Beauty, Fashion, Fitness

Another Cute Exercise Outfit + A Product that will make your Feet silky soft

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing a cute workout outfit…groundbreaking I know.  BUT I am following that cute outfit up with a unique product recommendation I am excited to share.  I raved about the line NUXactivewear in my last post, Workout Clothes Cute enough to wear to brunch.  When a gal finds something she loves, she sticks with it.  Below I am sporting the Alana Capri .  I love the crotchet cut-out aesthetic, and they come in a variety of fun colors. True to size comfortable fit, I am wearing a small.  Nux carries a variety of great tops with built in support for workouts, as well as fashionable outerwear to add a little flavor to a sporty look.  I styled this look with my favorite Nike wedges. I’m a firm believer that every gal deserves a pair of heeled sneakers.  Leg lengthening heels meet the comfort of sneakers…genius.  I also love this nude version and this black and silver version.

All photos taken by Olivia Szwarc

Moving onto a couple of (not so glamorous) products I recently discovered.  I decided I need to step up as a blogger, and include product recommendations for those random health and beauty issues we would rather not discuss with our girlfriends at happy hour. I took my first stab at this goal in my last post when I recommended a probiotic and even used the words “lady parts.” So here’s take two. I don’t know if it’s from all the yoga I practice in bare feet, but the bottoms of my feet are nasty. Calloused, rough, and unfortunate.  And trust me I am a girl that keeps up with her beloved pedicures. I’ve tried many products…Ped Egg, masks, creams, that stuff that makes your feet flake off for days, etc etc. Nothing worked. On an ordering attack during the Nordstrom anniversary sale, I tossed a couple of products in my cart on a whim, and they changed my nasty feet’s life in no time. I hesitated to include a photo of these products that you may find in a 90+ persons bathroom, but decided to heck with it. My new old lady ritual is to file my feet with the Gehwol Biosana Swiss foot file before getting in the shower 3-4 nights a week. Before bed I rub Gehwol Gehwolmed Salve on my feet, and then put on cozy socks. After doing this for one week my gnarly feet were transformed into silky soft soles. If anyone else out there is quietly suffering from icky feet syndrome….I can’t recommend these products enough:)

What should my next uncomfortable beauty subject be? Requests are welcome:)

 

“I figure if I’m gonna be a mess I might as well be a hot mess”~ Mindy Kaling

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty, Fashion, Fitness

Workout clothes cute enough to wear to brunch+ my go-to protein smoothie recipe!

Hey y’all! I hope you are all great! I am checking in to share yet another adorable workout outfit (one can never have enough) and my delicious and nutritious protein smoothie recipe.  I know my mom and husband are chuckling that I used the words MY and RECIPE in the same sentence:) But first…the clothes!  I have shared my love for NUX activewear in a previous post Fashionable Fitness Apparel.  I have a history of getting on a kick with a few staple workout outfits, only to quickly bore of them and move on (friendly reminder that teaching fitness is my “real job” so I’m always in exercise gear:) I have been wearing NUX regularly now for months and can confidently say it is my new favorite! NUX delivers the perfect balance of fashion and function in styles cute enough to go brunching in post Saturday morning spin.  As much as I value a cute aesthetic, when it comes to workout clothes comfort is the top priority.  I have sampled a wide variety of NUX styles and the commonality is quality fabrics that are breathable and comfortable.  Below I am sporting the Alana Capri in pink.  I love the crotchet cut-out detail and the microfiber fabric is crazy comfortable.  On top I’m wearing the Distance Jacket which I wear at least twice a week. For sizing reference, I am in my regular size small bottom, and I size up to a medium in the sports bras and tops. Chloe shades and Nike sneakers.

All photos taken by my main photo snapping squeeze Olivia Szwarc

And now for my healthy gal smoothie concoction!  If you are into health and fitness, chances are you have experimented with protein shakes at some point. Its also quite likely you got bored (or grossed out) and gave it up.  With the millions of products and theories out there I can’t say I blame you.  Despite working in gyms for nearly 15 years…only recently have I become a dedicated shake drinker.  Like my mom I would rather chew calories than drink them…besides wine of course.  Here’s the mixture I created that has made me change my mind and join the protein shake club!

