The Greatest Athletic Shorts

August 1, 2016

C9 Champion Perforated Woven Run Shorts | Style Me Thrifty

C9 Champion Perforated Woven Run Shorts

So nice, I bought them twice. This phrase was repeating in my head as I visited Target for the second time in one week.

The reason for my return trip was these shorts — these magical, flattering shorts! If you need new summer athletic shorts that aren’t booty shorts and don’t cost a fortune, read on.

I usually work out in capri leggings, even on the hottest days of the year. I like the support and coverage. But man, I’ve been HOT. On a recent walk with my sister, we were complaining about how all of Nike’s shorts are way too small and short for us modest ladies. I’m not a marathon runner, I don’t need teeny tiny shorts. Gimme a little length! My other issue is because I have thighs (ahem), sometimes the leg openings are too snug for me.

I had almost given up on athletic shorts… until on a whim, I tried on a pair at Target. OMG they fit! And are super flattering!

Thank you, 3.5″ inseam and wide waistband. This pair has built in undies, which I was originally on the fence about, but am liking the extra coverage. They are also ever-so-slightly longer in the back — love this.

C9 Champion Perforated Woven Run Shorts | Style Me Thrifty

C9 Champion Perforated Woven Run Shorts | Brooks Launch 2 Shoes | FitBit Alta

On my return trip, I picked up a slightly different version: these also have a 3.5″ inseam and same lightweight material, but they have spandex shorts underneath instead of undies. This week I tested them out with a treadmill workout and the little spandex shorts actually stayed in place!

C9 Champion Layered Run Shorts | Style Me Thrifty

C9 Champion Layered Run Shorts | C9 Champion SS Vent Tech Tee

There is even a third pair of shorts that look similar to these two, so I may be buying these online stat! Note, certain colors and sizes are starting to sell out, I think because some are on sale, so scoop them up fast.

Overall, I can’t believe I was able to score a new gym clothes on my monthly cat food run to Target. It’s time to give my tired black capris a break — can’t wait for my next workout!

A note on fit: I purchased a size Large in both shorts. Medium is my usual size and I think I could have gotten away with Mediums, but I sized up for a little extra length and room. I think it comes down to what fit you like — fitted or roomy. I’m wearing a size Small tech tee (in the pic above) — again, I’m usually a size Medium but sized down on the top so that it didn’t flop about in my fitness classes. Love this tee. Go Target!

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Shopping Is My Happy Place | NSALE

July 20, 2016

2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Let’s talk about life for a minute. We’re in the thick of summer… and I am exhausted. I need a summer break from summer. I’ve been super busy, super discouraged by all the sad current events, and super ready for something lighthearted to come around.

So I joined Snapchat (lord help me) and proceeded to laugh way too hard at all the ridiculous filters.

And then after that nonsense, I browsed the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sneak peek — and for a moment, all was okay in the world.

If you need a break from the heavy news, wild weekends, work stress, you-name-it, then make a little time for yourself and shop. It’s really hard to not smile at really cute clothes at really amazing prices.

Nordstrom cardholders can shop early access right now; the rest of us can shop the #NSale starting Friday (it runs July 22 to August 7).

Since I’m currently browsing thousands of women’s items, let me help you strategize your shopping by sharing few of my favorite deals under $100:

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Living Without a Full Length Mirror

July 18, 2016

Once upon a time, a fashion blogger (me!) was living in a rented townhouse that came with not 1 but 2 full length mirrors. They were like little gifts from the fashion gods, sent to me to document every adorable outfit. Now, these mirrors weren’t anything fancy — just standard ‘nail it to the wall’ full length mirrors — but boy, did they get the job done.

And then this fashion blogger moved — to a place I now own! — and decided it was time to purchase a grown-up floor mirror. So I left the old mirrors behind in the rental and purchased one from West Elm back in April. Gorgeouuuuus, right?

West Elm Parsons Floor Mirror - Gray Herringbone

West Elm Parsons Floor Mirror (sold out; also love this one)

This is where our story takes a turn… The mirror was backordered. <GASP!> Shipping would be delayed two weeks. I figured I could wait. Two weeks later, it was delayed some more. So I waited.

Two months later, this sucker finally arrived on my door step. And wow, it was worth the wait.

West Elm Parsons Floor Mirror - Gray Herringbone | Style Me Thrifty

JCrew Factory Heart Dot Striped T-Shirt

But our story doesn’t end here. I learned quite a few important lessons during these long mirror-less months, mainly: I put a high importance on being able to see what I look like. Vain? OCD? Fashion-obsessed? All of the above?

Here are 5 lessons I learned living with a full-length mirror.

Cynthia Rowley Amethyst Dress via Rent the Runway

Cynthia Rowley Amethyst Dress via Rent the Runway

1. Muscle memory. Without a full length mirror around, I found that muscle memory kicked in and I relied on my tried & true outfits. The name of the game was wearing my favorites items and best-fitting clothes because I knew they looked good. And now I want to take this lesson with me. Who needs a mirror when you only own stuff that you really love and always looks good?

2. Shoes make an outfit. And not being able to see said shoes — well, that’s a fashion dilemma. If I stood on my tippy toes in the bathroom mirror, I still could only see to my hips. How do these heels look? Flats or sandals? Gah, I couldn’t make a shoe decision! Those moments had me repeating the great fashion mantra: shoes make an outfit.

3. Getting dressed is faster without a mirror. I’ve been a victim to the fatal clothing crisis many times over. You try something on, look in the mirror, hate it, and go back to the closet for something else. Repeat. But without a mirror to boss me around, I found that I always committed to the first outfit I put on. So easy and way faster.

4. Supportive husbands rock. I’ll come clean here and admit that I made Mark snap a few quick morning pics to help me see how everything looked together. Those photos btw are so dorky and awkward, but hey, they helped! It was also nice having a real person, and not my own judgements in a mirror, tell me I looked good.

5. My inner confidence shined bright. This final lesson was very eye-opening. For two months, I relied on nothing but my own confidence. I had to just trust that I looked good. So what if I didn’t wear a perfectly-assembled outfit? The show must go on, so I owned every outfit. Thank you, self confidence.

Charles Henry Short Sleeve Floral Print Romper | Nordstrom

Charles Henry Short Sleeve Floral Print Romper via Nordstrom

The moral of this sob story? Less time in front of the mirror means more time to feel comfortable in your own skin.

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