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Forever 21 Spring Clothing Haul! (Athletic Wear + Other Stuff) – 05/24/15

Call me basic, but I actually kinda love Forever 21. Actually, it’s more of a love-hate relationship. The shop’s great because you can walk in through their doors and find something cute and it’s quick and simple to find exactly what you want, especially basic clothing items, via the search bar at the top of their website. The downside is that their quality isn’t exactly amazing, which isn’t really much of a surprise considering how inexpensive the majority of their items are. And what is Forever 21’s deal, carrying uber-expensive brands? No, I’m not paying for a $90 bikini when there are $4 separates right there.

I suck at in-store shopping. It’s probably some sort of anxiety disorder because I get so overwhelmed walking into massive stores such as Forever 21 and H&M, where my wallet could cover practically any item sold, but they just have so much stuff that I can’t process anything. Therefore, I’ll often walk out empty-handed. Also, does anyone else get a tinge of suspense when you pay via credit/debit card? “What if it’s denied?” Basically, I’m horrible at “mission shopping” (going into a store with a mission to get what you want), and prefer to work behind the keyboard and get my retail fix online.

I’m supposed to be saving up for a new MacBook, but here’s what I’ve recently ordered from Forever 21!

And what the heck. It’s Memorial Day weekend!

Athletic Wear

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Sports Bra: High Impact Mesh-Back Sports Bra in Charcoal ($13)

– I’ve recently discovered that you shouldn’t have to wear your normal bra underneath a sports bra, which I’ve been doing for the last several years because my sports bra is literally a piece of stretchy fabric with no support whatsoever. Thanks, H&M.

Shorts: Woven Running Shorts in Mint ($16)

– As some of you may know, I’m participating in a half-marathon this June. TMI alert: my pair of LuluLemon running shorts makes my legs chafe, even though I don’t carry fat in my legs. I’m praying that the layer of spandex in these shorts will keep my inner thighs from destroying themselves while running the 13.1 miles.

Tank Top: Lightweight Racerback Tank in Black ($13)

– It gets warm while running during the summer, and short sleeve tees are unacceptable during these times. Therefore, I bought this tank top. I think that it will work well with the previously mentioned sports bra, shorts, and my black running shoes, come (half) marathon day!

Other Stuff

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Dress: Cutout Crochet-Paneled Dress in Sage ($23)

– After half-marathon morning, I’m going out for lunch with my family at the Space Needle, and I’m planning on wearing this dress. It also came in white, but that looked too bridal for me. I’m planning on wearing a long, black finely-knit cardigan that I have from H&M with this dress.

Headband: Triangle Metal Headband in Gold ($5)

– It’s like edgy kitten-ears. That’s all I have to say about this, and it was cheap. So, why not?!

Shoes: Faux Leather Crisscross-Strap Sandals in Black ($13)

– Believe it or not, I do not own a single pair of black sandals. I have white sandals, brown/camel sandals, and gold sandals, but not black sandals. These will pair well with the dress and headband, as well as for an everyday, summer style.

 

What do you think? See anything you like? Tell me in the comments!

Have a lovely Sunday,

-Sarah

 

Go From ‘Meh to Yeah!’ Within One Hour – 05/23/15

Full title: How to go from sweaty hair and half worn-off makeup to Victoria’s Secret Angel-status within one hour. Well maybe not Angel, but it’s all about how you think of oneself, right?

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Attractive woman running next to several Victoria’s Secret Angels.

 

It can’t just be me. Have you ever had one of those days where it’s just one thing to do after the other, with zero breaks until you finally get to go to sleep? Last Wednesday, I was scheduled for an 8 MILE “jog” (I’m not a fast runner), and had to get ready to go out for dinner with my father about an hour after I got back home. I take my running seriously, and I couldn’t have gone any other time of the day to exercise, and another struggle with exercising and doing things is that there’s rarely enough time to eat:( I have a feeling that we’ve all been here before, so here are my tips on getting yourself ready to go out again within an hour after exercising!

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Is it better to eat and then get dressed, or get dressed and then eat?

 

1) Get your priorities together; Chances are, you don’t have much (or any!) time to waste. You’ll probably need to take a shower and put on fresh clothes. If your makeup still looks alright, your face can be salvaged with a fresh coat of mascara and powder. If your hair is sweaty and you don’t have time to wash it or it would be inappropriate to have wet hair where you’re going, spray in some dry shampoo to make your hair less sweaty and more clean (even if it isn’t!).

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Is it? Is it really?

 

2) After working out, you’re going to be hungry and eventually hangry. Nobody likes a hangry person. Don’t be that hangry person. In my case, eating at home always takes longer than imagined because you have to make something, eat it, and clean up afterwards. To avoid this inconvenience and save time, pack a granola bar or something into your bag to tide your stomach over until you can eat a proper meal.

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Don’t clean, eat!

 

3) Don’t do anything within this hour that you can’t do later when you have more time. No matter how much of a clean freak you are, whoever you’re meeting later will never know if you have dishes in the sink or whether or not you haven’t vacuumed in a few days.  This hour has to be devoted to getting yourself ready and presentable and going from gross (sorry, but if you still look cute after working out, you probably didn’t try hard enough), to fabulous. You can clean your room later.

These tips always work for me, and I hope they’ll work for you as well!

Have a delightful Saturday:)

-Sarah