New Year, New You

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Fitness

Regretting all the food you ate over the holidays? It’s never too late to get fit and ready for the new year. As they say – summer bodies are built in the winter!

I started with getting myself new athletic/workout gear. Check out Fabletics, which I talked about here. They offer great gym clothes for reasonable prices. I also often get cute workout clothes at Target, Forever21 and T.J. Maxx. While I really like brands like Lululemon (and I do have a few of their items) I don’t like how expensive their brand is for clothing I will ultimately sweat in. However, their travel and athleisure style is great!

We all get busy with life, and it’s hard to stick to a routine. I try and keep my fitness goals mangeable so I can achieve them. I aim for at least 30 minutes every day Monday-Friday. In reality, I only work out about 3-5 times a week. However, if I aim for five times a week, I generally an make it to to at least three times.

I have a gym membership, and I do take a few classes around town. However, I also have a few circuits that I do at home to ensure that I have no excuse not to get my 30 minutes of activity in each day.

A colleague of mine at my office gave me this high-intensity-interval-training (HIIT) circuit, and it works! No matter how many times I’ve done it – it is hard every time.

For five minutes, you rotate through each exercise group with a one minute rest in between. You can do this with a partner and take turns in between each exercise or do it by yourself and go as hard as you can for five minutes. I generally count it as a success if I can do at least two full circuits within each five minutes.

30-Minute HIIT Circuit

Burpees – 25 reps
Lunges – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

press ups – 25 reps
squats – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

box jumps – 25 reps
triceps dips – 25 reps

Rest: 1 minute

shoulder press – 25 reps ( suggest using barbells)
bicep curl – 25 reps ( (suggest barbells)

Rest: 1 minute

kettle bell thrust – 25 reps
leg up sit ups –  25 reps

If I have the time, then I’ll add 10-15 minutes of core exercises and finish with some stretched. Do each below abdominal exercise for 40 seconds with a 20 second rest in between.

10-Minute Ab Exercises

  1. Starfish
  2. Crunches
  3. Bicycles
  4. Side planks
  5. Leg lifts
  6. Side twists
  7. Leg kicks
  8. Leg Circles
  9. Windshield wipers with legs
  10. Plank hold for 1:30 minute

 

What are your fitness goals for the new year?

Track them with Misfit Wearables, which offers gps tracking (if you’re running), heart rate monitor, measure your steps and also shows you the weather, syncs to your phone for notifications and music!

 

 

 

Underneath It All

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Spring, Summer, Winter

I talk a lot about outerwear, but today, I’m talking about the essentials of any closet – your underwear and bra.

Today, I’m baring it all to share with you unmentionables that should be mentioned – thanks to True & Co.

They are a San Francisco based, female-run and operated company dedicated to making better bras based on feedback from their community. Before purchasing, you take a “fit quiz” to help you select the perfect pieces for your body.

I’m wearing the True Body Triangle Racerback and matching True Everyday Cotton Thong. I love that it is seamless and is as comfortable as a sports bra but as chic as my Victoria Secret bras. These have just enough padding so you can wear them underneath t-shirts or fancy blouses without showing how “nippy” it might be outside.

I will also definitely be packing these for my holiday travels this season. They are super comfortable, while still providing enough support for long car rides, train rides or flights – however you are getting home for the holidays this year.

I’m also rooting for Idris Elba to be the next James Bond – who else is with me?

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

Need ideas for what to wear this Thanksgiving?

Everyone needs a good camel coat because it goes with everything and can be worn in spring or fall transition. For this Thanksgiving, I’ve wearing camel and black, one of my favorite color combos for fall.

While I love blogging, one thing I try and do is shop at thrift stores and always donate my clothes because I recognise how the fashion industry can be wasteful. I got this sweater at Goodwill in Portland, Oregon, in the spring and it’s been such a cozy knit to pair with my classic pieces like this ASOS camel coat (last seen here). It’s a few seasons old, but I still constantly wear it. If you don’t have a camel coat I highly recommend you invest in one – you will be surprised at how versatile it is in your closet.

These wide-legged pants are from H&M (only a few sizes left in stock) and these wedge booties are from Loft (a few season old, but linked to other great options below).

For Thanksgiving, I often wear dresses or ponchos so I don’t have anything around my stomach, but if you wear pants this year, go for loose-fitting pants. Look for wide-legged or boyfriend fit as they tend to give you more space for that turkey!

