5.22.2015

Stripes and Florals

Over the last few years I have grown quite fond of combining florals and stripes together, so as soon as I saw this tunic from Mindy Maes Market I fell in love!

Tunics can be a tricky thing to wear, simply because of their length. For me, I don't like super short things. I am not a fan of my legs so I don't like to show them too much. Sometimes tunics hit at that almost-too-short-but-not-quite length. This tunic though was perfect. It was fitted in all of the right places and had just enough stretch to make it comfortable!

If you are every unsure about the length of a tunic, try wearing flats with it- that is typically what I do. Dresses/tunics just seem longer on me when I am in flats. I feel like when I put on any sort of heels it shortens the dress, so start out with flats!










Outfit Details:
Denim Vest: Old Navy /// Tunic: Mindy Maes Market /// Sandals: Target /// Purse: c/o boohoo /// Hat: Target /// Sunglasses: Target 










5.21.2015

Just Can't Get Enough

Culottes. Can't.Get.Enough. It's amazing how one little culotte can change your whole point of view. Since wearing them, I love them, want to wear them all the time, and just love everything about them.

I have been on the lookout for cute culottes to add to my wardrobe and even add to my store-most people don't think they will look good in them, but I encourage you to give them a try!

I loved these culottes for two reason- their style, and the fact that they are chambray/denim-ish. You really can't go wrong with either.

They are the perfect combo of casual, but dressy, which made it a no brainer to wear them to my one year anniversary celebration for Elizabeth & West. The bra situation was a little tricky. I ended up not wearing one, which I try to not do- I mean I have had two children and gained and lost weight countless times so no bra is not the best option. But, the top was snug enough on me that I felt it kind of kept me in place.


(Also, the jumpsuit is actually denim- no clue why it looks like such a bright blue in some of the pictures as I didn't play with the lighting or color at all!)







Outfit Details:
Culottes: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: c/o Rack Room (similar) /// Clutch: c/o Ale by Alessandra /// Bracelets: c/o Alex and Ani /// Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Simply Stylist /// Watch: Target

5.20.2015

Bloopers for a Good Laugh

Every once in a while, you just need a good laugh. Like a good, tears in your eyes, belly laugh. This is one of those weeks where I need one of those laughs. So leafing through all of my blog pictures and seeing all of bloopers, I got that belly laugh. Sometimes it does you good to just laugh at yourself!

It got me thinking, I am sure other people may need a good chuckle this week, so why not share them with the world?

So with that said...enjoy, have a good laugh at my expense :)



I am either singing in a choir or telling Ryan where to focus the camera (aka bossing him around). My guess is the latter of the two.





My favorite bloopers though, are the ones that are photobombed by the girls...love them! 

Hope you had a good laugh! Happy Wednesday!


5.19.2015

Krazy for Kimonos

Right before my husband and I left for Napa my Stitch Fix for April arrived. The timing couldn't have been more perfect because I was able to toss in this super cute kimono for the trip!

I would wear kimonos every day if it were socially acceptable! They are just super comfy and when styled well, just as cute. This was the perfect thing to toss on for a casual dinner after a long day of wine tasting and touring all over Napa Valley.

A messy top knot and comfy sandals (really- it is crazy how comfy these sandals are!) were the perfect finishing touch for the outfit! While this kimono isn't available, I did give you a ton of options below in different colors, prints and styles that you could wear in a similar way!






Outfit Details:
Kimono: Stitch Fix /// Shirt: Target /// Jeans: Target /// Sandals: Target /// Backpack: Target /// Necklace: Stella and Dot /// Watch: Target /// Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Bourbon and Bowties



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5.15.2015

Fitness Friday: About That Plateau

It sucks. Just plain sucks. I had been doing really well, then went to LA at the end of March. I didn't go crazy while I was there as far as falling off the Weight Watchers wagon, but I enjoyed myself.

I did well when I got home- I had about a month before we left for our Napa trip. That. That darn trip is what has thrown me off. It has been sooooo hard to get my body back in the swing of things. I think because of the 20 lbs I have lost so far plus my last two trips throwing a little wrench into things, I think I can safely say that I have plateaued.


While it is not ideal, and nobody wants it to happen to them, it does happen. It just does. It is frustrating and it makes it very easy to throw in the towel, but it can certainly be overcome.

After doing some research, here are some ways to overcome the dreaded plateau:

1. Change up your workout. If you are anything like me, you get in a rut. Lately for me, I have just been walking. While walking is a great workout, your body can get used to it (like doing any workout pretty consistently). Changing up your workout more frequently keeps your body on its toes. I know- easier said than done, but it can help break through the plateau.

2. If you don't already, record everything you eat, nibble, take a bite of, lick, etc. Those little things can add up without you realizing it and may be preventing you from moving forward in your weightloss journey. While I do Weight Watchers and keep track of everything I eat, I don't keep track of the two crackers I eat when I get home, the three pieces of pepperoni I have while making pizza for dinner. They don't seem like a lot, but for me, those little nibbles could add up to a few extra points at the end of the day.

3. Get a pedometer (like a fitbit, jawbone, etc.). I had a Jawbone I was using for a while but it stopped working and I haven't gotten anything to replace it since. I desperately want to, because Weight Watchers has a feature in their app now that you can link your workout device to the app. I will get a new one at some point!

4. Add strength training. If you are like me and only really do cardio, this might be something to try. It can increase your metabolic rate and just give your body an overall boost.

Now I am not a professional anything when it comes to fitness, these are just some suggestions I have heard/read along the way that could be helpful and that I will be trying!

What are some things you do to break through a plateau?