Thursday, March 15, 2018

Best Off The Shoulder Sweater for Spring

Photography: Ella B Photo
Sweater: Free People (comes in tons of different colors) / Jeans: Topshop / Bag: Vici (similar here) / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Rings: Baublebar c/o / Shoes: Just Fab (old similar here and here) / Sunnies: Quay / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 2x First Love 1x Aussie Rose

Have you ever become so obsessed with an article of clothing that you needed it in multiple colors? 

Girl... I know the feeling too ;)

I got this Free People sweater in coral couple weeks ago, and the cut of it is so flattering that I needed it in another color (blog post coming soon ;) ). My friend Emily from PB agreed that this sweater is so cute on that she even has it in multiple colors. #greatmindsthinkalike.

 Since I am too impatient to order it online I was on a mission all week to see if any more xs in other colors would hit the Free People store. After a week of checking this lilac color was available in an xs at the Free People store. Cue the happy dance. 

I wore it for the first time last weekend when some girl friends and I went to dinner on Saturday. If you are looking for a sweater that is perfect to transition from winter to spring this one is for you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Workout Wednesday: Best of Bandier

Bra: Koral / Leggings: Koral / Pullover: Koral

Recently I made a trip over to Bandier to start expanding my activewear horizons, and I couldn't believe how many things I bought from there. Since I'm obsessed with spin these days I've been starting to buy more pieces that are spin friendly. I recently got this rose gold set as an option for my audition outfit this Sunday. Any excuse to get a new outfit right ;)

I also have these PE leggings, and red Stella McCarntney bra. Ya'll... this bra is seriously so sexy on. If you have been looking for a spin friendly legging I've been really loving PE since they are thin without compromising the compressed in the right places feel. 

Here's some of my favorites from Bandier lately, and if you have never checked out their online shop it's the best! 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lace Peplum

Photography: Ella B Photo
Dress: Shein c/o (similar here, here, here, here, and here) / Scarf: Target (old similar here ) / Bracelets: Baublebar c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Shoes: Sam Edelman (old similar here and here) / Bag: Target (old similar here and here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 2x First Love 1x Aussie Rose
As I am sitting here writing this my body is beyond exhausted!! This week is such a big week because my Soul Cycle audition is this Sunday! All last week I was doing triples every other day, while take 1-2 classes on the off days. I know it sounds really excessive, but I am trying to improve my ride as much as I can for the big day. When I want something I'm all in!

Since I've been teaching for 6 years I can demonstrate my ability to lead a group, but since I've only been riding since January my form is what I'm trying to perfect. This whole week I'm going to spend so much time riding before the big day, and I know my hard work will pay off. 

Guess I should book a massage for Sunday afternoon to celebrate my audition being done, and give my body some well deserved TLC. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Powder Blue

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Free People / Bra: Free People / Necklace: Baublebar c/o / Hat: Free People / Jeans: AG / Shoes: 1. State (old similar here) / Bag: VICI (similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Aussie Rose
I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend! Lately I've been loving my weekends that are jam packed with girl time. Saturday consisted of doing a double workout at Soul Cycle followed by dinner at a new Mexican restaurant with some girl friends. Sundays are always my favorite day out of the week because I did I triple dose of SC with AE then we continued our girl time by getting mani and pedis. 

What did you guys do over the weekend?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Workout Wednesday: Soul Cycle Instructor Interview with Hayes Callaway

Photography: Me ~ J Petite Photography
Thank you all for your amazing messages yesterday, and wishing me luck on my upcoming audition to become a Soul Cycle instructor. For today's "Workout Wednesday" I decided to interview my favorite Soul Cycle instructor Hayes Callaway. Hayes will always have a special place in my heart because he was my first instructor, and his energy made me addicted to Soul Cycle. 

Every week I look forward to riding in his class, and recently he announced that he is retiring from Soul Cycle after 3 years of teaching to continue his journey abroad in Thailand. I was so excited that Hayes agreed to interview, and shoot with me before his final week in Dallas. If you live in the Dallas area make sure you take his class before he's gone on the 16th!!! He seriously is amazing, and Dallas is going to miss this fun loving coach. 

Jess: What made you want to teach Soul Cycle?

Hayes: It was a funny story actually. I was in New York City, in college, really stressed out, and a friend of mine told me that you should go take a class. I was like "No I don't want to do that.... this cult stuff... I don't want to get mixed into that." My friend insisted that I go take a class, and I finally did. I will always remember that my first was a 7 am in West Village with Lilly. In my first class I think I sat for most of it, and didn't think I even finished the class. When I walked out of class I went to the showers, and sat in the shower with the cold water running over my head trying to understand what the hell I just did to my body. I was intrigued, like, I wanted to try it again, and figure it out. I kept going to a few classes, and then I took class from a guy named Parker.

Jess: Wait Parker Radcliff?

Hayes: Yes.

Jess: Funny story. Parker and I were good friends in high school in Utah, and dated as friends for a hot second. With following Parker on social media thats how I learned Soul Cycle existed. I freaking love Parker! He would make me laugh so hard!

Hayes: Stooopppp. He recruited me.

Jess: What was recruitment like?

