A March Fitness Challenge. Maybe.

4 Mar

A couple weeks ago I was feeling kind of… pudgy. Apparently I had myself a bit of a fluffy February. So, I was thinking maybe I could spice things up with a fitness challenge for March. I was calling it “MARCH into Fitness” and would do a corny eyebrow raise for my husband’s benefit.

But I never actually got around to figuring out WHICH fitness challenge to do. I mean, I’m already trying to eat relatively healthy. I’m already trying to get to the gym 9x a month. What should I do??

I have the iWatch, so I thought maybe I could try to close my rings every day. For those non iWatch people, you have three fitness rings with the goal to close them.

Ring 1: Your Move goal. For me it is set at 500 calories a day.

Ring 2: Your Exercise goal. Mine is set at 30 minutes each day.

Ring 3: Your Standing goal. I need to stand up for at least a minute (and move around) each hour for 12 hours during the day. This is especially good for getting me up from being hunched over the computer for hours on end.

Some days I do a great job at closing my rings, but others… not so good. Here is what January looked like:

So, that’s a goal idea.

Another idea is to try and get to the gym a higher number of times for the month. Maybe 10? Or 12? Or 15? Or actually achieve my current goal of 9…

Sigh.

This all sounds like a lot of work.

Are any of you doing a fitness/health/back on track kinda challenge this month?

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February Thrift Haul

1 Mar

I ended up stopping by three different thrift stores during the month of February. First up, a local Goodwill that is very hit or miss, but typically has great prices. Second, my favorite thrift spot (2nd Avenue) in a not-so-great area of town, and third the pricey thrift store (2nd Avenue) right in the middle of Columbia.

I ended up with six great items, but I wanted to remind you that I literally went through each entire store in order to find the *good* stuff. Well, good stuff for me… there were plenty more great items in sizes, styles or fits that didn’t work out for me.

Anyways, if you are thinking about trying out thrifting… don’t get discouraged when you see a bunch of crappy stuff. It takes time and patience to find things that you’ll end up loving!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Let’s look at what I found this month:

Chaps jersey dress, size large, $8.99

I really like the dark purple Aubergine color of this dress and I picked up because I don’t have many solid dresses in my collection. It is currently sitting on my sewing table because I think I’m going to chop the length to knee-length and add a tie-belt with the extra fabric. While it is very pretty in its current design, hemming it shorter will make it more work appropriate for me. I can see me wearing this to work with a pretty embellished sweater and patterned flats.

RBX activewear top, size XL, $5.99

I love a good workout/laze around the house top. This one is oversized with a high-low hem and has thumb holes! I thought this would be good as a topper on the way to the gym, or for those chilly work-from-home days with leggings. I’ve already worn it twice and I’m sure I will get my money’s worth for the $6 I paid!

Silver Glitter Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers, size 7.5, $6.99

Yeah, they pretty much HAD me at glitter and high tops… the $7 price tag was just the cherry on top. I love fun shoes and these silver glitter Vans are perfect for me. Depending on the brand/style, I wear anywhere from an 8 to a 9… so I was bummed when I saw that these were a 7.5 I tried them on though and even with my warmer socks on they didn’t feel too tight. I figured I’d give them a try and googled some tips on how to stretch sneakers. Only the left one was a bit tight in the toe-box area, so I tried the ‘put four socks on your foot and shove it in there’ method.

I also aimed the hair dryer at it a few times throughout the day. Last, I stuck a shoe stretcher in there and left it over the weekend. The stretched just enough and are now perfect. These look so cute with leggings and a comfy top for a casual day.

UGG Emalie Waterproof Leather Wedge Bootie, size 8, $24.99

OH my gosh you guys, this is basically the score of the day! I went over to the more expensive thrift store and found these mint condition UGG wedges thrown in with a bunch of cheap plastic boots. I did a bunch of googling and this style was sold at Nordstrom in 2015 for $180 and a very similar pair is still being sold. This particular thrift store usually prices known brands high, so I wasn’t surprised about the mark-up. These are my size, comfortable and in perfect condition… so I was quite happy to get them for $25. I wore them to my sister’s bridal shower over the weekend for about 9 hours and they were actually pretty darn comfy!

Talbots cape $17.99

I was looking in the cardigans section for a striped sweater to replace one of my favorites that is starting to look kinda sad. I saw this striped cape and it is a brand-new with $89.50 tags still on it from Talbots. I wear my Causebox cape all the time and this will be a perfect spring option. You can see a dressing room pic of this cape and the next dress here (click the little arrow).

