Friday Fashion- JCrew edition

I have to admit, I made this shopping trip several weeks ago so the items are not exactly “new” to J Crew stores anymore, but the bonus for you is that most of them are now on sale!  I wanted to show something along the lines of #keepingitreal and that outfits don’t just magically put themselves together in my closet.  Sometimes there’s a lot of lemons before I get sweet lemonade.  Also, I enjoyed writing my Stitch Fix post and wanted to show a version from a retail store.

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Stripe Knit Shift Dress: I really like the fit and styling of this dress.  It’s simple but fun with the basket-weave texture stripe center panel and I could think of several different ways to style it in the 5 minutes I had it on my body.  BUY

 

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Merino Elbow Patch Strip Sweater:  This sweater was ok, but given it’s wool (even though it is light weight) and a boxier fit, I opted to pass.  I have 2 other sweaters in a similar style so it just wasn’t something I needed in my closet.

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Seamed Motorcycle Pants- The picture doesn’t really tell the best story about these pants, but the bottom line (no pun intended) is that the zippers at the hem line were just not doing it for me.  The seams curve in so the zippers were hitting on my shin, not the side of the pant.  I just couldn’t.  NO GO

 

 

 

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Fluted Skirt: I was really excited to try on this skirt.  While the material is a little dressier than I truly need in my wardrobe right now, I like the style and the color enough to come up with mental ways I could style it to fit my current #funemployment state.  Sadly, this is one of those items that looks SOOO much better on the hanger/shelf.  I’m not sure if the picture is clear enough but it did this weird bell poof in the back.  I don’t know many (any?) females who want a poof on their butt.  NO GO.

Drapey Crape Tank: I was honestly trying this on for size since I wanted the green, but I’m glad I did.  It’s cute, but it’s also big (hence drapey).  Given my *ahem* lack of a chest, the v-neck was so low I couldn’t wear it without a cami underneath and it just wasn’t everything I was hoping it would be.  NO GO.

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Salon Stripe Mini: This skirt is silk/linen blend and I liked it for the style, stripe and length (short enough to be fun, but not age inappropriate).  I initially purchased it, but once I got it home, I realized I had a very similar skirt in my closet already so I returned it.  BUY (but return).

Lightweight Merino v-neck sweater: I know I said above I didn’t buy the strip sweater because it was wool, but something about this sweater was just everything I’ve been looking for and didn’t even know it.  It’s super lightweight (yeah, yeah, so the name says…I’m a genius) and I’ve actually already worn it 3 times.  It’s a great “closet basic” that I can see wearing for years to come (and without a budget busting price tag!)  BUY BUY BUY!!

So there you have it, the good, bad and ugly of a recent J Crew shopping spree.  I had a reward card to spend, and I chose 3 (2 after return) pieces to fill holes in my wardrobe and with versatility.

Happy shopping, Happy closet! :)

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Wearable Wednesday- Stitch Fix Edition

I know, I know, where have I been and WHY is someone who claims to be a fashion lover so behind the Stitch Fix adoption process? Well, quite simply, it’s hard for me to spend money on “real” clothes right now since I spend 99% of my time in workout attire.  I finally bit the bullet though thanks to Corey and now I’m happily addicted.

Here’s how my first fix played out (#selfies aren’t ideal for showing off the clothes, but you get the point.  Apologies for the blurry ones!):

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Eight Sixty Bobbi Textured Stripe Peplum Top: I loved the idea of this top.  I think the peplum style is adorable and the material of the shirt was really cool- almost an eyelet.  Sadly, I’m long torso’d and the waist band of the shirt hit me mid-rib cage and thus the peplum part of the shirt flared funny.  RETURN

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Level 99 Pandora Stretch Sueded Leggings: I love a good legging and even though I had just gotten some new black ones for my birthday, I decided to try these on.  The fit was great- maybe a little snug, but hey, they’re leggings.  Ultimately 2 things made my decision to return very simple.  1.  My hands were BLACK just from getting these puppies on and off once! Fade much? 2.  The sueded material made them feel wintery so not something I’d get much use out of here in FL.  RETURN

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Tart Galena Abstract Print Pleated Ponte Skirt: I admit, I was on the fence about this one.  I’ve wanted a non-straight casual skirt for a while now, but have struggled with finding one I liked on my body.  Let’s face it, my body type looks better in straight styles.  I let Batch make the call on this one and he really liked it, so KEEP!

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Donna Morgan Aska Abstract Print Belted Dress: I loved this from the second I saw the fabric in the box.  It’s a great dress that’s SO versatile.  Definitely a keeper- in fact, I wore it the same night I got it to a work dinner with Batch!  I’m going to have fun styling this one for different seasons (boots, scarf, peep toes, flats, jacket…).  KEEP!!!

