Outfit Post: Black and White

Do you ever feel like you have days where you’re crazy busy but accomplish little to nothing on your to-do list? I feel like I’m having one of those weeks. I either need more hours in the day or something to help me get laser focused. Can anyone help me out? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Anyways, on to today’s better late than never post…

As much as I love sneakers, I have avoided grabbing a pair of classic chucks (despite being constantly envious of how cute they look on Beth) since I think they accentuate my already epically large feet. But when Rack Room Shoes gave me the chance to pick a pair of shoes for a post, I figured it might be worth giving them another go. I’m glad I did since I needed a new pair of fresh white sneaks and these are pretty perfect with jeans.

But rather than go the standard jeans and tee route, I thought I’d switch it up and go all black & white with this causal look. Perfect for running around on a fall weekend* – polished enough for errands, comfy enough for lazy football watching on the couch. These Lysse leggings are pretty freaking fabulous too since they come with a built in tummy panel to help hold everything in – perfect for this post-baby bod.

* Speaking of fall weekend plans, this weekend Dress & Dwell is hosting their 3rd Annual Fall Flea. It’s making the move from the farm to downtown New Albany so there’s no excuse not to head over there to hunt for some antiques and other fun finds. All the details here. Check out my trip to last year’s event here.

Lysee Leggings (2)Black & White Tee: J.Crew (bought earlier this year but this sweatshirt is similar); Vegan Leather Panel Leggings: c/o Lysse; Converse Sneakers: c/o Rack Room Shoes; Necklace: BaubleBar (sold out but this one is the same color palette) ; Black Crossbody Bag: Sole Society (from last year but this year’s version is really similar)

I realized I’m a total fail today on providing links to the actual products – except the leggings & sneakers. So sorry about that but trying to shop the closet (#budgetprobs). Lysee Leggings (3)Lysee Leggings (5)Images by Whitney Neal.





Fitness: Back at It

The last couple weeks my schedule has been all out of whack. Drew travels for work every once in a while but it’s seemed like it’s been a little more frequent of late. Those trips usually mean my schedule can get thrown for a loop. And by a loop, I mean I turn around and it’s 9:00 p.m. and I’m still in the disheveled remnants of what I wore to work and I’m eating the leftovers of whatever noodles I made D3 for dinner. To make a long story much, much shorter, it basically means it’s hard to find time to work out.

Thankfully in the last few days I’ve been able to get back into some sort of a routine and back into classes at Milestone. Louisville gals – they have added a bunch of classes after 5 pm in the last month. This is HUGE for me and I know it’s great for all the other 9 to 5 (or 8 to 6) people out there. The new 20/20/20 on Thursdays at 6: 30 pm may be my new favorite thing. And last night’s Rhythm Ride (Mondays at 7 pm) wore me out – in the best way possible.

For me, variety is key. I get bored if I do the same class (with the same music) time after time. So keeping things different (and the ridiculous amount of different classes available) has helped me stick with it. When I can’t make it into the gym, I’ve been mixing up running on the treadmill with (big time confession here – don’t judge) doing zumba to this one instructor I found on YouTube who I am obsessed with. Her name is Medora Cesarano, she teaches in Seattle and if I ever make it to Washington – the first thing I’m doing (okay maybe not the first thing) is going to one of her classes. LOVE. Also, I just found a link on her Facebook page where you can view entire classes. Day Made.

Next time I post, I’m hoping to have accomplished a personal goal of FINALLY trying one of the Pilates Reformer classes at Milestone. And possibly take a complete 180 from that and try out their new Crossfit classes (seriously they’ve got all the classes there). If you’re into Crossfit but don’t want to join a gym that solely focuses on that, there’s a pretty great giveaway going on right now that you’re going to want to enter. More details below.

Nike Tank | Gap Leggings | Nike Free Running Shoes

Throughout the month of September you can enter to win 8 CrossFit sessions and a 3-month membership.
This contest is open to both members and non-members. Ends 9/26. Enter here.

Milestone is still offering free classes on Wednesday evenings in September as part of being selected as lululemon’s studio of the month. You can still check out these classes taught on every Wednesday in September at 7:30 PM by Jeff:

* September 17: Tabata
* September 24: 20/20/20 (mix of Tabata, Shred and Power Sculpt)

Time for the stats:

Pre-Baby Weight: 140 lbs.

Weight at 40 Weeks: 205 lbs. WOOF

Current Weight (16 weeks post-baby): 151 lbs

11 more to go! It’s slow going folks. I’m gonna get there soon though (fingers crossed).

Disclosure: Baptist 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. Ready to sign-up? Call  Priscilla at 502-753-7558 or email her (pdespain @ baptistmilestone.com).

Outfit Post: Short Stripe

Monday kind of snuck up on me. I’m on a mission to do some fall cleaning/organizing/purging so I spent most of my weekend trying to get stuff done. It was nice to have a weekend without a ton of plans especially since the next few are looking to be pretty jam packed with happy happenings (wedding, baby shower, engagement parties) and work stuff.

And I know everyone is all excited for fall but it’s still pretty warm around here (think brisk mornings, warm days) so I haven’t quite shed the shorts and dresses for layers and denim. I wore this last weekend for a impromptu football game watching party at a friends house. Speaking of football, I’m still sore about that Kentucky vs. Florida game on Saturday. 3OT’s?!?! I definitely thought this might be the year that they broke that ridiculously long losing streak. Oh well.

Anyways, Isnagged this blazer months ago as one of those “when I’m not pregnant” purchases and it’s been making up for lost time lately.This loafers are making another appearance too. When I bought them I figured I’d be wearing them with mostly basic black and other basics but I’ve found I’m pairing them with just about everything in my closet. And fellow Cats fans, if you’re in need of something in the right color – this bag is it. Perfect color, perfect size.

Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (4)Stripe Blazer: Gap (no longer available in this color, similar here); Chambray Tank: Cloth & Stone found at TJMaxx (seen here); Denim Shorts: Gap; Leopard Loafers: Madewell (similar here, seen before here); Cobalt Bag: c/o Galian Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (2)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (3)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (1)
Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (5)Photos by Whitney Neal.

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