Hues of Gray

 Happy week before Thanksgiving! Gosh, time definitely does fly. I can already feel the pressure of the holiday rush breathing down my neck. Yikes! Well, it’s nothing that some deep breaths and pumpkin pie can’t cure! :)

Anywho, I’m continuing with my semi-monochrome theme again today by sticking with the different hues of gray.

Tip: If you keep all the colors in the same relative family, you can mix all the colors you want! 

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Coat: Anthropologie – Similar shape // Chambray: J. Crew // Pants: Gap // Purse: Adele Satchel c/o Ora Delphine // Watch: Michele

 

I’ve realized that I haven’t been updating a lot about life outside of my outfits, and so here’s the scoop.

1. Still teaching math and super busy, but loving it.

2. Went zip lining for the first time.

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3. Realized that I miss living 5 minutes from the beach.

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4. I’m mentally training for the 8k that I’m running in December. (Key word: mentally)

5. Obsessed with the movie Big Hero 6.

6. Bible Verse that I’m currently meditating on: “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” – Mark 8:35-36

Thanks for reading and have a blessed rest of your day! :)

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Monochrome – Camel

 

Ok, so technically this may not be considered monochrome but I would say the colors are all in the same family right? Here’s my tip on how to do the monochrome look: just stay in the same family of hues. Is it just me, or is the color camel in? Eh, whether it’s in or out, you can’t deny that it screams fall.

>> On another note, I was recently asked by Marin to do an interview for her blog QwertyGirl for the month of November. It was super fun getting a little more personal and behind the scenes about my blog. Do check it out! <<

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Y14_7058Pants: Gap // Coat: Anthropologie – Similar // Shoes: DSW // Sweater: J. Crew Factory // Necklace: Anthropologie // Watch: Michele

Thanks for stopping by! And for all you teachers and students out there….

9 more school days till Thanksgiving Break! :)

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Fitness Week! – Fundamentals

I call this Fundamentals because what I’ve learned during my long 24 years of life thus far, is that fitness is not about all the gimmicks, quick-losing-but-not-healthy diets, or the soon-they’ll-say-it’s-bad-for-you fads, but it IS about changing up your lifestyle, attitude, and doing the little things to keep you movin’ and groovin‘!

You DON’T need all the fuss and buss of heavy machinery or contraption. My advice is to just go and get out there! God created this wonderful earth, let’s go and enjoy it!

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Here are my list of 5 small ways to be a little healthier:

1. Drink water. Period. (coffee is an exception ;) )
2. Devote at least 20 minutes everyday devoted to movement at a speed that gets your heart racing.
3. Reach for the fruit.
4. Find an active activity that you like. (ex. hiking, rollerblading, sports, speed-walk-shopping….)
5. Lose the discouraging talk.

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In addition to those 5 ways, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Kenny — the super trainer. I first met him in Bible Study earlier this year and he has truly been such an inspiration — not only about fitness, but about faith as well. He is so energetic and encouraging that even though you’re sweating, groaning, hurting, and tired he will make you laugh and forget it all. Check out his YouTube Channel for encouraging words and that Kenny Smile.

So remember that Half-Dome trip I did this past summer? Well, little did you know, after a grueling 16-mile hike, my friend Kenny decided to make a work-out video on top of the mountain. Just proof that you can work out for 10 minutes, any time and anywhere. And yes, you may see a cameo of me. Just maybe.

Oh, and if you want to get tips on how to “Bring Sexy Back”….

 

Thanks for joining me during Fitness Week! :)

1. Fashion
2. Food
3. Fundamentals

P.S. I would love some feedback from you! Would you like to see more series or themed weeks on SWA?

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Fitness Week! – Grilled Chicken Over Vegetable Penne

Hello again! Thanks for stopping by during Fitness Week on SWA! Today, I’ve asked Gina from Pink Wings to help me out to share with you a healthy recipe to try out!

Grilled Chicken Over Vegetable Penne!

“I originally put together this dish to help me with my long-distance runs. It’s perfect because it has the lean protein that I need for lasting energy and also lets me carb-load the day before an extra long run. Even if you aren’t training for a race, this recipe is still an awesome healthy meal option.” – Gina

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Click HERE to go to her blog to check out the full recipe!

I’ve been reading Gina’s blog for awhile — from her great fashion sense to her delicious recipes, you’re sure to love it. So go check it out now! :)

Thanks for stopping by SWA for Fitness Week! Come back soon for another post! :)

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Fitness Week! – #Bodenonthego

Welcome to Fitness Week on SWA! Since the holidays are coming up, temptations are sure to arise as pumpkin spiced baked goods pop up at every corner and those numerous, as well as enormous, family feasts that you just can’t seem to control yourself at. Yes, so what’s my plan? A pre-holiday work out! I feel like it’s harder to have a post-holiday work out because you’re already lethargic and suffering from a food coma, so why not start early, kick in those good habits, and not worry about gaining those holiday pounds?

So this week I have a couple of posts lined up revolving around the three F’s of fitness: Fashion, Food, and Fundamentals

Today is all about the Fitness Fashion . Boden Clothing has just recently launched a new activewear line that is not only functional, but stylish beyond measure! The fabric is breathable, flexible, comfortable, and basically any other -ible you can come up with! I was especially surprised by the bottoms because it felt like a second skin but was not see-through at all and even included a secret back pocket for a key! Make sure you hurry on over to their site and use the code YOGA to get 15% off your purchase! Research and statistics actually shows that your wardrobe makes a difference in your psychological behavior.

Good activewear = Higher tendency to work out = Healthy Lifestyle

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The Run Faster Sweatshirt / Yoga Drawcord Top / Run Faster Leggings
c/o of Boden << Click to see more! 

*All opinions and feedback are my own. 

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to come back for more during Fitness Week! :)

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Florals for Fall – Inspired by Glamour

I was flipping through the most recent Glamour issue and my thumb instantly stopped at the page full of florals. Yes, when fall comes we get excited about the coats, autumn colors, and wool fabrics, but what about our good friend Floral? Glamour’s got it right when they didn’t say goodbye to florals this fall season.

I decided to try out their suggestion by pairing dark florals with chambray. I have to say that this combo is definitely budding my interest in keeping my florals around this season.

What do you think?

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Blazer: Boutique – My favorites – ONE {sale!} – TWOTHREE  // Skirt: Anthropologie // Chambray: Madewell // Shoes: Talbots // Bracelets: J. Crew // Ring: c/o Wrenn Jewelry // Watch: Michele

Thank you for reading!

And thank you Glamour for the inspiration! :)

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Classiness with Lulu’s

I’ve been challenging myself lately to be more creative with my wardrobe as I begin to realize that there’s little to no room in my closet and I cannot bear to part with anything at the moment! And so I rediscovered this classic dress from Lulu*s (last seen here) and wanted to try to put a different spin on it by wearing a skirt over it.

Lulu*s has such a great collection of designs that are stylish, yet classic and versatile.  I mean, my students honestly said that I looked like a teacher  that stepped out of a movie.

And so I thank you Lulu*s. The credit goes to you.

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Y14_6220Dress: c/o Lulu*s – My favorites ONE - TWO - THREE // Shoes: Aveta Ankle Strap Heels c/o Lulu*s // Skirt: J. Crew // Purse: Coach Vintage // Bracelets: J.Crew // Ring: c/o Wrenn Jewelry

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