The Best Athletic Clothes for Winter

*This is a guest post. The opinions are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.

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Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t lead an active lifestyle outside! One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is being able to switch up my wardrobe. Leading an active lifestyle is so much easier with cute clothes that inspire! Here are some of my picks for the best athletic clothes for winter.

Why Do You Need Winter Athletic Clothes?

Whether you’re a runner or a competitive skier, the right clothes can make a big difference in your training. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a professional, you should invest in quality active wear the fits well and gets the job done.

Summer clothes are usually made of cotton which does a poor job of evaporating sweat from your body. This can leave you feeling colder in already low temperatures, which is not a good thing for your muscles. The key is to search for moisture-wicking fabrics that remove moisture fast so you can focus on your performance.

Thermal Layers

The best way to be prepared for all season changes is to have lots of layers! Having a variety of long-sleeve jackets and sweat gear makes it easy to transform your summer clothes into winter clothes. Before purchasing a new winter athletic jacket, read the label to check for moisture-wicking materials. Wool and spandex are great at keeping moisture away from your body in cold conditions! Be sure to choose clothes which will last all season, and don’t forget to explore different prints and styles.

It’s cold outside!

The Right Underclothes

Sometimes, just layering outerwear isn’t enough. Warmth starts close to the body so it’s worth investing time and energy into finding the right underclothes for your exercise. You don’t want to weigh yourself down with heavy fabrics and blends, but you also don’t want to freeze!

Look for wool and polyester blends which are lightweight and extra warm. The best part of thermal underclothes like long underwear and undershirts is that you can wear them even when you’re not working out! You’ll be surprised by just how comfortable these clothes can be under your regular outfits.

Winter Shoes

Your usual sneakers just might not cut it in the winter months. With slippery surfaces and the damaging effects of ice exposure, you’ll need shoes designed to hold up to cold temperatures. Once again, you’ll need to look for materials that keep the cold out and remove the moisture. Also ensure your footwear has the right amount of traction to protect against slips and falls.

Custom Apparel

Let’s face it, winter clothes can be boring. The best way to motivate yourself in the winter months is to find active clothes that inspire you to keep moving! Get creative with your winter apparel, looking into speciality designs and styles. Find Move U: custom jerseys – team apparel – cheer uniforms that look just as great in the gym as they do outside the gym! Create your own inspiring apparel to see just how empowering it can be.

Active Clothes for Winter

In the colder months, it’s easy to trap yourself inside and save exercising for springtime. This can result in extra weight gain and a lack of confidence in the wintertime. The best way to beat getting stir crazy in the wintertime is through working out regularly.

Don’t assume you have to work out inside just because it’s cold! The right active clothes can turn any winter wonderland into your own personal gym. It’s worth investing in the right winter active wear that can keep up with your active lifestyle no matter the temperature!

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Five Pants Styles for Fall 2017

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and no not necessarily reflect my own.

Fall is a time for cool air, warm colors, and inspiring fashion and design trends. The falling leaves signal a shift from fun, flirty summer clothing to stylish, sophisticated fall apparel. While past years have brought versatile scarves, cozy sweater dresses, and stylish hats, fall 2017 promises to be rife with statement-making pants and accessories. Forget sweater weather. This fall, it’s all about the pants.

It’s time to shift your focus from the tops to the bottoms and bring your wardrobe to the next level with these trending fall 2017 pant styles.


Leggings have dominated fall and winter months during the last few years, and 2017 promises to be no different. Leggings offer versatility in color, style, and pairing while promising comfort in any look. Try wearing bold leggings with a monochromatic long-sleeved tunic and chunky jewelry, or dress them up with a blouse, blazer, and heels.

Leggings can also be layered with skirts and sweater dresses to keep you warm while adding an eye-catching contrast to your attire. Be sure to invest in lined leggings for the cooler weather.

Harem Pants

Harem pants are typically long, baggy pants that are roomy at the top and tapered in around the ankles. They are also known as MC Hammer dance pants. Like leggings, harem pants are often available in solids, patterns, bold, and muted colors.

Showcase your business-savvy chic style by partnering a structured pair of monochromatic harem pants with a fitted top, blazer, heels, and simple jewelry. Alternatively, capture your inner bohemian queen with a fun print, flowy top, ballet flats, and chunky accessories. Not feeling either category? Mix and match until you find the right fit.

