Western Booties for Fall

Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazerTwo style posts in a row? What the what?? I’ve got a workout for you tomorrow (and a real tough one at that), but before we go back to yoga pants I have my second Designer Shoe Warehouse spotlight: The Western bootie trend. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

I like my heels like my peanut butter: chunky. In fact, it boggles my mind I used to walk around in stilettos in college as if it were nothing–how?? That talent and tolerance for pain has long gone (haha). When it came to picking out a pair of western-inspired shoes from my friends at DSW, these Franco Sarto Orena Booties caught my eye. The chunky heel makes for a practical, comfortable bootie that I actually want to wear regularly. And talk about cute! I love the strap detailing. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

DSW has a whole section of their site dedicated to the Western shoe trend–so many styles and brands! In my local DSW I’ve seen lots of options, and there’s an even wider selection online with additional sizes and widths. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazerI’m taking the Western trend quite literally with this outfit, pairing the booties with overalls (I’m obsessed with overalls, for the record) and a bandana neck scarf. I then dialed down the “cowgirl” a notch with a white blazer. Granted I don’t have an office job so my perception of business-casual is totally skewed (I literally think anything + a blazer = office appropriate haha), but I think this is a fun casual Friday outfit or at least a good weekend brunch look.Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

When it comes to heels are you on Team Chunky with me? Or Team Ankle-Breaker? 😉


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

Stitch Fix Men Review: A Look Inside Top Model Joe’s First Fix

Stitch Fix Men Review

Not a day goes by that Joe doesn’t do or say something to make my face hurt from laughing so hard. It’s difficult to explain him to someone who hasn’t experienced Joe in person, but he’s hilarious. And not because he’s trying to be, but just because Joe being Joe is ridiculous. I know I sound like an obnoxious obsessed girlfriend but it’s really not just me–I can’t even count how many people would list Joe as one of their favorite humans. He’s 24/7 entertainment. So with all that said (damn does Joe own me a back rub tonight or what??!), it’s been this ongoing joke among our friends for years that Pumps & Iron needs “more Joe.”

At it appears Stitch Fix got that memo.

If you haven’t heard yet, Stitch Fix launched a men’s service! Joe actually loves fashion but he literally wears the same four things every. single. day. and rarely takes the time to go shopping. A service like this is perfect for him (and talk about a great gift idea–I find men so hard to shop for!).

I was going to just let Joe go ahead and fill out his style profile by himself, but then I looked over his shoulder and saw him leave this note to his stylist: screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-9-08-37-am

Yes, that’d be Justin Bobby of The Hills.

Ohdeargod. Aaaaand that’s my cue to step in.

Being the seasoned Stitch Fix vet that I am, I knew the more detail I provided about Joe’s style, the better the chance his stylist would have of getting it right. I admittedly went into his account and–err–elaborated a bit. Still, I figured the first fix would have a few duds as it takes time for any stylist to get to know her/his client. Wrong! Joe’s stylist NAILED IT. He kept all five items!

Joe’s First Fix

Kohen Waffle Knit Bomber Jacket by Ezekiel ($80)

Stitch Fix Men Review Stitch Fix Men ReviewJoe’s wardrobe is black, black, more black, a little gray, some white undershirts. This jacket is perfect for fall weather layering and the zipper detail on the sleeve gives it a bit of edge. Keeper!

Walter Slim Leg Jean by ROHM ($68)

Stitch Fix Men ReviewJoe likes his clothes to be very fitted so I was almost shocked that these jeans fit so well. Again, black, black and more black is Joe’s favorite so these are perfect.

Marathon Hooded Pullover by Alternative Apparel ($40)

Stitch Fix Men Review - hoodieAnother great piece for layering and Alternative Apparel stuff is so soft and comfy! Keeper.

Essential Wash Long Sleeve Shirt by Hawker Rye ($58)

Stitch Fix Men Review Stitch Fix Men ReviewThis shirt is awesome. Slim fitting, great material, and can be worn to the office or for everyday. One of Joe’s favorites from his first fix!

Back Beat Nep Shirt by Howe ($79)

stitchfixmenshirtThis last shirt was a “like” not a “love” but with the 25% off discount you get for keeping all five items, it was a no brainer to keep it. I don’t think it’ll be in heavy rotation like the other clothes, but it fit Joe great and will definitely get some wear!


I’ll conclude Joe’s first (but certainly not last) modeling blog feature with my favorite shot from the other day. Eat your heart out, Kate Moss.

Stitch Fix Men Review

Does that pose deserve a “YASSSS KWEEN! WERKKKKK!” or what?!

Maybe next time he gets a fix, I’ll make Joe write the post as well as model for it. Not quite sure the world is ready for that though (haha). In the meantime, tell your husband/boyfriend/best friend/dad/mailman that Stitch Fix Men has arrived!


Links to Stitch Fix are affiliate and Joe was given Stitch Fix credit as compensation for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

Lower Body Circuit Workout with HIIT Bursts

Low Body Circuit Workout with HIIT Blasts - you'll just need a set of weights and 15 minutes! (video included if you want to follow along at home)

You have no idea how many technical difficulties I had making this post–every electronic device I own mutinied on me yesterday. So a day and a half later than planned, let’s just get right to it…

Consider THIS with Weighted Low-Body Exercises

Before getting to the workout, I want to talk a little about choosing weights for the exercises we’ll be doing in the circuit portion. With weighted lower body exercises, don’t just think to yourself “Ok, how much extra weight can I handle for these exercises?” Consider where that added weight will be. A squat with a 20-lb dumbbell held at your chest, for example, will feel different from a squat with two 10-lb dumbbells held at your shoulders. That added front weight is going to alter your center of gravity and will require your back to work a bit harder to stabilize. This is especially true for any exercise in which your torso is hinging forward rather than remaining perfectly upright.

