Highlight Your Assets | Style Link Up

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Today is all about what looks good on your body type.
While I may not be a expert in this field, these are the styles that have come to look better than others on my ever evolving shape.

While my husband isn't a huge fan of them, basically all the V-neck tops work best for me.
Don't get me wrong, I do own other tops that aren't v-necks.
And I am not just picking them because of my name ;)
They just elongate my body better.
And my teenage self wants to kick me for saying this right now,
but I don't look as busty.

Which goes hand in hand with the next thing I'm about to say....
Nothing just adds extra pounds all other.
Lightweight fabrics are one of my best friends!

I tend to wear things that are slightly looser, but nothing too baggy.
Those ever popular over sized sweatshirts just won't work on me.
When you have curves you just need to keep clean, simple lines that move with your body shape yet don't cling to it.

All my tees are Target - Universal Thread and my sweater is Old Navy.

It is totally the opposite for me on the bottom half of things!

I have a love/hate relationship with skinny jeans and leggings.
I would love to balance out my curvy hips with boot cut styles or even flares, but I have super skinny ankles/calves that work really well for skinny styles.

I probably own some skinny jeans in about every color except purple...I think I need to change that!

Seriously, I have dark washes, black, distressed, white, gold, pink, grays, greens, etc.

Oh look, is that some skinny jeans paired with a v-neck top?

It is ;)

All my jeans are Articles of Society - Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, or Old Navy.

And when I am not wearing the above uniform in some way, shape or form...I am rockin' a just above the knee dress.

Again, lightweight materials are a must!
I am able to get away with something a little more shapeless when it comes to dresses thankfully.
Just showoff those ridiculously skinny ankles and I'm good to go ;)
In all seriousness, my skinny ankles and heels can be troublesome with it comes to shoe shopping.
I can't find shoes that will stay on my feet!
I walk out of so many of them!
So unless they tie, are super snug through the rest of the foot, or don't have a back at all I typically can't wear them.
So now you know why you basically never see me in flats :/

Enough about me...I want to hear what clothing items work best for you!
Share your blog post with us over at The Blended Blog,
 or tag us on Instagram or Facebook and use #tbbstyle
And don't forget to see what Abbie from Grumbling Grace is sharing on her blog as well as The Blended Blog!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Fresh Start

Monday, January 21, 2019

Every year it's the same thing...
set goals/resolutions/etc.
Keep or complete about 1/4 of those.
This year I am changing it up.
I am going with a word and motto.

If you watched my Instastories over the last weeks I decided that my motto for 2019 is #AllGoodDays
I even have a super cozy sweatshirt to help me keep that in mind!

Following along with that my word of the year is JOY :)

I am tired of the negative things.
Will I tick some people off with it, of course I will.
If it does....they probably aren't someone I want around me in the first place.

Does that mean I won't have some tough days in my future?
No way!
It just means I am going to do my very best to find something good and joyful in every day.

For example...we got a ton of snow this weekend.
Like 6-10 inches or more.
They declared it a Level 2 and advised you to stay off the roads.
Businesses closed early.
We were basically forced to stay at home.
If you know me at all, that is my worst nightmare.
I must leave the house at least once a day to feel sane.
It sounds like it was shaping up to be a completely horrible weekend.
But it wasn't because I kept those goals in mind!
I got to sleep in longer.
I was able to get a longer workout in each day.
I finished reading a book (that's a story for another day)!
I was able to take my time meal planning for the week.
All things that made the days better.

While everyone else is purging their homes for the new year, I am purging my mind and life.
And so far, it feels amazing!

I would love to hear what your goals, resolutions, words or motto is for 2019.
Comment below, tag me on Instagram, or share your blog post over at The Blended Blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Wishing you all a 2019 filled with Joy!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

The Friday Faves | Week 3

Friday, January 18, 2019

Another week down in 2019.
At the moment I am struggling.
Do you ever have those days that you have so much to say,
but at the same time you better just not say anything?
That has been today, last week, the last month for me.
It's getting old.
Despite that feeling, I am just going to power through like I have been doing.
At least for now.

Now onto some happy things ;)

Monday on the blog and over at The Blended Blog I shared two ladies that I think are killin' it in the small business world.

I would love for you to give them some love as well!
Head here and here to check out those posts :)

Wednesday I shared some new active wear from Old Navy I recently picked up.

