70s Style Bags & Accessories

This post is for the gals who have been religiously rocking their platform clogs instead of Adidas Superstars and get more wear out of their flare leg jeans than a pair of satin joggers. 70s style is making a big comeback recently. Not the flower child, boho 70s look but the disco nights and early years of punk look. One way to get into this trend (or flashback, guess that depends on your age) without looking like you are dressing for a costume party is to add some elements of grooviness into your everyday style with a flash of fringe on a bag, big statement making earrings or a pair of very large sunglasses with colored lenses. Here are a few of my favorite accessories to get some 70s vibes going.

Handbags & Clutches

 

 

fringe suede backpack

For a while now I’ve had my eye out for a backpack style bag. This one from Topshop with faux suede and fringe makes the backpack less of practical piece and more of a fashionable detail to your outfit. Fringe backpack, on sale! $45 at Topshop.

 

fringe clutch vegan bag

Found this perfect little fringe clutch that is so practical with two zipper compartments and a detachable wrist strap. If you are into leather alternatives, the fabric is vegan leather. Imoshion also has a good assortment of other bag styles including reversible totes, crossbody bags, wallets and other vegan bags. Fringe clutch $25 at Imoshion.

vegan saddle bag

No fringe here but saddle bags had their moment in the 70s too. This vegan leather bag with an engrained design is a nice knock-off of a real ornamental saddle bag. The navy color gives this bag a bit more edge than the usual tan. Vegan Tooled Saddle bag, $48 at Free People.

 

Earrings

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These are some killer statement earrings but they don’t look like they will weigh you down. Love the sleek metal design and the accent gemstone. Pair these with a slinky wrap dress and you’re ready to dance. Saturn Dropped Sphere Drop Earring $24 at Urban Outfitters.

 

celestial drops-gold

If minimalism isn’t your thing then these flashy babbles (from Babble Bar) may be your taste. On a disco floor these will really light up. Celestial Drops-Gold $36 at Babble Bar.

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Can’t do a 70s accessories post without including a pair of hoops. I opted for these large cut-outs rather than a pair of thin hoops. These will stand out more under feathered hair. Madewell “Rose” Cutout Hoops $26 at Nordstrom.

 

Sunglasses

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If you are going to cover half your face, cover it with some ombre rose-tinted glasses. Kidding aside, these shades are instant chic and will provide a shield for whatever bad vibes are thrown your way. Joni Wire Frame Sunglasses $20 at Free People.

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These sunglasses check a few 70s style boxes. Translucent, check. Round frame, check. Super large lenses, check. While they are the most expensive accessory on this post, I’m a big fan of Raen’s quality designs and materials. Worth the extra bucks if you can treat them right. Nomi Sunglasses $180 at Raen.

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Round sunglasses aren’t flattering on everyone. Here’s a pair of shades that mix aviator and cat-eye frames for a very flattering look on many different face shapes. You definitely need to wear these with some high-waisted flare jeans. Cherry Bomb Sunglasses $55 at Quay.

 

 

Weekly Workouts: Week 4 Broad Street Run Training

Hard to believe that there are only 6 weeks until the Broad Street Run! That means spring is a lot closer than it seems. I decided to kick off my training while on vacation in Key West and now I’m in the middle of week 4 of BeWellPhilly’s intermediate/advanced 10-week-out guide. This guide is aimed at those who have run a longer race before or can comfortably run 4 or 5 miles.

Back in November I ran my first half-marathon with much more ease than I anticipated, ok yes I struggled up those hills in Fairmount Park but I ran hard to the finish line. This time around I want to increase my speed throughout the race. I’ve heard that increasing speed can be difficult at Broad Street because of the crowds but I want to try my best to be lean-mean-running-machine come May 3rd.

I tailored BeWellPhilly’s guide to fit into my weekly schedules & wanted to incorporate cross training to build endurance and strength. I plan to switch up my cross training from week to week to make them more fun. The ‘workouts’ in the below pic are described in the BeWell guide and are intended for increasing speed. All cross training details are below.

