Summer is right around the corner and a change of seasons always gets me thinking about new trends and what clothes I’ll want to wear that season. During the summer, I love to wear shorts, tank tops, sundresses, and lay by the pool any chance I get… which gets me thinking about my ideal bikini body…

I have long admired supermodel Marisa Miller’s lean, toned, but still curvy body. I chose this photo on purpose, since it isn’t photoshopped. This is her real body people!

I decided to do a little bit of research on how she keeps so fit. I found ridiculous amounts of videos and articles online about her love for boxing and how she used it to get in shape for Sports Illustrated as well as to lose her baby weight. I had tried a little bit of boxing and had always enjoyed it, but have never committed to doing it regularly.

THAT’S ALL ABOUT TO CHANGE!

These are my own pink boxing gloves. I'm obsessed!

These are my own pink boxing gloves. I’m obsessed!

This is where TITLE Boxing Nashville comes in. I have committed to attending class there 2-3 times per week (In addition to 2-3 other days of hiking, yoga, or stair-master). April just started – we all have some time to really get our sweat on before the hot days of summer are here – and TITLE is offering a cool offer for Wanderlust and Glitter Dust readers – keep reading!

The gym just after a 7 am workout - a thing of beauty!

The gym just after a 7 am workout – a thing of beauty!

But first let me give you a few facts about TITLE boxing classes:

  • Burn 1,000 calories per class
  • One hour trainer led classes
    • 15 mins of cardio warmup
    • 30 mins (8 rounds) of Boxing or kickboxing
    • 15 mins of core
  • 30+ Classes a week to choose from
  • Members can attend unlimited number of classes
  • 10 different trainers with unique boxing or kickboxing experience
  • TITLE Boxing Club has 130 locations across the country you can utilize with membership
  • Three different membership options to choose from.
    • Month -to- Month
    • 6 month membership
    • 1 year membership

In addition, here are some extra things that I personally love about TITLE:

  • The classes are really really hard, BUT they go by SO fast. Before you know it you’re walking out the door (dripping in sweat…).
  • They play really good music, this is everything to me during a workout. It either pumps me up or slows me down.
  • The instructors are really fun (and patient :) )
  • I’m not a particularly stressed or angry person, but we all have our days. Boxing is probably the best stress reliever I’ve ever experienced. It’s sort of fun to pretend that your bag is the person or thing that’s made you stressed or angry… (Does that make me a violent person…?)
  • Classes are an awesome mix of toning and cardio that is great for both men and women. You are ripping your muscles up, but also gasping for breath. (Good thing they make it fun…)
  • I feel like with each class I’m learning techniques to defend myself if I ever needed to. (Don’t mess with me!)
  • Each class is a good mix of male and female and all levels of fitness.
  • The gym is located in a convenient location and has tons of accessible parking

    I also love how big the gym is. I think there are close to 70 bags, so you can have you own space to do your thing. The ceilings are high... I just need my space to workout, y'all!

    I also love how big the gym is. I think there are close to 70 bags, so you can have you own space to do your thing. The ceilings are high… I just need my space to workout, y’all!

I walk out of every class feeling strong and empowered, and knowing that I didn’t waste an hour on a throwaway workout the way I often times do when I just go to the Y by myself… For this summer I want to be a little more lean and a little more toned. I’ll be keeping you updated on my progress. I’ve taken measurements and will be starting a bicep cam!
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetJoin me in class… seriously. I’ll be there 3 times per week and did I mention that your first class is free?! In addition, if you decide to join and mention Wanderlust and Glitter Dust they will give you your own pair of boxing gloves! I’m obsessed with my pink pair, but you can choose your own color and boxing swag! :)
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That bag looks just like some toned arms to me.

That bag looks just like some toned arms to me.

Let’s finish with a little video from our girl Marisa, telling us more about why she loves boxing.

See you there – and don’t forget to get your free gloves!

For the past 10 weeks I have been preparing for one of the most exciting events of my life thus far – a professional ballroom dance competition. You might think I’m joking… but I’m not. If there’s anything this girl loves it is:

1. A Sparkly Costume
2. Being on stage
3. Choreography
4. Layers and layers of spray tan
5. Not only having a great time, but being able to raise money for a cause I believe in with all my heart while doing so.

