new workout wear

I have started working out again for the first time since my pregnancy. It’s been so good to get back to the gym to get my sweat on (cardio) and zen on (yoga). I have put on weight since 2016 and none of my old workout clothes fit me. I went on a search for tops and leggings that would fit and flatter. I especially needed leggings that would not roll down at the waist, which tends to happen on the rowing machine and yoga. Through lots of trial and error, I have happily found a few inexpensive yet clutch workout wear items.

Here’s what I bought and highly recommend for you:

Mesh cutout performance tank in black.

It’s true to size. For workout tops and sports bras, I typically buy one size larger than my normal clothing size. So, I bought this tank in a medium. I like the longer length of this tank and it keeps you cool during vigorous cardio sessions. The mesh cutouts on the front, back and shoulders add a cool touch to the tank.

Long sleeve mesh performance top in red.

This long sleeve top is super lightweight. There’s a cutout in the back and mesh inserts on the sleeves, which makes for key ventilation. The length is somewhat cropped yet the drape is flattering and flows away from the body. Keep in mind that I have a long torso so I usually avoid crop tops but this one is a winner. I ordered a size medium, so true to size. I loved this top so much that I bought it in two colors.

Long sleeve mesh performance top in black.

This long sleeve top is super lightweight. There’s a cutout in the back and mesh inserts on the sleeves, which makes for key ventilation. The length is somewhat cropped yet the drape is flattering and flows away from the body. Keep in mind that I have a long torso so I usually avoid crop tops but this one is a winner. I ordered a size medium, so true to size. I loved this top so much that I bought it in two colors.

7/8 length performance leggings in green.

I actually bought these leggings in black instead of this gorgeous jewel tone green. If they had the green pair in my size, I’d snag them too. The 7/8 length is perfect for my short legs and the high waist doesn’t really roll down. It crept down a little bit once during yoga and once during my rowing machine workout. Both incidents were negligible, especially when you consider that my other leggings were constantly rolled down for nearly the whole time I was exercising. I love the soft feel of the material and the ruched mesh inserts on the bottom of the legs are a feminine touch. I ordered my normal size in leggings, a small.

Reversible printed leggings in leopard and black floral.

I saved the best for last. I was the most impressed with these leggings. I love leopard and black floral as prints so to find them both for one pair of leggings made me happy. Each side has a side pocket to fit your smartphone. I could easily fit my iPhone XS and it did not fall out during my cardio. The compression is insane on these in the best possible way. Everything is smoothed out yet comfortable for all the body bending. What impressed me most was that the waist did not budge one iota during yoga and rowing. The best part? They’re only $27! They are worth double, if not triple, the price. Keep in mind, they are slightly thicker than most other leggings due to the reversible feature, but I wasn’t sweating buckets. Two words: buy these! I took my usual size small and they are true to size.

Are there and workout clothes that you recently purchased and love?

TGIF! xx

dresses lately

Rainbow maxi shirtdress (also here & on sale here!).

Rainbow maxi shirtdress (also here & on sale here!), Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac & Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Tulip hem frill dress in rose (also on sale here in limited available sizes & a strapless version here); Caparros bronze heels (left image, very old but similar here) & Modern Vintage beige sandals (right image, very old but similar here).

Tulip hem frill dress in rose (also on sale here in limited available sizes & a strapless version here); Caparros bronze heels (very old but similar here).

Here are two recently acquired dresses that I really adore and highly recommend. The rainbow dress was love at first sight for me, it is such a happy dress. I am wearing a size Small in this dress. I forgot to take a proper photo of the dress before heading out to a bachelorette party but you can see the length and the back of the dress, which did not have any embroidery (unlike the online stock photo). This dress will be in heavy rotation this summer.

The second dress is for a wedding and it’s the best cocktail dress ever. Forgiving, flattering and it feels like a sexy throwback to those disco divas of the 70’s (Bianca Jagger could have easily worn this dress). The sizing runs small, I ended up with a size 6 in this Australian brand dress (I couldn’t zip up my usual size 4 when I tried it on). The drape is everything, and no bra is needed for this dress since it has the top overlay. Get this sultry little number if you’re attending a wedding or for your next big date night.

