Monday, September 16, 2019

Workout Style

In my opinion, there is nothing that makes me more excited to work out than knowing I have a cute outfit to wear! It's like the adult version of dressing up for the first day of school.

Now, to be honest, I do like to stick to my neutrals and go-to work out staples, which are pretty boring, but there are so many fun, seasonal, leggings, or even cute pullovers and sweats for before/after workouts. This kind of stuff makes it fun and mixes things up.

I have been browsing around for cute workout gear that you can work out in but also wear to run errands or lounge in. Scroll through the widget above to see some of my favorites.

If I am going to the gym, I typically like to wear shorts or leggings and a tank (regardless of the season). Because of that, I love tees and long sleeve tops that I can throw over my tank before/after working out and also sweatshirts/pullovers. Scroll through to see some things I am loving. I tried to link several pieces that are currently on sale.

Besides pieces I am eyeing, I thought I would round up some of my favorite work out staples.

Leggings// These are my ride or die leggings. They have a 26.5" inseam. I'm 5'6" and they hit right at my ankle so they are the perfect length. They have a super high waist so they suck you in and work out great with cropped tees or pullovers. The material is thick but doesn't make you hot. The best part though? There is a deep pocket on both outer thighs. This is so awesome if I am walking Henry on a long walk and I want to have my phone on me for music/podcasts. I also love it because it can hold my LV key pouch if I am running out on an errand. It's no wonder there are over 3000 5-star reviews.

Shorts// These are 4" so they are modest! They have an elastic waistband that always sits flat around my waist. They are comfortable and breathable. They are comparable to Lululemon's tracker short but these are better quality and more comfortable/better fitting, in my opinion.

Shorts// These are my second favorite shorts and are a much cheaper alternative to my top favorites. They're quality (not as nice as the ones above this, but still nice) and they come in some fun prints and also staples like black. They're easy to work out in or just throw on when running errands. They're also modest and comfortable.

Seamless Racerback Bra// This is for gals like me who have smaller chests. It is is not lined and seamless so it's SO comfortable. But it still provides a good amount of support. It's plenty for me, but definitely is not for someone with a larger bust! This is my second favorite- a little more comfortable but not as supportive, so it's best for long walks rather than high impact workouts. This one is a little more substantial and my favorite for super sweaty, high impact workouts!

Socks// These are low-rise and thick enough that they are nice quality, but thin enough that they are breathable and comfortable. They're super inexpensive and wash well. Highly recommend.

Sneakers// These are, by far, my favorite sneakers ever. I have been wearing them for years. No joke, I own 3 pairs and they're the only ones I work out in and I just ordered the newest pair I have linked. Adidas does a collaboration with Stella McCartney and I think those look 'cooler' but they also have the regular Ultraboost version, too, which are less pricey and equally as comfortable. 

Varley// I also wanted to highlight this brand because in the past few years it has quickly become one of my go-to brands for activewear. When items go on sale, you can usually get them for a song!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fall Wish List

I haven't done a wish list post in quite some time so I thought it would be fun to share things I would love for fall... and what better a time than Friday the 13th (with a full moon, no less)! Are you superstitious? I am not but I would like to think that maybe instead of crazy things happening, good things will happen! I guess we shall find out! 

I didn't actually mean for this to have a neutral/brown color palette but that just shows how much I am loving the earthy tones for fall! I'm not typically one to wear a ton of brown so this is a little new for me!

Alpaca Sweater// This sweater deserves a spot at the top. I bought a sweater from J.Crew years ago (5 to be exact) and it is to this day one of my favorite sweaters ever. So much so that about a year later, I went on eBay to find another one! Well, this sweater that J.Crew just released is basically that sweater! I checked the tag and they are made from the exact same materials. I ordered one to test out so here is to hoping that I am right! 

Sunglasses // These are just gorgeous and such a pretty shape. They are in a classic tortoise but also come in black. 

Suede Sneakers// I love my tretorns because they are cute and comfortable. Tretorn is a classic brand that has been around since my mom was my age! I love the idea of the suede because they are a bit dressier than your typical white canvas sneakers. The lining is a bonus since it gets so cold here in Pittsburgh starting in November! 

Houndstooth Coat// This is my dream coat. It's a major splurge but I am seriously considering it. The cut is timeless and I love the beautiful fabric. 

 Leopard Print Leggings// I love that these look like your everyday black leggings and then you do a double-take and see the leopard print. 

Red Leather Skirt// They brought back the pleated faux leather skirt and I love the red color! I have it in black and navy in the shorter version but might just have to scoop up the red. It's an easy way to wear color in the fall/winter months!

Vanity Case// This is so cute and so functional! A great item to add into your carry-on. 

Sherpa Puffer// I love the idea of this. I love sherpas and puffers so I think this could be one amazing coat! 

