Dress Code: Seersucker Saturday!

imageSometimes, I go shopping in my closet and come out with a gem! I bought these seersucker pants years ago and I completely forgot about them. Sarah Jessica Parker had a line of clothing called Bitten that was sold only at Steve and Barry stores. Everything in the line was $20 or less. I’m pretty sure these pants were $14. Sadly, Steve and Barry closed and SJP discontinued the line of clothing. She now has a shoe line at Nordstrom… but that is a whole other story!

Seersucker reminds me of spring and summer, so I layered a floral chambray shirt from Old Navy with an ivory eyelet sweater from the Ann Taylor Loft. I liked all the texture of these choices and it made the seersucker look a little less preppy. I needed to add a little color to the outfit, so I decided to wear my teal C. Wonder flats. I finished the outfit with a new pearl necklace from Ann Taylor and my usual bracelet bling.

Homework: How would you wear seersucker this summer?

Dress Code: Flowy skirt Friday

imageSometimes during a heat wave, the only thing to keep you cool is a flowy maxi skirt. I created this outfit around the skirt because I knew it was going to be a hot day. I found this black and white striped chiffon maxi skirt at the Nordstrom Rack. I added a fun, white ruffled tank top and a coral short-sleeved cardigan, both from Ann Taylor Loft. I needed to add some texture and shine to the ensemble, so I wore my black patent/grey snakeskin Tory Burch Reva’s. Not only was this outfit cool on a really warm day, but it was comfortable and cute 🙂

Homework: How do you handle professional dressing on a really hot day?

Special Assembly: Honoring Lewis Milligan

 

imageYesterday, my friend Lewis Milligan would have turned 47 years old. Lewis and I went to middle and high school together and then reconnected and dated in our mid-forties. Sadly, Lewis was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his life to that horrible disease almost two years ago. I think about him every day, as his life and his battle are constant reminders to live each day to the fullest and to live with no regrets.

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Lewis would have thought this blog was silly, but would have also bragged about the fact that I had a blog to anyone who would listen. He loved to tell people that I was an assistant principal, and I know that he would have been super proud of my promotion to principal. Thoughts of Lewis are always in the back of my mind. He was honest to a fault, the world’s best hand-holder, and a sweet, thoughtful guy. I have always prided myself on being a really good gift-giver, but Lewis out-gifted me and bought me an awesome pink and black beach cruiser for Christmas. It is one of the best gifts I have ever received! When we were dating, Lewis had this teddy bear sent to my office on my birthday. “Little Bear” proudly wears the bracelet that was given out at Lewis’ memorial celebration as a necklace. She also comforts me when I’m having a bad day.

Happy birthday, Lewis! Rest in peace!

Dress Code: on Wednesday’s we wear pink tweed and bling!

imageI love pink tweed, and hot pink tweed is even better! I found this skirt at Ann Taylor and I love it! I paired it with a simple black 3/4 sleeve t-shirt with zipper details at the shoulder, also from Ann Taylor. Since the outfit was pretty basic, I piled on the bling! My Chanel button necklace, and tassel necklaces from Stella and Dot and Ann Taylor were necessary additions. My favorite Kate Spade bracelets were the perfect arm candy. My absolute favorite says, “Escape the Ordinary.” All I had to do was throw on my Coach wedges and I was ready for the day.

Homework: How do you wear tweed?

Dress Code: Stripes, pink, and polka dots

imageI loved how this outfit came together. I found this striped top on the clearance rack at Target for $10. It has an exposed zipper on the back and a neon yellow tab attached to the zipper. I knew it would look perfect with my Ann Taylor polka dot skirt that I picked up at the outlet mall on the way to Vegas. My pink and blue statement necklace from the J. Crew factory website and my pink C. Wonder flats were all I needed to complete the look. The dots and stripes created some visual interest and the necklace and shoes provided the pop of color. Done and done!

Homework: Have you tried mixing patterns?

