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Showing posts with label blue. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Work Out, Twerk Out

The adventure continues...

As I mentioned in my last post about my goal of living a healthier lifestyle, it's not easy for me. I work out quite a bit, but I also enjoy food. I had just joined Weight Watchers in an attempt to get my snacking habits back under control.

Since then, it's been about three and a half weeks, and I've lost 8 pounds. This is fantastic news because it means that if I get my face out of the fridge for a couple weeks, I can get back to my 'normal' weight. That's all i wanted out of this: I wasn't trying to drop an unrealistic amount of weight in a month. My goal was to just get back to where I was. I am going to continue with the WW program, and hopefully, combined with my workout routine, I continue to see improvement, both physically, and more importantly, how I feel.



Lots of happy shout outs to my trainer, Tim, for keeping me on task and making sure I show up ready to work during our training sessions. I don't think doing WW alone would be making a difference. He's been awesome at keeping the workouts interesting, changing them up a little each time to ensure my muscles don't adapt preventing me from plateauing and getting the best workout I could.

I'll keep you guys posted on the progress!

Onto equally as exciting news...

New workout gear! I've mentioned before that I love Fabletics, and now I'll mention it again. I ordered two more pairs of workout capris, two sports bras, a sweater and a top. I've worn everything but the sweater so far, and can definitely say that I really like the pieces a lot. The Fabletics leggings that I got - the Lima Capris - have maximum compression which is super important when you're doing various cardio exercises at the gym. I have an issue with my spandex falling down (#FlatAssProblems) so the maximum compression helps combat that issue and keep them in place.

The two sports bras I got - the Vaasa Sports Bras - have medium-support. They're OK for working out with weights, but I wouldn't suggest going for a run with them.

Here's what I got...

First outfit: Gust



This outfit combo is called Gust. I purchased all three pieces. I love how
all the pieces go together, but can also be mixed & matched with other
workout clothing.

Austin Wrap

Vaasa Sports Bra


Lima Capri

Second outfit: Authority


This outfit is called Authority. I absolutely love the top and how it
shows off the pattern on the back of the sports bra.

I decided to get the top in cobalt blue to match a pair of my sneakers,
and add some color to the outfit

Switch Back Tee

I like that you can wear it backward or forward, and it's cute
with a cami under it.

Vaasa Sports Bra

Lima Capri

What do you think of the outfits? Would you wear any of those pieces? Fabletics has a bunch of other pieces you can mix and match as well, but I love how they put together outfit suggestions for you to make it easier.  Here's a link  to the Fabletics website... happy browsing :)

Until next time,
GJU

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coveting.

Covet: to wish for earnestly; to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately

The tenth commandment is "Thou shalt not covet..." and then it goes on to list a couple things we should't covet, including: my neighbor's house, and his wife, his servants, his ox, his ass, or anything - for that matter- that is his.

That said: I covet.

There are things I don't have that I desperate want.

Some of the pretty little things I am currently craving:

Coveting this? Spiked Lily Necklace, Bauble Bar, $44

Coveting this? Candela Starlight Maxi, Free People, $550

Coveting this? Cedar Street Maise, Kate Spade, $298

Coveting this? Honeydew Intimates Camilla Lace Bralette, Nasty Gal, $28

Is there anything you're currently coveting? Do share!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Fashion Inspiration

I know it's been a tense week with everything that's happening in Boston related to the marathon bombers. I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are still with the people of Boston. I know you will be resilient, and come out an even stronger community after this tragedy.

That said, I did put together a post for today...

It's a fashion inspiration post today on GJU. I follow several fashion bloggers, and always love the outfit ideas they come up with, and how they pair different pieces together in fresh, new ways.

One of the bloggers I like is Lauren from The Pear Shape: Fashion for the Hip-Endowed. I'm on the same page as Lauren... my hips don't lie.

One of Lauren's posts from last summer really caught my eye. I liked how she paired a casual chambray top, knotted at the bottom, with a more streamlined pencil skirt. To add some color, she layered on a statement necklace in a bright coral hue. 

[GJU Sidenote: Pairing blousy/voluminous tops with slimmer bottoms (such as pencil skirts or skinny jeans) is a really flattering silhouette on curvier women. It created a cinched waist, drawing the eye down and elongating the body.]

Photo from Lauren's post, Purple Haze

Imitation is the ultimate form of flattery, so I decided to recreate this outfit. I changed it up a little, adding some of my own personal touches, and tweaking it to be more weather appropriate for Baltimore. I wore this outfit a couple weeks ago when it was still pretty chilly in Baltimore, so instead of metallic flats, I wore tights and boots. Additionally, I kept it casual by wearing my chambray shirt open with a polka dot shell underneath, instead of knotting it at the bottom.


