Don’t Be Lazy

Image c/o American Apparel

Image c/o American Apparel

My personal mantra. I have a high tendency to laze about versus being active when given the choice, but with all the food and calorie tracking I do I have realized that I have to workout to eat. I don’t skip meals or deprive myself of a lot of specific food items so I must, must, must workout with regularity.

Over the last two years I have become very conscious of my fitness. And 25 lbs. later (crazy, right?!) I must say I am a bit of an addict. I’m lucky enough to live within four blocks of my gym and get a pretty amazing pricing deal through work. This has helped me considerably in transitioning into a morning workout person. But I’m not the perky kind – I know, those people are the worst. I roll out of bed, throw on an outfit, and go.

Becoming a regular-workouty-person I think is the hardest part. I have a specific routine that allows me to be able to exercise like I do. The most important part is twofold: having my lunch packed the night before and deciding my outfit before I get home from the gym. Without those two things, I end up being late and stressed and rushed. All not good ways to start the day. It’s all about making it work for you.

For me, at 6:15AM on my walk to the gym, I look for an elliptical and/or strength workout for the day. I like variation and never do the same one twice in one week. I carry a little notebook in my Lululemon festival bag with workouts I find online. My “Don’t Be Lazy” Pinterest board is also helpful to find ways to keep things spicy.

But by far, my favorite sporty accessory is my UP band.

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It tracks my calorie burn and sleep in a mobile app and I’ve synced it to my Gym Pact and My Fitness Pal accounts. It has made me uber-aware of my activity (or lack thereof) during the day and I love knowing what I’m burning off. The handy vibration alert when I’ve been inactive for an hour is beyond. You can really cruise through the day without thinking about how long you’re sitting around. I’m sure that I could suck a lot more insights from it’s data output, but I really enjoy how I’m using it so far.

Whatever fitness goal you may have, it can be overwhelming to not be achieving as fast as you would like. I just try to remember there’s always going to be someone out there “doing it better” than me. It’s the same with work, fashion, just life. Do what works for you and what makes you happy. With that being said, I’m going to get happy and have my two birthday cake Oreos now.

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The Look for Less: Jamie Chung

Image c/o Polyvore

Image c/o Polyvore

I am constantly amazed by creative people. Designers, stylists, interior decorators – I wish I had a piece of their mind. While I fancy myself to have a sense of style, the things that I find truly inspiring I just end up copying instead of thinking of them myself. But you know what they say about flattery and all that jazz and blah blah blah.

My fandom of style, bargains, and collaging orbit within the same gravitational pull that is my soul. So when I found The Look for Less feature on Polyvore I’m sure my brain lit up on a fictitious CAT scan. A fabulous outfit for less is exactly what I always need. I by no means pay that close of attention to Jamie Chung (aside from the fact that I feel like everyone forgets she started out in one of the few The Real World seasons I actually watched) but she’s giving me fly vibes in this look.

I already spent my budget for this month, but these pants might sneak their way in for September.

Friday Find: Custom Desk Accessories

Custom is cool. Monogramming is major. I believe it has to do with my crafty side.

When I was looking for websites to create invitations for a bachelorette party I’m hosting, I came across Zazzle. I have to say, I am in love with it. The invitations alone are very cute and great quality. Now I’ve been exploring the other facets of their offerings.

Desk accessories are a must since I spend a lot of time at work. It’s important to make it a stimulating place to be. For example, my colorful assortment of pens are arranged in upcycled Starbucks cups.

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I decided to order the most alluring part of any desk: a mousepad. What surprised me the most was that you can link your Instagram account to Zazzle and use those pictures for your creations! And with the coupons they send me, I have yet to pay full price. I used this image from a Kate Spade purchase. Isn’t it just darling?

And here it is, live in action!

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Ah! I’m so thrilled. So thrilled, in fact, that ohmygodiboughtthis.

Friday Find: Cute Battery Backup

Image c/o J. Crew

Image c/o J. Crew

{Printed Backup Battery, J. Crew, On Sale}

Yesterday on a lunchtime walk, my co-worker friend and I wandered, or rather beelined, to the J. Crew summer sale. We very much enjoyed ourselves and my favorite find was this darling backup battery for iPhones.

Though I have an iPhone 5, the adapter makes the device perfectly usable for my phone. I’ve never been so pleased to run out of battery.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday Find: Scented Macaron Coin Purse

Macaron{Scented Macaron Coin Purse in Orange, Fred Flare}

1. Macarons are amazingly delicious.

2. You can never have enough tiny pouches.

3. These are scented, y’all.

4. I ate a mango macaron once and my lips swelled up. That’s how I found out I’m allergic to mangoes.

Have the most amazing Friday ever!

To Me From Me

My own image

Last week, as a belated Valentine’s gift to (who else but) myself, I picked up a darling little Kate Spade coin purse (on eBay no less) with the most adorable golden phrase stamped on its front that quite accurately models my own spending philosophy: PINCHING PENNIES #SHOEFUND. Why did I get myself a Valentine’s Day gift? I just simply needed something cute to hold my bus pass.

When it arrived, inside was the general care card with something else that made me smile.

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 3.24.45 PMThis only leaves me to assume that Kate Spade knows me intimately. A fact that will keep me going back to her from this day forward.

Happy Friday.