Fall Fashion with Sail to Sable

August 29, 2016

shirt: J.Crew Factory (these artist t-shirts have been my favorite for years and I just added this one and a pink one to my collection) | jeans: J.Crew Factory (this is my first new pair in forever and I love them!) | coat: Sail to Sable (c/o) | necklace: J.Crew Factory | shoes: J.Crew Factory (old, similar) | stroller: Uppababy | Jack's shirt: H&M (I can't find it online but I just bought it so I know it's in stores.  This one is similar.) | Jack's pants: H&M (old, similar) | Jack's shoes: TOMS (hand-me-downs)

Can you believe fall is just around the corner?  I'm a summer girl through and through, but I do enjoy fall fashion which is why I'm excited to share this Sail to Sable #MommyMonday collaboration with you!  If you remember, at the beginning of the summer I teamed up with Sail to Sable and shared an adorable white and coral tunic dress (you can see the post here).  By the way, that dress is on sale now if you want to snag it for next summer!  Sail to Sable has such a preppy and iconic summer look with their clean lines and fun colors, but their fall pieces are just as fabulous.

This navy coat is the perfect transitional piece for fall.  It's warm but not too heavy and the tweed is nice and soft.  The coral pop of color on the lining and along the zipper is so much fun and I know I'll wear this a lot as the weather starts changing.  I paired it with skinny jeans and a striped shirt (because let's be honest...I love me some stripes) but it also looks really cute with a dress.  I kind of feel like I'm channeling my inner Kate Middleton with this look, because we all know she is the queen of pretty mid-length coats (as you can see in this slideshow here).  Looking pulled together as a mom is sometimes a challenge, and even if my hair is dirty and I'm covered in crushed up puffs I know I'll at least look stylish this fall in this gorgeous coat!  Oh and please try to ignore the red ball that ended up in almost all of the pictures...Jack kept throwing it and I didn't realize it was behind me.  #momlife, right?

To see my favorite mommy fashion bloggers style Sail to Sable's fall collection head on over to these other great blogs!

Mireille at City Peach
Nina at the HHS Feed
Ali at Inspired By 
Tiffany at Tiffany Style Blog

Note: Thanks to Sail to Sable for providing me with this beautiful coat.  I only work with brands I love that I think that you will love too!  If you're interested in collaborating with me please email me at katie@lifewithadashofwhimsy.com.

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Relationships and Exercise

August 24, 2016

Do you exercise with your partner?  I do, and I can honestly say that our time together sweating it out is wonderful (even when I'm grumpy and don't feel like running or waking up early).  We still do our own thing a couple times a week but our runs, body pump classes and spin classes are a fantastic time to not only better ourselves, but to also spend quality time together.  

In all honestly, I'm normally I'm a bit of a loner and enjoy working out by myself.  I don't really talk to others, and I enjoy keeping to myself and doing my own thing.  I love having my husband as a partner though because he pushes me while running, motivates me while spinning (he always covers way more miles than I do in class and it's not fair!), and he compliments me during body pump.  We have our little routines that I've come to love (he brings me a foam mat while setting up at body pump, I bring him a wipe down towel to use on his bike after spin), and I miss him if I have to go to a class alone.  This isn't codependence, we just hold each other accountable and know that if we didn't work out together we would miss out on hours and hours together each week. 

The photos above were taken by my mom on our wedding day.  Tom and I ran 8 miles together early in the morning, and it was the perfect way for us to kick off our special day.  We were able to get out some nervous energy before we said "I do" and it also allowed us to spend a little quality time together before the craziness of wedding day ramped up.

Now that we have a baby we take turns pushing the jogging stroller.  I love that we still have our time together and we don't let Jack be an excuse to not exercise.  I like to think that Jack is already learning how important fitness is because he sees us exercise so often.  I'm so glad that our values are in line and I am excited to watch Jack grow and embrace fitness as well.  Sometimes it's hard to get the motivation to work out...believe me, I fight that battle all too often...but having a spouse who is also a workout buddy and cheerleader makes it so much easier to get up the energy and work up a sweat.  

If you don't work out with your partner occasionally I highly recommend giving it a shot.  Whether it's a walk, a run, or a workout class, it will surely help your fitness and it will also add another dimension to your relationship!  And this is not just limited to romantic relationships!  Some of my favorite memories with my parents and brother are from exercising together!

(Ok so not gonna lie, I drafted this post before Jack was born when Tom and I could still go to classes together.  Now we mostly just run together.)

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Vintage Faux Bamboo Shelves

August 17, 2016

Thrifting in Kansas is off to a strong start!  My first thrift store treasure was some vintage faux bamboo shelves and I got them for a mere $5.  Shelves have been on my thrifting list since we moved here because I finally have a designated office space.  I have so many knickknacks, books and crafting/DIY supplies that need to be organized, so this was such a fantastic find.  Not that I need any more faux bamboo around here...but I just couldn't resist.  Plus they were way cheaper than if I had bought some simple shelves at Walmart, and also much cuter (or at least they will be soon!).

