Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Funday!

What a week!  I was SO busy at work with a big presentation I had to do on Thursday.  So I was working day and night preparing beforehand.  It went well - what a relieve!  I really was sick of work by Friday though lol.  So the weekend was welcome.  But it's so uncomfortably hot here nowadays that it's hard to be outside.  I went to the Getty museum today and became super dehydrated, my body feels like it's on fire even now.  Also, there are even more fires around here now since it's been so ridiculously hot.  Though today the air is a lot more clear than yesterday.  Yesterday afternoon, the whole sky here was a grayish orange color.  Today, I could see so much smoke rising out of the area that is on fire from the Getty, it was crazy!  I took a picture (it looks much more obvious in person):



Anyway... The Dunhuang Cave Temple exhibit is at the Getty and it was the most crowded I've ever seen that place.  These caves were pretty cool, though of course they are replicas since it's not really possible to move caves (duh lol).  But even the replicas look pretty impressive and I have no idea how they moved them from China to the US either.  Apparently, this is the first time they have ever traveled to the US as well.  They are life-sized caves and there are 3 of them.  So you spend more time in line than it takes to see the caves, but still worth seeing I think.  There is a separate exhibition hall where they have a 3D movie of another cave, and then a bunch of artwork and scrolls from the caves too.  I took some pictures inside the caves so you can see what kind of intricate work there were:







Pretty cool right?!  Now I want to go there in person!

Ok, anyways, to get back on track now, I had a much better workout week this week than the last few weeks.  I was able to make it 3 times which feels like a big accomplishment lately lol.  I still wanted to take it easy even though I've recovered like 95% from being sick.  So I am pretty happy with 3 times!

Monday 7/18 - Well, rest day first, so here's my work outfit:




And here's my casual dinner outfit from the same day:
Jacket:  Banana Republic Trench Dress (worn as a jacket!)





Tuesday 7/19
What I did:  I left off after Strength #1 last week so I started with #2.  Then I did about 20 minutes on the treadmill.

What I wore:
Top:  Titika Topaz Tank
Bra:  Lululemon Free To Be Wild in capoiera multi
Bottom:  Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in giant houndstooth dip dye






To and From:  Lululemon Be Present Jacket in coco pique




Wednesday 7/20
What I did:  Strength #3, followed by 20 minutes on the treadmill.

What I wore:  
Bottom:  Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight in wine berry/ bon bon
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in ash





To and From:  Lululemon Just Breathe LS in parfait pink





Thursday 7/21 - Rest day, since I had to be up at 5 to be at work for my big presentation.  This presentation was for like hundreds of people from our offices throughout the world, particularly the London and New York offices.  Time difference is a bitch.  This is what I wore (not a video conference but still important for the LA folks haha):






Friday 7/22
What I did:  Strength #4.

What I wore: 
Bra:  Lululemon Centered Energy in flash
Bottom:  Beyond Yoga Gathered Legging in dusk
Shoes:  Nike Free 3.0 in gray/crimson





To and From:  Alo Yoga Mirage LS





Saturday 7/23 - Rest.  My mom came in town and we went to dinner.  Here's what I wore:
Shoes:  Rag & Bone Margot Bootie (happy to say these work with dresses/skirts/shorts as well as pants!)





Sunday 7/24 - Rest day again since we went to the Getty all day.  Here's my outfit:





And that's it for the week!  I really need to go and try to cool down now.  It seems that no amount of AC is going to stop me from burning up lol.  Hope you had a great weekend!




Friday, July 22, 2016

Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight in Wine Berry / Bon Bon

I love my naval blue Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight and have been meaning to get another pair in a different color for a while.  At first I was thinking black.  But they never went on sale lol.  I refuse to pay the full price for these because $148 is just too much!  Hahaha.  I got my naval blue ones for $148 Canadian (about $125ish USD at the time) when I was in Vancouver and that was the most I wanted to pay.  As much as I love these, I don't know why they should be $50 more than other already expensive tights.  Anyway.  So the wine berry / bon bon color went on sale for $99, which is more in line with their regular non-sale price.




This wine berry color is a nice color!  I think the Lululemon web photos show pretty well how they look in real life.  They are lighter than what you would imagine a "wine" color looks like.  More red than purple.  But pretty subdued.  

They are exactly the same design as my naval blue ones, but the stitchings show up a bit better since the color is lighter.  I really like them in this color.  I got them in size 4 as well and they fit exactly the same as my other pair.  They are not nearly as stretchy as other Lululemon tights, so it's a little struggle to put them on.  Once they are on though, they are fabulous.  So I wouldn't size up.



I just really love the whimsical reflective design on the legs!  They look very unique. 



The darker lines are actually just a shadow.  I guess my lighting wasn't great when I took these pictures.




The only "bon bon" color visible from the outside is the zipper.  But these are such high rise pants that you will probably never see the zipper unless you wear a crop top or a sports bra only.



I really hope the black ones go on sale!  I've been waiting for that to happen forever and they just never seem to be.  I'm not in a huge hurry since I have so many black tights already.  But one of these days I'll search on ebay or something and hopefully find a pair for a good price!





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rag & Bone Margot Boot

I was looking for some comfortable low-heeled booties (lol so unlike me) and I got a pair of Rag & Bone Margot Boot in color "Macaroon" for a really great deal!  I got them from Net-a-Porter and they were on sale for $145, down from $495!  But they seem to be sold out now.  Not surprised since they are still selling at full price on Rag & Bone's website.  (By the way, the black fringe zipper version and the gray non-fringe one are on sale now at Nordstrom's anniversary sale early access for $329.)



Basically, I wanted to see what the Rag & Bone bootie buzz is truly all about.  Although I think the style that everyone wants is the Harrow Boot.  They have tons of mostly 5 star reviews at Nordstrom.  But the Margot boots were so much cheaper for the sales price I got!  They kind of have a little cow-girl boot flair.

Well, they arrived like a present!  Hahaha.



I got these in size 6, because it was the only size left.  6 is my normal pump size, but I usually like to size up at least half a size in boots and booties.  So I think these are true to size because the size 6 is on the tighter side.  They don't hurt my toes/heels or anything, but I couldn't wear thick socks with them.  Not that I own thick socks, living in SoCal lol.

I was a little on the fence about them, mainly because of the color/material combo.  It's suede in a light color which means they will be hard to keep clean and maintain.  But the suede feels reeeeally soft and nice, and once I wore them around in the house for a bit, I decided to take them out for a spin.  They are really comfortable!  The heel height is only like 3.5 inches which feels like flats to me lol.




So there are zippers on both sides of the boot:




Here they are on me with jeans:





So I think these are cute little booties that will go with a lot of things.  I see people wearing shorts/skirts with this type of booties too, so I may give that a shot.  But I'm just happy to have some mid-height heels that I can wear to run errands in and be comfy which was my primary reason for getting them.  Although, no way I would pay full price for these.  They'd be like $550 after tax!  No way!  I'll save my money for Loubies... Hahaha!




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