ROC

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Who’s excited and ready to fly 10,000 miles to go see about a boy??  This girl!  In less than two weeks I’ll be in Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC), to go visit my long distance relationship boy toy.  In case you forgot, he’s there for a six month overseas assignment.

Taiwan is an island right off the eastern coast of China that’s super close to the equator and has tropical rainstorms on a weekly basis.  I’ve been imaginarily packing my bags since last month and I’m still unsure of what all to bring.  According to ChinaHighlights.com, the weather in November is relatively pleasant with sunny skies and little rain, but I’ve been to Taiwan enough times to know that rain is inevitable.  I’m made in Taiwan.  I know.

We also plan to take some hiking trips to the mountain so I’ll need outfits that can go from street to mountain and back.  In a way, it’s similar to LA since most people walk around in workout clothes going to and fro from the gym, Runyon and/or brunch.  However, I can’t just bring workout clothes, so it’s all about layering.  Whether the weather is rainy, chilly, humid, or hot I can add on and take off clothing as I please.

A great piece to wear when you’re unsure of the weather is a long sleeve romper.  If it gets chilly, I can just throw on a pair of warm socks and over the knee boots.  But if it gets rainy and warm, a pair of flatform sandals will suffice.  I’ll be elevated from the ground because of the platform, but will also not care if my feet gets wet from the rain since I’m wearing sandals.

This beautiful Stone Cold Fox Locals Jumper that I’m pictured in will be perfect for this trip.  It also comes in the color black.  This particular romper is a bit large on me so the deep plunging neck in the front requires me to wear something underneath.  I recommend wearing a lace bodysuit so that you can still show off the sexiness of a plunging neckline.

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American Apparel Lace Bodysuit (no longer available | similar look) / Free People Statement Ring (no longer available | similar look)

Taiwan is also known for their delicious food and night markets.  Unfortunately, Barry and I are both vegetarians so we’ll be missing out on 90% of the food offered.  Whomp whomp!  No worries, this will give us more opportunities to explore new restaurants that DO offer vegetarian options.  Does anyone know of any in the Taipei area?  Let me know!

Photographed by Hanna Snyder

HALLOWEEN BRIDE

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Happy Friday y’all!  I’m two weeks away from my Taiwan trip, and I’m amped up about my week there.  For those of you that are just catching up to this blog post, I’m taking a trip to Taipei to meet up with this guy that I started seeing this summer.  3 months into dating he had to move to Beijing for 6 months, and now we’re meeting in Taiwan while he visits there for work.  (I know, I’m a kickass girl who goes above and beyond for love).

I fly out on the 30th, but I actually land in Taipei on the evening of the 31st, which is Halloween night.  Boy toy asked me if I would be dressed in a Halloween costume, so being the crazy person that I am, I answered ‘yes’.  However, my ‘yes’ came with attachments.

Our conversation:

Me: I get in on Halloween night at 7pm

Me: Will you come pick me up at the airport???

Him: Are you going to be in a costume?

Me: Yeah, I can.  Which one is scarier: me pregnant or in a wedding gown?

Him: Hahahahhahahahhahaha!!!! Nice.

-_-

Glad he has a sense of humor or that would have ended not so nicely.

Anyhew, this got me to thinking about all the beautiful white dresses I’ve purchased lately from Stone Cold Fox and For Love and Lemons.  Some of these gowns are pretty enough to wear as a wedding gown.  I mean, why not?  SCF did an entire line of bridal wear, and this Stone Cold Fox Alabama Gown that I’m seen wearing is right up that alley.

The back is cut out, which gives it an ooze of sexiness, but the front is a bit too plunging for my taste in bridal gown.  Lots of fashion tape is necessary to pull this dress off, but the delicate details and quality of the fabric is to die for.

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Urban Renewal Vintage Cowboy Boot (sold out | similar look) / Mejuri Tuxedo Necklace / Missguided Velvet Choker

I wonder how freaked out boy will be if I did show up at the airport in this beautiful gown with a flower bouquet.  Bwahahahhaa…just kidding, or am I?

