A Day in My Shoes (+Stitch Fix Giveaway!)

Stitch Fix giveawayIf you’ve been a reader for a while now, you know I’m a huge fan of Stitch Fix, the personal style delivery service. Well it just got even better because now they include shoes! They’ll offer brands you know (Dolce Vita, Seychelles, Franco Sarto, TOMS, etc.), as well as some exclusive styles just for Stitch Fix. They carry sizes 6-10 (with half sizes) and the assortment of over 200 styles for spring will assure there’s an option for every budget, taste and lifestyle.

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In celebration, Stitch Fix asked me to put together a “day in my shoes” post. I always love getting a glimpse into other bloggers’ day-to-day schedule so I thought this would be fun. One thing I love about my job(s) is that no two days look the same. I may be spending the day shooting workout pictures or spending the day at my computer. One day I might be cooking up a storm and photographing food, the next writing posts in between teaching classes. This is a general idea of what my weekdays look like …

5:00 AM Wake Up

FWIS-SlippersThe puppy slippers aren’t just a cutesy blogger photo prop–my feet are permanently cold so I tuck them into a pair of slippers or socks immediately after hopping out of bed. Joe is still sleeping so I usually rummage around our studio apartment using my iPhone as a flashlight until I can find some workout leggings to wear, brush my teeth, and then quietly sneak out the door. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets–to the point where “low maintenance” is becoming a euphemism for “slob” (haha).

6:00 – 9:00 AM Teach

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shoes are SeaVees from Stitch Fix! + leggings are Michi

If I’m teaching at the Back Bay studio, I’ll walk over; otherwise I hop on the T around 5:20 AM to head to the North End. I teach barefoot or in grippy socks so I usually just wear a pair of easy slip-on shoes to and from the studio. Oh, hello, new SeaVees! 🙂

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9:00 – 10:00 AM (ish) Workout

Classes at BTone are stacked so that I teach two or three back-to-back. If there’s another class immediately after I teach, I’ll stay and take it. megaformer-feet

Otherwise, I’ll get my own workout in elsewhere. That could mean strapping on a pair of running shoes, spin shoes, cross training sneakers or going barefoot. I’m always switching up my workouts. Lately I’ve been spinning at least once a week to get in cardio without the impact of running (gotta save my knees for those long runs!). FWIS-spin-shoes

10:30 – 6:00 PM Werkwerkwerkwerkwerk

Side note: I’m pretty confident I have the lyrical prowess to write Rihanna’s next smash hit single. Work work work work work summadumma derkderkderkderkderk. Or the vintage classic: I want that cake cake cake cake cake cake cake, cake cake cake cake cake cake. Stitch Fix giveaway

Anyway, shoes. Like I mentioned earlier, blog work varies from day to day. Some days it means sitting at home in my pajamas answering emails and categorizing site tags but that doesn’t make for a very glamorous blog post now does it?? 😉 While it is possible to do 95% of blogging right from my apartment, I like to take my work elsewhere at least a couple times a week so that I don’t go stir-crazy. Also, this may sound odd, but sometimes I swear I’m more productive if I get dressed (in real clothes, not pajamas), look like a fully functioning member of society, and surround myself by other people working. Anyone else feel that way?

After a post-workout shower, I’ll throw on a casual outfit and head to a nearby coffee shop or the Boston Public Library (<– on warm spring days nothing beats working in the BPL’s courtyard!). Stitch Fix giveaway

This outfit is literally head-to-toe Stitch Fix! SeaVees shoes, Mystery sweater, Mavi jeans, Pomelo jacket and I can’t find the bag brand name. The best way to request anything you see on blogs is to pin the picture to the Pinterest board you’ve shared with your Stitch Fix stylist.

Early Evening Blog Events, Yoga or Read

Some evenings I’ll have a blog event to go to (a sponsored group fitness class, dinner, meet-up, etc.) or, if I’ve spent all day at my computer, I’ll try to go to a late yoga class or do a YouTube flow on my own at home. If either of those doesn’t happen, I’ll do a little reading.

