Thursday, March 21, 2019


As of yesterday, we have officially entered SPRING! See ya, winter! It has actually been pretty mild lately so I am loving it and fully embracing spring with open arms.

This week has been great- I've been crossing a lot off of my to-do list and continue to put in extra work so I can give myself a little time for the move!

I get the keys to my new house next Friday and I am so excited. I'm going to do a full post because I'm having allll of the feelings about this huge change about to take place. It's such a big change and now that it is finally here, I am nervous! It's a good, happy nervous, but nerves are nerves.

This past weekend I had a big group of people over to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and I said to them 'this is probably going to be the last time you are in my apartment'. It was so weird! So, this weekend and all next week I am planning on fully embracing my apartment and downtown life because it won't look like this as of next weekend!

Wearing: I love a good athleisure set and this navy one is so perfect for spring. The sweater is such high quality. These are my favorite leggings because not only do they have a really nice high waist and hit me right at the ankle (I'm 5'6"), but they have TWO pockets on each side of the leg. Whenever I'm walking Henry it is so nice to have these pockets to be able to hold my phone and keys! They're high quality and wash really nicely, too! If you are between sizes, I would recommend sizing down.

Wearing II: These linen shorts are back this year! They are so insanely comfortable and basically feel like running shorts but look way more put together. I wore them SO much last year so I'm glad to see them back and fully in stock. Right now, they are on sale for $15!!! They run true to size! They also come in black, white and green!

Sale-ing: Serena and Lily is offering 20% off everything through March 25th. Use code INSPO. There are a few exclusions so keep an eye out for those. I want these counter stools sooooo badly, this might just be the 'excuse' I need to snag them! I'm also obsessed with this rug

 We watched Greenbook on Sunday and it was SO good. I highly recommend it. It is really well done and the acting is phenomenal. You can rent on Amazon Prime!

Watching II: OMG the Stranger Things season 3 trailer was released and I am SO excited! It's being released a little earlier this year- July 4th! 

Listening: I gave up on creating a March playlist because I have been so into Podcasts, so I started on an April playlist and although it only has a few songs, it is SO good. This George Ezra remix makes me SO happy and energized. Great for playing during a 3pm slump! 
Loving: Isn't this custom painted dog bowl SO cute?! The lovely Dana, who creates these amazing bowls was so sweet and sent one for Henry for our new home! The bowls come in several different colors to match your decor and are so well made! Henry is a happy pup! 

Wanting: I'm sure you have all seen those slow feeder dog bowls before? Henry eats out of a food ball that he rolls on the floor. But that's admittedly messy. For the new house, I have been looking for a pretty slow feeding dog bowl and have come up empty-handed. BUT, I came across this brilliant removable thing that you can put in any dog bowl that forces dogs to slow down. I ordered it and will report back if it really works!

Quoting: 'I have found that when you love life, life will love you back.' - Arthur Rubenstein// See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: Black Tie Wedding Guest Dresses

Yellow Gown (old, similar, similar, similar)
Today I thought I would share what 'type' of wedding we are having. This is something that I have always wanted in terms of weddings: a black tie wedding. 

I think there is something so elegant about tuxedos and gowns and I wanted my wedding to feel like a very special occasion. There are so many different occasions to rock a cocktail dress, but nowadays, it's a rarity to rock a gown and tux! 

Plus, our church and venue are very elegant so black tie really works well in both environments! I'm so excited to see our little ring bearer in a tux- so cute!!! 

Because I personally skew 'fancier' and my fiancĂ© skews more casual, we compromised that we would have a more casual rehearsal dinner! 

For wording on our invitations, we are wording it 'black tie' without the 'optional'... I just personally appreciate dress codes that are more clear cut, so there isn't any gray area for interpretation. 

I thought today would be perfect to share some black-tie gowns you can wear as a wedding guest! Most of my friends have all had black tie weddings so I have quite a few gowns. But, even if you have been attending more casual weddings, I always suggest having at least 1 black gown in your wardrobe. You never know what will pop up! Plus, a black gown will work for every occasion from a formal fundraiser to a black tie wedding! I have this gown in black and it is so gorgeous! 

