Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Right... Pieces That Move Me

Following up to my quick life updated on Monday, I am so excited to share details on my next travel adventure: I'll be spending 9 days in France in April.  If you've been following me long enough, you know I went to Paris, Florence and Milan a little over two years ago.  I'm so excited to go back to France, I can hardly contain myself.  I'll be spending a few days in Paris, running the Paris Marathon and exploring a few things I didn't see the first time, and then heading to the South of France (Nice, specifically) for the remainder of the week. I'm using Nice as my base for the week and plan to adventure around so if you have any suggestions (things to see/do, places I must eat at, etc.) send them my way!

In true Tracy fashion, I've been working on my packing list for quite some time now.  My goal is to travel as light as possible (which will be a little tough considering I need to pack all my marathon gear!) so I can do some shopping while I'm there.  I did some pretty light shopping buying souvenirs last time I was in Europe but my goal this time is to actually spend some money on myself.  I also want to travel as light as possible because I've gotten quite used to only packing a carry on (even for trips home in the winter!).  I fly standby a lot and carrying on is really the only way to go.  

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My travel outfit lists usually include versatile pieces that I can dress up or down or mix and match to get the most wear without having to pack different outfits for every single day.  I was so excited when Banana Republic asked me to participate in their "What Moves Us" campaign.  I'd say two of the biggest things that move me include versatile wardrobe pieces and experiencing new things by traveling to new places. 

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Versatile wardrobe pieces, like this amazing shirt dress, are great for traveling and also great to take from desk (with a blazer and heels) to weekend (with a scarf and flats).  It'll definitely be making it into my suit case.  And I can't forget about these ballet flats because I know they'll be super necessary while I run around France for the week.  

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Travel/Weekend Look: Banana Republic Shirt Dress (c/o), Banana Republic ballet flats (c/o), Gigi New York crossbody bag (c/o), Georgio Armani sunglasses, Scarf borrowed from Megan

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Work Look: Zara boucle jacket (similar linked below), 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli, Nine West d'orsay pumps (similar linked below)

Would love to know - what moves you? 


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Photos by Megan Zietz 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Early 2017 Life Update

Hello friends! It's been a while since my last post and I apologize. Let me fill you in on life as of late:

After the NYC Marathon I went home for a quick weekend to surprise my grandma for her birthday (I still owe you a post on the NYC marathon - I could relive that day over and over again, it was so incredible!)


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Celebrated my 29th birthday with SoulCycle, friends and bottomless brunch


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Work was crazy through the end of the year which I was not prepared for

I went home to Reno for the holidays and had some solid couch/downtime 

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I have officially drank the SoulCycle koolaid and have been going just about every week since December

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Started Training for the Paris marathon (at this point it's a short FOUR weeks away!)

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Went to Tulum, Mexico for a friend's bachelorette weekend (working on a post for you soon because it was absolutely amazing)


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And that's just the big things!  I have been so excited for this year's adventures and challenges and so far it has not disappointed.  I am working on a winter marathon training update to share with you because that's been one of the things taking up most of my time (and one of the biggest challenges I've faced this year).  

In the meantime, tune back in Wednesday for a new outfit post with a brand that I absolutely love!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Right... Pop of Orange

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J.Crew Trench Coat, Banana Republic Scalloped Dress (c/o), Charles by Charles David Nude Pumps, Philip Lim Pashli Bag, Banana Republic Earrings (c/o) 
I have to admit, I've turned into one of those people that pretty much only wears black, white, grey and tan.  Oh and the occasional olive.  I pared down my wardrobe a ton earlier this year and left myself with this group of super neutral clothing which has been simple to style because everything matches, but I realized I'm missing that occasional POC.  Cue Banana Republic coming to the rescue with this amazing scalloped dress.  It's perfect for work with heels or can be dressed down with an oxford underneath and some sneaks for a casual weekend look.  Oh and it has pockets and fits my hips.  Which is a win in multiple departments.  