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This week’s cross training includes:

Abs

  1. 20 crunches
  2. 20 bicycle crunches
  3. 30 secs. of flutter kicks
  4. 1 minute plank

Arms

  1. 10-12 bicep curls with 10 lb weight
  2. 10-12 shoulder presses with 10b weight
  3. 1 barre arm exercise from Sarah Fit. I really like the move in this video at 4:13. Use only a 3-5lb weight.

Butt

  1. 10 reps of the Kickback
  2. 10 reps of the Hydrant

Exercises on Cosmopolitan.com

Repeat whole cross training session 3 times!

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness expert! This just a training routine I came up with from various sources and exercises I have done in the past. I am not recommending this to everyone who reads this post, it’s just for generating workout motivation and ideas. Personally I like to read about other’s routines, especially if I am training for the same or similar race then tailor the routines to fit what I’m comfortable with doing.

Sorry for posting already half-way through the week. I’ll try to get next week’s routines posted before next Monday.

Before the Snow: Cape May in the Winter

This post is bit delayed but as I was going through my photos from my recent trip to Key West, I noticed I never posted a bunch of photos from around the Holidays. I was down in Cape May for two weeks after Christmas and was lucky enough to experience some clear coastal winter weather. No snow, just crisp cool temps and clear skies that were perfect for exploring the coast and heading into the pubs for a beer or two (or three) to warm up. I think I even snuck in a run along the beach on a particularly windless day.

People who are unfamiliar with year-round Cape May often ask me “What do you do there in the winter?” or “Isn’t it DEAD?”

Well, yes it’s quiet but many businesses are still open at least a few days a week and the picturesque landscape never leaves. Honestly, escaping to Cape May in off-season is way more relaxing than escaping there in the summer. Less people equals more space to soak in the serene nature.

If you want to see some spectacular images of Cape May from the recent snowstorms, head over to CapeMayTimes.com or CapeMay.com.

Trail off of Sunset Blvd. in Cape May, NJ


Ocean peek at Cape May Point State Park Beach Entry at Cape May Point State Parkwintersea

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Cheers at the Cape May Brewery.

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Winter Wardrobe Blues

black silk joggers

There comes a point in the winter where I feel like I’m constantly washing the same jeans, over and over again. Last winter I picked up a pair of black (faux) silk joggers from Urban Outfitters and have found myself reaching for these pants every few weeks to change it up. A basic pair of black joggers in a luxe-looking fabric can be just as versatile as your trusty blues.

Elevate your weekend look whether you are avoiding or facing the winter weather. For a cozy day indoors, throw on some Toms slip-ons, a fuzzy beanie and a graphic sweatshirt. Heading out for a day on the town– add heeled ankle boots, a thick turtleneck sweater and top off the look with a bold wide-brimmed hat.

How do you beat the winter wardrobe blues?

Outfit details
Silk Joggers- Revolve.com
In: Netflix All Day- Need More Weekends Sweatshirt- PlanetBlue.com, Black Fuzzy Beanie- UrbanOutfitters.com, Toms
Out: Lunch & Shopping– Rag and Bone Hat- OxygenBoutique.com, Suede Ankle Boots- UrbanOutfitters.com, Grey Turtleneck- AmericanEagle

Beach Eats: Greek Lamb Burgers

Greek Lamb Burgers Ready to switch it up at your next BBQ? Lamb burgers may not be ‘lighter’ than the usual beef burger but the toppings are healthier and easier on the stomach than the typical gooey cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, red onion, bacon, etc. Also, if you have never tried lamb it has much more flavor than beef or turkey.

Makes 4 burgers or 6 sliders.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs of fresh, grass-fed ground lamb
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • A jar of sundried tomato
  • 3 eggs
  • A bunch of fresh basil
  • Arugula
  • 1 plum tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pita bread (enough to use as ‘buns’)

Break up feta into bit sized pieces (if it’s crumbled, skip this step). Set aside.

Chop up sundried tomatoes, slice plum tomato, slice cucumbers, chop up basil. Set all aside.