My other tip for choosing a gown is to order a bunch and try them on or shop in store. Oftentimes, I don't love the online photo, but when you see it in person, it is gorgeous!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Little Things Part III

It's quite amazing to have amassed 10 years worth of blog posts. There are over 3100 blog posts on Three thousand!!! I mention this a lot, but one of my favorite things about Summer Wind is that it is like a personal diary of sorts. 

I can look back to any day in any month of any of the last 10 years and read about what I was into, what I was up to, what I was looking forward to. 

Two blog posts that are some of my favorites are ones that I have shared in 2014 and then again in 2016. I haven't done one in a few years and decided to share again! Basically, I'm all about finding happiness in every single day. Even a bad day. And when I find the tiniest pieces of happiness, I save them into my phone and read them whenever I need a pick-me-up. They're little things- things that many people might not even think twice about- things I often don't think twice about but are a series of small, insignificant moments where I think most of life's happiness can be found! 

Here is my latest list... 

The warmth that comes from cuddling with Henry. 

The sound of trees rustling in the wind. 

The right ratio of juice to champagne in a mimosa. 

I love you text messages right before taking off on a flight. 

Waking up just before your alarm and not being tired. 

The first sip of coffee. 

The beacon of lights as you fly into a city at night. 

When you come across a song that you become obsessed with and play on repeat. 

Running your hands through your freshly cut hair. 

The sound of the drowned out chatter and commotion on an evening flight as you doze off to sleep. 

The moment when your Jack Rogers are finally broken in and amazingly comfortable. 

A random Homegoods trip where you hit the jackpot!

A knock on your hotel door signaling that your room service has arrived. 

The first spritz of perfume. 

The sound of torn wrapping paper as a gift is being opened. 

Freshly showered, new pajamas, and freshly washed sheets. 

The sizzling of fajitas arriving at your table! 

A beautifully packaged purchase- so good that you don't even want to open it!

A sip of Coke the next morning after a night out of drinking. 

A long walk after a few days of bad weather. 

When it's so clear you can actually see the stars. 

When you realized you completed all of your errands. 

A perfect parallel parking job. 

Not trying something on in the store, bringing it home and it fitting perfectly. 

Chik-Fil-A Chicken Mini's for breakfast. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

21 Pairs of Neutral Sandals for Summer

21 Pairs of Neutral Sandals for Summer

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I think one of the hardest parts when dressing for the summer is what shoes to wear. I typically stick between two pairs of sandals: Jack Rogers and Hermes Oasis. I've been searching to add another pair of neutral sandals into my repertoire. 

You'll notice that I did not include many dark sandals such as black or navy and that is because I find a nude/tan sandal to be the most flattering. The color somewhat blends into my skin and helps to lengthen my leg so that is just why I personally prefer a light shade of sandal. Whereas I notice when I wear a dark slide sandal, it cuts off my leg and I just find it to be unflattering! 

But, I do think there are some really cute darker sandals so I wanted to include a few because I do like wearing darker sandals with white jeans! 

I scoured the internet and found 21 pairs that I really love. they are from all different retailers and are at all different price points. I've also added some different heel heights so there is something for everyone.

Do you have a favorite pair/brand of neutral sandals? I'd love to know! 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Shopping

Happy weekend! Today is the big St. Patrick's Day celebration in Pittsburgh. I am having family friends over to my apartment for a brunch and then we will head out to the celebrations in the city! 

I did this last year and it was so much fun. I figured I would do it again as the last hoorah in my downtown place! It's so bittersweet but I am glad everyone could come! 

I did a lot of online browsing this week so there are lots to check out! I am currently in the struggle between deciding whether I want to buy clothes/shoes/accessories or home stuff!! 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Spring Wish List

Spring Wish List
I don't know about you but I was exhausted on Monday from the time change! But, can I just say how amazing it is for it to be light out so much later?! It's quite literally the light at the end of the winter tunnel. Thank goodness. 

