Monthly Archives: September 2012

My good friend, gym.

20120916-195510.jpgJust went to my boyfriend’s gym, Anytime Fitness, and I’m in love with it. It has been far too long since I had a legit gym membership, and now that I’m moving from my tide-me-over apartment complex gym, it’s time to sign up for something hardcore! They have 24 hour access, free classes, and even tanning! Going for it.

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50 shades of green.

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Update: As of March 2013, 6 months after this post, I have lost 17.5″ all over, primarily from thighs, waist, and arms and have dropped from barely fitting into my size 4 jeans to easily slipping into size 2’s… Veggies and cooking meals at home is absolutely the way to go!

I’ve decided that I’m eating out too much. With my increasingly hectic schedule and being in the process of moving, it seems all too easy to grab convenience food. While I’m making smart choices wherever I eat, restaurants or fast food in this part of Texas is generally not so healthy. So for the next few days I’m going to eat only veggies with some fruit and a bit of tilapia mixed in, just to de bloat, detox, and perhaps drop a few inches in the process.

Tonight’s dinner? Cut broccoli, green beans and peas steamed in low sodium chicken broth and seasoned with basil, lemon juice, and red and black ground pepper. Super fast prep and delicious. I’ll try this for a few weeks and see how it goes.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress with this new dietary change.

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Mint and gold candy coated nails

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Along with coral pink and bright orange, one of 2012’s hottest colors has been and continues to be seafoam green; a beautiful shade of pale teal that straddles the line between blue and green. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite shades of blue are turquoise and seafoam, so when I saw this Revlon nail color called ‘Minted’, I had to have it to go with my Milani ‘Glitterati’ gold sparkle polish. Revlon nail color holds up really well with minimal chipping for at least a week!

A colleague of mine, a Russian twenty-something who is an architect, artist, and an enviably sharp dresser, came into my art gallery today and the first words out of her mouth when she saw my paint-job were, “Oh my gott. I luhf your nail pullish!” Score.

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Queue, are, esse, tea.

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I’m in love with coffee, but due to my fast-paced, full-throttle lifestyle and work schedule, I am reducing anxiety by switching out my afternoon cup o’ Joe to the next best thing: tea.¬† Today’s brew? Bavarian mixed berry tea by Lipton, which I am chilling out with on my lunch hour as a soundtrack of Fleet Foxes and Massive Attack drifts into my living room. This tea tastes as good as it sounds, and has a natural sweet flavor that even the most unseasoned tea-drinker would find delectable. Even the folks at Teavana were impressed with my choice of beverage.

-Bad Vixen

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The best inner thigh workout (fast!)

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Workout equipmentLadies (and body-conscious gentlemen), I’ve figured out the best combination of moves to get killer inner thighs, fast.

All you need is about 45 minutes three times a week, and a select few pieces of workout equipment that can be purchased for cheap, and you can have taut, toned thighs from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s how it’s done. Bear in mind that each of the following exercises should be done in sets of three or four, and for the quickest and most dramatic results, all reps should be done one right after the other, with minimal breaks in between reps (30 seconds at most).

 

1. Yoga ball – 50 repetitions

Yoga ball

Yoga balls can be found almost anywhere. I got mine at Ross for around $7 and it came with a pump and an instructional DVD. The reps should simply consist of placing the large yoga ball in between your inner thighs, and squeezing in short, intense bursts 50 times. Simple as that. For an added challenge, lift your hips and ass off the floor so that you’re in a bridge pose, and it will work your glutes as well. The same is true for the “Thigh Master,” but we’ll get to that later.

2. Resistance band – 25 reps per leg

Resistance band

Resistance bands are something everyone needs to have. They are super easy to use to tone up. Just like the yoga ball, you can sit in front of the TV and play with these resistance bands and it hardly feels like you’re working out until you get a nice little burn in your arms. I bought a set of three – light, medium, and heavy resistance – at Walmart for $9.

Step your right foot onto the middle of the band as you hold both ends of the band tightly in your right hand, and keep your hand centered in front of your right hipbone. Your leg should be stiff as you slowly extend your leg outwards in a controlled movement, and then slowly bring it back in to a normal “legs together” position. This does take some balance, so a regular yoga practice helps, or just use a chair or wall for balance. Complete 25 reps on one side, then switch to the left leg and repeat the exercise.
Bonus: this also helps tone the triceps, biceps and forearms. Score.

