Thursday, December 6, 2018

{gift guide | for the workout guru}

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With a pretty strong workout schedule going this month I have definitely found what I like and don't like in the gear department. I've added a couple of these items to my wish list because I know they will make my life easier (resistance bands) or step up my gym swag a couple of notches (cute sports bras). I love to wear black leggings and then colorful tops with my favorite white sneakers. I've also realized the importance of having some basic things in your gym bag so you can always be prepared! If you're going to schedule out your classes and focus on what you're eating and putting into your body you should take some time to focus on how you show up to class too - in style! If you dress the part and take yourself seriously then you're more likely to stick to your goals because you believe in yourself! At least, that's what's worked for me :)

Old Navy Leggings // These are easily some of the best low price but high quality leggings I've ever owned. They are so amazing that I own around 8 pairs and am always ordering more (they go on sale for under $20 pretty often)! I love the style with the mesh panels - such a cool touch. Work out clothes should be fun and these leggings definitely check that box! I've really only tried out the black color but they aren't see through and they don't show sweat. Even better is that they don't fall down!!!

S'Well Water Bottle // A classic water bottle that keeps your water cold through the whole workout. The stainless steel is easy to clean and I love this stone pattern!

Garmin Smart Watch // I saw this watch on Instagram and have been absolutely obsessed with it since that day - I went and tried it on at Target even!! It looks like a regular watch but it's actually a smart watch!!! It shows you your steps, tracks calories burned, workouts, etc! It does everything a "regular smart watch" does but in a fashionable way without being in your face. Obviously, this is at the top of my wish list!

Carbon38 Takara Leggings // Another item at the top of my wish list... the infamous C38 Takara leggings. A cult favorite!! I own these in a silver grey and it feels like a second skin - they're so thin (not see through though) and comfortable you feel like you aren't wearing pants. I'm dying for the black pair!!

Mario Badescu Facial Sprays // My skin always gets super dry after working out and the face wash at the gym isn't too great. I love to keep a hydrating and refreshing face spray in my gym bag for quick touch-ups! Especially if I'm walking home after a class my skin needs some instant moisture.

Gym Bag // I found this Adidas bag on Amazon yesterday and was instantly intrigued by a couple of things. The price was so reasonable , there are tons of color options (for gals or guys too!), and lastly all of the pockets! It was 2 outsides pockets, a small interior zipper pocket for catching "small things" as it's labeled, and the best part is it has a dedicated zippered pocket for your shoes! Hello, genius! I always place my shoes on the bottom of the bag bc of the dirty soles! This eliminates all those problems. I just think this is the best workout bag on the market - for $30!

Fabric Resistance Bands // Okay you're probably thinking I put this on here because they're cute. Well, yes, they're adorable but they're also fabric!! So they won't roll and won't pull at your skin. I like to travel with resistance bands so I can get a strong workout completed in my hotel room if the hotel gym is less than ideal. However, I'm one of those people that always struggles with the rubber band rolling up and moving on my legs - these solve that issue.

Forever 21 Sports Bra // I like my sports bras to be cute and I don't like to spend a lot of money on them... I find that I wash my workout clothes more than anything in my closet. The majority of my sports bras (even nicer ones) don't last too long. So I opt for low budget bras in super cute colors ;) this one is only $10

Dagne Dover Pouch // The perfect, durable pouch to hold catch-alls in your gym bag! I keep extra hair ties, travel deodorant, bobby pins, makeup remover wipes, chapstick, and facial spray in mine.

Under Armour Shoes // The best running shoes I have ever owned. I wear these to Blast every single time because I feel like I'm running on a cloud. They have great support for the top of your foot when you're lifting weights and doing squats too. I've worked really hard to keep them pristine white but it honestly hasn't been that difficult - the fabric used is so amazing and breaths better than any shoe I own. I can feel the breeze coming through the top of my foot - so incredible!

Collagen for Her // I add a scoop of this to my shake every morning - it helps with nail and hair growth and reducing cellulite! As you get older your body makes less of this naturally... I'll take all the help I can get. Fun fact the owner is a Hokie! So she's given y'all a discount for 10% off with code JENNROG! You can get a container or individual packets if you travel a lot - so convenient!

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Love Always,

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

{what to wear winery hopping on a cold fall day}

Photography by Katie Urban

The key to staying warm while hopping around wineries is layers! A warm sweater with a little mock neck, a large scarf that you can drape over your shoulders and a wool coat (not pictured since I sat in the sun)! I put on a hat to keep my head warm and over-the-knee boots over jeans add an extra layer of warmth for your calves/knees. The reason I love layers is you never know what the temperature is going to be like outside of the city - the breeze could be stronger or the sun could be shining. It's funny the difference an hour drive can make! Some wineries can be so toasty warm inside that you practically want to roll your boots down off your knees haha.

All of these layers make for a classic outfit. If you stick with dark skinny jeans and a white sweater you can make your scarf stand out and focus on the details. I loved making the red in my scarf pop by wearing my mirrored blue sunglasses! Think about how different this look would be if I had a camel scarf on instead - the focus would probably be on my hat because that would be the eye catching detail. I think that's why I love white sweaters... they're the perfect backdrop for any fun accessory. With a scarf that has a price tag like this one does it's no wonder I can't help but want every color!

What is your go-to outfit for a day of fun? What do you consider to be a fall/winter staple?

