I think every runner has that one item that they wear that becomes their signature running item. For me that signature item is a running visor. I am not sure when I started wearing visors but it has definitely been going on for many years because if you look back through my race recaps a common item you will see on me is a visor. Except in cold weather, of course. Even I have my limitations.
About a year ago I learned about Headsweats Visors and decided to give one a try. I selected a sparkly one that I would later use as part of my costume for the RunDisney Star Wars Race.
And guess what? I fell in love with Headweats! Not only did Headsweats fulfill my visor addiction but the visor was also very high quality. It kept the sweat out of my eyes and it came in a multitude of colors and patterns that satisfied the fashionista side of me!
Recently I was asked if I wanted to review an item from Headsweats newest line called the Loudmouth Collection. And while the collection has everything from hats to sweatbands I naturally gave a wholehearted yes when I saw their visors! And boy are they loud. If you do not want to stand out in a crowd the Loudmouth line is not for you. It is however for me because I say the louder the better!
The Loudmouth Disco Balls visor that Headsweats was nice enough to send me was the same high quality visor that I was familiar with from my own purchase of their sparkly visor. I love the fun colors of my Loudmouth visor and I find myself reaching for it often when I head out for a run!
To see the Loudmouth visors or the other products in their line, click here. You won’t regret purchasing an item from Headsweats, they get my stamp of approval!
Thanks to the folks at BerryCart, I received the April BerryCart Box to review and share with you all!
Not familiar with the BerryCart Box? The BerryCart Box is a monthly subscription box that is full of healthy food and snacks! It costs $24.95 per month (with free shipping) and it includes 8-10 products in the box, 4 of which are full sized! Another unique feature of BerryCart is that you can earn cashback rebates when you buy any of the products from the box at your favorite stores. Earning the cashback rebates is simple. Just download the BerryCart app, purchase any or all of the items listed on your BerryCart info card and then scan the bar codes and receipts from your purchase into the app!
Ready to see what I got in my April box?
Item #1: Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips
This is one of the full sized items that I received in the box. They are dubbed as being healthy Doritos and while they tasted okay, they were not my favorite item from the box.
Item #2: I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Clusters
This is the second full size item in the box and since I am not a fan of quinoa, it also was not a favorite. But I am sure lots of other people would find them tasty!
Item #3: Simple Squares
This third size item in the box was a winner for me! I am a huge fan of coconut and this was super tasty! The only downside is that it was gone far too quickly. I’ll have to buy some and use the app to get my $1.00 cashback rebate!
Item #4: World Peas
I haven’t tried these yet but I do like ranch so I am hopeful that they will be a good snack!
OMG these are so good! They are easily my favorite item in the box. I am a bit of a chocolate fanatic and these satisfied my need for chocolate while still being a healthy snack.
Item #6: Ips Egg White Chips
I had high hopes for these chips as I love white cheddar but I found the taste to be a bit bland.
Item #7: Manitoba Hemp Hearts
I haven’t opened these up yet but I have had these before so I already know that they will be good!
Item #8: Pyure Stevia
I am probably one of the only people that hasn’t yet tried Stevia so I was excited to get some sample packets in the box!
Item #9: KUTOA Snack Bar
This was another one of my favorites (and the last full sized item) from the box! Very tasty and I loved knowing that every bar purchased helps to feed a child in need.
Overall I really enjoyed the BerryCart Box! I was introduced to some great healthy products and I love the cashback program offered through their app. In addition to offering cashback on all of the products in the box they also offered cashback on purchases of bananas! And while I don’t like bananas, B loves them so we always have them on hand.
Interested in trying BerryCart out for yourself? Click my referral link here to go to their website!
What item in my box would you be most interested in trying?
Have you tried BerryCart yet? What did you think of it?
Yep, it is another race weekend! Time seems to move much quicker now that the weather is warmer and my race calendar has more races on it.
I ran the Back to the Beach Half Marathon last year for the first time and I knew as soon as I ran it that I would be back again. The course for Back to the Beach is a great one! The race takes place at Stony Creek Metropark and a majority of the race is on trails. Ah be still my heart.