3. Leg lifts with a 10 pound free weight – 25 reps per leg

WeightI purchased mine for $12 at Target. To begin, get on your hands and knees with your back straight. Place the weight in the crook of your leg at the back of your knee, keep your toes pointed towards the ceiling, and slowly raise your leg from the ground upwards, until your thigh is in a straight line with your back and ass and your leg is crooked at a 90 degree angle. Lower your leg to the floor and start again. Complete 25 reps and switch sides. Good news-this tones your calves as well!

4. Squats (no equipment required) – 25 reps

Pretty self explanatory, but in the rare case you are unfamiliar with squats, stand with your feet hip width apart and your hands behind your head – elbows out – to ensure that your back stays straight. Slowly lower yourself down until your knees are bent and you feel your muscles contract. Raise yourself back up to a standing position and give your ass muscles a tight squeeze. Repeat 25 reps.

5. Thigh Master – 50 reps
thigh masterThis bad boy is a little piece of equipment that was hugely popular in the 90s (I remember my mom and all her friends had ’em), but it works wonders! I just searched “thigh master” on eBay, sorted the results as ‘Price: Lowest to highest’ and found this one for just over $13. There are tons on there for around the same price.

Place this contraption between your thighs, arch up into the bridge pose I mentioned earlier, and squeeze your thighs all the way together and back out for 50 reps. You will instantly feel it in both your inner and outer thighs.

6. Yoga mat for warm up and cool down (mat optional) – 3 to 5 minutes

After three or so sets of this kind of intense lower-body action, you are going to thoroughly enjoy cooling down with some yoga postures like child’s pose, cat/cow, downward facing dog and forward fold. If yoga isn’t your thing, some simple stretches will do. I personally love this one: extend your right leg upwards. Cross your left ankle over your right leg, just above the kneecap, grab your right ankle with both hands and slowly bring your leg into your chest. You’ll feel an incredible stretch in your left thigh and ass cheek. Hold this pose for no less than 20 seconds and switch sides. Repeat as needed until you feel nice and loosened up.

You should notice some results after two weeks of implementing this workout, however, depending how heavy or thin you may be, your results could be quicker or take longer. But trust me when I say you will feel it after just one day!

A few parting words of advice: To target your midsection, perform this workout with a waist-trimmer belt that you can wrap around your middle to make you sweat off belly fat as you work out other areas. Just look for one on eBay or amazon and you can find one for around $8-$15. I also like to complete my lower body workouts with anti-cellulite cream spread over my butt and thighs followed up by a percussion massage head used on trouble areas to deeply and quickly massage away cellulite.

Tried this workout? How did it go for you? Any other lower body tips you have to offer? The Vixen wants to hear your feedback!

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Bread is bad for me.

20120913-194746.jpgTreated my boyfriend to dinner at a charming, hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. They brought out the free bread that I guess is supposed to be an appetizer, and I laughed when I saw that it looked like a fat, bloated belly, complete with misshapen navel. This, my friends, is why I don’t eat bread. A classic example of the clich√®, “You are what you eat!”

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Rave of the day: Bar lighting

20120913-154946.jpgThis swank new restaurant and bar opened a few miles out from my place, so the boyfriend and I went out for our 6 month anniversary. Having never been before, we were pleased with our Chicken Oscar with crab sauce, Greek salad and bottle of Riesling, but what I was most impressed with was the dazzling light fixtures that hung above the bar.

This low quality image is the best I could do given that while beautiful, those lights only radiated enough brightness to create a nice ambiance, but not actually light up the room. This is definitely going to be my new hot spot to hang out.

-Vixen

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Introduction to the Vixen

20120912-092456.jpgWelcome to the blog of the Bad Vixen.

Let me introduce myself:

  • Full time Art Gallery Curator
  • Part time artist
  • Free lance model
  • Full time badass bitch

 

A bit of backstory? An Anaheim, California native and current Texas resident, I delight in life’s simple pleasures: fashion, cosmetics, music, sex, sushi, fitness, photography, and art. And as we all know, the best things in life are not free… Except for the sex.

I’ll start this blog off with a picture of one of my favorite little pleasures, a brand new tube of red red RED lipstick by Kate Moss, simply called “10.” At the oh-so-affordable price of just under $6 (available at Target), there’s no excuse for this not to be in your makeup arsenal!20120913-194118.jpg

This blog chronicles my journey as a model, offers beauty tips, fitness tricks, affordable fashion, miscellaneous rants, and unwarranted advice from my fast paced life and somewhat disconnected brain.

Hopefully you will find something of interest on this blog that tickles your fancy and leaves you wanting more, but if not, I don’t give a flying fcuk.

Happy reading.
xx

-Bad Vixen

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