#MotivationMonday: Work Out

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Hi, beauties! It’s been too long! Life has been crazy this March, and between a new job and a rotating roulette of sicknesses, I have definitely been slacking on my fitness. Sweat with Kayla has been my workout of choice for the last year, but with a new gym at work and the prospect of a Disneyland race looming this fall, I want to up my game! I’m thinking more running with Conner and the pups, and some beginners yoga + spin classes at the gym.

But let’s be real: my favorite way to motivate myself is by shopping… so here we are, with a round-up of dreamy work out clothes, accessories, and post-gym makeup that makes me swoon big time. What are your favorite athletic/athleisure brands, and what’s your workout of choice? Please share – I’m in desperate need of a little Motivation Monday!

  1.  Free People Black Moon Sports Bra in Wasabi
  2. Sprigs 2-Pocket Wrist Wallet in Batik Blue | This has two pockets to hold the essentials while you run! I’m ordering one ASAP for hiking!
  3. Sonix Starry Eyed iPhone Case
  4. Ban.do I Did My Best Gym Bag 
  5. InvisiBobble Hair Tie in Pinking of You | For the perfect crease-less power pony!
  6. Kate Spade 16 oz. Glass Glitter Water Bottle
  7. Zella Devin Crop Tee in White Heather
  8. Nike LunarEpic Low Flynit 2 in Grey
  9. Fitbit Alta HR in Pink Rose Gold | I am hardcore dreaming of this rosy fitness tracker! Husband, if you’re reading this…
  10. Sweet Escape Scalloped Sports Bra | Scallops forever!
  11. Starry Night Leggings + Sports Bra | How cute is this set?!
  12. Living Proof Dry Shampoo in travel size | THE. BEST. dry shampoo on the market!
  13. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette | Because I won’t leave the house without my brows on…
  14. Milk Makeup Vibes Vibes Vibes Set | Includes skin refreshing stick, lip + cheek tint, matte bronzing stick, blur stick – the perfect kit to transition from gym to everyday!
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Galentine’s Gift Ideas

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1. Sonix Fancy Heart iPhone 7 Case
2. I Am Very Busy Notebook
3. LePen Pens in red, pink, & lavender
4. Love Potion Thermal Mug
5. Rose All Day Gummies 
| Also available in Champagne
6. Mini Tassel Earrings 
| As seen in my Valentine’s outfit!
7. Girl Boss Nameplate 
| My other favorite –  World’s Best Entry Level Employee!
8. Kate Spade Ballon Unicorn Keychain
9. JCrew x New Balance Crop Top
in warm pink stripe 
10. Sugar Paper LA Business Card Holder 
| The perfect gift for a soon-to-be grad!
11. Fromm Bright Pink Bow Hair Ties 
| This brand has the cutest hair accessories! Plus, 50% of the sales of this item supports early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

These days, I’m all about some Girl[boss] power! When I see pink, red, and hearts all over my Insta feed for Valentine’s Day, all I can think of is how much I love my bffs and celebrating them in all their glory! Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13th, and what better way to celebrate than by pampering your girlfriends with a treat or two? All my picks are above – happy shopping!

Love,
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Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

V-Day is a week away, and I am loving all of the pink, girly, freshness of this season! It’s the perfect time of year to rock frilly frocks and celebrate all things feminine – throw on some pink lipstick (my favorite in Showy) instead of your everyday nude, or throw a Galentine’s brunch for your best girlfriends!

I am not typically an earring girl, but these turquoise tassels really struck a cord with me! They add a whimsical pop to a structured dress like this, but they also look great with a simple tee. I will be wearing them a lot this spring and summer! My mirrored cat-eye sunglasses are a favorite of style icon Kat Von D, and while I love the matte black for versatility, I’m seriously considering adding the pastel pink version to my collection. They’re just too cute! Unfortunately, this dress is a year or two old, but I love the flirty options here, here, and here!

Are you celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day this year? I’d love to see what you’re wearing!

With love,
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Coat: JCrew Cocoon Coat
Jeans: JCrew Toothpickmy go-to!
Heels: Nine West Tatiana in Nude
Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Retro in Crazy Tortoise
Lipstick: 
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera
Arm Candy: 
Bangle in rose gold, cuff in granite – on sale!