Photographed by Hanna Snyder

MORNING PERSON

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The last few blog posts have been about my evolution of photography.  I’m slowly learning my Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, and grasping the basic knowledge of aperture and ISO.  I’ve been chasing sunlight on the few photoshoots because we’re shooting at dusk.  However, my dear friend, Laurie, and I decided that we’re going to try shooting at dawn to avoid running out of sunlight.  Worse comes to worse, we’ll shoot during direct sunlight, which is what we’ve always done in the past.

Now, I’m not the best morning person.  I get up around 8am, but it’s a very slow process.  I usually diddle daddle on my phone, check on some emails, and doze in and out of sleep for the next hour or so until I have my morning workout class.  In order to catch the sunrise we decided to meet up at 7am to shoot.  -_-

7am is like any regular wakeup time for the average person who has a 9-5 job.  However, shooting at 7am for a fashion blogger means waking up at 5:45am to shower, put on makeup and style your hair, then rush out the door with all your outfits in order to pick up your photographer at 7am to go shoot.  I’m an actress, I’ve had worse call times than 7am, but being hair AND makeup ready at 7am to shoot for your blog takes motivation and a kickass photographer friend.

These photos were taken with Laurie’s camera, which is a Canon EOS 70D, with a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.  Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out how to use her camera yet.  (Sigh, back to square one).  We had the setting set to AV, but for some reason we couldn’t figure out how to change the aperture or ISO.  Also, it looked like the focus was set to manual and no matter how much we played with it, we couldn’t change focus to auto.  SO, if some of the pictures look a bit grainy, I apologize.  We’re learning.

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I’m wearing a stunning Raga Caribbean Sand Wrap Dress that I got from Planet Blue.  This dress is magical, and works very well with sunlight.  It’s a bit see through, but nothing a little pastie or nude under garments won’t fix.  I believe this dress may be sold out, but here are some very similar dresses that give off the same tropical, tie-dye whimsical vibe:

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Reformation Straw Boater Hat (sold out | similar look) / Rebecca Minkoff Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Free People Fever Platform Shoes

I’ve had my A/C turned on nonstop since Tuesday.  It’s Friday.  My electricity bill is going to sky rocket this month.  Is anyone else over this fall LA heat wave?!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

VALET GIRL

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Happy Monday everyone!  I hope y’all had a great weekend.  If you’ve been following along on my Instagram feed, then you’ll notice that there’s been a slight change in my pics.  The high contrasting direct sunlight images have been replaced with the more soft light and dreamy photos.  I mentioned in my last post, (see CHASING SUNLIGHT), that I have finally succumbed to the idea of taking my blog pics during dusk.  Not that I had anything against the advice of many photographers that it’s best to shoot at dusk or dawn, but I just didn’t know how to use my camera.

About 11 months ago, I purchased a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera with an 18-55mm lens, and a prime Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens.  If you don’t know anything about cameras, and have zero clue what I’m talking about, no worries, this didn’t make any sense to me either when I purchased it.  I just figured I would go home, play around with it, maybe watch some YouTube videos, and magic will ensue.  Flash forward 11 months, which is now, and I still had no freaking clue how to use my camera.  I think the guy at Samy’s Camera said something about aperture or ISO…or hocus pocus.  It’s sad.  I spent almost $1k on a camera and lenses I had no clue how to use.

So, like the idiot human that I am, I insist that my pictures aren’t turning out the way I want them to because I don’t have the correct camera or lens.  I stormed into Samy’s last week with all my camera gear, (I kept all my original boxes and receipt), and I am ready to sell everything back to buy a better camera and lens.  The saint who helped me, (and I call him a saint because he had the patience to deal with my bombardment of question for the next hour), said he’s happy to sell me anything and everything.  However, he first wanted to know what it was exactly that I wanted to achieve, because maybe, just maybe, that was achievable with my existing equipment.  I told him I wanted shallow depth (aka boca) in my pictures.

Long story short, well, a little late for that since we’re already in the fourth paragraph of this story.  The Samy’s saint explains what aperture is, (that’s the f/1.8 of my 35mm lens), and how I have one of the best lens out there to achieve that shallow depth (aka boca).  I probably need a wider lens to shoot my head to toe looks, but instead of a new camera, I may just need a zoom lens and low aperture to get that image that I want.

