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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Sprint Into Summer With the Form-Fitting Actra Kendra Running Compression Capri

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Actra Kendra Capri

It’s true, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Working out in cute clothes makes the act of sweating that much more bearable.

This is somewhat of a recent discovery for me, by the way. I used to run in tattered shirts with holes in them and whatever shorts I had on hand (wait, it gets worse, because I’d also have a scrunchie in my hair, haha!), but that changed when I found the Zella Live-In Capris.

Now, I kind of enjoy getting suited up for a workout, and the cuter and more color coordinated the outfit, the better.

I also enjoy shopping for workout clothes… :)

Actra Kendra Capri

When I spied these cute Actra Kendra Running Compression Capris ($35.99) at Lady Footlocker (diggin’ the purple ombre stripes on the side), I decided to step out of my Zella comfort zone and give ‘em a whirl.

Actra Kendra Capri ombre stripe

I love the attention to detail here, like the reflective strip at the bottom and the key pocket, which is zippered to keep your key from falling out.

Actra Kendra Capri zippered pocket

Zippered back pocket on the waistband

The Kendra Capri is a compression garment, a type of form-fitting workout pant designed to prevent muscle strain and fatigue, thereby increasing athletic performance, by keeping your muscles warm. They’re also supposed to minimize chafing and rashes by wicking perspiration away from your body.

The deets…

  • Mid-rise with a 20″ inseam (side note: these sit a little lower on the waist than the Zella Live-Ins)
  • A zippered back pocket
  • Non-chafing seams
  • Tight compression fit from hip to knee
  • EVAPOR® technology wicks sweat away from the skin
  • Made from 75% nylon/25% spandex
  • Sizes XS, S, M, L and XL
  • Available in black with black stripes, black with teal ombre and black with purple ombre
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

And since they’re snug, they help keep your drawers in place!

For me, this is a top priority. :) I can’t stand workout pants that make my underwear shift like tectonic plates. I need to keep those suckers on lockdown! — something the Kendra Capris totally do.

Actra Kendra Capri logo

I’ve been wearing these off and on since early June, and I like ‘em. I like ‘em a lot. I haven’t really noticed a difference in my running performance from the compression (then again, I’m the farthest thing from an elite athlete), but I have noticed that these wick well and really keep me cool.

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The $28 Kensie ‘Jamie’ Lace Trim Bralette: Taking Couch Surfing and Layering to Cute New Comfy, Lacy Heights

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I purchased this bra to wear to a funeral.

Wait — stay with me.

I purchased it for the passing of my thirty-seventh year, also known as my birthday.

I was kind of emotional that day, to be completely honest. After taking stock of my life and my accomplishments the past year, I just felt like I should’ve done more, been better, seen more things…

I don’t know… Maybe I shouldn’t have watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi so many times this year.

The day before my bday, I got myself to Nordstrom to look for a pair of birthday shoes (it was during the tail end their semi-annual shoe sale), but for the life of me, I couldn’t find the perfect pair.

Their inventory had already been picked over by early risers and seasoned shopping vultures, and what remained were the leftover, forgotten bones of unwanted heels withering in the wasteland of sad temporary shelving…

Dejected and disappointed, I lumbered over to the lingerie department, hoping to find a cute bra to wear on the first day of my thirty-eighth year, one that would make me feel girlie and special.

That’s when I discovered the $28 Kensie ‘Jamie’ Lace Trim Bralette [INSERT IMAGE OF ME STANDING ON A TABLE AND DOING THE RUNNING MAN]. :)

The Kensie ‘Jamie’ Lace Trim Bralette rocks!

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Outfit of the Day Vol. 15: Big Cats and Birthdays

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Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Built for bumming around and birthdays, the Anthropologie Jungle Romper

One really cool thing about getting older is that you start to get a better idea of who you really are — the kinds of things that matter most to you, what lights your fire, gets you angry or makes you happy or sad.

That is, unless you’re one of those lucky devils who knew exactly what you were meant to be/do from the start.

Yeah…that’s not the way it’s been for me. I’ve spent a lot of time falling and getting back up again, but c’est la vie, right? What else ya gonna do?

I guess I’m a late bloomer, but like Tabs always says (okay, not), better late than never! :)

One thing I think I have figured out over the years is that I’m not a huge fan of strict rules.

In most cases.

Birthdays are the exception. I do believe that everyone should go big on their birthdays, because birthdays rock, like by going big on a birthday outfit, or by wearing a special occasion nail polish, gloss or perfume.

Something to put an exclamation mark (!) on the day to help yourself feel special.

And BAM! — this year, I began my thirty-eighth year on our planet with cheetahs on my bum.

Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Cheetahs on my booty!

And I feel pretty good about it, too.

I stumbled on this Jungle Romper a couple weeks ago at my local Anthropologie store. I liked that I could picture Gwen Stefani wearing it while shopping for muumuus and mangoes at a farmers’ market in Hawaii (that’s an invaluable test right there).

