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Here's how to have the best morning

Jean Ahn

Hi, Hello! How is everyone doing?

Now that it’s November cold weather is in full swing here (in Seattle) and if you’re like me you probably struggle to wake up in the morning. It’s cold, dark out and all you want to do is stay under the covers… right? Before you know it you’re late and frantically running around to make it to work on time. That kind of morning is not the best way to start your morning, I mean all this stress before you have a cup of coffee? Yikes, looking like it’s already a rough day before you’re even out the door!

I’ve struggled with this every fall/winter as the temps cool down but after some research I’ve compiled a couple ways you can have a calm, peaceful and stress free morning.

  1. Start getting into bed earlier and try to go to bed earlier. Read a book or a magazine instead of looking at your phone or iPad. The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions prevent the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. 

  2. Commit to a workout class or workout session with a friend in the morning. This way it forces you to wake up early and by committing to a class or workout with a friend you aren’t as likely to cancel.

  3. Sleep with the shades open and or set a timer for a dim light. I always struggle with waking up in the morning because its so dark but if theres a little bit of light it helps you wake up and get going in the morning.

  4. Charge your phone across the room so you’re not tempted to hit snooze and look at your phone before going to bed. This way when your alarm goes off you’re forced to get up and turn off your alarm.

  5. Once you wake up, meditate for 5 to 10 minutes. Yes you might be rushed but perhaps wake up 5 minutes earlier so you can take some quality time for yourself. This app and this app is great!

  6. Drink hot lemon water, this will warm your body inside and it’s a good way to hydrate which is very important in the winter!

  7. Make a quick breakfast, whether its just some eggs and toast or a smoothie. Waking up and having breakfast replenishes your supply of glucose and provides nutrients to keep you energy levels up throughout the day.


Comment below with some of your best tips to get through the morning! Happy November everyone!


5 ways to stay active in the colder months

Jean Ahn

One of the things I struggle with when the cold weather hits is staying active. I mean sitting on your couch with Netflix, blanket and a glass of red sounds pretty amazing right?! I have struggled with this since moving back to Seattle when the cold, rainy weather starts.

Here are five ways I’ve learned to stay active in the colder months:

  1. Workout inside a gym or take a workout class with friends: In the summer its soo much easier to workout since it’s warmer and there’s motivation to look good in dresses, rompers, swimsuits etc. but winter always poses as a challenge to stay motivated since we are typically bundled up! Joining a workout class or group with a friend forces you to go since you are paying for it and it forces you to follow through with plans! Working out friends is also great excuse to catch up! A lot of times I just meet up with a friend and head to the gym and follow Kayla Itsines BBG or other workout routines we find online.

  2. Head to the mountains and go skiing or snowboarding and if you don’t do either you can go tubing or snow shoeing: Cold weather calls for cold weather sports! I’m a huge fan of skiing and its such a good workout too! Find a group to go skiing or snowboarding with, it’s also a perfect excuse for a weekend getaway! If you don’t ski or snowboard there’s other fun activities you can do like tubing and snowshoeing.

  3. Bundle up and take a walk outside and take in the sights: During the holidays when all the decorations are up, it’s always fun to just walk around, window shop or head to a park with a nice cup of hot coco or hot cider.

  4. Find festive events to attend like a tree lighting, zoo lights, concerts: While this isn’t exactly super ‘active’ at least you’re out of the house and you’re walking around. I’m already looking forward to all the holiday festivities!

  5. Go ice skating: I used to looove ice skating and begged my parents to let me take lessons haha! Its super fun and it’s actually a good workout. Your town/city most likely has an ice rink set up for the holidays which offers skates to rent for free or at a low price. Seattlelites, I love going here every year!

Some other tips for the colder months…

I also try to stay hydrated, take lots of vitamins and drink hot tea! I use this cup for water and it helps me fulfill the 8 glasses a day goal! I also love drinking a warm cup of coffee, I typically drink about 1-2 cups of coffee a day and sprinkle cinnamon on top and it’s soo good and its healthier than creamer! I also make sure to keep my neck covered with a warm scarf and coat, it prevents a nasty cold or flu during the fall/winter season.

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 What are some of the ways you stay active when the cold weather hits? Comment below with some your traditions and ideas!


Favorite Coats and Jackets this Season

Jean Ahn

Hi! Hello! How is everyone doing? Fall is almost upon us!

I don’t know what the weather is like in your city but it’s definitely starting to feel like fall here in Seattle. Living in Seattle, it's essential to invest in several coats. It rains here more than half the year and winters do get pretty chilly. While many Seattlelites wear their North Face rain coats with just about every outfit, I, on the other hand am not the biggest fan of wearing a windbreaker style of jacket unless I'm going to hit the slopes. It’s always a challenge to look stylish and sophisticated when the weather is not on our side.


After some research I have rounded up some stylish and affordable styles that I’m crushing on this season. Here they are:


1.     Guess Asymmetrical Wrap Coat: I love this pea coat because its so simple, elegant and classy. It also comes in black, cream, and navy. It’s quite warm and can be worn casual or dressed up. You have the option of buttoning all the way up to the neck or folding over the sides. I have this one in black and this wine color and now I am really tempted to get the cream colored one!

2.     Vince Camuto Puffer Coat: This is a really warm coat and I love it because of the belt. A lot of times coats make you look frumpy, but the belt on this coat cinches the waist a bit to add some dimension and create an hourglass figure. It’s also pretty affordable too!

3.     Canada Goose Victoria Down Jacket: Canada Goose is a timeless classic brand that is expensive but if you want something that will last a lifetime, then the investment may be worth it. The white duck down and genuine coyote fur make this parka the quintessential coat for winter. This particular style seems to be the most slimming one I’ve seen so far, I haven’t seen this brand come out with a belted style yet but I will keep my eyes peeled for it.

4.     London Fog Trench Coat with Detachable Hood: For those who live in rainy cities, like myself, this is a great investment piece. It’s waterproof, stylish and can be dressed up or down. I also like how you can detach the hood too! Just be sure to layer up, its not necessarily the warmest coat but it will keep you dry!

5.     SAM. Fur-trim Down Coat: This one comes in a bunch of different colors and even though it’s a down jacket it’s still fitted and will keep you toasty and warm. The long recessed knit cuffs, and plush, fur-trimmed hood gives you a look that’s perfect for both the downtown-streets and the slopes. This style is a bit more sporty than the others and it’s also on the pricey side, so if you’re looking for an investment piece this is another great option.

6.     Ted Baker Short Belted Wrap Coat: In addition to a long pea coat I feel like a short pea coat is necessary too. It’s more casual and actually easier to wear when you’re out and about in the colder months. This coat also comes in various colors and is a classic piece you will wear for a long time.

7.     Michael Kors Asymmetrical Zip Trench Coat: Just like how you need a short and long pea coat, a short trench coat is also nice to have. It’s lighter and won’t feel like a coat is dragging you down. The belt will cinch your waist to create a slimming figure. This is a great alternative to a regular windbreaker.

8.     Avec Les Filles Faux Fur Coat: I have been on the hunt for the perfect faux fur coat to wear this winer, between the style and price point this is it. It’s just long enough and the collar gives it a little extra and comes in a light orange, tan or burgandy. I do wish it came in black so I’m still on the look out for a black faux fur coat.

Let me know some other options you find in the comments below!

Stay warm this season!