When I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is “what do I write about” (after coffee of course). I’m sure other bloggers feel the same way I do when they feel like there isn’t anything to write about. It’s basic writer’s block. What do we do to get past this? We find inspiration! This is mine for the day and I hope this will inspire you too! Sparkles, pinks, golds, and Vogue of course make for a big smile on my face and a renewed sense of what I love!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was restful and you’re enjoying the start to a new week. Since it’s getting chillier outside I thought I should create a new outfit for outdoor exercising that is not only functional but full of pink! I’m not a runner or even athletic, but I know what a new workout outfit can do to lift the spirits and encourage us to get outside and shed the pounds.
I also figured that since it’s Monday and much easier to start a new routine at the beginning of the week that I’d send you all a short, easy workout to do! Don’t start groaning, it isn’t that bad I promise. You can do this before you shower at the end of the day or whenever you have time.
-2 Sets of 12 lunges
-3 sets of 10 butt lifts
-2 sets of 10 leg lifts (on each leg)
-2 sets of 7 triceps lateral extensions (per arm)
-2 sets of 20 ab crunches (use stability ball if you have back problems like I do)
Even though this workout is by no means what it will take to look like Jillian Michaels, at least its something! If I try to commit to doing too much (i.e. an hour workout everyday) I will without a doubt quit after two days. Simple and slow is easier at first until it becomes part of your daily habits. You can add more later when you feel that you’re ready!
Oh Sunday, you were meant for church in the morning and a relaxing day with a pretty drink in the afternoon. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere really pretty for lunch on a Sunday. When I lived in Washington, D.C. there were so many places to go that had lovely views of the river and great food! It was particularly enjoyable during the summer. Everyone was out with friends and family. People would come to eat after docking their boats. It was the life!
For those of you who don’t live near such awesome places, here are two recipes that you might enjoy for a Sunday afternoon! Tip: add Jack Johnson music for a great atmosphere!
4 pints grape tomatoes, red or mixed colors
1 1/2 cups small-diced red onion (2 onions)
1/4 cup good white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 pounds feta cheese
Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley and toss well. Dice the feta in 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes, crumbling it as little as possible. Gently fold it into the salad and serve at room temperature.
*Add saltwater crackers for balance
1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco or French Champagne, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced
1 lime, zested and thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
5 fresh mint sprigs
Mint Simple Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
In a large pitcher, combine the Prosecco, orange juice, Mint Simple Syrup, lemon zest, and lime zest. Add the sliced strawberries, lemon slices, lime slices, and mint sprigs.
Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top. Serve immediately.
Mint Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.
Yield: 2 1/2 cups
I must confess a little something to all of you: I stress eat. I didn’t think I did but after a very anxiety inducing few months, I’ve gained a few pounds. 5 to be exact. It makes me so angry! I worked hard to lose weight a few months ago and came back on. I’m sure those of you who stress eat like I do know what I’m talking about. The struggle is real.
Instead of stress eating I’ve come up with an alternative that essentially does the same thing; I call it stress drinking and here’s why it will work:
We eat too much when we don’t have anything to do with our hands while we think about our problems for hours on end. Holding a bottle of water (not alcohol for those of you who were hoping stress drinking included that) will keep our hands in motion and out of the pantry. That’s half the battle right? We have to make this method attractive though, so there’s a few things you’ll need.
-A pretty water bottle
-Strawberries, lemon, or cucumber
The pretty water bottle will just encourage you to drink the water because mentally it makes the idea of water more exciting than it really is. The enhancers make the water actually exciting. The fruit is for when you get bored of the enhancer, which you will.
My favorite enhancers are fruit punch and raspberry lemonade flavors. Crystal Light makes a pretty good one!
I’m hoping this method works for me and you as well. I don’t want to gain weight especially with all the holiday parties coming up. Thunder thighs are just not attractive in cute little party dresses! Let me know how this method works for you just talk to your doctor first! Some people can’t drink as much water as others for whatever reason.
I love guest posting and today’s post is no exception! Daisy is a talented lady who clearly loves the camera and loves her blog. She contacted me about a month ago and we decided to cook something up together. I’m taking over her blog for a day and she’s got mine! Enjoy and check out her blog after you’ve marveled at her edgy outfit!
Hello everyone! My name is Daisy and I blog over at Simplicity Relished, a lifestyle blog about celebrating simple things and living the life we love. I’m so happy to be collaborating with Liz today to share our styles for this season! Be sure to check out her wonderful post today about style on a budget on my blog!
Today I wanted to share with you how I wear a favorite summer staple all year round. We all love our summer shorts, but usually have to retire them when temperatures start to drop. But pairing them with tights and boots with a sweater on top is the best way to keep them in your autumn and winter wardrobe!
What I’m wearing: Mustard Yellow Banana Republic sweater (similar here) // Printed Shorts (similar here) // Indigo black boots (similar here) // Grey tights (similar here) // Tory Burch sunnies (similar here)
What I love about wearing shorts and tights is that it’s a look you can dress up or down! To dress it up, tuck in a button-down blouse and belt the shorts; to dress it down, wear a chunky sweater like this one or a simple long-sleeve knit. The possibilities are endless.
