Tuesday, July 22, 2014

because I'm happy

Alternative titles: my mother was right, getting older sucks, my pants are too tight
Here & Now work out gear
So, I have talked about it on here before, but I absolutely hate working out. I dislike sweating, I think it is a waste of time, & gyms completely intimidate me! But just like my mother warned me, the second half of my 20s means that what I eat quickly shows up on my body (to be honest, my diet is not super healthy, but that is a story of beer, burgers, & chips for another day). Le metabolism isn't quite what it used to be.

And the 5-10 pounds of "happy weight" that I have put on since the wedding isn't going anywhere on its own!
Here & Now work out gear
I really want to enter the next chapter of my life (hello 30s) with healthier habits, so by darn I am GOING to become a morning person who loves to work out. While these lofty goals might take a while to manifest, I am starting with some baby steps.

1. I now have a job that requires me to be up around 5:30 (I hate the physical act of getting out of bed, but once I'm up I really do enjoy it)

2. My former excuse for not working out was "I have nothing to wear" - so my sweet sweet husband bought me these pants (not so subtle hint babe) & I have been collecting cute tanks to sport as well.

3. I found a un-gym to join. I am not getting paid to say this, but I love Koko Fit Club. It is unlike anything I've ever done before, & I'm actually becoming someone who looks forward to working out. The workouts are only 30 minutes long & are all on 1 machine. The routines are personalized for you, & are different every time! My favorite thing (because I am a stubborn perfectionist) is that you get points for the quality of your workout (kinda like Wii fit), these are not only for your personal satisfaction, but can be used to get sweet Koko gear too!  (Koko if you need a new spokesperson, hit me up!)
Here & Now work out gear
Here & Now work out gear
{ What I wore to work out: Style Lately tank // Hanes sports bras (love 'em) // Nike capris & sneakers (see below for similar options) }

@stylelately "beach bum" tank
What motivations have you used to change your lifestyle? 
Anyone else using the "I've got no cute workout clothes" excuse like me?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blogger Life: #SBScon

Here & Now Floral Romper
{ What I Wore to a pool party: Nordstrom romper (see more of my favorite rompers below!) // Steve Madden heels ℅ Macy's // Michael Kors cross body bag // Ray Ban aviators // snake ring ℅ Jami // name plate necklace ℅ TAudrey }
Here & Now Floral Romper
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen my travels down to Atlanta for the Southern Blog Society Conference. This was their second annual conference, & my second time attending. 

The Southern Blog Society co-founders, Jessica of My Style Vita and Cathy of Poor Little It Girl, went above and beyond to make this weekend not only fun but productive too! I got to finally chat with bloggers that I have been following for years, meet many new bloggers, interact with brands (I love hearing their stories), and also gain fresh tips & tricks for making this blog run smoothly!

And a big huge hug to my fabulous roommates for the weekend as well (thank you for the laugh induced ab workout!) - Julie of Julie Leah, Katie of Pearls & Twirls, and Shelby of Glitter & Gingham.

Good news for everyone - the Southern Blog Society is expanded to new regions! Find your region and sign up today. (Be sure too tell them I sent you!)
Here & Now Floral Romper
Here & Now Floral Romper
I recently spotted this romper at Nordstrom & it was love at first site. I adore the tropical print & thought that the long sleeves add an extra element of glam! Even though I was in love, I wasn't sure if I needed it, so I posed the question on Instagram. Luckily you ladies were just as obsessed as me, so I quickly went back to snatch it up! 

If you are looking for your own romper to love, check out my top picks below:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Shopping: Glam Rocks

Kendra Scott Glam Rocks
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Oh my glam! Kendra Scott is bring 70s rocker glam back with her new "Glam Rocks" Fall collection. Shop my favorites below & see the entire drool worthy round up here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

weekend reading: 07.19.14

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This weekend why don't you :: pack your bags & take a trip (just down to the new restaurant, to the next town over, or to your girlfriend's house for a sleep over!)

{what you might have missed on Here&Now}
{1.}  Interviewed: See the report by Grown Up Truth. 

{2.} Teacher Style - Summer Inspiration Files. 

{3.} 2 Summer looks with a favorite Nashville boutique. 

{4.} Matched Separates, stripe edition

{5.}  I just joined StyleList, find out 5 things about me! 

{posts I'm loving around the internets}
{1.} Do I want to be a blogger?

{2.} Honesty about Instagram

{3.} Get on my level - matching separates

{4.} Have you tried this new app? I hear it is a party. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teacher Style: Summer Inspiration

I am now a teacher. I used to be a graduate student. The landscape of my wardrobe has changed. While I am still figuring out what a "teacher wardrobe" looks like, I'm am definitely drawing on previous outfits that I enjoyed to guide my new style… these are the ones inspiring my Summer to Fall teacher outfits:
Cardigans are my friend. Full outfit post {here}.
Pencil skirts in every color are a good idea. Full outfit post {here}. 
Remixing is key! Full outfit post {here}. 
Keeping a color story in mind is helpful. Full outfit post {here}. 
All about the accessories. Full outfit pose {here}. 
My favorite print - polka dots! Full outfit post {here}. 
Making pants work for me. Full outfit post {here}.
Dresses + blazers! Full outfit post {here}. 
Black pants are a stylish base for a multitude of looks. Full outfit post {here}. 
Color is just fun! Full outfit post {here}.  
Taking weekend/casual wear to teacher town with a blazer. Full outfit post {here}. 
Chambray is a life saver. Full outfit post {here}. 
Unexpected but monochromatic pattern mixes. Full outfit post {here}.
Upgraded basics. Full outfit post {here}. 
Scarves are a quick way to up the style ante! Full outfit post {here}. 
Dresses are easy outfits to throw on in the early morning! Full outfit post {here}.

How has your style evolved recently?
Do you draw inspiration from past outfits that both worked and failed?