Outfit Post: Prep Work

Summer break, aka maternity leave, is officially over. I’m back to work today and it’s bitter sweet. On one hand, I’ll be sad to leave my little lady every morning and lose the freedom that’s come with 10 weeks off. On the other hand, I’m lucky to have a job that I love and an office full of people I genuinely like to kick it with – so it will be fun to get back to hanging and making inappropriate jokes while fitting in some work here and there. I’m not looking forward to the very loosely controlled chaos that I’m sure our at home daily routine will be but we’ll make it work.

Speaking {more} about work, I’ll be shedding the t-shirts and shorts/jeans and swapping it out for office attire. It will be nice (and practical) to start making use of the other section of my closet again. For now, I’m planning on sticking with dresses and skirts until all my dress pants fit properly again and this new bright basic from Pearl Southern Couture is coming in handy as I head back. Especially since it’s got a little stretch that keeps everything squeezed in without being uncomfortable.

While most might save this for a weekend party, it was too fun and colorful to hide in my closet during the week. Instead of waiting for a special occasion I’m pairing it with a seersucker blazer and simple accessories for a look that will brighten up any day of meetings. It may not fit the bill for gals working in a more serious office space but since we’re a little more on the lenient side, it’s perfect. Since I’m on a bit of a mint kick lately, I’ll definitely be breaking out on a Saturday sometime soon.

Mint ‘Tanner’ Dress with Mesh Insets: c/o Pearl Southern Couture (also pretty obsessed with this more casual option) ; Silver Wedges: Old Navy (they look just like the J.Crew version but were WAY cheaper); Seersucker Blazer: J.Crew Factory (old, but this boys one is similar seen before here); Cobalt Tassel Bag: c/o Galian (the perfect UK blue – seen here in green); Earrings: c/o Admiral Row; Bracelets: Lily and Laura c/o 9th and Elm

Photos by Christian Dresibach (thanks a million pal!)

Fitness: Smoothies & Step

Happy Friday! It’s not quite the happiest of Fridays for me since it’s my last {week} day of maternity leave. I’m pretty bummed that it’s coming to an end but it’s time for me to get back to work. So long to lazy summer days.

Well not so much lazy but days where I can do as I please. That means that the number of daytime work-out classes will be dwindling for me although I’m still planning on trying to sneak away at lunch for Rhythm Ride every now and then.

In the time since my last Fitness Friday post (and because I’ve got to head back to the 9 to 5), I’ve been trying to get to as many classes as I could especially some of the day ones. The bad news about heading back to work is that I won’t get to do these on the regular, the good news is that come fall Milestone is planning on adding a lot more classes that start at 6 or 6:30 p.m.

Nike Work Out Gear: Tank | Pants | Shoes (old, similar here)
Target Neon Sports Bra

Here’s what I’ve tried out:

* Step/Sculpt – Mondays from 8:45 to 10:15 am: Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s a room full of ladies in jazzercise clothes. This class is no joke (and there are guys there too).

First off, it’s packed. So get there early. Also, I was given the heads up that people can be a little territorial about their “spot” so when I walked in I immediately admitted it was my first time (as if they didn’t already know) and asked for advice on where to stand. A couple awesome gals let me fold in behind them.

Second, be prepared to sweat and then sweat some more. It’s a mix of high intensity cardio on a step and weights – sometimes both at the same time. Lots of intervals to keep your heart rate up and tons of lunges & squats. Just when you think it’s over, you realize you still have another 30 minutes to go. Hard but totally worth it.

*The regular teacher, Annie, wasn’t there this week so I didn’t get the true experience. I’ll have to try and sneak back sometime.

* Tabata (Tuesdays at 4:30 pm)  & 20/20/20 (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm) with Jeff -  I’ve gone back to both of these because admittedly, I’m a cardio queen and I love how these get your heart rate up. Both incorporate weights though so it’s not all high knees and jumping jacks.

See what I thought of them the first time here.

Of the two, I prefer Tabata but I know I’ll be coming back to both since they really help get you into shape fast.

I’ve also stayed motivated by going with Grace (and occasionally Drew) to classes when I can. I know everyone says it but working out with a friend keeps you accountable. Also working out with a friend in crazy good shape gives you motivation and something to strive for. I highly recommend it.

When I haven’t been hitting up classes, I’ve been logging miles on my treadmill at home. Slowly but surely I’ll get the old body back.

One thing that’s really helped when it comes to fueling up post workout is a delicious smoothie. I’ve been making more at home because I got a NutriBullet (which is awesome) but my recipes have gotten a little boring. To help mix it up  I’m turning to my friend Erin, a registered dietician, who has a great Louisville-based food & nutrition blog called LouieNu. Erin’s blog is full of recipes that are both delicious and nutritious and this smoothie recipe is both. I’m trying to incorporate Chia seeds into more of my smoothies so this one is a new favorite.

Bananaberry Power Smoothie:

Need a quick pick-me-up or a new breakfast idea? This energy filled, protein packed smoothie recipe is one of my favorite go-to’s. Secret ingredient? Chia seeds! Full of fiber, they are great for keeping you…umm…regular.


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • 5.3oz container nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (Oikos used)
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • ½ cup fat-free milk


  • Combine (adding milk last) and blend

Nutrition: (makes 2 servings, per serving)

  • 180 Calories
  • 3g Fat
  • 0g Saturated Fat
  • 4mg Cholesterol
  • 89mg Sodium
  • 27g Carbohydrate
  • 5g Fiber
  • 11g Protein

Thanks for the recipe Erin! Before I go, here’s a little online weigh in:

Pre-Baby Weight: 140 lbs.

Weight at 40 Weeks: 205 lbs. (Yikes!)

Current Weight: 157 lbs
So I only lost a pound in the last two weeks which is crazy depressing BUT I’m not getting discouraged because despite what the scale says, my closet (or some of it) disagrees.  Clothes I couldn’t get in before now fit (woo hoo for things zipping to the top) and things that were a little tight are fitting much better. I also know things don’t change overnight so I’m sticking with it. I’m also going to try and lay off the cocktails poolside (and couchside and tableside) which will probably help things along.

17 more to go!

More of my work out favorites…


Disclosure: Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center has provided me with a discounted membership in exchange for sharing my opinion, information on classes and the occasional offer. All opinions expressed are my own and as always, I would never write about something I didn’t support or endorse.

Outfit Post: Party Stripes

No lie, I stalked this dress.

You’ve probably seen it before on Queen Bey, or other bloggers or when I originally posted it during the Derby dress of the day features. When I posted it, I thought about snagging it but since I am crazy indecisive, I didn’t immediately head to check out. Big mistake. I kept thinking about it but when I went to buy it, it was sold out. After adding my name to the wait list and checking back on the regular, it finally made it to my house.

Now it’s hanging up and on deck for a fancy summer wedding. The best part is that the simple stripes mean it has a longer shelf life than some of my bolder, brighter dresses. And the black and white version might not still be available but you can get it in a green & white stripe (looks way better than it sounds) here.

Black & White Stripe Dress: Topshop (black and white no longer available but available in green & white here); Shoes: Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack; Bracelet: Sole Society (old); Mint Stud Bag: Sole Society (seen here & here)

 Photos by Whitney Neal




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