Focus on Birmingham: Market Noel

Ladies, you have one final day — today! — to shop for fun gifts at Market Noel, hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thanks to Jessica at Spiffy Eats and Giggle Water, I got to walk through all the lovely booths yesterday and pick out some of my favorites to share with you.

First up: Fuss Style Boutique, which has locations in Santa Rosa Beach and Port St. Joe, Florida. Jessica and I both loved their flirty, whimsical style, and I was particularly drawn to their Great Gatsby-era dresses — perfect for New Year’s Eve!

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This frock needs strappy black heels for dancing!

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Jessica shows up a printed, flowy top that would look great with jeans and boots.

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I love tulle skirts! I see this with a plain T and a statement necklace.

Next up: Here A Chick, There A Chick from right here in Hoover! Kerry sells AMAZing baubles that she finds, well, here and there! I wanted to purchase every one of her statement necklaces.

photo 1 (41) photo 4 (19) photo 5 (13)We saw lots of snuggly items at ShopbellaC Clothing Boutique. This sweater and the graphic T with the flannel were my favorites!

photo 2 (40) photo 3 (29)Finally, Made In The Deep South takes necklaces and pendants from various estates sales and creates unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Each piece comes with a tag that explains the “backstory.” So fun!

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Bonus! Don’t forget to stop by Jennifer’s Kitchen’s booth to taste their yummy preserves — a jar or two would make a great hostess gift this time of year, or stocking stuffer! She also sells her products at A Little Something gift boutique in Cahaba Heights.

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

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Where I’m At: Taking Steps

Sometimes it feels like I take one step forward only to fall two steps behind. I think we all feel this way sometimes, and it can be especially true when you’re trying to get healthier and more fit.

Occasionally old habits and excuses rear their ugly heads — you get busy and don’t prepare healthy meals as often; you get PMS-y and crave ALL THE FOODS; you have just a little of this, and a little of that, and it winds up equally a lot of calories.

I’m battling a little of this right now and trying to keep my head above water. I had a not-so-great weekend eating-wise, and this week has had good moments and not-so-good moments. I’m trying to keep my goals in mind and remember the way I was eating a few weeks ago when I was losing a pound or so a week, but lately the scale has been stagnant.

And while I did complete the Vulcan 10k two weeks ago, workouts haven’t been as plentiful since then. Take a look at last Sunday, when I apparently didn’t move around much at all! Then look at Monday, which was a pretty active day.

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(I highly doubt that “calories burned” count is very accurate, seeing as I didn’t take nearly the same amount of steps on these two days … I’ll have to look into that one!)

So the goal heading into this weekend and next week is to have more days like Monday, less like Sunday. To have more days when my eating is on point, at every meal, like it was a week or two ago. I haven’t veered too far off the track, but before I have too many days where I’m stepping backwards, I want to push forward again!

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How are your fitness and health goals going lately? Are you finding it harder as the holidays approach?

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Stellar House: Organizing The Little Things

One of the things I find most challenging about keeping a tidy house is all the stuff that seems to need a place. Mail, jewelry, makeup, medicine, cleaning products, cords … you name it, and it’s probably cluttering up plenty of surfaces in your home, right?

I am still searching for good ways to keep things organized in my home, but I wanted to share a few things I’ve come up with and hopefully you will share your organizing ideas in the comments with me!

1. Mail
We tend to keep mail on the counter and then put it in this wall-hanging sorter we keep in the kitchen. Some items also go straight to our filing system kept upstairs in the still-coming-together office space.
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Here’s something similar from Wayfair.com for $38.
wayfair $382. Handbooks and household receipts
Eventually I think this file box will move to an actual filing cabinet, but for now it keeps all the handbooks for our major appliances, and receipts from major purchases, such as furniture, in one spot so we can find things easily. I got ours at Target for about $14.
IMG_22303. Cords
I have a pet-peeve with all the cords for our phones, iPads, etc. getting all tangled up and ending up all over the place. This little Rubbermaid Bento box for just $5 was the perfect solution! Now we can keep them rolled up and you don’t have to spend minutes untangling them when you need to use one.
IMG_22424. Tights, socks, gloves and scarves … and medicine?
I have seven or eight of these canvas bins stored throughout the house to hold lots of different things. In our front closet, his and hers bins for gloves, scarves and hats. In the bathroom, we each have one to hold toiletries, and it’s where I stash my blow dryer, curling iron and flat iron, too. In the closet I have one that holds shapewear and tights, one for socks, and one for, yup, meds. Need a Bandaid or cough syrup? Advil or Benadryl? All in the bin. One day I’ll replace them with one neutral color so they look a little nicer!
IMG_22375. Makeup
I’m sure I’m not the first one who thought of using one of these little plastic drawers to store makeup, but I think it’s so handy! I can pull it out to my bathroom counter and easily look through each drawer. And I used a pretty cup to store brushes so they’re easy to grab and stay fairly clean. Here’s a similar one from Target for $5.
IMG_22416. Scarves, belts, necklaces
Finally, this is a project that is still underway. Right now I’m storing all of my lightweight scarves, pashminas and belts on hangers. I’m OK with that because I have the space in my closet and I can see them easily when they’re spread out this way. But the hanger of necklaces will go soon. Instead, I plan to hang the hooks you see below on a wall in my closet, and display/store my necklaces on these. It will help keep them from getting tangled and it will just look fun in the closet!
IMG_2234IMG_2235The hook on the left came from an antiques store in Cahaba Heights that I don’t think is open any longer. The hook on the right came from World Market, and they have a ton of fun hooks for as little as $6 each.

