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I was walking around a friend’s neighborhood in the suburbs of New York when these photos were taken. While I was walking around I thought about how old I was and how I should be ready to have a child by now. I’m twenty-six and working on my fifth year of marriage, yet my husband and I have been living like grown-up teenagers. I’ve just embarked on a new chapter in my life where I become a group fitness instructor in a matter of months. This weekend I passed my fitness audition with flying colors, yet I thought, “Should I be doing this much wear and tear to my body at this point in my life? Am I not planning to have a baby soon, but yet here I am with aspirations of teaching with my body, long term and rather frequently?”

Those worrisome thoughts flooded my head right after being on cloud nine when the news of my impending fitness career broke. I’ve never been this involved in athletics in my life, and it feels so strange but also invigorating. I dabbled in sports growing up but never excelled, so finding a new knack—nay, a talent—in teaching yoga and Pilates, just four years before I hit 30 is a huge transformation. This was never me.

A big part of this transformation I believe has a lot to do with the food I’ve chosen to eat in the past couple of years. After being sugar-free, gluten-free, organic, and low-toxin, my body has become incredibly agile and flexible as if I was a lot younger than when I was in high school. My body has started to look more womanly but at the same time athletic. That’s why eating the right food I truly believe is the best medicine for just about any anomaly of the body. If interested in learning about my diet, my husband and I are on a Bulletproof diet, and get our supplements on their website.

Another reason why the transformation came at this time is because I virtually had no freedom to do what I wanted before I got married. My past involved being around overly controlling people that held me back from pursuing anything, even friends. Married life has its own beautiful set of boundaries, but the restrictions are never as abnormal as the state I was in before.

Above all, every good thing comes from God. I may not deserve these changes in my life, but I am really happy and thankful for them. Remembering how I had barely any freedom to choose in the past reminds me of what wonderful opportunities I can take hold of now. That is a blessing.

Now that things have changed, I am now having to decide on things I never had the chance to decide on before, with the inclusion of family life as not just an option… but a goal.

ABOVE OUTFIT:

I have been looking for below-the-knee bodycon-type skirts for a good price and with good patterns for a while, and I stumbled upon this tribal skirt from a neat little corner on the web called Make Me Chic. The quality is amazing. It’s not cheap looking at all. The pattern has a dark hippie or bohemian feel to it. At the same time, it made me think of colorful stained glass.  I have another pencil skirt from Make Me Chic, which I can’t wait to show you in another “tennis” post around this same neighborhood!

Muscle Shirt Made Girly

October 10th, 2013

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Heels: Nine West | Belt: Moschino | Sleeveless top: Blair | Bag: Vintage | Hat: Target | High Waist Skirt: eBay

I got this top in different colors from Blair, and their size small fits more like a very loose medium. So on me, this top looked like a muscle tee, with the arm holes a bit larger than what I’m used to! I kinda liked that it became looking masculine, though. That way the outfit doesn’t look over the top “girly.” To be honest, I don’t really wear stilettos much, but on rare occasions I will because they make me feel extra feminine. Do you like mixing feminine and masculine pieces together?

 

 

 

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This right here is pretty much what I wear on a regular basis these days—capris, sneakers, t-shirt, and a vest. There’s really not much I personally do to accessorize when the heat is just that bad, because I don’t really wear much jewelry. A vest is a good layering piece to make an ordinary t-shirt look modest and not so boring.

These photos were taken with an iPhone last week in Norfolk while I was visiting family in Virginia Beach. I swear, sometimes my phone takes better photographs than my camera! It helps that I was surrounded by beautiful shrubbery right in front of a quaint green house.

While I was headed back home to Baltimore, Rob and I decided to stop a thrift store. He and I parted ways to scurry through treasures found in different parts of the store. I was later approached by a man maybe in his mid 40s while I was going through the female tops rack. The conversation went on a little something like this:

My Conversation with a Creepy Stranger

Man: Is this for women? *smiles, pointing to the clothes then pointing at me from top to bottom*
Me: Yes, these are for women. *goes back to what I was doing, sorting through the tops*
Man: These are nice. I’m buying for a friend.
Me: Oh, okay. You’ll find a lot of good things here. *smiles*
Man: So, what’s your name? *smiles*
Me: No, I’m not going to tell you my name. *I wouldn’t normally be this rude, but he was looking at me so intensely*
Man: Huh? What’s that?
Me: My name’s Rachel. *looks back at him*
Man: I’m ______. What do you do, for job?
Me: I have a store. *continues to sift through clothing as a hint to get lost but looking back at him when answering a question*
Man: Oh, so what do you sell? Art?
Me: Umm, a lot of things. Like, CDs.
Man: You’re very beautiful. What’s your background?
Me: Thanks. Hmm, how about you make a guess?
Man: You’re Filipina, no?
Me: Ha, you’re the first person in a long time to ever guess that right. Not even Filipinos think I’m Filipino.
Man:I know some Filipino! Magandang gabi. Kamusta. Uh, what else…
Me: It’s magandang hapon for the afternoon.
Man: Oh yeah yah, magandang hapon.*big smile* Where do you live?
Me: I’m not from around here.
Man: Oh, really? Me too. I’m from Washington.
Me: Oh, okay.
Man: Where are you from?
Me: Maryland.
Man: Oh, Maryland, huh? So what are you doing here?
Me:  I was visiting my parents.
Man: How long you staying?
Me: I’m leaving today. I’m going back home today. *that was really true*
Man: Aww. Can we exchange phone numbers?
Me: No, I’m married. *points to my ring finger*
Man: Oh okay. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. *smiling* *pause* You have kids?
Me: No. No kids.
Man: Ah, no kids. So are you visiting alone, or…?
Me: No, with my husband. He’s in this store somewhere right now.
Man: *looks around nervously* Ah, I see. Maybe if we exchange e-mail, it’s safe. Okay? Is that okay?
Me: No, I’m sorry.
Man: Okay, how about I give you my e-mail? You’ll have my e-mail.
Me: No… I’m sorry.

