My Style: Athleta Fashion

With  17+ years of dance experience from ballet and tap, to hip hop & jazz, I was at a loss at what to do once I graduated college and took my last dance class. A year or two after graduation I took a beginning adult ballet class just to get back in a studio and ended up teaching the class the following year. I was never one for a gym, often choosing yoga and group classes over weights and a treadmill. 

Over the past few months I let fitness take the back burner as I became busier with my job, side jobs, and wedding planning. This past weekend Lifetime Fitness opened their doors and I've already taken multiple classes (I'm so sore, but that's the best feeling!). I'm excited to make fitness more of a focus in my life. Whether it's taking Lola for long walks or hitting up Yoga in the Park with my girlfriends, just getting off the couch and getting active is all that matters!

Thanks to Athleta Fashion, not only can you find cute pieces that you can wear to the gym but also in your everyday life. If I'm at home, you can typically find me in yoga pants and a tank, my at-home uniform if you will. I love that these pieces can be worn in every aspect of my life. So even if your hair is thrown up in a messy knot and your covered in sweat, you know that you still look stylish - especially when everyone is more focused on your outrageous printed leggings! :) 

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Thanks to Athleta for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own. 


My Style: Embellished Overalls

AE Overalls (similar) | Zara Top (old) | Marais Sandals (old, similar)  | Forever21 Sunglasses (similar)

What is this, an outfit post? I know, I know...this is supposed to be a style blog or something. My most recent DIY is up on Divine Caroline, embellished overalls inspired by the lovely The Blonde Salad. This is an easy DIY even for all the non-crafters out there, so make sure to hop over here to find out how you can make your own and get a little outfit inspiration for your weekend adventure!


Blogger Buzz vol. 10

Last month, The Blogger Buzz shared books they like to cozy up with on rainy daysAnd since April showers bring May flowers, the crew thought it might be fun to share their favorite blooms.
  1. Samantha Peterson of The Brunette One // I love Ranunculus, such a simple and lush beauty!
  2. Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista // When I first moved to Wisconsin, I was so spoiled because I had Peonies growing right outside my house! I was always sticking them in mason jars.
  3. Meghan Anderson of Downtown Daydreams // It depends on the season, but Peonies always catch my eye! I love how dainty they are, and adore the plethora of beautiful colors you can find them blooming in.
  4. Laura Podlich of Beauty & the Beard //  Orange Lilies remind me of my mother's gardens at the house I grew up in!
  5. Katherine Nolden of The Duchess of Plumewood // Gerber Daisies lift my mood every time I see them—so bright and fun!
  6. Ashley Fine of One Fine Day // Whenever I have white-colored Hydrangeas in the house, I suddenly feel as though I live in a Nancy Meyers flick (Something's Gotta Give, anyone?), or I could mingle with Ina Garten in The Hamptons.
What's your bloom of choice? Do tell.


Hello Again!

Oh, hey there blog world! I've fallen of the place of the planet again (this may be the 10th post I've written like this...but oh well...it's my blog, I can write what I want to...right?!) Not without good reason, wedding month has arrived (22 days and counting!). And real talk here, there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all between my job, wedding plans, and my other side gig, so this blog has been on the back burner as of late. I'm wrapping up my DIY wedding projects, finishing centerpieces, and trying to relax. May 31st is right around the corner. I can't wait for all of my friends and family to arrive to help us celebrate our wedding! We will be headed off to our honeymoon the Monday following our wedding, so except some radio silence before we return to any sort of regular posting schedule - but I do have a few fun posts lined up between now and then...including styling these bad boys.

I've been hard at work with my dear friend, Emily, on our venture, StyleEsque. We've teamed up with Divine Caroline to share how to provide affordable styling tips & tricks for your events and around your home! See a few sneak peaks on our instagram (the photo above is from a recent shoot). In addition, you can also find my archive of DIY projects I've crafted for Divine here. Would you like if I shared them here as well? Let me know in the comments below!

I've alluded to it a few times, but within the next few months The Brunette One will finally be making the switch to wordpress and getting a redesign! I can't wait for a fresh new design. My aesthetic has changed over the last few years and while I'm still all for glitter and pink, I need something more grown up and feels like me! So stay tuned for more updates on the refresh!

You can always follow along on Instagram for daily updates and my Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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