 

Happy hump day! I spotted this AMAZING orange wall last week and jumped for joy – I knew I had to shoot there! The other side of the building is lime/turquoise/purple, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of her on Amy Lately!

I’m trying to brighten up the chilly January days with a little lots of color! Sometimes the best outfits are the most simple – a pop of color, clean lines, and dark skinnies. I’ve discovered that these heels elevate any outfit – I’ve worn them to office parties, with jeans and a blazer for coffee and networking, and with casual blouses for church and Sunday brunch. I used to steer away from pointy toes, but now I’ve found that they add a more mature touch (as mature as you can be in a neon orange coat!) and elongate the legs – that’s a winner for me!

With love,
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MOOD BOARD: Dining Room Edition!

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1. Jaipur Wooden Dining Table | A Restoration Hardware look for a reasonable price!
2. Dove Paige Round Back Dining Chair (Set of 2) | Be patient – these go on sale often!
3. French Perle Bead Dinner Plate
4. Gray Cambria Salad Plate
5. Magnolia Market Laurel Wreath 
| Anyone else obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines?!
6. Together is a Beautiful Place To Be Neon Sign
 | I’m in love with neon signs right now – you’ll see me install at least 1 on Amy Lately this Spring!
7. Pink Enamel Flatware Set 
| Sold out online, but I saw a set in store on sale for $16!
8. Rubbed Black Buffet 
| Conner’s favorite…
9. Mirrored Silver Buffet
| …My favorite! I want to replace the knobs with these for a vintage look. Thoughts?!
10. Urban Outfitters Arabella Rug 
| We bought the runner for our entry!
11. IKEA Fejka Artifical Plant
 | I have these in my office and guest room – for $4/plant and $.79 for a faux ceramic pot, you can’t beat IKEA!
12. LuLu & Georgia Alby Rug

13. Anthropologie Malachite Rug
| Let’s be real – I’ll never be able to afford Anthro furniture, but I love browsing their site for inspo!

Decorating a house is so much fun, but it involves a lot of (expensive) decisions – which is why I’m starting a MOOD BOARD series here on Amy Lately! When decorating a room, I typically start by pinning everything on a Pinterest board. This makes it easy for me to edit unnecessary pieces, ensure aesthetic cohesiveness, and help my husband see the vision as well! Consider this series a prettier Pinterest board where I can share my decor inspiration with you!

This year, I am focusing on decorating the main entertaining areas – entry way, dining room, and living room – so we can start hosting! I am not the type to buy a “set” at a furniture store; I prefer an eclectic look that mixes traditional, glam, and natural elements. In the dining room, our biggest investments will be a buffet table and flat-weave rug. The buffet is purely for function, and a rug will help us delineate the dining space in our open concept home. Comment and let me know which buffet and rug you prefer! 

2016 Reflections & 2017 #Goals

Hi babies!

It’s almost 2017. Whew, we made it! When I scroll through social media this week, I see post after post screaming “Let 2016 end already! Worst year ever!” but I can’t say I share that groupthink. In 2016, I’ve been challenged in ways I never expected and (mostly) responded  with growth I am incredibly proud of.

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2016 Reflections

On January 4, 2016, I started my first “big girl” job working at a Fortune 200 company and one of Forbes Top 20 Best Employers in the U.S. Thus began a year of meeting and working with amazing people who are far smarter, kinder, and more experienced than me – basically, I struck gold.

In February, Conner left Texas and moved to New Mexico for work. I stayed in Texas because I refuse to live anywhere without a Target within 1 hour (just kidding – kind of). Really, I stayed to see through the amazing opportunity I had been given in my work life, at the company I fell in love with. C visited me frequently – perks of having a husband with his pilot license!

Fast forward to August, and C relocated yet again to Las Vegas, Nevada. He remained (remains) incredibly supportive of my career in ways that I could never ask for or imagine, and we continued to rack up Southwest points in our long-distance marriage. At work, I grew immensely – not just in skill, but in developing my personal brand and learning to confidently, unapologetically tell my story, all thanks to a couple of incredible people who took me under their wing like the little, lost duckling.