Wide-Leg Pants

Wide-leg pants offer high-fashion sophistication and fluidity in movement. Their versatility makes them a staple piece to any wardrobe with a cut that is flattering to all body types. Pair your wide legged pants with a loose top for an all-over flowy look, a tucked blouse for the office, or a bodysuit for a night on the town.

Wide-legged pants go well with wedge sandals for those surprisingly warm fall days, as well as both low and high boots as the season progresses. While billowing wide-leg pants are currently dominating the market, structured fit-and-flare style pants are making a reappearance. Perhaps fall 2018 will see the return of disco-era bell-bottoms.

Cropped Pants

Falling leaves doesn’t have to mean longer hemlines. Cropped pants are a legitimate fashion choice year-round. Celebrate the warm fall days with a pair of strappy sandals and bare legs. On the cooler fall days, try partnering your cropped pants with a pair of tights and closed-toe heels. When the first snowflakes start to fall, incorporate high boots to cover your calves.

Bonus: the only thing better than wide-leg pants and cropped pants is wide-leg cropped pants. Get the best of both worlds by investing in a pair of gaucho pants. Originally inspired by old-world cowboys, gaucho pants are wide length, cropped pants that often give the illusion of a skirt. Their flowy fabric and relaxed style make them a flattering, comfortable choice for all aspiring fashionistas. Gaucho pants made a splash in the 1970s, the early 2000s, and are once again becoming popular today.

White Pants

Whoever said not to wear white after labor day was wrong. White pants add a fresh spin to your fall wardrobe and go well with everything. You decide the style– leggings, harem pants, wide-leg or cropped. Pair with a warm-colored shirt and monochromatic blazer or cardigan for a balanced contrast or match with a white top for a chic, sophisticated look. The options for accessorizing are endless.

Regardless of what style you choose this fall, be sure to make it your own and display your unique personal flare. Of course, if you think fall 2017 is the perfect time to expand your sweater dress collection, feel free to throw caution–and your pants– to the wind.

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Marshalls Fall 2017 Style Surprises Report


The calendar says it’s autumn, but the 80+ degree temperatures here in New York say otherwise.

Fall is my favorite season. If these was a place where weather was fall-like 365 days per year I’d move there in a heart beat.

I love everything about fall – the cooler temperatures (if that ever happens!), the start of the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving…), the beautiful, colorful leaves and swapping out my shorts and tee shirts for leggings and sweaters.

I want SO BADLY to swap out my summer wardrobe for my fall wardrobe, but the weather is not allowing me to do that. It’s been unseasonable HOT lately. We’ve even had to break down and put on the air conditioner.

I love to shop for a new pieces to add to my seasonal wardrobe. I like to keep up with current fashion trends. At the same time I enjoy wearing some of my favorite (comfy!) staples that I keep in my wardrobe year after year.

Marshalls is one of my favorite places to shop for new additions to my wardrobe, as well as for holiday and seasonal decor. I especially LOVE their holiday and seasonal decor. My husband often jokes with me that I can’t shop at Marshalls without “adult supervision” because he knows I’m going to come home with bags of great finds. Ha Ha.

Marshalls recently took a survey to find out how consumers feel about shopping this time of the year. They surveyed 1,000 women ages 25-54 to verify a few things. The results can be found below. Some of the results surprised me.


  • 2/3rds of women believe they’re better stylists than fashion experts
  • When shopping, four in five women often search for the one piece that brings their whole look together
  • 93% of women say the thrill of the find is their favorite part of shopping
  • Women say their top must-have fall piece are boots or booties, followed by denim and layering pieces.
  • 79% of women believe combining patterns and textures create the most stylish fall looks


  • More than half of women are wearing more dramatic makeup this fall than they did last season
    • Women 25-29 (68%) are more likely than women overall (55%) to play up cosmetic colors
  • Women are buying skincare treatments with healthy, natural ingredients. The top ingredients are charcoal, tea tree and turmeric
  • Women in the Northeast are more than twice as likely to look for gold in skincare products than women in the Midwest


  • 72% of women believe it doesn’t feel like fall until they put out their first pumpkin decoration
  • Top fall décor styles are traditional (31%), rustic (25%) and contemporary (24%)
  • Women in their early 50s are more likely to decorate their homes in traditional styles while women in their late 20s are choosing more vintage styles.