Is this something you would wear? How would you style it? Would love to hear your thoughts and comments :)

Make it your own:
Chambray top: J. Crew, $78
Polka dot shell: J. Crew, $110
Pencil Skirt: J. Crew, $98
Necklace: LOFT, $44.99
Earrings: The Limited, $19.90
Boots: Madden Girl (Similar style, $42.94)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Famous People Wear Orange Scarves

Exhibits A-F:




See what I'm saying? Famous people wear orange scarves.Thus, it only makes sense that GJU has an orange scarf post... 

Quick commentary: I am not at all suggesting that Heidi Montag is a qualified actress, or a worthy celebrity. I am simply noting that she's famous (albeit for dumb reasons) and wears orange scarves. I'm making a point. 

Here's how I wore the scarf to work! I looped mine once around the neck like Reese Witherspoon did in the above photo.



Beige trench a la Taylor Swift.
Do I look famous now? No? That's fine. A for effort.

Make it your own:
Trench: Jolt, T.J. Maxx, $39.99
Skirt: Ann Taylor Outlet (several years ago), Similar
Scarf: Pashmina Scarf, about $15
Top: T. J. Maxx $9.99
Earrings: c/o EveryOccasion Designs
Stone bracelet: Chico's (Similar)





Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mad Fashion

If you've ever seen Mad Men on AMC, you know the style is fierce. The women on the show wear tight skirts, curve-flattering dresses, and have attitude for days. Banana Republic was so inspired by the fashion worn on the series that it launched its own Mad Men clothing line. How fantastic is that!? (Very.)

Here are some of my favorite looks for men and women in the line:





Love the way they styles these outfits! The men look dapper as all hell in those sleek dark suits and pocket squares. Minimal fuss-- just a suit to catch the attention of women everywhere/their secretaries. 

And don't even get me started on the women's clothing in this line. Banana Republic knows how to flatter a woman's body better than most retailers. Simple hair & even simpler makeup allow the clothing to pop and the personality of the garments to shine through.

Today's outfit is inspired by the black and blue houndstooth dress on the far left in the first inspiration photo. I actually have that exact MadMen for BR dress, so of course I wore it for this post! I wore my hair in a swept-up-and-to-the-side style, and added pearl earrings, a double-strand pearl necklace, & black pumps to complete the look. 




Close up of skirt and heels. Love how they embedded the
houndstooth pattern within the material.

Close up of top. Love the light and dark silk features!

What do you think? Are you a fan of this Mad Men inspired fashion?

Make it your own:
Dress: Mad Men for Banana Republic (found it on the sale rack!)
Heels: Guess at DSW, $44.95
Ring and necklace: Family heirloom jewelry





Thursday, October 20, 2011

Black & Blue & Lace All Over

When I think of sophisticated sex pot, I don't immediately think of Kirsten Dunst. However, she's totally working this outfit on the blue carpet. She looks sassy, sexy, and extremely well put together. GET. IT. GIRL.

I've done a post on navy & black before on GJU. People are always afraid to wear the two together because they don't want to look like a bruise-- valid.

However, if done right, the color combo is super chic. Exhibit A:


I don't have a blue and black patterned skirt, but I think my black textured pencil skirt does the trick. Here's my modification:

Kept my hair up so you could see the full detail of the lace panel on the back :)




Here's a close-up of the back of my shirt. I love this top!



































So do you like this? I really love the lace cut-outs on the sleeves and on the back panel. I think it adds some sex appeal, but doesn't take away any class or sophistication from the outfit.

Also- not sure if you can tell- but the platform pumps I'm wearing have these flowery puffs on the top of the toe. I thought these were the perfect pair to wear to match Kirsten's funky footwear!


Make it your own:
Top: Express $29.99
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Madden Girl from Loehman's, about $25
Bracelets: Combination of blue and silver bangles


Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday is here!!




I came across this photo and immediately knew this outfit would be great for an office environment. I really like the solid bright top paired with the patterned skirt! Women are often afraid to wear patterns on the lower half because they think it will make them look bigger, and draw attention to their problem areas. However, if worn correctly, a fun, patterned skirt or pair of pants can take an outfit from ordinary to fabulous!

[[NOTE: I took that top right picture in my hotel room (I was at a work conference!) so please excuse the poor lighting!]]

