daily outfit: the “neon for days” edition.
neon + gingham = Monday happiness.
this weekend was lovely.
i was outside for more hours than i was in,
i have a nice little tan going on,
& neon is my everything.
smile friday: this crew (emel, patrick & ben) makes me real happy.
i’ve been friends with patrick & ben since i was 13-ish years old (oh hey, freshman year of high school!)
they’ve seen me through awkward life stages, given me solicited & unsolicited advice about guys, seen me dressed up at prom & at show choir competitions, we’ve witnessed the highs & the lows, stayed in touch while attending three separate colleges & two different graduate programs…
& while i adore how much these two guys have stood by my side for 14 years, i thank them on a regular basis for introducing me to emel almost 4 years ago.
since our first meeting, our foursome has never looked back—we’re honest to the core, believe that anything goes & we never judge a word that escapes our mouths.
right now, Ben is the only one out of indy, but we’re crossing our fingers he returns real soon.
until then, our efforts to remain active in each other’s lives will stay the same—i mean, after so many years, they have way too much dirt on my life to leave now!
(picture taken last night at Bluebeard where the weather was perfect for outdoor dining & the host was kind enough to take a snapshot of our little crew.)
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
daily outfit: the “crowns & bees” edition.
i love when i can mix comfort with style, & that is exactly what this EmersonMade top helps me do.
it’s silky & it’s lightweight, & today, it seems necessary.
i have dinner plans after work so i wanted something dressy enough, but not too restricting.
i think it works.
it’s become a crucial part of my weekly routine, one i never anticipated.
i bought a groupon for Pure Barre last fall, let it expire & thought that was it.
then, the biggest loser competition happened, i called the fine folks at the closest (& only Indiana location) & they kindly offered to accept my 10 class pass.
all it took was one Friday morning commitment & i was hooked.
the whole Lift.Tone.Burn workout is amazing—my legs shake, my core quivers & at the end of every hour-long session, i feel a strong sense of accomplishment.
but it’s more than that.
for one hour, twice a week, Pure Barre allows me the opportunity to step away from the madness of daily tasks, social media dependence & all other self-inflicted stressors.
for sixty minutes, i’m not tempted to unlock my phone & catch up on the lives of others—instead, i focus on me (& my often neglected muscles).
over the course of the past 6 months, i’ve purchased 2 groupons (10 classes each). so for now, i’m utilizing those bad boys. after that, i’ll have to decide whether or not i’ll commit to more—my mind is saying yes, but my budget is saying “holy shit, Pure Barre is expensive!” <—& it is.
in the meantime, if you’re wanting to go on a new fitness adventure or you simply yearn for a reason to set down your phone, i would highly recommend taking advantage of Pure Barre’s “first class free” offer.
i mean, if nothing else, who doesn’t lust after the infamous Pure Barre ledge?
perfection: the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence.
& because it’s called, “BROOKE”