I love this time of year, and the back to school feeling. For me, fall has always been a time of routines set and followed, a rhythmic pace of life after a summer packed with travel, lots of late nights, endless wine and other indulgences. I also find with the onset of cooler weather and earlier sunsets, it’s a lot easier to take exercise outside, which is always my preferred format, and that I settle into the comfort of a healthier routine. I am never on a strict diet these days, but I do tend to feel more excited about fueling the family properly to keep energy levels up (this is also our busiest time of year for wedding photography) and also taking extra time for some self-care. Feeling great is a holistic effort, from skin care to delicious scents and luxuries to great workout gear and of course the exercise and diet itself.
Solid exercise gear which makes you feel fantastic is a must. I find that it is always motivating to put on a clean, cute workout outfit which is both comfortable and flattering. I tend towards leggings and fitted tops or white sweatshirts. I also thought all of these sneakers were great for both exercise or running errands around town. Workout gear is always an investment but tends to pay off as it should be durable and long lasting.
I find that once I am on an exercise kick (4 runs and a few yoga classes per week), I also tend towards delicious beauty products and skincare. The whole rounded regime makes me feel stronger and because I am focusing on feeling well, I also tend to prioritize rest, etc. This rose-scented moisturizer is a favorite right now, as is the anti-aging serum (yikes, worth it…). I haven’t tried the Clean AF wipes but I love the name and have grabbed them for my gym bag or travel, and you know that I love a good, lovely soap and I stock them for our bathroom, the guest room and the gift cupboard.
Ok guys, this post is a bit of a departure from our regularly scheduled content but I just wanted to fill you in on what I have going on behind the scenes and to share some personal goals with you in hopes that 1) we could do it together and 2) I will feel even more motivated to stick with it. First up: fitness.
Feeling strong is something that has always been important to me but often falls by the wayside as soon as I get busy and kick off our traveling wedding season. It has been interesting to observe how my view of getting in shape has evolved since I had a baby. While it used to be about getting ready for summer and #bikini season (and while that hopefully isn’t totally a lost cause), it’s now much more about maintaining a flexible and fit body so that I can be energized for the baby and to stay as youthful as possible. I want to be able to chase him, toss a football, dance around the kitchen, and to give him everything because I feel so healthy mentally and physically. It has surprised me how much more motivating this is for me. While I always got lost and gave up somewhere along my fitness plan for my bathing suit, getting fit for my son is a no brainer and both Will and I don’t question prioritizing it. My mother reminded me when I was sick with Norovirus that everything begins and ends with your health and I am so grateful for ours (touch wood!).
In steps Jennie from Longevity Fitness (not this is not an #ad!) I have always struggled to find my “place” and I feel I finally have. Longevity is here in Charleston and the space is so spa like but the classes are delightfully challenging. I admire how well Jennie has set it up. Her father was in the hospitality industry and that has clearly been passed down. Longevity is comfortable, inviting and always smells delicious.
I started going to Longevity with a friend a while ago but as I was still feeding the baby and not getting lots of sleep, I wasn’t committing to a regular routine. Flash forward to having a 20 month old, and we have found that we have been getting a bit more of a routine out of him since this past Christmas (long may it last). With a bit more sleep under foot, we have been able to commit more to building up our strength. Jennie is one of those magnetic forces, as soon as you meet her, you want to hop on whatever bandwagon she’s on. Together we have committed to twelve weeks of her Sweat Therapy class (at least 3x a week) + regular pilates which I am trying to do the other three days + a run.
I am near the end of week two and Will jokes that he’s going to keep a diary of my transformation. So far I have been really hungry but my mood is starting to level out a bit I hope. Funny how much stronger one feels even after such a short period of time! We are planning to show much more from our fitness journey on Instagram stories so stay tuned if it’s at all of interest!!! I would love to hear what you do to feel strong, too. xxx
Why hello! This is just a quick post to show you five moves which you can take on the road with you (video below). It has taken me a bit of time to get back in the groove after baby but we’re focusing on getting back into shape and it feels great! We travel quite a bit and I am one of those people who always packs workout gear but never takes it out of the suitcase. Jamal, our dear friend and trainer, has helped us perfect 5 easy moves which we can take with us between cardio workouts so that we don’t totally fall of the wagon. For me, exercise is mostly about feeling great mentally, and it makes a huge difference. I also finally invested in some lovely new fitness gear from Lululemon (I can’t believe what a difference it makes to feel great in your workout clothes, wish I had figured that out sooner!!). Jamal has been a tremendous help — he makes working out challenging but so much fun and doesn’t put any pressure on us. I absolutely adore him and hope that this video helps you too, or at least makes you giggle 😉 xx