Kicking Off The Starbucks Lifestyle

 

As some of you may know, I am now officially a Starbucks spokesperson to bring you news and reviews about Starbucks' Consumer Packaged Goods which will be available or are currently available at your local grocery stores and Starbucks shops. I have always been a fan of Starbucks so this opportunity is really exciting for me! My favorites are Cafe Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha, and the bottled Frappucino's which are available at the grocery stores. I do get cold drinks from time to time as well – such as the Java Chip or Green Tea Frappucino. I have also tried their Bottled Iced Coffee and loved the vanilla flavor. However, I have never really tried the packaged ones (whole bean or ground) to brew at home. I must admit that we never really brew coffee at home, we do the instant coffee. I know, shame, shame.

But I am redeeming myself now since to kick off an exciting year of my Starbucks lifestyle, I have received Starbucks' core blends to try out, namely: House Blend, Veranda Blend, and Caffé Verona.

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I received the blends in Whole Beans. Since I don't have a coffee grinder, I had to take these blends to a nearby Starbucks so they can grind them for me which they happily did without a cost. As soon as I opened up one bag, the fragrant aroma of the delicious coffee filled the whole house!

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So the first flavor I tried amongst the three is the House Blend. It's 100% Arabica coffee from Latin America and it's medium roast. This coffee goes way back in 1971 and is Starbucks' first ever blend!

The House Blend is rich and has medium strength but it doesn't have a strong bitter taste. I don't like my coffee strong, that's why I always prefer to drink flavored ones (Mocha, White Choco Mocha) and even though the House Blend is a medium roast, it's still pretty strong for me. I think I may try to put some mocha or caramel flavors next time to offset the strong taste but I think I just prefer a lighter roast. The House Blend may not be strong for most people though because it's really not a dark coffee but because I prefer a milder coffee, it's a bit strong for me. I have heard great things about the House Blend before though and it seems to be a lot of people's favorite – after all, it's Starbucks' first original flavor!

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Veranda Blend is the perfect blend for me! Also from Latin America, Veranda Blend is Starbucks' blonde roast. Don't be fooled though. It may be a blonde roast but it's still not super mild and weak. The taste is mellow and smooth but it's still got some flavors in it. If you're like me who don't like strong coffee, I think you will enjoy the Veranda Blend. If you don't like the after-taste of some coffee, you can try the Veranda Blend. I'm going to try this with ice one of these days as well and let you all know via Instagram how it goes.

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Caffé Verona goes way back in 1975 and is the original dark blend of Starbucks. The beans come from multiple regions. If you love dark chocolate and dark coffee, I think you will love this blend. It is bold and it seems it has a "roar" factor to it! Even though it's dark roast, it's still got subtle cocoa flavor to it. Unfortunately though, it's not for me. If I find the House Blend strong, you can imagine how strong Caffé Verona blend is for me. However, like I said, if you like your coffee dark, you will enjoy this. It's strong but not bitter.

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What better way to drink your Starbucks coffee than to have it with my favorite chocolate chip cookie, also from Starbucks! I also love it with banana. The good thing about Starbucks? You can have it any time of the day!

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If you have some coffee recipes, please feel free to share them with me and I will be sure to give you credit if I try and decide to share on my blog.

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Celebrity Style for Less: Steal Kylie Jenner’s Style

 

Kylie Jenner Style

1. Boohoo Floral Bodycon Dress (Also check out other options below) | 2. Boohoo Winged Handbag | 3. Boohoo Heeled Sandals (Also check out other options below) | 4. Isharya Earrings | 5. H&M Choker Necklace | 6. Wantable Bracelet (All c/o)

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I haven't done Celebrity Style for Less in a few weeks and thought I'd bring you another one today! This time, it's Kylie Jenner! I was so thrilled when I found the exact bodycon dress she was wearing, as seen on the streets of Miami in 2012, at Boohoo.com for only $20! Woohoo! You can't beat that!