More reasons I love it…

  • It’s easy to dress up or down. I might wear it with a blazer, nude wedges, dainty gold jewelry and a structured satchel when I’m in the mood for fancy. For chill days, maybe a cardigan, or a khaki or denim jacket, beaded flip-flops or sandals, big hoop earrings and a cross-body or messenger bag.
  • Pockets. Secret storage, ma! It’s big enough for an iPhone and a handful of cat treats (VERY IMPORTANT).
  • Loves to travel. This romper worked out well on my trip to SoCal last month. It held through a long, 16-hour day with barely any wrinkles to show for it and remained comfy the entire time.
  • It’s strapping! It also comes with straps…if you want to change the look, although I prefer to wear it strapless because I think it’s easier to get into and out of on bathroom breaks (was that TMI?).
Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Get the look: Anthropologie Jungle Romper, Banana Republic Anna Cardigan, Anthropologie and Banana Republic necklaces, Kate Spade satchel (no longer available; here’s something similar), gold stretch bracelet from Nordstrom (no longer available, but here’s something like it from Kohls), Target White Cat Eye Sunglasses

This year my birthday was pretty mellow, which was exactly what I wanted. Brunch at a place up here in Novato called Hilltop 1892, and then cake and ice cream back at the house.

Goofing around… Please note the almost empty glass of champagne

A little less goofy

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Air Conditioned Offices and Cool Late Nights Call for the Lightweight Banana Republic Anna Cardigan

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Banana Republic Anna Cardigan White

The Banana Republic Anna Cardigan in White ($59.50), dress by H&M (no longer available) and layering necklaces from Anthropologie

When I worked as a legal assistant and had to look somewhat presentable, I had a major love affair with Banana Republic.

Then, I joined the world of high-pressure pet assisting, and my sense of style devolved. I went from business casual to surf tees and stretchy pants almost overnight.

I’ve been trying to rectify this over the past year, in part because of a new policy here at work. My manager, Tabs, says that he “will cut” me the next time I come to work wearing tattered clothes, or clothes with crusty, dried bits of food on the sleeves.

And I also don’t want to keep being mistaken for a 13-year-old skater boy from afar.

Whatever, it happens.

So because it still gets a little chilly here late at night, I’ve been looking for lightweight summer sweaters — kind of dressy, but not overly formal — and this Banana Republic Anna Cardigan is doing the trick.

Made from silk, cotton, nylon and a lycra blend, they’re super soft, and not too clingy, so I can comfortably wear a shirt underneath.

The golden buttons are also a nice touch. Fancy and Chanel-ish. :)

Banana Republic Anna Cardigan Black

Anna Cardigan in Black

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I Flat-Out Adore These BCBG Zuma Flats

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BCBG Zuma Flats

Somewhere out there beyond the Mars Curiosity rover in a parallel universe where space and time are all mixed up and funkdafied, a 90-something-year-old Karen is sitting on her living room couch with Tabs 4.0 because, obviously, by that time kitty cloning will be, like, a thing, and alternate future Karen will have the foresight to preserve Tabs 1.0′s DNA.

Future Karen is watching an old movie on TV (the original Sex and the City — the good one) for the umpteenth time and smiling nostalgically as Carrie skips down the sidewalk in her Jimmy Choos.

Future Karen scratches Tabs 4.0 on the head, then starts massaging her titanium robot feet and knees. “Boy,” she says, “it’s a good thing I started wearing flats on the regular in my thirties!”

Tabs 4.0 meows in complete agreement…

“Thank goodness for the BCBG Zuma flats.”

BCBG Zuma Flats

No, not Zima...Yeah, I don’t know nothin’ about no flats, son.

Okay…I know you’re probably not a son, but it just seemed right to throw that in there at the end.

Like I was saying, I don’t know jack about flats, but I do know that almost every woman I meet over 60 goes “Tsk tsk tsk,” when she sees me in high heels, so I figure I should start wearing flats every so often.

It also gives me another excuse to buy shoes. :)

I feel like Frodo Baggins when I wear these, but I like ‘em even though they’re short.

So shiny… So sparkly… And the ankle strap keeps my heel from popping out when I walk.

Ugh, I hate it when that happens — when your shoes go flapping in the wind. It’s one of the reasons I’ve avoided flats for so long.

Thankfully, it doesn’t happen with these.

They have some pretty good arch support, too, but I might add an insert to help my dogs through extra long days…like for when Ryan Gosling’s people call to say that, yes, he’d like to hire me to ghost write his personal blog, and I’ll be expected to chase after him for 14-16 hours per day (preferably, he is shirtless in this scenario).

How comfy are they? Well, I sprinted a hella long city block and down two flights of stairs at Macy’s in SF last Friday so that I could eat my cup of melting Pinkberry fro-yo in the sunshine outside.

That’s comfy, right there. :)

The BGBG Zuma flats ($50)

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