Athleta Performance

May 30, 2014

Neither of us have really loved working out. We like how we feel after a class but getting there really is the hardest part for us. Luckily, we found our perfect place to sweat this past winter – Exhale in Dallas. We’d both been doing Pure Barre classes religiously but heard Exhale was a similar but better workout so we gave their Core Fusion classes a try and instantly converted. It’s kind of an oxymoron because the Core Fusion Barre classes are harder but much more enjoyable than Pure Barre (in our opinion). The best part (aside from the fact that the…

Neither of us have really loved working out. We like how we feel after a class but getting there really is the hardest part for us. Luckily, we found our perfect place to sweat this past winter – Exhale in Dallas. We’d both been doing Pure Barre classes religiously but heard Exhale was a similar but better workout so we gave their Core Fusion classes a try and instantly converted. It’s kind of an oxymoron because the Core Fusion Barre classes are harder but much more enjoyable than Pure Barre (in our opinion). The best part (aside from the fact that the studio doesn’t have any mirrors) is that the instructors really get to know you and are ultra engaging and motivating.

Anyway, we sweat and work like crazy when we’re in Core Fusion mode and putting on cute outfits that not only look great but feel good and hold up to the workout and post machine washing is a must. Athleta makes killer performance clothing that motivates us to get off the couch and keeps us happy in classes. We’re especially loving their fun colorful and printed capri pants and selection of tops and support tanksEverything we’re wearing we got from the new Athleta store in Dallas and they have a great selection of workout gear worth checking out!! 

Next Saturday (June 7th) AthletaExhale and Well + Good are teaming up to host a fashion and fitness event at the Dallas Exhale Spa location. There will be a selection of summer looks from Athleta, lite bites, mimosas, fitness classes, and mini spa services. We’ll be there and hope any of you locals will try to join – get all the info here!

Images taken by SAM + MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Athleta Criss Cross Tunic c/o (on sale!) // Athleta Ditsy Stripe Balance Capri c/o // Nike LunarGlide Sneaks (similar, similar) // Lo & Sons OG Bag // Ray-Ban Aviators // Zoe Chicco Mixed Sharks Tooth Necklace . On Sally: Athleta Illuminate Tank c/o // Athleta Balance Capri c/o // Athleta Inner Twist Hoodie c/o // Athleta Double Dare Radical Bra c/o // Nike Trainers (similar, similar, similar) // Cinco Powell Classic Tote & Classic Knot Tassel // A.J. Morgan Mirrored Sunnies // Van Cleef & Arpel Alahambra Necklace // Helen Ficalora Earrings)

This post is brought to you by Athleta.

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Two Dresses Do Day & Night

May 28, 2014

Double duty items are almost as good as double trouble sisters who share closets – almost. When we can take one dress and wear it for both day and night, that’s a solid win for both our wardrobes. The trick is to pick the skirted numbers in flattering cuts and interesting materials that work for either time. In the cases above, a three-quarter sleeve dress in a sorbet-hued boucle stripe and a sleeveless moody floral in scuba/neoprene equally work the day and night handle when the sleek pencil silhouettes are paired with various accessories. Both materials are a bit of a novelty…

Double duty items are almost as good as double trouble sisters who share closets – almost. When we can take one dress and wear it for both day and night, that’s a solid win for both our wardrobes. The trick is to pick the skirted numbers in flattering cuts and interesting materials that work for either time. In the cases above, a three-quarter sleeve dress in a sorbet-hued boucle stripe and a sleeveless moody floral in scuba/neoprene equally work the day and night handle when the sleek pencil silhouettes are paired with various accessories. Both materials are a bit of a novelty and we each agreed that they’re as comfortable as they are chic.

Dressing the dresses up for night was easy but dressing them down in ways we felt really worked for daytime was a bit tricker…we opted for metallic sandals and larger bags for both, casual and long necklaces for Sally, and a menswear-inspired vest for Molly to transform both sheaths into office and on-the-go appropriate. Whether you’re looking for something perfect for daytime or nighttime, we highly suggest taking a look at the selection Teri Jon has to offer. Designer Rickie Freeman has been crafting stylish dresses and timeless pieces for women for over 35 years and after trying on a few of her styles we can understand why…feminine, versatile, and flattering. What more do you need (for night or day)?

