Monday, January 16, 2017

How To Stay Motivated To Lose Weight | No comments:

Today marks 4 years since I've decided to live a healthier lifestyle and ended up losing 20 pounds! I know this time of year everyone's working hard to lose weight and the first couple of weeks can be the hardest since it's such a big change. For me personally, the first couple of weeks were rough and I remember feeling frustrated when I wasn't seeing quick results and had to fight the urge not to quit. Luckily I didn't and I can confirm that this whole thing was worth it! It's just all about how motivated you are to stick to it. That's why I thought this would be the perfect time to share my best tips for staying motivated so you can reach your goals. Here we go:

 

Go With A Friend
In the beginning, I would feel too awkward to go the gym by myself (now it's the complete opposite! I love working out by myself!) and would always bring a friend along. It was super helpful since it's a lot more fun to have someone to talk to and we always ended up staying there longer and trying new machines.

Take Weekly Pictures
There's no better feeling than noticing your weight loss progress in pictures. Try to take weekly pictures of yourself (I usually do a mirror pic) and then compare them side by side after a couple of weeks and even the smallest difference will motivate you to keep going. 

Don't Weigh Yourself
I remember losing motivation whenever I saw that the scale was telling me that I haven't lost weight. If you're doing a lot of weight lifting (which you should be!) then there's no point in looking at a scale since muscle gains more than fat. Instead base your weight loss on how loose your clothes are getting! Trust me, the scale has no purpose and looking at it just makes you paranoid and depressed.

Always Switch Workouts
One of the reasons why people tend to lose motivation quickly is because they get tired of doing the same old things. That's why it's nice to switch up your workouts so take a walk around your gym and see what machines you haven't tried yet and give them a try. If you're tired of being in a gym, head to a swimming pool or take cycling or yoga classes! And yes, yoga can be a workout! There's tons of ways to get some exercise in and results will come quicker since your body is constantly being challenged.

Change Your Eating Habits Slowly
Changing your diet overnight is difficult and you're bound to mess up a few weeks (or days!) later. Instead focus on slowly changing your diet by making one new change per week. For example, the first week focus on drinking more water. The next week focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. The third week focus on decreasing the amount of sweets you have. This way your body has time to adjust to the changes and you're more likely to feel motivated once you accomplish each change.

Have Something To Look Forward To When You're At The Gym
If you look forward to going to the gym, then the odds are that you'll go more often. Try making some workout playlists which has new music on there that you haven't listened to a lot or bring your iPad and choose a show that you'll only watch at the gym and no place else. This way, you'll trick your mind into believing that the gym is a place to enjoy rather than just another task to get off your to do list.

Stylish Workout Clothes
While I know the athleisure trend is still going strong, I have specific work out clothes that are just meant for the gym. There's so many cute options that are affordable and will motivate you to go to the gym more often! I linked all my favorites below: 







Hope these tips helped and I hope everyone reaches their weight loss goals this year! Should I do more fitness posts? Comment down below!


-Ruya

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Blue | No comments:








Coat: J. Crew, old // Pants: J. Crew // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Hat: Marshalls // Bag: Tory Burch Marion Crossbody, old // Lips: Marc Jacobs Lip Cream in "Truth or Bare"



Winter is the toughest time for me to dress up stylish, that's why you won't see too many outfit posts this time of year unless the weather gets better. The day this was shot it was actually 20 degrees and the whole time I was thinking to myself: "why did I wear heels?!" big mistake, especially with the salt on the ground. But hey, it just worked with the look. Plus the salt and the way the shadows reflect the ground made this an interesting background for an outfit haha. I purchased this mint blue coat from J. Crew last year and I can always depend on it to make any boring outfit look better and keeps me super warm since it's wool. I linked it in other colors below and I highly recommend you buy one since it's so cozy. 

I've also been going through a hat phase in 2016 and it seems to continue this year as well. First it was knit beanies like the one I wore for my Tobi collab, then baseball hats like the silk one I wore in my athleisure post, and now this one which my friend likes to call my "hipster-coffee shop hat" haha. Hats are great if you're someone like me that's too lazy to do your hair but still want something that makes you look put-together. 


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya



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Monday, January 9, 2017

Instagram Worthy Coffee Shops in Rochester | 1 comment:


Hi everyone! As promised more local posts! Today I'm going to be talking about one of my favorite things and that's coffee. Every weekend, my best friend and I are usually at a coffee shop and we've discovered that the local Rochester, NY coffee scene is pretty great (now if only the shopping scene improved...). One of the qualities that we look for when we check out a new coffee shop is if it's "Instagram-worthy" or not which basically means can we take a good picture in there? How's the aesthetic? Are there good vibes? haha. Don't lie, you look for those qualities too. That's why I thought I'd share my favorite spots to get some pretty amazing coffee and even more amazing pictures for Instagram. Here they are:



Java's Cafe (Gibbs Street Location) 

Located right next to the Eastman School of Music (another great place to take pics), there's Java's which looks small on the outside but has tons of seats on the inside! Plus they make the Chocolate Sitch which is a must if you're a chocolate fan! Just don't go to the bathroom cause it's downstairs in the basement and all my friends say it's a pretty creepy experience.


