Venice Beach

While in California my boyfriend and I ventured to the very creative and artistic area known as Venice Beach.  The main attraction of this area is the boardwalk where you can find hundreds of street vendors and performers. You can see everything from  break-dancing to broken glass walking, mimes, musicians, jugglers and tons of artists displaying their artwork.  Venice Beach is also the home to the famous Muscle Beach where former California Govenor and well known  action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out in the 1980’s.

Walking the nearly 2 mile stretch down the boardwalk can build up quite an appetite.  For dining, shopping and bar-hopping I suggest heading over to Abbot Kinney Blvd.  We had brunch at 26 Beach Restaurant where my boyfriend, Daniel claims he had the “best pork-chop” he’s ever had!  When it comes to food, if Daniel says it’s the best, I promise you it is (boy knows his food)!

I gotta say my favorite part about Venice Beach was the street art, as evidenced by my pictures below.  I strutted around in a LeBron James, Miami Heat Jersey turned dress and boy did I cause a stir over on the west coast!  For those of you who have asked, this “Jersey Dress” was a mens, size small jersey purcased at Marshalls for $29.99, which I then took to my amazing tailor to have fitted to my curves for about $20.00.  Total cost of the dress came to about $50.00!! I LOVE MARSHALLS and MY TAILOR!

Fringe Booties: Betsey Johnson available (here) 

Cat Eye/ Mirrored Sunglasses: Tom Ford- Nastasya 56mm; available (here)

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Hey there! So as mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been TRYING to whip myself into shape for the long, never-ending 2013 Miami summer and if you follow me on Instagram then you probably already know that one of the methods I have adopted to get in shape this summer is The Vixen Workout.

What is the Vixen Workout? Well, the Vixen Workout is the latest dance fitness craze to hit South Florida. Created by former Miami HEAT dancer and video vixen herself, Janet Jones; Janet incorporates the latest dance moves featured in the music videos of artists such as Rick Ross, Pitbull and Beyonce and composes a booty poppin’ 60 minute cardio session guaranteed to have your thighs on fire.  To add to the intensity of the workout, the workout (should you choose to accept the challenge) is done completely in heels…… the higher the better!

What started with an army of about 3 vixens in the first class has expanded to an army of 100+ vixens per class/per location. When I first enlisted in the Vixen Army, the workout was only offered at 2 locations in Miami-Dade. Currently, the Vixen Army is invading over 5 locations throughout Miami and looking to open their first Vixen Army base in New York City.  THESE GIRLS ARE ON FIRE!!!

Without mentioning the 800+ calories burned per class, what I love most about the Vixen Workout is the surge of empowerment and confidence every woman experiences before, during and after the workout. Before the workout, the sight of hundreds of women lined up outside the gym doors in their 5 inch heels ready for their “sexy time,” I mean, workout, is truly uplifting and inspiring.  During the workout, instructors encourage women to embrace their inner divas and let loose around fellow vixens, without being judged.  That’s right ladies, I know we all got a little RATCHET in us, why not set it free, at the right time and place (of course).  At the end of the workout, women strike a vixen pose in front of fogged up mirrors to snap “post-Vixen Workout selfies” to display on social media using hashtags such as #vixenarmy and #vixenworkout. Only a “confidence boosted”, “endorphin loaded” woman would post a picture of herself still panting and drenched in sweat.  If that’s not empowering, then I don’t know what is?

To attend you must RSVP through their website  Spaces are limited and filling up very quickly and classes are $12.00 each, at any location.

Now, I know what you’re all asking yourselves??? What does one wear to a Vixen Workout?  Well, think workout attire with a dash of ratchet…lol.  In this case, I think pictures will speak louder than words.  Check out my and other vixens workout looks below and for even more Vixen Workout madness, follow them on Instagram @vixenworkout.  LET’S GET RATCHET!