5 Reasons I Love Pure Barre

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So here’s five for your Friday….Pure Barre style!  It’s 5 Reasons I Love Pure Barre!

1.  Just an inch!
Pure Barre is all about small isometric muscle movements.  No running, no burpees…just little movements that lengthen and define your muscles.  Such a nice change of pace from the workouts I’ve been doing literally my whole life!  Plus, you get to wear fun sticky socks for the workout, another nice change of pace from gym shoes!

2.  Better sore than sorry.
Those small movements will make you shake. For real. And if you’re not shaking in some of the exercises, you know you should be working harder. Once we are finished with a series, my legs feel like Jello.  But it’s good, because Pure Barre wants you to “embrace the shake” because “shaking means muscles changing.”

3. Beyond the barre
At Pure Barre, you don’t just come in for class and leave.  At my studio (and others), there is always something going on!  Whether it’s Wine Down Wednesday, Free Friend Friday or special promos like a class where you bring your guy or social media contests to win gear/classes, they always keep it fresh and inviting!

4.  Feeling the flow
So I’m a Type A person.  That said, I appreciate the flow of class: warm up, arms, thighs, seat, abs, cool down. Everyday. It’s doesn’t get boring though because you don’t know the specific exercises each class.  The instructors change it up daily to keep you muscles guessing!  Predictability, but not too much!

5.  Pump up the beats
When I’m tired or am not present mentally in class and then I hear some Usher start playing through the speakers, I get pumped and refocused.  (I could almost bust a move at the barre, but I don’t want to embarrass myself.)  Pure Barre is always set to such fun, upbeat music.  I don’t mind hearing Adam Levine or other fun pop music in the background while I’m working it at the barre.  In fact, I prefer it.

What do YOU love about Pure Barre?

Disclosure: Pure Barre Deerfield provides me with classes in exchange for blog promotion.  All opinions are my own.  I write about it because I love this workout, my local studio and the staff!

Whole Foods Blogger Cooking Class

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This past Sunday, I attended a blogger cooking class hosted by Katie from Live Half Full.  She organized with the folks over at Whole Foods Market Northbrook and it was such a blast!  I think I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but I will say- it was a delicious and fun filled evening!

We started off with some drinks: fresh-pressed juices made by Whole Foods.  I LOVED the Eye Opener- tasty!

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Our instructors Robin and Sarah led us through the evening and were very knowledgeable and helpful!  They came up with a delicious, plant-based menu for us to prepare!

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We started preparing our dinner for the evening by making the dough for our whole wheat pasta noodles.  Super easy…except I managed to add in an egg white as opposed to the egg yolk–whoops.  #pregnancybrain  Luckily, we were able to salvage the dough.

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Then, while our dough was resting, we got started on a veggie-based marinara sauce.  My cooking partner Amy and I went to town chopping our veggies.

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This sauce was seriously amazing.  We browned onions and deglazed the pan by adding vegetable stock instead of oil before adding the rest of our veggies.  It smelled SO good and was loaded with nutrients!  At first, I wasn’t sure about having a chunky marinara sauce, but it was divine.  We also had the option to put the sauce in the blender, but I don’t think we wanted to wait any longer to devour it!

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After the sauce got to cookin, we started on dessert: a mixed berry cobbler.  It was sugar free, although Amy and I personalized ours a bit by adding some nuts and date sugar.

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After we had the cobbler in the oven, it was time to prepare our salads.  We were given a $20 gift card and were told we had 15 minutes to go into the store and shop for ingredients for our salads.  (I felt like a contestant straight out of Guy’s Grocery Games!)

We ended up adding pistachios and dried tart cherries from the bulk bins and got a variety of veggies from the salad bar too.

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When we went to check out, we barely hit $10 bucks, which was surprising to me because I always had the mentality that Whole Foods was super expensive, but turns out their prices on the items we got weren’t bad at all!

