Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Ring: Stella & Dot | Bracelets: Express (Similar) | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bag (Below): c/o Fossil | Nails: OPI "Let's Be Friends"
I posted about my purchase of this top and jeans not long ago (here) and promised to follow up on them once they arrived, and I guess wearing them together in an outfit is my way of saying I kept both of these and was really happy with them. This plaid shirt surprised me because the fabric feels 2-ply (I can't think of a better word for it!), which I haven't seen in in an Express top before. I think it helped keep the white fabric from being too sheer, although it didn't add much in terms of warmth because it's still a very lightweight, gauzy fabric.
I also really loved these jeans! They have a frayed hem (which you can't see of course because I have them tucked into boots), but what I really like is the dark wash with slight fading and distressing, and most of all they're very comfortable and flattering. I feel like they suck me in at all the right places but still allow good movement. They ran true to size for me and they are a mid-rise, but I actually felt they were just a tiny bit higher than my other mid-rise jeans from Express. (I'm also wearing them in the first outfit of this post.)
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When I purchased the top and jeans in my outfit above I also ordered a third pair of jeans, and I ended up returning them. True to my blog objectives for the year, I wanted to explain why I didn't like them for anyone else considering them.
Normally I like to share a try-on photo, but with these jeans, it was just too cringeworthy to share! Unlike the pair I kept above, these were paper thin, showed every dimple, and held nothing in. The color was also more periwinkle in person than I wanted or expected. I'm still looking to add some lighter wash jeans to my closet but this pair wasn't a winner for me. So I just ordered this lighter wash, moderately distressed pair from the new Eco-Friendly line. For one thing the color and distressing look just right, and for another I'm curious about the Eco-Friendly line in general!
Every Monday I try to keep myself as motivated as I am on New Year's Day by sharing a little bit about the goals I'm working on or the areas of life where I'd like to do better. Today I'm sharing one of the changes I'm making to my fitness routine this year. Last year, I trained myself to do the splits but there is so much more to having a limber body than just being able to perform that one move, and this year I am really motivated to make flexibility an even bigger part of my workout routine. (For an example of what my typical workout routine looked like, you can go to this post.) I've been reading some really good articles (e.g. this one is excellent) about the importance of maintaining flexibility as we age for injury prevention and other benefits. And I've also read some persuasive articles like Why Cardio Sucks and You Don't Need to Do It (yep, that's really the name of it!) that have me thinking cutting back cardio and adding in more flexibility training is a good choice for me.
While I do have a few favorite Yoga and Stretch DVDs (posted here), I recently bought a couple of additional options (under $15 each) so I don't get bored doing the same few DVDs over and over.
I don't have complete reviews of these yet since I just got them and have only done one segment (Workout Three) of the Bryan Kest DVD and I can tell you it was the toughest Yoga workout I have ever attempted. Wow. I wanted a challenge and I got it. I thought Bryan did a good job cueing the moves, but to be honest I didn't like watching this DVD and would only glance quickly at the TV if I needed to see whether I was doing something correctly. The outfits Bryan and the background exercisers were wearing were...distracting. Byran's hair was distracting when it wasn't pulled back. And he was a very touchy-feely instructor with his cast and I didn't care for that either. But aside from that, his pointers and commentary were good, and the workout itself was very challenging and unlike any of my others, which is exactly what I wanted.
I will keep you all posted again after I attempt the Rodney Yee workout!