My Monday Glow Routine

Since being apart of the amazing blogging community, I have been able to connect with so many different types of bloggers. The community that you get welcomed into when you start up your blog is overwhelmingly amazing and I can’t say enough great things about it! After all, we all are here to support and motivate each other to produce great content, keep our blogs alive and strive to reach our goals! That very community led me to this opportunity that I am going to tell you about today…

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What is Monday Glow?

Monday Glow is a one-day eating plan that is made to make you glow all through Monday. We can get a little crazy on the weekends with parties, entertainment…or even simply getting extra-buttery popcorn at the movie theatre! In fact, the weekends are when I indulge without thinking the most (because who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for dinner while watching Magic Mike XXL?).

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Where did it all begin?

Through #stylecollective (a blogger support network), I met Annie & Cat from Collective Passions – two sisters whose goals are to touch those through beauty, food, fashion and style. I was feeling a little down near the end of 2015, thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, and wanting to make a change to my lifestyle. However, diets are so not my thing (I like chocolate too much!). When Annie told me about this one-day plan, I jumped at the chance to give it a try! Why not? You can read more about what prompted Annie and Cat to come up with Monday Glow here.

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The Monday Glow Routine allows for healthy and delicious items in your one-day meal plan.


My Thoughts

Included in the Monday Glow ebook is your very own set of “Glow Journal” questions. This set of questions is designed to help keep you motivated and on track throughout the day. By recording your thoughts after each meal, it forces you to reflect on what you liked, what you didn’t like and how you are feeling. That way, you can look back and pick out which meals worked and maybe ideas that can make your next Monday Glow routine even better!!

I LOVED the Monday Glow journal! Which is why today, I am going to share mine with you:

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Monday Morning

Thoughts about starting this program and how you’re feeling.

“I am so excited to try this program! When Annie & Cat shared their stories, I completely identified and because it is 2016, why not make a change? I started my day with the ‘Get Up & Glow Eggs’, accompanied by some coffee and instantly felt ready to go for the day! For a mid morning snack, I munched on my homemade ‘Protein Glow Bar’ with some tea and blueberries on the side!”

Monday Afternoon

You’re on your way to becoming a Glow babe! What are you thinking after a few of the meals?

“Surprisingly…I love quinoa! I have never had it before, but putting it in a salad tasted awesome! YUM! I accompanied the ‘Beauty Bowl’ with water and lemon. I feel so great, refreshed and full – I really thought I would be starving with just a salad for lunch, but I am not hungry at all!”

Monday Night

Almost done, pretty lady! Do you feel like you’re glowing? 

“I had a momentary ‘I NEED SWEETS!’  thought, half way through night class, but instead, I opted for finishing up the last of my ‘Sunset Smoothie’ and some yummy strawberries! Keeping it healthy was the better choice, and even though chocolate was literally screaming my name (seriously, I have chocolate sitting in my bedside table drawer…), strawberries are equally as delicious!”


The Aftermath

After doing the one-day plan, I really felt energized, awake and ready to go for the week. I truly did feel like I was glowing. Which is why I took my favourite recipes and incorporated them into my daily meals for the rest of the week! The ‘Protein Glow Bar’, the ‘Sunset Smoothie’ and the ‘Beauty Bowl’ were just some of my absolute go-to meals for the rest of the week.

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I would have to say that my favourite recipe was the ‘Sunset Smoothie’. Quick, simple and worry-free, I prepared one each day for dinner and took it with me to night class. Sipping on that throughout the evening kept me full and satisfied so I didn’t feel the need to buy something out of a vending machine half way through the lecture.

Plus: Recommended by Annie & Cat, I purchased this cute and stylish ‘Blender Bottle’ on Amazon…it is the best water bottle/smoothie bottle I have every had! (click here to get one of your own!)

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Staying connected with my fellow ‘Glow Babes’ was important to me. When it comes to eating plans, diets or any other regiments, I tend to need support and motivation. Annie & Cat were there with me every step of the way from before my Monday Glow routine began, and throughout the entire week following! We stayed in touch through email, and the Monday Glow Babes Facebook group.

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This is an especially great group because every gal in the group is going through the same things you are! They are making the same recipes, following the same Monday routine and even better, each babe has a different take on their plan. The conversation is flowing about what everyone is doing throughout your Monday routine – what to do to make this better, or what is great to to additionally…it’s an amazing network.

Final Words

The Monday Glow fit my way of life. It meant that I didn’t have to drastically change my diet completely, remove carbs or dairy – it’s one day per week. It acts as a reset for your body after an indulgent weekend. The most important part is that I did not feel restricted. I was not counting calories, or measuring my intake of transfat…I was simply having yummy meals that were good for meThat is why I would recommend it to friends to try.