At the onset of the winter months, I made the incredibly difficult decision to leave my dream job and join C in Las Vegas. While in Texas, I met wonderfully kind, brilliant people, who may have left a few red wine stains on my Pottery Barn couch that I hope never come out. It’s the little accomplishments I am sad to leave behind – navigating a different grocery store chain, figuring out frontage roads, little moments of bravery in happy hours and Bible studies with strangers who became friends. Now I’m not sure whether to tell people I’m from Tennessee or Texas, and Willie’s fried pickles with ranch will forever hold a special place in my heart.

As I write this, I am sitting at an empty dining room table, eating cold pizza, and staring at our Christmas tree – the only quasi-decorated corner in this house – surrounded by half-packed cardboard boxes with my last name misspelled “SCWERTS” in Sharpie. We have added one more baby to the family, Minnie (meet her here), and my life has temporarily become one long Bounty commercial for puppy accidents. Conner continues to be the most loving, selfless partner I could ask for, and I am girlishly, butterflies-in-my-stomach excited to be with him again.

In 2013, I studied abroad at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge – Emma, as we fondly called her. My friends and I ventured into London for a service  at St. Paul’s Cathedral one night. The priest read us a quote that I will never forget, that I carry in my heart:

For all that has been, “Thanks,” and for all that will be, “Yes.”
-Dag Hammarskjold

For 2016, I say thanks to the Lord, and to 2017, I scream “Yes!” at the top of my lungs, for a new year, in a strange house, in a foreign city, with the fullest heart, knowing that my hodgepodge family of cheerleaders and advocates now extends to San Antonio, Texas.

2017 #Goals

You’ve ready my sappy 2016 lovefest long enough! Below are my goals for 2017, in no particular order. Most of these goals have less to do with the advent of a new calendar year and more to do with the start of a new chapter for my family.

  • Get plugged in to a local church and small group. Grow my spiritual family in a new city. (Side note: Do they have churches in Vegas?! Half-joking…)
  • Hike at least 2x/month in the beautiful, Martian landscape that is Nevada.
  •  Do fulfilling work with joy. This may not mean finding another “dream job” like my last – lighting may not strike twice – rather, it may mean volunteerism, content creation, and community growth.
  • Join a gym or yoga studio – being a homeowner means no more free apartment gym!
  • Create an oasis of Southern hospitality and warmth within our new, very Southwestern-looking house. I’m excited to document this process on Amy Lately!
  • Be vulnerable and open with new people, holding back judgements and seeing them through the eyes of the Holy Spirit – white, clean, whole.
  • Adventure with Conner! L.A., Disneyland/Harry Potter World, Utah skiing, the Grand Canyon, and countless parks are all at my fingertips in this part of the country.


When you look back at 2016, I encourage you to reflect on the unexpected that you handled with grace, and on the expected that you manifested into being. Meditate on your goals for 2017 knowing that destiny is often self-fulfilling. Sending much love – I hope you have a sparkly New Year’s Eve!

The Ultimate Holiday Party Dress Guide

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1. Ted Baker London Embellished Collar Velvet Dress
2. Rebecca Taylor Black Lace Mix Dress
3. Colourpop Highlighter Trio in Cookies
(See also in Cake & Ice Cream)
4. ASOS One Shoulder Midi Dress
5. BaubleBar Moonrock Drops in Green – 
I need these!
6. Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Cat Call
7. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy
8. Wayf Next to You Wrap Dress
9. Steve Madden Stecy Sandal in Pewter
10. BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring – 
Size up and wear on your middle finger!
11. Forever21 Faux Gem Body Chain
12. Slate & Willow Silver Aileen Dress

Story time, y’all – last week, I finished up work in San Antonio, packed up my little apartment, and drove my pup cross-country to Las Vegas, Nevada, the unlikely place that I will call home for the next few years. C and I are in the process of buying our first home (hurray!), and, until we close in a week or two, all but a suitcase of my clothes are in temporary storage. After 10+ months of long distance marriage, we are so happy to be together again!

Imagine my elation when my husband (hi, Conner!) rolled over on Sunday night and said, “By the way, babe, I keep forgetting to tell you – we have a work holiday party is Dec. 17.” With all my heels and party dresses in storage, my girlfriends and I have been scouring the internet to find an affordable, quick-ship outfit for the party, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to share my findings! Here are my favorite dresses and accessories for this holiday season – happy shopping!