Health & Fitness Hacks I Live By

Working out, eating healthy, working, having a social life, trying to date….who has time for it all?! I barely do and burn out often, so when it comes to staying healthy and not gaining 5 million pounds when I’m stress eating Chipotle and Ben & Jerry’s (come on, we all do it) I have to make a very conscious effort to stay on track. 

Over the years I’ve found a few key things that may seem ridiculous but truly help me with my fitness and health routine. I’m no expert, but eat these hacks up like an order of animal fries.

  • Sleep in your workout clothes — if you are a morning workoutter like me, this is KEY and takes the fumbling around looking for clothes out of the picture. 
  • Make your food taste like it’s bad for you — cauliflower crust pizza, zucchini noodles, baked chicken tenders, it may seem bad but it isn’t! Recipes coming SOON! 
  • Drink hella water when you’re hungry — this sounds silly but it does help…and you stay hydrated so that’s a double whammy 
  • Be single — it really helps with the waistline, lol but really, you don’t have someone to go out to eat with constantly. HA
  • Workout in the morning so you know it is done with (hence the first line item) 
  • If you want something bad, eat it – there is no reason to deprive yourself because you’ll just binge later
  • Stock up on cute fitness gear — if you love your workout clothes it will make you love working out just a little bit more
  • Go on a hike before brunch…because BALANCE
  • Dry shampoo. Enough said
  • Leave everything you need out on your counter the night before — I always leave out my Magic Bullet, Pre-Workout, and Protein Powder because it reminds me about them and makes using them that much easier
  • Take time on Sunday to look at your calendar and plan your meals…or at least a few of them! I typically plan 2 meals a week which allows me wiggle room to go out and have leftovers and ultimately not waste!
  • Only drink alcohol that is clear — vodka, white wine or tequila…because you better believe I’m not NOT drinking.

Cheers to that…with my favorite healthy meal, a dirty martini!
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Travel Diaries: Miami

WASSUP BEACHESSS!!

For those of you who follow my craziness on social media, you probably saw I was in Miami week…and lucky for me it was a work trip that turned into a play trip. I mean, I’m to the point in my life that if I’m traveling for work, you bettah believe I’m staying an extra day to enjoy. No kids, no man, no problem! Also, it was 85 degrees in Miami sooooo how could I not have stayed?! The pool was just calling my whiter-than-white legs to be there.

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Skirt: Scored from Adiel’s Boutique on  Poshmark // TopShoes & Earrings: Asos // Lipstick: NYX Cosmetics – Pink Lust

Let’s start with the #WERK, though: If you have been a follower of mine from the Poshmark early days (if you didn’t know, I have been working at Poshmark for FIVE years!), you know I used to plan live events across the country that we traveled to to meet and connect with our community members and while we took a little break, we are BACK on the #PoshNation tour again. I mean, we have some seriously inspiring Seller Stylists in our community building empires, creating brands, and just overall using the app in ways we always dreamed about. So when we get to meet face to face and hear their stories first hand — ISSS A DREAAM. I usually want to cry because I’m so verklempt (this is the yiddish word for overwhelmed with emotion) with these women (and men!).

So we kicked off the trip getting ready for Poshmark’s #PoshNation Miami event on Thursday night and it was SO AMAZING to meet all the local Miami Seller Stylists. I rocked a very Miami outfit – white, neons, and tassels. We had drankkss, hit up the Photo Booth, took SO many selfies and had an unforgettable evening. I hope if I come to your city you come out to meet us!

On to the PLAY portion of the trip: For work we stayed at The Surfcomber which was sold out (it was boat week so finding a room was challenging even for one night) but my girl and I found The Nautilus hotel on Hotel Tonight. It was overpriced but super cute – exactly what you would picture for a South Beach hotel: palm trees inside, marble tables, tufted beds and a Alice in Wonderland style pool – so quirky, fun and chic!