Boohoo.com has such a wide variety of dresses for such incredibly affordable price. From casual to cocktail to club dresses, they have it! But not only that, they also have shoes and accessories so it's a one-stop shop. Don't you just love online retailers that offer a ton of varieties? If you haven't checked out Boohoo.com yet, I suggest that you do. I must warn you though…you might get hooked. Don't blame me that I didn' t warn you. *Wink*

Anyway, so Kylie Jenner wore this with a pair of cognac booties and a hippie/boho headband. My twist is more on the girly and flirty side. You all know I'm all about being a girl so instead of wearing booties with the dress, I decided to go with heels for a "Going to a wedding" look. Another thing about this dress is that you can totally dress it down for a more casual and comfortable look this coming Spring. You can even wear it as one of your Spring Break dresses. Just switch the heels with a pair of slip-ons or sandals or even snickers. Whatever will look cute and adorable as well as comfy for you.

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Livin’ the Real Life Red Carpet, Oscar’s Style Part 2

 

Oscar Awards Style

1. SW3 Bespoke Sequin Top (Sold out) | 2. Boutique Pleated Maxi Dress (Forgot where this was from exactly) | 3. Pink Wasabi Shop Clutch Bag | 4. DSW BCBG Pumps | 5. House of Harlow Earrings via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to get a FREE month!) | 6. Trina Turk Necklace via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to get a FREE month!) | 7. House of Harlow Bracelet via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to get a FREE month!) (All c/o)

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This is the second part of my real life, red carpet, Oscar's edition, post Oscar 2015 Awards show. If you missed the first part, you can view it here. And for those of you, ladies and gents, who saw the first part, how did you like it?

For today's outfit, I picked a classic black and white color scheme and popping it off with my other pick from DSW. These BCBG "Jaze" Pumps in yellow are perfect for spring. They may actually be a lot lighter in person. I totally love its shade! It's also available in red, nude, and black. Just like the Charles by Charles David Pumps  I showed you on yesterday's style, these BCBG ones are just as versatile. You may think that they may look more casual but you can use them for formal as well just like I did in this look. But not only that, I do believe that you can also use them for work. Think cream pants, white inner shirt, black jacket and a pop of light yellow pumps! I have so many other outfit ideas I can do with these! Looks like they are going to be overused this coming season!

So what do you think of this look? If your shoe closet needs some addition or overhaul, I suggest checking out DSW. Well…I guess I really don't have to tell you that. *Wink*

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Livin’ the Real Life Red Carpet, Oscar’s Style Part 1

 

Parker Sequin Dress

1. Parker Sequin Cocktail Dress via Tootsie's | 2. Charles by Charles David Pumps via DSW | 3. H&M Earrings | 4. Oh So Fancy Necklace (Sold out) |  5. Lemon Drop Boutique Bracelet | 6. Gigi New York Python All-In-One Clutch (All c/o)

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Did you get to watch the Oscar Awards last night? How do you feel about this year's celeb red carpet styles? Whose dress was your favorite? I certainly loved Alexa Chung's and Scarlet Johansson's! What about shoes? Which ones are your favorite?

Oh the glitz and glamour of Hollywood! It has so much influence on us whether we like it or not and whether we are aware of it or not. I think subconsciously, even though Hollywood can have a negative connotation sometimes, deep inside, we somehow wonder what it feels like to be a Hollywood star, with the glamorous lifestyle and fashion the celebrities have. Our buying decisions are often affected by what we see on television shows and movies.

Well, while it might be too far out for most of us to be Hollywood stars, we can always create our own real-life red carpet, Oscar’s style! I think Hollywood can be a state of mind and if it can be, we can make happen whatever we put our minds into!

Being glamorous doesn’t necessarily equate to spending thousands of dollars to get the look. With that said, I created my “own” Oscar’s style that may not necessarily be as grand but it’s certainly wearable for special occasions – showing you a couple of looks that I put together, including my two of my new fave picks from DSW. How can we not love DSW? They have designer and name brand items at reasonable prices.

