On the days I work from home, I log about 12 hours at my little desk in the corner of our bedroom; on “non-working” days I’m online at least 4 hours researching for the blog and regular internetting. The convenience of working at home is offset by loooong conference calls – doodling on every piece of paper I can reach is getting old. I’m betting some of you can relate – whether working, browsing or just waiting on hold with the pediatrician’s office (seriously arrgh), lots of time is spent parked at your workspace. Whichever area of your home you spend lots of time should be your happy zone, and creative spaces especially should be beautiful and inspiring. Crumpled kleenex and assorted non-working pens do not a magical space create – I’ve got some better ideas for cool desk accessories that are beautiful, useful and just plain fun.
Based on reader comments/questions/etc., most of you are generally thrilled that flare jeans are having a moment. The biggest complaint, however, is footwear. We’re all kinda partial to flats (sneakers, in particular), and while I’ve tried to address the flares + flats combo in the past, there’s no doubt that heels and flares are a match made in sartorial heaven.
So. What would you say, dear readers, if I told you that I’ve found a pair of wedge boots that are as comfortable as my sneakers? Like really, seriously comfortable – Scotti babywears in hers – while being high enough to rock the flare? And that they’re both waterproof and warm?
Bold words, I KNOW.
Hi ladies! Still on a fitness kick over here, I’m psyched to write about a topic that’s quite literally near and dear to my heart: the search for a full-bust sports bra that’s actually cute and keeps the girls in check while running, zumba, hip hop yoga, or whatever activity you love. (Kind of surreal to hear the instructor calling out yoga poses over lyrics that would make your mama blush, but whatevs.) And by full-bust, we’re not talking C, D or even DD since those sizes are pretty easy to find from any major bra brand. We’re talking sports bras that can accommodate for-real full bust sizes, DDD and up. Supermamas that have the energy to work out while pregnant or nursing? I found some seriously good nursing sports bras for you, too.
Nothing’s more demotivating than feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious while you’re working out. Show of hands, anyone resorted to double-bagging? I can attest that’s neither effective nor a good look. After baby #1 I found an awesome Moving Comfort style and even starting running. Since it’s discontinued and also laughs in my face when I try to smoosh into it post-nursing baby #2, I’m shopping for myself, too and am only recommending bras I would actually buy.
Every weekend we’ve been heading up to Poconos to ski – both boys are in Blue Mountain’s ski racing program. It’s awesome. Raines skis for 5 hours each day (Sat and Sun), and Pax’s group (the tiniest ones) ski for 2 hours each day.
Which means….doing the math here….Mike and I get to ski alone for two hours each day. [cue hallelujah chorus]
Since we go so often, I’ve got the weekend packing down to a science. I could drone on and on about how to pack ski bags for each kid (hint: THESE), but instead I’ll focus on what I’m packing pour moi. I figure I can’t be the only one googling various iterations of “look cute and be warm ski weekend what to wear”.
Here’s what is currently working for me (as well as a – hopefully – helpful packing list):
Banana Republic has been getting a lot of love from me lately. (And cash. Let’s not forget the cash.) But what can I say? They’re killing it. And now, most of the pieces I’ve been drooling over are not just on sale….they’re on sale with an additional 50% off the already reduced prices.
If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine), you’ve already seen both of these pictures, but since I’m sooo behind on our Everyday Edit Series….I thought I’d throw them up here, since BR pieces were the “hero” pieces of each outfit. So to speak.
Top Picks From The Banana Republic Sale
ps. A workwear post is coming soon. Promise.
So around the 4th or 5th time that I had to be taken out of a class at the Y because Greenlea wouldn’t stop crying in tot watch, I knew something had to change. I wanted to get back in shape, but….how?
A few of my friends were posting on FB about “The 21 Day Fix” and how great they looked and felt and blah blah blah and I thought to myself, “yeah yeah, they look great . . . but I’d never stick to it. It’d be a waste of money,” and then I’d go back to my giant bowl of popcorn and glass of wine. One night I realized I had eaten an entire bowl of popcorn by myself (we’re talking a HUGE bowl…..with tons of butter if I’m being completely honest) while Zack was putting G down and I ordered the 21 Day Fix immediately after. HA!
