I get asked all of the time about my health and fitness routine, so today I’m sharing exactly what I do and what I’ve done for the past 15 years. First, as much as most people hate to exercise, you must get yourself moving. I love the Stairmaster. As antiquated as it is, there really is nothing like it for glutes and thighs. When mine broke down last year, I even borrowed a friend’s truck and drove across the state to pick one up I bought from someone on EBay who was moving. I try to do Stairmaster or some other cardio for at least thirty minutes each day. If you can’t go for thirty minutes straight, try watching something on TV and do high impact dance or an exercise machine for five minutes every commercial break. I’ll be doing this tonight during Ghost Agventures commercial breaks! I also like to run or walk on the treadmill. Do crunches for your stomach every day. I do nothing for my arms other than lifting heavy pet food bags. When I bring them in from the car, I force myself to hold them as long as I can. This gives my arms considerable strength. Give yourself a day off each week. As far as my diet goes, I keep my calories under 1300 per day. I eat a lot of salads, but skip dressing. I also always blot grease and oil off of my chicken or fish. I never eat beef. Never. Ever since a random chicken showed up out of nowhere and made a nest on my porch in a flower pot, I’m considering writing off chicken too. I eat a lot of broth-based soups and usually yogurt and fruit for breakfast or a toasted plain bagel with no butter. I give myself a cheat day every week, and if I occasionally want chocolate or sweets, I just add it into my daily calorie count. I love the two pack Reese’s cups at only 250 calories. I don’t drink any alcohol, I drink tons of water, and my vices are Diet Coke and coffee. When I have to shoot swimsuits, I avoid anything carbonated for two weeks before. Carbonated drinks make you retain water. So that’s pretty much it, it’s not a diet but how I actually live. It may sound spartan, but when you get used to not eating dressing, sauces or grease and oil, you actually start to notice the actual flavor of foods. You can shop the bikinis in this post below. Happy running, walking and Stairmastering!

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Pleats Please

What says springtime better than the colorful, dancing movement of pleats? This season, everyone from Azzedine Alaia to A New Day, to Chanel is featuring pleats for spring, and it’s not hard to see why! The basic pleated skirt in a longer length looks great with a vintage band tee knotted at the waist for a casual outing. The same piece also looks wonderful when worn with a classic sandal and a spaghetti strap camisole accented with your best diamond jewels for dinner. Comfortable, and non-binding, pleats are also wonderful travel garments. This season’s items withstand sitting for long periods without so much as a single wrinkle. With an item so versatile, comfortable, on trend, cool and downright stylish, why not channel your inner Marilyn and opt for one of these gorgeous skirts as you spin through spring?

Gingham Style

Check out all the checks! Gingham has never been hotter than it is at the moment. Adding a vintage pinup touch to so many different wardrobe pieces, gingham plaid is such a wearable pattern. Hottest is the black and white combo, with navy and white coming in close second. The wonderful thing about this pattern is it’s chameleon-like ability to match nearly all accessories. Red, green, yellow and orange as well as spring’s white accessories all look on trend with gingham check. Why not unleash your inner pinup with this hot spring trend?

Poolside at the Woodlands Resort

Spring break at the Woodlands Resort was amazing! What a great place for people with kids and vacationing couples alike! They’ve revamped the poolside menu and the food is outstanding! I absolutely loved the Mediterranean flair of the tomato, olive and mozzarella salad. It’s served in a bowl with spherical pieces of cheese mixed in with exotic imported olives, tomato chunks and mixed greens. I ate this every day, it was that good.

They’ve even added an ice cream stand for the kiddoes. The little ones can also enjoy movies in the pool each night and a live DJ on the weekend. There are hula hoop contests, and other games offered as well. The water slide with a waterfall is the show-stopping highlight for children and had a non-stop pattering of little feet racing to get in line the entire week.

There are several eateries right on the grounds. Robards, a top of the line steak house, is always packed. The Tavern, part of the original Woodlands Country Club, is more casual and has a delicious menu. My favorite was custom burger night. Each patron fills out a form a get a burger to your design. Also wonderful was the breakfast buffet.

On this visit, I took full advantage of the workout room as I am preparing for the Mrs. Texas United States Pageant, and getting my rear in gear for the swimsuit competition. There are several elliptical machines and treadmills. It’s a small facility, but has enough to hit all muscle groups. It’s very clean and well attended to.

The rooms at the resort are spacious and luxurious, equipped with cotton pique monogrammed robes, cloud comfy beds and beautiful views from every room. I especially love the poolside rooms which allow for easy running back and forth if you’ve forgotten something. The hotel also has four huge suites.

