My Fitness Secret :: Indoor to Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices Tri-Tone Slashback Crop and 3/4 Two-Tone Legging c/o, Nike sneakers

Hello Everyone! Staying fit, strong and healthy is a goal for almost everyone. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m wildly lucky in that department. I have good genes, plus more than 11 years of competitive figure skating really shaped a good active lifestyle for me. I’m partnering with Outdoor Voices today to share a few of my fitness secrets. I wish when I skated, these cool athletic brands and clothes existed!

Outdoor Voices is brand believing in doing things, whether that’s yoga, a full-on workout or something recreational with friends and family. They make clothes for sweating in no matter the activity or time of year. The texture in the ultra soft fabric hides sweat while wicking it away. The fabric is unlike anything I have ever felt. It is unbelievably soft and I could stay in in it forever. Plus, you can wear them in the gym or in real life. 

While home in Dallas, I got the opportunity to pop into their store off Travis Street. Full of light and inspiration to make you start #DoingThings, it is a fun store to be in and shop. Outdoor Voices’ signature collection is rooted in four core fabrics and a neutral palette anyone can wear. Y’all know I am a sucker for anything gray. I instantly knew I wanted the Tri-Tone Slashback Crop. I tried on the 3/4 legging in dove and ash. While I love both, the 3/4 two-tone warm up legging was my favorite. Plus, it also goes with the slashback crop perfectly. A great way to save is to buy the OV Warm-Up Kit, which includes the slashback top and a 3/4 legging. There are also kits available for cooling down and for men.

When it comes to fitness, nowadays I am more low-key. I focus on a mix of body-weight exercises, lifting and cardio. However, my secret for long-lean muscles is to stretch. I cannot stress how important this is before and after a workout, even if you only do cardio for 20 minutes. Starting with lower-body stretches, I do the basic hamstring and quad stretches. Hold each stretch for 10 seconds and do them three times each. I know it sounds like a lot, but it makes a huge difference. Before a workout, your muscles need to warm up. Afterward, cooling down is essential.

Flexibility is key to maintaining a range of motion in your joints. Without stretching, muscles will shorten and become tight. This makes them prone to injury. Not to mention if you are not stretching your lower body properly, it could lead to back problems. Trust me, those are no fun. One of my favorite stretches is the one directly below. I feel like it really stretches out your legs, plus your booty. And gives me a chance to loosen my back.

Turning 26 :: 6 Things To Do To Be Happy and Successful

Blogger Hoang-Kim wears a orange ruffle dress by La Petite Robe di Chiara BoniI cannot believe I’m writing this, but today I turn 26! I’m truly grateful for all I have including a supportive family and boyfriend who loves me unconditionally, an incredible job I love doing and y’all! Thank you so much for allowing along, reading my posts and being so amazing. I absolutely love it when y’all tell me you love something you purchased after seeing me wear it or were inspired by my style. Some of the most asked questions and comments are on how successful my life is and how I am where I am today. I’m still incredibly young and have a lot to learn. However, I do have a few tips and tricks. So today in honor of turning 26, I’m sharing 6 things to do to be happy and successful.

Blogger Hoang-Kim wears a orange ruffle dress by La Petite Robe di Chiara BoniBlogger Hoang-Kim wears a orange ruffle dress by La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni

