Sunday, January 22, 2017

White Sweater Jacket and Walking Shoes

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day I was still quite sick, but we ventured out to Shoreline Park and went for a short walk. I decided to keep my outfit simple and comfortable. I wore a new white sweater jacket that I received as a Christmas gift from a dear friend, a black turtleneck, jeans, and the most comfortable walking shoes - Skechers with memory foam. Since we were walking I decided to skip a necklace, which is rare as I almost always wear a necklace or a scarf.

White Shearling Sweater 1

White Shearling Sweater 2

I like the black turtleneck with the white sweater jacket. Black and white/off white is always such a nice color combo.  

White Shearling Sweater 3
  
White Shearling Sweater 4

How Often Should You Replace Your Walking Shoes?

I decided to buy a second pair of Skechers with memory* foam after loving the blue pair I received from Chadwicks of Boston so much. They are truly the most comfortable pair of walking shoes I’ve ever owned. I have to admit that I was really bad last year about switching out my walking shoes and have worn the same pair way too long (you should replace walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles.)

The “walking shoes” I was wearing last year had no cushion or support. In fact, I seriously messed up my big toes (the bruises underneath the nails are still partially there) when we went on a 6-hour, very hilly hike in Lake Tahoe in the summer. I had forgotten to pack my hiking shoes and wore my worn out, too small “fashion athletic shoes” instead.

One might think I would have bought some better shoes right after that experience, but apparently I need to learn lessons the hard way… Regardless, I’m very glad that I found Sketchers and that I ordered a second pair. And I’m determined to keep better track of the mileage I put on them and replace them in a more timely manner… 

Skechers with Memory Foam

Questions: Are you vigilant about switching out your walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles? What are your favorite walking shoes? 



Be well,
Andrea

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chunky Knit Scarf

I’ve been fighting a terrible cold. Unfortunately, I’m unable to sleep at night, which doesn’t help matters.

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day, and I decided that I was going to try to go on a short walk. I made it for only about 1/2 a mile until I had to turn around, but it still felt good to get out for a little while. Nevertheless, I was very glad when I was back home in bed...

Monochromatic Outfit with Chunky Knit Scarf

I decided to wear a monochromatic outfit. I added a chunky knit scarf that I had recently “found” in our coat closet, shoved all the way in the back. Our coat closet is so small, I’m not sure how it was possible to “lose" it. I remember buying the scarf when the kid was little, and I’m very glad I found it again as it kept me warm, and I love the look of a chunky knit.

Chunky Scarf 1
Chunky Scarf 2
Chunky Scarf 3
Chunky Scarf 4
Chunky Scarf 5

Here are some chunky knit scarves that have caught my eye*:


Questions: Do you own a chunky knit scarf? Or a chunky knit sweater or cardigan? 

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Be well,
Andrea

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Orange Coat

It’s been raining a lot in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a good thing as we are in a severe drought. Last Thursday, the rain took a short break, and it was not too cold (it got really cold on Friday by Bay Area standards, and there was frost everywhere in the morning, something we are not used to…). Andy and I were lucky to be able to sneak out on Thursday for a quick lunch.

I wore my hand-me-down orange coat, a black and white dress, and leggings. I’ve owned the coat for several years now, and it has been much loved by its previous owner. I always like adding a pop of color to my outfit in the middle in winter. The coat also looks great with white pants, and I think I’ll wear it with my white pants soon.

Orange Coat 1 
Orange Coat 2

We walked around a bit after lunch and came across this fun artwork. Naturally we had to take a photo...

Orange Coat 3

Questions: Do you have a colorful statement coat? If so, what color is it? Do you have any hand-me-down clothes that you love? 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Exercise Motivation with Pretty Clearance Workout Clothes

It’s a bit of a cliche, but a new year is always a reminder to take a good look at what I put into my body and how much I move. While I try to make consistently good choices most of the time throughout the year, I have to admit that I have made some not-so-good choices in the last few months.

But I’m determined to make myself a priority and clean up my eating and increase how much I move.

