An Ode to Fitness

I wouldn’t classify myself as ADD; I am a focused kind of person who [generally] follows through with plans. If I say I want to do something, you best believe I mean it 100% (unless I have a sly, toothy grin on myself which basically means sarcasm). But I’m also the kind of person who gets bored easily. I enjoy having plenty of projects on my plate, juggling them all with minimal time to spare. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop…or something like that. Going to the same workout class time and time again gets boring to me. If I reach my goals, or the top of the class, where else is there for me to go? What more is there for me to learn? If I’m not feeling the burn, what is the workout doing for me?

When ClassPass initially reached out to me I was ecstatic. I had recently moved and my favorite Yoga studio was no longer half a block away. I was already past my goals in it and ready to try something new. I spent my first month trying Pure Barre but alas, I was working 60 hour weeks and writing a blog and contributing to other websites. I hate to say it but the timing just wasn’t right for me to be adding a workout regimen to my life.

Fast forward a year and I’m in a new job; I’ve gained a solid 5-7lbs from sitting for hours a day (not to mention free food). I’ve mastered a schedule that works for me with blogging and my article submissions so it was time to start working out again; it was time to join ClassPass again. I try my ol’ Ashtanga yoga again, and love it. But such a specialized class only happens once a week and I’m not always free that hour. So I decide to try something new.

Vinyasa yoga has become a relaxing Sunday Morning pre-brunch treat (it’s also right above one of my favorite vegan barbecue brunches in DC) and a Hot Vinyasa class is a great way to start my morning on days I need to be to the office early (the scheduling works perfectly those days!). But yoga only gets my body so far. I try 9Round kickboxing; after my first class I felt like I was going to die but in such a good way- #burnssogood . Getting my heart rate up is something kind of enjoyable, in small spurts, I find, so let’s try this whole SoulCycle trend! I tried SoulCycle twice before deeming it just too much for me (though my BF is a huge fan).

Now y’all know I’m a little bit of a traveler. I didn’t want to lose my workouts when I’d be in a new place and again ClassPass to the rescue. By setting up my Flex Location I’m able to book classes where I’m going to be. Weekend in North Carolina? You betcha I’ll be hitting up Cat Tilt Studio. Weekend home to New York? The fun of seeing friends can’t stop me from checking in to The Monster Cycle. We’re even planning a trip to Toronto and I’m already excited to check out what Canadian ClassPass has to offer!

What’s your favorite way to work out? Have you thought about trying ClassPass?

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Fashion Must Have: The Mini Bag

One rising trend is the mini bag, and such a fun trend it is! With the release of a smaller iPhone we clearly all need smaller purses to carry it in. There’s options out there for every style and price point, as I’ve linked to below!

When styling such a small statement piece you want to play with proportion. Donning minimalist lines in oversized shapes will really make your bag pop.

Peggy Hartanto dress (get it here)(similar here)
Public Desire shoes (on sale here)(previously worn here)
Forever21 bag (get it here)(similar)(similar)(similar)

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Hot Harbor

You know when you have the perfect outfit planned to a T? The perfect blend of grunge, femininity, and pre-fall style. Ready to shoot in a great location (if you’re not a blogger then skip this part), and then Mother Nature comes a-calling.

We had plans to visit the National Aquarium with Tanvi and her husband; I knew I wanted to wear something cool and comfortable that could easily be worn through fall. I got dressed and then looked at the weather; with a heat index of 110 degrees I ditched my denim jacket and Adidas Stan Smiths in favor of easy breezy Birkenstocks. That being said, please go forth with this short but sweet outfit post and just imagine it with different shoes. I beg of you, do not think that I thought this worked other than for the sake of saving myself from potentially sweaty feet.

Banana Republic basic Tee (get it here)
Thrifted dress (similar here, here)
Birkenstock sandals (shop them in other colors here!)
Sunglasses via ShopDitto (rent yours here for $24 a month!)
Vintage bag
Safety Pin necklace by Nissa Jewelry

But I digress, despite my sartorial inner-fiasco it was an amazing day. You all know I’m a huge animal lover so being able to see these creatures, pet sting rays and jellyfish (!!), and ogle at sharks was a perfect day in my books!

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Sweet Like Berry Wine

Our annual beach trip is heralded by a stop at the Tanger Outlets for “back to school” shopping. Since we’re old(er) and no longer headed back to our colleges and universities we treat this trip as a time to restock our wardrobes, just in time for an impending fall.
One of my favorite things I picked up this season was this beautiful berry/wine dress. A perfect hue for the transition into a cozy fall season. Since it’s still summer, though, I paired it with these beautiful new platform sandals in Pantone’s joint Colors of the Year.

LOFT dress (get it here)
Nine West Heels (get em here)
Vintage bag (similar here)

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Salty Hair, Don’t Care

I LOVE the beach. I love the ocean, the sun, the kisses of salt spray as the wind whips around you. While my previous summers have been spent cruising the east coast from the beaches of Maine to the bays of the mid-Atlantic, this year we tamed ourselves with just one week of beach vacation. Sad, but adult life must go on. We made the most of our allotted week with plenty of family time and fun in the sun and doing everything quintessential to the perfect beach trip. That included getting drunk with red solo cups, plunging into waves, getting henna tattoos, eating boardwalk fries and pizza, playing mini-golf, star gazing, and of course, beach reading.

