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How working out affects your wardrobe

About Me · Fitness

I don’t really know how to write this post without sounding like I’m bragging or like I’m vain or, I don’t know,  like there’s something wrong with me. Because I’m not writing it for any of those reasons. I’m writing it because I’m proud and I want to share something that’s been working for me.

And what is that something? Strength training.

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I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Wait. This is a style blog. Why are you talking about working out?? Don’t you have a fitness blog for that?”

But here’s the thing: working out can change your body. And when your body changes it changes what you wear.

For example, take these three dresses.

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Which are all from Le Tote, by the way. Which I love because it lets me try things I wouldn’t think I could wear…until now. Try it yourself for 50% off with code ERIN25. Sales pitch over. 

Last year at this time I wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing them. In fact, for the longest time I didn’t feel comfortable in a wrap dress at all. I felt like they clung, showed every bump I had (or imagined I had) and just weren’t flattering. Never mind a body-skimming knit dress that could possibly enhance a bulge or two.

Now, I know, you’re rolling your eyes and thinking that I’ve always looked just fine. But, when you’re in your own body and wearing your clothes every day you can tell when something is off. In fact, I noticed it with my red and green pants.

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When I replaced my original red pants I had to go up a size. Actually, I had to go up two sizes. And I almost replaced these green pants that I’ve had since 2012 because they had gotten too tight in the waist. I haven’t been a couch potato in years, but clearly whatever I was doing (running all the time) wasn’t doing enough.

But last fall I met a woman in my office who had an enviable physique. I asked her what her secret was and she told it was the book Thinner, Leaner, Stronger. So, I bought it. And it became my bible. How to eat, how to workout, what to lift at the gym. I even got a personal trainer that I meet with once a week.

And it paid off. I lost 10+ pounds, I’ve got almost visible abs for the first time in my life. I’ve got muscle definition in my arms that sometimes you guys even comment on. I can deadlift 1.5 times my bodyweight. And I’m even a faster runner! I don’t follow TLS as religiously anymore (I mean, I do have to train for triathlons and try amazing drinks) but I still workout 4-6 days a week, mostly doing strength training.

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Journal Menu lets you choose what type of workouts you want to track and customizes the pages in your journal to match

So, believe it or not, I’ve actually had to re-buy those red pants TWICE, getting them in smaller sizes each time (thank goodness The Limited still sold them!) and now the green pants are a tad bit loose. Actually, a lot of my clothes are too loose. Most of my pencil skirts are too big at this point. Thankfully I rarely have to wear them. But, I have expanded my dress options because now I feel much more comfortable in knit dresses!

I am proud of what I’ve accomplished and, I have to say, I’m thrilled that my wardrobe options have expanded! I never thought I could wear a wrap dress but, look, here I am rocking one.

I promise I’m not being compensated to tell you about Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and while I received the Journal Menu for free I’m not getting paid anything additional to include it in my life. I just really think it’s awesome that yes, you can make a significant change to your body if you really want it.

If you want to know more, just ask. I know that talking about weight and body shape and what you look like isn’t necessarily “polite” conversation, but it’s such a huge part of my life right now and has had such a big impact on even my wardrobe that I felt weird not sharing.

Now, excuse me, I’m off to find some more dresses that make me feel like a million bucks.

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The Naps Have It

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Another weekend spent doing things other than taking blog photos. I know you guys forgive me! Instead, I was planting flowers with my mom on my balcony, celebrating a friend’s birthday, completing a duathlon (run-bike-run), and doing some indoor climbing.

I know, right? When do I sleep? How about when I pass out on our couch in the middle of the afternoon.

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Shirt – J. Crew (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar

I’m actually really bad at naps. No, wait. I take that back. I’m REALLY good at naps (seriously, our couch is like some sort of nap warp zone). I am not good at waking UP from naps.

Still, I love napping on our couch after a morning of getting stuff done. Whether that stuff is planting flowers or running and biking. I mean, I know I should probably be doing other stuff, like outfit planning or pre-making all my salads for my lunch throughout the week. But when I lay down on the couch it’s lights out.

And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 11]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I attended the Bucketfeet event on Tuesday night I had such a good time that when I left to meet my husband for dinner (at Piece Pizza & Brewery!) that I totally forgot my gym bag at the Bucketfeet studio! I wasn’t able to get it back until Thursday but by going to retrieve it I found out that Bucketfeet HQ is super close to my apartment AND they have an office dog. Seriously, I could not love this company more.

Anyway, all of that drama meant that on Wednesday I was NOT feeling inspired to put together a decent outfit considering I had left my “good” makeup in my errant gym bag and I had to throw together some backup items so I could go to the gym. Let’s just say that Wednesday’s outfit shall forever be lost to annals of time. Instead, let’s focus on Thursday’s outfit.