My Verdict

The man in this conversation wasn’t what I call harassing me. Maybe a bit persistent but not harassing. He was probably lonely and looking for some company, innocent or not. What I don’t like however is that he kept pushing me to exchange contact information after I said no and also tried to keep our communication “secret” from my husband by suggesting we do e-mail, because it’s “safe.” The nerve! A few people in the store saw the whole thing and a woman just shook her head and said “Oh gosh, some people!”

I’m not against guys walking up to girls and asking them for their numbers (or e-mail). I don’t think that’s creepy. Some girls, if they thought the stranger was cute would give him her number any day. To say someone is “creepy” just because you don’t like how he looks is two faced. The same idea goes for girls wearing revealing clothing to hopefully invite the cute guys and not the “creepy” guys who they just think is unattractive. That’s just mean and unfair to label someone a creep, when it’s biased and totally based on looks.

However, I do think someone is a creep for pursuing someone they know is married. That applies to women who know a man is married. Women can be creeps too (equal and opposite…genders). Men and women, look for the ring first before you start flirting with someone. If they hide their being married, that’s on them.

For your viewing pleasure and nostalgia, here’s TLC (hope you get the reference):

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I got this pencil skirt from Pinkyee (fyi mostly lingerie site), which is actually a corset skirt. I never knew these things existed. It isn’t steel boned, so it’s very comfortable to wear. It does tighten and/or loosen a bit, both in the front and in the back, to some extent. I like that the skirt is high waisted, which is really the reason why I got this skirt. The lace I just think of as mostly decoration. The quality is fair, but it is only $26!

I believe I now have two pairs of high waisted skirts that go below the knee and two high waisted pants. I think I want to slowly eliminate my low waist jeans and skirts when I can, because 1) it’s hard not to keep my back and undies from showing when I bend over, 2) high waisted bottoms make anyone look taller, and 3) they’re retro!

High waist anything doesn’t necessarily make you slender, so keep that in mind. It can play up existing curves but also make you look much bigger around the tush! Think of SNL’s “mom jeans.” It really is great for any body type, but it will make the pear shaped body look more pear shaped, which is not what most pears want. Although I am a pear myself, I still like high waist pants and skirts for the reasons I mentioned above.

On another note, have you all seen Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the teen choice award this year? It really took me by surprise. Since it didn’t win Video of the Day on Hannity’s show, I will put it up here. Listen and learn, young readers. Sexiness is about being smart.

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As we head for the end of the summer season, many a fashionista will already be looking ahead to autumn and winter. Particularly canny fashion fans will be looking at the predicted trends – or just thinking about what looks appealing to them (like many of us who swear don’t like following trends) – and scouring current stock to see which items they can buy early and use to lead the trend. This is a particularly good idea when it comes to investment items, because mid-season and end-of-season sales can generate some great bargains.

As you can see in the above photo, George Harrison is wearing a kind of boot that is familiar to us today—a variation of the Chelsea Boots called the Beatle Boots. Andy Warhol’s sketch of the iconic boot is shown on the right!

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THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOT

Originating in the Victorian era as a practical female riding or paddock boot, Chelsea boots are distinguished by the elastic sides that run from the welt to the top of the close-fitting ankle seam. This allows them to be slipped on and off easily, which is as useful today as it ever was. Being an ankle boot, Chelsea boots can be worn year-round and this combined with their iconic status makes them an excellent investment piece.

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Traditionally, Chelsea boots have been flat-, or almost flat-, heeled, but today’s designers are playing fast and loose with this rule and have developed stack-heeled, platform and even stiletto versions. Many are also experimenting with materials. The traditional boot is of course leather and this still predominates, but there is everything from floral prints through velvet to leopard-print faux leather out there at the moment. Some designs mix materials, with the toe made distinct from the rest of the boot by use of metal, contrast leather or man-made fibers. It’s well worth checking out the current crop of limited edition Chelsea boots if you want to score a pair.

