Outfit Post: Pumped Up Kicks

Lately I’ve been buying a lot of shoes – especially sneakers. Man oh man I love sneakers. Always have, always will.

I do think I may be treading into obsessive territory though. The other day Drew made me count out how many sneakers I’d bought in the last couple months. Let’s just say it’s more than a handful. {Insert monkey covering eyes emoji}

The deal on these New Balance 530’s at Madewell was too good to pass up. That’s the good thing about having giant feet – those size 10’s are usually the last ones left and hence, the most marked down. There had to be at least one benefit to having boat size feet.

Yeah I know they are kinda grandpa-ish but I had to have them. I bought them knowing I’d get more wear out of them this fall and although I’m not wishing away these (crazy) hot days, I can’t wait to break them out for football games and other weekend running around (but not actually going for a run).

If you think these are a little too old man for your style (I get that), I’ve rounded up some more options in both some fun color combos and some more traditional colors. If you do order a pair, I think they run a little big so I would order a half size down.

New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (4)Linen Tee from Dress & Dwell |  Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean | New Balance 530 Sneakers (see here and here for more of my New Balance love)

New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (2)New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (6)New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (5)New Balance 530 Women's Sneakers (7)Photos by Whitney Neal

Outfit Post + Fitness: Ready to Run

Oh hey Friday – good to see you again!

First off, thanks so much for all the great feedback on yesterday’s post. I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way and I’m committed to sharing a lot more of what reality looks like. Starting now.

I’ve been living in some form of this outfit for the last few weeks. I find that if I put workout clothes on, they pretty much shame me into actually working out. That’s a good way to motivate yourself right? Shame. I just imagine I have that mean nun lady from Game of Thrones following me around chanting “Shame, Shame, Shame.” Okay no I don’t but any chance I have to throw in a Game of Thrones reference must be seized.

I have this Nike tank in both white and red. I basically alternate them throughout the week with maybe one other option thrown in. I love them. My recommendation would be to size up though since I feel like they run a little snug. I try to rock them when I’m going to Orange Theory since I feel like I try to up my athleisure game when I’m out with others. When I’m just running in my basement, there’s not as much desire to dress to impress (or not horrify others – either way).

I also got a lot of comments on this backpack on Instagram so I wanted to make sure I shared the details. It’s Spartina 449 and is so great. I’ve used it as a workout bag and to schlep around work stuff. It’s perfect for either since it’s big with lots of pockets. I can foresee carrying this when traveling with the kiddos too since it can fit a ton of their random crap along with my essentials. Basically, I am on the backpack train and not ashamed to admit it.

And lastly, I want to ask you guys for some advice. I love Orange Theory but want to incorporate some other workouts in to my routine. I heard from a friend that CycleBar is coming to town and one of my friends is teaching Pure Barre so I thought I might give that another go (feel like I could use a little more toning in my routine). I’ve also considered trying out boxing. Basically, I’m up for anything just want to make sure I go to the right spots and try out the best instructors. So send the recs my way.

Nike Running Tank (on sale in red now for $20 – here’s the link to the black & white one; love this one too)  | Aerie Move 7/8 Leggings (these are awesome and a great price) | Spartina 449 Backpack c/o | S’well Water Bottle | Nike Free RN Sneakers | FitBit Surge Photos by Whitney Neal

Outfit Post: Summer Stripe Dress

This weekend went by too fast. I’m sure a lot of you are like, “whatever, you’re on maternity leave – isn’t every day the weekend?” And to that I say, I wish. With two other small fries to deal with there hasn’t been much sleeping in or leisurely days. I will say it is significantly less stressful than a day at the office though so while the weekend may be over, at least I am not behind a desk… yet. Two more weeks and counting. Tear.

Speaking of work, I bought this striped dress a few weeks back when I had to head back in to work for the Ali project and had absolutely no work appropriate clothes that fit post-baby. Cue an emergency run to the mall for work pants and tops that covered up the mid-section. This J.Crew stripe dress made it into the mix but I didn’t end up wearing that week at work. Instead I’ve been grabbing it whenever I just don’t feel like (or more accurately, it’s just too damn hot for) jeans.  It’s crazy comfy but makes you look like you’ve got it together (or maybe that’s just my wishful thinking). Better yet, it’s one of those closest staples that will easily transition to fall with booties and a knit cardigan. Best news of all, it’s on sale. It comes in a white/navy combo that I am thinking of snatching up.

Keeping it short today so I can catch up on all the laundry I let fall on the wayside over the weekend but I’d be a jerk friend to let this post go by without mentioning the opening of SET at Theatre Square downtown on 4th street, right across from The Palace. We had a chance to check it out on Friday before it opens on July 18th thanks to my friend/colleague Joey Wagner, who is one of the owners. We tried as much as our table would hold (no joke, one of the runners jokingly gave us a hard time about all the stuff we tried) and it was all amazing. My favorites – the chicken and waffles, slugger sliders (they come on a platter made out of a Louisville Slugger bat) and the Kings Hawaiian Bread Pudding.

If you’re in Louisville, make plans to stop in sometime this summer. Or stop in for drinks before or after a show at The Palace or Mercury Ballroom, they’ll have DJ’s playing every night and the drinks are really good (and not all bourbon based/themed). We tried the Moscow Mule and the ‘Run All Night’ which was a fancier vodka/Red Bull – it’s a mix of ruby red grapefruit vodka and yellow Red Bull (which is surprisingly so so good) plus a couple other ingredients I don’t remember. So good.

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt DressJ. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress * Denim Jacket J.Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress | Paige Denim Jacket (old, similar here) | White Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers | Ray-Bans c/o Ditto (get your first month of sunglasses free with code LOUWHATWEAR)
More Striped Dresses: 

J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress + Denim JacketWhite Superga Sneakers J. Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress
Stripes and Superga Sneakers * J.Crew Stripe Dress

Denim and Stripes * J.Crew Stripe DressPhotos by Whitney Neal 

Outfit Post: Basics and Blue

Summer is supposed to be a time to slow down, right? I’m going to need a tutorial on how to make that happen because this summer has been busier than ever and I’m not even back at work full-time yet.

I’m not complaining because it’s been filled with lots of good stuff but I’ve struggled with enjoying all the little stuff because it seems like we’re always rushing to the next activity, pick-up or event. I’m craving one of those long, slow summer weekend days – preferably without rain. Fingers crossed for this weekend.

Maybe if I’m lucky, that day can end with a date night or dinner with friends. I already have my outfit ready. I wore this simple combo a couple weeks back for a dinner date. I know every blogger and their mother has these shoes but I couldn’t help but buy them – the blue color was too good. I bought them back when I was waiting for Blake to arrive so I was pumped to finally take them for a spin.  Unfortunately they’re sold out now but there’s no shortage of fun fringe heels out now and I’ve linked to a bunch – including some on sale.

Peasant Blouse (seen before here) | Dark Skinny Jeans (on sale for under $60 – love these and will be great for fall)  | Fringe Heels (similar here, more below)  – All Banana Republic 
Vineyard Vines Silver Dipped Clutch – on sale for an extra 50% off now

Photos by Whitney Neal

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