40% Off Sale Wishlist Poll

By popular* demand, I am bringing back my sale wishlist/shopping list poll for the last day of the 40% off Sale at Express! If you have sale FOMO like I do where you worry that you'll start seeing lots of great pieces on blogs and Instagram that you could have purchased for the sale price but didn't know about, this post is for you! I polled five of my blog and Instagram friends who are regular Express shoppers and own as many pieces (if not more) from Express than I do. They have their wardrobe basics covered...so what's next? Here's a look at their recent outfits featuring some of their previous Express picks, followed by what's on their wishlist for this sale!


R Express Wishlist 2.17.17

Tie Waist Skirt | Jersey Sash Pant (also comes in Black, Blue, Rose) | Lace Top


C Express wishlist 2.17.17
Mini Skirt | Nude Skirt (also comes in Black and Cabernet) | Bralette | Denim Dress

E Express Wishlist 2.17.17


K Express Wishlist 2.17.17


S Express Wishlist 2.17.17

As for me, this jacket is one of my favorite recent purchases because it's as soft and comfortable as any cardigan, but adds a little more structure to an outfit.
Jacket: Express | Tee: Gap (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bag: Amazon (Exact Style, Color Options Vary)

M Express Wishlist 2.17.17

Top (also comes in Black, Olive, Purple) | White Distressed Jeans | Tumbler | Mug

Unfortunately neither the tumbler nor the mug are part of the 40% off sale since they are specialty brands and not Express brands. But I think they would make fun gifts for a couple of my friends, so I am keeping them in mind anyway! I've also been on the hunt for no-fuss (i.e. no camisole or strapless bra required) tops in Spring colors with fun details, and this one looks like it fits the bill. And I don't own anything else in this color so it I think it doesn't feel redundant. I can pair it with blue jeans or white jeans, and since I don't have a distressed pair of white jeans I I want to check out this this pair. They are "cropped" length, but that always means regular length on my 5'4" frame!

If I didn't have ___ I'd get:
Olive jackets are my very favorite since they just seem to be the perfect complement to all the other colors (heavy on the neutrals) in my wardrobe. They're also an item that doesn't stay in stock very long, so I end up linking to similar options about a month after I buy one. Express has some great similar options to mine right now, so here are a few of my favorites followed by some current in-stock, on sale options that I'd be getting if I didn't already have mine!

Express Sale Olive Jackets

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This might be the first time I've done this poll where there was absolutely no overlap between wishlists! I loved seeing the variety of selections from each person and how it fit their personal style and lifestyle. My Monday Motivation series will be back next week, but I'll be back on on Wednesday with What's Up Wednesday covering all the usual topics from books to food and more!

*Popular demand. In terms of this blog it means one person requested this post.

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Outfit Singles 2/18/17

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I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Here's a recap of my recent outfits, with links to current or similar options if my exact item is sold out. You're in luck if you're shopping any of the items from Gap or Express this weekend since both stores have major sales going on! If the outfit was featured in a blog post I'll link you to that as well for additional info on fit, etc.  You can also access previous weekly recaps like this from the Navigation Menu at the top by scrolling to Categories, then select Outfit Singles from the drop down menu.

Outfit Recap:

Unposted Outfits:

Olive Cardigan, Stripe Cami:
Sweater: Gap (Loving this sweater for Spring weather!) | Cami: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Jeans: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Express (Similar)

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Black Tie Neck Top + Light Jeans:
Top: LOFT (Similar on sale with more sizes/colors) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Target | Necklaces: Kendra Scott - Top, Bottom (Gifts) | Bag: Amazon (Exact style, colors vary) | Bracelet: Charmed Stacks | Nails: Essie Blanc

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Taupe Moto Jacket + White Tee:
Jacket: Express | Tee: Nordstrom | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Similar)| Jeans: Express | Boots: Target | Bag: c/o Amazon | (I wore almost this exact outfit last week, but no one saw me except people who read the blog, so....)

