style | Dressing For A Ball Game

Mark and I love going to ball games, specifically baseball games. In fact, we have a goal of going to every ballpark in the U.S. at some point. (Lofty goal, I know.) So when Mark asked me if I wanted to go to a Rangers game this week, I jumped at the opportunity.

One thing I always notice when I’m at ball games, though, is how so many girls look overdressed. The beauty of the ball game is dressing for comfort! But, of course, you still want to look cute while you’re there. So I thought I’d share what I wore to the game this week (we were in a suit for Mark’s work, so I dressed up more than usual!) and a few other options for the next time you go to a ball game.

| shirt (similar) | jeans | flats | watch | earrings | clutch | sunglasses | bracelet |

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                Look 1cashmere leather-trim baseball cap | tennis classic sneaker | ‘The Rolled’ Shorts | racer-back tank

Look 2 | the stiletto skinny jeans | Superstar 80S Embossed Suede Sneakers | white tee

Look 3 | chambray shirt | skinny jeans | Stan Smith sneakers

food | Moscow Mules

Lately Mark and I have been really into Moscow Mules. (Probably because it’s 90 degrees in late September and they are super refreshing.) So when Mark suggested making some this weekend, I was totally on board. We hit up Trader Joe’s for the essentials and grabbed some adorable cups and were good to go. Below is the recipe we used for Moscow Mules.

Note: we were out of vodka, so used tequila, which ended up being great!

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| bar cart | moscow mule mugs | drinking straws | wooden picture frame | pop fizz clink |

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moscow mule recipe (makes 2)

4 oz. ginger beer

2 oz. vodka

lime juice

mint

crushed ice

Fill cup halfway with crushed ice, pour ginger beer and vodka. Add lime juice and mint to taste. Enjoy!

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Cheers!

life | Turning 30

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long sleeve crepe dress | block heel sandals | watch | bracelet | earrings nail polish |

This Tuesday I turn 30. The big 3-0. I remember watching the episode of Friends where Rachel turns 30 years ago and thinking, “Wow, I can’t even imagine what that will be like.” Well, it’s here.

Oddly enough, I’m OK with it. I have a job I love, I’m married to my best friend (going on 5 years!), I’m surrounded by amazing family and friends (who threw me a surprise party last night) and, of course, I’ve got the three most adorable fur babies in the entire world. Not a bad place to be going on 30.

The best part about turning 30 is putting my 20s behind me. Don’t get me wrong, some of the best times of my life have happened in my 20s, but I also feel like I’ve grown so much the past 10 years. I’m sure in 5 years I’ll look back and laugh at how much I’ve grown since turning 30, but such is life.

All in all, I’m welcoming 30 with open arms. I am so happy with everything and everyone in my life and can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Besides, 30 is the new 20.

style | Splurge Or Save

If there’s one thing I love, it’s finding a good deal. While I love trends as much as the next person, I also have a hard time spending a lot on a style that may not be around next season. I always try to find a less-expensive version of the season’s trends so I can still stay in style while saving a few bucks. Below are a few of my favorite current trends that you can save money on.

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Steve Madden Carrson Sandal – $90

Chloe Lauren Scalloped Ballet Flats – $475

Stuart Weitzman Flippy Suede Multi-Strap Flats – $398

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Merona Lulu Block Heel Sandals – $30

Athena Alexander Toffy  – $43

Mossimo Micki Pointed Toe Ballet Flats – $25

fitness | Tips For Hiking

One of the best things about traveling is that you can explore new places while you get in a good workout. When we were at Lake Tahoe recently, Mark and I took every opportunity we could to see new views of the beautiful lake. Hiking quickly became one of my favorite ways to be active while on vacation. Below are a few tips I discovered while hiking that may be helpful for your next trip.

Remember the altitude. When we were hiking in Nevada, Mark and I were quickly reminded that it can be difficult to breathe at a higher altitude. We found it helpful to take breaks every 15 minutes or so to catch our breathe since we weren’t use to the altitude.

