Simple Style

 

Sometimes you just need a simple, cute outfit, to run some errands in. It was a bit chilly the other day, so I happily paired this spring/summer top with a light sweater for a comfortable, yet stylish look. 

Switch this outfit up a bit by wearing it with black slacks and a long necklace to create a wonderful office/work look!

Black Sweater – Target

Mint/Light Turquoise Tank Blouse – Target

Sweetheart Bootcut Jeans – Old Navy

Black Pointed Toe Flats – Nine West (purchased at Shoe Carnival)

I paired this outfit with simple accessories. Faux diamond bling studs, and my every day cross necklace and bracelet from Tiffany & Co.
 

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Casual Chic

This look has been one of my favorites lately. It’s a very versatile outfit that can be worn to many different places/events.

I wear it to just run errands, or to attend a low-key lunch/dinner or relaxed event. It’s also a great “date night” outfit!

It is comfortable and can be paired with other tops or shoes to keep it looking fresh and different. 

I also love it because the clothes all come from Old Navy, so it is very affordable, and can easily be added to anyone’s closet!

  
Black Blazer – Old Navy

Mint Blue Top – Old Navy

Sweetheart Skinnies – Old Navy

Black Pointed Toe Flats – Nine West (Purchashed at Shoe Carnival)

  
I paired this outfit with an orange pendant from Old Navy, and orange rhinestone earrings. 

Let’s Talk – Passing Runners

  

Being a runner, a “road runner” I guess, I pass many different people during my outings. Today I’ll be covering the whole “passing runners” topic from a few different views. I hope that runners/walkers, bikers, and drivers alike benefit from this post. 

A lot of this is probably “common sense”, but we all know that isn’t that common these days. 

Passing a Runner while Driving

As a runner, and I am sure any other runners have to do this, I run on the road. (Now before I go further, yes, I know there are “off road” paths and trails, but sometimes getting to those takes extra time we don’t have, and we just need to get our run in.) I always make sure to run against traffic, and I stay as close to the curb, or edge as I can, and I see that the majority of runners out there do the same. 

While driving, always give extra space, even when a runner is in a bike lane. This not only show us that you SEE is, but that your respect our space on the road as well. 

Giving us space also allows for us to avoid things in our path you may not be able to see, thus giving us room to get around them safely. Seriously, I really do not want to step in that dog poop…or on that dead frog. 

I have, sadly, had encounters of some pretty poor drivers. One person actually started crossing the line TOWARD me during a run, another turned in front of me causing me the need to slow down nearly to a stop in the middle of the road. These things should not happen and are not okay. Pay attention while driving and be aware of those around you. 

Also keep in mind, running is hard. Whether the runner is doing 1 mile or 10, they’re out there giving their best effort, working hard. Give them a wave or a thumbs up, this is such a great boost, and keeps us going. 

(My favorite yet was the bearded biker dude who said “WOW!” as he passed me recently. Yeah, that made my day.)

Passing a Driver while Running

Runners, the same courtesy should go for us as well. 

Be sure that if a driver didn’t give you space it wasn’t because they didn’t have room in the other lane to give. 

If they do give space, always be sure to acknowledge it with wave. It’s amazing what a little kindness can do. 

If they give you a thumbs up or wave, again, acknowledge it! Seriously, kindness is free, spread it around!

  
Runners Passing Runners

I feel like I shouldn’t even have to cover this, but sadly after today, I’ll address it.

If you’re going to pass another runner, same side, same direction, or not; don’t just pass them like they aren’t there. Say something, wave, smile! 

This happened to me and it actually really bugged me. 

I heard the person coming and stayed my path, leaving plenty of safe space from traffic. When they passed I looked over to give a smile and say hello, and it was like I wasn’t there. 

We are all working hard when we are out there. Let’s boost each other up, encourage each other, and watch how much happier we all are by doing so!
My last thought to drivers: Keep in mind that I can see you while driving, GET OFF YOUR PHONE! 

  

Jean Jacket, Take Two

  

Over the weekend I shared a maxi dress paired with a jean jacket, and I had a great amount of likes on this post. As well as people asking for more ways to wear a jean jacket.

This is the perfect piece for spring, early summer and fall; when the weather is getting warmer (or starting to cool), and there is a crispness to the air. It pairs with many different dresses, pants and skirts. 

I ran some errands recently, and rather enjoyed this simple, yet chic outfit. I hope you find some inspiration here!

Clothes:

Jean Jacket – Old Navy

Pastel Pink “Tami” – Old Navy

Black “Rockstar” Pant – Old Navy

Accessories:

Black Scarf – Versona

Leopard/Black Pointed Toe Flats – Levity (Purchased at DSW)

Light Pint and Crystal Studs – Francesca’s 

The “Guilt Free” Pizza

 
Let’s face it, we all enjoy pizza, but sometimes we don’t want all grease and calories that can sometimes come with it. I made this for dinner the other night, and it was not only delicious, but I didn’t feel guilty eating it!

So, to whom ever invented the “Margherita Pizza”, thank you.

This is my version, and I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

1 Boboli Whole Wheat Pizza Crust*

1 packet Boboli Pizza Sauce

2 Roma Tomatos, sliced

Tillamook Shredded Mozzarealla 

Spice Islands Sweet Basil 

Directions:

Spread the sauce over the pizza crust. (I used only about 1/2-3/4 of the packet.) Next sprinkle desired amount of Tillamook Mozzarella cheese over the crust. (I did a light sprinkling, so I could still see the sauce.) Place the sliced Roma tomatoes evenly around the crust. Sprinkle the desired amount of Spice Islands Sweet Basil over entire pizza. (I did at least 2 light sprinklings around it.)

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. (The crust package said 8-10, but mine needed longer, I ended up going for 15 minutes.)

Once it is finished, let it cool for a minute or two, slice, and enjoy! 

  
*I will be looking into various recipes and will be trying to make my own pizza crust. If I am successful, I will share it. 

Saturday Brunch Outfit

  

This morning I had a Hall of Fame brunch to attend, and was delighted with the outfit I picked out for it. 

Maxi dresses paired with a jean jacket are a great spring and early summer look. They are simple, and can be worn to many different events. 

My outfit pieces:

Jean Jacket – Old Navy

Blue Bird/Floral Print Maxi Dress – Old Navy

White Belt – Target

White Sandals – Cole Haan 

Aviator Sunglasses – Oakley

I also accessorized this outfit with a pair of light orange earrings. 

Let’s Talk – Body Shaming

While out on my run this morning, I kept pondering what next to share, when I realized that I couldn’t stop thinking about the most recent “body shaming” incident targeting the singer, P!nk. It really breaks my heart to see what people are willing to say others, especially in such a public manner, when they shouldn’t be saying it at all.

If you are unaware of the incident, here’s a quick re-cap. The singer looked stunning in a low cut black dress while attending the John Wayne 30th Annual Odyssey Ball in Los Angeles. She was attending the event to support her friend, who was receiving an award. Unfortunately people took to Twitter and “body-shamed” her instead of focusing on the reason she was attending in the first place.

The singer, in a beautifully amazing way, retorted back by tweeting the following:

(Follow P!nk here to see more of her amazing tweets: https://twitter.com/Pink)

She isn’t the only celebrity that has been put under the “body shaming” spotlight, but I won’t sit here and go through every account of whom it happened to and why.

It simply needs to stop.

There is NO perfect body, and we need to stop comparing others to false pictures that have been photoshopped, or some fake view of the world that is someone else’s brain. It saddens me to see what a cruel place the internet can be. People sitting behind their computers thinking they can verbally attack people and bring them down, it really makes the world ugly.

I agree with Al Roker, it is time to shame the shamers.

Not everyone has “6-pack abs” and we aren’t going to! That doesn’t mean that person isn’t worthy of respect and kindness, only THEY have a say in what their body looks like, and what size it is.

Yes I agree that this goes both ways, stop “fat-shaming”, “skinny-shaming”, but I I also don’t personally condone a really unhealthy lifestyle. I believe that women, and men, come in all shapes and sizes and if they are happy with the way that they look, that is all that matters.

I have struggled with my own weight, allowing the thoughts of society to seep into my brain telling me that I don’t look good enough, or that I can’t wear certain things. I finally got fed up with thinking I wasn’t good enough, and worked on changing my thoughts. I bought myself a bikini last year, and you know what? I ROCKED it. I still do, “mommy-pooch”, stretch marks and all.

If you want to try to “body shame” me, first of all, shame on you, but know that body has grown, carried, and birthed a human, has been thinner, and plumper, has seen bruises, scrapes, and has scars, but it is MY body. I run, I strength train, I eat healthy, and you know what? I also eat CAKE! Because, dammit, it tastes good!

The Smoothie

For those who follow me on Instagram, you possibly saw me post this recipe there a couple months ago. This is one of my favorite breakfasts! I created this mix on my own a while ago, and with the help of my dear friend, Peggy (@hashtag_peggy on Instagram) I added oats to give it an extra boost.

Ingredients:
1 6oz container of Vanilla or Strawberry Yogurt (I use store bought, and Strawberry)
1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup Frozen Peaches, chopped
1/4 tsp Chia Seeds (I use my fingers and do a pinch of them)
1-2 tbls Ground Oats
1/2 cup 1% Milk

Directions:
Place in blender, in order of listing, and begin blending. Use a spatula to scrap the sides if needed, and blend until there are no more “chunks”. If the smoothie is thick, and not blending evenly add a little more milk. Once blended, pour into a glass and enjoy!

I can drink the whole thing, and it tides me over until lunch. It’s just so chock full of yummy goodness!

Suggestions and Tips:
With the ground oats, try starting off with 1 tablespoon, this add a texture to the smoothie, and some may not like the thickness/texture it adds.

I also grind my oats in a food processor and store them in a sealed container. This makes it much quicker to make the smoothie.

Pre-chopping your frozen peaches and strawberries makes the process go a lot quicker as well. I do this and store them in a sealed container in my freezer.

Happy Blending!