Motivation Monday: Be Stronger Than Your Excuses

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Monday! Hope this helps you power through your exercise and diet decisions this week. I'll be keeping this in mind during a trip to Napa this weekend for a wedding. Talk about needing willpower and strength!

Diet And Fitness News You Need To Know
Want to burn more calories without even trying? Lower the temperature in your room while you sleep. Why does this work? Your body has to work to warm itself AND it can alter your levels of brown fat (AKA the good kind). Learn more about sleeping in a cold bedroom here.

Stressed? Eat to beat it. Avocados, oatmeal, raspberries and chocolate milk can lower your stress levels. Why? Because each food contains a stress-reducing property to help you feel better. Avocados contain stress-busting vitamin B while oatmeal helps with serotonin production. Read more here. 

Have a great week! 

#NSale Purse Policy-Approved Picks

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, sale, nordstrom, #NSale

Nordstrom's crazy good Anniversary Sale is in full swing. It's a perfect time to stock your wardrobe for fall. Why? Because these are not last season's goods. The sale features fall, pre-fall and other exclusives marked down until August 4th.

Their sale also features a few handbags like this Kate Spade crossbody that fits within the NFL's purse policy. Heading to a Cowboys game in Arlington this year? Remember your opaque bag needs to be no larger than 5.5" x 8.5".

 Purses Perfect For Football Season 

Scroll through for a selection of small bags both on sale and at full-retail price that are ideal for college and pro football games. Each of these bags fit within the Cowboys purse policy.

These bags are long enough to be worn as a crossbody so you can cheer for your favorite team WHILE holding a cocktail. Priorities, right?

Valentino Mini Rockstud
Valentino Mini Rockstud Crossbody

Can't get enough of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Check out my killer beauty buys and favorite makeup picks. Also, browse my Gameday Fashion board on Pinterest where I'm constantly posting outfit ideas and looks that can help you go to your next game in style.

#COmeToLife in Colorado Winner Announced!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Congratulations to Gianni LaBarba who tweeted about our fabulous #COmeToLife in Colorado giveaway. Gianni wins a killer backpack filled with all sorts of Colorado-produced goodies.

Gianni and everyone else who entered by sharing a message on social media using the hashtag #COmeToLife is still eligible for the grand prize of a 4-day, 3-night trip to Colorado.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned to for more fabulous giveaways.

Outline The Sky T-Shirt Giveaway Announced!

Congratulations to Landen Ellis! She liked Outline The Sky on Facebook and won a free t-shirt courtesy of the Dallas t-shirt company during our That Sports Girl x Outline The Sky giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Stay tuned to for more fabulous giveaways.

Tory Burch X FitBit Collaboration

Tory Burch FitBit Cuff
Tory Burch X FitBit Cuff
Users wax poetic about their FitBits. David Sedaris, anyone? The Nike FuelBand is a different story (I have one and never use it).  Now fashionable FitBit users will be waxing even more with the Tory Burch x FitBit collaboration.

The designer has produced a chic geometric cuff ($195) and pendant ($175) that can help you stay stylish while tracking your movement.

Tory Burch x FitBit Pendant
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The cuff can go anywhere and will look great stacked with other bracelets on your arm while the pendant adds an elegant Art Deco look to a number of outfits. I think the gold and black contrast is beautiful.

To use these, simply snap the tracker out of a FitBit Flex bracelet and place it into the cuff or pendant. It will track your steps, distance traveled and calories burned just like the original piece of equipment. You can snap the tracker back into the FitBit Flex to track your sleep patterns.

These are available for pre-order at Tory Burch and will ship no later than 8/31, according to the website. For those people that love all things Tory, this is something that hits the right note for the Tory Burch fan who is also a fitness fanatic.

I think it's a chic way to track your daily activity. What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Will jewelry have you using your FitBit more?

Browse The Tory Burch x FitBit Collaboration

Mid-Week Cheat Sheet: Dirk Takes a Pay Cut, Parsons Does Dallas, Orton Gets the Boot

I hope you're having a great week. I have recovered from a decadently wonderful trip to Las Vegas. Here is all you need to keep up with the sports conversation at work, on a date or at the game.

Mavtastic Week
It's been a VERY good week for Mavericks fans. Dallas re-signed Dirk Nowitzki who took a substantial pay cut to remain in Dallas. Sure, Nowitzki is still getting $25 million over the three years but he reportedly had interest from the Rockets and Lakers but didn't even enter negotiations with either team.

How can you not love him? Although, I can imagine employers across Dallas/Fort Worth saying "Dirk took a pay cut" when employees ask for a raise.

The Mavs also signed forward Chandler Parsons on Tuesday. He was reportedly upset with the way the Rockets handled but I am curious how he'll handle the end of his bromance with Jeremy Lin. See a complete compilation of the bromance here.

The Mavericks are also reportedly planning to sign forward Rashard Lewis.

Cowboys Cut Orton 
The Cowboys cut backup quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday. He skipped all of his offseason workouts and made it clear he didn't want to return to Dallas.

Rangers Don't Lose!
The good news about Tuesday night? The Rangers didn't lose! To be fair, they didn't win, either, but the American League did beat the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game.

Texas Pitcher Yu Darvish seemed to love the experience taking selfies with former Rangers Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Koji Uehara. He pitched a 1-2-3 third inning.

The Rangers lost eight straight games heading into the All-Star break and at 38-57, have the worst record in baseball. They open a series in Toronto on Friday.

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The Bastille Day Edition of Motivation Monday

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14th marks the French holiday, technically French National Day or La Fête Nationale, called Bastille Day which commemorates the day in 1789 when legions of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress turned prison. The storming was the beginning of the French Revolution.

Why use Bastille Day as inspiration for Motivation Monday? Two reasons:

  1. If you haven't been to France, what are you waiting for? GO. Plan a trip. It's worth the hassle of the plane ride for an experience that will move you. Looking for trip guidance? Read about traveling to Paris with a babydoing it again, scoring cheaper business class tickets to Paris and tips on how to rent a Paris apartment. 
  2. The French have a great approach to overall eating: enjoy your food, savor it, don't overindulge and don't snack. 
The latter is an approach to eating that can be incorporated into your daily life. Every time I visit Paris, I eat sumptuous, gorgeous food that's fresh and well-prepared. There's always wine and usually a cheese course. Many times it's just wine and cheese. The thing is, I am always satiated and normally lose weight on these trips. 
Yes, we're walking about six miles a day exploring the city but the fresh, preservative-free food makes a difference as does the lack of snacking. There's no run to a vending machine or quick trip to the pantry for crackers or a handful of cereal at 4pm. It's well-timed and well-portioned meals that satiate you and have you looking forward to the next one. 

Healthier French Recipes To Try
Want to bring a bit of French fare to your home? Try one of these 20 healthy French recipes from Food & Wine, featuring a healthier French onion soup, lentils with red wine and herbs and many more mouthwatering recipes. 

Or simply enjoy a quick and beautiful nicoise salad with some Sancerre. Plate boiled potatoes, steamed haricot verts, Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and whatever fresh seasoning floats your boat. Top with a quality packed canned tuna or salmon (my preference). I like to use plain balsamic vinegar as dressing but it also pairs perfectly with Dijon vinaigrette which takes all of five minutes to make. 
Clafoutis is an incredibly popular dessert from rural southern France but when traditionally made with butter and whole milk, it can be heavy. Lighten it up without missing the calories by using nonfat milk and nixing the butter. I have made this healthier cherry clafoutis and it was delicious. Also try this apricot-almond version.
I hope you have a great week! Whatever it involves, enjoy it, savor it and own it.

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