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In other news, I'm working on a full marathon recap which I hope to share very soon!  It was such an amazing race - something I never expected to say about a full marathon!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fitness Friday: One Week Countdown

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I love fall mornings in the park with the mist over the Great Lawn

We're a total of 9 days away from the NYC Marathon and sh*t has gotten really real over the past few weeks.  We've received our bib #s and start times and I've completed my 20 mile long run.  I came back from my forced 10 day break and got right back into things and was feeling great and somewhat caught up on mileage so I decided I was ready to tackle a full 20 mile run (part of me had debating just doing 18 because I was nervous as hell...).  It went off without a hitch and was one of the best long training runs I've ever had.  Needless to say it gave me a ton of confidence for the big day!  I am gearing up for the "last 10" mile run this weekend - it's organized by Jack Rabbit and Nike and we run the last 10 miles of the marathon course.  Undoubtedly some of the hardest miles because it has the most hills and it's where people tend to start to struggle a bit.  This part of the course was fairly blurry to me from the last time I ran the marathon because all I could focus on was getting across the finish line and trying to block out the pain I was in.  So I'm definitely ready to soak in this part of the course and know there won't be many surprises on race day. 

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Pre-20 mile run!
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Post-20 mile run and still smiling!!!

I'm also in the "taper" phase where mileage has decreased significantly and if you know any other runners this phase can be a little bit of a mind f*ck as well.  You start to feel phantom pains that weren't there before and it's also a bit of an emotional roller coaster (in weird ways I can't really explain).  For example, I got super depressed last Friday because work had been so busy and I was just exhausted and feeling really alone/isolated because I had made zero plans except my long run.  A little weird, I know, but all part of the training I guess! 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Right... Bourbon Trail Adventures

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I must say, I forgot how much I love spending time in the kitchen on Sundays.  Summer makes me much less motivated to meal prep and with all the traveling I've been doing lately, finding the time has been near impossible.  I finally had an afternoon in the kitchen yesterday and it was really exciting.  I also finally have a calm(er) week at work which means I can actually bring my lunch instead of eating out!

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Speaking of all the traveling I've been doing, I'm finally catching my breath from all the weddings and finally have time to post more about our Bourbon Trail adventures from our trip to Lexington!  We had a goal to tackle three distilleries - Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve and Four Roses - and set out super early since it was a 1.5 hour drive to Maker's Mark.  I had no idea what to expect because I did minimal research leading up to the trip so luckily Jen did the Bourbon Trail planning for us.  We pulled up to Maker's and I was instantly drawn to the dark grey and red color scheme of all the buildings.  I also loved that it was nestled away in the hills and we later found out its because the water used in the distilling process comes straight from a lake nearby.  The whole distillery felt very homey and welcoming.  We learned a tremendous amount about the Maker's brand history and how the specific bourbon is made.  Unfortunately the plant was shut down for cleaning for the month so we didn't get to see the fermentation in action.  One of my favorite parts of the tour was in the rackhouse because you could literally smell the bourbon (call me crazy but bourbon is my liquor of choice and it smelled so amazing) - they call it "angels breath" and for good reason haha.

We were able to visit the bottling room where they were hand-dipping each bottle (yes, every bottle of Maker's Mark is hand dipped, making each seal unique).  During the tasting I discovered a new favorite: Maker's 46 - it was so much smoother than regular Maker's Mark!
  
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At the end of the tour we went to the gift shop and dipped our own bottles of Maker's!  I went a little heavy on the wax on accident and it was more intimidating than I expected (notice my fully covered arms and apron - it's serious business)!

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We then went to Woodford Reserve which was in the middle of the beautiful Kentucky horse farms and I could tell right off the bat it was a little more commercialized (definitely not in a bad way though).  The plant was fully operational so we were able to taste some of the sour mash in the fermentation room and it was definitely not as bad as I expected!  Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't make it to Four Roses but on the way back to Lexington we had the crazy idea to hop out of the car and take some photos in the middle of the country road.  Such a fun adventure (minus a few fast-driving cars) and also such a long day!  We finished the night with beers at a local brewery and BBQ - more on those places to come!

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