Friday, March 27, 2015

Gettin' Fancy in the Gym

Alright confession...remember my 15 in 2015 challenge? Well, I am realllly struggling with that right now. In January I killed it...19 miles thank you very much. Then February happened. Listen it was a shorter month! Then March. Cut me a little slack I was in AFRICA! However now I'm back in the States and I don't have ANY excuses!

But it never hurts to have a little motivation. And what's the best way to motivate me to work out? CUTE WORK OUT CLOTHES DUH! Who says you can't look a little fancy in the gym??? And my current fav store to get fashionable and functional work out apparel is definitely Old Navy. They are really stepping up their game in the active wear department and I'm loving it!

So I went a little crazy with this active wear haul but now I'm ready to get crackin' on my work out schedule!


3 bottoms, 4 tops, 1 sports bra...I think I'm set for a while!

I am in LOVE with Old Navy active leggings. The patterns are so cool! Of course I picked some in my color comfort zone but they have some really "out there" colors if you're bold like that.


These are the right length for me, I'm a big fan of the capri length. And I can always get on board with a good geometric pattern.


Listen, these standard active tops are the BEST! I had to restrain myself and only buy two. They are nice and lightweight and made with a dry-fit material so you don't feel as gross after working out. AND THEY'RE ONLY $9 RIGHT NOW!!! 




And of course I couldn't resist getting one "fun" outfit.


"Run, Rest, Repeat." Yep. That's pretty much all I know how to do right now when it comes to working out. Maybe I'll start lifting or taking classes one day...maybe.



And you're pop of color should always be on your sports bra right? Right.

Hope you guys enjoyed this Old Navy haul! I'm sure there will be more to come...I'm a sucker for a good sale.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram @wedressalright and tag us so we can see how you're styling your active wear!

// Porter //

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Faves

Is March really almost over already?! Too fast, this year is going by much too fast. 

Here are some things I've been loving this month!




Beauty


The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is new to my life and I'm impressed. I have it in the shade Vanilla which I'm pretty sure is the lightest shade available. I use it only on my under eyes and it really brightens them up. It creases slightly, so just make sure you set it with a powder.



I've always loved the Tree Hut Sugar Scrub but going into the summer months, this stuff is essential. Exfoliating is important all the time but especially when your body is exposed to sun. It helps get all the dead skin off and leave you feeling silky smooth. The coconut lime scent is AMAZE.


Spring and summer are coming and my nails are ready. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good dark nail polish, but there's something about clean, freshly painted white nails that makes me so happy. I've been loving Essie Blanc. It's the perfect formula, opaque but not goopy.

Fashion



I picked up this beauty about half way through the month and it has been my go to necklace. I love it because it goes with practically everything in my closet. Every time I wear it, I get so many compliments. It's from LOFT but reminds me of something JCrew or Bauble Bar would have. Major heart eyes emoji.


It's no secret I love my sunnies. No lie, I have 4 pairs in my bag at all times. These classic silver aviators are my new favorite. I always prefer sunglasses with a mirror lens, because HELLO then you can't see where I'm staring! These are just effortless and make me feel like a badass. WIN WIN.

Random



SAM HUNT. If you haven't listened to him, do yourself a favor and check him out. He's ...country but like not really. I don't know how to really describe his vibe but I LURVE it. I've been listening to Sam Hunt iTunes radio a lot this month but mostly his song Take Your Time has me loving life.


If you know me, you know I absolutely loved Breaking Bad. I definitely started watching later on in the game but that doesn't mean I loved it any less. The spinoff, Better Call Saul, premiered last month and I'm hooked. I wasn't sold from the beginning, the first two or so episodes were a little slow but not any more!! I can't get enough. James McGill, ILU.


I traveled home to New Jersey this month. If you haven't read my recap, check it out here, FYI I get a little personal. But overall, I enjoyed being home. The weather was nice, COLD but nice. I got to see my dad, best friend and my family. Ate delicious food, probably a little too much, but whatever it was  VACA.



Not a lot going on this month, but some quality favorites.
What have you been loving?

it's been fun,
clancy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NJ is still home but....


"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, 
like you'll not only miss the people you love 
but you'll miss the person you are now, 
at this time and this place, 
because you'll never be this way ever again."


I remember posting that status on my Facebook the night before I moved to Florida. #deep right?! No but for real, it was the only thing that honestly captured how I was feeling. I was leaving home and moving 1000 miles away, of course I was going to miss Bayonne, my family and my friends, but ultimately I was going to miss the way things were. I knew things were never going to be the same. Sure I would visit and still talk to everyone but there was this feeling I knew I was never going to get back.


Here I am, two and a half years later, freshly back from a week long NJ vacation and this quote has never been more true. 




