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Add Some Sparkle to Your Wardrobe

14 Nov

I signed up for what will probably be my last road race until the spring. I’m doing a 5k Turkey Trot super bright and early on Thanksgiving day! I generally feel pretty ready. I’ve been getting in a lot of distance work in and today included a slow and steady 5 miler on the treadmill. I like to get in some long distances before a race, but I think over the next two weeks I want to try to focus on some speed workouts since I haven’t done a 5k in a while and could use a little speed training.

On to a very cute trend alert, has anyone else seen all the sequins and glitter this season? I can’t get enough of this sparkle trend. It’s perfect for the holidays and a night out.

What I like about this trend is you can go as bold or delicate with it as you want. A simple way to add some sparkle is with your nail polish. I’ve been searching for a great new shimmery nail polish color and they are all over the place. Brands from OPI, Revlon to Sally Hansen all have their own version of glitter polishes.

Another way to add sparkle on a small scale is with accessories. Jewelry, a clutch or heels are an easy way to add some shimmer to your evening or daytime look.

Add Some Sparkle to Your WardrobeSequin dress, $50, Short sleeve t shirt, $90, Sequin top, $40, DKNY sequin mini skirt, �64, Black Poppy sequin shorts, $30, Steve Madden platform pumps, $130, TOP CHOICE clutch handbag, $20, Marc by Marc Jacobs silver heart earrings, $48, SEPHORA by OPI Glitter and Sparkle Four Piece Full Size Nail Colour…, $28

Although I like the small ways to add sparkle, my favorite sequined pieces are bold. On my wish list right now is a sequin dress. I think it would be perfect for a holiday party and is an easy way to make a statement. The dress from Alloy above is form fitted and has a great low u-back design that adds some subtle sexiness.

A glitter skirt or shorts would look great with heels and a simple draped tee or sweater. The sequined tops can go with jeans or slacks. These looks can be very versatile.

These looks have me very excited for the holidays. There’s no better way to make an entrance than with some shimmer.

Anyone else really loving the sparkle?

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Take Care of Your Running Feet

3 Nov

Today started out with a quick 15 minute workout via BodyRock.tv. I love getting in a quick workout in the mornings. I recently started the BodyRock routines a couple of months ago and I love that they are quick and intense. Some of the workouts require some equipment, but I make up equipment-less variations or they offer variations. They also have a number of workouts that don’t use any equipment other than an interval timer.

I switched it up for lunch this week and instead of my usual salad I’ve been making mini personal pizzas with some leftovers I had at home. I brought in some pizza sauce, low fat mozzarella and whole wheat pitas and left them in the fridge at work. We happen to have a small toaster oven so at lunch time I put about 3 tablespoons of sauce on the pita and sprinkled a small amount of cheese on top. I left it on the toast setting for about 15 minutes and voila, my own personal pizza. I ended up leaving it in a little bit longer than I wanted, but it made the crust crunchier and it tasted more like a pizza.

Delicious pizza, it was the main part of my lunch with some carrots, apple and yogurt

Tonight I got in a 5.75 mile run after work. Which felt great. I’m trying to work on keeping a consistent pace though I always start out quick and end up slowing down toward the end.

Love my Nike+

My foot is finally almost fully healed from the horrible blood blister that turned into a callus I got after running my 10k about a month ago. This got me thinking a lot about ways to take care of your feet since they are runners’ essential tool. These are some great ways to take care of your running feet.

1. Buy the right shoes

This is so important. Once I went to a store and bought a pair of running shoes simply because they were on sale. I think I only ran in the shoes twice because I was got awful blisters and my foot was cramping. Running shoes not only affects your feet, but your whole gait and running performance. Not all running shoes are made equal and everyone should buy shoes based on how they run.

Some shoes are made for people that overpronate, or turn their foot inward when they run. People with flat feet, like me, tend to overpronate when they run. In this case it’s good to buy a shoe with more stability support.

Other runners tend to underpronate and tend to push off more with the outside edge of their foot. For these types of runners you may want to look into more of a cushioned shoe.

Some lucky runners have a normal pronation where there foot gets equal impact. These runners should look for a medium between a cushioned shoe and a structured shoe.

Different Types of Running Pronation

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Some running shoe companies will list all this information on their web site. Also it’s useful to go to a shoe store that caters specifically to runners. I’ve heard New Balance stores provide a professional fitting. Many of these types of stores will be more knowledgeable about the type of shoe that is right for your running style. Buying the right shoes will prevent not only foot and body pain but calluses and blisters as well.

2. Exfoliate

I make a point of constantly exfoliating my feet. Since I run about 3 – 4 times a week I will get some tough skin on areas that my shoes rub against. I keep a pumice stone right in the shower and will scrub the problem areas at the end of my shower. When using a pumice stone you want your feet to be softened and soaked, not dry. That’s why this is the last part of my shower routine. It’s also important not to scrub too hard. Quickly and lightly scrub your problem areas and you will feel and see the results quickly.

