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?

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Fall Shopping: Tops!

Now that we’ve got our coats ready for the cooler weather, it’s time to replenish our sweaters and long sleeves! As always, I’ve seen some consistent trends in all the normal shopping mall haunts. Some trends might be worth trying, some, maybe not. Plus, there’s so much camel, burgundy, rich blue, and burnt orange out there, it’s fall vibes all over the place! The first hyperlink under each picture is the link to the item in the picture and the rest are more examples.

Little House on the Prairie Blouses

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

We saw a lot high neck lace tops this Summer, and it seems to be morphing into a high neck lace/ruffle blouse for the fall. I’m not sure how sustainable this trend is, but it would be so easy to pair with a pencil skirt or pair of trousers for work. If there’s a good sale, it might be an item to sprinkle in with your fall staples make everything look more au courant. Also, I find a high neck easy and sophisticated for work. It will make you feel like you’re on the prairie or in Little Women all day long!

Woodland Printed Blouses

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These rich colorful prints are everywhere on blouses, dresses, and sometimes even pants. I think it would be fun to pick up a blouse with one of these fun patterns, but a dress or pants might not stand the test of fashion time for years to come. If you’re familiar with the Unicorn Tapestries a the Cloister’s museum in New York, (an who isn’t) these patterns give me a real ‘Unicorn Tapestries’ vibe. I believe JCrew even calls that out as an inspiration. I’ve seen some fun patterns at all the regular haunts: JCrew, Banana, Loft, Ann Taylor…

Ribbed Sweaters

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

This feels like a 90’s throwback to me (90’s- so hot right now), and there are definitely pros and cons to this look. The ribbed sweater can hide a multitude of sins, but if there’s a bump or roll (you know we all have them), we might have a princess in the pea situation. Sometimes a ribbed sweater can accentuate a roll, so they aren’t the best option to pair with those pants that are a little tight at the waist. That said, it’s a great basic to stay cozy on the weekends, and they are often done in a sturdy, washable fabric which makes life so much easier!

Plaid/ Flannel Shirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

Obviously, this is a perennial trend for Fall, and this year is no exception. This is another nod to the 90’s as well. Since I have a broad shoulders, I try to be careful with a plaid button down, because it looks rather lumberjack on me. Not always my ideal look… I try to pick a fabric that has some drape to it, that isn’t thick and stiff, and I love a “pop-over” style to pair with skinny jeans or leggings. If I’m doing blousy or boxy on top, I need to do slim on the bottom. If a bold plaid is work appropriate for your office, how great would a it be tucked into a pencil skirt?!

Heathered Knits and Sweaters

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

This might be a more subtle trend but I’ve noticed a lot of plain sweaters and long sleeve tee shirts and tunics that are grey heather out there. This is my favorite thing in the world. I love a grey heathered sweatshirt, so if we can extend that to shirts and sweaters– count me in! This is weekend errands with jeans in a nut shell.

Stripes

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

We have two kinds of stripes going on right now. There seems to be a lingering of the nautical stripes from Summer, and some throw back 70’s style stripes as well. Striped tees are an easy layering piece for weekends, and the placement stripe shirts are a great statement piece without being flashy.

Ruffled or Tie Neck Blouses

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

So many blouses this season have some structural details around the neck line either in the shape of ruffles or a tie. I think it’s a great way to spruce up a plain blouse and it’s so work appropriate. Sometimes ruffles add more volume than I need, so I’m more likely to wear a tie neck, but I think they’re both great options.

Bell/Flare Sleeves

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

Now we’re bringing in back to the 70’s again with the bell and flare sleeves. I’ll be honest, I’m probably not going to try this one. It’s not quite my style, and I’m not sure how much longevity this trend will have. But if you’re into it- more power to ya!

Peasant Tops

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The peasant silhouette is everywhere right now. These seem to fit several of the trends into one package. It’s definitely a really easy look for a skinny jean or a high rise flare and booties. A fabric with good drape can flatter and hide a multitude of sins as long as it’s not too oversized. A bright and busy peasant blouse is an instant outfit maker!

I’m exhausted! Next time I’ll do pants and skirts!

Which trends are you thinking about trying this Fall?

Coat Shopping Season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I don’t think there’s anything I like window shopping for more than coats. As always, I love wool coat with an a-symetrical closure. This year I love the trend of wrap coats with belts or a hidden closure and oversized blazers with popped collar. Here are a few that I’m fawning over this year.

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

This Michael Kors number is a steal at $178. It’s a great late fall/ early winter coat for the work week. It’s probably not practical for the dead of winter since it’s kind of open. I don’t have a camel coat, and this one is very tempting. I also love this similar option from Banana.

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Another great neutral. This one from Kenneth Cole has a cool a-symettrical hidden closure. Also very reasonable at $228. I like that it has more of a blush undertone, and the boucle texture adds some interest.

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Here’s a slightly pricier option from DVF. The wrap coat is so hot right now. A wrap coat just seems cozy to me. It’s professional enough for work, but it’s also a great weekend option when you’re trying to look casual but put together. Michael Kors has a similar, more affordable option as well.

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I looooove this coat. At $495 from Trina Turk, I’m waiting for it to go on sale, but it has pretty much everything I look for in a coat. And I need a grey coat!

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

I love this basic black moto from Banana. I have a similar one from Gap that’s a few years old. I think it might be time for a refresh/upgrade. This style is perfect for early fall and the spring before it gets too chilly.

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And finally, the perfect jacket from Athleta for the to and from the gym trips in the fall. This is perfect for running quick weekend errands in the early-mid fall. Grey, a-symmetrical zipper, and basically sweatshirt material? I’m in.

Has anything caught your eye this year?