Hello, are You there?

Heey, winter- you have overstayed your welcome. For real, I would be okay if you never made another apperance for the rest of this calender year. I never thought I’d miss my allergy inducing good friend Spring as much as I do right about now. Hello, are you there spring?  The trees are blooming but we are only receving a tease of beautiful sunny days. We want to throw our booties to the back of the closet and show some skin. This weekend was a pleasant weekend and we were able to spend most of it outside! Friday we went […]

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Fit and Flare Sweater Dress

This dress is so cute you’d never guess I found it on the clearance rack– a perfect find for the last few weeks of winter. Styling a fit and flare sweater dress that is totally appropriate for the office, a lunch date, or happy hour with the co-workers. Keep reading to see how I gave this under $10 dress major style. Since my last style post was layers + dress + OTK boots I wasn’t sure if I should share back to back.  And even though there has been some snow flurries today, I am hopeful the days to packing […]

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Fashion Find: Recent Buys Vol. 1

Introducing a new series to Style In Shape where I will share my recent purchased items before they are styled. I know my fellow fashionistas will love all the good sales in Fashion Finds: Recent Buys! I am a bargain shopper to the bone. I rarely ever pay full price for anything- mostly because I know that most items eventually go on sale. And unless I am shopping for an event, I usually hoard new items- ration out wearing something from the new pile. It’s like my Hail Mary for the days that I’m all  “I have nothing in my […]

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No Squat Standing Leg Workout

No Squat Standing Leg Exercise || Style In Shape

We all have days that we are short on time but still need to get something in that resembles a workout. Quick, equipment free and effective. Try this equipment free no squat standing leg workout before you skip your next leg day. Last week when it was super beautiful and warm here- playing outside definetly trumped the entire to do list for the day- including my morning workout. Little man wanted to ride his bike so I kept pace with baby in the jogging stroller. After the 2.5 miles I needed to add a little something more. With the kids […]

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Layering for Late Winter

This time of year in the Midwest we get all the seasons sometimes in one week. A tease of a beautiful warm 70 degree day followed by snow showers a few days later. Layering for late winter can be a challenge but also fun. It is a time to mix some pieces to create a style to reflect the mixed up weather. One of my favorite SoCal bloggers layered a t-shirt dress last month with a cardi for some insta-style. I wanted to create a similar look using pieces I own at that are Midwest temperature appropriate. I paried a […]

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Pretty Frills Brings all the Feels

Textured and soft, a little lace, and a chiffon bow; a top with pretty frills brings all the feels as winter drags on. Gals, I have been in a little bit of a rut lately and I sortof want to blame it on winter? As much as I love a good pair of boots and a great sweater- about this time every year I’m over winter weather. I have been sticking to workout leggings and a sweatshirt as my #ootd because, well, it’s cold. When I do put the effort of wearing something other than exercise clothes I have picked […]

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Healthier Homemade Chocolate Candies

If it was acceptable and good for you, I am 99% sure I would only eat dark chocolate. I used to think that I had a sweet tooth, but nah- that girl is straight ’bout the chocolate. I try my best to keep better options for my cravings with like a protein bar or smoothie. Sometimes though, a gal just needs the good stuff like a peanut butter cup or a crunchy chocolate bite. With Valentine’s this week I thought I would share two healthier homemade chocolate candies that we make regularly at my house! Plus where you can grab supplies […]

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4 Gifts for your Galentine Under $15

It is February friends! Heart health awareness and Valentine’s Day this is the month of hearts and love! One holiday making a big hit this year is Galentine’s Day. It is so fun to celebrate your best lady friends; after all- we are some bad ass babes worth celebrating! With these 4 gifts for your Galentine under $15 there is room to shower all your favorite gals a little bit this month! On my #TargetRun yesterday with the kids I found a couple of really cute accessories that would make great gifts for your best gals! The best part is, […]

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Heart Rate Blocks

Heart Rate Blocks | Style in Shape

Cardio at the gym can be so boring but it does not have to be! My heart rate blocks workout will have you hopping between machines while blasting your metabolism. Four rounds that are just 7 minutes each to get your cardio day done! Recently I have really been interested in figuring out exactly how hard I am actually pushing myself in my workouts. I am very curious about macronutrients. A big part I understand is learning what macros your body needs on a day depends on how much you exert yourself. Sure I can feel I worked out hard […]

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5 Items for an Organized Command Center

Command Center | Style In Shape

Now that I am staying home I am not sitting at a desk all day anymore where I am in front of calendars and reminders of important to-dos. It quickly became essential that I keep an organized home office if I am going to keep managing my little household. So I recently revamped my house admin status! Today I am sharing my top five items to for an organized command center to help keep you on track with your new year’s resolutions! File Dis We all have files that we need to save for one reason or another. For the […]

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The Warmest Crop Sweater

Crop Sweater with Maxi | Style In Shape

Crop tops are normally for warmer weather and surely not for January here in the midwest. Unless of course its a crop top sweater, then it is game on. I happen to own the warmest crop top sweater and it is a favorite I wear year after year. This chunky knit has a gorgeous texture on the neck and chest and the cream color is the perfect brightness for winter. I paired my crop sweater with a maxi skirt for my daughter’s recent 1st birthday party. I thought it was a great way to look a little nice for a […]

