Outfit Post: Watercolored

This weekend was a whirlwind.

Grace {A Southern Drawl} and I hit the road on Friday and headed to Atlanta for the Southern Blog Society Conference. It was a lot of fun but also felt like sorority rush on acid. Lots of catching up with friends and meeting a ton of new people. It’s always a strange thing to really meet people that you’ve “met” online through blogs, instagram and other assorted social media. That being said it was great to finally put names, faces and voices all together and after a weekend jam packed with activities (plus twelve hours in the car), I’m spent. I’ll do a full recap later this week once I’ve recovered and more importantly, unpacked but you can see a little of what we were up to over here.

I actually wore this outfit last week when we were in New York for the wedding. It was perfect to transition from wandering the streets and exploring to grabbing a casual dinner on our free day before all the wedding events. I bought this skirt as part of my wishful thinking shopping while pregnant so I was pumped to get into it.

And fellow Kentucky fans, how great is this bag? My friends and I joke about finding things in “the right color,” that perfect shade of UK blue and this fits the bill. Not only is the color on point but it’s just the right size to fit everything you need without being too big or bulky. It may just be the Goldilocks of bags.

 Floral Skirt * Chambray Tank * Cobalt Blue Bag * Casual Summer Outfit (4)Floral Print Skirt: J.Crew Factory; Chambray Tank: TJ Maxx; Belt: J.Crew; Blue Tassel Bag: c/o Galian; Sandals: X*Appeal c/o Rack Room Shoes

Galian Cobalt Blue Bag * Kentucky Blue Bag * Floral Print Details Floral Skirt * Chambray Tank * Cobalt Blue Bag * Casual Summer Outfit (1)Floral Skirt * Chambray Tank * Cobalt Blue Bag * Casual Summer Outfit (6)Images: Whitney Neal Photography

 This skirt is sold out (lame I know) but here’s some more floral options…

Fitness: The Perfect Playlist

Last time we talked fitness I had just joined Milestone Wellness and was starting up some of their {crazy plethora of} classes. Well now I’m about a month in and it’s no exaggeration to say that it was love at first ride when it came to Rhythm Ride. I definitely think it’s helping me get my legs back in shape (and when I say back in shape, I mean fitting in my jeans) but more than that it’s really helped me start to feel more like my old self.

One of my favorite parts of the class has been the music. Everyone knows that great tunes will help you work out harder and longer but finding the perfect playlist to match your workout can be a bit of a challenge.  Instructors are full of great playlists but outside of the friendly class confines, switching from song to song, artist to artist in your library can be a total workout buzzkill.

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I can’t make it to Milestone every day but thankfully I have a treadmill at home that I’ve been using to supplement my work outs. I’m not what you would call a “runner,” I prefer quick sprints (shout-out to Ransom Everglades 4×100 team) to long runs so music is key to keeping me going.

To fill the void, I thought it would be fun to ask the instructors what are some of their favorite work out songs. And since I just can’t help myself, I’ve added in some of my old and new favorites.

I’m really into making Spotify playlists now (blame it on this) so I created one as kind of a library of work out jams. Think of it as a starting point for you to create your own perfect playlist … and then after you do, send it to me on Spotify. No seriously, send it over.

Louisville friends…

I’ve had some friends join Milestone lately and they’ve asked me about which classes I’ve tried and liked. Other than Rhythm Ride (kind of like their version of Soul Cycle), I’ve tried Jeff’s  20/20/20, Tabata and Tabata Basic (promise I will try other instructors soon). Here’s a quick run-down:

* 20/20/20: If you’ve tried and loved Insanity, you’ll love this class. The first twenty minutes are like Pure Cardio, the second twenty are like Power Cardio and the last twenty are a little bit of sculpting. This class kicked my ass but I loved it. It went by pretty quick too. Also, I know guys can be timid about work out classes (too many chicks), this one was a pretty equal split. So go with your guy.

* Tabata: I love Tabata because I have little to no endurance (see the earlier sprinting comment) but I love quick bursts of exercises with small breaks in between. That’s what Tabata is all about. Rounds of eight exercises split into 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. The class went by really quick, the music was great and I was sweating buckets.

* Tabata Basic: You may think this sounds like an intro to Tabata but it’s not really like that (although it is a good way to prepare for the sets if you’ve never done it before). This class includes more targeted exercises with weights. My legs are still sore from all the lunges, squats and other assorted moves. If you’re thinking this might be an easy, light work out – think again. It’s tough (in a good way). Shout out to Rachel, who I met in the class/stood behind her and tried to keep up, who reads the blog! Great meeting you!

Want to join me for a class sometime (or just try out a couple classes on your own)? I’ve got a few day passes to share with readers interested in giving it a go.  Email me danielle@louwhatwear.com and I’ll send one your way.

Before I go, here’s a little online weigh in:

Pre-Baby Weight: 140 lbs.

Weight at 40 Weeks: 205 lbs. WOOF

Current Weight (7 weeks post-baby): 158 lbs.

18 more to go!

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? Head over here or email Priscilla at 502-753-7558 or email her (pdespain @ baptistmilestone.com).


