What I wore: Girls Night Out

Tuesday night I had a lady date to celebrate a pal’s birthday. I don’t usually stay in work clothes for a night out unless it’s a work straight to happy hour type thing, usually I’m all about comfort – give me ponte pants/leggings or give me death but the other night was different.

But I was really digging this outfit. I loved the simplicity of it and kind of wanted to show it off. Also – there was a rush to get home, get E settled and head out to meet my pal – the desire to get out the door was stronger than the desire to change my clothes and try on six different outfits which I knew I would inevitably do.

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{Pants | Top (similar) | Flats (Similar– SAVE!) }

Sorry for the serious lack of posts – the struggle between training well for a race, being a FT Working parent and the need for solo time to decompress is a fickle balance and one that, a year and a half after going back to work, I’m still working to figure out. I do love these easy what I wore type posts though – my issue is I never remember to take a picture until I’m home or changing into my running clothes. No bueno!

That all being said – stay tuned for some fun ideas I have in the works. And as always… find me on twitter, facebook, and instagram. I’m still relatively active most days!

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What I Wore: Lusting over Loft

Lately, I’ve been all about Ann Taylor Loft. One weekend, when I stole away during naptime, I managed to pick up quite possibly the comfiest pair of ponte pants. Bonus, they’re not quite leggings so I can get away with them at work.

The past couple of days have been more fall like so I’ve been putting aside the dresses and reaching for pants and silky shirts that I was too afraid to wear over the summer because…pit stains. Need I say more? I actually snagged the top at Uptown Cheapskate in Annapolis, I recently purged a whole bunch of workout gear and had some time while it was being checked out and managed to find this gem. I rarely like to browse and sift through racks but I’m really glad I did because I got this for the perfect price of $7. WIN!

And the pants? Well they’re an added win and I recently picked them up at a Loft sale. Super comfy. There’s a more tailored looking pair from Ann Taylor that I’m eyeing but I loathe paying full price so I’m waiting (and should have gotten them this past weekend on sale but didn’t. Fail.)

Happy Fall!

 

Shirt (Lush | Similar ) Pants (Loft | Similar) Shoes (Tory Burch)

What are your favorite seasonal transition outfits? 

 

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My first Stitch Fix

It was about time I jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon.

Friday afternoon, the box arrived. The glorious box!

Then came the disappointment. Maybe I put my sizes in wrong. The styles themselves were not horrible. A pair of black skinny, high waisted pants that wouldn’t even fit over my thighs – the style itself was adorable. If only it had fit. Medium petite? I’m anywhere from a 6 to an 8 to a 10 depending on the brand and the style of pants. Hmmmph, no big. I wouldn’t have spent $100 on a pair of black pants anyhow (because…Loft. Need I say more?)

Then the dress that was just a touch too tight. Design? Super cute. Sizing? Not so much.

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Or the pop over top that I loved but the fabric had no give and I was worried my boobs might pop a button if I bent over the wrong way plus it pulled in an unflattering way over my midsection. The very midsection that I’m incredibly self-conscious about.

Finally the other top which was cute. Flowy. But I’m not big into prints. Or at least not geometric prints. Was this geometric or animal? Who knew.

I did keep the necklace. That was really pretty and I loved it and after the $20 styling fee, it was only $8. #winning.

On the plus side, the pants I’m wearing above are an amazingly comfortable pair of Loft Ponte Pants. Highly recommend!

Have you tried StitchFix yet? If not, it’s worth checking out. I updated my style profile and my sizes going up a size in most things so I make sure everything fits next time. The style was about 85% on point, the size was like… not on point at all, but overall I came away with some great outfit ideas thanks to their style cards, and a pretty statement necklace – since I didn’t have to deal with the mall, I consider the experiment a success!

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Lilly for Target Love

So I never really blogged about my disappointment with how the whole Lilly for Target ish went down. I was up, out the door by a little after 7am on Pink Sunday, and in line at our target by 7:30am. I got in the doors by 8:05 because they were only releasing so many women in at a time and within that five minutes, everything was gone. Racks emptied.

I hovered, came out with a couple pairs of shorts for my friend’s daughter, a pair of sandals and a beach blanket traded to me at check out.

