must haves

Let me start off by saying if you are on Instagram and are not yet following Erika (@styleactivist), you are kinda majorly missing out.  The girl makes the healthiest dishes look like meals you want to jump through your phone to eat (minor accomplishment!) and she does so in a way that also educates her followers in the process. Watching her fuel her body (yup, I eat, she fuels) was a major catalyst why I realized I needed to stop playing the numbers game and start focusing on how my body felt. It’s remarkable how much she has taught herself and how much she’s grown in the process.

Style Activist,

This Philly girl’s posts during Feel Fit February have been so informative (first, opening up about her weight, and then this week, the truth about her eating style; I’ve been so curious!). Now, check out her responses to our questions…. {and thanks again to Erika for stopping by!}

Tell me about yourself, Twitter style… 140 characters or less.

I’m energetic, strong, passionate, and always dressed to kale.

Style Activist, Erika

What does Feel Fit February mean to you?

It’s about spreading the word that numbers don’t necessarily translate to health. Just because you are 110 lbs doesn’t mean that your insides look good – there’s so much more to it than weight. Keep Reading —>>

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Meet: V of Grit & Glamour

February 7, 2013

As part of Feel Fit February I am so excited to introduce you to V of Grit & Glamour, one of the two inspirational bloggers TAGG is partnering with for the month. Warning that her answers below are so good (+ hugely helpful!). Reasons I adore V: Not only she was one of the first “bigger” bloggers I discovered two years ago, I have always adored her honesty and that she would always, always reply to my comments and tweets. Last year on Instagram I began to notice her transformation. Following her 40th birthday (yes, this is the bod of a 40-year old! amazing), she started a new way of eating, sharing with her readers as she learned. Again, I appreciatied her honesty, including her struggles as well as how powerful she felt as she recognized her smokin’ bod look even hotter. I mean, how gorgeous is she? In love on so many levels. Keep reading and I’m sure you’ll be on her bandwagon soon enough.

Grit & Glamour

Tell TAGG about yourself, Twitter style… 140 characters or less.

I hope when people interact with me, they discover that I am strong, intelligent, engaging, funny, thoughtful, trustworthy, and well-spoken.

What does feel fit February mean to you?

I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to be REAL about fitness and health, to share what I have learned, and learn from others. Especially since January is often about resolutions, February is a good month to keep the momentum by focusing on our health, rather than the number on the scale alone.

What was the turning point for you in terms of transforming your lifestyle this last year?

Turning 40 in June. Although I had been working out three-to-five times a week, religiously since age 35, my health wasn’t any better. In fact, it was worse. Nothing too serious, but a lot happened in that five years, and just working out, yo-yo-ing in terms of weight, and focusing strictly on NUMBERS…the scale, my dress size…wasn’t fixing the eczema I developed, my inability to lose weight, etc. I needed to find an answer because even an allergist couldn’t give me one.

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Meet Neris. Of course she’s a fabulous blogger friend…. how else would I meet this gorgeous, talented gal who lives in… Croatia?! She might be the furthest TAGG has extended thus far… exciting! With a love of fashion and shoes (Neris has more than 100 pairs!), she started her blog Fashion Fractions in May and it’s totally taken off. She has excellent, fun taste and a personality to match where you’ll see she definitely has an affinity for accessories, so trust me when I told you you’re getting the scoop from an expert!

Love that this girl has an adventurous, take-risks spirit: she moved to the U.S. completely alone at 17-years old to graduate high school, got a scholarship to college and stayed for four more years. After getting her marketing degree, she moved back home to Croatia where she lives, works and blogs… when of course she’s not traveling to explore various cultures and traditions. Some of her favorite destinations include New York, Bahamas, London, Amsterdam, Canary Islands and Florence (me too!).

Now that you’ve gotten to know Neris, learn more about her must-have accessories… in her words!

Sunglasses: It’s almost always sunny in my hometown so I don’t think I would be able to survive a week without my sunnies. Besides their obvious function of protecting our eyes, nice sunglasses can easily transform a simple look into the chic one, and are amazing for those days we don’t feel like putting our eye makeup on (we all have those days, right). I ALWAYS carry at least one pair of sunnies in my bag and splurge on a new pair every couple of months. Pictures: 1, 2, 34.