March is usually my least favorite month just because it is so bleak and cold here in Pittsburgh. However, it looks like it is shaping up to be a little milder than usual and I will take it! 

The longer days and the non-freezing temperatures have me SO excited for the warmer weather. I've been eyeing so many things for the spring season so I thought I would share some of them with you!

Striped Joggers// These are the same style of joggers that I always rave about but they are in blue and white stripes. SO. Cute. 

Leather and Canvas Tote// I am so excited because this bag is on its way to me. Isn't it gorgeous? So classic and the leather dresses up an everyday casual bag!

Mom Jeans// The 'mom jeans' trend has been everywhere for the past year or two and I haven't been able to find a great pair that works with my body. I ordered these on a whim, so I'll see how they work! 

Gingham Belt// I'm not into the designer belt trend at all. It's something you will not find me wearing. However, I love love love this gingham belt. It's an easy way to add some pattern to a simple outfit! 

Statement Earrings// I am not much of a statement earring gal, but I saw these and have been thinking about them ever since. They're so different, don't you think?

Diamond Initial Necklace// So simple and beautiful. A timeless, luxurious staple. 

Floral Skirt// Love this skirt. Florals are such an easy print to wear in the spring and I love the blues in it! 

Scalloped Napkins// I want these napkins so badly. I'm really trying my best not to buy things like this and save items like this for my registry. It's so hard but if I don't save things like this, I will quite literally have nothing to register for, ha! 

Blackberry and Bay Candle// This is one of my all-time favorite scents. Perfect for the spring season. 

Chanel Chance// This is my favorite perfume. I'm about to be out of my current bottle. I usually switch to a different perfume but I just love this one so much I think I'm going to order another bottle! 

White Sandals// These sandals are the 'it' sandal this year and for good reason! They are inexpensive and so simple. 

Athletic Shorts// Aren't these fun? I typically go for black workout attire but this blue print is a nice way to mix things up. 

Thong Sandals// I love these sandals! I will be doing a post on neutral sandals and I'm definitely going to include these because they are so simple but also beautiful. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019


This past weekend, we got our favorite Thai takeout, went to a beautiful wedding, and walked to the Strip District for brunch! We were lucky to have had great weather and it has continued through this week. Henry has gotten lots of walks so he has been so happy!!

This week flew by- I got SO much accomplished and I'm trying to work ahead as much as possible as I prepare for the move. This weekend I am hosting family friends for a St. Patricks day brunch. I did this last year and it was so much fun! This is going to be like the last hoorah in my apartment. Bittersweet!

Wearing: I am obsessed with this sweater coat and this striped tee! Seriously, they are both such nice quality for the price and I really love pairing them together. An easy casual, but put together look!
Eating: This is one of my favorite products from Trader Joe's! I usually pick one up every other time I go because I go through it that fast! It's a non-chunky salsa that tastes just like what you would find at a Mexican restaurant. So flavorful and yet there are only a handful of ingredients. 

 The Adnan Sayed documentary on HBO finally premiered. I watched the first episode and thought it was good but not great... I just don't know how you could top Serial! But, it's worth the watch just because it is so interesting to actually see the people from the Podcast! 

Loving: I rescued Henry from a non-profit called Tracy's Dogs. You probably have heard this many times before but I like to give the organization as much publicity as possible because it is amazing. They just partnered with a musician to create a music video of a dog's journey from Tracy's Dogs to finding their forever home and it is SO SWEET. The count of dogs that Tracy has rescued is ow almost to 5000. Incredible. Pittsburghers, Tracy's Dogs comes to the area on July 13th if you are interested in adopting! There are so many cute dogs available for adoption!