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These are the images that was achieved after tweaking with the camera with my new found knowledge of aperture and ISO.  Once again, we were in a rush to snap some pics since the sun was setting so quickly in the Valley.  I’m literally standing in a parking lot taking these photos like a valet girl, except my Reformation Edison Dress is probably a bit too sexy for a parking lot attendant.

I wasn’t sure at first about the seductiveness of this dress.  I felt like I was probably exposing a bit too much of my breasts, which I have never felt shy about.  However, the thick fabric, the midi length and the long sleeves made me feel more secure about the breast exposure.  Be ready to turn some heads in this sexy number.

I may have gone off on a tangent with the camera, but I hope that some of this information may have helped you in understanding your own camera or a camera you wish to purchase.  I’m still learning and plan on purchasing a Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC Art Series lens for my Nikon.  Let me know if you like the new pics with the blurred background.  Thanks!

River Island Evil Eye Choker Necklace / Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Free People Fever Platforms / Gentle Monster Dreamer Sunglasses

Photographed by Danielle Torriero

CHASING SUNLIGHT

kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfitFrom the very beginning, I’ve been told that the best light to shoot in is at dusk or dawn.  I didn’t follow the rules and didn’t care about achieving that great sun kissed, dreamy light.  Instead, most of my previous photos have been direct sunlight, which gives that harsh contrast.  I didn’t mind it, and actually really loved it since I have naturally dark skin and it plays off well when I shoot against a blank white wall.

Well, I’ve been following a lot of fashion blog photographers on Instagram and noticed that the ones I kept falling in love with have been shooting in that dreamy, whimsical light.  So, with my tail between my legs, I decided to play around with this sunset light.

The images shown here are the pictures that were taken around 6:30pm Los Angeles time.  It’s now end of September and the sun is setting earlier than normal.  We were literally chasing the sunlight to make these shots happen.  The exposure was too dim, and we didn’t know how to change the aperture and ISO to make the images better in such low lights. (I know, we’re idiots who didn’t learn to use a camera.  Don’t worry, my next post tells the funny story of how this particular photoshoot motivated me to learn to use my camera).

God bless Laurie, my wonderful and patient friend, who takes my pictures and literally wanted to kill my camera because it wouldn’t do what we wanted it to do.  If there’s one advice I can give to any fashion bloggers just starting out and have gone out and purchased their own DSLR camera, is to LEARN YOUR FREAKING CAMERA.  Don’t be a fool and think that you can just turn it on and point and click.  Yes, you can do that, but if you want great content with brilliant images, learn your camera and you will see great improvements.

I have since taken my camera back to Samy’s where I first purchased it, and have tried to make this relationship work.  My next post will be about the great wonderments I have discovered about my camera, so if you want a good laugh, stay tuned.kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit7 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit2 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit3 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit6

This is a super cute dress from Lola and Lex.  I’m always down to collaborate with brands, no matter how big or small, as long as their pieces or items fit my aesthetics.  I think this a beautiful dress, and I even let my friend Felicia wear it for her photos for the Bachelor application.  Love you Felicia!kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_IMG_3042 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_IMG_3038 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit5 kangthropologie_ChasingSunlight_outfit4

Free People Ring / Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set (sold out | similar look) / Missguided Velvet Choker / Free People Lace Lover Wide Brim Hat / Jeffrey Campbell Booties (sold out | similar look)

I guess I’m still fine tuning my voice in the world of blogging.  I think I censored myself too much because I was afraid of offending my viewers and readers.  However, I think that made my posts a bit stagnant.  I’m an actress who loves fashion, with a sense of humor, and have too much sarcasm for my own good.  I would be doing y’all an injustice to hold that back.  So I say screw all that.  Strap yourselves in.  Word vomit will soon ensue.