The 3 key ingredients: 

~2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Whey

A protein supplement can help curb your appetite and cravings, and assist in building lean muscle.  This collagen whey formula aids in joint health, boosts energy, and aids in post workout recovery.  I am a fan of this specific brand for their grass-fed quality ingredients, and the yummy taste!

~One serving of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies.  Benefits from taking collagen daily are glowing skin, joint health, tendon and bone strength, improved digestion, and deeper sleep.  I was personally sold at glowing skin!

~One teaspoon of MoonJuice Probiotics

Probiotics ease digestion and support your feminine health/lady parts:)

Every day (correction every day I’m being healthy), I add these three powders, ice, and almond milk into my blender for breakfast.  If I am off to teach a workout class and need extra energy, I add a serving of yogurt and a dash of instant coffee.  I have been able to keep up this ritual because the shake actually tastes good, keeps me satisfied for hours, and I have seen positive results.  I could ramble on and on with this topic so I am going to stop myself here. Don’t be shy to reach out with any questions!

“Practice yoga, drink collagen smoothies, and be nice to people!”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

Fashion

Good Times and Tan Lines….the perfect Baywatch style suit for 22 dollars

Hi friends!  I am checking in today to share my favorite “Party Girl” swimsuit of the year that is on sale for a whooping 22 dollars.  True to size fit…comfortable and flattering.  Comes in a variety of fun styles and makes a great gal pal gift.  I have rocked this suit at a beach bachelorette party AND the groovey blogger pool party featured below and it was wildly well received each time. The ode to the classic Baywatch jam has been sizzling hot this season…go on and get it girl!

I have been blessed with meeting many inspiring new friends through blogging in Chicago.  The suit I am showcasing today is designed by my very first blogger friend, Jennifer Shih-Worman, the beauty behind the blog Red Soles and Red Wine.  She and her sister Tiffany created the trendy and affordable line T&J Designs.   Jen is a fabulously successful blogger and loving mother of two adorable boys. The epitome of a “girl boss.”  Last Friday I had the good fortune of being a guest at her party at the W Chicago.  

Meet Marlena, the beauty behind the blog Style Your Passion.

We kinda like each other 🙂

All party photos taken by Brooke Montes at Glimpses by BrookeBrooke is super sweet and does amazing work specializing in family and children shoots.

Here’s a couple last shots taken back at my home with my main photo snapping squeeze Olivia Szwarc.  Lace duster by Foray collective and Chloe shades.

Before we know it summer will have collapsed into fall…so soak in that sweet sunshine y’all!  If the activity requires a bikini…or fabulous one piece…just say yes!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

 

Fashion

Stripes on Sale Part 2!

Hello darlings!  When I find a top I love enough to purchase it in multiple colors, I believe it to be a top worth sharing!  This Style Mafia slim-cut shirt from Shopbop is perfection.  The jersey material is super soft, the simple silhouette classic, and the flounced cuffs give a pop of pizzaz. When I saw the top was 50 percent off I decided to order the black version as well…because I’m just crazy like that;)  I am wearing an XS in the red and it fits perfectly. The XS was sold out in black so I ordered a small, and it fits great as well.  If you are in between sizes I recommend sizing up.  I love an easy top like this that looks great with casual denim and sneakers, but also can be dressed up with heels and a bright lip. For a dinner date in the neighborhood I styled the top with my favorite Chloe shades, denim shorts, white loubs, and mini Stella Mccartney bag.  My current favorite red lip;  Stila lip stain in shade Beso pulled it all together.  Feminine and fun while staying true to the casual Chicago aesthetic.

I styled the black number with a couple of my favorite accessories of the moment. My sunglasses are by Freyers, a great line of trendy and well made shades at great price points. I am super picky about earrings because my ears are super sensitive. I actually gave up on earrings and stopped wearing them entirely for a couple years…shame on me.  Thankfully I have wised up and realized I can happily wear earrings…quality earrings.  There are bundles of trendy and inexpensive pairs out there…but how cute can your giant hoops look if your ears are beat red? EW! I recommend investing in a few pair of classic earrings that will also keep your ears healthy and happy.  I am crazy about this pair by Jenny Bird.  The classic style is also unique and I receive compliments every time I rock them! Great quality, super light weight, and comfortable to wear.  Akira shorts are comfortable and crazy cute….AND a whooping 20 big ones. Chloe mini Marcie bag and rockstud heels by Valentino.

