Feb 9, 2016

Carolina Girl

We're a football family! If you follow me on Instagram you know I'm a Carolina Panthers fan. The husband and I are always watching the game or going to the Bank of America stadium to tailgate and watch games live. At the Atlanta Falcons game we went to with my cousin Emily and her husband, she was a genius and decided to go down to the end zone before the game started and low and behold there was Cam!!! We could've thrown him a ball he was that close! 

I'm not a bandwagon fan or a fair weather fan. I've been a Carolina Panthers fan since they were created as a team. I went to see them back in the nineties when they had to play at the Death Valley stadium in Clemson. Now we go to Clemson to watch the Tigers! I used to be just a die hard NFL girl but I have warmed up to college football over the years. A big part of my family pulls for the Clemson Tigers so we joined their league! 

We were definitely disappointed at the Panthers Super Bowl 50 loss but we're not going anywhere as fans. I have been with them through thick and thin...and I mean thin. Like a 1-15 season kinda thin. I made it through the pre-Delhomme years, that last Delhomme year (eyeroll) including Matt Moore coming in at the end (yay!) so I ain't going nowhere. :)

On a non-Panthers note I have't been able to fit into these black jeans in AGES! Thanks Alpha phase of T25! I'm working on my opinions of T25 and I will post on that soon.

Outfit details:
Carolina Panthers tee shirt: gift
Jeans: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Nike

Feb 8, 2016

Light Layers Girl

As Carolina Panthers fans we're in a bit of a funk over here due to their recent loss. But we're trying to keep our chin up! In the meantime, I threw this shrunken sweater over top of an oversized button up and paired it with skinny jeans and gray boots for a loose and layered look. I am now noticing how worn out my trusty skinny jeans have become! They look more saggy than skinny! Eeek!

Feb 5, 2016

Life Lately {My Fitness Essentials}

Today I wanted to share with you guys my fitness essentials. What keeps me excited and able to work out each day!

Fitness has been a part of my life for a while but not in a serious way. Walking, jogging and being a member at the Y was my usual M.O. I have never had a hardcore routine. About two years ago I was training to run a 5k. Then I had a car accident and busted up my knee. After my knee healed I got back to jogging, joined my husband's employer's gym and got back to lifting weights.

I was inspired by my cousin Emily who really had a successful home workout routine going with Insanity and various other programs. I started out on Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I was doing it! But I'm not going to lie. After about 10 days in I tried to weigh on the scales - NOT recommended - and I thought I was going to see this huge drop and I didn't. That completely psyched me out and kind of abandoned it. I did get back into the gym from time to time and kept up with some jogging. I ended up in a 5K at my son's school without even really knowing it! How is that possible? Well I thought we were all just suppose to do laps around the new track for so many laps and by the time we finished (walking and jogging) they said congrats on the 5K! I was like, well well well!

That brings me to where I am now. I have had Shaun T's Focus T25 Workout sitting in my office still inside the box for like...2 years now? Maybe? Well, it was in December 2015 that I finally opened the box and got my butt in gear! 

As of this very day, I am on Day 23. I am going to do a separate post on my T25 experience. I will do a part 1 and a part 2 for the different phases of the challenge. Stay tuned!


 An absolute essential before I start my workout is C4 Pre-Workout Drink. About 20 minutes before I start my 25 minute workout I will mix one scoop of C4 and about 6 ounces of water and drink it. This was recommended to me by a friend who is also focused on fitness. I like the taste and I can feel the effects immediately. There are a lot of pre-workout drinks out there and this is just one of hundreds. C4 happens to work great for me, I researched the ingredients on C4 and many others. Ideally, I would've loved to try the E&E that Shaun Thompson recommends but it is just a little too expensive. It was my favorite with regards to ingredients.

My essential for a good, sweaty workout is Focus T25. This is what the dvd set looks like. I got mine off of Amazon. I am not doing the 21 day fix. I don't have anything against it though. This is a lifestyle change and I actually want to just focus on going hard each day. I want to be fit! Dare say...A Bad Ass! 25 minutes a day is so achievable when you are first starting out. I'll get more in depth about the workout part in my T25 post.

My essentials for during and after the workout are my new Fitbit Surge, Emergen-C and an ice cold sparkling Dasani. I asked for a Fitbit for Christmas. My hubby chose the Surge. I am in LOVE with it. Really. I'm obsessed. I have never EVER known how many calories I was actually burning in a workout. I have never known what my peak heart rate is and when I reach it and how long I stay at that peak. The sleep function is fabulous and that's a whole different subject! 

