Fat Tuesday to Fit Wednesday: Mardi Gras Style with SFT

Don’t mind me, I’m just cozied up over here eating all the king cake I can! Mardi Gras season is a very close second to Christmas time–the food, the fun, the celebration, you just can’t beat it! My most favorite Mardi Gras memories are running Church Point’s Mardi Gras with my lovies. It is incredibly hard to describe what exactly Courir de Mardi Gras is like without experiencing it for yourself. But check out this link that covers a few of the basics!
Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras 2016

Unfortunately, it’s cold and rainy on Mardi Gras more than it isn’t, so you’ll usually find me doing exactly as I’m pictured here: staying warm and dry with my cake and coffee.

For the SFT King Cake Challenge, I was asked to pick my favorite king cake recipe here in Baton Rouge. I set out on this journey with a determination only my taste buds were prepared to handle, lolz. After several suggestions and a couple of taste tests, my favorite is hands-down is the Bavarian cream king cake from Port Allen Bakery. Okay, so it’s not directly in Baton Rouge. But a little ride over the bridge is only painful at high traffic times, and I assure you–this little slice of cream-filled heaven is well worth the drive. They sell out super quickly every day, though, so I would recommend looking them up on Facebook and calling ahead for whatever you decide to order.

If you’re not feeling the drive, or just don’t want to commit to the calories, CC’s Coffee House offers a latte version of Louisiana’s most beloved sweet treat. Cinnamon, caramel, whipped cream…need I say more? If you don’t live near a CC’s, try Community Coffee’s option.  I prefer eating my king cake and drinking my king cake latte all in one sitting because it’s the little things in life, y’all!.

You can purchase SFT’s Mardi Gras long-sleeve tee here.

Now, after king cake season has come and gone, it’s time to tone it up! Do you guys have any fitness resolutions this year? SFT just launched some adorable Sweet Baton Rouge work out gear you can pick up here. But if you’re a DIY-er, grab any one of their Louisiana Love tees and make it your own! I love wearing anything plaid or purple, so I had a blast pairing this Mardi Gras Louisiana tee with some Lululemon compression leggings.
You could even pair this shirt with some skinnies and wedges or denim cut-offs and a purple bralette for summer time casual! This creative design also comes in a long sleeve version.

For the record, (if you didn’t already know) I love my Fitbit. I would recommend a sport-watch versus something like an Apple watch, especially when you know you’ll be using machines or weights and sweating. I know you can change Apple watch bands, but why not just opt for a less expensive and equally as functional option? I wear mine nearly every day and will gladly repurchase the next version! Also, I do not recommend wearing these shoes for running. They’re perfect for anything stationary, but opt for a pair like this if you plan on jogging!

Can’t wait to see and hear about how you guys celebrate Mardi Gras and your fitness goals for the year! Until next time, lovies. XoXo

*** Photos c/o Kelsey Coste, photographer***

Pretty Little Details

With women not fully dominating the workforce until the latter half of the 20th century, it’s crazy to see how much women’s office wear has changed over the years. (I’m currently picturing Mad Men to Dolly Parton in 9 to 5,  to Rachel at Ralph Lauren in Friends.) Jewel-tones are pretty much my favorite colors to wear, and honestly I feel like they look good on most everybody. And I don’t think I’ll ever own enough straight-leg pants. They’re such a good meet-in-the-middle of a more formal wide-leg trouser and a skinny pant. When I’m feeling like my #wootd is a little too bland, I love adding feminine touches to make it feel more me. Here, I added a pink statement necklace and although you can’t see it well, my pumps have the cutest cut-out close to the heel. These details are small but make me feel ultra femme and put-together.

