Express / Cami: Express / Necklace: J Crew (Gift) / Jeans: Express / Booties: Express (Similar) / Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift, Similar) / Bag: Amazon (Colors Vary)
Target (sizing was same as Express for me) / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole Society / Long Pendant: Express / Short Pendant: c/o Kendra Scott / Ring: Kendra Scott (colors vary) / Bag: Amazon
Express / Cami: Express / Jeans: Express / Necklace: Express (Gift, Similar) / Shoes: Sole Society (Same style, similar color) / Ring: Target / Bag: Amazon (color selection varies)
Similar) / Necklace: Express (Gift, Similar) / Tank: Target / Bracelet: LOFT (Similar) / Jeans: Vigoss / Booties: Express (Similar) / Bag: Amazon
Here's a look at the workouts I've done this week, based around Cathe's STS Meso 3 weight training.
Saturday: Cardio: Turbo Fire 45 + Abs: Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster
Sunday: Dance Class (Local Studio)
Monday: Legs: STS Meso 3 Week 3 Plyo Legs
Tuesday: Abs: Stability Ball Work (no DVD) + Cathe Cardio Fusion "Mixed Cardio" Premix
Wednesday: Shoulders, Bis, Tris: STS Meso 3 Week 3
Thursday: MTV Power Yoga
Friday: Chest and Back: STS Meso 3 Week 3
Notes and Modifications:
I made the same modifications to the upper body work as I mentioned in Week One of this Phase. Also, after this week I think my Firm Ultimate Calorie Blaster DVD is headed for the retirement center. The Firm DVDs were great for me when I was getting back in shape postpartum and when demanding babies meant I could only workout 3-4 days per week. They combine weights and cardio, which is a great time saver but not heavy/intense enough weight training for me in the long run. This is the last DVD I kept because I liked the ab work, but this time when I was finished I ended up adding a few more exercises on my own because it just didn't feel like I had worked hard enough.
People Can Change:
All of my blog and Insta friends have been having a blast laughing at me and saying, "I told you so!!" since I first posted an outfit (here) with this ruched racerback dress (since I have been historically anti-dresses). I had a question about how short it is, so for comparison, here is the length on me (5'4") vs. the model (judging by this I would guess she's probably 5'9" or 5'10"). It's quite a bit shorter on her than me. It does ride up a little bit with wear, but not bad at all. And just in case anyone wondered, it coopersates easily with a racerback style bra.
I have to give credit to Rachelle for insisting I try this particular dress in the first place. She also enabled me to use my Express Next Birthday reward towards some of the other color options:
The grey one has fringe that I didn't necessarily want, but Rachelle scoped it out in person and said it's subtle so I'm going for it because I love the color and possible styling options. And yes, I'm also really loving strappy bralettes, too. They are the perfect thing to wear under London Tees for a little extra coverage and a fun detail:
Tee: Express / Bralette: Express (In-Store Only, Similar) / Jeans: Vigoss / Booties: Express (Similar) / Bag: Amazon / Necklace: Kohl's (gift) / Ring: Stella & Dot (gift) / Bracelet: LOFT
Shannon on Insta asked me if the bralettes are supportive. My opinion is that they're light-medium support. My guess is that A-C cups will have the best luck with these. Beyond that size you may not find them supportive enough, but you could always wear them over your regular bra and still get the same strappy effect with the top.
It's no secret that I love jackets, and super comfy jackets that feel like a hoodie are the best. I have two from Express that I love and have worn many times:
They're both less than a year old, but they sold out rather quickly. However, Express just added a new option in this style, and it looks kind of like my black jacket and grey jacket got together and had a baby:
Marled French Terry Jacket (Far Right)
As much as I love this style I'm convincing myself that I don't need the third/new option since I wouldn't be able to style it in any way that I can't do with my current two options. But I just wanted to share in case any of you missed the boat with the first two versions!
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Thanks again for stopping by today and for your continued support! I'll be back on Tuesday with a little virtual Valentine fun my way so I hope you'll stop by and check it out. Have a great weekend!
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