Friday, November 2, 2012

Evening Running and Fun Facts Friday - Fashion Finds

Evening Run
Yesterday my running partner and I had made plans to go for a run after work. I got off work at 4 and A was getting off at 4:45. We actually work in buildings just diagonal from each other. The plan was that I'd run from my house to her office and she'd just run straight from her office home.

I overestimated how long it was going to take me to get there. I guess I thought crossing traffic might take me longer. It was a gorgeous afternoon, but quite a bit warmer (low 70's) than it's been. So back to warm-weather running again....

I donned my new pink compression calf sleeves to test out as well. Again, it was warm. A and I headed down towards the river where there are pedestrian only paths to follow. The downfall of afternoon running is afternoon traffic. Though, A and I were both wanting to take it easy, so lots of stops for traffic wasn't tragic by any means.

The other thing about evening running is your fueling is off. I overestimated my water intake and had to take a potty break at mile 4. A needed to stretch an achy hamstring though so it worked out. Then we were off again. The route we took was great until we realized we then had to cross over a long, gradually ascending bridge and then continue the rest of the run home up a long, gradual ascent. I got in a solid 8 miles and A hit 7 by the time she finished the run to her house.

It wasn't an easy run. I think we both struggled a little bit. But we had fun, great conversations, enjoying the weather...so it was all worth it. Sometimes a run is just that....a run. It's not spectacular, it's not horrible either. But you're glad you did it.

I'm still out on the calf sleeves for during a run vs just for recovery. I plan to run in them again though. They did take just a bit of getting used to, just a general different feeling. Not sure how to explain. It's like trying out new shoes I suppose.

Fun Facts Friday - Fashion Finds
I've mentioned before how much I love to shop (especially for shoes). I thought it might be fun to do a fashion post for Friday just to share some of the fashion finds I love. Especially those that I didn't realize would work so well and others I'm questioning.

Jessica Simpson Leopard Print Heels - DSW
Source: dsw.com via Taylor on Pinterest

I used to think leopard print shoes would only go with brown, black, or tan. But they are really almost like a black or nude shoe and can go with so many other colors - especially reds and blues.

Steve Madden Taupe Heaven Flats - DSW
Source: ebay.com via aperire on Pinterest

These shoes seem to go with just about anything. Even better...they're comfy. Definitely worth the price.

Kochi Colored Low Rise Skinny Jean - Hautelook

I don't know how the color of these jeans look to you guys, but to me they were pretty yellow. The jeans that actually arrived are slightly more mustard. Not bad, but different. They do fit at least and are super stretchy and comfy. But now I can't figure out the right top...

Pinterest Inspiration

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

I saw this outfit on Pinterst and replicated with a Red Cardigan from Old Navy, a black/white tee from Limited, Always Skinny Jeans from Gap, the nude flats above, and a big chunky pale aqua necklace from Limited.

White Lace Tee w/ Black Trim - Limited

I got this shirt to go with black skinny jeans, but now I can't figure out the right shoes. I don't have any black pumps that are a flat/matte black.

So there you have it. Just a few random fashion finds. Do you ever buy something and then can't figure out how to actually wear it out, how to pair it correctly? Or what have you bought that you weren't so sure about but then it became one of your all-time fave go-tos?