Stay tuned to see how they turn out.  I've already sanded them but haven't gotten around to painting them yet.  I'm hoping to finish this project up before the month is over.  

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My Favorite Running Clothes

August 15, 2016

Ok so let me start off by saying that I have been a runner for years and years, and have ALWAYS struggled to find shorts that actually work on my body.  I used to bounce around between Nike and Adidas, or random brands I'd find at TJ Maxx, and still nothing fit the way I thought running shorts should fit.  I finally came to accept that I'd always have to wear shorts that were too tight in the waist that gave me wedgies and chaffed like crazy...and then one day I discovered Lululemon.  It was 2011 and I was about 8 weeks into a 16 week training program for my first marathon.  In addition to the problems listed above, I was also starting to hit the mileage that requires gel or food to keep you going, and I couldn't figure out a good place to keep the gels.  I was desperate for a solution to this problem after running home with my fuel belt strapped diagonally across my shoulders because it wouldn't stay around my hips.  Lululemon Speed Shorts solved all of these problems, and I haven't worn a different brand ever since.  (I'm not a brand snob at all, I just really like how this clothing performs...plus it's really cute!)

I know Lululemon is expensive, but I promise a few splurge purchases will change your life.  They come up with new products all the time (and I've tried many of them over the years) but if you look at my collection of workout clothes you'll see that once I find a piece I love I rarely stray from what works (and then hoard said pieces in every color).  Here are my favorite items from Lululemon that are almost always offered because they are so great.  (I'm sorry there is no brand diversity here, I really am just sharing what works for me when I'm working out.)

1.  Speed Shorts.  These are amazing.  They are on the shorter side (3 inch inseam), but I like short running shorts, especially if I'm on a long run.  They have 2 waistband pockets in the front (you can fit 2 gels in each), and there is a zipper pocket in the back that is perfect for keys, ID cards, money or more gels.  The best part is that the lining in the shorts actually fits properly, so forgo the underwear and enjoy your first wedgie-free run!  I promise, it'll change your life.

2.  Swiftly Tech Short Sleeved Shirt.  I like these shirts for the gym, and they are my go-to top for running in the spring and fall when tank tops don't provide enough coverage.  They are really light, come in lots of colors, and they are fitted but not too tight.

3.  Running Skirts.  I like running in skirts sometimes because they cover a bit more than the Speed Shorts do.  I have quite a few Pace Setter skirts and they have the same pockets as Speed Shorts and the ruffle on the back is a nice feminine touch that always gives me a little extra pep in my step.  Unfortunately they aren't selling Pace Setter skirts right now, but I think the Circuit Breaker Skirt is the updated version of the Pace Setter.  I have some of their other skirts too, and they're great as well.

4.  Running Crops.  The running crops from Lululemon really suck you in so that everything is nice and compressed.  They are great when it's a little cooler and are also good if you want to avoid any potential leg chaffing.  I've run 2 marathons in Inspire Crops and I have a handful of other Lululemon crops and they are all amazing and worth the money.  Most have 3 pockets (or more!), which really is a necessity if you're running long distance.

5.  Run: Stuff Your Bra.  This is my favorite bra, hands down.  It has pockets!!!  I carry my phone in my bra because I don't like wearing an arm band and it's too heavy to fit in shorts.  Seriously, this bra is the best.  I have a couple of the older versions but I'm sure the version they are selling now is great too.

6.  Cool Racerback Tank.  The CRB is my go-to tank for all my sweaty pursuits (running, spinning, yoga and body pump).  It stays down while doing inversions in yoga class, it can withstand a 26.2 mile run, and it wicks the sweat away in a sweaty spin class.  Sure, it's pricy for a simple tank top, but they really do go the distance and are worth the money.  I even wore them my entire pregnancy and they didn't stretch out at all.

7.  Swiftly Tech Long Sleeved Shirt.  This is the long sleeved version of the swiftly, and it's perfect for layering under warmer clothes in the winter, or as a top layer in the spring or fall.  The best part is that it has little thumb holes to keep the sleeves down, plus it comes in all sorts of different colors and patterns.

In the winter I'm a sucker for any of their pieces that are made of "Rulu" (the softest and warmest fabric ever), and for yoga and bumming around the house I love the Wunder Under Crops (the roll down version).  These are really high wasted so you never get a muffin top.  They are super comfy PLUS they're more flattering than baggy sweatpants :)

Have any questions about sizing or Lululemon in general?  Let me know!

