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The Best Travel Bags from MZ Wallace

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And just like that, it’s Christmas Eve, y’all.  And I’ve got one thing to say about it: WILD.  The holidays always seem to fly by, but this year in particular, I’m over here scratching my head wondering where the last month has gone.  I’m sure it’s because, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve spent lots of time traveling over the last month or so (and this year in general).

Warm weather trips, cold weather gear, dressy staples, casual exploring gear – I’ve packed and unpacked a few times this year, and I have to say, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  I am ALL about our hard case luggage from Ricardo Beverly Hills.  It’s been tough enough to last through a ton of trips and fits SO. MUCH. STUFF.  (Because let’s be real, I’m not always the best at editing down the packing list.)

And when it comes to carry-on luggage or just a bag for short trips or errands around town, I seriously love everything MZ Wallace.  My friend Jenn introduced me to the brand years ago, and I’ve now got a few different styles.  The fabric is super durable, there are a ton of interior pockets and pouches, and the straps are so comfortable to carry all day long.

The latest bag I’m loving?  The Large Metro Tote is seriously so nice.  I love the larger size, the zipper closure at the top, and the sleek, easy design.  I used this tote on a recent trip home to Louisiana with Weeze and managed to fit a full-sized blanket, my computer, and ALL of the other puppy necessities with room to spare.  I put all my purse essentials in the Metro Pouch and used it as a clutch once we got to New Orleans.

If you’ve got travel planned for the new year and want to get organized, check out MZ Wallace to get your act together, girl.  Merry Christmas Eve, friends!

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xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Getting Back on the Workout Bus

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Well, guys, it’s officially January 2nd and time to kick off some of those “new year, new me” goals.  Sure, the new year did start yesterday, but everyone knows that January 1st is for useless hours on the couch and takeout Chinese food.  Bonus points if you actually Postmated two meals yesterday.  Not that I’d know anything about that.

But today’s a new day, and it’s time to get yourself together, girl.  I’ve made a few fitness and overall just healthy goals for the new year and for going into spring in particular.  I’m not the kind of gal who wants to give up every sweet, snack, and splurge trying to attain some unrealistic goal weight.  I didn’t even do that before my own wedding and still have no regrets about it.  I did set a few goals to look and feel my best, healthiest self, though.

Exercise – I want to make sure and get in some type of workout five days a week, whether it’s a pilates or Orangetheory class or just taking the pups (well, solo pup until Wilma has all of her shots) for a long power walk.  It really is just about getting moving, and before the holidays, I was more than on top of this.

Eating – I generally cook pretty healthy, and we’ll have dinner at home 3-4 times a week.  For the other nights, we try to grab sushi or something with actual nutritional value and save the cheat meals for the weekends.  After a November and December filled with travel, parties, and holiday treats, I’m SO ready to get back to healthy eating and plan to share more meal and recipe ideas with you guys here and through Instagram stories.

Alcohol – Eric and I are hosting one last Christmas party with friends this weekend, and after that, we’re planning to have a dry January.  We haven’t done one before, but I think it’ll be great to reset, recharge, and save all those calories!

Water – Good God I say this every single year, but perhaps 2019 is the year I finally start drinking more water?  It’s seriously something I have to push myself to do, but when I do manage to drink enough water, I notice a difference in how I feel and how my skin looks.  (One might think that would be motivation enough, right?)  Well, with my current post-holiday breakout, it’s bottoms-up on the H2O currently.

And so this morning I woke up bright and early (to the sounds of a screaming puppy ready to make a jailbreak out of her crate) and scheduled my first pilates class of the new year.  I threw on my new workout gear (No better motivation really.  The husband got me these capris for Christmas and I’m OBSESSED.) and soon realized that my car battery was dead.  Sweet.

So I Ubered to my first workout of the year, popped into a nearby grocery store for a few vegetables for the fridge, and Ubered my butt home to these wild-ass pups.  No complaints over here, but perhaps the universe could cooperate when a girl’s just trying to make it to the gym?  Here’s hoping everyone has a great rest of the week.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Favorite Activewear in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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If you haven’t seen me whining like a baby over on Instagram this week, y’all, it’s been hot.  Hot sleeps have been driving your girl nuts!  (As a little background, I know that I grew up in Louisiana, but houses in Huntington Beach for the most part have no air conditioning.  So, hot sleeps.)