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From the Blog This Week:

White Moto Jacket + Tee + Recycled Jeans:
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Boots: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: Amazon | Nails: OPI "Let's Be Friends" | Original Post: Here

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Workout Wear: Grey Cover-Up + Purple Tank:
Tank: Gap (Color selection varies) | Grey Cover Up: ExpressSports Bra: Nike (Similar) | Capris: Target | Sneakers: Nike (Similar) | Nails: Essie Blanc | Original Post: Here (includes reference guide to all of my previous fitness posts)

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Blush Moto Jacket + White Cami + Grey Jeans:
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Express | Necklaces: Kendra Scott Top and Bottom (Both Gifted) | Nails: Essie Blanc | Original Post: Here

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Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you back on Monday with the results from the "what are you getting at the Express Sale" poll I've been conducting behind the scenes!

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Blush Moto Jacket + Kendra Scott San Diego

This week has been a festive and busy one between my 18th wedding anniversary (which we celebrated by romantically cleaning out the garage and office closet...but hey, nothing says real love like working together for a common goal!), Valentine's Day, and a fun Blogger Night Out! After dressing mostly in athleisure for the weekend (e.g. what I shared in Wednesday's post), it was nice to get a little more dressed up to attend the Kendra Scott Galentine's party with the San Diego Style Bloggers on Monday night.

The sun was starting to set as I headed out for the event but I managed to take an outfit selfie...at the same time as the UPS man was walking up to my door. I just pretended like I was taking photos of my roof (totally normal) and thanked him for the packages!

Jacket: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express (40% off) | Jeans: Express (40% off) | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: Express (40% off) | Necklaces: Kendra Scott Top and Bottom (Both Gifted) | Nails: Essie Blanc

Outfit Notes:

In case you missed the memo via email or other social media, there is a storewide 40% off sale at Express for President's day weekend, so my cami, jeans, and bag are all at the best price you can get until next black Friday. All three of them are staples and favorites that I reach for again and again.

This grey bag has been a favorite of mine for many months but it's never made the blog because I tend to use it more for special events/nights out than for the everyday outfits I mainly share. A lot of times my evening clutches can only carry the basics (phone, lipstick, credit card, ID, and keys) but this little crossbody holds quite a bit! It can carry all of those basics plus my sunglasses and mini wallet (shown in this post where I share my quick handbag changing strategies). And the grey is a perfect neutral, so it goes with just about anything.

These jeans are another long time, versatile favorite. They are stocked in most sizes right now (although that can quickly change during a 40% off sale!) and ran true-to-size for me. For more grey jeans outfit inspo you can check out this post.

This cami is my number one, most-worn closet staple. You can see twelve different ways I have styled it in this post, and I've worn it at least another dozen times since that post ten months ago!  I frequently get questions about what kind of bra I wear with this cami. When I'm wearing it (as shown above) with a jacket or cardigan that I know I won't be removing throughout the day, I wear a regular nude bra underneath it. In the summer, I have a strapless bra from Target that I use. My exact option is no longer available but it's Maidenform and similar to this one. It will probably need to be replaced next summer, and I'm planning to splurge ($65) on this one from Nordstrom because the reviews are amazing and I've seen rave reviews for it from a dozen other bloggers.

When I first got this jacket at Express (Spring 2015 I believe), I didn't realize I would use it as much as I have! My exact jacket is no longer available but I rounded up a few current options (under $80) that could be styled the same as mine.
Blush Jacket Options

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Morning update: I'm adding in one more outfit to this post because it features these same grey jeans plus one more of my all-time staples, the Portofino Shirt. I pared down my collection to just four of these (see which colors I kept here) in my recent closet clean-out, but the white version survived the purge and isn't going anywhere anytime soon!

Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Short Necklace: Kendra Scott | Long Necklace: Express (Similar) | Bracelet: LOFT (Similar) | Watch: c/o Fossil (Similar) | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar) | Bag: Amazon (Exact Style, Colors Options Vary)

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Kendra Scott San Diego Galentine's Party:
To follow my blog or Instagram is to know that my love for Kendra Scott jewelry is probably on par with my love for Express clothes. San Diego's first (and so far only!) Kendra Scott store opened at Fashion Valley Mall here back in October, and it's been so nice to have the option to see a lot of the pieces in person before making a purchase. Our local Nordstrom stores carry some Kendra Scott pieces, but only a small fraction of what the store location offers. And only Kendra Scott stores have a Color Bar where you can customize pieces with the color of metal and stone that you want. So needless to say, I was very excited when the San Diego Style Bloggers invited me to attend their Galentine's event at Kendra Scott, and I didn't waste any time re-arranging my Monday night so I could attend!
 Image via SD Style Bloggers

If we look happy it's because they spoiled us with champagne, sweets, and custom pieces for ourselves and some to giveaway to our followers! (If you follow me on Instagram hopefully you saw that giveaway!) All of the ladies who work at Kendra Scott San Diego were also incredibly friendly and stylish. Sometimes it can be intimidating (for me) to go into a smaller boutique-type store like that, but I was the last one to leave that night because I got caught up chatting with one of the associates about all things fashion, blogging, Kendra Scott and San Diego. She even remembered me from a previous store visit just a few weeks back when I was (taking my sweet time) picking out a birthday gift to myself. 

Just in case you didn't already know, during your birthday month you get 50% off one piece at Kendra Scott. Even if you don't live near a store location, you can call in and get the discount over the phone!

I had this post all wrapped up and ready to go when the 40% off sale announcement came in, so rather than scrambling to put together a new post for today, I decided to save it for Monday (the final day of the sale). That gives me a bit more time to put together my own order and check with a few of my friends on what they're getting, so I'll see you back on Monday for that!

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All Things Fitness Reference Post

Since I have been in full de-cluttering mode with my house, I decided to extend that motivation to my blog and "de-clutter" this post that's been partially completed in my draft folder for.ev.er. I have done a lot of posts about fitness and they are scattered all over my blog. You can find them on the navigation bar by going to Categories and then Fitness, but the contents of the post might not really be clear from the title so I wanted to have one post that serves as an Index for all of that information.

And since today is All Things Fitness, I'm sharing a few current favorites in the workout clothing category...
Tank: Gap (Color selection varies) | Grey Cover Up: ExpressSports Bra: Nike (Similar) | Capris: Target | Sneakers: Nike (Similar) | Tumbler: Frio (Gift, Similar) | Nails: Essie Blanc

Outfit Details:

First, this tank is my favorite workout tank. I've mentioned it other posts (listed below) and since I've owned a few for quite awhile, I can say they hold up really well. It's fitted but relaxed, breathes well is long in the torso to cover a bit more. With frequent sales and promotions it's easy to get it for under $20, so the price is right.

This grey cover up was listed as a jacket (and not as fitness wear, either) so I was expecting something quite different when I got it and was initially disappointed when I opened it. To me, it's not a jacket at all. It's a cardigan/cover up sweatshirt thing. But once I tried it on I got over my disappointment and re-defined how I would use it because it is so soft and comfortable and I knew it would be perfect for to/from workouts plus just casual wear. It's not very heavy so it's more of a spring/summer throw-on piece.

My exact sneakers are Nike Internationalist, and don't seem to be available anymore in this color combo. This pair of Nikes looks very similar, comes in the black/white color combo, is currently stocked in most sizes, and is reasonably priced at $65.

My Target workout capris are still holding up great after a few years of repeated use and washing. They're under $25 so if and when they do wear out, I'll just replace them with another pair of this exact style.

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All Things Fitness Reference List:

As promised, here is the full list of fitness posts I've done over the years. I did this as much for myself as anyone else! Sometimes I get a question that I've already answered in a previous post but I can't remember exactly when or where so it takes some time to track it down. Now I can just refer to this post and more easily find those answers (I hope!). And for the rest of you, here are all the Fitness topics I've covered that you may or may not know I posted about in the past!