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Then, we prepared a super healthy avocado dressing using a Vitamix blender. (The Vitamix is seriously amazing, by the way.)  The dressing was super flavorful and actually contained nutritional yeast, which was something I had never had before.  But I read the nutrition info and it is great stuff!

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After that, we finished by making our noodles- my favorite part!  We used a pasta press to make linguini noodles.  I had never made noodles from scratch before and loved preparing it.

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Ta daa!  Noodles!  (Since they were fresh, they only took 90 seconds or so to cook.)  And honestly, I have never tasted better noodles in my life.  They were so much more filling and wholesome than the standard noodles I eat from a box. Now if I just had the time to make noodles from scratch every time….

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Then, at long last, we got to eat!

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Everything was delicious- it was hard to choose a favorite!  But I really, really like the pasta and marinara sauce.

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During our meal, we also saw two additional demos on how to make cocoa date truffles and fruit smoothies- both of which were delicious!

I had such a great time at Whole Foods Market in Northbrook and can’t wait to do another class in the future!  Perfect night out idea with friends, bloggers, significant other, etc.

Thanks to Sarah and Robin and to Katie for a wonderful Whole Foods Blogger Cooking Class! #WFMPlantProteinParty

Have you ever done a cooking class?

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Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

The following “Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review” post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own. #WaveRider18 #FitFluential

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review
I love fall weather.  Perfect for runs outside…not too hot/muggy, and not terribly cold (yet) either.  I always look forward to weekends when I can get outside and get to sweatin’! Lately, however, I’ve been taking to the treadmill as the sun goes down earlier.  By the time I get home from work, it’s already dark…so to the basement I go.  I pass the time with episodes of The Blacklist and Modern Family.  I’m also looking forward to next week when Top Chef Junior starts up!

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Now that I am out of the first trimester of pregnancy, I feel like my energy has gotten back to normal again.  Those first weeks didn’t involve a lot of workouts because I was either a- exhausted or b- feeling nauseous.  Luckily, both have subsided so I’m trying to get more motivated to get back into the swing of things!  Extra motivation for me recently have been these new kicks that showed up on my doorstep!

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 just became available to purchase at the beginning of the month.

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I was super excited a few months back when I had the opportunity to review Mizuno’s new trail running shoe – the Wave Hayate – and now I’m even more pumped to try out their latest running shoe, made for neutral runners (like me!). After trying out two pairs now from Mizuno, I can honestly say I am a fan and would consider breaking my loyalty from my beloved Saucony shoes.

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A little about Mizuno Wave Rider 18:
Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Hado is executed in the Wave Rider’s sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.

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I love the Wave Rider 18 shoes for a few reasons – first of all, they are GORGEOUS!  I’m totally digging with the ombre black to white look. I had never really been a fan of black running shoes so was skeptical when I realized they were black.  However, that ombre effect and the teal accents makes it SO fashionable and makes your legs look even longer if you are wearing black leggings. The shoes are also very lightweight and comfortable. I put them on and have been walking 30-45 minutes on the daily and they fit like a dream.

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And here’s a little more about the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 from the website:
The new Wave Rider 18 provides the ideal balance of fit and performance, making it the choice for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily running shoe. Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology® delivers maximum responsiveness and a harmonious feel, providing “just enough” support for your run. The Dynamotion® FitTM upper and a modified outsole pattern gives the shoe added durability and an improved underfoot feel.

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What is your favorite color for running shoes?  I say the brighter the better!

Some Big News…

Baby Announcement

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice I have been posting less. While many of you probably assumed I lost my “blogging mojo,” this is far from the case.

So I typically do my blogging in the morning before work.  But for the last three months, I have spent those moments either a- sleeping or b-trying not to vomit.  But I’m totally ok with it. Why? Because I’m pregnant!

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Tyler and I cannot wait to meet Baby {P} at the end of April! I shared this news with friends and family on my birthday, which was yesterday! I never thought I’d be this happy turning 29, but it truly looks like it will be the best year yet!  Woo hoooo!

