My Must-Haves for the Gym

by agirlandhermutt on November 19, 2013

Do you ever have those weekends were you totally feel refreshed come Sunday night?! That is just what happened to me. I had the perfect mix of productivity, absolute laziness, fun and sweat.

One of my favorite times to go to the gym is Friday night and on the weekends. I don’t have any time restrictions and I don’t have to wash my hair immediately after. Both of these things stress me out during the week. The BF and I have made Friday night our gym date night (ooohhh…romantic!) and Saturday I had the pleasure of Karen being my gym buddy. Sunday I was all alone and it was perfect.

While I was getting pumped on Sunday night I got to thinking about why going to the gym is less of a chore this time around in my weight loss quest than ever before. Rather than dread getting my butt to the gym after work, I find myself *gasp* looking forward to it! So whats up? What is different this time around?

And then, as I adjusted my headphones and checked my heartrate monitor, it dawned on me…I love all my fun gym accessories!


My Must-Haves for the Gym
(aka I spent money on things that make me happy at the gym and I’m going to tell you what they are)

1. G-Loves workout gloves.

First of all, never google image search g-love. *Shudder* Second, I have delicate hands. Dainty, delicate hands. Heh. Ok, just soft with no callouses. When I started the Mshell Fitness program I found that I was getting blisters from the weights and that was NOT ok. I came across G-Loves on Instagram and decided to check them out. I love that these gloves not only protect my hands, but look awesome while doing so. Now I have two pair, Amethyst with Black Lace Trim & Aztec (Limited Edition). <—Thanks Mom & Dad! These gloves might seem a little pricey, but I’m lifting 5x/week so I am definitely getting my use out of these suckers!

2. Skullcandy Headphones.

I’m obsessed with big headphones. I wanted those Bose noise cancelling headphones for ages, but they were so boring looking. Then I was on a Beats headphones kick for awhile. The BF kindly reminded me that I have a black thumb when it comes to electronics and possibly I should start out smaller at first. By the way, when I say black thumb I really mean that I tend to lose things. A lot. I had a bit of a rough patch in August and was super stressed out. The BF was kind enough to bribe me into a better mood with these purple Skullcandy headphones that I am now obsessed with. I love the purple. I love the comfort. I love the look!

(Creepy bathroom selfie alert!)


3. Under Armour Sneakers.

I have a tendency to find shoes that look good rather than fill a specific need. When I realized I wanted a more minimalist shoe rather than my usual spongey suspects I started to look around on Zappos and found these shoes. They not only fit my requirement of being a little unique, but also that whole no big sole thing too. These shoes get compliments constantly! I feel so cool when I wear them. My only complaint on these is that they get a little smelly inside the shoe. I wear them without socks and these suckers absorb sweat like it is their job. That doesn’t stop me from wanting the exact same shoe in the teal color though.

4. Polar Ft4 Heart Rate Monitor.

If you follow me on Instagram then you know my love for my HRM. I don’t live or die by these numbers, but I do use it to help me stay on track during my workout. There are plenty of times where I *think* I’m working hard only to realize that my hear rate is nowhere near where it should be. Oh, and just in case you thought my vanity stopped at shoes and gloves…I got the FT4 instead of the FT7 because I liked the bronze color the best. 🙂

5. Headbands.

I have a lot of hair. I also have a bowling ball for a head. Every time I work out I need my hair tamed. My new method is to pull my hair into a high ponytail and then put on a headband to keep it all in place. My favorites include Lululemon’s Fly Away Tamer and LP3 Headbands.        


I’m not totally materialistic. Some good ol’ beats gets me pumped up any day! Here are a few of my faves on the Workout Playlist.

Note: Some of these have explicit lyrics. Fun fact…I always download the clean version. Excessive cussing drives me nuts in songs.

Gas Pedal (Sage the Gemini)

Black Sheep (Gin Wigmore)

Timber (Pitbull & Ke$ha)

Burn (Ellie Goulding)


Currently I’m on a hunt for an armband that will hold my phone while it still lives in its little case. Right now I put my phone in my sports bra, which is both disgusting and sweaty at the same time. Something fun for me to look forward to!

What are your go to workout songs? Any must haves for you at the gym?


Fashion Friday!

by agirlandhermutt on August 23, 2013

Hello friends! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was at that weird in-between stage with my clothing. My old size was (WAY WAY) too big and the next size down was a little too snug.

Well, I have officially hit the sweet spot for that smaller size. My clothes are fitting better and I’m happy to see definition where there definitely wasn’t some before. FUN!

So while I’m in the process of getting to that next awkward in-between size moment, I’m going to enjoy wearing some newer clothes that ACTUALLY FIT.

I’ve gotten some fun love for a few of my fashion combos over the past few weeks on Instagram so I figured I would share those with you today. I don’t link to some of the specific items because they are from classy very adult-like  places like Forever21 that changes out clothes every single day.