Starry Nights 

Whether I'm sitting indoors and outdoors, I love Starry Nights. Inside, they have the huge Starry Nights painting which makes for a great pic as well as a lot of healthy, gluten-free food options. Did I mention the street that it's on is also gorgeous? We shot this look during the fall on that street and this ended up becoming one of my most-viewed outfit posts!

Ugly Duck Coffee 

If you're a fan of black and white and minimalism, then this place is for you. Also the baristas are super nice and there's no pretentious vibes here (can't say the same thing about Joe Bean! ugh). Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of seating so don't come here during the weekend.


Cafe Sasso

99% of the time, I'm at Sasso. The walls are filled with interesting artwork, there's plenty of seating (I prefer the yellow couch or the window seats where you can take a nice pic of your coffee with tons of natural lighting), and most of all it feels cozy and just like home. Only bad thing I have to say is that I'm not too crazy about the food. It's not awful, but it's not great either.


Glen Edith

Right behind Sasso, is Glen Edith and I'm pretty sure this is the most popular coffee shop in Rochester. They have amazing seasonal drinks and did I mention the waffles? So soft, filling, and they serve it all day! Also, the aesthetic. It's just perfect. The only bad thing I have to say about this place is that they're always crowded!






Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had so much fun writing this and didn't know that I had so many coffee pics haha. Let me know what other local kinds of posts you would like to see on the blog by commenting down below.



-Ruya

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cozy Lace | No comments:







Sweater: Aerie // Bra: Aerie, old // Jeans: J. Crew // Boots: Kenneth Cole // Lips: c/o Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme in "Truth or Bare" // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs 


Lately, I've been checking out the post-holiday sales (which funny enough, has more summer stuff than winter) and found this off the shoulder sweater on sale for $33! I swear, Aerie has the softest sweaters and they pair perfectly with a lace bralette which they had tons on sale for under $20. The one that I'm wearing is an old one from there that I got over the summer but never had a chance to wear so it worked out perfectly! I made a post about the open back shirt and lace bralette trend here but this is the first time that I've tried it with an off the shoulder sweater. I can't tell you how many compliments I got after only wearing it once! It's a nice way to update your winter wardrobe and make it more unique. 




What are some winter sales you've been checking out lately? Comment down below! 


-Ruya



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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

POPSUGAR December Must Have Box | No comments:

 (Received this box complimentary from POPSUGAR for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone.) 
Hi ladies! Hope everyone had a great New Years! Here's my first post of the 2017: a review of the December Must Have Box from POPSUGAR! I actually got this a couple of weeks ago but completely forgot about during the holiday madness. Here's what I got: 


Right when the mailman gave me the box, the first thing that I noticed was how heavy it was! That was because they included this matching porcelain vanity plate (is that what it's called? what's the technical word for this haha) and ring dish from the brand Odeme. Well I'm impressed! I never would've thought something like this would be included in a subscription box but POPSUGAR surprised me again! This is perfect to have on your vanity so you can organize your jewelry. I've actually seen this brand sold at West Elm and seems to be a high quality product. 


On the plate, you'll notice the sparkly bobby pins from Mane Message which I thought was cute for the holidays but I don't really wear bobby pins so I might just give these away to someone younger. Is it just me or are they a little too childish? lol. I don't know...

Next is the Dessange Color Protecting Top Coat Serum which is meant for color-treated hair (although anyone can use it) and helps to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. The timing of this couldn't be anymore perfect since I've been complaining lately about my hair looking dead and dull so I can't wait to try this! 



The Winky Lux Lip Pill in "Bunny" was also included which is a matte, raspberry color which I can imagine is flattering on so many skin tones. It's made from cruelty-free ingredients and I love the shiny design on the tube.
BaubleBar is right up my alley! They included the Snowfall Pendant which is a POPSUGAR exclusive and has this modern and futuristic design which I love. I will say it's a bit heavy on my neck but maybe that's because I'm not used to wearing necklaces all the time.
Lastly, the Sisters Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is so adorable and such a creative item to include in a subscription box! I can't wait to try this over winter break. 