Here's the first part of two real life red carpet Oscar's style I created – a Parker sequin dress which I picked up from a local Tootsie's branch a few weeks ago and I decided to match it with these simple but classy Charles by Charles David pact reptile pumps from DSW. I love the versatility of these pumps – you can use it with your dress pants or pencil skirt and jacket for work and a sequin cocktail dress like this one for play.

So, what do you think of this look? Stay tuned for the Part 2 tomorrow!

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Mosaic + $600 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

 

Corset Dress

1. Denimocracy Jacket (Sold out, check out other options below) | 2. Amanda Uprichard Corset Dress via Nordstrom's (Also check out other options below) | 3. Like Dreams Shoulder Bag | 4. Cici Hot Black Pumps (Also check out other options below) | 5. Kendra Scott Danielle Iridescent Earrings | 6. Kendra Scott Harlow Iridescent Necklace | 7. Kendra Scott Cassie Iridescent Bracelet (All c/o)

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One of those rare moments when I am wearing a quite dark dress…but I love this corset dress from Amanda Uprichard, which thankfully is still available at Nordstrom. Oh, speaking of Norstrom, today is Freebie Friday! I have teamed up with a group of lovely ladies to give away a $600 gift card to Nordstrom (because honestly, who doesn't love Nordstrom?) Scroll below or click here to join!

Back to the outfit…Amanda Uprichard is definitely one of my favorite contemporary designers. Her designs are as if she asked me what my style is and made all of them to fit my taste! And although she's a designer, the price range is still reasonable! If you're not familiar with her brand, I really do suggest checking her out. I'm sure you ladies are going to love her! Her dresses are definitely one of those that I can keep forever in my closet.

And quite honestly, sometimes all you need is a classic black pumps to match your outfit. These glossy ones from Cici Hot are quite high but that doesn't mean to say you can't rock them! I know there are many of you who walk like a pro model in super high heels so these babies will not be a challenge for you.

How do you like today's outfit?

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Things To Do In Houston: Watch Burlesque at Prohibition Supper Club and Bar

 

**WARNING** Some photos in this post may not be suitable for children. My apologies in advance for some of the blurred photos as well. The room was dark and couldn't use flash photography.

My birthday (February 3rd) fell on a weekday this year (and will continue to be in the next 2 years!) and although I don't normally celebrate my birthday every year, I decided to do something this year. I didn't do anything exactly on the day of my birthday except for a dessert with some friends but I did have a post-birthday staycation at Hotel Icon (if you missed the story, you can click here) and a dinner and a show at Prohibition Supper Club and Bar.

I am pretty amazed how Downtown Houston has grown over the past couple of years. While I often frequent the area where Prohibition Supper Club and Bar is at as a photoshoot location, I didn't know it exists. When the offer for a dinner and a show was presented, I checked out their website and got interested. I'm not a huge bar-goer and the truth of the matter is, I must confess that I am not a very outgoing person, but I do get the urge to try out things every once in awhile – apparently and surprisingly, that included watching a burlesque show.

Prohibition Supper Club and Bar is about .2 miles walking distance from Hotel Icon, which is really a couple of blocks. If you're wearing flats, it's a breeze! My staycation along with the dinner and show at Prohibition was the perfect combination! Not to mention that I had great company too – my mom and a couple of friends from church. I was so grateful that they joined me!

I kinda didn't know what to expect but didn't get disappointed at the place. Prohibition has a bar and restaurant front and in the back was the theatre and prix fixe dinner place where they hold the burlesque show. The place is very classy – a center stage with two huge and tall columns, high ceilings, nice chandelier, elegant mezzanine railings, and serpentine staircase.

The idea of the place is to watch a show while having a three-course meal. They hold two different kinds of shows I believe, one is Provocateur on Fridays (which is what we went to see) and The Moonlight Show on Saturdays.

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And then the burlesque show began. It was opened by a number of dancers wearing a thong body suit and ballet shoes with laces that go all the way up to their thighs. All I can say is that those dancers motivated the heck out of me to work out! Their bodies, flexibilities, and moves were just amazing.

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This lady hanging in that hula hoop is truly the burlesque queen! She was singing live while up in the air. She's got pretty amazing voice too!

