Healthy Snacking

One of my lifestyle changes for the year has been to make my life more health centered.  I feel better when I am eating well and exercising often. Yes, it takes a LOT of time, but I think it is completely worth it.  I know I talk about Tone It Up a lot, but I really appreciate the way the trainers take time to encourage their followers.  They make fitness plans each week that can be easily incorporated into any lifestyle.  The community that comes with being a follower is also really great, everyone is always encouraging each other to keep up their hard work and continue to work toward their goals.

Healthy Snacking

I get really hungry throughout the day, so snacking is a must for me.  I need a little something to help me get through the day, especially when I’m exercising as much as I am on a regular basis.  Plus, I just really, really enjoy food!

1.  Almonds

Almonds, or really any nut, make a great snack because they are full of all kinds of nutrients you need and you can easily throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in your purse for when you need a little pick me up.

2.  Granola Bars

I really like to have a granola bar with me at all times because I never know when I’m going to be out and about and start feeling hungry.  A granola bar is enough to tide you over until you can get home and eat your next meal.  Having one on hand also keeps me from making bad decisions when I’m passing a fast food restaurant.

3.  Deli Meat

I know Paleo is a huge thing right now, and I’m definitely not Paleo, but a light meat really does make for a great snack.  I like to roll up pieces of ham or turkey and put either cream cheese or hummus inside.  So good!

4.  Water

Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, it’s really just your body trying to tell you it’s thirsty.  Drinking lots of water helps with digestion and also keeps you from eating too much.

5.  Apples and Peanut Butter

Probably one of my favorite snacks of all time.  Really, it’s so good.  I also sometimes sprinkle a few oats on top for a little extra texture.  It is really filling and the perfect mix of crunchy sweetness.

6.  String Cheese

String cheese is super easy to pack up and carry around.  I prefer cheddar or jack cheese, so I will usually buy a big bag and keep it in my fridge for when I need something extra to add to my lunch.  They also come in small rectangles that you can eat if the stick/cylinder shape makes you uncomfortable.

7.  Grapes

Grapes are so good.  I really like to freeze them and have them as a late afternoon snack.  It’s almost like I’m eating candy, but it’s grapes!

8.  Yogurt

There are so many good things about yogurt.  I like it because one little container doesn’t have very many calories and the sweetness is usually just what I need.  I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and sometimes I get a craving for something sweet and yogurt really curbs that craving.

Eating healthy is so important to any fitness goal.  Sure, it takes a little bit more time, but you absolutely reap the benefits very quickly as you see yourself getting closer to attaining the goals you set out for yourself.




On My Radar

This has been a really big work week and fitness week!  I have been following Tone It Up’s weekly schedule to a T and I’ve been running at a more competitive pace.  I am trying really hard to make some of my fitness and productivity resolutions more of a lifestyle change rather than a change for the new year.  So, happy first full week of 2015!

1.  Shia LaBeouf in Sia’s New Video

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler are so perfect in this video.  It’s a little different, but actually really really good.  I really like Shia and this seems to be a completely new role for him and I’ve got to say, he nailed it.

2.  Lilly and Target

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Words can not begin to describe how excited I am about the Lilly Pulitzer and Target collaboration.  It’s going to make this spring that much more colorful, especially since things like pillows, beach towels, hammocks and many other home goods are going to be coming out!

3. Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon

I mean, really.  Could this video be any funnier?  I was dying the whole time.  They are so funny and the conversation is incredibly comical.

4.  C. Wonder

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I was so sad to see the news that C.Wonder is no longer going to be a thing.  I really liked a lot of their products, but I guess they just decided to move on to other things.  So long driving mocs.  I really did like you.

5.  Baby Panda Seeing Snow for the First Time

Oh. My. Word.  DYING from cuteness.  I feel like this is the way I feel when we get the first snow of the season.  Every year.  It’s like this panda put all of my excitement toward the first snow into action.

6.  “Slap Her” Video

This is such an inspiring video.  I really love the way each little boy responds to the guy who tells them to slap the little girl.



What’s In My Bag

Remember that amazing C. Wonder bag I bought a few weeks ago?  Well, I haven’t stopped carrying it since I bought it and I’m in love.  I definitely recommend it.  The little pockets on the inside are perfect for holding my phone and lipgloss, or whatever else I need.  These are some things that I currently have in my bag.

