Lifestyle

Develop a Fitness Routine You Won’t Quit (+ Kayla Itsines “Sweat” App Review)

I think the most common New Year resolutions are about developing a fitness routine / working out / “getting fit.” We know it’s important to exercise and to take care of our bodies, and it feels good to look good! And what better time to commit to a new routine than at the start of the new year? We feel so fresh – so motivated, so dedicated. But real life gets in the way and that new routine is a distant memory by March.

I’ve been there! In fact, I’ve been there so many times it’s getting old. I’ve gone through several “phases” of working out (Zumba, jogging, pilates, ballet), hoping something would stick. (And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy those things! But for whatever reason, I couldn’t commit long term.)

About 6 months ago, I started working out with Kayla Itsines’ “Sweat” app, which is wildly popular on social media. (Who HASN’T seen an ad for the “Sweat” app on Instagram?!) I didn’t want to try it just because everyone else was doing it – I decided to give it a shot because I thought, “if it’s working for all these other women, why wouldn’t it work for me?” I’ll go into that more below, but let’s fast forward… with this app, I’ve worked out consistently for almost 6 months. That’s huge for me!

Along the way, I’ve begun to understand what factored into my commitment and how my mindset – particularly about my fitness routine – has changed. I want to share those things in this post, to help you develop a fitness routine you can commit to! And it may not be the “Sweat” app for you, and that’s ok, it’s really about finding what works for you and your lifestyle.

*I’ve linked all the pieces in this activewear set at the end of the post!*

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Lifestyle

January Desktop Calendar: Free Download

Happy New Year! This is my first post in 2019… I’m excited about the content I have planned for the new year, so keep an eye out. Today I’m sharing a desktop calendar and iPhone wallpaper I’ve designed for the month of January. The iPhone wallpaper is compatible with the following models: iPhone 7 Plus / iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus / iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S / iPhone 6. *You may have to pinch the image to rescale on smaller devices (I have a 6S and it worked like a charm). 

Let me know what sort of content you’d like to see on the blog going forward! Leave a comment or reach out to me via social media to share your suggestions and ideas. Are you interested in more travel content, or lifestyle content? Would you like to read more product reviews? Also, I’m excited to share that I’ve launched an Instagram account for the blog (@MarionAveBlog), so be sure to check it out and follow along!

Click the link below the image to download the full-size design. Enjoy!

Click this link to download the full-size desktop calendar (2560 x 1600).

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Sherpa & Buffalo Check (+ Vici Brand Review)

Merry Christmas Eve to all! I hope everyone has an opportunity to rest and spend time with family and friends this week.

Today, I want to write about two of my favorite trends this holiday season – buffalo check and sherpa. (And how cute they look paired together!) I’ve seen so many cozy sherpa jackets on social media lately, and am absolutely loving this trend. Everything from sherpa pullovers, sherpa coats, cropped zip-up jackets – I’ve always been a fan of sherpa (who isn’t?! it’s so soft) so I knew I needed to invest.

There were a couple of options to choose from, but I particularly loved this cropped pocketed sherpa jacket from Vici (I’ve linked everything below). I think it’s an incredibly versatile piece – I could wear it over anything, really, but I’ve had a lot of fun pairing it with flannel and plaid.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Christmas PJs & German Ornaments

I absolutely love this time of year, and particularly taking part in festive activities with family and friends. To me, this means curling up on the couch in my Christmas pajamas with a mug of hot chocolate. With our Christmas tree all lit up, of course. Decorating the house together, baking Christmas cookies, watching Hallmark movies… you get the idea.

My sister and I used to help my grandmother decorate her house for Christmas. We loved NeeNee’s collection because she’d spent years traveling and collecting handmade European decorations. Beautiful handmade wooden German and Russian ornaments and nutcrackers and dolls. My grandmother set aside collections for each of her children, so my dad has a similar (significantly smaller) collection of European ornaments. And when she passed away, my parents inherited several of the special pieces my grandmother displayed on her mantel.

Every year, I take special care with these pieces. I decorate our mantel like I would have decorated NeeNee’s, a winter wonderland of wooden dolls, wooden angels, nutcrackers, German smokers, and nesting dolls. And then there are the hand-painted European ornaments for the tree.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Floridian Christmas: What to Wear to a Holiday Party

When the holiday season rolls around, all I want to wear is chunky sweaters and pretty winter accessories; plaid scarves, knit beanies, tall boots. But the reality of living in Florida is that I’d be sweltering if I wore those layers because the days of cool temps are few and far between. There have been many years when I could have worn short sleeves to Christmas dinner!

This year, I’ve decided to embrace the “Floridian Christmas” so I’m prepared for my holiday parties. I’ve been on the lookout for pieces that are both weather appropriate and also festive. Luckily, I found these 2 gorgeous holiday tops at Vici!

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