I have to say I’ve been really loving the sport inspired trends that popped up over the past year. Varsity jackets, joggers, running shoes, and training jersey tops… I love them for the casual and laid back yet sleek element they add to an outfit. I spotted this silky tee in the window as I was walking past H&M and it stopped me in my tracks, so I ran in and immediately bought it (don’t you love it when something that captures your attention is affordable enough to buy without breaking into a cold sweat?). It was exactly what my wardrobe was craving. These days this trend provides an extra bit of inspiration as I start most mornings in fitness gear for the gym. I love the idea of bringing that vibe into my actual outfits, to remind myself of my goals in a stylishly relevant way. That’s one of the things I love most about fashion – how it can provide a deeper message and some much needed inspiration to our day.
I’m coming at you today with something that’s a little different from our regularly scheduled programming. I don’t usually get super personal on this blog, but that’s something I’d like to delve into a bit more. After all, it’s more fun to talk about fun things like fashion when we know each other a little better, don’t you think? And while fashion does genuinely take up a large percentage of my headspace day-to-day, there are other things that go on that might also be worth mentioning, especially when they influence my outfits and lifestyle choices. Now is one of those times. I’m working on a project that’s taking up a lot of my time, energy and thoughts, so it would be silly not to talk about it here. That project is my body, health, and wellbeing.
I’ve always been very laid back about working out and eating. In other words, I basically do whatever I want. If I go to a restaurant that specializes in truffle mac and cheese, then I guess I better have to have the truffle mac and cheese! It’s the weekend? Time for pizza and wings. Guests in town? Gotta introduce them to the best burger in LA. Traveling? I deserve to eat whatever I want because I’m away from home. Since childhood, I’ve never been an athletic person. I was always the suckiest at the sports I played (tennis, softball, and quick stints in swimming and hockey – shitty at all of them) and I’ve had cellulite ever since I was 13. It just wasn’t my strong suit. I was big and awkward and I mainly played sports for the social aspect. The thinnest I remember being in my adult life was in 2006 when I did the South Beach diet with friends at work, which lasted all of about 3 weeks. Going to the gym was something I would do mayyybe three times a week if I was “really going hard.” But I could never really commit to going enough to ever see a difference in my body. All my life I’ve felt fat, no matter what stage I’ve been in. I’ve just gone through different phases of not caring to change it and caring just a little.
Over the past six years of living in LA, I’ve been steadily gaining weight. Very slowly and fluctuating slightly, but overall it’s been a couple of pounds a year. Not a massive difference, but enough so that now when I look at myself, I’m finally seeing a different person than I was when I got here. In New York, I walked a lot and worked in an office which made it harder to snack – not to mention I was in my twenties, which is a different ballgame. These past six years I’ve dabbled in different things – yoga in 2009, running in 2010-2011, hiking and SoulCycle since 2013. Each thing I’ve picked up I’ve done very half-assed. I don’t think I worked out a single time in 2012. Truth. Meanwhile, styling jobs on set and working from home don’t make it any easier because snacks are much more accessible. Before I knew it, I stepped on the scale and saw that I’m a full 20 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated college.
I’ve felt the weight gain, but have never been ready to pour myself into getting in gear. I love food and I didn’t want to work out – plain and simple. If you’re not really ready to make a change, no results will ever come. Little attempts will fizzle and old bad habits will reign. But now. I. Am. Ready. It came on suddenly, and I don’t know what’s different about now versus the past six years, but I finally feel like now is my time. I’m 32 years old and not getting any younger. The time when Ian and I might want to start a family is not too far away. I hate sifting through the photos we take for the blog because 99% of them are horribly unflattering (the 99% you don’t see). There are a million trends I want to try but can’t pull off right now. But I so want to. I’ve never experienced a solid period of fitness and health, but I’m ready to start. Now. I thought it might be fun to take you on this journey with me, sharing my weight loss plan, progress, and challenges as I go. In no way is this going to become a weight loss or fitness blog, but I’m excited to let you in on this project. I hope you enjoy it!
So, here are the details of what I’m doing.
1. Working out. A lot. I finally joined a gym 3 weeks ago (I have been a publicly declared gym hater for years, so this is huge) and for 2.5 weeks so far, I’ve been going 5-6 days per week. I love the classes – especially spinning, barre, and pilates with Cassey Ho from Blogilates - she completely kicked my ass on Monday and I still can’t laugh without feeling pain). I still love SoulCycle, but going there 5 days a week would equate to a new pair of designer shoes per month, which I cannot afford, so I had to chill on that. I’ll still treat myself from time to time because it’s my favorite but I couldn’t swing the price tag for a truly impactful weekly workout regiment. I’m a girl who needs variety so I’m loving all the options the gym has to offer. Swimming is next on the list of workouts to try. Not to mention I love that I can bring my computer and work on the roof in a cabana after my workout with a protein smoothie AND they have Kiehls products in the locker room. These may not be necessities, but for me they definitely sweeten the deal.