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Go check out the plan for yourself at Collective Passions…you will not regret it!

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Happy Monday Glow, babes!

Finals Fashion: Tips for looking alive during finals

Being in my third year of university, I have learned a few things about writing exams during finals season. Although it is Spring and the Sun is shining, that doesn’t mean a thing to you because you are stuck in a library or locked in your room all day (sun up to sun down). It isn’t the best of times when you are cramming for not one, not two, but usually five exams that take place in the span of, maximum, three weeks. Fortunately, this year, all of my finals were graciously spaced out (one per week) which is heaven in a student’s world. I haven’t had to hole up in the library for 12 hours at a time (seven hours…max).

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In past years, I have let my appearance suffer throughout finals season. Not this year! I have found that when I look good, I feel good (motto of the year) and I actually get more accomplished when I look polished at the library. Now, that doesn’t mean you bring out the four-inch heels (not a good idea), but keeping comfortable, while staying chic is not impossible! I have found a few outfits (inspired by Pinterest styles) that I have tried to incorporate into my finals season outfits of the day:

Laid-back and Loose Fitting

I love this look on an sunny, Spring day. You have your loose fitting, laid-back jeans, an airy, loose top with a light scarf and to top the look off, comfy flats! Now, this is a look that I would wear to write an exam, simply because it looks good, and you won’t be sitting that long (like you would be while studying in a library). Studying in the library in this look, may not  be ideal because jeans aren’t exactly top comfort.

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Cute and Comfortable

The last thing you want is to be spending the night at the library in is skinny jeans. So why not opt for the cute leggings/over-sized shirt look? This is the only time where I will wear leggings in public, to be completely honest. I usually wear leggings when I am lounging, watching TV, sleeping or studying! This is only because it is an extremely casual look, and I love to dress it up on regular days. But there is nothing wrong with looking casual with your head in the books.

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Sporty Study Gear 

This works well for both working out (obviously) and studying. If April is a hot month for you (as it kind of has been here in Canada), then you may be able to get away with shorts, with a light sweater/top. This is definitely a comfortable, sporty and chic look for finals season. It is roomy, comfortable and loose so you won’t be too uncomfortable when you are lounging around campus and then take a quick workout break!

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There are a few looks to style this finals season. Of course, the main goal is not to be fashionable during finals week…the focus should be on the exams themselves. However, if you look good, you feel good! With that being said, here are a few looks that I have worn this month to be comfy and cute:

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Happy Studying!

Bridal Shower 101: How to Dress your Best

Spring is here and Summer is coming, which means wedding season! Weddings bring bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and bridal fashion (click here to learn more) the weddings themselves and you cannot wear the same ensemble to each event – especially if the same people are going to be there! With every event you go to, there are several rules that you want to abide by, in order to avoid all awkward situations. Bridal Showers have a few wardrobe rules, so here is the low-down…

White is off limits

Although this is not the wedding, and who knows if the bride is going to wear white to this shower or not… it’s better to play it safe. You don’t see anyone else in the https://www.olgatopchii.com/ gallery wearing white (or any other wedding photos that you might come across). This colour is owned by the bride for all wedding events. This goes for everything. Pick another colour. Letting her have this colour allows her to stand out! It is her day, her party, and her time to shine. That being said, white dresses with colourful prints is completely fine!

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Spring Colours

I always try my best to look as Spring as possible. Bright shades like pink, purple and light blue are always great colours to wear! Especially if the bridal shower is being held in these warmer months, you want to maximize on the happy colour tones. Stay away from colours like red, black and grey. They are nice colours, but not for a bridal shower. Red says “look at me!” and you are not the focus here.

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No Jeans

Bridal showers, in most cases, are almost as formal as the wedding itself. If you are going to follow any of these rules, follow this one. There is nothing worse than hosting a beautiful, formal shower, and have someone show up in jeans. Jeans scream casual. It doesn’t matter if you wear a nice blouse or cardigan on top, the look is still deemed “casual”. You can wear pants, but pick a pair of dressy pants!

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And that’s the low down on bridal shower fashion etiquette. Follow these rules and you are golden! Here are a few shots from a recent bridal shower I went for my cousin-to-be!

(excuse the iPhone quality)

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Bridal Shower 101: How to Dress your Best - Pearls and Polkadots

Bridal Shower 101: How to Dress your Best - Pearls and Polkadots

Happy Wedding Season!

(almost!)