pink ruffle top

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top {from Stitch Fix}|jeans| heels| similar clutch

how fun is this ruffle top? i received this top in my latest Stitch Fix box and knew it was going to be perfect for Easter. I love pieces that make a statement without being too over the top and my stylist nailed it with this top. ruffles are a really popular trend this spring and i think they are so flirty and fun. because my outfit is pretty neutral in color, i decided to wear a bold lip and carry this burgundy clutch. one of my favorite things about Stitch Fix is how they can cater to so many different people and each of their personal styles. while this is a top that i personally love, it may not be everyone’s style. that is what is so fun about fashion. the options are endless and you are able to create a look that is uniquely you!

can we talk about these shoes for a minute?

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back in this post i talked about how i was looking for some Valentino Rockstud dupes. those heels are gorgeous and i think they add an edgy element to a basic nude pump. however, at almost $1,000 there was no way i was going to get my hands on the designer pair. i ended up finding these amazing designer ‘look a likes’ at DSW! they are under $75, comfortable, and i know i will get a ton of use out of them!

XO Lo

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happy anniversary, my love

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how in the world has it been 2 years already? some days it feels as though we have been married forever and others it seems like just yesterday that we packed up our little life in Fargo to start our new adventure as husband and wife. each day i am reminded of how blessed i am to have such an incredible man as a husband. marriage isn’t always easy. it takes a lot of communication and sacrifice. thank you for working through the hard days and celebrating the great days with me. thank you for loving me and cherishing me. you are an amazing man of God and I love you so much! happy anniversary!

to see more photos from our wedding head to this post: |april 24|

XO Lo

spring outfits with old navy

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hat| romper| shoes

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sweatshirt| shorts| sandals

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top| jeans| flats

whew! it has been a minute since i have shared a post. andrew and i had some days off of school and work so we traveled to minneapolis to spend easter with his family. it is always so nice to get away from out routines and be back in minnesota. his family also got a new puppy recently and i am obsessed! he is a goldendoodle named murphy and is the cutest little fluff. now we are back home and andrew is studying like crazy for finals. 1 more year of school… we can do this! ok now to today’s post!

spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  does your wardrobe need a refresh? today and tomorrow, Old Navy is offering 30% off your online order! i put together three fun and fashion forward outfits that are perfect for this season. each item is under $35 and some are a major steal! i have to say my favorite piece is the white jeans. white jeans are my favorite thing to wear as the weather gets warmer and how cute are these with the raw hem?

which outfit is your favorite?

XO Lo

easter dresses under $50

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easter is one of my favorite times of year to buy a new dress. it is so refreshing to wear floral or pastel after a long dreary winter. if you haven’t already gotten a dress, here are six beautiful picks all under $50! my personal favorites are number three and five but I would definitely wear all of them. ruffles are a big trend this season and easter may be a great time to give that style a try.

XO Lo

5 ways I stay fit and healthy

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top| sports bra| leggings| shoes

1. meal planning

you’ve heard that abs are made in the kitchen right? when I meal plan for the week it helps us to not eat out as often and also helps keep those pesky unhealthy foods from getting in my shopping cart {ice cream, chips, black and white trail mix} if any of those things end up in our house they get eaten way too fast and in way too big of serving sizes. I find if I can keep them at the store it helps us out a lot! Andrew and I do not eat perfectly. we try, but we often fail. sitting down and planning out meals that are healthy and sticking to our plan is what helps us be successful in our healthy eating.

2. walking

Andrew and I have a membership at our local YMCA. we try to go 2-3 times a week if we can. I am not a runner. I have some major knee issues {that my physical therapist husband is addressing} so I stick to walking. my goal every time I am on the treadmill is to walk a 5k {3.1 miles} at between 4.0-4.5 mph. when it is nice out we like to walk outside! I have calculated that from our apartment to the walmart parking lot and back is equivalent to a 5k and my goal is to accomplish that walk in 45 min or less! at the Y i like to watch some of my favorite shows while i walk {say yes to the dress, fixer upper} and it makes the time go by super fast. i sometimes even find myself staying longer than planned on the treadmill to finish the show. outside i find making an awesome upbeat playlist or listening to a podcast helps make working out more enjoyable.

3. barre fitness

this is my absolute favorite class to go to at the YMCA. it is a fun {and challenging} cardio and toning focused class that utilizes the barre for a variety of Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga exercises. this 55 minute class works your muscles to exhaustion so your legs and arms are literally shaking by the end of it! taking classes help me to push myself because even if i get tired i know i can’t just walk out of the class because if all these other ladies can last the whole time so can I. if you don’t have a gym membership I wrote about some of my favorite workouts that you can find on youtube in this post.

4. drink water

it is recommended to drink half your weight in oz. for instance, if you weigh 140 lbs you will want to drink 70 oz  of water a day. sometimes drinking water is the hardest thing to do. I have about a 25 oz water bottle so I force, and I mean force, myself to drink two full water bottles worth of water while I am at work. That gets me to just over 50 oz and then I will get the rest at home.

5. rest

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your sleep. I realize sleep can be extra tough to come by if you are a mom, but you must try. generally 7 to 8 hours of sleep is what you should be getting. sometimes that is just impossible with your schedule, but other times it just means watching one less episode of your show or putting your phone away. when I set my alarm on my phone when I am ready for bed it lets me know exactly how much sleep I will get. this helps keep me accountable because when it says less than 6 hours i know i will be feeling it the next day.

following these steps is not easy. sometimes I really just want to lay on the couch and eat donuts!  when I do follow these steps though I notice a huge difference in my energy level and overall mood.  do you have any tips for staying fit and healthy?

XO Lo

 

 

my new favorite app

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i just had to share with you this app that my husband and i recently discovered and love called Duolingo. Duolingo is an app that teaches you another language step by step. they offer over 20 languages to learn all for free!

my husband first downloaded this app because he will be going to Guatemala with his physical therapy class this summer. we both took Spanish in high school but struggle to form complete sentences.  he decided he wanted to learn as much Spanish as he could before he left so he can communicate easier with the people he will be working with.

my family on my mom’s side is Norwegian and we really embrace that part of our heritage. also, one of my friends that I met as a foreign exchange student in high school is Norwegian. I always feel so bad that whenever we talk she has to speak my language. So, i downloaded Duolingo and am starting to learn Norwegian! I don’t know if i will ever become fluent in Norwegian, but i would sure like to try.

Duolingo introduces new words gradually in each lesson. each lesson includes speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges to help you learn. you are also able to repeat lessons if you feel like you need more practice!

learning a second language as an adult can be a challenge. but with Duolingo i think it is possible! is there another language you would like to learn?

XO Lo