Wednesday, January 31, 2018

9 Tips for Forming Healthy Habits

We're now about a month in to the new year, and for many of us, about a month into our New Year's resolutions. Did you set any goals for fitness and health this year? We both know that committing to losing weight or being healthy isn't just something you do for a few months and then revert back to your old ways. It's a commitment to a different lifestyle. Health, wellness, and an active lifestyle are very important to both of us, so we're sharing some tips on how to form healthy habits with you today!

1. Set measurable goals. Goal-setting is awesome, because it gives you something to work toward. However, if you don't set specific, measurable goals, you'll never know when you've reached your goal and you'll never have a sense of accomplishment. Weight loss goals are probably the most common, but you can really apply them to anything. Work out X times a week for X minutes each. Only eat one meal out a week. Don't have more than one glass of wine on a weeknight. The list is endless, just make sure you can measure it. Start out small and attainable, then once you've reached your first goal, set the next! You'll be surprised how quickly you can achieve your goals once you set your mind to it and put your plan into motion.

2. Keep a journal or use a fitness app. The easiest way to see what you are consuming each day, or keeping track of your water intake or exercise schedule, is to write it down. For me, writing down what I eat in a day is the best way for me to get back on track and stay there. There are a ton of apps out there, or if you prefer, get a pretty journal and write it down! My preferred method is using the MyFitnessPal app. It's super easy to do and you can track calories, macros, exercise, water, and more! It also allows you to follow friends and makes sure you stay in a healthy range so you are losing weight, or maintaining it, safely.

3. Make time for exercise. This is maybe the hardest part of changing your lifestyle. Many of us feel overwhelmed with work, family, friends, kids, pets, school, name it. It can be extremely difficult to find time for exercise. However, if exercise is important to you, and it should be, you will find time to do it. 

Jodi: For me, I prefer to work out first thing in the morning. It's not always the easiest thing to do, but I feel so much better and ready for my day if I work up a sweat first thing.

Molly: Where I work out is on my way home from work, so I don't even have the chance to get home and talk myself out of it at the end of the day. It also helps that there is a cancellation fee if you wait too close to the class time, and I've found that always keeps me motivated to never skip!

The important thing is to schedule in your workouts throughout the week and then stick to your schedule.

4. Plan meals ahead of time. This is a huge one. If you have healthy, homemade meals planned throughout the week—including breakfast and lunch, and (for me) always making those the night before!—you won't be tempted to grab a quick dinner or go out for lunch because you've got beautiful produce waiting for you! Get this adorable weekly meal planner from Rifle Paper Co. to make you meal planning even better. I love the detachable grocery list aspect!

If you are going out for a meal, scan the menu online ahead of time and decide what you're going to get. Splurging is totally cool every once in a while, but if I know ahead of time I'm planning to get grilled chicken, it's much easier to not opt for the loaded mac and cheese when I get to the restaurant.

5. Up your water intake. Besides increasing your energy, promoting weight loss, flushing out toxins, and improving your complexion, being fully hydrated also improves your brain function! If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated, so always stay ahead of the game by loading up on about 8 glasses a day. To find out exactly how much you should be drinking, try a hydration calculator like this one.

6. Get an accountability buddy. Sometimes you need a little added motivation from a friend to help you get your rear in gear, and vice versa! I know I am more likely to stick to something and turn up to a workout class if I know that someone is there waiting for me or counting on me. Plus, everything is more fun when you do it with your friends!

7. Get a move on! Take the stairs if you can (I do this daily!), park in the back of the parking lot when you shop (obviously with exceptions for negative temps or shopping late at night alone), and take a walk over your lunch break, even if it's just around the office talking to people. Play outside with your dog, and don't just make her do all the work (healthy pups are happy pups too!). Walk somewhere if you can. I usually don't realize how little we walk at home until I come from visiting a larger city where we walk everywhere. We've been making a point more and more to park our car on a daily outing and walk a half mile or so until our next destination rather than driving to the next parking spot. Bonus: it really helps you appreciate your city more!

8. Set time to focus on mental/spiritual health too. Typically "health" refers to physical health, but mental health is so important and can affect your overall health in major ways! Whether it's finding a little time to meditate each day or week, reading self-improvement books, or unwinding and letting your mind rest while you paint your nails or soak your feet, find a way to breathe and reset yourself free of distractions or devices. One thing that puts me at ease is making to-do lists if I feel overwhelmed, since it gives me a step-by-step of what I need to accomplish and I can feel less stressed without all these seemingly random things I have to get to floating around in my head.

9. If you fall off the wagon, don’t give up! This the most important tip on this list. It's so easy to get discouraged and just give up if you go overboard one weekend, or skip the gym a couple days in a row. Everyone needs to indulge or have a rest every now and then, and that's okay! Don't beat yourself up over it and don't get down on yourself. Every day is a fresh start. Pick yourself up and get back on track.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Green

I always love an excuse to get dressed up, especially in the winter. I find myself hibernating most of the time during January, so any excuse to get out and get dolled up is more than welcome. We recently went to an annual dinner that requires fancy dress, so I jumped at the chance to wear a new forest green dress that I recently purchased. 