Loft dress, size large, $14.99

I love the colors in the pattern of this pretty Loft dress. It’s got elbow-length sleeves and a knee-length skirt, which is exactly what I like in a dress for work. I threw it in the wash immediately (washed in cold and then hung dry) so I could wear it to my sister’s bridal shower over the weekend (see it here).

Did you have any luck thrifting this month? Share your scores!

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My Style: Winter Favorites

28 Feb

I put a note on my calendar to revisit the My Style series with a Winter Favorites post at the end of February. But it still kind of feels like we are in the middle of the winter, right? Is spring really coming?? I googled it (as I do) and the first day of Spring is Wednesday, March 20th… so perhaps the end of this cold/snow/ice is in sight?

Anywho, you can check out my last two posts here:

My Style: Fall Favorites

My Style: Summer Favorites

And now for my Winter Favorites… I went through all my posted outfits from December, January and February and picked my 3 favorite looks.

Outfit #1: Give me Sparkles and Lace… but for the Office

I wore this outfit on one of the last days in the office before the holiday break, so I let myself go a little ‘extra’ with it. I found this fun lace skirt at TJ Maxx a couple years ago and it had some really stiff and itchy crinoline as a slip. I ripped that sucker out and now the skirt is so much more comfortable! The sweater was livened up with some fun brooches I found at an antiques shop and I added my mulberry Rothy’s with gold embroidered points because… why not?! I loved this outfit and totally felt in the Christmas spirit at the office!

Outfit #2: Valentine’s Sweetheart… but for the Office

Here’s another holiday look…this time for Valentine’s Day. Apparently I only put in extra effort for holidays? I found this dress on Poshmark in the fall and was excited to wear it on my sister’s wedding cruise. It was an Anthropologie brand – HD in Paris – but from what I can tell, it’s no longer around. If you search “Anthropologie corduroy dress” on Poshmark, I have seen this dress and other colors/patterns come up. The colors are so pretty and vibrant in person and I love this look with my red pointy flats!

Outfit #4: Will Exercise if there are Cute Clothes Involved

Sometimes I have to motivate myself to go to the gym with cute gym clothes. I love these leggings from a previous Trunk Club trunk, even though Travis calls them my zebra legs. I recently ordered a cute tank top from a skincare company called No BS (review coming after I try the products out for a few months) and they sent me this one by accident instead of the one I ordered. It says “Filter Free” and they said I should keep it… which works out great because I love it as a gym top.

So now that I’ve posted my Winter Favs, it’s time for Spring… right?!

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Loving Right Now: Book Recommendations

25 Feb

I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately and have read some really fabulous books lately! I know a bunch of you are big readers as well, so I wanted to pass on my recommendations. As always, be sure to check your library first to save yourself some moolah.

Source: Amazon.com

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Paperback version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ev0JF0

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NsufOD

Holland Bakker has been obsessed with her subway musician crush for months, so when an opportunity arises to connect, she goes for it.  There is job craziness, romance, family issues and more. This was one of the books recommended to me previously when I asked for your recommendations.

I downloaded it on my kindle and LOVED it. Sure, some parts are a little predictable, but the love story is sweet and awfully hot in places. I thought this one was great and will be keeping a look out for more books by Christina Lauren.

The Bucket List: A Novel by Georgia Clark

Hardcover version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2tAYIAD

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ew8HgX

Not to be confused with The Bucket List movie with two old guys, this novel is more of a bucket list for boobies. The main character of this book is Lacey Whitman, who is blindsided when she is diagnosed with the BRACA1 gene mutation that can be an early indicator of breast cancer. Before deciding whether to get a preventative double mastectomy, she decides to write a sassy bucket list for everything she wants to do before saying goodbye to her boobs.

This book was hilarious and sexy and sad all at once and I loved it. I was able to check it out from my local library, so be sure to check yours ASAP to read this one!

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

Paperback version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VhABmv

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XkXmaY

Jennifer Weiner is one of the queens of ‘chick lit’ and I’ve loved her writing ever since I read Good in Bed. This non-fiction book is a collection of her essays on everything from weight, her career, money, her mother’s coming out of the closet and her relationship with her father.

From her stories of her lonely adolescence to getting published for the very first time, I was entranced by every single chapter in the book. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and immediately went and followed Jennifer Weiner on Instagram.

Now it’s your turn to share, what books are you totally loving right now?

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