Monday, March 2, 2015

Statement Necklace Monday


Statement Necklace Monday | Something Good, pink pencil skirt, striped top, black pumps, rocksbox, statement necklace

Skirt: Same, Similar / Shirt: Similar, Similar / Shoes: Same, Similar / Necklace: Rocksbox (c/o - join Rocksbox and save big with code somethinggoodblogxoxo)

So if you haven't been watching the weather channel lately (yeah, I'm sick of it too), it's been cold in DC lately. And well, no one wants to be outside taking pictures in that weather. Because of that, I decided to take a day to take some inside outfit pictures. So, my apologies, if you aren't a fan of the indoor pictures, but I promise, the outdoor ones will be coming back for you soon!

On another note, Rocksbox gave me the chance to try out their services, and I have to say, I love it! Rocksbox is a premium jewelry rental service with a ton of pieces. For $19/month you receive a Rocksbox filled with three pieces based around your style preferences. Want to try it out? Sign up here and enter the code somethinggoodblogxoxo for a free, no strings attached, first month!

Statement Necklace Monday | Something Good, pink pencil skirt, striped top, black pumps, rocksbox, statement necklace

Statement Necklace Monday | Something Good, pink pencil skirt, striped top, black pumps, rocksbox, statement necklace

Statement Necklace Monday | Something Good, pink pencil skirt, striped top, black pumps, rocksbox, statement necklace

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I Learned from Pure Barre's 40 in 60

What I Learned from Pure Barre's 40 in 60 | Something Good, pure barre, barre


Now that I've completed the Pure Barre's 40 in 60 Challenge is ending I thought I would share some things I've learned while trying to fit 40 classes into 60 days.

1. You do have time.

One of the biggest reasons I hear from people (and one of the reasons I sometimes say myself) is that I don't have time to go work out. Well that's wrong. You do have time, you're just deciding to do something else. If you want to work out, you may have to quit doing something else, but that's okay! Maybe it's giving up that extra tv show or waking up a little earlier, but once I realized how often I had to take class to make my goal of 40 classes, I started looking for the times in my day when I could shift things to make time to work out. (Note: I have never had children, so I can't say this applies to mothers.) Just remember, sometimes you need to give up some things to get what you really want.

2. Positive reinforcement works much better than being yelled at.

One of my favorite things about Pure Barre classes is how nice the teachers are. I've been in classes and on sports teams where you're being constantly yelled at and I can tell you, it's not that much fun. In PB, you have teachers walking around, helping you adjust your position and giving you shout outs when you're doing something well. Is there anything more motivating then getting a shout out from a teacher during class that you're doing great?

3. You appreciate your off days much more when you feel like you deserve it.

After seven days in a row of class, you won't feel bad about taking a rest day. In fact, you deserve it.

4. Showing up is actually the hardest part.

Pure Barre can be hard, don't get me wrong, but actually getting myself to the studio is really the hardest part. Once I'm there, it's easy to get in the mindset and start the workout.

5. Breathing is important.

I've been practing yoga since about 2008 and one of the things always emphasized is that breathing throughout yoga was the most important part. In PB, completely true too. Whenever I had a difficult time with a new exercise, I would focus on my breathing and matching my breathing with my movements. Whenever I focused on that, each move was much easier. It's also a great reminder for my daily life. When things get hard, just keep breathing.

6. Shaking never felt so good.

If you haven't heard, PB is all about the shake (about that shake, no treble-sorry couldn't help it). While shaking comes when your muscles are fatigued, it's also a reminder that you're doing the pose well. And really, it's that much easier to let your legs keep shaking when it means that you've got it right.

What I Learned from Pure Barre's 40 in 60 | Something Good, pure barre, barre
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Well now that 40 in 60 has wrapped up (and I hit my 100th class during the 40), it's now time to gear up for the 20 in 31 days!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Budget


Feb 2015 Budget

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Items Purchased
ASOS Quilted Midi (In Pink): $18
Old Navy Jersey Shift Dress: $12.5
Target Perforated Chop Out Booties - Honey Kissed: $25
Target Merona® Meg Pumps - Black: $25
Old Navy Field Jackets: $32.5
Old Navy Flats: $14.5
Corilynn Tee (Not Pictured): $28

Items bought with gift cards or credits
BC Shoes (gift)
Sole Society Bag (credit)

Money Earned
$113.03

Total Spent in February: $34.17 
(earning some money this month really paid off)

Total Remaining in 1st Quarter Budget: $164.25

I have to say, I really like this $500 for three months option. I feel like it's so far really helped me keep an eye on how much I'm spending and what I'm spending the money on. Unlike the 2014 budget, where I felt like I had a never ending amount, this amount has a set ending so it's making me a lot more thoughtful in my purchases.

Also, after what feels like years of searching, I finally found a utility jacket that I actually like! I was nervous about the price at first, but then when I realized that I had a discount code and some Old Navy rewards to spend, it definitely felt more do-able.

Coming up in March, there are a few things that I have my eye on, like these converse. I currently have a pair of converse, but my white ones just feel so clunky. I like how these look lighter, and well, daintier. The other thing I have my eye on is the Madewell Transport Tote. I have a some credits from my partnership with Shopbop that I could use to buy the Madewell tote, but I'm also leaning towards getting the Nordstrom one instead since it's reversible so I'd get a black and tan bag. I'm also really liking Madewell's new crossbody bag, but again, there's a less expensive one at Old Navy. I just ordered the Old Navy one, so I'm going to see how that one turns out before I make any decisions. Finally, if you've been following me on twitter, you may have noticed my minor obsession with these flats. I should really just get a Nordstrom credit card.


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Night Links

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. #redbandsociety WED | FOX Red Band Society
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Do Good
Remember when I posted last fall about Nordstrom's Treasure and Bond line? Well I just heard from one of their representatives that they just made their donation from sales of the brand: $185,000 to Girls, Inc.!

With Treasure and Bond's new arrivals, they've also announced their next nonprofit partner. From now through July 31st, Girls on the Run will be Treasure and Bond's new beneficiary organization. Shop their new arrivals now and help raise more money for Girls on the Run.

On Something Good
Would it be bad if I completely filled my wardrobe with striped pieces?
A new Product with a Cause post featuring AUrate New York!
My obsession with elbow patches is real and these leather leggings.
Learning how to start good habits with Gretchen Rubin.

Shopping Time
I really wish I could find these shoes at a cheaper price...but I'm not sure if i can wait.
Madewell just put out the baby sister to it's transport tote and then Old Navy followed up with a less expensive version...I can't choose!
Speaking of Old Navy, when did ALL of their stuff get so cute? Like this purse!
I'm seriously considering getting a second pair of Hunters in a bright color, but I can't decide!

Around the Web
Ed Sheeran covers Christina Aguilera's Dirry and it's pretty wonderful.
These posters have an entire book on them and they're beautiful. I just ordered one for my living room.
While some of the things on this list of The 10 Crucial Skills You Won't Learn in School didn't really resonate with me, #2 really did. It also gave me a list of new resources to look into.
Your last pretty thing for the day: the best #ballet instagrams.

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