I pop the top on my Dasani the minute I am done with the cool down. Oh.my.LORD it is so refreshing!! Sometime later I will mix some Emergen-C with water and drink it. Partly because I'm paranoid I'm going to get sick again and partly because I don't like taking pill vitamins because they make me feel bloated and nauseous and partly because it replenishes electrolytes.

Another fitness essential for me is...BRIGHT COLORS! The brighter and crazier the better! It is fun to wear these crazy pants. It gets me excited. Gets my blood pumping. I love neon color headbands and hair ties too! I love to be one hodge podge mishmash of crazy colors! And yes, I do wear my active wear to drop off my son in the mornings! So you may see me in these pants in public. #dontcare

And my final fitness essential: my Asics. In a blinding, bright color, of course. I never knew how much I would love an Asic tennis shoe! I have been a Nike girl forever but no more. These feel great on my feet and can handle High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) like a boss! 

There you have it!

My Fitness Essentials!! 

What are yours?

Feb 3, 2016

Pink and Gray Girl

I picked up this soft striped sweatshirt at Etc Consignment one day when I cashed in my balance on my account.  I love trading in clothes that I've grown tired of into new and fun pieces. At this particular consignment shop you get 10% off your purchase that same day if you spend the money you've made. Win win! I only had $20 something bucks on my account and I walked out with like 4 new tops. I know I have a tendency to wear a lot of black and white and gray too, yes, but the fuchsia color was just what I was looking for to bring a little brightness into my winter wardrobe. It's not quite as long as a full blown tunic so I did pair it with a thicker pair of pants instead of leggings. Although if you had some jeggings with back pockets those would work too. 

I added some fuchsia lipstick and over the top earrings to pull it all together. It dressed up the sweatshirt just enough!

Outfit Details:
Pants: H&M (similar)
Ankle Boots: Amazon (similar)
Earrings: H&M

Feb 2, 2016

Laid Back Girl

Laid back...makes me think of Snoop Dogg,,,makes me think of the movie Straight Outta Compton. And how it was such a good movie. You gotta watch it! Brought back some good memories. 
Well...I am Straight Outta North Carolina and this is what I wore on my every-two-week-grocery-shopping-day. Super comfy, super relaxed and super laid back...

Outfit details:
Sweatshirt: H&M (last season)
Joggers: Old Navy (last season)
Tennies: Nike

Feb 1, 2016

Windowpane Girl

This print is called windowpane and it is definitely one of my favorite prints. It might just be my favorite print! 

Windowpane is a type of plaid and this is about the 3rd appearance of plaid on this blog in the last few days! There's a trend going on here! In case you are wondering about the boot socks these do not go all the way down to my feet. They are just the tops of some older socks that I hacked in two. Here's the DIY on them!

Outfit details:
Button down shirt: H&M (in stores now)
Leggings: H&M (last season)
Boots; Eddie Bauer (few years ago)
Boots Socks: DIY

Jan 29, 2016

Practical Footwear Girl

You're getting a lot of practical outfits from me these days, I know. But since I quit going to a corporate setting each day my wardrobe has definitely become more casual and the footwear has become more practical. I have several pairs of platform heels that have long left my closet and went on to Goodwill heaven. I did keep several pairs of my most favorite heels in practical colors like black and gray

A lot of the time you will see me in a tunic, a long sweater or long top with leggings and boots! Sometimes I even wear a skirt as a dress over leggings! And you know what? That's ok. When you find something that works for you and works for your body type it's ok to repeat it!

Scarves are an excellent, cheap and colorful accessory. They can update an outfit in a flash when you're rushing to get out the door! This is the second time I've worn this plaid blanket scarf that I picked up with my beautiful cousin Emily one Saturday afternoon. (P.S. I wish she was my sister. I look to her for life inspiration! She is so smart! She is so fit and even did a Spartan race!) It is a commitment to wear a blanket scarf let me tell you. You've got to fix it just right or it will bother the heck out of you all day. AND I cannot wear my hair down with one either. That's just way too much. I feel like I am wearing a neck brace and smothering at the same time! I'll try to do a video for you guys for how to wrap a blanket scarf in the least suffocating way! Seriously!

Outfit details:
Sweater: Thrifted
Leggings: Etc consignment Shoppe, Hue brand
Boots: Steve Madden
Scarf: Altar'd State
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