My wardrobe has seemingly taken a sharp turn. Lately, I ruthlessly gravitate towards white, white, white! I saw this look from wide eyed gless about a year ago, and have since been searching for the perfect white jeans to recreate it. White jeans are tricky for me. Something about them can give off a preppy vibe, which I feel is so not me. They instantly make me think of sorority girls with turquoise camis, so finding the perfect pair that still have a bit of edge was imperative. I love this pair for a few reasons. For one, they have a demi cropped bootcut fit which I have been obsessed with lately! My skinnies hardly see the light of day anymore, it is all about the cropped flares. This particular pair also has a raw scissor hem (fun!) and are made of cord fabrication. Lord knows I love texture. Last, they were only $50. What?! Makes it totally worth it, especially since I spilled black tea on the first pair I bought the very first time I wore them. On the crotch. Before presenting to a room in front of 50+ people. Oops.
Accidents aside, I feel like I found *the* pair of white jeans!
Between work trips, family vacations, and Rob and I’s trip abroad, I have been traveling a lot this year, which has been so much fun! But one thing that I tend to sacrifice, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this, is my routine that keeps me healthy while I am at home. Whether I am just feeling indulgent or need the convenience of less nutrient-dense foods, health and fitness tend to fall by the wayside. However, over time I have found some useful tips that keep me kind of on track while I am away. *Kind of* are the key words here, as “kind of healthy” is the goal I aspire to whilst vacationing!
Pack Healthy Snacks
It starts with planning! If I know I am going to be in the car or on a plane for a significant amount of time, I make sure I am stocked with healthy snacks for the trip. My road trip go-to used to be peanut butter M&M and other gas station classics. But over the years I have learned that junk food binging and extensive sitting is a combination that always leaves me feeling gross. Now I make sure to pack favorites like clementines, bananas, dried mango and roasted chickpeas.
If Possible, Stay Somewhere with a Kitchen
I clearly love Airbnb for many reasons (exhibit A and B) but one of the main benefits of choosing an apartment or condo over a hotel is having access to a kitchen. Dining out is one of my biggest thrills in life, but if I do it too much I begin to feel worn down and lethargic. Being able to cook my own meals is imperative for balancing out indulgent meals with clean, nutrient-rich options while on vacation.
Use MindBody to Find Local Workouts
If I go too long without a decent workout, my back starts to ache and my body gets so stiff and tight. AND it’s just that much harder to get back into the grove when we return home. I use the MindBody app to find low-intensity workouts like yoga or pilates to keep me active while away, as well as swim and take long walks.
Balance Alcohol with Water
Easier said than done, and I have major room for improvement on this while away and at home, but it really makes such a big difference! No one likes spending a day of their trip in bed with a hangover and it is a big strain on your body. By staying hydrated, you reduce that risk and reenergize your body so you can party longer!
Check your Mindset
Being on vacation and outside of your normal routine naturally creates an indulgent mindset, and that’s okay! At home, I would never eat two chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, and I know that, so I gave myself grace when I slipped up in Florida. Recognize that realistically you won’t (and probably shouldn’t!) be 100% on your health game while you’re vacationing.
Lately, I find myself gravitating towards all prints preppy, and this dress is no different. I’ve had a handful of polka dot pieces in the past, but none as cute as this! The second I put it on, I fell in love. Typically, a low cut silhouette that doesn’t accommodate a bra is a big ol’ NO from me, but the unexpectedly supportive (& adorable) front tie, summery linen, and delicate shoulder pleats just worked, a delightful surprise! The only problem? The dress was a tad long for my liking. This is clearly not the case anymore. I took the dress to my trusty tailor for a hem, who didn’t object when I kept saying “Maybe just a little shorter? Hmm, I don’t know, it still feels long.” WHY DIDN’T SHE STOP ME? What a fool I was. Now a slight lift of the arms or a bend forward completely exposes all things that should be left unexposed. This dress is my summer fling — much too short and slightly inappropriate.
Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? I am not so sure.