Wanting: Lots of good things this week but I have had shoes on the brain!
Pittsburgh-ing: We went to Smallman Galley in the Strip District for brunch on Sunday. We typically get Home or Iron Born, but this time we got an order of tacos from Baco. They were SO good. Highly recommend... it's so hard to pick whenever I'm in there- all of the restaurants this round are just incredible! We also got the fish sandwich from Home that was incredible. Giving fish fry's a run for their money! 

Traveling: Last week I spoke at a conference in Richmond. It was held at the Quirk Hotel which was SO cute. The branding was beautiful and I loved all of the blush pink!! If you are ever in Richmond, I highly recommend! 

Quoting: 'Some of the best days in your life haven't happened yet. Just relax and keep going.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: My Pearl Necklace

A lot of you have noticed the new triple pearl necklace that I have been wearing daily in addition to my diamond necklace and have asked a lot about and it where you can find one for yourself. 

I have been wanting to share this story ever since I received this necklace because it is so very special to me.

At our engagement party, we received so many beautiful gifts. We honestly were not expecting to receive anything and it was just such a generous gesture from so many of our family and friends. Not only was I not expecting gifts but I was not expecting to open them that night. However, our family friend came over to me and said that I should open the gift from my grammie while she was there. I was hesitant at first, but I said sure! 

Everyone surrounded me as I was opening the package. It was just for me- not for my fiance´. The small box gave away that it was going to be jewelry. My grammie often gifts my sister and I the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. My grandfather was in the jewelry industry and so my grammie has so many beautiful pieces and has now passed a love for jewelry on to me! 

As I opened the box, I saw the dainty gold chain with three pearls. The necklace is so me. I have a love for pearls and yellow gold as well as very dainty jewelry that is appropriate for everyday wear. An absolutely lovely gift in and of itself, but it had a back story. 

My grandpa passed away in 2010. I was very close to my grandpa- my entire family was. He was one of the best men I have ever met and I miss him every day. He was the definition of a gentleman. I was so lucky to have had him in my life for 19 years. 

My grammie said that my grandpa had picked out this necklace to give to me when I got engaged. Over 10 years ago. She has held on to that necklace to give to me for over 10 years just to wait for this moment. I am not a crier and I really cried. This was one of the most special and touching moments ever and a gift I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

I was so glad I opened it with everyone there. They all knew and loved my grandpa as well and it was a great moment for everyone to remember him. 

I know the necklace is a 'thing', but to me, it symbolizes that he was right there celebrating with me. It gives me a great sense of peace every time I touch it or see it in the mirror knowing that my grandpa is by my side as I prepare to make the most important commitment of my life. 

My grandparents were married for over 50 years before my grandpa passed away and their love and marriage is something that I am so thankful to have been able to witness and be a part of. It was a great lesson to see true, unwavering, and unconditional love in action and I can only hope and pray that Andrew and I have that same type of marriage. I will think of it every time I get a glance at my beautiful pearl necklace.

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More Wedding Content:
- I'm engaged and how he asked!
Inspiration for Reception Design
How We Met
When and Where We Are Getting Married
My Wedding Shoes
- My Engagement Party
- Wedding Dress Shopping
- My New Monogram
- My Fitness Goals and Plan

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

February Favorites

Well, February certainly got away from me and now we are almost halfway through March. Crazy! So here we are with my favorites from February... a little bit of everything!

White Sweatshirt + White Pants Set// I got so much wear out of this white set. It's basically a sweat suit but looks so much more polished. Great for travel because it looks chic but doesn't wrinkle!

Varley Ainsley Leggings// I am obsessed with these leggings. They are so soft and smooth as well as high quality. I would definitely recommend them! I'm wearing them, here. They are on sale in green, here.

Cute To-Go Cups// I found navy gingham ones in store at Target, but these floral ones are also very cute!

Carpet Cleaner// I ran out of my other carpet cleaner and ordered this one. Henry had a stomach bug and ended up going to the bathroom and vomiting in my apartment multiple times. Poor guy. Needless to say, I really needed cleaner and this one totally worked!

