Cute Clothes: October 2019

Today I’m sharing some clothes that I’ve been admiring online for fall.

When I buy clothes I like to make sure that I get pieces that are well made (so they’ll last) and get ones that are more classic so that they won’t go out of style too quickly. I’ve done the trendy thing before and it gets frustrating when the clothes are perfectly good still but they look dated already.

What you’ll find in this post are pieces that are pretty classic and I could see myself wearing them for more than one year. I like to make sure that I get my money’s worth out of clothes, and a good way to do that is to wear them for more than just one season.

Interested in seeing the clothes that I wear day to day? I share of my favorite clothes here. I also have links to similar items (and sometimes the exact things) so that it’s easy for you to find them.

I’m all about the barbour jackets (affiliate link) right now. I don’t have one, but it’s definitely something that’s on my wish list. I love that they look warm but still stylish and have a fitted look to them.

I like that this one (affiliate link) is a bit longer. It would add that extra bit of warmth and extend the season for me to be able to wear this jacket here in Calgary.

Speaking of staying warm, I love a good pea coat (affiliate link). I love the tailored look of them. They’re also a great option for staying warm when it gets cold and snowy.

This fall I’m all about the sweaters. In the past I could have skipped them all together, but this year I’m all about being warm and cozy.

I’m loving the cabled look of this sweater (affiliate link) from J Crew. It’s such a pretty color and I could see it becoming a go to piece for me during the colder months.

This sweater (affiliate link) would be perfect for layering. Put a collared button down shirt underneath or put it under a blazer. Since it’s a neutral color it would go with so many different outfits.

Speaking of being warm and cozy, I’ve really been enjoying plaid flannel lately, like this top (affiliate link). They’re great for layering on cold days to stay warm.

I also find that they’re really comfy but still allow me to have a put together look. They also look great with jeans which is nice.

I’ve been coming back to stripes lately. This striped long sleeve shirt (affiliate link) is so cute. Once again it’s perfect for layering.

I’m all about comfort over looks for the most part, so I choose flats over heels every single opportunity I can. I love the look of these blue flats (affiliate link). With all of the snow and cold weather we get here in Calgary during fall, heels aren’t always practical, so wearing flats can make all the difference.

I bought these Bean Boots (affiliate link) last year and I’ve absolutely loved them. They’re perfect for cold, wet, or snowy days. Because they’re lined they also keep my feet warm as well as dry.

They also have grippy soles so I don’t feel like I’m going to slip and slide around on ice. They have two variations – the higher ones like is pictured above (those are the ones I bought) and ones that are a few inches lower. I figured I would get more wear out of the higher ones since we have so much winter here in Calgary.

Just in case you have a pair of Bean Boots, or decide to get some, I love this tutorial from Carly the Prepster on how to tie them. It’s how I tie mine and it’s so easy to slip them on and off.

What’s something that you’ve bought recently for fall that you’re loving? Share it in the comments below.

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Gym Workout

Today I’m sharing a gym workout.

First off, if you’re not feeling the gym workout today or you workout at home, have no fear! My workouts page has all of the workouts that I’ve posted on Get Fit Fiona organized into categories so that it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for – including at home workouts.

For this workout you’ll do 12 reps and 3 sets of each exercise before moving down to the next one on the list. Rest for 2 minutes between sets. It might be tempting to rush through the rests, but it’s so important to make sure that you do rest between sets.

For what weight to use, you’ll want to pick a weight that challenges you but also allows you to complete every rep with correct form. If your form breaks down, then it’s time to use a smaller weight. On the other hand, if you feel like you could do more, try using a heavier weight. I didn’t add any weights to this workout because it would be different for each person who does it.

Leg press

Sit down in the leg press machine. Place your feet hip width’s apart so that your knees are over top of your toes. Release the safety and push your feet away from your body using your glutes and quads. Once your legs are fully extended, slowly bring your feet back towards yourself, once again using your leg muscles to stay in control of the speed. Repeat. At the end of the set rest the platform on the safety again. 

Cable machine rows

With the rope attachment in your hands, bring your elbows close to the sides of your body. Start with your forearm in a 90 degree angle to your upper arm and slowly extend your forearm until your entire arm is straight and your triceps muscles are contracted. Slowly reverse the movement so that your arm is once again at a 90 degree angle.

