Pink & Black

I will be honest – I had initially bought this dress many moons ago while on a thrifting expedition. BUT with the total intention to resell it, not to wear it. This is collateral from my days when I was working several part time jobs and reselling clothes on the side. Luckily those days are behind me, but the urge is still strong – to buy things I know I can sell at a later point. I tried on the dress, but the hot pink color left me shrugging my shoulders. It came home with me but went to the bottom of the closet with other things to be sold.

Well, it sat there in that pile for months and months. Then some more. I finally decided to sell all that stuff once and for all (and a promise to myself to stop shopping for others). But the hot pink dress didn’t look so bad after all. And, I kind of liked it! Because of our transitional weather, I had to be a little more creative than how I’d rather imagine myself wearing it (warm weather, not layered, with some beige sandals) – but alas, until then, layers it is. So I kept it uncomplicated with the all black.

Item From Made in… BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China -
Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo.com China HERE
Spanx opaque tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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It didn’t stand up to the wrinkle test after a long day, but oh well…

Out of Print

I’ll keep this post short and sweet – mostly because I noticed there was a huge smudge of I-don’t-know-what on my camera lens AFTER I took these pictures. This was the best of the bunch, and it still looks pretty bad. Sorry. I’m bummed about it because I’m in total LOVE with this sweater! I never thought I’d find it second hand either. I actually just read the Great Gatsby a few months ago too, right before I found the sweater, so it was kind of meant to be. My most librarian outfit to date ;) I do want to support Out of Print more – but until they start making their clothes in the USA….I just can’t buy it new!

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Out of Print sweater Buffalo Exchange Dominican Republic HERE
Plenty Tracy Reese skirt thrifted China -
DKNY tights DSW no tag HERE
Rachel Comey shoes Wasteland Peru -

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Navy blues

When you find out that you’ll be on a boat for a few hours, what do you wear? This is not typically a predicament I find myself in. A luxury really. But one that I had the joy of joining last weekend, and even more lucky we have many boats here that will take you cruising in the gorgeous bay. This atypical January weather has allowed for Spring outfits. My goal has been to wear things I haven’t worn in a long time – what I got was a street guy yelling at me “Hey, you look like the 40′s” all I could do was laugh, he was right!

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Vintage dress thrifted - -
heart tights old H&M probably China -
Rachel Comey brogues Wasteland Peru -
vintage hat flea market - -
Nars Red Square Nars.com - HERE

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Fit: for better or worse

I don’t make resolutions for the new year, it’s been a while since I’ve stuck to the ‘make your goals year round’ type of thing. I’m about to hit the two year mark since I cut starchy breads out of my diet and it took my body for a huge spin. It’s a daily battle, but the enemy is bread (gosh, it sounds so pathetic typing that out). I’m not gluten free, and don’t claim to be.

Changing my diet changed my body, but doing light exercise also helped tremendously. I’m not a long distance runner (barely a short distance runner). But I have tried to walk every single day, throughout the day – most days I walk between 3-5 miles by the end of the night. At my peak, I was jogging too. Something I never saw myself doing. I seriously slacked off the last few months because *life* and I want to get back on track again to light jogging to strengthen my body.

I have 3 things that have helped me tremendously to even get to these goals

1. Pacing myself – I have a goal point in my neighborhood, and I know that when I get there and back home, I have completed two miles. What I do then, is jog one block, then walk one block. When I’m feeling really energetic, I’ll zig-zag up and down the blocks in this path alternating the walking and jogging (the blocks are also up and down hill). This gets my heart rate up, and gives me adequate rest so I don’t hurt myself.

2. Kinesiology Tape saved my life (well, legs) from excruciatingly painful shin-splints. They work on other body parts too – but this stuff is serious magic. When I’m wearing the tape, I can sometimes jog for longer distances (than the one block described above, to about 3 or 5 blocks) or even a longer total distance for the day.

3. Wearing a Fitbit. For a long time, I didn’t even use the FitBit app. I use it to see my total distance and steps in the day like a pedometer. I use the app now to track weekly and monthly progress (I like charts and graphs). I have a few friends, but don’t see what they do, I don’t like to compare or compete. This is real life, there are no winners or losers.

I get almost all of my workout clothing second-hand. You wouldn’t believe the brand new stuff I find out there all the time. I think it’s because some people buy fancy workout clothes and sometimes give up (it’s sadly so easy to), or because of poorly thought out gifts that go straight to donations. It would be wonderful to find some made in USA workout brands! (pass them along if you know of any). Wouldn’t it be nice if American Apparel made dedicated workout clothes? I also wear a very light backpack so I can carry water, phone, keys, and usually a book (I sometimes read when I get to my destination, before I go back home).

Item From Made in… BUY
Fitbit Amazon.com - HERE
Nike Sports top thrifted Sri Lanka -
Nike leggings thrifted Cambodia -
Nike Free Waffle gift from mom Vietnam -
Adidas hoodie thrifted Indonesia -
Alite squirrel pack gift China -

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BEFORE – don’t let this cute photo fool you, exercising is not this glamorous
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When this is what I’ll look like if you see me on the streets
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I get people asking me all the time what my secret is. I’ll gladly tell people I don’t eat bread, but I’ll be frank and tell them that might not work for you. The secret is to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Don’t hide your problems with a fork and spoon. I went to the gym for two solid  years when I lived in Las Vegas and never lost a pound. Life is just like that sometimes. My path is not to be skinny or anything like that, the goal is to be on a road of life-long healthy patterns that I should have learned at a younger age. This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to motivate myself to get moving again, and if possible, motivate someone out there waiting for that nudge!