Monday, May 2, 2016

The Right... Spring Ruffle Dress

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I have to admit, dresses are one of my major weaknesses (next to shoes of course) and I have an entire clothing rack dedicated to them.  I love how most dresses can be dressed up for work with a blazer/light jacket and heels or dressed down for weekend brunch - they're really a great way to maximize your wardrobe. 

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When I received this dress from Banana Republic I let out a tiny squeal because well, it's perfect.  The perfect spring color and the ruffles give it a nice little oomph.  I instantly saw myself wearing it to work or throwing on a military jacket and low heels for weekend adventures (which is what I did immediately after taking these pics when I headed to Williamsburg to venture around with my bestie).

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I am loving everything from Banana Republic lately - I realized I've added so many of their pieces to my closet lately.  Praise Marissa Webb for her creative direction because she's definitely doing something right!

What's the one wardrobe item you can't live without?  

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Trench Vest (old but other options herehere, here and here), Banana Republic Flutter-Sleeve Dress (c/o), Nine West Heels (old - similar options herehere, and here),  Black Tote Bag (mine is from Italy but similar here!)
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fitness Friday:BK Half Training Update

First order of business today: this is the last day to enter to win a Wahoo Tickr X! Head here for the original post - you don't want to miss this!

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Today I want to talk about the roller coaster that is getting back into running and training for a long distance race.  I actually started writing this post on Monday and it started a little something like this...
"GUYS.  Sorry not sorry for the all caps that will be thrown in this post but HOLY MOLY I'm over the moon with my training right now!  Last weekend was my longest run since the 2014 NYC Marathon - I clocked in 7.6 miles and I have to be honest, I've been nervous as hell getting back into distance running because I'm so scared of injuring myself again. I've been battling little pains here and there (my calves are tighter than a knotted rope and it's been affecting my Achilles and tendons along my shins) but overall my mobility and hip work has been paying off big time.  I just have to re-focus on my strength training because I know that's something I tend to neglect and it's oh so important.  We're only 3 weeks out from the BK Half so here's to hoping all keeps going well."

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Under Armour Long Sleeve topSimply Vera Vera Wang Simply Breathe Capri LeggingsPUMA Carson Runner Shoes
Fast forward to today and I have to admit I'm still hurting (I wore sneakers to work all week just to make sure I had good shoes on) and I'm supposed to tackle a 1 hour 20 minute run tomorrow.  So I'm a little nervous.  It's amazing how one day you have an amazing run and two days later it's crap.  I think running really teaches you to try to overcome difficulties and roll with the punches and sometimes it really is just a mental game but you do have to listen to your body. 
I'll be visiting my PT today so of course we'll chat about this and discuss a game plan but it sucks to think that Brooklyn may not happen and not because I can't physically do it but rather that I shouldn't do it.  It's how I hurt myself the last time and what I wanted to avoid this time.  Stay tuned on how this all pans out!
 
On to some positive things... I did my first Indoor Triathlon last weekend and it was really great!   Also my running best friend (RBF) Nina and I were featured in my friend Ali's write up about "Swole Mates"/workout buddies on Daily Burn!  Check it out here.  And here's a quick recap of my training/workouts this past week: 
4.23.16: 70 minute run (totaling 7.6 miles - my pace was crazy fast and not even on purpose... I just sorta found my groove!)
4.24.16: Indoor Triathlon (350M swim, 8.8 mile bike and 1.73 mile run)
4.25.16: SoulCycle with Nina
4.26.16: REST DAY (really needed this one!)
4.27.16: 20 minute run + NP Recovery Deck (leg workout!)
4.28.16: 40 minute run
4.29.16: 30 minute run + NP workout

I also realize I really need to get some strength training in so that'll be a new focus over the next couple of weeks (definitely mentioned that above - sorry for the repeat ;) ).  Thanks for stopping by - I hope you all have a great weekend!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Right... Spring LBD

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket (similar), Tobi Black Babydoll Dress (c/o), Nine West Heels, Dagne Dover Tiny Tote (c/o)
It's amazing how a new LBD can put a major pep in one's step, ya know what I mean?  LBDs are a major staple in my wardrobe (and should be in yours too) so when I can add one that's got a little different shape (babydoll) or detail (pockets!) like this one, it definitely spices things up a bit!  I am also very in love with the square neckline of this one - definitely unexpected and I was really wondering how it would look on.  
I dressed this one up for a night out but am already plotting ways to add sneakers and my military jacket for weekend brunch.  And to make it office appropriate I'd pair it with a simple blazer and flats (or very low heels - it's a little too above the knee to wear heels at the office!).

