Thursday, October 28, 2010

New motivation for working out at the gym

I have many REASONS to work out.  I'm taking a medication for insomnia which has a nasty side effect of weight gain.  I've blown up to my highest weight ever since I've been taking these meds.  I hate the way I look and feel.  That is a motivation, but it doesn't always work.  I can distract myself from those feelings in many ways.  Another reason to work out is that the extra weight is hard on my body.  My back hurts more, and yoga has gotten more difficult.  In revolved poses my stomach gets in the way.  And plank is more of a bitch than ever, since my arms have to hold much more weight up.  Again, reasons, but not necessarily enough motivation.
But being able to wear sexy boots and look hot in them?  THAT is motivation (see boots below).  And the best thing I've found yet... staying on the elliptical for an entire hour of my favorite show each week.  For a blissful hour I walk off calories while watching the gorgeous guys on Criminal Minds.  The only time I notice how tired I'm getting is during commercials.  And when that happens I switch my headset to my iPod for some fast-paced music.  At the end of the hour I've burned 300+ calories, used my mind to figure out who the unsub is, and got my eye candy.  That's an hour well spent!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Where is your favorite place to shop for the holidays?

I'm guessing that as soon as the annoying, ubiquitous political ads go away, the holiday shopping ads are going to start.  For the past few years, I've been one of those people who say "No!  It's too soon!  I'm not ready for Christmas!"  For one thing, when the ads start so early, they lose their charm way before the holidays.  Second, not having money to shop definitely takes some of the fun out of the season.  And last, not having anyone special or fun to shop for makes the holidays seem more an obligation than an enjoyment.

Despite these negative things, there are a few things that I almost always enjoy during the holiday season.  A big one is the decorations.  I love sparkly things, so it's no surprise that I'd love holiday decorations - the lights, the silver and gold, the smell of pine trees, red bows, etc.  I grew up in the Northeast, where almost everyone decorates their homes.  When I moved to Atlanta, GA, there weren't as many decorations and no snow.  When I moved to Southern California, there were even less homes lit up, and barely even chilly weather.  But no matter where I lived, I could always go to the malls & see beautiful decorations and feel that holiday spirit.  In California I could go to Fashion Island, an outdoor mall a few miles from the ocean, to see the lighting of their giant tree.  And always, always, there was Macy's.  Every Macy's I've ever been in during the holidays has had gorgeous decorations and that intangible spirit of the holidays.  At least for the time I spent in there, I'd feel the magic.

Do any of you have one special place that always puts you in a holiday spirit?  I hope so.  They come around whether we want them to or not, so it's nice to have at least one place where you can feel the specialness that they're supposed to bring.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gotta love Marshall's

For years I've loved shopping at Marshall's.  No matter where I've lived - Pennsylvania, Georgia, or California, there's always been a Marshalls close by.  They have EVERYTHING - clothes, shoes, hair care, housewares, handbags, jewelry, even some electronics.  My favorite spots are the clothes, handbags, shoes, hair care, bath & body, & things for the home.  Yes, just about everything.  As much as I love them, I don't totally believe their commercials about getting inventory from stores who've accidentally overbought.  Yes that happens occasionally - I bought a handbag there that I had just seen at Macy's the week before.  I got it at Marshall's for exactly 50% less than Macy's.  I examined that bag inside and out, and found nothing wrong with it.  Happy, happy day!  I do think alot of their clothes ARE last season's (or last, last season's).  The thing is, I don't care.  If I like it, I can afford it, it meets my needs, and there's nothing wrong with it, I'm happy as can be.

Take, for example, this wonderful Miss Sixty coat I found there a few weeks ago.  I used to go into the Miss Sixty store in California, so I know their prices.  I could never afford them.  But I could definitely afford this!  It will keep me warm & I'll look fabulous.  That's good enough for me.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More pictures from Pittsburgh Fashion Week's eco-chic shows

If you were a clothing designer and you had to design a line that was environmentally "friendly", how would you do it?  Would you use recycleable fabric?  Take old clothes and make them into something new and different?  Use recycled materials that weren't normally used for clothing?  The designers in the eco-chic shows used all of these techniques and came up with some beautiful things.  Take a look!  I've uploaded the rest of my pictures from the eco-chic shows to my Facebook page. 
The designers behind the clothes are Aimee Bedoy from Second Stitch, MJ Whalen, Lana Neumeyer, and Keith Bloom II.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pittsburgh Fashion Week's Eco chic shows

Before I start writing about Paris's fashion week, I have to say something about the fashion week in that other city that starts with a "P" - Pittsburgh, of course!  I went to the Saturday night runway show that featured several designers all creating with an eye toward the environment.  Otherwise known as eco-fashion, eco-chic, green design, sustainable fashion, upcycled fashion, etc.  They were all surprisingly different.  The pictures that I'm posting today are from local designer Lana Neumeyer.  Brazil was her inspiration, and it showed in the bright, fun colors and the tropical vibe of the clothes.  To make the show even more enjoyable, Brazilian music played while the models literally danced down the runway.  As they danced, they threw little burlap bags filled with coffee beans into the crowd.  It was truly an entertaining show with many beautiful outfits.  I only wish that my camera was as good as the show!  Unfortunately some of the shots are blurred and/or dark on the edges due to the lighting for the runway.  More pictures will be available on my Facebook page this weekend.  I'll post a link as soon as I get them all uploaded.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Isabel Marant's boots for spring

Vogue Gallery
Isabel Marant is best known for her boots. Initially they were made in limited amounts, but were so popular that they quickly had a wait list. Her boot for the spring collection looks similar to the others from a front view - a folded over top, slouchy, and mid-calf height.  The toe is more pointed, however, and the heel is thinner. Personally I find it easier to walk on thicker, chunkier heels, but I'm sure these will be popular with many of her fans. What do you think - yay or nay?