While I was at the conference, I was able to get a slightly better photo taken, this time wearing the black sweater I brought to pair with the outfit. (I'm also sporting my handy name tag/badge. Super stylin'!)



Make it your own:
Top: Target (On the clearance rack for $4!)
Skirt: Ann Taylor (picked this up about 5 years ago)
Sweater: J.Crew
Shoes: Tahari (Marshalls find!)


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

~~Blue Me Away~~

There's no question that royal blue is the "it" color transitioning from this summer to this upcoming Fall season. It's been spotted on runways of the likes of Gucci, BCBG, Lela Rose, Issa, DKNY and Michael Kors (just to name a few!).

I like when fashion takes it one step further. Mixing blue with black, and adding in asymmetrical details makes this a look I couldn't resist recreating for my blog!

Aquascutum
Lela Rosa

(Inspiration photos from Mode Devoted)

Here's what I wore to modify this runway look:




I got my blue dress at Lord & Taylor four years ago, but I wear it every summer! It's a soft, tee-shirt material which makes it super comfortable to wear all day. I love the braided strap on the left shoulder that gives the dress a chic, asymmetrical feel. I also really love the layered fabrics on the bodice of the dress. I think it has the same effect as the Lela Rose dress in the runway inspiration photo.

I added on the black cardigan, and wore gorgeous blue earrings from EveryOccasionDesigns to complete the look. (Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but my sweater has sequin pockets!) Love me some sparkles!

Thoughts... Would you wear this look??

Make it our own:
Dress: Lord & Taylor
Sweater: J.Crew 
Sandals: Steve Madden (Similar) $69.95
Earrings: c/o EveryOccasionDesigns

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yellow, Blue, & Turquoise

I really like this outfit, so when I stumbled across this photo on Chictopia, I immediately wanted to recreate it. These colors together remind me so much of the beach... and I really love the touch of yellow in the belt to bright up the blue and teal!


For my interpretation of the outfit, I substituted the blue pants for a silk full skirt.

Trend Alert: Full skirts have been gracing the runways in many of the upcoming Fall designer collections. Fashionologie, one of my top fashion reads, noted that "Designers like Vena Cava, Marc b Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler" sent this silhouette skirts down their runways.

I wore a white tank to pull in the white detail from her sandals, and added the turquoise necklace to match that color in the inspiration photo. To tie in the yellow, I wore this this great belt I snagged from Target!

[[Style Tip:  Here's a great way to avoid having to buy two separate belts: If you want to be able to wear a belt both on your hips, as well as on your upper natural waist, buy it to fit your hips (or where your pants sit comfortably). Then, wrap it around your upper waist and measure where it fits. Drill a tiny hole, and wah-lah! You can wear it both ways!]]

I just discovered instagram. My apologies in advance :)


Make it your own:
Skirt: Talbots $29.49 (on sale now!)
Top: Target $8
Belt: Target $12
Shoes: Nine West (Similar)
Necklace: H&M about $12

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thursday Trend: Tribal!

I'm sure you've picked up on this from reading my blog posts, but if not, here's a reminder: I love bright colors, and I love a good print!

One fashion trend for Spring 2011 that suits both bold colors and unique patterns is Tribal print. It's all over the runway. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, L.A.M.B., & Diane Von Furtsenburg have been embracing this movement. Even celebs have been spotted wearing these bold patterns. (Check out Michelle Obama in her Tracy Reese dress!)



 


Across the board, tribal patterns are dynamic, and they are statement of your confidence and spunk. One thing I've noticed with current tribal trends is that the outfits are often belted or cinched at the waist. This breaks up the pattern and gives more shape to the frock.

For todays outfit, I was really inspired by a South Moon Under tribal print and lace dress. Mixing together the bright blue tribal print with the lace detail on the shoulders is a unique look that gives off both a vintage (lace), as well as a contemporary (print) feel.

I also really love the gold jewelry paired with this dress. Sometimes people have a hard time deciding between silver or gold accessories. I think with this dress, since the lace, center fabric, and tie around the waist all have a yellow-tone to them, this outfit is best accented with yellow gold.


My dress is from a boutique called Francesca's. The two things that drew me to this dress were the color and the cut. I absolutely love the one-shoulder look. It draws attention to your shoulders and neck, which I think is flattering! It's also belted at the waist, similar to the styles in the inspiration photos above. The blue color is stunning. It's a gorgeous, bright royal blue! I accessorized with a gold necklace, green & gold bangle bracelet, a gold ring. My sandals are also a jewel-tone so they keep with the gold theme!




Make it your own:
Dress: Francesca's $44
Shoes: Jack Rogers $97