9/10:00 PM Bedtime

If I’m teaching the next morning, I do my best to go to bed at 9. That doesn’t always work out though. Some nights Joe doesn’t get home until 9 and let’s just say he’s not exactly quiet (ha!).

$100 Stitch Fix Credit Giveaway

And now to the fun part! One lucky reader will win $100 in Stitch Fix credit! To enter the giveaway, update your shoe preferences in your Stitch Fix style profile. You’ll see a space to enter your shoe size once you click on your style profile tab. If you don’t already have one, it’s free to sign up and fill out the style profile. Let me know you’ve updated your profile using the widget below. I’ll pick a winner Sunday. Good luck!

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Disclosure: The links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate. Stitch Fix compensated me to share the exciting news about offering shoes but–as always!–all opinions are my own. I’ve seriously worn these SeaVees every day since they arrived–obsessed! 🙂

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Activewear Haul: Spiritual Gangster, Kohl’s, Lululemon + More

Activewear HaulHope everyone is enjoying the last day of their weekend! I just got back from a 10-mile training run and am now looking forward to a good ol’ Netflix binge.

Since I basically live in yoga pants and sports bras, I thought it’d be a fun monthly feature to highlight some of the activewear pieces and brands that I’m currently wearing on heavy rotation. I’ve also got a fun giveaway for you at the bottom of the post so that you can expand your own workout wardrobe. Kohl’s has a huge selection of panties to go with any pair of workout bottoms you choose and they’re giving one of you a $50 gift card!

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Sweaty Betty, Reebok, Nike and Frans

TANK | c/o Sweaty Betty – I feel a little silly wearing this tank because it says “California Girl” on the front and I’m about as East Coast as it gets, but I just adore the cut of the top so whateverrrrr.

BRA | Nike

LEGGINGS | c/o Reebok – Don’t you love it when you find an item of clothing at the bottom of your closet that you totally forgot about and instantly fall back in love?? I rediscovered these lightweight crops and have been wearing them a ton, pulling a pair of leg warmers on top while walking to and from the studio.

SNEAKERS | Nike Free Distance – I’ve switched my sneakers a couple times at the beginning of marathon training trying to find the perfect pair, and these are the winners. They have the lightweight, minimalist flexibility of the Nike Free line with the added cushioning needed for long distances. I love them!

HEADPHONES | Frends – These are a splurge for sure but I love them for traveling or getting around the city (I don’t workout in them). To me they’re like a piece of jewelry that plays music–best accessory!

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Spiritual Gangster, New Balance and Lululemon

TANK | Spiritual Gangster Elephants Tank c/o Shopbop

BRA | Crop Racerback c/o New Balance – This is technically a cropped shirt but I’ve been wearing it as a bra. Obsessed with the lace band and strap back detail.

LEGGINGS | Pace Tight c/o Lululemon

BRACELETS | c/o Stephie Chic

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ToeSox, Booty by Brabants, Fabletics, Reebok and Nike

TANK | Fabletics Twist Back – Last year, Fabletics had a long-sleeve version of this top which I loved but it always fell off my shoulders. The tank version has the thin piece of fabric holding the two sides together so it’s cute and functional.

BRA | Reebok

LEGGINGS | Booty by Brabants – These are my FOURTH pair of BBB leggings. Safe to say I’m obsessed. The texture is so comfortable and flattering. They’re one size fits all, so while I have seen women of all shapes and sizes rocking them, I will warn that when you bend over they can be a little see-through if you’re not petite. Doesn’t stop me from wearing a pair every single day but just throwing out the heads up. 😉

LEG WARMERS | Thigh Highs c/o ToeSox – I love how leg warmers look, but their function is what has made them a staple while teaching. Demoing moves on the hard floor at Btone bothers my knees and I’ve found having the leg warmers as extra padding makes it a million times better.

