Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve - What I'm Wearing

I have done a complete 180 and changed up my outfit after my husband commented that my sweater/skirt ensemble wasn't 'festive' enough. ???

Anyways - I decided I would be bundling up in a coat when I'm outside regardless of what I wear, so I might as well dress fun so I can look 'festive' while indoors. :)

Here's my {final} NYE outfit choice....

New Year's Eve Outfit 2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012/2013 Fashion Inspiration

After checking the weather for Monday night, I'm rethinking my outfit somewhat. We're doing a house party, so I can pull off the comfort and warmth, but still dress it up with sequins and pearls. Here is my latest NYE outfit idea...

New Year's Eve Inspiration 2013 #2

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012/2013 Fashion Inspiration

Christmas is almost here! {happy dance...sad face it's almost over}

I've been planning my New Year's Eve outfit, and so far, this is my inspiration...taking a casual, comfy grey tee and dressing it up with a sequined skirt and accessories.

New Year's Eve Inspiration 2013

It always looks better in Pinterest than on me, so I have to try this all on and then go from there...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hmm - that cake looks sooo familiar.

Wow... this Southern Living white cake that's on their holiday issue cover sure does look a lot like a cake I know from a year ago....


Just saying. :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

One Year Anniversary - Cake Topper

My one year wedding anniversary was this past Monday, and in following with tradition, we pulled out our cake topper to have a slice to celebrate. Here's a photo of our cake from our wedding day and you can read more about our cakes in a post I did earlier this year.

Whether or not the cake would still be as delicious as it was on our wedding day was definitely in question. It had been frozen in my parent's freezer since our wedding day, but made a 7 hour trek to Charleston from Birmingham after Thanksgiving in a small cooler filled with ice.... then immediately put in our freezer....then moved to the fridge the night before our anniversary to thaw.

We ate the cake slices off our of wedding china - we figured it was as good of an occasion as any to use it, especially considering we had yet to use our wedding china since our wedding day. :)

The verdict: Cake was still good! A little to be expected...but really good...snowflakes and all.

We also pulled out Michael - he's been "chilling" with his life size silver glove in our freezer since our wedding.

Here's the photo of our Groom's cake from our wedding day.

He's still got it... even though Willow wasn't so sure.

Did you eat your wedding cake on your one year anniversary? Did it taste any good?

As you can see in the last photo, I'm in my pajamas - yup, we celebrated our one year anniversary by grilling out steaks and baked potatoes, chilling in our PJ's, enjoying our newly decorated (love the smell of a real tree!) Christmas tree, and catching up on our DVR'd shows.

We were exhausted on Monday, because we had spent the entire week before celebrating our anniversary Disney World! Will have to post soon on that - it was amazing. Here's a teaser photo of us wearing hats and shirts that I made. This is how you know your husband really loves you - when he's willing to wear a cheesy shirt and hat for you all day in the Magic Kingdom because he knows it makes you happy. :)


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Night Out Outfit?

Night Out

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Team Romney

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Lilly Pulitzer was on Rue La La today... and usually that is bad news for my wallet.

But I actually didn't get too much...everything was super pricey today AND the only dresses I liked, I already own! :)

But I did snag this white long sleeve t-shirt for only $20! I have this shirt in navy and light blue and wear them ALL the time. I need a nice quality, thick white shirt. I think I got the last one too right before it sold out.

Did you buy anything today in the RLL sale?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Feeling Peacocky

My costume for Skinful Charleston party this year.

Koozie to go with the costume.

Trying to get better photo of my makeup and got photobombed by my dog.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello Anthropologie!

So, so, so, so, so excited that Anthropologie has opened a store in Charleston on King St.!

I got an invitation to the preview opening last night. I'm pretty sure they did a database search for online customers in Charleston who have spent greater than x amount of money where x is equal to a LOT of money. And I was probably in the top 25% of that list...hence the invite.


I was so excited to get a sneak peek. So my just as Anthroholic girlfriend and I went Thursday night to check it out. I wore Anthropologie to the Anthropologie opening.

Anthropologie Grand Opening

It's like wearing a band's t-shirt to their concert. Yes, I know. But the cardigan is Old Navy, so it wasn't Anthro overkill.


The store was fabulous with quirky decor and beautiful clothes. So we were able to sip on wine and shop.

