5.29.2015

Follow Friday, May 29

Happy Friday y'all!! I'm excited to be starting a new series for the summer, called Follow Friday! Really original, I know. For awhile now, I've seen plenty of people share tweets or Instagram photos about accounts/bloggers/shops, etc., that they recommend you follow. One thing I've never seen though is an explanation as to why. Sure they may have great photos, but there's always a reason why you enjoy following someone. So, I thought instead of just sharing someone's handle, I'm going to also explain why I enjoy following these people + why you should too! Stay tuned each Friday, all summer long, to see who else I recommend. Share your Follow Friday recommendations in the comments below + with me on Instagram!



To kick off the inaugural post, today's Follow Friday ladies are Julie Leah, Emily Thomas, Shelby with Glitter & Gingham, and my friend Meaghan with District Sparkle.

@_julieleah_ // I first met Julie at a Southern Blog Society meet-up and have followed her blog ever since. Julie has some of the neatest outfits. I love how she finds a way to take so many different bright colors and tie them all together. It's so fun to follow her Instagram. She shares everything from outfit inspiration, to the newest trends for the season and she pulls off the bright lipstick super well. I need her to teach me her ways!! She also has the absolute cutest house, and Barbie pink front door. Like how precious is that?!



@emitoms // I first started following Emily on Twitter. Even though she has well north of 115K followers, she followed me back! Not only followed me back, but really interacted with me. So I started following her on Instagram, and let me tell you... her photos are amazing!!! Seriously, so visually appealing and fun to look at. Emily is a social media baller and I only hope she can someday teach me her ways. She also does a great job of introducing her followers to new accounts to follow, provides tons of inspiration and motivational quotes, and is a true testament to putting your mind to something and it paying off!



@glitterandgingham // One of my favorite style bloggers and fellow Southerner to follow! I seriously want to steal her entire wardrobe. There hasn't been one article of clothing, accessory or item that she has shared, that I wouldn't buy for myself. I love how she can pull off the bright colors and patterns so well. She's also another member of the Southern Blog Society and I hope to meet her this June when I travel down to Charleston for the conference!!



@districtsparkle // So many wonderful things I could say about Meaghan. She's my first blogger friend I ever made, and met her at the same SBS lunch that I met Julie. Her sassy and sarcastic attitude reminded me of myself, ha! So I knew we'd get along just fine. We've remained good friends ever since. Meaghan has also been a wonderful help to me over the past year or so with blog stuff. I can't thank her enough! BUT enough about how wonderful she is.... ha! You should definitely follow her and her blog, District Sparkle. Meaghan pulls off the edgy, yet feminine, look so well. She's been featured in countless magazines, websites, etc., but her most recent feature on Washingtonian.com was ballin'! Check it out and be sure to follow her for plenty of inspiration on how to style your favorite black/white and leather pieces!! (She also goes to NYFW each year and has the best behind the scenes photos... just sayin')



That's it for this edition. Check back next Friday to see four more beautiful people to follow. Have a great weekend y'all, xoxo!

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5.28.2015

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Let me start off by saying, that I never thought I'd ever hear the words "summer reading list" come out of my mouth post high school. Honestly y'all, I dreaded the months in between school, simply because I didn't want to spend them reading required materials that were less than interesting to me. It always seemed like our teachers tried to choose the most boring options. Maybe it was just me though, but I hated reading growing up. Just hated it. Still don't extremely enjoy it, but reading has definitely grown on me as I've gotten older. That is, when I can find the time.

When I do find the time, I choose to either read magazines (I have close to 15 subscriptions... thanks Mom!) or educational books. Books that I can learn from, and will help me grow as a person or in my career.

So I've featured a few of my summer favorites above. I already told y'all I was loving the Leave Your Mark book, and I'm almost finished reading #GirlBoss. Yes I know, it has taken me about a year to finish this book. Good things take time, right? I also have been reading through Molly Sim's book and have used a few recipe's out of this entertaining book. While I'm lounging by the pool, my favorite magazines are InStyle, Southern Living (of course), Food & Wine, People StyleWatch, and Washingtonian. I try to stick with a wide variety of magazines, ranging from fashion to food.