And I just ordered a few more active wear items from Amazon that should be arriving next week.
I'll make sure to share my thoughts when they arrive :)

The rest of my post today I would like to share a couple bloggers/Instagram ladies that I just love!

Andrea at Living on Cloud Nine is all around amazing.

I'm sure I'm late to the game, but if you don't follow her you totally should.
I absolutely love the outfits she puts together, and the recipes she shares make my mouth water!
For example...doesn't this soup sound so good!
It is perfect for this winter storm we are supposed to get this weekend!

Amy at A Cup Full of Sass shares fashion and food too!

Notice a theme here?
Basically I am a happy camper when I can "shop" for everything all at one place. lol!
Amy shows some great recipes that are good for the Faster Way to Fat Loss program.
I started following her a long time ago when she would review her Stitch Fix boxes.

What other bloggers/Instagram ladies should I be following?

And that's all for today folks!
Hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend!

Linking up with The Blended Blog, Andrea, Narci & Erika today :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Shape It Up | Style Link Up

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It's the beginning of a new year, so that can only mean one thing...
Bring on all the workout clothes!
I kid, kind of.
Every store under the sun that offers workout apparel seems to run deals right after Christmas and into the new year.
They all know that most everyone has goals of being healthier and working out.
How long that lasts is up to you.
So if you score some new gear to help get you in shape and then decide to use it as lounge wear I'm not gonna judge you.

I kind sound like Planet Fitness 😜

I jumped on the bandwagon this year and ordered some new items to help me not look like a slob, not wear my pj's while I workout at home, to feel better about myself during my workouts 😉

I did order those leggings that every blogger under the sun seems to be raving about these days from Amazon, but they don't arrive until tomorrow.

I went with the cropped version and they were only $20, so I will keep you posted if they turnout to be a good buy.

My new goodies from Old Navy did arrive, so that is what I am sharing today.
Back story...I don't buy workout clothes.
I typically just wear a pair of shorts of some kind and tank or tee to workout.
About 6 years ago I actually starting leaving the house to workout at a class and headed to Old Navy to find a few items that were more appropriate.
They didn't disappoint.
Actually, I still have those couple pairs of capri compression leggings, tanks and sports bras.
They are all still in great shape after wearing them for years.

Fast forward to 2019...

I decided it was probably time to add a few more pairs of leggings to my wardrobe.
Side note: I do not like wearing leggings out of the house unless I am going to a workout class.
It is like wearing pj's or sweats out of the house to me.

First up are these High-Rise Color-Block Compression leggings in carbon currently $19, paired with this Full-Zip Compression Jacket in blackjack currently $25.

I love the fit of these, but the regular length leggings are a bit long for my taste :/
Since I scored them on sale for less than $10 I'm willing to hang on to them.
And I grabbed this jacket for under $20!
I love the zip pockets and thumb holes on the sleeves :)

Next up are these 7/8 length High-Rise Elevate Color-Blocked Compression leggings in medium gray currently $15.

The fit, the colors, the length = Perfect!
I would almost think about leaving the house in these 😉
I scored these for under $10 as well!

My last pair I tried were the Mid-Rise Side-Mesh Compression leggings in black currently $19.

Yes, those are the tags you see in these pictures.
I opened up the package and immediately tried them on!

These cropped leggings were also under $10 when I placed my order.
These are the exact same ones I bought 6 years ago!
The only addition is the sides have a little mesh detail.
I'm actually wearing them right now since I am about to get my workout in 😊💪

Grab all these items online and score an extra 20% off with code MORE.
Spend $75 or more and you get 30% off with that same code!
Sale ends at 11:59pm PT on 1/16/19!
Hurry and place your order today!

*This post is in no way sponsored. 
I just enjoy the active wear that Old Navy offers, and wanted to save the goodness with you!*

Where do you buy your workout gear from?
What types of workout gear do you gravitate to?
What types of workouts do you enjoy?

Head over to see what Shelly @ The Queen In Between is sharing on her blog as well as The Blended Blog!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Small Business Love | TBB Asks

Monday, January 14, 2019

If I am looking for a good accessory or a special gift for someone,
I always turn to Etsy and my Instagram feed.
There are so many wonderful small shops out there!
And the products you receive are great quality!
I love to shop small/local whenever I am able to!
And I love sharing these shops with all of you!