So to eBay I went. And Facebook B/S/T groups. I’ve picked up a couple of cute things – but none as loved as my crochet tank top and my pineapple sandals (that are probably 1/2 size too small). This particular top was a unicorn for me – nearly impossible to find. It was on my original wish list back when the look book first came out. I finally found it on eBay for a not so ridiculous price as a Buy It Now (versus a straight auction which I lost 3 of before calling those attempts futile).
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(Top: Lilly for Target, similar | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Necklace: Loft, similar )

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Huge, huge fan. Looks great with jeans or dressed up. This weekend? I’ll try it with my Palazzo pants (which I need to get hemmed).

What is your unicorn piece of any brand? Any pieces that are long gone that you’re still lusting over?

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Friday Fives: Fall Favorites

There’s a crispness in the air friends. After spending last weekend in the beautiful lake region of NH watching two of my favorite people get hitched, I’m loving this pseudo-fall like weather.  The cooler mornings, the pretty trees…you  know fall like stuff. AND we’re going pumpkin picking this weekend with little man, so that’ll be fun! I still need to hunt down his costume, I’m not a 100% sold on what I bought at the wee-sale.

Anyhoozle, onto my favorite things at the moment!

 

1. My Bobeau Wraps

Seriously, these are the most comfortable things EVER. Go get one. Or two. Or three (I have three. But i’m dying for the camel one.)

2. Shakeology

So I became a coach mostly for the discount. But mostly because I REALLY like the product. I did the 3 day refresh before the wedding we went to earlier this month and had decent results (down 4.5 lbs). I’ve since gained 2 back but I’m trying to get myself back into my routine. It’s been really challenging with the darker mornings – you know, everyday struggles but I’m getting there. At least I’ve effectively kicked my soda habit (WAHOO!)

3. My new Mom-mobile

Last week, I picked up a new Honda CRV. I call it my happy mom-mobile. No, it’s not a minivan (or family fun bus as Liz would call it) but it’s bigger for me. Our 2001 Ford Taurus was about to gulp down another $1,000 in repairs and as Hubs just got a new job, and we just paid off our other car, we made the plunge so that we don’t need to be a pseudo-one-car family anymore. We were trading off the Ford depending on who was on drop-off or pick-up duties with Little Man.

4. Zucchini Muffins

I made some delicious zucchini muffins a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING. I have some zucchini that i need to use this weekend so I’m thinking of this bread (maybe muffins?) or something similarly inspired. Cue pinterest.

5. Leggings and Boots.

I don’t care what anyone says. Leggings and boots and long sweaters are my fall uniform. Nothing says fall more than a cozy sweater, a nice pair of leggings and some cognac colored boots. Forgive me but leggings can be pants any day (as long as your butt is covered).

 

What are you currently loving this fall?

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Fashionable Friday

So i don’t often do “style” posts – read…by often I mean never. But I’ve been following so many fashion bloggers lately trying to get some inspiration for my fall “style” that I’m going to try to throw my hat in the ring to do the every-so-often style post. Mind you, I will not be joining the ranks of fashion/style blogger extraordinaire. Lately, my status as blogger in general has been wavering. BUT I’m trying my friends. I’m trying. I promise.

Anyhow! So here’s this week’s attempt at a “What I wore” post….

top// H&M ; pants// Old Navy;  Shoes; Jack Rogers; Belt// JCrew Factory (similar)

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Maternity Favorites

I’m now in the seventh month of pregnancy (!!!!! – I keep wanting to say things like ‘of being knocked up’ or ‘being preggo’ but I really hate that terminology outside of joking with the hubs) and I’m pretty sure my pregnancy wardrobe is just about complete. How long I’ll be able to wear my favorite lululemon leggings aside, I’ve got a replacement set that should be arriving today. I figured since there’s so many bloggers out there expecting (see I almost typed knocked up again!), I’d share my favorites and where I got my inspiration from because let me tell you….maternity fashion is a learned skill and if you don’t try, you may think that you’re destined for frumpy garb from the likes of Motherhood Maternity – a store that made me stabby with the many shades of emerald and fuschia they carry(ied).

OK, that was snobby and I know some people really like Motherhood but I found their clothes ill-fitting and frumpy looking and over priced for the quality. Yes I know that not everyone shops at JCrew but jeez. Give us more than long sleeve ruched t-shirts and oversized sweaters if you call yourself a maternity store.