Love Always,

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

{winery day with dca car service}

The blogger girls: Kristyn, Katie, Ashlee, Laura, and Monica

A couple of weekends ago I planned a trip to the Virginia Wineries with my best DC blogger girls! We're always so scheduled so making time to be together and just chat about life was such a great escape from our busy day to days. We started off the morning with a brunch at my house complete with mimosas and breakfast tacos before gathering all of our cheese, muffins, and crackers for lunch later on.

Going out to wineries is easily my favorite weekend activity (I know you've heard me say this before). There's something so relaxing about escaping the city, sitting back to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and just being able to catch up with friends. It's so neat to meet the owner's of these unique wineries and hear the love they dedicate to their craft - the names behind each wine, designs of the label, what food they like to pair with their wines, etc. It's truly a learning experience with each winery I get the chance to visit.

I was in charge of scheduling the day so I picked two wineries that the majority of us hadn't been to (which was hard since we have all been to a lot)! I also wanted to make sure that they were two different styles of wineries and that they were close together - so we could maximize our time at each location versus spending it in a car. Luckily for me, there are more wineries in an hour radius from DC than I can list. A lot of them are 10 minutes away from each other.

So now you're probably wondering how we managed to get 6 girls with all of their cameras and a lot of food into one car? DCA Car Service, aka the best part of the whole day - we didn't have to worry about driving! We had a wonderful driver, John, take us out to Virginia to visit our two chosen wineries and then back home at the end of the day. We rode in style in a big black SUV that comfortably seated all 6 of us. It was even stocked with mints and water! John had all of the directions to and from our two planned stops so we simply had to bring our things to the car and he did all of the work; including opening and closing our doors - he was a true gentleman. We never had to worry or wish for a thing.

I bet you didn't know that DCAcar can not only take you out to your favorite winery but also to Reagan National AirportBWI Airport, and even Dulles Airport!  With the holidays coming up quickly I will be using their services to get myself and my family to and from the airports. Forget those surge prices that happen every time you need to get to the airport ha! My mom and mimi already have their rides booked because the driver will help them with their luggage :) [if I had a dollar for every time an Uber driver didn't even offer to help me with my heavy suitcase - ha!]

Our first winery of choice was Zephaniah. This place came recommended to me by a friend who works in the design industry! He said it's his favorite spot to enjoy a bottle by the fire with his boyfriend because it was full of charm and history. Sold! We loved getting to meet the adorable owners, hear how their great great grandfather Zephaniah started the business and the history of each room that you could enjoy in the historic house. The labels were designed with every detail in mind including the font being representative of certain eras. We even got a special tasting of a reserve wine and their homemade mulled wine... bought those spices faster than you can say "happy holidays"!

Our next stop was a more well-known, popular winery, Greenhill. It's a fan favorite amongst winery hoppers in Virginia! I hadn't been to visit since they redid their main tasting room and wow, it is absolutely stunning. The whole building is filled with clean white walls, gorgeous lights, and an assortment of seating arrangements. There were so many people sitting outside enjoying the patio in Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. Luckily the wind had died down by the time we arrived so we chose a table in the sun and set up all of our food. Greenhill allows outside food but only on their patio or terrace - this was fine with us because it was such a welcome weather change to be able to enjoy the sun! We bundled up, ate all of our food and enjoyed a tasting together. It starts off with sparkling wine so we toasted to friendship [a tradition of ours] and all of the great things to come :)

When the evening had to come to an end we gathered all of our things, John (from DCA Car) helped us load up the car, and we were whisked back to DC in our chariot full of wine and delicious food. I'm so grateful to have met these incredible ladies and call them some of my best friends. We know so much about each other, share in each others victories like new jobs, console each other through hard times, and even know each other's significant others and hilarious dating stories. The internet may seem like a big, weird place but it's given me some pretty cool friends!

I'll be sharing all of my outfit details in tomorrow's post so stay tuned :)

*Thank you to DCAcar Service for providing us transportation. All thoughts, words, photos, and opinions are my own.*

Love Always,

Saturday, December 1, 2018

{25 days of netflix christmas movies}

Happy December!! It's time to binge watch every single Christmas movie you can find! I probably watch 2-3 a night while I eat dinner and then do blog work! The majority I actually pay attention to but some are just great to have on as background music. I mean 'tis the season, right? When searching for on Netflix last night for a new movie to watch I went down a deep rabbit hole writing all of them down... I was inspired to create this list! Please note, these don't include Children's Christmas movies! Sooo no Air Bud haha. These are all free movies that you can begin streaming right now on Netflix! 

I created that cute graphic above that you can print out (or share on IG with your friends) to keep track of what you have and haven't watched - I personally hate to be 10 minutes into a movie and realize I've watched it and then have to go back to searching for a new one! 

These are the Netflix Christmas movies that I've already seen and recommend!
The Christmas Chronicls (with Kurt Russel - #1 favorite right now!)
A Christmas Prince
Christmas Inheritance
The Spirit of Christmas (a little different and one of my faves I rewatch)
Christmas in the Smokies
The Holiday Calendar (new this year - I thought it was cute!)
The Princess Switch (also new with Vanessa Hudgens, very Parent Trap!)
A Holiday Engagement
Merry Kissmas
Christmas with a View (loved!)
Christmas Crush
How Sarah Got Her Wings

So as you can tell, I have a lot more to watch as well! I think I'll tackle one a night haha ;)

Love Always,
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