Place d'Orleans Fashion Vlogger | What to Wear to a Holiday Party

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today I'm sharing my Holiday Lookbook for 2014.  I spent a lot of time prepping, filming and editing and can say it's one of my best videos to date!  

In this video I show you five very different outfits for the holidays and New Years Eve and where you can buy them.  You'll have to watch the video to find out which one is my favourite but it might not be what you'd expect.  Hope you enjoy & thank you for watching! xo

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Sexy Shoulders Workout

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today I'm finally sharing my shoulder workout.  Several of you have asked to see what I do when I workout, which is super flattering so thank you!  I'm no pro but have been lifting heavy weights for about a year and a half.  Prior to that, I was all about classes and cardio but for the first time in my life, lifting weights has shown me that you can change your body through exercise.  It's amazing to see little muscle slowly starting to pop (under a little layer of dessert, albeit!) after all the hard work.

I'm no expert, but with the help of my boyfriend, a few friends and various fitness apps and YouTube videos, I've learned quite a bit.  I also wanted to show you how you can do this workout without a gym membership but with some simple free weights you could purchase for your home.  

Finally, I aim to do five different exercises, for the specified body part, and I aim for three sets of each with 10 reps.  Remember, form is most important so if you're losing form, your weight is too heavy.  It's better to have great form with a slightly lower weight to build your muscles and avoid injury--as time goes on, you will be able to lift heavier.

When I'm doing push-ups on a regular basis, I can do as many as 12 in a row... however, when I'm slacking, 5 from my toes is a struggle!  My suggestion is to always start from your toes, even if it's just one, you did it!  From there, you can go down to your knees and finish your set.  Remember: something is better than nothing.

Don't be afraid to lift heavy weights.  Yes, you will build muscle, but the only way to toned muscles (besides what you're eating) is to build them.  I find heavy weights give me the best results.  One of the best pieces of advice I read was that by the 7th or 8th rep, you should be having a hard time finishing your set--ie. a few grunts and funny faces are actually a good thing!  So don't be afraid to push it 'as hard as a man would'.

Planks are my nemesis!  They are so brutal, yet are really a total body workout.  I often do these in between sets to 'super set' my workout (i.e. keep the heart rate up).  Set the timer on your phone and set a goal.  For me, it's at least one minute, but you can do more or less and work your way up.

When I was in Barbados, one of my friends and I did a 'Plank Challenge' where we planked everyday, twice a day.  We started with one minute, and added 10 seconds each day.  It was killer but after that minute and a bit is over, you feel pretty darn good and you can feel a little more confident in your clothes (or swimsuit!).

Photos by Serena Rivard.

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, December 15, 2014

Outfit deets: Marshalls dess, BCBG pumps & vintage clutch

Friday night was Marco's Christmas party and I had fully intended to wear this dress that I purchased after that photoshoot and still had the tags on but when I shimmied into Marco's closet to show him JI was ready, he was feeling it.  This was my back-up and I kind of wanted to wear it so I quickly changed and we both agreed it was the better choice and off we went

More photos after the jump...

Secret Santa Party

Friday, December 12, 2014

Last night, Marco and I hosted the second annual Secret Santa friends party at our place with a group of 15.  What a hoot!  Everyone brought a dish for the potluck and let me just say, some of our friends have a passion for cooking (we even call one friend the Cullionaire, he's that good).  From gourmet deviled eggs, to spicy shrimp, fancy cheese plates to take-out egg rolls from the best Chinese spot in town, and more--the food table was bumpin'.
We drew names over a month ago and set a $30-no-gag-gift limit.  I think everyone was pretty happy with their gifts from cool printed screen tees (like mine below!), amazing hot sauces, a board game, fancy liquor, a customized blanket, jewelry and more.  We chatted, drank and ate our way into the night while Christmas music streamed from the speakers.  A real festive and fun night leading up to the holidays.

I'm doing Vlogmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This year I have decided to partake in Vlogmas or Vlogcember which is essentially vlogging everyday until Christmas.  I tried last year but gave up after a couple days because it is a bit of a commitment filming your day and editing it altogether at night.  However, it's been a fun process so far and I love watching others so here we are.  Additionally I can imagine it will be nice to look back watch in a year or two from now, just as it is re-reading older blog posts.

I have been consistent with my uploads and you can see all the videos here under my 'Vlogmas' playlist.  If you'd like to check out my other fashion, hair, make-up and lifestyle videos you can do so on my YouTube channel (I'm acoest1984).

Thanks for watching! xo

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