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Each year in my 20s seemed to come with more aches and pains. If you’ve hit your 20s/30s, have you had that experience, too? It all came to a head a few years ago when I threw my back out. I simply worked out one night and then the next day I was stuck on the couch! Not something I ever thought could happen to me as a fit 20-something. (You might remember me talking about this before.) Since then I’ve tried to be more conscience of ways to protect my back. I knew a standing desk could really help, both my back health and overall health, but was intimidated about my choices. There are a lot to choose from at several price points, and I didn’t want to make the wrong decision. Luckily, InMovement reached out to me about writing a standing desk review and I’m excited to share the desk I received has been a perfect fit! Keep reading for more details, it might be just what you need for your workday.
You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet out in blog land. With my wedding nearly just two weeks away (!!!!) I’ve taken a break from creating new content so I focus on the Big Day. But I couldn’t let today pass by without sharing photos from a Cinco de Mayo party Sarah recently threw to enjoy some good food and drinks she and her fiance like to bring back from Mexico. It definitely was the perfect thing to brighten up what was an otherwise dreary week.
Sarah held a tequila vs. mezcal taste-off. I already knew I liked tequila and figured that’d come out on top. I was right! Have you ever had mezcal? I don’t think I could get used to the smoked taste. Maya, Randi, Katie and Jess were also there and they all agree. Even with the syrup mixture Sarah made for a mezcal mixed drink, it was still too strong for me. Want to know more about the two spirits and how you can incorporate them into your summer drinks? Visit Sarah’s blog. She also has a really good ice cube hack on there.
Continue reading for more colorful photos (They make me so happy – thanks Maya and Randi for snapping!) as well as a word of thanks to everyone who provided something for the party, including these adorable flower crowns. I’ve decided it just simply isn’t a party without one. 🙂 Have a great Friday! (more…)
Guys, I am so excited to share that I started using Rent the Runway Unlimited again! You may remember I cancelled last winter after several months of use. (You can read my Rent the Runway Unlimited reviews here and here.) I loved renting three designer pieces at a time, for an unlimited time, but I couldn’t justify the cost anymore. However, with my wedding coming up I found myself ready to make a lot of clothing purchases for bridal events. I realized that instead of buying a lot of white dresses I’d wear very infrequently after the wedding, it made more sense to just pay for the service for a few months. I got my first order via UPS last week and boy was I happy with it! The Rebecca Minkoff purse above was just one of three pieces. See more photos of what I rented after the jump, plus a link for $30 off.
With an impending wedding and new years resolution, I realized now was the time to take care of something I had put off for a while: buying new tennis shoes. They say you should replace running shoes anywhere from 300 to 500 miles after the first wear. That could be between five to six months for avid runners. I don’t run often, but I do wear my workout shoes multiple times a week for kickboxing, exercise machines, walks and more. Even with doing all of that, I hadn’t replaced my shoes in three years!!! So it was fate when New Balance Chicago contacted me to check out their stores. I stopped by the New Balance Chicago in Lincoln Park and walked away with a great fitting experience and new workout duds.
I was helped at New Balance Chicago by Ryan, a former track athlete at a local college. We began by doing a foot analysis. I stepped on a machine that measured the shape of my foot, my stride and pressure points. Then, I ran a bit so Ryan could videotape my stride. When replaying it, he pointed out my right ankle turned in. We used this knowledge as well as what was learned by my foot analysis to determine the type of shoes I should try on. I was happy to learn that New Balance Chicago carried options other than running shoes. Ryan brought out shoes for me to kick and jump around the store to see how they fit. I settled on a pair of shoes with good support and a cool look. (Even though comfort comes first, I still care about the look of the shoe!)
In addition to a great new pair of shoes, I also purchased really comfortable workout gear at New Balance Chicago. I walked away with a breathable shirt and The Shapely Shaper Bra. It’s hard for me to find sports bras that really do support me for high-impact workouts, but this one is very comfortable. While The Shapely Shaper Bra is designed for A and B cup sizes, it’s perfect for larger sizes, too.