If you aren’t much for doing it yourself, spas will exfoliate your feet as part of a pedicure appointment. This is a more expensive option, but to keep smooth soft feet it could be useful to do this about once a month.

3. Moisturize

Yes, your feet need to be moisturized too, so don’t leave your toes and heels hanging when putting on lotion. There are also some great feet specific moisturizers that you can put on overnight or first thing in the day to soften up those feet. Here are a few options that are great at moisturizing dry feet.


[Sources: Amazon: Heel Rescue,  Amazon: Dr Scholls for Her, Walmart: Freeman Bare Foot Balm]

Running can put a major strain on your feet. Taking care of them is a great way avoid pain and calluses. Buying the right shoes can make your run more effective and cause less foot and full body pain. As a runner it’s easy to feel confident in your running shoes, but what about a new pair of heels or strappy sandals in the summer? Taking care of your feet now will make the spring time that much easier to bear.

3 Reasons to Wear Lipstick

26 Oct

My new found love of lipstick happened a little less than a year ago. I’ve always been more of a lip gloss and Chasptick girl. Lipstick was always reserved for special events like semi-formals and proms. Also, from watching my mom put it on for years I always thought it was too mature for me.

I’m not sure when the change happened, but I started to notice more people on the street and models in magazines rocking some great colors. I actually remember the day I decided to buy my first tubes. Matt and I were at a mall in Connecticut, I told him I wanted to learn how to put on lipstick and we headed to the MAC counter. I spoke to this great sales person and he asked me what I was looking for in terms of colors. I wanted something for the daytime and something to wear out.

He tried a bunch of colors on me, but I fell for “Creme in Your Coffee” and “Red Russian” a bright matte color. Both colors are moisturizing and last a long time.  I’m wearing Russian Red in my Weekend of the Sequels post. Also, from what I’ve read online both colors look great on a variety of skin tones.

My go-to Lipsticks

This is why I finally gave in and fell for lipstick:

1. It’s Actually Easy to Use

I’ve watched my mom put lipstick on millions of times, but the first time I did it myself I was nervous. Since buying lipstick was sort of spontaneous going to the MAC counter did help. They gave me a brief overview on how to use a lip liner and for my fuller lips to not bring the lipstick all the way to the edge of the lips. These little tips were very useful and I would definitely recommend going to a beauty counter if you have questions about applying in type of makeup. After I got over my initial fear I realized applying was super easy. It really is like coloring in between the lines.

2. Lipstick Doesn’t Have to Feel Too Mature

I always thought lipstick would make me look like I was trying to hard or trying to be too mature. It’s funny though because I am in a phase in my life where I don’t want to look like a college kid anymore. After using lipstick and seeing a bunch of great colors I’ve realized it can actually brighten up an outfit and depending on the look you’re going for it can be very playful. There are tubes with a little shimmer, bold and bright colors. I also think there is a wider range of lipstick colors than lip gloss. Yes, lipstick can make you look more put together, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done in a fun way.

3.It Adds Instant Sex Appeal

When I do put on lipstick it’s a huge confidence boost. I think lipstick does add a bit of sex appeal or can give off a flirty vibe. Who doesn’t want a quick pick me up. I really like to wear it on a night out. I have started to wear some on my lips on the days that I’m not in the mood to go to work. It feels like putting your best foot forward and starting the day feeling fabulous always makes the day a little brighter.

I don’t wear lipstick all the time, but when I do it makes me feel a little more put together. I still carry around Vaseline as my regular moisturizing option, but I love to mix it up with a little color.

Do you use Lipstick? What colors do you love?

Half Moon Manicure

13 Oct

One of my favorite web sites for beauty tips and tutorials is thebeautydepartment.com. They have great makeup, nail and hair tutorials. This weekend I was enjoying some downtime before my race and decided to try this half moon manicure. The half moons are a little off, but I think it turned out pretty good for my first time.

My mom used to do a similar manicure on her toes. She told me she actually did the half moons by hand, it was hard enough for me to use the circles as a stencil… I guess I’ll need some more practice.

I really like using the contrasting colors and how it updates the traditional manicure. I used two Sally Hansen Diamond Strength nail colors in Save the Date (the dark purple) and Lavender Marquis.

Have you seen any nail or beauty tutorials that you want to try? Do you know of any other tutorial web sites?

New Nail Polish from Essie

3 Oct

I picked up a new nail polish color this weekend. It’s from Essie and it’s called Power Clutch and it’s a nice dark grey. I had been eyeing the color, but I wasn’t sure how it would look against my skin tone. I get most of my nail polishes from Sally Hansen because they are inexpensive and get some great wear. At just under $8 this was a little more expensive than what I’m used to. To get the sort of coverage I like I had to put the coats on very thick. A regular coat looked too opaque. Overall I think it’s a great color for the fall and winter.

Do you have a favorite nail polish color right now?