Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Save or Splurge: Selena Gomez Everyday High-Waisted Jean Crops

Selena Gomez white cuff tee black jean crops

SPRING!!! For the love, guys. Doesn't 78 degrees of sunshine and partly cloudy skies sound like a dream come true? It does to me and that's what Selena Gomez's outfit in this post says as well.

How chic is this girl? Stepping out on to the streets with her dark denim, plain white cuffed tee and sunnies. The choker and slips are the finishing touch to her simplistic ensemble and pair oh-so-easily with her blue nails.

What I love about the outfit is how easy it was for her to probably put together. I wear black and white all the time. It's a staple. Add a lip and you're ready for Happy Hour! However, any arrangement of clothing can add up so I thought I would be a fun "Save or Splurge" since I really haven't done one since my Kendall Jenner Airport Style last year.
Save or Splurge Selena Gomez Style Nordstrom

This is such an easy replication. The price points on these are out of control for the splurge... it's a white cuffed tee! I honestly like the "save" tee better anyway. It looks so perfect and comfortable for a nice walk around Lake Union in Spring. I'm also obsessed with the nail colors.

What do you think about these "Save or Splurge" items?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Brooks Running Greenlight Crops

There's an old tale that Seattleites tell transfers when they move to the city. Probably because they're dying for an excuse to allow their emo introverted personas to be acceptable. The tale normally begins with a question that turns into an apology and ends with the tale of woe. The story being that there is a Seattle freeze. That OG Seattle isn't very good at allowing people in and getting to know outsiders on more than a surface level.

I would say that this is true but I'm an annoying Oregonian who will talk to anyone so I appear to be unaffected by the dreaded curse of Seattle. A lot of transfers leave after their first year because of the "freeze" and also the lack of assurance that they can make it through another grey winter.

Now, why am I telling you this? It took me awhile to get acquainted with Seattle. For Seattle to accept me and become a true friend. Now I have many many local and transfer friends here. For that, I am so fortunate. One of my friends, that I met last year, works for Brooks Running Company. Brooks is a local company. It's a sports associated clothing company that generally specializes in running. It's out in Fremont, across from an infamous Fremont Brewery and the Burke-Gilman trail, which runs along the water.

My friend and I are the type of friends that don't need to spend money to have a good time. We're more than content meeting at Greenlake and walking around the track once or twice. We catch up and coach each others on our careers but our main common interest is working out and finding fun activities to do. Last week I met up with her to walk around the lake and she brought me a pair of Brooks Women's Greenlight Running Capris from work! What a great friend, right?

She calmed she went a bit crazy on products this year and was up to her ears in shoes, capris and sports bras and wanted to know how I liked the capris from their line this year. I told her I was so excited to try them out.

Three things off my list:
1) Local Products
2) Work Out Gear
3) REVERSIBLE (game changer)

The past few weeks have been kind of crazy but I wore them to our annual Field Day event at the Boys and Girls Club that I volunteer for. I also decided to test them out on the Earth Day 5k Magnuson Series I ran last week.

Where these capris are like .... ..... ... wearing nothing. There! I said it! Swear to you. Cross my heart! It's like wearing nothing on your legs. They're beyond comfortable. They don't fall down, like my lululemons do and they hold everything, from cards to phone. They're great! I ran all 3.15 miles during my 5k and the capris didn't phase me. Zero adjustments to be made. In the past I wore a pair of adidas to another series and they were riding up the whole time. These didn't move. AT ALL.

I will say that this is a 100% honest review. My friend isn't paying me and she didn't ask me to review them on behalf of her company. She doesn't even know I have a blog. So these are all my own thoughts on these pants and they are GREAT.

The pants I got came in black but according to their site, the others are reversible and some go from patterns to solids. So cool. I'm mildly obsessed with that. The fabric is really unique and I think it's due to their 4-way stretch. When you rub your hand on them, it's not completely smooth and yet they are. They're also some how soft to the touch. The wide power waist is great for keeping the pants from falling down and also give you tummy control. I love that it doesn't have a drawstring but also that it's got a 20' inseam so it doesn't look completely ridiculous on us petite gals.

In my book, these are a quality pair of capris and I'll be buying more of these in the future. They are a far better price point than Lululemon and they don't fall down. I am a curvy hips gal, as you know. I have a lot of slender friends who swear by Lulu's so that's just my personal opinion.

I love having such amazing friends that work for such cool companies.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Event: Earth Day 5k Magnuson Park Series, Seattle, WA

Today was a really fun considering how much I was dreading this run last week. About a month ago I thought to myself " need to get back on track with your fitness. You've been neglecting yourself."

This has to be something that happens to everyone, right? You wake up and suddenly you're just one takeout box heavier. Maybe two. Life is hard and we often need to remind ourselves that we're doing the best we can. When I get like this, generally it boils down to routine. For the past 3 weeks I've been waking up at 7am. I know I am trainable simply because I went to bed an hour early and woke up this morning at 6am... which is unfortunate, since it's Saturday.

As I was saying, last month I had a crazy idea and decided it would be a lot of fun to run a 5k every single month until September. Seeing how it goes, and try and do a full year. My personality is better with short term goals to hit an overall large goal. It's just how my persona works.

