I love that moment when you walk into a store, see something and KNOW that you absolutely have to have it. To be honest that happens to me almost every time I walk into a store…it’s almost like imprinting (yes, that is a reference to the Twilight Saga…ha). But imprinting on a new piece of clothing isn’t particularly awesome when you are on a budget. You just stand there trying to convince yourself about how you are going to persuade your husband that this purchase is indeed necessary. It’s during that moment that I usually have to slap myself back to reality, put everything back, and just leave! The temptation to buy it just becomes consuming…(I sound like a drug addict) ugh! Any who, I share all of that to say, that I “fashion imprinted” on this cozy, oatmeal colored sweater from Kohls. Sadly, I had already spent all of my January allowance, but then I remembered I had some Kohls Cash (praise the Lord for Kohls Cash) from Christmas shopping and a gift card from a previous return! I think that God knew I would want this sweater and was looking out for me! Just saying…lol. Here’s a Retro In Snow with imagery by Kimberly J.
Retro In Snow
Just like every other person in America, I made a New Years resolution to work out a bit more and I HAVE NOT! It has just been way too cold to get up any earlier and make a trip to the gym…haha. So, in hopes of motivating my lazy butt, I bought a new workout shirt! While shopping at Kohls I was tempted to purchase the entire workout section! Everything was sooooo stinking cute. Fitness wear has really evolved with lots of fun color, prints and even textures. I do believe that the treadmill will become my new runway…a little fashion, a little working out = THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS for this girl.
Werk It Out
More often than not, I am that one girl at the gym who has on all of the crazy colors! Personally, the gym has a very drab feeling. Doesn’t matter where I go…Planet Fitness, YMCA or the fancy smancy Equinox, it just feels blah! So I always wear something loud, hence the reason I have these wonderfully bright pink Nike capri pants. Love them. Super comfy and they have inside lining!
Even when I’m getting dressed for the gym, I think about the accessories. To tone down the pink just tad, I thought it would be best to add a few neutrels…chunky infinity scarf for the bitter cold and of course a little Northface Denali action. This jacket is amazingly warm! I’m considering getting one in raspberry pink.
I’m a huge fan of these running shoes! I don’t believe that Nike still makes this particular style, but it is very similar to the Nike Free 5.0+. Lots of cushion! It basically feels like you are (comfortably) running barefoot. Also, there are quite a few different color options!
Isn’t Nixon the cutest Wheaten pup you’ve ever seen? To be honest, he wasn’t too excited about modeling. He just wanted to play in the grass, but we managed to get some awesome action shots! Thanks Nixon : )
He likes to give puppy kisses!
Here’s the workout top that I snagged from Kohls! My eye was immediately drawn to the print. I also liked that grey was the primary color with little hints of mint green. Another great neautrel-esque thing to pair with the raspberry Nike capri pants.
BOOM! Look at that grand battement and yes, I forgot to remove the tags. bahaha.
Today’s moral: If you are lacking gym motivation, I highly recommend that you go shopping for some new workout gear and be sure to snag lots of colorful things! There is nothing wrong with being the “sunshine” in the room….as long as you aren’t the cupcake in the room! You just may encourage someone else to be bolder and brighter with their fitness wardrobe.
Get The Look Details:
- FILA SPORT Reversible Performance Tee
- Nike Pro Core II Compression Capris
- Nike Running Shoe
- Northface Women’s Denali Jacket
- ALDO Infinity Scarf
- Ray Bans Aviator Sunnies
- Photography and Editing by Katelyn A. Read
So, I’m not sure if you remember or not, but back in November I posted my “November Desires.” And one of those six desires happened to be this sweet reindeer graphic tee from the J. Crew factory and thanks to my amazing momma I was able to snag it! However, I was a tad disappointed upon receiving it to discover that it was EMBELLISHED and I ABSOLUTELY HATE EMBELLISHED graphic tees. It just looks cheap and corny in my opinion. I know…pretty harsh. But, after 2 hours of meticulously cutting tiny threads, I removed all of the bead work and ended up with the most perfect reindeer tee. I think I will name her, Olive. ha.
If you know me then you already know I have a deep passion for all things bright and bold! According to my mom I’v always been that way, which I find pretty cool. LOL. Anywho, I found these wonderful punchy red crop pants from H&M last fall (along with a burgundy and black pair that I have already featured on the blog) and I’ve hardly even worn them! So while randomly rummaging through my closet I decided it was time to whip these babies out and style them : )
One of the things that I love most about clothing and fashion is not styling myself, but styling others! If it were a perfect world I would be a swanky fashion stylist/personal shopper on the UWS of NYC sharing the joy of fashion while breaking the banks of others and not my own…haha. To be more serious I find styling truly satisfying. There is no greater feeling than helping someone achieve a “look” they have often seen, but are not quite sure as to how they should do it themselves, where they can go to find those pieces and so on…which brings me to today’s Get The Look Thursdays! Although I do enjoy dressing up and getting my picture taken for you peeps, I felt that it was equally important to showcase that I can style others, as well as myself. So, say hello to Aliana Penha, one of the cutest preteens I know and my first feature model on Live, Love and Read. Isn’t she beautiful? And I must say she was pretty stoked when I asked her to be a model for the blog…and this was our end result!
Until about 4 years ago, I followed the “No White After Labor Day” rule and was super strict about it. I would basically gag if I saw someone wearing white before Easter. haha. However, when I began to explore the wonderful world of fashion, I soon learned that the rule had become null and void. However, we all know that old habits die hard…so I still struggled with the white experimentation for the fall and winter seasons. Per the usual, one random day, the fashion lightbulb finally went off! The key to wearing white after Labor Day is to pair it with different textiles (ex. suede, wool, leather) and darker colors! With that thought in mind I was able to make my white jeans (as well as other white items in my closet) more fall/winteresque, rather than bright and summery. Here is a little inspiration for ya..
White Jeans and a News Stand
Prior to moving to New York City, I would often sing “rain, rain go away come again another day” after taking a peek outside of my window to see a sky that was nothing but gray! However, while living in NYC when it rains you have no choice but to face it, because the fast pace city does not slow down just because Mother Nature shows up with a torrential down pour (in which I cannot decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing…always being on the move that is)! The first couple of times it rained in the city, I found myself amazingly frustrated as it ruined my wardrobe plans and as you probably already guessed…yes, I’m that girl who picks out her outfit the night before. So I learned that I just had to embrace the rain as another opportunity to be more creative in my clothing. I decided to make a few investments… a trench coat (I will show it in a later post), an awesome singing in the rain umbrella and Hunter boots! Seeing that I live in West Virginia now it is important to tone it down just a tad and make it a bit more practical hence the reason why I am not wearing the trench coat! Anyways, this is how I do rainy day fashion in the small town of Parkersburg, WV…
Rainy Day Fashion