After we checked in we napped, got ready and went to Mango’s — a SUPER touristy bar with impersonators, neon lights, chippendale style performers and overpriced drinks (are we sensing a theme in Miami, fuck it’s expensive!). Mango’s was a HUGE bar, they had different rooms with different style music, black lights, and since it’s a huge tourist spot, it gets crowded which was fun!

After Mangos? 3am pizza delivered to the hotel…DUH!

Our last day was spent by the pool, eating BLTs and drinking prosecco. We also found out our flight was delayed but gave not one fuck because that just meant more pool time for us. YOLO. Ok, I need to stop staying that. Really. Our last stop was oysters and peel-n-shrimp at the Ritz because, YOLO. DAMNIT.

Overall Miami, you really brought the heat and my whiteness is a little more glowing…but still white. Oh well. If you have any questions about what else I did or ate or wore, let me know!

XO, bitches…I mean, beaches. 😜

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Why Being Single on Valentine’s Day Rocks

Being single on Valentine’s Day is not a bad thing. I repeat this is NOT a bad thing. While everyone else is getting disappointed they didn’t get spoiled with chocolate or flowers, or their boyfriend forgot to make a reservation at an overpriced restaurant, or whatever crazy expectation wasn’t met, sometimes the grass is always greener and this is why being single can be fucking amazing on this overhyped holiday!

It’s actually a great time to show yourself the love you deserve and TREAT YO’SELF, amirite?! While everyone else is worried about their significant other and whether or not they will live up to the expectations of all that is Valentine’s Day, you can kick back, relax, open up some wine and order some Postmates – because you are single and can do whatever the hell you want!

Here are 10 things to do to show yourself some love today:

  1. Wake up, light some candles and stretch
  2. Listen to a girl power playlist
  3. Write a love note to yourself
  4. Take a bubble bath and do a face mask
  5. Leave work a little early
  6. Go on a walk without your phone
  7. Send yourself flowers — no one is judging!
  8. Have a glass of wine…or bottle
  9. Buy a box of chocolates and take a bite of each one
  10. Masturbate — I told you I’m keeping it real on this blog. So yes, enjoy.

Why Online Dating is the Worst: Part 1

Why Online Dating is the Worst: Part 1

Yes, this is part one…because let’s face it, there will be many in this series. And you may be thinking that the title is aggressive. But, let’s face it online dating is freaking aggressive…and sad, and confusing and ugh so many things. I mean, who REALLY wants to be judged on a handful of photos and a short bio to see if you are a compatible match with someone. I don’t WANT to but it’s practically our only choice now a days.

So, what’s the big problem? Well just to start, no matter how cute of photos you post, or how witty and smart you sound in your dating profile, you will get discouraged, feel like you’ll be alone forever and definitely get the occasional (and by occasional I mean frequent) horn dogs sending a “hey beautiful, the things I would do to u” or “letz meet and fuk” over a thoughtful and respectful first message. I’m not even kidding, this has happened more times than I can count. Can you not?

I always think…is that really how you would everrrrr go up to a girl. NO.

To that my feelings are this:

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Notice the folder name? I did not do that for blog purposes either – it has been properly titled “Dating aka HELL” for over a year now. 

So without further adieu, here are just 15 of the many reasons why online dating SUCKS:

  1. There are far too many apps…and all are filled with the same shitty people 
  2. They trick you into paying for a subscription to see who likes you, or who messaged you, or who winked at you or who super liked you- whatever happened to love don’t cost a thing?
  3. You’ll end up talking to someone for weeks before being able to make a date…or not
  4. Which brings me to this point. YOU WASTE SO MUCH TIME
  5. Get hopeful over nothing…
  6. When you write a message and then they read it and don’t respond you really feel good about yourself
  7. Too many notifications on your phone, don’t we have enough social media to keep up with?
  8. Douchebags. Enough Said. 
  9. Men are horrible at selecting photos, KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON AND DON’T POST A GROUP PHOTO AS YOUR PROFILE PIC 
  10. They say they are looking for something real…but I think most mean “real, quick”
  11. You go out and they make you pay
  12. No, I’m not just looking for a hook up 
  13. Everyone always think there is something better out there — this isn’t a restaurant where you get to see what the catch of the day is
  14. You WILL see an ex bf or someone you know pop up and then you have to screenshot it and pretend you never saw it
  15. If you do actually find someone and your friends ask how you met, you will forever have to say “TINDER” #romantic

Soon I’ll tell you about why dating sucks particularly in the bay area….that will be a good one. Lastly, of course I am forever optimistic, hopeful and always looking on the bright side AKA that most of this makes a damn good story.

