MISC

March Transformation

Hi guys – can you believe another month has come and gone! This year is a quarter of the way through.. how much good have you done?

I have been running a lot this month! Running is my favorite form of cardio, so I have been trying to get in 2-3 runs a week. Today is the last day of the month and I have run over 40 miles! That is $10+ dollars to charity this month! This year, I have run over 100 a miles, which is 1/3  of my annual goal! SOOOO.. I am going to increase the goal I set for myself in my resolutions & goals post – I am setting myself a goal of 350 miles for the year! That is less than 250 miles to go!


Also, I had my weigh in and measurements taken last week – I have lost 2 pounds since my last weigh in (and I know it is not as much as my last time, but gaining muscle will offset losing pounds). That means, since January, I have lost 9 pounds! NINE POUNDS! I also lost several inches this month

  • Neck (-0.25 inches)
  • Chest (-1 inches – improvement from last month of 0)
  • Shoulders (-1 inches – improvement from last month of 0)
  • Waist (-2 inches – improvement from last month of -0.5)
  • Hips (+0.25 inches- those squats are improving the bootayy ;), but definitely working on this area this month)
  • Bicep (+0.25 inches – need to keep working on my arms!)
  • Thigh (+0.25 inches – attributing this to all of the running & leg workouts, but going to monitor over the next month to make sure I am moving in the right direction)
  • Calf (-0.25 inches)

That makes a total of 3.75 inches lost (1 more inch than last month) and a GRAND TOTAL of 6.5 inches since January! I worked out 3-4 days a week during March (not as much as I planned, but I was busier than I expected), but my eating was not great, so that is something I need to focus on for April!

Here is a #transformation picture for you. The picture on the left is from my senior year of high school (2007) and the picture on the right is from last week! My 10 year high school reunion is this summer and I want to be the best version of myself when I go to the reunion! My transformation over these last 10 years has been tough, with a lot of ups and downs and plateaus. I am thankful to have a personal trainer who pushes me each week to do better. Take a look at the transformation:


Alright guys – this month is my birthday month, so I need to keep up the hard work and grind this month! Summer is just around the corner and I would love to feel great in the bikini I bought a couple of weeks ago 🙂 Here are my April goals:

  1. Hit the gym/workout 4-5 days a week, to be honest, I have realized that 4 days is probably a more realistic goal to hit each week, but I will continue to work hard this month and try to push myself!
  2. Post on the blog as often as possible! I need to find some hairstyles to film videos for you guys, if you have anything you want me to talk about or show you, let me know! Also, if you haven’t already, check out my Wanderlust #confessionsofatravelholic posts (NYC and Miami are live). I am going to Nashville in April, so be on the look out for that post towards the end of the month!
  3. EAT HEALTHY! I really need to focus on this during April to help my goals even more!
  4. GIVE BACK – I use charity miles to give back through running, but I also want to do something in my spare time to give back as well. My goal is to donate time or money this month for a charity.

In addition, I am running 2 races this month:

  • April 22 – Running the “Run the River” 10K in Roswell with a close friend of mine! I am really excited (also, did I mention, I ran a 10K in March!! Check out my Instagram for the post) and looking forward to pushing myself this month!
  • April 29 – Running the “Wicked Wine Run” 5K in Nashville with some friends. Super excited for this run as well, because, well WINE!

I will post about these races later this month! What are some of your goals for the month? Have any hairstyles you want to see? Let me know!