Superstar Lips// The shade 'confident lips' is one of my favorites. It looks really dark but it's actually a really pretty, glam red! Super easy to apply and it feels like lip balm but is very pigmented. It comes in pillow talk, too, which I have and love but it is entirely sold out everywhere.

Spray Tans// I got my first spray tan since I was in college and I loved it. It looked so natural and just gave me such a healthy glow. I am super pale right now and very conscious about sunscreen application so I think I will be getting more spray tans in the future! I go to Dina who is amazing!

Weezie Towels// These towels are SO nice and not to mention, beautiful! I could not recommend them more. They also make such a lovely gift.

Cold Podcast// This is a must listen if you are into murder mysteries. This is a true story and it's so crazy, it's almost unbelievable. There are a lot of episodes so it is great for a long car ride.

Blue and White Candle Tins// This candle trio is SO cute and can be purchased for only $15 on Amazon Prime. They smell good and they look adorable. Would be great as a hostess gift!

Favorites from Previous Months:
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
- January 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Henry Pupdate

I haven't done a Henry update in a while so I thought today was the day! As I have mentioned many times, I'm moving soon! As much as I am so excited, I have also been thinking about the impact it will have on Henry. 

Obviously, in the long run, it will be so beneficial for him because he will have direct access to the outdoors, more indoor space and lots of sidewalks and parks! 

But, I have read that moving can be stressful for dogs and I can totally see why. Henry is used to the city life! Going up and down elevators many times each day, lots of loud noises, many people, etc. He's hung out at my parent's house long enough to know what the suburbs are, though! 

Plus, his original adjustment from hot, rural Texas to freezing cold Pittsburgh city life was so much bigger so I know he will handle it well. That adjustment took him a few weeks, so I'll be interested to see how quickly Henry adapts to his new surroundings! 

Do you have any tips for me if you have made a move with your dog? I'd love to know! I plan on keeping his routine throughout the move. Although I've purchased a few new things for Henry- like a dog bed, new food containers, etc. I am still going to bring his old things with me. I have read that having familiar items can help get a dog adjusted to their new surroundings. 

Another thing that I have not yet decided is if I will let Henry have run of the house. Mac had full access to my parent's house. He had his favorite rooms/chairs/etc. and knew which pieces of furniture he was not allowed on. 

Currently, Henry has full run of my apartment when I am home. When I leave, I close the door to my bedroom and the bathroom. He is always so well behaved when I am gone. 

Whenever my fiance´watches him (while I am traveling or what not) he lets Henry have run of the house in his house, too. However, he crates Henry when he has to run out because he has roommates! So he is familiar with a crate if that ends up being the best bet for him. We shall see!!

I also wanted to highlight the outfit I am wearing in today's post! It's part of the Talbots and O, The Oprah Magazine capsule collection. 30% of the net proceeds directly benefit Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that provides women with the tools they need to achieve economic independence.

There are five pieces in this year's collection and the pieces are inspired by the ‘T by Talbots’ line, which offers high-quality activewear. And you know I love a good casual look! I'm wearing the Jacket and Tee which are both part of the collection. They are so well made, soft and comfortable. Not to mention flattering and functional. It's the high quality I always love and expect from Talbots!  Each piece runs true to size- if you are between sizes, I would suggest sizing down! 

Talbots stores nationwide will accept monetary donations both in-store and online now through
March 31st. This year, Talbots will again match customer monetary donations up to $250,000. To date, the TalbotsxOMagazine partnership has raised over $4 million and collected over 15,000 boxes of donated business attire for DFS, benefiting over 100,000 women. 

A very worthy cause which you can support by upping your activewear style game! Thank you to Talbots for sending me these pieces to style and sponsoring this post! I donated to this worthy cause and I hope you will, too! 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday Shopping

This week was such a doozy so I am extra pleased that it is the weekend!! I started last Sunday off with a stomach bug that occupied me for the first half of the week and then I had to drive to Richmond to speak at a conference at the end of the week.

