Spring Wishlist

Spring Wishlist

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1. Marc Fisher espadrille 2. Full-Bloom Romper 3.Wrap Dress 4. Bamboo Tote (available in different sizes at different retailers!) 5. Poplin top

Spring has sprung! While it may be cloudy and damp outside right now and, only 46 degree’s I’m so excited for the warmer weather coming and all the flowers already blooming!

Today I wanted to share some of the pieces I have my eye on right now! I’ll be sure to attach links so you guys can shop them too. I am currently loving the espadrille platforms because honestly I love a good versatile shoe and I can see myself wearing it all spring and summer. I’ve also had my eye on a cool floral romper and wrap dress, one a little bit more muted and crisp that I can style up and the other you can go either way, dress it up or down but the pop of color is necessary! An off the shoulder look is a must have I feel like, they aren’t always the most functional but they are cute. Lastly, I started seeing this bamboo bag making an appearance last year, I hated it…it has grown on me so much, I don’t know why I hated this poor bag in the first place because it is literally perfect for the warm beach days and Summer vacations ahead.

I see some spring cleaning in my near future, it’s definitely time for me to put some pieces up on my poshmark and make space for new items.Be sure to follow me on instagram (@ArdeenAleena) as i’ll post my poshmark there along with the new items! I hope everyone is having a lovely spring so far, drop a comment below on some of your spring must haves!

Workout Routine

Workout Routine

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Hey guys!

I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted, I’ve been settling into Columbus a little bit more and I started my new job so I’ve been a little exhausted!  Today, I wanted to share with you guys a little bit about my workout routine and what I’ve been doing. I’ve been trying out Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide Program (BBG). I tried this program out with my sister for a little bit last year and stuck to it for three months and, I attempted to do it again this year, kind of.

So BBG is a program that combines circuit style workouts with cardio, I personally hate cardio but everyone needs to do a little bit to maintain health obviously. The two different types of cardio are LISS AND HITT, LISS is low intensity which means you can do walking, cycling, elliptical, anything of a low intensity for 40 minutes. HITT is a little different, you go as hard as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds and repeat 15 minutes, I do this on the treadmill. Typically you’ll do 3 LISS sessions a week and 1 HITT session. Then you have resistance circuits, each day has 2 different circuits which have about 4 exercises in each , they last 7 minutes and you do as many as you can until the circuit is over. You’ll get aa 30 second rest period before you move onto the next and then you’ll end with a cool down. There are videos of everything within the sweat app to help guide you along.

The circuits are broken up into 3 categories that you’ll have to complete each week, there’s upper body, lower body and full body. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I enjoyed it, last year I would say I put more effort into doing it last year having my sister for accountability. Overall it’s a pretty cool experience, if you’re a beginner looking for what to do and how to start out I highly recommend it , there is a meal plan in the app it includes recipes and everything. Give it a shot you can try it out, it may be your thing it may not be. Personally, I don’t think it’s mine just my personal opinion. I’ll include my typical ‘schedule’ I did below. As I continue my fitness journey I’ll post more updates on what I do and my workouts

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Liss + Full Body

Tuesday: Arms & Abs

Wednesday: Legs + Liss

Thursday: Rest

Friday: HITT & The Challenge

Saturday: 40 minutes of Cardio on the elliptical (LISS)

Get to know me!

Get to know me!

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I’ve lived in 3 different countries in my brief 22 years which kind of makes me a citizen of the world. I was born on a small island in the Caribbean called Dominica (no, not the Dominican Republic) of which I spent the first four years of my life. My family and I then moved to another island in the Caribbean Anguilla (yup, the one where queen Bey vacations) for a little while before finally landing in England where I spent most of my childhood.

Whenever someone here’s about the amount I’ve moved growing up they always ask “how different was it growing up in England?” It’s really not all that different compared to the southern U.S. I grew up in a big city where public transport was more prominent than it is in smaller cities here in Georgia and, just like the different states here, we all have a different accent depending on which city we’re from. Growing up is growing up, you go out with your friends, you still have to do homework and we go to school at 9am instead of 8am.

Fast forward to the states. I didn’t grow up with my dad and upon meeting him later in life, we took a plunge and here I am 5 years later. My dad is in the army and has spent 20 years protecting the good old USA so while I didn’t grow up a military brat, I’ve had my fair share of army life.

I spent 4.5 years in Georgia. While it was easy getting used to saying “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” I think my sister and I still smirk when we hear people say they’re “fixin’ to go’ do something.” My sister and I are 1.5 years apart (almost exactly to the day but I came a little early, sorry mum) so we’re close. We both share a love for fashion and pretty soon she’ll be launching her own blog too.

My dad took a job in another state, so him and my mum moved.  My sister stayed in Georgia and I graduated and moved around a little, then back to Georgia, That’s a very shortened version of my life.

If you keep up with me, you’ll eventually know more about my life as I go. Other than that, this blog is my little creative outlet where I’ll share my life & style with you and speak very freely. Thanks for coming on this ride with me as I continue to grow and go through life!

 

New Adventures

New Adventures

It has been the craziest month! The past few weeks have been nerve-racking but exciting at the same time. I’m finally biting the bullet and starting my own blog. Call it cliché, but  I’ve always wanted to do this while managing to make excuses to not do it.

I remember telling one of my professors in my sophomore year that I wanted to start a blog. He asked me how it would be ‘different’ and I told him it was MY blog and I’m different. His reply was “that’s not good enough.” Almost three years and a confidence boost later, here I am.

Moral of the blog post is, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so I’m shooting my shot. Cheers to a New year, a new blog, and fearlessness!

XO