Design Review: Running Skirts

3 Oct

When John and I first moved to Texas, we were in a brand new environment–far away from family and everything we’d ever known.  The first thing we did was join a church and small group, where we met some of our best friends in Texas.  The second thing I did was join a running group to train for a marathon.  I thought it would be a good motivator to get in shape and meet new people.  I searched around and settled on a training group run by Fort Worth Running Company.  After first day jitters, I settled into a pace and a couple miles in, turned and met my now longtime friend and running partner, Carla.  Lately, since I’ve been working in Dallas, I haven’t been able to go to the weeknight runs with the group, but I’m excited to join in on the Saturday morning runs now that I’m training again.  There’s just something about watching the sunrise over the Fort Worth skyline 2 miles into a good run (yeah, go ahead and call me crazy).

Anyway, all this to say that when I decided to finally branch out and try out a running skirt, I went to Fort Worth Running Company.  I pretty much know everyone in the store (you run that many miles together, they become family!).  Plus, running skirts are definitely something you want to try on before buying!  I tried on 5 or 6 and settled on the Nike Pacer Running Skirt.  It’s light, airy, loose, and I love it!  I’ve now run in it a couple times and love that it is comfortable, cute and practical at the same time.  It even has a zipper pocket in the back!  I think I’m a convert to running skirts.  The best part?  I took Jack (kitty) to the vet after the run without even changing.  Yep.  Pretty sweet.  What are your thoughts on running skirts?  Have you ever tried them?  Be sure to try them on before buying—there are so many different varieties out there!

And because I’m keeping it real…I took some pictures AFTER a 5 mile run.

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Re-Engineered: J.Crew

30 Sep

When I ran across J.Crew’s Fall Looks recently (I mean, come on–they are having a 30% off sale!!), I saw Look #12 and swooned.  Okay, so maybe a poncho is really a fad, completely impractical for my lifestyle, and $198…but STILL…I swooned.  So when I saw one at Target for $25, I knew it meant I needed to re-create the rest of the J.Crew look for myself (and you!).  Oh, and talk about a classy way to bring in an animal print.  Look out world.  You may be seeing this girl wearing ponchos and leopard print accessories this fall.  Now I just need to wait for it to cool down out there!  It hit 100 degrees yesterday, so it may be awhile!

JCrew Look #12 ($930)

Poncho (Target): $24.99

Jeans (Target): $24.99 (They are currently out of stock but got GREAT reviews)

White Shirt (Target): $19.99

Boots (Target): $34.99

Clutch (Target): $9.99

TOTAL: $114.95

Domestically Speaking

26 Sep

Had a pretty crazy Saturday night.  And by crazy, I mean John went to bed early (before 10 o’clock early!!) exhausted from traveling all week and mountain biking Saturday morning.  At that point, I hadn’t yet been awake for 12 hours on Saturday, so I couldn’t justify going to bed.  And then I did something I’ve never done before…stayed up until after midnight cleaning the house.  So yep, you can all be jealous of my glamorous life.  It was kinda fun seeing John wake up and realize the house was spic and span rather than the disaster it was when he went to bed.  Only 2 days earlier, in a sleep depraved stupor, I mistook deodorant for chapstick, so I’d say I’ve come a long ways this weekend.  Hope yours was even more fun.

{Gap Skirt-similar, Anthro Top, Kelly & Katie Shoes-similar, NY&Co Belt, Stolen…I mean gifted scarf from my twinsie}

TGIF

23 Sep

Guess who’s coming home today…?!

My crazy awesome husband.  He had to travel out of town unexpectedly this week (for work), and he’s coming back today!

In other news, I went running after work today, so no outfit photos…but then I realized I’ve now taken photos of most of my closet to use on Go Chic or Go Home, so I recreated it on paper, a.k.a. computer screen. The only item I haven’t yet photographed is my scarf (which is funny since I wear it constantly…enough to get me the nickname “Snoopy” at work…you know, because of this image).  I continue to adore pattern mixing, so I mixed 3 up top and kept the rest of the outfit neutral.  What patterns are you mixing right now?

