To boot or not to boot

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I’m still working through a backlog of photos so here’s an outfit I wore back in November. I originally wore it with the boots but decided halfway through the day I should have worn it with my silver flats. Something about the boots just felt too heavy too me.

So, here it is both ways. What do you think?


Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson (same) | Flats – Sole Society (similar) (similar in more sizes)

Anyway, I don’t have a good segue for this, but lately I’ve been thinking about hustle. On Sunday I was sitting in the window of a local coffee shop with a friend talking about my strength training Β and running and personal trainers. Sitting across the street from a place where I know several local bloggers spend a lot of time doing part of their hustle also made me think about how you only have one life.


I’ve got a few things brewing in my head and one of them is the possibility of getting my personal training certification. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I don’t know yet what I’d do with it, but that’s what lead me to the idea of “the hustle”. You know, the one where you make your living doing what you love even if it means giving up the comfort of a desk and a cube.


I’ll be 36 next week and I think I’m having some kind of midlife crisis. Maybe 2016 is the year I do something crazy. Maybe not. But what will it hurt if I start with getting a personal training certification? What do you think about that?

P.S. If you are looking for the most adorable flats then may I recommend these? Why? Because polar bears, that’s why. Maybe I needed these for this outfit instead.

20 replies on “To boot or not to boot

  1. kilax

    I am surprised you don’t already have your personal training cert with how passionate you’ve been about it for YEARS! Go for it! You’ll figure out what to do with it as you move forward!

  2. Anne

    I like both outfits, but the silver shoes do look better with the white blazer πŸ™‚

    I’m in the same mid-30’s crisis boat as you (since I’ll be 35 in May). I feel like I’m just wasting time on a job I don’t love, so I’d love to do something that I’d actually enjoy! I’m with Kim and say go for it! There’s SO many gyms/studios in the city where you could probably start teaching or training if you wanted to. I love working with trainers that are passionate about fitness, and especially love trainers who encourage women to lift, so I think you’d be great at that!

  3. Valerie

    I am digging it with the silver flats, personally. I LOVE the booties, but with the gray pants, it’s almost too much gray maybe? If you had jeans instead with the booties, I might pick that look though. Either way, good to have some solid shoe options!

    And in regards to your personal training certification, I echo Anne and Kim and say DO IT! You are so passionate about it, and you don’t have all the pressure of getting a job since you already have a career, so you can focus on it as much (or as little) as you want! And if it ends up taking over more of your hours…maybe it does call for a career change?! If it pays the bills, you might as well live to work, not work to live. (And hey, I’d love to be a client! And you’d definitely be a trainers/instructor at my barre or treadmill studio…duh. I’d love to own my own workout studio…ahh bucket list! I WILL make it happen some day!) Keep us posted on what you decide!

  4. Bri Marie

    I love the outfit both ways – flats if its warmer, booties if its colder. AND – I love that you’re thinking of doing something a bit daring and scary this year! I vote yes on doing it!

  5. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    In terms of your outfit, I think the boots make it look more fall-y, while the flats make it look more spring-y.

    In terms of your life (HA. Like I’m qualified to tell you what to do with your life), I’d agree with you – it’s not going to do you any harm to get your personal training certification. It’s not like you have to quit your current job to go back to school to make that happen, and even if you went through the whole process and absolutely NOTHING came of it, you’d be out what? Maybe like $2,000? I mean, yeah, that’s not exactly pocket change, but I’m guessing it’s also probably not going to put you in the poorhouse. Though if you want to talk about hustle, personal training can definitely be a career that requires a LOT of hustle. A lot lot lot of hustle. Not so much if you’re teaching classes, I suppose, because your studio would assign you to that, but on the actual “personal” end of things, like one-on-one training, or even two-on-one or three-on-one training: that’s big on the hustle end of things. Even if the gym assigns clients to trainers, there’s still a ton of sales involved in that–convincing people to keep coming back, buying more sessions, etc. (Or being a new trainer and getting assigned to all the people who sign up for a free 30-minute training session and then having to sell sell sell to try to get them to sign up for personal training.) But it’s all what you want to make of it. If you want it to be a big thing for you, you can take it in that direction. If you find out you hate sales, or hate selling yourself, then maybe you go in a different direction. Or don’t do it at all. Like you said, it’s not going to hurt you to get certified. (As a side note, it seems like getting your personal training certification is practically a requirement for maintaining your Legitimate Blogger card these days. This community seems to have a disproportionately high percentage of people who are certified to do health/fitness things in one capacity or another, though maybe that’s just what I expose myself to in terms of bloggers.)

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Yeah, it’s the whole sales piece that doesn’t appeal to me. I was talking to my trainer today about it and he said that the burn-out rate for full-time personal trainers is something like 2-3 years. He even said he’s at 2.5 years and thinking about getting a desk job! But, there’s nothing that says I have to do it full time.

  6. Chris

    Wow. I’m on board with the other commenters in agreeing with your statement that your silver flats do indeed look better than your booties.

    And on the other subject, have you crossed paths at all with Hallie from She left her full time day job in NYC to become a Soul Cycle instructor and moved to Chicago last summer. I would certainly encourage you to take that leap if you’re feeling drawn more towards that life than one spent living in a cube…

  7. Alyssa

    I actually prefer the boots! I think they blend better with the outfit and the silver flats stick out too much. ..even though I appear to be in the minority on this!

    And the other topic, I certainly think it is worth exploring your personal training certificate. Even if you keep your current job for a while you can just work on establishing yourself in the personal training world and then decide from there what is right for you!

  8. Melissa

    I agree with others that say there is no harm in going for the certification and deciding a path from there—-it’s EXCITING!!!

    I turned 36 in November and I was telling my running buddy this weekend that I feel very RESTLESS. That maybe one of my goals in 2016 should be to pay attention to what that restlessness means and to do something about it. Maybe that means a career changes, maybe not—maybe it means pursuing an interest/hobby more seriously (for me, that would be becoming a certified sommelier). All that to say, you’re not alone! And maybe it’s something about the age πŸ™‚

    I know that you’ll keep us posted—looking forward to hearing what you decide.

  9. Ileana

    It honestly looks great both ways!
    But those silver flats are super cute πŸ™‚ Also the kate spade polar bear flats πŸ˜€


  10. Margaret

    Flats!! (Though it’ll be a while to wear those!)

    Hey, was looking at personal training options and i came to the duh moment of…i wonder if Erin would consider training me!! πŸ™‚ I’m confident you’d be a great trainer!!

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