Since today is FINALLY the first day above freezing here in Michigan, I thought I'd show some of my past favorite spring outfits. I had four springs to pull from this time - crazy! This little blog is getting old! Spring is one of my favorite times to blog. Winter (of course) is by far the worst… especially THIS winter. Ugh. I'm definitely ready to start posting more and start traveling and taking the usual adventures again. Spring couldn't be more welcome this year! I have so many fun things already in the works for this season. An amazing collaboration with one of my favorite companies ever, a long weekend planned in Nashville, TN (send over recommendations!), plus the usual tulip festival, blossoms at Robinette's and… lighthouses! Of course. This is going to be my year too since nautical is so on trend right now. ;)
These photos were taken just a couple of weeks ago, but it feels like so long ago now! This was the windiest day I can ever remember. Eric and I were walking to dinner before a show he played that night, and the wind was literally pushing me down a hill. Totally freaky! Especially in these boots, because they have zero traction. Can we just be done with winter yet? I'm so burnt out. We had some sunshine today, and that's always helpful. But I think I've honestly forgotten what a warm breeze feels like. As much as I love Michigan, this time of year can bite it. I'm just hoping March lives up to the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" phrase. Let's cross our fingers!
So, I officially ran my first 6 mile run this week! I felt so good too! I ran it in a 10:34 pace, which is absolutely crazy for me. I remember I wanted to die when I was running a mile at the beginning of the year, with a 15:36 pace. It's insane how far you can come in just a few short months. I'm feeling amazing lately. I am majorly surprising and impressing myself with what I've been able to do. I'm happier now than I have been in the longest time. I've been really working on my independence, focusing on goals I really want to accomplish (like learning how to cook, becoming a runner, doing a 10K, etc.) and I'm feeling pretty on top of the world. My career is going great, my home life is so comfortable and content, my relationships with my family, my friends and Eric are all at great places right now and I'm just happy. There's really not a better place to be than content with everything you've got going on.
In other news, I signed up for ABM's Mastering your DSLR class! I'm going to be going through it with a friend/colleague and we're both so excited. Eric always takes my pictures, and he's so great. But I love photography, and sadly I do not know how to take my camera off auto. So I'm really excited to finally learn a few tricks and start taking more photos myself! I also have been having a blast playing with their new Photoshop actions. I'm seriously a huge fan of Photoshop actions, and I love these so far. On these photos I'm using Willis (at 75%) and Light Leak 2. I'm really excited to get better at using my camera, and start experimenting more with editing! I'm really hoping to start making videos this spring and summer too. I've been doing a lot of video production at work, and want to start using my new skills in other creative ways too!
Forever21 Striped Sweater
Target black tights
Regal Boots ℅ Wanted (similar)
Hey guys! I'm back, finally! I took a much-needed break there for two weeks. If you aren't from Michigan, or are unaware, we've had the most brutal winter. We have had constant snow since before Christmas, and freezing temperatures. It definitely hasn't been the most fun "blogging" weather, that's for sure. Plus, I've been working on some other major goals the past two months… so it was nice to focus on those and finish out the month of February on a good note. (I'll share more soon, promise.) But now, we're onto March! And we're definitely going into the month "like a lion". 3 degrees right now… brr!
I've been really getting into a routine lately, and I find that I really enjoy my life so much more when I have routines in place. I feel more in control, on top of daily tasks and I finally feel like I'm making some progress on goals I've had for years. YEARS! My goal with the blog is to try and post three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those are my off days from running. Plus, it's finally light enough when I'm off work to snap photos, so that's pretty awesome. Plus, daylight savings is coming up this weekend. That will make life even better!
