Yoga Teacher Training: Weekend Two Outfits

I know I said I would post the weekend two update today but it’s a lot of info and I already uploaded the outfit pics so I’m going in this order instead.

It’s cold and rainy here. Every day, cold and rainy. I got on a tear about leg warmers because our studio is half glass windows but apparently it’s past time when all the regular stores have them available and the ones I really wanted are more than I want to spend on leg warmers. (HOW ARE THERE BIKINIS IN STORES? HOW?) I’ll probably end up getting them, eventually, but in the meantime I found some good options from a dance supply store and will go back to get more if the weather doesn’t warm up soon.

Friday
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I call this my “yoga matryoshka doll” look because there are so many layers of clothing.
Beanie: TOMS for Target
Infinity Scarf: Target
Raincoat: Target
Fingerless Gloves: Target
Wellies: Hunter (Amazon)
Black legwarmers: Fancy Dancer Boutique (local dance supply) new
Yoga pants: Kyodan (TJ Maxx) new
Gray open cardigan: Costco
Black cinch top: Löle (REI) new
Neon sports bra: Target

Saturday

I wore the same: raincoat, rain boots, scarf, cardigan and legwarmers this day.
Yoga pants: Betsey Johnson (TJ Maxx)
Side cinch top: Prana (REI) new
Sports bra: Target

Sunday

I have decided that Sunday is comfy day. By Sunday I am completely tanking and I stay for restorative class after school anyway so I am going to pick up a couple more pairs of harem style or relaxed pants to round out a month’s worth (rotating 4 Sundays) and just be a schlumpadinka on this day.
Purple legwarmers: Fancy Dancer Boutique (local dance supply) new
Parachute style yoga pants: Kyodan (TJ Maxx)
Quote muscle tee: Love Couture
Sports bra: Target

eShakti winners

So sorry for the delay in selecting and announcing the winners for the eShakti gift card giveaway, but I’m getting back to being human and getting things accomplished.

Congratulations
Miranda!

and

Pantalones del Fuego!
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I’ve emailed my contact your information and you should be hearing from her shortly regarding your gift card.

eShakti giveaway

As promised in my last post, I have two $30 gift cards to giveaway to you lovely readers. Which might be helpful in buying yourself something like this

Beaded Crepe Knit Sheath Dress from their New Arrivals to wear to any upcoming holiday shindigs you might have. I know sometimes it’s hard to envision yourself wearing something you see online, especially when the photos of the garments aren’t on people but one of the great things about their Facebook page is that real customers share photos of themselves wearing their clothes (you can also see a blogger wearing the green version of the above dress on their website). The customers are all different shapes and sizes and a lot of them have taken advantage of the custom tailoring options so you can see how the items might look with a shorter (or longer) hemline. And if you don’t have a Facebook page or if you’d just rather stay off of it (I don’t blame you) they have photos on their Pinterest site as well.

So what do you need to do to enter? Just head over to their website and mention your favorite item from the fall line in the comments below.

The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada and I’ll close it on Friday. I want to make sure you have time to get your item for the holidays!

**Update: since I spent a good portion of the week in the hospital, I’m extending the giveaway until tomorrow 6 pm CT**

Playing Fashion Blogger With The Help of eShakti

**I was provided an article of clothing of my choosing to review for this post. My thoughts are always my own**

I am no stranger to eShakti and if you have been around my blog for any length of time, you shouldn’t be either. I have partnered with them before on this red and blue dress and this blue and white dress.

I also wore a dress of theirs, snatched on clearance, to see Wicked with my husband.
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I always receive a ton of positive feedback on every eShakti item I own and I absolutely love that I can have them custom fit to my exact measurements or tailored to look the way I’d like: adding longer sleeves or shorter sleeves, changing the neckline, removing embroidery, etc. So when they asked me to partner again for their Fall/Winter line I obviously said yes. My main issue was deciding on what to get. I put this question out to the Twitterverse: “If you received something for free would you choose something out of your price range but in your comfort zone or closer to your price range but in your comfort zone?” Resoundingly the answer was the former as most people felt that they just wouldn’t wear something out of their comfort zone but I went the other way because the item that held my attention the most? Something definitely out of my comfort zone. I just couldn’t get it out of my head and I figured I may as well go for it, no harm, no foul, right? I figured that tailoring it to my specific measurements and preferences might make it more likely to get worn.

This is what I chose*

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That’s an embroidered deer pencil skirt with flowers in its antlers and I am OBSESSED with it. It’s tailored to my measurements and I had it lengthened to below the knee to amp the retro vibe.

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*unfortunately it’s out of stock at the time of this post but if you love it like I do, check back because I so recommend it. If it’s not your bag, that’s cool. eShakti posted a thing on their Facebook page asking people how they would style it and some people said some not nice things about the skirt and well, different strokes for different folks because it makes me HAPPY. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

I don’t intend on it being just a holiday skirt either. It’s a nice heavy fabric that stands up to the embroidery and since the flowers are not traditional holiday colors, I think I can get more mileage out of it with different styling choices. The skirt is lined which removes the need for an additional layer. Plus the placement of the seaming nips, tucks, and elongates in all the right places.

eShakti is giving me two $30 gift cards to giveaway, so I’ll be posting details of that very soon.

And of course, I highly recommend you take a gander at their website in the meantime, you could find something that makes you happy too!

more recent things of purchase

So in addition to getting my act together and getting the daily walk project printed, framed and hung, I have been doing some “OMG IT’S SO HOT ALREADY” shopping. I am going to do my best not to be a total shut in this summer and have been trying to revamp my wardrobe into more shorts and dresses in the hopes that it will allow me to leave my dark, air-conditioned cave.

Given that I have already sweat through my clothes a few times and we aren’t really in the “hot” months yet? I don’t have super high hopes but at least maybe I’ll be more comfortable indoors when the A/C has to be run at a temp that isn’t all that cool just to give us a break from the outrageous bills. UGH.

It seems I do best in shorts from the GAP. I already have a pair from last year in orange that I love and just picked up a pair in navy

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at the outlet for $8. I also grabbed this button down from Target to go with it. I love the combo of the coral and navy and of course, I am always sold on a polka dot. Plus it’s super light weight and breathable, I can also layer it into fall and winter. I almost bought the pink seahorse shirt as well but you see below why the jury is out on that one still.

Then I went back to the outlet and picked up these hot pink shorts and this white tank with eyelet detail.

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I am really debating more of the tanks ($8) because they had so many cute colors but I am trying not to do what I normally do, which is just grab a bunch of the same thing in different colors, this go round.

I desperately want a pair of gray shorts but so far the outlet is coming up empty for me in that regard so I might have to bite the bullet and go full price GAP for those. I found a pair at Target but they totally didn’t work from behind, AT ALL.

While at Target I fell in love with a mullet dress but it was just too mullet-y for me to pull the trigger. I am still thinking about the cuteness of EVERYTHING ELSE about the damn dress though so I might just have to pull the trigger and get it fixed.

I also bought another lip balm at Target, I have so many of the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Balm Stains (could the name *be* any longer) that I had to buy a pencil bag to carry them, too.

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This lip balm is different than my usual Revlon choices, however, this time it’s by Pixi and it custom adjusts to your own Ph balance to give you your “perfect” pink. It’s called Unique Pink.

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and two pics of me, natural (late day in my cave with no lights on but near a window) light with the forward facing iPhone 5 camera, wearing it.

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eShakti Spring Line

**Disclosure-I was provided my choice of item to review for this post but my opinions are my own and I would state them good or bad**

A week ago, I mentioned a dress that I would be posting about the next day and then Texas went all Texas with its schizo weather and turned super cold and super windy out of nowhere so that wasn’t happening. Here we are a week later and it’s 80 degrees again so I can finally talk about this ADORABLE dress I received from eShakti. I love eShakti so deciding to agree to review an item from their new Spring Line wasn’t hard, the ability to customize anything is a HUGE selling point for me, as is their catering to so many sizes (0-36W), but deciding which item was a whole lot harder. In the end I selected this dress


(which is apparently so popular it’s currently sold out, boo)

because of the keyhole back. You know me and special details, I swoon for that back. I had it customized to a shorter length as it comes in a below knee length and also had it tailored to my exact measurements and it fits like a dream. It’s so great ordering something online and knowing that I’ll be able to pull it out of the package and have it fit perfectly. I also completely love the side seam pockets and the way they somehow add no bulk yet are deep enough to hold my phone if I want.