SNEAKERS | Nike Free Run 5

Win a $50 Kohl's Gift CardTo wear under my leggings, Kohl’s let me select some undies from their massive women’s selection. I can’t stand excess fabric and unflattering panty lines when I’m wearing tight pants/leggings so stuck to browsing their selection of thongs and went with the Maidenform Dream Lace-Trim in three colors. Kohl’s is actually having their semi-annual sale right now through 3/23 and if you use the code INTIMATES10 you’ll get $10 off an underwear order of $40+.

Kohl’s $50 Gift Card Giveaway

In addition to their sale, Kohl’s generously supplied me with a gift card for one of you! To enter to win, leave a comment on this blog post telling me what piece and/or brand of activewear you’re currently wearing on heavy rotation. Use the widget below to record your entry.

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Good luck! I’ll pick a winner Wednesday night.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but Kohl’s did provide me with the $50 reader gift card as well as a gift of my own. Thanks, Kohl’s! Most product links throughout the post are affiliate. Thanks for your support! 🙂

Le Tote Review – My Second Delivery

Le Tote review pumpsandiron.comYou may remember I did a style post on Le Tote a while back that was sponsored by them. Well I loved the service and the clothes I got so much that I decided to try it again on my own dime last month. Whereas Stitch Fix is like a clothing shopping service, Le Tote is more like a clothing rental service, with the option to buy at a discount if you fall in love with an item. You wear the items as much as you want and return when you’re ready for a fresh selection, paying a fixed monthly rate ($54). I’m going to do it for at least another month and then see how I feel.

There were two items from my delivery that I ended up buying, so let’s start with those!

Octavia & Co. Fringe Bag ($46 — $36 via Le Tote)

I love this bag! Especially since it goes perfectly with my current favorite shoes (the fringe booties you’ve seen 400 times by now haha). I use it daily and knew I’d never want to return it. Buy!Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

Saint Grace Mock Neck High Low Dress ($92 — $68 via Le Tote)

I decided to keep this dress because it’s so versatile. I wore it out one night last weekend as pictured plus a white blazer. You could dress it down by pairing with a long cardigan and flats. You could add layers and tights for the colder months and wear it alone with some jewelry in the warmer months. I love it!Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress, scarf + fringe bag via Le Tote // Aldo fringe booties

I just sent back the other three items and am awaiting my next Le Tote delivery. I liked them all and wore all of them at least once, but I wasn’t in love and couldn’t see them being worn on heavy rotation like the other two. Let’s check those out …

Vince Camuto Animal Loop Scarf ($36 — $28 via Le Tote)

I actually would have kept this if I didn’t receive the gray blanket scarf shown in my last Stitch Fix post and the pictures a little further down in this post. The blanket scarf was more comfortable than this loop scarf and I don’t *need* two gray scarves.Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

Sam Edelman Plaid Tunic Button Down ($109 — $82 via Le Tote)

As cute as this is with something tied around your waist (or a belt), it’s not very flattering to the booty when it’s worn alone or with leggings. I do love the sheer upper back panel though–so cute! Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | Sam Edelman Tunic + Octavia & Co. fringe bag via Le Tote // Aldo fringe booties // Zara hat (old but similar here) // sweatshirt c/o ALALA (use code PUMPS15 for 15% off your purchase!)

Sam Edelman Back Collared Shirt ($109 — $82 via Le Tote)

I don’t know why I decided to photograph this shirt by wearing an outfit that completely covers it. One of my more logical decisions for sure. Since you can’t even see it (haha): It’s a gray button-up with a zipper that runs down the back. Super cute and I wore it a couple times throughout the month, but the material is a little scratchy so after a couple wears I felt fine sending it back. Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | Sam Edelman shirt and Octavia & Co. bag via Le Tote // blanket scarf via Stitch Fix // cardigan c/o Zara Terez (take 25% off with code nicole25) // Simply by Vera Wang leggings c/o Kohl’s (old but similar here) // Vans sneakers c/o DICK’s

Get $25 Off

If you sign up for Le Tote using my referral link, you’ll get $25 off (and I’ll get a $15 account credit). Woop woop!

Have you tried Le Tote? What do you think? I LOVE that you get an email before your tote is sent out that allows you to preview what you’re getting and swap out any items you don’t like.

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