Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STYLISH COMBAT BOOTS







SWEATER: NORDSTROM - SAME HERE - $40   //   FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $35   //   PINK CLUTCH: GIFTED - SIMILAR HERE - $33   //   BOOTS: c/o ONLINESHOES.COM - SAME HERE - $60

For years I cringed every time I heard someone reference combat boots. Immediately an image of Justin Bobby on the beach would scar my mind and any urge I had, quickly disintegrated. BUT - there was just something about the lace up style that got me on every level. A few months later, I found the most amazing pair on Onlineshoes.com. They are by Aerosoles, so you know that they were comfortable - and they screamed style without the bulkiness of a traditional combat boots. The heel adds height (I do wish it was higher) but it feels like i'm in flats all day. Either way, i'm sold. Stylish combat boots (+under $60!) - done. 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

DUAL ACCENT PIECES: LEOPARD & EMERALD






TOP: H&M - SIMILAR HERE - $15   //   PAIGE DENIM JEANS: c/o ZAPPOS - SAME HERE - $168   //   FREEBIRD BOLO BOOTS: c/o ZAPPOS - SAME HERE - $275   //   LEOPARD SCARF: ZARA - SIMILAR HERE - $15   //   GREEN CLUTCH: eBAY - SAME HERE - $5

I've been fighting the feeling of getting sick all weekend. I can feel it creeping up on me, but I refuse to let my guard down. I've had to take it easy the last few days, but I have too much going on to let these weather changes get the best of me. I'm going to bundle up and buckle down - time to get things done.
This post is linked up with:  Life Of Meg //  Funday Monday  // How I Fall // Style to Inspire //  Fashionably Employed  //  More Pieces of Me 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5 MOST FASHIONABLE IPHONE 6 CASES UNDER $50

LEOPARD PRINT   //   POLKA DOT   //   HOT PINK   //   GEOMETRIC PRINT   //   GLITTER

If you're like me, you are on the hunt for the cutest case for your most used accessory. Something slim, affordable, and most of all - fashionable. I've done the hard work for you. Here are my picks for 5 super-cute iPhone 6 cases that are under $50 and guaranteed to satisfy your geek-chic!

Which case is your favorite?  

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SOFT GREY JEANS






WHITE BLOUSE: H&M - SIMILAR HERE - $20   //   GREY JEANS: F21 - SAME HERE - $8   //   SCARF: (GIFTED) - SIMILAR HERE - $10   //   
D'ORSAY HEELS: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $23

Keeping it short today. I'm back into the blogging grind - it's warming up here in the A, and concurrently i'm generally in a more productive mood. Hoping to go for my first run in about 4 months today, I know it will be rough but  the 61 degree weather should help me power though. I'll keep you posted. 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

CLASSPASS IN ATLANTA: Advantages & Disadvantages



Pictures from Fit2Be Atlanta & Pure Barre Druid Hills

When ClassPass reached out to me about their expansion into the Atlanta area I was ecstatic. I had heard about the service from friends up north and on the West Coast, but to finally be able to experience it in Atlanta was thrilling. The first thing I did was look up all of the classes that they offer and there was such a cool mix. I've always wanted to try Hot Yoga and Barre class (i've done Ballet Fusion, but proper Barre is completely different.)

The next day I discovered that a coworker had just signed up for ClassPass and now I would have a buddy! It's such a great experience to go through it with a friend. So far this week i've gone to 3 classes and have 2 more lined up for the weekend! New year, new me!


Here's the bottom line:
For $75 a month, you can visit as many studios as you want and take as many classes as you want. The catch? You can only visit the same studio 3x in one month.

Advantages:
  • Try out so many new types of classes
  • Discover new studios
  • Meet new people
  • Sample classes to find the right fit for you 
  • Price

Disadvantages:
  • Being a "rookie" everytime
  • No progress meter within the studio (i.e. joining the PureBarre challenge)
So far so me, the perks outweigh the disadvantages and i'm looking forward to convincing more of my friends to sign up for ClassPass so that we can go to classes together! My goal is to do 3-4 classes a week, and supplement outdoors runs once the weather is a bit more stable. You really can't beat the price, unlimited classes at any one studio start at $150, so to have an unlimited membership to over 50 studios for half the price is a steal.

ClassPass is in 20 cities now, if you are interested now is the absolute best time to try out the system. They are offering a $50 Visa Giftcard if you sign up, which makes the price only $25 for the first month. [which is like 1.5 classes if you were to drop in].
If you want to sign up and get the giftcard, please click here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST: The "It" Ankle Boot


As we begin transitioning into the rainy season Spring, I find myself gravitating away from tall boots and onto something with a bit more versatility. A textured ankle boot (leather, suede, etc) is the perfect transitional boot to get you "springing" in your step. 

