Monthly Archives: December 2017

Setting down Roots [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s time for the last Style Imitating Art challenge of 2017! We’ve had some great picks this year and this week is no exception. Salazar choose one of the photos from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, which depicts people in fashionable outfits with flowers for their heads.

She said that she loved all of them and I can see why after perusing some of the other photos and learning more about it here.

I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this choice. Don’t forget to take a picture of your outfit and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 19th so you can be included in the round-up on the 20th.

Muscles and Meals Vol. 3

Fitness

It’s time for another installment of Muscles and Meals! Not sure what’s going on? Check out the Fitness category to see previous volumes.

Sunday

This week started with me on what I hoped was the tail end of a cold. Therefore, I wanted soup! I’ve also been really slacking on cardio workouts. My cold wasn’t bad enough that I needed to lay on the couch and the weather was perfect for running, so Chewie and I went on what my Garmin thinks was a 3.5 mile run and what I think is closer to 4.5 miles.

ANYWAY! For dinner I made Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Very simple and very tasty. I just wish I had added a full cup of rice as opposed to 3/4 of a cup.

Monday

Last week at the gym I deadlifted too heavy without warming up enough and made my back very angry with me. So this week my trainer had me skip heavy deadlifts and do front squats instead.

I’m blanking on the full workout, but it was front squats and foam rolling. Then there were some hip extensions and lateral step-ups. Finally I believe it was sled pushes, decline leg raises, and Romania deadlifts.

Dinner was an old standby that I’ve posted about before: Chicken avocado burgers and zucchini fries.

Tuesday

My trainer decided to destroy my arms with paused bench press, rows, incline dumbbell tricep presses, 3-second tempo push-ups, supine grip tricep push-downs, and TRX skull crushers. OUCH! My poor baby triceps.

Worth it, though, for pics like this

Of course we had ground turkey tacos with roasted green beans for dinner. Tuesdays are predictable.

Wednesday

My day was full of back-to-back meetings and barely any time for lunch so I actually got up early enough to do a 25 minute HIIT workout on my bike trainer before work. I found this one online and I really enjoy it. I’ve also done it on the treadmill and it makes the time go by quickly.

Post-work day I went out for drinks with some of my coworkers. We already had our outing planned when we got some crazy (good) news at work so it ended up being quite a celebratory night! Our office building has a nice bar and restaurant in it so I just ate dinner there. I had salmon poke that, honestly, was WAY too salty. Good thing I had three drinks to wash it down!

Thursday

My gym just started offering a new class called TREADX. It’s 30 minutes of treadmill intervals and bodyweight strength work. I actually really enjoy treadmill classes so I immediately signed up…for the 6:15 AM class.

It was worth it, though.

Of course, I went back to the gym at lunch for my lifting workout! Squats again! This time back squats and foam rolling. Then I had leg presses and goblet squats followed by paused leg curls and planks.

I swear, if I could afford to work the front desk at the gym I totally would. I really like it there.

For dinner I made Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Broccoli. I added potatoes and subbed chicken thighs for chicken breasts.

Friday

As I write this I haven’t gone to the gym yet. I have another busy day at work but I’m still hoping to get in there and do my upper body workout. I skipped it last week so I’m behind!

Dinner is going to be pork stir fry. I’ll probably just throw some veggies into a pan, cook up some pork tenderloin, and throw on some stir fry sauce. Done.

What are you having for dinner this week?

All the Celestial Bodies [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

Today we’re doing the round-up of all the submissions for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

Source

First we have Jen who, as always, made sure to get the details perfect! Her pants have little tiny polka dots to mimic the stars and her color palate highlights the purples and blacks in the image. And of course she found a swing on which to pose!

Next is Kezzie who wore a shirt with constellations on it! Also, her collar is a unicorn but, sadly, she seems to be hiding a bit. Oh well!

Then is our other co-host, Salazar, who built her outfit around her scarf. Her starry scarf that is also the same colors as those in the image. In other news, I want to steal this entire outfit.

Finally, we have my own outfit. Well, technically two outfits. One fancy, one casual, but both using the same top.

It looks like we all incorporated black and then another accent color into our outfits. My favorite part of SIA challenges, though, is seeing all the different details in each outfit.

Want to show off your own details? Stay tuned for the next challenge which we’ll announce on Monday!

 

Celestial Sparkle [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

One of the reasons I love shopping at Moonfish is that half the time I walk in and Sarah, the owner, hands me something and says, “Go try this on.”

That’s what happened with this black turtleneck. Sure, from the front it looks like a simple black turtleneck (with thumbholes), but wait until you see the back.

Turtleneck – Sundays from Moonfish (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar

I knew as soon as I tried it on  I would be wearing it to the Hendrick’s Gin Turtleneck Club party. The dress code said you had to wear a turtleneck. It didn’t say anything about it needing to have a back.

I also knew that it would be the focal point for my outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. I even went so far as to wear it casually to a friend’s house on Friday night and then recreate the outfit in front of my own Christmas tree. Since, you know, it was the tree that inspired this week’s choice.

Jeans – Principle Denim from Moonfish (similar) | Booties – Lucky Brand (similar) | Bralette – (same)

It’s not too late to create your own outfit based on this week’s art choice. And, as you can see, you can take a rather liberal approach! Just snap a picture and send it to looplooks@gmail.com before 7PM central time on Tuesday, December 5th. Then I’ll make sure to include it in the round-up on Wednesday.