Getting Active This Spring

Tips for getting active this spring. Springtime is finally here! Seeing the cherry blossoms blooming and watching the grass turn green make my heart leap for joy! :) There's just something about the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days that gives me an energy boost.

I was talking with Caleb the other day on ways we can make exercising a habit. One thing we've decided to do is Crossfit workouts at home (because joining a Crossfit box is expensive). I've also decided to go to the Christian yoga studio across the street a few times a week (yes, there's a Christian yoga studio!).

As we were talking, I realized that getting active really isn't that hard. With a few basic tools, the long-awaited springtime can be full of fitness and fun. Will you join me? :)

Tips for getting active this spring.

Yoga pants: c/o Yoga Outlet Athletic jacket: Nike [similar] Shoes: Nike [similar] Water bottle: BKR

Tools for getting active this spring

A sense of adventure

Keep your eyes open and you may discover that there are opportunities for getting active right in front of you. Do you drive past a park, mountain, or path every day without a glance? Try stopping the car and exploring the area; you may discover some new favorite spaces. Do you reflexively get behind the wheel to do an errand? Try walking there; it may take longer but you will feel great when you return.

Comfortable yoga pants

Yoga pants are my go-to if I'm doing anything active, whether I'm going on a bike ride, practicing some yoga, or simply running errands on a Sunday morning. Not only are they comfortable, but they come in some pretty cute and flattering styles too!

Supportive shoes

Wearing the right shoes while you're doing anything active is important to avoid any joint or back pain. Keep in mind that not all shoes are created equal; the activities that you will be doing matter. Running shoes are not the same as trail hiking shoes, and you want to be sure you give your feet the best shot at supporting your body through your springtime activities.

Hydration

Water, water, water; staying hydrated is key to feeling great as your activity increases and the temperature rises. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to make sure you always have something to drink.

"Getting Active" bucket list

Sometimes the hardest thing about getting active is finding the motivation to do so. One way to get encouraged is to create a "Getting Active" bucket list for the spring/summer. Here's a snippet of mine:

  • Go on a walk around the block after dinner every day
  • Do some spring planting
  • Ride bike on 5 different trails around the state
  • Play frisbee golf with friends
  • Take a yoga or pilates class
  • Do yoga every morning outside
  • Walk around the local zoo or aquarium
  • Bike to the beach instead of driving
  • Play with the neighbor kids outside
  • Rock climb
  • Play tennis with my sister

Something to remember as you're making your "Getting Active" bucket list: Do what you love. If you are not a fan of going to the gym, why go? I'm not big into running, so I didn't put that on my list. I considered training for a 5k that's in the fall, but I decided against it. Why? Not because I'm lazy. Because I simply don't enjoy running. So do what you love. And soon, you'll be checking off items on that bucket list of yours in a snap ;)

Tips for getting active this spring.

What about you? What's on your "Getting Active" bucket list? How do you stay active every day?

The Perfect Last Minute Holiday Gift for the Ladies: JORD Wooden Watches

*I was compensated with a free product from woodwatches.com*

The perfect holiday gift for ladies! JORD WOOD WATCHES #JORDWATCH

I'm going to let you in on a secret.

Gift-giving is a real struggle for me.

It's not that I don't know what type of things they like, but rather, I just want to make sure that their gift is something that they truly love. Do you ever feel the same way?

Last month my beautiful friend Noemi lost the watch she wore every day. And when she told me, I knew immediately what the perfect gift for her would be: A wooden watch from JORD.

The perfect holiday gift for ladies! JORD WOOD WATCHES #JORDWATCH

You may remember how I gifted a JORD watch to my dad on Father's Day and was amazed at the wonderful craftsmanship. These watches are made from a variety of natural and sustainably sourced wood from all across the globe, are extremely lightweight, and have a crystal clear face. Absolutely beautiful!

The perfect holiday gift for ladies! JORD WOOD WATCHES #JORDWATCH

Gifting the watch to Noemi was so much fun–her face lite up like it was already Christmas morning! The Sidney Series in Maple and Rose Gold is absolutely gorgeous. She gets so many compliments on it. It even has a stopwatch built in! This is not your regular everyday watch; it’s a unique and stylish accessory.

