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Working out is one of those necessary evils. As much as I would rather sleep in and not work out,  I love the results and how it boosts my mood and energy level.  So I've decided to buckle down and make working out a daily priority.

The start of my routine begins with a morning stretch. I've been practicing yoga inconsistently for around 5 yrs and I found this awesome sequence that I've been loving. It really helps work out all the kinks and prepares me for the hard work ahead.  

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After loosening up with this yoga sequence I move on to a circuit workout for cardio.  I'd love to be able to do this entire sequence but I'm just starting out so I'm at the half way point before I need to stop.  I find it hard to get motivated to work out so I've discovered that gym memberships just wont work for me.  Eventually I stop wanting to drive to the gym, wait for machines, etc.....So being able to work out at home is key.

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Strength training with weights is also important and I alternate cardio days with weight lifting routines...but that's a post for another day.

  • What are your favorite ways to workout from home? Workout DVDs? Walking outside? Circuits?
  • What websites are your go-to websites for quality at-home workouts?



My weekend adventure...What did you guys do?

Marathon shopping at Nordstrom Rack for a new wardrobe.  I was there for 5 hours!! I bought a TON of great pieces, which I'll share more on later.

Toured the farmers market with the boys (Koa & Jasper). I love going to the farmers every weekend.  I'm a big fan of buying locally especially when it comes to produce.  Organic makes it even better! 

Koa checking out the market

Koa has flowers in his beard

How was your weekend??



Vow Renewal actually!

My best friend, since we were 14, and her wonderful husband are renewing their vows and I get to be a bridesmaid!!  AND I get to design the bridal jewelry!!  I'm most excited to make the bride's necklace! (blog post to come).

Her wedding theme has an elegant garden feel and it's taking place in this beautiful outdoor venue called The French Estate...oolalaa

After two short trips to Davids Bridal and Alfred Angelo we found her dress! A beautiful gown in elegant lace. Next was the hunt for my bridesmaid dress.  I was unsuccessful at finding a dress at the bridal stores so on a whim we decided to pop into Nordstrom and take a look at their wedding section.  The wedding colors are sage and lavender and my dress needed to be in sage.  Happily, within seconds of entering the wedding section we find my dress!! The only sage dress on the reduced rack, it was kismet!!

I'm having tons of fun looking for bridal necklace ideas on Pinterest and Etsy.  My bestie wants pearls to match the classy elegance of her lace dress.  Right now I'm looking into styles and Swarovski pearls to create the perfect statement necklace for the big day. Any ideas??



Hi Everyone! It has been a while since my last post, August was crazy busy, busy, busy!  So many fun and fantastic things happened this August and have spilled over into September that I'm excited to share with you!

I had an amazing time working with a group of talented people on a goth themed Graffiti Photo Shoot for the StyleHashtag blog.  We spent the day shooting in L.A. using crazy awesome graffiti as the backdrop. My Calypte Collection spike necklaces and chunky chain jewelry went perfectly with the talented fashion designer, Michelle Hebert gowns.  After all the fun, we went for lunch at the delicious Urth Caffe! A perfect ending to a perfect day. jewelry photoshoot stylehashtag blog jewelry photoshoot stylehashtag blog

Thanks to Garone Africa Photography for the amazing photos and Michelle from the StyleHashtag blog!  

Last, but definitely not least, my jewelry line, Calypte Collection has partnering with the XCVI fashion pop-up shop at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks!! A bohemian-chic clothing line that pairs beautifully with my boho-chic jewelry pieces! The shop is open now until October 2nd. Go check it out!

Fashion Night Out was a lot of fun!  I met many wonderful people and had the most amazing red velvet cake of my life! If your ever in Calabases, CA (check the website for other locations) you have got to try Susie Cakes Bakery!

August was wonderful and September will be just as great.  I'm working on tons of new designs that I can't wait to share with you.

♥ Carol