What are some of your summer reads?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Oh, and on the blog tomorrow I'm starting a new series for the summer, called Follow Friday! Each Friday I hope to feature 4 Instagram accounts or bloggers that I'm following and think you should too. So be sure to check back tomorrow on the blog + Instagram to see who kicks off the inaugural Follow Friday post.

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5.27.2015

Summertime Essentials

Happy hump day friends!! So let me first start off by apologizing for no post yesterday. The weekend definitely got away from me. But hey, it was a holiday weekend so I should relax and have fun, right?! That's exactly what I did! I had the absolute best few days I could have asked for. Spent some time at the ballpark, hanging with friends by the pool, grilling out, and having an absolute blast playing some Top Golf. What did y'all do?!

Now that summer is (un)officially here, I wanted to share some of my essentials for the next few months. I've already broken these items out... sorry spring, I couldn't wait! But I can assure you, I'll be using these items all summer long.


Summertime Essentials



Beach Bag // The perfect beach bag is a must. My favorite and personal go-to for the past year or so, has been this amazing Crabberrie tote. I've literally carried it everywhere and get countless compliments. Another fave of mine is this tassel tote from Target.

Beauty Essentials // I cannot speak highly enough of this Jergen's lotion. I've featured it many times on the blog and it's the only lotion I use. It moisturizes your skin, while maintaining your summer glow.

I also cannot stop wearing this nail polish. It's the only substitute for my hunter green nails during the summer.

I love this Instant Mineral SPF 45 for my face. I throw this stuff on when I'm at the pool. It helps protect my face from the harsh rays, but at the same time makes me feel like I have a little makeup on. It definitely helps tone down the shine too.

Multipurpose Phone Case // this has got to be one of my favorite things, ever! Especially for living in a big city. The phone case protects your iPhone, but provides two pockets on the back for your credit card and license. I use mine for my metro card and credit card. So when I want to go out on the weekends, all I have to take is my phone! No need to carry a clutch or purse!!

Lots of Tassels // Tassels are the hottest trend for summer. They're everywhere!! On bags, in jewelry, on shoes. I love this necklace + I've been wearing this bracelet on repeat.

A good sandal // Another favorite item in my closet... I've definitely got my money's worth with these puppies. I wear them almost daily. Best part? They're under $30.

Staying Hydrated // is definitely key during the hot summer months. I love this Bobble water bottle because it filters as you drink. So no more drinking nasty tap water at the concerts or straight out of the water park water fountain.

Fully charged // There's nothing worse then heading to the beach all day, and your phone dies right before you snap a pic of that gorgeous sunset. This charger is less than $30 and will give you up to 4 full charges. It also has two plug-ins, so you and the boo can charge your phones together!

A good book // I'm normally not a reader, but I'm loving the Leave Your Mark book. It has so much great advice and tips for the young professional. I'll be featuring some other favorite summer reads on the blog later this week. So stay tuned for that.

What are some of your summertime essentials?! Xo

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5.22.2015

J.Crew $200 Giveaway


So remember when I said that this giveaway wasn't happening? Well, turns out I lied. IN A GOOD WAY though. Now that yesterday's J.Crew new arrivals post, featuring my picks for must haves, got you all warmed up, you can now enter to win a $200 gift card to spend on items for yourself!! Yep, that's right. The giveaway is actually happening! Such a great way to start off the weekend, right? :) Enter using the Rafflecopter below + be sure to checkout the blogs for the other hosts. Good luck and have a great weekend!! Xo

Giveaway Details: 

Prize: $200 J. Crew Gift Card

Co-hosts: Laura Jane Atelier // Jenn's Blah Blah Blog // Deliciously Savvy // everychicway // Taffeta & Tulips // The Lush List // The Style Files // Prosecco & Plaid // Fashiony Fab // God's Growing Garden

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends June 12th and is open worldwide. 

