Summer Prep Challenge: Week Two – Nutrition

Welcome to week TWO of the 6 Week Summer Prep Challenge!

Each week we will build upon and add to the habits we started the prior week.  

Last week we started moving our bodies and working our arm muscles 3-4 times per week.   Click here for recap of the Week One Challenge.

How have you been doing with those habits?  

There was a great discussion about exercise over in my free private #justgetdressed Facebook group.  I encourage you to go check out this thread and feel to chime in, get support, find kindred spirits, and share experiences. 

This week we're focusing on NUTRITION and fueling our bodies in a way that supports our health and beauty goals.  

As I've said before, we are NOT talking about crash diets, or really any diets at all. 

Instead, the goal is to implement THREE simple (not easy, but simple) daily habits that are sustainable and reasonable, and that when done consistently, will lead to a healthier (and more beautiful) lifestyle.    

Are you in??  

You: "Yes Beth, I'm totally in." 

  1. Pay Attention to Portions:  Learn portion sizes. It's shocking what is often served vs. what a reasonable portion really is. 
  2. Mindful Eating: Don't do other things while eating, and no willy nilly snacking. (This is a biggee for me, and I'm committed to working on it, every day, all day.)
  3. Maintain healthy eating habits on the Weekends:  Don't go off the rails on weekends or vacations. (Another doozy for me.  I'm not saying to not have fun - God knows I would never say that - but weekends and holidays can wreak havoc on our otherwise healthy habits, so plan ahead -  and remember, everything in moderation;)

Later this week (hopefully Friday at 1:30pm EST),  I'll be going LIVE on Facebook with close friend, new neighbor, and nutrition coach to the stars;) - Robin Curley!  Make sure you like the page and get notificatons when I go live.  Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/bstyledpersonalstyling/

Robin is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Personal Trainer with a B.A. from Tufts University and Masterโ€™s from Columbia University. Founder of SmartShred Nutrition, Robin has helped dozens of clients  (including many of my friends and clients) reach and maintain their weight loss and body composition goals, achieve personal fitness records, and discover a new sense of confidence that comes with defining oneโ€™s best self.

In a nutshell, Robin is a rockstar, an inspiration, smart as all heck, and an all-around great friend.  You won't want to miss this one.  So if you can't catch our chat on Friday afternoon, be sure to watch the replay.

But, in the meantime, let's focus on our THREE habits that we will implement RIGHT NOW.  

Not tomorrow, not later today --- but right now.  So put down the bag of popcorn (I see you;) and let's do this.  

And don't forget to keep up your 30 minutes of movement and arm exercises 3-4 times per week, right?

Yes, you still need to do that.  Click here for a refresher on those habits. 

Also.... don't forget to #justgetdressed.  Why? 

Because it's MUCH more likely for us to eat nutritiously and mindfully  when we feel good in what we're wearing.  It's a proven fact.  Trust me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

xo,

Beth

P.S. Also, remember to join my free private Facebook group where we share tips and ideas regarding this challenge as well as personal style.  Click here to access the free #justgetdressed group.  

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

Tipsy Tuesday this week is all about spring and summer shoes.  As I mentioned in the video, I'm not telling you to go out and buy all new shoes!  Far from it!  I show you all MY Spring/Summer shoes  (only 3 pairs are newish) and the rest are at least a year or two old.  Here's the video, and below I  provide links to the shoes I mentioned IF you need to shop.  

And here's a catalog of COMFORTABLE and good-looking sandals to help in your search. Click here to access it.  

UPDATE 7/12:  In the video I mention my beloved Havianna flip flops...Well, I'm proud to let you know that I'v grown up and retired them (they broke;) and replaced them with these similarly styled but podiatrist-loved fit flops: https://amzn.to/2jIHikg.  And I also mention the new athletic sneakers I was getting to replace my black.  I got these in blush and love them: https://amzn.to/2l8tBLQ.  And last but not least, after trying a ton of "every day" neutral sandals, I ended up getting these platform sandals and I've worn them walking and biking all over Newport this summer with no foot issues. Yay! http://bit.ly/2XG4dQg

Head over to the free private #justgetdressed Facebook group to share your shoe woes and we will help; I promise!  

