Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stagecoach Wishes

Stagecoach Wishes

It's Stagecoach this weekend in Indio, a massive 3 day country music festival over the weekend. We have attended almost every year since I've lived in California, but this year we are missing it for a friend's wedding in Chicago. I love that you can get dressed up in your best American gear and wear your pride for your country on your clothing. There are plans in the works for one final blowout at Stagecoach next year with our group, I'm hoping this comes to fruition!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Wishes: Spring Wishes

Wednesday Wishes

These are my favorite pieces I am coveting this spring. They are a bit all over the map, but all lovely and beautiful! I always can find room for a few more pairs of shoes and I am in love with tops that initial appear casual but then show how elegant they are with beautiful fabrics. These two dresses from Elizabeth McKay are to die for (probably because they are in my favorite colors) and I am wondering how many ways you can style these super laid back metallic shorts from Anthropologie.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday #Shoesday: The Perfect Festival Shoes

Tuesday #Shoesday

Since last weekend and this coming weekend are continual music festivals out here in California, this week's #Shoesday is all about the perfect shoe for a music festival. I usually like to wear a structured sandal because they keep you cool but are cute as well, but sometimes in the dusty bowl of Indio a great pair of converse sneakers make much more sense. What footwear do you rock for a music festival?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kate Spade Perfection

What I'm Loving

I am loving Kate Spade New York right now. Both their new arrivals and sale items are all amazing. I am seriously eyeing these new pink flats as well as the striped blazer, which is on sale. It even has a little bow detail on the back which is so great. The tanner dress shown in 1 and 9 is so beautiful, I could see myself dancing the night away at my friends' weddings this summer season. Kate Spade also has amazing wallets. My current wallet is still in good shape, but I have my eye on this polka dot version if it kicks the bucket anytime soon.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gym Rat Report: Week 7

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This week's gym rat report is all about the bicep workout. I hope you enjoyed last week's installment and are interested in a another great workout. This time, biceps. I had another great workout on Monday, along with some great pilates workouts and another round of physical therapy. We are in lovely upstate NY for Easter so getting my weekend run in is a little colder and damper than I am used to. Still got to get those miles in for June 1st!

Bicep Workout
1. Bench Pushups (4 sets, 15 reps/set): In a pushup position on a weight bench, perform regular pushups.
2. Medicine Ball Squats (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 8 lbs): Holding a medicine ball at your chest, thrust the medicine ball out while going into a squat position.
3. Chin Ups (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 60% body weight): If using the assisted machine, add weight to assist.
4. Cable Curl (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 40 lbs): Single handed cable curls using the cable machine.
5. Side Lunge (4 sets, 15 reps/set): Step to the side into a lunge on each side for one rep.
6. Dumbbell Bicep Lunge (4 sets, 60 sec/set, 12 lbs): Taking a forward lunge, simultaneously perform a bicep curl. Walk forward to perform.
7. Dumbbell Deadlift (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 12 lbs): With soft knees and straight back, bend forward and  pull dumbbells up.
8. Lunge Hops (4 sets, 60 sec/set): Hop back and forth with lunges.
9. Jacknife (4 sets, 40 reps/set): Laying on back, pull one knee in while curling and switch. This is one rep.
10. Bosu Ball Bicep Curl (4 sets, 15 sets/rep, 12 lbs): Holding a boss ball, curl it to your chin and back down for one rep.
11. Dumbbell Bicep Squat (4 sets, 15sets/rep, 12 lbs): Holding one dumbbell in your left hand, squat and place your tricep on the inside of your thigh and then curl up. Switch hands and repeat to complete one set.
Finish with a good full body stretch.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pinterest Hairstyle - Knot Your Average Pony

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I am in love with this double knot for a ponytail. I am currently growing my hair back out so that I can add the second knot but I love who this looks because it can be casual enough for everyday but fancy enough for a wedding or special event. I'm hoping that by September my hair will be long enough so I can rock this to a few weddings we have that month.
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