Chadwicks of Boston Workout Outfit 7

The other day I took inventory of my workout clothes, and I noticed that they were in pretty sad shape. Most items are many years old and have been washed over and over. Some are faded, some don’t fit quite right, others have pilling and feel “rough.” I also realized I needed new shoes as I had been walking way too many miles in the ones I was wearing.

Wearing items that don’t make you feel your best can be a way of self-sabotage as you can feel like never going out and exercising. On the other hand, when you feel good in your clothes, you think you can do anything, and you can! I was therefore very happy when Chadwicks of Boston offered to provide me with some workout clothes from their clearance section*.

Chadwicks Workout Outfit 1
I picked a thin Cowl Neck Pullover in a pretty shade of blue, printed leggings, and Lightweight Slip-Ons by Skechers. The entire outfit is currently on sale for under $100. Plus, my readers can get an additional 20% off with Code CH64087 (good until 1/15/17).

Chadwicks Workout Outift 2

I love my new workout outfit. The leggings have a nice amount of stretch as well as a tummy control panel that really holds you in, yet they are comfortable. The pullover is lightweight and feels very nice on the skin. Finally, the Slip-Ons by Skechers are the most comfortable walking shoes I’ve ever owned. They have memory foam that feels like you are walking on clouds. The first day I wore them, I walked over 10,000 steps and was raving at the end of the day how great my feet felt. My son commented that he had previously owned shoes by Skechers with memory foam, and that he really missed them and the memory foam. I can see why!

Skechers Slip Ons

During our family workout at a local park, it felt good to move, and I felt good in my skin and my clothes.

Chadwicks Workout Outfit3

I also wore the outfit when we went hiking at some nearby trails and felt put together enough to quickly stop by the grocery store on our way home.

Chadwicks Workout Outift 5

Chadwicks Workout Outfit 6 

Chadwicks of Boston Clearance Sale & Additional Discount

Chadwicks of Boston has currently a wide range of beautiful clothes on clearance at very low prices. It’s a great opportunity to replace items in your closet that are past their prime, or to add something you’ve been wanting to get. And again, my readers can save an additional 20% with Code CH64087 (the code is good until January 15, 2017). 

Questions: Has the new year motived you to eat better and move a bit more? Are you happy with your workout clothes? What items in your wardrobe are just a bit too worn and should be replaced? Are there any items you’ve been thinking of adding to your closet? I’m thinking of adding the following basics from the clearance section, which I know I’ll own and enjoy for years, to my wardrobe: boyfriend cardigan, ribbed turtleneck, and a lightweight houndstooth scarf.

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Be Well,
Andrea

* Disclosure: I am participating in a compensated campaign with this brand. The styling and the written words are my own. #ad

Sunday, January 1, 2017

California Beaches in Winter

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy 2017!

In the last few weeks we were fortunate enough to spend some time at the beach. We live close to the beach (45 minutes without traffic), yet we only make it there a few times a year, which I’m hoping to change.

Winter is a great time to visit the beaches in Northern California and on the Central Coast as there isn’t a lot of fog in the mornings, and it’s often quite mild. Some of our favorite beach memories are from visits in the winter.

We often spend time around Christmas at the beaches on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, and we did so again this year. I made sure we got a family photo taken while we were there. We have so few photos with all of us.

Christmas 2016

On Christmas Day, I wore my new Karina dress that I won via a giveaway from Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish. I love the movement of the dress and that it doesn’t wrinkle. I know I’ll wear it a lot!   

Karina Dress 1
It was quite cold while we were on the Central Coast, but walking near the water always feels so good! 

Avila Dec 2016
I love hiking near the coast and having a view of the ocean for part of the hike.

Avila Beach

Every year we try to take a trip at the very end of the year to a beach either near Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay. On Wednesday, we made it to Soquel near Santa Cruz. Time at the beach is always relaxing and rejuvenating.

Soquel 1
Soquel 2
Soquel 3
Outfit Details: Coat (I like this one), grey corduroys, pink turtleneck, Coach satchel (I like this one), 

Questions: What are some of your favorite activities from the past few weeks? What are your plans for 2017? We are going to start the year with a Conscious Cleanse* (read more about the Conscious Cleanse here in case you are interested; my readers can get $25 off with CODE AND25).

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Be well,
Andrea

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