Keeping Fit with Workout Videos at Home

Working Out with Sudio Regent

I’ve been getting back into a routine of doing video workouts at home!

Usually I have a list of sets to do, such as 10 x jump squats, 10 x jack knives, 20 x pushups.

But sometimes I want to MIX IT UP and I need some ideas on things to do.

So I really enjoy doing video workouts on Youtube, because they are quick and easy (28 minutes and you’re done!), convenient, easy to set up, I don’t have to drive anywhere, I can squeeze them in anytime, and I can just wear my crappy gym clothes haha!

It’s an easy way to get my heart rate up, sweat a bit, and get my endorphins going.

But it does take some discipline to MAKE time and COMMIT to them, as I can get easily distracted at home haha.

I like using videos from the Nike Training Club, Fitness Blender and Blogilaties.

Working Out with Sudio Regent

I also enjoy doing my workouts with wireless headphones, because I can just do it quietly in the front room and no one will bother me.

I can just ZONE OUT AND GET ON WITH IT, without my kids wandering in and going — “What are you doing mum? Can I join in mum? What’s a caterpillar pose? Am I doing it right? This is stupid mum!”

Last month, I shared an in-depth review of my on-ear wireless headphones by Sudio Sweden. I went through the sound quality, material quality, style and price, pros and cons.

Anyway, the lovely team at Sudio Sweden have given me a 15% off discount to share with my readers.

Simply use the coupon code “KARENLYCHENG” at the checkout. Express Shipping is FREE worldwide.

These headphones are called “Regent” and come in black and white.

I’m also wearing Yoga Top from Lululemon and leggings by Leggings by Varley.

Enjoy!

xxx

Volunteering for Cancer Research

So, you all know how I love to mix things up in life …?

Well this is how I spent my weekend – in a frog suit, being a volunteer for a fundraising event for cancer research haha!

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

Back in 2012 and 2013, I participated in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, cycling 200km over two days.

It’s a pretty big and amazing event, with each year raising about $4 million – $5 million.

The event has a special place in my heart, so every year I make an effort to volunteer to support the event.

You can see all my blog posts about it here.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

I hooked up with my old team and we all dressed up in onesies.

They hired a couple of Mini Mokes (which look like jeeps), decorated them with streamers, installed an epic sound system and we drove around to cheer and help the participants.

I found all my volunteer gear from the previous years – even my big cat eye sunglasses.

We were on our feet from 5am and we were on the job for about 10 hours each day.

It was absolutely exhausting, but not as bad as cycling 200kms and definitely not as bad as going through chemo.

This was me, sitting in the backseat, next to Captain America, travelling at 40km with the wind in my hair.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

(There were 8 of us in total, but I can’t find a pic of all of us.)

Pretty much everyone I met, a cyclist or volunteer, had a story about having lost a mum, dad, husband, wife, sister, brother or child to cancer. Yep, it was pretty sobering. But everyone was in this together, with one resolve, giving 110%. It was the best feeling ever.

This year there were 855 riders and we raised $4.1 million!

If you’re keen to participate for next year, here’s the link to the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer site.

There’s also a similar event in Melbourne and Brisbane too.

What I Wore: Grab and Go Red Dress

Lovers & Friends Dress

I’ve been trying to wear more bright and vibrant colours in my everyday going-out outfits.

If you scroll through my “Fashion & Shopping” section, you’ll see that I tend to wear the same old black, white, denim, grey pieces, sometimes blush. And it has only been in the last month or so that I’ve been experimenting with wearing some red styles.

I picked out this Lovers + Friends Etra Dress because I was looking for something that could be worn to both day and night events (courtesy of Revolve).

The fabric is a floaty, silky texture, without the delicate and high-maintenence nature of silk.

It is really a lovely, effortless dress, that HIDES EVERYTHING, but still looks bold and feminine.

I like it because it’s now one of my “grab and go” dresses. It is easy, no fuss, hangs in my wardrobe, all ready to go when I’m stuck for something nice to wear RIGHT NOW. I’m wearing Size XS.

Lovers + Friends have quite a few dresses made from this material.

Some are not as “grab and go” though, but are equally bold and pretty!

Red Dresses from Revolve

Left to Right:

Gigi Wrap Dress – I’ve ordered this one! It’s so pretty!

Haven Dress – One shoulder + nice ruffles.

Flynn Mini Dress – Long sleeve, wrap style + nice ruffles.

Sur Mini Dress – not pictured. This one is deep green, but same fabric.

Red Dresses from The Iconic

On the same note, I found some other easy-to-wear red dresses on The Iconic, which I’m also quite obsessed about. I haven’t bought them though, I just have them in my wishlist / shopping cart haha.

