Workout Clothes Wishlist: Splurge Versus Steal

Recently, I’ve been visiting many new fitness classes and studios around town, and I’ve noticed how cute all the participants always look. I’m starting to think my ratty running shorts and old tank tops are not really cutting it anymore, and thus, I have full blown “cute workout clothes envy”.

I love the girls who put together those adorable outfits with bright colors and glittery workout headbands, and then I notice some of my stuff boasts my high school cross country logo. High school… so not cool. So I have set out to improve my workout wardrobe, and I’m trying to do it without totally blowing my budget. (After all, I just checked out JCrew’s new spring shoes so….)

I’ve taken stock of a few option and developed a nice splurge and steal list.

Lululemon (splurge)

  1. Wunder Under Crop: I’m obsessed. So comfy, super flattering and they come in lots of fab colors. Splurge on these, they are worth it. (Mine went on my bday list)
  2. Cool Rackerback Crop: Also love this tank, great for sweating it up during spin classes.
  3. Vinyasa to Vina Bag: It’s a little reminiscent of the Celine bag right? I mean for something you carry to the gym, it’s uber stylish, and big.

Athleta (kinda spurge)

  1. Longsleeve Wick It top comes in 5 cute colors and even has UPF50+
  2. Workout Tank: $64 so comparable to lulu, this is a great top for larget cup sizes FYI
  3. Capri pants, on $69 and a flattering cut
  4. Hair band: I love this and this one won’t snag your hair

H&M (STEAL!)

H&M’s new sportswear line is super cute and majorly affordable! Plus the quality is surprisingly good)

  1. Capri pants: $18…amazeballs!
  2. Long Sleeve Top: $15 great for to and from the gym
  3. Sports capris: only $29!!!!

Beauty How-To: Gray Glitter Manicure

I have a ridiculous weakness for anything that sparkles. Sequins, love to wear them, statement jewelry, can’t pass it up, sparkly Christmas ornaments,  glitter shoes…it doesn’t matter, if it even slightly sparkles I can’t look away. I attribute my affinity for all things garish  and shiny to either growing up in Miami, Florida or sharing a birthday with Elizabeth Taylor. Maybe it’s the combination of these two things that feeds my love of glitter:) Given this, I decided to spruce up my regular dove gray manicure. The color is a great neutral but let’s be honest, everything is better when it sparkles.

This polish is Julep’s Dendrie and I actually picked up both it and the loose silver glitter for only a dollar each at the recent Juelp warehouse sale.

DIY manicures can but tough so here are a few of my tricks. Start with enough polish on the brush to get a good coat, then drop a dot in the center of the nail and push the polish toward your cuticles and then pull up along the nail. Sweep that dot of polish out and up either side for 3 total brush strokes.

Shake glitter over just the ring finger, then tap the excess off on a hard surface. Clean up extra glitter with a q-tip.

You can find these glitter pots at Julep or use craft glitter, just make sure the textture is very fine.

Since the look is monochromatic, glitter on just the ring finger adds a subtle sparkle as you pick up a glass when out for dinner:)

Outfit Idea: Bordeaux Skinny Jeans and Silk Blouse For Winter

You know that incredible feeling when you find the holy grail of shopping purchases…the perfect pair of jeans? Well, I think I finally found mine. After an exhaustive search, I picked up this pair of  Joe’s skinny stretch jeans, and they are the perfect mid rise, the right amount of stretch and most importantly, are so comfortable I actually hang around the house in them. To make the purchase even better, I found them on sale at one of my favorite haunts, Nordstrom Rack. Paired with Jcrew’s ideal slik Blythe blouse and, of course, statement jewelry, this is one of my new go to outfits for fall. After all, does it get any better than style and comfort?

  1. JCrew Blythe blouse (dot print is out of stock but if you want polka dots check out this one from Madewell.)
  2. Ann Taylor bracelet (mine is old from JCrew but this one is great)
  3. JCrew necklace( mine is old from H&M but this one from JCrew is on my Christmas list:)
  4. Joe’s Skinny Stretch Jeans in Bordeaux: These are the best jeans I have found if you have a more athletic build. You don’t feel any muffin top and they are totally flattering…a serious win!
  5. Gap Booties (mine are from Gap and out of stock on line but I have seen them in the store)

 

Outfit Idea: Navy Blazer and Boyfriend Jeans

Jeans Gap,  Blazer JCrew, Top is Madewell (similar), Boots JCrew (old)

Do you ever have those outfits that feature all of your favorite things? Well this is one of those outfits for me. I’m obsessed with boyfriend jeans this fall, they are so comfortable and look great dressed up with heels and a blouse or casual for the weekend with loafers. I would totally recommend adding a pair to you closet! I love getting a good deal on a trend, so this pair of boyfriends is from the Gap. They run a little big, (order a size down)  but the fit is great and look as good as the expensive versions.  I like to play with proportion so  I added the shrunken schoolboy blazer and the silk blouse gives it a nice masculine versus feminine twist. Truth is, I love a good preppy nod, so I wear this blazer with just about everything!

 

How-To: 5 Steps To Master The Perfect Blowout

The blowout is one of the most important hairstyling techniques to master, but it can also be one the trickiest.  I love blowouts since they make your hair look impossibly gorgeous, and a good blowout will actually give you a few days worth of hairstyles. Great for those crazy busy weeks! After plenty of research, along with trial and error, I think I have it down to science…simple and easy, perfect for getting ready in the morning.

  1. Start with wet hair, make sure you have done a really thorough shampoo and condition, then add a few drops of smoothing serum like Morrocanoil. Give your hair a rough dry until it’s about 60% dry.
  2. Section your hair into 8 sections (two sections at the top of your head, a section on each side, two at the back of your head and two at the bottom)
  3. Grab a round brush a dry each section starting with the top, make sure the hair is completely dry, this is really important. (TIP: start with the brush on the outside of the hair to pull it tight, then when it’s almost dry move the brush under the hair to give it bend and body)
  4. Divide the dried hair into two sections and roll each section with velcro rollers. Once you have all your hair in rollers , go over with the hairdryer on low speed but with heat. Add an allover spritz of hairspray and let your hair set for 10 minutes. (Perfect time to do your makeup)
  5. Undo the rollers, turn your head upside down and lightly spray with hairspray. Run your fingers through and  you are good to go!