Thursday, December 31, 2015

outfit post: green military jacket, skinny jeans, ankle boots, floral scarf


Inspiration - Cindy Crawford

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a great 2015 and are looking forward to a fresh start of 2016!

I have a few of blog related New Years resolutions to share today -
  • Be more consistent posting - For the first few years of the blog I was pretty good about posting 6x a week and liked the rhythm of it. It wasn't too bad to find time to pop out a post before work or grab 15 minutes in the evening to look up some clothing links. But after this topsy-turvy year of adding a baby to the family - figuring out maternity clothes, not fitting my "normal clothes" and a giant new chubby time commitment - blogging consistently got a lot harder for me. As I am just about to celebrate keeping her alive for 1 year her 1st birthday I think that things are stabilizing a bit and I can get back in a routine to keep this blog updated more frequently. 
    • Resolution 1 - New post 5x a week.
  • Respond to all comments - I love getting comments and reading comments on posts. They pop up on email on my phone and I read every one. But by the time I'm at my computer, not working on my 'day job', it often becomes a question of having time to squeak out the next days post or take time for comments. Or else in my head since I read it hours ago - I feel like I've already responded. So stupid and rude of me. I super appreciate the fact anyone thinks it's worth their time to stop by and read the blog - and if they take the time to comment that's even more amazing. So it's super shitty of me to not show the appreciation I feel by being decent and commenting back. So I will make sure I do better this year.
    • Resolution 2 - Respond to all comments within 1 week.
  • Fitness tracking - I'm tired of not fitting into half of my wardrobe. And as much as I'd like to blame it on the fact I gained some pounds creating life a year ago - the past four months have been me not prioritizing my food choices or being active. I like healthy food and I like exercising (or at least how I feel afterwards) so why am I being a dummy and ignoring their place in my life?  So I put together a food & exercise plan for myself (details at the bottom of this post) and I will update you on my progress each Friday to hold myself accountable. Will also add a fitness link-up if anyone else is doing something health/fitness-wise this January and wants to share. 
    • Resolution 3 - Follow fitness plan outlined below & post Friday updates to blog.
Phew. Lots of words. Anywho - I think these resolutions will be good for me and this bloggity blog here.  Anyone who wants to share their resolutions (blogging, fitness, whatever) - I'd love to hear them in either emails, comments or the link-up below! :)

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FITNESS FRIDAY
My fitness plan has two parts:

1. Exercise Plan - I'm going to do three different tried & true workouts twice a week.
  • Stadiums (2x) - I love to join my super fit friends to do a stadium workout on Sunday mornings. I can bring the jogging stroller and it is a great leg workout with running, sprinting, hopping and climbing all over the stadium ramps and bleachers. And it goes by so fast with their fun company. (Plus I'll do it a second time per week on Wednesdays before work with just me & the kiddo.)  
  • Running (2x) - I used to play a ton of soccer and run 10ks and 15ks pretty frequently. But now I'm so out of shape, I couldn't run for more then a few minutes without keeling over. So I put together a rough couch to 5k plan to slowly bring my ability to jog up to 30 minutes straight over 12 weeks. I'll do 2 runs a week. (Which added to stadium workout should work on my leg strength & cardio 4x a week total.)
  • Elliptical & weights (2x) - I love love love watching Biggest Loser on my iPad and doing 45 minutes on the elliptical. I move it up & down/harder & easier every 10 minutes. Changing it up along with the Biggest Loser trainers yelling motivation always makes for a good but mentally easy workout. And when I finish - my gym has a "line" - a row of 8 machines to give you a quick full body weighted workout. They keep a little card for you and set up the weights so you can just cruise through. 
  • Alternates - Occasionally I want to sub in some of the classes my gym offers. And on any day I don't feel like working out - I give myself permission to skip the planned workout IF I walk 12k steps that day!
2. Food Plan - Eat lots of fruit, veggies and lean protein. Plus the good carbs like quinoa or sprouted grain bread. But most importantly TRACK EVERYTHING I EAT. This is always the key to me losing weight. I've found that if I eat less calories then I burn my body gets lighter. (Um hello captain obvious?) And by tracking it takes away a lot of weird emotional stuff food can bring - so what if I ate 400 calories in cake at lunch? I'll just have a lighter dinner and go for a longer walk in the evening to balance it out. It just becomes about numbers so don't beat myself up for screwing my plan up.

3. Weekly Weigh-In - I'd like to lose 16 pounds to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. (Which is still slightly heavier then the weight I've been for most of the years since college but that's another future challenge.)  So I'll track the change in my weight here weekly.

4. Link up - I'll add the linkup to the bottom of the post for those of you who would care to share any New Years Resolution progress. (Or even just a cute outfit - I'd be happy to see that too. :) )

Anything else I forgot? Here goes nothing!

