3 Reasons It's Better to Work Out With a Group


I am pretty sure that being fit and going to the gym is most likely on top of the list for your New Year's resolutions. Well here is a little tip: you need to get involved in a group exercise class today. No not tomorrow, not next week, today! Whether it's at the park or in a gym, you will see people working out together. So you can either sign up to workout with a group in a studio class or just grab a group of your own friends and lets jump on this fitness wagon, the more the merrier and here is why...

1. Motivation: If you are anything like me then you may sometimes get lazy when you are by yourself in the gym. There is no one there to tell you to keep on going, and once you break that one sweat you might just get tired and give up. However, when you are in a group setting, no one really wants to be the last one. Although you should always go at your own pace, seeing others do better than you, because they are stronger and in good shape, will definitely bring out the competitive side in you and push you to do better.

I had the chance to test out ClassPass and all the amazing fitness studios in Miami from cycling, dancing, barre and many more. On top of the group motivation there is usually an active and cheerful (or strict) instructor there to guide you and motivate you to keep on going. Their job is to get you out of your comfort level and make you work for your desired fit body.


2. Accountability: I don't know about you, but I am not a morning person at all. However, there are times I sign up for early fitness classes starting at 7am that way I am forced to start my day early. I am holding myself accountable to wake up early and get to class on time. Some classes will not let you in after warm-up session, so you want to make sure you arrive and prepare for your workout in a timely manner. In comparison to the gym, since there is not a set time you need to be there you might just end up hitting the snooze button and miss out on gym time.


3. Social Opportunities: For those of you that are way too busy for a social life, well here is your chance. Get to know people in your workout group and maybe go on healthy lunch dates to learn about each others fitness goals. Whether you are single or not, it's always great to interact with new people for either personal or networking purposes. You never know who you might be working out next to. Keep your business card in your gym bag and run free, literally.

Photo Credit: Matt Roy


Bikinis That Will Turn Heads At The Beach


How do I go from thigh high boots and trench coats to an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini during the "winter" time you ask? Well... I live in Miami, FL where winter doesn't really exist. But besides that, I had a chance to wear this floral print two piece by Maya Swimwear from KoKo & Palenki on my recent cruise trip to Cozumel, Mexico. I had a chance to meet with the designer herself during Miami Swim Week and chatted about how amazing her form fitting bikinis are. She was actually the first to design the scrunch butt feature and then all others followed. Also known as the pucker back bikinis will help lift and contour your booty!


If you want to do some early shopping for the summer, or live in a hot city like me then check out my selection of bikinis that will definitely turn heads at the beach. From solids or fun prints and even mix-and-match sets to definitely make you stand out from the rest. I mean being that fitness is the number one new years resolution for the majority of us, this is a great way to show off your new rockin' abs or possibly some motivation to hit the gym before summer arrives.


The Best Winter Coats on Sale Now

Winter in Miami: The Olive Green Trench Coat


While some of you are bundled up from head to toe, I am in Miami enjoying a nice cool breeze. This year we were actually blessed with two major cold fronts in which I had the chance to bring out my "winter clothes". One of my go to jackets is this Olive Green Hooded Coat since it's light weight and can be worn all day long. The olive coat is a wardrobe staple that can be styled in so many ways. I paired my olive outwear with a red plaid top, boyfriend jeans and Brown Lace Up Peep Toe Booties. Keep reading to find the best winter coats that are on sale now.



Being that the weather is warming up in some cities, this is the perfect time to buy a new winter coat. For those that are still experiencing cold weather then you definitely don't want to get caught outside without a cute winter coat. Many coats are being marked down and I have listed a few of my favorites that are on sale now, so act fast! You will even have some money left over for a cute hat and gloves to match.


Photographer: Jean Paul







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