Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter Workout Style

Working out has become a big part of my life. I go to the gym for cardio and some weights between 3-5 times per week plus I practice yoga 2 times per week. Meditation is also something that I make sure I get to do everyday. It is easy to make excuses as to why there is no time or why your life is too busy, but the simple truth is, we can make anything work if we want it bad enough. 

I went from doing yoga and cardio in my living room for the past few years to finally getting to a gym with daycare. I have to say, not waking up before my kids get up to get a workout in has been wonderful, but on some days I still have to do it that way. I make myself a priority and my family is better off for it. OK, I'll stop preaching now! ;) 

I decided last year I would invest in some workout gear, as I found I felt better working out when I had cute workout clothes on. I should buy stock in Fabletics as I get a good amount of my clothes from their site, but I love Victoria's Secret, Old Navy, Gap, and Target too! 

I don't wear all black for working out often, but these pants and this zip-up are two of my favorites to mix and match. It was only a matter of time before they were paired together. Of course I had to tie the aqua from my shoes in with a pop of green in my sports bra. This was a fun pairing to wear! 

Top // Pants: Gap (similar) // Shoes: Nike // Sunglasses: Ray Ban via Ditto (use code "sistersmarie" to get your 1st month of designer glasses FREE!) 
Does anyone else need a workout clothing drawer like I do? I mean...can't stop, won't stop! 

Here are some more items I'm dying to shop:

How do you get your workouts in your already busy days? 
Where do you shop for your favorite workout clothes? 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it

We both chose to style this "classic" sweatshirt in a classic way... (see what I did there?) What is more perfect then gray, black, and denim paired together? These colors just simply work however you choose to style them. I promise you should try it if it is not already in heavy rotation. OK, back to this swap now...

When I wore my sweatshirt from The Rage toward the end of summer last year, I paired it with a denim skirt, black fringe bag, and black cut-out flats. Kaitlyn kept the colors classically paired with skinny jeans, cut-out black boots, a faux leather jacket, and a gray beanie. Kaitlyn, I'm totally wearing this outfit next week. No, seriously you guys, that's my hat, sweatshirt, and coat and I have NEVER paired them together. I mean...I have to. I love it so!

Here is how we both styled the top: 

What do you think of these outfits?
How would you style this classic sweatshirt?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Irresistible Braids

Over the past year/year in a half, I've tried a variety of different hair lengths - shoulder-length, a lob, an actual bob, very long with extensions, longer in the front and so on. I change my mind often, never on the color, but always the length - When I see Lucy, I immediately want to cut my hair short with blunt ends. But then I come across yet another flawless picture of Blake and lusting after the short bob becomes a thing of the distant past. At the heart of my personal style, I am just a girl who loves long, beautiful hair…but for those brief moments in time when I change my mind, there is a simple solution: Extensions. 

As you guys know, I had beaded weft extensions in previously for about 3 months and I had so much fun with the process…the only thing I didn’t love was sleeping on them so to combat that, I decided to try clip-in extensions from Irresistible Me which you can put in and remove any time you want. I had been following them on IG for awhile and was really impressed with how natural they looked on everyone. The best part of these is the ease of use...Even if you just want longer hair for a few hours or a certain event, it takes no more than 10 minutes to attach the whole set, making for a fast new look!

I would wear a different style braid every day (if I didn’t hit the snooze button so often) and the extensions make braid looks so much more fun to play with! Not only is the length gorgeous but you have so much more hair to work with so you can make them as fat and messy as you want. This was my first time styling these, so I look forward to mastering the process and trying different looks. Next on my extensions list, I'm aiming for a fishtail or pull-through braid…stay tuned!

P.S. - If you have liked Sisters Marie on Facebook, you can see all the ways we have styled extensions in the past...Warning: Waves ahead.

How do you change up your look? 
Have you ever tried extensions?


Top: Target (old but similar here)
Jeans: Old Navy
Jacket: J. Crew (similar)
Boots: Gilt (old but similar here)
Bag: Just Fab
Hat: Neff via Amazon
Necklace: Target (similar)
Glasses: RayBan via Ditto (Get your first designer pair free with code SISTERSMARIE)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

If This Pairing is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Right

 OK, so I went way out of my box here. Kaitlyn rocked this number and got all my creative juices flowing. I styled my first unexpected pairing (stop by Stilettos and Diaper Bags to see that full look) and then this outfit happened during my second print mixing attempt. It's extreme, but it was fun to wear and it just made me happy. And shouldn't your clothes do that for you? Why not I say. Why not?

