Monday, September 29, 2014

Hot for Fall

Now that Fall is officially here & we're starting to see cooling temperatures, I thought I'd mention a few items/trends that are going to be hot this season.

Lucky for us, some of these are carrying over from previous seasons so you may already have pieces in your closet you can get even more use out of.

Hot for Fall

  • Faux Leather - we saw this trend start last Winter & it appears it's gaining momentum again this Fall.  From everything to leggings, skirts, tops & items with just small touches of Faux Leather - it's all the rage.  I recently purchased the Leggings from Express & I'm very satisfied with my purchase!  These are very comfortable to wear, I get great movement out of them, & I can dress them up or down.  I also recently purchased this long sleeve top with faux leather trim from Banana's a great black tee, but the trim adds a nice dimension to it.
  • Jeans - Fall denim that's hot is the grey jean, as well as the colored jean (in jewel tones), & we're going to see a good helping of "coated" jeans as well. 
  • Buffalo Plaid - This is another trend that started taking off last Winter/Spring & is carrying over to this Season as well.  At first, I wasn't sure what to think of this bold red & black print, but as per usual, it has grown on me.  It's surprisingly more versatile that you initially think so it can be mixed with other patterns & colors. 
  • Plaid - Hot, hot, hot this Season.  You are going to see everything available in a plaid print of some sort - from tops, coats, pants, skirts, tights & even accessories, plaid is & will be everywhere!  Again, it's a pattern that you can have fun with mixing others patterns with it.
These are just a few of the hot items we'll be seeing this Season.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are all really good staple pieces that would be worth the investment.  Of course, I always recommend you wait for a great sale, use those coupons & reward monies, & be a smart shopper so that your price-per-wear on these trends is justifiable.  I just provided examples above, but you should be able to find similar pieces at any of your favorite stores.

Keep me posted on what you find in your closet, what you love, & what you find out there :-)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fitness Friday: 26.2

I'm back with another round of Fitness Friday - one that I'm very proud to talk about this week! :-)

Over the Labor Day Weekend, my Sister participated in her first Full Marathon!!  I'm full of pride for her accomplishments & she should be too!  So, on this post I thought we'd do an interview of her take on all things Marathon.

Disclaimer: Neither she nor I are Healthcare or Fitness professionals.  This is a simple recount of one person's experience & should not be taken as professional advice.  As always, consult with your Healthcare or Fitness professional before beginning any new program.

Before we get to the interview however, let's talk stats first:

Age: 37
Marathon/Race Name: American Discovery Trail Marathon
Race Finish Time: 4 hours, 11 minutes, 25 seconds

I, for one, am impressed by those stats, especially given this was her first full marathon!  It takes a considerable amount of dedication to train (both physically & mentally) for a 26.2 mile race & I'm in awe of those who do it.  I sat down & chatted with her post-race to get her take on those 26.2 miles, wanting to hear all about her experience.

1.  What inspired you to want to run a full marathon?  I think just the desire to push myself and see what I'm capable of doing, honestly.   I've run 4 half'-marathons prior to committing to this, so it was a good next step for me.  Plus, I'm a competitive person, so I was eager to take on a challenge. Running has become a passion of mine and I love being in the race atmosphere, whether it's a 5K or a full marathon.  

2.  Any tips and tricks that you think attributed to your success (gear, nutrition, strategy, etc)?  Listening and taking in advice from my friends that have run a full marathon before....I can only gain from what they've learned.  On the strategy side, personally I would drink an electrolyte drink every 2 miles, and a huma gel every 4 miles - this provide essential nutrients so that I can keep my stamina during the race.  I also love my running pack by held all my gels, phone, and water. Lastly, I listened to an e-book and music off and on during the run...I find this helps me with my pace; e-book for slower pace and my music for when I wanted to have a faster pace.

3.  How did you train for the race (what program did you follow and what were your final thoughts on it)? I always use Hal Higdon's training program for my half's, so I used him again for the full. I do very well with his program - I remain injury free and get good results, so I stick with it. I even follow his post marathon program. Some of my friends also use Jeff Galloway's training programs too.