I stumbled upon Baubles by B when I was looking for some camo earrings to gift at my Favorite Things Party.

My original ones were from a "big name shop", so I wondered how they would compare.
To me they are identical in quality!
And they offer all kinds of amazing prints, styles, etc. in different shapes and sizes!
That is huge!
While I love a good teardrop earring, sometimes you just want to change it up!
Did I mention Beth (the B behind Baubles) is from the Midwest?
Everything about her and her shop just fits me so well :)

And the turnaround time is absolutely wonderful!
I ordered earrings shortly before Christmas to wear on NYE,
and I had them in plenty of time!
I can't imagine getting my earrings anywhere else!

Here are the ones I have so far from Baubles by B...

 My first pair were these bright Orange Leather Teardrop earrings.
They were perfect for Halloween, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns!

I gifted these beauties to a leopard print loving friend.

 I added these Green Knotted Tassel earrings at the same time.

I can't believe I didn't have a pair of red earrings in my collection, so when I placed my order around Christmas I had to grab these shiny marquis earrings.

And aren't these silver and gold glitter ones just the perfect NYE/party earring?
I wore them the other night with a cream sweater and they gave my outfit an instant pop!

And here is what is in my shopping cart now...

Want some of your own?
You can head here and use code VANESSA10 to score some for yourself at a discount!
I am sure you will love them!
I have a friend who recently ordered 6 pairs after I mentioned the shop to her :)

Once your done placing your order ;)
Head over to The Blended Blog to see another lady that I am sharing with you all that is slayin' it in the small/local business world (she also happens to be one of my BFF's)!
And don't forget to link up your posts there!
Don't have a blog?
Share a Boss Babe in your world in the comments below, or share on Instagram or Facebook - tag me (@xtremelyv) and use #tbbsasks

Happy Monday and Happy Shopping Friends!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

The Friday Faves | Week 2

Friday, January 11, 2019

Another week into 2019...How's it going for you?
Are you sticking with your goals or resolutions you have set for yourself?
So far so good here :)

I kicked off the weekend jumping on the #twinning train.
Anyone else love these types of things?

I can't complain about the results :)

Then I headed outside for a chilly, but much needed bout of fresh air!

After a good workout, I cleaned up and we headed out for a late lunch.
This time we headed to Newark to check out Barrel & Boar.
Mic tried out a Bloody Mary, while I waited for the main course ;)

Beef brisket, fresh cut fries, mac-n-cheese and garlic bread!
So good!
I ended up bringing more than half of it home for Mic to enjoy the next day.

He really enjoyed his Maple Pork and Sausage Grits as well.

I couldn't leave without trying the Creme Brulee'!

I actually wanted to go to dinner at the location in Columbus for my birthday, but I wasn't sure everyone would like it.
I'm bummed that I didn't pick it for that night, but so glad we were able to try it out.
We will definitely go back!

The rest of the weekend we watched football and prepped for the upcoming week of school, work, basketball, etc.

X had another basketball game on Tuesday night, and I do love to watch him play but this week something just seemed off :/

Which should have been a clue that he wasn't feeling well....
He even tried to meditate the sick feelings away ;) but it didn't work.

A day later I had to keep him home from school for the very first time because he had some sort of stomach bug :(

But that meant I was able to work from home (trying to see the positive side of it).
In my down time I started reading my new book...

I am not really a book person, but so far I like it :)
I am sure I am the last person to read it.
Have you read it yet?
What did you think of it? 

On the blog...
I kicked off the first full week of January sharing some of the things that entertain me.
Head here to see what I like or dislike in music, movies, TV and books.

Wednesday was all about what I wear outside in the winter.

Honestly, it was perfect timing.
We got hit with low temps, snow and ice and soon as that post went live!

And that is it for this week!
Make sure you get your posts ready for Monday and Wednesday to link up with us at The Blended Blog!

Fingers crossed X is feeling better and back to school today (I'm writing this Thursday evening).
He kicks off his first indoor soccer season on Saturday!
The rest of the weekend should be pretty low key - errands and watching all the football I can! 
What are you up to this weekend?
Whatever it is I hope you find something good in each day :)

Linking up with The Blended Blog, Andrea, Narci & Erika.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

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