Work Hard, Barre Harder

…or in my case lately, barre not at all.

Other than visiting PBGP every chance I get, I haven’t stepped foot in my studio here in Kzoo in over 2 months. Between buying a house, moving, freelancing, starting some home improvement projects, and then getting brought onto a time-intensive project at work, any free time I have is spent sitting on the couch doing as little as humanly possible. And I’m not happy about it.

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But as I was thinking about what to write for this post, I realized (with Joe’s help) that I’d been incorporating some Barre movements into my every day life without even thinking about it!

Calf raises while waiting for food to heat up.

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Plank pulses while setting tile.

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Tucks while stopped at red lights. (This one doesn’t get a GIF. Too awkward.)

And I’m sure there are so many other things I do without even thinking about it that are helping keep my body toned while on this unintentional Barre-hiatus. In fact, I’m pretty sure my twice-daily bout of sneezing is equivalent to at least a 35 second plank 😉

And more calf raises.

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Really though, I find myself doing calf raises ALL the time. Waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for a conference room to open up at work, waiting for a table at a restaurant…basically any time I’m waiting for anything.

That said…nothing beats that hour to myself in the studio. If I was able to find time to go to PBGP during senior year finals, while planning a wedding, and preparing for a trip to Paris – I can find time now. Heck, my body and brain could especially use that hour when I’m feeling overwhelmed with everything else going on.

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Plus, lets be real. Living in a city that’s known for its beer could turn into a real problem. Real fast.

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So what’s the point of this post? Other than me rambling/convincing myself it’s time to go back to Bent 9. That it’s easy to incorporate small bits of exercise into your daily life? Maybe. Or maybe that we should be more mindful of the importance of that hour to yourself, for yourself. Maybe it’s not an hour. Maybe you practice yoga instead of barre.

You decide 🙂


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Muchas gracias to SimplyWorkout for the Barre Vibes tank and ombré sticky socks seen in this post. If you haven’t checked out their website or Instagram, you’re missing out on some great stuff!

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Review: Billion Dollar Brows

Disclaimer: I was sent these products from Billion Dollar Brows, with no compensation other than the products to test and review. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

If you had asked me 5 or 6 months ago, I wouldn’t have known the first thing about makeup (okay well maybe the very basics, but that’s it.) However, I can now fend for myself pretty well thanks to the efforts put forth by two of my bridesmaids during all of our pre-wedding prep!

A huge part of my new knowledge involves filling in my eyebrows! I’m not gutsy enough to go thick and/or dark with them, but a little more definition has been life changing (well, maybe not. But I do feel more ‘put together’ when I attempt to do my brows, even if they aren’t perfect.)

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Anyway, I was super excited to be given the opportunity to try/review Billion Dollar Brows’ Best Sellers Kit and the 60 Second Brow kit, since slowly but surely I’m figuring this makeup thing out! I think my favorite part of both kits is that they’re good for people with both light and dark brows…though I’m not sure I’ve 100% got a handle on the pencil included in the Best Sellers Kit – that’s my fault though. The only eyebrow filler I’ve used up to this point is a brow pomade, which is similar to the powder in the 60 second kit – so I’m just more comfortable using that one!

As a relative newbie to the eyebrow world, I would have appreciated a bit more of a ‘how to’ included with the best sellers kit – there lots of pieces that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with off the bat. Luckily Google has allllll the answers to every question you can think of, and I’ve made it work! Now the only thing I need is my friend Olivia to get my eyebrows under control a bit. Or I could get them done professionally, but I mostly just want to see my friend! 🙂

Brows aren't perfect, but they're pretty darn good I'd say.
Brows aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty darn good I’d say.

Pros:

60 second kit is super easy to use!

Spoolie brushes included in both kits. If I don’t have time to do anything else, I try to at least “brush” my eyebrows before going out. Even that makes a difference!

The pencil in the best sellers kit doesn’t need to be sharpened – woohoo!

Cruelty free, and based on a quick Google, I’m pretty sure the products are Vegan.

Cons:

 

I wasn’t 100% sure how to use the best sellers kit at first- mainly just what order to use them in! But again, that’s just me being a relative newbie 🙂

I think it would be a skosh better if there were light and dark options of the pencil.

Info from BDB:

**Universal Brow Pencil: Formulated to work beautifully with most skin tones and hair colors, this amazing eyebrow pencil goes on smooth and natural. Plus, the Universal Brow Pencil is automatic—it never needs sharpening and it comes complete with a spoolie brush on the opposite end for effortless blending and a perfect finish.**

**Brow Duo Pencil: Highlights your brow bone to add gorgeous definition and warmth while providing instant visual “lift.” Our highlighter works with every skin tone. Plus, for on-the-go touchups, we added a handy universal concealer on the opposite end of the pencil. It’s effortless flawlessness!**

**Brow Gel: Our clear brow gel locks in your look, giving your eyebrows a long-lasting, radiant glow while keeping them perfectly in place all day.
Smudge Brush: This flat, synthetic brush is the ideal mate for applying creamy cosmetics like our Brow Duo Pencil. The perfect Holiday gift to share with a friend and spruce up your look for Holiday and New Years festivities.**

And with that, I’m going to help get the house ready for Christmas dinner…I can already hear (…I mean smell?) the cheesy potatoes calling my name. Merry Christmas!

I love our tree. It is enormous.
I love our tree. It is enormous.

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