Sunday, September 30, 2012

baseball tees

During the early teen years, I used to always like it when guys wore baseball tees. I thought they looked so attractive - Chad Michael Murray and Zac Efron? Two of my celeb crushes during those years, and they both knew how to rock a baseball tee and jeans! Haha.

I've been seeing baseball tee-inspired shirts for girls lately, and I think I might add one to my fall shopping list. More casual than a blouse but more detailed than a plain t-shirt, a baseball shirt would be a fun piece to wear with jeans on a casual day, or even a skirt if it looks right.



What's your take on baseball tees for girls? Will you be wearing one this season?

xo-ally

PS - weren't Chad Michael Murray and Zac Efron adorable back in the day? I loved when they wore baseball tees. And, well, they're both still pretty cute nowadays :)
photos one, two

Saturday, September 29, 2012

straw hat and orange flats

Sweater, colorful bracelets: Nordstrom sweater  bracelets Shorts: Rock & Republic (old) similar Flats: Target Hat: H&M (old) similar Watch: Michael Kors Ring: Kate Spade (old) similar Sunglasses: Chanel 
Belt: American Eagle Black bracelets: Forever 21 Nail polish: O.P.I. "DS Glow"

Still warm. Still wearing shorts. :) Going to go lay out in the sun in a bit to read and relax - should probably do some homework, too... short post today!

xo-ally

Friday, September 28, 2012

tumblr friday #19

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Nancy Sinatra in the '60s. LOVE the eye makeup.
lobstersandlilly:

childhood
So many memories growing up :)
New season of Gossip Girl starts October 8th! (I want these pencils...)
Colors.
A pretty shirt, and the bow detail on the top is just adorable.

xo-ally

PS - photo credits may be found on my tumblr

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

post-workout snacks

I realized it has been a while since I had done a post related to health/fitness, so I want to write about some good snacks to eat post-workout! Depending on the amount of calories burned, different things will be good for your body. Yesterday I taught a Zumba class and had a 2.5 hour dance team practice with a workout - according to My Fitness Pal app, I burned over 1,200 calories! That day I burned a LOT more than a usual workout day, but when I got home, I needed to replenish my muscle tissues and glycogen stores!

Here are a few post-workout snack ideas (note: I'm not a professional; I just enjoy learning tidbits about health from class, magazines, online, etc.) From what I've read and heard, the key is having food that contains carbohydrates and protein.

Water
Water isn't food, but some H2O is especially important after a sweat session to remain hydrated. To me, there's nothing better than an ice-cold glass of water after a long run.

Chocolate Milk
One of the Gold's Gym trainers told me that chocolate milk has the best ratio of carbs to protein to repair your body. If you're working out at a high intensity for 60 minutes or longer, chocolate milk is your friend. AND an excuse to have chocolate!

Whole Grains
My nutrition professor said that if you're going to eat starchy carbs (like whole grain bread or pasta) that the best time to do so is between 45 minutes and two hours post-workout. That is when your body will really take advantage of the nutrients and use it to its benefit. A slice of whole grain toast (my favorite brand is Dave's Killer Bread) with an egg or spread with natural peanut butter is one of my go-to snacks.

Protein Smoothie
Many gyms or smoothie bars often have deceivingly unhealthy smoothies that are loaded with sugar, artificial fruit, and excess protein and carbohydrates. By blending your own at home, you know exactly what you're putting into your body! Check this post for my protein smoothie recipe.

Fruits and vegetables are always another smart choice for low-calorie carbs, and adding hummus or natural peanut butter is a healthy way to make a snack with both carbs and protein. -- And YES, fruits and veggies are carbohydrates too! Carbs ARE good for you! (Well, natural fruits, veggies, and whole grains...)

Eating the right food is crucial after a workout, but more importantly, a healthy lifestyle! Let me know what other healthy snacks you like to eat!

xo-ally

Monday, September 24, 2012

camano island, washington

Cardigan: Madewell Headband: Lacoste Tank: Forever 21 Shorts: Rock & Republic (old) similar pair Flip flops: Havianas Sunglasses: Chanel

Dance Team retreat at Camano Island
We turned off our phones for the whole weekend
Already loving this year's team
Haha haha haha
My Dance Team initiation sashes throughout the years (and my bday one!)

xo-ally

Sunday, September 23, 2012

puget sound preview

I just got back from a weekend retreat on Camano Island, WA on the Puget Sound with dance team. It was beautiful and we had a lot of fun.

Posting my outfit and other pretty pics tomorrow (because I have a LOT of homework to get back to tonight).

xo-ally

Saturday, September 22, 2012

saturday morning smile

The Despicable Me 2 movie teaser trailer. Makes me laugh every time.


xo-ally

Friday, September 21, 2012

friday's fancies: game day!

This is my first Friday's Fancies! I've been wanting to link up my Friday's Fancies with {long distance loving} and thought today would be a great day to start: the theme is game day! (I was going to start last week, the theme was fall lust list, but while that is an awesome theme I am resisting fall and cold with every ounce of my body. Haha.)

My school doesn't have a football team (at least we haven't for decades) but our basketball games are awesome. The Kennel Club experience is one like no other. I put together something I would typically wear to a basketball game:

The student section is very casual. (Especially compared to those in the south - sometimes I wish I had an excuse to wear dresses and heels to a game!) While heels would look nice, however, we do a ton of jumping during Zombie Nation ;) - see video below - comfortable shoes are a must. I usually wear my Sperrys. Everyone wears the same red t-shirt (I don't have an image for this year's exact shirt) and then face paint or even accessories like tutus, bows, or beaded necklaces. If I'm performing with dance team, then I'll stay in my dance team uniform!

source-facebook

A pre-game tradition is always Zombie Nation. This video shows the whole student section from the other side of the stadium. So cool.

