OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon

I have only ever participated (because I can’t really say “ran”) in one 5K ever, and that was on a bitter cold day last November for the Ugly Sweater Run. A few Indianapolis women bloggers decided to bundle up and brave the elements (it was FREAKING COLD) and run, walk, run/walk, and meander our way through downtown Indianapolis, looking fun and festive in our ugliest of Christmas sweaters, thanks much to Emily’s “Junky Brilliance” ugly sweater store:

Ugly Sweater Run with Indianapolis women bloggers

I have not been much of the workout type. Two summers ago I participated in a team challenge with a personal trainer, and I was purposeful and diligent, and I lost about 10 lbs and one size. For me, that was pretty good! And then, the challenge was over. And like you’ve heard a million times before, I didn’t stick with it, so those 10 lbs came right back on.

May 3rd I will be participating (still not ready to say “running”) in the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K, and I have begun “training”.

It is a slow go.

I used “training” in quotes, because it’s laughable that I would even call what I’m doing “training”. As a work-from-home mom with a preschooler still at home, my time is limited. I could seriously give you even more excuses than that, but we’ll just leave it there. And really most people don’t train for a 5K. They can run 3.1 miles like it’s a warm-up. Well, not me. Maybe one day, but it can seem a long way off.

For now, I’m doing what I can.

Larry and I ended our gym membership because neither of us was going, and at $70-something a month, that’s a high price for nothing.

So then my amazing and inspiring friend Jenn became a certified personal trainer, and I hired her to create a home plan for me, with the following parameters:

  • Our sessions could only be once a month, and I am accountable for following Jenn’s plan in between sessions
  • I had to use the few tools and equipment I have (which ain’t much), without buying much more
  • I had to be able to exercise in my basement, or weather permitting outdoors, but sticking close to home because much of the time Carlie would be with me

And you know what? It’s a slow go, but it’s working for me.

I’m admittedly not exercising 3x/week as the plan calls for, but when I do, I push myself to get my heartrate up, and on some off-days when I can leave the house, I’ll go for a walk/run with my Couch to 5K app.

Be on the lookout over the next three weeks for more parts to this journey of getting fit for the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K.

You might also find interest in more recent Indiana posts., and follow my friend Michelle’s journey as she prepares for the 5K too!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Indiana. I was provided with OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K registration and McDonald’s swag in exchange for my participation in this campaign. For more info please see my disclosure policy.

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Macy's Spring Fashion Event

Macy’s Spring Fashion Event

If your idea of fashion is one of those kooky hats with a live animal perched on top, or a full-length gown made of raw meat, then this is not the event for you.

Instead, what if you could see Spring fashions flaunted in front of you, with seasonal colors complementing any skin tone, and soft fabrics that are flattering on any body type (and not an ill-fitting garbage bag)? Then make some time this Saturday for the Macy’s Spring Fashion Event in Indianapolis, and stop by.

  • WHAT: Macy’s Spring Fashion Event
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 12th 2pm
  • WHERE: Castleton Macy’s, Impulse Dept, level 1
  • WHY: Because we can all benefit from seeing new trends, and you can say to your friends, “That is SO last season.”

Macy’s is known for affordable fashion for the entire family. Take a look at their Spring 2014 Fashion Book for inspiration:

Macy's Spring Fashion Event

The Macy’s Spring Fashion event in Indianapolis will feature a red carpet runway with models showing fresh looks for Spring. Karina Reske of Karina Style Diaries and Leslie Bailey of The Indianapolis Star will be on hand to cover the event and share their $0.02!

Not in the Indy area? The Macy’s Spring Fashion event is also taking place in Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Troy, MI; St. Louis, MO; Portland, OR; and Boca Raton, FL.

Macy’s Spring Fashion Event
Castleton Square Mall, Indianapolis
2pm April 12, 2014

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Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget

Have you ever seen a questionnaire that looks something like this:

  • Do your friends go to you for advice?
  • Are you the first to know about the latest trends?
  • When a new product is announced, are you the first of your friends to buy it?

When it comes to advice on money-saving deals or new trends in retail and grocery shopping, many times my answer is “Yes.” Especially if there’s a coupon involved.

But for fashion and style? Meh, not so much. My friends don’t go to me for fashion advice. Nor am I the type to pay attention to the latest style trends. I know what I like (I posted a few looks on this Pinterest board), I try on oodles of options, until I find something that fits well and looks good. Then I’ll buy it in every color.

But as I told my friend Angie, I’m accessory-challenged. I just don’t have confidence that the scarf I’ve chosen is hanging right, or if a necklace is right for a particular neckline. But I do try.

Clinton Talks Fashion Trends

So when I was invited to attend a Spring fashion show at Macy’s hosted by none other than Clinton Kelly (formerly of TLC’s What Not To Wear, and now on ABC’s The Chew); I was thrilled – but apprehensive.

What to wear? and Will he point at my scarf and mock me?

Turns out, he was fabulous. And no mocking. Well at least any mocking he did was in general, no-finger-pointing terms.

He opened with an analogy that helps to discern the difference between “fashion” and “style”, because many use the terms interchangeably:

Clinton Kelly quote

He explains it further in his latest book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, where he shares how you can put together beautiful designer looks for your wardrobe and your home, at a fraction of the cost.

Spring Fashion Trends

At the Macy’s Spring fashion event, Clinton showed four Spring fashion trends and how they may look on three types of women: millennial, curvy and mature.

First was the Moto jacket, which is fitted and waist-length, many are leather but Clinton also showed knit styles and said EVERYONE needs to have a knit jacket! Lucky for Crystal she was wearing one when she interviewed Clinton – and he liked it!

Clinton stressed that shape trumps everything. Some women believe it’s taboo to wear white pants with a curvy figure – but it’s possible! Just make sure the shape is flattering. And the thought that “everyone can wear black” isn’t necessarily true, because …

Clinton Kelly garbage bag quote

The next trend he showed was Lace. Ladies … lace is more than for lingerie!  He showed it in a jacket form with see-through lace sleeves (far left, similar to this), as a skirt (middle, similar to this), and for a younger look, two types of lace in a layered look (right):

Clinton Kelly Macy's AppearanceNext up was a Floral trend, in which he showed how even what may seem like clashing floral patterns can actually look trendy together if one is a neutral print. Neutral, even in a floral pattern, can pair with a brighter floral pattern. Who knew?!

Finally Clinton shared looks of full skirt trends. He said there’s nothing an A-line skirt doesn’t fit. So there you go.

A knit jacket and an A-line skirt, and you have Clinton’s approval forever.

Well, at least until the next style trend comes along.

Lastly you know it’s Indy in the Spring and when there’s a to reference to black & white for Race time, and I love this style – especially with the beads!

Clinton Kelly Macy's appearance

It was such a treat to attend the Macy’s Spring fashion show with Clinton Kelly, now I’m armed with what to wear, (what not to wear) and all kinds of fun ideas for my next shopping spree.

Do you consider yourself on track with new style trends? Where do you turn for advice?

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