I have to laugh at the above stat about how 72% of women don’t feel like it’s fall until they put out their first pumpkin decoration. I would think people would say it was fall as soon as “pumpkin spice” EVERYTHING started to pop up.

I’m also curious about gold in skincare. That piqued my interest. I’d love to learn more about that.

Unlike most retailers, Marshalls brings an ever-changing selection of high-quality, on-trend merchandise that is trending right now into every Marshalls store—every single week. That is why I always love to stop by my local Marshalls every time I am in that area. You never know what good finds you see there. I love how their inventory is always changing, especially when it comes to the various seasons.

If you are looking for Halloween costumes for your child, you should check out Marshalls. I was just there yesterday and they have some beautiful costumes (I most especially love their princess costumes for children).

To find a Marshalls location near you visit MarshallsOnline.com. They have a store locator on their website. You can also find the brand on social media.

Do you agree (or disagree) with any of the survey results? Did any of the results suprise you? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I have partnered with Marshalls to bring you this information. I received a store gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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zulily Presents: Fall for You – Styling lesson, trendy fashions, budget-friendly clothing and more!


I don’t know about you, but whenever the seasons change I take a good, hard look at my wardrobe. It seems like I am always in need for a few new pieces to add to my collection. It’s not so much that I “need” something new, but more so that I “want” something new. I like to keep up with the trends, and after I’ve worn a piece for more than a year I feel like it’s time to let it go (donate it or throw it out, depending on it’s condition).

I’m always interested in what is considered the “in” fashion trends of the season, and what colors seem to be most popular. Often I’ll Google it so I have some idea what I should be looking for.

Zulily is making things easier with a special series of styling sessions being hosted on Facebook Live. Here are the details.

zulily will be going live on Facebook at 10 a.m. PDT each day this week During these sessions, viewers can learn how to create these looks at home thanks to styling commentary from a panel of experts, including zulily buyers and stylists and Seattle-based fashion bloggers: Bre Sheppard of BreSheppard.com, Sahily Perez of Pretty in Pigment, Asa Herrman of Lace and Pearls, and Emma Cortes of Emma’s Edition. Upcoming fashion themes covered will include, Luxe Textures, Fall Prints, and Curve Appeal and all sessions will highlight trend-forward apparel inclusive of all body types and budgets. See below for links to their latest two Facebook live sessions:

zulily’s shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions will air the following dates:

  • Monday, Sept. 18 – Pops of Red
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Budget-Friendly Buys
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Curve Appeal
  • Thursday, Sept. 21 – Fall Prints
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Luxe Textures

As a plus size woman I am thrilled that zulily buyers have been partnering with and encouraging women’s vendors to add plus-sizes to their product offerings.  In fact, zulily counts over 900 vendors and 1,500 brands that have featured plus-size styles on the site, including ten unique plus-size brands that are exclusive to zulily!

I’m actually in the market for some new tunics. I have some great leggings that I’d like to find tunics to wear with. There are several sellers on zulily that carry not only plus size tunics, but also many other hip and trendy plus size fashions.

“Our customers are looking for unique, yet achievable ways to incorporate trend-forward styles for fall into their wardrobes at an affordable price point,” said Susan Connell, VP of Women’s Merchandising at zulily. “Through our “zulily Presents: Fall for You” Facebook Live styling sessions, we’ll help women discover brands that complement their body shape and new ways to wear this fall’s hottest trends, without breaking the bank.”

You can find some amazing buys that are truly “budget friendly.” I know from personal experience that plus size fashions can be pricey. I found some truly great deals on zulily.

Zulily has more than just plus size fashions – they have everything from toys to home decor and from pet products to garden essentials, and just about everything else in between.

Zulily is free to join. I recommend checking the site daily for new deals and products. Some products get sold quickly and you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on them.

If you are interested in learning more about what zulily has to offer, as well as to learn more about upcoming fall fashion trends, ask fall style questions and discover new inclusive fashion brands, visit zulily.com and facebook.com/zulily.

Do you shop on zulily? What is your favorite thing to purchase on the site?