The Store's Display Coordinator made this chandelier out of
saucers and melted plastic utensils!
My friend is a Tarheel fan...she loved this display. He's even
draped in UNC colors.
My friend and I stared at this and commented "Wow, that's a
thick and extremely large infinity scarf! Who could wear that?"
A sales associate snuck up behind us and said, "Um...that's
actually a wrap, not a scarf." Oh....oops.
We didn't leave empty handed...I got this gorgeous sweater. I sized up so I can pair it with black leggings and brown boots.


My friend got this skirt that is so pretty in person and fit her perfectly...


...and this gorgeous silver belt.


I think I will probably continue to shop Anthropologie online when they have free shipping, but continue to visit the store, just for the changing decor.

My wallet keeps telling me no...but my body....keeps saying yes!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

While I think Project Runway isn't nearly as good as it was when it was on Bravo (hello Christian Siriano!), I still loyally watch it.

Did you watch the finale tonight? I think my two favorites were Melissa (but I think more so I like her, not necessarily her clothes) and Dimitri -- loved, loved, loved this dress on the right. I would totally wear that!

I hated, hated, hated Fabio's - snooze! Heidi loved it... blah. Not figure flattering or fun at all.

So alas, I typically (over the last few years especially) disagree with the winner, and this year....

....don't worry.... I won't spoil it in case you haven't watched yet.....


Who was your favorite designer this season?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm a bad, no good blogger.

I've been gone for two months.

You see... real life just got in the way.

Here's a quick recap of said last two months....

Birthday celebrations...
Puppy lovin'
New nephew Holden!
Clemson football - oh yeah, did you hear we won
Southern Living's best tailgating of the South??
...and more traveling...Viva Las Vegas!
Work travels.

And just enjoying the city that I live in as much as possible when I'm in town.
You would take a break from blogging too if you lived in
the city voted the best in the world by Conde Nast TWO years in a row! :)
 When will I post next? I don't know. Maybe soon. Maybe in two months.

Stay tuned....


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekly Cardio Schedule

Saw this in Fitness Magazine. I definitely need to work on getting more cardio into my schedule, and I thought this weekly cardio schedule was interesting. LSD = Long, Slow, Steady; HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training

Do you have a weekly cardio schedule you follow religiously?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Working it Out

Last month my membership to ESAC expired and so did my husband's membership - in order to renew, we would have to commit to an entire year. Since we are in the process of building our own home gym, and my employer is in the process of putting in a super nice (better than ESAC in my opinion) gym right here where I work, we decided it wasn't worth the money to renew our membership.

ESAC never asked why we were not renewing, never let me know my membership was even expiring, and all my husband got was a generic email telling him his membership was expiring.

If asked, here's what I would tell ESAC are areas they need to improve...
  • Gyms need some updating - and not just the equipment. The bathrooms are gross, and the only gym I would shower at was Johnnie Dodds. Coleman's shower is gross and has no privacy.
  • If I wanted to pay $100+ more a month for 45 min 'Crossfit' classes, in addition to my membership costs, then I'll just quit ESAC and pay that amount for a real Crossfit gym. I'm referencing a program they recently started called GoPerformance. My trainer took me in the GoPerfomance gym a few times to train and I loved it. I wanted to take classes, but...they were over $100 for unlimited monthly classes. No options like 10 class packages, punch cards, etc.