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

PERFECT SUMMER DAY

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Happy Thursday everyone!  I just got back from visiting my family in Dallas yesterday and I was so glad to be back in Los Angeles summer weather.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my hometown, but 100+ degree heat just sucks the life out of me.  Instead, I prefer a good high 70’s/low 80’s temperature, clear skies, and a cool breeze.  Doesn’t that just sound like the perfect summer day?  That got me to think about what I would wear on this perfect summer day, and I immediately picked up a breezy white camisole, denim shorts, cute shades, comfy wedge sandals, and a hat to shield off the sun.

I would take a stroll through the park, or go to the nearest art museum.  I want to walk my dog, hold hands with my date, have a delicious avocado salad and enjoy a cold glass of rosé.  This is my idea of a perfect summer day.

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One Teaspoon Bonitas Shorts / Glow Loudey G74.1 PGM Sunglasses / Dolce Vita Larana Chunky Sandal / Rebecca Minkoff Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace /  SunBody Classic Gambler/River Boat Hat / Thistlepearl Eyelet Cami (no longer available | similar look)

What is your idea of a perfect summer day?  Where would you go, what would you do, and most importantly, what would you wear?  Would love to hear from you!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

DESERT OASIS

Nothing says let’s workout five days straight and eat only salads like a bikini photoshoot.  My latest project is with local SoCal swimwear line, Beach Riot.  Can we please give them a whoop whoop on their sexy collaborations with Stone Cold Fox and Luv AJ?  I was sooooo utterly excited when they reached out and asked if I’d be interested in working with them.  As soon as I was able to get my hands on their swimwear I raced to the desert oasis, aka Palm Springs, and just had a blast in front of the camera.

What excited me the most about this swimwear line is that they offer actual wearable clothing outside of skimpy bikinis and one-pieces, which can be worn as bodysuits.  I’m wearing Beach Riot Vacationer Set in Cortez.  This top is so sexy and simple to wear.  It’s a halter and ties at the neck and back, but hangs low so you show more skin in the back.  The print is gorgeous and the fabric is super light and airy.  It’s perfect for that heated weather where you start sweating the minute you walk outside.  I would definitely wear this set as separates.

I just got my new Coach Dinky Crossbody 24 in Chalk, and it is THE perfect white bag to lead me into summer.  The chain strap is heavy, sturdy and oh-so-edgy.  It gives an extra kick to this classy bag.  I like to describe my own personal fashion as feminine with an edge, and this bag is the epitome of just that.  It’s roomier than it’s sister bag, the Dinky Crossbody, and fits everything that had previously fit in my Coach Saddlebag 23.

I’m very impressed with how Coach has revamped it’s image and it’s products.  I can’t stop looking at their latest Spring 2016 lookbook!  I’m excited and happy to be a small part of their brand revolution.

I wearing sunglasses from a new line of sunnies that I’m currently obsessed with.  I introduce to you, Perverse Sunglasses.  They were seen on all the young celebs at Coachella Weekend One.  I’m wearing their Fresh Clubmaster Sunglasses in Tortoise Shell-Brown.  I love that their oversized on my face.  They’re super affordable, light, fun, and easy to wear.  I purchased another pair too that I’ll definitely be wearing in a blog-post-near-you.kangthropologie_desertoasis_IMG_0842

Fedora (my own | similar look that’s on sale) / Anthropologie T-Strap Decorative Turtle Sandals (no longer available | similar look)

Coachella Weekend Two might be over, but the warm weather is still going strong.  I’ll most likely head back to Palm Springs to vacay for a couple of days in the next month or two.  Any lodging places you would suggest checking out other than the usual suspects: i.e. Korakia Pensione, Ace Hotel, The Parker?  Let me know!  Thanks for reading babes!

Photographed by Felicia Bade

 

THE BROAD

Now that I’m back in my hometown, Dallas, TX, I can actually reminisce and blog about my mind-blowing Los Angeles experience two weeks ago.  The latest and greatest thing to hit #DTLA is the new contemporary art museum, The Broad, (pronounced like toad).  Located just across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, I had to wait two months for this excursion to happen.

The Broad offers free general admission and you can either book advance tickets online or do onsite ticketing, which is first come first serve.  Ticket entry happens every 1/2 hour, and depending on availability, wait time can average 30-45 mins during the weekdays and 60-90 mins during the weekend.  I love that they keep the volume of attendees low so that everyone can experience the museum fully.

