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A Danish Girl

Style Imitating Art

Greetings from rural Missouri! We’re on a mini vacation and staying at the cutest cabin on a wooded lot, complete with a pond for Chewie to explore. He’s loving being a country dog!

Of course, we still have wifi which how I can still bring you this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge as chosen by Jen.

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Jen selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Jen selected this because she recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

In addition to the muted colors in the painting, there are different bits to take inspiration from, including (but not limited to):  the ruffles in her top, a peek of floral covering the chair she’s sitting in, and the big pearl necklace she’s wearing.

What are you inspired by?

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, August 28, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). She will then post the SIA round-up on her blog the next day.

In the meantime, I’m going to go put on my swimsuit and read a book outside while Chewie explores our little piece of wilderness.

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My experience at Barry’s Bootcamp [Fitness Friday]

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For many years my fitness routine consisted of running and the occasional group exercise class.  Even now that I focus on weight lifting and the occasional cardio, I still enjoy a good group exercise class. I particularly enjoy classes that are full of HIIT (high intensity internal training) workouts or ones that combine cardio with weights, such as Orangetheory. I’d heard of Barry’s Bootcamp but, honestly, didn’t know much about it when I was invited to attend a workout at their location in Lincoln Park.

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Event sponsored by Kona Deep water

The studio waiting area is quite “Instagram-able” and also has it’s own smoothie bar. I fully admit that when I go to a workout class, even if it’s a free perk, I’m really bad about taking pictures. I  mean, I’m there to get in a workout!

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And maybe a smoothie…

So, uh, here’s what the empty studio looks like.

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Barry’s helpfully sent an email beforehand explaining their workout so that I would have a basic idea what to expect.

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I was there on a Sunday so I got the “full body” workout. I was assigned treadmill 6 and told to start there. We did mainly 30 second jog/run/sprint/ intervals followed by one minute recovery walks for the first 10 minutes. Then it was down to the floor to do some stuff with dumbbells and body weight for 10 minutes, mostly in sets of 30 seconds.

The workout itself was fine, although the treadmill portions felt rather repetitive. The instructor was super high energy, even with a broken arm! Yes, he had his arm in a sling so he had to demonstrate everything one-handed. For the strength portion we did typical dumbbell moves (chest press, tricep press, curls, rows), squats, step-ups, planks, and some various types of crunches. So, again, nothing groundbreaking.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that my experience at Barry’s was worth the hype that it’s gotten in some fitness circles. I’m still a bigger fan of Orangetheory or Fit36 if you’re looking for a class of this type. Although, I did only take one class at Barry’s Bootcamp so maybe my experience was atypical.

Have you taken a class at Barry’s Bootcamp? What did you think?

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Same Dress, Different Art

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Real talk for a second here, everyone. I re-wear items in my closet. A lot. Sometimes I change the accessories. Sometimes I don’t. I feel like the older I get the less time and energy I want to spend on coming up with an outfit.

Which is why this week’s Style Imitating Art outfit features the same dress I wore for the last challenge!

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Dress & Kimono c/o Belle on the Roe

I wore this to attend/work the Chicagogrammers first birthday bash at Gino’s East which, I found out, has an amazing rooftop patio! Said patio also had the perfect backdrop on which to take a photo for this week’s challenge.

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Annabelle and I were there to show off her  Belle on the Roe wares so of course I had to wear my dress and one of her kimonos from her shop. We had fun playing photographer for each other, talking to people about Belle on the Roe, and eating pizza. Seriously, guys, if you come to Chicago and want deep dish, I will recommend either Gino’s East or Pequod’s. And Gino’s East has more locations and is easier to get in to.

Plus, their location on Superior Street in Chicago has this view!

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I mean, Annabelle and I aren’t always included, but we could be!

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to Salazar’s blog to see all the other outfits inspired by this painting.

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Mix and Match Skin Care for Blemish Free Skin

About Me · Shopping

Last fall I started getting really, really bad acne on my chin and on my jawbone. I think it was partly from resting my chin in my hand at my desk at work, partly because I don’t always wash my face after I workout on lunch, and partly because my skin has just changed as I’ve gotten older.

In the past, I’ve also gotten one or two really bad pimples when it’s “that time of the month.” However, I’d basically been using the same face products that I started using when I was in my 20s.

Well, now that I’m closer to 40 than I am to 20 I figured it was time to try something new.

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Last November a woman I work with at the F^3 Half Marathon offered to let me try Rodan + Fields at a slight discount. I wanted to blog about it then but I was in the thick of marathon training, ended up taking a month or more off blogging, and honestly, I wanted to see if it really worked for me.

Turns out, that, yes, their Unblemish line works great! I’ve been using it since November and I even re-ordered when my initial batch ran out. Over time, though, I’ve learned that my skin really responds to a mix and match of products.

I initially received the St. Ives oil scrub for free from Influenster and wasn’t sure how I felt about it. However, I started using it earlier this year when my skin felt really dry and it turns out I love it. When I ran out of the bottle I got for free I bought it with my own money. I use it in the mornings in the shower since it’s easy to rinse off.

After I shower, I use the Rodan + Fields clarifying toner followed by the acne treatment. Then, after letting that soak in, I apply the L’Oreal Revitalift moisturizer, which I also got from Influenster and that I will most likely be buying with my own money when it runs out!

At night, I wash my face with the Rodan + Fields sulfur wash and apply the Revitalift cream, although I don’t apply the cream every night. More like every other night.

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Since starting this regime, I rarely get pimples, I no longer have acne on my chin or jawbone, and my the lines around my mouth and on my forehead aren’t nearly as pronounced. I still get dry skin around my eyes from time to time but the Revitalift seems to help with that as well.

I’m really happy that I’ve found products that work for me. The last time I went to get my eyebrows waxed the aesthetician asked me what products I use. She got a weird judge-y look on her face when I told her and she said, “You don’t need all that stuff. You have great skin.”

Uh, yeah, that’s because I use all that stuff!

Anyway, if you’re on the fence about buying any of these items, I definitely recommend them. And, no, this post is not sponsored. Unless you count it being sponsored by my bank account.