*I have partnered with zulily to bring you this information. I will receive a gift card for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun, Trendy, Affordable Fashion from Simply Be (including plus sizes!)


Me and Atticus Shaffer who plays “Brick” on the ABC series The Middle.

I am a “plus size” woman. I have been overweight my entire life (starting when I was a toddler). My weight has gone up and down all my life, but I have never really been an “average” size.

I was losing a lot of weight over the past year (over 40+ pounds!) but it turned out one of my medications wasn’t working efficiently. As soon as my doctor put me on a different medication I gained back 12 pound. Ugh!

Buying clothes has always been an issue for me. I LOVE to wear cute, colorful and trendy clothing. Sadly, most plus size women’s clothing lacks style, is frumpy looking or costs an “arm and a leg.”

Seriously… why does trendy plus size fashion have to be so expensive? My average sized daughter can walk in the store and spend $15 on a super cute top. I walk into a store that sells plus size fashions and I see price tags for $75 for a top that really isn’t all that special.


Whenever I come across a place that sells plus size fashions for reasonable prices I have that site bookmarked on my computer. Such is the case with Simply Be.

Simply Be sells plus size fashions from sizes 8-28 (not that I think size 8 should be considered a “plus size”).

Simply Be has it all – tops, bottoms, dresses, footwear, intimates, accessories, swimsuits and so much more. Their clothing is trendy, beautiful and stylish. You won’t find any “frumpy” pieces that your old aunt would wear.

Here are just a few examples of pieces currently available at Simply Be. 

They even offer awesome plus size jeans, leggings and other “bottoms.” I’m a petite person and they even have jeans to fit people my height.

Simply Be was kind enough to let me pick out a few pieces to review. Let me tell you, it was a hard thing to do. There were so many wonderful pieces that I wanted to add to my wardrobe. I literally agonized over my choices. In the end I think I made the right decisions. I love all the pieces I was sent to review. The only downside is that the pieces I selected are mostly for the cooler temperatures, so I haven’t been able to wear them yet – except one. I have tried them all on.

This is a nice top. It’s very comfortable to wear. It can be casual or dressy – one of those types of clothing that you can wear to work then out on the town at night. It has an irregular hemline (I think it’s referred to as a “shark bite” or something like that). The best part is that this top came with another top (you received two tops for the price of one). The other top is exactly like this one, except it’s all black.

This top is very comfy. I’m looking forward to lounging around my home in this cute top, or running around town doing errands. I especially love how the sides lace up.

This is a great top for work or for a night out with friends. It looks like it’s two pieces, but it’s really just one. The top also features a plastic “ring” to the side to make the top appear like a wrap around top (even though it’s all one attached piece).

This top didn’t photograph well (it kept sliding off the hanger).

This pretty top is lightweight and very sheer. You MUST wear something under it. I have worn this with a white undershirt/tank top underneath.

The top if very “flowy” and features a neckline that ties up. It’s very pretty and super comfortable to wear.

I feel like all of the tops I was sent to review are very well made. They don’t feel “cheap” in any way. And from what I can tell the stitching is perfect too (no “irregulars”).

As you can see, Simply Be provides plus size ladies with beautiful, affordable, stylish and trendy fashions. I have found my new “go to” place for future attire needs.

To check out what Simply Be has to offer visit SimplyBe.com. They can also be found on all the social media platforms. Their links are found at the bottom right of their home page.

Are you a plus size lady?

What do you think about Simply Be’s fashions?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Everything old is new again


Me and some of my cousins from the mid-70’s. I’m the one on the left with the dirty blonde hair, brown top and what appears to be me sticking out my tongue or a lollipop.

I am a very nostalgic kind of person. I can spend hour pouring over old photos and retelling stories of my youth to my husband and kids. I especially love to get together with my cousins and talk about great times we had together. We had such good times growing up.

I often get a kick out of looking at my various hair styles I’ve had over the years, as well as fashion.

If you are a forty-something year old person like me, do you remember the 80’s with neon clothing, big hair and leg warmers? I even wore blue eye shadow back then. BLUE EYE SHADOW!!! Seriously, who wears blue eye shadow.