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#Adulting: Things You Have To Do

Ahhh, adult life. For some it never begins (lucky sons of bitches) but for the rest of us out there that aren’t still supported by our families, got lucky and landed a reality tv show and is now selling fit tea on Instagram, or founded an app and sold it for 5324 katrillion dollars…WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. UGH

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Throughout my ’20s I learned how to support myself, be independent, and quite frankly #getshitdone, however there are always all the adulting things you HAVE to, things you probably shouldn’t do, and then the things you never do. I wanted to share my list with you all.

Let me know if you have any others to add to the list, I want to know what your #adulting struggles are!

Things You Have To Do
Pay rent
Make enough money to pay that rent
Take care of yourself when you’re sick
Do face masks and consider botox monthly
Go to work everyday
Renew car registration and move to a new townhouse…in the same month
Clean, laundry, go to the doctor, call your grandparents, socialize
Not laugh when someone says PENIS
Take photos of your food — yes this is a must

Things You Do But Probably Shouldn’t (but who’s to judge)
Watch reality tv over the news — who really wants to watch the news now-a-days though #DEPRESSING
Order Postmates twice a week…or twice in a day when you’re hungover
Use the pretty filter on Snapchat
Drink a whole bottle of wine to yourself
Spend the night with a guy you just met
Get road rage a curse the SHIT out of the person who cut you off
Eat dinner standing up
Eat pizza that was left out all night
Go to sleep and then wake up at 1am and go get a snack

Things You Never Do
Yoga — that shit does not relax me
Journaling consistently
Travel the world (because of the rent in the above category)
Say no to brunch
Be sober for more than 5 days
Save money
Leave Target without spending at least $200
Lie. HAHAH JK

Can’t we go back to high school when you have literally nothing to worry about? PLEASE!?

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I said “Hey, whatsup hello!”

Welcome to #MyRealLife! I almost feel like I’m filling out a dating profile on OKCupid or Tinder, like “Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m funny, love my dog, from the Bay Area, love wine and am always smiling.” Boring and awkward much? Justttt a wittttle.

For those that don’t know me, WASSSUPPPP!! I’m stoked to kick off this new venture where we can talk more in depth about all the ups and downs of being newly 30, single, broke, and honestly, fucking happy! But really you guys – for those who already follow me, you probably know a lot about me because I have #NOFILTER and am always truly trying to keep it real. I love giving you the raw, unedited, unfiltered view of my life so get ready for a wild, wine-filled ride.

Why did I start this new blog? Well, I used to have a personal style blog and loved sharing my daily looks, but there is so much more to me now then just fashion. Don’t get me wrong, there will be a big style and beauty presence here but I want to get #deeper and share more than just what I’m wearing. Life is amazing but is also #HARD and not always as pretty as our Instagram photos make it out to be, so I’m here to keep it real no matter what the topic. I’m going to share every aspect of my life including but not limited to:

  • Dating (and why it is the worst thing ever)
  • Cooking healthy (or trying to)
  • Fashion & beauty (because we gotta look fly AF)
  • Adulting and how to attempt to save money (keyword: ATTEMPT)
  • Entertaining and making a damn good cocktail (or how to remedy those hangovers)
  • Social Media & Poshmark marketing tips (because this is my day job and I got some good 411)

And overall how to stay positive and keep smiling through the good, the bad and the effing ugly.

 So let’s get this party started…because if there if one thing you should know about me – I love a party! Who got the wine?! 😉 Me, obvi. 

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If you want to take our relationship to the next level (let’s get serious, shall we?) Follow me on the internetzzzz aka social media!

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