Barbell back squat

With feet hip width apart and a barbell across your shoulders, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees and ankles. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, using your glutes to propel yourself.

Lat pulldown

Sitting at a lat pulldown, adjust the leg pads to make sure it’s at the appropriate height. Stand up to grasp the bar with both hands and then sit back down, sliding your legs under the leg pads. Start with your arms fully extended and leaning back just slightly. Bring your hands down to your collar bone slowly and then extend them back out to the starting position.

Deadlift

With feet hip width apart and the barbell in front of you on the floor, grasp the barbell with whatever grip is most comfortable for you. Using your glutes, lift it so that you’re standing straight up. Lower it back to the floor and then up again. 

Chest press

With a dumbbell in each hand, lay down on a bench or the floor. Your upper arm should be at a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly over your elbows. Move the dumbbells up while they come above your chest. With control move them back down to the starting position. 

Lunges

Stand with feet hip width apart. Step forward with one foot so that the forward leg’s thigh is parallel to the ground, and the back leg’s shin is parallel to the ground. The back knee shouldn’t touch the floor. Use your quads and glutes to step the front foot back towards your back foot and end by standing straight up with feet hip width apart again. For the second lunge step forward with the other foot.

Overhead press

Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position. 

Step ups

Find something that when you put your foot on it, your knee is at a 90 degree angle. This could be a chair or bench. Step up with your left foot, and pushing off that heel step your right foot off the floor and onto the bench. Immediately step back down with your left foot, followed by your right foot.

One arm dumbbell bench rows

Put your hand and knee on the same side on a bench, which your hand directly under your shoulder and your knee directly under your hip. With your other foot on the floor and a dumbbell in the other hand, raise the dumbbell up to the side of your torso using your back and shoulder muscles, while keeping your shoulder and torso stationary. Return the dumbbell to the starting position and repeat.

What’s your favorite piece of equipment to use at the gym?

Always talk to your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for you.

Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights

Another long weekend is over and I’m back to work this week. It was Thanksgiving on Sunday so Monday was a stat holiday. More on our Thanksgiving later on in this post. Before I get to it though, here are some other highlights of my weekend.

I took a Group Fitness class at the gym on Friday morning. It felt good to get sweaty and work hard. It was the last class of that release as the October 2019 release would be debuted on Sunday.

When I got home after class I showered and got dressed. I’ve been loving these plaid button down shirts lately. I feel like I’ve been feeling colder this fall than previous ones, so I’m all about the layers right now to stay warm.

This blue and red plaid is from Old Navy from a few years ago, but I found similar ones here, here, and here (all are affiliate links). There’s just something about a button down plaid shirt that’s so comfy during the cooler fall months.

We’re having a federal election here in Canada on October 21, though advance voting was this past weekend. I took advantage of it on Friday morning.

It was actually pretty busy inside, but I managed to get in and out in about 10 minutes. I’m glad that I was able to get it done early too, as I’m expecting it to be busier on election day. If you’re also able to vote in the federal election, make sure that your voice is heard and get out there to vote!

My dad ended up getting me a bag of these. Lindt truffles (affiliate link) are my absolutely favorite kind of chocolates. I’ve already had a few of them and I don’t think that the bag will last a week. It’s so hard to eat just one at a time!

I spent Saturday morning making some homemade sweet potato treats for my boyfriend’s Bulldog. I simply sliced a few sweet potatoes, put them in the dehydrator, and rotated them every hour or so to make sure that they were getting dried out evenly.

The smaller pieces only took about 4 hours, while the bigger, thicker ones too about 6. Considering that 3 sweet potatoes were only $3 at the grocery store and a big bag of them already made into treats were $20, it’s definitely an easy treat to make for Winston at home when they’re so expensive already made.

I headed out to my boyfriend’s place once they were done. There’s still a bit of leftover snow left in the cooler shady spots, so I opted to wear my Bean Boots (affiliate link). I know that we would be taking Winston for a walk so we’d be outside for awhile and once my feet get cold, the rest of me gets cold too. I figured I would keep the cold away and stay toasty warm instead with my boots.