Have a great night! xx

new Target faves

Striped tiered midi dress & Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac.

I love this striped midi dress because it’s summer in a dress. The 100% cotton material feels and drapes like linen and the straps are adjustable in the back of the dress. I ordered a size small and medium in this dress but I kept the medium. The small size fit but the top neckline of the dress was a bit tight on me. It’s unlined yet the material is thick and opaque. It’s a winner.

These espadrille wedge sandals are fantastic, they are my favorite items if my Target order. They are comfortable and flattering and they are faux leather (yay for cruelty free). I ordered the sandals in both colors—cognac and black. Keeping both for sure. They are true to size (I’m wearing a size 8).

Striped tee mini dress & Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac.

Loved the dark yellow mustard stripe on this tee mini dress but the length was too short for my liking. I’m wearing a size medium in the image above. I ordered a size small as well but the length was even shorter. I’m passing on this but if you’re petite, this dress would look so sporty.

Mini shirtdress in black & Espadrille wedge sandal in black.

This shirtdress reads French chic to me, so simple in design but the trapeze shape somehow works. I’m wearing a size small on the left and a size medium on the right. Both sizes fit me well but I felt the size small was more streamlined or sophisticated (see the larger image below). The black version of this dress is unlined and the cotton fabric is crisp.

I’m loving the wedge sandals in black faux leather as much as the cognac.

Mini shirtdress in cream & Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac.

Again, the shirtdress in cream is shown in a size small on the left and a size medium on the right. I’ve kept the size small for this color too. The cream version is fully lined. A larger image of the size small dress is shown below.

6/26/19 update: I’ve returned the two shirtdresses because I didn’t wear them right away, largely due to my fear of them being too short. So, back to the store they went. I did keep the striped mididress because I’ve worn it at least once a week since it arrived. I’m obsessed with this mididress!

Mini shirtdress in black & Espadrille wedge sandal in black.

Mini shirtdress in cream & Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac.

I hope my review was helpful. You can’t go wrong with either of the two dresses and wedge sandals as they are easy, comfortable and stylish additions to your summer outfits. Thanks Target! ♥️🎯

right on, target

Striped tiered midi dress & Striped tee mini dress.

Mini shirtdress in black and cream.

Espadrille wedge sandal in cognac.

Espadrille wedge sandal in black.

With the recent summer like temps, I just ordered these dresses and sandals from Target’s website. I hope there are some keepers in the bunch.

Have a great week, xx!

accessories lately

Coin necklace set (sold out, similar here & here).

Star hair clip (sold out, similar here & here).

Hope you are enjoying some spring weather! xo

BECCA swimwear review

Swimsuit season will be soon upon us. I want to be prepared. I wanted get my one-piece swimsuit all set for this summer and they are usually tricky for me due to my long torso and small chest. I’m happy to report that I may found The Suit. I relied on the BECCA swimwear brand for my current search since I already own a BECCA halter neck bikini. I’ve had it for two years and the bikini wears and washes beautifully and it doesn’t fade.

I picked two one-piece swimsuit styles in multiple colors. I ordered my usual swimsuit size where I size up one size (a Medium) from my regular clothing size (a Small). I do this for more modest coverage and for my longer torso. Here is the first style:

BECCA ruffle one-piece swimsuit in merlot (promo code FRIENDS for extra 30% off).

BECCA ruffle one-piece swimsuit in black (promo code FRIENDS for extra 30% off).

So, I liked this suit because it was a comfortable fit for my longer torso plus the straps were adjustable for length and width. The fabric was nice and thick, I felt like suit held me in but not tight like Spanx. But I feel the cleavage area is too revealing or there is too much open chest space (like a big void of swimsuit). This could make for a disaster with my toddler on the beach or at the pool. I’m going to have to pass on this swimsuit.