The perfect holiday gift for ladies! JORD WOOD WATCHES #JORDWATCH

JORD prides themselves on their prompt delivery with their aim to get the watch to you within 1 – 3 days with free worldwide shipping. It comes in a gorgeous wooden keepsake box, and you can even have the watch sized beforehand so it can be worn immediately!

So if you're looking for the perfect last-minute holiday gift for a special lady (or man!) in your life, I highly recommend checking out JORD's collection. I gave my boyfriend the Dover Ebony and Copper watch and he loves it so much! That one is a self-winding automatic, meaning that there is no battery–just the fact that you wear it helps make the gears work (which you can see through the face of the watch too, btw).

The watch I have an eye on is the Frankie Zebrawood and Champagne watch. It is so luxurious and minimalistic!

I’ve also partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $35 each for the holidays! So if you’ve had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, be sure to enter to get in on the savings. Entering is easy; click the link below – it will ask you for your email and your favorite JORD watch (so many to choose from) once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

Get your $35 e-gift card here!

Don't forget to share your pictures with the hashtag #JORDWATCH. Enjoy! ;)

Which JORD watch is your favorite? Share it with me in the comments below!

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Fashion Essentials on My Wishlist

Fashion essentials on my wishlist It's been a long time since I've shared some of the items on my wishlist with you all. So today I've rounded up my Top 5 necessities at the moment. I've listed the ones on my *splurge* wishlist, but at the bottom of the post you can shop some of my more affordable choices as well (because, college).

1. A Neutral Bootie | Like this one from Steve Madden. It elongates the leg, looks great with all black, and pairs well with dresses or pants.

2. Chic Stud Earrings | Every girl needs some sparkle! Try something classic, yet fun.

3. A Neutral Tote | The perfect carryall that goes with everything! I have a black one from Target, but I would love to have a supple, leather tote.

4. Black Floppy Hat | Nothing makes me feel more ready for a summer event than donning a floppy hat. With my hair in waves, it makes me feel more put together (even if I got ready in a rush).

5. Signature Perfume | I would LOVE to splurge on some Chanel perfume. I have my eyes and nose on Mademoiselle. It's such a fresh, ultra feminine scent!

Shop my favorites (affordable as well as splurge) below!

#Jordwatch The perfect last-minute Father's Day gift! Beautiful wooden watches for both men and women.

#Jordwatch The perfect last-minute Father's Day gift! Beautiful wooden watches for both men and women.

Capsule Wardrobe // The Beginning

Wondering about how to start a capsule wardrobe? Here are the answers to your questions and a look into how I'm starting my capsule wardrobe.

Many bloggers have shared their journey with a capsule wardrobe, each with their own story and style. The capsule wardrobe lifestyle is one that speaks to my heart, as I've been attempting to minimize and cut down my closet ever since I was 16. The many failed attempts and slight spending problems during my high school years has left me with a big closet of unnecessary and only once worn items. Over the past few weeks, after reading a lot about the benefits of a capsule wardrobe, I've decided to start one of my own and share the beginning process with you today.

First, I'll answer a few common questions. Then I'll share how I'm planning on implementing my capsule wardrobe. Third, I'll share my breakdown of how many pieces of each clothing item I plan to have for each season. Lastly, I'll leave you with a few tips to get you started on your very own capsule wardrobe.


Questions, Answered

What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to your closet that takes the stress out of picking outfits and lets you feel 100% confident about yourself. It's more than just getting rid of things you don’t need; it’s about crafting a wardrobe that will fit your lifestyle. Typically, it consists of only wearing 30-40 clothing items per season/3 months. There are different types of capsule wardrobes, but the one I'm doing is 40 items per 3 months. You can read more about it below.

Who is it for?

Anyone who seeks to have a simplified wardrobe that perfectly fits their body and lifestyle, anyone who wishes to cut down on their clothing spending, and anyone who desires to love each and every piece of clothing that they own. That being said, it's important to know that this type of wardrobe may not be right for everyone. Do some research and really understand what it entails before stepping into the whole journey.

How can I benefit from it?

There are a lot of benefits, and many are unique to each individual. A capsule wardrobe can help take the stress out of getting dressed, help you declutter your closet, and help you feel more confident about yourself because you'll be wearing pieces that you absolutely love.

Where do I shop for these clothes so I don't fall into the same wardrobe trap as before?