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The show used great backdrops, lighting and props to enhance the performances.

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Although the costumes were mostly provocative and the moves were sexy and sultry, each performance is tastefully and creatively done.

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This girl is on fire!!! She ate the fire afterwards. (Shows shocked face)

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Although each performance is pretty amazing, the aerial numbers were outstanding! It had my jaw dropped the whole time while watching. Okay that may be a little exaggeration but you get the point.

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That moment when they called the birthday celebrants in the audience to go up the stage and the burlesque queen taught us and asked us to do the burlesque moves. It was quite embarassing for me but I played with it somehow.

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With my mom and church friends.

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The dinner and show is $65/person. It comes with a prix fixe 3-course meal. The first course is a simple salad with baby oak lettuces, heirloom cherry tomato, shaved onion, white mushroom and champagne vinaigrette as dressing.

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For the second course, you have the option of Shrimp and Grits or Grilled Sirloin Steak. I opted for the former since I don't eat beef. I did find my Shrimp and Grits okay. Maybe because I'm not Cajun. Ha!

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The third and final course was chocolate cake, salted ganache, bordeaux raspberry sauce with toffee sauce. I think I went to heaven when I tried this. This is absolutely delicious!

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If you're visiting Houston anytime soon and are looking for places to visit or things to do, you should consider checking out Prohibition Supper Club and Bar for a sexy, seductive, fun, jaw-dropping, and creative but tastefully done burlesque show and a three-course meal. If you have never seen a burlesque show just like me, this will be a nice brand new experience! Check out their website www.prohibitionhouston.com for more information and to make reservations.

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary dinner and show at Prohibition Supper Club and Bar to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Prohibition Supper Club and Bar.

 

Hotel Icon: An Iconic Place to Stay in Downtown Houston


Houston is such a historical city and its Downtown houses some of its historical architectures, including Hotel Icon, which I had the pleasure of staying for a post-birthday staycation last February 7. I've always loved this part of Downtown which you will often see as the location of my photoshoots.

According to Hotel Icon's website, it was built in 1911 to house of one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank. It was restored and transformed into Hotel Icon in 2004 and was renovated in 2012.

I love the red accents on the first floor of the exterior and this building actually gives this part of Downtown so much personality. I hope Hotel Icon stays in this corner forever because this street isn't just going to be the same without it.

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The grand entrance to the lobby of the hotel.

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The front desk area. There seems to be a huge vault in the background. I'm sure it's just a decoration! And if it's not, I wonder if there is Yamashita treasure there…*wink* The front desk people were very friendly. I only had a couple of questions about parking and never really had any issues that I need resolved.

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The tall and huge Corinthian columns made me feel like a dwarf but I love their lobby which is actually part lobby and part restaurant called Line & Lariat. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try any of the restaurant's menu because the same night I was out with some friends for my post-birthday dinner (another post coming up) and they had an event happening there as well. We hung out in the lobby though until 2 in the morning after dinner and show and played XOXO in one of the corners where they had that board. I love the red chairs which is obviously the Hotel's color. I wish I had taken photos of the doors of the rooms because they are also in red.

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The hotel had wonderful traditional interiors that fit exactly the hotel's history and personality.

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These are the elevators. As you can see, they looked very "historical." I must admit, the vibe it gives kinda freaked me out, I felt like all of a sudden, I'm stepping in a haunted house. Obviously, that's just my imagination and I was able to handle it alright. After all, I am a big girl! The elevators are key-activated – meaning, you will need your hotel room to activate the elevators to get to your floor. It is a great security feature to prevent burglars from breaking into your rooms.

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Still part of the elevator area.

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The inside of the elevator which made me a bit more freaked out than I already was, ha! I know it's all psychological but I guess it's the thought that the hotel is old.

