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FALL WEATHER

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FALL WEATHER

Fall weather calls for fall colors and I’m really into this burnt orange color. It is so unique and makes a bold statement. It commands attention. It reads, “I’m fun, stylish and confident”. So, when I found this two-piece outfit from the brand FRANKIE, I fell in love.

The jacket and skirt are suede, accented with zippers and snaps to give it character. I paired the two-piece with a black mesh top to keep it simple but still fun. I always try to add new accessories to make the outfit feel new and fresh with a hat or different jewelry. ENJOY!
Credits:
Jacket & skirt : @frankie.us
Shoes: @publisdesire
Jewelry: @nashellejewelry
Hat: @goorinbros

ALLISON HOLKER

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Fashion, Lifestyle,

Family vacation : NYC

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NEW YORK CITY
  
    I absolutely adore NYC, it is one of my favorite cities to visit. There is a special energy that it brings out of me. I always feel inspired, confident and well have bonds of energy. As a family we decided to take a family vacation here, and it was such a great idea.
    We had an incredible experience and did just about everything we could think of, a day at Central Park, ate at lavish restaurants, visited the freedom memorial, Empire State Building, went boating, shopping, visited the Marvel headquarters, we went and saw broadway shows THE LION KING and HELLO DOLLY and well of course Time Square. It was a trip that really brought so many incredible memories.
I also loved being able to explore some fun fashionable looks in the city, everyday brought out a new side of me.
Central Park:
floral flowy two piece. I wanted to be comfortable and fashionable.

Broadway show:
Onzie and pencil skirt. Classy and sheek.
Outfit: @houseofcb
Shoes: publicdesire

Tourist moments  (Empire State building):
Blouse, beaded skirt and silk trench. Fun and functional, make a statement.
Skirt: @allsaints
Trench: @houseofcb
Hat: @goorinbros
Shoes: @publicdesire

Out & about exploring
skirt:@houseofcb
trench: @houseofcb

SOHO SHOPPING
glasses: @rayban
shoes: @publicdesire

New York City Public Library
Jeans: @truereligion
Hat: @goorinbros
Shoes: @tommyhilfiger

Times Square:
Patched boyfriend jean, simple top black shawl and a statement hat.
Jeans: @truereligion
Hat: @goorinbros
Shoes: @publicdesire

ENJOY!!
Much love,
ALLISON HOLKER
 

 

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Dancing, Lifestyle,

15 min workout: ARMS

Hey guys, I understand we all have very busy lives whether it’s hobbies, school, work and or family. But I still find that it is important to get a good workout in.  So I will be sharing some of my workout plans that only take 15 minutes of your day.  A quick simple way of still taking some time for yourself and caring for your body.  So follow along and I hope you enjoy.
Thanks everyone,

Allison Holker

 

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Dancing, Fashion, Lifestyle,

FINDING THE TIME

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Raising a family has been the most rewarding aspect of my life. We share in laughter, cries, and moments that will be remembered forever. I am so proud of my families every accomplish big and small. From my daughter Weslie becoming student council treasurer, Maddox learning to climb the stairs, Stephen learning to put the lid on the toothpaste after he brushes his teeth (now this was a challenge but happy we got it figured out 😜😂). To then of course working as husband and wife and creating a clothing line, working on different parenting skills, and continuing to be the best versions of our personal self which takes work and attention every day. But whatever it is our family finds that our endless support for one another is what truly is making our dreams become reality.

But it’s not all merry all day every day, we to face challenges that we are sometimes unsure how to handle. The biggest being TIME. There never seems to be enough of it in a day. And I believe any parent knows this. I wake up in my days sometimes feeling like I’m just playing catch up, feed my baby, get Weslie to school, finish the emails, write this very blog, meeting #1, workout, walk the dogs, dishes, late to meeting #2, order for the new order for our clothing line, call about the fabrics, how many do we order? Where do we ship them, when will they arrive? groceries, did I leave the keys in the car?, change the diaper, prep for my weekend teaching gig, pack for your teaching trip, get flight schedule , shower (haha maybe) , pay the bills, tax season ahhh the worst, reschedule the event that was already rescheduled 3 times because our lives have become crazy town, pick up Weslie from school, don’t forget Maddox in the car, put him in the stroller, put him back in the car, stop thru Starbucks drive thru even though it s 5 pm, get ready for the photoshoot, prep video shoot that’s tomorrow oh my gosh that’s tomorrow!, clean the house for the shoot, teach class on our online dance studio, feed you kids, prep dinner, make dinner, eat for the first time today, dishes again, Weslie homework, reading log, Weslie bed time, Maddox pooped, take that trash out, do the laundry cause he had a blow out and oh my goodness it’s like a Monet of poop on the walls, get his last bottle ready, bed time story he’s alseep, oh right and now I remember I have a husband so say hello and ask him how his day was, go over tomorrow’s schedule, remember that we are not just business partners and we should do something together that’s fun and cute so we put on Netflix, to then never see the show because it’s already 10:30 and we fell asleep. Now onto the next day.