 

Watches: A watch is the only piece of jewelry that I wear at all times; I even bought a silicone one to wear to the gym. Whether you like classical pieces or more trendy ones, there are so many great options out there to choose from. A nice watch will not only show you the time; it will be a timeless accessory to your wardrobe. Picture: 1, 2, 3 (just $45!) and 4.

 

Bracelets: Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m slightly obsessed with bracelets (that’s probably an understatement) and always wear dozens of them on my wrists. What I like the most about bracelets is that you can mix and match high and low pieces, multiple colors, and different materials. The possibilities are endless with bracelets, and the more you play with them, more stylish they will look together. Images: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Belts: Belts are such an important addition to my wardrobe. I have several classic leather ones, but I actually prefer trendy belts that really stand out in an outfit. That’s why you can find lots of animal printed, sparkly, and metallic belts in my closet. I’m also a proud owner of several unique vintage pieces with interesting buckles that I often use to belt up my dresses. Picture: 1, (on sale at J. Crew for under $20), 3 and 4.

 

Scarves: I have a huge collection of light scarves because they can be worn during the whole year, they are so simple to throw on, and can make such a big difference with the outfit. When I’m running late or don’t know what to wear, I often wear an all black outfit, put a colorful scarf around my neck, and I’m ready in a minute. Favorite finds: 1, 2, 3, 4.

 

Thank you so much Alyson for having me on your blog and I really hope that you ladies enjoyed my 5 must haves. If you are interested in my daily outfits and would like to find out more about my style, please visit my blog Fashion Fractions.

 

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5 Must Haves: Winter Wears

December 8, 2011

Kirstin of Kirstin Marie is a fabulous South Florida blogger who started her style blog a little over a year ago to get out of a wardrobe rut and to add some excitement to her life. She is a huge fan of challenges and change, and is excited for the everyday challenge style blogging presents – especially as a curvier girl. From my perspective, this girl definitely has great taste and thing for fun shoes — no problems there! — plus she’s a total sweetheart who is awesome about helping get us local bloggers together.

She works full time as a lighting designer and technical director, as well as an events and  rentals coordinator. Kirstin absolutely loves theater, art work, animals, nature and shoes. Wait, we’ve mentioned shoes haven’t we? Yeah, that’s how big the love seems! hah.

Excited to bring to you her five must have winter wears because these are all majorly on my list as well. Classics infused with fun touches! Without further ado, in her words, here are Kristin’s must haves…


Boots

 There is nothing better than a good pair of versatile boots, especially in the winter. I prefer boots that lace up, so they are fully adjustable, though I couldn’t resist the allure of the suede Jemma’s. Boots are excellent with just about anything – dresses, pants, tights, skirts, shorts – you get the picture. They work to keep you warm in the cold, dry in the rain, and stylish always.

Tights

Tights are the perfect addition to any outfit – whether for practical or fashionable use. You can layer these babies up underneath your pants to assist in keeping you warm, or you can sport them on your bare legs with a great dress, cute skirt, or even shorts. They are great to add a pop of color, texture, or print to any look.

Faux Leather Moto Jacket

There is nothing I love more than adding a bit of edge to an outfit with one piece. These jackets scream toughness & edginess, but with a touch of femininity. Plus, if it rains or snows, you don’t have to worry about ruining the fabric of your jacket!  TAGG mention: she clearly saw Monday’s outfit post (hello faux moto!)!

1. John Brevard Necklace / 2. John Brevard Ring with Black Diamond / 3. Gold Star Necklace

 

Statement Jewelry

I love statement jewelry. There is nothing more fun & exotic than a chunky necklace, cocktail ring, cuff, bangle, or bracelet. These are not available to purchase online yet, as they were just launched during Art Basel. The designer, John Brevard, does have an up & coming website – so keep your eyes on that!

Cobalt Blue Skinny Jeans

I am in love with the cobalt blue skinny jeans trend. These can pair with virtually anything in your wardrobe. You can wear them with other bright colors for a bold look, neutrals for a subdued look with a pop of color, or patterns & textures to mix things up. TAGG mention: again, loving Kirstin’s rec. See how I wear mine here!

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