Jeans and a Teacup

Friday, July 25, 2014

Work It!

Work Out - 5
Work Out - 4
Work Out - 2
Work Out - 3

See, there's a little muscle on these scrawny arms! 
Work Out
Top: Target, Magic Slimming Capri Leggings: c/o Marika, Sneakers: Nike via DSW
During the summer I usually start thinking more about working out.  Short shorts, skirts, and sleeveless shirts means I'll be showing more skin and I need to look GOOD! I like to do a mix of running and P90X about 3-4 times a week.  I don't work out to lose weight but I do it to be healthy and hopefully get a little more muscle! 

Even though I know the only way to get toned is to actually WORK OUT it still takes a lot of motivation to actually get my butt off the couch.  One way to get me motivated is cute work out gear.  I used to work out in old tee shirts and shorts which definitely didn't make me look good. I was also using the same pair of sneakers I've had since college! It was definitely time for an update. I picked up a bright, fitted workout tee from Target and these awesome Nike's from DSW.  Paired with these Markia Magic Slimming Capri Leggings I have the perfect work out ensemble! 

The Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings create a sleek silhouette with contour seaming and a sculpting, power mesh lining along the thigh area.  The material is a cotton/spandex blend which is super comfy but also stretches to fit. They run on the small side since I'm usually an XS but the size S fits perfectly.

And the great news is you can get 30% off your ENTIRE purchase at marika.com with coupon code "MM30" which is good through August 31st. Marika has a ton of high quality work out gear including yoga/pilates apparel, shape enhancing collections, and stylish active wear. Now's the time to stock up on quality fitness apparel to get you motivated to work out! 

* I received the Marika Legging sample free of charge for review purposes through Lipton Publicity. All opinions are my own! 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Midi Skirt and Travel Stories

Blue Polka 3
Blue Polka 2
Blue Polka 4
Blue Polka
Tank: The Limited (old) (similar), Skirt: ASOS (similar), Shoes: Nine West via DSW (similar), Bracelet: Stella and Dot, Necklace: InPink, Earrings: Stella and Dot
I'm back in LA! My hubby and I took a flight from Atlanta last night and now we finally get to hang out in our apartment that we haven't seen in about 3 weeks.  Since my hubby gets to fly first class on work trips he upgraded me to first class as well! It was my first time flying first class (and probably my last because those tickets are not cheap!). It's kind of been on my bucket list to fly first class and this seemed like the best opportunity.  And now I NEVER WANT TO FLY COACH AGAIN! I just realized that in coach you basically pay for all the free things that first class passengers get.  I had about 4 glasses of wine because I wanted to milk it for all it was worth. I had vegetable ravioli for dinner and chocolate gelato for dessert. Plus I got to watch whatever movies I wanted for free!! Oh, and they serve you hot towels on a platter...whaaa?! The almost 4 hour flight flew by so quickly and I was actually comfortable the whole time.  It was heaven...haha. My hubby and I will be taking a flight to Colorado in August and sadly we will be back in coach...

My weekend in Atlanta was fun too.  I love to eat so my favorite part was trying out different restaurants.  I made sure to get lots of grits and biscuits and gravy.  I actually really love those things for breakfast so I was loving it! The only thing I noticed was that the servers weren't very good about refilling my coffee. They hardly ever stopped by my table and I never got a coffee refill unless I asked.   Is that a thing in Georgia? I thought since I was in the south the servers would be more attentive (ya know - southern hospitality?). Oh well! 

We were able to hike up Stone Mountain, visit the Dream Cars exhibit at the High Museum of Art and see a Braves/Phillies baseball game! So it was definitely a fun and interesting weekend in Atlanta. Check out my Instagram for a few pics from my trip. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was all the rain and humidity! But I'm back in LA now so I won't have to deal with rain for about 6 months...haha.

Don't forget to enter the Nordstrom $120 eGift Card giveaway!!! Glossy Blonde + sponsors (including me!) are hosting this giveaway just in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Mixed Floral + Giveaway

Floral dress, Nordstrom giveaway
Topshop, Floral dress, Nordstrom Giveaway
Topshop, Floral Dress, Nordstrom Giveaway
Topshop, Nude Heels, Floral Dress
Topshop, Floral Dress, Nordstrom Giveaway
Dress: Topshop (similar), Shoes: Nine West via DSW (similar), Earrings: Stella and Dot, Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger, Bracelet: Stella and Dot
Greetings from Atlanta! It's my first time spending more than just a layover in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm visiting my husband who's been working here for the past three weeks.  But the good news is he got done a week early and we get to go back to Los Angeles on Tuesday! In the meantime, we get to explore a little bit of Atlanta.  

Anyway, these picture were taken in good ole' Pennsylvania. A big thanks to my Mom who's been taking my outfit posts while my husband's been away! I found this mixed floral tea dress on Topshop a little while ago. It was my first time shopping at Topshop. I always thought that items from there would be out of my price range but I found this dress on sale for $24.  I needed to take it in a little at the waist and the hip area is a little tighter than I like. Has anybody else found Topshop sizing kind of weird? But I really like the floral print and style of this dress so I decided to keep it. I like dresses that do the work for you by putting together different prints or colors that you wouldn't normally expect.  

And I have to mention these heels! I'd been looking for a pair of nude ankle strap heels and these Nine West heels fit the bill. They are actually really comfortable and I love the style. I couldn't find them online but I just got them at my local DSW in store. 

Speaking of dresses and shoes...you have a chance to win a $120 eGift card to Nordstrom from me and the other July sponsors of Glossy Blonde! And it's just in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Layering in Summer

Cargo Skirt - 2
Cargo Skirt - 4
Cargo Skirt - 3
Cargo Skirt
Shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar), Skirt: Old Navy, Vest: Target, Sandals: Madewell (similar), Necklace: J.Crew Factory
The one thing I miss about summer dressing is layering! I miss my jackets and scarves! (Although, I still try to get away with wearing scarves indoors in the air conditioning.) Sometimes a denim jacket can be too much coverage in the heat.  That's why I like this denim vest! It's a really lightweight, stretchy denim so it's not too heavy and it adds another dimension to my outfit. 

On another note, my mom has been taking my outfit photos while I've been home. She's done a pretty good job I think! My husband has been in Atlanta for the past couple of weeks and this weekend I get to go visit him! I've really missed him these last couple of weeks.  After spending almost four years of our dating relationship long distance - (And I mean looong...he was in California, I was in Ohio/Pennsylvania!) - I really hate being away from him for any period of time. But at least I've had things to occupy my time while he's been gone.  I got to visit Philadelphia and Boston...and now I'm moving on to Atlanta! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ketchup + Mustard

Mustard Yellow Dress
Mustard Yellow Dress
Mustard Yellow Dress
Mustard Yellow Dress
Mustard Yellow Dress
Dress: H&M (similar), Shoes: H&M (similar - love these!), Necklace: J.Crew Factory, Bracelet: Stella and Dot, Lips: Sephora Hot Tango
I've always been a fan of this darker yellow/mustard color but I don't really have any in my closet.  So when I saw this dress I fell in love.  I love the feminine ruffles, buttons and tie waist. Paired with my bright red nails and lips it kind of reminds me of condiments! But I still like it.  I found this dress recently in store but I couldn't find it online.  

I was in Boston over the weekend to visit a friend and just got back yesterday night.  It was my first time in Boston and I had a great time. I'm a fan of east coast cities in general.  Los Angeles doesn't do it for me - I think it's pretty ugly.  I love the history that goes along with older cities like Boston.  My friend and I took a tour of Harvard, walked a little of the Freedom Trail and went on a wine tour. I'd love to go back sometime!

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