I mention this because you can really use any weight (dumbbell/s, kettlebell, medicine ball, etc.) for this circuit (or just body weight!), and if you go with a singular weight, you’d be holding it at your chest. If your form is on point and you know these exercises like the back of your hand, challenge yourself–go heavy! But if you’re newer to working out or have any history of back issues, I’d definitely encourage you to go lighter than you think you can handle. And that goes for everyone, regardless of where you’ll be holding your weight (shoulders, chest, down to your sides).

Lower Body Circuit Workout with HIIT Bursts


  • Set of dumbbells (or just one held at chest) — I’m using 8-lb weights because they’re the heaviest available at the studio where I filmed the workout. Normally I would have gone with 12-lbs. (No complaints haha).
  • Exercise mat — I didn’t have one when I filmed and my knees were angry during the surrenders. Use a mat!
  • Interval timer — I used this tabata iPhone app for the HIIT bursts and a regular stopwatch for the circuit.

For this workout, you’ll be alternating between a circuit of low-body exercises and a quick 2-minute bodyweight HIIT. The HIIT is all about speed and doing as many reps as you can in the given work interval. The circuit is about control and challenging yourself with weight load (keeping the above info in mind!). Each time you go through the circuit, you’ll stay on it for a shorter period of time.

Breakdown of the Workout:

Exercises and descriptions can be found below the pictorial. You’ll get 15 seconds of rest in between sides and before/after the HIIT.

Weighted Circuit on the Right (45 sec each exercise)
Weighted Circuit on the Left (45 sec each exercise)
2-Min HIIT Blast
Weighted Circuit on the Right (30 sec each exercise)
Weighted Circuit on the Left (30 sec each exercise)
2-Min HIIT Blast
Weighted Circuit on the Right (15 sec each exercise)
Weighted Circuit on the Left (15 sec each exercise)
2-Min HIIT Blast

Make sure to warm up before starting this workout (here’s a 5-minute warm up you can do at home). Always listen to your body and modify as needed! Low Body Circuit Workout with HIIT Blasts - you'll just need a set of weights and 15 minutes! (video included if you want to follow along at home)

Weighted Circuit

Complete 45/30/15 seconds of each exercise on the right then repeat on the left. Try to go from one exercise to the next without rest. If it gets to be too much, just slow down the pace. You can rest for 15 seconds in between the right and left legs.

Side Lunge to Knee Raise | Start standing with one weight at each shoulder. Step your right foot out wide to the side, bending that knee and sinking your hips back and down into a deep side lunge. Press off that right foot to push yourself back up to standing, but instead of bringing your right foot to the floor, drive the knee up and into your chest and then lunge right back down to the side.

  • Make it easier: No knee raise; come back up to standing with both feet on the floor instead.
  • Make it harder: Add a hop off the left foot as you drive your right knee into the chest at the top.

Curtsy Lunge to Side Kick | Start standing with feet hip-width apart. From here, sink down into your curtsey lunge: right foot stays planted on the ground and as you bend that right knee, reach your left foot behind it as far to the right as you can, planting the ball of the foot down. As you come back up to standing, swing that back leg up and out to the left side in a wide kick. As if sweeps back down, lower into your next curtsy lunge.

Squat to Surrender | Start standing with weights at shoulders, feet a little wider than hip’s width apart. Squat down, sliding your hips back and down, keeping your chest open. 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 the hips forward to your starting position.

HIIT Blast

Set a timer for 4 rounds of 20 second work and 10 seconds rest. You’ll go through the following four exercises (20 sec on each with 10 sec rest in between).

Squat Jacks | Start in a low squat position with feet wide. Staying low in a squat, jump your feet in close together and then jump your feet out wide again to the starting position. When your feet are wide, one hand should come to the ground in front. Continue jacking your feet in and out, staying low in the squat and alternating which hands touches the floor (this ensures you’re staying low through the legs!).

Lunge Hop RIGHT | Start in a split-stance lunge position: both knees bent to 90 degrees, right foot flat in front; left foot in back, ball of the foot planted on the ground. Keeping the same foot in front/back, you hop a few inches into the air and land softly back into your starting position. Your legs are never fully straightening during this; it’s a small upward hop, pushing off the balls of the feet. To modify, take out the jump and just pulse at the bottom.

Lunge Hop LEFT 

Hot Feet | You probably know these best as a basketball or football drill. You essentially run in place as fast as you can while in a wide-leg squat position. With your feet a bit wider than hip-width apart, squat down. Staying low, you’ll quickly run your feet up and down, staying on the balls of your feet and barely picking them off the floor (an inch or two) so that you can maintain the speed.

Low Body Circuit Workout with HIIT Blasts - you'll just need a set of weights and 15 minutes! (video included if you want to follow along at home)terez-stand-up-to-cancer

WEARING | Terez SU2C Mantra leggings (5% of sales are donated to Stand Up To Cancer) // GAP tank // adidas neo sneakers (also love them in black with the marbled sole!) // Athleta bra (sold out in orange but much cuter colors available)

Just to highlight what’s mentioned above in the outfit details, the leggings I’m wearing in today’s post give back! Terez (also the makers of these skull leggings everyone loves) will donate a portion of the proceeds to Stand Up To Cancer.


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