So needless to say its a balancing act for all of us. There will

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Fashion, Lifestyle,

PAJAMA PARTY

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Growing older and reaching certain life milestones like marriage, baby, toddler, baby #2, and well the kids heading off to college to some seems scary but I love it.  My husband and I are falling more in love over and over again everyday plus into our old married couple habits and we are having a fun time along the way.  Growing old with my partner in life is one of my favorite things in the world.  Each day we learn something new about one another and our creating new memories with our growing family.

Every night we get to look back on these crazy days and new memories we created with our kids.  Weslies science fair, Maddox learning to walk, I burnt the chicken, did you see that email, how was your dentist appointment,  who was the guest on the Ellen show (not an average conversation for everyone but a nightly talk for us) we feel blessed, by the way Maddox ate dog food, what is in our schedule tomorrow? But we do it in style! Before we get to the review of our day, Pajamas! We have become obsessed with our bedtime routine which starts off by getting into our matching pajamas.  LOL HAHAHA when you have matching flannel pajamas with your partner, you have definitely crossed into the next level of your lives together.  We have no shame and are not scared to share this with you! They are comfortable, classy and well super cute.  But definitely showing our age.  Once you have tried these pajamas I promise you will never be the same.  Get your pair of SLEEPY JONES PAJAMAS and never look back.  Start creating memories now.  ENJOY!
I also have to say a very special thank you to ELLEN & PORTIA , the pajamas were a gift from them.  WE LOVE THEM! THANK YOU!

Allison Holker Boss

You know your growing old when you wear matching pajamas to bed!

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Lifestyle,

MY FAMILY

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I adore my family. My husband Stephen Boss is the rock of our family. He continues to strive for greatness in all things and shows us what a full life can look like. My beautiful daughter Weslie is compassionate and loving to all things, and just about the bravest and smartest young lady I have ever met. The newest addition is Maddox and well he is just a ball of fire, full of personality. He makes every room light up with his contagious laugh and smile. We continue to grow and learn about each other every day. We are a family that believes in spending quality time and having a good time doing it. On most nights we are playing board games, watching movies, playing tag and of course dancing around. They continue to bring so much light into my life and those around them. I am proud of my family and I’m always excited to see what will happen next.

ALLISON HOLKER BOSS

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Fashion,

Chilly Weather

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Most people think of California as bright and sunny all the time. But as of late it’s been quite cloudy and well what we consider to be cold. But I absolutely adore the cold weather It’s my favorite weather because it’s a great excuse to bundle up and hit up a cute coffee shop. My favorite jacket this season has been this brown pea coat. I feel like I can put it over anything and it keeps me warm. And with the perfect pair of denims you can’t go wrong.

Enjoy the cold weather.

Much love,

ALLISON HOLKER BOSS

 

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Fashion, Lifestyle,

Allison Holker x Nashelle

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I’m so excited for the release of my new jewelry line, Allison Holker x Nashelle! It’s been a project I’ve been working on all year and it’s out just in time for the holiday season!

I’ve been a fan of Nashelle’s designs for years, always wearing it to events and in my every day life, so teaming up with them for my very first jewelry collection was a natural fit. I love their mission and the fact that their jewelry is made in the USA and all eco-friendly was so important to me – it is what I wanted in my own collection so it was a perfect match. This line reflects who I am in all aspects of my life – mom, wife, performer. I see a bit of me in every piece.

I really hope you all enjoy this line, I truly am so proud of what we have created and hope these pieces will be a treasure for you.

Shop now on Nashelle

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Lifestyle,

Learning the Balance

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My family is my everything and being a wife and mother brings me so much joy, but it can also be challenging to try and do it all. I love being home with my family but I also really adore my work, and for any and every working mother you know how hard it can be to balance the scales.

We as woman are so hard ourselves. We are constantly trying to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and/or the perfect provider. We either feel as though we are doing a great job at work, but missed out on time with our family, OR took the day to entertain our family, but then maybe didn’t complete our work. All the while still trying to remember the amazing husbands in our life and making them feel loved and then putting ourselves last on the list. Probably 9 times out of 10 not ever giving ourselves the attention we need to care for ourselves.