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1.  Sharpie Pen

These things are seriously amazing.  I’m super particular about what I use to write in my calendar and other personal notebooks, and the Sharpie pen is definitely a go to.

2.  Chapstick/Clinique Chubby Lipstick

My sweet sister gave me the perfect shade of this lovely Clinique Chubby Lipstick and I’m obsessed.  I also carry chapstick in case the wind is super cold that day and my lips end up hurting.

3.  iPhone

I feel like I don’t even need to mention this, but I always have my phone with me.  Always.

4.  Minimergency Kit

This thing is seriously amazing.  I swear it has everything in it.  I’ve had this particular one since high school and I (luckily) haven’t had to use it yet, but you never know when it might come in handy.

5.  Altoids

Or really any type of mint.  I refuse to carry around my toothbrush, so mints are the next best thing for after coffee or lunch, or to calm my nerves before an important meeting.

6.  Wallet

I have a really cute black wallet that my grandmother gave me a few years back.  I love it.  I have no idea where she got it, but it is the perfect size and is super chic.

7.  Hand Lotion

I am a compulsive hand washer.  I wash my hands all.the.time.  I really don’t like getting sick and I interact with so many people on a daily basis that I end up washing my hands a lot.  During the winter, especially, they get super dry so I always try to keep a bottle of lotion handy.

8.  Nail Polish

I always carry nail polish with me for when I have an unfortunate chip.  When my polish chips I can’t focus on anything but that chip until I’ve either picked off all the polish or touched it up.  For me, touching up seems to be the better option.

9.  Hand Sanitizer

Again with the washing of the hands.  I don’t always have access to a sink, so hand sanitizer it is.

10. Coffee Mug

I love drinking coffee on my commute to work.  I have a 30 minute drive, so I turn on NPR or my favorite talk show (Bobby Bones) and sip on the coffee.  It is handy to keep the mug in my bag throughout the day for if I want to fill it up with water or save $.10 when I’m buying a fresh brew.

11. Deodorant

I swear my office is the hottest place in the building.  I never ever want to worry about how I smell, so I say it is better safe than sorry.  I would rather keep some deodorant with me and not need it than need it and not have it.

12. Flash Drive

I love writing and never know when I’m going to have some down time to jot down a few words, so I constantly keep my flash drive with me.

13. Kate Spade Agenda

I’m very traditional when it comes to my calendar.  I can’t get into keeping everything on my phone.  Plus, I love the act of writing it down.  I keep my agenda with me everywhere I go because I never know when I might need to check it or schedule something.

14. Something Borrowed

This is my all-time favorite book and I am reading it for the millionth time.  It’s fine.  And it’s worth it.  I really enjoy Emily Giffin’s writing style and this book is definitely worth the read if you haven’t read it already.

15. Gym Lock

I never know when I’m going to be hitting the gym after work, so it is easier to keep my lock with me so I can keep all of my stuff secure while I’m working out.  There’s nothing worse than a missing lock being the reason you decided not to go to the gym.  It’s 2015.  No excuses for me.

16. Hair Accessories

Now that my hair is getting longer, there are times when I just need to get it out of my face or off my neck.  I try to always keep at least two bobby pins and a hair tie in my purse at all times.

17. Starbucks Card

I love a good cup of coffee, and sometimes I really need that afternoon pick-me-up, so having a Starbucks card handy is super helpful (thanks Dad!).

Lilly for Target

Have you heard?  Lilly Pulitzer is collaborating with Target for their Spring line.  Could I be more excited?  Probably not.  This has to be one of the all-time best collaborations Target has ever unleashed.  There will be more than 250 items in the collection (almost 200 of which are going to be less than $30!!), with pieces ranging from clothing to home goods.

I love the cheerful combination of colors and patterns that is so characteristic of the brand.  All of the prints are so happy and warm.  The clothes are incredibly well made and fit perfectly.  Thanks to my mom, I’ve been wearing Lilly since I was a little girl when she and I would wear matching ensembles.

