Fitness Fashion Friday

Fitness Fashion

So – it’s Friday. And I feel like that gives me an excuse to throw up a themed post. Fitness Fashion Friday, anyone? Here’s the thing: in the past few months my wardrobe situation has changed completely. I went from wearing dresses, pants, and other “regular” attire to donning athletic wear pretty much every single day. First: how freaking great is that? I have the most comfortable work uniform ever. And thankfully nowadays fitness fashion has really stepped up to another level. I can look cute while working out and teaching – I love that! So for today, I am picking out five of my current fitness fashion favorites currently out on the market. Click the name of the item to be taken to the product page!

1. Alo Extreme Racerback Tank – We continue to get this tank in at our Pure Barre studio, and it always sells out as soon as it arrives. It is such a great basic shape, but the hint of sheer mesh detail in the back on the racerback is so fun and shows off some of the fun straps in your bra. It comes in multiple colors, but I tend to love black – you can’t go wrong with a classic!

2. Zella Triple Play Sports Bra – I am officially obsessed with finding fun sports bras with interesting straps. The contrasting colors and the fun straps on this one have definitely caught my eye – I think this will make its way into my wardrobe verrrryyyy soon.

3. Splits 59 Nova Performance Capris – I have these in the full length tights and I LOVE THEM. Splits 59 is one of my favorite brands in general: the material in these pants has great stretch, the thickness is right on point, and they definitely do not look sheer if you bend over. The splatter paint bursts are just fun in general. Love love love!

4. Wrap it Up Tank – This Lululemon tank is currently ON SALE and it comes in an array of color options if black isn’t your thing. I wore this tank for the first time last week and immediately fell in love. It worked hard for me in class, stayed in place, and looked wonderfully feminine. I like the padding in the inner bra as well. The cut is so flattering. Don’t miss out on this one – I’m sure they are going to go fast at only $39….

5. Wunder Under Pants (Roll Down) in Shady Palms – Ohhh boy! I picked these bad boys up two weeks ago and they are definitely a statement! The Wunder Under roll downs are just a great pant in general if you like a high waist on your leggings. I know I do. This pattern is just a lot of fun, but there are solid options and a few other patterns to consider as well. But when you can go crazy with a black and white print – why not????


So – what are you loving to wear to work out in lately? Any favorite places to find fitness fashion?

Adding Sparkle to the Holidays with Touchstone Crystal

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to bring on the bling! Today I’m sharing a way to add sparkle to the holidays….with Touchstone Crystal!

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Touchstone Crystal (part of the Swarovski group) was generous enough to send me a sampling of some beautiful pieces that would be perfect to wear to holiday parties…or any time of the year really! December is really the time of the year I like to sparkle a little more than usual, so adding crystal elements to wardrobe items really kicks everything up a notch.

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Let’s talk about the Spotlight Collar Necklace. A perfect feminine touch to your attire. I love that you could dress this piece up or down – it pairs with a cocktail dress as well as a pair of jeans and casual top. Why not? It makes a statement without being overwhelming.

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To pair with this necklace, how about some Crystal Ice Earrings? They are simple but lovely – a perfect set to complement the statement necklace, but also fantastic for everyday wear as well.

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I appreciate the fact that Touchstone Crystal also offers items in gold tone, like the Golden Ice Bracelet. I tend to lean towards gold in my jewelry collection, so this bracelet option is fantastic.

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And it wouldn’t be the holidays without some snow! I really adore my new Little Snowflake Ornament. It sparkles against the lights on our tree – so perfect!

Make sure to check out Touchstone Crystal’s website, their online catalog, find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Perhaps you’ll find some fabulous sparkle to add to your holiday attire!

***Disclosure: I was provided with jewelry items from Touchstone Crystal, but all opinions are my own.***

Boots boots boots!

I realize it was a short lived cold snap, but on Sunday and Monday, I was ALLLL about breaking out my fall weather clothes. The temperatures were in the 70s for a hot second and I wanted to take advantage. I immediately broke out my boots on Sunday morning – even if I could only wear them for one day, I was going to do it! Boots boots boots!

And of course, even though I love my current pair of boots, I am always keeping an eye out for a new pair. I’ve had my Sam Edelmans for almost 5 years now, so I know my time with them might not be forever. I’ve kept them in great shape, but I know the time may come when a replacement is necessary. But for me, boot shopping can be such a challenge! I have a long torso, but short legs, which isn’t great for boots! Most of the tall boots tend to hit me mid-knee instead of just below my knee cap like they are supposed to. So when I find a pair that works and looks great, I have to have them. It’s been a few years since I landed on a pair that fits the bill for me, but perhaps 2014 will bring me luck?

In the meantime, I’m just perusing. There has been an abundance of boots popping up at my favorite stores, and there are quite a few to love. But…which is your favorite?

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Tall Boots

1. Jerri cuffed western bootNordstrom // 2. Coffee Club bootModCloth //

3. Myste bootNordstrom // 4. Watch and Urn bootModCloth //

5. Karri tall riding bootsTarget // 6. Madden Girl SharleneZappos //

7. Sebastian bootsMacy*s // 8. Volatile Arienette western bootsDillards //

9. French Blu Tall Cowboy BootsTarget // 10. Your Burlington Best bootModCloth

Ankle Boots

11. Strappy Ankle BootOld Navy // 12. Volatile Chatter wedge bootieDillards //

13. Plover bootieNordstrom // 14. Concertt bootNordstrom //

15. Posie Wedge BootieNordstrom // 16. Not Rated Glitzy TrioZappos //

17. Ava ankle bootTarget // 18. Steadfast Stride bootiesModCloth //

19. Conary suede ankle bootieNordstrom

Shirt Dresses!

I really don’t know if it ever gets much better than the oh so classic shirt dress. You can wear them pretty much any time of the year. I have sleeveless versions, short sleeved versions, three quarter sleeved versions, and long sleeved versions. I have solid colored shirt dresses, I have printed shirt dresses. Some of my shirt dresses have belts. Some don’t. I dress some of mine up with a pair of heels, and others I wear with flats or sandals. In the winter, I pair them with tights or leggings and boots.

So, yeah. I like shirt dresses.

Even though I have quite a collection in my closet, that doesn’t stop me from shopping for even more shirt dresses. I’m an addict. So in honor of my penchant for shirt dresses, I rounded up a collection of my favorites available right now. Because I can’t help myself.

Do you love wearing shirt dresses? How do you like to style yours?

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1. Daisy Chain Shirt DressLOFT // 2. Tie Waist Dress with PocketsTarget

3. Colorblock Shirt DressLOFT // 4. Shirt Dress with BeltASOS

5. Dark Chambray Shirt DressLOFT // 6. Floral Print Belted Shirt DressMacys

7. Printed Pullover Shirt DressOld Navy // 8. Floral Camo Shirt DressGap

9. Woven Printed Shirt DressT.J. Maxx // 10. Long Sleeve Belted Shirt DressTarget

11. Printed Crepe Georgette Dress T.J. Maxx // 12. Gazebo Skylight Dress ModCloth

13. Roll Tab Shirt DressKohl’s // 14. Art Festival Fun DressModCloth

15. Parade Pizzazz DressModCloth // 16. T.A. Okay DressModCloth