Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fancy Schmancy Strappy Sports Bras

I have a newfound appreciation for fancy, strappy sports bras. It's an activewear purchase that I put on the back burner at times, but after recently purchasing and falling in love with the Lululemon Free To Be Wild Bra (currently sold out), I'm now inspired to rock the strappiest and most intricate of sports bras I can find. There's a decent chance that I care more about the look of the bra rather than the level of support it provides, because I just don't have that much to support if you get my drift... But hey, you have to take advantage of the few situations that favor the little gals when you can! Check out some of my top picks below.

top left: Lululemon Energy Bra, top right: Free People Lattice Back Bra, center: Lululemon Free To Be Bra *Wild (sold out, but available on eBay!), bottom left: Karma Lynne Bra, bottom right: Karma Wear Zelda Bra

Do you like the strappy look or do you prefer to keep it simple?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Weekend: Inaccurate Weather Man Edition

As promised, today I'm getting all caught up and recapping this past weekend! The weather was supposed to be horrendous. Lots and lots of rain. To my pleasant surprise, it turned out to be gorgeous. These are the times when I love the weather man's inaccuracy. 

We took full advantage with a long walk through the city to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, where we got our weekend dose of culture. Then we switched gears and hopped right on over to the Barking Crab and grabbed a couple of drinks. It's definitely one of our favorite summer spots, and it was great to be able to get back out there! We finished off the day with way too much sushi at Snappy Sushi thanks to a Gilt City deal.

On Sunday, we headed out for a round of golf. Yes, that's me up there looking like a pterodactyl. This was the first time since moving to Boston that we've gone out and played together. My extended hiatus was evident in my performance. I had my fair share of nasty shots and lost balls, but it still felt good to play. Here's to improving my game over the coming months! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Weekend: Overdue Wedding Edition

If I can't blog on the weekends, it just doesn't get done... which is coincidentally what happened last weekend! We headed back to the midwest for the wedding of two friends. We flew into Chicago Friday night, and then headed down to Purdue Saturday morning for the wedding festivities. 

It was a great weekend, and it's always so nice to see friends when you live so far away! For those of you who are confused, the picture in the middle right is a Pure Barre pose. The bride is a fellow addict, so obviously we share this common bond and had to get an LTB pose in :) 

Our flight coming home got delayed due to storms in the area, so we ended up landing back in Boston around 1 A.M. This obviously made for a groggy Monday, but it was well worth it :)

I'll be back at some point this week with an update on this past weekend!

Monday, May 5, 2014

the weekend: fun + no fun edition

It's really Monday already? I never understand how the weekends fly by so quickly, but it's sad. This weekend was a good one even though it ended a bit poorly.

Friday night was girls night! We enjoyed a tasty dinner at Carrie Nation before checking out their speakeasy and then heading across the street to 6B Lounge for 90's night. Genie in a Bottle anyone?

Justin and I made a spontaneous decision on Saturday to go to the Red Sox game! It was my first of the season, and it was a win for the Red Sox. We followed up the game by enjoying a couple of drinks at Jerry Remy's before heading home for the night. 

I felt a cold coming on Friday night, but I refused for it to ruin my weekend fun, so I powered through. I started to really pay for it Saturday night, and I definitely paid for it all day on Sunday. Therefore, all day Sunday was spent spooning tissues and cough drops on the couch. Isn't that everyone's idea of an enjoyable Sunday? Thankfully, my wonderful husband took excellent care of me, and I almost never had to leave the couch. Two points for hubs. 

Now if we could all say a little prayer that this little cold goes back to where it came from before next weekend that would be great. We'll be heading back to the Midwest for a wedding, and I can't have a cold slowing my roll!

Friday, April 25, 2014

my wedding: bride + groom portraits

That's right. I'm dedicating one blog post solely to bride and groom pictures. This may be excessive, but I'm not the best at choosing my favorites. So, in order to avoid a blog post of 40+ pictures, you get to enjoy one full post of Justin and me! Lucky you ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

sweet home indiana

I had the great pleasure of going home this past weekend. You may not find the landscape above beautiful, but I do. It brings tears to my eyes every time I fly over it. There's something about home -wherever it may be for you- that is so peaceful and reassuring.  

My time back in Indiana wasn't actually peaceful, but it was jam-packed with fun.

That's Chesney up there in the corner. This is how he sits when he wants a belly rub. This is real life, people. If I didn't know any better, I would think he was a human.  My lovely siblings and I are in the picture on the right. This is after my whole family and I decided to stay up until 3 AM on Friday night. My sister also decided that drinking out of one of my brother's trophies was a good idea. This resulted in the trophy becoming a pimp cup and a few dances to "Pimp Juice". All families do these things, right?

Saturday was spent with my friends. The day's festivities included brunch, mani/pedis, a photo shoot (more on that later), dinner and drinks. We started the day with over 10 people, but we were the only four left standing by the end :)

Sunday I got to see (almost) my whole family for Easter! This was great since I won't see most of them for six months or so. Unfortunately, I only took one picture on Easter, and it's pretty ridiculous so it will not be shared here ;)

I hope you all had lovely weekends and Easters wherever you spent them!

Monday, April 14, 2014

SoulCycle Chestnut Hill Review

A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of a free blogger class at SoulCycle Chestnut Hill with Boston Bloggers. I'm not big into spinning, and to be honest, the last time I took a spinning class I was not a fan. Granted, it was about 6 years ago at an LA Fitness, so it's not the best point of comparison. I had been hearing really great things about SoulCycle for about a year, so when the recently opened Chestnut Hill studio opened I was eager to take a class despite my previous less-than-stellar spinning experience.

I'm here to report that SoulCycle successfully changed my perspective on spinning. I LOVED the class. An awesome playlist including "Work It" by Missy Elliot (hello, 2002) and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" made for a great beat and motivation to burn out to. The class incorporated tap backs which made me feel like I was dancing on the bike. Any form of dancing, be it on a bike or not, always receives two thumbs up from me, so I really enjoyed this. Another positive? The room was dark and dimly lit by candles. My inexperienced self really appreciated not being able to be seen during class.

I don't do cardio on a regular basis, mostly because I just can't get down with running. We don't like each other. This is a form of cardio I would happily do regularly, though, if the pricing wasn't so steep. It's something I can justify doing once every 6 weeks or so, but adding this payment on top of my Pure Barre addiction just isn't going to fly. First time riders do receive a discounted price, though. So if there's a SoulCycle near you, I would certainly encourage you to check it out! 

Have you tried SoulCycle? What did you think?

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