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. What’s your favorite shoe for running?

 

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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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