Good Stress & my 30 Minute HIIT Treadmill Workout

Hi friends!

Life has been a little crazy recently, so I’m sharing a HIIT treadmill workout that has provided me with some stress relief. Since we got engaged, I’ve been moving out of my apartment and into Will’s place. It has been a long, drawn out undertaking – because I have SO many things to move, donate or throw away. While it is nice that I have been able to slowly move things over a few weekends, and I have Will helping me, life feels a little discombobulated when your belongings are split between two locations.

Good stress?

On top of that, we have started searching for wedding venues, work has been busy and I’ve also been studying up on how to take my blog to the next level (woohoo!). Don’t get me wrong. Life is good. I don’t have much to complain about, and I feel fulfilled in so many ways. But, I can’t help but feel stressed that so many things are happening at the same time. It makes me wonder – can we be stressed from good things? And is that ok?

I wanted to share my thoughts to let you know — if you feel a little stressed out, even if it’s for all good reasons, you’re not alone! It can be helpful to remember when stress comes from positive things that there are wonderful things happening in your life. It is ok to admit to your stress. But, I have found that turning my stress into gratitude and reasons to be thankful makes me feel much happier and content with a stressful period in my life. A little stress here and there can also be normal, even if it’s from things you are so happy about. The key is to check yourself, accept the stress, lean into it and create some moments of peace or relief throughout the stressful time.

My HIIT Treadmill Workout

Stress Relief with my 30 min. HIIT Treadmill Workout

I find peace and confidence to work through the stress when I workout. My go-to stress reliever has been running and working out (which I shared with you in February), and it has continued to be a healthy outlet for me recently. A couple of months ago, I created my own HIIT (high intensity, interval training) workout for the treadmill and I have really enjoyed it on a few recent rainy (or super-pollen-ated!) days. The great thing is, I can modify it for the elliptical if my knees are bothering me or even increase the speeds and inclines if I’m feeling extra energetic.

Why I love HIIT workouts

HIIT workouts are my favorite because they get my heart rate going quickly, and I enjoy breaking a sweat when I workout.  I typically start with a HIIT run for about 30 minutes and follow it with 20 minutes of body weight resistance exercises, like jump squats, planks, mountain climbers and push ups. HIIT training is thought to help burn more calories, strengthen your heart and even help you lose weight faster. Personally, I have found HIIT has allowed me to gain strength and endurance.

Have you tried HIIT workouts? I’d love to hear if you’ve experiences some good things in your life that have stressed you out, and how you worked through it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite running shoes. 🙂

       

ASICS GEL-EXALT 3 RUNNING SNEAKER

NIKE – FLEX SUPREME TR 5 PRM WOMEN’S CROSS TRAINING SHOES

 ASICS GEL-QUANTUM 180 RUNNING SHOE

WOMEN’S NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 33 SHIELD RUNNING SHOE

 

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Go-To Inexpensive Jewelry for Any Occasion 

Hi friends!

How is your week going? Personally, I can’t believe it is only Tuesday. Is it just me?! It just feels like SO much has already happened. Anyway, I promise I won’t start babbling!

I am often asked about my jewelry, so I wanted to share with you all my go-to favorites that I have been wearing often to accessorize my looks. I wear most of these pieces at least once a week, so many of you have probably seen them on Instagram. As you’ll see below, my three favorite brands for inexpensive jewelry are BaubleBar, J.Crew Factory and Kendra Scott.

Kendra Scott Elton Station Cuff Bracelet, $55 | J.Crew Crystal Bubbles Necklace, $25 | Kendra Scott ‘Rayne’ Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace, $80

BaubleBar Ion Cuff, $35 | Kendra Scott Robyn Stacking Rings, $55

Madewell Mon Petit Pavé Ring, $15 | Kendra Scott ‘Carole’ Semiprecious Stone Pendant Necklace, $90 | BaubleBar Oracle Drop Earrings, $34 | J.Crew Fireball Stud Earrings, $11

Kate Spade New York ‘idiom – heart of gold’ bangle, $35 | BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Earrings, $38 | J.Crew Factory Crystal Basketweave Bracelet, $14

J.Crew Factory Chevron Pendant Necklace, $35 | Madewell Double Double Ring, $18

If I was forced to pick my favorite of all these items is my Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace. I have it in a translucent purple, and it truly looks great year round. While I haven’t seen this color available in a long time, I’d recommend one of the translucent colors. They have a way of complimenting your top perfectly, by picking up on the shade behind it.

Do you have similar pieces you accessorize with? Are any of my go-to pieces catching your eye? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s to the rest of the week zooming by!

Cheers!!

Sarah Camille

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Springtime Fashion Favorites 

I know it has only been spring for a couple weeks now, but there are a few items I have on repeat that are definitely worth sharing with you all. Floral prints, anything army green with comfy and cute peep toe booties are must-haves this season, and these items are my favorites.

Flow-y, Floral Tops

Pleione Ruffled Peplum Back Top, $42

Kut from the Kloth Floral Print Blouse, $68

Halogen Layered Look Print Top, $42

 

Army Green Vests

Pleione Twill Military Vest, $88

Levi’s Parachute Cotton Vest, $90

 

Neutral Peep-Toe Booties

Vince Camuto Kensa Peep Toe Bootie, $150

Vince Camuto Lidie Cutout Bootie Sandal, $119

I have worn my Levi’s vest multiple times, and even wore it when I got engaged a couple weekends ago. It’s a perfect layering piece for cool spring days or nights and it looks great with long or short sleeve tees. You can also pair this with a fitted tank and skinny jeans during a cool summer night. This vest isn’t very thick, so it is a nice change from my down vests which are better for winter and late fall.