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J.Crew First Look


So first off, I have to apologize... I know I promised y'all a giveaway in yesterday's post, for a gift card to J.Crew. I was JUST as excited as y'all, hoping that one of my lucky readers would win. Unfortunately there was some miscommunication from the host of the giveaway, so it's sadly not going to happen. SO SORRY y'all!! I hate not following through with promises, but sometimes it's just out of my control.

NOW that we've gotten the bad news out of the way, the GOOD news is that it's FRIDAY!!! And many of y'all are heading off somewhere fun for the Memorial Day weekend. Before you do though, you should definitely stock up on some of the J.Crew new arrivals... they're amazing!!

This week J.Crew launched their newest collection and shared countless new arrivals during First Look parties all across the country. My friends Natalie and Erika, with The Fashionably Broke, hosted the DC area event at the Georgetown store this past Wednesday.

I am seriously obsessed with the new arrivals. SO MUCH PURPLE!!! My favorite color... my heart is so happy, ha! There were so many pieces that I just had to have, but fought the ultimate self-control to not splurge my entire paycheck. Seriously y'all... so many amazing (purple) pieces. I've shared a few of my favorites below + some of them are even 30% off with code WEEKEND!! Happy Friday indeed :)

Jcrew



Hope y'all have an AMAZING Memorial Day weekend!! Enjoy some fun in the sun, time off from work or school, and remember the reason why this is a holiday! Thank you to all those who have served, are serving or have a loved one whose served(ing) in the armed forces!! Have a great weekend, y'all! Xo

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5.21.2015

Thursday's 10 Thoughts, Vol. 11


Happy Thursday y'all!! #TGIT Not sure what I'm going to do tonight, now that Scandal is over. Did anyone watch last week's finale. What'd you think?!

I'm literally counting down the hours till Memorial Day weekend starts. I'll be staying in DC this year, but know y'all are probably heading off somewhere fun. Tell me where you're going in the comments below! In the meantime, here are a few things that have been on my mind this week!


  • I'm loving everything pineapple print lately (enjoy eating them too, ha!). Maybe it's just cause summer us upon us. But I might have to add this to my collection next.
  • It's that time of year again! Nordstrom's half yearly sale is going on. Pickup some of your favorite designer pieces for up to 40% off!!
  • I think this post offers some great time-management tips, plus how you can best maximize your productivity.
  • How cute is this Target tassel bag?! It'd make the perfect summer tote. Best part is, it's a fourth of the cost of some of the popular ones you've been seeing recently. Oh, and if you're looking for the clutch version, here it is!!
  • Probably the best graduation speech I've ever heard. Denzel Washington encourages you to "fail big" and put "God first in everything you do." This is a must listen!! Oh, and he's pretty funny too!
  • To keep the words of wisdom going... here are some great quotes for new grads or even young professionals!
  • Remember this post from last week? It was a huge hit, so I'm back with some even more exciting news in relation to share!
  • My fave new tassel bracelet!! Seriously loving this one right now + it comes in two colors.
  • It has been a long time since I've heard someone nail the National Anthem almost as good as Whitney Houston herself. It's pretty hard for anyone to even come close. This 13-year-old may have come the closest in my eyes.
  • SPOILER ALERT: What did y'all think of this week's Bachelorette ABC premiere?! Are you glad Kaitlyn is the Bachelorette or did you wish Britt won? Which guys are at the top of your list?! Personally, I was torn between the two, Kaitlyn and Britt! And my fave guys are Tanner, Shawn B. and JJ!! Eeekkk!!

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5.19.2015

Virginia Wine Country




After a long day at the office, with a good steak dinner, or when watching Scandal, I love to enjoy a nice glass of wine. I'm obsessed with trying new wines (enjoying responsibly of course) and can definitely say I'm one of "those" people who bases her purchase off the label. What can I say, I love to display a fun looking bottle on the bar cart. So it couldn't be more perfect that I live right outside of Virginia Wine Country.

