Monday, March 11, 2019

My Current Diet + Fitness Routine

Left: 1st day of cut
Right: 1 Month into cut

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I'm really into working out and living a healthy lifestyle. I grew up playing sports and was taught to eat healthy at an early age, so being active and caring about the nutrients I put in my body have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I posted my 1 month cut transformation on my Instagram story the other day and got SO MANY questions about my fitness routine, so here I am to answer them all!

So let's begin with my diet...

For the last almost month and a half, I've been counting my macros. Macros stands for Macronutrients and we have three: fats, carbs and proteins. So what this means is I keep track of how many grams of each macro I have per day based on a macro calculator I used. and both have great calculators you can use to determine what your macros are. Just fill in the information (you'll need to know you body fat %) and it  will give you the recommended numbers for each category.
When you calculate your macros you calculate them for one of three reasons: fat loss, muscle gain or maintenance. My macros right now are for fat loss, or for cutting. I've decreased my calories in order to lose fat but also maintain the muscle mass I already have. Once I've reached a desired body fat % or look, I'll increase my calories to a maintenance state (about 500 more cals a day), which means I'll just be maintaining the weight that I'm at.

Another topic I've been asked about a lot is food. What my meals look like, what I eat in a day, cheat meals, etc. The best way for me to track my macros is by meal prepping. I've been meal prepping all my lunches and majority of my dinners. I use my food scale to measure out exactly how much I'm eating in every meal. It's definitely a tedious task, but I wouldn't have made the progress I have without doing it. I use the My Fitness Pal app on my phone to log and track all my food and calories and it is so helpful! As far as what I eat... that's an entire blog post in itself (which i'm working on). Basically I eat to fit my macros and to help my goals. My meals aren't extremely exciting but I'm doing this cut for the results, not the food. A couple rules I started following when I started this cut:

1. No Alcohol for at least a month (I went over a month and a half, it wasn't that hard)
2. No fast food, sodas, sugary snacks
3. Limit eating out
4. Limit dairy and carbs
5. No cheat meals. You can't start a diet with cheat meals being on your mind. You have to embrace a new lifestyle!

Now on to my workouts...

I usually lift weights 4 days a week. I love the look and feeling of being strong and in shape. I have a very athletic build, I always have, so I love embracing it and pushing my body to become stronger every day that I'm in the gym. I actually don't do very much cardio, usually just a 5-10 minute warmup on the stair master or the bike. Once summer gets closer I'll probably add in a couple HIIT workouts to help burn more fat. Here's what my weekly workouts typically look like:

Day 1: Legs. This includes squats, deadlifts, lunges, calf raises, RDLs (Romanian deadlifts)
Day 2: Bi's and Tri's
Day 3: Leg Day Part 2. This one is more glute focused. Glute bridges, resistance bands, deadlifts, sumo squats, etc.
Day 4: Back/shoulders/chest
*Sometimes* Day 5: At home workout or stadium runs.

I also like to have some kind of protein source after my workouts and typically go for muscle milk!

If counting your macros is something you want to start doing then you need to know that it's OK to mess up. It's OK to not hit your goals or to go over your limit. Focus on one day at a time. If you have anymore questions, feel free to shoot me and email or DM. I'm also working on an in-depth meals post for all of you that asked me what my weekly meals look like so be on the lookout for that!


Monday, February 18, 2019

Sneaker Obsession

Joggers // Crop // Sneakers

Sneakers are my guilty pleasure. I love a good pair of high-top J's or all white sneakers. You can find me wearing them with looks like this one or pairing them with a casual work outfit. I had been wanting to do a sneaker blog post for awhile, specifically on these Jordan 1 Rebel XX, so when I saw that it was Michael Jordan's 56th birthday on Sunday, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my love of sneakers! So in honor of one of the greatest players of all time turning 56... here are 56 pairs of sneakers I'm really diggin' at the moment.


Street Style



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Job

Something I'm trying to incorporate more into my social media feed is my career. Blogging isn't the only thing I do, blogging is just something I enjoy doing on the side because I love sharing my style with you all. Would I ever consider blogging full-time? Probably not. I do hope I can always use my style and inspiration in whatever job I find myself in though. 

