Fitness Favorite: Outdoor Voices

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While in California last winter, I began working out regularly for the first time in my life. Discovering that exercise could be something other than evil torture was, in many ways, the best thing that ever happened to me. I not only lost the 10 pounds that had creeped up on me over a long, depressing year in New York, but also found that I had more energy and was motivated to make generally healthier choices (like eating salad because I’m almost 30 and have been told it’s something grown-ups do). So, after a busted knee in March that left me hobbling up the stairs for several weeks (and subsequently moving to Chicago, falling in love, and indulging in my fair share of deep dish pizza), I’ve finally faced my fears and returned to the gym. So far I’ve stuck to the treadmill, but am also excited to take pilates, yoga, and zumba classes (I used to think classes looked so daunting and/or lame, but have since found them to be, in short, the best thing ever).

One of my biggest motivations to exercise is all the cute workout gear out there. This week, I ordered an Athena top from the smart and chic fitness brand Outdoor Voices. I was wavering on it, feeling self-conscious about showing my one-pack abs, but then I spotted this awesome photo of Lena Dunham sporting it on their instagram, and I pulled the trigger. Lena, rock on with your bad self.

I would love to hear about your favorite fitness brands and/or workout motivators. Do you have a favorite pair of leggings or sneakers you can’t live without? What gets you up and out the door to the gym? Fill me in!

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My New Apartment in Chicago’s Hyde Park

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My apologies for being MIA late last week–we moved! Seeking new adventures (and more space!), Alfred and I have relocated to Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s a beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood on Chicago’s south side known for the University of Chicago (my grandparents’ alma mater), Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House, and, more recently, the Obamas’ private residence. The top photo is the bay window in our new living room; the bottom was snapped on a Saturday morning stroll through our handsome new hood (those hydrangeas!). The new space has hardwood floors, white walls and molding, glass door knobs, and other quirky features. I’m so excited to share the decorating process with you and explore more of the neighborhood – be on the lookout for a guide to Hyde Park sometime soon. In the meantime, back to unpacking. Wish me luck!

(images via my instagram)

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Yves Saint Laurent Reopens Couture

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Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane confirmed yesterday that the famed French fashion house will soon be reopening their couture business. Though I’m unlikely to ever be a client, I can’t wait to see what creations they dream up. The new atelier will be housed in a 17th-century Parisian mansion known as the Hôtel de Sénecterre. The chic space’s furniture and art will be a combination of Slimane’s and the house’s private collections. There’s no harm in dreaming…

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Harper Poe of Proud Mary for Mother Mag

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How darling are these photos of mama-to-be, Harper Poe? The pictures were recently shot by Buddy Editions artist Olivia Rae James in Charleston, South Carolina for a feature on Mother Mag. Harper’s socially conscious and awesomely stylish company, Proud Mary, sells accessories crafted by artisans around the globe. I can’t get enough of her modern, bohemian style and enjoyed reading about her baby plans. When asked what had her most excited about motherhood in general she replied, “I feel like I’m joining a secret society of bad-asses connecting mankind throughout time.” Have to love that! Congratulations Harper!

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