When we were shooting these pictures this afternoon a woman walked through the breezeway to her car and told me I looked beautiful, which was awesome and only a little bit embarrassing. I feel like such a lady wearing this dress and even though it’s made of cotton, the details allow for it to be dressed up, as I’ve shown here, or dressed down with some sandals and a long necklace this summer. It’s definitely one I see getting a lot of use out of but what to do about getting one for you? I’m so sad that this particular dress isn’t currently available BUT! Fret not! There are so many fantastic options in their Spring Line and I have a 20% off promotion code for you fair readers.

First some suggestions:

Tux Front Poplin A Line Dress
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Dots Large and Small Halter Dress
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Illusion Mesh Print Dress
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Colorblock Stripe Poplin Dress
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Dandelions Knit Dress
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Not all of those dresses are from the Spring Line but there are just so many on the site that are great, I wanted to make sure you saw some from other sections as well. Also, don’t forget to check out the blouses and skirts too! You can customize those as well.

Now for the promotion code: from now until March 20th save 20% by using code RVENDRKHLM
The following conditions apply:
Code has to be entered in the ‘Promotional Code’ box. No Minimum Order Value. The discount code is not case sensitive. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This code can be clubbed with any other gift coupon or gift card in the same order. This discount code is not applicable on our Overstock category. Not applicable on previous purchases.

Special thanks to Sprog for snapping these photos for me. It was crazy windy this afternoon and we were lucky to get two that turned out so well. I was also lucky to only partially flash the parking lot as we were leaving.

team dots: wedding fashion

I’m still working on building my perfect wardrobe and as such was unsure what I would be wearing to the wedding. I had been contacted by eShakti to check out their new Spring line, so I assumed I would wear the dress I selected from them (more on that tomorrow) but as the wedding drew closer I wasn’t positive it would arrive in time so I needed something else and preferably something from my own closet. I tried on several things (and added new things to my donate pile in the process) and settled on this

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Old Navy dress that Willy had given me for Valentine’s Day last year. I paired it with my Miz Mooz Petra sandals and decided I would seek out a patterned clutch to tie everything together. (the other dress did end up arriving in time but it was COLD the day of the wedding and it totally wouldn’t work for that)

I tried Target and Kohl’s with no success (although I did almost buy a yellow wristlet at Kohl’s but it was solid and I really wanted a pattern) before asking Twitter for suggestions and that’s when Emiliy suggested DSW and there, online, I feel in love with this
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Poppie Jones chevron clutch. I know Chevron is like so two minutes ago but I still love it and am obsessed with this clutch, the fact that I got it 40% off in the store? EVEN BETTER.

I also decided to be very fancy and paint my fingernails which is something I very rarely do. Color is Chinchilla from Essie.

I don’t have one full length picture of us all done up but here’s a quick snap I took
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documenting the fact that Willy forgot his favorite Kenneth Cole boots in Houston and was forced to wear the Chucks he had, given the laid back vibe of the whole wedding, it actually worked but he really loves those boots.

And here’s one of us on the way to the ceremony in the car
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I’m sort of hunched over in this pic because I am tall, but anyway, you can barely make out a brown sweater looking thing in the corner? I brought a brown sweater shawl thing at the last minute and I am so glad I did. It was WAY COLD.

And finally-this doesn’t have anything to do with wedding fashion but it’s fashion and Fredericksburg related so it works-I brought home a souvenir from the weekend. I pretty much never get souvenirs when we travel (other than postcards) but I saw this dress in a store as we walked down Main St. and pretty much wasn’t leaving town without it, so…
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I posted this teaser pic on Instagram but here is a quick shot of the whole thing

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I’m crazy about this dress and it’s probably a way crazy dress but I don’t care. Root Boutique is like my dream store. If I ever come into large sums of money? I will buy all my clothes and jewelry there. ALL of it.

Let’s talk fashion

This year is a big year with lots of changes and lots of growth and I’m really trying to do my best to not only ride it out but embrace the changes and do everything I can to turn this year out. I’m making changes for my health after the whole mutant thing (taking daily vitamin B and D supplements) and have added a morning walk with the girls.

I’ve also been making changes around the house, organizing, reducing clutter fixing areas that have bugged the shit out of me for a while and part of that has been taking a long hard look at my wardrobe. Last year I started working at wearing thingsnI already owned (wear your shit) photographing the combinations (when I remembered) and sharing the outcome on IG and twitter. Going through that process helped really open my eyes to a whole lot of stuff that resides in my closet I never touch, a lot of stuff that is so close to being “right” but is off in some small way, and a much smaller amount of things that I wear the majority of the time. It also helped me sit down and identify what really gets “me” to help me purchase in the future.