{Target Jeans, Old Navy Tshirt, Tulle Jacket, Gianni Bini Shoes, Similar Scarf shown above}

Re-Engineered: Fossil Fall Style

21 Sep

Last weekend it cooled off a bit, and I couldn’t help but notice several women out-and-about with cuffed jeans.  I love how it looked on them (all shapes and sizes!) and it’s now on my fall wish list.  Length is key with cuffed jeans—you need them loose enough at the bottom to adjust the length with the cuff, but tight enough at the bottom that they don’t look like a surfer roll.  My quest begins.

Now, I also ran across Fossil’s latest look book (love, love, love everything they are doing lately), and found a look with both cuffed jeans AND oxford heels (also on my fall wish list!).  Without further ado, I give you my own take on their lovely, classic look for fall.  I love the modern twist with the oxfords and socks—definitely trying that this year!

Oh, and if I had to pick one item to pay full price for, it would be the shoes…or maybe the watch.   Love them both, and they’d last forever!

Fossil Fall Look Book (TOTAL Cost: $399)

Jeans (Forever 21): $27.80

Shirt (Express): $29.99

Shoes (Target): $29.99

Watch (Style & Co via Macy’s): $29.98

Socks (TopShop):  $8.00

TOTAL Cost: $125.76

Going for a Run

19 Sep

Did I ever mention that I like to run?  I have a couple marathons and several half-marathons under my belt at the moment…most recently being the Cowtown Half this past February.  Admittedly, Texas summers have added an off-season to my running, but I recently started up again.  I’m hoping to do a couple half-marathons this winter (ironic that I’m always in better shape when sweaters are in season), so I thought I would share the journey with you.  We’ll start with a path down memory lane.  My running started in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer season.  I had an amazing cross country coach (yeah Coach Y!) who knew just how to handle a group of crazy high school girls.  I remember one practice in particular…he was trying to get us to work out our arms during practice to improve our overall running.  We spent the day at the track running with a soup can in each hand.  Tough work!  The best part, though, was the hodge-podge soup we made at the end of it.  Surprisingly yummy!

I’m hoping to use running posts as a way for many of us to share stories of our own fitness goals, memories, struggles, and achievements.  I’m also one of the most un-fashionable people out there when it comes to running (which, to be honest, doesn’t bother me), but maybe by posting some pictures, I’ll put a smidgen more effort into it.  I did just get a super cute running skirt from Fort Worth Running Company, so I’ll have to do a review on it soon.  So what do you think?  Do you have any running or fitness goals right now?  Let’s both encourage each other and hold each other accountable!

The most recent half marathon...a bit rough, so I'm training harder this time!

Yep, that's me after a recent run. Gotta have a before pic, right?

Let's Take a Ride

16 Sep

Did I ever tell you about our free Cruisers?  The old owners of our house told us we could have them after they moved.  Yeah, not gonna lie, it’s pretty awesome.  Well, except for the fact that I’m super awkward on them and can’t get the hang of pedaling backwards to brake.  John recently upgraded to a mountain bike and invited me out for a ride tonight so he could try out his new clip-in pedals.  It was the first cool, breezy evening in months, and the perfect end to a long day of meetings at the office.  Happy Friday!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend–ours involves a wine tasting, so I know it’s going to be a good one!

{Target Jeans, AE Striped Top-similar, Banana Republic Floral Shirt-similar, Fossil Watch, Gifted Necklace, Bamboo Shoes-similar}

Let’s Take a Ride

16 Sep

Did I ever tell you about our free Cruisers?  The old owners of our house told us we could have them after they moved.  Yeah, not gonna lie, it’s pretty awesome.  Well, except for the fact that I’m super awkward on them and can’t get the hang of pedaling backwards to brake.  John recently upgraded to a mountain bike and invited me out for a ride tonight so he could try out his new clip-in pedals.  It was the first cool, breezy evening in months, and the perfect end to a long day of meetings at the office.  Happy Friday!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend–ours involves a wine tasting, so I know it’s going to be a good one!