2. Eating clean. I’m following Sarah from A House in the Hills with her Eat Clean August plan, so everything I eat has to be within those guidelines. Want to join us?? We’re talking no gluten or bread in general, no dairy, no meat, and no processed foods. I’m staying low on the sugar and coffee (though I do cheat with my date-sweetened almond milk and coffee every few days IF I’m craving it). It’s caused me to plan out my day a little more to avoid random snacking, and going hog wild on the weekends. I’m chilling a bit on cocktails, but I’m NOT giving up wine. I just won’t do it. Honestly though, it’s amazing how much good food there still is to eat after giving up a lot of ingredients. As long as I’ve got brown rice and quinoa, I don’t miss bread. As long as I’ve got green tea, I don’t miss coffee (unless I miss coffee in which case I have it). As long as I’ve got hot sauce, I don’t miss cheese. Of course there will be some cheating that goes on from time to time, but it’s all about making a general, sustainable change rather than continuing to eat whatever I want.
So I hope you don’t mind that I’m letting you in on this process. I have no idea what the future holds and how things will turn out, but that’s part of the process. I’m human. Maybe the difference will be subtle – after two weeks I still haven’t lost any weight but I hope that will change soon. If you have any tips for weight loss – fitness, diet, or wellness in general, please share in the comments! I would love to know what helps you stay healthy and get fit. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.
I recently had a closet epiphany. OK true, I have them about once a week, but that doesn’t make it any less special when it happens. This time it had to do with casual shirts. I realized that most of the tops in my closet are either throw-and-go t-shirts (I do love a worn-in tee) or fancy tops. Both are key to any wardrobe, but where’s the happy medium? What about those days when I’m heading out for Saturday errands and want to be comfy but feel too dressed-down in a tee and yet I also don’t want to wear something that has to be dry cleaned. Whoa. This is a huge hole in my wardrobe. I don’t know how it happened, but I’m on a mission to fill the void with some casual cotton non-tee everyday shirts. This one from Alternative Apparel serves that purpose perfectly. I love how it’s easy and comfy yet it has a smart shape and structure to it that makes it feel more elevated than a tee. The key to its success is that unlike a t-shirt, it doesn’t need a lot of layering and accessorizing to avoid looking sloppy. Just throw it on with a pair of ripped jeans and it’s perfect for just about any ol’ day. Now I need to find more summer shirts that fit these criteria.
Alternative Apparel top / Standards & Practices jeans / Dolce Vita sandals / J.Crew hat / Valentino bag / J.Crew bracelet (sold out but love this one) / Karl Lagerfeld watch
This past Saturday we were getting ready for back-to-back BBQ’s and all I could think about was how I wanted to be comfortable. Cute was important too (as with any party attire) but it was a HOT day and the thought of sweating in a restrictive outfit was just the worst thing in the world to me at that moment. Then I remembered this dress I had bought on major sale at Intermix right at the tail end of last summer, and I hadn’t gotten to wear it yet. It’s the yummiest flowy silk tie dye in the perfect shade of blue for summer (yes, that blue again – I’m serious about it). There are some boob harnessing issues with this dress which I’m still figuring out, but in the meantime I thought why not wear it as a skirt? There’s an elastic waist band, so a little tucking of the top portion and the addition of a tank, gladiator belt and sandals – bam – 2 pieces in 1. Girl, you know how much I love a double duty piece! The best part is that I was so breezy and comfy all day long. I think this dress just became my new summer best friend.
Gap tank / Gypsy 05 dress, worn as a skirt / vintage belt / Stuart Weitzman sandals / American Apparel clutch / Margaret Elizabeth bracelets c/o (1, 2, 3) / Bauble Bar bracelet / Nadri bracelets (1, 2) / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Karl Lagerfeld watch
I’ve talked before about how I used to kind of dislike summer. Not because I don’t like long relaxing days and gorgeous weather, but because I couldn’t figure out how to translate my love of structure and layering that so defines my style the rest of the year into the warmer times. And yes – this can be a real deal breaker. I’m not typically a sundress kind of girl or even all that into flowy fabrics, unless they’re balanced with a leather jacket layered over them. I hate not feeling like myself, especially when it comes to fashion. But once I realized that this was a real dilemma I was facing, it became a new challenge – to find my summer style. The edgy boho look was never one I considered, since boho is not usually a word I’d use to describe myself. However one day it occurred to me that the frayed edges, black fringe, and strappy details you often see in this style are very much a summer interpretation of the leather jacket and buckle boot look that are so “me” the rest of the year. Structure is not something that really works super well on the hot days summer unless it’s in your accessories. The rest of your look can still be breezy without feeling too soft. That’s why I love this poncho – it’s super lightweight and summery while still allowing me to do some layering. This new style inspiration is a welcome breath of fresh air during the official summer kick off!