Summer Prep Challenge: Introduction


(My earrings  and cardigan

Summer is definitely my favorite season, but for many of us, it's a mixed bag - especially when it comes time to #justgetdressed.

The clothes are just so much more...skimpy.  Those sleeveless tops, sundresses, shorts...not to mention bathing suits, cause a lot of women angst and frustration. 

I'm a BIG proponent of accepting and loving (and dressing) the body you are in, and not beating up on it or letting the itty-bitty-shitty-committee in your head tell you things about it that you would NEVER say to anyone else.  

I also believe that there are simple daily habits that we can implement - TODAY - that will have a positive impact on how we look and feel.  

The key (like most things) is consistency.  

Over the next 6 weeks, let's work to make these healthy habits second nature. With 6 weeks to work on these areas, we have plenty of time to see and feel some real results.

Make sure you head over to the private B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook Group where we will be sharing tips, motivation...and best of all...accountability.

The first Challenge is an exercise one...and the focus is on ARMS.  This is an area where you can see some real results in 6 weeks.  I have 6 easy, do-able exercises for us to do 3-4 times per week.  Thank you to Hillary, my awesome trainer at Ripped by Jules  for designing this arm-toning workout:

Perform each exercise 10 times, and complete the entire 6-exercise circuit 3 times.  Do this 3-4 times per week for the best results. 

Thanks for joining the challenge.  Now drink some water, put on sunscreen, move your body, and #justgetdressed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

xo, Beth

Summer Prep Challenge: Week One – Exercise & Arms

Hi Friends!Are you like me, and only able to start new routines or habits on Mondays? I’ve always had a mental block about this, and I don’t think I’m alone.  

Welp, guess what?It’s Monday! And if you’re reading this  on a different day, that’s just fine, because as mom always said, “there’s no time like the present.”

Unlike fad diets or crazy exercise regimes that go by the wayside quickly, let’s institute daily lifestyle HABITS that we’ll l continue forever.  Develop positive, simple habits that will become part of our lives, not something we start on Mondays and stop by the weekend.  Ok?A while back in one of my Weekend Updates, I made this book my “It’s All Good” feature.  I highly recommend you grab it on Amazon or the library if you haven’t already.   And if you have a graduate in your life…it makes a great gift! The basic idea of the book is that success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Success comes from doing things that are simple to do….but the catch is that these things are simple NOT TO DO as well.  The principals can be applied to every area of life, from health and wellness to finances to careers to relationships and more.   

This week, let’s focus on 3 habits that we can tweak and customize to fit our own personal goals and situation:

  1. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 150 lbs, your goal is to drink 75 ounces of water EVERY DAY.  I set 5 daily alarms on my phone for 8am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 8pm and I drink my yeti tumbler when the alarm goes off.  Fellow B.Styler, Olise, shared this tip with me and it’s been a game changer.  Do what works for YOU.  But down the hatch, one way or another! 

2. Work those ARMS 3-4 days per week, doing the arm routine explained here.   And here’s a visual rundown of the exercises.  Done consistently, weight-bearing exercises like these will show real results. 

3. Let’s add 30 minutes of movement 3-4 times per week. You could walk, jog, bike, take a class…whatever works for YOU and YOUR daily routine.  Figure out what time of day you are most likely to do exercise consistently.  Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong answer.  

Prediction…If you do these three consistently,  you’ll find yourself being more productive and eating more healthfully as a  result. We’ll talk nutrition next week (with a special expert guest star)  but for now, let’s DRINK (H20;) and MOVE our bodies. 

 And as always, don’t forget to #justgetdressed ๐Ÿ˜‰Please share your tips, tricks, ideas for how you will- or have – established these lifelong routines in the private #justgetdressed Facebook group.  This group is filled with amazing, motivating women with so much knowledge and wisdom…please share so we can all benefit and be the BEST version of ourselves.The “Challenges” will be broken out as UNITS in the Facebook Group, so you can easily follow along and track your progress.  See you in the group! xo,Beth

Just Buy the Dress

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all celebrating this weekend!