They have everything from swim suits and dresses to beach chairs and bottle stoppers.  This line is about to be a Lilly lover’s dream come true.

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The line will be released on April 19.  I’m currently planning my vacation days for the year, and I am seriously debating adding this one to the list so I can be first in line to see all of the goodies they have lining the shelves and hanging on the racks.  I’m already dreaming of the dresses, shoes, pants and home decor.  Now all we have to do is wait…

The official hashtag is: #lillyfortarget

@LillyforTarget is a great Instagram account that offers sneak peaks and fun facts.  This is definitely an Instagram you are going to want to follow.

This is going to be a very colorful spring!  Let the countdown begin!



Classy Morning Playlist

Good Morning, Classy Reader!

I don’t know about you, but the things I hear in the morning really have a huge impact on how the rest of my day plays out.  I’ve started using Sleep Cycle so I can wake up “gently,” but I think it goes much further than that.  I always try to play happy music while I’m in the shower and getting dressed, then I turn on the news so I can catch up on current events while I do my makeup, pack my lunch and eat breakfast.  That’s also when I read The Skimm.  But really, good music is the perfect ingredient for a cheery start to a successful day!

Do you have any songs or routines that help you get started on the right foot?



Bottle Stoppers

I am super loving bottle stoppers right now.  They add so much class to a bottle.  I mean, it’s the best of both worlds – you keep your wine sealed while also looking so much cuter than a plain old cork.  I have come across so many that I love, but these are definitely my favorite.  Anything initialed is perfect, and lately, I’ve been super obsessed with anything with a stag head on it!  These are my eight absolute favorite bottle stoppers. They are so classy and the perfect addition to your kitchen collection.

Bottle Stoppers

1.  Sur La Table Pinecone

This pinecone is so cute and perfect for winter.  I adore pinecones and think they are the perfect mix of cute and classy, especially during the cold winter months.

2.  C. Wonder Initial

I saw these the other day when I was shopping the sale and they really look super sturdy and are so on point.  The gold is really stylish and they are just the right size.  Plus, C. Wonder is having a 50 percent off sale online right now.  Shop on, friends, shop on.

3.  Francesca’s Antler

I wish I had seen this before Christmas because this is really fun.  I like that it is just an antler, rather than the whole stag head.  It’s creative and definitely unique, while still being trendy.

4.  Oliver Bonas’ Stag Head

Stag heads are super in right now.  They are so rustic and winter-y.  They can really add a lot to your kitchen at this time of year.  I like to add little pops of seasonal items without all-out decorating my apartment seasonally.

5.  Target Initial

I actually just bought this same stopper at Target the other day, and guess what, they are on sale right now!  They come in several different colors and are seriously too cute.

6.  Pier1 Stag Head

What I like about this one is that it is from Pier1.  There aren’t many cities without a Pier1, so if you’re someone who doesn’t like to shop online, then this is great!  All you have to do is drive to your local store and pick it up, no wait, no hassle.

7.  Burke Decor Anchor

I had to throw a little summer in there.  This anchor is so cute.  I love anchors and all things nautical, so this stopper is on point.

8.  Williams Sonoma Pineapple

Pineapples were super hot this summer and I’m not fully convinced that they aren’t coming back.  They are very fresh and summery and actually really fun.  I love eating pineapples, and I definitely don’t have any qualms with decorating with them!

Do you have a go-to bottle stopper that is your absolute favorite?  Please share!  I’d love to see your favorites

Styling Booties

Booties.  The trend of the season.  I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of booties because I wasn’t sure I could pull them off.  First, I had no idea how to wear them, second, I wasn’t sure they were really my style.  But, the more time I spent on Pinterest the more outfits I saw with booties being the featured item and I decided to take the plunge and get some.  I bought mine from Versona Accessories.  I already have a pair of Tom’s wedges, but I didn’t think those counted as true booties.

I’ve gotten creative with them and I really like the result.  These are some of my favorite ensembles, with booties being in the spotlight!

1.  Layered Chambray

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2.  Easygoing Boyfriend

Easygoing Boyfriend Booties Outfit

3. Bootylicious Weekend

Weekend Booties

4.  Fabulous Fur

Fur Bootie Outfit

5.  Dainty Tulle

Tulle with Booties

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