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This was my crib for a night! The bed is spacious for one person but it gives enough room for two people. The linens were soft and luscious! The room has two huge windows but I didn't open the curtains anymore since my view was the wall of another building next to the hotel. I only had a little view of the street. I was a bit surprised with the color scheme of the room which was turquoise, orange, and brown -a bit far from the red accents in the majority of the areas of the hotel. But no complains, the colors are easy on the eyes and they work well. There were some odd pictures of bulls or longhorns on the wall which I really didn't notice but a friend of mine did and wondered why they chose to put such artwork. I guess to add a Texas touch to it? The room furnitures seem to have a modern touch to it though, unlike the traditional furnitures in the lobby. You may notice that there is a huge desk next to the bed. If you're a workaholic like me, this is a wonderful thing to have in a hotel room –  a spacious work area for your laptop and what nots.

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Each room has a small sitting area which is great if you have a couple of friends who would like to hang out for a bit. A couple of my friends who joined me for dinner and a show at a nearby bar stopped by to check out the room and we chatted here for awhile. They have a Keurig coffee maker which is great! Although there is a nearby coffee shop, literally a few steps from the hotel, it's always great when you have a Keurig readily available in your hotel room!

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The bathroom is huge! It has a separate bath tub and shower area. It's got a really nice combination of colors, textures, and prints. It's like an art deco room!

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This is the area where the hotel is located – corner of Main St. and Congress St. This area has boomed in the past couple of years. There's the Honeymoon Coffee and Bar in the corner and next to it on both sides are lots of restaurants and bars. The area gets crowded with tons of bar-goers after 7 PM, especially on a weekend.

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Do you recognize this spot? I'm sure that you've seen this so many times in several of my outfits throughout the years. This strip is full of restaurants and bars. This is my most favorite part of Downtown and it's literally a few steps from Hotel Icon. You will never run out of night life when you're staying at Hotel Icon. Of course, there are also attractions that are nearby such as the Theatre District, The Downtown Aquarium, and many more.

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The Hotel is also a few steps away from the METROrail light rail line with service to the Museum District, the Children’s Zoo, Rice University, Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center and the Reliant Center convention facility and sports complex.

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Hotel Icon provides a luxury car service to destinations in Downtown – a Mercedes Sprinter! Unfortunately, I didn't get to utilize this service since my friend picked us up from the hotel to Prohibition Supper Club and Bar where we had dinner and watched a show.

Because the hotel is in Downtown, the only difficulty I encountered was the parking. The valet rate is pretty steep at $29/night I believe. The service is a contractor and is not directly provided by the hotel. There are several lot areas and parking garages available in the area though which range from anywhere between $10-20 overnight. There are also parking meters which are free from 6 PM until 7 AM. Most parking garages don't have in and out privileges. I parked at a parking meter a couple of blocks away from Hotel Icon but I moved it around 2 AM closer to the hotel when most parking meters are already available because bar goers have already left and had to put in money in the meter early morning.

Due to my limited time, I was not able to check out some of the hotel's amenities which is the spa and the fitness area.

If you're planning to visit Houston and looking for a place to stay and you enjoy a traditional and historical vibe, you might enjoy Hotel Icon! It's literally a few steps away from a ton of night life activities and tourist attractions. If you're a local Houstonian and looking for a staycation that's in the center of pretty much everything, you will also enjoy Hotel Icon.

Visit www.hotelicon.com to check out their amenities, nearby attractions, and for reservations.

 

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary stay at Hotel Icon to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hotel Icon.

Roses Are Red and My Dress is Pink

 

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1. TOBI Shift Dress (Also available in white and blue) (Also check out other options below) | 2. Greg Michael Bag (Also check out other options below) | 3. Deb Shops Pumps (Sold out, check out other options below) | 4.Pretty in Pynk Earrings (Sold out) | 5. Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace | 6. Lily Rain Bracelet (Sold out) (All c/o)

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It feels like it's been forever since I posted an outfit. I only posted a couple of outfits last week to give way to some Valentine's Day features I had lined up. Hope you enjoyed them! But I am back this week with some cute outfits which I hope you will like and to start it off, how about this sweet, dainty shift dress from TOBI? I love TOBI's selection of dresses - they're cute, sexy, and flirty. You will find dresses for every day look and for special occasions. I think their buyer is doing such an amazing job in selecting dresses that both we ladies will love. As if they know what we want!