So obviously, prettier and tidier storage for my fashion scarves would be nice. How do you store your scarves? And what about some of the other little things, like mail? How do you keep your home from getting cluttered?

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Posh Faucett’s Giveaway

contest graphicA few weeks ago when I attended the Posh Holiday Fashion Preview, I had the opportunity to get a close-up look at the fashions from Faucett’s in Northport, Ala. And now, thanks to Posh Tuscaloosa and Faucett’s, I have the chance to giveaway this gorgeous Akola Project necklace, worth $76!

In fact, you can choose from any of these beautiful colors!

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{To enter you must be a resident of the Tuscaloosa—Birmingham area!}

If you would like to add this pretty necklace to your holiday wardrobe, simply click on this link to Rafflecopter to enter.

You will earn 1 point for:
1. Liking Posh Tuscaloosa on Facebook
2. Liking Faucett’s Northport on Facebook
3. Liking Stellar Fashion & Fitness on Facebook

I will announce the winner next Wednesday, Nov. 26!

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The wonderful thing about this Akola Project necklace is that it helps support a project that helps women support their families.

You can learn more about the women involved in this project here.

And don’t forget to grab Posh Tuscaloosa’s great deal for Faucett’s Northport — a $50 certificate to spend on clothes and accessories for just $25! Here, courtesy of Posh, are some of the styles you can expect to find at Faucett’s.

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Don’t forget to enter for the giveaway if you’re a Tuscaloosa or Birmingham resident!

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I Got Those Booties, Booties

This year, the No. 1 thing on my must-have list: gray booties. I’m not sure what it is or why I want them so badly. I’m not even sure exactly what I’d wear them with except … everything. Here’s a few examples of how celebrities have styled gray booties, and a few pairs I think are really stylish (and affordable!).

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Reese Witherspoon

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Jamie Chung via everydaylife

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Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

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Tips For Making Time To Work Out

Some weeks, making time to get to the gym seems nearly impossible. That’s how this week feels for me, and it’s only Monday morning. While I used to have a love affair with running at 5:30 a.m., lately that desire has waned. Instead, I’d rather snuggle in my nice warm bed for 30 minutes more.

But sometimes you just have to kick that to the curb and make yourself get to the gym, for however long you can, at whatever time you can.

I work until 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, so by the time I can make a class or start my own workout, it’s usually 6:00. By the time I get home and shower, it’s easily 7:30 or later, making dinnertime around 8:00. Obviously this can’t happen if you have children. But right now, it’s what works for me and for my husband.

When I have plans for after work, I have to do better at making myself work out at lunchtime — such as a walk or lifting weights — or I have to drag myself out of that warm bed and get to the gym, with all of my shower stuff and clothes for the day, by 5:30-6:00 a.m.

Making time to work out isn’t easy. But it’s always worth it in the end. Here are some tricks to help you stick to it:

1. Agree with the members of your household on a workout schedule for the day. It will help them find the time, too, and it will make you feel less guilty if dinner is served late or you’re not there to see them off in the morning.

2. Plan to work out with a friend! If you have plans to meet at the gym or the local running trail, you’ll be less likely to let him/her down.

3. Keep a packed gym bag and/or sneakers in your car at all times for the days when you can squeeze a workout in during lunch. Then, you’ll always be prepared and the excuse that you don’t have your clothes won’t fly.

4. If you’re trying to get your workout in before work, set a couple alarms — but don’t hit the snooze button! Have your your clothes and shoes right next to your bed and get dressed immediately — you’ll be more likely to head out the door right away.

How do you keep your commitment to working out, even during busy weeks?

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Healthy Reads & Inspiration: Body Acceptance

Happy Sunday!

In honor of our ever-present desire to learn to love our own bodies, I bring you some really interesting articles on body acceptance. I hope you enjoy them as you look forward to a great new week!

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The MilitantBaker.com: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls … So I Will

Jezebel.com: Coco Rocha Hates It When People Talk About ‘Real Women’

The Anti-Jared.com: Perfect Bodies Do Not Always Fit Into Victoria’s Secret Bras

WebMD.com: Accepting Your Body At Any Size

HuffingtonPost.com: The Belly Is The Last Taboo For Women’s Bodies

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