Sunday, January 29, 2012

Photoshoot!

My bestie Teresa over at Teresa Clara Photography took these fun pictures of me yesterday!!  We almost got fined $300 for trespassing on the railroad tracks..oops!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Friday!

It's been a long time coming but I am so happy that Friday is finally here!!
Today I'm guest posting over at LOVE, LOSS AND LACQUER .  I was honored when Jin (yes, we have the same name) invited me to guest post because I secretly stalk her blog on a daily basis.  She lives in NYC (my dream city), loves nail polish, AND has beautiful natural hair.  be sure to check out the post and show Jin (the other jin) some love :)

{I went to the Melting Pot last night for dinner and it was delicious...I love LNO (ladies night out).  I will post pics later}


Thursday, January 26, 2012

TAG....I'm IT!!!!

So Hilliary from Happily Ever Healthy tagged me in this lovely post


So here it goes



Here are the rules in case you have forgotten!

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've been tagged.

4. Tag eleven people and link them in your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them



ELEVEN FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:


I love to read

I love red wine

I’m afraid of cats

I don’t like chocolate

I don’t like running but I do it anyway because I know it is good for me

I paint in my spare time

I love vanilla cupcakes

I can’t parallel park to save my life

I have 2 tattoos (1 BIG, 1 small)…I want one more.

I’m always hungry (sort of like a newborn…maybe I have tape worms? Lol

I think that I was a hippie/ go go dancer in my previous life.











MY ANSWERS TO TAG:

1-Do you tend to follow fashion trends, or stick to a more classic look? How do you define your style? I would say that my style is boho chic. I love layering.

2-Whats your go to piece in your closet right now? Flannel button down shirt and black leggings

3-What is one thing you wish you could go out and buy right this minute. Diamond earrings or a new car ;)

4-Who is your celebrity style icon? Gwen Stefani, Rachel Bilson, and Jessica Alba

5-Do you wish you could know what your life looks like 5 years from now, or would you rather it be a surprise? I kind of hate surprises so it would be nice to have a helpful hint....it would save me from making bad decisions.

6- Who is your favorite musical artist? Ray Lamontagne, Citizen Cope,

7-What is your favorite Broadway play? The Color Purple.

8- Dogs or cats? Eww I hate cats BUT I love dogs. I think that the show Animal Hoarders made me hate cats.

9- What was your favorite board game growing up?Trivial Pursuit, and Jinga (not a board game but still pretty gnarly)

10-Would you rather not be able to talk, or not be able to walk for the rest of your life? wow, this is a hard question. I would be okay with not being able to talk, but only if I could still hear. 11- What is your biggest fear in life? My biggest fear is failing or being alone. Im a cancer (a crab) so I really enjoy being around others.



11 QUESTIONS FOR THE PEOPLE I TAGGED:

What CD is currently in your CD Player?

When was the last time you cried and why?

What is your favorite book?

Where is your favorite place to shop online?

What is your astrological sign?

What is your dream job?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Name five of your favorite make up products (brand, color, etc)

What is your favorite running shoe?

What is your current workout regimen?

What is your favorite reality tv show?



The Lovely Ladies That I Tagged:
! * LA BELLA VITA * !

A cup of Mai

Beauty Asylum

Eat Yourself Skinny!

JustPatience

life is BANANAS.

Life.Love&Marriage

Mr. Taylor and his Lady

Voilà!

{City Girl} Knows

LOVE, LOSS AND LACQUER

La Petite Sirène à Londres...




I know that all of you pretty ladies are probably busy with your own blog stuff BUT if you are bored please participate and answer these questions for me :)

Inspiration

It's a known fact that I'm addicted to Pinterest....here are some of my pins from today. Thanks to all of the lovely pinners who have taken the time to find and pin these awesome pictures!!!  (psst....I just noticed that you can't read the first pic so i will post it below)
{PINTEREST}
 Have any of you tried crossfit? I'm thinking about trying it out.  I heard that it's crucial but crossfit seems to be the go-to workout if you want to get in REALLY good shape.  Summer is coming fast!

Click HERE to follow me on Pinterest!

{LOL, my heart is always telling me to drink more wine....}

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY- Project

I purchased this jewelry box at Goodwill for $1.49.  I painted the top glass with chalkboard paint, added new hinges, and spiced up the original white paint with a fresh coat.  I'm still working on it but thought that I would share with you guys.  I forgot to take a BEFORE picture--I'm sorry.



Monday, January 23, 2012

My Weekend




I had a blast this weekend.  Surprisingly, I was very productive.  I'm going into the week with a clean house, stocked refrigerator, and clean laundry.  I'm excited about the week to come.
It is restaurant week so I'll be sure to keep y'all updated on my dinning experiences.

a lovely video of me acting crazy after getting sent home from work because some idiot called in a bomb threat....super scary but  the best day ever (weird combination, I know)...kind of felt like senior skip day....Now it happening two days in a row is a completely different story. I love my job but apparently somebody doesn't feel the same way.

