Archive | January, 2014

What I’m Lovin’: Resolution Wear

It’s the time of year when all the mats at yoga, bikes at spinning or parking spots at the gym seem to be full.  I find myself amused and annoyed at the same time, seeing all of the new faces that are now invading “my spot.” In fact, my husband just started attending a yoga introductory class claiming that he is “New Years resolution guy” – better than continuing to be the “can’t-touch-your-toes guy.”
Regardless if you are making a new habit or keeping up with your current routine, we could all likely use motivation to get us out the door and hitting the pavement, pushing the pedals or rolling out the mat.  A couple of months ago, I began a new barre class in the “land of the beautiful people.” And, while I am not advocating putting on a full-face of make-up for a 6 am class, I have “uped” my game and bought a few new stylish workout pieces to motivate and make me feel cute as I stare at myself in the mirror for an hour.
I can’t say enough great things about this brand made by Nordstrom.  They have really fun designs at a fraction of the cost of other athletic apparel retailers.  I have a purple pair of these leggings that I bought at the Anniversary sale last summer and I have been coveting this berry-color pair.
I am always on the hunt for the perfect slouchy fit; which is surprisingly difficult to find in athletic wear.  This top fits the bill with a slight bat wing sleeve and an open neck.  I bought the blue, which brightens up my otherwise black and grey ensembles.
I wish I had the guts (and the legs) to wear these.  I wore leg warmers years (and years) ago when I danced but I’m not sure that I could rock them now.  More power to you if you can!
I just got this for Christmas and I am loving it (so is the aforementioned hubs).  I must warn you; however, it is really stinky at first.  I wasn’t aware of this fact until I rolled out my brand new mat my first class after the holiday and nearly passed out from the fumes.  Air it out but do NOT spray it with any kind of oil (like tea tree) – the mat is antibacterial; therefore an oil will break it down.  Would have been good to know…
My Lucy running pants are a favorite with just the right fit and, most importantly, staying power.  I don’t feel the need to tug mid-workout!
I saw this in the store today and absolutely love the styling with the contrasting quilted body and fleece arms.  However, it’s deeply discounted with an extra 30% off the sale price so, sizes are limited.  Here is another alternative:
Since having kids, I do not fool around when it comes to my sports bras for running (or for any high-impact sport, for that matter). This bra has been redesigned since I invested in mine, but with Lulu’s attention to detail and flawless quality; I am sure that it is new and improved!
I got a pair of these in my stocking last year, and they are my go-to when the temperature drops.  They are still thin and lightweight with the perfect amount of contouring to grip your feet but Smartwool, so they are sure to keep your toesies warm.
I have tried many a sports bra and there is not one that I like more for low/medium impact sports than the Champion bras found at Target.  I particularly love the new patterns, like Popsicle Pink.
I love this simple cotton tank – with all of the crazy patterned, multi-strapped, sweat-wicking tanks on the market this is a great, basic go-to.  It wears and washes well, not too form-fitting but slouchy enough for a fun bright sports bra to peak out under.
This jacket is a classic, warm and cozy sweatshirt.  It is too thick to wear under another jacket, so this is worn on top.  I’ve had mine for years and still reach for it constantly.
Thanks for reading and keep the feedback coming!

What I’m Lovin’: Intimates

Well…this is my inaugural post.  It’s not going to look pretty and not entirely how I imagined it, but I’m letting that go.  I’ll get there.  I’ve become more comfortable adopting this “not-everything-perfect-yet” approach since having kids, but it is definitely becoming more of the norm as I have started my own business.  Sooo…in short, this is a journey and, given that you’re reading this, you’re along for the ride!

Did I grab your attention with this title?? I hope so!  Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I thought that this would be a perfect occasion to talk about undergarments.

Ok, honestly, no one likes to spend money on something that you are not going to see, or see very much of.  I’m here to tell you that you absolutely must, MUST invest in appropriate under pinnings.  Anyone who has been properly fitted for a bra will tell you what a life changing experience having appropriately-sized undergarments can be.  Undergarments can be the linchpin that elevates your look from mediocre to fabulous; enhancing your figure by allowing your clothes to properly drape and often providing necessary coverage. So take the plunge and buy some great undergarments – you will NOT regret it…I guarantee it!


Hanky Panky Thong

 I’ve recently converted one of my brief-wearing friends (she will remain nameless) and I was surprised to learn that there are still people out there not embracing this skinny jeans, silky pant and jersey knit necessity.  A Hanky Panky thong is a wardrobe staple and, contrary to nay-sayers, this particular brand is very, very comfortable.  Please, ban panty-lines and give it a try.  Also to note, Hanky Pankys not only come in low, regular and “retro” high rises but now they offer petite and plus sizes as well.


Lace Camisole

This is a great tank for plunging necklines or cropped hemlines because the lace peeks out; adding a little interest but keeping everything appropriately covered.  I would suggest buying one in a favorite color and you would be amazed at how much wear you will get out of this cami.  I have one in a dark burgundy – perfect under all of my grey and black sweaters or, paired with my favorite burgundy jeans, it subtly compliments my looks.  I particularly like the length of this camisole because it hits mid-hip, so I never feel that it is creeping up.


Convertible T-Shirt Bra

A seamless cup is often necessary when wearing a t-shirt or another body-skimming fabric like jersey or silk.  I love this bra in particular because of the fun straps, which will be fantastic under a tank when the temperatures rise.  In my opinion, nothing is less exciting than a nude strap peeking out from a tank (although a nude cup is one of life’s unfortunate necessities).  Also, the straps have a hook so that you can create a racer-back when needed – genius! I just bought this bra in the shocking pink…for my own enjoyment.


Mid-Thigh Shaper

Shapewear comes in a variety of options, depending on your needs (meaning both problem-areas and wardrobe function).  For example, a friend recently borrowed a very curve-hugging (and rock’n ) jersey dress that begs for these thigh shaper shorts.  Panty lines are eliminated as everything is sucked-in and smoothed.  My only word of caution would be to practice using the restroom prior to an event…or don’t drink a lot, as getting out of these can be a bit tricky. I would also definitely recommend the tank version, they’re great for everyday wear: Shaping Tank.



This slip is great for those times when you don’t need the structure of shapewear but a dress still requires some additional coverage.  Plus, a basic slip will allow clothes to hang better over your body, particularly when wearing hosiery.  Nude is a great option; perfect for the light colors and loose fabrics worn in warmer temperatures, but black is a necessity for pairing with dark clothes (lest the slip should peek out).



Just for fun, I thought that I would include this one. Definitely not a requirement for undergarment wear but this chemise could be a beautiful addition for wearing in your boudoir.  Soft jersey adds great comfort while the styling and lace accents are romantic details.  Of course, I love both pink colors!  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this could be a beautiful addition to your…wardrobe.  I know my husband, for one, would like to see less of my flannel jammies and over-sized tees!

Finally, caring for your “delicates” is very important.  Never (ever) run undergarments through the dryer!  Hand wash or wash on the delicate cycle and then hang dry.  A lingerie bag can protect delicate fabrics as can a lingerie wash specifically designed for undergarments.

Also to note, Bare Necessities (where I found many of the items mentioned above) is currently offering a great sale – 25% off regularly-priced items with free shipping over $70 ($6.95, 60-day returns).

Please keep the feedback coming! Let me know what you think…both about my selections and this new blog. And, as always, thanks for reading.

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