Karrueche Workout

I already made a Karrueche diet guide, and I promised a whole series, so… here is the second installation of the Karrueche guides.

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Karrueche has been very vocal about her body transformation. She has posted progress photos and talked about it in many interviews. Her goal was to gain weight in her butt and thighs and to tone up her abs.

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In order to gain thigh muscle and butt muscle Karrueche lifts weights! Weighted squats, squat jumps, machines, running, and yoga are how she gets her body looking so great!

Here is a Karrueche inspired workout that you can take to the gym:

10 inverted leg presses (with as much weight as possible – I do 200 lbs, you can do 50+) – 3x

25 Donkey Kicks (with resistance band) – 2x each side

5 minutes of jump robe

25 squat jumps – 3x

20 lunges holding 10 lbs in each hand – 2x

30 second sprints (on the treadmill) -5x

Please warm up and cool down and take care of your body after! Make sure you snack before and eat a meal after!

 

Karrueche’s Diet

Okay, so as requested, I’m going to do a Karrueche series. I’ve done Alexis Ren diet guides, skin care, and fashion and I’m going to do the same with Karrueche! (So stay tuned) I’ve also posted (just) diet guides for Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Margot Robbie, and Savannah Montano. In my opinion Karrueche is one of the most beautiful women in the spot light right now, I think her body is gorgeous, and from what I’ve seen online she also seems like a lovely person (plus dat flawless skin !!!). I would consider myself a fan for sure! So let’s get into her diet for now…

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Okay, so overall from what I’ve gathered about her diet, the guidelines are:

  • No fast food (for the most part)
  • Lots of water and tea
  • No soda or sugary drinks
  • Lots of fruit
  • Eat balanced meals including veggies, a starch/carb, and a protein
  • Snacks: Smoothies
  • When indulging, indulge in low sugar meals

If you follow her on instagram you can see her posting her (balanced) meals and she’s even posted a selfie with a nightstand covered in empty water bottles (stay hydrated!).

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Karrueche likes to swap empty carbs for veggies, for example, she cooks zoodles (zucchini noodles) instead of regular pasta, and she also subs out unhealthy meat choices for hearty veggies like cauliflower. For example she makes teriyaki cauliflower to go with her meals instead of a heavier option.

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Another meal Karrueche loves is TACOS! She actually has two videos about her tacos, one with Kylie Jenner and one on her own with her friends. The recipe is in the first video!

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As you can see, her muscles are pretty toned. Since she’s petite, it’s not hard to gain muscle mass. Karrueche does workouts like TRX, boxing, and lifts weights in the gym. Karrueche says she focuses on her “abs and ass” and when she can’t make it to the gym she does squats and sit ups at home.

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After a hard workout you can find Karrueche drinking a protein shake or going out for sushi, pho, or chicken and waffles. She is not afraid to eat, and she’s not afraid of sugar, fat, etc. However she works out a lot and picks up healthy habits like drinking lots of water.

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In today’s society people have such a funny view of the female body and what’s considered attractive. Big boobs and a big booty are what’s considered sexy. Kylie Jenner body types with thighs that don’t match the (fake) booty, and teeny waists with no muscle tone. This is not how most bodies naturally look though, and I think one of the things that makes Karrueche so hot is that her body is so real. Love your curves, love your thighs, don’t stress if your tummy is straight up and down. That’s what your body looks like and it’s just as beautiful as one that’s had surgery.

Treat Yo Self (organic “good for you” treats)

I love desserts! I love candy, I love ice cream, I love chocolate, I love chocolate covered anything, caramels, cake, pie, cupcakes, milkshake… pretty much any kind of sweet… I love it. As you can tell based off the content on this blog I try to do right by my body, and ingesting anything on the list I just gave you generally is a “no”. Notice how I said generally… because I’ve found ways around my dietary restrictions. These are my go to healthy alternatives to junk food!

  • Surf sweets (sour and regular) fruity bears! – vegan and processed sugar free
    • These gummy bears are amazing little gifts from the lord himself. They make a great pre workout snack/dessert and although there’s a lot of sugar in them, there is also your daily dose of vitamin C and other added vitamins!

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  • Justin’s peanut butter cups (dark chocolate) – just like reeses!
    • I am totally in love with reeses and giving them up was like giving up a piece of my childhood, but Justin’s helped to fill that reeses sized hole in my heart (for the most part- not gonna lie – reeses are still better)
  • Coconut Bliss ice cream – mint chip, vanilla, and salted caramel flavors
    • Thick, creamy, sweet, dairy free! Need I say more?