For far too long, I’ve been buying thoughtlessly (just to have something new for an event) because I loved it on someone else or to keep up with trends. I have determined I love things that have a little bit of edge, a little special detail here or there on an otherwise classic item.

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Like the sleeves on this black top, which have a slant and little button detail
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Or the embroidered bow on this top
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The zipper and cowl detail on this “jacket”
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The hot pink sole and laces on these oxfords
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The bubble skirt and drapey back of this long sleeve dress
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The pleats and gold tips of the bow on this blouse

I spent a lot of time trying to identify my style which was more like trying to shoe horn my style into conventional buckets which isn’t really me…focusing JUST on details opens me up to all sorts of styles and THAT allows for me to dress according to my mood.

Scarf Swap Time Is Fast Approaching

So, another month is gone again and I should probably do a little update for those of you that follow me here and not on twitter where I run off at the “mouth” every day of the week but today is not that day. Today it’s time to start thinking about scarves, even though my A/C is still running, I’m still having to shave my legs and my boots are getting dusty. Someday soon, PLEASE, it will get cold-ish and I will get to break back into my stock of scarves. I will get to shop for new ones. I will buy one for someone else.

Thankfully, the scarf swap always helps on that last one.

If you haven’t played along before, you can check out these posts for more info: post 1, post 2 and there are more links contained in that first post if you want to read even more.

The swap admin is essentially the same every year:

    You Don’t Have To Be A Blogger To Participate
    You Can E-Mail (e-mail address located under contact me), Tweet Or Comment On This Post To Sign Up
    You MUST Provide Me With An E-Mail Address To Assign Your Match/Allow Correspondence Between You

This is much earlier than I usually post about doing the swap but maybe that will be better? I know a lot of stores have some GORGEOUS scarves out now, so maybe grab one now and if you do, I might be able to match you with a person that is interested in that color or style? Just let me know if you’ve already shopped or plan on pre-shopping and we can sort all that out later.

You have until Monday Dec 31st to sign-up
Matches will be sent out Tuesday Jan 1st

Scarves should be sent to your swap by Friday Jan 18th. Again, the mail out date is a guideline and not a hard and fast rule. I have extended it a little this year (because at least in my world time is FLYING by this year) but if you are ready earlier, please feel free to send it earlier. If you need to send it later, all I ask is that you inform your swap partner so they aren’t left wondering if they were forgotten.

If you have any specific color aversions, preferences, fabric allergies or anything of that sort, please include them in your comment, tweet or e-mail! It just helps your swap partner pick something that you’ll love.

The flickr pool is still there for uploading pictures of your scarves or you can send them to me and I’ll add them, just make sure you let me know that it’s okay to do so.

I look forward to seeing everyone get lovely new scarves!

bringing (my) sexy back

The title of this post is a bit of a stretch. I’m not sure that I ever had my sexy, really. I’ve never owned the type of clothes that one “goes to the club” in. I always am way self conscious in skirts on the shorter end of the spectrum and my definition of “short” is DEFINITELY not what other people consider to be short. I constantly question the age appropriateness of anything I even consider wearing even though my child is constantly making fun of me for my “long dresses” so obviously he doesn’t really care or think that I am even remotely close to being inappropriate.

Now, none of that is to say that I am hiding. I’m not wearing sweats or giant, two sizes too big shirts or anything but more that I don’t buy anything that is designed to *show* anything, specifically.

And then Alice, you know Alice? I blame Alice (sorry, I had an Arlo Guthrie moment there) sent me these awesome feather earrings

and I got a wild hair to wear them. Not just wear them but wear them. I figured they needed an outfit. Something fitting of their crazy appeal and since we were going to a Mullet Boyz show, you remember The Mullet Boyz, yes? I decided to get out of my comfort zone a bit and make myself something a little sexy.
I had pinned a DIY one shoulder no-sew top on Pinterest and that’s what I decided to go with, the original was black but I happened to have a gray mens shirt laying around so that’s what I went with

and I LOVE IT.

Not to be a totally bragging brat face but for a FREE shirt that was way outside of my comfort zone stylistically? I felt sexy, confident and stylish. Major win!

I think it showed

Just a bit