Images taken by MBM + SAM for A Piece of Toast

(On Sally for Day: Teri Jon 3/4 Stripe Boucle Dress c/o // Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag // Loeffler Randall Starla Plank Sandals // Ray-Ban Caravan Aviators // Gold & Gray Tassel Necklace // Helen Ficalora 34″ Necklace // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet . for Night: Teri Jon 3/4 Stripe Boucle Dress c/o // GiGi New York Clutch // Joie Remy Lace Up Booties (on sale!) // Lulu Frost Galaxy Necklace // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet)

(On Molly for Day: Teri Jon Printed Scuba Sheath Dress c/o // Vince Laser Cut Trench Vest // Saint Laurent Bag // Zara Sandals (old, similar, similar) // Ray-Ban Aviators // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Lulu Frost Earrings // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet // BaubleBar Pearl Stud Wrap Bracelet . For Night: Teri Jon Printed Scuba Sheath Dress c/o // Lauren Olivia & Co. Clutch // kate spade Inoltra Sandals (on sale!) // BaubleBar Glass Cube Strand Necklace // Stud Earrings // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet // Eddie Borgo Small Pave Pyramid Bracelet)

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B&W Play

May 27, 2014

For any Dallasites who haven’t made to The Joule Hotel downtown, it’s a must do. For one, the interior of the hotel is unlike any in the city (in my honest opinion) and it boasts three boutiques, a great spa (according to Bradley), as well as Weekend Coffee and restaurant CBD Provisions. The boutiques TENOVERSIX, TRAFFIC LA, and the TASCHEN Library are all equally tempting but Sally and I managed to devote all our attention to TRAFFIC’s little Comme de Garçon PLAY store… You’ve probably seen the little heart logo with those eyes around sites like J.Crew, FarFetch, and Ssense – the line caters to…

For any Dallasites who haven’t made to The Joule Hotel downtown, it’s a must do. For one, the interior of the hotel is unlike any in the city (in my honest opinion) and it boasts three boutiques, a great spa (according to Bradley), as well as Weekend Coffee and restaurant CBD Provisions. The boutiques TENOVERSIX, TRAFFIC LA, and the TASCHEN Library are all equally tempting but Sally and I managed to devote all our attention to TRAFFIC’s little Comme de Garçon PLAY store…

You’ve probably seen the little heart logo with those eyes around sites like J.Crew, FarFetch, and Ssense – the line caters to men, women and children and was created by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo (founder of the Comme des Garçons label) in conjunction with New York-based graphic artist Filip Pagowski (the man behind the signature heart). We’ve always adored the little logo and couldn’t help picking up a few sporty pieces for ourselves. I took home a men’s polo. Which seems strange and wrong but has turned out to be so good. Shouldn’t we always borrow from the boys when the time is right? Head downtown to find your own PLAY pieces or shop them here, here and here (here for kids)!

Images taken by Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(Comme de Garçon Play Men’s Polo // J Brand Photo Ready Jeans // Freda Salvador Shine Sandals c/o // Clare Vivier Clutch // Ray-Ban Aviators // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Maya Brenner Mini Letter Bracelet // BaubleBar Double Pearl Ring (sold out, similar, similar, similar) // butter LONDON ‘Macbeth’ Polish)

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Some Savvy

May 27, 2014

I used to cringe when I hear the word “trendy” – flocks of sheep and girls all wearing the same thing but in different colors came to mind. It wasn’t until I worked for a retail brand that I understood what a trend was and why they are important to forecast and plan for (both from a retailer and consumer point of view). In the fashion/style sense, a trend is a general tendency or repeated direction interpreted into a garment, print, or type of styling. What’s trendy is what’s currently popular among various brands and designers. Not such a dirty…

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I used to cringe when I hear the word “trendy” – flocks of sheep and girls all wearing the same thing but in different colors came to mind. It wasn’t until I worked for a retail brand that I understood what a trend was and why they are important to forecast and plan for (both from a retailer and consumer point of view). In the fashion/style sense, a trend is a general tendency or repeated direction interpreted into a garment, print, or type of styling. What’s trendy is what’s currently popular among various brands and designers. Not such a dirty word when you think about how women have been following what’s en vogue for thousands of years (hello corsets and bustles).

As a creature of habit, I usually look to my own closet for making new outfits with a mix of what I already have…but sometimes (especially at the start of a new season – I’m looking at you, summer) I crave a piece or pieces that stand out for being of the moment and special. For current-day trends I’ve found that the Savvy department at Nordstrom is a great source for me to brush up on what’s “popular.” I trust the quality of what’s available but appreciate that most everything is reasonably priced – something to keep in mind when you’re not sure if a trend will make it for multiple seasons! Above are a few of my favorites from the “Fresh Edit” selection Savvy has right now and I’ve got perfect palm print pieces (see what I did right there? alliterations are hilarious) below that are a must for any of you people who will be beach-bound this summer!