Let me preface this with I love New Jersey. Bayonne will ALWAYS be my home. It will always be my answer when people say “where are you from?” It’s where I grew up. It’s where (most) of my family is. There will always be a huge part of my heart. But, things just aren’t the same, they’ll never be that way again.

Going home each time gets just a little bit harder. People’s lives move on without you, (DUH Clance, the world doesn’t revolve around you even though sometimes you think it might.) People form new friendships, start new relationships, get new jobs. People change, not for the better or worse necessarily, they just change- it’s inevitable. 

My trips home are never what I imagine they will be. I have plans that all my friends will take off of work, we will go out and party every night, we’ll spend too much time laughing and catching up, going on adventures, making terrible decisions and loving every moment of it. In reality, they go to work, come home and are too tired to do anything and do it all again the next day. Hey, I don’t blame them… They’re not the ones on vacation and I totally get that. Weekends are spent trying to cram everyone in, feeling guilty because I feel like I don’t have enough time to spend with any one specific person. Before you know it, I’m hopping back on a plane back to Florida. 

This is definitely a hard thing to come to terms with. I’ve always acted like I still kind of live in New Jersey. I always find a way to slip NJ into a conversation, tell a story or just let everyone know that's where I'm from. I’ve been reluctant to let myself fully love Florida. I don’t want any of my friends or family to read this post and think that I love Bayonne any less because that’s not at all the case. It’s just DIFFERENT. I still love it and it will always be home. But I’ve definitely made room in my heart for a second “home.” 


Anyway, I'm done being sappy. Here’s some quick pictures from this trip. It was filled with too much delicious food, spending quality time with my dad and grandma and seeing my best friend! I miss it already, but I am happy to be back driving on roads with no potholes and 80 degree weather!



First stop, BAGELS. You don't know what you're missing if you've never had a Bacon Egg and Cheese from NJ. (Hold the bacon on mine, duh.)




We celebrated Michele's birthday at a sketchy little karaoke place in the city! Lots of beers and laughs. No singing for me. I've only done karaoke once and we sang Enter Sandman by Metallica, definitely a story for another time.


Lots and lots of basketball. #marchmadness


Not a trip home without the diner! Florida, if you could get on board with this, I would be okay with that.


Although we didn't venture to the city for the St Patrick's Day parade, I still celebrated my favorite day of all time. 



The BEST cookies ever.


Shopping trips at the Jersey Shore outlets, where I managed to not buy a single thing, (way to go with that self control girl) followed by lunch at Kelly's.




My last day home included me being as adventurous as I get. My best friend convinced me to try sushi. I mean, I had chicken tempura, but you have to start somewhere ...right?

Hope you enjoyed today's recap and mini revelation.
If any of you have moved away from home, do you have the same feelings?



it's been fun,
clancy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Zikomo, Malawi.

Well, I'm back from Africa! I thought writing a recap blog post was going to be super easy but I was 100% wrong.

I've been sitting here for about an hour trying to put into words how incredible this trip was. How I might convey my emotions stepping off the plane and realizing my dream of visiting Africa was coming true. How I might describe the overwhelming warmth and kindness of the people. How I would tell you about each widow we worked with, how their smiles gave me life. After writing, deleting and rewriting I've come to the conclusion I simple can't do it. At least not right now, I guess I'm still processing.

My mind keeps thinking "What does everyone want to read about?" and "Which story should I tell?" or "What would make them understand?" But you know what? As much as I love you guys, I think I need to change my approach for this one. Instead, I'm asking myself "What do I want to say?" And what I want to say is...thank you. Or more appropriately in Chichewa... "Zikomo."

So here it goes...my thank you note to Malawi:

Zikomo, Malawi. For welcoming me into your country like I was already part of your family.


Zikomo, Malawi. For showing me what is means to dance with joy.


Zikomo, Malawi. For letting me sing with you.


Zikomo, Malawi. For teaching me what it means to work for The Lord.




 Zikomo, Malawi. For opening my eyes to the value of living in community.



Zikomo, Malawi. For showing me what living without want looks like.


Zikomo, Malawi. For making me kill a chicken. (...seriously)


Zikomo, Malawi. For your children. For their wonder, their smiles, and their hope.




Zikomo, Malawi. For your sunrises.


Zikomo, Malawi. For showing me how beautiful dirt can be.





Zikomo, Malawi. For teaching me that you don't need to understand someone's language to create a lasting friendship.


Zikomo, Malawi. For helping me understand how important family is.



Zikomo, Malawi. For your colors.





Zikomo, Malawi. For bringing us all together.







Zikomo, Malawi. For changing my life.







// Porter //