I can't wait for the kickoff of basketball season this October!

xo-ally


tumblr friday #18

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week. I really like my picks for this week!
Now this is cool...
The Beatles’ Final Photo Shoot: August 22, 1969
This photo is from The Beatles' last photo shoot ever. Love this.
One of my favorite fashion quotes!
I'd like to teleport to wherever this picture was taken, please and thanks.
Have a great weekend! I'll be on a retreat with dance team this weekend, soooo blog posts might be minimal, if even. But we'll see! I'll at least be back in a few days! :)

xo-ally

PS-photo credits may be found on my tumblr

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

fashion for fall - start simple and add accessories

Lately, I've been getting a ton of repins and likes on this pin (below). As of today, it almost has 600 pins and about 150 likes. It's my most viral pin (most of my pins get 2-5 repins, if even, haha) and it has some great outfit examples! (Note: I didn't create this - I found it on tumblr! Sources are below).
fall outfits

Source for the pin: [photo-pinterest]
I pinned this from this tumblr, where it was originally posted from this tumblr. That tumblr links back to this pin, which links to the polyvore outfit here.

What a tangled web of social media! It took quite the effort to find the original source (cough, you're welcome, ladies). If you like the outfits above, the creator has more great outfit ideas on their polyvore page.

All of these outfits are great examples of what to wear to look casual yet put-together for fall. All of these outfits have the same formula, making it super easy to get dressed in a flash if you don't know what to wear.

the formula.
skinny jeans or leggings
baggy shirt or button-down
leather boots

then all you need to do is add accessories.
scarf
metallic jewelry (goes with everything)
bag
watch

These fab outfits are so simple to create! It's nice to know that a simple outfit formula can go so far.

xo-ally

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

yay or nay: leopard hair streak

Okay, first off - I can't believe I haven't blogged in days! I felt like I had finally gotten back into the swing of things, but right when that happened, a TON of homework hit me. Darn that PR campaign class....

Anyways, I was perusing Pinterest recently and saw this pin of a girl with a leopard printed streak of hair.  The article it links to explains that the hairstylist uses permanent hair dye to freehand the spots on that section of the hair.
Animal Print Hair
I think that is actually a really unique idea. There could be so many colors and patterns to choose from! And with the colored-hair craze going strong, I have an inkling this trend might continue to grow.

Or, at least, we'll see Snooki sporting the look.

While this I think this is creative, I personally would not want this done to my hair. It looks a little 13-year-old to me. Though I'm sure there are older girls who could rock the style if it fits their personality.

What do you think? Yay or Nay on the leopard-streaked hair?

xo-ally

Friday, September 14, 2012

tumblr friday #17

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
So much color! The flowers and red bowl-thing compliment the wallpaper well.
Blair Waldorf being Blair Waldorf.
John F. Kennedy, 1962.
The one and only JFK. [1962].
Beautiful, airy room.
Amen.

xo-ally

PS-photo credits may be found on my tumblr

Thursday, September 13, 2012

the summer reading books I actually read

Back in May I wrote a post on the books I planned to read this summer. I did read all the C.S. Lewis books and The Fame Game, but never got around to The Kite Runner or The Alchemist. The six weeks of the C.S. Lewis class was a whirlwind - we read 500 to 1,000 pages per week through his books and essays. I loved it and learned so much. Luckily, The Chronicles of Narnia books were easy reads and were mixed in with the tougher reading. (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favorite Narnia book!)

I certainly did need to wind down with a light summer read after that class and did read The Fame Game. I really liked it. It was a great book for the summer and helped my brain chill out. I want to read the next one (I think there will be a sequel soon?) on my next break from school.

Since my local public library now offers book rentals for e-readers I downloaded a few books on my Kindle. I could download books without having to go downtown! Plus, I like to read my Kindle at the gym :) The library doesn't have the best selection of e-books, but considering I'm renting for free I don't mind at all! I started with the classic The Age of Innocence but couldn't get through it.

I went back to my light summer reading idea with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I never read it when everyone else did growing up, but since it was my best friend's favorite book back in the day, I gave it a chance! I thought it was well-written and enjoyed the story. I was able to get through it pretty fast.

Another series I never read growing up was Harry Potter! (My parents wouldn't allow me or my brother to read it.) Now that I'm older, I gave it a chance! I am almost done with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I really like it. It's very well-written and a cute kids' book. I can already see why the series is so popular and have a feeling it will get addicting....

Looking through this list seems like a bunch of kids' books, haha. (Well I guess they are...) At least it was a nice break from heavy textbook reading?
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This is my 200th post of 2012! I marked my 100th post of 2012 back in April and can't believe I've already done another hundred! It's crazy how fast time flies through blogging. Here's to another hundred - possibly before 2012 is over? We'll see! 

THANK YOU for reading my blog!

xo-ally

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

turquoise on turquoise on turquoise


Shirt: Free People (similar) Shorts: Paige Denim (similar)Sandals: Dolce Vita (similar) Sunglasses: Chanel Earrings: New Look (London) Watch: Michael Kors (newer version) Bracelets: Forever 21

Turquoise high-low shirt. Turquoise Sandals. Turquoise toenails.
It's been a turquoise kind of day.

Fall seems to be heading our way sooner. It's really chilly in the shade but hot in the sun. I've seen quite the mix of outfits these past couple of days - some people are still wearing shorts and sandals (like me) and others are in tights, boots, scarves, and jackets.

When it's 75 degrees and sunny, it's a little cooler than summer...but I know frigid winter temps will be here sooner than I know it. So I'm easing into the fall transition with my long sleeves and sandals.

xo-ally