My friend and MUA, Felicia Bade, (who is also sometimes my photographer), and I decided we wanted to go back in October.  However, when we reserved our tickets online the first availability was in mid-December.  The two months was definitely worth the wait.  This place is anything and everything you expect from a modern, contemporary art museum…and much more.  I wanted to move in.  Seriously.
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It took me almost a whole week to decide on the perfect outfit to wear to The Broad.  I needed to make sure what I wore was decadent and classy, but at the same time, it had to be stylish and comfortable.  I eventually settled on a pseudo-all-white outfit:

IRO Exclusive Kento Leather Detail Shrunken Bomber Jacket (from Intermix)

Forever21 white blouse (similar look)

Burberry White Stretch Straight Leg Bootcut Jeans (similar look)

Brian Atwood Platform Ankle Boots (super old pair, also purchased from Intermix).broad_IMG_7149 broad_IMG_7162broad_IMG_7161broad_IMG_7164broad_IMG_7221broad_IMG_7222broad_IMG_7102broad_IMG_7062broad_IMG_7096broad_IMG_7158

These pics are only a fraction of the what The Broad has to offer.  Definitely check it out if you’re in the Los Angeles area!  It’s a must-see, must-do, MUST-MUST!

I’ll be taking a short break the next three days so I can really spend time with my family during Christmas.  There’s tons of great stuff coming so check back soon for more posts!  In the meantime, feel free to keep stalking/following along on my Instagram account: Kangthropologie.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! xoxo!

-Linda

DALLAS DELIGHT

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As an actress and fashion blogger living in LA, it can be tough going home for the holidays.  I’m happy if I can go home for either Thanksgiving, Christmas or NYE.  I would be insane to think that I can actually get all three holidays off.  However, this year is special and I had the privilege of going home for the week of Thanksgiving and will be home again for Christmas AND NYE! Yay!

Virgin America had a wonderful special and I was able to get a roundtrip plane ticket between LAX and DAL for only $288 with tax and fees.  I love flying Virgin America because the planes are always clean, chic, and comfy.  This was my first time flying Virgin America between LA and Dallas, but I will most likely fly with them from now on when I go home.

PART ONE | DALLAS
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I’ve always been the stylish one of the family.  Between my mom and I, we probably have some of the best designer bargain buys of Dallas circa 1992 – 2000, which is before I moved to Atlanta to attend college.  With that said, I knew that returning home for Thanksgiving this year wasn’t going to be a simple task of wearing sweats on the plane.  If indeed comfy sweats, it will be stylish and with a pair of five inch platform heels, which is exactly what I decided to wear.  My next post will be about the outfit above.
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I’ve mentioned before about my love for Classpass, (read WORKOUT-AHOLIC).  Each time I head out of town I just change my city location on my app and I’m able to sign up for classes at my new location.  So far I’ve been lucky and have traveled to cities where Classpass is available, (i.e. Atlanta, Dallas, etc).

This time I signed up for a 6am Arms and Abs class at Burn Cardio Studio and I even stayed after for their Spin class.  It was rough getting up at 5am, but I knew that I had to get at least one decent workout in before we headed down to Port Lavaca for the grand Thanksgiving feast.  (I don’t consider playing with dogs and my nephews as a “real” workout.  See BABYSITTERS CLUB for outfit details above).

There were only three of us in class, but two of us were newbies and our instructor, Jennifer, was super nice and attentive.  I’ll definitely take class again from this studio when I head back to Dallas for Christmas in a few weeks.

PART TWO | PORT LAVACA
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This small beach town was a breath of fresh air for this city girl.  The town gave off that feeling of safety and quaint happiness.  I don’t think I could ever move to a place like this and feel content with life, but I can see why people love the quiet, peacefulness.  The weather was rainy and warm until the last day, so the mosquitos were on full force.  I went out for a jog or two to burn off some of that Thanksgiving meal, but I ended up coming home with at least ten bug bites.