First ever post about Fitness and general overview of what I do for workouts:

Second (follow-up) post about fitness HERE. Topics include:
Before/After pics
How often I workout (including sample workout schedule)
Length of each of my workouts
Whether I follow any diet in particular

List of all DVDs I own (current as of publish date, newer DVD sets have not been added)

Favorite Weight Training DVDs:

Favorite Cardio DVDs:

Favorite Yoga and Stretching DVDs:

Complete List of Fitness Equipment I Own:

Sample Workout Outfits:

Fitness Content Survey Results

Fitness Q&A Part One HERETopics include:
How I stay motivated to workout
How I fit my workouts into my schedule
How hard I push myself in my daily workouts
How heavy are the weights I lift
How I avoid bulking

Fitness Q&A Part Two HERETopics include:
How I got into my current routine of home workouts
What kind of outfits I wear to workout
How to adapt my home workout routine for the gym
Nutrition: How often I splurge vs. stay strict
Nutrition: What foods I gravitate towards

Weekly Workout Schedule Samples: (Workouts for each week were selected and arranged based on the weight training DVDs listed in parentheses)

One - 10/09/15 (Cathe Ripped with HiiT Series)
Two: 10/16/15 (Amy Bento Drop Set Series)
Three: 10/23/15 (Cathe Pyramid Series)
Four: 10/30/15 (Cathe High Reps Series + Cathe Great Glutes)
Five11/6/15 (Cathe Gym Style Series Weights)
Six: 11/13/15 (Amy Bento Slo Mo)
Seven: 11/20/15 (Cathe Ripped with HiiT)
Eight: 11/27/15 (Cathe STS Meso 1 Week 1)
Nine: 12/4/15 (Cathe STS Meso 1 Week 2)
Ten: 12/11/15 (Cathe STS Meso 1 Week 3)
Eleven: 12/18/15 (Cathe STS Meso 1 Week 4)
Twelve: 12/27/15 (Cathe STS Meso 2 Week 1)
Thirteen: 1/1/16 (Cathe STS Meso 2 Week 2)
Fouteen: 1/8/16 (Cathe STS Meso 2 Week 3)
Fifteen: 1/15/16 (Cathe STS Meso 2 Week 4)
Sixteen1/22/16 (Cathe STS Meso 3 Week 1)
Seventeen: 1/29/17 (Cathe STS Meso 3 Week 2)
Eighteen: 2/5/16 (Cathe STS Meso 3 Week 3)
Nineteen: 2/12/16 (Cathe STS Meso 3 Week 4)
Twenty: 2/19/16 (Amy Bento All Pump XTreme)
Twenty-One: 2/26/16 (Cathe 4-Day Split)
Twenty-Two: 3/4/16 (Cathe Gym Style Series)
Twenty-Three: 3/11/16 (Cathe Muscle Max, STS Total Body, Lower Body Blast)
Twenty-Four: 3/8/17 (Cathe Slow & Heavy + Butts & Guts)
Twenty-Five: 3/28/16 (Amy Bento Drop Set Strength)
Twenty-Six: 1/18/17 (Cathe Strong & Sweaty)

As I continue blogging, I'm sure there will be some fitness updates here and there. I'll try to update this particular post with those details so it remains relevant going forward!

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White Moto Jacket + Goals Follow-Up

I have a pretty long update today on this year's goal-getting plans (and a link-up for my fellow bloggers!) so I'll head straight into today's outfit details then on with the update!

Jacket: Express (Similar) | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Boots: Express (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: Amazon | Nails: OPI "Let's Be Friends"

Outfit Notes:
After a series of failed attempts at finding some lighter wash jeans with mild distressing, Express finally came through for me with these jeans. They are from the new Eco-Friendly line (made from fabric that contains at least two recycled water bottles!), but in terms of fit and sizing, they are just like my regular Express jean leggings. My normal size fit great and they have a good amount of stretch while still holding their shape throughout the day.

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Monday Motivation: Following Up
Five weeks ago, I started a Monday Motivation series to keep myself accountable and on track with the goals I made for the new year (you can see those here). Rather than sharing a new motivation today, I wanted to give an update on how things are going with each of my past topics. So let's start at the beginning...

