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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wear This One

We've all wondered what life would be like if the gorgeous clothes from our Pinterest style boards could just appear in our closets, right??  I don't know about you, but getting dressed in the morning can sometimes be a struggle.  I'll often wander into the kitchen in the morning and ask Walker if my outfit looks good, or if this necklace goes with that top.  And forget special events -- I have to either send pictures to friends and family or have them come over while I model my different outfits in order to figure out what to wear.

Enter Wear This One, the fabulous website that takes the guesswork out of styling your clothing.

Let's say you have an event coming up - a job interview, wedding, shower, or even just a special day at work.  All you have to do is make an account on Wear This One and upload pictures of your outfit(s) so that the other community members can vote on their favorites!  The process is super simple, and you can choose photos of yourself in the clothing or stock images from the web.

I have a bridal shower coming up next month, and I knew I wanted a springy dress/cardigan combo for the event.  In about a minute, I had both pictures online and people were voting!

The blue & pink combination currently has 83% of the votes.  There's an information section you can fill out to help the community get a feel for your event.  I wrote that I was going to a bridal shower and that both dresses were from Francesca's.

People can also leave comments (constructive and kind only, though!) which is incredibly helpful.

Isn't this a genius idea?  Now that I've joined the community, I can't help but pop over to site and get ideas from the other members.  There's even an inspiration section where you can look at some of the outfits people have put together!  

Hands down my new favorite site!  Head over there for your next styling dilemma!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I've seen some of my bloggy friends participating in this linkup recently, so I thought I'd join in on the fun!

What We're Eating This Week:

Walker and I are back on a modified Whole 30-esque diet...more like Paleo than anything, honestly, just without all the treats.  We just feel better when we eat clean foods, though we're not being nearly as strict as Whole 30 dictates (for example, we use butter to cook, even though it technically has dairy in it)  This week, we have sweet potato shepherd's pie on the menu, as well as some stuffed baked potatoes.

What I'm Reading:

I was just talking to one of my youth group girls about the Divergent trilogy.  I read the first book in the series over the summer, but then just kind of stopped.  I think I'm going to reread it and then power through the rest of the series.  Honestly, it wasn't my favorite book, but I'd like to be culturally relevant :)

I'm also reading Educational Finance for School Leaders for grad school -- riveting stuff, I tell you!  

What I'm Watching: 

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  It's a Netflix original, written by Tina Fey.  To be honest, I'm not suuuper into it, but I have seen so much hype about it that I feel like I need to stick it out.  Then again, everyone raved about 30 Rock and Parks & Rec, neither of which I could get into.  Don't hate me for saying that!

What I'm Listening To:

Talking Body, by Tove Lo.  It's super catchy and think it would make a GREAT Zumba song, but I don't have any choreography in mind at the moment.

And speaking of Zumba songs, I'm learning this dance to "The Night is Still Young", by Nicki Minaj

What I'm Annoyed By: 

This crazy weather.  5 inches of snow last Friday, 55 degree weather today.  Please come quickly, spring!!  

What I'm Looking Forward To:

Spring break!  Well...sort of.  Our week long break has now been cut down to three days, thanks to all the snow we got this year.  The district is allowing anyone with previously made plans to use their days without penalty, which is nice.  Is is too late to buy plane tickets??

What I'm Dreading: 

This ridiculous group assignment I have for my grad class.  Since it's an online program, the presentation involves webcams, headsets, the whole nine yards.  Add in the concept of collaboration (which I'm not so great at -- I just want to do it ALL myself!) and it's a recipe for disaster.  Ugh!

What I'm Working On:

Reframing my focus when it comes to working out.  I was super productive yesterday, so hopefully it sticks!

What I'm Excited About: 

WearThisOne, a super awesome website that my friend's mom created recently.  It's like a sounding board for your Pinterest-inspired fantasies!  More information coming tomorrow.  

What I'm Wearing Today:

Blanket scarf, black jeans, and boots.  Hopefully the last wintery outfit of the season!

What I'm Reminiscing About:

College.  I can't believe it's been almost three years since graduation!  It's not even that I want to go back, it's that I miss my friends.  The beauty of Wheaton was the diversity and the fact that I got to spend time with people from around the world.  The bad news is that my closest Wheaton friend is a solid 6 hour drive away.  

What's up with your Wednesday??

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Changing My Focus: Workout Edition

Lately, life has been nothing short of crazy.  I've got a full-time teaching job (which you obviously knew...), I'm a part-time student, I teach Zumba once per week, and Walker and I volunteer at church on Monday and Wednesday nights.  We're also performing in Coppelia in a month or so.  That basically means that the only evenings I have free are Tuesdays & Fridays (though I'm not sure those count, because I am dragging and ready for bed by 9 PM)  The bottom line?  My free time is very limited.

The fact that I have to turn around and go back out most evenings makes it really hard to squeeze in a workout.  I'd pretty much have to be a crazy person to exercise before work in the morning (I'm already leaving the house by 7 AM...which means waking up at 6 to get my normal, non-shower routine in) and then in the evenings, I don't want to get sweaty and then have to head to church with gross hair and leftover makeup.  And the truth is?  Even if I wanted to go to the gym, there are no classes before 5:30 PM most nights.  The winter has been a major struggle.

But you know what?  When I read the above paragraph back to myself, all I hear is a bunch of excuses.  YES, it's been hard.  YES, I don't always have a schedule that is conducive to exercise.  YES, all I want to do when I get home in the afternoons is put on sweatpants and catch up on a TV show or read a book. 

I was talking to a coworker in the lunchroom a few days ago about this very issue.  I was complaining about my busy schedule and the fact that I am constantly in pursuit of free time, when she said, " workout IS my free time".  Wait, what??  Who wants to make a workout their free time?  Working out is uncomfortable.  It's sweaty.  It's challenging.  But then she reminded me that her workout is her chance to focus 100% on herself and taking care of her body.  It's an opportunity to relieve stress.  It's one of the most important parts of her day.

I think that what I need to do is restructure my focus here, just like Robin has done.  If I really think about it, an hour in the gym is far more beneficial than the newest rerun of Pretty Little Liars.  It's active, it's engaging, and it makes my body feel good.  It's free time.

So on Saturday when I woke up, I couldn't help but hear Robin in the back of my mind.  I had the entire weekend stretched in front of me, and all I really wanted to do was curl up in bed for an extra few hours with a mug of tea and a TV episode.  Instead, I got up and did two classes at the gym.  Sure, I burned over 1,200 calories, but what's more important is the fresh attitude it gave me for the weekend.  I was refreshed and recharged, ready to tackle the day.  I may not be able to exercise every day, but if I make excuses for myself, it'll never get done.

What in your life needs a change of focus?