shine or set

a lifestyle blog


Life is full of opportunities, whether we see them or not. When we have a negative attitude or outlook, we tend to see the worst in everything. We have trouble seeing the silver lining. We can't find an opportunity, especially when it takes a little digging or hard work.

Instead of being blind…

fit tips

Besides eating clean and staying active, I thought I would give you guys some of my own fit tips that I live by. They're simple, but they make all the difference. Let's get healthy, everyone!

sunday spark

topshop wish list

There is no doubt that I love Topshop. If I had loads of moolah, most of it would go there or into workout clothes. I am going to visit the one California in a few months, and I can not wait. In the meantime, here is a wish list..

Indigo Lace Skater Skirt
MOTO Flag Print Denim Bralet
Chiffon Bandeau M…

foodie fridays

I love pizza. I love cauliflower. Did you know you could make a pizza crust out of cauliflower? Yep. A healthy version of pizza, people. Try this recipe out.

Side notes: squeeze out excess water from cauliflower after cooked. Bake at 375.

new hiit routine

I posted my HIIT workout here, and the benefits of it here. I've been at it for awhile and decided to challenge myself more with a new routine. Remember, your body is amazing at adjusting to workouts, which is why we hit plateaus so often. You have to keep switching it up and pushing yourself i…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. FaceTime Technology is fantastic! I get to see Boyfriend even when he is across the country! 2. Whole Foods I've been loving dining at the food bar! It's just so delicious, and convenient.

3. Hot flow yoga Mama and I have been having yoga dates and getting our sweat on. It's been fun a…

what motivates you?

There are internal motivators and external motivators.
Internal: improving your health and bettering yourself to reach your full potential. External: impressing someone or looking good for a special someone.
 When it comes to staying motivated in the gym and in my eating habits, I'm more driven…

food diary

A lot of you have been asking for my meal plans or some sort of food diary. Let me start off by saying that everyone is different. Every body type is different. This is what works for me. Since I started my "Back on Track" challenge (here), I've decreased my portion sizes and eat fiv…

sunday spark

"You are what you love, not what loves you." -Charlie Kaufman

nasty gal wish list

Why does Nasty Gal have so many cute things? I just can't take it. Here is my new wish list! Farrah Platform Pump Faded Rose Skirt Desert Dust Fringe Tank Lucky You Dress New Romantics Crop Top Tough Stuff Bucket Bag

foodie fridays

I love cobbler. Peach cobbler, apple cobbler, cherry cobbler. You name it. I really craved it one night, so I decided to make up a clean version. I used strawberries and raspberries, and it was oh-so-good. Try it out!

spring into essie

I love Essie. I love spring. Put the two together and you have some bright and bold colors. I love their latest collection because it has the best colors for my tips and toes. I admit I already have two of the colors. "Come Here" and "Under Where?" are girly and fun. I think th…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Legendary My dear friends in The Summer Set released their third album, and it's so darn good! Go buy it! 2. Beauty and the Beast Boyfriend bought us tickets to my favorite play! It was a wonderful production, and I definitely cried.
3. PB&J parfait I made the yummiest concoction of Greek …

doggie snapshots

I am practically obsessed with our dogs. Okay, okay. I am definitely obsessed with them. Charlie and Nugget can turn my whole day around with just one kiss or look my way. They're always playing, cuddling, or begging for treats. All of these moments lend for great pictures.

full moon

It's been awhile since I've done a style post. Boyfriend was kind (and creative) enough to play photographer and snap some shots. The weather was perfect and it was fun playing around in the backyard.

My darling friends from Hearts sent me this fantastic necklace to style. I've talke…

six week challenge

I feel like I have hit a plateau lately. My abs have gone soft from wine and indulgences, and I am lacking motivation. While I still go to the gym six days a week, there is very little "umph" in my step. It happens. I'm human. I need a push. I need a challenge. So, today kicks off my…
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