Then what are Beatle boots? John Lennon and Paul McCartney in ’61 were inspired by the Chelsea boots they found during their nights out in London made by Anello & Davide, and so they had made four pairs for the rest of their band, The Beatles to complement their suit image!

The Chelsea boot being worn today:

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INVESTMENT DRESSING

Chelsea boots can be bought at most price levels, but you will pay more for a very distinctive look. As with most shoes and boots, better quality materials will also be reflected in the price. However, a good pair of Chelsea boots will last you for years, so as long as you do your research and pick a pair that will work with the majority of your wardrobe, any investment is likely to justify itself on a ‘cost per wear’ basis.

Mark McNairy Chelsea Boots (from here)

Never forget that Chelsea boots can be worn with just about anything – baggy trousers being the possible exception – so once you have a pair, have some fun experimenting with your wardrobe. The recent resurgence of grunge means that you can take a pretty retro tea dress and team your boots with that. The monochrome look of skinny black jeans and white top with Chelsea boots is also a classic. Or you could take the look back to its Victorian roots and team the boots with a long steam punk skirt and a adequately layered corset top. The rest, as they say, is up to you.

Melissa Ray is a fashion writer and blogger with long experience of the UK fashion scene. Melissa is particularly interested in customized and limited edition fashion items, such as the current range of limited edition Chelsea boots.

Some notable wearers of Beatle Boots:

  • Roy Orbison
  • The Doors
  • The Kinks
  • The Byrds
  • The Beach Boys
  • Iggy Pop
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Andy Warhol
  • Beetlejuice
  • Riff Raff (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
  • Sid (Hey Arnold)

 

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Take a load at this yoga dork. I have just barely covered my love for yoga in this blog, so here are some goofy photos for proof. I have up a few leg stretching poses here that I kept to a minimum for obvious reasons! The fascinator is from Many Hats Millinery and both skirt and sneakers are from my go-to affordable department store of choice: Target.

I’ve been practicing yoga and Pilates at home for a couple of years now (via Youtube! Yahoo?), and my husband and I rejoined a gym mainly for their fitness classes and sauna. I’ve been going to my gym’s yoga class for about a month now (2x per week), and one of the instructors this week recommended that I audition and train to be an instructor! I was really happy to hear that and excited to take my love for yoga to the next level. However, I learned that I had to be certified in a dozen other things (okay, maybe like 3) to be an instructor. Yikes. I’m still thinking about it! Any Les Mills/Bodyflow/AFAA/ACE certified professionals out there willing to share their experience?

In case you didn’t know who Cammy White is, she is the British character in the retro video game Street Fighter. Despite her sharing exactly my height to the half inch measurement, she also obviously has blonde hair and blue eyes, a way better body, and red accents in her outfit. An approximation of Cammy in an everyday, more feminine outfit would probably look like this, which I happen to be wearing without thinking about the character.

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I’ve seen her wear various colors for her leotard and boots. I think these earthy knee high leather boots below from Gipsy Dharma would work well for a variation to Cammy’s look. I want a pair of these, perhaps with some platform? :) However, I don’t think you could climb trees and kick butt with platforms or heels, like they make it seem like in the movies.

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Disclaimer: The following is a guest post and although have been approved by me, I do not necessarily agree with it 100%.

The wedding day is one of the most unforgettable moments in a person’s life. It is meaningful and quite significant. As a matter of fact, this day is not just important for the ones getting married, but also for close friends and family. It is a life changing situation that affects everybody involved. Since this event is very important, all details should be properly taken into consideration. From the flowers, the reception venue, and accessories such as wedding bands, everything should be best, if not perfect. Wedding bands are considered iconic symbols of marriage and should be chosen accordingly.

One of the most popular options being used nowadays are diamond wedding bands. The classic appeal of diamonds as well as its timeless feel, combined with the durable quality of diamonds is a good representation of love and marriage. However, the use of diamonds in wedding bands is not available for everybody. Of course, there are other options available. Aside from diamonds, there are other gemstones available that can adorn these bands. While women may love diamonds, other gemstones are more personalized and customized. For instance, you can select gemstones that can match the bride’s eye color or perhaps a cheaper, yet elegant gold or platinum band.

Nowadays, more couples are considering the use of matching wedding bands for their wedding day. For this option, the selection is varied. Most of the time, these bands are personalized according to the personalities of the couple. One advantage of choosing matching bands is that both of you can choose the style and design. Thus, it’s a good practice of working well together. After all, you will be spending the rest of your lives together. There are also inexpensive yet lovely looking bands, perfect for your wedding day.

There are a lot of wedding bands available nowadays. Aside from the style and design, it is very important to select a material that is versatile. It is also important to select one which is able to play any type of genre that applies to both young couples, as well as mature ones. In order to achieve the best design, you may do a little research. It may even need appropriate advance booking just to avoid disappointment. Still, at the end of the day, you do not want to be disappointed. Thus, to avoid such unlikely situation, it is very important to find a wedding band that suits your personal requirements.

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