The volunteers at this race are excellent and the aid stations can’t be beat as one of them last year had orange slices and another had cold wet towels. Those little touches make all the difference.
The race swag last year was sweet as well. I received a tech shirt, a pint glass and a finishers medal. I am looking forward to adding to my Back to the Beach collection this year!
Like last year I am not fully trained for doing a half. With the new job, my workouts have been scaled back to almost none. But I can’t fully blame the new job either as I have only been there a few weeks now.
It is what it is and I plan to make the best of it and enjoy a great race. Chris will be there as well. He did the 10k last year but he decided to do the half this year. I think he was just jealous of my pint glass as that is for half marathon participants only.
One of my favorite ways to have fun with fashion is accessories! And thanks to Tomoson and The Jewel Bar I recently received a beautiful accessory called the Breakfast At Tiffany’s Necklace.
As the name implies, the necklace is reminiscent of a more glamorous era. But despite it’s homage to a different time period, it is a timeless piece that is perfect for today. It is easily dressed up or down and it is a necklace that you can be certain will be part of your accessories wardrobe for a long time.
The necklace also seems to be well made and durable which is important when spending money on accessories or anything really for that matter.
The necklace also comes with matching earrings but to be honest they are a bit big for my tastes. I know that some people like larger stones but I prefer my earrings to be daintier. But just because the earrings are not for me doesn’t mean that they are not for you.
Interested in adding the Breakfast At Tiffany’s Necklace to your accessory collection? Click here to go to the The Jewel Bar site to get more information on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s set or to check out their other great jewelry options!
I think it is finally time to let you in on a little secret that Chris and I have been keeping. Well, it not really a little secret. It is a giant Disney sized secret!
Chris and I will be running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November!!
We signed up for the race a couple of months ago when registration first opened (and man did it sell out quickly!) but because I was unemployed at the time we decided that we weren’t going to make any official announcement about us doing it. Something just felt weird saying hey I just signed up for a Disney race but I don’t have a job right now. I did however add it to my 2015 race schedule here on my blog but nobody caught on to it. Or at least nobody said anything about it. I can’t believe that you all don’t constantly check for updates on my race schedule!
We both had no doubt that I would have a job by November and we knew that this would be our best chance to attempt the Coast to Coast Challenge since we did the Star Wars race back in January. We have also heard great things about the race with most people saying that it is their favorite Disney race!
We’ve already decided on costumes for the race but I am going to make you wait for a bit before I reveal those. Stay tuned!
Have you ever participated in the Wine and Dine Race or another Disney Race?
In case you haven’t already heard, Wantable just launched a Style Edit subscription box! It is very similar to Stitch Fix so naturally I couldn’t wait to try it out!
Not familiar with Wantable? They have several other subscription boxes in addition to their new Style Edit box. Those boxes include a make-up collection, an accessories collection, an intimates collections and a fitness edit box. I have not tried any of the others but I know people do like them.
As far as the Style Edit box goes there is a $20 monthly styling fee that is deducted from the cost of the items you keep. Like Stitch Fix you fill out a style profile and you are sent 5 items based upon your profile. The profile is a bit different than Stitch Fix as you can tell Wantable what you absolutely hate and then you will never get any items sent to you from your hate list. Unlike Stitch Fix you are not able to link your Pinterest account to your Wantable profile which I was a tad disappointed about as I think that can really help your stylist figure out what you like. But we will have to wait and see if it really does make any difference. Interested in signing up for the Wantable Style Edit box or any of their other subscription boxes? Click here to use my referral link to do so.
Ready to see what I got in my first Style Edit Box? ME. TOO.
Item #1: BB Dakota Striped Ponte Dress
When I first saw this dress I thought it had a lot of potential as it looked figure flattering and you really can’t go wrong with black and white.
After trying it on, I did like it but I didn’t feel like the dress was very flattering to the upper half of my body. I think it may have been because the neckline is so high. So although the dress was boyfriend approved, I decided that I wasn’t in love with it.