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Other Tobi favorites: DressesRompersBodycon DressesParty DressesJumpsuitsCocktail Dresses - New customers get 50% off their first order! 

Photography by Lydia Hudgens

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Fitness Friday: Training Update & Giveaway!

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Happy Fitness Friday friends!  So many exciting things in today's post.  First a little training update/running talk.  I got my butt to the running store last weekend to get some new shoes and lord.  I did not realize how badly I had worn out my other pair (in the photos).  I put on the new ones and instantly felt better!  Here's my little training update for the week (the weather has been amazingly kind to us!):

4.16.16: 60 minute run 
4.17.16: Rest day!  Oh so important and this one was oh so necessary
4.18.16: Day off (but wore the shoes all day because I needed to break them in - I felt like I got a run in because of how busy my day was!) 
4.19.16: 30 min run/took the shoes on their maiden voyage
4.20.16: Day off
4.21.16: 30 minute run + hip work
4.22.16: Early morning FlyWheel class and resting up for my 70 minute run tomorrow!  This will be a huge test - can't wait to let you know how it goes!

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Now the fun part!  I recently told you all about the amazing 7 minute workout I've been doing and a couple weeks ago I told you about my new workout buddy. Well today you get the chance to win a new workout buddy (a Wahoo TickrX heart rate monitor) for yourself!  Head to the bottom of this post for all the deets.

Wahoo Fitness is also doing a campaign to motivate people to get up and move with the 7 Minute Workout!  There are no more excuses to not get a workout in.  The #Find7 campaign shows you how quick and easy it to fit in a workout in your daily routine and see real health benefits, if you’re willing to get creative.

To kick off the campaign, Wahoo is holding a contest complete with a grand prize to find out how people are finding seven minutes in their day to exercise. The first stage begins on April 18th, when participants will be encouraged to submit a short video to Wahoo demonstrating why they would be great for the new campaign and how they #Find7. Creativity is strongly encouraged to demonstrate how you #Find7 - from jumping jacks in the office to wall sits on the train.  For more details and to share how you #Find7 head here and stay tuned for my video!
 
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Kohl's Dri Fit Zip Up Jacket (similar), Gap Sports Bra, Lululemon Crops, Asics GT 2000 Sneakers
Good luck on my giveaway - contest ends 4.29.16
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Photography by Lydia Hudgens

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Right... Spring Style with FarFetch

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today I'm working with FarFetch to style some of the latest spring trends - specifically "cold shoulder" and "ruffles/romantic."  Off the shoulder tops are back again this year and this striped Nicole Miller top is so great for spring/summer.  I love the stripes and below I'm showing you how to take it from day to night.  I paired it with white denim because spring is my favorite time to break out these out.  I know it's been a trend to wear it throughout the year but I feel white trousers are better during the fall/winter months and spring/summer are the best times to wear denim.  Switch out the shoes and bag and you're ready to go from casual Friday/weekend brunch to dinner out.
FarFetch Cold Shoulder
1. Off the Shoulder Top  |  2. White Jeans  |  3. Studded Bag  |  4. Stilettos  |  5.  Satchel  |  6.  Wedges
 More off the shoulder outfit options from FarFetch

 
For my take on the ruffle trend, I mixed this flouncy top with a pencil skirt because I like how the top balances out the fitted bottom.  By adding some pointed-toe shoes, it elevates the look and keeps it sleek.  I'd definitely wear this to work and for a night out switch to some strappy stilettos and a moto jacket.
FarFetch Ruffles
1. Ruffle Top  |  2. Pumps  |  3. Striped Skirt  |  4. Tote  |  5. Stilettos

More ruffle/romantic options from FarFetch:



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