Becoming a mother will be one of the most rewarding, challenging, and amazing experiences of my life. I’m still trying to decide how much of my pregnancy I’d like to share on the blog, but I do intend to share pieces of my journey with all of you.  For example, I made it through the first trimester, conquering extreme exhaustion, morning sickness (luckily just in the morning) and finding foods that actually sounded appetizing to me (mainly all things dairy and carbs).  Now, I’m starting to feel a little more like myself day by day as I start week 14.

Sharing this news with you is so refreshing–and I’m so happy we’re at the point where I can finally do it! I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to every moment. We are so thrilled and blessed beyond measure…just a pile of love over here! Many thanks in advance for all of your love and support!

PS- check out this video that we made to share with our extended family.  It was such a hit!

PPS- Moms out there– any pregnancy advice for this newbie?!  I’m all ears!

Remix Monday: Black and White Peplum

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I have a bunch of photos sitting around in my “To Be Blogged” folder.  Shameless, I know.  Nonetheless, I’ve dusted off a couple for you today! (And if I get my act together, I will have a few more for you in the next week or so!)

Today, I’m featuring my black and white striped peplum top two ways.  (PS- not sure if peplum is considered an “old trend” now or not.  Regardless, I don’t care.  I think it looks super cute and I am still rockin’ it.  Who’s with me?!)

The first way I wore it was earlier this summer—the day my intern and I were twinsies with literally the same outfit.  There was a reception at a restaurant/bar that afternoon so I wanted something that was fun and not too business-like.

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  Full post/outfit details here.

Then, I wore the outfit with a pencil skirt and blazer to make it a bit more professional:

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You can definitely layer over peplum, but then you lose the cool effect of the ruffles.  That’s why I love wearing peplum in the summer so you can take off your top layer and still look presentable at work:

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Then, I wore the top yet again featuring my white denim and added a pop of color with a blazer over it.  It was definitely a more relaxed day in the office (in fact, I recall it was one of our intern’s last days):

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So there you have it.  Black and white peplum remixed a few different ways…from cubicle to cocktails!

Which look is your favorite?

Remix it- black and white peplum 3 ways...from cubicle to cocktails!
Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me |Fashionably Employed | Still Being Molly

Pink and Navy

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OOTD: Navy blazer, white striped blouse, pink pencil skirt

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and consequently- Bri’s Third Thursday Threads theme), I wore this pink and navy color combo to work yesterday.   The pink pencil skirt pops nicely against the navy blazer, and I added a navy/white striped blouse underneath it to lighten it up.

Looking back, I clearly love this color combo.  In fact, I blogged one outfit that I declared as one of my most favorite outfits ever…and it was navy & pink.  Oh, and I apparently did a reverse of the outfit I blogged about today in this blog post.  And I did a work/casual remix with a navy striped top here.  I think it’s safe to say I officially have an addiction…

What’s your favorite color combo?

Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade | Mix and Match Fashion | Work Clothes I Suppose

Mix it Monday: Leopard Top Remix

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Happy Monday!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a Mix it Monday post, so here you go!  Today I’m featuring my leopard print shell and created four distinct looks that are all office-appropriate.

First up, there’s the classic look where I tucked in the top to a cream pencil skirt.  Nice for summer…not so much now in October.

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To make it more fall-like, I added a black blazer over it.  Much better for October!

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Next I ditched the skirt for cropped ankle pants and untucked the top.  I like that the length on it is longer so it will peek out under layers.

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Last, I added a pop of color and layered a coral cardigan.  It really pops against the neutral leopard print!

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So there you have it…the evolution of a leopard print top!  Which leopard top remix look would you wear to the office?

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Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me |Fashionably Employed | Still Being Molly

Dove Hair Silky Hair Dare | Review

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Doing my hair was never my strong suit.  Styling an outfit?  I’m down with that!  But when it comes to doing my hair…I’m not that great.  About a year ago, I got a blow dry/auto curling wand (Conair Curl Secret) to take my hair to the next level because I can’t use a regular curling iron to save my life.  Pushing the limits, I know.  Major hair novice right here.