In a large bowl combine ground lamb, almost all of the feta (save some for toppings later), sundried tomatoes, and basil. Add 3 eggs and mix together until all ingredients are distributed throughout lamb meat.

Form patties and let them set on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Heat up grill.

Grill lamb burgers until thoroughly cooked, probably around 30 minutes. Lamb takes a little longer than beef to cook. Best to let them cook slowly on lower heat to get a nice smokey flavor.

Meanwhile, cut pita bread into ‘buns’.

When the burgers are done, dress burgers with arugula, tomato, cucumbers and leftover feta. You can also add some mayo or tahini sauce to the buns but I thought the burger was juicy and flavorful enough on it’s own.

Suggested side: Grilled Corn on the Cob

5 Things to Do in Nashville That Don’t Involve Country Music

Let me preface this post by saying, I’ve experienced the country music side of Nashville. I was fortunate enough to visit Nashville on a family vacation when I was about 10. I loved it! I went to the Grand Ole Oprey, did line dancing on Broadway, bought cowgirl boots, saw the Country Music Hall of Fame and even had a celebrity sighting of Vince Gill at Pancake Pantry*.

This time around I was there to visit a close friend and to uncover why so many twenty-somethings were moving to this Southern city.

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1. Pancake Pantry

Ok, I know, I know. I am putting Pancake Pantry up there at #1? I have no shame. These pancakes were the best pancakes I ever consumed and every single person in the establishment was sweeter than their cinnamon cream syrup. *When I called my mom to recap my trip to Nashville, she reminded me that we saw Vince Gill at Pancake Pantry back in the ’90s. So this was apparently not my first experience with The Pancakes. Clearly, my 10-year-old self didn’t know the value of great pancakes because I did not recall my first encounter, aside from the country music star sighting.

On my revisit to Pancake Pantry, 16 years later, my friend and I attempted a Saturday morning breakfast, which you should avoid because there is no waitlist. The waitlist is literally waiting in a line to get in the door (Vince Gill even had to wait in line!). If you go on a weekday morning you should have no problem grabbing a seat. I got their Sweet Potato Pancakes and loved every delicious morsel.

2. Keep On Movin’ Mondays at The 5 Spot

After pancakes comes music & dancing. Nashville has plenty of music and dance options, an overwhelming array of choices, really. Since I was staying with a local I got to see one of the coolest dive bars I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to quite a few including my favorite- Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA.

The 5 Spot plays ’50s & ’60s rock n roll, soul, doo wop and motown every Monday and charges only $2 for a heavily loaded vodka soda (your dancing juice). Don’t worry if you can’t dance, there are plenty of real dancers more than ready to take you for a spin.

I wish I could go to The 5 Spot every Monday and dance my blues away.

3. Radnor lake

Nashville is a real city with tall buildings, traffic, fine dining and culture but only 20 minutes outside the city is a the beautiful Radnor Lake nature preserve. Over 1,200 acres of wildlife (think, TONS of deer), miles of trails with varying degree of difficulty and a peaceful lake to ponder your busy city life.

My friend is fortunate enough to bop over to this preserve a few mornings a week to get her heart pumping before work. Meanwhile I hop over trash and used needles while running the streets of Philly… but anywayyyyy check it out if you are in town.

radnor lake nashville, tn

radnor lake nashville, tn

4. Boutique shopping

Thankfully I live in a neighborhood in Philly that is starting to have a little local shopping scene but there aren’t many other neighborhoods like that in Philly. Nashville has really creative boutiques in the West End area of the city.

My favorite was Pangaea, a boho-chic boutique full of women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, home decor, stationary and gifts. Beautiful shop and great selection. There was also a fun used book store (you don’t see those much anymore!), a record shop, and a few other women’s boutiques on that strip. Worth a stroll after you stuff your face with pancakes.

5. Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge

A definite must-do when visiting Nashville. Park on the East Nashville side and walk over into Nashville (pausing for for photo ops  mid-bridge, obviously). Best views of the city! My local guide also said that the park that is at the Nashville banks of the bridge is perfect for an early evening walk near the riverfront.

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