Questionable hair style from the 70’s. I think I looked like a boy that entire decade.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. Of the two decades, the fashion choices of the 70’s were a bit more my style. I’m still not keen on bell bottom pants (I never was fond of those), I do however like the hippie-like style with the (faux) suede, fringe, Earthy tones/colors and bohemian looks.

It’s true what they say – everything old is new again. That can be said for the fashion of the 1970’s. Many of those styles are coming back and are considered “hip” and “trendy” these days.

Sadly, even if I could find any of my clothing from the 70’s they wouldn’t fit. I was a child back then.

If you are into the 70’s look, you should check out what’s available at T.J. Maxx. They have plenty of great choices to upgrade your wardrobe to a whole new (or old) look.

Here are just a few examples of goodies that you can find at your local T.J. Maxx store.

Drapey Trench Coat – $19.99 | Leather Block Heel Booties – $229.99 | Sterling Silver Polished Heart Profile Ring – $19.99 | Beaded Tassel Frontal Hoop Earrings – $12.99 | Jadeisle Moroccan Top – $39.99 | Designer Sunglasses With Case – $119.99| Linear Stone Fringe Earrings – $14.99| Faux Suede Fringe Jacket – 19.99 | Rose Plated Sterling Silver Flower Ring – $49.99 | Velvet Over The Knee Boots – $34.99 | Leather Belt Bag With Suede Tassel – $12.99 | Multi Row Beaded Choker Necklace – $16.99 | Mesh Overlay Midi Dress – $16.99 | Perforated Hobo – $34.99 | One Band Block Heels – $39.99| Striped Romper – $14.99 | Fray Hem Culottes – $19.99 |

Tie Sleeve Top – $19.99 | Crowning Glory Designer Sunglasses – $34.99 | Gold Plate Sterling Silver Pearl And Cubic Zirconia Bar Wrap Necklace – $29.99| Lace Up Biker Jacket – $29.99 | Petite Choker Bell Sleeve Blouse – $14.99 | Lace Up Sneakers – $24.99 | 2pc Platform Heels – $15.00 | Pull On Printed Pants – $16.99 | Labradorite Feather Bypass Cuff Bracelet –  $29.99 | Suede Peep Toe Tassel Booties – $39.99 | Sterling Silver Pearl Bypass Ring – $29.99 | Pop Over Faux Suede Dress – $29.99 | Sterling Silver Obstude Triangle Earrings – $24.99 | Leather Pouch With Wristlet – $19.99 | Milano Striped Crepe Pants – $10.00 | Plunging Bell Sleeve Mini Dress – $119.99 |

Exaggerated Lantern Sleeve Top – $29.99 | Turquoise Beaded Fringe Lariat Necklace – $15.00 | Oversized Denim Jacket – $24.99 | Floral Triple Ruffle Blouse – $14.99 | Flap Leather Crossbody – $29.99 | Classic Fit Ankle Dress Pants – $19.99 | 14K Gold London Blue Topaz Flower Stud Earrings – $79.99 |Patchwork Suede Booties – $69.99 | Backpack With Tassel Detail – $19.99 | Sterling Silver Opal Medallion Earrings – $24.99| Sterling Silver Moon Bangle Bracelet – $34.99 | Frayed Hem Skinny Ankle Jeans – $19.99 | Turtleneck Striped Dress – $29.99 | Velvet Rose Patch Slip On Sneakers – $24.99 |

I am in LOVE with the Floral Triple Ruffle Blouse (pictured above). That would look amazing with black leggings and knee high black boots.

I was just in T.J. Maxx last week looking for soap for our bathroom and kitchen. I love the scented soaps you can find at T.J. Maxx. You can get a huge bottle of soap that will last a long time for about $6.00. You can’t beat that.

I was also going to see if they had begun to roll out their fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving goodies yet. I am a HUGE fan of decorating for the holiday and seasons. T.J. Maxx is one of my “go-to” places for new holiday and seasonal decor.

I know it’s a bit early, but I’m in the mood for Autumn right now. I’m so over summer (I”m not a fan of summer).

T.J. Maxx is a great place to find current fashion trends (like the beautiful 70’s inspired pieces pictured above) as well as other brand name products for affordable prices.

To find a T.J. Maxx location near you visit TJMaxx.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Are you a fan of the 70’s fashion? What decade of fashion is your favorite?


*I have partnered with T.J. Maxx to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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