I have been growing my hair out and whenever it gets to a certain length, I get discouraged because I don’t know what to do with it and want to chop it off.  Right now, my hair is the longest it’s ever been (and my hair grows s-l-o-w!)  I have a lot of hair, but it’s super fine and stick straight and it’s got some layering in it so I am always at a loss for what to do with it besides wear it down, half up, or in a ponytail.  (And don’t get me started on those baby hair whipsies that just won’t grow!)  I’ve been trying to wash my hair every other day to keep it from drying out, but it really becomes a grease bomb after the second day.

So, I was excited to qualify for an opportunity to try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil hair line.  I’ve used Dove products in the past (and LOVE their marketing campaigns), so I gave it a try.

The shampoo and conditioner are self-explanatory.  But when it comes time to dry your hair, you put in the oil.  The first time, I tried to squirt in in my hair and was expecting a spray of oil, but it doesn’t work that way; rather, it just dripped out.  (I told you I was a hair novice.)  So, I got smart and pumped out a dime size amount in my palm and spread it in my wet hair from the middle to base.   The oil features a blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil and was super rich.

Then, I blow dried it as I normally do and finished with my beloved Infinity Pro Conair Curl Secret.  And my hair was SO silky smooth!  Typically, if I use a little bit of product in my hair before I blow dry, I do get very smooth, silky hair after I style it.  But the real test for the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line was on day two.  By the second day, when I would expect my hair to start getting stringy and greasy, it still looked smooth and fresh.  Woo hoo!

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Please ignore those baby hairs.  I didn’t spray them down so they got all outta hand…

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Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt: Stitch Fix

I enjoyed using the products so far.  I wouldn’t say it’s a “game changer” quite yet…but we will see!  After I use a product for a few weeks, sometimes my hair gets weighed down so I have to switch it up.  We will see if that is the case with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line.  Right now, I’m digging that long lasting silky smooth hair!

Have you tried Dove products before?  How about the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line?

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We dare you to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and fall in love with the touch and feel of your hair or your money back*

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Fun Finds

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Fun FindsHappy Saturday!  Here’s some light reading for the weekend, including some recent fun finds:

1.  PopSugar Must Have Box
I recently treated myself to the September Popsugar Must Have Box after finding a sweet coupon code, making my box $25 (usually $40 unless you buy a longer term subscription.)  I love that I was able to see everything I would be getting ahead of time!  My favorites are the scarf (so soft, great colors!), which alone retails for $125, the Ghirardelli chocolates and the pencils (I am old school and love a good pencil!)  The $20 Nike gift card was a nice surprise too…I ended up finding a nice shirt for the husband as a surprise (sssh!)  Want to sign up for a box of your own?  Click here.  <—my referral link

The October boxes should be coming out soon..and they have cute bridesmaid and baby themed boxes too!

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2.  Red Dress Boutique on Shark Tank
So I recently did a review of some fun pieces from the Red Dress Boutique.  Much to my surprise, I just discovered that they will be featured on ABC’s The Shark Tank on Friday, October 17th at 9pm EST.  How cool is that?!  I hope the sharks want to strike a deal with them!

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3.  Snap by Groupon
Groupon recently came out new a free app that gives you cash back on groceries no matter where you shop!  I’ve tried other grocery savings apps, but this one is super easy to use and features savings on products I actually buy (i.e.- milk, eggs, lettuce, bread, etc.)  You take a photo of your receipt and check off the deals that apply, then the money is deposited into your account.  Once you hit $20, they’ll send you a check.  Love it!  Check it out here.

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What are your fun finds?  Share your favorites!

