Last weekend was one of my bestfriend's birthday, Jess turned 27! In honor of her special day we went to celebrate at Blockheads in NYC for dinner and drinks, then we went bowling.
I wore a navy blue and white stripe, 3/4 sleeve sweater dress from H&M. This dress was $24.99 and buy one get one free. I had a five dollar gift card that was given to me the last time I made a purchase from H&M, so I only paid 10 bucks for each dress! I got the "free" dress in yellow and white.
I wore the dress with my natural colored Jolie bootie that I purchased from Alloy @ 26.68 after tax and a 20 dollar off coupon!!
My accessories were nautical inspired, and to tie the look together I dooned a red lip using my new Milani - Lip Flash, Shimmer Gloss Pencil. By the way I lost it at Blockheads that night, but fear not I already replaced it, lol. Yes I loved it that much, review coming soon.
Dress- Hot Miami Styles
Shoes- Rachel Roy
A couple of weeks ago I went out to celebrate a friends, Havolin's (@Havtastic) birthday. This is what I wore that night, A coral bandage dress with color blocking.
I can say that about every other day I receive an email from Express.com with the latest offers and sales. Each time send them right to the trash box to avoid shopping; however, last week I could not resist and let that great sale pass me by. They had 30% off already reduced items as well as a 20% off coupon code.
I have been in need of some work attire such as button downs but for some reason, had not felt like spending the money to purchase any, so I finally did. I also bought a few things that I could simply add to my wardrobe to build on it.
The two metallic stripe shirts - $16.79 each; cargo pants, flare leg pants, mesh top, ruffle top, & pin-tuck shirt were all $11.19 each; V-neck sweater and cami $5.59; Jeggings - $22.39 and last but not least my coveted trench $33.59 from $128!
Am I a budget fashionista or what?!
I would like to send a special thank you to Rai aka Morena Barbee for hosting this month's giveaway.
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I am a fitness enthusiast. This does not mean that I am a fitness fanatic or a fitness addict. It simply means that I am a strong believer that working out promotes great results for both your health and body.
My mother on the other hand, I think she would be considered a fitness addict lol. Any and every exercise machine that has been created and offer over infomercial has probably made its way into her home, so I have been exposed to fitness, exercise and healthy eating my entire life.
Sports and recreation was a big part of my childhood, my father has played softball for as long as I can remember, my brothers participated basketball, baseball, football and boxing. I was signed up to ballet, contemporary dance, rode my bike, roller bladed, and went to summer camp for 5 consecutive years - where I learned to swim at an early age, practiced archery, hiked and engaged in many physical activates.
At 17, I decided to join the Army and it was there that my mental and physical strength were tested to capacity. There I learned mantras such as “No stopping, no giving up” a mantra that I say on many occasion when I feel like my body just cannot give any more. I also learned discipline, dedication and persistence while in training.
It was in the army that I was first introduced to Beachbody, one night on duty and infomercial for Power 90 and that was back in 2003! That fitness program both changed my body and life. As hard, as it is to believe in the army instead of losing weight and being toned or beefed up the total opposite occurred, I gained weight 30lbs to exact a combination of both fat and muscle.
When I was discharged, I began to workout with my Power 90 fitness program, my goal was to get back to 160lbs from 190lbs. I can say that although it was a challenge and I did have days where I would replace the DVD for the gym or a night of dancing, I was able to reach my goal.
My Power 90 DVDs were my go to work out when I felt I needed to get back in shape or to simply maintain my weight. In January 2010, I began using the program again faithfully and incorporated the gym the gym as well. After the birth of my daughter, I was left at 226 when I walked out of the hospital and I was able to successfully get down to 184 by September, however still far from my goal of 165.
My friend Melissa happened to be a Beachbody coach and was promoting a new product called Shakeology an all-natural meal replacement shake with over 70 ingredients and nutrients that produces weight loss, recovery and suppresses hunger.
I was instantly drawn to the product and after trying a 4 pack sample I was ready to purchase my monthly supply. It was then when Melissa advised me that I too could become a BeachBody coach to help others with their weight loss journey as well so I signed up.
When i started Shakeology I was 175lbs. After 30 days on Shakeology, I lost a total of 7lbs, 2 inches off each thigh, 2 inches off each arm and 1 inch off my waist. I became more fit, toned, had more endurance and had gained muscle.
Shakeology 30 Before and After Backview
Shakeology 30 Day Before and After Sideview
I was so excited with my results that I decided to push myself even harder and started the Insanity 60 day fitness program. During Insanity however I hit a plateau and didn’t lose any inches or pounds but I did continue to build muscle.
I find rompers so cute, they almost take me back to my childhood; summer time in the park with my daddy wearing some jelly sandals.
Don't let that infantile appearance fool you. Rompers have the ability to bring on the sexy.
Below I will show you how to wear a romper in both a day look and a night look...
So all I can say about this is WHOA!!!
Since I was left speechless by this bathing suit here are the editors notes:
Fusing a retro high-waisted cut with edgy strap detailing, Zimmermann's cobalt-blue underwired bandeau bikini is a statement-making swimwear choice. Layer this offbeat style under a kaftan and add leg-lengthening wedges to perfect poolside posing.
Cobalt-blue underwired bandeau bikini with high-waisted multi-strap-detailed briefs. Zimmermann bikini has gunmetal hardware, D-ring detail on cross-over straps, slight padding at top, designer-stamped clasp fastening at back, is partially lined and comes with a detachable halterneck strap. 80% polyamide, 20% spandex; lining: 90% nylon, 10% elastane. Hand wash. Designer color: Sapphire.
What is trending at the moment?
Gold Chronograph Watches, which come in a wide aray of designs. The two main styles are "boyfriend" and "feminine".
Besides having blod gold tones, these watches can add a subtle statement to anylook or can be used as the focal point in your outfit. A sophisticated time defying functional accessory to add to your collection.
Prices can range anywhere from fifty dollars on the low end and up to $400 on higher ends.
Cardigan's are great as a layering piece, but they are also very functional and serve as a cover up.
Wether you use it so over a cami in the office, a sun dress or to keep you warm on a cool summer night, Cardigans can add color and an element of demension to any outfit.