All photos taken by my girl Olivia Szwarc:)

Little silly fact about me…I hate scary movies.  Shortest horror story ever: SOLD OUT! Get this baby before she’s gone y’all!

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Fashion

Back to Basics…on sale!

Happy Friday friends! I hope you are all great! Many of you fellow fashion addicts are likely well aware the annual Nordstrom sale is currently on until August 6th.  The “hard core” bloggers have been on the hustle, sharing daily updates of their restocked favorites.  While I would have no problem spending an afternoon at Nordy’s (especially now that the Michigan Ave store has a great looking bar with delicious cocktails and snacks)… I prefer to support local boutiques. Revolve clothing  also has my heart…am I the only freak of nature that has an ongoing 300+ items in the favorites folder at all times?! All that said…I was not about to loose any of the blogger street cred I have gained in the past year and a half by boycotting the sale entirely. And so… I present y’all my Nordstrom sale outfit pick!

My favorite aspect of a large department store like Nordstrom is the huge variety of fantastic designers all in one spot (side note~this is why I don’t shop at department stores…I like everything, get overwhelmed, and go home.)  Madewell is a classic brand that specializes in timeless denim.  I have been well aware of the line for ages, but it struck me as a bit too normal to tickle my fancy.   For whatever reason I tried on a bundle of Madewell jeans at the Nordstrom sale and I was in love with each pair more than the next. Maybe there really is something to the whole “dressing like a normal human” jam. Great quality, great price point, and true to size.  Since purchasing these bad boys they are my first pick reach in my lavish selection of denim…even before my beloved Topshop Jamies.  Classic striped top, neck tie, bright lip and boo-yah….ready for some kinda wonderful.  My black mules are also on the Nordy Sale for under 50 bones (I bought them full price and was just delighted with my purchase…sucker). They are on trend, comfortable, and super versatile. Chloe shades and Birkin bag not on sale….ain’t nothing perfect y’all.

 

All photos taken by this queen, who is expecting a little stud man! Many people close to me kindly informed me I would lose my photographer friend when she got married and moved to the suburbs (nope)… and then again when she got knocked up (still nope). I am beyond thankful for you Olivia Szwarc! If you are looking for a fantastic photographer who is talented and sugary sweet, contact Relax, Smile, and Love Always photography. She specializes in children and families (and fashion now thanks to me:)

“Friendship is when people know all about you but like you anyway”

XOXO,

Julz Chez

Beauty, Fashion

When Life Gives You Lemons, Wear Them!

Hello darlings!  They say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” or perhaps add salt and tequila.  But the lemon mantra I am really feeling this summer is, “when life gives your lemons, wear them!”  Summer is the best time to break out colorful fun prints.  Fresh-squeezed and sassy, this lemon print  skirt by Show Me Your Mumu is perfection.  I paired mine with a simple Forever 21 white crop top, but I also adore the Show me Your Mumu tie front version.  This lemon print also comes in a dress, romper, and one piece swimsuit.  

My drinking tumbler is by Kate Spade.  And yes, I did purchase it to match my skirt.  No shame in my game.  I did not go so far as to paint my front door yellow…a big thanks to my neighbors for that!

I believe this bright print looks best with sun-kissed skin.  I have plenty of sun damage left over from my youth, so I am in favor of great self-tanners.  My current favorites are  Vita Liberata Tinted Self Tanning Mousse and Vita Liberata gradual self tanning lotion. This line uses premium organic ingredients, is easy to use, odor free (for real!), and provides a natural looking color that lasts longer than any self tanner I have ever used (I have used A LOT!)

Finish the look by applying your favorite bright lip color (I am wearing Kat Von D stain in Bachelorette) and throw on a fabulous pair of bright heels.  Warning: this outfit will add some serious flavor to your wardrobe…and is guaranteed to turn heads.  Photos by my girl Olivia Szwarc.  XO

“When we were small children we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time.  So why stop?” ~ Iris Apfel

XOXO,

Julz Chez