White off the shoulder cover up (similar here)
Polka dot bikini via Adore Me (get it here)
Rebecca Minkoff Espadrilles (on sale here!)
Thrifted hat (similar here)

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Monthly Musings Vol. 4

It’s August! The summer is in full swing. I’m currently on vacation (though this post was obviously written over the course of July in it’s entirety) and I gotta say I’m super stoked to get in some beach reads and soak up ALL the sun I can for the week!

Whether you’re enjoying summer or stuck at work, here’s something to give you a little break: my favorite finds and reads from the internet this month!

  1. Part of my 2016 bucket list is to go on a trip alone. With my growing love of yoga and my forever love of the ocean I’m totally thinking this Yoga and Surf retreat might be just what I need.
  2. I can’t believe I’m only JUST hearing about REI’s United Outside summer series of events (to celebrate their first location in DC!). Campfire s’mores and a wine and photo tour? SIGN ME UP! Anyone else outdoorsy want to go!?
  3. Keeping on with this theme of adventure…these under $500 vacas are screaming my name for weekend getaways.
  4. to get politically topical…this is how to get white people to stop being racist (scientifically).
  5. Since I’m at the beach, why not enjoy these vintage beach photos! How glam was beach going back in the day, sans SnapChat and Selfies? I’m hoping my squad and I can be as glam as the one above.
  6. Now looking ahead and out of summery goodness into some prefall date nights, I really need a fire pit in my yard or on my porch. What about you? I legit can’t get over the copper metal one!

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Rosé S’il Vous Plait

Let’s be real guys; I’m a totally classic white girl and I love me a summer glass of Rosé. Pink wine all the time; Rosé s’il vous plait. While I’m out sipping wine and feeling fine with my friends you best believe I’ll proudly wear it on my shirt.

Rosé s’il vous plait shirt by DayDreamer (get it here)
Trench coat vest via Romwe (last seen here)
Gold heels c/o Ami Clubwear (50% off here)
vintage bag (similar here)

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Picnic in the Park

One of my favorite things about warm weather is grabbing a spot under a tree by some grass for an afternoon picnic. I remember when Z and I were first dating and we’d take a day off to sit in the grass on the national mall and people watch, enjoying our young love.
Lucky for us, we’re still in love and still love heading to a grassy spot. With the perfect picnic basket full of cheese, charcuterie, crackers, and wine I’m ready for an afternoon of fun in the sun with our bests!

“Carrie” skirt c/o The Girl That Loves (last seen here)
J.Crew shirt (get it here)
Gondola Picnic basket c/o Picnic Time (get it here)
Colby cheese board c/o Picnic Time (get it here)
Blanket by Go Throw (get yours here)

want this wine? It’s custom by Winc and I’ve got a free bottle just for you right here!

What’s you’re favorite summer tradition?

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When it’s too hot for jeans but you work in an office and can’t wear shorts…and are too fashion-y for capris, then it’s time to break out the kick flares! I’m loving this denim trend this season; it’s fun, flirty, and just 90s enough to make my heart sing Alanis Morisette songs. Paired with a white button front and my classic mules I’m ready for a day at the office, or a happy hour with the girls.

I’m especially loving these jeans specifically; they’re from NY&Co which I wouldn’t peg as a great source for jeans but once I put these on it was love at first fit. They’re superrrr soft and stretchy, with lycra built in and a little bit of fade. Let’s not forget the un-hemmed aesthetic with it’s darkened bottom ending in a fray. Completely on trend while being affordable and comfortable; such a win!

jeans c/o NY&Co (get them here)
Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren blouse (get it here)
Zara mules (old) (similar here)
vintage Gucci bag (similar here)
vintage Gucci belt (last seen here)

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Day Trip to Harper’s Ferry

It’s summer time! For those of us in DC, or any major city, we know that the heat can stifle any-and-every thing. After a long week of drilling work and social obligations, blogging, and  life in general all I want to do is languidly lounge in some water.

One of my favorite day trips in which to do this is to head to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Just an hour and a half West of DC is the West Virginia border, straddling the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Grab your friends and a cooler of snacks and canned wine or beer and hit the road towards the Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center.

This is my second year in a row of making this a summer tradition and it gets better every time. I have always chosen their tubing adventure, where you take your friends and a cooler and lazily float down the river sipping, snacking, and enjoying life. With the backdrop of the Shenandoah mountains there’s no shortage of awe inspiring sights. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see a heron or other wildlife!

Other activities include ziplining through the trees and mountains, hiking, kayaking, canoeing….Anything outdoorsy and it can be done in Harper’s Ferry! If you’re in the DC/Baltimore/Virginia area I definitely suggest you check them out.

What’s your favorite summer tradition? How do you check-out and enjoy the sun?
Let me know in the comments!

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