Monogrammed Leather Tote// Ugh. This is just gorgeous! I love a leather travel bag and this one offers a custom painted monogram. 

Gilt Pomander and Hinoki Candle// This is one of my favorite fall/winter scents ever. It's cozy like a fire but also has hints of pine and cider.

Ginger Jar// It's hard to find a quality ginger jar. Lately, everyone makes them but a lot of them have that 'fake' look to them that makes them look cheap, do you know what I mean? This one looks legit!

Thursday, September 12, 2019


This week was a GREAT one! So many amazing things happening and all will be shared in due time! I hunkered down and got a lot of behind-the-scenes things done which feels so good!

Besides getting work done, I also started on my wedding workout routine that I will hopefully stick to until the wedding (ha, we shall see). Some home items arrived (which I shared on Insastories earlier this week), I tied up a few loose ends in terms of wedding planning and have been binging on Breaking Bad. I only started it a few weeks ago and I already started season 4. So. Good.

We also have officially planned our honeymoon! We went a totally different route than our original thoughts and dare I say this is not your typical honeymoon... I literally stumbled upon it while researching and was so excited when my fiancé loved the idea, too. So. Excited.

Wearing: This is what I wore this past weekend. The weather was incredibly perfect so I took that as the perfect opportunity to wear one of my newest favorite tops! It's a beautiful faux suede material and the color is very pale sand so it basically goes with everything. I love the slightly puffed sleeves and the smocking around the wrist. It's one of those really easy tops but looks special. They also made a black version that's not faux suede (so it is slightly dressier) and that is at the top of my wishlist! So chic.

Eating: If you have a Costco membership, I highly recommend getting their homemade chicken noodle soup. It is absolutely fantastic. The taste is so flavorful and fresh and filled with hearty vegetables, chicken, and noodles. It's located in the refrigerated area with the prepared foods (kind of near the rotisserie chicken). 

Reading: Dog owners, have you all seen the FDA's warning about many brands of dog food? I saw this just recently and while Henry doesn't eat any of those brands, the warning also covers pea and lentil ingredients. I noticed Henry's food (Canidae Salmon) had peas as the 4th ingredient. So we are going to slowly switch him over to Nature's Logic. I did a lot of research and this seems to be a really great dry dog food and one without lentils or peas. I bring this up not only for you all to be aware, but also if you have great, healthy, and safe food suggestions for dogs that you use and love, let me know in the comments below and so others can learn from you, too! Henry goes to his yearly vet appointment in the next month or so, so I'm going to chat with him about it, too! I'll report back! 

Watching: Movies coming out fall 2019. I haven't seen a movie in ages so I hope to see one this fall at some point. I love me some movie theater popcorn, ha! 

Listening: This is my latest favorite song. It is so funky and upbeat!!  
Loving: These headbands come in a set of 3 and look so much like Gucci but are only $13 for the set! They are so cute and dress up any ordinary outfit. Plus, they don't hurt at all! 

Wanting: Did you guys see that my favorite, Lake Pajamas, just released their latest collection and my requests have been answered! They created a crewneck style with FULL long sleeves! I ordered right away. SO excited. See this post for my full review of the brand. 

Pittsburgh-ing: This past weekend we headed to Sewickley because they were having a fall event where they closed down the streets and there were tons of vendors. It was really cute and the absolute perfect day for it. We stopped and grabbed a bit to eat at Mediterra Cafe. I had been seeing it all over Instagram and it looked delicious and so cute. Well, it exceeded our expectations. It was SO delicious. I highly recommend!

Quoting: 'Privacy is power. What people don't know, they can't ruin.'// Could not agree with this quote more!!!! See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: BHLDN Pittsburgh

BHLDN Pittsburgh

BHLDN Pittsburgh

fall wedding guest dress

fall wedding guest dress

BHLDN Virdia Dress

BHLDN Virdia Dress

Did you all know that BHLDN opened in Bakery Square in Pittsburgh? It's located inside of the Anthropologie and boy is it beautiful! I was so excited to be invited to their opening party and brought my mom along for the celebration.

They sent me this gorgeous Virdia Dress to wear to the event and I am absolutely in love. The color is so beautiful and the textured fabric is stunning. Such a gorgeous, well-made dress that you can wear for any dressier occasion. It will be such a nice dress to have on hand for fall weddings! 

I've already found my wedding dress, but did you know that BHLDN also makes beautiful wedding dresses? My sister is going to make an appointment for later this fall so we can all watch her try on BHLDN wedding dresses. I'm so excited to see her in all of them! 

Here are a few iPhone snaps from the event. My mom and I had the best time. BHLDN really knows how to throw a great party. They had a mobile flower truck and we were able to create our own bouquets which we loved!

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