With that plan, my search for the perfect 5ks started. Then I began to wonder if my body would be able to handle a 10k. I've done a few 5ks in the past. There are so many competitors that go for the 10k, half, etc after running a few 5s. I know it's a mental game and it would be a challenge.

So, back to my tale: up early, preparing for a run I was unprepared for and, praying my car would start, I left the house. Didn't eat breakfast (my side will cramp) and didn't grab a bottle of water (lost my mind), I set out to Magnuson Park.

This is my second Magnuson Park race. My recommendation is to get there at least 25 minutes before the actual race begins. It's highly organized and everyone is very very friendly. It's a dog friendly and kiddo friendly series. Parents often have their children participate in the morning dash but others have their children run along side them or push them in strollers. It's family oriented. Who can complain about that?

My speed is slow. It's debatable if I am running or jogging. However, my goal today was to make the finish line before 35 minutes. By mile 2 my heart was pounding and my shins started burning. The inevitable happened, I had to walk to slow my heart rate down. I allowed myself a minute and a half and pushed on. Running the inside corners and on the left side on the straights. Somehow, I finished today at 33:07.

My victory? 1 banana, 1 pear, 1 cup of water and a Douglas Fir tree to plant in the beautiful spirit of Earth Day. It was the first time, in a long time, that I felt like I had earned my meal.  My calves were on fire as I walked it off and stretched against an aged tree. It was worth it. At that moment, I realized that I had accepted my challenge: once a month.

In as short of words as possible, I highly recommend checking out the Magnuson Park series if you are looking for a nice, friendly and kind 5k. No one passes judgement. Everyone there is just trying to have fun and support one another.

Friday, April 21, 2017

WIW: LulaRoe Geometric Dress & Kut from the Kloth Blazer

Mirror shot of outfit: Lularoe Geometric blue dress with kut from the kloth vegan leather blazer, amethyst necklace, Office Booties
Geometric Dress - Lularoe Julia Dress (similar) // Faux Leather Blazer - Kut from the Kloth (thrifted, similar) // Amethyst Stone Double Strand Necklace - Boutique in Portland, OR (similar) // Black Loose-waist Tights - Fred Meyers // Black Booties - Office (London Brand, similar)

End of the week, loves! This Lularoe is one of my favorite dresses because it's so comfortable and I can also wear it as a top, if I want to. I don't. The option is out there though!

What is very satisfying about this dress is that it's cotton, light and like nothing else in my closet. Which I love because it's an edgy/flirty where many of my pieces are pretty/flirty. I am going to enjoy wearing this as we transition into Spring. The one thing I don't like is that I think this dress will fade with time so I will never put it in the dryer. It will always need to be air dried. 

My Kut from the Kloth blazer is a thrift find and one of my favorite pieces. It's a piece I always feel confident wearing however the sleeves are SO long! I need to get them taken up. It's a blazer that was not made for a petite body type. If you look close enough, you can tell that I roll the sleeves in so that they aren't in the way. 

My necklace actually broke the day I wore this... I bought it at a boutique and it's one of my favorite necklaces. I will have to do some arts and crafting to try and fix it. I love that it's two necklaces clasped together to be one. I love the arrow that the stone came with. Despite it breaking, I would have bought it again regardless of the outcome. The stone is still in wonderful condition. I'll let you know what happens to it. 

Outfit hanging on the door: Lularoe Geometric blue dress with kut from the kloth vegan leather blazer and amethyst necklace
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My booties are what got me through Fall and Winter of last year. I bought them in London, in Notting Hill, last March when I went to pick up my sister in Europe. She studied abroad in Rome. I went to Paris to visit my second cousins then flew out to Rome to pick her up. These booties bring back every memory we shared so they are by far my favorite shoe. I almost feel bad even thinking of boxing them up or Spring and Summer. Alas, I need a break from the constant drizzle and downpours. I can't wait for 65* and lightly cloudy.

I plan to go through all of my Spring items next weekend and to a full swap out of clothes. I can't wait, actually. I have so much planned before I move and a lot of clothes to sell on ebay before the move.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter Sunday this past weekend. I know I did. I got to spend the whole day with my parents and sisters. My brother couldn't join but I love how close we all are as adults. We always miss each others on these types of holidays and remanence about all of the odd gifts we would get from the Easter Bunny. Who knew the Easter Bunny love Mariah Carey's Butterfly album as much as me??

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bella Fiore's Naturopathic Facial Review

This weekend I adulted and scheduled myself a facial for the very first time in my life. I'm laying in bed at 2am writing this because it's so fresh in mind that I don't want to lose it.

Total disclosure, I booked my first facial at Bella Fiore because:

1) I'd been to their spa before for laser hair removal and remembered liking it
2) The reviews are amazing
3) They only use all natural and organic products on your skin
4) They are all certified estheticians
5) I had a promotional code for 15% off my services (total disclosure!)

The process was insanely easy to book online through their portal. A mere email and password and I was logged in. They has a standard profile with your information and skin type. I had a lot of fun going through each service that they provided. Anything from a standard Express Facial to a Micro current Platinum Facial (I still don't know what that is). Since this was my first appointment and I have oily and ache prone skin/sensitive skin, I decided to go for a Custom Naturopathic Facial.