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Jackson's 9 Month Update

August 12, 2016

Jack turned 9 months old last week!  I realize I missed his 8 month update here on the blog...life got in the way and I never had a chance to write it.  Y'all know how it goes.  Anyway, I'm slightly more focused than I was a month ago so here is Jack's 9 month update!

Jack is on the move ALL THE TIME now.  He's crawling, pulling up and traveling across furniture, and he finally learned to walk in his walker.  It's exhausting!  I had no clue this phase would be so hard but it sure is fun too.  I wouldn't be surprised if he's walking by 11 months because he's so stable on his feet already.  He also loves to play with anything that isn't a toy.  It's as if he knows that the trash can, shoes, electrical cords, recycling, etc. aren't toys, so that's exactly what he wants to play with.  

Earlier this month we drove from Fripp Island, SC to Ft. Leavenworth, KS by ourselves.  It took only 3 days and Jack was such a trooper.  Here is the key to traveling alone with a baby: have a bag of toys in the front seat next to you and just hand them a different toy each time they drop one or start getting restless.  By the end of each leg of the trip Jack's little area looked a bit like a hoarder had moved in, but it really, really helped make the trip go smoothly.  Having a small sedan helped because I could reach him, so this trick may not work as well if you have a minivan or an SUV.

He loves to eat pretty much everything (except bananas), and we've recently started feeding him small pieces of food rather than purees.  He's pretty good with his hands now and he really enjoys feeding himself.  Blueberries were his latest discovery and he's a very big fan.

Still no teeth...but it makes me feel like he's still a little baby so it's ok.  He had his first fever this past month and I thought teeth may follow soon after, but still no sign of them.  

I had to complete 3 weeks of Army Reserve Annual Training this past month so we took Jack to the child development center for a few hours on the days Tom and I both had to work.  It made me sad to leave him, but he had fun and made some new friends.

Jack is happy, curious, energetic, and very social and and being his momma is an absolute joy!

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Charming Charleston

August 10, 2016

Striped Shirt: J.Crew Factory | White Shorts: J.Crew (similar) | Starfish Sandals: Lilly for Target | Tassel Earrings: Lisi Lerch (c/o) | Green V-Neck: J.Crew (similar) | Striped Skirt: J.Crew Factory (old) | Seersucker Dress: Madison Mathews | Jack's Seersucker JonJon: Bee Sweet Baby

Charleston is one of those cities that will leave a profound impact on you if you ever get the chance to visit.  I've been a handful of times over the years, but each visit makes me fall in love just a little bit more.  The beautiful window boxes, the secret gardens, the cobblestone streets, Rainbow Row, the view from the Battery, the amazing restaurants...there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.  I made the drive from Fripp Island, SC to Charleston with my mom and Jack earlier this summer and we had such a wonderful time exploring the city.  We were only there for about 30 hours and it rained a lot and was muggy and hot the rest of the time, but we still enjoyed every minute of it.  

We had lunch at Blossom, which was fantastic.  The food was delicious and the prices were reasonable.  It's a nice restaurant so I would have felt a little awkward bringing Jack there at dinner time, but we went at about 3PM and it was relatively empty so it wasn't a big deal.  My mom and I had the oven baked oysters and she had the Crab Louis salad.  I forget what I had to eat but it was all delicious!  Magnolias and Cypress are two other amazing restaurants that are owned by the same company and they are all located on East Bay Street.  I ate at those restaurants with Tom on a different trip and the food was really good.  

We decided to not go out for dinner because Jack had to go to bed and because we had eaten a late lunch, so I ran out to Cavier & Bananas and bought a bunch of delicious things for us to nibble on.  It's an upscale market with prices to match, but the cheese and charcuterie plate I ordered was so good, as were the crab cakes.  It's a fun spot to visit if you want to get some yummy food to take on a picnic or bring back to your hotel room.

We stayed at the Doubletree in the Historic District right next to the Charleston City Market.  It was the perfect location and everything was within walking distance.   

It rained a lot the next day but we stumbled upon the sweetest boutique of locally designed clothing, called Madison Mathews.  I quickly fell in love with everything they had and even left the store wearing a new seersucker dress because it was perfect for the hot and humid weather (plus it matched Jack!).  They are a wholesale company but they have this one little storefront on Church Street and it's definitely worth stopping by.  

As for home decor shopping, if you're into vintage like I am then you've got to check out Charleston Revisions.  They have two locations in the Charleston area and we visited the West Ashley shop.  So many amazing pieces!!!  We didn't buy anything but it sure was fun to browse.  I've followed them on Instagram for years so it was really neat to finally see the shop in person.  We also went to Indigo Market thanks to a suggestion I received on Instagram, and it was a fantastic little shop.  It's mostly vintage pieces as well and I wanted pretty much everything.

Charleston truly is one of the most charming cities I've ever visited and I can't wait to go back!

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