Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Funday!

Another busy busy week!  I once again had to be at work early all week, which makes it pretty much impossible to go to the gym beforehand.  I actually did make it to the gym at 5 one morning, did a quick 40 minute workout and got out of the gym by 6ish.  But I felt so rushed the whole time that I didn't enjoy the workout!  So, I probably won't try to do that again.  Luckily I'm done with the extra early work hour for a while, so things will get back to normal next week!  Plus, I'm only working 2 days anyway, since I took the days off around Thanksgiving.  I can't believe time has gone by so fast and Thanksgiving is next week!  Pretty soon it will be 2015...

I did the last week of my first month of the Get Glutes program.  Starting tomorrow, I get to do month 2 workouts!  The last week of the monthly program is supposed to be the time to push hard, and I tried to do that all week!  Interesting thing I've noticed since doing this program for a month - I'm doing 2 days less of strength training now than I used to, but I've actually gotten noticeably stronger this month!  I used to never be able to break 115 lb squats, but now I'm doing 135 lbs (4 sets of at least 8 per set).  It's kind of counter-intuitive, and yet does make sense if you think about it.  Recovery is just as important as the training itself.  I was doing 5 days of strength training in the past, which most likely didn't allow my body to get enough rest.  Also, I am now doing 3 days of full body workouts, whereas I was doing 5 days of split body part workouts.  I've read that full body workouts are more effective, and it is probably so.  Or, I could be benefitting from the initial shock of a new program.  I'm still eating the same amount of food and my weight has not changed at all.  Since it's been a month now, I feel that is long enough to say my body is probably agreeing with the new workouts lol.  I'm excited to see what month 2 brings!

Monday 11/17
What I did:  Strength session 1.

What I wore:  Under Armour Achieve tank with Lululemon free to be bra in spry blue under.  Ivivva Rhythmic Space Dye crop in spry blue/faded zap/silverspoon, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in venom/turbo green.

I accidentally put on my tank inside out without realizing until half way through the workout lol.  Oops.

Tuesday 11/18
What I did:  Conditioning #1 workout.

Lorna Jane Willow Mesh LS as to and from:

Wednesday 11/19 
What I did:  Strength training #2 workout.

What I wore:  Puma Studio Yogini tank with Lorna Jane Dual Support bra under.  Lululemon Wunder Under crop in wee are from space fatigue green, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in venom/turbo green.

This one may have been too much of the same gray.. hahaha oh well.

For work on the same day, I wore my new Ann Taylor spot print blouse for the first time!  Actually an Ann Taylor outfit - Corded Lace Pencil skirt.  Coach Nala patent pumps.

Thursday 11/20
What I did:  This was the day I went to the gym in the morning and had to rush through my Conditioning 2 workout!

What I wore:  Lululemon Swiftly racerback in space dye heathered fern green, with Lululemon Ebb & Flow crop and printed Nike Free 3.0s.

Lululemon Forme Jacket in savasana camo fatigue green as to and from:

Friday 11/21
What I did:  Strength training #3.

Alo Yoga Exhale LS as to and from:

Since I got all my workouts in during the week, I rested both days on the weekend!  I actually wanted to go to the gym today, since next week is Thanksgiving and I know I'll eat a lot lol.  But I went to eat instead.  =/  I'll definitely be working out hard next week though!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bella Luxx & Alo Sample Sale This Weekend!

It's been a crazy week for me!  But I made it to the Bella Luxx / Alo sample sale today lol.  Priorities, my friends!  The sample sale is today and tomorrow, and Bella Luxx long sleeves go for $25 while short sleeves and tanks are $15.  They also have dresses, pants, shorts, skirts and prices are all under $30 I believe.  Of course they also had lots of Alo and Bella tanks/tights/tops/jackets that are listed at lower prices.  I just didn't really look at them.  I have more than enough workout clothes, so I specifically went for Bella Luxx.  I actually really really like all the Bella Luxx items I already own.  I have bought 2 dresses (here and here), and one top before.  The material they use is amazingly soft.  But I just really love the casual SoCal vibe.

I didn't go too crazy today.  So I bought 4 Bella Luxx tops and one Alo top for myself.  But I also got 3 tops for my mom since her birthday is next week.  Although this sale seemed to have a really large selection of size S, whereas my mom's size L had very few items so I ended up spending more time simply looking for size Ls.  They did not carry many size Ms and XS either.

I'm really happy with all the items I got actually, and I could have easily bought more!  If you live nearby, and wear size S (these items run kind of large so if you are a M normally, you'd find stuff too), I think its worth checking it out if you can make it there tomorrow!

So here are what I got.  First, the Bella Luxx Tunnel Neck sweater in a beautiful maroon color.  It's a size S.  It's super soft and I love the way it fits.  I think this one is my favorite of everything I got, if I had to pick one.

I've been more into light and neutral tones lately, so this Bella Luxx Raglan Pullver in off white marl caught my eye.  It's a lightweight and soft sweater, and can easily be worn with anything.  Super comfy.  Also size S.

The next one is the Bella Luxx Tulip Back sweater in wheat.  Pretty much same color as the sleeves in the one above.  The back is interesting though.  It's a size XS.  

I thought this Bella Luxx jacket was a great deal for $25.  It is open front style, so it does not have any buttons or zippers for closure.  It's like a sweat shirt material but style of a nice jacket.  Can almost pass for a tweed jacket from a distance.  I think I can wear it to work.  I'm always looking for more "professional" looking clothes made of comfortable material lol.  Size S too.

I like the black piping around the edges:

The jacket does not come with a tag.  So I don't know what it's called.

The only Alo item I got myself is this Raglan Pullover Hoodie with completely mesh sleeves and back.  I love mesh.  This hoodie is awesome.  It's a size S and runs slightly larger than the Bella Luxx items in size S.  

It's kind of hard to see the mesh in the above pics, so I took closer ones!  It's the bigger, more open kind of mesh:

So, just for fun, I put on the 3 items I got for my mom too.  They are size L, but they actually look ok on me.  I hope they will fit her... lol!  First one is this Bella Luxx tank with cross over front.  Love plum for fall:

Second one is a simple thin Bella Luxx long sleeve:

So the top portion and the back are ribbed material, so it's a little bit more interesting to look at:

Lastly, I got her this comfy Alo sweatshirt with cross front detail.  It's thicker, and would be great for chilling around the house or running quick errands:

Anyway, so all these items cost me under $200 after tax.  I've been to the same sale for a few times now, and I think they definitely raised their price this time.  Although men's shirts were still $5 a piece, even for tech shirts (they didn't have very many though).  So price increase seems to be only for women.  But they had way more Bella Luxx items than in the past, and I'm ok with paying a bit of  a premium for nicer clothes that I can wear both casually and to work.  They had a lot of stuff, and I was only there for a short while.  I'm tempted to go back tomorrow... lol!  

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