Barre Workout Style

Barre Workout Style

C9 by Champion open yoga layering topStella & Dot sparkle studsOld Navy Active compression caprisC9 by Champion sports braPROJECTDAHLIA starfish necklaceGapFit Breathe heathered tankBarreAmped DVD

I’ve talked about my love for BarreAmped before on the blog – and now I wanted to talk about what I wear to class! Is it wrong to care about what you look like when you’re working out? (Do I really want the answer to that question? Obv. not) Call me vain, but I swear my workouts are at least 75% better when I feel good about what I’m wearing. I’m not saying I go in with a full face of makeup and leave class glistening with each hair perfectly in place. Normally, I look like a hot mess who went temporarily insane, and it’s all I can do to slowly stumble out of class as my muscles are still shaking. BarreAmped will do that to you.

But like my sleepwear, I am very picky about what I work out in. If my outfit doesn’t feel right, it’s all I can think about, instead of concentrating on my workout. And good workout clothes are SO comfortable! I hesitate to admit how many of those GapFit tanks I have. (Four. Crap, no, I have five.)

And if you live in an area that doesn’t offer Barre classes, you can always work out from the comfort of your home with a DVD! I bought the BarreAmped DVD for when I can’t go to class and love it. It’s honestly like taking a class, and Suzanne offers lots of modifications for beginners (and tired people like me). She’s encouraging and comforting at the same time on the DVD, which I appreciate.

If you take barre classes, what are your favorite pieces to wear?

Outfit of the Day: Tunics are Fun

A tunic and J. Crew Minnie capris

A tunic and J. Crew Minnie capris

J. Crew tunic coverup (really old. Like college days-old. Alas) • J. Crew Minnie pants Loft sandals

I don’t know about you but I love a good tunic. They’re flattering and have extra coverage, which means they work great with leggings/tight capris (like my favorite Minnies). This top is actually a swimsuit coverup. You can’t see it very well in these photos, but it’s pale pink and has the most lovely subtle embroidery on it – far too pretty for just the beach. Swimsuit coverups are a great way to find beautiful tunics to wear for more dressy occasions – I got a cute one from Old Navy a few weeks ago that I’ll be wearing in an outfit post soon!

And ooh look, I have short hair!

Stitchfix Box #7

Yay it’s Stitchfix time again! Oh how I love coming home to one of these boxes waiting for me. In case you don’t know what Stitchfix is, it’s a wonderful personal stylist service that’s all done online. Once you sign up, you’ll fill out a style survey and schedule a delivery. Your box will cost $20, but you can put that money toward any item you keep – and if you keep all five pieces Stitchfix sends you, you get 25% off everything! This is a PERFECT service for people who hate to shop or are crunched for time – or if you’re like me and you just want to change up your wardrobe!

Here’s what was in my box this time!

Pomelo jacket from Stitchfix

Pomelo Julia utility jacket, $78

While I love the style, I was not in love with the color for the jacket. Also, the idea of buying a jacket in the summer makes me almost immediately start sweating.

Collective Concepts blouse from Stitchfix

Collective Concepts Wintor leopard print cross-front blouse, $64

This blouse was completely see-through, and even though the bottom hem was elastic, it was oddly tight. Definitely not my style!

41Hawthorn blouse from Stitchfix

41Hawthorn Ivy abstract print tab-sleeve blouse, $68

I absolutely loved the colors in this blouse’s print. It was a definite keeper – and then I saw a tiny stain on the front. Sadface.

Mystree skirt from Stitchfix

Mystree Charlie mixed stripe maxi skirt, $68

I thought for sure I’d never keep this skirt – until I tried it on, of course. It’s SO comfy and makes me feel SO good. Any piece of clothing that makes you smile and feel better about yourself when you’re wearing it is an automatic buy.

Echo scarf from Stitchfix

Echo Melrose multi-colored scallop print scarf, $28

I really wasn’t going to keep this scarf, but the bright colors tempted me too much. I am not a girl who can say no to neon.

Love this maxi skirt from Stitchfix!

Love this maxi skirt from Stitchfix!

