The time has finally come to announce the lasted addition to the blog… Laura Lily Fitness! Each month I’ll be partnering with my favorite activewear brands to share my favorite looks, workout and progress. From one chick to another, I want to inspire you to get that booty to the gym and look good when you go 😉
I have always had an active lifestyle and over the last few months I have really stepped up my fitness game. No more excuses, I am finally implementing a plan to get the results I have always wanted: flatter stomach, trimmed waist, bigger booty. However, the purpose of my workouts isn’t solely to physically change my body. This entire lifestyle change has helped me become more aware of my habits, especially my diet. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge ( I ate a cookie as I started writing this post.) Now I just do it in moderation.
My mom was an aerobics instructor when she was my age and my sister is a fitness model – all the more motivation to get my butt into shape, right!? Trust me, I can be so lazy at times it’s hard. It’s just about finding the right motivation. Right now mine is pushing aside all excuses and imagining running into my ex at the beach this summer. Totally kidding. Over the past year I got sick of being insecure about things I am perfectly capable of changing (example: my stomach.) No more letting insecurities stand in the way of what I want to wear and dating the guys I want to date. Dammit! But in all seriousness, this new found love of fitness has got me feeling extra confident AND taking much better care of myself. I sleep better, eat healthier and overall have a much more positive outlook on life.
PLUS, going to the gym 3-4 times a week also means that I get to invest in more ACTIVE WEAR! It is such a great feeling when you feel fly at the gym. And as my muscles get stronger, my form gets better, and my confidence builds, I am willing to take more and more changes with my fitness fashion. (That is totally going to be my new hashtag btw: #fitnessfashion.) Now I get excited about shopping for new and unique looks to wear to the gym.
You all know I am a major fan of Adore Me’s lingerie collection (and I am about to swoop up a ton of their new swimwear line coming out next month!) So try and contain your excitement when I tell you that they also have an ACTIVEWEAR LINE!!!! OMG!!!! LOL. Yeah, I had the same exact reaction. I am super picky when it comes to the clothes I work out in. They have to look good and be good quality. Adore Me definitely hit both of those points. Looking good at the gym only motivates me to work harder because when you look good, you feel good!
I’ve gotten so many compliments wearing these sets to the gym. Full disclosure: I wore these shorts to a training session and did not even realize they are sheer on the side until half way into my work out!! Bomb.com detailing if you ask me! So get ready, because in honor of the launch of the Laura Lily Fitness section, I’ve teamed up with Adore Me to giveaway a $100 shopping spree!!! To enter, just follow the steps below!! I’ll draw a random winner on March 10th and announce them right here on the blog!
Thanks for entering and get ready for more fitness posts coming up next month on Laura Lily!
All looks by Adore Me
Photos by Brittney Christie
If I had to pick a favorite handbag designer it would be Prada. The brand’s timeless and clean aesthetic constantly resonates with my style. Last year I brought my first Prada bag and although its color-blocked design does not match with everything, I love it all the same for its uniqueness. For Christmas this past year I decided I would invest in one go-to bag and found another Prada beauty for almost 60% off on a second-hand designer site. I wear it everyday.
I have a hard time paying full price for designer items because I know the mark-up is quite high. Every once in a while I’ll look through second-hand designer sites like Tradesy and Trendlee to see new items they have in stock. That’s how I found this purple suede beauty. It was marked down to 70% off from its original price. At first I thought it was a typo or that the bag had something wrong with it. Carefully, I examined the photos and the description. I also researched the bag on other sites to make sure I would like the “Prugla” color. (The original price of this bag was almost $3000!) When it comes to big purchases, it’s best not to rush and really take your time. Buyers remorse is a real thing and can get in the way of truly enjoying a big ticket purchase. I decided that if the bag was still available the next day I would get it. Either no one likes purple suede or this amazing deal went unnoticed because the bag was still there and it was MINE!!!
Granted it’s suede so it requires particular care: protect with suede spray, avoid getting it wet at all costs…just to name a few. However it’s a beautiful bag for a killer deal and I am the lucky lady who found it. I’ll try my best to not buy any more beautiful bags for a while (but look at THIS ONE!!! Just Kidding! Kind of.) and just enjoy the few I have.