I’ll also be uploading all the Black Friday sales on my “Shop the Sales” page so you don’t have to search the Internet for deals. I’ve already linked up to all the early Black Friday deals so you can start shopping now and bet the rush! You can also try these websites that help you find the lowest price possible:

 

I’ve also created gender neutral gift guide for the working man and woman in your life and a gift guide for the woman in your life (ie all the gifts I want).

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping!

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Animal Print & Leather Pants

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Favorite Features, Winter

Looking for style inspiration this fall/winter? Go no further than animal prints – it’s the fall fashion trend this year. I love this Vince leopard blouse I picked up, and I’ve been wearing it on repeat rather at the office or shopping around town. I’ve paired with these BLANK NYC vegan leather pants (they are still in stock and available for less than $100)and knee high Michael Kors boots.

These faux leather pants have been on repeat this fall, but I wore them last on the blog here for an all black look.

The holiday parties are starting up, so check out GlamSquad, which is offering $10 off when you first sign-up. It’s a phone app that connects you with a stylist who will come to your house and help you get ready for your events – rather its hair, make-up or even nails! They are in Washington, DC, San Francisco, New York, Southern California, Southern Florida, Boston, and Long Island. For Black Friday, they are offering special packages 20% off their usual price.

Gift Guide for Me

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

Don’t you think you also deserve nice things? Don’t forget to treat yourself during the Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday Deals this week!

Here are a few items I’m looking for myself:

  • Luggage Set
  • Backpack/purse combo
  • Purse for going out
  • Boots – a bold color like red, white or cowboy to change up my looks!
  • Winter White Dress
  • Winter Coats/Jackets
  • Statement Top
  • Animal Print Skirt

 

I love Shopbop because they offer unique styles from designers all around the world on one platform. I still definitely shop at H&M, Forever21 and ASOS, but I also invest in a few good pieces that help make my wardrobe stand out from others. For those unique pieces – I shop at Shopbop.

Check out the sale at Shopbop and use promo code “MORE18” for:

  • 15% off orders of $200+
  • 20% off orders of $500+
  • 25% off orders of $800+

 

Spanx Camo Leggings & Under Armour Shoes – Quintessential Athleisure Pieces

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

You might shop at Nike for your leggings, but have you ever checked out Spanx? These camo leggings are so comfortable and fit my petite frame perfectly. These are high rise and have the right balance of snug and comfort. They are also great leggings for any athleisure look, which basically my uniform in the fall/winter. Something about cold temperatures makes me want to wear only cozy and comfortable clothing.  I paired with this Zara long sleeve peplum top from last season, but I’ve linked to great options below.

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Things to do in Washington, D.C. in the Winter

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion

High-Waisted Midi Skirt

Looking for free things to do in Washington, D. C. this weekend? One of my favorite activities to do in the winter is to visit the Smithsonian Museums. I’d recommend the National Archives, which is running a great exhibit on the Vietnam War now until 6 January 2019.

I wore this high-waisted, pleated midi skirt that I found in a thrift store a few years ago, but it’s been a repeat favorite over the years. It’s a classic shape that will never go out of style. I’m glad high-waisted remains a fall fashion trend for 2018.

I’ve paired it with one of my favorite patterns – stripes! This striped sweater is slightly oversized, but the high-waisted skirt keeps the outline of my outfit flattering overall.

If you are going to the Smithsonian Museums, be sure to wear comfortable flats. These are Anthropologie shoes from a couple seasons ago, but they are very comfortable and have good support.

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J. Crew Red Symphony

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Favorite Features

J. Crew Red Blazer / Nasty Gal Dress / Sam Edelman Leopard Heels

It was so fun partnering with J. Crew, which is currently running a 30% sale in store and a 40% sale on selected items online with promo code “BOO”!

I’ve always been a J. Crew fan for my workwear staples – like this power blazer. And this season, they are bringing back all their iconic classics like trench coats, cashmere sweaters and blazers!

Rocking Leopard Heels

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion

How was your weekend? Did you get up to any Halloween activities? I dressed up as a unicorn this year, but I’ve found I just enjoy dressing funky around the spooky holiday.

My boyfriend bought these very impractical shoes because I told him leopard was in season this fall. While I did donate them right after taking this shoot, It was a lot of fun stepping out of my comfort zone. What do you think? Do you enjoying pushing your fashion boundaries?