4.  The best part and the worse part of the entire experience?  Hands down, the best part for me was the amount of support I received from my family and friends at the race! Having my kids and nieces run with me at the very end is what will remain we always. Worse part- this is hard for me...there really wasn't anything negative for me. If I had to come up with something, it would be having to schedule training around summer plans, but I made it work.

5.  Any advice for others who may be considering taking on the challenge of a full marathon (or any race)?  Just. Do. It.  Don't be are capable of more than you think!  To quote Hal Higdon "There's is no such thing as an average runner. We are all above average".

6.  Would you do it again? fact I already have plans for my next one :-)  Now that I know I can do it, I have new goals to reach on improving my time.

Spectators View:  Unbeknownst to my Sister, a large group of our Family came to the race to show our support & encourage her along the way.  She had no idea we were coming.  Fortunately for us, the race organization had a very good course map available & we were able to calculate where she would be & around what time.  Our first stop was around mile 8 or 9...we had the kiddos with all their home-made signs & we hooted & hollered as she came by smiling & waving back at us.  Moments later, my brother-in-law received a text from her (thank you Siri) simply saying "that made my world".  We continued to try & meet up with her at a couple more mile markers just to let her know we were there to support her.  Honestly though, she made it look easy!  

At the time, I had no idea the impact we had on her by just simply being there to cheer her on.  As she mentioned above, it was the highlight of the race for her.  So, remember that although "racing" may not be your thing, being there to support your loved ones has a huge impact!!  

I just want to tell you all how absolutely inspiring it is to be at an event like this.  The range of people that participate is so surprising to me.  People of all fitness levels, ages, abilities,'s really truly so motivating to witness.  So, I fully second what my Sister said - just do it!!!  The only thing holding you back (us back) is the mind!  It doesn't have to be a full marathon, just do what seems to interest you & give it all you've got!

Thanks for sticking with me through a non-fashion post.  I'm all about trying to inspire people in any way possible.  If you have any specific questions that my Sister can answer, leave a message in the comments or email me at & I'll get them to her.

Happy Friday!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Comfort Zone

Track Pants - I think you either love them or you hate them.  I had actually picked up a pair a few months ago from Target on clearance.  I would try them on every now & again at home, but eventually decided that the pair I had just weren't working for me, although I LOVED the look on others!  So those went back.  Then Carylee brought these to our attention & I thought "what the heck" might as well try them out - Nordstrom's has good shipping & return policies, so no harm done if I don't like them.

Here's the story...I love the look, I especially love them with a heel, but they definitely take me out of my comfort zone!  So I did some inspiration searching on Pinterest, & I asked the opinions of my sister & kiddos....& eventually decided to take the leap!  Why not?  So what if it's not what I would "normally" wear?  Fashion is what you want it to be, right?

So, thus far, I've worn these super comfy pant 2 ways...

Top // Track Pants (Option) // Shoes (Option) // Necklace (Option)

Top // Track Pants (Option) // Necklace // Shoes (Option)

I actually love both looks even though I still feel slightly self-conscious leaving the house in them - however, the more I wear them, the more natural they'll feel.  I love how the second outfit looks like a faux jumpsuit, which is exactly what I was aiming for.  So that also cured my urge to get a jumpsuit - another bonus! Also, both of these looks would look great with a denim jacket or blazer on top, so that will take me right into colder weather.

Of course I'm always looking for maximum versatility in any of my clothing items, so here are a few more ways you could style these Track Pants, especially as we head into Fall.

Track Pants -3 Ways

The long & the short of the story - we all have to get out of our comfort zones every now & again. What's life without taking chances - even small "fashion" chances :-)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites: Instagram Recap

Hi y'all...long time no see!!  Sorry about that - still trying to juggle everything that's going on right now. Enough about that, let's talk Friday Favorites!  I haven't done it in a while, so I thought I'd do a recap of some outfits I've been wearing lately - these are some of the "most liked" from what I post on Instagram (if you already follow me I'm sorry - you've probably seen these already).

I've also tried to pick the outfits where you might still be able to find some/most of the pieces.  I'll link to what is still available where I can.