(Image via Sincerely, Jules)

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// Tropical Prints //

 

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Memorial Day Sales + White Denim

May 23, 2014

“They” say this weekend we are all officially allowed to wear white jeans. For all you rule-abiding citizens this is very exciting news…white denim goes with pretty much everything and even when you spill red wine or get salsa on them, you still look white hot! To get you ready for the big denim debut, I have some fantastic options below. But first – make sure you check out all the Memorial Day weekend sales available. White jeans and wickedly good discounts?! How did we all get so lucky? Happy Friday and happiest three-day weekend to all! Alice + Olivia: Spring…

“They” say this weekend we are all officially allowed to wear white jeans. For all you rule-abiding citizens this is very exciting news…white denim goes with pretty much everything and even when you spill red wine or get salsa on them, you still look white hot! To get you ready for the big denim debut, I have some fantastic options below. But first – make sure you check out all the Memorial Day weekend sales available. White jeans and wickedly good discounts?! How did we all get so lucky? Happy Friday and happiest three-day weekend to all!

Alice + Olivia: Spring Sale Up to 60% Off // Gift with purchase on orders over $250 (before taxes and shipping) // Ends May 26 *loving these precious black lace shorts!

Ann Taylor: 40% off select styles

ASOS: 20% off everything! // Ends May 26 // Code: WEBEGRILLIN

Athleta: $20 off $125, $40 off $200, $60 off $300, $100 off $400, $150 off $500 // Ends May 26 // Code: SUMMER

Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase // Ends May 26 // Code: BRHEAT *love this comfy maxi dress

Barney’s Warehouse: Extra 30% off site wide *the denim selection is not to be missed…

BaubleBar30% off full priced items // Ends May 26 // Code: MEMORIALDAY *these earrings are everything – have them and love them!

Birchbox: Get your first box for $5 when you purchase a women’s monthly subscription // Ends May 26 // Code SUMMERSUB

Club Monaco: 30% off sale styles and 50% off clearance!

DVF: Take an additional 30% off sale items // Ends May 26 // Code: SUMMER30 *this gorgeous number is a total steal

Equipment: Receive 20% off sale items // May 22 – May 26 // Code: MDW20 *a summer-time must-have!

French Connection: 30% off online and in stores. Plus free shipping for online purchases over $150. // Ends May 26 // Code: S14MEM

Furbish: 15% off everything // Ends May 16 // Code: SUMMERTIME

Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles! Restrictions apply // Ends May 26 // Code: EVENT *want, want, want, NEED

Gigi NYMemorial Day Weekend Trifecta, receive free shipping, free personalization + a gift with purchase! // Ends May 27 *have this tote and love it!

Intermix: Additional 40% off of sale products // Ends May 28 

J.Crew: 30% off // Ends May 26 // Code: WEEKEND

Joie: Receive an extra 20% off sale items through // Ends May 26 // Code: MDW20 *get the bug dress Sally wore in Wednesday’s post!

Les Nouvelles: 20% off sitewide // Ends May 26 // Code: STRIPES 20 *the ultimate jeweled sandals

Loeffler Randall: 30% off // Ends 5/26 *perfect time to get these star sandals and this raffia clutch!

LOFT: 40% off everything // Code: MUSTSHOP

Lulu & Georgia: 25% off // Ends May 26 // Cde: MEMORIALDAY25

Madewell: Extra 30% off all sale styles // Ends May 26 // Code: OHYES *hurry to the swim & coverups selection before it’s all gone…

Neiman MarcusThe Real Deal Sale – save up to 40% off the latest styles in Sport Shop, Contemporary/CUSP, and Dress Collections // Ends May 26 

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale for Women’s & Kids (Spring markdowns on women’s & kids apparel, shoes, accessories and more) // Ends June 1

Old Navy: Up to 50% Off the entire store. Restrictions apply // Ends 5/26 *get your gladiators and the perfect t-shirt dress

Pottery Barn: 30% off outdoor furniture & more // Ends May 26

Serena & Lily20% off everything // Code: SUMMER20

SATURDAY: Extra 25% off sale // Ends May 26 // Code: BYEMAY

Sole Society: Up to 50% off select styles // Ends May 26

TRUFFLE: Mix and Match any three for 10% – Code: SPRING 10 *one, two, three // 25% off your purchase – Code: TRUFFLEFUN // Both offers End May 26

Urban OutfittersThe Get Out of Town Sale. Women can take an additional 25% off all dresses (this includes sale and full priced dresses). Men can take 25% off all shorts and tank tops (again includes sale and full prices)

West Elm: Spend $100+ get 10% off, spend $250+ get 15% off, spend $500+ get 20% off, spend $1000+ get 25% off // Ends May 26 // Code: SUMMER

// White Jeans //

 

(Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

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