I’m not a fashion blogger by any means so don’t take what I say as “fashion know how” necessarily, I do try to put myself together and be classy though, and I don’t wear pearls with t-shirts so I consider that all a big win.

maternity must haves

1. Target 2. Gap 3. Gap 4. Gap 5. Gap 6. Gap 7. lululemon

Color me unoriginal with the Gap stuff, BUT I’m not a guru with Polyvore, and they didn’t have my favorite H&M tops on there – one of which you can see in my 29 week update. Gap happens to be my favorite maternity line since it’s inexpensive (seriously, they run 30% deals every other day, you never have to pay full price with them). Old Navy would be but I find that they need to put a little more effort into their maternity line, they have some super cute non-maternity clothes but their “new additions” look an awfully lot like their old ones but in short sleeve. Their dresses are too long, and their shirts too blah. Old navy, fail.

Maternity pieces I was not a fan of? Some of the Liz Lange line at target – mainly this top and this dress which I wanted to love oh so badly but they were just…ill fitting. Really, just bad. Not fit for a pregnant woman. Maybe the same as a shrunken muu-muu. Without the stretch. The quality of Motherhood Maternity, I find to be shameful for the price. I am pleased to say that for all of my maternity pieces I’ve bought, I have not paid full price. I have two sweaters, one pair of jeans, and six-seven tops. I’ve been able to use a lot of my longer cardigans/sweaters, and my lululemon cool racerback tanks make for good tanks underneath sweaters that might otherwise be a smidgen short.

Shoes? My feet haven’t swelled yet, but given I work at a Physical Therapy clinic heels are out. Wamp wamp. I do wear flats (though those are looked down upon by my therapist as well – mostly because they’re bad for my back/posture/feet/whatever…), and my Sperry’s. Weekends, I usually wear my uggs, and leggings. Seriously, I will wear leggings until I can not wear leggings any longer. Yes I’ve ordered legit maternity leggings. Yes, I’ll share my review when I try them out.

My tips for buying maternity gear

  • Get things on sale. With all the sales out there – especially with Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft and H&M there’s no reason to ever really pay full price. I mean, with ATL, their maternity clothes are so expensive that even on sale, they’re still way out of my budget but if you’re willing, you know the quality is there so go for it!
  • Read reviews. I always read reviews on sizing, most are true to pre-pregnancy size – so if you were a size small before pregnancy, you’ll probably be size small after.
  • Read blogs. I was inspired by a few bloggers – Jaclyn has some great posts about maternity wear, and so does Julie (another longtime fave). Also, check out Hellobee (I love their message boards!!) – they are a great resource for all things maternity and such!
  • Check out the consignment shops. This I haven’t done nearly as much as I should, but I did browse a couple of shops, and just didn’t see much in my size that I liked.
  • Hand-me downs. A friend of mine in the league offered up her maternity clothes to borrow, as did a friend of mine. Unfortunately, sizing is so hit or miss and nothing really fit me (fail) but if you have a friend who’s the same size you, take that to the bank!
  • Make do with what you have. I wore my beloved Jackie Cardigans by JCrew until they looked far too small. I bought a bella band to make my regular jeans work as long as possible. There are some tops and sweaters that I can still wear while layering, it’s all about being creative.

Like I said I’m no fashionista, but I do like to look put together and think I have a little bit o’ style. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy and over-sized, in fact, I find it to be just the opposite. I love my baby bump and I adore styles that are classic and let me flaunt it. Don’t feel like you have to give up your style just because you’re pregnant.

 

What are YOUR favorite maternity must-haves in your wardrobe? 

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Meet Betty

So this past week I had been heavily researching bikes. I haven’t had a bike since I was about 17 years old (and had to bike to Drivers Ed 5 miles away from my house which seemed so far at the time but really isn’t).

Enter this gem. I had spied her on the wal*mart.com website and fell in love immediately. She wasn’t a road bike but she would be perfect to kick around town on – especially once hubs ships to boot camp.

Meet Betty. A one speed, Huffy Cranbrook Beach Cruiser. She’s mint green with some off white highlights.

Betty…as in Betty Draper or Betty Rubble. I think it’s a perfect fit.

Now I just need to tighten up some bolts, get a helmet and she’ll be ready for the road!

Happy 6 months at the job to me! (too bad we don’t live closer so I could just bike to work. That would be AMAZEBALLS)

Do you have a bike? Did you name it? Do you bike to work?

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Bust So what?

I’m going to talk about bras today.

Bwahahaha. I know. I know. Dude readers, you can stop reading now.

But I read this amazing article in the WaPo about how to shop for the best fitting sports bra, and given that I worked for lululemon for a year, it has a special place in my heart – finding bras that fit that is. (hat tip to @womenshealthmag)

I digress. Prior to my career as a “lemon” (as some of us called ourselves), I hated trying on bras. I still do, as I think is the case with most women. BUT! I learned a valuable lesson from lulu…how to fit them right.