And look how cute this maxi skirt is! When I tried it on the first time, I wasn’t sure I could wear it to work, but it looks just as adorable styled for the office as it does for the weekend!

This was my first Stitchfix box that I kept TWO pieces from! I continue to love this service – the stylists truly personalize it for each person. Treat yourself to something from Stitchfix!

Please note that when you click on my link to Stitchfix, I may get a referral credit to use for a future order. I honestly do recommend Stitchfix to everyone to try, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it – thanks for your support!

Outfit of the Day: Maxi Love

I love a good maxi dress made work-appropriate with a lightweight cardi.

I love a good maxi dress made work-appropriate with a lightweight cardi.

Target Merona knit maxi dress • J. Crew lightweight cardigan Enzo Angiolini sandals

Hey I’m back to blogging! Remember I told you guys I was in love with maxi dresses? Well, I’ve fallen even harder. This maxi from Target is SO comfortable and affordable and flattering that I may have bought the black-and-white striped version and a plain black one. (Hey, when you find something you love, you have  to have it in multiple colors, right? RIGHT?!)

Maxi dresses are absolutely perfect for the summertime – cool enough for hot days and warm enough for over-air-conditioned offices. I plan on pairing this dress with a blazer when it cools off a little (seems like that will be SO far away). Any other ideas for dressing up this outfit?

Also, serious face alert:

I love a good maxi dress made work-appropriate with a lightweight cardi.

Outfit of the Day: The Best Work Dress

Land's End shift dress with colorful pumps

Land's End shift dress with colorful pumps

Land’s End sleeveless ponte welt pocket dress • Ann Taylor perfect pumps • bracelets from Stella & Dot, Alex and Ami and Tiffanys

I know you might think that’s a pretty bold statement, but hear me out – this Land’s End ponte dress is the best work dress you’ll own.

The material is thick enough to not wrinkle, but thin enough so that you won’t be overheated on a hot summer day. The dress comes with pockets (!) and looks as polished with a belt as without. Add a blazer or cardi for slightly cooler spring days, and by the time fall and winter roll around, pair the dress with tights and boots. It’s an all-year dress that looks perfect with a cute pair of heels. This is the dress for those mornings when you have no time to pick out your outfit – I love just putting on one piece, and I’m ready to go. This dress is also available in solid colors (I’m coveting the navy!) and is truly a perfect addition to any work wardrobe (but would even be cute at a shower or afternoon wedding!).

I swear Land’s End isn’t paying me to say these things! I just really love this dress (thank you, Mom!) and wanted to pass along my love for it to all of you!

Land's End shift dress with colorful pumps

An Update on My Plan to Get Healthy

Dogs always help when you're working out.

About a month ago, I wrote a post about my promise to eat healthy and count calories. I wanted to update you on that and let you know how I’ve done so far.

Since tracking my food and working out at least twice a week, I’ve lost … 4.6 pounds.

I mean, I knew the weight wasn’t going to fall off (and I also realize it’s unhealthy to lose a bunch of weight really quickly), but I have to admit I’m majorly disappointed that it’s such a slow process. Plus I had two weeks where I didn’t lose any weight, which is so disheartening. For some reason, I remember losing weight quicker the last time. I know 4.6 pounds in a month is still great, and I know it’s a process for a reason, but I can’t help wishing it would all go away quicker.

I’m actually considering going back on Weight Watchers. It’s a program that’s worked well for me in the past, and I know it will work again. My Fitness Pal seems like a great way to be aware of how much you’re eating – but I still occasionally go to bed hungry at night, something that didn’t happen with Weight Watchers once my body adjusted to it.

One thing that has improved is how much I’ve been working out. I’m taking two BarreAmped classes a week, and am even starting to throw a yoga class in with that! It’s been wonderful to get stronger, even as much as I hate holding yet another plank. (I do wish Horatio could join me in classes – that’s him in the photo hogging my mat as I do a Barre workout at home!)

Thanks for your encouragement – and I’d love to know if you have any tips or advice!