What's your favorite spring shoe?
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BLACK & WHITE PEPLUM + LEATHER






PEPLUM TOP: DILLARDS - SIMILAR HERE - $20   //   FAUX LEATHER JACKET: DILLARDS - SIMILAR HERE - $50  //   BLACK PANTS: c/o SPANX - SAME HERE - $118   //   PUMPS: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $54

In honor of the imminent arrival of my Dillard's One Day Sale package, I decided to style some of my favorites from last year's sale here. In case you didn't know about the industry's biggest secret - Dillard's has an amazing one day sale on New Year's Day every year. The best stuff is in the store - but you have to get there ridiculously early, like 7 AM after New Year's Eve ridiculous

Since I was out of town this year, I missed the madness but was able to pick up a few pieces online and I can't wait until they arrive. What are your industry favorite sales? Any to share?
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Monday, January 5, 2015

BACK TO WORK WARDROBE






PINK SWEATER: GAP - SIMILAR HERE - $42   //   GREY JEANS: F21 - SAME HERE - $8   //   BOOTS: c/o ZAPPOS - SAME AVAILABLE HERE - $37   //   NECKLACE: J.CREW - SIMILAR HERE - $40

It's back-to-work week for me. I spent the last few days at the most beautiful wedding in Florida so going back to the 9-5 grind is tough. On the brightside, i'm excited to officially begin my year and start working towards those resolutions. 

How has your year begun?
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

THE BASICS: SPANX Pointe Pants + Freebird Bolo Boots






TOP: GAP - SIMILAR HERE - $12   //   CARDIGAN: J.CREW - SIMILAR HERE - $15  //   PANTS: c/o SPANX - SAME HERE - $118   //   BOOTS: c/o ZAPPOS (in Cognac) - SAME HERE - $275

Happy first day of 2015. I'm coming to you from a hotel room in Cocoa Beach, inches from the sand and ready to dip my toes in the water. I hope you all had a safe NYE and are taking all the good with you into 2015 and the negative behind. That being said, i'm ready for you to hold me accountable - so here are my resolutions for 2015. 

1. Read More
In 2014, I reluctantly admit that I did not meet my goal of reading 1 new book per month (it was closer to 1 book every 3 months), but that doesn't mean 2015 can't be different. I'm committed to the craft and will read / listen on audiobook to at least 1 book per month.

2. Reach my fitness goals
My fitness fluctuated more than I would have liked in 2014 so i'm hoping to reach a happy equilibrium early into 2015, preferably Q1. I'm a huge fan of Cassey Ho & Blogilates, so I hope to follow her calendar to get fit for 2015. 

3. Take a Code Academy class
When the work you do both personally and professional all revolve around coding and the intricacies of the web - it's important to know how to speak the language at least a little. I've heard rave reviews about Code Academy and even downloaded the app, but just need to open it...

4. Put My Phone Down
This is one of the things that i'm pretty proud of accomplishing in 2014. I am such a proponent for living in the moment and simply 'putting your phone down' - and those who know me well, know this. What they also know is that I will badger encourage others around me to do the same. My goal for 2015 is to help others realize the importance of this and the irony that comes from 'always being connected' - when it happens to disconnect you from the people around.

5. Invest in my blog
I've wanted to launch a few new series and features on my blog for a while, (I even have the sketches of what they will look like) but haven't shipped them out. My goal is to start a few video series, tutorials, and guest blogging so that you can get to know myself and the bloggers I follow, a little more. 

6. Take a calligraphy class
Melissa Esplin has an amazing online course that i've been dying to take for about 2 years now. My goal is to actually own up and buy the supplies and register for the class. I'm thinking Q2 for this one.. maybe a little earlier. Anyone wanna take it with me?

7. Move into my first home
I've always had a passion for interior design. (Note: that does not mean that I have a talent for it) Now that i'll be decorating my own home this year i'm really hoping to document the process and different looks that i'm drawn to. A home is a tricky situation, first of all - because you have to really love it - and second of all, because it has to all fit together without looking the same. I can't wait to spend time on Pinterest, read articles, and learn more about the art of interior design this year.

8. Create a cookbook with my mom's recipes
When I was younger, I certainly took my mom's amazing home cooking for granted. I never realized what a skilled chef she was - and now that i'm trying things on my own, she is constantly on speed dial. I hope to create a bound recipe book of her best dishes to keep in my family for years to come.

9. Finish my grandfather's memoir
In January of 2014, I lost my grandmother to stage 4 lymphoma and my world was turned upside down. I'd be lying if I said a year later things are getting back to normal, because to tell you the truth, they aren't. Loosing someone that you are that close to doesn't just heal in one year - and no one knows that more than my grandfather who loved his wife of over 50 years. A few months after my grandmother passed, I encouraged my grandfather to write a memoir of his extraordinary life but he just never took the steps to make it happen. So for the last few months whenever he came to spend time with me he would tell me stories and I would record them and dictate them later. It's easier for him to tell than write, but it's actually not easy at all. We often have to take breaks because it gets emotional, but my goal is to have a working draft by the end of 2015. He is an amazing man and my children, and their children deserve to know his story. 

10. Marry the man of my dreams
10 years later, and here we are. 2015 is finally the year that I get to say "I do" to the love of my life and have a beautiful wedding surrounded by family and friends. I can't wait to share my journey to the alter with you all - it's going to be splendid.

What are your 2015 Resolutions?

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