  1. WORK HARD – This is first of the 6 things to do to be happy and successful because no amount of talent, or IQ or anything will ever replace it. My parents were willing to let me try and do anything as long as I put in the effort. When I figure skated, I worked hard on and off the ice – pushing my body and sometimes skating through injury. When I competed in pageants and especially training for Miss USA, I pushed myself more than I imagined. I worked 9-10 hour days as a reporter where I carried my own gear, shot my own video, edited my own story and went live on my own. It was exhausting, but then I would come home and hit the gym for two hours or more. Co-workers and superiors recognize and respect hard work. You can control how hard you work and that’ll pay off. You cannot control how much talent you have or how much more talented someone else is. But you can outwork them.
  2. PERSPECTIVE – A good friend of mine said this quote and it really stuck with me. “I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.” My family members are refugees from communist Vietnam. I wake up every single day grateful to live in a country with freedom, democracy and human rights. I’m beyond appreciative I have the ability to pursue my dreams. Realizing the good in your life and what you have to be grateful for it makes being happy much easier. For example, a year and a half ago, my Dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. We didn’t know if he was going to live or not. I was stuck in Nebraska, so far from home in Texas. I would have given anything to make my Dad better. Designer clothes, a successful job – none of that mattered if my Dad wasn’t going to live. Or worse if he completely lost all of his memory and would have no idea he was loved by his family. He’s much better now, but he’ll never be 100% again. But now, every single time he texts or calls me, even if it’s at the most inconvenient time, I’m grateful.
  3. DO WHAT YOU LOVE – We will work a good chunk of our lives, so we might as well do something we love. However, I understand being practical and having to pay bills. I’m lucky I love TV journalism and I will make a living doing it. If there is something you want to pursue, but you cannot quit your full-time job, spend extra time at night or on the weekends working toward your dream. During the week, I spend more than half of my morning working on my blog. On the weekends, I am hardcore grinding on my blog. I’m shooting new looks, responding to emails or writing up posts and scheduling content. I even clock late nights after getting home at midnight and stay awake until 2 or 3 am finishing posts to make sure I publish on time. The Alchemist is one of my favorite inspirational books because of its message: And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
  4. GOAL SETTING – I am a huge big picture thinker. You may recall this from the post I did with Johnny on having a happy long-distance relationship. Goal setting definitely one of the most important tips out of the 6 things to do to be happy and successful. Once you know what you love, set goals and try to achieve them one by one. My ultimate goal is to one day be a network news anchor. I have a plan on how to make that happen. When you think big picture, the little stuff doesn’t matter. Plus, having a plan means there is something to keep track of. If you fall short of a goal, you know you need to rev up for the next one.
  5. HAVE PATIENCE – Honestly, this is something I am working on improving. However, I will admit I have grown leaps and bounds from when I first started. I think a lot of millennials forget how young we are. While life is precious and short, when it comes to dreams, it takes time. You cannot work hard for three weeks straight and expect your wildest dreams to come true. I competed in pageants for 10 years before I finally competed at Miss USA. I did not get to work as a reporter in a good city right out of college. And my blog did not amass a huge following overnight. Keep working hard and be patient. I turn 26 today and while I feel the pressure of 30 around the corner, I’m still young. Plus, there is a lot of time left to work my booty off and to accomplish my goals.
  6. ENJOY – All seriousness aside, live a little! Yes, work your booty off, but have a little fun too. There are weekends where I carve out a couple hours to grab brunch with friends or catch up on Supergirl, This is Us, The Flash and Arrow. When I go home to visit family, I am home with them. I am present and I am soaking up their company. For all my patience talk, time does fly by when it comes to the moments you want to hold on to. I wish I have more time with my parents, but they are not getting any younger. I wish I could hang out with my siblings all the time, but now I live far away in a completely different state. Don’t live with regrets y’all.

Blogger Hoang-Kim wears a orange ruffle dress by La Petite Robe di Chiara BoniBlogger Hoang-Kim wears a orange ruffle dress by La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni

I hope you enjoyed this list of 6 things to do to be happy and successful! Most of all, I hope they help you on your path toward living a fulfilling life. Now, I quickly want to talk about this incredible orange dress! The stretch jersey fabric and silhouette are incredible. Also, the drama and volume on the one shoulder are stunning. This dress is truly a work of art.

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Styling the Artful Shelf above my Dress Depository

Minted Artful Shelf, Son Art Print, Custom Gold Foil Map all c/o

Hello My Beautiful Friends! Y’all may remember I moved into a bigger apartment. The 250 or so extra square footage really affords me the ability to stretch out and decorate. However, my bigger unit actually has a smaller closet, meaning I would have to get creative. A big portion of my closet is dresses. Since I have so many in different colors, I wanted to feature them on a hanging rack. I call it my dress depository. A trip to a hardware store and Johnny and I had a commercial grade clothing rack. I couldn’t find the one I purchased online, but this one looks sturdy and boasts good reviews. If you’re going to use a clothing rack, I highly recommend commercial grade since it’ll support the weight of your clothes.

To decorate the space above my dress depository, I went with the artful shelf from Minted. I did not want it to be as long as my rack so I got the four feet length shelf in white wood. I do want to note if possible, I recommend making sure there is a stud (the more the better) where the artful shelf is hanging. It depends on how heavy the art and whatever else you put on is, but I like having the support. The shelf was super easy to install. Johnny simply drilled in the metal holder and popped the shelf on top of that.

I have my dresses hanging from dark to light, so I wanted art that was slightly neutral. Of course, the art still needs to hold its own against the rainbow of dresses. I love the soft strokes and the bit of blush in the Son print so that was my first choice. When I first moved to Norfolk, I knew I wanted to have something to remind me of the place I called home to keep for years to come. When I saw this custom gold foil map, I knew it was perfect. You can type in an address or city, zoom in or out and place the map exactly how you want it. I went with Norfolk and Virginia Beach and love how I’ll be able to take it with me no matter where journalism takes me next! It’s also available in silver and rose gold, too.

The artful shelf is the perfect place for my Prada tote to sit and I threw my gold deer head up there just for kicks. Minted has such a huge selection of beautiful prints. I have two big prints hanging in my living room (see here) and I’m excited to see what else I can find to make my space feel more like home. I’m also linking some other prints I love.

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