I’m often asked if I wear my hair up so much because I’m too lazy to fix it or if it’s dirty. Sometimes that may be the case, but really I love the way I feel with my hair up and out of my face! It’s easier to focus, it keeps me from fidgeting and touching my hair too much during conversation, and overall I feel so much prettier with a prim & proper ‘do! I heartily encourage you to try something new with your hair! Part it differently, wear it half up, braid your tresses, or dress them up with a fun clip or headband even. The purpose of this is to find what works for you in different situations. I know, I know. You’re thinking, “I don’t ever style my hair differently because it’s fine the way it is and I like wearing it that way!” But think of it this way…how will you ever know if anything else suits you if you don’t at least try? I hope you find a fun style that makes you feel even more beautiful!

Per usual I linked everything at the bottom, y’all enjoy!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

*Note: Several items I’m wearing were purchased in past seasons. I have linked similar options.*

Sweater: Nordstrom, Loft, Loft, Forever 21

Necklace: Francescas, Charming Charlie, Baublebar

Dress Pant: Old Navy, Banana Republic

Pumps: Amazon, Nordstrom, Target

Earrings: LA2LaDesigns (Currently sold out online, linked some other cute ones!)

Fear No Color: Brightening Up Your Work Wardrobe

Hey lovies!
I’ll be totally honest…today has been a Monday *shudders*. After all the holidays and hanging out, it’s been a kick in the butt to get back in the swing of things. To make this week a little easier jumping back into a 5-day work week, I thought brightening up my #wootd would do the trick! If you didn’t know already, I love mixing patterns and wearing bright colors, so it’s fun for me to be able to channel that into my workwear.
What are some fun ways you guys like to spice up your work wardrobe?

 

Sweater: (I can’t remember exactly. I linked where would have something super similar!)
Imagine Boutique, Edge Boutique

Scarf: Edge Boutique

Khakis: J Crew Factory

Pumps: Target–similar linked here:
Nordstrom Rack, Amazon

Fresh Faced

Skin care is something actually new to my weekly routine. In my late teens and early 20s, I didn’t have any of the skin issues I am currently experiencing. Now, however, with so many accessible and more importantly affordable options at my local Target, Walgreens, or nearby drugstore, pampering myself has become a regular thing! For our most recent girls’ night, Megan, Rachael, and myself got together and tried out six different masks–for all skin types. Keep reading for results!

MEGAN
Skin typenormal/combination
Masks used: Formula.10.0.6. Pores Be Pure Mud Mask & Acure Pore Refining Red Clay Mask
Thoughts: I didn’t want to use anything too strong because my skin for the most part is relatively clear. I wanted something to simply clean! The Pore Be Pure felt very tingling and drying on my face, but it only lasted a few minutes. I kept both masks on for about 20 minutes before washing. Overall, I prefer to the red clay mask because it felt like it cleaned my face without drying it out too badly. Note that their are little exfoliating beads in the red clay mask that make it easier to wash off as well.

RACHAEL
Skin typedry to normal
Masks used: e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask, pixi Glow Mud Mask, L’oreal Pure Clay Mud Mask
ThoughtsI do suffer from time to time with dry patches and overall dry skin. I started with the e.l.f. bubble mask and the pixi glow mask. The bubble mask definitely worked, but I wanted a deeper clean, so I swapped it for the L’oreal mask! This one I preferred, and felt like I got a really intense pore cleaning from this one! I will also say the pixi mask made me skin feel SO smooth afterwards.

EMILY
Skin type: combination to oily/acne-prone
Masks used: L’oreal Pure Clay Mask & Studio 35 Beauty Nourishing Mask
Thoughts: Moisturizing masks are something I normally stray away from because I worry they would make my skin more oily, but with the weather being so all over the place here in Louisiana, I opted for one this time. I really loved the L’oreal clay mask, and I agree with Rachael’s thoughts on it. But what really surpised me was the nourishing coconut mask. I loved it! My skin felt so plump and moisturized after using it, and there was a visible difference in the texture! I loved it so much I used it on the other side of my face as well, and then made Meg & Rach use it after their masks to replenish their skin. It was a unanimous #1!

I found all of these masks at Target, but most brands are available at your local drugstore. Take the time to pamper yourself! Cheers to girls’ nights in!