Week One: Black Belt Motivation (Original Post Here)
Over the holidays, the studio where I practice Tae Kwon Do with my boys was bought out by another chain of studios. The changes in instructors, style and curriculum were shocking and frustrating. I could write an entire post with my feelings on that, but thef fact is, I am only one belt away from Black Belt and I am not quitting at this point. I looked into other options around town and none are as convenient for me (in terms of location and family class options), and all of them would still require me to learn some of their unique curriculum. So one way or another I have some new hurdles to jump over to get to Black Belt and I can't change that. Now that I've accepted that, I've just decided to stay where I am and at least jump over those extra hurdles at a convenient time and place. Some of the new instructors are growing on me, all of my friends from the adult class are staying at the studio (so far), so despite taking a major hit, I held on and my motivation to achieve this goal is slowly getting back to where it was.

Week Two: Time Management/Punctuality (Original Post Here)  | 
Ugh. Well, I wish I could say I'm doing much better in this area but to be honest I'm not. I improved for about a week after I wrote that post...and then my old habits crept back in. I even listed to an audiobook The Power of Habit to see if it would spark some changes, but that didn't work. The book was actually very interesting, but I felt it was geared more toward the brain fuctions of habits and how habits make or break a partcular business or organization. There was only one chapter that addressed "how to change your habits" and that wasn't enough to help me.

By no means am I giving up on this goal, but if this were a report card I'd mark myself as Needs Improvement.

Week Three: New and Improved Flexibility Routine (Original Post Here)
In week three I shared my plan to reduce my cardio days in favor of more yoga and stretching workouts, and I'm happy to report that is going well. This just feels like the right choice for my body right now. I promised to follow up with reviews on the DVDs I purchased, and I will do that in a separate post. In short they're both decent but Eoin Finn's place as my #1 favorite yoga instructor is safe for now.

Week Four: De-Cluttering and Closet Cleanout: Here
If you follow me on social media or read my Wednesday/Friday blog posts last week, then you know that I am getting an A+ for this project. I spent a lot of time sorting and donating over the weekend, then I've continued to make time for a little more here and there each day. Even when I'm driving around town running errands I am thinking my way through my house at what area I'm going to attack next. By the sound of all this you'd think my house was covered in junk when I started, but truthfully it's all stuff that's been stuffed in closets, cupboards or under beds and it's amazing just how much stuff can fit in there. Once again, this has been a very enlightening experience and it may merit another separate follow-up post since I've gone way beyond cleaning out my clothing closet and learned a lot in the process. I have also been listening to Peter Walsh's audiobook on de-cluttering, "It's All Too Much" to help me stay motivated. I'm a little over halfway through and so far I think it's excellent. A lot of his examples are far more extreme cases of clutter than mine and sometimes he goes into more detail than I need on a particular area (e.g. I don't need help organizing a garage sale or directions to order pizza for my family on the day we de-clutter), but his principles and strategies are practical and realistic, and so far the book gets my recommendation.

Monday Link-Up!!
Today I'm happy to be joining Rachelle as the co-host for her #howIFall link-up! If you're a blogger we'd love to have you join us and link your fashion or beauty related posts below!

Gina | Rachelle


Outfit Singles 2/11/17

Welcome to my weekend outfit recap! Every weekend I do a straightforward recap of outfits I wore recently. Not a lot of text or extra information on fit, fabric, etc. in this post, but if the outfit was featured in a previous post with more detail, I'll link you there for more details. You can also access previous weekly recaps from the Navigation Menu at the top by scrolling to Categories, then select Outfit Singles from the drop down menu.

Unposted Outfits:

Blush Plaid Shirt, Black Tee, Grey Jeans:
Plaid Shirt: Target | Black Tee: Target | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott (Similar) | Bag: c/ Amazon | Boots: Target (Similar)

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Olive Cardigan, Black Cami:
Sweater: Express (Similar) | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott |Boots: Target (Similar) | Bag: Tory Burch

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Taupe Jacket, Stripe Tee:
Jacket: Express | Tee: Macy's | Jeans: Express | Boots: Target | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot

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From the Blog this Week:

Black Jacket, Bold Stripe Cami:
Jacket: Express (Similar Black in stock) | Cami: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express (Similar) | Boots: Lucky Brand | Bag: Amazon | Original Post with more details Here

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Grey Cozy Cardigan, Orchid Cami:
Sweater: Target ($9!) | Cami: Express (Current Similar Color) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Boots: c/o Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Bag: Amazon | Original Post with more details here

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