I recently splurged and ordered myself the Madewell Transport Tote! I was so excited to receive it, and it hasn't left my side since the day it arrived. It's not like me to spend a lot of money on a purse, but this was on my wish list for over a year… and I thought really hard about whether or not it was worth it. It was. Totally worth it. I love it so far. It fits everything from all of my daily essentials (wallet, keys, chapstick) and also carries my lunch bag, and my Canon. Plus, my laptop if I need it. I'm excited to start carrying around my camera more too. I need to inspire myself to start taking more pictures! Alright -- see you guys soon! And thanks again for your patience while I took a break from this space. I'm feeling refreshed and excited to be back. I'll be more excited when it's finally spring. ;)
Lola Core Black Wash Legging ℅ Aeropostale
Levi's 4-Pocket Parka ℅ HauteLook
Forever21 Ivory Top
Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots ℅ Wolverine
Hi guys! First, I want to apologize for the insane lack of updates these past couple of months. It was not planned at all, but it ended up being essential for me to accomplish some other goals I needed to do. Secondly, I will be taking a break on Selective Potential through the end of February. It boils down to… I need a couple more weeks of "me" time, and time to focus on those other goals right now. I saw this quote the other day and it just hit so close to home. I realized that it was okay for me to take a break on this part of my life, so I could focus on other things. I've made insane progress these past several weeks and I can't wait to talk all about it when I'm back to blogging again. I know I've been pretty secretive in some of my endeavors, but I think it's been helpful for me to not talk about it much. Especially publicly on the internet. Really only Eric, my best friend, and a couple of close colleagues know what I'm up to. I'm really excited to make a huge comeback on SP soon + I can't wait for you guys to be there when I do. Thank you for sticking around for so many years (or months, or days!), and being here even when I don't show up. Love you guys, and I appreciate your support so much.
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Have a super happy rest of your February and I'll see you in March! Ahem, March… the month of daylight savings starting, the first day of spring and hopefully warmer temps! Take care, guys. See you soon! xo
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Hey guys! I'm just popping in quick to share my wish list right now. I'm so ready for spring! It's pretty obvious in my choices right now. Actually as I was putting this together, I was like… I've successfully already nabbed four of these items! I got my amazing water candle (that reminds me of a tropic paradise while it's a blizzard outside). I also finally ordered the Madewell Transport Tote I've been lusting over for almost a year. I got these adorable PJ polka dot jammies (to look like Jess from New Girl, of course) and some classic Ray Bans that I can't wait to wear every single day this summer. Other than that, I really want a new bike for spring/summer this year. I haven't had a bike in years, and I think it'd be so much fun to hop off and take a ride with Eric for a picnic or ride downtown to work. This teal one from Public is on the TOP of my list, with an adorable little basket! I also love mint for spring (of course), and florals (duh.) What's new, right? ;) I'll be back tomorrow to share a little bit of news and why I've been so spotty here on Selective Potential. In the meantime, enjoy! xo
Happy week of love, guys! I think Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday, as cheesy as it might be. I don't have any grand plans on the blog, but Eric does have reservations for somewhere on Friday. I'll just look forward to the surprise and spending a great weekend with my fave guy! I hope you guys have a great holiday either with friends/family, or your significant other! Or yourself! I had my first full body massage last weekend and it was heaven, so if you're looking for a special way to treat yourself, I'd say that is the best thing ever! xo
Today, I have an exciting giveaway from Sweaty Wisdom! One of my good friends started a yoga blog, about a year ago. Long story short, yoga was inspiring her to write down little thoughts in a notebook and she started formatting these (she's also an amazing graphic designer!) and sharing them. Now she's opened an Etsy shop to sell some of her items! She sent over a few items right before the new year began, which was perfect for me. I started a little "inspiration" wall in my studio where I have a bunch of quotes to inspire me and a giant wall calendar where I can cross off each "successful" day. I take a moment every night before bed to cross off my day, read through the quotes and get inspired.
