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    A Guide to Jean Shopping | Monthly Purchase

    Okay! Round two of my monthly purchases series features: JEANS! Here is my jean shopping guide.

    Last post was all about Spring Jackets. So if you missed that one and are interested what this monthly purchases thing is all about, you should start there!

    Alright! So jeans are an important piece of clothing in anyones closet, and there are so many options out there. First let’s start with all the jeans styles I think are necessary. Now, not everyone is going to like every style on their body, like I personally think most boyfriend jeans make me look for a rectangle, but TRY THINGS ON, that’s the only way you’ll find out what works for you and what you like!

    1. Your favorite blue jeans that fit you like a glove: Invest in these
    2. Skinny black jeans: My go to Saturday outfit
    3. Flare jeans: My new fav
    4. Lose hem jeans: Kind of trendy right now, but I like them
    5. Distressed/holy blue jeans: Buy them distressed or distress them yourself
    6. Skinny white jeans: Gotta get summmmaa ready!

    Linked below are some of my favorite picks right now! Ranging in price from $40-$130.

    When shopping for jeans fit is everything. Always remember that getting your jeans altered is an option. Clothes are not made to fit you perfectly, but to fit a wide variety of people. Alterations are where you make things perfect. For jeans, this is especially relevant when thinking about length and how the waist fits.

    As you shop, pay attention to what looks good on your body. High rise? Inseam #? Where the pant hits your ankle? Make note of what aspects flatter your body the most.

    Lastly, if you find the perfect pair of jeans, BUY TWO!

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    The Power of She: Athleta, Community, and Crossfit

    I love the feeling of buying new workout clothes right when you are getting back to working out, or just setting new goals. So this campaign with Athleta came just in time as two weeks ago I signed up for Crossfit! I’ve known that I’ve wanted to do it for a while now, but was waiting for my schedule to open up and for my finances to get right 🙂

    I did CrossFit for a hot minute the summer I graduated high school and after being a competitive athlete in high school and college I knew it was the only thing that would make me feel the way competitive sports do.

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    I’m almost done with the intro classes, and I’m excited to get get fully integrated into the classes. In college we did a fair amount of lifting so I have some experience coming in, but never the less there are still things to learn. Especially with lifts like the snatch, which we didn’t really do.

    When it comes to sports, it’s so fun to try new things and see some of those newbie gains that come from it. Sort of like when I played ice hockey for one season and every practice I saw so much improvement which was incredibly satisfying. In addition, I was also looking for an athletic community. Something that has potential to go past the gym, which is something CrossFit touts a lot.

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    I’m looking forward to working toward my goals in Athleta’s apparel and I feel good knowing that they are a company with values that align with mine (focused on sustainability, empowering women, and paying attention to the quality and performance of their products). Not to mention they offer so many CUTE styles, colors and prints. Of course I had to go with the stripes this time (it’s a fashion preference I have no intention of getting rid of) but their floral prints are also of my favorites right now.

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    Do you have any fitness goals lined up? What are you doing to reach them? And lastly, what will you be wearing while you do it?

    Thank you to Athleta for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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    5 Tips to Fight Allergy Season and Find Relief Today

    The Back Story

    It’s spring which means pollen is out and everyone is searching for some allergy relief, including my class of 1st graders! When I was growing up I had average allergies, ya know the kind where you can pop a Zyrtec and be cool. Well, two years ago at the end of winter I got this awful cough. I thought I had a cold, and was taking every type of cough medicine on the shelf.

    After about 2 months of a gross cough, I decided I needed to see a doctor. She quickly said, “oh, you have allergies.” I thought she was wrong, but she prescribed me a singular and an inhaler and I was suddenly good again. When school let out, and I needed a new prescription, I decided to see and Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor. He confirmed the fact that I had allergies, but he took it a step further and tested me for a wide variety of things like trees, animals, grasses, molds, etc. Basically, I’m allergic to everything, my arm was red bumpy mess. At the same time I also developed an allergy to almonds, and pecans, but that’s another story.

    So, that was two years ago. I took a singular, an extra strength antihistamine, and my inhaler everyday. Everything was fine and dandy until about a month ago when my prescription expired, forcing to find a new doctor here in DC to prescribe me the medicine (which I have not had the time to do yet). So without my normal medicine, let’s just say that allergies have been hitting me hard lately. Here is what I’m doing to try to fight the pollen, but if you feel like you also have experienced some extreme symptoms find a doctor ASAP!

    5 Tips to Fight Allergy Season 

    Take an Antihistamine-Pretty straightforward here. Antihistamines are a type of medicine to help block allergy symptoms. Some popular ones are Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin.

    Wash Your Sheets-This is something my doctor stressed to me. I don’t know about you, but washing sheets can feel like a hassle, but I take it very seriously during allergy season. We are constantly tracking in pollen and allergens on our clothes, shoes, and hair. So leave your shoes away from where you sleep and wash your sheets weekly…maybe even change your pillow case every few days.

    Dust Frequently– The house I live in now has hardwood floors and it seems like dust visibly accumulates so quickly. With my Swiffer to the rescue, I mop up a decent amount of dust each week. If you have carpet, make sure to vacuum frequently.

    Use a NetiPot- You might be grossed out by this, but I promise you it is a game changer. After the antihistamine it is the most important piece of my routine. If you are unfamiliar with a Neti-Pot, it is a pot or a bottle that you fill up with pre-boiled, or distilled water and mix in a sinus saline solution. Then you squirt the water solution into one nostril…and it comes out the other nostril. It feels a little weird, but it will relieve your congestion and allow you to actually breathe through your nose. Also, there are many versions of the official Neti-Pot. I actually use the Neil Med Sinus Rinse, as I think it is easier to do correctly without a mess.

    Eat/Drink Natural Honey- Eating local honey gives you a small dose of the pollen that is similar to the pollen you’re exposed to every time you walk outside. Therefore, it can slowly help decrease your sensitivity to the local allergens. Check out your local farmers market, or Whole Foods.

    Let me know below what tips you have to fight allergy season!