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Leah

HAIR

How To: Washing My Hair

I always get the question asked, how does your hair look so shiny and healthy? Well, I think it attributes to 2 things:

  1. My bomb digity hair dresser that has been doing my hair since college and saving it one split end at a time. Seriously, she is amazing and I LOVE her. Want to know how much? I live in Atlanta and go to Jacksonville sometimes just to get my hair done (and see my family, of course). But really though, there have been weekends where I know I need it done (like right now my roots could use some touch up) and I will go down for a quick trip so that she can do my hair! She helps me keep it looking so shiny and healthy 365 days of the year!
  2. How I wash my hair plays a huge part! First of all, I don’t wash it every day because a) too much conditioner in my hair is NOT a good thing and b) I have soooo much hair that it would be a hassle to wash it every day! So what do I do between wash days? I use dry shampoo! Check out this post for all of my favorite shampoos, conditioners and dry shampoos! And check out this post to see how I get away with after-gym hair! I only wash my hair 2 times a week (and if I can go less, I do).
    • When shampooing my hair, I focus on the roots. This is where most of the oils and dirt build up over the course of a couple of days and any product you put in stays at the roots. This helps make sure you hair is clean (and looks clean) while not drying out your ends where the most damage from heat is (bye bye split ends).
    • When conditioning my hair, I focus on the ends! You probably could have guessed that from where I was heading with this post, but it is true, I focus more on the ends of my hair than the roots (but of course I work it throughout to get rid of all the tangles). This helps those dry and damaged ends to give you a healthy looking shine from root (the newest, healthiest part of your hair) to ends (the oldest, most damaged part).
    • When I use dry shampoo, I make sure to use a small amount. This is to ensure I don’t over use the dry shampoo, as I want to make sure it looks nice and clean, not dry and damaged!

I hope this posts helps you! I also notice that my hair color can impact how healthy it looks. When I have my blonde ombre for summer, my hair looks more dry and damaged due to the damage from changing the color and all the sun my hair is getting. When my hair is dark, it tends to look a lot more shiny and healthy. If this is something you notice, talk to your hair dresser about ways to help improve the healthiness of your hair. I love to use Moroccan oil when my hair is still wet. This helps hydrate my hair and helps with the frizzy pieces and fly aways!  Remember, something that helps one person, doesn’t always help everyone, these are just things I have noticed over the years!

Let me know what you think by commenting on this post or #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram!

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Leah

Wanderlust

Miami, Florida

While I was freezing in cold in NYC and Atlanta during the first 2 weeks of March, I made a spontaneous decision to go down to Miami to see my best friend for her birthday! Literally, it had been so cold and I could not stand it so I booked a last minute flight (using Delta Skymiles of course) and headed on down to the Sunshine State!

So this was a huge surprise for my best friend and I totally threw her off! I booked my flight on a Thursday for Saturday. I messaged her for her address (which ended up being her work address – so I had to get her actual address from her mom!!!) and was totally prepared to surprise her Saturday morning. Friday night for St. Patrick’s Day, I grabbed dinner and drinks with some friends, sending her snap chats because I didn’t want her to think I was coming down (her boss and her mom were the only people in Miami who knew I was coming). She thought that there was no way I could make it since I was out drinking.

Saturday morning (and really I mean Friday night, because seriously, how if 4:45 am morning already??) I woke up after only 4 hours of sleep and headed to the airport! My flight was early in the morning and I got to Miami around 9:15am. I took an uber (THANK GOD FOR UBER) from the airport to her apartment. As I am knocking on her apartment (and trying to record a video) I get the feeling that OMG I either am at the wrong place or she is not home…

I get on the phone and call her and see what she is doing.. She goes in the list long story (probably about 5-7 minutes long) of all the errands she needs to run because she has her birthday party that night (DUH – that’s why I was standing outside her apartment). Finally, once she is done, I tell her that is great but she needs to turn around because I am outside her apartment. AND she FREAKS. Literally freaks and starts crying on the phone. Even though the surprise wasn’t in person, it felt great to be able to pull it off!

True to her word, we ran errands all day. We had lunch at a cool little place called Diced (kind of like Chipotle, but I actually liked it better – I know, OMG). It was super good and the perfect amount to keep me full while went ALL over Miami. Finally, we went back to her place to get ready for dinner and go to her favorite bar.