No matter your plans for Sunday, your mission is to make sure you have a DAYTIME DRESS-UP outfit at the ready - at all times.

Night-time dress-up is actually easier since most of us have a cocktail dress or go-to LBD that we can pull out and accessorize and go.

Daytime dressy looks can be trickier, so let's use today as an excuse to think it out and have a plan for those inevitable invitations.

If you've been around for a while, you know my #buythedress moto. You also know I'm not a fan of willy-nilly shopping and buying.

HOWEVER, I do feel strongly that when you see a perfect-for-you dress (or jumpsuit, or pants outfit, etc.) that is occasion-worthy - you need to JUMP on it. That way, when the occasion presents itself, you're good to go.

Emergency Occasion Dressing is NEVER good.

Believe me, I know of what I speak. I've been there myself, and I've been on the helping side more time than I can count - and either way, it's sweat-producing and stressful. NO BUENO.

So let's all commit to identifying some occasion-ready looks and make sure they are ready to go, from head-to-toe.

I like that - ready to go, from head-to-toe. Say it with me, girls!

And what I mean by that is not just "the dress", but the jewelry, the bag, the SHOES, the undergarments. All. of. it. 

See below for some ideas. 

Let's do it... I'm here to help! 

And help you'll get if you join the Spring Style System and #justgetdressed Challenge!  

Sign up now and get a list and a plan, with a Capsule Wardrobe and daily outfit formulas to take you through Spring in style! 

#justgetdressed

xoxo, Beth

My Top 10 Spring Favorites

Last Week on Tipsy Tuesday, I gave an assignment:  

Go to your closet and find your 10 FAVORITE items for spring.  Click here to see the video and the rationale for this exercise.

This week, I'm giving a rundown of my personal Top 10 for Spring.  Some items are new, most are old, but hopefully this gives you some ideas when you look at your own spring wardrobe. 

And get ready for a the new and improved Spring Style System, coming your way soon.  Click here to be notified when it launches! 

Here's a run down of my Top 10.  Some items are linked here, the rest can be found with images below.  What's YOUR top 10? I'd love to hear over in the private B.Styled #justgetdressd Facebook Group.

  1. White Jeans (see below for options)
  2. Navy Jumpsuit (see below for options)
  3. Favorite Color Cardigan: saw it on a cute blogger, now only $5!!
  4. Mojito Tee - comes as a tank or tee
  5.  Sweater Blazer (comes in several great colors; perfect for office or casually.)
  6. Black Ponte Wide Leg Pants
  7. Fun, flirty pattern clutch (see below for options)
  8. Pink Gingham Shirt (mine is old, see below, or this one on Amazon).
  9. Color Shoe (see below for options from Ann Taylor and budget Target ideas)
  10. Black Hemingway stretch woven jacket (also in moss green) Selling out quickly!
  11. I had to add my beloved Jean Jacket (see below), or for budget option, check out this one from Costco for $16 - and you don't have to be a member! 
  12. Bonus!  My no make-up magic weapon...Boom Stick by Cindy Joseph
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How to Wear Culottes (for Grown-ups)

Happy  SPRING, people!  It's  chilly here in New England,  there's still snow on the ground, and the forecast for the weekend is meh...but at least it's not January, right?

Spring is my favorite season to #justgetdressed.  I love the colors, lighter fabrics and by April I'm ready to  put away my beloved boots in favor of pedicures and sandals. 

 I also enjoy checking out new spring trends, but I try to be selective about which ones I'll actually invest in.    I try to stick to my classic pieces and only add a select few accessories or spring additions to breathe fresh life into those classics.   

What do I mean by classics? For spring, I'm referring to my white jeans, flirty dresses and versatile jackets.  I also like to introduce a new, on-trend pant silhouette or maybe something in a fun color or pattern, but that's about it. 

At first I was skeptical when I saw that my friends at Peach were introducing a culotte for spring. 

 I remember as a young girl in the 70's-80's having a pair of dark brown culottes (or we called them gauchos) that I was OBSESSED with.  And they were dorky.  Very dorky. 