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Collective Concepts Denova Dot Print Blouse: I liked the mixed texture/fabric between the body of this top and the sleeves.  The fit was ok for a simple casual top, but I wanted to be wow’d so I decided it wasn’t worth the money.  RETURN

So there you have it, I kept 2 and returned 3 from my first fix.  In the end, I actually liked (i.e. was willing to try on) every thing in my box, I just wanted to love it before I committed to keeping it.  Everyone has said that the boxes/fixes get better and better the more you do as your stylist learns more about you and your preferences so I’m looking forward to my next fix.  I tried to give detailed feedback on this fix and made some specific requests for my next one.

Are you a stitch fix-er?  If not and you’d like to try, feel free to use this link (yes, I get a referral credit if/when you order).  Happy shopping, happy closet!

 

 

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Wearable Wednesday

Once we made the move from Houston to Jacksonville, I began working from home rather than going to the office everyday.  I also found myself living in workout clothes and pj’s.  Not that workout clothes can’t be fashionable- hello, Oiselle, but I wasn’t even trying in that department.  If it was clean, I put it on.  Sorry, B.  As part of Operation Digging Out (more on that soon), I’ve made a conscious effort to actually wear outfits everyday.  Yes, some days (most days) those still consist of workout clothes, but I’m “styling” them – or at least coordinating them in a presentable manner.  Today, however, I was inspired to wear “real” clothes.  It’s been raining all day here and there’s nothing I love more than an excuse to wear my Hunter’s.

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{Bear with me, I’m still trying to figure out how to use my Mac/I don’t like blogging directly in WordPress so these pics are strangely sized.}

Today’s look: Grey Skinnies: Kut from the Kloth, Nordstrom (anniversary sale in July, similar); White tank: J Crew (last summer, similar now at Factory); Blue Cardi: Banana Republic (recent); Scarf: J Crew (older); Hunter Boots: Nordstrom (older/gift, similar)

I love the rich blue in this cardigan and knew the first time I saw it in a store I wanted it in my closet.  Being the good shopper I am (read, unemployed), I waited for a coupon email and snatched it up for 50% off.

The rest of the outfit was already in my closet so it was just a matter of getting a little creative with the layers.  That’s seriously one of my favorite things about fall/winter- how you can transform your wardrobe just by combining different layers.  My other “cheap trick” in this outfit?  I took some knee socks, put them on inside out then cuffed them over the boots.  Viola, ‘welly socks’ for ~$3 instead of $35+.

Tell me, what’s your favorite ‘steal the runway’ trick?

(PS, I wrote the majority of this post yesterday, Wednesday, but sadly didn’t get to publish.  So, yes, it’s Thursday and the title is Wearable Wednesday.  Just roll with it…) ;)

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A Week of Work

After a couple of false starts, I finally had a really good week of training!  It was a good mix of running, cycling and strength.  I listened when my body said rest and pushed through the negative thoughts in my head that told me to quit on my long run.  Here’s how the week broke down:

Monday: AM: Run, 7.26 miles, 8:03avg; PM: 60 min spin class

I met the PRS group for morning bridges, but really didn’t feel like running bridges. Thankfully Seth and Lydia were running ‘flat’ so I joined them for a nice morning chat and run through San Marco.  I wouldn’t say the pace was completely easy for me, but it wasn’t too hard either.  Having company and a route I didn’t know (Seth is the king of route creation) helped the miles fly by.

That afternoon an injured friend texted to ask me if I’d join her for spin that evening. I know she feels isolated from the group since she’s been out for a while (stress fracture) and I want to add more cycling/spinning to my routine, so it was a no-brainer to join her! Here’s the best part of doing a spin class, YOU decide the difficulty.  I knew I ran that morning so could just adjust the tension/intensity as needed and still get a good cross-training workout.

Tuesday: AM: Strength w/ the girls; PM: Run, 5.04, 8:11 pace

3 weeks ago I started meeting 3 other ladies at a local gym on Tuesday mornings to workout with a friend who’s also a personal trainer (bonus, she’s an awesome runner too so she knows what we need to focus on!).  I have really enjoyed these sessions and getting back into a weight/strength routine.  I’ll recap this week’s workout so you can get an idea of what we do (it’s different every week which is awesome).

A Mellow Mushroom recently opened in our neighborhood.  I may be in trouble (it takes 5 minutes to ride my cruiser there).  The MM at the beach has a large run group from their restaurant every week and the manager at ‘our’ location wanted to start the same thing.  He asked our run club to help them get it started.  This was the first week, and we did a partner run.  Partners were chosen randomly (we drew numbers) – 1 person had to run 4 miles, the other 5 miles and the team closest to 76:30 total time won (prizes were $150 gift card to Ruth’s Chris/$100 gift card to III Forks).  No watches allowed!  Spoiler alert- my team didn’t win! I did however feel really good on this run.  The event had the desire effect for MM- people were curious and wanted to join us next time!  It also benefited the club since people were also interested in other runs we do.