Will YOU wear shorts and tights this season? I would love to know!
A few days ago I got an email from Ann Taylor letting me know about their warehouse sale going on online. I checked it out and fell in love with quite a few pieces! However, I’m sad to report that I didn’t need anything and therefore will not be buying anything. I’m really trying hard to restrain myself from buying things I just do not have the need for. I spend way too much money on tops, dresses, whatever that I will wear maybe once a season. It’s ridiculous and I need to stop doing that and start saving money again. This time last year I was saving every penny I earned. What happened, Liz? I don’t know.
Anyway, back to Ann Taylor! Everything is between 60% and 75% off the sale price. I shopped in person when the sale was getting underway about 2 weeks ago and I found a fabulous blazer in a cream color with tweed material. I only paid $22 for it! Not only was I proud, but I had also saved a small fortune.
To give you an idea of what’s for sale, below you can find a few of my picks from the store online. Most of everything is summer or early fall appropriate but remember, in order to get good deals on clothes you can’t buy them when they’re in season because they’re in high demand and people will pay top dollar. You have to wait until retailers are desperate to get rid of their merchandise. For example, if you’re looking for rain boots in the beginning of spring, you’ll pay full price. However, if you wait until June when swimsuits are being pushed, then rain boots will be at least half price. Shopping Ann Taylor right now will give you great sale prices on things from late summer!
Trending recently is the age old bar cart. The only bar cart I had ever seen was in Gilmore Girls and it was Emily’s so I assumed it was something only the elite had or needed. Well, turns out I was wrong! The bar cart is for everyone and I’ve created a cute one for your viewing pleasure! Here’s a few things you might want to include in yours:
-A framed work of art like the gold “amazing grace” one above for added glamor factor.
-A candle for decoration (it doesn’t need to even have a scent if you prefer it as a neutral element.
-Paper napkins for those spills that are inevitable. You can find really cute ones at places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx to save money.
-Bottle stopper for that wine you just couldn’t quite finish.
-Lemons for garnish and color
Add whatever you fancy and fits your needs! Just enjoy the styling portion of these cute little pieces of furniture!
Autumn makes people think of Ugg boots, hoodies, and scarves. For me, it’s a chance to wear darker colors dresses with great prints like the one above. I absolutely adore that dress! I rarely wear dresses simply because the place I live finds sweatpants acceptable for almost every activity and wearing something that’s “dressed up” results in stares and confused faces.
I love the warmth of the dark blue, red, and tan. This style of dresses if flattering on most figures because it ties at the thinnest point on your body. The heels also elongate your legs creating a taller, thinner silhouette! I’m pretty sure most women can pull off a look similar to this. Clothing is really about how you balance out your figure.
In light of my team making it into the playoffs, I’m dedicating a post to it. I’m quite happy. It’s been awhile boys! When I was little, my parents would take me to baseball games and I’d be the kid decked out in orange and black jumping up and down trying to get on the mega tron. I was so cute! Now, I’d still be the girl doing that just with a lot more awkwardness. Less orange and black too. More J Crew and Tory Burch with a touch of my team colors.
Some people may hate me for saying this (especially my southern readers) but I really like baseball more than football. There’s so much more finesse in baseball compared to football. Plus, baseball is easier and more relaxing to watch. Its an American past time that I cherish and has been in my family for the last hundred years. Both sides of my family have had quite a few good players!
Tell me what team you’re pulling for in the playoffs!
For many of us midterms are coming up and for people such as myself, finals are here! I have a massive paper to write today along with two quizzes, 11 responses to discussion board posts, and a blog post to write for my school. I’m going to be freaking out all day and trying to get myself together to get this stuff done.
I’ve written down and put into picture form a few things that illustrate what helps me sit down and actually get my homework done. We’ll go from left to right.
First things first, wear comfy clothes. I love mean Lucky Brand jeans, but gosh they are tight and no fun to wear if I’m trying to focus. I love these silk shorts and cute, loose Paris t shirt for sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce with a computer in your lap.
Second, something to lean against is nice when you don’t like to sit at a desk. Personally, I get more work done when I’m sitting against my headboard in bed. I loved this little ottoman because it reminded me of a cable-knit sweater.
Third, coffee will save you on days like today and it certainly will be saving me. However, the mug has to be cute. If it isn’t cute, the coffee just isn’t all that appealing to me. Call me crazy.
Fourth, adequate lighting will not only help you see better, but it will also reduce the physical head aches you get from eye strain. In other words, don’t sit in your “bat cave” and expect to feel great when emerging back into the light. You’ll feel worse.
Fifth, bring a notebook of some sort to your work spot to write down any of those brilliant ideas or to-dos that you happen to think of when you’re doing your work. The best ideas come to me when I’m not searching for them.
Sixth, a chunky blanket will make you want to sit and stay cozy for the duration of your homework. Just enjoy the warmth and happy feelings it gives you because all too soon the office you’ll be working in will frown upon blankets or Snuggies in the workplace.
Finally, set a clock or timer that goes off after 30-45 minutes signaling that you can take a quick 10 minute break. Set the timer for 10 minutes and when it goes off, go back to work for another 30-45 minutes.