So I’ll take any excuse possible to get my butt out of the house, and luckily, that means workouts too.  I’ve been all about a little bike ride, long walk, “take in a little ocean” action, so when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hit a couple weeks back, I was like, gimme all the activewear.

The activewear section of the sale is definitely one of the most neglected, but hey, friends, don’t sleep on it!  It’s the stuff we all want but don’t want to spend full price on.  It’s the pieces we’re grabbing out of drawers ALL of the time…hopefully to work out in.  And me?  I was feeling like my workout drawer needed a little refresh.

Obviously, the sweatshirt above is not for right now, but it’ll come in super handy in the late fall.  (I love when I can leave a workout and throw on a dolman-sleeved topper.  Dolman, friends, because you know you don’t want anything touching your armpits.  Just me?)

But the shorts and this tank have been my LIFE right now.  They’re perfect for getting outside and avoiding that sweet, sweet capri legging tan.  (I mean, it’s just not my style.)  They’re both loose and comfy, and the sneakers are just as great.  So if the clothing, booties, and handbags aren’t really catching your eye, scroll on over to the activewear, and live your best life outside.  (And as a side note, this MZ Wallace bag is not on sale, but I’m obsessed with everything they make.  So there’s that.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Motivation Monday

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New year, new me, y’all.  This is my year for working out, eating right, drinking way more water, and getting more sleep, yada yada.  But then you help throw a friend’s chicken and waffles birthday dinner on Friday night because his favorite food is fried chicken strips and adding in waffles only seemed natural and you obviously had to bake a Funfetti cake to top it all off.  Naturally.  Add in a couple of very rainy days spent on the couch, and this Monday is feeling a little extra sluggish.

Buuuut, I suppose there’s no better time to get back on track, so I’m kicking things off this Motivation Monday with a green juice and some of the cutest new activewear from lucy.  Nothing like some sweet new sweat duds to get my booty back in motion, and lucy is always my favorite.  This year I’m looking to add in a few new workouts (suggestions welcome!) as well as sticking with my normal routine of walking a couple of miles along the beach path – just as soon as this cuckoo rain lets up and stops flooding our construction site house and ruining the wood floors, but that’s a story for a different day.  For today, I’m just going with this little tidbit of advice and couldn’t help but passing it along:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Gabi Wells

Easy Travel Style

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One time in high school, I flew up to Virginia with my parents to visit my brother in college.  While waiting for our bags, my mom and I got to chatting, and I kind of maybe wasn’t paying attention when I pointed to a black bag that I thought was mine circling around.  My dad grabbed it, asked if it was definitely mine, and we left.  An hour and a half later when we got to our hotel, well what do you know it’s actually not my bag?  Oops.  Big oops.  My dad was less than pleased about that drive back to the airport in the morning.  And I’ve sworn off black suitcases ever since.

So when Jenn and I headed to the International House Hotel for a little New Orleans stay-cay (more on that coming to the blog soon), I was thrilled to find these chevron-printed suitcases from French Bull available exclusively at Target.  Sure, you should probably still double-check the name on the bag, but I think it’s pretty easy to spot your bag when it’s this bold.  Plus, it’s just a great bag – tons of zippered compartments, an included laundry bag, and rolls and spins like a dream.  Sometimes it’s the little things in life.  Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Kristina Britt Photography

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by French Bull, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Shopbop Bag Sale

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If you’ve got your heart set on a new bag for fall, now is the perfect time to pull that shopping trigger.  Today and tomorrow only, Shopbop is offering 20% off on a ton of classic handbags.  From totes and satchels to crossbody bags and clutches, there are so many styles in the sale.  Head here to check out the selection, and enter “INTHEBAG” at checkout to receive 20% off.  It’s not a huge percentage off, but it is the perfect time to scoop up classic bags that rarely go on sale including the all black Love Crossbody that I use ALL. the. time.  Happy shopping!

xoxo

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