New Year New You. Bikini Fit for 2016.

Welcome to 2016 and another round of New Year’s Resolutions!!  We at Molly Brown’s are expecting a great year in 2016 and wish you the best as you move forward with your goals. One of the most common resolutions every year is to become healthier and more fit.  The mass exodus into every health club across the nation is proof of that.  Look again in February.  The number of people on the exercise floor will be considerably less.  To help with your fitness goals, we have come up with a few tips to help you succeed.

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1. Set realistic goals –  Start small.  Setting a goal to run a marathon is admirable, but is it realistic?  Set short term goals that build up to you final goal.  Maybe setting a goal of running a 5k is more attainable early on.  You can then work up to a 10k, a half marathon, and eventually the marathon doesn’t seem so far out of reach.

 

2. Have a plan – Know what your ultimate goal(s) is and plan your new lifestyle around it.  Getting fit, eating healthier, or losing weight requires work on your part. Plan out your meals. Decide what days you are exercising and what type of activity you are going to do.  Determine how important that night out on the town really is.

 

3. Talk about  it – Let your family and friends know what your goals are and why.  They will be your best support group and hopefully motivate and support you as you move towards your goal.

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4. Reward yourself – Making a lifestyle change shouldn’t be all work and no fun.  Reward yourself as you reach short term goals.  Buy yourself a new outfit, take in a movie with friends or have that dessert at dinner on Saturday night.

 

5. Track your progress – Keeping a workout and/or meal journal is a great way to track your progress.  It allows you to see the improvements you are making as you move forward.  It also helps focus on the end result.  Instead of focusing on the total weight loss goal, focus on the five pounds you just lost.  Congratulate yourself and move on to the next five.

 

6. Don’t beat yourself up – Realize that bad days happen.  You may miss a workout or eat an unhealthy meal.  It happens to the best of us.  The important thing is to recognize it’s going to happen, forgive yourself and move on to the next day.  Recommit yourself to the next 24 hours, then the next  24, then the next. One day at a time is the goal.

 

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7. Stick to it – Studies have shown that it takes 21 days for a new activity to become habit and 6 months to become apart of your personality.  All previous steps should help you reach step seven. Again, one day at a time.

 

8. Kbikini-cleanseeep up the good work – The old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” falls into play here.  We didn’t get in the position we are in overnight, so you can’t expect change to happen overnight. Everyday should lead to the next.  Try a new activity, or sport, or fitness trend.  Try new ways of cooking your favorite foods.  Stay away from weight loss pills and diet fads.  Healthy eating and exercise are the ways to go.

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Coach Greg Glassman, Crossfit Founder and CEO put being fit into his words.  Parts of his quote include the following: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep food  intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts, master the basics of gymnastics, bike, run, row, etc.  Mix these elements into as many combinations as possible. Routine is the enemy.”

 

Now, are we recommending you to follow all of these guidelines? Absolutely not.  However, everyone can take a little something from this excerpt and adopt it into their lifestyle changes. Remember, the ultimate goal is a lifestyle change of getting fitter which leads to a healthier you and a happier you.

 

 

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*A special congratulations to our December Instagram #MBwishyouwerehere contest winner, Lara Reeves, who receives a$50 gift card from Molly Brown’s.  We also think she is great inspiration for living the fit lifestyle.

 

 

 

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Molly Brown’s Fourth of July Special Picks!

The fourth of July is just around the corner and you know what this means? It’s time to take out the stripes and stars out and start preparing for the barbecues, beach parties, poolside cookouts and the fireworks. Wherever you plan on celebrating the holiday, get into the patriotic spirit with these awesome swimwear pieces we picked for your 4th of July wardrobe! Blue, White and Red is a great color palette to choose from and you can mix and match to create lots of outfits. Instead of opting for a one color bikini, why not mix and match the colors or wear stripes in flag colors. Something like these maybe ? 😉

Byrdie Bandeau & Estella Bottom - L*Space Swimwear
Byrdie Bandeau & Estella Bottom – L*Space Swimwear

                    

This striped bandeau top from L Space can be paired with a solid colored bottom, ideally in red or white.

Spring Raja Bandeau & Indigo Hot Short - Pily Q Swimwear
Spring Raja Bandeau & Indigo Hot Short – Pily Q Swimwear

Add a twist to the normal white and blue combination in these denim hot shorts and embroidered bandeau top by L Space again!

Neutra Bralette & Neutra Hipster - Vitamin A Swimwear
Neutra Bralette & Neutra Hipster – Vitamin A Swimwear

Classic blue and white combination by Vitamin A. Add the red with a floppy beach hat or a cute hairband!

First Mate Triangle Top & Tieside Bottom - Sperry Top-Sider Swimwear
First Mate Triangle Top & Tieside Bottom – Sperry Top-Sider Swimwear

Anchors, red, white and blue, this Sperry Topsider Bikini has it all!

Sail Away Stripe Triangle Top & Tieside Bottom - Dolcessa Swiwmear
Sail Away Stripe Triangle Top & Tieside Bottom – Dolcessa Swiwmear

This Dolcessa Bikini! White and Blue stripes on a red background, now that’s truly patriotic! Now that your bikini for the pool or beach party is sorted, all you need is a trendy cover-up to keep away the cold while you get mesmerized with the traditional 4th July fireworks display! How about these?

Storm Watch Silk Romper - L*Space Swimwear
Storm Watch Silk Romper – L*Space Swimwear

Casual and classy, this silk romper is perfect to throw over your bikini, with a little colorful peekaboo as well 😉

Olivia Strapless Maxidress - Vitamin A Swimwear
Olivia Strapless Maxidress – Vitamin A Swimwear

This flowy crochet maxi will look amazing on your sun-kissed skin, comfy enough for you to snuggle up with your boo and sexy enough too!

Erica Dress - CA by Vitamin A Swimwear
Erica Dress – CA by Vitamin A Swimwear

Since we are on maxis, we thought we’d share this one too because its simply too cute to resist!

Rendado Kaftan - Cecilia Prado Swimwear
Rendado Kaftan – Cecilia Prado Swimwear

And our favorite of them all! The Rendado Kaftan is best to cover up and show off at the same time 😉

 

We have also curated some of our favorite bikinis in Molly’s Patriotic Picks, just for you. Check them out!

 

No outfit is complete without the right accessories. So pick up some Fourth of July themed accessories such as hair bands, even hair ties, sparkly bracelets, floppy hats and cute sandals to add the final zing to your patriotic look and knock everybody’s socks off!

Some more mix and match bikinis here:

Now, all you have to do is have a blast with your friends and family! Happy Independence Day! :)  

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