My fashion approach is easy…shop at Target. Heh. Kidding. Kind of. I tend to not spend a ton of my actual clothing because I go through phases on what I like to wear. Instead I invest in jewelry, certain pieces that I love, and bags. I would never call myself a fashion guru, but I can accessorize like a BOSS.


Top & Skirt: VanHeusen Outlet
Shoes: Naughty Monkey
Jewelry: Alex & Ani bracelets, Vintage spoon bracelet, Forever21 Black Bow bracelet, Coach owl necklace, JoJo Bling earrings in Snowflake
Belt: Some random Target belt

Top: Forever21 Peach tank, Forever21 striped cardigan
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jean
Shoes: Naughty Monkey
Jewelry: Mishmash of Forever21 & Target

Top: Forever21 Tank
Sweater: Marshalls
Skirt: VanHeusen Outlet
Shoes: Target
Jewelry: Target

Top & Cardigan: Marshalls
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Anne Klein Sport
Purse: Morgan bag from Vera Bradley
Jewelry: Coach Owl Necklace, JoJo Bling earrings in Hazel, Alex&Ani bracelets, Vintage Spoon bracelet
Dirty Mirror: Me

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Cardigan: Marshalls
Jewelry: Target necklace, JoJo Drop Bling
Shoes: Target
Hair: Finally cooperating for the first time this summer!

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Black Rockstar Skinny jeans
Shoes: Birkenstocks Gizeh in Onyx
Jewelry: Alex & Ani braclets, vintage spoon, Lia Sophia Ring, JoJo Bling earrings, necklace from a boutique in Pensacola

Dress, Belt & Shoes: Target
Jewelry: Fossil Watch, Bauble Bar Bracelet, JoJo Blings in Peach, Rose gold necklace from Olive Yew Jewels
Hair: Bringin’ it!
Calf Muscle: Showing a little!

Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into my closet! Hopefully the next time I do this I will be even smaller. 🙂


Have a great week! Tonight I’m heading out to enjoy a dinner for Restaurant Week in Boston and then it is back to the grind at my strength class bright & early tomorrow morning. Enjoy!


Fave Five Friday: Wish List Edition

by agirlandhermutt on May 10, 2013

I think I have a concussion. No one seems to believe me though. On Wednesday night I opened the freezer door to put something away. I dropped whatever it was and when I stood up the door had swung in a little so I nailed myself right on the top of the head with the corner of the door. It literally hurts all of the time. If the wind blows, my head hurts. If I brush my hair, my head hurts. If I lay down, my head hurts. Hopefully I make it through the weekend a better woman. I’ve already told my BF to come look for me at my house if he hasn’t heard from me in 12 hours. I don’t want to be on the news because I died and Korky ate my body. Well, that turned creepy.

On another note…THANK YOU SO MUCH for the words of encouragement on my last post about running. I keep reading them to know it will get better. xoxo


Anyway, today is a perfect day for a Fave 5 Friday. Since I’m fully entrenched in the Spend Less May Challenge I’ve been doing a lot of online window shopping. Here are five items I’ve been crushing on lately.


Wish List
1.  Classic Bauble Original Bracelet from the Pink Pineapple. I love the bits of bling and the classic gold mixed together. It’s the right mix of way to big and ridiculous with stylish and chic.
Classic bauble Original
2. Legacy Leather Courtenay Hobo  from Coach. Do you ever *need* a bag? If so, then that is how I feel about this one. I love the classic color and the straps that you can wear cross body style or over the shoulder. I like to mix it up. Crazy, huh?!
Coach Legacy Leather Courtenay Hobo


3. Nantucket Gold Sandals from Jack Rogers. I’m on a navy and gold kick and these are just perfect. No they are not that comfortable, but they go with almost everything I own. Plus they make me feel all preppy and like I should bust out my Southern accent.
Palm Beach Platinum Navajo
4. Caveat Sunglasses from Oakley. I saw these in the store the other day and asked the guy who worked there was the style was called. He told me “Ca-veet”. When I looked them up online I found that they were actually “Caveat”. Oh boy. Either way, this rose gold sunglasses are perfect in every way. The nose rest thingys are incased so that they don’t get stuck in your hair. So smart!
5. Bow Bracelet from KJP. I.JUST.CAN’T! The bows, the polka dots, the navy blue. It is all too much for me. If I was Rachel Zoe I would yell out, “I die!” when I look at this. I would also be a lot skinnier. Another thought for another day. Bracelet=TOO CUTE.
Twiggy by Kiel James Patrick



I hope you guys have a great weekend! I’m secretly hoping for a rain day so I can get stuff inside my house done without feeling guilty that I’m not out enjoying the beautiful weather. Don’t tell anyone or they might boooo me on the street. 😉

See ya next week!

What is one thing on your wish list right now?!