OK I know this is kind of old news but did you happen to catch the VMA performance of Bang Bang with the trio of divas (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj of course)? I had it on the DVR and was watching while catching up on work and I kinda stopped in my tracks from this hardcore girl power talent explosion, despite a major wardrobe malfunction (cringe!). But whoa – can we talk about Jessie J? Girl crush central over here! She KILLED it in her sleek pony tail, red lips, sky high slit dress, and ridiculous voice. As a fellow tall girl, I really love how she towers over the little Polly Pocket sized Ariana and Nicki, and doesn’t mind one bit. She owns her strong, Amazonian presence. So then I had to go look up the video for the song and boy is that just 3 minutes of girly fun. I’m kinda digging the dance – in – the – streets ensemble that Jessie rocks, all be it more pop star than street style. I still think it’s modifiable for a night out on the town, especially if you throw a white blazer over the whole deal. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below. Don’t lie – I know you’re rocking out to it at your desk with the rest of us!
At this point, I guess you can bank on the fact that every trend that happened in the nineties is going to make a comeback. From plaid flannels and Dr. Martens to the crazy Birkenstock explosion that happened this summer, no style will be left behind. Next up: sport slides. Think of them as a sportier, edgier sister of the Birkenstocks. This revival is all about a modern take on the slides. This time though, feel free to leave the socks at home. Instead, think black trousers with an oversized button down and a chic tote bag. They’re an easy swap for the Arizona two-straps that sold out everywhere this season, and with a lower price point. There are many options with these slides, though I personally think it’s best to stick to black and white to avoid looking like you just stepped off a soccer field, unless you’re Wayne Rooney or something. These comfortable sandals are the next step to normcore, a trend that seems to keep evolving in the street style world, and they have no reason not to make a home in your wardrobe.
So remember that time I told you guys about the incredible personalized jackets from the Rag & Bone autumn 2014 show? Well, it’s September now and all our prayers have been answered. You can finally own one of these beauties with your very own name on it. Sure, it’s a pretty penny, but has there ever been a cooler statement item? You have a few options too, all equally cool. A wearable hoodie, a silk button-down bowling shirt, a navy pinstripe jacket, and a black specked coat. These retro Pink Ladies-esque pieces will be without a doubt the items of the season. So if you want to be the envy of all of your friends/acquaintances/passers by and you have the budget to score one of these, do yourself a favor and make it happen. It’s only for the month of September and at select locations, so be sure to check the Rag & Bone for details!
Consider this the holy grail of affordable leather tote bags. Your “what’s in my bag” Instagrams will be envied by all. You’ll get through every errand in a day with ease. You’ll fit endless school supplies and be teachers pet in no time. Basically this bag is an all around life upgrade. The Transport Tote is a staple at Madewell and it comes in a variety of colors and limited edition designs, however the classic black is calling my name (obviously). To top it off, for ten extra bucks you can personalize it by having it monogrammed. Your favorite leather tote with your initials embossed in gold foil? Yes please. Have I convinced you yet? You need this beautiful baby in your life, so go get it!