The best practice for a capsule wardrobe is to purchase high quality clothing items that will last longer than their price. When purchasing a more costly item, divide the price by how many months or years you expect it to last. The lower the result, the better the investment (as long as it holds up to that standard!). Budgeting is also a great habit to start. Every season, set a budget for items you'd like to replace and stick to it.

What is the best way to start?

Do your research. Figure out the best way to make a capsule wardrobe work for your lifestyle. Start gradually. There's no need to throw away all your clothes and buy new ones all at one time. Enjoy it! The best way to start is by being excited to start the journey to a simplified wardrobe!


How I'm starting my capsule wardrobe

Because I'm staying here in Lincoln for three weeks of summer school, I'll be going home on May 31 and returning mid-August. So essentially, I'll only be packing clothes that fit into my summer capsule wardrobe. Perfect right?! :) I'll store the rest of my clothes in storage for the summer.

Since I'm just beginning my capsule wardrobe, I have a lot of clothes that I like, but don't love. Being on a college budget, I can't afford to get rid of a bunch of items and buy new ones. So here's my plan:

1. Work through Caroline's Capsule Wardrobe Planner

Throughout this next month, I'll be filling this planner out to figure out what my true style really is and what clothing items make me feel 100% confident in my own body.

2. Adopt the in-one/out-one rule

I'll be beginning the summer capsule with clothing items I already have. As the summer progresses, I'll research and purchase items that really fit my style and body. Once I purchase that item, I'll get rid of another item that doesn't fit my new capsule style in order to create the perfect summer wardrobe!

3. Shop for my Fall Capsule Wardrobe during Labor Day Sales

I love shopping sales! Since my fall capsule wardrobe begins right around Labor Day Weekend, I'll use the opportunity to get my fall wardrobe for 50-70% off!


Capsule Wardrobe Breakdown

Below you'll find a list of how many of each clothing item I'm planning on including in my seasonal capsules based on my lifestyle. By no means is this list going to fit everyone's lifestyle, but feel free to use it as a starting point for your own capsule wardrobe.

Not Included:

  • Church clothes
  • Business clothes
  • Undergarments
  • Athletic clothes
  • Accessories such as scarves, hats, bags, glasses, etc.
  • Vacation clothing for climates different from where you live
  • Anything that can’t be worn on its own (such as a slip worn underneath a sheer piece)

Summer (June, July, August) - 40 Pieces Total

  • Sandals (3)
  • Flats (2)
  • Sneakers (2)
  • Leggings (2)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Shorts (5)
  • Pants (2)
  • Blouses (5)
  • Button ups (1)
  • T-shirts (5)
  • Tank tops (5)
  • Dresses (3)
  • Skirts (3)

Fall (September, October, November) - 40 Pieces Total

  • Sandals (1)
  • Flats (2)
  • Boots (4)
  • Sneakers (2)
  • Jackets (3)
  • Vest (1)
  • Leggings (3)
  • Jeans (3)
  • Sweaters (3)
  • Cardigans (2)
  • Blouses (4)
  • Button ups (3)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Long sleeved (2)
  • Dresses (2)
  • Skirts (2)

Winter (December, January, February) - 40 Pieces Total

  • Boots (5)
  • Sneakers (2)
  • Jackets/Coats (5)
  • Vest (1)
  • Leggings (4)
  • Jeans (4)
  • Sweaters (5)
  • Cardigans (2)
  • Blouses (3)
  • Button ups (3)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Long sleeved (3)

Spring (March, April, May) - 40 Pieces Total

  • Sandals (2)
  • Flats (1)
  • Sneakers (2)
  • Jackets (2)
  • Vest (1)
  • Boots (1)
  • Leggings (3)
  • Jeans (3)
  • Shorts (3)
  • Pants (1)
  • Blouses (4)
  • Button ups (3)
  • T-shirts (4)
  • Tank tops (2)
  • Long sleeved (2)
  • Dresses (3)
  • Skirts (2)

 My Three Tips for You

As you begin on your own capsule wardrobe and journey towards simplicity, you'll likely find challenges and have a lot of questions. Take it slow and move at your own pace. Here are three tips that I've found useful as I've begun my journey:

  1. Read about other people's capsule wardrobes to get ideas.
  2. When you're ready, do a deep clean of your closet (and donate as much of it as you can instead of throwing it away!)
  3. Keep a positive spirit. You'll feel better about yourself and enjoy the process a whole lot more!

What about you? Have you considered starting a capsule wardrobe?

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