Also new are the ultra chic cabanas that we wasted no time taking full advantage of. Equipped with a refrigerator, fruits, chilled water and tanning products, its the way to go. You feel like you’re at a luxurious place far away. At 100.00 per day, it’s a great deal so be sure to call early to book.

The only downside to the resort were the yard guys with their blaring leaf-blowers that start outside the rooms at 7 am. We talked to the desk and hopefully they’ll start the work on the gorgeous pool grounds later in the morning. Also, there were a couple housekeepers who were less than friendly, including one who saw me coming behind her and dropped the door on my face. Not all were surly, however, there were many who were kind and helpful.

Overall, this staycation was as close to a world class experience as you can get minutes from home. The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is the hidden crown jewel of Southeast Texas and truly has something to offer for adults and kids alike.

 

Four Must Haves for Spring

With the crisp and breezy days of spring upon us, we find ourselves wrapping our sweaters up and packing them in cedar chests. The excitement of a new season, and a new wardrobe, is palpable in the air. There are four wardrobe elements that you must have as you dive headfirst into the warm weather.

1.) Cute, Casual Dresses

These are the easiest to thrown on to go to the mall, put over a swimsuit for a visit to the pool, or to run out to dinner. It’s an instant outfit, it’s fast and simple and always looks good. Luckily, with retailers like Old Navy, ASOS, and Shein, you can find tons of these under 20.00.

2.) Something Polka Dotted

Polka dots are everywhere! From the finest couture collections to Target to middle of the road ready to wear, it’s one of this season’s hottest trends. Don’t go dotty with head to toe dots, but instead invest in something you can wear next year too. A pair of cute shorts, a sash belt you can wear with many things, or a cute off the shoulder top will Keep you on trend. This brings me to my next must have…

3.) Off the shoulder top

This is the top of the season. In fact, this is the silhouette of the season. Dresses, tops and jumpsuits all have this neckline. The off the shoulder top will look outstanding with jeans, cut offs, minis and skinny pants. It’s a romantic, cute, and oh so stylish look.

4.) White denim

Whats crisper and looks better with a tan than a white denim mini? White denim skinnies look hot with halters, tanks, and button down shirts tied in front. A cute pair of daisy duke cut-offs in white is about as sexy as it gets.

Yay for spring!

Stopping Time- Time and Time Again

Today in Miami I was stopped in the airport by a lady wanting to know what kind of watch I was wearing. I explained to her that it’s my wooden watch designed by the Jord Watch Company. In my opinion, what makes this watch so special and unique is the golden-toned, champagne face next to the rich, dark zebrawood grain. The warm golden-toned face matches all of my gold jewelry and the polished, refined zebrawood grain is so total unlike any other timepiece that it literally stops people in their tracks. I also totally love the band and the clasp. The clasp is hidden and it gives the watch a jewelry feel so it’s more like a bracelet you’re wearing rather than a watch. Once on board the plane, I pulled the company website up on my phone and showed to the lady who then pulled the website up bought my watch on the spot.

I’m not getting paid to say this, it really happened! As I’ve said in my previous post last week, Jord Watches are the must have, chic accessory of the season. I can’t wait to wear this on vacation with my linen and cotton hot weather wardrobe. The vision of sipping a fruity, umbrella drink under a tiki hut with this on my wrist sounds like my cool girl moment of the summer. I’m also really excited to collect some more of their pieces with different metallic-toned accents to match my different jewelry pieces.

I’ll be giving a Jord Watch away, so be sure to enter my giveaway on my Instagram account, @realshaune

Check out all the Jord Watch goodies:

Link to their men’s shop :

https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#shaunecom
Link to our women’s shop :

https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#shaunecom
Link to my watch: https://www.jordwatches.com/series/frankie-35/zebrawood-and-champagne/#shaunecom
Link to their Homepage: http://www.woodwatches.com/#shaunecom

What’s Your Point?

Ahhhh…. spring is in the air, birds are in the trees, flowers are blooming, and pointed toes are everywhere. Whether it’s white patent at Prada, metallics at Louboutin, or Fendi’s remarkable Colibri mixed media slingback, all are tapered, elegant, and to the point.

What says spring more than no. 21’s black and white gingham bow slide? This is a perfect spring shoe, perfect with cropped skinny jeans or a white denim mini.

Prada’s nude leather slingback with a two inch heel and a signature bow on the vamp is the perfect career shoe that can make the transition seamlessly into dinner.

Manolo Blahnik hits it out of the park with the Trova cap-toe leather ankle wrap pump. Silver and white, this shoe is sexy and elegant at the same time.

The shoes I’m wearing are Gianmarco Lorenzi black suede bow slingback. Such a beautiful shoe, it’s more like artwork than a shoe and is so exciting to wear because it’s a statement shoe.

This is one trend you won’t want to miss, it’s fun, retro, cool, sexy and everywhere!