Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tove Lo at House of Blues Chicago

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My husband recently planned a night out in Chicago to celebrate all of the wonderful events we have had going on the past two months. We celebrated our 9 year anniversary, Valentine's Day, his birthday (which was last week), and my birthday (which actually is today!). All of these special days fell on weekdays, so this was our first chance at getting a night away with just the two of us. We stayed at Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection, which is across the parking lot from the House of Blues. After check in, we had a quick drink in the lobby then headed over to the Foundation Room for dinner and more drinks before the show. 

I decided to wear this beautiful maxi dress Kaitlyn lent me. It's from Pink Blush, which is a website that sells maternity and non maternity clothing, but I think this is actually a maternity dress! ;) I am not pregnant, but the dress was gorgeous and honestly the front wasn't longer or anything so I felt like I could pull it off without anyone thinking anything. I have to say, I got TONS of compliments in it! On top of that it was so comfortable, I totally picked the perfect outfit for the night! 

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Dress: c/o Pink Blush // Bag: Sole Society // Belt: B-Low the Belt via Box of Style // Choker: Amazon (similar) // Watch: Fossil // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Teal Ring: House of Harlow 1960 // Jacket: Sheinside (similar)

After dinner, we headed to our Opera Box to check out Tove Lo. You guys, she was amazing! It was so fun seeing a pop show in such a beautiful venue. She sounded amazing live and it was a very women empowering show. The lights all over the stage were so fun to watch, you can tell she is a performer, but when it came down to it, her vocals were really so strong. I love a chick that can rock out but back that up with pure talent! 

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Are you a Tove Lo fan? Have you ever rocked a maternity dress when you are not pregnant? 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xo -Lisa 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Blue Jean Baby

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Yeah, I'm still on my all blue kick, and by still on this kick I mean obsessing over this combo for years now. ;) I can't get enough of blue hues, mixing different shades of blue or even layering the same shade, it's all amazing to me! When I recently picked up this beautiful cape, I knew exactly how I wanted to style it the first time around. 

I pulled navy in with the fringe bag and boots and kept the blues cohesive in my top and jeans. I just had to make it a bit retro by pairing my chambray top with these great high-waist, button front, flare jeans. To finish off the outfit, I added my favorite matte pink lip color. In the end I loved wearing this outfit. It's literally perfect for any outing, day or night. That my friends is what I call an outfit win!

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Chambray Top: JC Penny (similar) // Rib-Trimmed Ruana: c/o J.Jill // Jeans: Express // Bag: E Street Denim // Boots: Sole Society // Necklace: Amazon // Watch: Fossil // Lip Color: Glo Minerals-Sorbet 

(Photos by Cecilia Jean)

Are you a fan of styling all blue hues? What do you think of this pairing?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Hitting the Gym

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As I shared in my last "Workout Wednesday" post, I really enjoy mixing up my workouts. I love cardio and abs, but getting weights in is something I have to push myself to do. Hands-down my favorite cardio machine is the stair stepper (and then the elliptical machine is my second favorite). The stairs is the machine I always start out at and I love that you don't just have to walk at he same speed facing forward the entire time. I usually stay on the climber for about 30 minutes, but I do remember the days when I thought 5 minutes was long on that thing! ;) 

I start out at facing forward going single steps for the fist 5-10 minutes, slowly increasing speed. Then the fun begins. I alternate sides stepping over my top foot for at least three minutes on each side. Next up is my personal favorites, doubles (photo shown below). To make this even more fun, when walking up ever second stair, I bring my foot that is about to take the next step behind me in almost an arabesque position. This gives you a great behind stretch before working those thigh muscles with each forward motion. 

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Next up, it's time for some squats and weights. For me, I prefer low weight with lots of reps (or no weight at all when I'm doing my squats and/or lunges). I generally do x4 twenty-rep-sets for each exercise, with a short rest in-between.  If it's arms day, I enjoy working with the kettle ball and free weights. On legs day, I use the the mat to do my squats and lunges and the machines for different inner and outer thigh exercises. 

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Everyday is abs day for me. I think it is very important to have a strong core, plus on a superficial level I want a flat stomach, summer is just around the corner. Then there's the fact that I am almost 38 and have had two children. It is important to me to stay strong and in shape so I can live long and enjoy my family. That really is it for me! Stay healthy so I can do better at taking care of mine.

