August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites - Football Season is Here!!

Happy Friday y'all.  Honestly this week went by so fast that it felt like there wasn't enough hours in the day to get it all done.  This three day weekend is much needed relief for this ofter scheduled one over here I can tell you that!  What are your plans this weekend?  I've got some BIG plans over here and it involves making our first moving in together purchase.  I never knew I would get so excited about front loader washer and dryers but I have been researching and scouring the internet for all the Labor day sales.  I can't wait to get those bad boys! Washers with steam technology?  Say what?  What has become of me I tell yah?  Let's get right into it!

Meet At The Barre

Favorite Song

More chill song for you this week.  I dig this one kind of sounds like a throwback 80's vibe.  Andrew Ripp "Falling for the Beat".

Favorite Recipe

Who is ready for football season to start????!?!?!  This salsa recipe is my go to.  Seriously every time I bring this to a potluck/party/tailgate situation it is gone in the first 30 minutes.  The Pioneer Woman.....I mean does she ever have a bad recipe? Side note why is jar salsa so dang expensive???

Favorite Workout

I really dig printable workouts, especially when they are one page.  I print them out and put them on the floor of my living for my at home workouts.

Favorite Purchase

I am in love with all these delicate thin bracelets.  I just added this one!  It doesn't break the bank and adds a nice amount of bling.  Absolutely in love with these earrings as well.

Favorite Funnies

100% truth

There is always that fine line between brilliance and......stop talking

Pretty much

Like when people get rewarded for showing up to work on time......I mean isn't that expected??

When I see something absolutely ridiculous and hope Mark saw it as well

When I'm in the middle of a workout class and I'm thinking about how I haven't shopped for groceries in weeks....

When Mark asks where the entire row of cookie dough Oreos went

Finally......Darwinism is for real y'all

Okay now it's your turn!  Tell me all your favorites and make sure to stop by everyone who linked up!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Do you have front loader washers?  Are they as exciting as I've dreamed them up in my head?  ;-)  xoxoxoxo

August 27, 2014

Some Quick Confessions - The Time I Got Stuck In.....

I love confessions.  Last week life got crazy and I didn't get my weekly embarrassing stories off my chest so this week I have a great one stored up for you.  As always linking up with Kathy who I am so pumped that my post about fixing compacts worked for her and now she is a believer!

Okay I think I'm going to tell you my latest mortifying story of the week for this one.  It's a doozy for sure.  Two weeks ago I ran to TJMaxx quickly after work to scope out the home goods section (where has my life gone that I am getting excited about wicker hampers and calphalon pans?)  I cruised by the clearance section and I saw a fabulous Ralph Lauren black conservative work dress that can transition to a quick happy hour drink afterwards kind of piece.  So I grabbed it and balanced the one clothes drying rack I found in the entire store that was in a random section abandoned (Yahtzee I've been looking for one for Mark's house....nothing better than hanging my delicates if you know what I mean from various towel racks....especially when his parents, really mother, comes to visit) on my hip and motored it to the dressing room.  I tried it on, it fit perfect and it was a total steal at $18 originally $250.  I did a little happy dance shimmy found a great deal type of move and then pulled it up over my head.

Then panic set in.

My long hair was wound around the security tag......and I was stuck.

Seriously I know.  I tried to carefully unwind it but the more I tried, the more it secured itself around the plastic tab.  Now I'm starting to sweat.  I'm stuck with the dress over my head and my hair caught in the security sensor.

I wish I was making this up.

Now my heart is now racing and I'm internally cursing myself about why I just didn't unzip it and step out of it like a normal person, why I had to be all rushed and pull it over my head.

So I finally make the decision, I attempted to get into my clothes that I came into the store in.  I grabbed my bag and awkwardly walked out of the dressing room holding the dress over my head with my hair caught in it.

The girl giving numbers for the fitting room was all of 16 and I think I honestly scared her when I rounded the corner in the disarrayed state I was in.  She naturally did not have the sensor remover...apparently that cannot be trusted by all...but she guided me over to the jewelry section where two little ole ladies behind the counter (remember I live in FL) where having a long drawn out conversation about Pandora bracelets.  I was patient.....until I wasn't.

I finally got their attention and they both were in total shock and confusion as to how I got myself into this situation that neither of them had seen before.  Well clearly they have never met me before.

She tried to unwind my hair but "baby it is really wound tight in there".  She finally had me lay my head on the jewelry counter (again.....not joking) and used the sensor remover tool to try and get it off.  I had visions of a chunk of my hair going with it.

Well it wasn't working.  Then the other one tried to help.

Now a crowd was gathering around and I was dying a little more inside with each second.

Here comes a third person over to help and finally the sensor released and my hair stayed attached to my head.  I thanked them over and over and told them I never wanted to see that dress ever again to which one of them proclaimed "but darling it is such an amazing price for a Ralph Lauren LBD".  Then someone from the crowd reached for it to which I grabbed it back and said "you're right but we have already started off with a rocky start".