This dress I'd like to think is for a special occasion – such as a wedding or a date or any special occasion you can think of. I would hate to wear such a pretty shift dress for an ordinary day. The beauty of this dress is really in the details though – the embroidered neckline. I will not deny…I felt such a lady when I was wearing this. Such a keeper!

And since spring is coming, this is such a sweet color! If you're planning on attending any spring weddings, I highly recommend this dress. TOBI has a reasonable price range.

I had to also pull out my mint Greg Michael's bag again. Well the season of mint green is soon about to come and I can't wait! This bag is another keeper. *Wink*

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Hypoxi: High-Tech Way to Lose Weight?

 

When New Year comes, also comes resolutions which mostly includes fitness and health for some people. I'm not the one to make resolutions. I may write down some goals but not resolutions and that does not usually include anything about fitness. I told my friends jokingly but truthfully that the most exercise I do is when I stretch in bed in the morning. Funny but sad and true. Well at the end of last year, opportunity presented itself to try out some fitness options for me, including trying out Hypoxi for 6 sessions. Feeling that I'm always kinda lethargic and losing flexibility in my back and limbs, I felt the need to work out and be fit.

Now, I have never really heard of Hypoxi. I didn't even know how to pronounce it when I first read it, haha!  But the concept got me interested. For a person like me who doesn't normally work out and all of a sudden jump on it, the first thing I had in mind was, how easy or how difficult is it and can I really lose weight doing it?

So I read a little about it on their website www.hypoxihouston.com and gave it a try at the beginning of the year, when I had to burn all the calories I consumed during the holidays. About a couple of weeks ago was when I finished my 6th session.

What is Hypoxi?

Apparently, the concept started in Germany by a sports doctor. Hypoxi Houston is the only hypoxi studio here in North America. It is a fat-burning method that utilizes vacuum and compression principle while working out. According to their brochure, "only with effective blood circulation can fat deposits be released, transported around the body and be used as a source of energy. In other words, the more effectively a specific region of our body is supplied with blood, the more efficiently the fat deposits in this region are released and burned." Hypoxi uses machines and a body suit that apply high and low pressure for targeted intensification of blood circulation.

Below are the Hypoxi training machines which target the lower body area. As you can see, it looks easy and relaxing. But don't get fooled. Underneath those machines, your lower body is doing something. You are still doing the work but not as much because you have some aid in helping you achieve your goals. These are cycling machines which are perfect for those with pear-shaped bodies.

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But before doing any of the actual workouts, they recommend some people to do the machine which treats cellulite and helps in the firmness of your skin and body. It takes 20 mins but you're not really doing anything, you're just laying down, wearing the full body scuba suit while releasing those toxins in your body. They have a dim lighting in this room and the actual pressuring/cupping of the suit on your body is very relaxing. It's like someone is massaging you. If you don't have to do this, the cycling or the treadmill is only 30 minutes so you can actually do it during your lunch time. They do have consultation to determine which workout is best for you and your body type.

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These are the body suits that you wear when doing the treadmill. It has pressure areas inside it, again to help in blood circulation and is perfect for those people, men and women, who have mid-section problem areas. Attached to a vacunaut, the machine puts pressure and compression in this suit while you're running on the treadmill. It may be a little annoying and uncomfortable at first but when you do get the hang of it, you will actually like the feeling. I'm normally not a "sweaty" person, I can be walking or running but I won't be sweating. When I was doing Hypoxi, I noticed that I sweat a lot and I love the feeling.

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Because my main problem area is my mid-section, they recommended that I do the treadmill. So I did about 6 sessions of the cellulite treatment and the treadmill. I did 30 minutes of the treadmills for each session.

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Here are the lovely ladies at Hypoxi Houston – Caroline and Shema. They are the friendliest people you will ever meet. It doesn't matter what stage of weight loss you're at, they will not intimidate you and will help you achieve your goals.