Today, she's giving away a $25 gift certificate to her shop! To enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions below in the Rafflecopter form. Open to U.S. and international readers. Good luck! xo
Happy February! I'm sorry about the long absences in between posts lately, but I've been really busy at other goals lately. I'm excited to bring some of those goals into the blog this week! I'm declaring this "fit" week on Selective Potential. ;) Since most of us "resolutioners" have died off by now, I'm hoping to inspire you to stick with any goals you had set for yourself. Remember why you started. Today, I'm going to share my running routine and some of my tips in collaboration with Athleta. I also have a fun inspiration post and giveaway from Sweaty Wisdom, a post on my new cooking/eating healthy habits and my favorite workout playlist. I hope you guys enjoy!
As many of you know that follow me on Twitter and Instagram, I've been a running machine lately! Running all began for me when I lost 35 pounds five years ago. Back then, I was a die-hard elliptical machine lover. I thought it was doing wonders for me until I suffered a severe pinched nerve. I could barely walk for weeks, and had to slowly get back into working out. I tried the elliptical again, but my leg continued to hurt. So I started walking around the track. I felt like I was doing nothing, and was so bummed. But eventually walking led to speed walking and that led to jogging and running. I ran my first 5K almost five years ago, and it was a huge and exciting moment for me! I'd never go back to the elliptical machine. Plus, running has such an amazing support group of people and a social aspect to it that I love.
This year, one of my big new year's resolutions was to run a 10K. What!? I know. My first thought was… let's do a 5K. But once I got to the gym and started running, I realized how easy 1 mile felt to me. And I thought doing a 5K wouldn't be enough of a challenge. So I officially signed up and paid for a 10K race in May. That gave me 16 weeks to be able to run 6.2 miles. Um… I've never ran that far before in my life. Unfortunately my first week in, I suffered a shin splint. I know it was overuse, and "too much, too soon". So I took a (sad) week off, and started off slow again. I joined a free 10K training program on RunKeeper. That is my favorite app ever. I'm constantly looking at it on my phone… just feeling so proud of myself. You can track your runs through the app, sign up for training schedules, set "goals" for yourself. I love the goals part! If any of you have a RunKeeper account, be sure to add me as a friend!
As for my shin splint, I took several measures to help correct the issue. I purchased a stretching app (lolo Performance Stretching) and follow the "Running Warm Up" routine every time before I run. I tape my shin using KT Tape. And after every run, I ice my shin with an ice pack. Also, if it started really hurting while running, I would stop immediately. One helpful stretch I'm showing above in the photo... I sit against the wall and do 20 toe taps in a row. I'm so thankful my shin is now healed and feeling back to normal… and I'm running up to 4 miles! I couldn't be more excited.
For workout style, I like tighter fitting pants. I tried a pair of baggier workout pants early in the year, and I felt so uncomfortable and sloppy at the gym. Honestly, these relay tights are the best pants I've ever worked out in. I feel comfortable in them, and they are super form fitting. I also love the long tanks and tees - ones that almost cover my butt. That way when I'm doing my crazy stretches, I'm not worried about my shirt riding up at the gym. Also for gals with bangs, I'd totally recommend a little headband to keep your hair out of your face. I always wear this when I'm running. Also! Be sure to change your shoes every 400-600 miles. I think that was a large reason why I suffered a shin splint was because of my old running shoes. My new shoes have made my shins super happy!
Disclosure: Athleta provided me with apparel in exchange to participate in the Athleta Fit Style Challenge.
Woohoo! We're on the last week of January! It's not that I don't like this month, but I will definitely say it's one of my least favorite months of the year. I love January for the "fresh start". It's a new year, and you have a chance to start over. I don't like this month for the insanely cold temperatures, the major snow we've had here in Michigan and how long it feels. I'm so proud of my first month of 2014 though. I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but since this is my own blog… I'm just going to toot it. I'm truly feeling on top of my game lately! I know I'm not blogging as much, but I feel like I'm putting myself in a really great position to start blogging a lot more in spring. I'm excited for it!
