Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching Explained

Hey guys!

As I’ve progressed with my workouts, I’ve started to research the most proactive ways to stretch.

Let’s face it – nobody has ever said “I can’t wait to stretch” after (or even before) an intense workout, haha!

Since stretching isn’t our favorite thing in the world – let’s at least make sure we are doing it right. Sound good?

There are two types of stretching:


Lets look at the differences between them and how these stretching techniques affect your workout.

Dynamic vs. Static Stretching

Static Stretch

Requires holding a stretch for 10 or more seconds while motionless (previously the most popular type of warm-up).

  • Focuses more on relaxing muscle & promoting flexibility.
  • Static stretch will benefit you post-workout as studies show that static stretching prior to a workout may decrease athletic performance.

Dynamic Stretch

Requires moving as you stretch (today’s most popular type of warm-up).

  • This stretch is beneficial pre-workout as it increases your heart rate, meaning it is essentially a form of cardio – bi-winning!
  • It warms up your muscles. Therefore, it improves athletic performance.

Although we may not love it, stretching should always be a part of our workouts.

Keep in mind, stretching, whether post or pre-workout, will not eliminate soreness.

Soreness is caused by micro-tears in the muscle and surrounding connective tissues which won’t be repaired through stretching.

Let’s avoid injuries, improve our performances and continue on our quest to a healthier lifestyle! =)

Don’t forget to comment below with any questions you may have on this subject – I’ll be happy to answer them!



Black Friday: Top 3 Online Stores You Need To Check Out

Hi loves!

It’s Black Friday and I still don’t understand why people shop at the mall and other stores when we can do it from home?

I lay in bed and avoid the aggravation and stress of long lines and fights over a laptop, camera, shoes or whatever it may be.

If you agree, let’s toast –  nice, cozy night in with green tea, a laptop and some amazing online deals I am about to share with you.

Check out my top 3 favorite stores this Black Friday:

1. Clothes Envy

Clothes Envy will give you up to 30% off EVERYTHING by entering the code: BLACK30.

Here are some items I couldn’t resist:

Slashed Jeggings,Halter Body Suit-White,Bottoms-up Skort. <—DEALS no longer available

2. Love Culture

Love Culture will give you 40% off site wide!!! Here are my purchases and you will have your jaws dropped:

Black Suede Tied up Peep Toe Booties,Kylie Bodycon Cutout Dress.<—DEALS no longer available

3. Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe will give you not 30%, not 40% but 50% off!!! Tell me you haven’t been dreaming about this trendy lace up flats?!<—DEALS no longer available

Even though the Black Friday sales are no more – these online stores offer cute clothes for a very affordable price. Keep them bookmarked!


Hope this was helpful ladies!

Leave a comment with any additional suggestions you may like to share!



How To Wear Leather Leggings

Hello lovelies!

The below photos were taken at a beautiful place near where I live. I normally go jogging there and the views (and sunsets) never disappoint. I absolutely love anything & everything nature.

Below is my “go-to” look when I feel bad as* haha!

Leather leggings are my favorite, you can pull off so many looks with it. However, casual/chic is what is trending.

Take a look below and find out how you can get this look today!






Faux Leather Leggings

Zip Up Back Long Sleeve Top

Faux Leather Shoulder Jacket

Lace Up Boots

Hope you enjoyed this week’s look!

Stay tuned for more on health/fitness & fashion!



Repair Dry & Damaged Hair in 3 Simple Steps

Damaged hair is very common nowadays.

I have personally dyed my hair more times than I can remember and as much as I love a great change, it does damage the hair a lot.

Plus, it can take a very long time to get it back to looking/feeling healthy again.

So here are 3 steps you can start taking today for beautiful/healthy hair:



  • Chemical hair dyes (whether professional or not).
  • Bleaching your hair –  It will destroy your hair by causing dryness & frizz.
  • Chemical straightening or curling – I know, this will be tough at first but the only way to get your hair back to its natural roots is by letting it be natural.