Winston was in a stick mood on this walk. He ended up finding three of them along the way, and chewed on this one until it was in little pieces. The last one he tried to grab a hold of was more like a branch than a stick and was almost as big as him.

Once we dropped Winston off at my boyfriend’s condo we went out for dinner. We weren’t sure what we wanted, so we just started walking and ended up at The Beltliner. They have a big bulletin board right when you walk in and we noticed their house rules were posted. I wonder what they have against cords.

My boyfriend ordered the bacon grilled cheese with a salad and I went with the chicken clubhouse with the vegetable soup. We both really liked our meals and I thought that my vegetable soup was extra tasty. I almost went with the salad, but I’m glad I decided on the soup in the end. I would definitely get it again.

We watched some Netflix once we got back after dinner. Usually Winston is too wound up when I’m there to nap much, but he managed to have two naps while I was there on Saturday. Granted, neither of them were very long, but maybe he’s finally starting to get used to me and my novelness is slowly starting to wear off. I figured I had to take a picture to prove that he was napping against my legs while I was there.

Sunday morning I headed over to my gym to try out the October 2019 release of Group Power. Since it was the release we had all 4 teachers who do it teaching the class. They all did two or three songs, and I have to admit it was pretty fun to have all of them during one class.

I ended up having to modify a few things (I avoid push ups because they’re hard on my wrists), but overall I really liked the new release. It’ll probably take me a few times through to really get the hang of it, but that’s pretty normal for me.

Monday morning I had plans with my dad and brother to celebrate Thanksgiving. Instead of doing the traditional Thanksgiving meal, we decided to do a Thanksgiving brunch out instead.

Similar shirts here and here (affiliate links) and a similar bag here (affiliate link). I wasn’t joking when I said I was all about the flannel shirts right now!

We tried a few places and they were all closed for the holiday Monday. We finally found somewhere that was open. As soon as I saw that they had waffles on the menu I knew that I wanted one.

I went with a waffle topped with strawberries and whipped cream and a side of bacon. It was so good – I definitely hit the spot. While we missed out on the turkey this year, it was really nice to not have a big meal to make and then clean up after.

What was the highlight of your weekend? Share about it in the comments below.

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Weekly Workouts + Meals: Cardio and Mac and Cheese

Today I’m recapping my week of workouts and meals.

Workouts

I took it easy this week for my workouts because I managed to do something to my should last week. It wasn’t anything serious, but it was definitely sore and I didn’t want to make it worse. As a result I only did one strength training workout this week. I did get in a bunch of cardio though.

Sunday

I kept it low key to start off the week and just went for a walk.

Monday

I took my rest day on Monday.

Tuesday

I finally made it back to the gym on Tuesday morning and got in a cardio workout. I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical for some steady state cardio and then spent 10 minutes cooling down on the track.

I really pushed myself and felt so good – I felt like I could have kept going but I had to be mindful of my time because I had to get back.

Wednesday

I went for another walk on Wednesday. I’m all about enjoying the time I have outside before it’s gets cold and snowy for months on end. I’m not ready for winter yet.

Thursday

I made it back to the gym again for another cardio session on the elliptical. This was another shorter workout because I had to meet my dad and brother for breakfast.

Because I knew it was going to be a shorter gym session I worked harder than I usually do. I went with a higher resistance on the elliptical than I usually do and went faster. I actually felt pretty good considering I was working harder than I usually do.

Friday

My first and only strength training workout of the week happened on Friday morning.

Since it was my first strength workout after my shoulder being sore, I made sure to be gentle on my shoulder and use lighter weights for any upper body movements than I usually would have. I’m very grateful that my shoulder felt fine through out the workout, but I’m still glad that I took it easy. You don’t realize how much you use a body part until it hurts!

Saturday

My plan for today is to get in one last cardio workout on the elliptical before the week ends.

Meals

I had a couple meals of pulled pork this week. I needed a break from chicken, which I’ve been eating a lot of lately. It was an Instant Pot recipe so it was super quick and easy to make but still full of lots of flavor.

I was actually planning on putting some barbecue sauce on it, but it ended up being really tasty just with the spices and seasoning that the recipe called for. I paired it with some feta cheese and coleslaw.

