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9/22/16: Thankful Thursday/Belated Wantable Wednesday

Okay, so I’m really thankful for:

  1. Forgiveness/patience: I’m still trying to get the hang of this blogging/believing-people-actually-care-about-anything-I-have-to-say thing. So while I was fully prepared for yesterday’s Wantable Wednesday, last night I let myself fall again into a place where I just ended up sleeping on the couch. Or maybe it was the fact that I didn’t get Starbuck’s yesterday morning. Yes, let’s blame it on the caffeine. So without further ado, here’s an abbreviated Wantable Wednesday:

    Outfit 1 included a draped back tanktop in a really fun/funky print, a purple flared crewneck tank, and some capris with small mesh panel “stripes” and a little sparkle. The item I liked best was the capri pants. I like things with a little sparkle, and they caught my eye right as they came out of the box.
    I was quite puzzled, at first, when trying to put on the draped back tanktop. And then I saw it also is rather flow-y in the back, which just isn’t good for me and my lack of body confidence. I like everything covered. The crewneck tank was also a little thin for my tastes. Disappointing on both counts, because I LOVED the colors. I like bold and fun, and these definitely hit the mark.

    Outfit 2 was a charcoal-colored tank, a mesh tank in the color “frost,” and some Soybu capris that were slightly gathered at the bottom. I was divided about the gray tank. The fabric was a little strange for working out, and it also was fitted at the bottom but nowhere else. The purple tank was cute, and I realized I really liked how the backs of the two looked together. Cute!
    But the pants. Oh, goodness. They’re so soft and they hug me in good places. They aren’t too low-rise, and I love how they sit on my hips/tummy.
    7There was one item I couldn’t try on, because it was sent to me in a medium size instead of XL. And it was for an area that definitely needs XL coverage, if you catch my drift. I was disappointed, because the sports bra was super cute and felt like it would have been very supportive in my size. Drat.
    So…I chose one item. And I bet it isn’t hard to figure out which one. I’m wearing them right now because they’re so soft. I catch myself caressing my own legs occasionally in the Soybu capris, which is super creepy, but I dare you to not continuously touch them once you feel them.
    I’m still feeling a little shaky about my Wantables monthly Fitness edit, mainly because there have been a couple hiccups in the process. But I’ll give it another month or so and see how things continue! They’ve been very kind during any contact I’ve needed, and I love the personalized messages each month. So…fingers crossed for a good month in October!

  2. Quality childcare: I know childcare prices are through the roof in many places. But I also know childcare workers are underpaid for the work they do. The past couple of days, my daughter has willingly run away from me and into the arms of her teacher at the center she attends.
    This may sound sad to some (and yes, I have a love/hate relationship with her growing independence), but it is a good thing. It is reassuring, since she spends (too) many of her waking hours there. I am a full-time working mom, and I am serving the world in a way I always wanted: as a librarian. This means less time with my daughter, which I hate. But I am delighted that she believes “school” (we call it that instead of “daycare”) is a fun and safe place to be. Her teachers are so special to her, and our lives are enriched by them.
  3. Fall:
    “The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale.” ~Cornelia L. Tuthill

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    Our tree in the backyard is one of the first to turn in the neighborhood.

    I know I’ve written about my love for Fall before, but I’m just so excited now that today is the first day of autumn.
    New Year’s Day and spring are often times of renewal and reflection and rebirth for people, but I tell you…autumn is my time. I absolutely adore the colors fall brings and the activities and sights and smells and sounds. I love when my morning runs turn chilly and when I get to dream of taking my baby girl to the pumpkin patch. I feel like a better version of myself in fall. And so I’m starting to feel more hopeful each day.

Read on. Run on.
Cassie

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8/10/16: Wantable Wednesday!

As teased in my last post, I received my first Wantable Fitness Edit on Monday! After staring longingly at the box in my closet as I carried loads of laundry in and out, I finally got a chance to try them on last night. And I dragged hubby along to document it all. Isn’t he lucky?

Here are the individual pieces:

Initial impressions were that I liked the patterns and jewel tone colors. I was a little skeptical about some features that I was worried would be less-than-flattering on me. I love a good pair of black workout pants or shorts, though. And these looked comfy!

Alright, let me preface this with saying I DO NOT like having pictures taken of myself. I especially do not like pictures of my full body. And I made the mistake of doing a core workout right before this, so…even tougher for me. But I am trying to work on some body positivity. I want to build confidence that, although I’m a work in progress, that doesn’t mean I’m not worthwhile now. *steps off soapbox*

So I paired all the pieces up as I saw fit, and here’s outfit one:

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You’ll see a lovely pair of crop performance pants. They were comfy and sleek, and I believe they are figure-flattering. …Or maybe you won’t notice the pants, because you’ll be too distracted by the girls hanging out of that tank top. Oy.

The top comes with a built-in shelf bra, but that still wasn’t enough for me since I’m a bit top heavy. There were also holes in the side that left little to the imagination. Running + this top would be a no-go. I really did like the pattern, though. Maybe a different time, different place and we could have been a match.
Top: no thanks
Pants: maybe thumbs up?

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This top was really sheer. Like…sheer enough that I’m glad the lighting is kinda bad so you can’t see what I could see. It was also a little too tight for my liking, so double whammy. Those shorts, though! What’s interesting is that they were not included in my “Order Summary.” Instead, I was supposed to be getting another pair of capris. I’m not complaining, though.

Top: no thanks
Shorts: heck yes!

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So I’m all for a fun pattern, but this may have been a little too busy for me. They also were long for these shorty-legs. You can’t see it, but the sports bra I’m wearing matches the pants. The bra, while comfortable and cute, definitely would not have been enough support for me while running. I’d have to double-up, which isn’t ideal. There also wasn’t a way to make the straps tighter, so it hung a little loose.

The top! I love the color of it. Apparently it’s amaryllis. Forgot to take a picture of the back, but the straps cross for extra support and extra cuteness. The order details say it’s a good layering tank, and that’s exactly what it felt like. I think it’d be good for incorporating more yoga into my routine (which is part of my plan).

Top: I think so!
Bra: wish it would have worked
Pants: too long, sorry

I’m still making some final decisions (particularly since I have to check on the price of those shorts and let them know I didn’t receive the capris), but I’m leaning toward the shorts and the pink, err…amaryllis tank.

Jury is still out, but it was fun having a box to open and clothes to try on in the comfort of my own home. Hopefully I’ll have more insight next month from customer service response to returns to reviewing.

Read on. Run on.
Cassie

P.S. Here’s a pic of Chewbarka’s face, because there was way too much me in this post.

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