{Target Jeans, AE Striped Top-similar, Banana Republic Floral Shirt-similar, Fossil Watch, Gifted Necklace, Bamboo Shoes-similar}

Fall Anticipation

15 Sep

We may have hit Day 70 over 100 degrees Tuesday, but I’m moving right into a fall frame of mind.  Between the fact that I finally started running again, lit some fall scented candles tonight, and want to live in this cardigan, I’m forgetting about reality and enjoying the anticipation of chilly evenings and early morning runs where I (gasp) have to wear running tights.  Ahhhhh, bliss.

{Old Navy Khakis, Old Navy Shirt-similar, Old Navy Cardigan, Target Shoes-similar, Gifted Necklace, Fossil Necklace}

Design Consultation: Jennifer

13 Sep

{Stefanie}

What a nice relaxing weekend.  You know…the ones where you don’t do much at all?  Finally back in the swing of things today, and I’m excited to share with you the second half of the design consultation that I did with my friends awhile ago.  Remember Michelle’s?  Well, another good friend, Jennifer, was also a willing participant and model for myself, and photographers Elya, Stefanie, and Susan.  We went through her closet, added a few of my own accessories and re-mixed away!

Jennifer and I met several years ago when John and I first moved to Texas.  She and her husband, Matt, showed us the best ways to enjoy Texas, from camping and river floating to hanging out at the lake…along with the best Christmas party you’ll ever attend (complete with pajamas!).  Jennifer’s also the epitome of easy going beach style–she rocks a sundress, sandals, and blond curls like nobody’s business.   She made me laugh when she pulled out her camo jacket for her “before” picture just for good measure–Matt’s going to love that it’s going to good use.

{Stefanie}

Jennifer’s closet includes tons of options for pattern and color mixing.  Jennifer tends to gravitate towards wearing one color or pattern at a time, so I decided to mix it up and put multiple colors and patterns together in most of the outfits.  She works in a business environment, so we mixed in work outfits with more casual options as well.  I’ve seen Jennifer wear this cute little black and white striped tank on a few occasions, so by simply adding a pop of color and a collared shirt, she’s ready for the office!  Nothing beats a dual purpose wardrobe!

{Stefanie}

{Elya}

This next one may be a teensy-bit selfish.  But only because this outfit is my own go-to recipe!  Flowy tank + cardigan + jeans + heels = perfect for any occasion.    I love the added layers that gives Jennifer’s summer wardrobe a great transition into fall.  She looooooves summer even more than I love fall and winter (crazy, I know!) so her closet definitely gravitates towards summer clothes…just as mine does towards cozy winter layers!

{Susan}

{Elya}

{Stefanie}

Jennifer also has a fabulous black and white skirt (with pleats even!!).  I wanted to mix it up a bit, so we hiked it up and pinned it to make it a high-waisted version of itself.  A red top, skinny white belt, and silver chain complete the look.  Jennifer was a bit hesitant at first with the high waist (aren’t we all?), but don’t you just love how it looks on her?  She really rocks it!

{Susan}

{Susan}

{Stefanie}

This last one is my absolute favorite.  Albeit a bit warm for the 100+ degree day on which these photos were taken, it was such a fun and unexpected twist to mix 2 of Jennifer’s summer dresses into 1 outfit.  She happened to have 2 green and white dresses of varying patterns and lengths, so we put them together!  I’ve really been loving pattern mixing lately, and doing it within the same color family is an easy win.  I think the biggest hurdle with this outfit is that you know you’re wearing 2 dresses, and you think everybody else does too.  They don’t!  I promise.  Unless you tell them, and then they probably do.  But now they’re amazed at your mad skills.

{Stefanie}

{Susan}

{Stefanie}

So what do you think?  What’s your favorite look on Jennifer?  Do you want to see more of these design consultations?  It was definitely fun for me!