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7/20/18

Lace Top Repeat + Friday Four

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Today's outfit was meant to be a multi-tasking weekend outfit. I had to pick up a few items at the music store followed by lessons for the kids, and then I was supposed to have an afternoon coffee date with a girlfriend. I don't know about you all, but I tend to dress up a little more when I'm meeting up with girlfriends since they're more likely to notice or care than say...the guy at the music store. At any rate, I didn't want to change in between appointments and errands so I grabbed my lace top and dressed it down a little with jean shorts...but I didn't want to be too dressed down so I chose wedges instead of flat sandals!

In the end, my girlfriend had to cancel our coffee date at the last minute, so I was a little dressed up with a few places to go...but none of them requiring the dressier pieces of this outfit! I first posted this top last month when I wore it to one of my son's Spring music recitals. I'll put the side-by-side below so you can see how I dressed it up a little more with a slightly higher stacked heel and dark wash jeans.
LEFT: Lace Top | White Tank | Jeans | Taupe Sandals | Tory Burch Bag (c/o)

I'm wearing a Small in the top, and my jean shorts and sandals both ran true to size for me!

Here are my four random things for this Friday!

1. Prime "Day" Continues. If you missed out on some of the Prime Day deals...you might not be completely out of luck. My two favorite membership deals (both of which I pay for myself just to be clear) have been extended through July 31. The Audible Prime Day Deal  is 66% off a three month membership and the Kindle Unlimited Deal offers 3 months for only 99 cents! If you're not sure if these would be for you, check out my Prime Day Post with ten audiobooks to make you a better, happier, smarter person and four good reads on Kindle Unlimited.

2. Must-listen Podcast. Kristi recommended this episode of the Brute Strength Podcast and said it was so good she listened to it twice! It's called " Program Your Mind for Improved Performance and Greater Self Awareness" and originally aired March 18, 2018. I thought it was good enough to "make" my husband listen to it, and he found it very worthwhile too. If you need a good listen go check it out!

3. Sit-Ups are Useless according to this article. To the point that the army is phasing out their two-minute sit up test by the end of 2020! The article gave some suggestions for better exercises for core work, but in a word: planks.

4. Summer Bucket List. Back in May I made a Summer Bucket List and now that we're approaching the final month of unofficial Summer I thought I better check in on my progress. I had four items on my list: 1) Dance, 2) Eye Exam, 3) Beach Days, and 4) Blogventures.
1) On the dance front, I've abandoned that "goal." I just couldn't find a class I wanted to take in a convenient time + location. Instead I've been walking (outdoors) at least three times a week, and I'm happy with that substitution. It feels great to get fresh air, plus it's way more convenient.
2) I have an eye exam scheduled for August so if all goes well that will be done by end of summer!
3) We've been to the beach twice, which is better than last summer! Hopefully we'll go one more time for good measure.
4) I've gone to two Hatched Collective events that weren't specific to bloggers, but they served the same objective I had in mind (and I did get to chat with some bloggers at each one) so that's a win. I would like to go to one more event in August just because I really enjoy them!

Did you make a summer bucket list this year? How is your progress going? Hope you're enjoying your summer so far and making the most of it!


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23 comments:

  1. I love my planks, there for awhile I was doing them everyday, need to get back to it! LOVE that lace top, the color and cut are amazing and you look wonderful! Happy weekend sweets!

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  2. I used to hate planks but since starting Pilates I've gotten better at them, yesterday's workout had so many planks session, I better get a six packs too lol but I also had pizza so won't hold my breath. I really should make a summer bucket list but I've just been working, exercising. I listened to that podcast as well and it was really good.


    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the podcast! And I think it's not too late to make an "end of summer" bucket list. Make the most of it! :)

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  3. Yeah I like to dress up too if I'm meeting with a friend. Actually since I get out so much less now that I work from home I get excited and dress up whenever I have plans to go somewhere. Wait till you see what I'm planning to wear to the vet today,lol!
    I touched on my bucket list today too - I've been enjoying walking outside, it is nice even if it's hot. We need to get to the beach - haven't been once this summer! Isn't that a shame! Have a wonderful weekend Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. I've gone for my walk a couple of times when it's been hot and I have to agree, the fresh air still feels pretty good even if I'm sweating! Ha. And I'm with you- I'll take just about any excuse to get a little dressed up!

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  4. You look lovely - the top is so cute. I also wanted to do a dance class but cancelled because a. time and b. I couldn't find one. You smashed the other goals though.

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    1. Thank Kay! I know I could make the time for an hour class, but it's the 30 minute commute each way that kills me. Two hour time block for a one-hour class just doesn't make sense right now!

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  5. That lace top is so cute, and I love that you dressed it down with the denim shorts.
    Thanks for the heads up on the situps! I guess I should be happy the classes I take involve lots of planks!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I do better with planks when I have an instructor talking me through it, too. Otherwise I just get bored! LOL.

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  6. Love that lace top - it’s so pretty and feminine. I like the idea of a bucket list - it may be a little late to make mine, but I feel like it should , because summer is going by so quickly!

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    1. This top comes in an ivory version that always reminds me of you! And I say it's not too late to make a list for the rest of summer. :)

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  7. ALthough it's a shame your catch up fell through, this is still a pretty outfit for a still quite busy day! :)

    Hope that you have a great weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica! I was disappointed to miss girlfriend time but c'est la vie!

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  8. I love that top! It’s definitely one you can dress up or down.

    I’ll have to check out that podcast episode, the title is speaking to me :) Have a great weekend Gina!

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    1. Oh yes Noelle, I think you would really enjoy the podcast!

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  9. I wonder if they are going to have a 2 minute plank test now! Planks do such a good job of working your core. That lace top is so pretty on you. It looks great dressed down with shorts!

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    1. Ha! Maybe they will do a two minute plank test! And thanks for the nice comments!

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  10. Love the lace detail!

    Liv

    http://livforstyle.net

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  11. Loving your top. Have a great weekend.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  12. Very cute top! I always shy away from tops that I need to wear a cami underneath, but I love that this cami comes attached! The color is great on you and perfect for summer!
    Ugh, and yes, it's crazy that summer is already halfway over. I feel like I'm just getting into my groove. Such is life! No bucket lists here, just overall trying to get caught up and STAY caught up. That hasn't quite happened yet though...
    Caryl | morepiecesofme.com

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