Fitness: Resolution 2015 – Run the Derby Festival Mini-Marathon

So let’s get this out of the way quick. I totally bailed on the fitness posts for a while. In all honestly, getting to the gym is HARD these days. Anyone who’s busy knows the drill. For me, the classes I love are normally at a time that I can’t make – either in the middle of the day or in that 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. range. The latter would be perfect if I didn’t have those kiddos to pick up but all that running around has me not wanting to leave my house once I make it there. I also am insanely envious of the midday work out crew. My hair is totally uncooperative and the hustle to and from the office gives me a mild anxiety attack. TMI? Sorry.

My saving grace has been my treadmill and Apple TV. When we bought the treadmill Drew assured me that I would stop using it after a couple months and we’d be begging someone to buy it on Craigslist. I think we’ve had it for almost two years now and I use it at least times a week. Love it so much. Convenient, allows me to catch up on the TV shows I have to watch solo (there are a bunch) while also allowing me the keep an eye on those little people. When the thought of running gives me the sads, I’m not embarrassed to say that I crank on Apple TV and do Zumba videos. I found this bad ass instructor out of Seattle who posts videos of her classes on You Tube. Her name is Medora and her Dance Fitness videos are the best ever.   If you like to shake your groove thing but are nervous about hitting up a class, Medora has come to save you. I like to make my own class with my favorite songs but she’s also posted a full class that you can do here.

That dance break aside, the reason I’ve been trying to run more isn’t just so I can catch up on my DVR. I signed up, along with my friends Caitlin and Hayley, to run the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon this year. I’ve always been one to throw out a “aw hell no” when it comes to running a marathon (I still can’t come to terms with the people running when it is snowing/raining/sleeting outside – you are not the Postal Service, you can take the day off), but this year I’ve decided to cross it off my bucket list. This is going to be a challenge since the most I’ve ever run consecutively without stopping is like four miles. So there may be a few walking breaks during the 13.1 miles but I’m committed to finishing it. I’m sure there are some experienced runners out there reading this (and laughing) so if you have any tips – please share – I’m gonna need all the help I can get.

To stay committed I’ve got my two friends to help keep me motivated, the fact that I put this out in the universe and a Fitbit that monitors my every step (pretty obsessed with it right now). I’ve also bought way more running gear cause I figure if you look good, or at least better than old college shirts and ratty gym shorts, you’ll feel good and get off your butt. Seriously, putting on workout gear is half the battle. Once I’m in the clothes, I make myself get moving.

Lately I’ve been scooping up lots of the GapFit work out gear. The quality is awesome and the sales are even better. Oh and you can’t see it really well in these pics but on these pants but there is this awesome stripe detail down the legs that I am obsessed with. Makes me feel like I have a clue what I’m doing when we all know I have no idea.

GapFIT Gray Running Hoodie and Black Leggings (similar)
Nike LunarGlide 6 Running Shoes in White Flash/Liquid Lime (which is also now my new running nickname)p.s. Gap is offering 30% off today so this gear is on sale! 

Photos by Whitney Neal

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Beauty: The Hunt for Red Perfection

I am a little ashamed to admit this but Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor has me on my own quest. No, not one for a hunky farmer or the cure for daddy issues – the hunt for the perfect red lipstick. That Kaitlyn with her cool-girl crop top, messy waves and perfectly paired shade of red lipstick has me spending way more time than necessary in the drugstore beauty aisle. Well, I mostly spend too much time there because I’ve snuck out of the house to run a legitimate errand but then I dawdle to take advantage of 15 minutes of time alone (yeah this whole two kids thing makes being by yourself a luxury item and yes I realize how bleak that sounds), but that’s neither here nor there. Back to the lipstick.

Image Source (clockwise from top left):
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (via Little Blonde Book) | 6 |

 I’ve rounded up some red lip inspiration along with some shades to try. Now I’m no lipstick expert so these are just options I like (that’s what you get around here – random crap I like with little to no expert opinion, you’ve been warned). My recommendation/advice (which I clearly need to take myself) would be to hit up the mall for some professional help at Sephora or one of the department stores.When it comes to wearing red lipstick you’ve got to have confidence, so you don’t want to be rocking something you may feel unsure about. You may have to  spend a couple more bucks but you’ll be more likely to wear something that has been paired just for you.

If you want some more qualified advice, The Beauty Department has a great breakdown of great shades for every skin tone. And if you have any favorites/recommendations, leave them in the comments!

10 foolproof red lipsticks

Row 1: Nars ‘Jungle Red’ | Stila ‘Beso’ | Beauty Counter ‘Scarlet’ | Bobbi Brown ‘Red Carpet’ | Chanel ‘Pirate’ 
Row 2: Revlon ‘Fire & Ice’ | Rimmel Kate ‘#1′ | MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ | Dior ‘Trafalgar’ | Tom Ford ‘Cherry Lush’ 

Outfit Post: Duck Duck Goose

Sorry I couldn’t help it with the post title.

Can we all agree that this winter has been weird? You’d think that someone who grew up in Florida would hate the cold. Here’s the thing though, I love it. Maybe it’s because I missed out on it for all those years so now I’m hoping to make up for lost time. Last year’s snowpocalypse – loved it. Yeah I got a little tired of it at the end but I live for a good snow day. So can we get some more of those please?

Those snow days also just serve as another chance to wear my duck boots. But who I am kidding? I wear them when it’s raining, when it’s cold and when I’m too lazy to go find socks (don’t hate on my boots with the fur). I also just sang the previous sentence to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” so you’re getting a look into my weird train of though along with this outfit post. You’re welcome.

In other news, last night I finally tried Feast in Nulu with two of the most talented people I know – Whitney Neal and Jaclyn Journey. If I could just camp out in their studio a couple days a week, I’m sure that I’d be infinitely more creative and cool. I also think they would kick me out after about two hours. Hey, a girl can dream. Seriously though, Louisville peeps – if you haven’t been to Feast, go now. Delicious bbq and loaded tater tots. I’m such a sucker for good tots.

Stripe Puffer Vest: LOFT (this one just sold out but I have & love this polka dot one too); Buffalo Check Shirt: J.Crew (found it in the boy’s department); Jeans: Gap; Duck Boots: Sperry Top-Sider; Sunglasses: Sole Society; Bag: Sole Society (similar here)Photos by Whitney Neal

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