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Fitness Friday 29


Picking up where I left off on some Fitness Friday progress! My new job has the corporate discounted ClassPass, so I have been trying out some studios in the Atlanta area! I have been sticking to barre and pilates classes (avoiding cardio) because I am still wearing a mask to class. I'm unfortunately in a minority on that around here, but I got my fist vaccine earlier this week! So I can hopefully start trying some cardio after I have the second one. So, in between trying out some studios, I have been keeping up with some video workouts as well. Since I skipped last month, I thought I would stray from sharing my weekly workout schedule. I'm instead going to share the video services I have been using and studios I have tried out so far!

Workouts
Video:
Rumble TV- I did a week free trail and really enjoyed how they mix boxing and strength training.
Fit Atelier- My most frequented studio in Charlotte with my forever favorite class (taught by one of my bridesmaids), Ballet Fit Theory!
Blogilates- I love Cassey's shorter options (around 15-20 minutes) that still provide a good burn! You can find them on her website, YouTube, or her app, Body by Blogilates.
SweatNET- I've definitely been missing their popup workouts all over Charlotte, but I can still get some of the experience with streaming from their partner studios.
ClassPass Streaming- I have been enjoying seeing all of the options available to stream like Barry's, several barre 3 and Barre Code locations, as well as solidcore. Which I have been wanting to try in Atlanta, but isn't the most convenient location for me. There are even ballet classes you can stream from New York City!

In Studio:
Club Pilates- I had been meaning to try Club Pilates at one of the several locations in Charlotte, but thanks to my hip injury and COVID, it took until I moved to try one in Atlanta. It is a reformer studio and I tried the Balance class. The class was a little more stretching than I've seen on a reformer before, and some barre work. I haven't made it back yet, but I'm sure I will soon!
barre 3- I have tried one of their locations in Charlotte before, so I was excited to see there were a few to choose from in the Atlanta suburbs. I really like how they are a little different from other barre methods in that the movements are a little more based in yoga, and very grounded.
I Heart Pilates-  I tried an independent reformer studio in Roswell and really liked how they used the full variety of traditional pilates equipment. I have done more megaformer before, so it was nice to learn more of the traditional side of pilates.
SculptHouse- A megaformer pilates studio (and activewear boutique), and I have tried their Charlotte location before. So I had to try the original in Buckhead. I was so sore the next day, I will definitely be making my way back!

Food
  1. A recent dinner favorite has been this sweet potato ground turkey skillet. It is pretty simple to make and a little different from having chicken all the time.
  2. Also with sweet potatoes, another great option I've made several times lately is a simpler version of this 1 pan chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli dinner.
  3. On the snack front, I keep on buying Luna Bar protein bars. I used to always have a stash of their classic bars while I was in college and I'm currently loving these chocolate-y protein filled versions.

Thanks for reading!

Wedding Wednesday: Less than 100 Days


I can't believe we are now less than 100 days out from our wedding! Oh and Happy St. Patrick's Day, I just had to post the green dress from our engagement photos for this post. I had mentioned in my last Wedding Wednesday post I would do a 6 month update, but was a little busy trying to get everything worked out to get to Atlanta at the time. So, here I am 3 months later...with 3 months left to go! Quite a few large aspects of planning have been very touch-and-go with Covid restrictions. 
We are currently at 30% capacity at our reception venue, which cut our guest list in half. We are basically at just family and wedding party. We are hopeful it will open up a bit to invite some more friends. But the venue also is not allowing cocktail hour or dancing beyond TJ and I's first dance, and the parent dances.  Additionally, we had to change rehearsal dinner venues as our original one lowered their capacity to just 16 people through the remainder of 2021. At this point, we are just thankful that North Carolina recently lifted their ban on alcohol sales after 9pm. 
However, I think things are really looking up as far as vaccines go. Both of our grandparents, our priest, my parents, some more family members on both sides, and a few friends have gotten at least the first shot already. So we are optimistic that at the very least, the older crowd will be all set by June. If we've learned anything over the last year, a lot can change in a few months time!

Let's pick up where we left off with what was "in progress" in the last post:
Wedding Website
This is now all set, we did end up using Zola and I really like their options.

Save the Dates and Invitations
We are working with a local shop and hoping not un-invite anyone. So we waited until we had an update from our reception venue in January to send out Save the Dates to our smaller list. We will hopefully have a longer list by the time invites are going out.

Honeymoon Planning
We are very excited to be heading to Puerto Rico for 10 days after the wedding!

