Monthly Archives: April 2015

Be Beautifully Nourished Spring Renewal Retreat

Hello, everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen me mention a retreat I went to over the weekend. A few weeks ago, my good friend Lydia of Hatch Health & Happiness told me that two of her health coaching friends, Liz of Siena Wellness and Claire of Claire Mariel Health,  were hosting their Be Beautifully Nourished Spring Renewal Retreat  and asked if I wanted to go with her. She said it included a yoga class, a healthy lunch, and information about nutrition, clean foods, and healthy living.

Yoga to start the weekend? Sign. Me. Up. I used to go to yoga classes pretty regularly but stopped going around the time I got married. Things were so crazy right before the wedding that I took a break from yoga and haven’t gotten back into it. I’ve continued exercising regularly and have been into Pure Barre since last summer, but yoga hasn’t made its way back into my routine, so I was really looking forward to the yoga class.

Before we even got to yoga, we had a yummy detox juice to start the day. I’m not a juicer, and when I see a juice that’s bright green, I can’t help but think, “Dear god, please don’t let this taste like kale!” But it didn’t! Yay! It was so yummy and a great glassful of energy to get the day going as we talked about our goals for the day and set our intention for our yoga practice.

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Green detox juice! So delicious!

The yoga class, led by Liz, was 75 minutes, and it was amazing! It felt so good to do yoga again, and Liz is an excellent instructor. She’s taught more than 1,000 hours of yoga, so she definitely knows what she’s doing and was able to tweak our poses to help make sure our alignment was good and that we got the most out of the class. She teaches at a few studios in the area, which unfortunately aren’t very close to where I live. If they were, I would definitely go to her classes!

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Hello, dear yoga mat! I’ve missed you!

The day wasn’t only about yoga though. Claire talked to us about the lymphatic system and how important it is to make our health (physical, mental, and emotional) a priority. She also led a discussion with us about goals for the next week, three months, and six months, and she encouraged us to think about self care and to make time for ourselves, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. The part of Claire’s discussion that I found the most useful was about letting go of negativity and criticism. It is a daily challenge for me to turn off the running commentary I have in my head about everything I feel like I’ve done wrong or haven’t done well during the day (or week, month, year, decade, life … take your pick). It was refreshing and liberating to hear that I can (and should) let go of all those thoughts, which never really do me any good anyway. I know I’ll continue to struggle with this, but letting go even for a little bit or for a day or two is a step in the right direction. It’ll just take some practice and likely a lot of pep talks.

I can’t talk about this fabulous day and not mention the delicious food. As they say on so many cooking shows, you eat with your eyes first, and the lunch that Claire and Liz had prepared for us looked so yummy and beautiful! We put together our own detox salads, and I filled my bowl with fresh greens, quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and hard-boiled egg and topped it off with a mustard vinaigrette dressing. Eating fresh rather than processed foods is so satisfying, and our lunch was filling without making me feel uncomfortably full.

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Yummy food, including the biggest bowl of quinoa ever!
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Beautiful fresh food!
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Yummy salad!

We finished up the day with encouraging words for each other and mixed together our own lavender body scrub, which was part of the goodie bags Claire and Liz gave to everyone who attended. Here’s a pic of what was in our bags, and I can report that the chocolate was delicious. :)

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Goodie bag goodies!

It was such a fabulous day, and I’m so glad I went. Liz and Claire did a great job, and I loved meeting all the strong, kind, fun women who went to the retreat too. I left feeling relaxed, energized, and positive. If only every Saturday started the same way!

Namaste.

Neutral Tweed

Hello, everyone!

The temperature hasn’t quite settled into springtime yet; one day it’ll be 50 degrees and rainy, and the next, it’ll be in the 60s or 70s and sunny. When the weather isn’t predictable, it can be a challenge to decide what to wear. Light layers are a smart option, and blazers are especially great for office environments where you might have to deal with crazy air conditioning on top of crazy weather.

I found this neutral tweed blazer at the Limited a few months ago. I tried on the regular size in the store, but it was slightly too short on me. The peplum at the back hit above my waist, so it didn’t quite look right. I ordered it in a tall size from thelimited.com, and it fit much better. I’m not so tall that I have to buy everything in tall sizes, but there are some things I try on that need to be an inch or two longer than the regular size. Just an option to keep in mind if you’re shopping and find that something is a bit too short!

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Blazer: The Limited (similar here and here) | Skirt: The Limited (similar here and here) | Shirt: The Limited | Purse: Coach Factory Store (similar here and here) | Shoes: Charles by Charles David (also available here)

Flare Jeans and a Little History

Hello, everyone!

I did a post last month about my obsession with flare jeans. I ordered these, but they were ridiculously long (seriously, they completely covered my feet and I was standing on inches of fabric). Rather than have them hemmed and lose some (a lot) of the fun flare, I returned them and hit up the mall where I stopped into Lucky Brand. I’d never tried on their jeans before but thought I’d see what they had. The pair I found, the Brooke flare, fit great and were the perfect length for me. I also I really like the wash and the mid-rise, which works much better for my body shape than low-rise or high-rise jeans. As an added bonus, the pair I picked up was mispriced, and the store honored the price on the tag, which was $40 less than the price listed online. Score!

In addition to the mid-rise jeans I bought, Lucky also has a low-rise flare jean, the Lil Maggie. I didn’t try those on because I hate it when I sit down and my jeans sag down in the back and show my undies. I have a pair of low-rise jeans that do that, and I end up being a bit self-conscious when I wear them. I really prefer to not have to worry about my undergarments showing when I’m sitting down.

I opted to pair my flare jeans with this fun retro t-shirt I found at Old Navy a few years ago. I’ve always thought that this image is of Rosie the Riveter, but apparently it’s not (or at least it wasn’t intended to be Rosie the Riveter when the image was released).

What?!?!?!?

Norman Rockwell did a painting of “Rosie the Riveter” for the May 29, 1943, edition of the Saturday Evening Post, but the image on my t-shirt is of the popular “We Can Do It!” poster by J. Howard Miller, which was commissioned by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1942 to boost worker morale and was displayed only briefly in Westinghouse factories. Even though Rockwell’s painting is the considered the real Rosie  (the model for Rockwell’s painting, Mary Doyle Keefe, passed away yesterday), Miller’s version has come to be associated with and (incorrectly) called Rosie the Riveter. Rosie became an icon of the times, a symbol of women’s contributions to the war effort, and – more broadly – a symbol of female independence.

For more Rosie the Riveter fun, be sure to check out the song “Rosie the Riveter,” which was released in early 1943.

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Jeans: Lucky Brand Brooke Flare | T-Shirt: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here and here)