September 2014 Clothing Budget

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Sept 2014 budget
September 2014 Clothing Budget:
1.  Polly Abstract Chevron Tie-Waist Tunic via StitchFix: $0 after merchandise and referral credit
2.  C9 by Chamption Advanced Rouched Side Pant via Target: $20 on clearance
3.  Salar Legging via Fabletics: $6 after return credit
4.  Vintage Print Dress via Elizabeth & West Fashion House: $24 after gift card
5.  C9 by Champion Seamless Racerback Sports Bra via Target:  $12 on clearance
6.  Vaasa Sports Bra via Fabletics: $6 after return credit

=$68 for September.  MUCH better than August so I’m pleased.  It’s also been a busy month so I haven’t had much of a chance to shop…doesn’t hurt!

So basically this month I picked up workout gear and two fall pieces.  What can I say?!  Target had some nice clearance athletic wear and I had Fabletics credit that I was looking to spend.  Then I won a gift card towards the purchase of the vintage print dress.  The fit is nice, but the sleeves are way too big and billowy, so my Mom (the sewing whiz) offered to take them in for me.  And I can’t wait to wear the tunic…so perfect for fall and the first StitchFix item I kept from my latest fix!  (I also received some cute items from Red Dress Boutique as well as super cute barre socks from Pointe Studio too.)

How did you do this month?  Pick up any fall pieces or workout gear?
To view my past clothing budgets, click here.

PS- Only a couple days left!  Enter to win one of TWO free race entries to the Hero Half Marathon/10k at the beautiful Indiana Dunes State Park!

Linking up with Franish

Hero Half Marathon and 10k Giveaway

Hero Half 2014

Last year, I ran the inaugural Hero 10k race at the beautiful Indiana Dunes State Park, along with fellow blogger Erin, and my cousin Kelly.  We had a blast…

Erin took the superhero theme to the next level.  It was epic.

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And my cousin and I used the gorgeous scenery for some jumping photos, obviously.

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And I’m back again this year…with a giveaway for not one but TWO lucky runners!

Hero Half 2014
The details:
Hero Half Marathon and 10k
When:
Sunday, October 19 at 8 am CST
Where: Indiana Dunes State Park (40 miles east of Chicago on Lake Michigan)
Cost: $40 for 10k, $75 for half marathon
Register: Herohalf.com and use code IMANORIGINAL for $5 off (and another $5 will automatically be donated to the two charities this year!)

Check out this video to see exactly what the course is like!

As you’ll see from the video, the course is actually very flat and runs alongside some really gorgeous views of the beach, especially in Beverly Shores where you can see the Chicago skyline very clearly. It does go through the Dunes State Park along some dunes, but not up any of them!  Come race day, the leaves will be turning to the fall orange, yellow and red colors so it should be gorgeous!

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And now the fun part…I’m giving away TWO free entries to the race!  You get to decide the distance: half marathon or 10k.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Please enter only if you know you can attend.  Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free race entry and two additional entries to giveaway in exchange for promotion on my blog.  I ran the race last year and loved the course, so I wanted to share with you!

Red Dress Boutique Review

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When the folks at Red Dress Boutique contacted me to pick out a few pieces to highlight on the blog for fall, I was super excited.  I don’t know what it is about southern stores, but I LOVE their selections!  And Georgia-based Red Dress Boutique is definitely one of my favorites.  Founder Diana Harbour centers the clothes around the idea that color is a powerful way to radiate optimism and positivity.  I couldn’t agree more!

So I picked out a few Red Dress Boutique pieces and styled them here for you today.  It included this maxi skirt, this top and this scarf.

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I picked out this maxi skirt and paired it with a simple gray v-neck tee and recently wore it to a Cubs game with coworkers (and no, I didn’t own any Cubs gear.  I’m not much of a baseball fan.  But free skybox, food and drink?  Suuuure!)

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Next up was this mustard colored infinity scarf.  I LOVE mustard colored stuff and was drawn to the scarf online because it really popped in the photos.  But when I got it, the color was a muted mustard.  I tried to pair it with my leopard print skirt that had mustard in it to lighten it up a bit.  Still super comfy!

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Last, I selected this top from their selection. I adore the colors (I mean, hello?!  Mustard, pink, navy, all in one place?! )  It also has cuffable button tab sleeves and a super cute weaved neckline in front.