Dinner – Yardhouse: This place was packed, but it was totally worth it! The first thing I really liked about this place was the number of beers they have on tap, each round I had a different beer! For food, we kept it light and ordered a bunch of appetizers –  crispy Brussel sprouts & ripped potatoes, poke nachos, truffle fries and sweet potato fries. The poke nachos were out of this world good! I absolutely loved them! They were large enough to share, but it could easily be a meal for one person. When I go back, I am getting these all to myself!

Bar – Bougainvillea’s: This bar was SO Kelly! It was laid back and had an outdoor/indoor bar area. It was a super cool place and  we had so much fun! We danced and hung out and drank the night away, celebrating my best friend! I may have been up for 24 hours by the time I went to sleep that night, haha! It was definitely a great time and another place I cannot wait to go back to!

Even though it was a short trip and I have now spent 3 Sunday’s in a row recovering,  I wouldn’t change it for the world! It was so nice to be able to surprise my best friend and I know it will be a birthday she remembers forever (well until the big 3-0 next year where she says she wants to go to Vegas)! BTW – check out this post to see how I curled my hair!

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Happy birthday Kelly, I love you!

#confessionsofatravelholic

Leah

HAIR

Braids to Waves

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Ever wondered how to get easy beach waves without all the hassle? Well here you go! I do this hairstyle at night and then sleep in the braids so that I can get some waves the next day. As you will see in the video, I used dutch braids (check out this post for the difference between dutch braids and French braids). I just like the way the waves look when I take them out the next day. I also used my “Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray” which I absolutely love to use when wearing my hair like this (check out this post for where to buy this spray)!

This was a super easy hairstyle and the next morning I just took out the braids, added some beach spray to my hair and was good to go! Check out the video below!

Thanks for watching! And remember, if you try out this hairstyle #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram so I can check it out!

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Leah

Wanderlust

New York, New York

Hi guys!

So I have decided to do a little sub-blog talking about my travels! As you may have read in my resolutions post for 2017 – I want to go to as many new places as I can! While each city won’t be a new experience for me, I will be trying out new restaurants, bars, entertainment activities, etc. I wanted you guys to get to see the travel side of me and I really hope you enjoy what I post about here!

First up – one of my top 3 favorite cities in all the world New York, New York! I absolutely love this city! I love being able to walk or use public transportation to get any where. The food is amazing and you are always guaranteed to have a good time!

I flew into LGA on a Friday afternoon and caught a cab to my hotel in the city! I have several friends who live in or around NYC, so I wanted to make sure I got to see them! On Friday, I met up with a friend of mine and his wife who are from Atlanta but are currently living in NYC. They live in Chelsea and know of all the hot spots around that area! We ended up having dinner and drinks!

Dinner – Bar B: OH MY was this place cool or what! It is a super small bar where you stand up to eat your dinner. It is super casual and the perfect ambiance for hanging out with 1 or 2 friends and wanting good food too. You have to go in knowing that it is standing only and super small (literally 20 people at a time small). Make sure to get there a little early (we got there around 7pm on a Friday) so that you can get a spot. The bartenders/servers are great about making room so that more people can fit, but there can be quite a wait if you get there too late! Their happy hour is unreal and we had a couple of drinks while catching up. I ordered the Beet Burger (I know, sounds gross – totally amazing). It was a combination of so many great flavors that I couldn’t event taste the beets (NOT my favorite vegetable). I also had a side of the potato salad and it was the best damn potato salad I have EVER had! I cannot wait to go back to this place again in the future! Bar B also has a sister restaurant called Basta Pasta(it is sit-down) and I cannot wait to try it out next time I am in the city!

Play time – Kinky Boots: This play is the whole reason I went to NYC the weekend I did. I am a HUGE fan of Todrick Hall (check out his youtube page here). He is amazing and it was his last weekend as Lola in Kinky Boots. I was dying to see him on Broadway, so I made a trip just for this! And let me tell you, he did not disappoint and neither did the play! It was phenomenal! I have always said that Hairspray! was my favorite play, but this one took over number 1 in my heart! I laughed, cried and wanted to dance along with them. Going to see the play was by far my best decision! I also got to see some great friends while in the city & they came to see the play with me, so it was a win-win!