MNG Vivian Dress – also red with a floral print. Love the simple/ vintage style of this dress! This one is my favourite.

Atmos + Here Bambi Swing Dress – also red with a small floral print.

MLM Noah Dress – floral print with a little lace detail. MLM do gorgeous dresses!

Happy shopping!

xxx

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag and FWRD’s 3-Day Designer Sale

Brought to you by FWRD

FWRD Spring Sale

Ahhh you all know I love a good sale!

One of my favourite online stores FWRD is having a 3-Day Sale, offering 20% off all sale items.

Simply use the code “20MORE” at the checkout. Only on for 3 days, so do pop over to take a peek.

I managed to snap up this gorgeous Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag! Unfortunately it’s sold out now. Gotta get in quick.

It’s such a gorgeous bag!

I just LOVE this Mini Mini Bag size. I thought it might be too small and that I’d need a Mini Bag Size to fit all my stuff. But it’s such a great size for a little everyday bag.

I can fit my purse, phone, compact camera, keys and a few beauty items. The essentials!

FWRD Spring Sale

In the past I have bought quite a few items during their sale periods (they have one of the best sales for designer items, in my opinion!) such as these Acne Studios pumps (pictured), an Isabel Marant silk shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals, Alexander Wang heels… all from around 40% – 60% off.

So I went through the whole sale list and picked out some brands with some great items to share:

3.1 Phillip Lim – Great statement basics

Acne Studios – More great statement basics

Alexander Wang – Cool accessories!

Ancient Greek Sandals – Lovely leather sandals

Aquazzura – lots of beautiful shoes on sale

Citizens of Humanity – great jeans

Comme De Garcons Play – cute tees!

Erdem – floral statement pieces

Frame – best jeans

K.Jacques – love these sandals

Tibi – so many great tops for sale!

Zimmermann – Ruffle tops anyone?

Have shopping!

xxx

Getting Started in Philanthropy

Impact100 WA

Hi everyone!

This year I’ve embarked on a new project. It’s a personal endeavour, rather than a blog sponsorship.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I really want to give back. Not just with money, but with energy and time too.

I didn’t want it to take over my life. Because my life is pretty busy already, with me juggling motherhood, a freelance business, working from home and on-going home renovations.

Basically I wanted a new project with a bit more meaning and purpose; something that makes the world a better place; something that allows me to be helpful and effective to make a small difference, using my skills, time, energy and brains.

I guess you can say I’ve embraced philanthropy.

What does that even mean?!

How does one even do something like that?

I’ve discovered that it’s not as scary (or time consuming) as it sounds.

Earlier this year I joined a group called Impact100 WA. It is a West Australian philanthropic giving group, donating high impact $100K grants to not-for-profits to make a difference in the local community.

The concept is pretty simple. There are 100 members, each member donates $1000, which becomes a $100K grant. Not-for-profit organisations send in their applications. There is a rigorous assessment process to select the Top 10 applications, then there is another round of assessments to choose the Final 5. At the end of the year, all the memebers come together to vote where the money goes.

We have been running for 6 years now. Our membership has grown and in the last few years and we have given away TWO $100K grants and lots of minor grants of at least $5,000 each.

As a member you can be as active and hands on as you like. You can simply donate the money and then vote at the end of the year; or you can get your hands dirty, join a committee, volunteer to be part of the assessment process, get to know the charities they’ve supported in the past, volunteer for winning charities, meet some likeminded and inspiring people in your local community and more.

For me, I wanted to get my hands dirty!

I volunteered to be on a committee – so I’ve been busy busy busy.

It has been truly rewarding.

I have gotten to know some pretty amazing charities and not-for-profits in WA.

I hear about what they do, who they help, how they help, how they’ve used the little resources they have to do what they do… and I am floored. I get teary every time. I am humbled and deeply proud that I am somehow connected to these people. I am filled with inspiration, meaning and an urge to help.

Impact100 WA, with Nicola Forrest

I’ve also met our lovely patron, Nicola Forrest, CEO of Minderoo Foundation, who is fantastically inspiring and full of great stories and practical advice on how to impart the culture of giving to future generations.

Anyway, tomorrow night is the night we vote for our TWO winners!

At the moment we have 5 finalists. They and their proposed projects all sound pretty amazing. I have my eye on my favourite – the charity that moves me the most. You can read about them here.

I hope to be sharing a bit about all of these not-for-profits on my blog over the next few months. And I plan to do some volunteering for them too.

If you’re keen to join us for next year, in whatever capacity, it’s pretty easy.

Head over to their website to find out more!

And follow us on our Facebook page to keep in touch!