Bring water. Because our hiking trails were often far away from anywhere we could get water, we made sure to bring a water bottle with us every time we went on a hike.

Dress appropriately. One of the best ways to ruin a hike is to be in uncomfortable shoes or clothes. It’s important to wear tennis shoes, activewear and sunglasses if you will be somewhere bright.

Wear sunscreen. There isn’t usually much shade when hiking, so it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. If you are planning to hike more than two hours, you should reapply the SPF every couple hours.

Stay on the path. If you aren’t familiar with the area where you’re hiking, you should stay on the path that’s been formed. Most hiking trails will have a path from previous traffic that will help guide you.

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style | Spin To Street

While I love working out, it can be difficult to be feel stylish afterwards. One of my favorite workouts to do is Flywheel, although I am usually drenched in sweat when the class ends. I’ve had to learn how to go from spin to street style quickly if I have plans after. Here is a great option if you’re planning to hit the gym before going out.

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.01 Sweaty Betty Athlete Workout Tank

.02 Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Leggings

.03 Sweaty Betty Oversized Sweat

.04 The Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses

.05 Nike Roshe Run

.06 adidas Originals Kid Campus 2 (Big Kid)

.07 Nars Women’s Pure Matte Lipstick – Burgundy

.08 Sweaty Betty Luxe Bucket Bag

fitness | Working With A Running Coach

Eight weeks ago I decided to start working with a running coach to PR for an upcoming race. There was nothing particularly special about this race, I was just bored with my workout routine and wanted something that would challenge me. Although I’ve been running since I was 13 years old, I’ve never run competitively (my small private school didn’t have a track team), so I was excited and nervous to finally work with a coach.

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The coach I worked with, Michelle Lay, works as an exercise specialist at my gym, but is also a former track & field runner at Purdue and a certified track & field coach. She knows her stuff. Before Michelle and I even began working together, she wrote me up an 8-week plan that would end on race day. The plan was definitely a step up from what I’d been doing – a variety of 4-5 workouts a week. While the plan was challenging for sure, it also kept me focused with an end in sight. Below are a few of the pros and cons that I personally experienced working with a running coach.

pros

I never had to come up with my own workouts. This was a huge pro to me. Even when I’ve trained for races in the past, I’ve always just done my own thing and sort of played the workouts by ear. With this plan, I knew exactly what to expect each day and could mentally prepare for it.

I also challenged myself much more than I would’ve on my own. While I love to push myself no matter what the activity, this plan set the bar high. Michelle knew my fitness level and knew how hard I could go. She made me work to get better, which I really loved.

cons

I burned out. Bad. I’m sure it’s because I’ve never followed a training plan, but I found myself dreading workouts toward the end. The plan had me running four days a week, strength training once and doing cross training on the sixth. The hardest part was forcing myself to do a workout I didn’t want to do just because I knew I had to. Other than that, there really were no cons.

In the end, I came up short of my PR, but I have zero regrets. Working with Michelle helped me realize how hard I can work if I really want something. While the thought of continuing to push myself until I can PR is tempting, I also know I’d 110% burn myself out of running and that’s not something I’m willing to do. I love it too much.

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so what’s the plan now?

I want to give myself freedom to work out how I want, when I want. That will most likely look like 4-5 days a week, depending on my schedule. I also want to do some different workouts – yoga, barre, hiking. I feel like I’ve lived in the gym the past couple of months, so I want to do as many activities outside of it as possible for the near future. And yes, I will continue to run (I have a 5k next weekend), but for fun. Being a runner means being able to step back or dive in whenever you want. That’s the beauty of it.

are you still that running girl?

Even (maybe especially?) if I’m not training for something, I want to spend some more time on the blog. Things have been so busy the past few months, it’s taken a back seat, but I really want to devote some time to building it up to what I think it can be. There is so much I love outside of running – mainly travel, food and style – that I want to share. So I’m hoping to focus on some of those things for awhile!

My running coach was Michelle Lay. You can contact her at Michelle.Lay@plusone.com.