So there you have it!  Fun fall pieces from Red Dress Boutique!  They release new items daily ranging from dresses to tops, bottoms, accessories, jewelry and even shoes.  They recently unveiled a few pieces I adore, including this cardigan, this tunic and this dress.

Disclaimer: I was provided with three pieces shown here in exchange for styling and sharing with readers.  All opinions are my own.

Q&A with Leana Macrito, Pure Barre Studio Manager

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Meet Leana
I recently interviewed Leana Macrito, the new Pure Barre studio manager at Deerfield.  She has been my instructor in several classes and is super positive during class and always makes sure my form is spot on so I feel the shaking.  Classes always seem to fly by when she is teaching, and before I know it- it’s time for the cool down and I feel relaxed and happy with how I’ve spent the last 55 minutes!

Learn more about Leana below…

What was your background prior to becoming a Pure Barre Studio Manager?

I am University of Iowa graduate (GO HAWKS!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and minors in English and Human Relations. I was a dancer from my early years and continued dancing through college.   After college I worked in sales at a bridal salon in the northwest suburbs and then switched to sales at a print marketing company.  While I liked what I did I wasn’t super passionate about it which is something that is very important to me.  I started taking Pure Barre classes and instantly became addicted to the workout.  When a Studio Coordinator position opened up I made the decision to move from the corporate world to the fitness world.  I loved coming into the studio everyday and getting to know the clients.  I was more than ecstatic when a teaching position opened up and I was chosen to go to training.  After teaching classes for a little over a month the manager position opened up and I knew that there was no better way to spend my days.  I am lucky to call the Deerfield studio home.

What’s your must-have item(s) for Pure Barre?

My must have items for Pure Barre class include: A fresh pair of sticky socks, my Pure Barre Tervis Tumbler water bottle, a Sweaty Band, and high rise leggings.  Sticky socks really help me to stay in place so I don’t have to worry about slipping.  I choose a Tervis over any other water bottle because it holds 20 ounces of water and it stays nice and cold.  The sweaty band is my favorite headband because it never slips or pushes off my head.  Lastly, I love a good high waisted pair of leggings.  I never have to work about them slipping down while I am moving around and they keep everything in nice and tight which makes me feel good.  The better I feel about myself going into class the more I get out of it.

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What is your favorite part of class?

My absolute favorite part of class is thigh work.  I love the high energy high intensity workout.  My legs always burn and shake and I cannot get enough of that feeling.  I tell myself that I cannot come out of position until my legs are shaking and I have counted to 10.  I love the feeling of leaving class knowing I have 100% of my efforts.

What would you say to those considering a class, especially those unfamiliar with Pure Barre?

I would say try it! You won’t know if its for you unless you do.  Because barre workouts are still up and coming people feel intimidated to come in and try one.  They aren’t sure what the class looks like, how they will feel, if they are good at it— but once they try a class they see how warm and welcoming everyone is towards them.  The community in Pure Barre is great.  Everyone is focused on their own workout which creates such a good energy in the room!

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Thank you so much for your answers, Leana!  Love that she was able to combine her background and passion into what she does every day!

Learn more about Pure Barre Deerfield and check out the latest happenings on their Facebook page.

Check out my other Pure Barre posts:
5 Tips for Pure Barre Newbies
5 Ways Pure Barre Helps Runners
What to Wear to Pure Barre Class
Q&A with Rachel, Pure Barre Studio Manager

Disclosure: Pure Barre Deerfield provides me with classes in exchange for blog promotion.  All opinions are my own.  I write about it because I love this workout, my local studio and the staff!

