Friday, April 18, 2014

Beyond Yoga Gathered Leggings in Fern Green & Nutmeg!

I am so in love with the newest 2 Beyond Yoga Gathered Leggings I got that are on sale!  I already had two pairs of these leggings - in mojave and dusk (and two other pairs of full length ones as well) and I am absolutely in love with them!  The material is super nice and soft.  The fit is amazing, and the colors are gorgeous!  They also provide more compression than you would think (still not for super high impact workouts though).  So I'd been eying the fern green and nutmeg colors that are in the sale section online for $56, then I decided to finally just pull the trigger because I know I'd regret it later if I didn't get them!  I actually didn't even realize that I had some Beyond rewards from when I signed up for an account a while ago (I think they give you 25 Beyond rewards when you sign up, which is worth $25!) so I got even more of a discount on top of the sales price!  I received the leggings and I am super happy with both colors.  The fern green is a true forest green, and the nutmeg is the exact cappuccino color I was hoping it would be.

I got both in size XS, same as most of my Beyond Yoga leggings (I have a couple XXS ones but they are older and they might have ran bigger before).  They both fit true to size and like a dream.  I really love how Beyond Yoga has some really bright colors but also some nice and earthy colors like these two.  I can wear both to workout in as well as casually.

The only thing I do wish were different about the Beyond Yoga Gathered Leggings is that it would be nice if they had hidden waistband pockets like most of the other brands do.  It's not something I use a whole lot, but it does come in handy sometimes.  

I'm in Yosemite now for the weekend!  I think it's very appropriate that I got such earthy colored leggings right in time for my little trip.  =)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diane von Furstenberg Davina Floral Print Shift Dress in Mural Roses

I got this Diane von Furstenberg Davina Floral Print Shift Dress in Mural Roses from Last Call, which is basically the Neiman Marcus outlet store.  I was kind of unsure of this dress, but I thought I'd give it a shot and I actually really like it!  It's a very romantic, whimsical kind of dress.  I don't have anything quite like it in my closet.

When I first saw this dress, I thought wow this could either be kind of cool or a complete disaster depending on how it fits.  I'm not usually a floral print person at all, but this dress somehow drew me in!  I actually got it in both size 4 and size 6 so I could compare.  They are having 30% off sale right now, so it was $180 instead of $259, which was already the discounted price off of the original price of $365.  Sooo basically half off from original price.  

The size 4 and size 6 are actually not very different at all.  Size 6 is has slightly more material falling down from the waist, and the elastic waistband is about an inch longer.  But I thought they fit very similarly and I could really go either way.  In the end though, I decided to keep the size 4 instead of size 6 because size 6 had a little bit too much material on the back and looked a bit bulkier.  I also prefer the slightly tighter fitting waistband of the size 4.  But I was really being very picky.  If I didn't have the 4, I would have happily kept the 6.  Oh but also the print placement of the size 6 I got had a flower right on the left boob which was a little weird to look at.  Once you notice that, it's all you can see.

In person, I thought the print was a bit more subtle than the pictures online, which I like even better.  It's really not that obvious that this is a floral print.  Here's the size 4:

And this is the size 6... looks identical other than the floral boob lol:

The sleeves are super different!  They are like straight out of a fairytale...

Back of size 4:

Back of size 6... a bit too much material here I think:

The elasticized belt has snap buttons on the inside to keep it together:

So I think this is a perfect date night dress!  It's made of silk throughout, but there is a nude colored lining so it's not see-through at all other than the unlined sleeves.  The back has a button closure and a keyhole detail.  I don't normally like high necklines but I think it works on this dress.  I'm actually really intrigued by this dress!  The coloring is pretty muted, but I think the style still catches people's eye without being obnoxiously out there.  How fun!  I'm totally going to wear it out to a nice dinner!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Second Pair of Ivivva Rhythmic Space Dye Crop!

I grabbed a second pair of the Ivivva Rhythmic space dye crop last week!  I am pretty happy with the pow pink light / flash light / creamsicle pop ones I got so I got the new ones in spry blue / faded zap / silver spoon when I saw them getting uploaded.  They are super pretty!

Aren't they pretty??  The last pair of Ivivva crops I got, I got in size 10 since that was the only size left when I ordered.  But this time I went to a size 12.  I think the 10 fit ok, but when I try to do squats in them, I feel like the fabric stretches a bit much in the badonkadonk lol.  It makes me a little nervous.  The size 12 ones definitely have a little more room so I think I like this size better!

In person, this space dye looks more blue to me than online, which gives them more of a teal tone.

I love these!  I think this space dye combo is gorgeous in this one.  It's also great for spring!  I think I have many different tops that would go with these as well.  Can't wait to try out all the possible combos!  Ivivva has some great alternatives to Lululemon - I think the $48 price is very reasonable for the Rhythmic Crop, which are like Lululemon's wunder under crops that cost 30 bucks more!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Funday!

