Wednesday Wish List

Even though it’s January, the weather in the Midwest lately has felt like spring, spring and more spring! While it’s still a bit on the chilly side in the mornings with lows around 30 degrees, the afternoon highs have been in the 60s. That means I’ve been ditching my plaid shirts, sweaters and boots for cardigans, ankle pants and ballet flats. While I know this weather won’t be around much longer, it’s been so nice to enjoy it!

While I’ve been loving this weather, I’m still wishing for warmer temperatures. Hello pedicures, sandals and dresses! The other day the husband and I decided we need a winter getaway because we need a little r and r in the sun together. We’re going to head to Palm Springs for a quick weekend next month and I’m so looking forward to sleeping in, laying by the pool and golfing with my man.

With vacation on my mind, I can’t help but think that I need some new essentials to pack in my suitcase. Here’s just a few of the things I’m currently lusting over…and trying to restrain myself from buying.

Wednesday Wish List

Swimsuit Cover Ups

I always struggle with finding cute swimsuit cover ups because by the time I find one I like, they’re out go stock. I’m so glad I started looking early on this year because this one from Old Navy is so bright and cheery that it makes it perfect for the pool. I’m also digging this striped one from Target because, well, I’m addicted to wearing stripes! This also looks like it good double as a cute dress when you pair it with a jean jacket.

Shoes

Shoes are a major weakness of mine. I love these Target espadrilles because they remind me of a Chanel pair I’ve always wanted, but obviously these are a much more affordable option. I also stumbled across these floral Sperry Top-Siders and I can’t stop thinking about them. Sperry’s are such a comfortable and stylish shoe option and this would make a great traveling shoe. And how adorable is the floral print on it? It reminds me of Lily Pulitzer. And, as always, I love me some Tory Burch so I think these sandals need to make themselves a home in my closet asap.

Clothes

While I don’t own any jumpsuits, I think this one from Lilly Pulitzer just screams vacation and I’d love to sport this out in Palm Springs. It’s the perfect outfit to wear for a dinner out on a patio. I also have my eye on this dress. The bright colors in it make me so excited for the warmer months ahead. And while this isn’t a cute dress, I just love these bright floral capri pants from Athleta. Since I don’t work out on vacation, these would make my 5:30 am Pure Barre classes a bit more cheery.

Accessories

A bag is the last thing that I need but this one from Kate Spade is too cute to pass up! The hubs and I decided we’ll be spending our anniversary in London and Paris and I think this Parisian inspired bag is just the perfect tote for traveling to see the Eiffel Tower! And last but not least, since I love all things nautical, I’m really digging this scarf from Charming Charlie. I love how it has orange in it which is a nice surprise from the typical red, white and blue nautical.

QUESTION // What items are on your shopping list right now?

*Disclaimer :: Some of the above do contain affiliate links but these are all my personal favorites right now and I wish they were in my closet :) As always, I appreciate your support!

What to Wear to Pure Barre

About a month ago, I signed up for 6 weeks of unlimited classes at my local Pure Barre studio. I’ve heard so much about this fitness phenomenon from my friends who live in big cities, so I was really anxious to give this a try because I love to try new fitness classes, I wasted no time signing up for a 6 weeks of unlimited classes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE going to class! Being in a classroom atmosphere with the mirrors and barres, it reminds me of my days in the dance studio not only as a student but when I was a dance teacher in college too. It makes me feel like I’m home again!

If you haven’t heard of Pure Barre, it’s a low-impact, full-body, dance/pilates fusion class. You do small, isometric movements until your muscles reach fatigue and follow up each muscle group that you’re working on with a stretch. The result is long, lean muscles similar to that of a ballerina.

 What to Wear to Pure Barre

The mantra of the 55-minute Pure Barre class is to “lift, tone and burn.” You’ll notice while you’re fatiguing your muscles that you’ll start to shake. While it’s an odd feeling, it’s a good sign because it let you know you are really working your muscles.

Once I started taking classes, the fashionista in me decided I needed some new workout clothes. The majority of my workout clothes are running shorts and tank tops. Since there would be a lot of stretching in class, I figured I didn’t want everybody looking at my goodies so I needed to stock up on some basics. Here have been my personal favorites to wear the past few weeks during class.

What to wear to Pure Barre

  • Yoga Pants Capris or Yoga/Running Tights

Like I said, the majority of class you’ll be lifting legs and doing pulsating movements while also stretching. I personally like to wear capris because tights and pants make me a bit too hot. Your pants should be on the fitted side to help you see the movements you are making. But, make sure they aren’t too tight, as you’ll want to be comfortable during the 55-minute class.

