Guest Post: Out of Office

Promise I have a more random Tuesday planned than you (obviously I have no idea if that’s actually true but I’m going out on a limb).

Before school starts (can you really call it that when your kid is three?) I’m taking my little man to Holiday World for a day of rides and splashing around. Nothing like asking your boss for an odd Tuesday off. I’m also taking the day off over here but I’m not leaving the blog high & dry. I’m filling in for another friend who’s also on the run from the real world (although her trip to the beach is a little more exciting) – Katie of Out + Outfit.

Head over there to see a round up of my favorite sneaker style looks.

Shopping: Now & Later

If your inbox is anything like mine you’ve been inundated with sale emails lately. End of summer, pre-fall, friends and family – whatever they call it, stores have been handing out some big mark-downs to get you shopping. I’ve been trying to avoid the lure but it’s hard not to take a look.

I may not be in the majority when I say that I’m not ready for summer to be over – I love those long summer pool days, warm temperatures and all the fun outdoor activities that go along with them. That being said, I’m done buying the warm weather clothes that accompany the good times but I’m also not on the hunt for jackets, boots and other fall essentials just yet. It’s a little hard for me to want to buy cool weather gear when it’s a toasty 90 degrees outside (and don’t even get me started with how humid it is).

So when I’ve been browsing those sale racks (both in real life and online), I’ve kept my focus on looking for items that can work for now and later.I’ve rounded up a few things that you can easily work into your wardrobe now but that will work long into the fall months.

now & laterASOS Sheer Cut Out Dress | ASOS Heels (from top to bottom – 1 | 2 | 3 ) | 7 For All Mankind Pencil Skirt  (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE) |
Leith Oversized T-Shirt | French Connection Booties | Mother ‘The Looker’ Skinny Jeans (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE)
Most of the items on the list are pretty self-explanatory and all of them are under $200 (most are under $100). The only higher priced items are the denim and booties – which when you think about the cost per wear, end up not breaking the bank. I’m planning on investing in a great pair of booties again this fall because the last two pairs I’ve had, I’ve worn down to the point of total destruction. Seriously, I bought a pair two years ago that I wore so much that the top edges began unraveling.
I’ve also made sure to only include options that can be both dressed up and down. Like this dress could easily pair with a light jacket – like this one – and flat boots for day; pair it with a simple pair of heels and a blazer for work; or add strappy sandals for a night out.
And since I couldn’t help but do a little looking ahead, this faux leather jacket, with the waterfall front, is now firmly atop my wish list.

Fitness: What to Wear to Cycling

Even when they are rainy ones, Fridays are pretty great. I’m two weeks back into work and I must admit it’s been difficult to sneak visits to the gym in while trying to balance work and the kids (how freaking weird is it that kids is plural – so so weird).

One thing that’s been extremely helpful is the childcare at Milestone Wellness Center. Seven bucks for up to two hours is pretty great and way cheaper than a babysitter. It’s also lets you be on your own time and not worry about running late because you’re waiting for the sitter to get there. Instead, if you’re like me, you’re just late because on your own accord.

Another thing that’s been clutch is the new evening classes they’ve added at Milestone. If you’ve passed on joining because you can’t make it to a 4:30 pm (or even 5:30 pm) class, you’re in luck. They’ve alredy made some adjustments and will continue to do so in the next few weeks to accommodate the younger, working members.

The best addition to the evening line-up has been Rhythm Ride with Jeff at 7pm on Mondays. Before this past Monday, the only time you could take this class was during the day which has meant I haven’t made it to the class very much in the last couple weeks. Now I’m planning on making it a weekly ritual right alongside my other new Monday night addiction, Bachelor in Paradise (don’t even get me started on how great/trashy/ridiculous this show is – I LOVE it).

After one ride, I knew that I needed to invest in some new gear since you can’t sport your typical running shorts to this class – way too much chaffing for that. Since Rhythm Ride is basically an adaptation of Soul Cycle and since cycling is having a bit of a moment right now (sorry I know it’s so cheesy to say that but it’s true), I thought I’d put together some recommendations on what to wear to make sure you’re clothes don’t slow you down.

cycling class

Jacket + Shoes: Nike ‘Tech’ Hooded Fleece Jacket  |Nike ‘Free 5.0 TR Fit 4′ Training Shoe (Women)
Tops: Nike ’3D’ Mesh Racerback Tank |Nike Dri-FIT Touch Club Side-Tie Women’s Training Top | Under Armour ‘Twisted Tech’ Short Sleeve Tee |

Pants: Nike ‘Legendary Horizon’ Dri-FIT Training Capris  Zella ‘Live In’ Reversible Leggings Nike ‘Legend – Zigzag’ Dri-FIT Capris
Outift:
Nike Dri-FIT Touch Club Side-Tie Women’s Training Top | Nike Pro Loops and Lines Women’s Capris | Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Printed Women’s Training Shoe

I love that at the gym you can be a little more out there with bright colors and crazy prints. Pants are a must at cycling and I like going with a looser tee. You’re going to be sweating like crazy so I feel like a looser top keeps me a little cooler. You also won’t be jumping up and down so you don’t have to worry about exposed midriff.

Look for more features like this as I explore more classes. Speaking of exploring new classes, I tried Bootcamp with Johnathan and loved it. It’s like working out with a personal trainer in a small group setting. I’ll definitely be going back.

Time for the stats:

Pre-Baby Weight: 140 lbs.

Weight at 40 Weeks: 205 lbs. WOOF

Current Weight (11 weeks post-baby): 155 lbs
Despite the fact that the scale says I’m only down another 3 lbs, I’m definitely noticing a change in my body. Clothes are fitting WAY better. I’m back into some of the 6′s in my closet and a pair of 28 stretch jeans fit  (please note they were stretch). More importantly, I’m feeling really good. Still need to try and do a better job with food (and drink) choices but I’m on the right track. 

15 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? Call  Priscilla at 502-753-7558 or email her (pdespain @ baptistmilestone.com).

 

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