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  • Green and Black’s/Endangered Species/Chocolove/Theo dark chocolate bars
    • I love these four brands for a nice dark chocolate bar. I absolutely love chocolate and my favorite kind (by far) is milk/white. However as I’ve decreased the amount of sugar in my diet my tastes have changed and I started eating dark chocolate (and actually enjoying it!) Ease yourself into it with a bar about 60% cocoa and continue to try bars with higher cocoa contents until you find how high you can go while still enjoying the flavor. Dark chocolate aids in weight loss, helps period cramps, and can help you have glowy skin! It’s a win win!
  • Graham Crackers – taste like a cookie… low in sugar and have a couple grams of protein per serving!
    • I know these aren’t organic but they’re one of my fav snacks so I had to include them.

 

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Sex and the City: Guide to the City

I am a huge SATC fan! Being able to live in NYC is amazing because everywhere I go I recognize something from the show! I get giddy sometimes actually… that’s how big of  a fan I am. I’m also inspired by the girls every morning when I pick out my outfit. In this guide I’m going to include actual iconic locations from SATC as well as a few newer places that I think the girls would love and give me strong SATC vibes. (Plus the best places to take SATC themes instagrams and what to wear) So… without further ado…

 Where to eat: 

  • Joe’s Pub – 425 Lafayette St
    •  Seen in season 5 (2002)
    • Carrie went with Stanford to watch Stanford’s boyfriend (Marcus) preform.
  • SushiSamba (West Village) – 87 Seventh Avenue South
    • Seen in over 7 episodes
    • Carrie dines here for lunch in many episodes, this is also the restaurant where Samantha threw a dirty martini in Richard’s face.

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  • Blue Water Grill – 31 Union Sq W
    • Episode: Where There’s Smoke (2000)
    • This is the restaurant where Charlotte’s date (her white knight) punches a man for bumping her chair and turns into her “white nightmare”.

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  • Eleven Madison Park – 11 Madison Ave
    • Season 3 (2000)
    • Big tells Carrie he’s marrying Natasha while dining here.
  • ABC Kitchen – 35 E 18th St
    • Season 3 (2000)
    • Charlotte, Trey, and Bunny (Trey’s mother) dine here in season 3.

Where to Instagram: 

  • The Brooklyn Bridge – Seen in SATC Movie 1
    • If you’re visiting New York in the summer, try walking the Brooklyn Bridge at midnight – bonus points if you bring you significant other and make it a romantic walk. However you don’t have to walk at midnight to have an amazing experience. The Brooklyn Bridge is a great walk and great time any season or time of day.

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  • Carrie’s Apartment – 66 Perry St
    • If you want to take a cute picture that will make most of your girlfriends squeal with jealousy, a pic in front of Carries apartment (maybe try wearing her classic tutu dress too) will do just that!

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  • Tiffany and Co – 727 Fifth Ave
    • Simply iconic.
  • New York Public Library – 476 5th Ave
    • Any sex and the city fan knows Carrie almost married big at the Public Library. The iconic pillars, the white marble… there’s not much else to say.

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Where to Shop: 

  • Manolo Blahnik Store – 31 West 54st St
    • Carrie’s shoe collection is predominately made up of Manolo Blahniks and the brand is mentioned nearly every episode. The other girls also love and wear the shoes in many episodes.

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  • Bergdorf Goodman – 745 Fifth Ave
    • Pretty self explanatory.
  • Barney’s – 660 Madison Ave
    • Again, pretty self explanatory.

What to wear:

  • On a sunny day –
    • Straightened pony tail
    • Oversized black sunglasses
    • White or light pink tank top (tucked)
    • Pastel mini skirt
    • White or metallic flats/strappy sandals
  • On a rainy day –
    • Low, loose bun
    • Short body con dress (beige, black, or navy)
    • Trench coat (beige, black, or navy)
    • Knee high boots (beige, black, or navy)
  • On a cloudy day –
    • Curly, wild hair
    • Lingerie slip dress
    • Long fur coat
    • Printed scarf (optional)
    • Black pumps
  • On a warm night out –
    • Straightened hair
    • Flowy printed dress
    • Open-toed pumps
  • On a cold night out –
    • On the scalp braids (2)
    • Tight, long sleeved sweater (neutral colored)
    • Black leggings
    • Long coat
    • Leather or black boots

As a little bonus… I’ll include my 5 favorite outfits from SATC

  1. Carrie’s Fur Coat – Iconic, beautiful, and very New York. Find one like it at a consignment or thrift store

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2. Oversized Sunglasses and the Carrie Necklace – this isn’t an outfit but it’s my two favorite accessories that Carrie wears on the show

3. Samantha’s Blue Ensemble – Truly only an outfit Samantha could pull off

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4. All of Carrie’s Colorful Flowy Dresses – Self explanatory

 

5. Charlottes Elizabeth Taylor Look – Adorable, elegant, clean, Charlotte.

 

 

Alexis Ren Diet Guide pt 2

I have made posts on Alexis and other celebrities diets, but I have gotten about a million messages, comments, and requests for more info on Alexis… so here you guys go!