Item #2: BB Dakota Ponte Shift Dress
This dress isn’t something that I would normally pick out for myself so I wasn’t too sure what to think of it. That is however, the appeal of these subscription boxes for me, so I tried it on with an open mind.
I didn’t mind the dress on me but I felt it may have been one size too big. If it had been a size smaller I may have actually considered keeping it. So it just goes to show that you should always try on everything you get in your subscription box even if you don’t think it is something you would like. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people say they didn’t even try all the items on because they didn’t like the look of them. Why even bother getting a subscription box if you can’t keep an open mind and have fun with it??
Item #3: BB Dakota Camo Printed Shift Dress
I am sure you know by now that flowy dresses and flowy clothes in general are just not my thing. I love them on other people, just not me. So when I saw this dress I had a feeling that it wasn’t going to work for me.
By itself the dress does nothing for me. With a belt though, it does look better as it gives it some structure and once I added a blazer I actually really like it. However, for $90 I expect the dress to be awesome on its own instead of being doctored up to look good. So even though I liked the dress with the blazer and the belt, I decided to send it back.
Item #4: DEX New York Heather Top with Lace
I have to admit that although I love getting dressed up, I am a t-shirt and jeans girl at heart. So when I saw this top I was pretty excited as it is a dressier version of the basic t-shirt!
Once I put it on, I knew that it was a keeper. It looked great and felt great! What more could you want?
Item #5: French Connection Kara Stretch Top
I know Michigan takes a while to warm up in the Spring but even so I still thought this was an odd piece to get in a May box. It seems like something that would come in handy during the colder months.
Despite the top seeming like it was not right for the season, it was actually very comfy on and it felt well made. It did feel a bit big on me and perhaps a size smaller would have fit better. I also liked the top better from the front than from the back as the hi-low hem seemed like a very drastic hi-low.
So what did I think of my first Wantable Style Edit? I think it has potential. When I first started getting Stitch Fix it took a couple of months for my stylist to get it right and even now I sometimes get boxes where I only keep one thing. It’s just part of the process in my opinion. I thought what I received was almost me and that is pretty darn good for a first box.
Ready to sign up for the Wantable Style Edit and try it out for yourself? Click here to use my referral link to do so because it makes me happy.
What did you think of the items I got in my Wantable box?
Have you already tried the Wantable Style Edit box? What did you think?
I love starting out the month with a Stitch Fix shipment! And is it just me or do you also find it hard to believe that I am on month 10?! Crazy how fast time flies. I love thinking about all of the fabulous items that Stitch Fix has added to my closet over the past 10 months. Makes me so glad I finally took the plunge and signed up after considering it for several months prior.
In case you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, let me bring you up to speed. Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription service (although you don’t have to get one every month, you pick how often) that sends you clothes and accessories based on a style profile that you fill out. You can keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee but if you keep any of the items, the $20 fee is deducted from the total purchase price of the item(s) you keep. If you keep all 5 of the items from your fix you receive a 25% discount on EVERYTHING. Basically it is like playing dress up as an adult…..and it is both fun and addicting! To sign up to get a fix of your own, click here to use my referral link!
Every month you can also leave a note for your stylist. So if you have an event that you need some clothes for or if you just have an idea of what kind of pieces you want to add to your wardrobe you can pass that information along!
This time around I told my stylist Diana, that I was still looking to build up my Spring / Summer wardrobe and that I was interested in a denim jacket and a petite sized maxi. Ready to see what Diana sent me? Let’s take a look!
Item #1: Liverpool Sally Cuffed Short
When I first pulled these shorts out of the box I thought that they looked huge although they were tagged with the size that I would normally buy. They also looked a bit like a bad pair of “Mom” shorts. No offense to those that like the shorts or to Moms as I am a Mom but you guys know what I am talking about right??
Once I tried them on my opinion did not change. They were much too big on me and I felt very Mommish and not in a good way. I am sure someone else can pull them off a lot better than I can but they are just not for me.
