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    Summer-Perfect Yellow Look

    How to Get Ready in the Morning in Five Minutes
    Happy Friday! I’m slowly incorporating yellow into my wardrobe since it’s such a fun and cheery color. Today, I styled an effortless look in trendy yellow with gladiator sandals, a yellow printed dress, and cute navy crossbody bag. I love this look for laid-back weekend plans or a weekend date.

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    How to Master the Perfect Lip, Whatever the Destination

    How to Master the Perfect Lip, Whatever the Destination

    Whether you’re trying to make your lipstick last longer or you’re just tired of dry, dull lips, these simple tips will help you create the perfect lipstick look.

    Exfoliate lips to keep them smooth. You could use a soft toothbrush, though it is gentler (and more delicious) to dunk your lip balm in sugar, apply it to your mouth and rub the crystals carefully around gently with a finger.

    Keep lips soft and hydrated. Use a lip balm to hold moisture inside the lip tissues, particularly when you’re on the plane (cabin air can be drying).

    Pack two liner pencils. One that is neutral, one that is bright. You can use a lip pencil on its own all over the lips as a basic matte color, or layer gloss over it, or use it in the classic way to add definition to the edges of your pout.

    Pack your three favorite lipsticks. One neutral bright, in the same color as your bright lip liner.

    Make it last. Apply it, blot the color with a thin layer of tissue and apply more. Waxier, more densely pigmented lipstick will give longer lasting color than sheer or creamy ones.

    Pack a clear lip gloss. You never know when you might want to wear it, and for hot destinations or partying, you could always use it as a sheer highlighter on cheekbones and brow bones.

    Protect your lips. If you’re out and about in the sun, use a lip product with built-in SPF.

    Photo Credit: Ismael Nieto

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    Do What You Love: The Write Fit

    The Write Fit | Joshlyn Turner |

    Tell me how and when everything started.
    I never grew up wanting to be a poet or famous author, I just always knew that I was born with creative talents to write what I see and how I felt. Whether it was a poem, letter to a friend, short story, or homework assignment, I always found pleasure in word play and painting a story with my words.

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    Relaxing and Pampering at Home

    What You Need For a Day of Relaxing and Pampering at Home

    Happy Friday! I’m definitely looking forward to two days off for relaxing and getting up late. Some weekends, I watch shows on Netflix to unwind while others I devote time for a little bit of pampering. I can’t go to a spa every week, so I like to get pamper at home. Put on a cute robe, exfoliate my face with a nice face scrub, draw myself a nice bath and just enjoying a little R&R.

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    The Best Natural Beauty Products

    When I first turned 30, I decided to take better care of my face and body. I had a pretty good beauty routine, but not appropriate for a new 30 something. At thirty, your skincare goals change from simple to caring about wearing sunblock to using anti-aging serums at night. Although, if you ask my mom, she would tell you that you should start anti-aging before your 30s, but that’s a story for another day.

    I started researching as much as I could about all kinds of beauty products from normal to fancy and natural products. I learned what works (and what doesn’t) and eventually became a total beauty junkie

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    How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

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    I absolutely love mixing prints, but it can be quite challenging. When it comes to two of the most popular patterns, stripes, and polka dots, it’s hard to tell sometimes how they should be mixed, or if they should be mixed at all! But I love bringing them together because they look surprisingly chic. The secret in achieving a successful juxtaposition of prints is to vary the scale of the patterns, from small to large. For example, a thin striped top style with a skirt that has larger polka dots.

    Don’t be afraid to break the rules! You can also try bold prints that can complement each other if they are almost exactly on the same scale. Like the look above this post. The result is very trendy! The cool thing about mixing prints is that when done right, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.

    Have you tried mixing patterns in your outfits? Let me know in the comments, I would love to read what patterns you’ve worn together.

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    3 Swimsuit Inspired Workouts

    Whether you are getting fit for summer or fit for life the time is now! Below are three easy moves that you can start incorporating into your daily routine, the best part no equipment needed!

    Traditional Push-Up and Variations (shoulders, chest, arms)
    Push-Up Variation 1Push-Up Variation 2
    Start with your body in traditional push-up position either on your toes or knees. Make sure your toes/knees are aligned with your hips and no wider. Keeping your arms slightly wider than your shoulders keep your fingertips facing forward. Lower your body to the floor with the goal of getting your chest as close as possible to the ground.

    Make sure the certain of your body does not sink and remains aligned with your spine. To add a bit of difficulty to this move you can try performing the push-up while stabilizing yourself on one foot at time. Each time you come up alternate on the other side.

    Perform this move for 8-12 reps for 3 sets.

    Traditional Plank and Variations (abdominals)
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    To perform this move you will want to start out in a forearm plank with your fingertips facing forward or your hands clasped in front of you. Starting on your knees slowly take both knees off the floor until you are on your toes. Hold this forearm plank for 30 seconds rest and repeat for a total of 5 reps.
    Plank Variation 2
    Try to mix things up by performing a plank tap out. Maintain the same plank position but instead, tap your right foot slightly outside your hip and return to starting position. Repeat the same action on the other side.

    Do this move for 10 reps (5 on each side) and repeat for 2-3 sets.

    Sumo Squat with Arm Pulses (lower & upper body workout, arms and legs)

    Standing with your feet in squat position slightly wider than hip width, have your toes point outward at an angle. Lower your body into a squat position making sure your knees do not surpass your toes. While performing this action extend your arms over your head and perform a pull-down action simultaneously as you squat. Stop just at shoulder level maintaining proper form with your arms.

    Do this for 8 reps for 3 sets.

    For more swimsuit inspired moves you can do anywhere visit the NMFIT store and grab my Ultimate Bikini Body workout. 20 simple moves you can do anywhere even on the beach!

    Training minds, and changing bodies!

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    Photos Credit: Nadia Murdock