I hope that all of you have a lovely week...stay tuned because I will be posting a couple recipes that I tried over the weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vacation Please....

I'm in desperate need of a vacation.  I just want to sit back, relax, and disconnect from my usual hussel and bussell.  I'm going to open up a new savings account today specifically for travel. 
Just imagine the lovely naps you could have on the hammock.

I'm searching for warm weather, clear sky's, and clear blue water--who wants to join me???

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Describe Your Love Life in One Word......


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." ~Helen Keller


So I'm really curious how you gals (and guys) would describe your love life?  Please share....I feel like being nosey today :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King Day

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.




Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.



But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.



In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”



But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.



We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.



It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.



But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.



The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.



We cannot walk alone.



And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.



We cannot turn back.



There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹



I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.



Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.



And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.



I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”



I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.



I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.



I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.



I have a dream today!



I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.



I have a dream today!



I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2



This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.



With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.



And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:



My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.



Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,



From every mountainside, let freedom ring!



And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.



And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.



Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.



Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.



Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.



Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.



But not only that:



Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.



Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.



Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.



From every mountainside, let freedom ring.



And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:



Free at last! Free at last!



Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

My Weekend

{casual Sunday....this is how my hair looks after a night of partying lol}
This past weekend flew by so fast!  Friday night was so cold that I stayed in and watched TV.  It is almost impossible to get me out of the house when it's cold outside.  Saturday morning I woke up early 9:00 am  because i wanted to hit the gym before babysitting at 11.  Saturday night I hung out with some of my best girlfriends (I'll post pics later).  Sunday I spent the day with family.  I didn't have time to do any chores or grocery shop so I'm sure that this week will be a lot of FUN!!
I wasn't so lucky to have today off so whenever I finish procrastinating I will head to work.....
Happy Martin Luther King day folks!!!!  I hope that you all have a fantastic Monday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Grilled Chicken and Walnut Salad

Yesterday I decided to take the night off from the gym to rest my super sore limbs. Because I didn't workout I wanted to make something healthy for dinner.  This Grilled Chicken&Walnut Salad was the bomb dot com and I'm not just saying that because I made it....it was really, REALLY delicious. As you can see I'm addicted to grape tomatoes....I usually find a way to add them to EVERY meal.

I finally got to use my new salad spinner from Pampered Chef...talk about a good time,ha!

This yummy meal only took me 15 minutes to make.,easy peasy!

Recipe:

Chicken:  seasoned  chicken with steak seasoning (don't knock it before you try it) and then pan-seared in EVOO.

Salad Mixture: Roman lettuce and spinach

Dressing:  Balsamic Vinaigrette

finish off with grape tomatoes and chopped walnuts.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fries vs. slim Thighs

{image via pinterest}


which would you prefer to have?
I'm going to go with the slim thighs :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MY sore throat remedy

{yummy....}
{I love green tea...it's delicious}
{I ran out of lemons...}

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Healthy Greek Pita

One of my New Year Resolutions is to post more healthy recipes here on JinFitness.  I'm still learning how to photograph food so please bare with me while I learn.
Saturday was absolutly beautiful here in the Carolina's.  I couldn't believe that it was 69 degrees out in January.  I started off the morning with an amazing workout, then I headed over to Trader Joe's to pick up a few healthy eats.  
Here is an easy lunch recipe by yours truly......
{a little trip to Trader Joe's}
{yummy...}
{the finished product}



Ingredients:
Grilled Chicken
sliced red onion
low fat Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce (Trader Joe's)
Grape tomatoes
Spinach
Whole Wheat Pitas

Monday, January 2, 2012

Red Hot Hostess Gown....

{check out my friend Roxy at http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/ if you are interested in purchasing your own hostess gown}

I can't wait to wear this gown again because it is super chic and comfy...next, I think that I'm going to buy the emerald colored gown.  You can't tell but i wore it with leopard flats.  If I could do it all over again I would pair the dress with a cute necklace and some arm candy!

Fitness Attire

{headed to my Saturday morning training session}
{jacket:gap, capri pants: Aerie}
{my new comfy Nike sneakers c/o my little bro}

Happy 2012!!!!

i can't think of a better way to bring in the new year.  i spent the night at a small shindig with some awesome friends.  Normally, I would spend tons of money on an outfit& party tickets but I wasn't really feeling the club scene this year. Surprisingly I actually remember the whole night and I dodged the
whole morning after hangover.

I'm so ecstatic about ALL of the fun things that I have planned in 2012!!  I hope that everyone had a great night!

here are a few pics from last night.......Enjoy!!



{I was sipping on Gin and Juice...}