While yes, most days I'm pretty scrubby wearing jeans, a flannel and a giant cardigan… I'm doing great on other goals. I've had a lot of "firsts" lately too, which is so inspiring! I ran 4 miles on Sunday for the first time in my life! I've never ran that far before! I did a 5K about four years ago, and that was it. I'm so absolutely thrilled and truly feel like I can crush this 10K in spring now. I also trimmed my nails for the first time ever! I know that sounds really weird. But for being a nail-biter, that's huge. They were so long! Annoying long, to be honest. And I trimmed them - didn't bite. Yay! You can read my tips here on how to kick your nail-biting habit too, if you're interested.
I think I accomplished every goal I set for January, which excites me like no other! I ramped up my February goal list and I'm so excited to get started. I make a goal list every month, and for every birthday. I'm still working on my 27 by 28 list… I think I made too many "big" goals for that one and it'll be tough. But I'm getting there. Most of it is financial, like pay off all of my credit cards (that's tough after the holidays!), to get a new couch and love seat, new tires for my car, and to increase my student loan payments monthly to pay them off in 10 years. You know, boring stuff nobody wants to spend their money on. ;)
I've been cooking a lot lately! I'm trying to cook my way through a healthy recipe book I have. So far I've made Zesty Chicken Noodle Casserole (yum), Oven-Baked Onion Rings (yum), Parmesan-Chive Potato Chips (yum), Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers (meh), Monterey Jack Turkey Burgers (yum), Spinach and Cheese Quiche (yuck), Classic French Toast (yum) and Pasta with Goat Cheese and Broccoli (huuuuge fail!). But for being a non-cooking gal, I'm feeling awesome about my progress! My mom would be proud.
Forever21 Folk Girl Fringed Cardigan (on sale!)
Have Your Herb? Top ℅ ModCloth
Honey On My Mind Skirt ℅ ModCloth
Urban Outfitters hat (similar)
Can't You See Boot in Burgundy ℅ Seychelles
Hi guys. Staying warm? I'm totally not. I'm freezing all the time. This Michigan winter has been brutal. I'm excited we have only two weeks left of January, because usually February gets slightly warmer. Maybe. Or, at least the days are longer. And February always feels like it goes by pretty quick. I haven't really felt inspired to wear a lot of dresses lately and freeze, so you're stuck with more jeans and flannel. Do you guys have a favorite pair of jeans though that you wear all the time? These are it for me right now. I'm obsessed! I think it's the high-waistedness that has my heart.
So, have you guys checked out ModCloth's Style Gallery yet? You can now follow profiles! So you can keep up with your favorite bloggers and shop their outfits right from the style gallery. They're also hosting a "Follow Your Faves" contest where you can win a $50 gift card! So be sure to head over to ModCloth's Style Gallery and "follow your faves" to enter to win. Winners will be randomly chosen. The contest ends on 1/27 at 7 AM PT. ModCloth will be announcing the winners! They also did a cute video promoting the feature. Be sure to follow my profile! :)
As most of you know, I signed up for a 10K in spring. Well my left shin started hurting really bad last week and was feeling really weird, tingly and numb. I read up on it and couldn't figure out if it was overuse, "too much, too soon" or a shin splint. So I took a week off from running which was so sad, but now it's been a week and it's still not feeling better. I'm going to start a 10K training program tomorrow, but I'm a bit nervous. I might schedule a doctor's appointment soon to have it checked out, but I swear anytime I'm kicking butt on goals, something like this happens. It happened five years ago too when I lost all of my weight and got a really bad pinched nerve. I guess it's the world's way of testing me of how bad do I really want it? Well world, I want it. So I'll start again tomorrow and hopefully all is well. I bought some fancy tape and will start to ice it after running too. But if anyone has any tips or experience, let me know!
Remarkable Top ℅ ModCloth
Thrifted plaid (similar)
Zenana Outfitters jacket (similar)
Karaoke Songstress Jeans ℅ ModCloth