July 25, 2016
On Friday nights my husband and I usually go on a date night, and this is what I wore a couple of weeks ago. We went to one of our favorite restaurants close by, and then went to Flying Saucer as my husband continues to try to earn his plate (you have to drink 200 different beers to earn a plate). I saw this top online at Vestique, and knew that it would be perfect for date night! Unlike most off the shoulder tops, you don't have to keep adjusting this one to stay off of your shoulders because it has actual sleeves. That's the only thing I don't like about off the shoulder tops, so this one is seriously perfect!
July 22, 2016
Last week I completed Flywheel's 7 day challenge (you can read more about it here and here)! I mentioned before that I was really nervous when I started the challenge. I had never taken a Flywheel or Flybarre class before, so I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. In the end, Flybarre was definitely a lot harder than I thought it was going to be but I can see where you would get amazing results by regularly taking this class. It's definitely a class that I've gotten better at the more that I've taken it, and I know that it would continue to get even better with time. It's definitely worth all of the hard work and Brooks makes it a lot of fun! When it comes to Flywheel, I actually never took a spinning class before and to be 100% honest I wasn't sure how it would be with my asthma (so nerdy, I know). Everything ended up being fine though, and now I've trying to convince my husband to take a class with me. I really love how upbeat and motivating the class is, and the fact that they incorporate arm exercises into a spin class. I've decided that going forward I'm going to take 1-2 Flywheel classes per week and hopefully I'll sign up for a membership if I continue to love it. It's funny that after taking 3 Flywheel and 2 Flybarre classes last week, I've been joking that I feel like I'm in withdrawal this week. I'm really missing these classes, but I'm taking one bright and early tomorrow morning!
There was also a clean eating meal plan that went along with the challenge. Since I started the 21 day fix back in January, I've been eating extremely well so this wasn't a problem for me. I know the importance of eating clean and wholesome foods because of how amazing they make me feel. I've actually taken only a couple bites of dessert since January, and I don't miss it at all. At the end of the challenge I also lost 2 pounds which is exciting! Lately I've been losing about 1 pound per week, so the extra pound was awesome. Overall, if you haven't been to Flywheel before, I definitely suggest it!
Thank you to Flywheel for giving me the complimentary challenge package.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
July 21, 2016
Giving back to charities and to my community are both really important to me. If you're able to, it's always good to help those that are in need! Whether it's a group that supports hunger, health, or home there are so many organizations out there that need help and/or your donations. Today I wanted to share with you four ways that you can give back:
1. Pay attention to where you shop
This is something that I've started doing lately, and it's really important to pay attention to where you shop and where your products are made. I like purchasing a lot of my clothing from local boutiques so that I support local businesses. I especially love supporting local businesses that give back to charities by donating a percentage of their sales. This is something that I wish more companies did, so I definitely support the ones that do! I've also been purchasing ethically made clothing like this poncho below. Whenever I'm shopping I just take a minute to pause and ask myself if the clothing or item will be benefiting a charity, or it is ethically made.
2. Adopt from a local rescue organization or a shelter
I'm a big supporter of animal rescue organizations. There are so many pets that need a home, so I think it's important to rescue a pet for your family instead of buying one! I really can't stress this enough. We adopted Lilly from a local group in Raleigh when she was 6 months old, and I'm so glad that we did! When you hear the stories and see the faces of pets that are in need of home, it's hard not to be a big supporter of groups like this. I know that every pet that my husband and I get will always come from a local rescue organization.
3. Donate clothing
I just went through a major closet clean out! I started by going through all of my clothing, and then I moved onto my shoes. So far I've donated about 5 trash bags of clothes and 2 trash bags of shoes (including this dress below that sadly no longer fits me)! I took the clothes and shoes to a couple of different organizations that benefit charities in the area, and I definitely plan on donating more this year as I continue to lose weight. This is something that does take a little time, but it's worth it in the end for both you and for the charity.
4. Band Together
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is set to donate $2 million to support health, home, and hunger charities through their campaign called Band Together. The organizations that this will benefit include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. In order to determine how much each organization is given, they need you to vote from July 11th through July 31st until 11 am CT. First place will be given $1,000,000, second place will be given $700,000, and third place will be given $300,000. Whenever you vote, you will also be entered to win weekly jewelry prizes. You can vote daily in order to increase your changes of winning one of the prizes!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
July 20, 2016
There's nothing better than an ice cream date during the summer when the temperature won't stop rising! I met up with Meghan one Saturday afternoon in Cameron Village for some ice cream. I'm obsessed with this swing dress from Fedora that I wore with lace up detailing! It's so soft and comfortable, and I really love the stripes. It's also perfect with these fun retro sunglasses from Light Years, and these beaded bracelets and dark purple fringe bag. It's always fun when Meghan and I can get together to relax and chat!
All items were borrowed