A few point to note when searching for the necessary over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders that will make running as painless as possible.

1. You should feel supported. As the WaPo says, and as I’ve told many guests, jump around in it, see if you feel supported. Some gals, don’t need as much support as others. Me? I’m perfectly content in my flow y bra running or doing yoga whereas others wouldn’t dream of running let alone vinyasa-ing in the Flow Y Bra. I used to wear a pretty supportive one from C9 by Champion (sold at Target) but I have always loathed feeling like I’m being crushed. (I think I tossed that old bra – it ran a couple marathons with me so clearly it wasn’t a bad one… it just got ragged.)

2. Make sure it fits. The band should be flat. It shouldn’t ride up. It shouldn’t bag. There shouldn’t be gaps under your arms, or excessively in the cleavage. Contrarily, you shouldn’t be falling out the side or the tops. This is how to tell if you’re getting the best fit and thus, the most support. {Side note: when I got my new job, I had to go shopping for non-flow y bras again, and I totally used this knowledge to fit myself. No invasive Victoria’s Secret ladies sizing me wrong…which has happened, like every time I asked them to size me!}

3. Test it out. Run in place. Do a jumping jack or two or five. Go into downward dog. No one’s going to judge you. A good jog bra ain’t cheap, do whatever you gotta do to make sure that it not only fits you good, but also that it feels good. Because more than anything, you should be comfortable in it.

My favorites boulder holders (for running and not):

Seamless Racerback Sports Bra by C9 by Champion $17
Flow Y Bra
by lululemon athletica $42
the Hannah
by Aerie $19
the Katie
by Aerie $22

Other bras of note (that I personally failed to try, but have heard amazing things about…)

All Sport bra by lululemon $48
Ta-ta tamer by lululemon $58

Worthwhile reading:

Fitness Magazine “Finding the best sports bra”
Runners World “Support Group”
Fit Bottomed Girls “Sports Bra Fit Tips for Ladies With Hard-to-Fit Breasts”

What’s your favorite tried and true bra?

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Awesome-Pants!

So I don’t have much use for normal clothes anymore. I work at a yoga studio two days a week which doesn’t require a suit, I work at lululemon 5 days per week, and then I coach for Girls on the Run-Fairfield County (starting on Monday!) two days per week.

Yes, yes, never you mind the fact that I work near 60 hours per week (when you include the classes I take for work, and any work I do at home), seven days per week. I work a lot but I love what I do which is completely opposite from when I had a decent paying cube-monkey gig in DC. Hated what I did but got paid more than I do now – proof, as I am reminded daily, that money does not buy happiness (black stretchy pants, yoga, having goals and awesome people surrounding you with awesome music in the background. That’s happiness. And a husband who has dinner ready at the end of the day. And a cuddly puppy).

I was a little excited that today was a day off (meaning I wasn’t at the yoga studio or at Girls on the Run or at lululemon – though I was at all three at some point today though not for work purposes, I forgot my mat in Greenwich, I took a class, then I went to meet my council director to grab something that she didn’t have) so I could wear jeans. Normal clothes on the first autumn-y day. I love autumn, last year was so awesome that we got to spend so much time up here in the autumn just before we moved here in November before it started to get frigid. Hubs and I spent much of the afternoon running errands – taking pup for a walk around the South Norwalk waterfront, and then driving around Westport just kicking around.

So last night, I got an awesome little surprise in the mail from the lovely home-girls at Brand About Town.

Now I love black stretchy pants as much as anyone else, and my wunder unders are quite possibly competing with my be still pants for my favorite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. But, these? Are amazing. Looking forward to pairing them up with flip flops for the rare occasions I get to wear “normal” (not everyone gets to wear yoga clothes to work right?) clothes (not that we go out much since we’re broke…). Thank you GAP and Brand About Town for the awesome Legging Jeans – I didn’t think I’d like them nearly as much as I do* (I love my always skinny jeans that I got last year though!!!) but these leggings are just as awesome as my black stretchy ones.

*I blame my PMS – when I tried them on this AM I wasn’t feeling it originally – but I think that’s cause I was bloated and PMSy. Not a reflection on the jeans – after a day in them, I’m sold!!

{FTC Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this post. Nor was I required to review the jeans, all thoughts here are my own. Though I do get paid to wear lululemon – I am not required to blog about how much I love those pants nor am I paid to blog about them.}

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