    I've noticed this a lot with ESAC and think it could eventually be their downfall - with exception of the Les Mills classes, any extra classes cost extra money. In response, most members aren't willing to shell out more money for extra classes in addition to their memberships, so the classes end up going away - like their attempt at a Barre class. Since GoPerformance is also having trouble filling up classes, I'm wondering how much longer they'll keep it around.
  • They need a social media manager of some kind. Their Facebook page is worthless. And I'm not even sure if they are on Twitter. It would be great to have more updates, trainer/instructor interaction, etc. through Facebook. I think it would help them out if they could connect more with their members and build more of a community. Right now, I see ESAC as a faceless greedy company trying to swallow up every gym in Charleston - I'm sure I'm totally wrong, but it would be nice for ESAC to prove otherwise and social media is perfect for that.
  • One of the unfortunate things about quitting ESAC is losing the ability to work out with my trainer - she was AWESOME. I always looked forward to working out with her and I even upped my sessions at the end from two times a week to three because I enjoyed it so much. However, if I am not a member of ESAC, I can't work out with her at ESAC or my rate goes way up high... regardless, I had to end my sessions with her. :( However, ESAC could still be making money off of me if they would let me continue to train with her (she's not an independent trainer, but an ESAC trainer) at the same price rate -- they'd still be making money even if they're not making my membership money. But they never asked - or seem to care - that I didn't renew my membership, so good riddance ESAC.
So without ESAC, I've had to step up my self motivation and exercise work ethic and work out more on my own. In addition to running, elliptical at home, tennis and bike rides, I've been trying to keep up my strength training and HIIT with some free options: - If you haven't heard of it already, get out from under that rock! Almost daily they post 12 minute HIIT workout videos and sometimes include ab bonus workouts. Some workouts require equipment, but you can easily substitute for things at home or substitute for an exercise that works the same muscles but doesn't require the equipment. For example, the sandbag they use is over $100 - but I bought a $15 Old Navy gym bag and filled it with weighted bags of rice. I did break down and buy the 10 lb Ugi ball - and I love it because I use it for other workouts.

Zuzana Light - Zuzana used to work for, but left to start her own site. She has weekly workouts that don't require any equipment. They are always challenging. I usually combine one of her workouts with one of the workouts for a good 20 to 30 min HIIT workout.

Jenn-Fit - Jenn's fitness blog is full of great exercises you can do at home, like this UGI ball workout that I found and loved.

Blonde Ponytail - Another great fitness blog full of exercise routines, running tips and healthy eating tips. She posts her Crossfit workouts to her blog and variations on common exercises like burpees and push ups. I love her workouts because she always posts videos and/or step-by-step photos of each move so you know what to do.

Pinterest - This is a no brainer - there are TONS of workouts all over Pinterest. I've even found links to all of the Insanity workouts online. It's easy to pull up my Pinterest exercise board, pick a few pins, and have a complete workout. Love it.

In addition to these online workouts I've started using workout DVDs again (blast from the past) - however, I've had trouble in the past finding DVDs that gave me a hard enough work out. I definitely have found my match with these two DVDs I recently bought.

I've seen some of you blog about this one before, but I had no idea that Jillan Michaels 30 Day Shred could be so hard. I did her first workout and thought, "This isn't so bad". Then I tried the second one and I had to stop a few times in some of the intervals. I have yet to try the hardest one, #3, but if #2 is any indication, it will kick my butt. Her workouts are short, so they are great for days like Fridays when I just want to squeeze in a quick 20 minute workout. I bought this DVD on Amazon for like $7 - totally worth it. I'm pretty sure you can find the workouts on YouTube, but for only $7 it was nice to have my own copy to watch on my tv.

One of the fitness blogs I follow mentioned a DVD called Cathe's CrossFire. It's a long workout that covers all the bases and since the blogger mentioned it was super challenging, I thought I'd give it a try. I bought the DVD and bands to go with it on Amazon. I just tried this workout last night and It was hard. I had to stop several times to lie on the ground, panting, before moving on to the next section. I loved it though - I felt challenged and today I'm sore all over in a good way. I did the entire workout plus the bonus abs included on the DVD. It has plyometrics, intervals, weights, cardio...It also has 'premixes' that mix up the different sections of the workout - so if you don't have the full hour, you can choose a 30 minute version. I went on Amazon today and checked out a few of her other DVDs (I've never heard of her until recently) and all of the reviews for each DVD says they are challenging even for advanced fitness folks. I'm thinking of getting some of her strength training DVDs so I can make sure I am still incorporating heavy weights into my workouts. I highly recommend this DVD - I'm already looking forward to trying it again because I want to get better.

I'm also taking advantage of Living Social deals as I find them. I mentioned Perfectly Fit Wellness classes in my last post - and even though the Living Social deal is over, I think they are still letting folks get the three class trials for only $25, so if you're interested, give them a call.

I also snagged a recent Living Social deal for three private Pilates apparatus classes at a local Pilates studio that I've taken classes at before.

So who needs to shell out a ton of money for a gym these days when there are so many affordable ways to workout at home or with special deals?!? :)

Are you incorporating home workouts in your exercise routines? What other resources have you found online? Do you have a favorite go-to workout DVD you use? Please share!!

Happy Tuesday!