Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Luxe For Less

Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Cartier, Philip Lim, OH MY! Ok not really but there are some really amazing, budget-friendly items out there that will give you that luxe look for a lot less. I'm all about investing in your wardrobe, but while you save and pinch those pennies, don't forget to treat yo' self to the occasional designer inspired piece. What I really like about these picks is that they are all of fairly good quality and avoid the dreaded "cheap" designer inspired looks (you know exactly what I'm talking about). So go ahead and enjoy some quilted leather without breaking the bank, you deserve it.  xoxo

shoes can be found here, bangle can be purchased here


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Recap

literally what I did all weekend :)

Remember how I said I needed a plan free weekend? That's exactly what I got. And man was it good for my soul. We are ALWAYS busy. Not in the glorified "we're so busy because we have so many friends/are so important" way, but the errands, chores, and events seem endless. Having a weekend of nothing almost never happens for us, heck having D home for a week is rare these days. So what did we do with all this amazing time? A lot and not much all at the same time. I got some much needed sleep that I had been deprived of for the past ten days, we cooked four meals at home (that's huge for us these days), we made it to a hockey game, browsed a few new developments on a scenic drive, saw friends, went to the store, heck we went to Costco, and most importantly spent quality time together.

I feel re-energized and ready to tackle another chaotic week for the first time in a long time. I have a great post coming to you tomorrow, so please check back and thanks again for your patience with my lackluster posting. How was your weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

An Update + Links

I have been a lousy blogger lately. I am literally up to my eyeballs in work at my full time job, been traveling for work, and when I am home my brain is so fried that coming up with good content is almost impossible. I am drained. I had also been involved in a multi-week opportunity I was after, and it fell through last night after it seemed like things were going to work out. So I did what anyone would do after they are drained mentally and emotionally: I got drunk. I really needed it.

The good news is while things didn't go how I wanted, some of that stress has lifted and I can gain back a little more of that clear head I need to do a good job in general. A relaxing, plan free weekend is all I'm after. So thanks for listening to my rant, and I promise you better posts for next week. Have a great weekend! xx

I had the most amazing first course at dinner last week and have been dreaming about recreating it. This recipe is pretty darn close and I think needs to happen tonight!

A crisp white shirt is a wardrobe must! I found the perfect one at a surprising place.

This product touts "Pillow Proof" hair? Sign me up!

Santa Baby slip these pretties under the tree, for me.... I DIE!

Technophiles rejoice! 25 apps that will make your life easier.

My hair is getting pretty long, and with that comes the everyday "what the f*ck am I going to do with my weave" battle. I love this tutorial for a simple, feminine take on the half and half.

I am totally lost when it comes to weight training and breaking down the days by muscle groups. I found this pin to be extremely helpful in breaking it down for me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SHOPBOP Friends & Family Sale

You HAVE to check out the Friends & Family Sale going on right now at Shopbop! For three days only, you can take 25% off your entire order! It's the perfect time to buy those boots you've been holding out on, that leather jacket you'd kill for, and distressed jeans that give you the perfect amount of edge. For your viewing pleasure, I have supplied you with my picks for the sale below. Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Like To Get Sweaty?

I don't love to workout. I love the feeling when I'm done, but before and during... meh. So it's important that I invest the time I put into working out wisely and find workouts that I enjoy and don't get bored of. I feel like a lot of you can relate to the workout boredom thing too. How many times can you hop on an elliptical and mindlessly "run" all the while not achieving the results you want? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, am I right?

This is where the genius of ClassPass comes into play. ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership that gives you access to the best boutique fitness studios in your city for a low monthly rate. With your monthly membership, you have access to unlimited classes at the best cycling, barre, yoga, dance, you name it studios in your city. Your $99 a month membership fee allows you to take unlimited classes at the studios in your network, up to 3 classes per studio each month.

I cannot tell you how much I love the concept of ClassPass. I don't know about you, but in DC boutique fitness classes can run anywhere from $20-$30 per class at a minimum. If you take more than three classes a month, your membership is paid for. Not only is this a very cost effective way to go, but there are so many options to choose from. There are times I want to try out those crazy pilates torture-looking machines, but I am not paying $45 just to try it out. With ClassPass I can. I love the freedom, the flexibility, and the variety that those $99 a month affords members. ClassPass is currently available in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

DC's list of participating studios is AMAZING! All your favorites like Pure Barre, Revolve, & Sculpt are on board!

Jess from Little Miss Runshine is the DC area City Launch Specialist and has kindly given me the chance to try ClassPass out for a month (will post about that in the future). I am really looking forward to it! If you are interested in ClassPass or have questions, check out their site as they have a very thorough FAQ section!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend + Links

I am in Tennessee for work and am having a great time! As per usual, we are eating insanely well. Like local figs with burratta, steak frites, and shrimp and grits well. I am thoroughly impressed with Chattanooga, it's a great little town. Let's get into some links though before I bored you off my blog.

Make sure you hit up this sale for 50% off women's and men's style, including gorgeous coats!

The simple yoga pose you should be doing to destress and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

How to fake a pro blowout with this tutorial. You know you want to try it.

It's never to early to start thinking about Christmas shopping with this iconic holiday catalog.

While we're talking Christmas, get inspired by this fun twist on a holiday party & pretty pictures.

This recipe. Holy. Balls.

Have a great weekend friends! xx

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hopping the Pond

Brilliantly British

If there's one thing the Brits know, it's killer outerwear. The chilly, often rainy climate leaves those residing in the UK with the need to look stylish while they keep warm and dry. The Brits have perfected such staples as the trench, pea coat, field coat, blazer, and wellie. Joules, a three decade old British clothier, has jumped the pond to bring the US their stylish, functional pieces that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe. I was so excited to team up with my friends at Joules again to bring you my outerwear favorites for fall and upcoming winter.

This field jacket is the perfect transitional day to night piece with it's fitted cut and gold hardware. I love that it's light-weight but still warm (sorry puffy coat you're cozy but make me look just that, puffy).

These boots are just too cute. I love these for relaxed weekends paired with leggings or jeans, an oversized sweater, and latte in hand ready to conquer errands, a trip to the vineyard, or even posting up at your local coffee joint.

I love this bold, red trench. It's the perfect mix of traditional and ultra feminine. Pair this beauty with skinny jeans, or your favorite LBD and you're ready to roll.

The cut, the fur, the... the... sigh. I adore this great play on the traditional tweed blazer. The fitted cut and removable collar (but why would you ever take the fur collar off, am I right?) make this the perfect cozy statement piece to liven up an outfit.

Say it with me: sexy rubber boots. Did you ever think you would utter those words in the same sentence? But I assure you, these boots are just that. Sexy and sleek, the slick black sheen and gold hardware scream just scream polished and put together.

This doesn't need much explanation, but you cannot go wrong with a navy pea coat with gold buttons. Care for this little lady, and you will have it for years to come. Name an outfit, you can top it with this coat.

Thanks to Joules for sponsoring today's post and inspiring us all to be Brilliantly British!

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