Monday, September 1, 2014

Last Days of Summer

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Days of sitting poolside or strolling the beach are now numbered for me. So I bid adieu to summer with my last visit to Lake Michigan this season in a pretty pink bikini.
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[Milly neoprene bikini c/o Triangl (if you carry your weight in your hips, make sure to order a size up in the bottoms or maybe even two sizes, I normally wear a size small and these mediums cut in a bit), tank c/o Love Lake Michigan, towel from Kohl's, aviators c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fitness Friday: Switch It Up

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I lost all motivation this summer, but I've lit a fire under my ass to get back on track. A light bulb finally went off when I stumbled on @katyhearnfit's Instagram and saw her before and after fitness photos. I thought a booty that big had to be natural, but her before photos proved otherwise. Much like mine, she once had a flat pancake butt and I realized that I too could have a big ol' booty if I made a bigger effort. When I first started working out consistently last fall, it was to shed some extra weight and feel better, but I never really pushed myself. Now, I'd really like to get a lot more toned and become more consistent with my eating and workouts.
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[Cold Shoulder Hoodie, Tri-Me Perfect Leggings and We Mesh Adjustable V-Bra sports bra (available later September, similar sports bra) c/o Zumba Wear, tank c/o Athleta, shoes by Nike]
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Since I've got a Type A personality, I've outlined a new strategy to become more fit including:
-Increase quantity and intensity. In the last month, I increased workouts from four days a week (which included two days of workout classes and two days of working out on my own) to six days a week includes four to five days of workout classes and only one day of working out on my own.) I struggle to push myself on my own and classes are a must for me.
-Don't get comfortable. It's been easier for me to not push myself. I settled in at a comfortable pace on the treadmill, never increased the weight of free weights in class, but now I'm challenging myself to not take any shortcuts and increase weights and my speed.
-Try new classes and gyms. I feel like I'm cheating on my main gym and favorite instructor when I do this, but it's exciting to try something new and check out friend's gyms and different classes! I've tried new cardio classes, Pure Barre and next week, I'm trying out a kickboxing class! I've also subbed in on kickball teams and I'd like to visit my mom more and go horseback riding with our horses!
-Drink more water and take vitamins! I've set an alarm to remember to take my daily Vous Multivitamin otherwise I'll just forget. It's customized to fit my needs and so that paired with drinking enough water, I physically and mentally feel prepared to sweat my ass of in a workout class. Seems like it wouldn't make a big difference but the days I just drink diet squirt are the days I feel the most cramps and the shittiest during a workout.
-Take on the challenges. One of the new gyms, FLEXcity Fitness, I've been visiting this last month is running a month long challenge in September. It's meant to complete with a partner to hold you more accountable and we'll be measured before and after, so I can actually know what kind of results I'm getting! Plus there are prizes, even more extra motivation!
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The Vous Vitamins I referenced earlier (and a juice Kyle made for me.)
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

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It's been hot as balls, yet I still find myself wearing this sweatshirt nonstop. I wore this outfit last weekend for a drink with friends with black ankle boots and re-wore it yesterday with TOMS for a day of working from home and grocery shopping/running errands. One of the stops included Staples where I went a little crazy picking up the cutest lunch boxes and Hello Kitty accessories for a niece and nephew. 
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[top, Black and White Animal Camo shoes and sunglasses c/o TOMS, shorts c/o Aeropostale, bag by Rebecca Minkoff]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday Adventures

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I dug out these old, ratty pink shoes that I can't seem to let go of and headed out to the east side of the state with Alison. Our plan was to preview a bridal gown collection. Since a wedding of my own is of little to no interest to me, I like to live vicariously through shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" and watch the crazies debate over the length of a train on a $15,000 dress. I was hoping for that kind of fun seeing this collection, but it was a bit disappointing. So we made the most of our trip and headed to my favorite burger place, Vinsetta Garage and shopped in Birmingham, and then we called it a day!
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[top c/o Little Mistress, shorts from Forever 21, heels by Steve Madden, bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bad Hair Day With a Nice Dress

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Well I thought I looked pretty pulled together until I saw these pictures, which is just another reason I'm glad I have this blog: to help correct me when I think something is working, but it ain't. I really need to learn how to do more with my hair, but to be fair, for a huge work event, I need my hair pulled back and an easy shift dress that requires no fuss at all..and of course a pair of flats in a larger bag hidden away. For anyone who plans events, you always start out with great intentions in cute heels, and end the night running rampant in a pair of beat up flats. I was hoping to greet the mayor of Detroit in this exact look, but couldn't make it in the heels long enough!
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[Paper Dolls racer front dress c/o Little Mistress, heels by Elizabeth and James, clutch by BCBG, bracelet and chevron rings c/o Rocksbox, Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Date Night with CO Bigelow

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I've mentioned this before, but I'm pretty low key when it comes to planning dates. It's usually centered around "I'VE GOT A FIVE DOLLAR OFF COUPON!" And so then we go. Kyle will change out of his gym shorts and I may or may not change out of my sweatshirt. We also live together, so the excitement of going out together isn't what it was last fall when I'd nervously apply 8 layers of deoderant and kept up on my manicures and pedicures.
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Since I now work out 6 days a week, it's more important to me to be taking care of my hair and skin rather than get dolled up with all the extra make up products. CO Bigelow sent me a package of products including the Rose Salve and Mentha Lip Shine that I've already been using for years (hello soft lips and minty breath!) along with their lemon body lotion and Not Your Ordinary Daily Shampoo and Conditioner and Lemon Sugar Body Scrub. So, I'd rather not smell like an armpit on a dinner date, but also not have to worry about reapplying eyeliner and all that jazz.
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For this particular date night, when I tried out all the products at once like a mini spa morning, we packed our bags, got dressed in this exact outfit posted on the blog last summer and headed to the little tourist German town in Michigan called Frankenmuth, where Kyle grew up. I'd never been there so we visited all the candy shops, general stores and ate dinner at his favorite hometown restaurant, Tiffany's, and took James to the dog park to test his agility skills and let him run like a crazy little man. 
CO Bigelow supplied me with the items above!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Basics

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I'm a lot of bark and..a little bite and this outfit basically sums it up. I wore this for a lunch date and since I fit back into these shorts, I thought I'd pair them with a cozy cropped sweater and boots for lunch plans. As much as I approved of this outfit, an old man watching from his car got out and yelled at me for taking these photos outside the side of the church. He got an earful from me though.
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[top c/o Z Supply, vintage Levi's shorts, Samantha boots c/o Harley Davidson Footwear]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing