My Style: Fall Outfit Ideas

September 25, 2015

Have I mentioned how excited I am that it's officially fall?? I can't wait to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, conquer a corn maze, drink apple cider and wear layers upon layers (although I'm sure that last one won't be fun for long). Today I'm throwing it WAY back to 2013 with some of my favorite past fall outfits. Just a few things you can never go wrong with: chambray, faux leather details, crocheted tops, camo, stripes and a chic jacket to throw on during those chilly nights.

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I'm still trying to add versatile fall items to my closet (while on a tight budget) so stay tuned for some items I've snagged. I purchased this old navy jacket a few weeks ago and I've worn it literally almost every day. It's the perfect light layer for the chilly mornings that I can throw off when I get to work. And I kinda want to add this striped scarf to my arsenal.

What other items should I add to my fall wishlist?

Fall Activewear Picks

September 24, 2015

Fall isn't all about the #PSL! I love switching my closet at the start of fall... it's a chance to start fresh and layer it up. The same goes for active wear and I've been eyeing my favorite fall pieces.
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I'm finding myself gravitating more toward black, grey and white (what is wrong with me?!) but I'm still a sucker for a bright pair of Nike's and I really want to add to my collection. And of course, mesh leggings are everywhere and I'm in love. At first I was skeptical but this pair has me convinced that I need to add to my collection... I am always getting compliments from strangers!

And if you missed yesterday's post, you can shop my favorite yoga wear and accessories here.

What items are on your fall active wear wishlist?


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5 Benefits of Yoga

September 23, 2015

"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without."
~ Ymber Delecto

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It hit me the other day as I was talking to a friend that I've been practicing yoga for nearly a year. Where does the time go? It's been a busy summer and I haven't been able to get a whole lot of yoga in except an ARTOGA class and at home/outdoor practices. I do have a fun sunset yoga/apple picking event coming up which will be a blast!

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I've been thinking a lot about my yoga journey and how much it has made me stronger physically but also mentally. When I'm going through a vinyasa, nothing else matters but breathing and connecting: What time is it? What should I tackle first on my to-do list? Did I pay that bill? I literally don't have any of those thoughts going through my head for the first time ever and it's so refreshing.

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September also happens to be National Yoga Month, so in celebration I wanted to share just a few reasons why you should hit the mat! (Plus some of my favorite yoga items.)

Yoga is calming - In our chaotic world, yoga allows you to slow down.... Breathe.... forget the day's issues and just be present. It's a great way to restore balance - literally and figuratively. Silence actually helps reduce stress levels!

Yoga provides pain relief - The slow, controlled movements of yoga are proven to help relieve back pain, cramps, neck pain and migraines. The list goes on and on. Getting your om on can even help relieve arthritis since the movements provide exercise without overtaxing the joints.

Yoga boosts your memory - While all exercise helps with memory, performing yoga routines involve complex movements that require focus. Learning new moves creates new connections which results in sharper memory.

Yoga builds strength - Yoga consists of hundreds of moves (maybe even more!) so, while I'm always trying new positions to keep my body guessing, I always come back to a series of poses that I know will test my strength: plank pose, upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog are just a few of my favorite poses for building strength. I like to do these as well as practicing my headstands after getting my workout in. Even 15 minutes calms me down!

Yoga helps with weight loss - Power yoga poses such as revolved crescent lunge, dancer's pose and triangle recruit every muscle in the body which sparks your metabolism. (However, just like with any workout plan, what you eat matters just as much if not more than the workout itself!)

For yoga poses, helpful tips and more - follow my Pinterest board!

Do you practice yoga? What do you love about it? 


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21 Day Fix Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

September 22, 2015

Warning: a deliciously basic post ahead......

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It's that time of year for pumpkin spice everything! Every store I've shopped in there's certainly no shortage of PS items I want to try: pasta sauce, cereal, crackers, tea, Oreos (yet eww at the same time) - but you get the idea.

Even though I'm still clean eating I want in on the pumpkin spice action, just not the boxed "stuff" (that I'm sure is delicious) with unnecessary ingredients. I came across pumpkin spice oatmeal - almost bought a cart-full - but then decided to put my cooking skillz to use and make my own version.

This recipe is made with steel-cut oats which are considered a "power food" because they are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and protein. So hop on the #basic bus with me and let's enjoy this yummy breakfast together.

21 Day Fix/Extreme Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
(adapted from the 21DFX PB & Strawberry Oatmeal)
Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 pinch sea salt
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin puree
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch pumpkin pie spice
drizzle of pure honey
1/4 tsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

1. In a sauce pan, bring water and sea salt to a boil over medium high heat
2. Reduce heat to low; add steel-cut oats. Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring frequently until water is absorbed. Remove from heat
3. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and honey; mix well
4. Top with chia seeds if desired (you can also top with raw sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds)

Notes:
- Since the pumpkin pie spice has cinnamon in it, you don't need to add the extra, but the additional "pinch" really brings out the flavor more
- You can swap the honey for agave nectar
- If you're making the oatmeal ahead of time to reheat the next day or beyond, add a splash of water or almond milk then microwave and stir

Makes 1 serving. 21DF/DFX container equivalent - 1 yellow, 2 tsp

Download the full recipe here!


Now excuse me while I go wash down my pumpkin pie spice oatmeal with this pumpkin pie Shakeo Recipe!

My Style: Off The Shoulder

September 4, 2015

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TOP: ASOS // SHORTS: J.Crew [last seen here] // 
WEDGES: Target [similar] // CLUTCH: Gap [similar] //

I know, I know... summer is almost over and I'm finally jumping on the off the shoulder trend. When I discovered this ASOS top at a price my bank account could handle I had to make it mine and a date night to Ted's Bulletin was the perfect time to wear it. (How I ate Chicken Parm and didn't get any sauce on me, I'll never tell.) I feel like this top also has potential to transition into fall with skinny jeans and a leather jacket for those chilly nights.

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