The floral peplum top by Pleione is so trendy and versatile. I wore it to a concert, brunch and work in less than a week. That’s when I know something is my new favorite! The Kensa bootie by Vince Camuto has also been worn over and over lately. And every time I wear them, I get both compliments and feet that do not hurt. It’s a win-win!

Do you have similar items in your closet that are on repeat? Or are you sporting something totally different for spring? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers to tomorrow being Friday!!

Sarah Camille

 

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Getting Engaged

Last weekend on Sunday, April 2, Will got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It still seems surreal. We are SO excited to start this new chapter of our lives, and I’m trying to soak up every little part of this new and fun journey we’re starting together.

Before any more time goes by, I want to share what happened leading up to the proposal. I figured this way I don’t have to worry about ever forgetting the details. So, just think of this post as a diary entry. 🙂

Will and I had a weekend away planned for a couple months and we invited another couple to stay with on Saturday night. We found a cabin on Airbnb near Luray, Va. It was on a mountainside and had a hot tub and fire pit – what more did we need?!

We drove out there on Friday after work and ate dinner on the way. Though we hopped in the hot tub upon our arrival, we were pretty tired and didn’t stay up too late. On Saturday, we went to Luray Caverns and explored the town of Luray. If you’re ever in the mountains of Virginia and you haven’t see underground caverns, definitely stop by this town and check them out.

Saturday night we cooked out with our friends and had a big bonfire outside. We stayed up late and slept in. Once we were checked out, we headed into Luray for lunch outside. It was such a beautiful day! Will and I had made a reservation to go horseback riding at Fort Valley Ranch. Unfortunately, our friends werent able to go with us. But after we said goodbye to them, we walked with Maddie along a river trail that cuts right through the little town of Luray. We chased ducks and chatted until it was time to head to the ranch.

The drive to Fort Valley was beautiful, with two-lane, windy roads that followed miles of farmland. When we got there, we found out it would be just us and our guide’s mother riding on the trail. My horse was named Rusty, and Will’s was named Bo. This was the first time Will had been on a horse in more than 15 years, so I really enjoyed watching him try to act like a cowboy. We rode for 90 minutes, up and down the mountainside, and it flew by.

After the ride, Will suggested we walk back up to the pond that we had ridden along. We walk around a lot, so I honestly didn’t think anything of it. When we got there we walked around a little. Will commented on a giant bass in the pond. I remember him telling me that he hadn’t worn the nice jeans I got him for his birthday because he didn’t want his knee to get dirty. At that point, I was thinking, “Is he saying this because what I think is about to happen, is about to happen?!” Then he said some amazing things, and the next thing I knew he was down on one knee asking me to marry him!

I’m still surprised as to how he pulled it off. The ring was in his truck or in his pocket for the majority of the weekend, and I had no idea. Since we were with another couple for a lot of the weekend, a proposal of any kind was the last thing on my mind.  It’s amazing to me how nicely it all worked out. It was a truly wonderful moment, and I know I will remember it forever. I feel so lucky to have Will in my life, and even more lucky that we’re starting this new chapter together.

If you all have an engagement story or advice for a newly engaged couple, I’d love to hear it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Beauty Face-Off: How do two popular hydrating masks compare?

Hi friends!

How is your week going? I have been a little more quiet than normal this week, but for good reason. Will and I got engaged last weekend!! It was truly amazing and part of me is still taking it all in. So while I’m working on a recap of that whirlwind weekend and the proposal, I wanted to share my thoughts on a two hydrating face masks I recently tried.

Find out how the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask and Boscia's Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask Compare.

The Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask came in my spring FabFitFun box, which is a seasonal subscription box. If you want to know more, check out my post about FabFitFun and what was in my spring box. I was excited to try this face mask because my skin always feels dry this time of year (pretty sure that’s an effect of the cold winter air), and I was curious to see how it compares to Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask, which I used a few times during the winter.

So, here’s the scoop! Karuna’s hydrating mask was easy to apply and use. There was no mess involved and the 20 minute application went by quickly. My skin absorbed the remaining gel quickly after I removed the mask. I applied the mask at night after I had washed my face and the following morning I decided to let me skin breathe and not use any makeup. Recently, my skin has some dry patches, but this product seems to have made them disappear for the time being!

My skin felt very refreshed and hydrated well after 24 hours of using this mask. In comparison, it reminded me a lot of Boscia’s Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. The Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask sells in a pack of four for $28.  Boscia’s masks sell for $16 a piece, so Karuna’s masks are a better value. I also found Boscia’s masks were more difficult to put on since it was two pieces. At the same time, the two-piece mask makes it more accommodating to small and large faces.

Boscia’s hydrating mask has sake, antioxidants, peptides and plant extracts in it, which help prevent aging, reduce hyperpigmentation, brighten your skin and protect against free radical damage. In comparison, Karuna’s hydrating mask has hyaluronic acid and peptides to renew, aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate, and Chinese licorice and vitamin B to detoxify your skin. Since I don’t have hyperpigmentation or dull skin, it was difficult for me to tell if Boscia’s mask improved anything on that front.

Overall, the price and mask size are the only big differences between these products. I found the gel product and its effect on my skin to be extremely similar. I would say these products are tied in terms of how well they hydrated my face. I’d recommend both of these for anyone who needs a skin refresher. A hydrating mask like these can truly be a lifesaver for your skin. The best part it is, hydrated skin will diminish wrinkles and help your makeup go on flawlessly.

Have any of you used these masks? If you’ve used both, I’m curious if you prefer one over the other. Also, if any of you have dry skin like me, I’d love to know if you have any particularly helpful remedies.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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