Wednesday: AM: 45 min spin; PM: Run (track), 5.72, 6:54pace

Sometime after the MM run Tuesday night, and the 2nd glass of wine, I agreed to meet my friend again for spin.  I knew I wanted to run well at track this evening so I really kept the tension light and didn’t do all the sprints, etc the instructor was calling.  It was still a good way to wake up, spend some time with my friend, and flush out my legs.

Woah track night!  I haven’t done a “real” track session since Houston.  I’ve gone to track and done modified versions of the workouts, but this week I was ready to really get it done!  The workout was

mile warm up
1×1600 – 6:42
2×800- 3:20; 3:18
4×400- 1:33; 1:33; 1:32; 1:32
4×200- 47; 49; 50; 51 (oops- hate that those were positive splits)
cool down

I felt really good for most of this workout!  Don’t get me wrong it was HARD, and I had a moment where I thought I was going to toss my cookies, but I’m very happy with the consistency in my paces.  I was running “with” Batch and just concentrated on keeping the distance between us the same.  Mind tricks/distraction techniques.

Thursday: REST

My body was tired after track, and I knew I had pushed hard so far this week so I had ZERO guilt calling this a rest day.

Friday: Strength: 50min

Our Tuesday trainer writes us an “on our own” workout for Thursdays (or later in the week) so I grabbed my workout and hit the Y for some strength and light (on my own) yoga.

Saturday: Run: 15.4 miles, 8:11 pace

We saw a play Friday night and didn’t get home until 11:15pm.  I was “in charge” of the run which means I was up at 3:50am to put out the turn signs and water stops.  I was SUPER grumpy because we were running late.  I didn’t have enough fuel with me. This run had all the makings of a disaster, BUT I didn’t give in to excuses!!   My original goal for the day was 14 miles.  Somewhere along the way I decided to make it 15 miles (the extra 0.4 is because I took a minor detour to my house for a potty break).  It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had, but it also wasn’t the worst.  When I was really struggling, Batch reminded me to just enjoy the run.  Time + distance didn’t matter- just enjoy being out there and watching the sunrise over Jacksonville.  That coupled with a well-timed draw bridge break (can’t help but stop when the bridge is up!) allowed me to regroup and finish with a smile on my face.

Sunday: REST

#dowork

 
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Do Work

The funny thing about not blogging for a long time is that it becomes harder and harder to start again.  Like, which topic/post should I write first.  What do I go back and recap, and what do I just let fade into the background? It’s this analysis-paralysis that has kept me from writing anything for far too long.  So, for now, I’ll just start with the present.  I may eventually go back and catch y’all up on life because there have been some big lessons learned and some fabulous opportunities experienced.  But today, the topic is DO WORK.

It’s funny how many times I’ve said those 2 simple words.  Do Work.  They sound so simple and basic.  There’s even an often trending twitter hastag for it #dowork.  You have a goal (personal, professional, athletic, etc)? Do work.  I know this.  I’m not a newbie.  Yet, I somehow found myself facing another marathon less than prepared.  I considered dropping to the 1/2, but didn’t.  I considered DNF’ing multiple times during the race. I wasn’t having nutrition problems as in the past…I wasn’t injured…except maybe my pride.  I was having GI-issues, but what else is new? All I had to do was cross the finish line in 3:45 (5 minutes slower than my PR- which I ran twice last year) and the elusive BQ would finally be mine.  The bonus this time?  Batch was on the same course getting his BQ too.  We would be the BQ Batchelders.  Running Boston 2015 in true run-nerd fashion to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  Total cheese, I know. Sadly, it didn’t happen.  I ran a 3:47:xx.  (Batch did get his BQ with a solid 3:10:01- so incredibly proud!)

Again, I’m not a newbie.  I know to respect the distance.  I know anything can happen on race day.  I also know I wasn’t prepared to run my best race.  And that’s the hardest part to swallow.  I tried something “new” this training cycle even though I knew better.  Self-sabotage? Maybe.  I got caught up in the process and filed cross-training away as something I did when I was tri-training.  Not something that actually made me the best runner I can be.  Foolish.  Acting like a newbie when I’m not.  There were other factors at play, but those are topics for another day and a completely different post.  For now I’ll just say, lesson learned/reminder received.  Now, I’ll Do Work.

In the weeks since Houston, I did something I never allowed my body to do last year, I recovered.  I also sought treatment for some persistent aches.  Instead of jumping back into running immediately, I reacquainted myself with the bike (when your butt doesn’t ‘work’ get on the bike- it has no choice but to join the party).  I opted in to a weekly personal training/strength session with some of my run friends.  I kept an injured friend company in the pool.  Now, physically and mentally, I’m ready to train again.  Smartly.