So the moral of that story is.....unzip dresses with sensors on them or put your hair up when trying things on.  Or I could always try this look?

Here is the culprit.

Listen girl I feel your pain.

Ultimately it's all good.  I mean now Beyonce and I have something we can totally laugh about together.  Oh B we are so alike....always getting our amazing locks stuck in things.

Let me leave you with this gem.  I have been rocking the hand on the hip since the 80's.  No big deal.

Alright I told you my mortifying story of the week.  Has that ever happened to you?  I mean I've almost gotten caught in a terribly tight F21 dress that goes on okay but the getting off part.....has been dicey but never successfully gotten my hair so terribly tangled in a security sensor like that before!  What else can I possibly do to top that story right?  On that downward slope to the weekend! xoxoxo

August 26, 2014

Things I'm Digging Lately

So I couldn't get my act together Sunday night because I was up late playing Drag Queen Bingo.  Yes you read that right. Confession.  I love Bingo.  Give me a thick ink stamp marker and bingo cards and I am a happy individual.  I can totally see myself as the crazy old lady surrounded by 10 troll dolls and other various good luck charms playing Bingo across 8 cards.

Anyways....that was a tangent.  I wanted to keep with my Tuesday regular and continue on with the products I've been digging lately.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I've knocked over my bottle of nail polisher remover and it spills all over my bathroom floor.  This has solved my clumsy problem (well at least in one aspect of my life).  Flip the top open, push down with a few cotton balls and then slip off your polish.  Close the lid and onto the next.  This has been such a great find!

Since my post on Friday I have been on a mission to find this J. Crew vest since it is on back order till the end of October.  I'm still on the hunt but I will let you know when I find it.....because I will.  I really loved the camo print one but the price is still up there even on sale.  Then I stumbled upon the exact dupe.  It is in girls sizing so I ordered the XL.  Also love the Women's vest in black and cream.  It is a fraction of the J. Crew one and right now take an additional 30% off with ONSAVENOW coupon code.

Fringe is here to stay for this upcoming season.  Everything I keep on coming across was out of control expensive or the more affordable looked cheap.  At last I found this one.  Think long oversized sweater, skinnies and booties (steal of a price camel colored ones).  Total Fall staples.

I lived in my Grey Suede Toms booties last season.  I am so obsessed with this pair with the zip fringe.  I ordered them now because these Desert booties sell out so quick!  Do yourself a favor and scoop them up now before you are calling every random Nordstrom and store under the sun looking for a size 9 (not from experience or anything).  Also swooning over this Herringbone pair.  These booties are the most comfortable pair of shoes in my closet.  No joke you can walk miles in them.  Save $5 off $25 with the code RMNSUMMER.

Are you ready for your next "live in" piece of clothing.  I know it's still in the oppressing 90's here but it is cooling down for some of y'all.  Plus the air conditioning is so dang cold everywhere in FL, I always have a sweater of some sort with me.  This one is so comfortable, the perfect layering piece and easy to throw on.

I am so obsessed with this necklace.  This is going to be on major repeat.  Sign up for Kendra Scott email list and get 15% off your purchase.

I have been wearing this eyeliner everyday since I got it in the Summer Stash.  It is appropriate for daytime/work use the color.  It glides on so easily and the color stays put all day.  The 12L is the perfect mix of dark turquoise and has no glitter or shimmer to it.  Check all the coupon codes here.  My favorite one is the free Buxom mini lip polish with the code DOLLYLIP.

I'll leave you with my view from Saturday night.  Summer nights with warm beach breezes and views like this.  

Hope y'all are having a fabulous week so far!  What things have you been loving lately??  xoxoxo

August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites - How is August Almost Over?

This week flew by no?  I pretty much felt like I was playing catch up all week!  What are your weekend plans?  I am diving into Wedding planning this weekend wish me luck!

Favorite Song

Such a fun upbeat song!  Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj "Bang Bang".  Perfect pace running song!

Favorite Recipe

The crackers are made with whole wheat tortillas making this a healthier option.  Chopped Asian BBQ Chicken Salad with Honey-Sesame Crackers full recipe here.

Favorite Workout

You can do this at home, no equipment required!

Favorite Purchase

I really do love this vest as much as I didn't want to.  The price and the fact I had to pay full price is my hesitation because that is like not even in my DNA.  You can't even use coupon codes for it?  Say what?  However I had some leftover ebay funds from a recent closet clean out so it helped lessen the "submit order" click.  I was surprised by the fabric, I was thinking it would be textured or wooly but it is a thin puffy down material.  I guarantee when the temperature finally drops below 99 (oh yes it was this whole week) the vest is going to be on major repeat!  Reference range I got the X-Small and it fits perfectly.

J. Crew Vest |  Obsessed with these James Jeans skinnies | new ballet flat love and
digging this studded pair as well!

Favorite Funnies

I have dubbed this the "claw paw" situation

I am 100% guilty of this

This happened to me twice on Tuesday when I left the house without mascara on

Which one is worse via email or text?