I can't wait to style this blouse tucked into skinny jeans with a wool trench draped over my shoulders.  Obsessed! I mean, how adorable is a kiss print this time of year? Last time I styled this skirt, it was summer, so it was fun to get more use out of it. A good remix in the making with this beauty. 

Now lets talk hair. This is day four hair ladies. No joke. I had planned to wash it on day three, but it still looked good, so I just went with it. You know why is still looked good? Because this dry shampoo is the best product I have ever used! I finally went for the "down the center" pull-through braid. This was my first ever attempt to get Kaitlyn's dino braid and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. Which means I can do it again and that makes me happy too! So far this whole look is about smiles. I am OK with it. 

Skirt: T+J Designs (similar) (similar) // Top // Tights: Target // Shoes // Glasses: Ditto (get your 1st month of designer glasses for FREE using code "sistersmarie") 
What do you think of this pairing? Sometimes you just have to go for it! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Saturday at the Shore

You know when you take a drive up north for breakfast then suddenly come across to a gorgeous beach that backs up to Lake Michigan? Okay, right, this isn't an everyday occurrence, especially in February, but it made for a truly amazing Saturday. During our last visit to Winnetka, my Mom and I stumbled upon a charming, tiny cafe (and when I say tiny, I mean 10 tables with a chalkboard menu) where we enjoyed pancakes and coffee. 

We loved it so much that we made a date to go back but this time, we explored a bit more and found public access to the lake. Gorgeous houses back up to this beautiful blue view and I think, how cool that you don't even have to live in the city to take advantage of a scene like this in your backyard. We were the only people there, so we just relished the silence, sound of the waves and even the cold which felt unusually refreshing. We walked on the sand but at the same time, noticed the icicles still forming on the driftwood along the shore. It was a very cool experience to be there in the winter...made us remember how exciting it is that Spring is yet to come. And all along, I couldn't stop imagining this scene/song from Across the Universe...The whole experience felt very cinematic. 

Side note, I am loving this pom pom pouch - I picked it up from a boutique during a sidewalk sale in our downtown. I also purchased a pair of texting gloves that day, not knowing they were from the same brand. Think I found a new love! This pouch will be so much fun to style in the Summer...I look forward to wearing it with white dresses, sandals (and a tan!)

P.S. Hubby, what are your thoughts about moving to the north shore? I promise I'll quit shopping to make it possible ;) Bonus - We can join the north shore mathletes!


Sweater: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Pants: Old Navy
Boots: Choies
Beanie: Purchased in Ireland (similar)
Clutch: Verloop (love this design too!)
Sunnies: Rayban via DITTO (get your first pair free by using code SISTERSMARIE)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it

A mustard bucket bag complete with studs and tassels might not be considered versatile at first glance, but we can't stop wearing this one from Nordstrom so hear us out. Pair it with satin summer dress and lace up heels for an effortlessly chic look or a patterned skirt and beanie for a playful pop of color in the dead of Winter. The gold chain strap is just right for dressing things up or down and the size is perfect for a few credit cards, lipstick & phone (aka the essentials). 

What do you think? Does it work well with both looks?

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Layers of Neutrals

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Sometimes you just need to layer on the neutrals. Sure, pops of bright colors get us through the gray days of winter (or really any day year-round for that matter), but these muted hues need love too! On this day I was super excited to wear this navy swing dress. When I saw Kaitlyn wearing it in her NYE photos, I knew I wanted to mix up the styling if the dress ever found its way to me.

I am such a fan of mixing black and brown. I also love taking that concept a step farther and adding in gray, navy, and really any color that could be considered a neutral too. I pulled it all together with these berry shoes and bag that had gold hardware. To finish the look off I added a few gold pieces of jewelry and I was ready for my weekend day of brunch and photos.

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This outfit was so effortless to style and all the items, when alone, are casual. However, together they created something a bit less casual and more chic, no? Plus who doesn't love a great layered look? I know I'm a sucker for one.  ;)

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Dress: Old Navy (similar) // Vest: Nordstrom (similar) // Tights: Target (similar) // Shoes // Bag // Coat: Victoria's Secret (similar) // Necklace // Earrings: T+J Designs 

Do you ever layer on the neutrals? How would you style this navy swing dress?