Overall, I'm happy with the December box and never would've thought they would include certain items such as the cookie mix and dishes so I was definitely surprised. I wish they skipped the bobby pins and included something else but what can you do. If you would like to get $5 off your first Must Have Box make sure to use the code "SHOP5". POPSUGAR also offers a mini version of their subscription service for $18.95 which includes shipping (which I've never tried but it sounds like a good deal!). 




Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best of 2016 | No comments:

With the year coming to a close, I thought this would be the perfect time to reflect and share my best posts of 2016! There was a lot of improvements with my blog this year such as investing in a new camera lens, getting more creative with my writing, and taking some risks. I really feel like 2016 was the year that I took my blog to another level and realized that this is no longer a hobby for me but one of my passions in life and that I'm in this for the long run. Here are my best posts from 2016:


Best Outfit Post 


The first time that I shot with my new camera lens was for the Gingham + White Jeans post and it ended up becoming my most popular outfit post and this was the image that ended up becoming a hit on Pinterest! I'm so glad I invested in a new lens in 2016 because it completely improved my blog and made it look so much more professional. If you're contemplating buying a new camera lens, I urge you to do it! It's worth the money.


Best #BloggerBoss Post 


This year I started my #BloggerBoss series and I couldn't be more happy with it! I love giving blogging advice and helping people. It's no surprise that my How to Write a Sponsorship Email was a hit since the fine art of pitching brands is something that isn't talked about a lot in the blogging world. After the success of this post, I realized that I should write about things that aren't talked about more often and to create more unique content like this. I just wish I did a better job with the graphic!


Best Beauty Post


I'll admit, in 2016 I didn't do as many beauty posts as I would've liked. The funny thing is when I first started my blog it was actually a beauty blog and now I tend to post more about fashion! This year my review of the Kerastase Discipline Curl Ideal Voxbox was my most popular. For 2017, I have plans for expanding the beauty section and posting more reviews and even makeup tutorials. If you have any suggestions please let me know!


Best Travel Post


Right before I left for my summer trip to Istanbul, I wrote Tips For Packing For An International Trip and I had so much fun writing and shooting it. I never would've thought it would become the most popular post of 2016! I wish I could write more travel posts like this but sadly being a college student limits my travels. My resolution for 2017 is to travel more so hopefully I'll be able to write more posts like this soon!


Best Collaboration 


One of my favorite companies to work with this year was Bagdujour and I really enjoyed styling their beautiful designer handbags for my outfit posts. This was my first blogging about luxury fashion and was a little nervous since my blog is more about college fashion but you gals didn't seem to mind! My Fridays With Chloe post was the most viewed and I'm not surprised since that Chloe handbag was pretty unique!


Best Holiday Post


My Unique Gift Wrapping post was a last minute idea and my first time doing a DIY-style post. I worked hard on the photography and made sure it was super girly and perfect for the holidays and I guess my hard work paid off! I'm not that big into DIY but I would love to be able to do more posts like this that show my creative side. It's nice to take a break from fashion once in a while, you know what I mean?





Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that's been reading my blog and supporting me! 2016 has been the best year of my blogging career and I couldn't have done it with you guys ♥ Please let me know down below in the comment section, what kinds of posts you would like to see more of on Sweet, Short & Stylish in 2017. I hope everyone has a happy New Year!!!



-Ruya

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Velvet For New Year's Eve | 14 comments:






Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Paige // Shoes: Forever 21 // Lips: Sonia Kashuk Lip Crayon in "Rosey Nude"



I can't believe there's only a few days until 2017! The holidays always seem to fly by and while I'm excited for the new year, there's going to be some big changes happening which I'm nervous about. Some of those big changes are graduating college in May (officially becoming an adult is so scary!) and then figuring out where I'm going to move to since my dream has always been to move out of Rochester and someplace more exciting and warm. I was going to go to college out of state but things didn't work out that way but now I feel more prepared and the timing feels right but the only problem is where to? I'm the type of person that has a hard time deciding on what to eat for lunch so imagine how difficult it must be for me to decide on a city! haha. There's just so many amazing cities in warm climates where I can work in the social media industry, it's just I don't know which one so if there's any recommendations let me know! I keep trying to remind myself that everything is going to work out and to trust the process but can you blame a girl for freaking out a little? haha.

Aside from my tiny meltdown, I was planning on wearing this outfit for a New Year's Eve party and thought this top was gorgeous since it's red velvet, has bell sleeves, and cut-out shoulders. I paired it with my all-time favorite heels which you would never guess is from Forever 21 because they look so much more expensive! I know a lot of you gals have been asking about them on Insta but sadly I can't find the exact ones cause they're sold out online and in stores. I bought them about a month ago so maybe you'll find them at your local Forever 21. 




Thanks for reading, what's everyone doing for New Year's Eve? Anything exciting?



-Ruya



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