Hayes: Its such a long process, and you'll be going through it. It's an audition, couple interviews, and finally got a call that I got into training. I did the training in New York, and then was teaching full time while doing 20 credits in college.

Jess: How long have you been in Dallas, and was it Soul Cycle that brought you here?

Hayes: I moved to Dallas as of May 2016 for Soul Cycle.

Jess: Were you hesitant about moving?

Hayes: No I've always been one of those people that can take a leap of faith, and trust that everything will fall into place, which I think really did. As I look around, and see what we have built here in the last 2 years I'm pretty proud of what we have done.

Jess: Yes the community between teachers, staff, and clients is absolutely amazing. That keeps people coming back. As a fitness instructor I really appreciate that there is a community within the studio because a lot of people like you and I aren't from Dallas, and gives people a sense of belonging to something. Also so many friendships are made though the community in the studio, which I think is amazing.

Jess: When you started teaching was it a natural thing for you or was it something you had to work at?

Hayes: Naturally as a person it's easy for me to pick out the good in someone when I'm just talking with someone, so teaching was easier for me because I was able to find those nuances. The biggest thing I had to develop was coaching, like, athleticism..... and being able to push people. I think I'm a good motivational coach, and mixing motivation with athleticism is where I think you peak.

Jess: You have a very distinct style in teaching like most of the instructors in Dallas. Has you style been something you've always had or has it developed?

Hayes: Definitely developed. Every single class you teach, regardless if you have taught a week or 25 years, as a fitness instructor you can learn. I constantly learn new ways to develop new things. Like "oh my gosh that drop was sick maybe if you tried it this way or that way." I remember when we first got on the field we would get so worried, and think that it was such a bad class. You can't think of it as a bad class because you got to think that there's going to be so many other classes that I am going to have, and odds are there are going to be some that are bad.

Jess: I just love your classes! Everytime I come into your class its so fresh, and never feel like your classes are mundane. It's easy to have a class feel stale when you take from one teacher, but I have never felt like that with you. How much time do you spend outside of the studio planning your classes? Just based upon your classes I feel like you put in a lot of work.

Hayes: I definitely put in a lot of work in terms of what the sound sounds like. I don't really plan out the choreography, and just ride with the music. It's kind of like when you are on the dance floor you are not really judging the moves you are making, and just kind of make it happen. I'm a huge advocate of not doing "hey were are to do 8 counts, 2 counts, 4 counts...." I like to take people on a journey.

Jess: Do they teach that with Soul Cycle?

Hayes: I think they try to teach it, but think it's something you have to personally develop yourself. It's about having an ear, and a unique way of listening to music so that you are able to hear it and bounce off that.

Jess: Do you get messages constantly about people saying they love your classes?

Hayes: When I announced I was leaving Soul Cycle it was a flood of really sweet messages. So many people said that I changed their life, and you don't really realize the impact you make on people until you step back and take a look at the bigger picture.

Jess: I completely agree. Soul Cycle came in my life when I was going through a hard time, and taking your classes really did impact my life. Fitness for me is a way to escape life, and everytime I came to take your class I left my shit at the door to embark on a journey. I may have done a couple ugly cries in your class. I want you to know that you have made such an impact on my life.

Jess: With you retiring from Soul Cycle to move to Thailand what is the one thing you'll miss?

Hayes: All the people that I have met through working at Soul Cycle. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wish Me Luck

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Express / Shorts: Express / Sunnies: Quay (old similar here) / Hat: Free People / Necklace: Baublebar c/o / Bralette: Free People / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Kate Spade (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Aussie Rose
So I got some exciting news to share! Since January I've become obsessed with Soul Cycle, and want to take my new passion to the podium. After just taking 10 classes I knew that I needed to be apart of the Soul Cycle brand, and was just waiting for the opportunity to present itself. The obsession is real y'all. Since January I've taken 63 classes. Like I said...the obsession is real!

 I saw that last week that they were holding their spring tour auditions, and one of places they are auditioning at is in Dallas!!! I saw this as a sign that I needed to send in my application, and I just got a confirmation email back. 


Blog fam..... I-AM-SO-EXCITED!!! I was hesitant at first to announce that I got an audition, but I'm not one to hold things in that I am giddy about. I know it's just an audition, but I'm still so excited! 

Nervous can't begin to describe how I feel now because I want this SO BAD! I'm hoping that my confidence in teaching can shine through, and that I will be able to stand out from others that are traveling to audition. Wish me luck you guys, and I will keep you updated on what happens. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring in Dallas

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Rachel Parcell / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Bag: Target / Shoes: WHBM (similar here) c/o / Watch: Michael Kors / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Aussie Rose
It feel like spring has sprung here in Dallas with the weather being a constant 70 degrees. This is my first time experiencing spring in Dallas, and I'm loving it. Two weeks ago it was constant overcast with heavy rain so the sunshine, and warm weather makes my heart do a little happy dance. 

I've been soaking up this beautiful weather by either shooting, doing brunch on patios, shopping at highland park, or going on walks with Django around our complex. 

Since we have passed the cold front I'm going to start packing up all my winter clothes, and putting them in moving boxes. It's sad to think that I'll start packing this week in prep for June. I'm still in denial that I'm going to be moving to Pennsylvania, and leaving the life I built for myself in Dallas. 

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