Third Thursday Threads: Fall Favorites

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The Style Files- Fall Favorites- Slate blazer, cream lace tee, navy pants, nude heels
Slate blazer, cream lace tee, navy pants, nude heels
Close up: Slate blazer, cream lace tee, navy pants, nude heels
Shop the look:
Doubleweave Cotton Zip Jacket via Loft- 40% off!
Pants: The Limited—on sale! (maroon/olive option, classic colors)
Lace tee: Loft (option)
Earrings: Kate Spade Outlet (option)

So this month, I am co-hosting (along with Dana!) for Bri’s Third Thursday Threads link up!  (Apparently my post from last month’s link up featuring my LBD was the most clicked so I get to co-host!  Woo hoo!)

The theme this time around is fall favorites.  For me, it’s all about layers—it can get pretty chilly around this time!  I picked up this cotton zip blazer jacket on super sale at Loft last month and paired it with a crisp ivory lace tee and tank along with my favorite pants from The Limited.   (They are the best “work pants” in my opinion.  Stretchy, ankle length, flattering, etc.)

But besides this look, I love wearing anything that involves cozy cardigans, leggings, tights, scarves and of course boots!  Bri’s mustard cardigan is definitely a fall color in my book too—I definitely plan to bring mine into the outfit rotation STAT!

So link up today (via my blog or Bri’s) with your fall favorites!  What is your favorite thing to wear for fall?

In case you’re new here, here’s how this works:

1. Follow Work Clothes, I Suppose, Something Good, and The Style Files!
2. Link to a specific post, not your general blog URL, and please be wearing or talking about a Fall Favorite.
3. Visit the other bloggers who have linked up!

Can’t wait to see all of your awesome outfits! Remember, the most-clicked link will get the opportunity to co-host with Bri next month!

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Stitch Fix Review #4 [September 2014]

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And I’m back!  Sorry I’ve been MIA the past couple of weeks…I’ve had some incredibly busy weeks at work (actually, it’s going to be crazy through the first week of October…who am I kidding).  Combine that with some busy weekends trying to catch up on doing things I didn’t get to during the week, entertaining, trying to squeeze in workouts and low and behold, blogging took a back seat.  But sometimes that’s just how it goes!

Anyways, I am back today with my September Stitch Fix review!  This month, I requested items strictly from my Stitch Fix Pinterest board.  Of the five items I received, four of them were items I had pinned.  The other one was very similar to one that I had pinned so I was stoked to see it all in person!

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And like I said, I’ve been a little busy so I didn’t have time to take outfit photos this time around, but here is what I got:

Stitch Fix Review September 2014

1)  Pixley Polly Abstract Chevron Tie-Waist Tunic $48
I didn’t pin this item, but I had pinned a couple of tunics.  I think these are so fun to wear with leggings and a pair of boots at the office while still looking put together!  Love the tie waist so I don’t look frumpy, either.

2) 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse $48
So in the style cards, the shirt seems to have a  V cut in the front and back.  But in the photo above, it’s definitely just a V in the front.  Weird!  I pinned this in green and when I tried it on, it was quite long and pretty shapeless on me…so back it went.

3)  Mystree Jackie Striped French Terry Asymmetrical Jacket $78
I LOVE the stripes, the zipper, the cut—all of it!  Problem was the torso was too short and the zipper hit right at my chest- not too flattering. This was a size medium, so I think when I request any kind of jacket, I should size up.

4)  Collective Concepts Lydia Floral Print Key-Hole Blouse $68
I loved the colors on this tank- royal blue, mustard, fuschia, aqua and cream.  It was cute on, but when I was adding up my purchases for this fix, I didn’t think that it was worth the price tag.

5)  Papermoon Waters Diamond Print Maxi Dress $78
I thought this dress came in black, which is what I pinned, but I got the navy version.  Love the pattern and the simple neckline because I can wear a regular bra with it, but it was super short on me!  Like 5 inches too short, and I guess I would consider myself “average” height at 5’5” so I was scratching my head on that one.  Bummer!

So if you haven’t guessed already, I ended up keeping #1 (chevron tie-waist tunic).  The one item that wasn’t from my board.  Just goes to show how things look different in person!

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Read my other reviews:
Stitch Fix #1
Stitch Fix #2
Stitch Fix #3

What did you think of this fix?  What would you have kept?