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Conclusion:

For people like me who needed a jump start on working out, Hypoxi really helped me get in the fitness groove. The regular number of sessions to see a good result is 12 sessions and I did 6. I maintained my body measurements but I lost a couple of pounds on my weight. However, the two weeks I was doing Hypoxi session was also when I was doing workouts left and right and also "somewhat" watching what I eat, so I can't tell if it's solely a result of Hypoxi or it's an overall combination of fitness and lifestyle change.

Hypoxi is a wonderful and promising concept. There are a lot of great testimonials of people who achieved results in their studio and other Hypoxi locations outside North America. However, if your goal is to lose weight, doing Hypoxi requires a lifestyle change as well, that's why they do give you some nutritional suggestions so you can know what to eat and what not to. Watching what you eat along with a regular exercise, whether it's Hypoxi or another routine, can help you achieve weight loss. Hypoxi is pretty pricey but for what it promises it may be worth a try for you. If you're located in Houston or is planning to visit Houston soon, you might want to check them out. You can go to their website www.hypoxihouston.com and schedule a FREE trial and consultation.

Also check out the video below for a tour of the studio and Shema's explanations of each work out.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Party, Shari’s Berries Style!


I was supposed to do a pre-Valentine's Day party with some of my friends but the timing didn't work out. It will be a post Valentine's party for them! I decided to take my niece out on a fancy chocolate date in their backyard and served her a ton of Shari's Berries chocolates, in different kinds! My niece just turned 4 last December and she LOVES chocolates just as much as I do. When I told her about the idea, she loved it. So my mom got her dressed in her Fab Kids outfit from January and I set-up a table in the backyard and decorated it with some Valentine's decorations. Thankfully, their yard is clean enough for me to pull it off, ha!

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I served my niece with these assorted Cake Truffles which can come in 9 or 18 in a box. It comes with Chocolate Cake Truffles Dipped in Dark with Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Cake Truffles Dipped in White with White Swizzles, Red Velvet Cake Truffles Dipped in White with Red Velvet Cake Crumbles, Chocolate and Marshmallow Cake Truffles Dipped in Dark with Graham Cracker Crumbles, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Truffles Dipped in White with Chocolate Chips, Salted Caramel Cake Truffles Dipped in Dark with Sea Salt, Cookies and Cream Cake Truffles Dipped in White with Cookie Crumbs, Peanut Butter Cake Truffles Dipped in Dark with Peanut Butter Swizzles, and Almond Joyous Cake Truffles Dipped in Dark with Coconut Flakes.

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My niece's favorite is the chocolate-covered Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cookies, Valentine's Collection which unfortunately is already sold out. But you can click here to see what other options they have for Valentine's Day. These cookies are just too cute though!

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And what is a Shari's Berries party without chocolate-covered strawberries? Yummy!!! The one you see in the photo below is the Full Dozen Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries which is currently on sale for $29.98!

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As if the chocolate-covered strawberries and Oreo cookies aren't enough, we also had these delicious cheesecakes! You can't order them separately, but you can order half a dozen of the swizzled strawberries and it can come with these 3.

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And more chocolate-covered Oreo cookies…this time with some chocolate-covered pretzels too! The pretzels can also come with cake pops, cake truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries and cherries. Check out what other options they have here.

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Their cake pops are just as amazing!

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And no, he's not a Shari's Berries product. *Smile* Meet Justin, this is my niece's Shi-Tzu dog. He kept running around the yard, all happy and won't leave the area. So finally we decided to put some petals on him to snap a photo. He happily obliged, as you can tell!

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I told you…Nehrielle loves those chocolate-covered Oreo cookies!

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Telling her grandma "I Love You" with this Oreo cookie.

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Nehrielle, my niece, convinced me without saying a word to try the chocolate-covered Oreo cookie. I happily obliged. It was delish!

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And time for some Auntie/Niece pic…while Justin photobommbed us!

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Nehrielle in her Fab Kids outfit from January. You can tell she had a great time on our chocolate date in their backyard! She was very happy! Thank you Shari's Berries for all the sweets! Obviously, we didn't finish all of them…but there's still a post Valentine's Day party to come. *Wink*

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