Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keepin' It Classy at a Bachelorette Party

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What do you wear to the ultimate girls night out? Yes ladies, I'm talking about... the bachelorette party. Last weekend, I attended my friend's bachelorette party and was faced with that exact question when packing. What on earth do I wear? I wanted to look fabulous! A slinky party-girl dress isn't exactly my style, but I didn't want to look like the old maid either. So, I opted to fall somewhere in the middle!

I decided to fashion-it-up and play with bold prints and bright accents. I got this amazing zebra print sheath dress! But this cute little number can easily go from fun and flirty to trashy in an instant if styled incorrectly.

Here are some tips on keeping your fashion classy and styling this bold print to perfection!


When styling a bold print, I like to stick with a classic black and white color palette. It helps to simplify it a bit. There's enough going on with that eye-catching print! I added a white faux-leather moto vest to this look for some feminine edge and to break up the print. Black moto jackets can be a little too edgy, but this white vest is just right for me. It makes the look just a little more interesting!

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To wear a necklace or to not wear a necklace? I thought this neckline totally needed a necklace, but it's a little tricky choosing just the right one. If it's too delicate, it would get lost in the print! I went with chunky gold jewelry so it would really pop on this bold print. I chose a gold chain link necklace from Target because it's bold, yet has an air of sophistication.  

Remember ladies- the bolder the outfit, the smaller the chain. For this type of outfit, I recommend choosing a small to medium sized chain detail for the necklace. I've seen some really cool, large chain link necklaces but I would reserve that for accessorizing a little black dress.

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Lastly, I added a fun pop of color to my look with a neon pink crossbody from Target. A crossbody is ideal for an evening out because it decreases your odds of losing something and it gives you one less thing to carry or hold. When I saw this neon pink beauty in the store, I knew it would be the perfect accent for a girls night out. There's nothing more girly than bright pink!

Monday, August 18, 2014

5 Grocery Store Habits of the Skinny Girl

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5 Grocery Store Habits of the Skinny Girl by theclosetbychristie

At the start of this month, I began the 21 Day Fix diet! There's so many scary crash diets out there, so I was hesitant at first. But after watching my friend lose inch after inch, I decided to take the leap of faith and give it a try. It focuses on 'clean eating' and encourages a complete lifestyle change. It comes with color-coded measuring containers, one color for each food group, to educate on proper portion sizes and the food pyramid. The best part is the work-out regimen! There's a 30-minute fitness video for every day of the week. For me, it's ideal because I don't have a lot of spare time to spend at the gym.

As I embark on this journey, I am learning a lot about nutrition and healthy habits. I was eating SO many things that seem healthy but really aren't. Lesson number 1- how to tackle the grocery store! I'm no stranger to the grocery store, so here's a few tips I've picked up along the way.
 
Here's the 5 Grocery Store Habits of the SKINNY Girl that we all should be following!

1- Stick to your list: Create a shopping list before you go to the store and stick to it! This will help you resist the temptation to buy those yummy chocolate chip cookies!

2- Shop the perimeter: Grocery stores are universally the same layout... for the most part. If you're trying to stay healthy, stick to the perimeter. That's where they keep all the good stuff! They reserve the middle for junk.

3- Plan meals in advance: This will help you save time! You will end up spending less time at the store because you prepared. And you'll be less likely to veer off your course to health!

4- Read the ingredients: This is key! That nutrition box can look a little intimidating, but it's really pretty simple. Particularly with a 'clean eating' diet, you'll want to choose foods with minimal ingredients. If there's a large list of ingredients you've never heard of, it's probably something you want to avoid.

5- Relax! I've always been a 'get in and get out' type of grocery shopper. I don't like to waste any time. I would rather spend my spare time doing something fun! But the truth is, it's not a race. Slow down and breathe! You'll be happy you did. You'll make smarter choices!

Here's to leading a healthy lifestyle and adopting that 'skinny girl' mindset!

 
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