Item #2: 41Hawthorn Iris Striped A-Line Skirt
This has been a very popular skirt amongst Stitch Fixers as I have seen it in a lot of reveals either in this color or a pink color. From the pictures that I have seen I didn’t think I would be interested in the skirt because the material appeared to be a thin cotton making it a purely casual piece but the fabric is actually much thicker and durable so I was pleasantly surprised!
I love the skirt on me. The fit is good, the colors are perfect and the icing on the cake is that the skirt has POCKETS! Yes, I just yelled that because pockets are such a rare find in skirts and dresses and they are a cause for celebration! Another great part of the skirt is that I can wear it as casual wear or dress it up with a blazer and wear it to work. This skirt is definitely a winner!
Item #3: Liverpool Kolten Denim Jacket
I asked Diana for a denim jacket and she sent me one! I am so grateful that she always reads my notes and pays attention to my Pinterest board. I really couldn’t ask for a better stylist, she spoils me. But back to the jacket.
The jacket is super soft and has some stretch to it. And although I do like it on me, I don’t see myself reaching for it often enough to justify the $98 price tag. So despite Diana’s best intentions this jacket will be going back.
Item #4: Papermoon Rosen Sheer Detail Blouse
I immediately fell in love with this top as soon as I saw it. I love the colors and the detailing and started planning ways I could wear it both at work and in my non-work life.
Sadly the top did not fit me. It was tad too snug which is odd since it is the same size as all the other tops I have received from Stitch Fix. This brand or shirt must just run small. In my June fix I plan to ask Diana for this shirt in a size larger or a shirt similar to it. I realize that I could contact customer service to see if I could do a trade but I have never had any luck with that and it’s not like I am keeping all 5 items where I need to get the shirt so I can get the discount. I’ll just cross my fingers that I can get it in a bigger size next month.
Item #5: Skies are Blue Ross Halter Dress
The color of this dress immediately caught my eye but the shape of it made me a bit cautious as flowy clothes don’t typically flatter my shape very well.
And as I expected, once I tried it on, the color was great but the dress was too shapeless for my tastes and body shape.
Although I only kept one item this month, I am still pleased with my fix. I definitely would have kept the Papermoon top if it had fit me and the denim jacket and halter dress were almost something I would have been interested in. Not to mention, Stitch Fix just isn’t about getting 5 pieces that I love every month, it is about the experience of having someone else style me and trying items that I wouldn’t normally pick out for myself. As I mentioned at the start of my post, Stitch Fix has been a great way to build my wardrobe and I would definitely recommend it if you haven’t already tried it!
Ready to get your own fix? Click HERE to sign up for Stitch Fix through my referral link. It makes me happy when you do!
Want to see my past fixes? Click on the links below.
Remember last month when I told you about the Nadine West MyChoice Program? Well, that didn’t happen this month with my shipment so I am not exactly sure how that program works. This month I received a total surprise package so maybe they only offer the MyChoice Program if you have had a couple of months in a row where you have sent everything back? That’s just my guess. If you happen to have the details on the MyChoice Program, I would love some clarification.
And just in case you are not familiar with Nadine West, Nadine West is similar to Stitch Fix (and you all know how much I LOVE Stich Fix) but it dubs itself as being a more affordable alternative. Each month in your Nadine West package you will receive three clothing and / or accessory items based on your style profile. A perk of Nadine West is that there is no monthly styling fee, instead you just pay for the items that you decide to keep and send back (with free shipping) the items you do not like. It’s a no risk way to try out the subscription box craze to see if it is right for you!To learn more about Nadine West or to sign up, click here to use my referral link.
Ready to see what I got this month?
Before we get to the items, I have to mention that I hastily mailed back my returns with the packing slip before jotting down the names of the items so unfortunately I do not have the official names for this post. I blame it on my starting a new job frenzy that I have been in lately. You understand, right?
Item #1: Pink Crochet Detail Blouse
I immediately loved the color of this top as well as the crochet detailing on the sleeves. To me it just screamed happy and fun. I was concerned however that it would be a bit too flowy for me as I tend to like tops more fitted.