I started the workouts the very next morning (using the on-demand feature because the DVD’s hadn’t arrived yet) and?
I loved it. I could do a workout in the morning (get it over with while G was eating her breakfast), and then be DONE for the day. Each workout is 30 minutes – that’s it. Even better: each exercise is 30-60 seconds and they have a timer for you to watch as you’re doing them. If the move was more difficult I’d be staring that timer down . . . but 60 seconds and it’s over!
I just do the workouts in the middle of my kitchen. It’s a small space, so you don’t need lots of room. You do need weights and a mat (and if you’re like me, you’ll need access to a door so you can run outside to cool off because you’ll be sweating your booty off).
Date night! They seem to be few and far between these days. But Sienna’s preschool had an amazing thing last week…PJ movie night at the school so the parents could have a night off! Brilliant. I vote more of these, for reals.
I’d been wanting to try these Gap Black Flares for a while. I was in the store the other day and Sienna was in a fairly good mood (also strapped into the stroller), so I thought I’d try them out. They are good. They are high rise, skinny through the leg and nicely flared. They didn’t have a petite length at the store, so I got regular, but they are really long. I have hem tape on them here, but I’ll have to hem them soon. And I promise it was sunny when we left the house…
Well, I gave birth last Thursday! (To the sweetest little chunkamunk, too. Seriously. This kid has been nothing but a little dream boat). I figured that it only makes sense that I pass on a special gift to you all, as a sort of “push present” (ha ha), to one of my favorite maternity lines. Isabella Oliver has seen me through many a day this long and…errr…wonderful pregnancy. When I didn’t know what to wear, because “F-ING F, I’m over maternity clothes!!”…Isabella Oliver. For that, I am indebted to them for life…or at least, my child bearing years.
So. I went ahead and selected my absolute favorites from their big sale for ya – some that I own and have actually worn and others that I wish I had and think would be a solid choice for any expectant mom to invest in (especially since they are at such a steal of a price at the moment).
Hello out there! Easing into your New Year’s workouts? I’m trying to be active but not beat myself up if I don’t get around to the perfect workout everyday. Here’s to more self-compassion in 2016!
Sooo….any other recovering perfectionists out there? I have to remember my main form of exercise right now is chasing around a toddler and that probably burns a decent number of calories! In addition to toddler-wrangling, I’ve also really been enjoying Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Day Bootcamp. Granted, I’m only on Day 5 and *should* be on Day 20…but…
Athleta. I did try on lots of great workout wear at Athleta (and got a parking ticket while doing so! Doh). It was worth it because they surprised me with some seriously good finds. If you haven’t shopped or perused Athleta before, they offer a mix of athletic wear and everyday clothing with a sporty-vibe.
One thing to note: I found their overall sizing really generous. I had to size down at least one size for pretty much everything I tried on. The sales associate let me know this as I was shopping, so that was really helpful. For example, I usually hover between and Small and Medium in general, but was a solid Small here, sometimes an XS. I will put the size at the end of each description, just for reference. Shout out to the helpful ladies at Athleta in the Pearl! Thank you so much for assisting me!
By the way, this post is not sponsored. It’s just me telling you what I think about the fit and style of their clothing. Here we go:
I found some great pieces for working out. I really loved their leggings. I tried both high rise and mid-rise, long and capri and they all felt very solid in construction and were great at holding in the mama tummy. They offer regular, petite and long lengths, too. I only tried the regulars, but think I might check out petite length for the full length leggings. I would definitely give their pants a try, among a few other pieces below…
Chi Top – Liked this for a basic, racerback workout top. The gray is nice with the bright pants. Size S
Spotlight Half Zip – This is one of the few tops I really liked. I’m wearing a small in this and it’s not quite as fitted as the model on the website’s is. If you really like fitted for running, you might size down even more. Size S
High Rise Quest Chaturanga Capri – I really really love this blue. Their capri pants also hit at a nice spot on my legs, I think. This is the high rise and it was a little too high rise for me, but this color is so good I would go with it! I also tried on the regular Chaturanga Capri and loved that rise better on me. Size XS