VOTE FOR US HERE!
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Similar to Dancing With The Stars, this competition pairs up Nashvillians with professional dancers who compete against each in a dance contest, all while raising money for one of Nashville’s coolest non profits.

VOTE FOR US HERE!

Safe Haven Family Shelter is an extra special homeless shelter. Safe Haven takes in homeless families and provides them not only with meals and shelter, but with assistance finding a job, and then a home, and then necessary services like financial counseling, etc. to end the cycle of homelessness for that family for good. As it’s been said, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

Each vote helps raise money for this special place. (Um hi, that’s also a tax deduction for you…) Please help us raise money for Safe Haven Family Shelter! In case you needed a little extra prompting, check out this video I made of some of my partner and I’s 10 weeks of preparation. (I’m pretty proud of this, I should actually be embarrassed, but I love it!)
VOTE FOR US HERE!

If you have an interest in ballroom dancing and you live in Nashville, I could not possible give a higher recommendation to my partner Donald Stamper. It goes without saying that he is an incredible dancer, but he is also a fantastic teacher, patient, hilarious, fun and ridiculously good looking. Book him today!

VOTE FOR US HERE!!!

And… just in case you were worried, I’ll make sure to post the video of our performance as soon as I can get my hands on it after this Saturday. A Scandinavian girl doing the cha cha… should be interesting!

Three (#firstworld) problems I have from time to time:
1. Ooops I made way too much quinoa/millet/amaranth, etc.
2. I don’t feel like drinking a green smoothie for breakfast
3. I drank my green smoothie and I’m still hungry

You may remember the spiced breakfast quinoa I talked about from my trip to Lake Tahoe. I’ve been wanting to develop my own recipe ever since and today was the day! I had some leftover amaranth (a tasty gluten free grain really high in fiber and protein – 26 grams per cup!) and decided to go for it. You could make this recipe with any grain you prefer – quinoa, millet, and amaranth would be your best choices in my opinion. I will say, because amaranth is so high in protein, it will help keep you full foreveeeeeer.

Y'all. I am trying SO hard to be a food stylist/photographer. I suck at it, but I'm trying SO hard. haha

Y’all. I am trying SO hard to be a food stylist/photographer. I suck at it, but I’m trying SO hard. haha

Ok, here’s what you’ll need (these proportions will make 2 servings):
1 cup amaranth (or quinoa or millet)
2 cups water
1/2 cup almond milk (check out my easy homemade recipe here!)
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2 TBSP honey
Optional toppings: berries, chia seeds, almonds, flax seed, etc.

Bring the amaranth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Most of the water should be absorbed and you should still see the individual grains of amaranth, although they will stick together a little. Note: You can do this the night before and refridgerate at this point or use leftovers from another recipe – that’s what I did! Then, heat the cooked amaranth on the stove top with the rest of the ingredients.

Stir in the almond milk, coconut oil, honey, ginger, and cinnamon. Top with berries and nuts and enjoy warm after drinking your green smoothie!

Different backdrop, different angle. Still kind of sucks. I'll keep trying. haha

Different backdrop, different angle. Still kind of sucks. I’ll keep trying. haha

Y’all have no idea how much fun I have compiling each month’s playlist! Here’s my latest just in time for April 1st! (Like… how is it already April?!) There’s an interesting mix of genres on this list as per usual, but I would love to hear your thoughts! (Be sure to scroll down for the full list of songs and if you’re a Spotify user, you can follow the playlist!)

Last weekend my childhood best friend, Lauren, and I traveled to Chicago for for a friend’s wedding. (You might remember my last adventure there…) We spent the first couple of days partaking in all kinds of fun wedding festivities which also included me doing hair and makeup for the bride, her mother, and her sister.

I have always loved Val's (the bride) retro inspired style. She has fantastic taste as you'll see from some of the pictures I snapped from the wedding. I loved the look she wanted for her big day! It doesn't hurt that she is stupid beautiful.

