Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Shopping: Activewear

1 orange leggings // 2 black, x-leggings // 3 gray patterned leggings // 4 black & white Nike sneakers // 5 circle neck hoodie (also loving this cable knit sweater - so chic for workout clothes!) // 6 wrap front top // 7 orange hoodie // 8 how cute is the back of this tank!? Would be perfect under this adorable yoga pun (WARRIOR) tee // 9 stylish gym bag // 10 color block, X-back sports bra

Just about every night while we are sitting on the couch, feet up, surrounded by our squishy pugs, Tyler & I talk about how we would like to live a healthier lifestyle - more activity, more green food, more explorations! And then we pick out a show to watch on Netflix and glue ourselves to the couch for the remainder of the evening. We seriously can't be the only ones in this rut! I know that some of it is because we are currently in Winter hibernation mode, but about 90% of it is just pure laziness & resistance to change (AKA why i made it my word for 2016!).

I am finally putting my money where my mouth is & my little family is dedicating ourselves to trying tiny tweaks to increase our activity. Step 1 was of course buying new work out clothes, but we are also going to be sticking to a weekly menu planning with lots of healthy options & committing to 1 new adventure each weekend.

In my quest for cute workout gear, I found some goodies that I couldn't wait to share! I just purchased this pair of leggings, this adorable sports bra & a new pair of Nikes from Kohl's. And am currently making a wish list of everything that has caught my eye at Lolë activewear (spoiler alert: I want everything!).

What tiny (or big!) tweaks are you making to be more active in 2016?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

weekend reading: 02.13.16

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This weekend why don't you :: pull out the blush pink!

I just got this blush pink pleated midi skirt & am having so much fun dreaming up outfits for it! First up is going to be my Breton stripe tee + these classic cognac heels!

{what you might have missed on Here&Now}

{1.} Re-wearing this bedazzled collar sweater + breaking out the swan skirt! Full look here

{2.} My Valentine's Day dress is blush + lace & I couldn't be more obsessed. Full look here

{3.} Trying out new trends doesn't have to completely change your personal style. Testing out the lace up sweater trend on the blog here

{4.} My weekend style is cozy + casual - full look here

{posts I'm loving around the internets}

{1.} How to grow your blog readership

{2.} 7 things that should be in every blog post. 

{3.} I love my leopard coat so much (proof here) & love seeing other bloggers rock this look! Sarah's Real Life is real-ly chic in her leopard coat.  

{4.} Blogging requires a lot of tools, but which ones are worth investing in? Merrick's Art dishes on her top 10 essential blogging tools.

{5.} More books to add to my reading list - thanks Camp Patton! 

{what I'm shopping now}

{1.} I have loved everything that Gigi New York has been putting out for YEARS, but I am head over heels in love with my new convertible bag from their Resort Collection. Prepare yourself to see a LOT of this bag in my Spring outfits.

{2.} Fringe heels have been on my radar for a while, & now that Currently Coveting has found so many options at all price points, it looks like my time to pounce is now! Fringe heels for any budget round-up

{3.} Ok, I know it seems crazy to already be talking about swimsuits already, but I just shared a swimsuit on Snapchat that y'all were dying to know more about! My new suit is from Kortni Jeane & I got the pineapple print peplum top + the citron high-waisted bottoms. The pieces are so flattering & I love how great they look mixed & matched! The possibilities are endless! 

{4.} Speaking of new Spring goodies, I just found the cutest Spring bag from Dagne Dover. I love their updated classics, & the new Spring Colors (bright blue, a poppy red & cork) are on point! 

{5.} I feel in LOVE with my Hushpuppies boots (see the outfits here), & Hushpuppies is doing it again with their Spring Collection! These navy mules just came home to live with me & I ain't mad about it!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Here&Now: how to wear a lace up sweater
Here&Now: trend spotting - the lace up sweater

sweater: Laced-up sweater via Tobi (looks like sizes are limited, but they have an awesome selection of similar sweaters now in stock! Shop my favorites below.)

shoes: several years old from DSW (found 3 similar pairs from Sole Society: 1 // 2 // 3)

I wore this outfit twice recently, once with and then again without my felt hat. I have featured it previously here on the blog, but my felt hat is this one from J.Crew Factory (J.Crew Factory felt hat), but there are only a few sizes left, so I also found an identical hat for under $40 here.