I still wasn’t feeling THAT inspired so I turned to my trusty friend: Pinterest. And decided to go for something colorful with this blue and green outfit. 

Favorites - 1 of 3 (1)Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Bracelets – Gorjana & House of Gemmes (similar & similar)

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These are currently the only pair of dress pants that fit me. And that’s because I almost replaced them with some a size or two larger. But, hey, all this working out I’ve been doing is working so here they are fitting me again!

However, for some reason I felt like I belonged on the set of the Golden Girls in this outfit. I’m honestly not sure why. I welcome your thoughts!

At the end of the work day on Thursday one of our marketing directors came up to me and said,  “I have something kind of weird to ask you.” Uh…okay.

Turns out the company had an extra ticket to an event last night and the marketing director thought I would be a good person to go because A. I fit in with the group that was going because I know how to look and act professional and B. I know how to comport myself at events with open bars. Sadly, I was unable to attend and I’m a little bummed about it. Not because it was an open bar (although, let’s be honest, that’s quite nice) but because it would have been a good opportunity to do some networking. Ah, well. It’s nice to know that in the slightly-less-than-a-year I’ve been at the company I’ve made a good impression on people! Even if I do sometimes feel like a Golden Girl.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 9]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Oof, you guys. I apologize in advance for this photo and, really, this outfit. I wanted to wear my leopard shirt since it’s part of my Top 10 Remix and I wanted to wear it with my green jeans in order to try and emulate this pin.

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 Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace c/o t+j designs (similar

Yes, I swear my  jeans are a dark green color. Not that you can tell because I asked my husband to snap a photo using my iPhone after a long day of work, riding a Divvy bike home, and meeting him at the dog park.

Anyway, I wanted to love this outfit but it just wasn’t working for me. The jeans are too high waisted to tuck the shirt into so I tried leaving it loose (looked too big) and I tried tying it in a knot (felt sloppy).  Kind of a lose-lose situation.

I originally added this shirt to my Top 10 Remix because I lusted after it for almost a year before I broke down and bought it online. Now, though, I hate to say it, but it feels too big! It might become a shirt I only wear under things instead of on its own.

Also, when looking for similar jeans I kind of fell in love with these pants from Old Navy. Their pants don’t normally fit me but it couldn’t hurt to order them, right?  It wouldn’t hurt to have more casual pants, right?

  
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No St. Patrick’s Day Pinching Here

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago tends to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on the weekend before. Dyeing the river green, tons of drunk people, a parade, and I’m sure some other stuff. I spent my weekend celebrating Pi Day (3-14-15) by running a Pi Day 5K and then eating pie. I also got out on my bike for the first time this year and rode 35 miles.

And then fell and scraped up my elbow. Oh well. There were more highs than lows this weekend, even if I wasn’t celebrating like the rest of the city.

So, instead, I’m wearing my green today!

green-pants-letote-sweater-1Sweater – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

green-pants-letote-sweater-3When I first pulled this top out of my Le Tote box I just laughed. It looked so TINY! And short. And I already have a short torso so I can’t imagine how short it would be on someone other than me. I thought, there’s no way I’m wearing this.

But then I thought, wait, what if I layer it over a black tank top? The black accents on the sides would probably make it look like the tank was part of the design of the sweater. And, you know what, I think it works. In fact, I’m actually thinking I might keep this sweater since it’s currently on sale for $23.

What do you think? Or does that just make you want to pinch some reality back into me since you can’t pinch me for not wearing green?

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Patterns on Patterns

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Welcome to 2015! I typically do my “year in review” post in February during my blog’s birthday month so don’t expect a full recap from me right now.

I’m sure you’re relieved, right? There ARE only so many year-end-recap posts one can read at a time, I’m sure.

Your eyes might not be relieved at this outfit, though. It’s a lot of pattern. But, it’s what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my family and no one’s eyes started bleeding so I think it’s okay.

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-2Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-3 Other patterns I’ve noticed over the past few months?

I’m having a difficult time figuring out my new style. Am I casual? Am I dressy? Do I care what people at the office think? I didn’t realize how much I actually enjoyed being “forced” to dress up or just how much having a boss with amazing style impacted me.

I am in awe of people who post “flat” outfits on Instagram using those white backgrounds and no shadows. How is this possible?

In the same vein, how do they keep all those Instagram style challenges straight? And do I want to do the same thing?

Finally, I mentioned awhile back (and maybe just on Facebook...) that I’m thinking of trying something new starting in February. I’ve saved so many outfits on Pinterest that I want to recreate with items I already own. So I’m thinking I want to try and purchase as few items as possible and use what I already have in my closet to put together outfits using Pinterest as inspiration.