You all know I love a good tartan print, almost as much as I love to match, so obviously I wore matching green and blue tartan heels, with my green and blue faux fur stole too! 

I kept my makeup classic and paired a tortoise clutch sparkly gold tassel earrings to round out the look. We had a wonderful time and I'm already excited for next year!  

Shoes (similar)
Clutch (similar)


Friday, January 26, 2018

Wear it Two Ways: Velvet Jacket

We've mentioned more than a handful of times how gaga we are for velvet. One of our very favorite applications of our go-to texture is in jacket form. From a polished work look, to a chic party vibe, or an ensemble for heading to happy hour, velvet jackets and blazers can be incredibly versatile. To get your velvet styling ideas going, check out the looks we've styled below!


First, let me say that one of my favorite things as of late is teaching my almost-two-year old nephew fashion terms like "velvet" and "fishnet." Hearing him yell "Molly's hat is BEL-vet!" seriously makes this aunt's heart swell with pride. I'd say he'd be pretty thrilled about this bel-vet look I styled featuring a velvet military jacket from the Who What Wear collection at Target.

While I love layering this jacket over button down tops and blouses for a polished look, with the top collar folded down like a blazer, I recently tried it buttoned up as a standalone top and I'm loving it. Blazer dresses are popping up everywhere, so I figured I'd take a style note and try it!

To go all in, I paired it with velvet flares. I'm loving matching sets that are popping up everywhere for spring, so I just made my own. Lace up platform booties finish off the disco military vibe. I also pulled a sparkly bobby pin out of my grandma's vintage collection and swiped on a bright red lip for a classic finish.

Long live bel-vet on bel-vet!

Molly's Outfit Details:
Military Jacket (identical here, plus sizes here)
Velvet Flares (similar)
Lace up Booties (similar)
Bobby Pin (similar)


I feel like most of the items I have purchased lately have been velvet in nature. So, when I saw that the red velvet tuxedo blazer I had been eyeing at Zara was finally on sale, I had to snatch it up!

I'm a huge fan of wearing a blazer for work, especially on casual Fridays with jeans, but I've also been having fun creating more formal looks as of late. I love the idea of wearing pants to a fancy shindig, so I took it one step further and added my new blazer on top of a jumpsuit! I have to say, I am loving the result. 

I also added a belt to make sure that my waist wasn't lost in the velvety greatness of my blazer. I think I will definitely be recreating this look for a few upcoming formal occasions I have on the calendar! 

How do you like to style a velvet blazer? 

Blazer (similar
Jumpsuit (similar)
Belt (similar
Clutch ( similar


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

DIY Choker T-Shirt

I've got a super simple and quick DIY for you today! If you're anything like me, you like your crafts to be as few steps as possible, and with tools that you already have around your house. Cut out necklines have been popular lately, and that won't be going away anytime soon. The good news is, you can make your own for super cheap, and with items you already have lying around! I chose a vintage t-shirt that I've had for-ev-er. I refuse to get rid of it because it's the softest, most comfy thing ever, and it's riddled with holes (which also adds to it's charm), so it was the perfect option for converting into a choker tee. 

1. Start by laying your shirt on a flat surface. 

2. Put the shirt on and pin in two spots where you want the low part and high part of the V to be. Make sure you place a pin below the collar. 

3. Pick the shirt up and fold it in half long-ways, making sure that the collar is even on both sides of the fold. 

4. Starting at the lowest point, cut straight up to the highest pin. Don't cut the fold! Think of when you used to cut out paper hearts for Valentine's Day in school, it's kinda like that! 

5. Cut along the top part of the triangle, right under the collar band, to the highest pin point. 

Pull a little to roll the edges and voila! You've got a choker tee! Style it however you want! I went with a glam rocker look below, but it's also super cute with a long cardigan sweater and jeans too! 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Fancy Pants

Around this time of year I find myself getting in kind of a style rut. I pretty much keep black jeans on rotation, and I've been wearing them 4-5 days out of the week. Since up until a few days ago, wearing a dress or skirt sounds pretty terrible in single digit temperatures, so I've been trying to find some new pants to work into my rotation to spice things up. 

I found these sparkly pinstripe pants with a ruffle detail and knew they'd be a super fun addition to my wardrobe, especially since I need a kick in the pants in the pants department. The slightly fancy vibe lent them to be paired perfectly with these blush block heel mules from Coco

A basic cropped sweater works well with the high waist trousers and I gave the look a finishing touch of a layered gold necklace also from Coco

How about you, do you ever try to spice up your wardrobe with fancy pants?

Outfit Details:
Necklace (similar here and here)


Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Weekend Uniform

I've noticed that I tend to have a "uniform" in the winter. It generally consists of a huge, snugly top that I can wrap up in, leggings and boots. I've recently been wearing these leggings to death. They go with everything and suck you in in all the right places. Plus, they balance out the voluminous tops that I've been favoring as of late. 

I really love this duster sweater that I picked up last year. It's a classic cut and the black and white print is modern and chic. 

I'm also a HUGE fan of these booties. They actually have a rubber bottom that makes walking in the snow a breeze and they elevate an otherwise boring outfit to a whole new level. 

Sweater (similar)

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