This weekend I'm playing catch up on work that I missed while I was sick as well as shooting some content that I'm excited about! We also have a wedding to attend this evening here in Pittsburgh. Jam-packed but lots of fun! 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Guest Dresses
This has been such a highly requested post! If you are like me, you are in the season where everyone is getting married. We have so many weddings this year, it's kind of crazy. We will have our second wedding of the year this weekend, and then it starts to really pick up in the late summer/fall/holiday seasons.

Besides being very busy, it's also so exciting to watch all of our friends tie the knot. There is nothing better than seeing your good friends find the love of their life. Seeing them so happy is the best! 

With so many weddings, a few good cocktail dresses are important to have within your arsenal! Today I'm sharing 25 great options. These dresses are perfect for anything from a casual to cocktail style wedding. I'll share formal wedding dresses in a separate post!

Do you find that you are attending more cocktail attire weddings or black tie? Most of my friends have had black tie weddings but this weekend we are attending a cocktail attire wedding! I'll share which type of wedding we are having in a future Wedding Wednesday post.

You'll notice that many of the dresses I am featuring today are solid. That is because,, with a simpler, solid dress, you are able to change it up more with accessories. That way, you can re-wear the dress more often without people realizing you are dress repeating! 

Thursday, March 7, 2019


I'm all about ending Sunday in a relaxing, calm way and gearing up for the week ahead. It's not the Sunday scaries for me, I actually get excited about my week ahead! Well, this week did not start off as planned. I felt so off all Sunday- my stomach just wasn't 'right'. I ended up feeling so sick that I was in bed by 7 and didn't sleep at all Sunday night. A stomach bug hit me hard and I was in bed all of Monday. No. Fun. At least I was in the comfiest Lake pajamas ever. Seriously, if you haven't gotten yourself a pair, you need to. Softest pajamas ever and beyond comfortable.

So, I restarted a little sluggish on Tuesday- I felt in good spirits, though, because it could only go uphill from there... and then Wednesday it was like it hit me again. I think I'm on the mend now. Phew.

Today, I'm headed to Richmond for the quickest trip ever to speak at a conference! I'm excited for a longer road trip so I can indulge in a podcast. Ever since I first listened to Serial, then S-Town, and then Cold, I'm hooked on these mysterious murder mystery type podcasts!

Reading: Did you see that Lilly Pulitzer released a book with Assouline to celebrate their 60th anniversary? I received one from the lovely Lilly team and it is 265 pages of pure happiness!

Sale-ing: Have you taken a look through Athleta's sale section lately? They have so many of my favorite workout pieces and it's always nice to score them on sale! Horchow is also having a big sale which includes the gorgeous Matouk linens- which are very hard to find on sale! 

 Real Housewives of NY started last night. Who else watches? I've been a faithful watcher since season 1. It's really the only Real Housewives franchise I keep up with! In other Bravo news, we still don't have a date for my favorite, Southern Charm! Does anyone know when it premieres?! 

Listening: As I'm traveling, I plan on listening to Over My Dead Body or Up and Vanished. I got so many recommendations for these two podcasts via Instagram DM and I am so excited to see what all the hype is about!

Loving: We've gotten quite a bit of snow in the last week or so, which is not surprising for March in Pittsburgh. I'm quite over it, though. I absolutely love Tuckernuck's new arrivals- so bright and cheery and really excites me for warmer temps. We are almost out of the thick of it!!! 

 Are you guys a car neat freak like I am? Meaning I keep my car's interior squeaky clean at all times? I don't store anything in my car because I can't stand the clutter and I vacuum/clean it around once a month! I usually do it at my parent's because I valet my car downtown. Once I move, though, I will have a nice big garage where I can do it at my house! So, it has me looking at this handheld vacuum. Does anyone have it and love it?! Speaking of vacuums, I've also been researching pet vacuums that are good on hardwood floor since I'll have a lot of that in my new house. This Bissell vacuum has been highly reviewed and I'm wondering if I should get it? Has anyone here tried it?! Getting excited about vacuums is about as adult as it gets, isn't it?!

