Fall pleated skirt two ways

Look 1: Casual, daytime look perfect for running errands, walking around downtown, brunch, running after kids, and more!

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Look 2: Dressy look for church, a daytime fundraiser, girls lunch, afternoon meeting, shopping trip, and more!

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Look 1: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Chokers: blue, black / Tee: H & M / Jacket: AG Jeans (wash sold out, linked to new wash) / Skirt: Topshop / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel (mini avl for pre-order, reg size in stock here) / Ring: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Dior Steel Grey / Shoes: Nike

Look 2: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Tee: Bobeau / Skirt: Topshop / Handbag: Givenchy / Cuff: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Dior Steel Grey / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Pleated skirts are a huge trend which is carrying over into the fall season. I love the pleated skirt because it adds volume without adding weight to one’s frame; which is huge when you have a little extra padding like me. I’ll admit it, I love food! But I digress. . .

A fall pleated skirt is perfect to wear now, while the weather is warm, and well into the fall season. It can be worn casually, like I have done in the first outfit pictured above, or dressed up, as I have done in the second set of photos shown above. When the weather cools down in late October, a pleated skirt can be paired with a turtleneck sweater and boots for a 1970s inspired, cozy fall look. Love that!

Another casual idea is to pair a pleated skirt with ballet slippers, such as this current IT pair, and a bomber jacket, such as this one.

This pleated skirt by Topshop is super comfortable, and the price is reasonable. I might be a little addicted to Topshop’s pleated skirts; you can see my pale blue one here, and my black and white one here.

What are your favorite ways to pleated skirts for summer into fall?

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Fitness gear for the new year

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From left: white hoodie / purple leggings / purple tank / sports bra / duffle bag / running shoes / lavender tee / jacket / loose yoga pants

 I have always been a fitness buff, but for 2016, I am completely revamping my workout routine in order to lose fifteen pounds! In my quest for fitness success, I want to spice up my almost-all-black fitness wardrobe, and get some new fitness gear for the new year!

If you are heading to the gym for your new years resolution, you might be looking for new fitness gear in the new year too! I have a few basics I like to stick to, but for 2016, I would like to add some brighter colors, and less conservative styles to my fitness wardrobe.

The basics are simple. I cannot live with out a Nike sport bra. No other sports bra offers the support, and the comfort, Nike’s classic staple offers. If you have not found the perfect sports bra yet, I highly recommend this one!

I love capri leggings for spin classes, step classes, and cardio kick-boxing (BodyCombat) classes. They offer smooth range of motion, and are not too warm since they hit below the knee, and do not extend to the ankle. I attend a step class every Saturday morning. This year, I want to commit to getting myself down to the gym every Friday for BodyCombat and every Tuesday for Spin. They are all such great workouts for both the legs, and the core.

When it comes to yoga, I just don’t go. Not this year! As I age, I have found I need more recovery after working hard at the gym, and I also need to stretch more in order to stay injury free! So, as part of my new years resolution, I plan to add yoga into my schedule. I already do fifteen minutes of Pilates three times per week after working out, so I feel like I get enough Pilates on my own. My favorite type of Pilates is simple mat Pilates. It is a great way to strengthen the core, and stretch muscles you didn’t know you had!

I don’t like wearing tight clothing for yoga or Pilates, so the loose pants pictured above are perfect since they are not constricting, and they can easily be worn to run errands before or after a yoga class. Love that!

When it comes to shoes, I am a Nike girl! I have been wearing Nike since High School and swear by the brand. These shoes are my favorite running shoe style. I wear running shoes for running, or walking on the treadmill. For fitness classes, I prefer a cross trainer such as this pair, and for tennis I wear good old fashioned tennis shoes such as this pair.

I like a no-nonsense duffle bag for the gym. I don’t like using a designer tote, or an overly fussy bag. I feel like a gym bag should look athletic; not like it is pretending to be something else. This duffle bag is perfect; and very sporty looking! Love that!

What are your current fitness goals? Do you prefer classes, or do you workout on your own?

Fitness gear for the new year wish list:

Nike Kids Rock Live! at New York Fashion Week

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Nike Kids Rock Live! took place at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the Salon at Lincoln Center. It was a celebrity packed, energetic show filled with kids performing acrobats, dancing, and even acting as DJ. Celebrity children rocked head-to-toe looks by Nike, Nike SB, Jordan, Levi’s, Converse, and Hurley.

The show was produced in partnership with Haddad Brands, the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, and Carmelo Anthony. The Carmelo Anthony Foundation gives back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations. The foundation benefits children in under-served communities by focusing on education, recreation, and community outreach. 

The show kicked off with a live performance by fifteen year old singer and songwriter, Carly Rose Sonenclar. She was second runner-up in the second season of the X Factor. She is signed by Syco entertainment and was named one of Seventeen Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Under 21 Years Old.” The runway and crowd stayed energized by DJ Kai Song, who is ten years old. He started his career when he was only five! He made the show amazing, the crowd wanted to get up and dance as the models walked the catwalk!

Sitting front row, Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Devon Still, CC and Amber Sabathia, Victor Cruz, Prince Fielder, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Hoda Kotb and more as some of the athletes watched their kids hit the runway in looks from Nike, Levi’s, Converse, Hurley, Nike SB and Jordan. The show closed with an inspiring appearance by Devon Still’s daughter Leah Still who shined on the runway while bringing awareness to the fight against pediatric cancer.

I apologize for the poor quality of my photos, my seat was not in a good picture taking spot 🙂 To view the show, please watch the video below provided courtesy of IMG Fashion.