What to wear to Pure Barre

 My Favorites ::

Old Navy Compression Capris :: Comfortable and stretchy, this is a great and affordable option to have. They come in multiple colors and prints as well as a tights option in case you want your legs fully covered.

Lululemon Wonder Unders :: I know, they’re pricey but so worth it! I’ve had these for years and they hold up well and are really comfortable to wear not only for working out but as loungewear too)

Athleta Chatarunga Capri :: I have become OBSESSED with these. They fit the same as the pants listed above, but best of all is this print! I love black and white stripes and it’s fun to pair bright colored tops with these. It helps to make you stand out in a sea dark colors!

  • Tank Tops

I’ve worn both fitted and loose fitting tank tops and both have worked well for me, it just depends on your preference. One quality that’s important to have in a work out top is for it to be moisture wicking. While you’re working up a sweat, you don’t want to feel wet the entire time. And with any type of workout, I recommend wearing a sports bra or making sure your ta-tas aren’t bouncing around.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My Favorites ::

Lululemon Power Y Tank :: I love these tanks because they’re form fitting but are also comfortable enough that when you move around, they don’t ride up on you. These come in a variety of colors and prints. An added bonus-it has a built in bra.

Athleta Chi Mesh Tank :: These tanks are nice to wear on days you just don’t want something totally form fitting. The mesh helps it stay breathable which means you stay less sweaty. And while it’s loose fitting, it’s not baggy and still has a feminine shape to it so you don’t feel frumpy wearing it.

C9 by Champion Racerback Seamless Sports Bra :: Target has the BEST sports bras. Not only are they affordable and moisture wicking, but they hold up to the wear and tear of me working out 6 days a week.

  • Grippy Socks

Pure Barre is done on a carpeted floor so grippy socks are must. Many of my classmates purchase the $12 pair available in the studio, but I have seen other yoga socks available at sporting good stores and on Etsy.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My Favorite ::

Pure Barre Sticky Sock :: Available in multiple colors, they help you get a good grip while doing the moves throughout class.

  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt or Quarter Zip Pullover

While you will work up a sweat during class, it’s nice to have a lightweight pullover on before class starts especially on these cold, winter mornings. You can wear it before class starts and during warm up to make sure you don’t get too cold.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My favorites ::

C9 by Champion Long Sleeve Seamless T-Shirt :: These are light weight enough that you won’t get too hot too quickly.

C9 by Champion Pullover Zip :: I’ve had these for a few years now and I LOVE them! They’re lightweight but also are thick enough to keep you warm. I also love to wear mine during runs outside when it’s still chilly outside in the spring and fall.

  • Water Bottle, Towel, and Headband

A water bottle is an absolute necessity to have with any type of workout to make sure you stay hydrated. I also like to wear a headband during class to keep hair out of my face and I like to bring a towel to wipe off any sweat beads that form.

 Disclaimer :: A few affiliate links are included above and, as always, I sincerely appreciate your support!

QUESTION // Have you ever done a barre or Pure Barre class? What other fitness classes have you tried that you liked?

A New Frame Of Mind

When I was a kid, I always wanted a pair of glasses. I remember when a classmate would show up to school in their new frames, I’d get jealous wishing that I could be wear glasses. Since I attended private school growing up and had to wear a uniform everyday through 8th grade, I thought that kids who had glasses had a little bit of extra pizazz added to our plaid skirt ensembles. Clearly, I had a thing for fashion accessories early on!

My time did come to get glasses once I was a sophomore in college and now I need them on a daily basis at the office so I can see my computer and get work done. I always look forward to getting a new pair of classes to help jazz up my everyday look. I think glasses are a great way that we can show off our personality and individuality. The one problem I always encounter when shopping for new frames is that I pick the most expensive glasses ever. While I want to look fashion forward with my spectacles, I realize that it’s probably a wiser decision to go with a pair that’s a little more affordable.

However, I recently realized that being fashion forward at an affordable price is an option when it comes to eyeglasses. Meet Warpy Parker. This brand of eyeglasses aims to make eyeglasses available at an affordable price ($95 and it includes prescription lenses!). They have tons of fun, trendy frames and for every pair of glasses sold, one pair is donated to someone in need. While we don’t have a store here in the Midwest, one great feature of this brand is they offer a Home Try-On Service. Pick out 5 of your favorite frames and they’ll ship them to you for FREE! You have 5 days to take them for a test spin and once you pick your new favorite, order them online.

