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Last week I debuted my capsule wardrobe–both the concept behind it and the entire wardrobe itself. This week I thought I’d share with you a few of the purchases I made during the capsuling process. Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t just about minimizing and reducing–though that is the lion’s share of work–it’s also about making… View Article

Capsule Wardrobe Reviews: Standing Desk Shoes, Joggers, and Leggings

Last week I debuted my capsule wardrobe–both the concept behind it and the entire wardrobe itself. This week I thought I’d share with you a few of the purchases I made during the capsuling process. Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t just about minimizing and reducing–though that is the lion’s share of work–it’s also about making sure that your wardrobe suits you, and at times that can mean building out your wardrobe in places where it’s lacking. For me, those areas were glaringly obvious: lounge wear and comfortable shoes for work and play. Buying into the McBlogger stereotype, my wardrobe had far too many heels and outfits suited for outings like cocktail parties. Have a look at the biggest fashion bloggers and you’ll see this McBlogger look in action. Part of the capsuling process for me was realizing just how much time I spend cozied up at home with friends or just my husband, and how much time I spend doing activities, like standing at my desk at work, that require comfortable and supportive footwear. So I decided that these areas in my wardrobe needed some serious spiffing up.

Going to a salon for a pedicure has always felt like an unnecessary luxury to me, a wasted $15-$35 dollars on a service that always feels both superfluous and subpar. I think that a big part of this, for me, is that the tiny bit of time the technician spends scrubbing my feet with a… View Article

At Home Pedicure Tips + Emjoi Micro-Pedi Review

Going to a salon for a pedicure has always felt like an unnecessary luxury to me, a wasted $15-$35 dollars on a service that always feels both superfluous and subpar. I think that a big part of this, for me, is that the tiny bit of time the technician spends scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone isn’t enough to put a dent in the calluses on my feet. Plus, given that when I polish my own toenails I have the benefit of using both hands—a luxury not afforded when polishing fingernails—I can generally polish my toenails well enough myself. Feet often require less perfection than hands in the polishing department, so if my laughably bad polishing skills can get the job done, then I think anyone can polish their own toenails.

Spring is a weird time for running outdoors. One day it’s so warm all you need is a tank top and shorts, other days it’s so frigid it’s almost too cold to even consider anything other than a treadmill. I have a long history of running outdoors in the spring–it began in high school when… View Article

What to Wear for Cold Weather Running

Season: Winter/Spring
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Spring is a weird time for running outdoors. One day it's so warm all you need is a tank top and shorts, other days it's so frigid it's almost too cold to even consider anything other than a treadmill. I have a long history of running outdoors in the spring--it began in high school when I was a long distance runner on my track team. I grew up in Michigan's Upper Penninsula (a.k.a. basically Canada) and when track season began there was always still plenty of snow on the ground. We got used to training in layers that could be stripped off as we got warmer.

After my last collaboration with Brooks, they contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a head-to-toe outfit of theirs. How could I say no? I asked if they'd like to collaborate on a post featuring spring running gear and they were happy to provide me a full outfit--one I picked out myself of course.

bra Brooks
leggings Brooks
tank Brooks
jacket Brooks
gloves Brooks
headband Brooks
shoes Brooks
I love second-hand and consignment shopping, but many people I know have never gotten into it. This seems like a shame to me. Shopping second hand is a great way to get amazing pieces at a fraction of their original cost. Plus, it’s great for the world–I’m currently feeling very inspired by Emma Watson’s ethical… View Article

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Online Consignment Shopping

Review: Online Consignment
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I love second-hand and consignment shopping, but many people I know have never gotten into it. This seems like a shame to me. Shopping second hand is a great way to get amazing pieces at a fraction of their original cost. Plus, it's great for the world--I'm currently feeling very inspired by Emma Watson's ethical fashion Instagram account. When you buy used you're embracing the tenants of the EPA's three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Anyway, let me step off of my soapbox and get down to business. Here are my five favorite ways to get the most out of consignment shopping.

Wearing lip color is something I’ve come around to gradually. I used to shun it entirely, thinking it looked too unnatural and “makeup-ey,” but then I realized that what I really didn’t like was the sheen of true lipstick, which I still am not a that into. That said, I do love the effect a… View Article

Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons

Lip Color Review
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Wearing lip color is something I've come around to gradually. I used to shun it entirely, thinking it looked too unnatural and "makeup-ey," but then I realized that what I really didn't like was the sheen of true lipstick, which I still am not a that into. That said, I do love the effect a bit of bright color has on my face, and so I started wearing tinted lip balm more and more and now have graduated to wearing lip crayons, which are like tinted lip balm's older sister. It still has the natural texture of a lip balm but packs more of a punch with the color. The Burt's Bees variety has become my absolute favorite on the market, and so I thought I'd do a little roundup of my favorite shades.

sedona sands Burt’s Bees
hawaiian smolder Burt’s Bees
niagara overlook Burt’s Bees
napa vineyard Burt’s Bees
You guys! I’m blonde! Since our wedding I’ve been feeling like I could use a drastic change, and the thought popped into my head that I could go blonde again (during my college years I was a blonde as well) and yesterday I decided to take the plunge. I thought I’d share my experience with… View Article

Balayage

You guys! I'm blonde! Since our wedding I've been feeling like I could use a drastic change, and the thought popped into my head that I could go blonde again (during my college years I was a blonde as well) and yesterday I decided to take the plunge.

I thought I'd share my experience with you in case it proves to be useful. Apologies in advance for the low quality pictures--they were all taken with my phone in low-light settings.