4/6/19 Update: I ended keeping the ruffle swimsuit in black. I plan on tying the front strings tighter for modesty and double tying the knot for security. I also liked that I won’t get weird tan lines with this swimsuit.

BECCA highneck crochet one-piece swimsuit in clay (promo code FRIENDS for extra 30% off).

BECCA highneck crochet one-piece swimsuit in black (promo code FRIENDS for extra 30% off).

BECCA highneck crochet one-piece swimsuit in white (promo code FRIENDS for extra 30% off).

Again, the length and fit of this highneck suit is perfect for my longer torso. It has adjustable straps for the length of the neck/vertical straps as well as for the width with the back string tie. The crochet is all over the suit and I liked the edging detail. The suit is well constructed (thick lining throughout where there’s no open crochet area). I loved the fact that the one-piece did not flatten my chest or give me the dreaded uniboob (which is typical of my one-piece swimsuit experience). I felt comfortable in this swimsuit and the halter neck will be very practical with my toddler.

So, the question is which colors to keep? I think I’m keeping the swimsuit in black (you can always rely on black) and in white. The clay color is pretty in person but the white is really catching my eye (especially with a tan).

4/6/19 Update: I ended returning the black crochet swimsuit since I changed my mind about the ruffle swimsuit (I’m keeping the black ruffle suit). So, I kept only the white crochet swimsuit. Both suits should inject something different for Summer 2019!

What do you think of the swimsuits or the BECCA swimwear brand? Have you found The Suit for your Summer 2019? TGIF! xx

a ‘Tale’ of two boots

Plaid fringe wrap in ivory; Bronze metallic blouse; Current/Elliott Stiletto skinny jeans (old, similar); VANELi ‘Tale’ boot in black velvet; here); Mirrored aviator sunglasses (also here).

Plaid fringe wrap in ivory; Current/Elliott Stiletto skinny jeans (old, similar); VANELi ‘Tale’ boot in black velvet.

Plaid fringe wrap in ivory; Bronze metallic blouse; Current/Elliott Stiletto skinny jeans (old, similar); VANELi ‘Tale’ boot in black velvet; here); Mirrored aviator sunglasses (also here).

I’m beyond excited to tell you all about my new boots today! I was thrilled to reconnect with one of my favorite boot/shoe brands, VANELi Shoes, and retailers, Marmi Shoes because first and foremost, they make the best boots. I had the privilege to review two pair of boots in the past (see here and here) and their classic style and well-made construction have stood the test of time (and many wears!). But what especially endears me now about VANELi Shoes is the fact that they make 100% vegan shoes and boots that are stylish, well-made and affordable! This made my heart sing and my feet happy. Let me tell you, it is not easy to find fashionable and high quality vegan shoes for winter. It’s a sea of leather and shearling, both of which I avoid purchasing lately.

I was delighted to pick the VANELi ‘Tale’ boot in black velvet! I have been wanting a kitten heel boot for over a year but didn’t want to buy leather. I’m a mom of a toddler that is constantly on the move so the low 2 inch heel allows me to keep pace. They are 100% vegan and made with the most luxe velvet material that seems to resist dust and dog hair (a miracle if you ask me). They are true to size (I’m wearing a size 8, medium width) and there’s no break-in period (instant comfort right out of the box). The best part? ON. SALE. You need these kitten heel boots, so comfortable and versatile. You will be reaching for these all winter long—-I know I will.

Lastly, if you’re in the market for a 100% vegan loafer style shoe, VANELi’s got you covered with the ‘Ebba’ loafer in crushed velvet (also on mega sale!).

Disclosure: The VANELi ‘Tale’ boots were given to me by VANELi Shoes for my review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. Thank you very much, VANELi Shoes!

pawj, my new cruelty free shoe love 🐾

Pawj short boots in chestnut, tan, black, grey & brown; Pawj slippers in black (also in tan); Pawj polar fleece boot in light grey (also in black or light chestnut); Pawj arctic fleece men’s shoe in chestnut.

Faux sherpa jacket in ivory (also available in navy); Oversized tunic sweater in white; Lined skinny jeans in angel island; Pawj short boots in chestnut/snow leopard; Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses (old, similar).