Wish me luck 😉
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Photos by Brittney Christie
A few weeks ago my friend and I booked a last minute trip to Chicago for a stay at the Fairmont Millennium Park. Why go to Chicago in the winter time you ask? Because flights were cheap and we love Chicago. Sure it was a tad cold, but we grew up in Minnesota so we are used to winter weather. Plus, what better time to visit the Fairmont than when they have a shopping package with one of my favorite stores: Saks Fifth Ave! Now through the end of March, for every night you book with the Fairmont, you get a $100 gift card to Saks. Didn’t take much to convince me to go!
We checked in to a gigantic one bedroom suite that looked out over Lake Michigan. The separate bedroom is perfect for anyone away on business. While one of us was on the phone the other could have peace and quiet in the next room. There was a charming welcome package waiting for us in the room. The chocolates lasted about 5 minutes – no joke. Thank you Fairmont for our bubbly treat!
Next, we headed off to dinner at Geja’s Cafe– an amazing fondue restaurant. This was a dining experience unlike any other Tony or I have had before. I can see why this restaurant was voted the most romantic fondue restaurant in Chicago. You enter into a dimly lit atmosphere with couples in private booths all around and a live guitarist playing at the front of the room. There’s also a cozy and seductive bar in the back for people to mingle and wait for their table. The first course started with a cheese fondue which Tony devoured. Second we ordered a meat, seafood and vegetable platter to cook in oil with a variety of 8 different dipping sauces. It was insanely delicious. Our third course (and my favorite) consisted of chocolate fondue with a plate full of every item you would want to dip into warm chocolate. I even got to roast my marshmallows on the fire before dipping them in.
After dinner we took about a 10 minute cab ride to the Royal George Theater to see the Rosenkranz Mysteries– A magic show that left everyone in the room stunned. Dr. Rosenkranz pulled up audience members to help him perform his acts, Tony included. Each time I sat there perplexed at how the heck someone could pull these tricks off. Definitely worth seeing. The next time his show is in town I will definitely go see it.
The next day we met friends for brunch at Longman & Eagle. A restaurant I had the pleasure of visiting my last trip to Chicago. It’s about a 20 minute ride from the downtown area, but well worth it in the hipster part of town. This is a popular spot all the time so be prepared to wait a bit (they don’t take reservations) or just find a spot at the bar. Everything here is super yummy. I would recommend everyone getting different items and sharing.
We had some fun with Tony’s new drone flying it over the lake to get a shot of the city. Cannot wait to show you guys the travel vlog (video-blog= vlog) coming soon! We made our way to the SkyDeck, but unfortunately the wait time was an hour long due to elevator maintenance. Definitely call before you take the time to go there. It has lightly snowed that day so the pathways through the park were covered in a white layer of fresh snowflakes.
The parks in Chicago are so gorgeous. Of course I had to stop by and see the famous mirrored bean sculpture in Millennium park. There were people ice skating around other sculptures in a perfect winter wonderland. I had little hand warmers in my pockets to keep my fingers nice and toasty. Other than that, my jacket and a few layers were enough to keep me warm.
After that we headed to Saks to search the racks for goodies. Well, I shopped, Tony parked himself on a bench somewhere. I ended up picking up a few things…. I couldn’t help myself. It’s Saks for crying out loud! I could have spent a few more hours in there, but then I would have walked out with a particular Gucci handbag I’ve had my eye on.
We found an Italian spot for dinner called Rosebud on Rush. I was CRAVING spaghetti bolognese and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. In fact, I wish I was eating it right now as I am writing this. The night concluded with meeting up with friends over drinks and sharing a ton of laughs.
Our last day we slept in, grabbed brunch at the hotel restaurant called Columbus Tap and headed to the airport. I’ve not been to Chicago in the fall and winter. I’d like to go back to again in the summer to experience hanging out by the lake and trying more of the restaurants. It is honestly such a pretty city with great people and lots of good food!
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Look 3: Dress: Alice & Olivia (old)
Photos by Tony Oberstar
In full disclosure- Chicago has the highest sales tax of any major U.S. city (10.25%) so buying online at Saks.com may be a better option and give you less to pack on your way home.