Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Casual Sneakers

This is the very first time ever that all the shots for today's post were taken with my IPhone! You see I'm on spring break so although that leaves me with no photographer to take outfit shots, it also leaves me with a very good reason to NOT get dressed in anything more than workout clothes! 

Since this week is so casual I needed shoes to match. I don't like wearing my running shoes just to walk around so I needed some "walking-around" shoes! While making a return to the newly opened Nordstrom Rack on North Avenue (free parking!) I discovered it's pristine shoe selection with an abundance of pink Nike options! All under $60 too! My heart skipped a beat! 

I finally decided on these black canvas ones with a faint blush trim to replace my beloved yet salt-stained Nike Victoria's, and the hot pink and raspberry pair below! If you are in the market for some new casual shoes stop over there before the place looses it new-store-smell and turns into a disaster! Selection is great right now! Happy shopping! 

nike, sneakers

nike, sneakers, pink
So much PINK! How do I decide? 
nike, sneakers, pink

Shop these bold sneakers below!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hunter Tour Boots Save the (Rainy) Day

I've been getting alot of use out of these packable Hunter boots lately with all the rain we have had. Although The black heels I had packed to wear to work would have been alot more professional, I really never had much time to change out of these so I kept them on all day! These boots really are so comfortable and light compared to the original Hunters. The packables are so much lighter and can roll up to be stored in your bag! Perfect for luggage or your work bag! If you are thinking of getting a new pair of rain boots consider the "Tour" packable Hunters! Every bit as cute as the originals and in lots of fun colors!

red, tour, hunter, boots

red hunters

red, tour, hunter, boots

Red, Calvin Klein, dress
Lips: YSL Glossy Stain // Calvin Klein Dress (similar) // J. Crew Snowcat Shirt (similar on sale)// Michael Kors Watch // H&M Necklace // Hunter "Tour" Boots

Shop the look below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty for Bloggers Workshop

A few weeks back I attended The Beauty for Bloggers Workshop taught by hair and beauty expert Maritza Buelvas! Maritza was kind enough to welcome fellow Chicago blogger Drew of Catfish and Caviar and I into her beautiful in-home studio where we learned step-by-step tutorials on how to create some fun and easy hair styles. All hairstyles captured by Julie (a fellow teacher too!!!) of Riddle Road Photography.

I went in to this workshop wanting to know a way to make the side pony an everyday look for me which is challenging when your hair is as short as mine, but Maritza made it happen! Drew had this fun leopard hair wrap that she wanted to figure out cute ways to incorporate into hairstyles. Maritza made Drew's thick shoulder length hair look like she had way more hair than just that with a top knot using the wrap. She also did one more tutorial on Drew creating an easy casual pony that looks glam but is simple enough for everyday!

Check out all these looks below. All photos by Riddle Road Photography

Surrounded by beauties Maritza and Drew!

For more Info on Maritza's Beauty for Bloggers Workshops see her post covering this event or go check out her site!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Basic Black

Most days black isn't my color of choice, but this silk blouse had been sitting in my closet since I found it in the Joe Fresh clearance section for just $8 back in December! And we all know I love me a good silk blouse. So since it was casual friday I committed to the casual look with jeans, this silk blouse and loafers. Of course a bold red lip didn't hurt either!

silk, blouse

loft, foldover, bag

loft, foldover, bag

red hair

zara, jeans, denim
Zara Jeans  // Target Loafers (similar) // ASOS Belt // LOFT bag // Joe Fresh Blouse (cute version here) // Vintage bangles and necklace // Bahama Mama by Essie Nail Polish // Revlon Matte Stick

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Neon Gapfit

This time of year, workout clothes are all about layers. I recently started my 4th year as a Girls on the Run coach/site coordinator at my school. Although I love that we have an outdoor track, this winter has been relentless! When running outside with my girls, I try to show them how important it is to wear lots of thin layers that way you always have the option of losing one as you warm up. Seems like a simple concept but maybe kind of mind-blowing for a 10 year old!

This neon pullover is a perfect layer to add over one of my favorite Lululemon racerback tanks. It doesn't hurt that it was on sale with an additional 40% off at the Gap last weekend either! I also found a great mint long-sleeve workout top for just around $10. Pretty sweet deals going on in store, so if you have a chance, go check them out!

gapfit, neon

gapfit, neon

nordstrom, leggings, zella

gapfit, pullover

neon, gapfit, pullover

bikini so teeny, essie