I have always loved Val’s (the bride) retro inspired style. She has fantastic taste as you’ll see from some of the pictures I snapped from the wedding. I loved the look she wanted for her big day! It doesn’t hurt that she is stupid beautiful. Stay tuned for a hair change up for the reception!

Val's amazing sister Lisa - truly one of the most fun and hilarious people ever! She loves big hair and glam so we really vibed on this! haha

Val’s amazing sister Lisa – truly one of the most fun and hilarious people ever! She loves big hair and glam so we really vibed on her look! haha

Val's gorgeous mama! She has taken amaaaazing care of her skin - you'd never guess her age!

Val’s gorgeous mama! She has taken amaaaazing care of her skin – you’d never guess her age!

Decided to take a before and after of myself too! I was trying to do a Bridget Bardot thing with some big hair, dark eyes, and pinky peach eyes and lips.

Decided to take a before and after of myself too! I was trying to do a Bridget Bardot thing with some big hair, dark eyes, and pinky peach eyes and lips.

We found photoshop quality lighting in a bathroom and we weren't gonna let that go to waste!

We found photoshop quality lighting in a bathroom and we weren’t gonna let that go to waste! No telling how many weddings we’ve been each other’s date to and I wouldn’t have it any other way! She is my sister.

The wedding was at a gorgeous urban loft space called Room 1520 and I loved every detail!
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 Managed to find a boyfriend in Chicago…

Um his name is Dexter and he has a Macklemore haircut, need I say more?!

Um his name is Dexter and he has a Macklemore haircut, need I say more?!

Val wanted a loose braid for the reception… it turned out so pretty!
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 We loved having the chance to stay in Val’s new apartment in Lincoln Park – such a cute neighborhood with tons of great restaurants… EXCEPT FOR HAVING TO HAUL MY GIANT 51 POUND SUITCASE UP AND DOWN 3 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS!!!! No handicap access!? What’s up with that?! #cityliving Check out this video of my troubles:

The next morning we hoofed it (in 25 degree weather!) two fantastic places.

The first was Heritage General Store which doubles as a bike repair store and a coffee shop/cafe. The atmosphere reminded me of something Nashville would have. Cute and cozy with a great variety of coffees and food. We were smitten.

I love this pose apparently.

I love this pose apparently.

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Couldn’t agree more.

 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetNext, we decided on brunch at Bakin’ and Eggs, which might be one of the most delicious brunches I’ve ever had… and we all know how much I love brunch!

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I wanted to order at least 14 of these menu items.

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This deliciousness is called Chilaquiles. It consists of baked corn tortillas, sweet onion, tomatillo salsa, Parmesan, eggs your way, and green onion and jalapeno sour cream. I love any type of Mexican brunch item... huevos rancheros is always a go-to for me and I'm going to be researching recipes. This KILLED IT!

This deliciousness is called Chilaquiles. It consists of baked corn tortillas, sweet onion, tomatillo salsa, Parmesan, eggs your way, and green onion and jalapeno sour cream. I love any type of Mexican brunch item… huevos rancheros is always a go-to for me but I’m going to be researching recipes to make my own chilaquiles. This KILLED it!

Lauren's breakfast which was a brown butter butternut squash frittata with goat cheese. It was killer. She also ordered a side of their mesquite bacon which was fantastic. They actually have a bacon flight on their menu with flavors like honey, smoked cherry, jalapeno, etc.

Lauren’s breakfast which was a brown butter butternut squash frittata with goat cheese. It was killer. She also ordered a side of their mesquite bacon which was fantastic. They actually have a bacon flight on their menu with flavors like honey, smoked cherry, jalapeno, etc.

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Promise I asked his permission to take this photo. What is more quintessentially brunch than a bacon flow chart?!

Promise I asked his permission to take this photo. What is more quintessentially brunch than a bacon flow chart?!

 We also enjoyed taking in some of the beauty of the Windy City even though it was miserably cold…
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Gorgeous homes in Lincoln Park

Gorgeous homes in Lincoln Park

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What are y’all’s favorite Chicago hot spots?

Acting stupid at the rehearsal dinner... what else is new?

Acting stupid at the rehearsal dinner… what else is new?