I’m running the Gate River Run and looking forward to a nice PR.  To not letting the Hart Bridge (aka the “hurt”) get the best of me this year.  To seeing lots of Oiselle and PRS teammates tearing up the course.  To celebrating post-race with a club I love and showing a city I love to some of my speedy running heros.  Is there another marathon in my {semi-near} future, I don’t know.  My BQ dream isn’t gone…and Batch says he won’t run it without me.  Guess it’s time to DO WORK.

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Pinch Me

The past week and a half has been a complete roller coaster of emotions for me. I’ll write more about the down turns later because today..today I just want to focus on the highest of highs.

I’M ON MY WAY TO SEATTLE FOR HTC WITH NUUN!!!!!!!!!

Yes, that did require all caps screaming. You’re welcome. As you may recall, I submitted an application for the #NuunHTC team and was selected as an alternate. While I was thrilled and honored to be even considered for the team, I doubted I would actually get to make the trip and run the relay. Unfortunately some injuries on Team Cherry Limeade didn’t heal as quickly as we all hoped which led to Jenny moving to CL leaving a hole on Team Lemonade…enter my opportunity to participate in this amazing adventure!!

So there you have it..the short and sweet version of my semi-last minute addition to the #NuunHTC 2013 team and your advance warning of the excessive amounts of instagram and twitpix coming from my account over the next 5 days.

To say I feel blessed beyond measure is a complete understatement. I’m over the moon excited and so grateful to Nuun for this opportunity. Please don’t mistake my enthusiasm as uncaring for the way I received my spot…my heart hurts for the injured runner (she’s a friend) and I wish her continued healing. She’ll be kicking some serious tail soon!! :)

Follow along on our journey this weekend (#NuunHTC) and don’t forget to restock your own Nuun supply– free shipping runs through this weekend and code “HydrateHTC” scores you an additional discount.

Happy Wednesday!! See from the PNW!
(this post brought to you via my iPad so please excuse random typos and no pictures)

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Fashionable Friday- the #NSale (final weekend)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve talked or shown fashion/outfits on the blog, but I figured there was no better time to jump back in than during the Nordstrom #NSale.  It’s no secret I’m a huge Nordstrom fan and this is seriously the best sale they have all year.  My approach was a little different this time (more casual less work focused) since I’m currently #funemployed, but I still indulged a little nonetheless. 

Here are my purchases from the sale:

1. born slater Born Slater Bootie- I’ve wanted some short boots for a while and these had enough “edge” to peak my interest.  They are very comfortable and I can’t wait to wear them in the fall!

2. caslon funnel neck Caslon Funnel Neck Shirt- I can’t wait to get my hands on this top—unfortunately, it appears everyone else had the same idea so it’s backordered.  I’m hoping it comes before our trip to CO in September.

3. coh ava Citizens of Humanity Ava jeans- straight leg, medium to dark wash…the perfect versatile jeans for almost any situation.  Love them!

4. kut from kloth grey skinnys Kut from the Kloth Jennifer grey skinnies- I’ve never tried this brand before but was looking for some grey skinny jeans that weren’t going to break the bank but would also fit my “adult” body.  Winner!  They are definitely skinny, but didn’t feel painted on.  (I can’t find them online anymore- sold out maybe?)

5. make model pants Make+Model Vintage Lounge Pants- oh the drama to get these (2 pairs had manufacturing defects), but it’s so hard to find a good lounge/pj pant that’s not too short.  Love these!

6. me too shelby MeToo Shelby – I’m on the fence on these, what do y’all think?  I ordered the 7.5 and it’s just a little tight/short.  I think the 8 would be too big.  Worth trying the different size?

7.  trouve high low sweater Trouve High/Low Sweater – I got this in the plum/purple color.  It definitely runs big (I got the XXS) but looks awesome with the grey skinny jeans.  I think it will also work well with leggings.  It’s cotton which is key for sweaters in my/our climate.

8.  pleione mixed media top Pleione Mixed Media Roll sleeve top- While most people love this top, I just wasn’t one of them.  It did absolutely nothing for me- maybe it was just too big?  Disappointed I didn’t share this blogger’s love of the shirt.  She and her readers make it look good!! (returned)

Here are a couple of other items still on my wish list…

dansko wedgesfrye short bootsmarc by marc jacobs crossbody greymiz mooz oxfords 
Dansko Wedges (on the fence—opinions?), Frye Short boots (I want these in grey since I have tall ones in cognac); Marc by Marc Jacobs purse- sold out; Miz Mooz oxfords (not sure I’m “cool” enough but I keep eyeing them)

So there you have it…the FashionableMiles #NSale 2013 picks.  There are TONS of other great items available, and if you need some direction, shoot me an email or tweet and I’ll be happy to help you out.  Hurry up and shop peeps- the sale ends Sunday at midnight pacific!! 

Happy Friday!

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