Today I thought it would be fun to share my “gym bag inventory” – the things I lug with me everyday to the gym and pretty much can’t live without at this point. I’d love to hear about yours too! It took me about a week of getting used to my new gym “home” to figure out what I needed and compile a (very stuffed) bag of items that get me through my workout and post-workout regiment. I cannot believe it’s already been almost a month since I started my get fit initiative. Wow. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a month, yet how quickly that time slips through our fingers leaving us feeling like we could have done more. I can honestly say that things have been going amazingly so far. Not because I’m wasting away right before your very eyes (as you can probably see in my photos here and on Instagram, it’s a slow moving process), but because it has really allowed me to get my daily lifestyle to a place I’m proud of. Seeing weight come off does help a little. ;) As of the last time I weighed myself (about 2 weeks ago), I had lost 7 lbs so far which was an amazing feeling, especially since those first couple of weeks felt like nothing was happening despite these drastic changes (working out 5 days a week and cutting out dairy, wheat, and coffee… 90% of coffee – read more about the specific changes in my original post about this). But seeing that number on the scale go down really gave me the validation that all of this could actually work…
Not gonna lie though, there have been a few bumps in the road. The first challenge was going home to Minnesota last week which I thought was going to be a piece of cake (not literally) eating wise and hard workout wise. It was the opposite – working out was easy and fun because I had my mom to join me for stair climbing and running/walking on the track at the nearby college stadium. It was a nice change of pace to enjoy the outdoors and chats with her. Eating was harder though because I didn’t have my specific crutches that I rely on to get me through the day (juices, kombucha, the snack bars I get at the gym, my dinner go-to’s – more on those later). Still I thought I’d be back at it in no time, but then my hubby had a serious workout injury that lead to 3 nights in the hospital. Between that and Labor Day weekend (and a weak moment involving pizza), I didn’t work out for a whole week which left me feeling like I derailed this whole thing. Let’s just say that finally heading back to the gym yesterday was really hard. Not because I didn’t want to go – I was actually dying to get back – but because I was afraid that it would be like going back to square 1 and that all the work I’ve done so far is for nothing. I’m not far enough into this where I’ve noticed a visual difference in my body let alone feel totally safe to eat pizza and skip out on the gym for a week… but it happened. I couldn’t get up the courage to weigh myself again just yet, but I’m hoping that the last 2 weeks didn’t put me back where I started. Either way, I’m officially back to pick up where I left off and trying not to beat myself up about life getting in the way a little. There has to be some room for mistakes, but a lesson I learned is that when you’re trying to go for big results, you have to be prepared for the setbacks and be ready to stay with it even when it gets harder than usual. What do you do to stay with your plan when you travel or deal with unexpected curveballs?
Thanks for listening, guys! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more updates on this journey, and at the hashtag #thelifestyledfit! I love hearing from you about your experiences with health and fitness too, so don’t be shy! Have a great rest of your week – it’s already half over – yay!
I think we can all agree that the whole no white after Labor Day rule is a thing of the past. Sure, white is a summery neutral, but I mean… it’s white. It’s about the most basic color out there, right next to black. How can we take something so huge off the table for 3/4 of the year? Plus, it’s not always clear when summer really ends, especially in LA where September tends to be the hottest month of the year. I don’t know about you but there’s no way I’m packing away my whites just yet – and probably not ever. We’re all smart girls, aren’t we? We can figure out how to wear white differently during the colder months. For a few more weeks it’s still acceptable to really drive it home, but as fall sets in, pick a star white piece and anchor it with darker colors and heavier textures and you’ll be looking fresh and ready for fall.
Is there any season that we get more excited for than fall? It’s kind of the best reason to amp up your wardrobe. However, it never gets cold as fast as we think it does. Realistically, your favorite new fall sweater doesn’t see the light of day until early October. As tempting as it may be to delve right into a fresh fall look, we need to take a step back and ease into the season the right way. These pieces will give you just a taste of autumn but can still work throughout the warmer days of September. The sporty shift dress is cool enough on it’s own but can be paired with boots and an oversized coat once the cold bites. Top your outfit off with a great felt fedora or edge it up with some cut out booties. An awesome leather vest can be paired with a muscle tank now or over a sweater by the time you’re planning your clever halloween costume. However you choose to rock these transitional pieces, you’ll be able to do it with ease in the months ahead.
From time to time, I fall into a hardcore obsession with something and I want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to go get it. I’m talking about the occasional piece that’s so perfect it deserves its own post… So that’s just what I’m going to do. The goal is to highlight affordable items that can (and should) be incorporated into all of our wardrobes. Today it’s all about this awesome oversized button down from J.Crew. You can totally dress it up by tucking it into a pencil skirt, keep it laid back with some boyfriend jeans, or edge it up with their star cluster necklace that I can’t stop thinking about. However you decide to wear it, this shirt is effortlessly cool and should be in your closet immediately.