Bridesmaids Dresses
I mentioned we were buying through Brideside, which became quite the adventure. I originally picked them because they had a Charlotte showroom, and had a home try-on option. So my Charlotte girls got to try on dresses there. Then the ones out of town had a few styles sent through the mail that they were able to try on at home. The dresses were supposed to arrive in December, but Brideside went out of business with no warning just a few weeks before. Luckily, we had ordered styles from a larger bridesmaid's site, so we didn't have to completely start from scratch. Brideside had sent them the orders, but not the money. So my girls all had to file credit card disputes, and we had to re-order all of the dresses. But the new order arrived in January, and as of last week, everyone thankfully got their money back!

Currently in progress:
Welcome Bags
My mom is all over these, and I think having a lot of fun putting them together!

Groomsmen Attire
TJ recently looked at some details and we are looking for a bow-tie outside of the tux rental, so he will be able to keep part of his wedding look.

Pre-Cana and Mass Details
As I have mentioned in some past posts, we are getting married in a Catholic church. So we have completed the virtual version of a Pre-Cana course, but still have some more to do with a priest. We also still need to pick our readings and the music for the Mass.

Reception Details
We have a day-of coordinator helping us out with some of these more fine-tuned details like a welcome sign, escort cards, etc.

Bridal Portraits
I just picked my dress up from being altered, and will be having my hair and makeup trial done when I have my portraits taken in April. I also ended up choosing a different pair of shoes!

Pre-wedding Events
My mom's sweet friends are throwing me a bridal shower in a few weeks, my best friend has planned a bachelorette weekend in Charleston, and TJ's family is having a couple's shower for us closer to the main event!


Thanks for reading!

A Little House Progress


Let me start this post off by saying I'm really trying to get back to least 1 post per week! I've let my posting fall so far behind ever since everything with the move started to ramp up last fall. Most of September-December was spent trying to find a house and a job at the same time. On top of planning a wedding and the regular holiday things. Then I moved in January, started work early February, and am finally starting to feel settled. So I thought it would be fun to share some of the progress on the house! It has been a lot of fun, and has kind of taken my attention entirely away from posting about outfits. So, sorry about that on the content end. I also haven't figured out a photographer in Georgia yet. So for now, I will probably be doing some more posts like this as we get further along with decorating!

Painted the living room
We still need a few major things in this room, so for now here's a corner to show the paint color. The entire house was painted gray before it was sold. This room was previously a dining room. It was painted the same shade of light gray above the moulding and a darker taupe gray below it. So we brightened it up by painting it Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue, and a classic white. We like the gray through the house for the most part though. We plan on maybe painting 2 more rooms in different colors. 

Made pillows for the family room
I had a few weeks in between leaving Charlotte and starting work in Atlanta, which I spent at my parent's house. We got so much wedding stuff done in that time, and my mom showed me how to make pillow covers. I had found this fabric for a great deal at an antique store, and it was a lot of fun to make them together.

Decorating the guest bedroom
The guest room is basically most of what was in my apartment in Charlotte, and it will be my office area. So there isn't a whole lot to do in here. There was a desk left in the basement from the previous homeowners that I'm still in the process of painting blue. I also had a coat rack/shelf unit in my apartment that I'll be painting white. I ordered some toile curtains, just got a full length mirror in, and a Greek key rug as a Christmas present. I really just need to put some things on the walls, and I should be all set with that room! 

Found a kitchen table
The previous homeowners left a very large island size table that I just didn't think fit the space very well. Plus it is counter height, and I would just rather have standard height for a table we are going to use so often. So when TJ and I found this classic round solid wood table at an estate sale, I managed to convince him that we needed it. We weren't planning on buying furniture that day, so it was an adventure getting it in the car. But we got it for just $100, when we've found similar tables from the same manufacturer selling for over $2,000. So I think it was worth it! My parents also gave us their old kitchen table chairs, so my next project is to paint them. I'll wait to share how it all looks in the space until the chairs are done.

Not much else was needed in the kitchen
I would have picked just about everything that the previous homeowners did with the kitchen renovation. So I've just been having some fun decorating it!

Basement
We have a basement that is separated into 2 rooms, one is finished and the other is not. So we are using the finished room as TJ's office and a second TV area, and the unfinished room as a gym area. Within the last week, TJ has had some work done in that area. There was only 1 electrical outlet, so he had a few more installed, and had the HVAC brought over from the main unit into the finished room. Now he's working on furnishing the rest of it.

We have quite a few upcoming projects for other rooms, and some might be done much quicker than others. But I think this will be a fun series to document it along the way!


Thanks for reading!