Happily though, the culottes of Spring 2019 are much, much better.  I gave them a try and love them.  And like all my Peach favorites, they check the boxes:

  • They are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear, and can be dressed up or down (i.e. my Peach ponte blazer, or the Hemmingway Jacket or the sporty Trinidad Jacket. 
  • They are versatile and can be worn several different ways.  They even have a slit along the outer grosgrain-covered seam featuring snaps to open or close as desired, changing the look from casual- cool to totally chic.
  • They are easy to pack* and perfect for travel.  I'd wear them with sneaks on the airplane and then with heels once I got where I was going. (*Speaking of packing - I'm working on a Beach Vacation Packing List and Capsule Wardrobe- it will be ready in a few days so stay tuned!)

Today I paired them with my favorite color for spring: mojito (what a perfect name for this fabulous color, right?)  Then in true Peach style, I mixed and matched in several different pieces to transform the look.  

And what about this gorgeous scarf in the on-trend bandana size?? I played with it wearing it around my neck, my handbag, my wrist, and even my pony tail! 

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Now, here are some tips for wearing culottes:

1. Be wary of pleated culottes or anything that adds bulk around your middle.   These black culottes are slimming because they have a flat front, a wide flat waistband and no pleats or vertical zipper up the middle.

2.  Remember that the top you choose needs to have less volume than the culottes. This is the only way to avoid looking like you have no waist, and are drowning in fabric.

To make culottes look more sophisticated,  pair them with a slim, refined top, like a silky blouse or an elevated t-shirt like the one below.

3. If you're petite or want to visually lengthen you legs, go for a heel or a pointy toe flat. Also, look for a culotte like this pair below that isn't too voluminous in the leg - otherwise they can overwhelm your petite frame.  

With my ponte blazer

With the crop flyaway cardigan

...or around your wrist! 

Try a scarf in your ponytail! 

With the Trinidad Jacket 

...or a pop of color around your bag handle. 

With my Modern Bohos in the new moss green color with the Hemingway Jacket

Thanks for reading...I appreciate you more than you know!  Have a great weekend, and  remember to #justgetdressed ๐Ÿ˜‰

xo, Beth

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Tipsy Tuesday: 8 Tips for Wearing White Jeans/Pants

Hopefully you got the memo that yes,  you can indeed wear white jeans after Labor Day - and well before Memorial Day???

 In fact, I strongly encourage you to do so;)  

I would argue they are a wardrobe staple, especially during the spring and summer months.

And guess what? SPRING officially starts this week...So let's get on it.

First of all, I recognize that white jeans can be scary (if clothes can be "scary";)  and many of us shy away from them or think we can't wear them. We've been conditioned to believe that dark pants and bottoms are the most flattering and slimming, and that white pants will make our lower halves look bigger.  

While in theory, this is true - black and dark color bottoms are in fact the most slimming and flattering -  white pants can in fact work (and be so fabulous) and it's my mission to find a pair that works for all of y'all (I've always wanted to say that;)

So here are 8 tips to help you find the perfect white jeans:

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Here's a rundown and summary of the 8 tips and some links as well:

1. Size up:  Especially with skinny jeans or fitted ankle pants,  you may want to size up.   We don't want white jeans or white pants to fit really tight to the body as they  tend to show every lump, bump and imperfection.  Instead, we're going for a streamlined, clean look, so I generally order 2 sizes to try on at home.

2.  Fabrication:  You can get away with a less expensive and lower quality fabric when it's a dark fabric.   But lighter color pants like white work best with a thicker, quality fabric-  so those dimples and lumps aren't showing through.  Look for quality denim, cotton,  ponte knits and twill...something with some heft and coverage. 

3.  Fit:  Like with everything in your wardrobe, you want to pick the silhouette that fits and flatters your body the best.  If you already have a brand that you know works for you, that is a good place to start.   Skinny jeans are still the most popular style out there - but they aren't the ONLY option - far from it.  If you have a pear shape body and tapered legs  aren't your best bet, you can look for straight leg, boyfriend/girlfriend and flare, wide-leg options that are so great looking.

If you go with a slim fit or skinny jeans, look to wear tops that provide some coverage in the bum and hip area.  I love tops that hit in the "Magic HipBone Zone" - at or below your hip bones. 

