Wedding Season

It’s wedding season.  Luckily or sadly, depending my mood and status of my bank account, I’m out of the age of “summer of weddings”.  Summer of 2012/2013 I was basically poor and exhausted.  Don’t get me wrong, I love LOVED getting to see my best friends nearly every other weekend when we all live so far apart these days.  But, weddings are taxing – on the wallet, energy and healthy living continuum.

So this blog and insta-world are themed around fitness and style.  But hear me out.  I. LOVE. GOOD. FOOD.  This gets me into trouble during the weekends, and especially with fun events (that involve freebies).  My solution? Behave with your diet M-Th, factor in cheats during the weekend, 6 days of exercise.  Now, this will not work for everyone depending on your fitness goals, but generally, it is working out for me.

Traveling for a fun weekend and no gym?  And, maybe the outdoor weather isn’t cooperating?  People! this is no excuse.  There are so many good body weight exercises you can do.  Your workout over the weekend (again, keep in mind your overall goal), does not necessarily have to be PR making or exceptionally taxing.  ANYTHING is better than nothing (my mantra when I really, really do not want to move).

JUMP FOR GOD’S SAKE.  Plyos are a great way to really rev that heart rate and burn some cals.  Enter: Tabata style workout.  There are so many good Google or Pinterest searches you can do to find a good workout, so I will not waste my time.  But do movements that involve legs & arms, it will give you the most bang for your buck.  Do movements that are HARD.  However, above all, USE GOOD FORM.  Unsure you are squatting correctly?  Does this move actually hurt?  Do not do it. Generally, it is not going to “work itself out.”  Find an alternative movement to do.  If an impact (think: jumping) move hurts, do a version that you do not leave the ground, just go faster.

Life is about living, life is about LOVING.  Do not completely restrict or seclude yourself.  There are ways to still make a difference and have fun doing it!

OKAY, so anyways, my intention with this post was to talk about this FANTASTIC dress from #HalstonHeritage.  Are you in need for a super-chic wedding dress?  Low on cash? (Because again, wedding season)  Check out #RentTheRunway.  I’ve rented many dresses and have NEVER been disappointed with the dress, customer service, and EASE of use.  You can find awesome dresses that you would never be able to actually purchase (and who would want to by a multi-hundred dollar dress you’d only wear once… maaaaybe twice?).

I styled this blush pink Halston dress with nude block heels.  Block heels – God’s gift to fancy shoes.  So much more comfortable than regular pumps.  These shoes made it through 80% of my night.  Necklace from TARGET y’all.  It looks very Loren Hope-esque, but for like 1/6 of the price.  The necklace was a bit of a “statement” piece, so I kept with simple stud John Hardy earrings (shout out to my boyfriend, David, for the sweet gift).

The wedding took place in Greenville, South Carolina… my old home and owner of a piece of my heart.  This was the place where I really developed as a professional physical therapist and enhanced my skills as an orthopaedic specialist in residency.  I also met one of my BEST friends.  If you have a long weekend and want a getaway, Greenville is my Charleston of the upstate.  The wedding ceremony & reception was at the Cigar Warehouse in downtown.  Awesome location.  Katie & Matt had a beautiful ceremony and a TOO FUN reception (re: shoes made it 80% of the night).  I received so many compliments on the dress, and essentially did some serious marketing for #RTR (kickback, please?).  Consider using this company for your next event when you want to wear a very elegant piece of clothing you may otherwise not be able to afford.  It seriously can enhance your mood and confidence.  You will not regret it!

Look good. Feel good. Have fun!

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