If I'm not at the gym, I'm doing planks and sit-ups at home. If I am at the gym, I love mixing up tuck and pike position when using the equiptment below. And if I can stand it, I'll also go get in some time with a medicine ball and/or large exercise ball. 

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Top: MPG Sport // Pants: MPG Sport // Jacket: Fabletics // Shoes: Target // Water bottle: Amazon

(Photos by Cecilia Jean)

What are some of your favorite workouts? Are you guys liking me sharing my workouts here on the blog? Let's chat in the comments section below!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xoxo -Lisa 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Red, Red Wine

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I'm all about the red tones lately. Maybe it has something to do with Valentine's Day or maybe I'm missing the colors of Fall. Either way, this new pomegranate colored jacket from J.Jill is giving me all the feels! I recently had my flare overalls altered as the last time I styled them I had to wear six inch heels. I love me some heels, but I wanted these overalls to be more for everyday wear, so I had three inches removed from the bottom. I couldn't be more happy with the end result! 

On this day I styled my new, shorter overalls with a cream turtleneck, red boots, red jacket, oxblood clutch, and a bold red lip. The look is perfect for everyday or even a casual Valentines date out. I also added a few pops of teal and gold in the accessories. It's all about the details. 

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Jacket: c/o J.Jill // Overalls, Clutch, & Boots: JustFab // Turtleneck: Gap // Necklace: T+J Designs // Teal Ring: House of Harlow 1960 // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewerly // Lip Color: Glo Minerals- Crimson
(photos by Cecilia Jean)

What do you think of this outfit? Are you a fan of pairing different shades of red together this time of year?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Makeup with Glo Minerals

It should come as no surprise that I'm talking about the brand Glo Minerals (again) today! Yes, I am fortunate enough to be generously gifted new products to try out, but in all honesty it truly is my favorite makeup and skincare line brand. I recently received the above package and I literally shrieked with excitement. Who doesn't love trying out new colors and products? Especially with Valentine's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time to try out some new looks that make you feel beautiful! 

The three big standouts for me were the luxe foundation, shimmer dio, and cream blush. Let me start by talking about the luxe liquid foundation. In the past, I have not really used foundation. I would usually just apply it to a few spots, but not all over. To achieve the below look, I used the luxe foundation brush and applied it to my entire face and neck. I love how lightweight it felt and how flawless my skin looked! The second stand out for me is the shimmer dio. I used both colors around my contour and highlight areas. As you can see in the below photos, the color and highlight picked up in all the right places. 

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The third standout for me is this cream blush. I am loving this color! It's so perfect for and Valentine's Day look, but this beautiful guava color will take me well into my Spring makeup routine. My favorite part is that a few pats to your cheeks and you are ready for the day. The color lasts long and a little goes a long way. Double win!

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Here is my finished Valentine's Day makeup look:
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Photos by Cecilia Jean

Makeup featured in this look:

What is your favorite makeup look for Valentine's Day? 
Have you tried out any new Glo Mineral products lately? Let's chat in my comments section! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

How to Style a Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I always wonder how other women style these types of turtlenecks. I picked one up back in December of 2015, but truth be told, I have only worn it a handful of times. This beautiful brown number from Free People recently showed up in my swap bag from Kaitlyn, and I could 't wait to try it out! The more I looked around for inspiration, the more I found that there is no wrong way to style this type of top. As for the undershirt, add solid colors, stripes, polka dots, whatever! They all look amazing and change the style of the look very easily. In the end, I styled it almost identical to how Kaitlyn had worn it back in October. Hey, if it's not broken don't fix it, right?

These photos make me so happy because I had the honor of shooting them the day before Groundhog Day, in Woodstock, IL. I am a giant fan of the movie Groundhog Day, and this is where said movie was filmed. I was so excited, I couldn't stop smiling. I kept thinking to myself, I am standing where Bill Murray stood (and Andie McDowell). How can you not smile about that?

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Turtleneck Sweater: Free People // Sweater: Express (similar & under $18) // Jeans: Gap // Boots: Sole Society // Bag: E Street Denim // Hat: Box of Style // Watch: Fossil // Teal Ring: House of Harlow 1960 (similar) // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Lip Color: Glo Minerals-Crimson

Do you own a sleeveless turtleneck sweater?
Are you a fan of the movie Groundhog Day?