Sneakers & Sweater Weather

Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakersFirst and foremost, big shout out to my Instagram Husband for shooting this post! Asking Joe to take my picture is usually an absolute last resort because his two-second attention span and unique “vision” result in some really–errr–special, but not exactly useful, photographs. If I’m like, “Hey I just need a picture of me in a squat position to show the proper form” the result will be a picture zoomed in on a traffic cone far off in the distance with half my legs cut out of the frame. His response is usually something along the lines of, “Negative spacing is very artistic, Nicole, you just don’t appreciate my talent.”

Ok, Mario Testino. (LOLLOLLOL)

Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

Well time to give Insta Hubs a little more credit because I’m in focus AND you can see my entire body–a good thing since this post is all about my new kicks.

Now that I live in Downtown Crossing, I’m just a quick walk from Designer Shoe Warehouse and I can’t stay away from their sneaker section. No joke, when they reached out to me about working together I was literally in the store buying the white sneakers I’ve been wearing in recent workout posts. I checked my email on my phone and was like c’mon. What are the chances?! Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakersDSW has a wide selection of brand name and designer footwear (and accessories) with tons of different styles, colors, sizes and widths. I love these adidas NEO Courtset sneakers I’m wearing for a casual every day look or to wear to and from teaching at the studio. I’m also on a serious gray kick (really broadening my fashion horizons from my typical black on black on black looks haha) so these shoes were perfect. dsw-adidas-neoLong sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

I’ve always loved sneakers, so having this whole athleisure trend explode has given me the encouragement I didn’t need to wear them with literally everything. Leggings, duh. Jeans and a cozy sweater, done. Dresses, sure. Bathing suits, you’d be surprised. 😉 Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

If you don’t live by a store, check out DSW.com for an even larger selection of shoes.

Any fellow sneaker lovers out there? What does your go-to pair look like?

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This post was sponsored by DSW. While I was compensated, all opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

How I Save Big on Cute Activewear (+An At-Home Workout)

thredUP-93I’ve talked about thredUP a couple times on the blog already, sharing some of the pieces I scored and how I used the service to help clean out my closet earlier this month. I’ve been a big fan for months and was so excited when I got the opportunity to team up with them on this post–no-brainer!

If you’re unfamiliar with thredUP, it’s essentially a curated online consignment store for women’s and kids’ fashion. They have a wide range of brands (everything from Zara to Chanel) and items are up to 90% off the original retail price. Guys. I got a Vince cashmere sweater for $12. TWELVE. Originally it was $380.

thredUP has a ton of merchandise, but it’s pretty easy to sort through. My favorite feature is that you can save your sizes. Every time I visit the site while logged into my account, it only shows me items in my sizes as I browse different categories and brands. This helps avoid that heartbreak of falling in love with an item only to see it’s unavailable in your size (you know what I’m talking about–it’s the worst!). When you place an order, everything arrives in a cute polka dot box, neatly folded and packaged. thredUP-111

And it’s just as convenient if you’re looking to sell. You go to the site and order a Clean Out Bag, fill it with the items you no longer want and then send it back to thredUP. I’ve sent in four or five massive bags and love that thredUP responsibly recycles the items they don’t accept (there’s also an option to have rejected items returned to you). Clothing waste presents growing ecological problems, and every Clean Out Bag keeps 206lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Shopping secondhand is undeniably better for this planet of ours.

thredUP Activewear Scores

thredUp activewear outfit - Lululemon & VS SportI’ve shopped for dressier clothes on thredUP, but want to focus on the activewear I’ve scored because that’s become my go-to category when browsing the site. In these first few pictures, I’m wearing a Lululemon tank and hoodie, both 50% off the original price and in mint condition, and yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret (59% off the original price). If you’re like me and can’t bring yourself to pay full price for Lulu gear, I highly recommend browsing the options on thredUP–I’ve found a ton of cute gear in excellent condition for a fraction of the cost. thredUp activewear outfit - Lululemon & VS Sport thredUp activewear outfit - Lululemon & VS Sport thredUp activewear outfit - Lululemon & VS Sport

also wearing Converse High Tops

Next up, these J. Crew sweatpants that I wear literally every single day I work from home–love them! From thredUP they were $26.96, 71% off the original price of $105. Can’t beat that! The top is another Lululemon score, 39% off the original price. secondhand activewear from thredUP - J. Crew & Lululemon outfit secondhand activewear from thredUP - J. Crew & Lululemon outfit

And finally, I’m rocking these super soft yellow Beyond Yoga leggings (71% off the original price) and the striped Lulu tank from above. And by “rocking” I mean trying way too hard to pose like a model. 😉

thredUP activewear outfit - Lululemon & Beyond Yoga at a huge discount

If I’m going to try on activewear, I might as well workout, right?? I’ve got a quick at-home AMRAP workout for you to try below. But first …

thredUp Reader Discount

I’m so excited to be able to offer you guys 40% off your entire thredUP order! Head over to thredup.com, shop ‘till you drop, and use the code PUMP40 at checkout. This is valid for first-time shoppers only through 11/24 and will give you a discount up to $50.