Recently they reached out to me to preview their new Concentric Collection. Featuring new styles and colors in both eyeglasses and sunglasses, these newest frames are all about complement and contrast, with a little bit of luxury and a subtle dash of color. I don’t know about you, but if glasses can make me feel a little bit more luxurious when I wear them each day, then I’m all for it!

Here’s a closer look at some of the new Concentric Collection paired with some of my favorite looks to give you a better idea on how I would style each of these new frames.

Benchley

Oak Barrel with Flint

Warby Parker - Concentric Collection

 

I love that these glasses have a tortoise shell color to them. Normally I lean towards frames like these that are in the neutral color family because I think they’re a nice complement to my hair color. These frames would go great with one of my go-to winter outfits which features stripes and leopard print.

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Murphy

Crystal with Hazelnut

 

Warby Parker - Concentric Collection

When I laid my eyes on these, I immediately started to swoon over them! I love the clear frames with the hazelnut accent color. I’ve never seen anything like these before and I think these would look great on almost anyone. This pair would look great with my go-to fall uniform. Since I have a lot going on with this outfit, having a pair of classes that are more simple and chic would pair well with this look.

Fall Fashion :: Stripes and Plaid

 

Everly

Whistler Grey with Fjord Blue

Warby Parker - Concentric Collection

Since I have always stuck to brown neutrals when shopping for eyeglasses, I thought this pair was really interesting in this gray textured color. It’s still a neutral but it stands out from the sea of brown and black frames. Since it has a blue-ish tint to it, this pair would look great with a chambray top.

Fall Fashion :: Black and Chambray

Murphy

Cognac Tortoise with Vulcante
Warby Parker - Concentric Collection

 

Another new style from the Murphy frame is this pair of sunglasses. I think having a good pair of sunglasses is a great piece to have in your collection. Just like with my eyeglasses, I like to stay neutral for my sunglasses so it doesn’t clash with my outfit. This pair would look great with a sweat and a quilted vest, making it a great option to wear while you’re out and about doing errands or shopping.

Winter Fashion :: Polka Dots and Plaid

The new Concentric Collection is available both in-store and online today with pairs starting at $145.

QUESTION // Do you wear glasses? What color frames do you normally wear?

 

Gift Guide Personalized Gifts

One thing I can never get enough of, is anything with a monogram on it. I’m not sure what it is but I can never resist ordering something when it has an adorable cursive monogram stamp. I know that I have one too many pullover sweatshirt and water bottles with ARE printed on them, but I can’t help myself!

Recently Marley Lilly sent me a beautiful scarf as part of being in their Blogger Review Program. I’ve been a HUGE fan of this company for awhile. Not only do I have a number of monogrammed items from their website but I love browsing all of their new arrivals. They always have the cutest things from clothing to jewelry to home decor that can have a monogram added to it.

Marley Lilly Monogrammed Scarf

When I opened up this package I was so excited to see this scarf. Since I live in the Midwest, I’m always in need of winter accessories to keep me warm. This scarf is so soft and feels almost like cashmere. I love that it’s in a dark gray color because it can go with a lot of things, including my red pea coat that I wear almost everyday. The other great thing about this scarf is that it’s not too bulky that it only has to be worn outside. You could easily pair this scarf with a sweater and wear it as part of your outfit too.

Marley Lilly Monogrammed Scarf

 

Marley Lilly Monogrammed Scarf

Marley Lilly Monogrammed Scarf

I think this scarf, as well as anything monogrammed, would make the absolute perfect gift. Having a monogram on an item just shows that you’ve gone a little above and beyond to make something ordinary a little extra special for that person. I wish I could order EVERYTHING on the Marley Lilly website, but instead I’ll keep lusting over some of my favorite items below. Any of these would make a great holiday gift for your mom, sister or bestie in your life! Gift Guide Personalized Gifts

Glass Bead Bracelet :: $35
This bracelet looks so luxe and beautiful. It comes in a variety of different colored rhinestones and is the perfect accent piece to any outfit.
Monogrammed Ballet Flats :: $34.99
Ballet flats are pretty much the only shoes I ever wear. I love how the monogram on these dresses them up a little bit and makes them a little bit more personal than the normal shoe.
Glass Cutting Board :: $49.99