And I'll make sure to put this whole fitness blurb below the daily post so that those who aren't interested don't have to read! :)


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

outfit post: burgundy printed shift dress, black boyfriend cardigan, black ballet flats


Inspiration - Old Navy

December has been a crazy whirlwind. We snuck in a vacation to the Bahamas the week before Christmas and then rolled right into hosting 10 people at our house for the holidays. Vacation was lovely. My family is great and it was super wonderful to spend time with them. But now it's back to work and normal reality.

I'm trying so hard to get my brain to function (writing this Monday morning) but Skylar had a really rough night past two nights with a new tooth that's on it's way and a totally stopped up nose. I think I've gotten about 5 hours sleep total in past two nights. Concentrating enough to type these words is hard.

Since my brain has such low capacity today - a simple dress & cardigan was the best I do to get myself out the door for work. This dress is really nice in that it is forgiving around the mid-section which I really need after all the vacation & holiday food that I have consumed over the past month.

Speaking of trying to get dressed this morning - trying on clothes today I realized lots of things that I as able to fit into a month ago are tight again. I have really slacked off in the healthy food/exercise department lately. So starting TODAY I'm going to begin my New Years resolution to eat better and move more. I'm going to try to be really really good through end of January.

And since so many of you mentioned interest in reading about my post-postpartum weight-loss progress/struggle in the survey feedback - I will restart the Wednesday weigh-in start Fitness Friday posts to layout my plan and update you on my progress through end of January. Hopefully this will help with accountability!

Okay - enough brain dump rambling. Gotta get myself to work. Hope everyone else had/is having a great holiday!

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Friday, December 25, 2015

outfit post: fall/winter business casual capsule wardrobe - 14 pieces | 30 outfits


8/8 - When I find myself starting to feel like I have tons of clothing but nothing to wear - I use a capsule wardrobe trick to help me get more creative with what I already own. My "trick" is that I pick out a small number of clothing pieces that mix and match with each other and try to see how many different outfit combinations I can come up with. Many times I get stuck thinking that certain items go together like they are almost a permanent set - "that blue shirt goes with that floral skirt" - and forget to look for other less obvious outfit possibilities. When I start to think beyond my normal routine I get to the new fun outfits I wouldn't have considered.

I have learned that by picking a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. You just have to do a little planning up front. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
Here's my method for putting together this fall/winter business casual capsule wardrobe:

Basics - First I picked some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the capsule wardrobe. For basics, I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For this capsule, I picked a neutral palette of greys & blacks.

The basics in this capsule wardrobe I chose are a black suit, black wool dress, grey jacket, grey sweater and white shell. 
 

Interest - Second, I added a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. For interest pieces, I look for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this capsule I tried to stick to purple, burgundy and navy.

For this set of interest pieces I picked one polka-dot blouse, two textured blouses (a tie & a ruffle), a print skirt, a print dress, purple ankle pants, a lilac/purple cardigan and a boucle jacket.

Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Unfortunately, shoes is the area I still struggle with. I always want just one more pair.

For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one gold bracelet, two scarves and two belts. For shoes I chose grey pumps, snakeskin pumps, black pumps and brown flats.

    Over the next seven days I'm going to show you 30 outfits that I put together with these 14 pieces. I will share four outfits each day listing what pieces they are made from. And then on the last day I will post a big downloadable image that includes the all the individual 14 pieces and all the 30 put together outfits for easy reference. I'll also put together a printable guide with the same info for easy reference. Hope you enjoy!



    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    (outfits 26-30) fall/winter business casual capsule wardrobe

    7/8 - The purpose of this Fall/Winter Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe is to look at a limited number of clothing items and see beyond the first small set of obvious outfit combinations. I have learned that by picking a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

    In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:

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    **The last day of this series of posts has a very tall downloadable image with the 14 clothing pieces and all 30 outfits for easy reference.**

     

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    (outfits 21-25) fall/winter business casual capsule wardrobe

    6/8 - The purpose of this Fall/Winter Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe is to look at a limited number of clothing items and see beyond the first small set of obvious outfit combinations. I have learned that by picking a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

    In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:

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    **The last day of this series of posts has a very tall downloadable image with the 14 clothing pieces and all 30 outfits for easy reference.**

     

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    (outfits 16-20) fall/winter business casual capsule wardrobe

    5/8 - The purpose of this Fall/Winter Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe is to look at a limited number of clothing items and see beyond the first small set of obvious outfit combinations. I have learned that by picking a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

    In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:

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    **The last day of this series of posts has a very tall downloadable image with the 14 clothing pieces and all 30 outfits for easy reference.**

     

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