Mac and cheese

This was another Instant Pot recipe and it also turned out really good. The recipe called for 3 and a half cups of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan), so I was pretty sure that it would be tasty.

Honestly the hardest part was shredding the cheese, but once I got the Instant Pot going it was a pretty easy recipe to make. It also made a ton so that there were a lot of leftovers which I wasn’t upset about at all.

It was too snowy on the back deck to barbecue, but I did cook up some smokies this week on the stove top. They were low fat ones and I was surprised that they were as good as they were – if I hadn’t have read the label and known that I wouldn’t have noticed a difference in taste.

I added some feta cheese, jerky, an egg white, and some coleslaw to round out the meal. Getting in more protein was definitely tough in the beginning, but it’s been getting easier lately. I’m finding the kinds of protein that I enjoy eating.

I cooked up a couple veggie burgers this week as well. I would have liked to cook them on the barbecue too, but once again it’s hard to do that when the barbecue is covered in snow. I think I might have to admit that barbecuing season is over for this year.

Another staple for me to get in a bunch of protein with a minimal amount of fat is tuna. It’s easy to make plus it’s a super affordable protein.

Hard boiled egg whites have also been a staple for me when it comes to getting in a bit more protein. It’s another one that’s high in protein and if you skip the yolks also low in fat. I usually pop half a dozen in the Instant Pot at a time and then store them in the fridge until I’m ready to eat one of two at a time. They’re really easy to grab as a snack between meals or just pump up the protein of a meal.

What was your favorite workout of the week? Favorite meal?

Friday Favorites: An Audiobook + Mascara

Happy Friday and welcome to the (almost) weekend! While I definitely didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked, it was a pretty good week nonetheless.

This weekend I’m looking forward to date night with my boyfriend, working from a coffee shop to get some work done (I’m been so distracted working from home the last few days), and making some sweet potato treats for my boyfriend’s Bulldog. It should be a fun weekend!

It’s Friday so that means that it’s time to share some of my favorite things from the past week. Here they are!

Influencer by Brittany Hennessy

I finished listening to this audiobook on Monday and I really enjoyed listening to it. If you’re a fellow blogger or have a following on social media and want a refresher or to learn more about the basics of being an influencer, be sure to check out Influencer (affiliate link).

Brittany gives a no nonsense approach to creating a following online and how to monetize it without being sales-y about it. She’s in a unique position to share both sides of the equation, both on the brand side and the influencer side.

She has lots of great information to share and I highly recommend you check it out even if you think you know all there is to know about making money online as an influencer. It’s such an ever changing space and it can be tough to keep up with the newest info.

Tip for listening to audiobooks: I always speed it up to 1.25x. I get through the book a bit easier but it’s still easy to listen to and I don’t miss anything. It honestly doesn’t even sound that much different either.

Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara

I bought this mascara over the weekend on Amazon and it arrived a few days ago. I’ve work it a twice since then and I’m really liking it. I absolutely hate mascara that gets clumpy, and Loreal Voluminous Paradise mascara (affiliate link) isn’t clumpy at all.

I went with the blackest black color, but they also have a few other options available. I really like the brush and I feel like I can get into the corners of my eyes to get those little lashes without getting mascara all over the place.

If you’re looking for a new go to mascara for an every day look definitely check out this one (affiliate link) – I really like it.

And on that note I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a recap of my workouts and meals this week.

This Is Us on Netflix

I’m a huge fan of This Is Us. Netflix has spoiled me in terms of being able to watch shows and movies on demand. As a result, I’m terrible at remembering to watch stuff when it’s on TV. I probably only watched one out of 3 episodes of season 3 of This Is Us last year when it was on TV. I’m so grateful that it’s on Netflix now and I’ve been watching up on it. Last weekend I started season 3 and I’m already 5 or 6 episodes into it. I just can’t stop watching!

If you somehow haven’t seen This Is Us yet, it follows a family of a husband, wife, and a set of triplets. There are a few timelines that each episode jumps through. At first it was a bit confusing, but I love how the story of each character is told throughout time and from each person’s perspective.

What’s a favorite thing of yours from the past week? Share about it in the comments below.

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