Cashmere Feel Scarf :: $22.99
There are so many options on how to personalize this scarf. Lots of different colors and prints to choose from..it’s hard to make a decision on which one to get!
16 Oz. Tumbler :: $16.99
I always have a water bottle or tumbler with me. These are great to have because it keeps your beverage hot or cold and it doesn’t sweat and get everything wet!
Monogrammed Baseball Hat :: $24.99
These baseball hats are great not only for a bad hair day but also for those hot summer days that you spend by the pool.
Monogrammed Sunshine Satchel Duffel Bag :: $94.99
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag! As a frequent traveler, this bag would make a great carry-on bag or as a weekender duffle.
Teardrop Stone Bracelet :: $29.99
Anything that has rhinestones on it makes me happy and this bracelet is no different! It’s small and dainty but the rhinestone adds some sparkle and shine to your outfit.
Luxe Cross Body Bag :: $36.99
These clutches come in a TON of different colors so you’re sure to find one that matches your next night out on the town outfit.
Monogrammed Pullover Sweatshirt :: $49.99
Since I don’t like to look like a total bum on days I’m not in the mood to get dressed, reaching for a monogrammed pullover is the best option. I have these in multiple colors and they’re so soft and cozy that I can’t get enough of them!
Disclaimer :: This post is sponsored by Marley Lilly as a part of their Blogger Review Program.. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Gift Guide For The Traveler

If you know someone who is always on the go, then this gift guide has some great present-options for you to shop for. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you’ll know that I love to travel and go to new places with my husband. For the past 8 years, I’ve been in a plane, train or automobile at least one weekend a month. With so much traveling under my belt, I’ve learned a few things along the way about how to stay organized and what things are essentials to making traveling a lot less stressful. Watch my latest video as I share some of my travel favorites that would be great gift ideas!

 

What are your must have items when you travel?

Stocking Stuffer Gifts Under $30

Stocking Stuffers
It’s officially only one month until Christmas which means it’s time to kick it into high gear with your holiday shopping. While I always ask my family what they want for Christmas, I always like to surprise some of my closest friends with little gifts in their mailboxes. Here are some of my favorite stocking stuffers to give that are perfect for any gal pal in your life!
1. Bath & Body Works Shea Infused Socks :: $7.50
These are the perfect accessory to wear while snuggling on the couch. The socks are shea infused and are so soft and warm. Not only will you keep your feet snuggled up but you’ll help to keep them soft too! I love all the fun designs BBW comes out with these in each holiday.
2. Francesca’s Pretty Fabulous Frame :: $26
Print out a picture of you with your bestie and put it into this frame for an awww-worthy gift!
3. Francesca’s I Shine Water Bottle :: $18
Why not make drinking water more stylish by giving this sparkly water bottle? I’m all about anything with rhinestones or sparkles so this is a perfect gift to give one of your stylish friends.
4. Reindeer Coffee Sleeve :: $9.50
I can’t even handle how adorable these coffee sleeves are! These are from Catherine Mason and are the cutest things I have ever seen. If you have a coffee loving bestie, then this is the perfect gift for her to make her next cup a little more festive! There are TONS of other ones to choose from including a bow, penguin and even a donut one that I currently have my eye on!
5. Philosophy Cake Me Set :: $26
Philosophy always has some of the yummiest smelling fragrances. This cupcake set is the perfect little gift for anyone!
6. OPI Trend on Ten :: $27.50
Like I mentioned in last week’s beauty gift guide, I just love all of the beauty sets that come out this time of the year. This OPI set has ten different nail polishes so you get a good variety of colors that will help your bestie out the next time she gets a manicure.
7. Zara Checked Scarf :: $29.90
It shouldn’t surprise you that almost every girl in America wants one of these insta-famous plaid scarves. Keep your eyes peeled all over because TONS of places have them available in lots of different colors now.
8. Francesca’s Owl Sleep Mask :: $18
Owls are just cute on about anything and this sleep mask is no different!
9. Checkmate Miniemergency Kit :: $18
Have a friend who keeps everything but the kitchen sink in her purse? Get her this miniemergency kit  to make sure that she’s prepared for any little emergency that may pop up!
10. Alex and Ani Bracelet :: $24
To me, there is nothing better than wearing a piece of jewelry everyday that has meaning behind it. This bracelet which is called ‘Open Love’ is sure to make your bestie smile each time she wears it.
QUESTION // What things do you like to see in your stocking?

Current Wants

Let’s be real, I wish I had an unlimited income and money grew on trees so I could go shopping all day, everyday. While I keep dreaming of endless shopping bags of new clothes and shoes, here are a few things that I am currently lusting over for fall!

Current Wants - September 2014