Suburban Riot Alice sweatshirt in black/heather grey; Lined skinny jeans in angel island; Pawj short boots in black/wild leopard.

Faux sherpa jacket in ivory (also available in navy); Oversized tunic sweater in white; Lined skinny jeans in angel island; Pawj short boots in chestnut/snow leopard; Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses (old, similar).

Happy New Year! Hope 2019 has been kind to you thus far. I wanted to feature a great company that makes only 100% cruelty free footwear that is PETA approved. They have a limited selection of style boots, shoes and slippers but they are executed so very well.

For Christmas, my husband gave me a pair of slippers (in black) and two pairs of short boots (in chestnut and in black). From the moment I took the boots and slippers out of their boxes, I could tell that only top quality materials and fabrics went into the construction. The soles are durable for both the boots and the slippers. The boots will remind you of Uggs but without any of the needless animal cruelty and harm to humans and our environment. The leather industry is notorious for using toxic chemicals that harm the health of the people handling the animal hides as well as leeching into the surrounding ground and water. Not to mention the slaughter of so many innocent animals simply for their skins.

The sizing is similar to that of Uggs where Pawj runs large if you plan to wear the boots and slippers barefoot or with thin socks or stockings. Normally, I’m a size 8 shoe but I have the boots and slippers in size 7. I’ve worn all three pairs of footwear barefoot so the fit is spot on for my feet. However, if you plan to wear thick socks, you may opt for purchasing your normal shoe size. They are so warm and cozy, I really enjoy wearing them everywhere. They are totally worth the full price, but Pawj does offer a rare discount promo code on Instagram or Facebook. I’d definitely follow them on social media, I love seeing their new styles. I totally have my eye on their polar fleece lace up boot, especially in light grey. Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day! I’d consider getting the men’s arctic fleece shoes so your special guy could share in the cozy warmth too.

What do you think of Pawj? Do you have a favorite brand of cruelty free fashion or accessories? I’d be thrilled to hear about it. Have a great week and stay warm and safe in the upcoming polar vortex! ❄️❄️

resorting

Pink shift dress (50% off now); Black coverup dress; Midi-dress coverup; Jeweled clutch (53% off); Black espadrilles (other colors available); Tassle earrings(63% off).

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re lucky, so is a trip to somewhere warm and inviting. I’ve got you covered with some flattering post-holiday dresses and a few key accessories.

The hot pink dress is a solid tunic shape that will be comfortable and chic for dinner and dancing. I can see this black sundress with a big straw hat strolling along a beach. The online description for this printed midi-dress says it can also be converted to a maxi skirt, so versatile and the slits will keep you cool.

The clutch also has a chain strap that can used or tucked inside, love the colors and texture of this clutch. I swear by these water friendly espadrilles, I have three pairs (in navy, silver and blue gingham) and I always wear them on every vacation, whether it’s a beach or city destination. They are comfortable and extremely versatile. I wear them out to dinner with my dresses or for the beach/pool with my bathing suit and a coverup. They are made of neoprene with a rubber sole so you can swim with these on your feet and they will literally dry in the sun in minutes. Lastly, how fun are these tassel earrings? Love the striking turquoise color too.

Hope you’re having a great week! xx

winter bronzer

Bronze metallic blouse; Avec Les Filles faux leather moto leggings (old, similar here, here & here); Velvet mules in navy (similar here, here & here).

I was immediately intrigued by the bronze metallic blouse featured recently on The Mom Edit blog. I waited for the Black Friday sales and snagged this chic yet effortless blouse. It’s true to size, I’m wearing a size Small and it’s a light and airy top that’s instantly ready for a cocktail and a party. I also love that that it’s not cropped and that I can wear it out or tucked in. I tried on the blouse with my vegan leather pants and navy velvet mules that were purchased the last couple of years. This outfit is very comfortable and I loved how the deep bronze was flattering with my skin tone.

How are you wearing the current metallic trend? Have a great week! xx

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