Valentine's and President's Day Sales


Who's up for some end of season shopping?! This round of sales is always one of my favorites, that I don't think gets enough hype. Maybe it also just gets me excited for spring? I'm also just excited for the weekend with both Valentine's Day and having President's Day off of work. Either way, I have sort of shifted what I'm looking for in clothing/accessories to housewares. So just like my After Christmas Sales post, I've added a few of those retailers as well. I also might be updating on Saturday with more sales as I see them around!

Ann Taylor- 40% off
Athleta- up to 50% off
Anthropologie- extra 50% off sale
Banana Republic- up to 40% off
Boutique Rugs- up to 60% off
Carbon38- up to 75% off
Draper James- extra 30% off sale
Kate Spade- $50 off $150+, $150 off $350+, $250 off $550+
J. Crew- 30% off
J. Crew Factory- 40-60% off and extra 60% off clearance
Joss & Main- up to 40% off
Loft- 30-50% off
Modcloth- extra 30% off sale
Old Navy- up to 50% off
Sarah Flint- up to 65% off
Stuart Weitzman Outlet- extra 25% off
Trina Turk- 30% off
Vineyard Vines- up to 60% off

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

Fitness Friday 28


Well, some time has definitely gotten away from me. I'm picking the Fitness Friday series back up from my last one in September! Whoops, life has just been way too crazy with leaving Charlotte, getting settled in Atlanta, job searching, and wedding planning all at the same time. Between all of the previously mentioned things going on, and studios still being limited, I wasn't working out as much as usual at the end of the year. But I was able to pick it back up in January. I started streaming with my Charlotte favorite Fit Atelier, did some of the Blogilates 21 Day Tone challenge, and some workouts with my mom and her trainer at their country club. Plus, now that I have a full kitchen to cook in, have been trying some great new recipes! 

Workouts
Week of 1/4-1/10
3 days with 2 videos each from the Blogilates 21 Day Tone
Ballet Fit Theory at Fit Atelier (still outdoors, and for the last time)
305 Fitness Zoom (with Janay)

Week of 1/11-1/17
Moving took up about 3 days of this week
Ballet Fit Theory on Fit Atelier streaming
Jabs Choreo x Cardio (they give you a free class to use within 2 weeks of your birthday!)

Week of 1/18-1/24
Toned upper body on Fit Atelier streaming and Blogilates lower body
Trainer workout at parent's country club
Ballet Fit Theory on Fit Atelier streaming

Week of 1/25-1/31
Blogilates arms, abs, glutes
Trainer workout at parent's country club
Toned lower body and Blogilates upper body

Food
  1. I might have found all 3 of these recipes from Tiktok. The first one being the 2 ingredient bagels, made with flour and Greek yogurt. I've made them 3 times in the last few months and I was surprised how easy they are to make. I had been meaning to try dairy free cream cheese, which I would also really liked with these bagels.
  2. I know these turkey meatballs are going to become a staple dinner option. I served them exactly how the video did, and I loved them! My parents and TJ did as well.
  3. I most recently made the feta tomato pasta that is causing grocery stores to sell out of a feta cheese. It is essentially fancy mac and cheese, and I think it lives up to the hype!

Activewear
Sneakers | Light blue crop top | Light blue leggings | Pink top | Gray crop top | Gray biker shorts | Navy star top | Navy star leggings

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27


Gal Meets Glam "Jolie" coat (similar here) | Similar sequin dress | Sarah Flint heels c/o (use code "SARAHFLINT-BACARAB for $50 off)

Today, I am 27! That sounds kinda old, but I'm very excited for what this year has in store. My birthday being so close to the new year always lets me group together hopes and goals for the calendar new year and age at the same time. I am moving out of the apartment I have spent all of my time in Charlotte (over 4 years) in next week. I probably mention this every year, but my dad's birthday was yesterday (I arrived at almost 5am following his 29th), so my parents are coming down for one last weekend in Charlotte to celebrate both days. As sad as it is to leave, I'm very excited to get to Atlanta. I think the pandemic restrictions have made it easier to go, since we haven't really been able to enjoy much of what we love about living in Charlotte for almost a year now. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can start exploring Atlanta. Either way, I can't wait to get married in June and create a home with TJ! Even if there isn't much progress and we have to cut the guest list. I have a good feeling about 27, and 2021.

                                                                                  


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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale 2021 Picks


Start the new year off with a Lilly Pulitzer sale! Apologies I did not get my usual pre-sale post up this round, some house stuff got in the way. But the big bi-annual sale is back today and tomorrow! I actually will not be shopping this time around, as my focus is mostly on the house at the moment. But there's plenty of great deals and I'm linking a few of my favorites below. The items on the bottom row I own in different colors or prints and I highly recommend any of them!


Thanks for reading and happy shopping!