Hitting up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this weekend? The early access has been open to Nordstrom card holders for a few days now and things are selling out fast! Here are some of my favorite picks in the outerwear, athleisure, and accessory categories. I am dying over some of the coats for fall because it is my favorite season. With the amount of coats I buy, I shouldn’t be living in SoCal:)

Anyway shop some of my favorites below. The Anniversary sale opens for everyone July 22. Take a look below and if you are a cardholder, shop now before the sale opens up to everyone this weekend!

 

xo

gina marie

 

Nordstrom Anniversary_OUTERWEAR

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Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Top and bottom – The Upside

 

I love a good kettlebell workout. It’s so easy to incorporate kettlebells into your workout routine, and can be done anywhere!

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite exercises that I do with my 12 pound kettlebell at home. Feel free to use some of these great back exercises in your current routine, or do a full on kettlebell workout as outlined below! Your back, butt, and arms will thank you later:)

Repeat all 5 kettlebell exercises (and their assigned reps) 3x through, only taking a one minute break between each round of the exercises.  Refer to the images above and descriptions below.

KETTLEBELL DEADLIFT (illustration above)

Hold the kettlebell with both hands, your arms hanging straight down. Begin the exercise by sitting back into your hips, only as deep as they will allow without rounding your back or shoulders. Keep your feet flat.  Next, return to a standing and neutral position without leaning back. Make sure your hips have returned directly under you, without pushing them forward. Don’t forget to squeeze those glutes!!
15 reps 

AMERICAN KETTLEBELL SWING (illustration above)

The Kettlebell should pass just under the groin. Make sure the power is coming from your hips not your knees as you sit back into your hips. The American Kettlebell swing moves through a full range of motion overhead where the bottom of the kettlebell is aligned with the spine. The force should not come from the shoulders, but again should be propelled by hip drive.

*Note: because the American kettlebell swing moves through a full range of motion (ROM) overhead (as opposed to the Russian Swing) working with a lighter kettlebell weight is advised to allow the full ROM without compromising the shoulder joint positioning.
15 reps

KETTLEBELL SUMO HIGH PULL (illustration above)

Begin in a wide stance with the kettlebell positioned on the ground between your feet. Drop into a sumo squat by sending your hips back as far as possible with your knees bent while keeping your chest and head in an upright position. Start in this sumo squat position while holding the handle of the kettlebell, then begin to extend the hips and knees as you pull the kettlebell to your shoulders. Make sure your elbows raise in a wide position as you pull upward then return to the sumo squat position and repeat.
15 reps

KETTLEBELL BENT ROW (illustration above)

Begin on the right side. Bend at the knees slightly and sit back as far as possible while bending slightly from the hips while maintaining a straight back. Begin to row the kettlebell by extending your arm downward and then lifting the right arm upward tight to your side, squeezing your back muscle. Alternate sides.
20 reps (10 on each side)

KETTLEBELL ALTERNATING LUNGES (illustration above)

Stand upright with your kettlebell in your right hand. Step forward with your left foot and lunge. As you lunge, pass the kettlebell under your front leg to your opposite hand. Press through the heel of your foot as you go back to the upright position and repeat the movements as you alternate lunging legs.
20 reps (10 on each side)

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Happy sweating!

xo

gina marie

Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Romper – Lovers + Friends | Shoes – Dolce Vita

Summer is in full swing and, in typical SoCal fashion, mother nature can’t make up her mind on the temperature. I have found myself covered up in the morning and trying to wear as little as possible by 1pm. Queue the best romper ever.

This Lovers + Friends romper is perfect for ANY summer fun occasion and can take you from a day party to a night out in seconds. The interesting details alone make this romper a head turner. So delicate in detail but such a strong statement. You know I love my contradictions and edgy feminine  pieces. This romper is one for the books. There is already a waiting list in my girl squad to borrow it:)

 

xo

 

gina marie

 

 

 

Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Blazer and shorts – The Kooples | Shoes – Kenneth Cole | Choker – Dylan Kain | Sunglasses – Karen Walker

This dark pattern short and blazer Kooples combo is perfection. I normally don’t care for patterns as you know, let alone a patterned two piece.

Everything about this pattern is amazing. Swords, spiders, webs, hearts, stars, birds, and dandelions? Beautiful contradictions. I am also all for wearing a low cut blazer sans shirt:)

So far, I haven’t seen a Kooples piece I didn’t like.

xo

gina marie

 

FITNESS X BOXING

If you follow me on instagram, you know I love a good boxing sesh. My mornings don’t feel quite right without a killer SWEAT class at Prevail Los Angeles. I remember walking over to my very first 6am class in the fall of 2014 feeling a mixture of excitement and fear – like this could be really fun or this could be complete torture… Luckily it was the former. Still, being the perfectionist that I am, I felt like I couldn’t hang until I knew how to box. This is the obstacle I often cross paths with in life.

I mean, why would I go to a class for something I’m not good at? UM, maybe to LEARN and GET BETTER. This is an idea that I wish I would have adopted in my early years in life. If I had, I might have been a remarkable singer or killer piano player by now. Nevertheless, I am so grateful I finally got over this insecurity in time to develop and grow in my new passion: fitness.

Now, I box a good 5 to 6 times a week and still learn and grow every session. The workout is what piqued my interest, and the coaches are what keep me going back for more. They are all so fun, motivational, and individually unique, I can’t get enough. Playlists are always on point. Whether you’re vibing to Coach Lolo’s rap playlist, throwing in a few air guitars to Coach Rob’s classic rock mixes, or crunching it out to Coach Pooch’s slow jam abs session, you will always feel the burn and be pushed to your limits. Prevail is THE place to get your blood pumping and exercise your agility. Come sweat with me, you won’t regret it.

BE VICTORIOUS

As Coach Lolo says:

Core Strong, Money Long