Thursday, October 23, 2014

#OTBloggerCrawl

PHOTOS BY: julien garman

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed that last Friday I was on the ultimate shopping spree. I had the pleasure of shopping at some of the independent and stunning boutiques of Old Town Alexandria with a few of my other favorite bloggers. I'm a D.C. area native, but surprisingly this was my very first time visiting the Old Town Boutique District. I've definitely been missing out on a lot of local gems! I know I'll be coming back to Old Town quite often during the holidays this year to find one of a kind gifts for my loved ones.

Every blogger was assigned a store to blog about, and I had the pleasure of covering Bloomers. I will admit that a lot of lingerie shops intimidate me, but Bloomers is an exception to the rule.  Kim Putens, the founder of Bloomers, wanted to open a store that carried comfortable yet stylish loungewear, sleepwear and underwear. The pieces in the store are high quality yet practical for the everyday woman. They carry some of my favorite brands such as Hanky Panky and Cosabella, which are perfect for everyday wear yet super feminine and flirty. 

Some of my favorite things about Bloomers? They offer a bra guidance program to help you find the right bra size and they have a Panty of the Month club where subscribers are mailed a new panty each month. What a great way to try out new brands!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Balance

I don't normally make these types of personal posts, but I've been a little overwhelmed these past few weeks. A good kind of overwhelmed. I have a new job, new (lengthy!) commute, a few new people in my life and a ton of opportunities coming at me, but I feel like I'm failing at times trying to balance everything. Juggling a full-time job, a social life and a blog while having a ~3 hour round-trip commute to work each day hasn't been the easiest to manage. However, these are a few things I'm starting to learn:
  • Learn how to say "no": I'm a "yes" girl. This is one of my best and worst qualities. I'm a people pleaser, so often times I will say yes to that blogging event, I will say yes to happy hour, I will drive you to that meeting, and you will rarely hear me decline anything. However, with everything that has been happening these last few weeks, I'm finally starting to learn how to just say no for my sanity. And you know what? I feel so much better. I'm not trying to be anti-social, and I do pick and choose what events I should attend and when I should go out with my friends. However, my needs do come first, and I need to stop doing crazy things like driving 30+ miles for a 2-hour event on a weekday. No thanks. Sleep is better.
  • "Me time" is important: I've come to the conclusion that I need at least three nights a week where I do absolutely nothing other than Netflix and lounge in bed. No emails. No social media. Nada. Just relax and focus on myself. Sometimes this happens on a Tuesday and sometimes this happens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'm young and I've gotten a lot of flack for not going out every single weekend, but honestly? I don't care. I'm an exhausted human being and I like lounging, okay?
  • Always be grateful: As much as I complain about my commute or how tired I am, I try to take a step back and just appreciate all of the awesome opportunities and people I have in my life. I saw a quote on Instagram saying to stop complaining about how "busy" you are. If being busy is the worst thing you have going on in life, then you're a pretty privileged individual. I wouldn't trade this hectic life for anything else in the world. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Double Up

PHOTOS BY: Lisa Chiu

Guys, this outfit has a lot of chains going on. All the chains. Lisa kept yelling at me "4 Chainz!" for the majority of this shoot, so that's one reason why my smile is extra big in this set of photos (what can I say? Life's too short to be a ~*serious*~ blogger.)

Anyway, this outfit has been on repeat lately. It's the perfect weekend ensemble: flat boots to run around in the city, a cozy sweater, and a stretchy skirt. Spandex, hello, you are my friend. This skirt is also one of those longer bodycons that will miraculously stay in place for the entire day. Goodbye, awkward ride-ups!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy me and my many chains today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fitness Files | 305 Fitness + Giveaway






top, bra + pants: fabletics

Fun fact about me: I'm a dancer. Like, a pre-professional, ballet trained dancer. Back in high school, you could find me in the dance studio five days a week. That's why I always prefer workouts that take place in a studio setting. Treadmills kind of make me want to keel over.

305 Fitness, a workout craze that has captivated NYC, is now available in D.C. They invited me to try one of their classes and boy, was I in for a treat! Named after Miami's area code, 305 Fitness is a dance cardio workout that infuses dance moves, sports drills and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to create a fun, full-body workout.

Long story short, this class kicked my little dancer butt! Choreography-wise, this wasn't that difficult, so you don't have to worry about not being able to pick up the moves. I loved that they combined a little booty shaking with your classic fitness moves such as jumping jacks and running. Also, the coolest part about this class? They dim the lights down real low and there's a live DJ that spins in class! It feels just like a Saturday night out with the girls. Except, you know, you're sweating 10 minutes into your dance sesh!

For my D.C. area readers, I'm offering you to experience 305 Fitness for yourself! I'm giving away one free class for you and a friend! To enter, just submit your info below. If you can't wait for the giveaway to end and want to book your class now, you can reserve your spot here!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Moments of Chic

PHOTOS BY: Lisa Chiu

Wow, how on earth is it already the middle of October? Where has the month gone? I still have a ton of things to cross off of my fall bucket list!

Speaking of all things seasonal, this post right here is definitely one of my favorite fall style posts I've done this year. Piperlime sent me a few of their favorite fall picks and I couldn't be happier with the pieces I received. Even though my style is very feminine, I always like to give my look a little bit of edge in the fall. The zipper details on the cargo jeans and the leather sleeves on the blazer are a match made in heaven. I love how you can dress either one of these pieces up or down with ease; I opted for a more dressed up, night out on the town look here, but you can easily swap out the clutch for a bucket bag and the stilettos for some flats to make it more appropriate for day.
 

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