Once I put it on I was happy that I actually did like that fit of it. And while the top is a bit sheer, with a tank top under it I can still wear it to work and use it for casual wear. I love clothing items that can pull double duty!
Item #2: Heart Earrings
These earrings just didn’t excite me and I couldn’t see myself wearing them often. So back they went.
Item #3: Bar Necklace
I wasn’t a fan of the necklace either. Just not my style and not of good quality either, in my opinion.
Overall I was happy with my shipment this month because of the shirt. I do prefer their MyChoice Program that they offered to me in March over the complete surprise package but I will continue to get Nadine West regardless because there is no styling fee and thus there is really no risk to me.
Want to get your own Nadine West package? Click here to sign up using my referral link.
Want to see my past Nadine West shipments? Click on the links below.
This post is sponsored by Lorna Jane through Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.
I just finished up the Lorna Jane Fit Challenge! Hard to believe that 90 days has already gone by!
Overall I really enjoyed the program. I think it is something that everyone regardless of fitness level can get something out of. I especially enjoyed Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the program the most as they were more accelerated than Phase 1.
I think the program is a good value as well. As a refresher, the cost of the program is $100 and it includes the 12 week Move Guide, Clean and Simple Eating Book, a Lorna Jane inspirational tank, MNB Ultimate Fit Girl, and membership to Active Living Rewards.
I incorporated the LF Fit Challenge program into my running schedule so I used it a bit differently than intended. For the most part it was what I used for my cross training days. And although I did enjoy the program, I have to admit that by Phase 3 I was really starting to miss using weights for my cross training. The LJ Fit Challenge uses your own body weight which still gives an excellent workout and it makes it inexpensive and easy to do anywhere but I am accustomed to my cross training workouts being weight focused so it was something I was eager to get back to. I would love to see Lorna Jane come out with a follow up program that includes weight training into the challenge! That would be the best of both worlds!
Want to join in on the challenge too? It is not too late! You can start the Lorna Jane Fit Challenge any time. Click here to get more info and to sign up.
Have you done the Lorna Jane Fit Challenge?
What did you think of it?
If you haven’t done it, is it something that interests you?
After three months of being unemployed, I am excited to be able to give you all a happy update! I started a new job yesterday! And while I won’t go into the details as I like to keep my work life separate from my personal life and my blogging life, I will say that it is within the field that I have been working in. It is some place that I think I can be proud to work at as well as a place that I can grow and learn new things.
I am fortunate get to work with a few familiar faces as there are several people working there that I have worked with previously, which will hopefully make for a smoother transition for me. And while some of the faces are familiar, the location definitely is not. I will actually be working downtown Detroit which is a first for me but something that I am excited about as there is a lot of growth and exciting things happening downtown right now!
It actually worked out perfectly that I started my new job this week as I had already planned to take this week off from running so I could recover from the Trail Half Marathon that I did on Saturday. I will be doing some other workouts, just not running this week. And while I am familiar with trying to integrate workouts into a work day, it has been a while since I have had to so hopefully this scaled down workout week will help ease the transition.
I am not the only one that has to adjust to my new job and schedule. B is obviously very much impacted by this change. He has enjoyed me not working as that meant I could take him to and from school but now that I am back to work he has to go to a before and after school program. He seems okay with it but I anticipate that there will be some struggles as we both adjust to the new schedule.
And lastly for those of you who haven’t seen our newest addition to our family from my posts on social media, we adopted a new fur baby a few weeks ago.This is Mowgli and he is a mini Goldendoodle!
I honestly think that Mowgli is going to have the hardest time out of all of us during this adjustment period. He hasn’t known anything else but me being home and didn’t enjoy being in his crate even for the short times that I was out of the house running errands. I would love to put him in a puppy daycare but they are just about the same cost as having B in daycare so that is probably not going to happen.
Overall I am very excited about the change and happy to be back to work again!
Any advice on how to ease the transition for all of us?
How do you fit your workouts in during the work week?