How you feel when a particular post is getting tons of feedback and love

Totally guilty of this!  Usually followed up with a "that's hilarious" because I clearly didn't hear what you said.

Me pretty much after picture Mark snapped making this post.

Finally, most peoples reaction when I try to tell them something really exciting that happened in the blogging world

It's Friday!!! 

Alright now it's your turn!  Tell me all about your favorites from this week and make sure to stop by everyone who links up!  I have stumbled on some amazing finds recently!  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  xoxoxoxo

August 21, 2014

How To Motivate For Those Early Morning Workouts

Keeping up with the weekly fitness motivation I wanted to share with y'all how I get up for early morning workouts!  I get asked just about every day how I wake up to teach or take 6 am classes.  I am not going to lie to you and say that I just naturally wake up without an alarm at 5:30 ready to take on the day.

Some mornings are struggles but at five or six later that night when everyone is struggling to go to the gym after a long day of work, you can smile and know that you are already done for the day.  I find that hour after work where I would have been working out, I can get all my errands done and I'm home eating dinner at a reasonable hour.  When I workout after work, go to the grocery store and get around to eating dinner sometimes it is 9 at night.  Plus I like taking a small satisfaction in knowing that I am done with my workout when most people's alarms are going off.  It takes me usually 2-3 weeks of doing something routinely and then it works into my habits.

How to Motivate to Get Up for Early Morning Workouts.

#1 Make sure to go to bed at a decent hour.

If I am waking up for a 6 am class my alarm is usually set at 5:15 if I am teaching or 5:30 if I am taking. Naturally this needs to be adjusted for you depending on how far away your workout place is.  My Barre and spin studios are 5 minutes away, well the Barre studio is longer but I go a way that avoids lights in the morning. My goal is to get to bed by 10pm.  I have a rule to not check Facebook/Email/Instagram/Twitter/any forms of social media. Lights out by 10 (or at least somewhere close to this).

#2 Lay out your clothes the night before.

When I get up in the morning for class Mark is usually sleeping and I get dressed in the dark (isn't that so sweet of me????).  So to avoid looking like a homeless person I put out exactly down to the socks, shoes and hair ties I will be wearing in the morning. If you have the luxury of turning on the is my other recommendation.  The minute the alarm goes off flip on lights and wake up your body.  Some people have told me they sleep in their gym clothes....I don't know about all of that but hey if it is one less step for you....go for it.  Whatever you need to do to get out of the house.

#3 Set two alarms with NO snooze buttons. 

I have two alarms, one is my old school alarm clock that is missing the back cover so if I whack it off my nightstand the batteries fall out and it makes the most pathetic powering off noise.  I still have the same one from has been through a lot of moves and cities.  I also set my IPhone alarm.  That way if I accidentally hit the clock off my nightstand....the IPhone is the backup.

#4 Don't dilly-dally in the morning.  

Honestly I don't even realize I'm out of the house till I'm in my car. Make it a routine.  Alarm goes off, change into clothes on the chair by the bed, brush teeth, grab water, keys and head out the door.  I am out of my house sometimes 10 minutes after the alarm goes off.

#5 Sign up for something that costs money if you cancel.  

This is one of the biggest motivators for me. If I have signed up for a training session, Barre or Spin Class and there is a greater than one hour no cancellation know my butt is getting out of bed if I will have to forfeit that class.  Money or wasting money is a big motivator to get out of a warm bed.

#6 Have a workout buddy or friend that you are meeting.

I do this with a few of my girlfriends.  We sign up for the same class in the morning.  When that alarm goes off I think to myself "Kelly is going to kill me if she goes and I flake on her".  Taking it one step further sometimes we will plan something really fun after work like a Happy Hour Drink so if we don't get in our workout in the morning then we miss out on the fun after work!

#7 Start out with a small commitment.  

I usually look at the schedule for the week and find my favorite teachers.  Then I commit to one or two classes max.  That way on those morning you can tell yourself when the alarm goes off "only today I have to wake up" or "these are my two early mornings the other ones I can sleep in".  I try to only sign up for two early weekday classes that way I don't get burnt out and still enjoy going instead of making it a chore.

#8 Splurge on one or two new workout pieces.

After you have stuck it out with a few early morning workouts reward yourself with a few pieces that you have been eyeing. Here are a few of my favorite picks!

#9 Think about that feeling when you are done.

The feeling you get when you are done with your workout is what drives me to continue with my early morning routines.  I feel so energized and awake after a 6am class.  I am also up, showered and out the door usually before I am normally waking up so I have a jump start on the day.

#10 If all else fails teach a class.

There is nothing that motivates you more knowing that 30-40 people will be standing outside in the cold if you don't get your booty out of bed.  That's what it came down to for me.

That is my list of recommendations that get me out of bed!  What are yours?  Do you workout before work or after?  What workouts have you been committing to lately?  All my Barre girls out there are you a 6am girl or catch your classes after work? Check back tomorrow for the Friday Favorites link up!  Where did this week go seriously?  xoxoxo

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