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Kettlebell Swing Sets

Quick, efficient, compound. All reasons why I love a good kettlebell workout! Kettlebell swings alone work core, back, shoulders, quads, hamstrings and gluts while blasting metabolism in a single movement. Amazing.  Today I have a kettlebell swing sets workout that is full body routine that I know you’re going to love! I personally love to do kettlebell swings. They make me almost feel like a kid playing. I enjoy them more than squats due to the momentum of the swing. So fun (or at least I think so!) You know I am all about maximum efficiency when it comes to […]

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#ONREPEAT: Three Pieces for Winter

3 Pieces for Winter | Style in Shape

At the end of October I picked up a couple of items for the upcoming colder weather that I fell in love with- I have worn them so much that they are all #ONREPEAT. Three pieces for winter that I can not stop wearing! Jennifer Lopez Ribbed Dolman Sweater, org $54 The ruby color of this sweater is what attracted me to it. Admittedly I did not think I would like the cut of this sweater on me but order anyway because of the color. I was so happy when I put it on and saw how it fit. It’s […]

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Hello 2018, Hello Possibility!

We are half way through the first month of the new year and I want to know how those resolutions are holding up? For me 2018 brings possibility as I shift  some major lifestyle changes! Hello 2018, hello possibility! So, let’s start with the BIG gap since my last post. Where have I been? Weell, the Monday after Thanksgiving I resigned from my job- right at the beginning of the department’s busiest time of year. Then you throw Holidays and planning a 1st birthday party on top. Just for fun, mix in said almost one year old not sleeping through […]

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Mixing Textures for Winter

Faux leather leggings are a must have in your closet. If you have not tried a pair, I promise they will quickly become one of your most favorite pairs of leggings. Super comfy and stylish! They work with lots of options and are fun for mixing textures for winter! The pair of faux leather leggings I wore for about four seasons needed to be replaced this year. I picked up this pair but sadly they sold out over the weekend since they were marked for under $15! These and these are good alternatives! I paired my leggings with a knit […]

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Sequined Skirt Dressy or Casual

Sequined Skirt Two Ways | Style In Shape

Sometimes you buy a sequined skirt with no clue where to wear it but immediately vision a few ways on how to style it! I am sharing today two ways to style a sequined skirt dressy or casual! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Did you participate in my parade workout? I had a bit of trouble keeping up with it while cooking. My hubs came down with the flu so we ended up staying home for Thanksgiving. I some how managed to whip up all our favorites dishes last minute (and I am NOT the chef of the […]

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Shop Small Saturday + Dayton Local Giveaway

I gave a little sneak peak last weekend on Insta-stories and today is the BIG reveal! Girls, I am so excited about this post! I had the pleasure to meet up with two other Dayton bloggers (who also happen to be Style Collective members!) and then we teamed up with some of our favorite local shops for one epic giveaway! We are all about Shop Small Saturday here in Dayton! Before I dive in about the fabulous local shops let me direct you to the two other bloggers in on this collaboration. Pia from Merlot and Chat is a travel, […]

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Thanksgiving Day Parade Workout

It is Thanksgiving week!  The feast we eat this Thursday is my favorite meal of the year. I do not hesitate to indulge in all the potatoes, stuffing and pies- oh and the wine! After all it is a meal only made once a year and I am all about balance. With that being said, Thanksgiving should not be a day to skip out on a workout. Even a small one will make you feel better about wishing you wore elastic waist pants later that day! This year I am going to do this Thanksgiving Day Parade Workout I created in […]

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Stylish Comfy Holiday Travel Look

With extended family dispersed around the Midwest, my household usually travels for Thanksgiving. Fortunately for us it is usually only a three to four hour car ride. Nevertheless, I still want to wear a super comfy outfit for our little road trip. With all the cute sweaters in the stores right now it is easy to create a stylish comfy holiday travel look! The sweater I am wearing to create this look is from a previous Victoria’s Secret collection. It is a multi-way sweater that can be worn as a cowl neck, off the shoulder, or one shoulder like I […]

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6 Shoulder Stretches

6 Stretches for the Shoulders | Style in Shape

Between holding babies, often while carrying diaper and/or grocery bags, and keeping my house in order — all after a long day sitting in front of a computer — there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t benefit from a good should stretch. This is an often forgotten part of the body that we really put through the paces every day, so today I am sharing the 6 shoulder stretches that really help me recover and feel refreshed at the end of a tough day. These stretches are quick and easy, but don’t be fooled — they are […]

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Ruffle Bomber Jacket

Ruffle Bomber Jacket | Style In Shape

It’s safe to say that my obsession for outerwear is always present (but it kicks into high gear when the weather turns cool!). So when I saw this ruffle bomber jacket at Kohl’s over the summer, I knew it would be a great addition to my jacket collection. Little did I know that ruffle bomber jackets would be so popular for fall this year! Have you seen this one at Target? I was there the other day, and loved the feel of the material! (and under $30!) I’m pretty sure I am channeling the 80’s or 90’s in this outfit because something […]

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Take 10 Challenge

Hey gals! As I mentioned briefly before the guest post from Ladies, Lattes and Lifting, I have been working on a fitness calendar and I’m rolling it out for the month of November! With the holidays approaching, we will all be facing the time crunch to get those to-do lists done. I stand by my belief that you can make meaningful progress toward your health and fitness goals by dedicating just 10 minutes a day. The key is to be consistent! With that in mind I have created my first ever Take 10 Challenge! The challenge is to set aside […]

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