see how long you can go for 🙂

Hope you love this workout as much as I do! 😁If you try it at home, send me a message! I want to know your thoughts and feedback. 💌

Thank you to James Manzano for the dope edit! 🎥

 

xoxo,