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An Epic Offer, Girl Talk, and “Margarita Juice” with Victoria’s Secret

Thank you Victoria’s Secret for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Victoria’s Secret all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

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Let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions, shall we?  I am actually not very big on them, if only because I am the type of person who likes to continuously set goals for myself and assess and reassess where I am at.  I love making lists, putting together vision boards, and the idea of a clean slate (both literally and metaphorically); all of which are themes that apply to this time of year too.

As I mentioned in this post, I spent a good portion of the last couple of weeks purging and organizing.  One of the areas that I tackled was the dresser that houses my PJs and workout wear.  By the time I was done, I had thrown out two garbage bags full of ill-fitting, old – and kind of yuck – items.  It felt so good to do that – and provided the perfect opportunity to go on a little shopping spree.

Here is the deal:  I have curves and I am tall.  I love my body and am proud of it, but dressing it can be an entirely different story.  If you have ever had the distinct “pleasure” of stuffing yourself into two sport bras – because one is definitely not enough support – and feeling like “Okay, I am all in – but also kind of suffocating”, then you probably know where I am going with this.  Or maybe you have been really excited about a new pair of tights, only to try to get a little bendy in them and find out that they ride up, fall down, or are just too short/long to begin with.  For me, this is where Victoria’s Secret comes into play.

 

Obviously, VS is the best at bras.  As is the case for most of you I am sure, my first one was purchased there, and I have continued to shop there ever since.  The thing I love about their sport bras then, is that they fit and are sized (32-40, A-DDD), like a normal bra – which is a rare thing!  I only need to wear one (YES!) and there are a variety of colors and product ranges for me to choose from (also rare).  Right now, I am loving both the Angel and Incredible Front-Close styles.

Another thing that I think is great about the VS Sport line is that the products are all made from sturdy, high-quality materials.  The tights (The Knockout cut is my current favorite, and the one I am wearing here.) hold their shape, stay in place – whether you run, walk, or yoga! – never pill, and again, like the bras come in a full range of sizes, including Short and Long.  There are a number of other lines out there that I like aesthetically speaking, but I can’t say the same for how I feel about the way they wear (The pilling always gets me!).  Let’s just say those pieces are the ones that eventually get pushed to the back of my dresser drawer, whereas the VS pieces remain front and center!

If you are interested in doing some shopping of your own, I suggest visiting the VS homepage tomorrow (HINT!  HINT!) to find a pretty epic, unprecedented, offer.  You can also check back here next week for a follow-up post, when I inevitably remind you.  ; )  In addition to the offer, for purchases of $100 or more, you will receive free shipping with code FREESHIP100 through January 20th (So go crazy!).

 

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Last but not least, in the event you are wondering what I am toting around in this water bottle (Or just why there are photos of drinks in this post!), I included a recipe for my Winter morning go-to juice.  Think: a grapefruit margarita – sans tequila.  Because above all else, when it comes to staying healthy and fit, I like to keep everything – sportswear and juice included – colorful and FUN!

XX

PS – If you have any questions about the sizes I ordered, etc. please feel free to email me directly – Or check out this guide to find your perfect fit!

PPS – I highly recommend this vest (On sale now!) as well!

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Jewelry with Vibes

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While I definitely have a few pieces of cheap costume jewelry that I love, the items I wear the most radiate “vibes”.  Maybe that sounds funny, but what I mean is that those pieces were either made with some sort of intent, are one-of-a-kind, came from or remind me of a certain person/time in my life, or have a cool vintage thing going on (Sometimes, all of the above.).  They just feel good, you know?

To give you an example, here is a smattering of a few of my favorites, and the stories behind them:

  1. The first piece of jewelry my Dad ever bought my Mom was a fiery opal ring.  He knew that I had always admired it as a kid (AKA, “borrowed” it from her jewelry box, a lot!), so he recently had an almost identical one made for me.  That ring is special on many levels.
  2. I randomly happened to be in Washington D.C. for job training when the Dalai Lama was visiting in 2010, so there were exhibits and vendors lining the streets.  I picked up a skull bracelet at one vendor, and the man running the stand explained to me that it was meant to symbolize the impermanence of life. Truth be told “impermanence” was totally on my mind at the time because that job was not a great fit for me, and I was hoping it would in fact only be a temporary stepping stone to where I was meant to be. I bought the bracelet with that thought, but even today, it serves as a great reminder on all levels.
  3. I have a ring from an elementary school field trip to Howe Caverns.  I believe it’s supposed to be a “turquoise” stone, with an adjustable silver band, that most definitely came from a 99 cent souvenir bin.  I love it though – especially because you can actually see where the stone is glued on.  It always makes me smile.
  4. Both of my grandmas adored jewelry, and had fabulous but uniquely separate taste.  One was understated and liked garnets and pearls, while the other wore flamboyant pieces in all different colors, shapes and sizes.  I was fortunate enough to inherit some of that.  I wear something from each of my grandmas every day, because I genuinely like the jewelry, but more so because I am always trying to channel the strong, intelligent – and sasssy! – women they were.
  5. In the photo above, I am wearing a mix of the “Tight & Bright” and “Boho” Stacks from Tiny Devotions.  I purchased both of them when I first moved to Santa Monica.  I was drinking a lot of chai tea lattes, running around in my Minnetonka lace-up boots (Seriously, my fave; they’re so comfortable!), and spending a lot of time at the ocean – so per their descriptions, it seemed like I had to have these bracelets too.  If you’ve been following along here, then you probably know that I’m a long-time fan of TD.  I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with them on a few photos for their latest collection, which launches today.  I would be thrilled if you wanted to take a peek!

I also took the liberty of rounding up some additional vibe-worthy pieces.  A couple of them are from Sweet & Spark – an awesome online source for vintage finds, while the others are all artisan-quality or handmade.  Even though the garnet ring is pretty aspirational for me, I chose it because I knew my Grandma would love it.  : )

Any other places I should be looking?  If you have suggestions, please share!

XX

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Inspired By, Carmen Miranda Reloaded

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Have you ever come across an image that immediately stopped you in your tracks?  I was late-night Insta scrolling a few weeks back, when I saw the scene above and was immediately captivated; the bracelets, the pink, the makeup!  It’s from an old Vogue Brasil editorial, called “Carmen Miranda Reloaded”.  The piece was published in 2013, but it feels relevant two years later, with the Bohemian influences, bold prints, and tropical flare we’re seeing in fashion right now.  It all makes my color-loving eyes so happy!

I picked out a few current pieces that feel as if they could have been in these pages.  My favorites are the bags (Always!) – which I would normally pair with more basic items from my closet, but after seeing this I’m loving the idea of wearing them with some black-and-white, pineapple patterns, and pretty jewels.

Have a beautiful weekend!  XX

 

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