Friday, May 22, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses under $30

While planning our wedding it seemed like every.last.thing was an additional exorbitant (unexpected) cost. About a month before the wedding I started panicking re: what to wear to my own rehearsal dinner. It seemed all white dresses were made for either a) picnics or b) nightclubs, and nothing in between.

Enter: Asos. I've talked about Asos before, but this was how I lost my Asos virginity (note: Asos is not paying me to write about this. I wish they would just pay me in clothes but I haven't worked that out yet): my friend Charisse said "I get the idea you're going for. Check Asos". I checked Asos, ordered 6 dresses (free shipping both ways!), the dresses arrived in 2 days, I tried on 6 and fell in love with 2 so picked the less expensive one, stuffed the other dresses in the envelope that came with the package, slapped the label on (which was included, I didn't have to print it!), and dropped it in a mailbox. This was one of the least stressful parts of wedding planning (once I listened to Charisse and did the Asos thing. before Asos I was frantically searching Shopstyle and every single online retailer for something in between picnic and nightclub). Now I'm a full fledged Asos loyal.

Here are the dresses I tried on:

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Asos also has petite and plus lines that are WONDERFUL.

I ended up with option #5 which set me back a cool $23. Amazing. I absolutely love this dress and I really wish I could find more reasons to wear it. Here are some pics from our rehearsal dinner thanks to the amazing Penelope Anne Photography (she travels! And since we didn't have her do an engagement shoot they shot our rehearsal dinner instead and I LOVE our rehearsal dinner pix).

PS: Shoes are Steve Madden Proto in Blush Leather - usually $99 but I snagged a $35 pair from Marshal's. BOOM.

PSS. I love the fact that these are the only pix I can find that I'm in that don't feature either my ugly cry face or Harrison's ugly cry face.

PPSS: I had an idea of going for a white jumpsuit and the results Polyvore found me in my price range are too good not to share:

Peek a boo!

While I do appreciate that these mesh cutouts let a lot of air in.. I just ...

A touch of pink perhaps?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday Workout: Workout Clothes for the Heat + A Confession

Well it's almost summer and trillion % humidity has made its way to DC! Does anyone else out there have a hard time adjusting to the heat/extreme sweat? I try to stay hyrdated but maaann. Extreme heat = time for new workout clothes (darn I guess I'll just do some shopping!)

So, first a confession. Harrison DJs for Lululemon and gets paid in Lulu merchandise. I have gotten pretty accustomed to the nicest workout clothes that just do everything exactly right (really the designers at Lulu think of everything). So I've been working out in these $100+ exercise clothes that I've never paid for. But the DJ shifts aren't rolling in like they used to so now I'm back to the basics: shopping clearance and outlets and Kohl's. Here's what I have my eye on:

$7.99 Xersion Loose Mesh Racerback Tank Top @ J.C. Penney's  (hello bright and yes please to mesh inserts that let the breeze in)

$8.49 C9 Champion Sports Bra @ Target (I own two of these and they are so raggedy because I always wear them and never get around to replacing them).

$11.99 Tek gear ® banded bottom racerback workout tank @ Kohl's (do not underestimate the power of the breeze coming in that hole in the back)

$14.99 Under Armour Rally Shorts from (I have these shorts now and they are so perfect - they don't ride up, they fit my butt, and there is tons of mobility. Just one problem: I'm pretty sure my cheeks hang out the bottom. I'm trying this pair next because they're longer)

$12 Skinny Fly Away Tamer Headband @ Lululemon (velvet lining keeps it in place, sweat wicking fabric keeps sweat out of your eyes, and the headband makes sure I don't have a zillion tiny flyaways matted to my face in sweat).

A lot of people recommended Fabletics to me and here is how I felt about my experience: $25 off my first outfit made for a great price. Otherwise I'm not so impressed with the prices. My outfit was leggings and a tank. I love the tank, not so wild about the leggings. The leggings fit awkwardly and the fabric was HOT aka not breathable, and the size that fit my booty does NOT fit my waist - as soon as I drop into down dog everyone gets a full moon. Not cute. Anyone else have similar or different experiences? Kelly has a really thorough review of her experience and she liked her leggings a lot more than I liked mine.

What are your favorite summer workout accessories/clothes? Where do you find reasonably priced quality workout clothes?

PS: Check me out on Body Design Personal Training's blog! They have lots of healthy recipes and workouts. Gooditmes!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Paleo Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet + Catch Up

After a monthish of being MIA I'm baaaack! Let's catch up- here are 10 things I've been up to in the last few weeks:

1. Went to Atlanta for my college roommate's wedding (3 of us lived together 3 years of college and all got married within a year of each other) wearing a $10 thrift store dress (!).

2. Watched Love & Basketball for the first time (yes - somehow I was a teenager in the 90's and never saw this).

3. Turned 29 (and am fine with it!)

4. Bathed two dogs who HATE water.

5. Ate so much Mexican food that I got tired of Mexican food for the first time in my life.

6. Broke a glass in my sink, sending 1000000000 tiny shards of glass down the disposal. Texted my brother who fixes everything, found out you can VACUUM TINY GLASS PIECES OUT OF YOUR SINK as long as it's not too wet down there.

7. Went to Atlantic City for a friend's bachelorette party where I sipped delicious pina coladas on the beach and had my first experience with male strip clubs.

8. Got a salad craving for the first time in years, ate salad every day following for 2 weeks (recipes coming).

9. Enjoyed the shit out of married life. Life without the stress of planning a wedding, and not having to make 100000 world-ending decisions is amazing.

10. Went to a fun gala with some nice arm candy (also in a thrift store dress).

And now for the last Mexican-ish dish I ate before declaring I am done with Mexican food. It's a one skillet chorizo dish:

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 package of chorizo (~17 oz) ($5.00)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced ($2.00)
  • 1 onion, diced ($.90)
  • 3 stalked celery, diced ($.70)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach ($2.00)
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced ($1.00)
  • For serving: fresh cilantro and diced avocado
Using a sharp knife, slice the chorizo long ways and peel the skin off each link. Put the sausage into a large frying pan and heat over medium-high heat, breaking up the sausage into crumbles as it heats.

After 5 minutes, add the sweet potato and stir together, heating for another 5-7 minutes. Now add the onion and celery. Continue to stir and heat another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and heat until the onions are translucent and the meat is cooked through.

Serve with cilantro and avocado.

What's your favorite skillet meal? What kind of food do you burn out on?