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Black Coat Roundup

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I was going through my coats a few weeks ago and realized the sad state of my black wool coat. I bought it years ago and have resisted replacing it because I like it so much. Unfortunately, the lining is completely ripped in one of the sleeves, and I can’t quite button it anymore (boooo for aging and no longer fitting into all my clothes), so it’s time to retire my coat and find a new one. A black winter coat is a great staple to have in your wardrobe, and while I also encourage having a coat in a fun color (I have a red one … no surprise there), I consider a black coat an essential item. I’ve included a roundup of some of my favorite options below. As of this post, all of the coats below are $225 or less, and most of them are $200 or less. I imagine they’ll all be on sale as the holidays approach, so keep an eye out if you’re on the hunt for a better deal!

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Ivanka Trump Asymmetrical Trench Coat with Rhinestone Brooch | GUESS Funnel-Collar Asymmetrical CoatAnne Klein Wool-Cashmere Walker CoatCalvin Klein Bouclé Detail Wool Blend Wrap CoatVia Spiga Wool Blend Coat with Faux Leather TrimT Tahari ‘India’ Wool Blend Wrap Coat | J.Crew Factory Wool Peacoat  | J.Crew Factory Uptown Dress Coat

Trend Spotting: Turtlenecks

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It’s getting cooler here, and sweater weather is upon us! While I don’t really like the cold very much, I do like cozy clothes, and turtlenecks fall squarely into that category. Some people don’t like turtleneck sweaters, but I’ve always loved them, and I feel like I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately. I’m currently looking for a form-fitting ivory or oatmeal turtleneck to wear with my flare jeans and a poncho I bought a few weeks ago for another fun ’70s-inspired look.

Below is a roundup of a variety of turtleneck pieces. The Everlane one (tan one toward the bottom) is cashmere!

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Sun & Shadow Turtleneck SweaterLauren Ralph Lauren Silk & Cotton Turtleneck SweaterASTR High/Low Turtleneck SweaterWayf Rib Knit Turtleneck Shift DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Twill Stitch PonchoExpress Cowl Neck Fisherman’s Sweater | Everlane The Cashmere Turtleneck | The Limited Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Workout Gear

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Rather than do a shopping roundup of work clothes or casual clothes, I thought I’d do a post with some fun workout gear. Before I got into Pure Barre, I used to wear whatever grubby clothes I had lying around when I went to work out. Why spend money on clothes that you’re just going to sweat in, right? After buying some low-quality workout clothes and seeing them lose their shape or stretch after a few wears and washes, I decided that I’d rather spend money on quality workout wear since it really does take quite a beating.

There are a couple of brands that I’ve been very happy with when it comes to athletic wear: Athleta (especially their Chi tanks), Zella (available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack), Beyond Yoga (the leggings below are SO comfy and are the softest leggings you’ll ever wear), and Kira Grace (seen here). I’ve also heard good things about Alo and Splits59, but I don’t have anything from those brands. I have also bought a few things from Old Navy, which has a pretty extensive line of athletic wear, but it’s not my favorite workout gear, although I definitely like it better than the C9 collection at Target. I have a pair of C9 tights that lost their stretch and shape pretty quickly. I still have them and wear them, but  they’re my “EVERYTHING ELSE IS DIRTY AND I HAVE TO GO TO A BARRE CLASS” tights.

Below are some of my workout gear pics. I don’t own all of these items, but I would consider buying any of them.

What do you wear when you workout? Are there any specific brands that hold up to your workouts well?

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Victoria’s Secret Layered Wrap PulloverCalvin Klein Performance Cross-Back Ballet-Sleeve TopStyle & Co. Sport Graphic-Print Teeadidas CLIMACOOL Perforated Racerback TankLORNA JANE ‘Courage’ Cotton Muscle Tee | Hard Tail Split Back Tank | Beyond Yoga Salt and Pepper Long Leggings | Alo ‘Goddess’ Ribbed Leggings | Zella ‘Live In’ Slim Fit Leggings | Pure Barre Sticky Socks | Angel by Victoria’s Secret Sports Bra | Pure Barre Tervis Tumbler