Why do we put ourselves last? Aren’t we important in the big picture of our families and life? We put everyone before us and usually that means you never get time to work on our own personal goals, take a day to pamper you or just let loose and have fun.  But this is so important! We need to enjoy our lives in order to bring joy into our families and work place. I’m a firm believer in taking care of those around myself but also caring for myself. Making sure I get moments to do the things I love and continuing to work on my own personal growth. I’m not just helping my loved ones grow as people, but I’m improving and learning. This way I am inspired and in turn inspiring those around me. And now with taking time for ourselves we have to remind ourselves all we can do is do our best and enjoy it while we have it. Taking time for yourself isn’t going to feel easy right away and we are always going to wish for more time to do it all, but really what’s important is remembering we are doing a great job and you are just as important in the family as you put everyone else. Take time to learn and grow who you are and spoil yourself sometimes. In order to bring joy you must feel joy.  We are woman and we are the future. Treat yourself like a queen that you are.

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Live a Fit & Healthy Lifestyle

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EAT FRESH AND EXERCISE… and I will give you a couple of my personal tips!

Food source:

I have chosen to eat gluten, dairy, and soy free.  I made this choice 3 years ago and I feel it has improved my energy and mental focus. I have also resisted the temptation to eat fast food (McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc) for the last 5 years. Making that adjustment has been the anchor to my busy and active lifestyle. It keeps me healthy, sane, and able to perform to the best of my ability every single day in my home life and also my work life. I know a lot of the challenges in life with eating healthy can be related to time, but I promise once you are in the habit of planning ahead it will become second nature. There will always be times that life happens and you have to stop somewhere quick, but if you do your research beforehand you might be pleasantly surprised to see how many healthy spots exist and have excellent food in your home town. My family and I have grown to love fresh and organic ingredients. It’s amazing to taste and feel the difference in my mind and body. Don’t allow yourself to say healthy food taste bad, because 9 out of 10 times you probably haven’t tried the food. Go ahead and give it a try and realize the connection between your body and what we ingest can change your entire mindset to a day.

Physical fitness:

I feel so fortunate that my career involves an active lifestyle. Dancing is my number one workout and I find myself dancing at least 5 times a week. To keep my body guessing and to optimize my results, I also do cross-training and yoga every week as well. I believe for both women and men it’s important to get cardio, muscle lengthening/stretching and weight lifting in each week. Yes, it can seem overwhelming to try and fit all of these different workouts in one week, but in a week of 168 hours all you have to do is find 3 in total to start seeing results. In time you can always add more time as it becomes a healthy part of your life. It’s so important for you to find workouts that work for you and that you love! Workouts should be fun and something that gets you excited to do and be a part of. If you find it to hard to leave the house or your job to get to a class or gym, get active at home. When you get up in the mornings, you get dressed, brush your hair, brush your teeth and eat breakfast. Now imagine getting up just 15 minutes earlier and adding in a quick workout ritual to your day. It can be as simple as that!

I’ll start giving ideas of easy at home 15 min workouts, with everyday home products and or gym equipment! If you try this workout, please

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Lifestyle,

A Happy Home

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Maddox has now been in the world for four weeks, and having him in our home has been an absolute dream. My family has always had a very strong bond, but his energy has filled our home with a whole new dynamic. Our love has changed and grown even stronger than before.

 

There is no way to describe all that a mother feels for her child, but it is endless – unconditional and forever. You are so proud at any given moment about anything your kids do. They eat: you rejoice; they smile: you melt; they poop: and you praise. You’re watching the evolution of a person starting at the very beginning, and you feel so honored to witness every step they take.

To see my daughter Weslie show Maddox so much undivided attention and devotion has made me really proud. Weslie truly loves and cares for her brother, and they share such a unique bond. She has already changed a diaper by herself and helps hold him if he needs a bit of comfort. They stare into each other’s eyes like they already know they are gonna be such good friends.

My husband Stephen is just the sweetest dad. So attentive and caring. He wants to be hands-on through it all, which I love and appreciate so much. He helps tremendously through the night hours. We have agreed on shifts, but even when it’s not his shift he comes along to make sure I’m okay, even by simply rubbing my back while I feed Maddox. Stephen hasn’t really slept in the four weeks since Maddox has been home. Bless his heart. He just stares at our new son the whole night to make sure he’s okay. But Maddox is already sleeping in the night, 4 – 5 hours at a time. What a blessing.

Stephen has not only made sure that our baby is cared for, but he engages and gives personal time to both myself and Weslie. We have made a schedule for each week that slots date nights for us as a couple, and time for each of us with each of the kids individually. We think it’s so important that everyone feels they are getting the individual attention we all deserve. At times it might feel exhausting, but we feel it’s worth it.

