Thursday, August 14, 2014

Piyo

 
 
 


 
 
Piyo is the newest home workout series from Beach Body (the ones who sell P90X, Insanity, T25).
A friend of mine is a coach for them and after seeing her advertise it on Facebook, I decided to give it a try. The Piyo set is a total of 4 DVD's with a few workouts on each. Each workout ranges anywhere from 25-50 minutes and is a mix of both Pilates and yoga (hence the name). Most workouts can be done barefoot and with a yoga mat- so it's nice that you don't need a lot of equipment. Unlike other videos I have done, this one is also nice because I do not find the host/trainer to be annoying (like in  Insanity) and there is no jumping around the room like a maniac (like in Insanity)!
 
I was skeptical at first, but in only 6 weeks I have noticed a big improvement in my body definition, strength, and flexibility. I sure couldn't do a backbend or crow before I started!
 
I do not sell this nor am I compensated in anyway to advertise this....I have had a few people ask me about it since I started and I thought I'd pass on the info :)

 
Crow!

Lauren's Baby Shower

 
Recently we welcomed home Lauren and Sean and celebrated with a baby shower
at Pussers in Annapolis!
Lauren has to be one of the cutest Prego girls I've ever seen!
 
 
 
Since the shower was a co-shower the favors were for all guests :)
Essie Nail Polish and File for the gals and Cigars and Minis for dudes
 
I wore a silk dress, without the belt it came with (as pictured below).

Yumi Kim Dress - Jayne Color Block Silk
Bloomingdales, $194, Sold out
Scored this dress online for $40
 

Concert in a cheap dress :)

 
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win Lee Brice with Cole Swindell tickets on local country music station 98.7 WMZQ! The concert was last Friday night at a small outdoor venue in St. Leonard Maryland, which is about 90 minutes south of Baltimore. If you ever get a chance to see an artist here, I definitely recommended it- there are NO bad seats!
 
I planned on wearing a silk Yumi Kim sundress, but as I tried it on I got blood on in from a small nick on my leg from shaving! Fortunately the dry cleaners was able to remove the stain, but I was out of an outfit for the night. While running an errand, I found this simple cotton dress, with a beautiful bold pattern and the XS fit like a glove! I ended up wearing this with a pair of Tory Burch sandals.
 
 
J & I enjoying the show!
 
 
 
Lee Brice preforming his new number one song, " I don't dance"
 
 Here's the info on the dress from Target:
 
 

 
Target Printed Dress, $24.99 HERE

DIY decor- Paw Print Frame

The final product
 
Anyone who knows me (or at least follows me on Instagram or Facebook) knows that I just LOVE my dog Sadie. At Christmas last year I made a paw print ornament using an inexpensive kit, but I wanted to have something in my d├ęcor from Sadie that was visible year round...so I came up with this simple project.
 
From start to finish this took only about 10 minutes and was able to use materials I already had at my house :)
 
What you need:
  • a dog, preferably a calm one
  • ink pad
  • paper
  • scissors
  • picture frame
  • bowl of water
  • paper towels
How to:
  1. Lay large piece of paper down on ground.
  2. Get your dog to give paw and press it on the ink pad.
  3. Press dogs paw on the paper. This make several tries, depending how your dog cooperates (as you can see from the picture it took 4 tries with Sadie).
  4. Immediately wash dogs paw by dipping in bowl of water and then drying with paper towel, this will prevent your dog from tracking the ink throughout your house!
  5. Cut out desired paw print to frame size. I wrote Sadie's name with a sharpie, but you could do a number of different things :)

The artist herself
 
 
Artwork


Artwork on display :)




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MUST HAVE PRODUCT: Tinted Sun Block!

My new must have product was recommended to me by my dermatologist and has honestly been the best beauty product I've ever used!
 
Sold at Target and online, this tinted sunblock has replaced both my foundation and BB cream. It doesn't break my skin out and keeps my skin looking hydrated- I just love it! And don't let the small bottle full you, I've been using daily since May and still on my first bottle!

La Roche Posay Tinted Sunblock
$28.49
HERE
 

Stay-Cation


In July I took off and used vacation for a "stay-cation" and spent the week with my family, who was in town visiting from Florida. This quote about sums it up!
 
Here are some pics from the week:

Orioles Game

Lincoln Memorial

 DC tourists

 
 
 
 
Smithsonian

 
Lake in the early morning

I'm a pro

View from my dad's house where I grew up! Feels good to be back there with family :)
 
 
 

Cheap or Chic: Lilly Pulitzer



 
 
It seems like old and young alike all enjoy the colorful prints and preppy style of Lilly Pulitzer, but it will cost you! With simple tanks starting at $38 and dresses anywhere from $98-300, purchasing even just a few pieces can really add up!

Besides sale sites like 6pm.com and eBay and consignment stores I decided to showcase some items I found on Forever 21 that are similar in style and sold for a lot less!


Printed T-shirt

Lilly's Michele V-Neck Top in "Tusk in sun" print, $48, HERE

 
Forever 21, Print tee, $9.80, HERE


Strapless Dress
Lilly's Windsor Strapless Pull-On Dress, in Cameo White Electric Feel, $98, HERE

Forever 21 Abstract dress, $22.80, HERE
Printed Blouse
 
Lilly's Elsa top in Stuffed Shells Print, $158, HERE

Forever 21, Sea Life Print, $17.80, HERE
 Printed Romper

Lilly's Deanna Tank Romper in Multi Hot Spot, $158, HERE

Forever 21 Cubist Print Romper, $15.80, HERE
Printed Bottom

Lilly's January Skort, in Seafoam Green Montauk, $78, HERE

Forever 21 Paisley Print Skirt, $9 (on sale), HERE
 

Similar Pattern!

I found the below cardigan at Target and this pattern really reminded me of the dress below....

Target Merona Cardigan , $22.99 HERE

Lilly Pulitzer Foster Knit Shift Dress in Navy 'Oh Cabana Boy' print. Past Season

Yet in the end nothing beats the original, but in this case I hope that you see you can get the look of Lilly for less just by looking for bold prints and similar cuts (ie sheath dress, tank, etc).