August is the Best Month

August is my favorite month for many reasons. Here are a few things I’m up to right now:

What I’m Reading

Sadie Dishes: August is the Best Month

I only seem to find time to read during the summer when I’m sitting by the pool or the ocean. So far I’ve finished an interesting biography of Jackie O; read the latest memoir from one of my faves- Jen Lancaster; and now I’m working on an interesting book about hosting meetings and events. The Art of Gathering goes through the various steps of planning a get together and preaches grounding every decision (invite list, venue, activities, etc.) to align with the true purpose of the gathering. So often we rely on convenience, defer to precedent, or focus on logistics when planning meetings and events when it should be about encouraging interaction and human connection to get the intended result. My favorite part so far is “don’t be a chill host.”

What I’m Watching

Sadie Dishes: August is the best Month

TV has been pretty good this summer. My TV life is basically Bravo, plus a couple other shows. I just finished the latest season of Younger. I enjoyed the latest season of Southern Charm a lot, and now I’m all in on Southern Charm Savannah. I’m keeping up with the some Housewives. The only Bravo show that didn’t do it for me this summer was Below Deck Med. I didn’t really like the cast at all. And I wasn’t going to watch it, but I just got sucked into Very Cavallari. I only really watch stupid TV. Sue me.

What I’m Wearing

Sadie Dishes: August is the Best Month

I’m wearing anything that keeps me cool in this heat and humidity. At work that means lightweight, washable dresses. At the gym it’s breezy Adidas tanks, and on the trail, it’s my latest running sneaks. On the weekend, I’m loving the last couple things I’ve gotten from Lou & Grey. The fabric is like butta. I’ve totally lost interest in all the huge sales going on right now. I’m waiting for the new fall stuff!

How is August treating you so far?

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Fall Trends: You Need Some Velvet

Velvet is so hot right now. I think it’s a winter dress up staple, but this year it’s in every store with clothes and accessories for every occasion. Here are some of my favorites.

Dresses

I loooooove this dress by Leith. It’s the right color, the right cut, and it’s $75. It’s perfect for dress up events this fall and winter. This would be good for all those holiday parties in December!

This is a perfect combination of trends for the season. It’s got the velvet, floral print, and shift dress silhouette. Once again, perfect for all the evening events this fall and winter. It’s great if you want to show off your legs.

I love this unique color combination! It’s definitely head and shoulders above all of the basic solid velvet tee shirt and shift dresses I’m seeing out there this season.

Tops

I think this top is really pretty from Loft. I think it’s a great “day to night” look. You can wear it to work, at night, or the weekend.

There are a lot of basic velvet tees and mock necks out there right now, but this one has a little more flare and interest to it.

On the more casual side, what about a velvet sweatshirt. You definitely don’t need a holiday party to break this one out. You know I love a sweatshirt.

Pants and Skirts

Do these not look like the comfiest leggings ever? They would be great with a chunky sweater for a weekend look or a casual party.

I think midi pencil skirts are so chic, and this is a perfect party look to pair with a tee shirt or sequin tank top for a holiday party.

Here is your velvet weekend wear. Adidas is doing velvet justice this season and you need to check it out!

I think this is how you make velvet a work horse for 9 to 5 outfits.  It will look really smart with a white, black, or blush blouse.

Accessories

I love these fancy flats. I think they’re a good daytime or night time option, and a great neutral color that goes with almost anything. Plus $79 is the right price for a trendy shoe.

These are the perfect height for me and I think the extra straps will actually add stability for those who don’t love heels. Again at $89 and often on sale at Nine West, a good price for a trend.

I love this color and this look is very in right now and very wearable. You could wear these all day at work or out on the weekend.

Finally,  I think a burnout velvet kimono over your LBD or jumpsuit this year is probably the best way to wear velvet this year. Love this one!

How are you wearing velvet this year?

New Workout Clothes I Love

May was kind of shopping month for me, and among my winnings, I got some great new workout clothes! I thought I would share my favorites!

Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra

I need to start by saying that this was a conflicted purchase for me for two reasons: 1. it’s $98, and 2. Lulu is not my favorite company based on some of the elitist statements that the founder has made over the years. I decided to go to the store to try it on because I’m in the market for a new running bra. My favorite one seems to have been discontinued, and the perfect running bra is extremely hard to find. The reviews on the site said the sizing was off so I had a wonderful fitting room experience where I was standing, basically in public, in the bra debating the appropriate tightness of the straps with several salesmen. The UPS man who was making a delivery at the time was really helpful as well. I’m glad I did it though because I ended up going down a cup and band size from my normal size.

I definitely feel very held in, in the bra, and I’ve run in it a couple times and guess what, it works! It was relatively comfortable (for a really secure sports bra), and did everything it needed to do, which is saying a lot! I’m not about to buy a whole wardrobe of them because it’s cost prohibitive, but I might get one more for the rotation.

Athleta Salutation Capri The Salutation Capri is made out of a relatively new fabric for Athleta called Powervita. It feels less cottony than their “Chat” pants and thinner and softer than their “Stealth” pants, so it’s recommended for yoga, etc. I wore them for Pump class and cardio machines at the gym and they were glorious. I felt held in, but really comfortable at the same time. Perfect combination! At $69, they’re a nice mid range that won’t necessarily break the bank. Who doesn’t need a new pair of black leggings- go get them!

Adidas Image Tank Top

I love an old school Adidas tank top, and this one is the best! It’s comfortable and really cool at the same time. I think it strikes the perfect balance between “I take my workout seriously” and “my top was on sale for less than $25.” Plus, it’s heather grey so it fits right into my workout wardrobe.

What are your favorite workout clothes right now?