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New Series: So, confession. I rarely wear normal clothes. I'm most often in leggings and sweatshirts, and while that's all fine and good since my job doesn't really demand much more than that, I thought I should try to step up my "normal clothes" game. So you'll be seeing an outfit post here and there on YBC in our new Style series, as I try to figure out what works on my body type (read: petite yet somewhat athletic?).
I recently went up to Boston for the weekend to film a bunch of fitness videos (details coming soon), and while I was super busy for most of my time up there, I was able to sneak away for a bit at one point mid-morning to explore. I knew I wanted to do a quick outfit shoot while I was there, so I planned ahead by packing a Brandy Melville sweater (similar) and coat (similar), skinny jeans, and my new booties. I'll just go ahead and state the obvious, which is that there is nothing groundbreaking about this particular outfit, but it's definitely a bit out of my comfort zone, as I am normally in leggings, a sweatshirt and OTK boots. It's also worth mentioning that I felt mildly rebellious breaking the No-white-after-Labor-Day rule, which I feel is antiquated and very anti-Namaslay.
Anyway, if you've followed along for some time, you know that I am the world's worst human if I get hungry. I'd rather have the worst hangover of my life than suffer from "hanger" - the rage-induced state I take when I become hungry.
Snacking on the go is tough, though, because most grab-and-go snacks have questionable ingredients. I try to eat as healthy as possible, but pre-making my snacks for this travel weekend wasn't possible, so when LARABAR reached out to partner, I immediately agreed because they've always been my go-to bar of choice when I'm on the run and trying to make healthy choices. I love that their bars have real ingredients that we all know. That alone makes them the ideal healthy snack in my book. Bonus? They're now running a 25% off promotion, so hop to it if you're looking to stock up!
Here's something I discovered - posing for outfit photos is very uncomfortable for me. Yoga pose photos? Easy. Posing with a reader on my book tour? No problem. Taking an outfit post? OMG, #allthehives. I'm going to work on that. In the meantime, here's a close up of these booties, which are super comfortable, and the perfect balance of interesting yet neutral.
I found this cool place - Graffiti Alley - while in town, and stopped to oh-so-casually run my fingers through my hair. Haha! You guys, how do fashion bloggers do it?! Either way, let's talk about this outfit. I'm not sure about the length of this coat. I love a cropped jacket, one that hits at the hip, and duster versions, but I'm on the fence about this in-between style. I feel like it cuts me off a bit. I also think the jeans are a little long (#shortgirlproblems - I'm 5'1'') and they bunch a bit which doesn't look great. Another thing I wondered when I put this outfit on: how do people avoid getting foundation on their shirts? True story, I have exactly one white shirt for this very reason! If you hold the key to this mystery, please share - I'll be forever grateful! In the meantime, I just didn't put any foundation on my neck or under my chin, and applied all my makeup after I had the shirt on.
A few positives: I love the neutral yet unexpected winter color scheme of this outfit. I also live for how cozy this sweater is (I'm still on the hunt for a longer, roomier turtleneck sweater, though), I la-la-love these booties, and I'm pumped that I was able to stave off the dreaded "hanger" with my LARABAR.
Let's chat: What are your go-to snacks when you're out and about? Have you followed any specific rules of thumb for dressing your body? Let me know down in the comments section below