I’m typically an online shopper. I feel the need to examine absolutely everything a store has to offer before I can pull any triggers, which can make for a lengthy, stressful shopping experience. I like the fact that websites allow me to sift through everything, weed out the things that aren’t available in my size or just not what I’m looking for. But at the end of the day, it’s 90% about how an item fits which completely changes which pieces you actually want to take home. There’s something to be said for good old fashion store shopping where you can see how something looks and feels before you buy it. This romper is the perfect example of that. I was shopping with my mom who had a few things to try on at Barney’s, so I randomly picked this up and thought “ok I guess I’ll try this.” It wasn’t until I actually put it on that I saw what a great piece it was. Usually rompers are a no go for me because they tend to be proportioned more on the petite side, but this one totally had the height situation handled, and I was hooked. I never would have noticed it in an online shopping session. I walked away from it at first because I wasn’t prepared to spend $350, and that worked out to my advantage because it eventually went on sale before I even would have had a chance to wear it. The BEST! I’ll be wearing this to my brother-in-law’s post-wedding brunch next weekend because it feels like pajamas but looks perfectly put together with whatever sandals are at the top of my suitcase.
Saloni romper (sold out but some Barney’s stores might still have it) / DVF wedges / BCBG clutch (sold out but I love this one too) / LUV AJ rings, hand piece, and cuff / Nixon watch
If you live in LA and you know what’s good for you, chances are you’re already obsessed with a little patisserie on Melrose called Bo Nuage. This little nook of heaven specializes in the most unfathomably delicious (yet somehow healthier than cupcakes or ice cream) nuage, aka cloud cakes. Extra points for gluten free and kosher as well. If you haven’t had one yet, promptly abandon your day’s plans and make your way there immediately. We’re talking various flavors of meringue layered with non-dairy cream (not to make them healthier but simply because soy cream made for a better tasting treat than dairy cream in this case) and rolled in chocolate shavings. Passion fruit and peanut butter are my favorites, but let’s forget about the cakes for just a second. Can we take a moment… how wonderfully perfect is the design of this place? Black and white graphic contrast from floor to ceiling, accented with shiny rose gold in every unexpected corner. It has the unwavering talent of my dear friend Jessica of J. Marx Atelier all over it. It was so fun getting to see sneak peaks of her inspiration while it was in process and when I first saw the finished product the day it opened, my mind was blown. In fact, she designed this place with such perfection that she has been selected by AIA Los Angeles as a finalist for the 2014 AIA Restaurant Design Awards under the cafe/bar category, right up next to other new gorgeous hot spots around the world (eh hem, but not as gorgeous). Let’s ALL make sure she wins in the people’s choice category, OK? All you have to do is vote here. It takes 2 seconds, and there’s only 10 days left until the awards. I mean, nothing tops her work on Bo Nuage – she really deserves this. See it for yourself, there’s eye candy and heavenly cloud cakes abound. Do I even have to mention that they’re served in little hat boxes? Come on!
Zara jacket / Topshop top / T by Alexander Wang skirt / Joe’s shoes / Chanel bag (borrowed from Jessica) / Forever21 necklace / Nixon watch / Luv AJ rings (all but middle)
I love a good jumpsuit. They’re easy, elongating, comfortable, and make a chic statement. But you know what I love more than a jumpsuit? Two matching separates that together form a jumpsuit-like outfit. That’s some real gold right there. You’ve not only got a jumpsuit when you need it (because let’s face it, sometimes you need it), but you also have two separates that can mix into your wardrobe seamlessly when not serving their jumpsuit duty. I wear these Gold Hawk pants with a ripped tee for a casual weekend look, and the tank with jeans and a bomber jacket to go out to dinner. I love that I have basically three different pieces but I only had to buy two. It’s the ultimate purchase justification, don’t you think?
The weather in LA has been so confused this past week going from extreme sweaty heat to sweater weather overnight. Whether it’s 60 or 90 degrees, the summer wardrobe is officially back into the prime closet real estate and I’m already reaching for the staples that I know will be in heavy rotation in the coming months. For now, I’m happy to wear them layered with some of my spring favorites like this sharp white blazer. I know layering will soon start to fizzle out, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can. As I’ve been prepping for warmer times, I’ve been filling some gaps that were previously in my closet. On my list was a solid pair of ripped boyfriend shorts (these are going to be an everyday wear this summer), mirrored sunnies (I loved my blue ones so much I had to get the pink too), a straw Panama hat (love how this one is all black), a pair of Birkenstocks (or two) whose comeback I’m fully embracing, and lots and lots of stripes. This cami has a matching set of shorts, so it can be worn as pajamas as well – I love a good multitasker! Summer only requires a few simple pieces to take you through those long hot days, so you can spend less time styling complicated outfits and more time sipping rosé.
Up until recently, fringe was not the first thing that would come to mind when describing my personal style. I used to associate it with a bohemian vibe, and bohemian I am not. But this Gold Hawk fringe top hit me like a ton of bricks and I suddenly realized that there’s so many places fringe can take a wardrobe. Now I’m hooked. All I want is fringe. I want fringe up the wazoo and to wear it with everything from beachy ripped denim to more of a on-the-town look like this structured blazer, coated white denim, and cracked leather clutch. Although I’m not necessarily what you would call a free spirit, the swift sweeping movement of this piece gives me a serious Stevie Nicks feeling that I can really get on board with, and I kind of want to see what carefree, spontaneous place it will take me next.
Helmut Lang blazer / Gold Hawk top / Current/Elliott coated jeans / Zara heels & clutch / H&M & Luv AJ rings (1 / 2 / 3)