My actual job is in sports broadcasting. I grew up playing just about every sport, basketball being my favorite, and I knew I wanted to incorporate sports into my career. So that's how I ended up where I am now at VFL Films. VFL Films is the athletic broadcasting department at The University of Tennessee. I spend my days editing videos for different teams, shooting video, interviewing, sidelining, and various things on camera. I was a Journalism and Electronic Media major in school and focused mainly on sports because I'm going after a career in sports reporting. Now I will say this, the TV world isn't all that glamorous. I don't get paid a lot in my position now, I work all the time, and it's honestly a HARD field to really break in to. There are thousands of other girls wanting to do the same thing I do... but I love it and I don't let "it's going to be hard" hold me back. I love every second of my job because I'm doing something I really care about.

Something I don't think people realize about broadcasting, especially sports broadcasting, is the amount of time it takes out of your life. There are some days where i'll work a 12 to 13 hours and turn around and do it all over again. I've lost friends due to my work schedule because they just don't understand how demanding my job is. Wake up, work, workout, eat, sleep, repeat. That's my life and I wouldn't change it for a thing. So if you've ever wondered why I go awhile without writing posts or flooding your feeds with new looks each week, this is why!

My response when people ask me "so what do you want to do?", is I want to be a sideline reporter for a big time network. I want to be known for telling good stories and being great at what I do because I've worked my butt off. I also want to be known as being one of the most stylish reporters out there ;)

If you are interested in this field and have any questions, feel free to reach out! I love sharing what I've learned and helping others achieve the same goals as me.

Here's some of my favorite pictures from my time with VFL Films!

 My first time as a sideline reporter for the SEC Network+ with my trusty cameramen!

While working at the NCAA Volleyball Tournament in Washington.

Interviewing one of the Tennessee Divers.

Interviewing the GOAT! 

Covering the Peyton Manning Scholarship ceremony.

Football photo day! 

First soccer game of the season.

Spending our Saturdays in Neyland Stadium!

 Interviewing one of my favorite coach's, Rick Barnes!

Lady Vols vs. ETSU

Another shot with Peyton! 

Interviewing Bunny Shaw, who helped lead Jamaica to their first ever 
World Cup Qualifier!

Sideline reporter for Vol Soccer.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dishing Out My Hair Secrets

Happy Tuesday, guys! I’m so excited to finally share this blog post with you all because it has been the most requested post I’ve ever had. I’ve been putting this post off for awhile because I honestly don’t do anything too speacial to my hair or use any unheard of products.

I’ve always had thick, healthy hair ever since I was young. One of the reasons I believe my hair is still as healthy as it is, is I didn’t start coloring it until my junior year of high school and only color my hair two times a year with maybe one root touch up. I try to keep my hair away from chemicals and dyes as much as I can.


My go-to shampoo and conditioner brand is Dove. I’ve used Dove products for YEARS and have loved how it makes my hair look and feel. I’ve used almost every type of Dove Shampoo and have always had great results. I’m currently using this shampoo and conditioner from them and have really loved how much body and shine it gives my hair. Now I do have a “secret weapon” when I feel like my hair is looking bleh... and it’s this shampoo from Head & Shoulders. I don’t have a dry scalp but I have found that when my hair is starting to look dry and dull, this shampoo really helps to add moisture and give my hair new life.

Styling Products

I don’t use many products for my hair besides heat protectant spray and this hairspray. I also use this styling spray when I feel like spending a little extra money. What I’ve found that really works well for me and my hair, is using products that have some type of volumizing properties to it. Every hairspray I use is a volumizing spray and every dry shampoo I use is as well. For dry shampoo, I really love this one. The last product I’ll use occasionally is Powder Play. It gives SO much volume!

Styling Tools

 I've explained how I curled my hair and what tool I used under each photo! BOTH of my curling irons are also on sale! Just in time for Christmas :)

Here I used this 1 inch curling iron and used it how you would any curling iron, by wrapping your hair in the clamp.

In both of these pictures I used the same 1 inch curling iron but used it as a wand. I sectioned off my layers of hair and then wrapped my hair around the iron. I don't use the clamp at all with this technique.

For my birthday dinner hair I used this 1.25 inch curing iron. I love doing big, full curls sometimes because they can look so effortless!

I hope this post answered your all's hair questions or at least helped in some way!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Party Looks

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's also the most expensive af time of the year with all the holiday parties and festivities going on. With so many events that fill the month of December, it's nice to have a new outfit or two to celebrate the Christmas season and New Year. 

I personally have not attended a really dressy holiday event or New Years Eve party, BUT this year that's changing! I'll be spending NYE in Chicago with some of my girls and we are going alllll out. With that being said, I know there's probably a lot of y'all who don't do anything super dressy for New Years or Christmas, so I've linked looks ranging from casual to all out. Whether you're looking to splurge or ballin on a budget, I got you covered! ;)