Styling: DIY Pom-Pom Denim Shorts

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When it comes to getting crafty, I fall squarely on the aspirational side. If you follow me on pinterest, you may see lots of DIY inspiration but when it comes to actually making stuff – I really want to but rarely actually do. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

But then maternity leave happened and my DIY schedule opened up a little bit so I was game when Sauza asked me to get crafty and whip up a pair of jean shorts (or if you prefer, jorts). So I made myself a little margarita and got crafty (drinking and crafting may sound like a bad idea but it actually made me chill out on trying to get everything perfect and then getting discouraged). Lately I’ve been on a bit of a pom-pom kick (me and everyone else it seems) so I thought it would be fun to embellish a pair of shorts with a some of the preppy trim. I love lace embellished jean shorts so I figured pom-poms would be just as sweet. For once, I was right.

I’ll keep the writing short so we can get down to the directions but it’s worth noting that I took a little bit of a shortcut when it came to crafting my own jorts. Unlike this guy, I bought my jorts pre-made but it would be just as easy (and more economical) to make your own pair from an old pair of jeans (pick a pair that are a little too big now – they’ll make for the perfect loose/relaxed jean shorts).

Materials & Cost:
* White and Denim Cut-Off Jean Shorts from Target: $15 per pair x 2 =  $30 total
So I bought these two pairs in a size 9 thinking they would totally fit. Yeah, I was wrong. It’s going to be a couple more weeks before I actually get to wear these. My b.

* 2 Yards Each of White and Teal Small Pom-Pom Trim from Jo-Ann Fabric: $4.99/yard -x 4 yards = $20 total
There are two sizes of pom-pom trim. I went with the smaller, more petite version which I thought would be easier to work with and would be less likely to snag or get messed up. This one is similar but it will be easier to find in the store.

* One Pack of Stitch Witchery No-Sew Tape from Jo-Ann Fabrics: $3.99 total
* An Iron
* Wet Rag

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Oh and a cocktail…obviously. For this easy at home margarita, I mixed Sauza Blue Tequila with Sparkling Limeade and garnished with berries. Delish!

Get Crafty:

Step One: Measure out the pom-pom trim to the leg opening on your shorts. Give yourself an extra half inch or inch JUST IN CASE. DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (8)Step Two: Get all your gear together on your ironing board. Turn on your iron to the Wool setting. Truth be told: my iron just has numbers (they go up to 6) so I set mine around 5. After a few rounds, the hotter temperature worked best. DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (7)Step Three:  Starting at the crotch, measure out enough of the Stitch Witchery tape for the back end of the jeans. I figured out after doing a couple pairs that starting at the seam in the crotch is the best way to hide the overlap.

Place the pom-pom trim over the tape. I used the stitching on the jeans as my guide but I would just make sure they were high enough to adhere to the jeans but low enough to hang out a little over the fringe. Don’t be worried about the tape that’s not attached to the fabrics messing up the jeans, it will melt away.
DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (6)Step Four: Get a damp rag and place it over the fabrics. I used a standard kitchen rag. I found that the adhesive worked best when the rag was really wet. After a few failed attempts, I ended up heading back to the sink for each round with the iron.

Hold the iron down on the fabrics for at least 10 seconds but more like 30 seconds. DO NOT run the iron back and forth instead pick it up and move it from section to section. Peel back the rag and check the trim. If it hasn’t fully adhered, reapply the rag and hit it with the iron again.
DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (5)Step Five: Continue on the front of the jean shorts using the same technique. Don’t forget to re-wet the rag in between each ironing session. Make sure to pull the leg taught to ensure there are no gaps or weird spacing issues.  DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (4)Step Six: Continue until the trim meets up. You can have it overlap a tiny bit to make sure there is total coverage. Also, if there are remenants of the stitch tape, wait until it cools are peel off.

Tip – If there are any sections that didn’t stick, just measure out a small piece of the Stitch Witchery, slip it under the trim, place the rag on top and go at it again with the iron. DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (3) Step Seven: Flip the shorts inside out and run the iron along the trim again. DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (2)Step Eight: Flip the shorts back, let them dry and VOILA! You’ve created an adorable pair of embellished pom-pom trim denim shorts. Enjoy! DIY Pom-pom Denim Shorts * Lou What Wear * DIY Jean Shorts (1)
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So what do you guys think? I thought about possibly adding a little of the extra trim to the back pockets or the tiny front pocket but in the end, decided against it. I preferred the simple look but if you wanted to go all out, I think it would look cute especially on the white pair. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out – now I just need to fit into them (poor planning on my part).  Louisville gals, these would be perfect for Forescastle Festival next week.

If you decide to make a pair – let me know how it goes in the comments or tag me in a pic of them on Instagram.

Ever think you could make jorts with a cowboy? Here’s your chance to meet a man who crafts his heart out. Okay, so maybe he’s not the best DIY-er. But what he lacks in cutting skills, he more than makes up for when he makes the perfect Sauza-rita. Watch him in action for ideas for your next ladies’ night in: http://bit.ly/1juaLln.

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