THE 42 DAY CHALLENGE

July 24, 2014

 

I can’t help but squeal a little knowing that in 42 days I’ll be sitting front row in the standing-only section watching next Spring’s fashions float down the New York runways. September Fashion Week is always my favorite of the two seasons since it’s typically seasonally appropriate to wear leather & copious amount of black, it’s the season I can count on all of my fashion friends to attend, & I get a reprieve from NYFW madness to curl up in my hotel bed with a cheesesteak & watch the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game on Saturday night.

 

A large part of me is already planning looks for the few days I’ll be in New York, in my head. An even larger part of me is trying to work the numbers to figure out if I’ll be able to fit into those particular pieces in a little over a month. Being out of shape is the absolute pits & even more so if you enjoy playing dress up every day. Lemme tell you, these extra pounds make getting dressed in the morning a J.O.B. some days. & I’m so over it.

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BLACK THUMB-HOLE SWEATER | PINK TIGHTS | PINK SPORTS BRA | PINK TANK

Thanks to my favorite Zumba® wear, I’ve been getting after my workout earlier than any one human should awaken in the morning. I’ve never been great at staying motivated or focused in regards to working out after a long day so I like to knock out these fatty pounds in the AM. A few days after this post, I started noticing that I wasn’t losing as much as I’d hoped for. After chatting with my best frand, who also happens to be a nutrition guru (jackpot), I realized that the reason I wasn’t shedding the weight I wanted was because I was still eating terribad foods. I’m talking processed cheese & cards, people. They’re just so delicious… She introduced me to the 80/20 rule & I knew I needed to change my food intake & game plan. Stat.

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BLACK HAREM PANTS | BLACK THUMB-HOLE SWEATER | GREY WRAP HOODIE

Who says a colorless palette can’t be a blast? I’ve been living in Zumba® wear shorts & leggings paired with oversized wraps & hoodies for AM workouts & possibly PM wine & pasta time. Scratch that. It’s now wine & celery time. I threw every non “clean eating” product out & spent half a paycheck at Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s stocking up on staples, snacks, & baking essentials. It got REAL real, REAL quick.

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I’d been eating cleaner but I knew I needed some kind of supplement to help me along in this whole ‘healthier life so you can fit into your cutest tuxedo straight leg pants’ quest of mine. So, the second I heard the Arbonne buzz I knew it was a force I wanted to be a part of. They provide you with the nutrition supplements you need to get back on track & send you recipes for the meals they suggest. THIS part of it was HUGE for me. I can eat clean till the cows come home, but if I don’t know how to make it or get stuck in a grilled chicken rut — it’s all over for me. I need variety. & Arbonne’s program is so ah-mah-zing when it comes to this aspect of eating healthy. Between the recipes & the detox tea I started seeing the pounds drop in almost 2 weeks. I’ve been on the program for about a month & couldn’t be happier with how I feel during the day & with what I’m learning to be able to make more healthy meal choices. Another super easy part of this nutrition plan is to make suggested shakes for breakfast & lunch which leaves just dinner to cook. I splurged for a Nutri-bullet to make mornings a little faster & it’s made all the difference. My blender was never stellar at truly mixing all of the protein powder resulting in powder chunks, bleh. & now that little investment has already gone a long way in one month. Major score.

Fashion week is in a little over a month, & while I hope I’ll be a little more slim & trim by then, my goal is to use this plan as a kickstart to an overall healthier approach to food. Gone are the days when I’d down an entire box of Wheat Thins in one sitting. Kidding, of course. It was chocolate cake…

Grab your favorite Zumba® wear for 20% with code: WORKIT20 & check out my Fitness Pinterest page for more healthy living inspiration!

 

 

 

Zumba® wear & Arbonne products were provided for this review. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER GO-TO

July 22, 2014

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ANN TAYLOR DRESS [LOVE THIS SHIFT ON CLEARANCE] | LANGFORD MARKET BLAZER [SIMILAR] | POUR LA VICTOIRE HEELS [SIMILAR] | borrowed KATE SPADE BAG | ILYCOUTURE NECKLACE | LOREN HOPE EARRINGS c/o Bishop Boutique | BAUBLEBAR RING | KAREN WALKER SUNGLASSES | NARS SCHIAP LIP

This look is brought to you by my trusty Ann Taylor dress I’ve worn at least once a week during this past month’s heat wave (Polar vortex, my ass, Doug Kammeyer), the white blazer that’s gotten me through long nights, bad dates, & hard work days, & a trip to the dry cleaners that’s long overdue. But when your go-to staples are this good & you’ve had a string of oversleeping your alarm by 30 minutes, it’s hard to muster the energy for creating sartorial genius at 6am. Jokes on me, I ran into my early morning running boyfriend in this exact same look twice in the last two weeks. & when I say, “two weeks” I mean 8 days. & when I say, “boyfriend” I mean the stranger I’ve not yet made actual eye contact with. Baby steps.

What’s that one look you’ve been pulling on the regular for the work day this summer?

 


NORDSTROM SEMI-ANNUAL SALE

July 18, 2014

A little birdie just reminded me of the Nordie’s semi-annual sale going on right this very moment. Typically, I’m pretty good about staying away from this sale; 45 minutes & $1000 later I’ve got a whole new wardrobe, but this summer is a bit of a different story. I’m currently redesigning my home & a large piece of that was getting rid of furniture, clothing, & miscellaneous pack ratty items that I’d been hoarding since college & maybe a few things since before college. Woof. The closet detox, in particular, left a huge dent in my wardrobe so I’m in the market to stock up on quite a few personal & professional pieces. Instead of heading to my typical favorite sites like ASOS & Ann Taylor to snag sale pieces here & there, I’m heading to one destination for tons of great brands at hugely discounted prices. If this is your first Nordie’s sale experience, it’s easy to get overwhelmed so try making a list of staples you need to fill wardrobe holes. I need a few more neutral tops & patterned skirts for work so I’ll be tossing a few of those sale finds in my cart. Also, keep in mind, Fall is right around the corner so if you’re in the market for a pair of new boots or a new Fall bag, this is the time to invest in those more expensive staple pieces you might otherwise not be able to afford. I’d love to see what you all were able to snag so share your sale finds with me! Happy shopping!

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