All Photos | Catherine Truman Photography

Shop my favorite sweaters from Tobi:

Here&Now: lace up sweater with jeans

In the past I have stated that I am trend-phobic. My shopping budget is not unlimited, & I always want to make sure that my new purchases will work for me in many ways, for many years.

When I spotted this sweater, I knew it was finally time to try my hand at the lace-up trend. This sweater works for me because besides the lace-up detail, it is exactly in my wheelhouse of style - neutral color + long length that can be paired with slim bottoms (my go to silhouette is oversized top + slim bottoms).

This ensures that my new sweater will be worn even after the lace-up trend fizzles out.

My tips for trying trends:
1. Baby steps. You don't have to try every trend at once.

2. Just because it is trendy, doesn't mean it should be cheap. This sweater was relatively inexpensive (snagged it using a 50% discount code that I got for signing up for the Tobi newsletter), but it constructed using high quality details & materials.

3. Make sure that you would want to wear the item even it is wasn't the hot hot item. This sweater is gorgeous & my style, meaning that it won't get donated after only 1 season.

How do you try out trends? Anyone else fallen in love with the lace-up details popping up everywhere??

Here&Now: how to style a lace up sweater

Shop exact pieces from today's outfit:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

hopeless romantic

skirt: swan print midi skirt c/o Chicwish (Love the fit of this skirt! The back has several inches of elastic, so it easily slips on, & fits perfect. I ordered the S/M size & it fits great, no alterations needed)

sweater: bedazzled neck sweater c/o Chicwish (last worn with jeans here)

clutch: "Carly" convertible purse c/o Gigi New York (get ready to see A LOT of this cutie - it is love!)

Maybe I'm the only one, but I think it is hilarious that we have made personalities for so many different types of animals. Polar bears like to party with Coca-cola, Pandas are couch potatoes, Raccoons are little robbers, pugs are the best dogs ever (duh!) & Swans are obviously birds of romance. I mean, they do mate for life, so I'll just go on assuming that they are die-hard romantics!

I also think that this skirt is so cute for Valentine's Day! This is going to be my teacher outfit on Friday (with my black Tieks of course), but it is equally adorable for a chilly date night look too!

What are you feelings on animal print clothes? Are you pro-swan?

Shop these exact pieces below:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

bohemian love story

Say hello to my Valentine's Day dress! Tyler & I decided that our Valentine's Day tradition would be getting all dolled up, then trying out a new dive bar for dinner. We unofficially started the tradition last year when we celebrated V-day at the (at the time) newly re-opened Dino's Bar on Nashville's East Side. This year's contenders for our celebrations are Foo Bar, The Crying Wolf, & The Basement East (I heard they just released a new menu that sounded yummy!). Nashvillians - what is your favorite dive bar? Everyone else - how do you celebrate V-day?

Tyler & I typically exchange small gifts & this year I'm drooling over this adorable donut trinket plate & have my fingers crossed that I get some of the 100 layer donuts from Five Daughters Bakery - as I type this, I'm starting to think I might have a donut problem! 

But seriously - I had my first Five Daughter's 100 layer donut just yesterday & it was the best donut I have ever had. Even my husband who is not really a sweets guy was raving about it, going on & on about how it has the perfect balance of fluffy + flavorful layers of goodness!

I cannot stop looking at this beauty of a dress - Free People certainly does lace right! I wanted to let the dress be the star of the show today, so I skipped the accessories, but next time, I think a big boho necklace (like this one!) would make quite the statement! Or throw on a more colorful wrap (like this one!) to give it a classic touch.

Shop this dress + several other lace stunners below: