How to Wear Athletic Shoes for the Office

I am loving the athleisure trend lately!  Athleisure is a trend where workout clothing is worn in other settings than the gym.  This can include leggings, yoga pants, zip front hooded sweatshirts, and tennis shoes dressed up and styled fashionably.   The idea of being comfortable yet stylish is key in my busy life!  The fact that you can pair athletic shoes with just about anything makes me happy!  As a teacher, I am constantly on my feet and there are some days I know that will be crazier than others!

Outfit Details || Dress: JCrew Factory || Shoes: Nike T6 || Jacket: Loft || Earrings: Kendra Scott || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Sunglasses: Loft ||

 

These Nike TR6 shoes have become some of my favorite pairs!  I bought them last October for a trip to Disney.  I wanted something that was versatile and that I could dress up a little depending on the outfit and what we were doing.  They are so comfortable I wanted to try and to wear them for school on a non jeans day.  Here are three tips on how to wear a pair of athletic shoes at the office!

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1.  Cotton Dress

Cotton dresses are extremely comfortable and in the right style can be dressed up or down depending on the look your going for.  This dress from JCrew factory has become a favorite.  The fit is absolutely perfect.  For reference I am wearing a size small.  I loved this one so much at $24.00, I bought it in two other colors.

2.  Cute Jacket!

A bomber jacket can dress up any look.  I have been looking for one for quite awhile and when I found this one at Loft I fell in love.  I loved the silky material and they colors of the floral print.  They were perfect to transition into fall!

3.  Jewelry

Adding accessories to any look gives it a more polished feel.  They don’t have to be over the top pieces either.  A simple pendent necklace and earrings give this look a finished appeal.

Have you tried the athleisure trend yet?  If so what is your favorite styles to wear?

 

 

How to Wear: Athletic Shoes

I wanted to start a new series with some of my favorite Instagram ladies!  I am thinking this would be a fun monthly edition!  Let me know if you enjoyed this and would like to see more!

 

Athletic shoes has been my favorite fashion trend!  As a momma of two active boys, I have loved being able to figure out new ways to wear these wondrous shoes! I love how comfy has become stylish!  I have linked up with some of my Instagram besties to show you how we style these closet staples!  Which way is your favorite?

Outfit Details || Top:  c/0 Haute Shop Co. ||

 

Outfit Details || Jacket:  c/o Haute Shop Co.  ||

I love taking pieces and tops that are comfy and classic and dressing them down with a pair of athletic shoes.  My two favorite pairs right now are my Nikes and New Balance shoes.  Both pairs work in so many ways in my closet and have been in constant rotation!

  

Amanda from @abc_mom_style and ABC Mom Style:  These little white and rose gold Adidas are so fun!  The gold stripes add such a great feminine touch and I just love how they go well with anything!  Of course, they are perfect with a causal look – oversized sweater and distressed boyfriend jeans.  But don’t be afraid to pair them with something more unexpected.  They are adorable with a nicer layered look – plaid, cute sweater, black skinnies and some bling.  It’s been a while since it was “acceptable” to wear sneakers with anything other than athletic wear.  Take advantage of this trend and truly be comfortable and cute at the same time!

 

Ann from @teacherannie:  I love my Adidas, and I wear them all the time! They are the perfect shoes to make a dress more casual or edgy, and they are perfect with leggings and skinnies. Here, my favorite kicks paired with a sundress ( last year from Who What Wear for Target) and an old bomber jacket from Old Navy, I’m comfortable for a day of shopping and lunch, but I could quickly change out the shoes and topper, and I’m ready for a date with my husband!

My favorite look is to pair my Adidas with leather leggings, a graphic tee, and this slouchy velvet blazer. It’s great for day or night, it’s supremely comfortable, and I feel great in it!

I reach for these shoes more than any others in my closet.

(photo credit to Jennifer Shi and Sydney Robinson)

 

Dinah from @stylishprofessor:  What an honor to share this post with my Instagram besties! Thanks so much to Mandy for inviting us today.  The main athletic shoe I wear are my Converse. I have them in 4 different colors, and LOVE that they can be dressed up or down. These black converse, together with the moto jacket and tee, keep the tulle skirt from being overly frilly.

I also have a pair of navy and mint Reeboks that I definitely don’t use for running 🙂 They pair really well with a gingham shirt, cardi, and jeans. I hope you find some fun ways to style your athletic shoes!

 

Apryl from @prylb: I’m not a “serous” walker, but my dog is serious about getting her daily walk. So I put on comfy shoes every evening & we strut the neighborhood. Luckily, having comfort doesn’t mean I can’t have a fun print.  And running to the store after a walk doesn’t require a change of shoes😊

 

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3 Goals for the Year

I’ve debated for a while on whether or not I wanted to write this post, but I decided that I might as well go for it.  Like most other people, I decided I wanted to set some goals for myself for the New Year.  I hate talking about New Year’s Resolutions, because I always end up breaking them.   This year, I decided that I wanted to set goals rather than resolutions.

Time to get real.  Since this time last year, I have steadily gained weight, and I haven’t been happy with how my clothes have been fitting.  I did a lot of complaining, but didn’t do anything that would help the long term.  I decided that I need to make a conscious effort to improve my heath. I am almost 36 years old and I know that staying active will only get harder the older I get.  Due to this, I decided that I needed to set a few goals.

 

Goal 1:  To be more active

I go through active spurts.  When I wore my fitbit I noticed I was more active and pushed myself to move more.  I have gone through to many fitbits so I decided to try the apple watch.  I love that the apple watch takes into consideration activity level for calories burned not just steps.   I also decided to re-enroll in a local pilates class that I started this past week.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the class.  It’s perfect especially since I get to do it with a close friend!  Another step towards being more active is that a few ladies at work and I have set days to work out after school.  We are doing the 21 Day Fix workout which is only 30 minutes, and I can get the boys picked up on time.  Of course, cute workout clothes and accessories definitely help with motivation.

Outfit Details || Top:  Old Navy || Pants: Under Armour  || Shoes: c/o LIUID ||

Goal 2:  To be more present

As a mom of boys, I at times struggle to want to always participate in the activities that they want to do.  It is very easy to put housework and social media in front of them.  This year I am putting them first.  I have turned notifications off on my phone so I am not constantly checking in.  I have also started a quick clean when we first get home. This helps us stay on top of the daily cleaning and gives me more time in the evening.  This week we even played a game of basketball.  I was reminded how awful I am!

Goal 3:  To try new foods

I enjoy cooking, but I seem to get into a rut with the food that I cook.  There are so many recipes on Facebook and Pinterest I have seen that look delicious.  My goal is to try at least 1 new recipe every 2-3 weeks.  Recently, I tried spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti and it is now my go to recipe!  I also made this past week fried cauliflower.  Surprising, I really liked it!  There wasn’t much of a difference in taste!  Would you like me to share my experiences with different recipes?

 

All of this being said I am sure I will struggle with these goals.  They are just goals though, and if I can stick with them I know that it will make me a happier and healthier person!    What are your goals for this year?

 

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Travel Apparel: Love Monday Apparel and Vera Bradley

 

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When traveling comfort is key!  To prep for my upcoming trip to Disney I scoured Pinterest and Instagram for casual chic looks.  For the flights, I wanted to be comfortable and to have layers.  I am usually cold, but wanted to make sure I was dressed for the Florida heat once we arrived.  I decided to wear my black Sateen Pocket Leggings and plaid button up from Loft.  These things are as soft and super comfy as can be!  They are also currently 50% off using code ‘TheBest’!

 

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I was super excited when Love Monday Apparel  sent over this adorable tee.  The phrase Kind Heart Brave Spirit Fierce Mind really spoke to me!  I would like to believe, that I try to embrace these words daily!  I don’t have many graphic tees so this one will be a popular one this fall!

 

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I’ve been debating on getting a new pair of casual athletic shoes.  I love my New Balance, but wanted something a little more neutral, and that I could wear also with dresses.  I decided on these Nike In Season TR5.  I am not sure how to style them yet with dresses, but they were incredibly comfortable which is key when walking all around the airport!  I ended up wearing them into Disney most days!  I was able to wear them with almost everything I packed, even though I hadn’t planned on wearing them so much.

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Another key element of travel is of course your bags!  With backpacks making a huge come back I wanted to give this trend a try.  Thanks to Vera Bradley I was able to do it with this adorable Big Sky Backpack!  I loved everything about this bag.  It was the perfect size to keep my normal purse items plus snacks for the kids on the plane.  The backpack was perfect for keeping my hands free to hang on to the boys in the crowd!

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in partnership with Love Monday Appareland Vera Bradley and contains affiliate links.  All opinions expressed though are my own.

 

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Coco Limon

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Athleisure wear is something that has been lacking in my closet. I was so excited when COCO Limon NYC contacted me to team up and try their leggings!

After a long week, I needed some relaxation this weekend. With the cooler temps we had, I couldn’t wait to try the long yoga leggings from COCO Limon NYC. These leggings did not disappoint! They were extremely soft, and fit perfectly. The leggings did not bunch or fall down throughout the day. They even lasted on a walk with my little guy!

I’m looking forward to continuing experimenting with the athleisure trend into the fall! For more style ideas check out my pinterest board. I would love to see your take on athleisure. Please share your favorite look on my facebook page or tag me on instagram!

DISCLAIMER:  I have partnered with Coco Limon for this post, however all opinions are my own.