stronger-10 fun sports bras for your next workout

Hi guys! I know I’ve been completely terrible about connecting on this blog, and I’m really going to try and show up at least once a week. #goals

Speaking of goals, I’m trying to get my fitness in order this spring/summer. I’ve been keeping up with my trainer about 2 times a week, and really want to try and add a few more morning cardio sessions in the mix. I am just NOT a morning person. In this vein, I headed out to a SoulCycle class 2 weeks ago with one of my besties, Hannah. We’ve been to SoulCycle together before, but the real draw here was it was a PSPCA fundraiser (sadly, there were no puppies in attendance).

About halfway through the workout, I realize that I am dripping buckets of sweat. It was SO hot in there and I was working my butt off. So, I decided to do something that I’ve never done while working out before. I took my shirt off.

fitgifsource

I wasn’t the only one in the class who was pedaling in just a sports bra, so I didn’t feel too uncomfortable in the dimly lit room. However, as soon as our instructor turned up the lights for a song, my instant reaction was to critique my body in the mirror. Were my hips, more pronounced due to my leggings, offending people? Were people judging me thinking, “there is no way that girl should be taking her shirt off”? Can I pull my leggings up a little higher to suck my belly in?

All these thoughts are running through my head, but SoulCycle has a calming effect on me (it must be something about all of those positive affirmations the instructors yell out). So, I decided to just let all of those negative thoughts go. I decided, if I was comfortable enough to sweat it out in a sports bra in the dark, then I’m confident enough to sweat it out in a sports bra in the light.

In honor of this revelation, I’ve rounded up 10 fun (although maybe not functional), cool, and strappy as all hell sports bras for you to flaunt during your next workout.

Sports Bra3Clockwise from top left: Forever 21, Under Armour, Forever 21, Forever 21, Old Navy, Lululemon, Fabletics, SoulCycle, SoulCycle, Fabletics

Do you guys have any workouts that you swear by? Or any gym clothes that make you crush your workout? I’d love to hear about them, let me know in the comments!

 

 

Advertisements

summer girls-10 one piece bathing suits under $100

I took a quick break from blogging after The Bachelor wrapped up, but I’m back and have some fun things in store. My life has been pretty crazy as I get ready to move apartments, but I’m planning some fun decorating posts! I’m even hoping to add in a few recipe posts here and there as I take full advantage of a kitchen for once. Today, I’m easing back into blogging with a fun bathing suit roundup!

I have a ton of trips planned this summer, most of which are Bachelorette party related. I’ve loved the recent trend of one-piece swim suits coming back into style so I rounded up 10 of my favorite options, each that come in under $100!

10 One Pieces Under 100Clockwise from top left: The Bikini Lab, Billabong, H&M, Private Party, Forever 21, Target, MiYang, Out From Under, Asos, MINKPINK

I honestly can’t decide which one is my favorite! There are just too many unique things about each of them. I think the Private Party ‘Poppin’ Bottles’ suit would be SO fun for a bachelorette party and The Bikini Lab suit is actually reversible. That is two suits for the price of one. If I had to choose, I think I’d go with the Out From Under suit – it comes in a bunch of different patterns and the back is to die for! Crazy tan lines be damned!

Are you guys loving the one piece trend, or do you like to stick to bikinis? Any cute suits that you’ve come across that I’ve missed? Share them in the comments!

xo Em

margaritaville-key west vacation recap

Hi everyone! I’m finally starting to get back into the swing of things nearly a week after coming home from our family vacation. I’m detouring from my normal TV recaps for today (and hope to do so more in the future), and am sharing a little Key West vacation recap with y’all!

Key West_Boat

Things To Do 

Key West_Sail Fish1. My favorite activity in Key West was definitely deep sea fishing.  Although I’m prone to a bout or two of sea-sickness, that’s not going to keep me away from the water (an air conditioned cabin for naps also didn’t hurt).  All the guys on our trip were out on the boat, so I had to hold it down for the girls. I ended up catching the biggest fish of the day (that we could eat, my dad and cousin each hooked a sailfish) – and provided us with a lot of fish to eat for the rest of our vacation.  My favorite way to cook up some Mahi – with some spinach, tomato and parmesan cheese!

Key West_Hemingway Cat
2. On an overcast day (but no less humid or hot) we went to the Ernest Hemingway house.  Hemingway didn’t live in the house very long, only about 9 years, but he wrote many of his great works in his office on this property.  An added bonus, many of the descendents of Ernest’s polydactyl (six-toed) cat Snow White still live on the property.  The cats kind of have the run of the house, as evidenced by this Instagram.

Key West_Cocktail Champion
3. Key West is a huge party town, and I’ve never been one to say no to a good time. My mom and I decided to take up the Key West Cocktail Challenge – and were victorious.  The challenge was to have the signature drink at six particular bars throughout the island. Upon completion, you received this super cool shirt. The t-shirt may have cost about $100 in drinks, but we think it was worth it. (Sorry for my poor Snapchat screenshot photo).

My Outfits
I had a minor panic attack on the Friday before leaving, because the order I had put in at Forever 21  a week and a half before still hadn’t arrived.  Luckily, as I was loading up my car to drive home, the package arrived!

Key West_Smallest Bar1. Outside the World’s Smallest Bar
Shirt: Forever 21 (old, similar here), Shorts: Forever 21, Purse: Kate Spade (old, similar here)

Key West_Tie Dye Dress
2. Key West has some of the most amazing trees.
Dress: Old Navy(old, similar here), Hat: Heavenly Couture (site launching soon!), Sunglasses: H&M, Shoes:Schutz (old, similar here)

Key West_Open Shoulder
3. Not the best picture – but I had to show how this dress swings.
Dress: Forever 21 (seems to be sold out but similar here

Capturing Key West
Key West is a place unlike any other I’ve ever been, and sometimes the best way to understand is just to see for yourself! If you can’t jump on a plane and head there soon, I’ve got three pictures that I think capture the town.

  1. Key West_Chicken
    2. Key West_Sunset
    3.
    Key West Dog

I think I can say I saved the best for last! Have you guys ever been to Key West? Thinking about going and have some questions? You can always connect with me in the comments or on Twitter @third_and_girl.

xo
Em