Outfit of the Day: Maxi Dresses OMG

Make a maxi dress work appropriate by adding a cardigan and cute bag  Make a maxi dress work appropriate by adding a cardigan and cute bag

Sonoma maxi dress from Kohl’s • kate spade new york cobble hill small leslie bag • J. Crew cardigan (similar) • Talbots sandals

Sorry for stepping away from blogging for (almost) two weeks! I’m still working on my first novel and then had a lovely and relaxing Memorial Day weekend – exactly the rest I needed to get rejuvenated for blogging.

And another thing I needed – a cute outfit! I didn’t own a single maxi dress until last September when I was going to an outdoor wedding, and the weather was predicted to be unseasonably cool. This dress made the perfect wedding outfit – and I’m thrilled that it worked for the office just as well. Why have I not been wearing maxi dresses all my life?! They are kind of amazing and insanely comfortable. I may have bought two more at Target this weekend.

And yeah, I did get sucked into the Kate Spade surprise sale last week and treated myself to this bag. It happens.

Make a maxi dress work appropriate by adding a cardigan and cute bag

 

Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion!

Outfit of the Day: Flowers

 A J. Crew Jackie cardigan with a floral dress

Target dress • J. Crew Jackie cardigan • Ralph Lauren sandals • Sunglasses from Amazon

I’ve waited seven months to wear this dress.

I bought it last year at Target on after-season sale for $7. It’s so adorable – and it has POCKETS (which I’ve decided every dress should have)! Plus, did I mention it cost $7?! I am definitely not one for bargain hunting, but even I can appreciate the amazing deal that is a $7 dress with pockets no less.

A J. Crew Jackie cardigan with a floral dress

Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion!

Fabulous One-Piece Swimsuits

one pieces

KAMALIKULTURE shirred mio swimsuitLa Blanca ruched bandeau one-pieceLa Blanca santorini one-piece swimsuitJ. Crew tortoise print bandeau tankJ. Crew photo floral underwire tank Profile by Gottex bandeau D-cup one-piece swimsuit

I fell in love last summer – with one-piece swimsuits.

I was at my second-favorite place in the world, Sanibel Island, with my family and four bikinis, feeling a little uncomfortable with my body. Then I remembered I had packed a brand new one-piece swimsuit from J. Crew that I managed to score for $25. I hadn’t worn a one-piece in YEARS – but I decided to try wearing that one for the day.

The result? I LOVED it. And more importantly, I loved myself in it! When my mom and sister-in-law and I went shopping later that afternoon, I shelled out for another bright red one-piece at the swimsuit store on the island and wore that to the beach the next day. I haven’t felt confident at the beach since before I knew what it meant to be confident, and that day I strutted my stuff in my red swimsuit, feeling more fabulous than I thought possible.

I felt amazing on the beach, something I seriously thought would never happen. Sadly, it’s almost a universal truth for people women (myself included) to not always feel best in a swimsuit. We’re literally exposed, our bodies basically out for everyone to see. It’s an uncomfortable feeling for even the most confident of us. I honestly thought of one-pieces as frumpy and unflattering, and I found them to be the exact opposite. If you’re dreading shopping for a swimsuit this summer, why not try a one-piece? I promise you’ll look (and feel) fabulous.

Outfit of the Day: Punk Floral

J. Crew punk floral with a yellow blazer and neon pink heels

J. Crew punk floral with a yellow blazer and neon pink heels

J. Crew punk floral blouse (similar at J. Crew Factory) • J. Crew schoolboy blazer (similar) • Target black jeans J. Crew Factory heels (similar) • J. Crew classic link bracelet

I love this print. I usually try to wait until J. Crew puts their brand new pieces on sale, but when the punk floral clothes went online, I immediately bought this blouse – and I’m so glad I did. It’s surprisingly versatile and goes with so much. And J. Crew has been great in bringing back successful prints, because this blouse is for sale at J. Crew Factory now! They also have this super cute skirt, and I am thinking about getting these pants. Ah, bold patterns. I love them so much.

Thank you Mom for taking my photos! (But this is why I hold my hands the way I do – see how weird my fingers look!)

J. Crew punk floral with a yellow blazer and neon pink heels

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting today!

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