4.  Pockets:  Sometimes front pockets can show through with white jeans, adding visual bulk around the hip area.  Look for a pair with fake pockets, or no pockets - or have your tailor cut the pockets out if they bother you! 

5.  Ladies - No VPL:  This one needs no elaborate explanation.  Check out  your rear view before leaving the house if there is any question.  Make sure you have nude/flesh tone underwear in either a thong or invisible edge panty.  These are my favorites... I get the simply  soft in the thong and the bikini.   'Nuff said;)

6. Monochromatic White:  Want a sure fire way to look fresh, modern and chic? Try an all-white look.  Here are some fantastic examples from the March Style System Challenge.  Click here to be notified when the Spring Style System launches! 

7.  The Power of the Third Piece:  These examples above illustrate how adding a strategically placed layer really does make the outfit!

8. Neutral Shoes:  A neutral shoe is your best bet with white jeans or pants.  Shoes are so important when trying to make our legs look longer and slimmer.  Simplicity is key...and colors like nude, tan, cognac, gray, blush, metallic (rose, yellow gold, silver) are all good bets! 

I hope this helped any white jean trauma you may be having!  Need more personalized help? Ask in my free #justgetdressed Facebook Page, and/or sign up to be notified when the Spring  Style System Challenge launches in April.   My goal will be to make sure everyone who wants white jeans/pants has a pair that works for them! 

Cheers! 

Beth

Tipsy Tuesday: Universally Flattering Colors and Wearing Green!

Chances are you've been exposed at some point to the book Color Me Beautiful.  It was (and  still is) the bible for color theory and finding "your colors".  I'm a Spring (I think;).  What are you?  You can take a quick test on their website to refresh your  memory.

These quizzes are fun, but I actually come from the school of "if you love it and feel great in it" - then it's your color.  I also think we all have those colors that garner us the most compliments - and those are "our colors" too.  

Very scientific, right?

Either way, there are a few colors that the experts out there say are universally flattering:

1. Blush:  Probably my favorite accent colors these days because it can serve as a neutral as well. 

2. Plum:  Another universally flattering color.  I think of plum as more of a fall and winter color, but personally love its lighter sister color, lavender this time of year.

3. Teal:   As far as "Universally Flattering" colors go, I'd put teal at the top of the list.  This is a shade that is so flattering and versatile. 

This week's Tipsy Tuesday video tip of the week is about how to incorporate GREEN into your look, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Even if you think green "isn't your color", here are some easy tips for incorporating the festive color using items from your closet:

Links:

Amethyst t-shirt (also in blush): http://bit.ly/2HutNhz

Black Open Cardigan/Wrap: http://bit.ly/2tegF7S

Camo Pants (similar): http://bit.ly/2HgIlCj

Necklaces:  https://www.stelladot.com/sites/bethroy Amour Charm Pendant and Celestial Choker

"Mojito" Tank:  http://bit.ly/2Huv74j

"Mojito" T-shirt: http://bit.ly/2HtpBim

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Free Private #justgetdressed Facebook Group: 

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Thanks for reading, now go #justgetdressed ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers,

Beth

Tipsy Tuesday: The Classic Button Down Shirt

This Tipsy Tuesday helps you zhuzh up your classic button down shirt.  We often think of this closet workhorse as a layering piece, but as the weather warms up it can stand on it's own as well.

Wear with white or denim jeans, black pants or really any color pants you may have...dressy or casual.  It can also be worn over a sundress as cute way to add coverage without over heating. as show here:

LINKS
JCrew Shirt: http://bit.ly/2ISEtZH

Lola Black Maxi Dress (has a built in bra;)  http://bit.ly/2EYHqUw


Statement Earring Ideas: 

http://bit.ly/2IT7SmI and http://bit.ly/2H0GXnk and https://www.stelladot.com/p/roman-chandeliers-red?s=bethroy

Cuff bracelet: https://www.stelladot.com/p/rhett-cuff-silver?s=bethroy

March #justgetdressed Challenge: https://bstyledbybeth.com/late-winter-challenge-2019/