We all feel so happy and grateful for our health and love. Maddox has reminded me of the importance of time at home, and has brought a sort of calmness to my madness. I have always been a person brimming over with energy. I’m constantly on the move, pushing forward and onward, which I believe to be a wonderful quality; but he has brought out a softer side and a contentment in me that helps to balance my emotions. I have a constant smile on my face and I am able to enjoy and live in each moment because of him. He has already brought so much joy into our home, and I am looking forward to a

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Lifestyle,

Birth Story

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My husband Stephen and I planned a BBQ for family and friends for Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016, but the night before Easter I fell into active labor. Being as sweet as he is, my husband offered to take me to the hospital, but me, being as stubborn as I am, said “absolutely not.” We had a BBQ planned and we’d bought so much food! I had made decorative desserts like Rice Krispies treat eggs and bunny cupcakes, and Weslie wanted to have a lemonade stand; so the BBQ must go on!

The next day I was experiencing heavy contractions as our guests started to arrive. Minute-long contractions every 3-5 minutes! I was using my breathing techniques and squeezing the heck out of my husband’s legs, doing my best to stay calm while hosting our guests and allowing friends and family to laugh and share stories. Secretly I didn’t hear any of the conversations as I was REALLY going through it. Finally, the food was ready to eat, and we did just that. We ate, and then I stood up from the table (as much as I could. I was really just hunched over using the table to support my weight and help me through my contraction). I announced I needed to leave for the hospital, but I insisted that our guests should please stay and finish all the food they would like.

My adorable husband got our car packed (he double-checked, then triple-checked, then checked again…well, you get the idea) with the hospital bag and every extra “just in case item” we could think of. The car ride was silent. My husband was just trying to pace himself and I couldn’t stop smiling and looking at his gorgeous face. Looking at my husband keeps me calm and makes me feel safe.

As we arrived at the hospital the doctors checked to see how far into labor I was. As it turned out, I was dilated to a 5, but my baby was still sitting really high in my belly. The doctor said we needed our baby to be lower down for my water to break. I told my doctor “Our baby is very moved by music.” I looked to Stephen and said “Play JUNGLE BOOGIE” (Kool and the Gang). I hope you know that jam: “GET DOWN GET DOWN da da dadada” – and as we were singing and dancing to the song I could feel my baby moving down! He was really listening to the music and doing his work.

In the meantime we got my epidural. Stephen played some encouraging music; obviously Kendrick Lamar was our choice. This was the part I was the most nervous about, because when I had my daughter Weslie, the epidural needle got stuck in my back and it was really painful to have it removed. In fact, in my last labor the epidural was the only painful thing that happened. So my nerves were very high as they were putting the needle in, but Stephen

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Prenatal Yoga Poses

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During my pregnancy I found yoga to be a great tool. It became a huge strength to me mentally and physically especially towards the end. I believe it’s important to have a strong mind, body and soul not just during pregnancy but continuously thru everyday life. For advice on my yoga, I turned to my sister Jessica who is a trained yoga instructor and one of my biggest inspirations for a little guidance as prenatal yoga requires a little bit of different attention, and well the results have been wonderful. So I thought it would be so beneficial to share her tips with all of you. And a special thank you to you Jessica for making this experience even better.
From Jessica:
I am extremely passionate about yoga. I love how it makes me feel not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. I thrive on the awareness it brings to my life in all aspects on and off the mat. How it it teaches me to care properly for my body inside and out. Yoga helped me immensely through my first pregnancy, and continues to further my connection within now with my second. Yoga is a powerful instrument for transformation as we strive to understand our ever changing bodies. Consider it a gift that you give to yourself and to your unborn baby. Yoga can help with any stress you may-be having with pregnancy. As you stretch into poses, you will learn to relax naturally, and trust your intuitive voice that always knows best. Yoga ignites mind-body harmony, making it much easier to hear and listen to that voice. Your body will change, and you may experience pain and/or discomfort. By twisting and stretching properly, you will learn to surrender into places to release the tension you may be feeling.

I feel so much closer my unborn baby when practicing yoga. Escaping from the outside pressures of how you ‘should’ be feeling, and simply embracing the quiet place within you. BREATHE… Yoga is the best way to discover the breath that will aid you through your labor and birth. You can use breath and mindful meditation to stay calm, present and balanced through all stages pre, present and post pregnancy.

Many places offer prenatal classes, but if that is not available to you, I hope that this can help to assist you on your journey. We are powerful woman, taking part in the greatest gift to mankind. LIFE. With the right tools and support, we can embrace the beauty of pregnancy that can so often be forgotten. Pregnancy can be scary, but it can also be celebrated. These are devine and sacred moments of your life, and you get to choose how they are guided.

In order or out of order any of these postures will benefit you as you reach your 2nd to especially 3rd trimester. All pictured in Mumberry pregnancy activewear

Cat and Cow: for spinal flexibility and hip mobility. Can also be used in during labor to help ease through surges or contractions.

Warrior

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