Not so black of a cat [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

And we’re back to Monday! I had a busy but fun weekend. Hanging with my mom on Friday, attending a fundraising gala on Saturday, and visiting a craft show on Sunday.

Speaking of the craft show, it was being held at the Revolution Brewing tap room that is less than half a mile from my house. I thought this was a great opportunity to actually wear a sweater, a scarf, and a puffy vest so that I would be warm enough on the short walk there but not feel too warm or bulky when I was navigating the wares.

I paired gray, black and brown together as inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art Choice, “Black Cat.”  It reminds a lot of another SIA challenge we did about this time last year where I also wore black jeans, this vest and these boots.

same jeans | similar vest | same boots | similar sweater | similar scarf | similar hat

This vest is perfect for wearing to something like a craft show. The pockets are large enough that I can put my wallet, phone and keys in them and not have to worry about carrying a purse.

Speaking of the craft show, I was there with Annabelle and some other people scouting out vendors for the monthly vendor fairs they host at the storefront we’re calling Collage Collective! The next one is on November 12th and you get all at the details here.

 

Muscles and Meals Vol. 2

Fitness

Wow! You guys seemed to really enjoy my first Muscles and Meals post! Did any of you end up making any of the recipes yet? FYI, the spaghetti squash in the slow cooker? Not the best way to make it. Still edible, but I recommend just taking the time to roast it instead.

Moving on to this week!

Sunday

I spent time thinking about going for a run, but it didn’t end up happening. To be honest, I’m just not feeling the cardio right about now. I know going for a run is good for me (and the dog) but, eh. So, instead, I finished the last two episodes of “The Five” (which is on Netflix, is one season long and is SO GOOD) and started watching “Mind Hunter”. I also went to the farmer’s market and the regular grocery store so I could get the ingredients to make Pumpkin Chili!

I used this recipe but I A. didn’t put it in the slow cooker and B. added garlic. I just cooked it on the stovetop for about an hour. It makes enough for an army, though, so be warned. Thankfully, I was able to give some of it to Annabelle and her husband who both gave it a big thumbs up.

Monday

You’ll probably start to notice a pattern with my workouts. Mondays are almost always deadlift day.

  • 5×3 Sumo deadlifts
  • 3×12 Band Pull-Aparts and Banded Clams
  • 5×15 Hip Extensions
  • 5×15 Goblet Squats
  • 4×20 Straight leg raise
  • 4×15 Stability ball “stir the pot”

For dinner, we had burgers! Specifically chicken burgers. I think I got this chicken avocado burger recipe from my friend Anne (shout-out if you’re reading!) and it’s become a staple when I want a burger. Something about warmed up avocado just makes my mouth water. I typically add some chipotle cheese and some salsa as my toppers. Sometimes a grilled onion and a tomato as well. Add a roasted veggie as a side dish and you’re good to go!

Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another taco day. And, yes, we stuck to the same old, same old. Ground turkey tacos and roasted green beans. Look, I don’t like to mess with simple. Although, if you’re in the mood for steak tacos, I highly recommend these.

The workout consisted of regular bench presses, incline bench presses, incline plank rows, and some other stuff I’m forgetting.

Wednesday

I totally could have skipped my workout on Wednesday. I mean, I did last week when I had to work through lunch. I had to work through lunch again this week but instead of skipping my Wednesday cardio session I ducked out of work about 50 minutes early and went to the gym. 30 minutes of HIIT on a spin bike later I headed home.

Once at home we made Garlic Pork with Ginger Kale Rice for dinner. This recipe is actually really simple to make and tastes great. I used instant brown rice so that I didn’t have to wait for 40 minutes while it cooked. I also use ginger paste instead of dealing with peeling actual ginger.

Thursday

I had a super busy day at work so I tried to squeeze in my workout in under an hour. HAHAHAHAH. I had to skip the last two sets of exercises and even then I ended up at my lunch meeting still sweating.

  • 5×5 Squats
  • 1×20 Squats (lighter weight)
  • 5x forward sled drag
  • 5×10 Overhead kettlebell swing
  • 2×10 kettlebell step-ups
  • 2×12 paused kettelbell Romanian deadlifts

For dinner, I was planning to make Hummus Crusted Chicken but instead ended up ordering sushi for dinner while at Annabelle’s Sip & Shop. So, I froze the chicken breasts and will end up using them next week. Probably to make Hummus Crusted Chicken!

Friday

Overhead press day! My personal trainer asked me once what my least favorite exercise is. At the time I told her renegade rows. But, honestly, I think it’s overhead presses. Progress is just so slow!

  • 6×2 Barbell Overhead Press
  • 6×12 External Rotation
  • 4x max 1.5 chin-ups
  • 4x drop set cable machine face pulls
  • 4×6 Bear Complex
  • 4×20 Rope Slams

On the plus side, my mom is in town, so, as I write this, the plan is to hang out at her condo and drink wine and make pork lettuce wraps for dinner. Need a good lettuce wrap recipe? I recommend this one.

Saturday

I’m out AGAIN on Saturday! This time for the Back on My Feet fundraising gala thanks to my work with the F3 Half Marathon. Dress code? Fancy dress with sneakers. And the amazing clutch that Annabelle bought me.

 

 

Be a unicorn

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I think the official saying is that you should always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn. But that’s kind of unwieldy for a blog post title, right? So, “be a unicorn” it is.img_9501.jpg

Being a unicorn is great when you’ve had a long day, your hair is a mess, and your make-up has worn off. Just put on your unicorn face and you’re good to go! It may be after Halloween but that’s okay. The unicorn “Donnie Darko” look is good all year round.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | same unicorn head

I mean, what else livens up an outfit full of neutral colors than a rainbow-maned unicorn head? Of course you need one of these in your life. It’s exactly what that saying is talking about. Be yourself. Wear those neutral colors. But every so often, don’t forget to be a unicorn.

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This post may or may not have been brought to by wine. But it was definitely brought to you by a previous Sip & Shop event. You should join us at the next one so you too can be a unicorn!

 

Black Cat [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s Monday and that means the start of a new week and the start of a new Style Imitating Art challenge! This week it’s Salazar’s turn to pick. She chose “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. The colors and subject matter are perfect for the fall, and of course, a black cat is perfect for Halloween.

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As always, we encourage everyone to participate! Take a picture of your an outfit you wore inspired by this artwork and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 7th so you can be included in the round-up.

It’s toss up for me whether I go with gray and tan or if I go full black cat. Stay tuned to see!