Quick AMRAP Workout with Compound Bodyweight Exercises

There are three compound exercises in this workout. You’ll do each for 90 seconds, completing as many reps as possible in that time frame. Rest for 15-30 seconds in between each exercise AMRAP. Repeat once more, trying to beat your rep numbers from the first time through. Here’s a breakdown:

  • 90 sec Surrender Squat Jumps (as many reps as possible)
  • 15-30 sec rest (write down reps completed)
  • 90 sec
  • 15-30 sec rest (write down reps completed)
  • 90 sec
  • 15-30 sec rest (write down reps completed)
  • Repeat ENTIRE THING, try to match or beat rep numbers

Bodyweight AMRAP Workout - three compound exercises that'll work your whole body

SURRENDER SQUAT JUMPS | Start in a low squat position with feet hip’s width apart, weight in your heels, low abs engaged and hips back. From here, come to a kneeling position, stepping your right foot back behind you, planting the ball of the foot and knee on the floor and then doing the same with the left. Continuing to lead with the right, return to a low squat position, stepping the right foot forward onto the floor and then the left. From this low squat position, straighten the legs as you drive through the heels to jump up into the air. Land softly, sinking right back into a squat position. That’s one rep. Next rep, lead with the left foot.

FOREARM PLANK STARFISH MARCH | Start in a forearm plank position. From here, step your right foot and right forearm out wide to the side at the same time. Step them back to starting position. Repeat on the left and back to starting plank. From here do one marching plank, pressing up to a high plank position one hand at a time and then back down to forearm plank, trying not to let the hips rock side to side as you do so. This is one rep. Try to alternate your lead hand when you do the marching plank each time.

BURPEES | Start standing, feet about shoulder-width apart. Squat down, bringing your hands to the ground by your feet and jump both feet back into a plank position. Do a push up. Quickly jump your feet back up by your hands and shift the weight into your feet, bring torso upright into a low squat position. From here, jump up, arms overhead. Land softly on your feet, sinking right back down into a squat and starting from the top.

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Have you guys used thredUP? I’ve heard from some of my friends that it’s awesome for kids’ clothes (I mean why pay retail for something they’re going to outgrow in a couple months anyway??).

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by thredUP. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

Late Summer Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

If you follow me on Snapchat (nicoleperr), you already got a glimpse of my latest Stitch Fix delivery–all in all, I loved it! I got summer-to-fall transitional pieces and had I not been constrained to a budget (Joe and I just signed a lease for a new apartment YAY!!!) I would have kept four out of the five pieces–maybe even all five to get the discount.

Let’s look at what I got…

Late Summer Stitch Fix Delivery

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016Like my last fix, this one was pricey. Stitch Fix has been introducing a lot of new brands into their deliveries and I didn’t want to miss out on any so I purposely left my settings pretty wide open. That being said, you can adjust your preferences so don’t let the prices of mine deter you from trying out the service. I’ll probably lower mine eventually.

Elmira Collarless Jacket by Market & Spruce $78

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

When I pulled this out of the box I thought it’d be a definite “no.” Wasn’t in love with the collar or the 3/4-length sleeves. When I styled it though for this blog post I definitely did warm up to it a bit. Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

OUTFIT DETAILS | Mika & Gala romper (old but similar style here) // Vince Camuto heels (sold out with this heel but the Lyssia Sandal is the same shoe just wedge) // Zara hat (old but similar style here) // Urban Outfitters choker

Bryer Silk Off Shoulder Dress by Amour Vert $158

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016Almost everyone on Snapchat said this is the one I should keep. It’s light and flowy and could be worn to a summer event or paired with black tights and boots for the fall. For some stupid reason I didn’t keep it. I DIDN’T KEEP IT GUYS WHYWHYWHYYYY. I’m actually going to request it again in my next fix so I can buy it which is kinda ridiculous but this regret just won’t quit. Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

OUTFIT DETAILS | ASOS heels (old, shop current selection here) // bag from a previous fix

Calahan Mesh Detail Knit Top by Olive & Oak $48

This tank is very much my style and the fabric was incredibly soft and comfortable. I actually already own a workout tank that’s pretty much the exact same design though, so in narrowing down what to keep, this one got eliminated. Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

OUTFIT DETAILS | Hudson jeans (old but shop current selection here) // Urban Outfitters choker

Cecelia Shirt Dress by Rails $154

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016This dress was insanely comfortable. I know it’s supposed to have a relaxed fit but I thought it was just a tad too big up top.  Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

OUTFIT DETAILS | Aldo booties (old but similar style here) // Urban Outfitters choker

Ellson One Pocket Top by Rails $148

Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016This is the item I ended up keeping. Expensive for a button down shirt but the quality was incredibly high and I know I’ll wear this a ton (I also had $50 in referral credit so that helped justify it!). I have a similar plaid long sleeve from Target that I wear a lot tied around my waist but the fit is just off and the material feels too uncomfortable to actual wear as a shirt. Sometimes you get what you pay for!  Stitch Fix Review - Summer 2016

OUTFIT DETAILS | Steve Madden sandals // Mika & Gala shorts (old, similar style with fringe here) // Urban Outfitters choker

If you like any of the items I got and want to request them in your next fix you can leave your stylist a note or pin any of the above images to the Pinterest board you have linked to your profile. 🙂

What would you have kept?

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