Black Friday was a big success as all my shopping was done online so I didn’t have to deal with the chaos and the whole “waiting in line” ordeal.  More fashion posts to follow.  We also visited the Lighthouse Beach and decided to have dinner at Bubba’s in Seadrift, TX.  Nothing washes down cajun and fried food like a good Shiner Bock beer, (#onlyinTEXAS).

PART THREE | DALLAS
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We were back in Dallas by Saturday evening and ready to just chill and drink some whiskey after a long nine hour car ride.  Sunday involved football and putting up Christmas decorations with my nephews.  Monday was my last day in Texas, so we decided to have lunch at Astoria Caffe and Wine Bar in Addison, TX.  The waitress was nice enough to still offer us the lunch special after 1pm, and we chased down our meal with some Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

The topper of the day was when my sister and cousin-in-law suggested that we continue having drinks at the Whole Foods in Village On The Parkway.  I figure they meant we’ll just buy a bottle of wine and take it home and drink.  What they actually meant was to open up the bottle of wine AT Whole Foods and drink it AT their bar. You heard me correctly.  The Whole Foods in Dallas off Beltline offers craft beers and cork service at a bar located INSIDE the store. It was AMAZING!  Sure the wine is marked up a few more dollars, but they don’t charge a corkage fee for drinking the wine at their store.  I hear they offer this service too at one of the Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA.  Will definitely have to go and check it out!  dallasdelight_IMG_6681dallasdelight_IMG_6553

The week was just filled with laughter and good quality family time.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Does the Whole Foods store near you offers craft beers and wine service?  Let me know!

DIRTY SOUTH PT. TWO

LAGRANGE, GA

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People call the south, the dirty south.  However, LaGrange, GA, a small town about an hour outside of Atlanta, is anything but dirty.  People move out here to this country side town and commute into the city so they can have a certain lifestyle: clean air, zero traffic, and southern charm.  I saw colored leaves falling and blowing into the wind, and smelled the rain as it brought in a very brisk chill of fall.  I have been anticipating this since I left Los Angeles, and it’s such a refreshing feeling. 

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I wasn’t able to sign up for classes using my Classpass due to a very tight schedule in Atlanta, so I wanted to make sure I got in a workout or two during these three full days in Georgia.

I’m wearing Nike Shorty Women’s Tank Top in Black.  This style is currently sold out, but here’s a similar look that’s currently on sale at Nike.  My shoes are Nike Airmax Tailwind 6 in White/Pink/Citrus.

My 3/4 yoga pant is from H&M.  I bought mine for less than $20 about two years ago, and they’re still holding up very well.  Though the color black is currently sold out, the dark grey is still available for under $25.  I highly recommend these tights.

I’m also wearing Without Walls T-Back Bra in Maroon from Urban Outfitters.  This super cute and sexy sports bra is currently on sale for less than $20 online.  I got a small and it fits true to size.

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I wanted to explore the town more, but due to the rain we had to cut our exploration short.  We decided to move our workout indoors and into Body Control Pilates Studio‘s brand new studio and location at 220 Main St. in LaGrange, GA.  The studio is sleek, modern, clean, and very zen.  All the equipment are brand spanking new, and for the duration of your class you feel like you’re in a WeHo trendy workout facility.  They offer many specials, so if you live in the surrounding area please checkout their website and Facebook page for more info.

My friend, Lindsay Cagle, is an instructor at the studio and was teaching two classes back to back, so I decided to take BOTH of her afternoon classes: Pilates Meets Barre and Pilates Sculpt.  I’ve been blogging about working out hardcore since April, but taking these two classes whooped my butt. I knew Lindsay’s chiseled arms didn’t come from holding her two precious kids, and I have so much more love and admiration for her spirit and athleticism after taking her classes.

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My trip to LaGrange was even shorter than the one in Atlanta.  I am so blessed I got to dine with old friends, take pictures of colored leaves, and workout with one of my best friends in the whole world on this trip.  Big thanks to Lindsay and her beautiful family for being so hospitable during my short stay, and thank y’all for reading my little fashion blog!  Go Jackets!

Some photos taken by Lindsay Cagle.