Graphic Tee - JCPenney // Jeans -Express // Chuck Taylors- Journey's

I caught a cold from the kiddos & had to stay home for a sick day & this is what I wore.  I got a couple funny comments from some friends saying that I was "dressed up" for staying home sick...that's how I role I guess :-)  Anywho, these jeans are probably my favorite pair which Gina tells me are discontinued (insert sad face here).  I let the Converse do the "talking" in this outfit.

Gingham Shirt- Limited // Necklace- Baublebar // Bermuda Shorts- Target // Ankle Strap Heels- Kohls

As you know from this post, I'm loving gingham right now.  I snagged this top from the Limited during one of their "buy-one-get-one-free" sales & I love it!  I owe Carylee a thank your for tipping me off about  this layered beaded necklace from Baublebar...I've worn it a couple of times now & it has gotten lots of compliments each time!  

Wide Stripe Dress- Old Navy // Floral Necklace- Target // Two-toned heels- DSW old

This dress is a new favorite of mine & is a must have!  I purchased it at Old Navy during their Labor Day sale & I already know it will be on constant repeat!  Very comfortable & easy to just throw on a statement necklace or scarf & you can be out the door.  It would also be great to add a vest to this dress too!

Lace Top- Loft // Black Capri's- Target, old // Leopard Print Heels- Nine West

The thing I love the most about this outfit is the fact that I paid under $15 for this beautiful Paisley Lace top (check your local stores as it's still $65 online!).  On this day I just simply threw on my leopard print heels & black Capri's.  Done & done!

Denim Jacket- American Eagle // Barcelona Cami- Express // Striped Skirt- Target (check local store) // Cobalt Heels- Old Navy // Bracelets- Charming Charlie (unable to locate online)

As I mentioned on Instagram, my daughter requested I wear my Cobalt Heels on this day & this is what I pieced together for an outfit.  While you can't see it all that well in these pictures, the Barcelona Cami is a fantastic top!!  The fit & feel of it alone are fabulous, but the added bonus is that this one is reversible & is a charcoal grey on the other side!  Seriously, if you are by an Express store, you MUST try one'll be sold! :-)

Now you're up to date!  If you don't already follow me on Instagram you can do so here.  I try to post most of my daily outfits there if you're needing some inspiration.

Until next time - Happy Friday!!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

K.I.S.S. - Plain White Tee

Back with another K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) post - remember, the point of this series is to provide inspiration on how to keep your outfits simple, easy & thoughtless.  You can reference the other K.I.S.S. posts here & here.

This time I wanted to talk about a staple item that we should all have - a simple, plain white T-Shirt.  Right now, the relaxed "boyfriend" style tee is trending.  Here are some options of what they look like & where you can find one.

Plain White Tee
Click on the board above for more information on each product.

This versatile piece can work for you in so many ways!  For demonstration, I turn you to Pinterest.

Use a plain white tee to dress down another item:
casual sequins The Fashion: Gorgeous dress black fur Summer outfits Teen fashion Cute Dress! Clothes Casual Outift for • teenes • movies • girls • women •. summer • fall • spring • winter • outfit ideas • dates • school • parties mint cute sexy ethnic skirt
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Spring outfit, found: Denim button down. White tee. Lace.  #spring_Jewelry_Outfits #lovely #Vintage
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You can simply just add a statement necklace or scarf to your Plain White Tee & have a complete look:

peachy skinny jeans: recreate this with Creamsicle Cropped Bree and any of CAbi's white blouses ....the Eliza, Front and Center, Scoop Tee.....
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Jasmin Basic Oversized Tee
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They're also super popular with jackets & blazers:

Denim and Stripes Streetstyle i love this outfit  wow i sooo love the jacket now thats my kind of street style i love great xo
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White Tee Outfit Idea with Ripped Jeans
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Burgundy jeans, leather jacket and white tee
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...and your plain White Tee can go with anything else you have too:

I keep pinning this sort of outfit, so I must like it. It'd be simple and preppy for school days. No fuss and muss.
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tribal print leggings... simple and cute--- THESE! I almost bought these friday night at ross, passed it, and have regretted it since. going back this week to pick them up!
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Here's a quick Instagram pic of how I recently wore a plain White Tee I snagged from Target for less than $4.00!

See what I mean...the possibilities of a plain White Tee are literally endless & it's a super simple, no fuss item - don't you agree?!