Friday, September 19, 2014

Fitness Friday: Make it Fun


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If you discount my pathetic senior year of cross country, I participated in my first ever 5K last weekend, but at a walking pace..and with my dog. My dog James is in his absolute happy place when he's surrounded by other dogs and people and I couldn't deny him of that and the exercise that comes along with it. So we joined up with our friends Katherine and Steve. They brought their lab Charlie and then James and Charlie were instant pals (at least in James' warped mind.)
I was especially happy to participate to help the local humane society and get some extra exercise in. Forms of exercise disguised as a good time like this 5K are things I'd like to participate in more often. In the past, I've avoided nature at all costs and now I'd like to do more horseback/trail riding with my mom and maybe even try hiking. What types of exercise/fun are your favorite? I need more ideas!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wanderer

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Usually I'm crabby when the college students return to town, but for some reason this year I'm appreciating the liveliness. I find myself spending more time in East Lansing when I might normally avoid it altogether. Last Friday, Alison of Look Sharp Lansing and I met up in EL for lunch and we wandered on campus and off campus for photos. It was quiet and a bit chilly, but a wonderful time of the year to stroll around.
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[top from Gap, Kapture shoe c/o Naturalizer, pants from J Crew, denim vest from H&M, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, sunglasses c/o TOMS]
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Photos by Alison of Look Sharp Lansing

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dressed Down

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I should probably wear things that elongate me, but man, I love a pair of boyfriend jeans and a pajama style dress worn as a shirt. I'm thinking about bringing this dress/shirt to Las Vegas with me this weekend, but wanted to test it out last week (mostly because I can't stand getting something new and not wearing it the moment I have it in my possession.) I'm heading to Vegas for the iHeart Music Festival and I'm having a hell of a time figuring out what to pack because it's going to be so hot, but I just want to wear cardigans and boyfriend jeans, which is just not appropriate for 98 degree weather..or for vegas for that matter.
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[dress worn as top and pants by BDG, Seychelle boots c/o PB & J Boutique (last year),  clutch by Clare Vivier]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fitness Friday: Monochromatic

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Well, I've finally become obsessed with workout outfits. It's helped with my motivation over this past year, but now I find myself unwilling to buy things like new jeans, but all about buying new workout pants in a fun print.
Update on my fitness goals: I completed ONE pull up last weekend. Just one, but holy crap I've never been able to do even one more before! I definitely feel like my arms are looking more toned, but that belly fat is hard to lose! I've got more than half a month left in my FlexCITY fitness challenge and more self control to muster when it comes to pizza. Wish me luck!
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[midriff cutout bratop c/o Espalier (discount for 20 percent off: BBAN8ISMP), leggings by Athleta, Nike running shoes, sweatshirt by Stylestalker]
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Photos by mom

Monday, September 8, 2014

Leopard Love

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Before changing into leggings and flip flops to shoot a senior portrait session on the beach, I "dressed up" for the day in jeans and heels with my newest leopard print top. It's sweatshirt material, so for me, it's a total score.
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[top from H&M, Mini Perry bag by Rebecca Minkoff, jeans by BDG, heels from Zara, sunglasses c/o TOMS, bracelet c/o Rocksbox]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Hair & Skin Musthaves

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I'm always testing out new hair products and I've got my tried and true and newest obsessions, plus drugstore deals and a couple splurge-worthy items. I might not style my hair a lot or get crazy with my make up, but I do care about my hair since it's just..everywhere and my skin, because let's face it, my skin is a dick and it requires constant upkeep.
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Not pictured are my large, oversized Biolage Matrix Smooth shampoo and conditioner, which is my go-to at home. I've been trying so many new shampoos and conditioners lately just to have other options and I found the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo and conditioner to be quite hydrating. Once I'm out of the shower, I let my hair air dry, but not without first applying a serum, curl cream and my most favorite gel in all the land: Biolage Gelee. The first photo pictured in the post features two products I was skeptical of, but tried and loved. My friend Liz bought me the Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream last year and I absolutely love how it moisturizes my hair, cutting back on frizz. Especially after a blow out and my hair is the most dry, it eats it right up. I was also leery of the BB Pret-a-Powder. I've tried a ton of dry shampoos and they either make my scalp itch or looks like I dumped baby powder on my head. This one doesn't spray out, which I really like and I can control how much goes in my hair and it soaks up the oil without making me itch like crazy.
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I think there are so many great serums out there and no matter the brand, this is an absolute necessary item in my arsenal of hair products. I grew fond of Ouidad's Shine Glaze since a little goes a long way, but I've always loved John Frieda Frizz Ease, especially this new one I tried, the nourishing oil elixer.
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I had such typical teen acne in high school and in college, but once I was out of school, and perhaps it was the stress and my hormones, but it just grew to be so much worse. I've gone to dermatologists, been on Accutane and other skin medications, and it somehow reverts back. I've used Proactiv since I was 15 and it really helps keep the acne at bay. It's never completely cleared my skin, but it keeps it in check. I use Proactiv every night (step 1 cleanser not pictured above, not looking photo worthy and still sitting in my tub] and for morning cleanses, I like this Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil. I'll use this or something lighter to take my make up off at night too instead of Proactiv. 
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My wallet was assaulted on such a small bottle of this Kate Somerville Exfolicate. $20 for such a tiny little bottle, but the larger size was $80something. I bought it over a month ago and I've been using it twice a week and I still have a ton left in this tiny little baby bottle. I can't express to you through the written word how much I love this product. It sloughs away dead skin and makes my skin feel smooth. The Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque is also a godsend. I used to use a sulfur mask by Proactiv and found it to be extremely helpful when used as a spot treatment before I went to bed. This product comes in a large jar and is worth the price. I use it as a mask and also as a spot treatment for stubborn zits.
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Lastly, for the rare day I take time to do my hair and blow it out myself, these are my go-to products. Both of the Jose Eber tools work great, I can particularly tell a difference with how quick my hair dries with this infrared dryer. I used it again earlier this week when I was in an extreme time crunch post-shower with wet hair..so I straightened my hair quickly and I honestly spent 15-16 minutes on, which is probably the quickest I've ever straightened my hair. Used to take me a couple hours in high school!
Anyways, my hair takes a beating from these tools though so I use Ouidad's 12 minute deep treatment before and after blowouts and use Morrocanoil which is a heavier serum that hair just soaks up.