  • When washing your hair, don’t rub your head vigorously. Instead, massage your scalp with your fingertips and GENTLY massage the shampoo through the hair.
  • Don’t squeeze out excess water right away. Give it a few minutes and then use a towel to gently pat it dry.


  • When you first stop washing your hair everyday, your hair will overproduce sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). It does this because the hair is used to being washed daily.
    • Give it a week or two, and your hair will start getting back to normal and will stop looking greasy.
  • If you are concerned about your roots looking greasy until your hair is back on track, try using dry shampoo (bought at any pharmacy).
    • You can also make your own by simply mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda.
    • Make sure to apply only where your hair is greasy and then comb it out.

Ladies, hope this was as helpful to you as it was for me!

xoxo –


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me…

Hi guys!

Here is a quick list of 10 things that make me unique 🙂

  1. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brasil until I was 11 years old, when I came to the United States.
  2. I speak 3 languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.
  3. I’m afraid of heights but I learned how to ski two years ago and I love it!
  4. I love to support local businesses – you will notice a lot of upcoming posts focusing exclusively on local shops. I’ll also suggest where you can support a local business near you!
  5. I have worked in the financial service industry for 9 years – and now manage a group of 10+ people.
  6. I love quotes (what girl doesn’t??) Whether I’m sad, happy or uneasy – I always find the perfect quote to express my feelings!
  7. I love wine – both sweet & dry.
  8. I have a younger brother whom I am super protective over. I can’t help it.
  9. My parents and brother are the only family I have in the U.S.
  10. Music is my LIFE. I cook, clean, shower, workout listening to music. It makes me feel alive and gives me so much energy!

That’s it for now lovelies!

Hope you got to know me a bit better.

See you next time!



Hoodies & Booties: Weekend Getaway

Hey loves!

Welcome  to this week’s look! 🙂

Here in the northeast, we’ve had some amazing weather so far in November.

But it can still get chilly at times.

This past weekend, I left the city and spent the weekend in Jackson, New Hampshre – where my boyfriend took me for my birthday!

P.S. If you ever go to Jackson, you must check out Red Fox Bar & Grille

Try the lobster mac & cheese – I kid you not, some of the best food you will ever have in your life!! It was too good for word, zero regrets on this cheat meal weekend.

Below are some of my pictures from the White Mountains, specifically near a waterfall called “Cascade Falls”.

It was a gorgeous day and an unforgettable weekend.








Fur Hoodie Jacket

Lace-up Boot

Basketweave Hat

Fitted/Stretchy Dark Blue Jeans

Have fun with this cute/flirty/chic style!

Leave a comment below!



Gym Outfit: Look & Feel Great…

Hey loves!

So as you know, I am slightly obsessed with health & fitness.

But sometimes, it can get a bit boring if we don’t make it fun, especially what we wear at the gym.

We always want to look our best because if we feel great, chances are we are staying there longer and working extra hard.

Below is a gym outfit I wore for my cycling class this week. Below the pictures I provide some links to sites where you can find something similar.




Check out these sites for similar offerings!

The goal is simple – cute outfits and great workouts!



Waterfall Blanket Wrap Cardigan

Hey loves!

November is here and it’s my birthday month!

I am so excited to celebrate with my family and friends this week. I take a week off every year just to celebrate and reflect on another year that has passed.

This year has been extremely incredible & I can honestly say, I have never been happier. It’s funny because the older you get, the more you appreciate what makes you unique and you start to make less and less time for those that don’t bring any value to your life.

You only live once, make sure you are always surrounded with people that genuinely love and care about you! Don’t make time for those that pretend to be by your side or are just there for the ride.

You deserve better and most importantly – you deserve to be happy- every single day of your life.

Now, let’s take a look at this week’s fall style…






 High Knee Suede Boots @ Macy’s

Ripped jeans @ Charlotte Russe

Waterfall Blanket Wrap Cardigan

Hope you enjoyed this week’s look!

Leave a comment with any thoughts or questions:)