Pittsburgh-ing: We just got a Fogo de Chao in downtown Pittsburgh. It's only a couple blocks from my apartment and since I love a good steak, I thought this would be right up my alley. I hadn't had a chance to try it yet but luckily, I was invited to a press dinner there and it was delicious! You definitely need to come hungry- there is so much food. Honestly, you could be a vegetarian and have a great meal. They have a 'market table' which is essential a big buffet filled with salads and grilled veggies, lots of cheeses, and more. Then, they come around to your table with the meat offerings. Every single thing was delicious. I highly recommend the caipirinha cocktail and ordering a glass of the VIK red wine. Can't wait to return!

Pittsburgh-ing II: I loathe cicadas! They freak me out so much- so if you are like me, here is your official warning- they are coming for Pittsburgh this spring/summer. AH! 

Traveling: Headed to Richmond for less than 24 hours to speak at a conference this evening! 

Quoting: 'Don't waste your time trying to change opinions. Do your thing and don't care if they like it.' -Tina Fey  // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: Getting Fit

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Today we are talking about fitness and diet! I still have a lot of time to go before our wedding which is great because it gives me a lot of time to create fitness/diet goals as well as create a plan.

The best way, in my opinion, to achieve fitness and diet goals are to first create a plan and then stick to it. 

I love to be toned and healthy, but I'm not one of those people that is going to run a marathon or take a daily spin class. It's just not me and not something I plan to force upon myself. 

I'm active in the sense that I take Henry on long walks several times a week in the winter and every single day in the warmer months. I do a simple floor routine several times a week to stay toned and I would say I eat healthy 70% of the time and 30% of the time I'm eating out or eating takeout. I naturally crave healthy foods like salads, brussel sprouts, grilled chicken, etc. but I do go out a lot with friends and family and indulge in cocktails and dessert! I love to try new restaurants and eat delicious food. 

Needless to say, there is room for improvement- especially as I get older! My goals are not to necessarily lose weight or get toned- sure, that would be wonderful, but I'm looking to really feel my absolute best! I feel pretty good now but I know I can always do better.

Luckily, my fiance´will also be on this journey with me so we can hold each other accountable. I think that's another way to achieve success- have an accountability partner! 

So, with that said, for the first 6 months, I am focusing on making more of a lifestyle change than a fitness and diet plan. Here are my goals for the next 6 months:

- Eat out/takeout/seamless less (shooting for just 1x week)
- Walk Henry daily and push for longer walks
- 3 Organized workouts per week (organized meaning either a class or something I can stream)
- Choose 'healthier' options when I do eat out (ex. forgoing appetizers and desserts, choosing to skip sour cream/ranch/etc, getting the dressing on the side, choosing fish over red meat, etc.)
- No alcohol on weekdays (I already pretty much stick to this but every once in a while I will have a glass of red wine at home or a cocktail if I'm out with friends- I'm looking to cut out alcohol entirely Sunday-Thursday). 

It doesn't sound like a lot, but for me, it's very attainable and manageable and it needs to be if it is something that becomes a part of my lifestyle. By the end of the next 6 months, this will hopefully be second nature. 

Then, I'll have 6 more months to go and that is when I really plan to kick it up a notch with workouts. With 3 months to go, I plan to focus closely on my diet. Hopefully by then, I'll feel my best and look it, too! 

For those of you who have a great workout routine in place, what workouts should I look into? What do you enjoy most? I will have access to an incredible fitness center once I move so I'm very excited about all of the options.

 I was a swimmer throughout my life and I personally find that to be one of the best workouts. For months 6-12, I'm considering adding swimming 2-3 times per week, we shall see! 

My outfit above is Ellen Degenere's new line, EV1, available at Walmart! You guys are always requesting I share more budget-friendly buys and this entire workout outfit only cost $68 (shoes included!). The line is also very size inclusive ranging from size XS to XXXL! There are a lot of great activewear pieces to choose from throughout the spring line. 
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