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My second family!

Dinner – Carmine’s: You cannot go to NYC without getting some good Italian food and man was this place yummy! It is family style, so remember that when you are ordering! You have to make reservations at this place! It gets so packed! We had cheesy garlic bread for an appetizer, and man do I love me some carbs! It was so fantastic! For our entree we had shrimp scampi and it was amazing! I loved this place and will definitely go back (and remembering all the good food I ate is making me sooooo hungry)!

This trip was definitely one for the books. I had such a great time catching up with friends and I loved that I got to eat some great food and see one of my favorite entertainers (and human beings) perform on Broadway!

Thanks for the great memories NYC!

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Leah

HAIR

French vs Dutch Braid

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Hey guys! My mom asked me a while ago why I did a dutch braid vs a French braid in one of my videos… I typically will wear both braids but it depends on the look I am going for will determine which braid I wear.

French:

  1. Going to the gym – this way it is secure and out of my face but not pulling too tight. See my video on this hairstyle here.
  2. I have several different videos where I have incorporated braids into my work hairstyle:
    • Braids with Buns – when I wear this hair style, I am going for a sleek look, so I usually want my hair flat, which is why I use the regular french braid.
    • This up-do – again, this style was meant to be easy and quick and the French braid lays flat, so you have some style, but it’s not too flashy.
    • This hairstyle – I had tried this hairstyle out for the first time when I did the video for it, so I went with the regular French braid, which I felt worked really well for this hairstyle!

I like that the French braid lays flat and looks sleek, which is why I tend to use that braid.

Dutch:

  1. I only have this hairstyle uploaded for the dutch braid. I like this braid when I want to give an edge to the look. Since my hair was curly, I wanted to add a bohemian look with the dutch braid. I don’t use this braid as much as the French braid, but I like both of the equally.

I like both of these braids equally and decided to make a video showing the two different braids. It really is up to your preference, as all the hairstyles I have included links to could be worn using either braid. Check out the video below!

Thanks for watch and reading! If you have any questions – feel free to leave a comment! As always, if you use any of the hairstyles, #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram for me to take a look!

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Leah

HAIR

New Wand!

Hey guys!  I’m headed to NYC today, but I wanted to post about my new wand!

So I posted last week that I ordered a new wand – and I am thrilled that it arrived  late last week and I got to play with it this past weekend! I ordered the Bombay 32mm Rose Gold Wand and it is fantastic! The curls it gives my hair are just so perfect and I received so many compliments on my hair the two days I wore the curls!

The things I love:

  1. It heats up super quick
  2. You can adjust the heat settings to be perfect for your hair
  3. It did not take long at all to get voluminous curls! Seriously, it only took me like 15 minutes after I blow dried my hair!
  4. The curls lasted days! I curled my hair Sunday and it’s now Friday and I just washed my hair, and the curls fell a little the first day, but besides a few touch ups, they lasted all week! Granted I only had my hair in a pony tail the last 2 days, but I was super impressed with how the curls held.
  5. Last, but definitely not least, the wand made my hair shiny and soft! I just wanted to brush my hands through it all day!

I can’t have a love list, without some cons:

  1. My hair definitely smelled a little burnt the first 2 days. I am not sure if it was due to the heat level or the fact that the wand is new, but I will be keeping an eye on this as I continue to use the wand. I will keep y’all posted!
  2. So I totally thought it was going to be a bigger barrel than it end up being, so there was definitely some disappointment there. This just means I will need to buy another wand!

All in all – I really do like this wand! The cons were not enough to make me wish I didn’t purchase this wand, and it may become my new tool that I use all the time! Here is a video of me using the wand:

As always, #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram so I can see your pictures!

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Leah