One of the main questions I get is… does Alexis eat flour? (i.e tortillas, pasta, bread) Okay, so she has said she does not eat bread on her tumblr, however she said nothing about flour or gluten, so the answer is… maybe? But I would just like to add that eating some flour isn’t the end of the world, it can be healthy to eat tortillas or bread so just try to eat organic and don’t stress.

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Another popular question I get is “what is Alexis’ go to meal?” Well just judging by what I’ve seen on all of her social media I would say an acai bowl.

Here is an Alexis Inspired Acai Bowl Recipe:

  • Base:
    • 2 Acai packets
    • 1 Frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries
    • 5-10 Fresh strawberries
    • 1/2 cup Pineapple Juice
  • Topping:
    • Chia/Hemp granola
    • Shredded coconut
    • Sliced strawberry
    • Sliced banana

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Alexis’ loves vegan protein and smoothies so here is an Alexis inspired post workout smoothie

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • Half an Avocado
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Vegan Protein Scoop

If you guys have any more pressing questions about the guide or would like any other recipes, you can request that in the comments, or buy my meal plan here.

Model Body Meal Plan

My meal plan + a new release (detox plan) are now available on my Etsy store! This guide was inspired by Alexis Ren, Savanah Montano, and other fitness models. It’s a guide that not only includes what to eat, but how you should work out, and how to update your pantry/fridge for success on your healthy diet.

My etsy store is available here and if you purchase your plan before March 1st using the promo code BEACHY you can get 10 percent off either or both of my diet plans! It’s called the SandandSmilesShop! Thank you for all your support and I can’t wait to see your transformation pictures and hear your success stories!

Moving to NYC – 10 Tips

I just moved to New York (two months ago… sorry for the lack of posts it’s been a busy two months). When I got here I was scared, cold (very cold!!), and all alone. I’d never been to NYC before and I’d only been to the East Coast twice in my entire life but I knew if I didn’t leave the west coast this year I never would… so I packed my stuff and hit the road. Moving to a new place is scary no matter who you know or how much money you have. Especially NYC. Just know that you will get lost in SoHo at eleven pm in the below freezing weather and not be able to do anything but take that 20 dollar taxi ride home. It’s ok and you’ll figure it out next time! (also hopefully you will remember to charge your phone next time).

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You’ll also want to go home at least 10 times your first week. But don’t worry, once you figure out your subway lines and find the perfect room to rent you’ll never dream of living anywhere else.

Tip 1

  • Don’t worry about your gym/healthy eating routine for the first month.
    • Now i’m not saying throw your diet to the wind and binge on all the delicious New York food, but let yourself eat some of the wonderful (convenient) food in New York. Cooking is time consuming and carrying groceries home isn’t the same in NY as it is everywhere else. You’ll be able to adjust to cooking at home, finding reasonably priced grocery stores, and figure out how to keep your list to a minimum so you can carry it all, however that will take time. Same with a gym membership. So relax, eat when you’re hungry, until you’re satiated, and know that all the walking and stair climbing you do is work out enough for now.

Tip 2

  • Do figure out the Subway.
    • It can be a tricky beast… I’ve been here two months and I still apple map every stop… but I’ve figured out how to get pretty much everywhere and anywhere via subway (with the help of my phone) and now I travel like a true New Yorker.

Tip 3

  • Don’t drink too much!
    • This applies to water and alcohol. For the water… public restrooms can be super hard to find sometimes and I know you’re chugging water bottles all day and that’s great, but it won’t matter how clear your skin looks if you pee your pants in public. As for alcohol, it’s EXPENSIVE here. The bars and clubs are like no other in NYC, but you need to be careful because not only is getting a little too wild in a busy area you don’t know well kind of dangerous but it’s also going to be pricey.

Tip 4

  • Do get roommates.
    • This may not be an optional thing for most, but if you can afford your own place… you may want to reconsider. Roommates are the fastest way to make social connections and friends. Also you’ll save some money so that’s never a bad thing.

Tip 5

  • Don’t only carry your credit card.
    • Tons of places in NYC are cash only and you don’t want to get stuck three plates of food into a meal with no way to pay.

Tip 6

  • Do find your people.
    • It may sound odd because NYC is one of the most densely populated places in the US, but it’s the easiest place to be get lonely. Make friends at your job, make friends at the grocery store, make friends at the bar… you’ll be grateful when its below freezing, cloudy, and you’re not feeling so great and your new friend gives you a call and invites you to an awesome cafe.

Tip 7

  • Don’t go home the second you feel homesick
    • NYC is hard, and lonely, and you’ll find yourself missing home. Whether it’s your car, or being able to walk down the street without jumping out of your skin when a taxi thinks right in your ear…  you’ll miss home. Dom’t leave! You’ll grow to love the city and one day you’ll think about how you could ever live anywhere else.