I am really happy to have connected with New Balance Chicago in time for the new year, and consequent resolutions. The New Balance staff had great tools and background knowledge to make sure that I got shoes that were the right fit for me. Now that they helped me find the shoes, it’s up to me to keep the resolution! And you can too, by entering to win a new pair of New Balance shoes and gift certificate.
I partnered with New Balance Chicago and received this attire c/o. Thank you for supporting brands that support this blog.
You might have heard me mention Goldplaited a lot lately on the blog or on Instagram. And if you haven’t, well, listen up! Goldplaited is a finishing salon that marries a blowout bar and makeup lounge. The first time I went there I was a little nervous because I haven’t always had the best stylist experiences. My natural hair, which you don’t see often, is curly and coarse, and new-to-me stylists can sometimes be confused by it. Thankfully, my first experience at Goldplaited left me with an amazing blowout and wanting to go back for more! Especially when I heard they do braids.
Lucky for me, Goldplaited offers a “Prep Pass,” the option of one payment that unlocked unlimited blowouts and braids per month. Now, a Prep Pass isn’t always something I can see fitting into my budget, but you know I’m a sucker for trying a new subscription service. I also learned about the Goldplaited Prep Pass at a time when I was sick of trying to manage my own hair and not have it come out looking its best. So, I signed up to try the service once. Who knew I’d still be a part of it several months later?
I was recently on a mission to find shampoo and conditioner that could breathe new life into my hair. I’d been using a drugstore brand and was fed up with my hair not feeling clean at the roots, yet dry at the ends. As I was scouting for products to make the switch, I never thought to look for a create-your-own subscription shampoo and conditioner. In fact, I didn’t even know that service existed until the company Latherology connected with me. I worked with them to create custom-mixed hair products that gave me everything I was missing from my other products. And, they’re some of the best smelling hair products I’ve used (if I do say so myself).
I’m a mail junkie, so I was thrilled when the September Popsugar Must Have Box arrived in my mailbox recently. (Packages ordered online give us something to look forward to for the next 3-5 business days, right?) I’ve tried lots of subscription boxes for clothing, but this was the first time I was receiving a monthly box with a variety of beauty, fitness and lifestyle products.
Obviously I dug into the box right away! The first thing that caught my eye was the hat they refer to as off-duty model style. I love a good hat when it gets cooler, and didn’t have a black one yet, so it was a nice addition to my closet. I loved the rest of the items in the box, too, valued at over $100 but only $39.95 per month, shipping included. Keep reading to see what was included in the September box and how you can get your own in a coming month. And good news, there’s a code at the end so you can get $5 off to try your first Popsugar Must Have Box! (more…)
You might remember that several months ago I shared a friend’s review of nail polish created by Formula X and Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. The colors were cute, but I didn’t end up purchasing any. However, when I saw a Formula X Atlantic-Pacific collaboration I had to jump on it! The three colors, reminiscent of the coast and changing seasons, were what originally caught my eye. It was an added bonus that the #ColorCurator Blair has also been a favorite blogger of mine for years. Her style is classic but original, just like these nail polishes. I purchased two of three colors, both the grays. Keep reading for swatches and a review.
A few weekends ago Sarah and I got the chance to live out a lot of little girls’ fantasies: we were mermaids for a day! We took a class through AquaMermaid Chicago that taught us how to swim like a mermaid. I learned that it’s a beautiful skill to master and it’s a pretty big workout. We also got some tips on how to behave like a mermaid (hint: they’re friendly). While I thought I was going into the class just for some great photo opps, I quickly learned how fun it was to be in the pool again and pick up some new tricks with a tail! Keep reading for all the deats.
Today I just had to share the best new nail polish I’ve found! I do my own nails about once a week and, like any girl, want that polish to last as long as possible. While I’ve used good top coats before, I was ready to try a new one. I was drawn to the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat because it promises a “glossy, high shine finish without the use of a UV/LED light.” I purchased it at Ulta, and it did not disappoint! Without further ado … here’s my Seche Vive top coat review.