I know there are already blogs out there that recreate inspiration photos and blogs that recreate stuff on Pinterest but do any of them do it without shopping? Hmm…

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Magic Pants

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Do you ever buy something and are surprised at just how much you like it? No? Just me? Is that a sign of a shopping addiction?

Anyway, let’s move on. These jeans. I mentioned them when I wore them the first time. They’re soft and stretchy and comfy. I poo-pooed all the bloggers and Old Navy who swore that the Rockstar Skinny Jeans would look good on everyone. I said no way.

I take it back.

camel-sweater-green-jeans-plaid-blanket-scarf-1Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – Target (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I ordered these with an Old Navy gift card because I wanted some olive green jeans. They’re more hunter green than olive but I forgive them. I also forgive that they are a bit too tight in the calves to wear sans boots because they look amazing with my brown riding boots. I didn’t even try them on before ordering them and they ended up fitting perfectly.

So, yeah, maybe the Old Navy Rockstar jeans really are the magic pants everyone said they were. camel-sweater-green-jeans-plaid-blanket-scarf-2

  
Navy cardigan with hunter green pants and gold polka dot blouse

Green Pants and All That

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, congrats to Erica, Tanya and Katrina for winning the Flywheel giveaway! I’ll be in touch soon. Also, I have another group giveaway starting tomorrow so if you didn’t win this Flywheel one I hope you come back for that!

Anyway, I had one busy weekend! Trip to the dog park, Beaver’s Donuts, a trivia contest (more on that tomorrow as well), dinner with my husband, going for my first run in weeks, and doing the usual Sunday grocery run.

I had plans to take a bunch of outfit photos while there was light and Jason was available but snow and my laziness (sleeping in is such bliss) made it so that instead of having my husband take photos I was left to my own devices using the tripod and the timer.

Navy cardigan with hunter green pants and gold polka dot blouseCardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

So, apologies for the slightly fuzzy photos. Also, I apologize for not being that inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art pick.

“Lady Folding a Letter”, or “Comtesse de Cérès”, by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Yellow is one of my least favorite colors and I don’t own anything in that shade. Gold, though, I do own which is why I went with my gold polka dot top. The green pants echo the green of the desk, and the navy cardigan echoes the dark shawl and the bluish hat. navy-cardigan-green-pants-3The red eye is all courtesy of the flash I couldn’t figure out how to turn off

However, even if this outfit isn’t all that inspired it is comfy. These jeans are nice and soft and the thin blouse layers nicely under the cardigan. And just like in my fall uniform post, I’m digging the navy and dark green combo.

navy-cardigan-green-pants-1In other news, my hair seems to have decided it no longer wants to be curly. I’m kind of okay with this except for the fact that curly hair is actually easier to deal with after my lunchtime gym sessions. I’m getting a haircut on Wednesday with a new stylist so we’ll see what he has to say.

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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Preppy Pink and Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Do you ever have one of those days when you check the weather 100 times when trying to decide what to wear? Today was one of those days. Another cool, gray, rainy day in Chicago but I saw this outfit on Pinterest and wanted to wear it. A pop of color on a gray day? Cropped pants but worn with a button-up and a sweater? Seemed like a good fall outfit to me.

Pink gingham shirt with black sweater and green ankle pantsShirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)

It occurs to me looking at the photo now that she might be wearing a navy sweater. And I have a navy sweater. But for some reason black seemed more appropriate for fall. Also, I left off the pearls. Right now some of my jewelry seems too over the top for work. But this outfit? I felt perfect in it. I just tossed on my rain boots for my commute to work and to pick up Chewie from doggy day care.

And speaking of Chewie, of course he needed to make an appearance.

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Divvy not dally

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

On Wednesday I did something I’d never done before.

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Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

No, not take a blurry picture. I’ve done that plenty of times. No, I rode a Divvy bike!

For those of you not in Chicago, Divvy is our bike sharing program that allows you to check out a bike for up to 30 minutes at a time. I’ve been walking home from work a lot more often now (even though I work slightly further away from home than I used to, the walk is more pleasant) and finally Mag Mile Runner (plus a $10 discount) convinced me to try it.

For $65 a year I have unlimited 30 minute rides. Otherwise it’s $7 for every 24 hours. I figure I only have to ride it 10 times to make back my money and I’ve already ridden it twice.

In fact, these pictures were taken AFTER my Divvy ride! And, yes, I wore my helmet. But since my ride only took me 13 minutes (yes, they time you and you can look it up later) it was only 13 minutes of helmet time so the helmet hair aftermath wasn’t that bad.

Or maybe it was horrible and that’s why I took blurry photos. So you couldn’t tell. You’ll never know!

Until the next time I take photos post-Divvy, anyway. And since I plan to ride home as often as possible, that might be fairly often.

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