Friday, February 27, 2015

Fitness Friday: How to be #WeatherProof

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I'm sure the thought of working out outside during the winter time is less than appealing to you (as it always has been with me).  In all honesty, when the alarm goes off at 5:45 AM and you see it "feels like -17 degrees," most people would think you're bat shit crazy for getting up and working out in the bitter cold.  But not with November Project.  The term "fair weather" runner doesn't even exist because this tribe of fitness fanatics works out under all conditions.  Before you start wondering if I'm crazy enough to work out outside when it "feels like -17 degrees," no, I drew the line last week for the sunrise 6k and chose not to run outside at 6 AM (I also needed sleep but that's a whole other story).  But, I have definitely worked out outside when it's in the teens (and colder) and the only way to do it is to perfect your layering and #weatherproof gear.  
 
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I always start with a thin (but warm) base layer of Uniqlo heat tech leggings and top and for my top half layer I add an Under Armour fleece lined dri-fit long sleeve, usually my North Face fleece on top of that, my trusty ultra light down vest and a sold windbreaker.  For the bottoms, I throw on my Under Armour fleece-lined leggings and my newest edition, my Lululemon base runner sweats.  You could also take the approach my BRF (best running friend) Nina takes and get some Sugoi Subzero Tights (some people can't do multiple layers on the bottom and that's cool, you have to find what works best for you).  Oh and don't forget the wool socks, gloves and headband.  This is probably my max amount of layers and I just kind of subtract depending on the temperature.  Always keep in mind: dress like it's 20 degrees warmer (because once you start moving your body will really heat up).

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New York City Marathon Asics Jacket, Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest, Under Armour ColdGear Long Sleeve Top, Lululemon Base Runner Pants, Under Armour ColdGear Leggings, Asics Shoes, Feetures Socks, Under Armour Infrared Headband

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Right...Go-To February Outfit

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Whiskey Ginger  //  Living After Midnite


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February has definitely been a challenging month to dress for.  With the freezing temps I find myself just wanting to wear sweats and a fleece pullover at all times.  Oh and maybe a blanket.  Too bad these aren't acceptable for work but luckily I found something similar that's work appropriate.  Meet my wool joggers and turtleneck sweater combo.  I also would normally be wearing booties but the day we shot these it was particularly warm (read: 30 degrees) so I switched it up.  And hence the lighter jacket - I also get sick of being a marshmallow sometimes.  Is it summer yet?
 
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Elie Tahari for Kohl's Jacket, Gap Turtleneck Sweater, Old Navy Striped Turtleneck Sweater, J. Crew Wool Joggers, Shoedazzle Shoes, Old Navy Bucket Bag
 
Be sure to check out Jackie and Taylor's go-to outfits for February!
 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fitness Friday: The Routine and Favorites

"Beauty isn't a way you look.  It's a way you feel."
 
Today I want to share my favorite workouts with you! To preface this whole post this is in no way shape or form an ad for ClassPass, it just so happens that I think ClassPass is one of the best things to happen to my fitness life since sliced bread (next to November Project of course but I love each of these fitness things for different reasons). 
 
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  My favorite workouts are spin (has always been a fave), barre class and HIIT classes. Because I live in such an expensive city and work a fairy normal income job it's hard to be able to afford all the amazing boutique studios outside of my normal monthly gym costs. That is until I discovered ClassPass last May and then my fitness world started to change. I hopped onto their "unlimited summer" and knocked out 18 classes before I went home on June 20th. I always knew I liked spin but I was so excited to finally try barre classes and all the other amazing classes they have. 
 
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  I've since become a huge fan of barre and HIIT classes. I love how barre hits all the muscles you didn't know you had and with every HIIT class I take I find myself extremely sore for days after (they are always different which is what your muscles need!).  I've also gotten to try classes like boxing, rowing and I hope to try a ballet class pretty soon too!  Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for a breakdown of my must-wear outfits and favorite studios!
 
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What are you favorite types of workouts?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Right... Spring Shorts

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Guys.  I don't know if you heard but, it's f*#$ing freezing in New York (sorry mom) and I'm pretty much over it.  I'm definitely kicking myself for not escaping to somewhere warmer this past weekend because I'm in definite need of some sunshine!  I found these photos from last Fashion Week and realized I never posted them.  Since we're right in the midst of a freezing Fashion Week, I felt they were super appropriate because this is what I'm dying to be wearing right now (instead of my puffer and layers on layers on more layers).   I also started pinning some things I'm adding to my spring wishlist (and stay tuned to my "currently coveting" tab for updates too!).  What are you dying to scoop up for spring?

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Forever 21 Blouse, H&M Floral Shorts, Elizabeth & James Sandals, Folli Follie Red Bag (c/o), Stella & Dot Pearl Necklace
 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Fitness Friday: Kicking It Off

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Hey there!  We made it to Fri-YAY! I 'm super excited about today's post because I'm officially kicking off my Fitness Friday posts.  I did a couple of these toward the end of last year but I've decided to make this a regular thang and I hope you're just as excited as I am.  Also a heads up, there will also be "Food Friday" posts here and there that feature the healthy (and delicious) recipes I've been trying as of late!
 
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I'm kicking off the series with a feature of one of my new favorite brands I discovered on my European travels: Oysho.  Unfortunately they are not shipping to the US yet but let's give them a ton of love and see if that won't change, shall we?  The best part about these pants is that they are the only article of clothing I purchased abroad.  I know, sounds almost silly, right?  Well, I knew that I wanted to spend most of my money on experiences, food and wine (le duh) so I saved my shopping until the end.  I went into this super cute lounge wear store in Milan (I had seen them in Florence too) and as I went upstairs to try on PJ bottoms I spied a little section of active wear and kinda fell head over heels for the print of these pants.  You all know I'm pretty picky about prints so it was kind of a big deal.  They fit amazing so I put the PJs down and brought these babies home with me.
 
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Under Armour ColdGear Long Sleeve Top, Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest, Oysho Leggings, Nike Free Sneakers, Feetures Merino Wool Blend Socks
 
Can't wait to bring you on my fitness journey this year!  I've got a ton of exciting things in store :).
 
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