Office Outfit | Pencil Skirt and Gem Tones

29 Sep 2014 Permalink

work outfit for fall

work outfit for fall

I’m such a fan of pencil skirts.  A great pencil skirt can look equally stylish with both a t-shirt or a blouse.  Actually, they look great with nearly everything!  I try and steer away from wearing blazers with them though…blazers and pencil skirts just give too much of a business vibe for me.

I do have to say, I proud of myself for limiting the black in this outfit.  I think the last few outfit posts have been all about black (and white for that matter!)  It was a little heartbreaking, but gem tones always put me in a happy place.

vintage blouse (see how I diyed it here), vintage skirt – thrifted // shoes – Payless

Outfit Idea | Blouse Over Dress

24 Sep 2014 Permalink

blouse over dress challenge


blouse over dress challenge

blouse over dress challenge

This outfit was inspired by my 5-year-old.  She picks out her own clothes for school everyday and wore a top over one of her dresses.  I’ve worn dresses as skirts before, but hadn’t even thought about it until I saw what she was wearing.  My little fashionista.

Turns out, were not the only ones working our closet.  My friend Rena has a blouse over dress challenge going on.  You can read about the details here.  If interested, you have until next Friday.

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Outfit for Work | Black and White

22 Sep 2014 Permalink

black and white

black and white

black and white

black and white

I have been reaching for way too much black and white recently.  It’s just so easy…

I did end up trying to incorporate more color into my outfits while I was planning for the week on Sunday.  (Yes.  I plan all my outfits for the week.  If I’m not organized, I fall apart.)  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can share those outfits soon!

I’m hoping this week goes by fast!  On Sunday I’m co-hosting a children’s clothing swap event.  It’s going to be super fun!  If you’re a Chicago reader, there’s a few tickets left.  (Click here to purchase.)  I hope to see you there!!

Style_Option3 copy


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How To (Really) Get Rid of Post-Baby Belly

19 Sep 2014 Permalink

How to really get rib of your post-baby belly!  Totally sharing this with all my mommy friends!

Back in March, I decided that I needed to get serious about my workouts again.  I got myself a gym membership, picked up some cute workout gear, and set myself up with a little fitness plan.

Everything was going great…well, sorta.  My legs and arms had no problems toning up.  It was that dreaded post-baby belly that was dampening my progress.  I tried endless ab exercises, but they only made things worse!  After a quick Google search (because, that’s what we do when we need answers, right?!) I found out that I had diastasis recti.


Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles.  And it is very commonly caused by pregnancy.  Oh, joy.  As if saggy boobs post-nursing weren’t enough…

One way to get the muscles back in line is through surgery.  Yeah…no thank you.  But another way is through proper exercises that target the transverse muscles.

Let me just pause briefly to say that I know when it’s time to call in the experts.  Finding workouts online for toning my tush is easy.  But making sure that I come across the right tools and resources to close this gap in my ab muscles that have been open for the last couple of years…I needed help.

Fast forward to the Tupler Technique and Bonnie.  Bonnie is a mother of five and she has the flattest stomach I have every seen.  Seriously.  She closed her diastasis after each one of her pregnancies…which is nothing short of amazing!  And now she teaches others how to get their fix their tummies too.

I’m finishing up my 3-part workshop with Bonnie and I am so impressed with the results that I’m seeing!  (I’ll share pictures soon.)  Honestly, I don’t remember the last time my stomach was this flat.  In fact, the other 11 ladies in this workshop are seeing amazing results too!

I’ll be posting my before and after pictures in a couple of posts!  In the mean time, STOP doing those crunches!!  They are bad for you and will make your mommy tummy worse.  And if you’re in the Chicago area, you owe it to yourself to try setting up some time with Bonnie.