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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life, Losing Weight, and Lulu Love

Having three babies close together has its pros and cons.  On the pro side, the siblings are in roughly the same peer group (particularly as they get older), so it's instant playmates, all the time.  My oldest two are close now, and I hope they will always be close.  Also on the pro side, we are handing the baby/toddler/diaper/tantrum/etc stages at roughly the same time for all three children.  No getting comfortable with "reasonable" children and then reverting back to the tantrum stages.

On the con side, sometimes I feel like I have three babies.  Sometimes they are all three crying simultaneously for different reasons.  And, also on the con side, while this is ENTIRELY my own fault, I didn't lose all the weight between each pregnancy, and it really crept up on me by the time baby M was born.  I didn't exercise like I should have throughout my three pregnancies, and I ate way too much Chick Fil A.  When I went for a physical in July, I knew my weight wasn't where it should be, and my doctor confirmed it.  Hearing it from my doctor really made me step back and stop making excuses.  It doesn't matter that I just had a baby or just had three babies or am still breastfeeding or whatever excuses I always offered myself as I reached for that ice cream at 10pm after everyone was in bed.  I needed to lose weight and needed to exercise.

In July, a couple of my friends finally convinced me to try Flywheel.  

Flywheel Stadium Cycling

It's a boutique spin gym- Flywheel offers barre classes as well.  For the first time in my life, I actually ENJOY exercising.  This is coming from someone who would rather get a filling at the dentist than go for a run.  I played sports growing up and through college, but I hate to exercise.  Until Flywheel.  The music is loud, the room is really dark so no one can see me almost dying sweating, and for me, it is such a good stress relief.  I forget about the chaos in my life for that 45-minute ride, and I leave a happier person.  It also burns a ton of calories, which is what I needed most.  A month ago, I started adding barre classes to my routine, and I can tell a noticeable difference in muscle tone.

If you are like me and hate to exercise but know you need to be doing something, I encourage you to try Flywheel. Your first class is free (you can tell them I referred you if you want- I think I get some sort of credit!).  

So the results...  I have lost almost 20 pounds since I started in July.  I changed my diet some too, but mainly it is a result of Flywheel and Flybarre.  While I am still not where I want to be weight-wise, I decided to join the rest of the workout world by venturing into Lululemon at the mall. 

lululemon athletica

I had read that Huffington Post article that we've all seen, and since I am not a size 2, I was admittedly a little nervous to shop at Lululemon.  Boy, were my preconceived notions wrong.  My experience could not have been better.  The Lululemon associates were SO nice and helpful.  They played with baby M while I looked around.  I took a stack of clothes to the dressing room praying something would fit (do you know that feeling?), and lo and behold, my normal size was even too big!!  As I tried on clothes, I was telling the manager about babies, Flywheel and being motivated, losing weight, etc, and she was so encouraging.  

I walked out of the dressing room on Cloud 9 that the pants were a smaller size than usual.  She said to me, "I don't know if you are planning to buy anything or not, but your story has been so encouraging and inspiring.  We are giving you a pair of pants."  I get tears in my eyes just writing it.  I was speechless.  Lululemon GAVE me pants.  For free!  Can you believe it?  It was so so nice and unnecessary and unexpected.  Lulu has a new loyal customer.  I hope you'll try it, too! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More Coolness at West Elm

West Elm has definitely stepped up the style this season with their designer collaborations.  Because I'm so immersed in the vintage accessories market, I rarely see new accessories (other than lighting) that I love.  But when I saw these hand-blown glass knots, I came very close to clicking "order!" 

St. Jude® Glass Knot Paperweight

To make the deal even sweeter, $5 from the sale of each knot goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The $19-$39 pricetag makes them a much more affordable holiday gift!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Follow Me on Instagram!

Follow me on Instagram as I shop for fabulous finds like this brass dining table!  Isn't it so amazing?!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Gifting: New (Vintage) Accessories on MoS Marketplace!

If you are like me, you are already starting to think about the holiday gifting season.  Each week, we'll be adding fun new perfect-for-gifting accessories to MoS Marketplace.  Check out this week's selections here on MoS Marketplace!  

Huge brass horse heads make fabulous bookends or objets!

A brass-and-glass box of shells for the beach lover...

Gold cast iron elephant doorstops add style to any entry.

Warm up your home for fall with chocolate brown and turquoise velvet pillows.
Corral your coffee table accessories on this huge brass faux-bamboo tray!

A brass horse and fox doorknocker is a chic way to greet your guests.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Vignette

Cheetah chairs and David Hicks carpet

leopard + navy + bookcases

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Vignette

Barrie Benson does black and white.  Aren't the curvy hydrangea sconces the perfect counterpoint to the bold, straight lines?

Barrie Benson

Monday, October 7, 2013

Around the World Market

World Market just opened near my house, so I dragged the kiddos to check it out while we were waiting for a haircut yesterday (is there EVER a good time to go to Pigtails and Crewcuts??)

We limited our mission to the non-breakable areas of the store (I could only imagine the damage we could do to a pyramid of bottles of Malbec), but I have to say I was impressed, particularly with the Christmas ornaments (*fingers crossed my friend Katharine hosts her FAB annual ornament swap again this year*).  

Several stores have reproduced Beni Ourains, and World Market is no exception.  This 5x8 was $249.

How cute are these giraffe hooks for a child's room or a mudroom?  They came in blue, red, and yellow.

Knobs galore, for a fraction of Anthro prices...

Big baskets are perfect for toy storage, and the prices were great ($59 for the HUGE ones).

These brass lanterns with colorful glass sides would be so pretty on a patio.

It took all my willpower to resist buying Christmas ornaments.  They had so many good ones, and they were all around $5 each!

Mercury glass is a beautiful addition to any holiday look.  They had a large, inexpensive selection.

If you have a World Market near you, take a look!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday's Cheap and (Greek Key) Chic

It's all in the details!  One often overlooked detail is switchplates- often this is by necessity, as anything other than the standard white plastic can get quite costly when you add to every single switch and outlet in your home.  I dream of one day outfitting my home in lucite Forbes and Lomax, but until then...

These Greek key brass plates are fantastic and affordable.  The design around the edges reminds me classic apartment building mailboxes!
Greek Key Single Duplex Wall Plate

They also come in a silver finish:
Greek Key Double Duplex Wall Plate

Check out the entire selection on Wayfair, here.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Marketplace Vignette: YSL, C.Jere, Faux-Bamboo, and Lucite

Lately I've been missing the creative fulfillment I received from decorating, so I decided to make MoS Marketplace a little more creative!  Each week (hopefully!) I will style a vignette using furniture and accessories available for purchase from MoS Marketplace.  You can purchase the whole look or individual pieces.  

I started with a white campaign-style faux-bamboo chest.  This is such a versatile piece and has been professionally lacquered inside and out!  It is accented with solid brass corners and inset campaign hardware.  

I have a pair of the orange lamps- email me at if you are interested.  
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