It's Sunday night again!  This week went by super fast, probably because I was so busy at work!  I have to confess to something nerdy... some time last year, I was approached by the CFA LA society to be the chair of one of their new community of interest committees.  It's basically a bunch of finance people hanging out.  Either listening to talks given by some notable person, or social events where you can network.  Being the chair, I would basically be responsible for figuring out what kind of event I want to put on once a quarter, and they make it happen.  So 1. It would look good to write on my resume should I start looking for a new job, 2. It's a good way to make some connections in high places, and 3. It doesn't really require any real work on my part.  Now, I have no idea why they thought I would be a good person to lead it, but I said sure why not.  So Tuesday this week was my group's first event!  It was a lunch during which a speaker gave a talk on Emerging Market debt.  It actually had a better than expected turnout, so I call that a success!  Hehe.  I realized that it was indeed a good way to make contacts because I met some nice people!  So that actually makes me kind of happy to plan the next event, which will most likely be a happy hour or another type of social event.

Anyway, on a different note, my boxing class intensity was kicked up like 10 notches this week!  I took the class on Thursday night and my back and arms were actually quite sore for a couple days after!  I even skipped my upper body superset workout on Saturday because of it.  Although I wasn't nearly as sore as I used to get when I took long breaks from boxing before.  So I take that as a confirmation that I am in better shape now.  Woohoo!

I think there really is something to letting your body rest.  I'm not very good at that, because I tend to always want to push on.  So I probably don't take as much rest as I should.  I had to force myself to stay home on Saturday, and fight those little voices that say: maybe you should at least take a spin class or something?!  But too much cardio is not good for muscle building, and I had already reached my 4 cardio sessions per week limit.  So I literally forced myself to stay put and just relax!  It was... pretty boring!  I took 2 naps.  =P

Alright, let's get on with this!  I actually have my dinner outfit from last Sunday night as my first outfit of this post.  I wasn't going to post it, but then I thought... why not!  It was the first time I had worn the Karma Rosa dress.  I was going to sell it, but I forgot and so it had been hanging in my closet with the tag on this whole time.  I decided to just take it off and wear it.  Because it's a pretty nice fitting dress!  It's made of yoga clothes material so it's quite comfy too.  I wore it with my Modern Vintage wedge sandals:

I love the back of this dress where you see a sliver of the skin, but the design still perfectly hides your bra!

But of course I worn my Vince Paper Leather Scuba jacket over it, and carried my Balanciaga City bag, because I don't leave the house without these 2 items now.  =)

Monday 4/7 - Rest day from the gym.  So here's my work outfit:  This is a very old wrap dress from Express that I got on sale for $19.  I still loooove it!  New shoes I just posted about - Sam Edelman Novato Slingbacks.


Splits59 Ion wrap over the dress:

Tuesday 4/8
What I did:  Legs, followed by 30 minutes of the gauntlet.  I started doing my intervals on the gauntlet instead of the treadmill because all the treadmills at my gym only go up to 15% incline... which is just not high enough.

Wednesday 4/9
What I did:  Shoulder/tri workout, followed by gauntlet session again.  This one gets me so sweaty!

White Swiftly LS as to and from:

Here's my work outfit from the same day - I wore the Tahari ASL Sleeveless Ponte dress, and Coach Nala patent pumps:

Thursday 4/10
What I did:  Back/bi and then 30 minutes of gauntlet again.

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Arianna tank in jewel, Lorna Jane Lustre sport bra under it in sparkle fluro orange.  Lululemon Run For Fun crop in paisley embossed, and Nike Free 3.0s in gray/crimson.

Work outfit:  Express Metallic Pointelle Knit Layering Tee and Express Welt Pocket pencil skirt in firecracker.  Sam Edelman Novato Slingbacks again!

After work, I went to boxing class!  Yep, long day!

Friday 4/11
What I did:  I was totally thinking that I would not be able to get up so early for the gym after doing two workouts both in am and pm the day before.  But somehow I felt pretty good so I got up and got my butt to the gym to do my leg workout!  I was done with cardio for the week though, so just legs!

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Danni sleeveless hoodie with Lorna Jane Dual Support bra under.  Splits59 Ginger crop in marianna blue, and black Nike Free Bionics.  Man... I didn't realize I was going to be so hot wearing the vest to do legs!  I think the hood makes me really hot, I'm not sure.  The vest is made of mesh all over, and I only had a bra under, so I didn't think I was going to get too hot!

This bra makes it look like I'm actually wearing a shirt under the vest.. hehe!

Splits59 Venus Jacket as to and from:

Saturday 4/12 - Rest day

Sunday 4/13
What I did:  Played tennis for the first time in forever!

What I wore:  I thought it was going to be cold today, so instead of wearing a skirt or shorts like I usually do for tennis, I wore the Sweaty Betty Adrenaline Ombre capris.  Then I thought hey... let me match it perfectly with my Lululemon cool racerback in petit dot dune!  Lorna Jane Clover bra under it, and Wilson Court Pro tennis shoes.

See how the dots on the cool racerback match the dots on the crops!  Lol.

These crops are very pretty, but their quality is so shitty that it pisses me off.  I've probably only worn them 4 times so far and aside from being totally sheer, the pink stitching near the waistband have come off in a big way.  It's ridiculous.  They were not cheap!  I will never buy another item from Sweaty Betty based on how disappointing these crops have been.

I went to Din Tai Fung at the Americana in Glendale for yummy juicy Chinese dumplings afterwards!  Every time I go there I can't believe people are willing to wait in line for so long.  But it does satisfy a certain craving!  We got there at an off time though, so only waited 30 minutes.  I even ordered a lychee smoothie to go with my dinner.  So good!  I think I really just workout a lot so I can eat good food.  =D

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