Physical Education: Train fun!

imageI mentioned in past blog posts that I work out several times a week. For me, it’s a part of my lifestyle and I enjoy the social aspect of the friendships I have formed at the gyms I belong to. My former trainer, Joshua, used a “train fun” tag line on his emails and blogs, and it’s a mantra I have adopted. Joshua made workouts fun by having us play Frisbee golf, creating friendly competitions during the WODs, or assigning exercises to letters of the alphabet and then naming the workouts. I specifically remember a “Vegas, baby” workout that he created before a weekend Vegas trip. It was killer, but I definitely needed the extra push before leaving for a vacation.
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It was through Joshua that I realized if you are not having fun when you are training, you need to move on and find something that you enjoy. Over the years, I have tried a lot of different classes and gyms. When Joshua moved away, my workout buddies, Kathy, Patti, Vicky, Louise, and I found the Cross Training Club. Rod, the owner/trainer, is constantly mixing up the workouts to challenge us. He always tries to kick things up a notch for me. The other day he had everyone in the class flipping the battle ropes over a medicine ball. Since I am freakishly strong, he sat on the medicine ball and I had to flip the battle ropes over him. Nothing like a little added pressure! I only hit him on the shoulder one time!
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I also love Fitness Evolution. My Saturday morning boot camp class with Michael is always super fun and he pushes me to the limit. We end the class with a two minute plank and he likes to add weights to the backs of the veteran boot campers. This week I had a 45 pound plate on my back. A two minute plank is challenging, and the extra weight makes it really tough. I love that I am wearing pink, pearls, and a smile at the end of this tough workout!

My spin studio, Full Psycle, keeps things fresh by offering different theme classes each week. I love Monday hip-hop classes and Thursday’s TBT (throwback Thursdays) classes. Spin is all about the instructor and the music. One night I was exhausted and had already taken two boot camp classes before spin. I announced to the small class that I was going to take it easy, but it was old school hip hop night with Kris and I got so caught up in the music that I ended up getting my highest number of all time. I was singing along and totally enjoyed myself! A few weeks ago, Paul taught a Madonna themed class. When he played “Borderline” at my request, I used one of my dumb bells as a microphone and belted it out. So much fun!

imageOh, and it’s also important to look cute while working out. Treat yourself to colorful, form-fitting gym clothes and cute shoes. You will feel better, look better, and maybe workout a bit harder!

Homework: How do you train fun?

Home Economics: a light chicken Alfredo with broccoli slaw

imageWhen I need to drop a few pounds, I always try to add more veggies to my diet. Broccoli slaw is a great base to a lot of dishes, but this chicken Alfredo recipe is one of my favorites. It so simple and there is no official recipe, since I don’t like to measure ingredients. First, I sauté the broccoli slaw in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Then I put the sautéed broccoli slaw in a microwave proof bowl, and add a light Laughing Cow cheese wedge or maybe two. I really like the garlic and herb flavored Laughing Cow cheese in this dish. Then add shredded chicken breast and heat everything for a minute or so. You want the cheese wedge to melt as it forms the “Alfredo” sauce. Stir and enjoy!

Homework: What is your go-to recipe when you need to lose a few pounds?

Dress Code: Bikes and Stripes!

imageI am in love with this cute cardigan that I found on the clearance rack at Target for $11. The hot pink bikes remind me of how much I love spinning at Full Psycle and riding my beach cruiser along the beach path in Huntington Beach. I wore a black and cream stripped tank top from Ann Talor Loft under the cardigan and used my favorite black pencil skirt from Nordstrom as the base. My black patent and snakeskin Tory Burch flats and some bling were the finishing touches. I then layered a rhinestone and gold necklace from Banana Republic with a floral rhinestone necklace from the J. Crew Factory website. My Kate Spade bracelet collection was the perfect arm candy!

Homework: Do you own any work clothes that reflect one of your hobbies?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear pink shoes and green pants!

imageToday, I had planned to wear a pink tweed dress, but it was way too hot for heavy tweed. So, I pulled this look together in the morning and I thought it was really fun. I bought these green pants at Gap the day before St. Patrick’s Day and only wore them on March 17th. I added a fancy Banana Republic white tank top and a black, short-sleeved cardigan from the Ann Taylor Loft, since it was about 90 degrees in the OC today. Short sleeved cardigans can be hard to find, but they are perfect over a tank or sheath dress to pull together a polished look. A chunky gold necklace from Banana Republic and my pink C. Wonder ballet flats were the perfect finishing touches. Wearing pink and Kelly green together always reminds me of my obsession with The Preppy Handbook and trying to be as preppy as possible in the 80’s!

Homework: What is your favorite preppy look?