If y'all aren't familiar with Northern Virginia, it's probably best known for being home to some of the greatest wineries in the South/East Coast. There are numerous wineries spread out across Northern Virginia, and most within a short hour or two drive from DC. So they make for the perfect daytime excursion.



Over this past weekend, my good friend and fellow blogger, Alicia, organized a day trip to some of the wineries in the area. She coordinated top notch transportation from Reston Limo; a Cadillac Escalade... complete with our wonderful driver Calvin, plus goodie bags from Reston Limo and Bluemercury! It was the perfect welcoming and way to start our day!



I went with four other DC bloggers and great friends (Alicia + Katie + Monica + Ashley). We chatted all things blogging, caught up on each other's lives, and shared quite a few laughs.

Our first stop was Bluemont Vineyard. Y'all the view was INSANE!! Absolutely gorgeous! It was hard to believe that we were only 45 minutes outside the city. Supposedly on a clear day you can see the Washington Monument from there. Unfortunately it was a pretty cloudy and hazy day to see that far, but we still got a pretty good range.






We decided to do a wine tasting and order some baked brie. Let me tell y'all, each tasting we did was wonderful. I didn't have a single flavor that I didn't like. I'm normally not a red wine fan, but really liked the ones at Bluemont.



After basking (more like baking) in the sun, fighting off some bees, taking outfit photos and enjoying the amazing scenery, we packed up and headed off to our second location.



The second location wasn't too far at all. We pulled up to gorgeous red barns, horse stables and LIVE music playing at Sunset Hills Vineyard. At this location we were allowed to bring our own food. Each of us brought various things to share and we posted up at a picnic table near the music. We bought several bottles from Sunset Hills (the Chardonnay and Rose) and both were wonderful. We enjoyed the gorgeous weather and great atmosphere.



I loved this location because it had a very family friendly environment. With the music, and large green spaces. Several families and groups were playing soccer and various outdoor games. It was a really fun location.

While at Sunset Hills, we broke into our fabulous goodie basket, courtesy of VinoWine app. The basket they put together was AMAZING!!! They really thought of everything... down to the napkins and water!! Staying hydrated out in the sun all day is key!! They provided meats + cheeses and plenty of crackers. Even a bottle of champs for the ride home!



Oh, and as for my outfit, I wanted something that was easy flowing and light. This LOFT dress was perfect. It wasn't too heavy and allowed a nice breeze. I paired it with some fun jewelry and my favorite sandals. It was the perfect outfit of the day for winery hopping! (Photos by Monica)



If you're thinking of visiting Virginia's Wine Country, definitely checkout the VinoWine app. As well as reach out to Reston Limo for all your transportation needs. Nobody needs to be drinking and driving :) Let me know if you have any questions about either winery or the area in general. Be sure to checkout Alicia's blog post too, for plenty of tips in how to plan your own day at the wineries!

Have a great Tuesday y'all!

5.15.2015

#TGIF Link Love, Vol. 3


What a week it has been y'all! Just when the spring rush seems to be dying down, the pre-summer craziness begins. It may sound like I'm complaining. I promise you I'm not. I definitely enjoy being busy, rather than bored for sure. It's just sometimes you need a break or mini-vacay from it all.

Unfortunately my schedule hasn't allowed for such things (neither has my bank account, ha!). I'm literally counting down the days till my trip to Charleston the end of June. While the majority of the trip will be working, it'll be fun work!! I'll be attending the Southern Blog Society Conference with 100 or so bloggers from across the Southeast and Southwest! Can't wait to share more with y'all over the next few weeks as I prepare.

My main focus right now, is this weekend!! TGIF y'all! I have several fun plans ahead. Including Truckeroo tonight (follow me on Insta to find out what this is!), a trip to the wineries with some of my blogger gal pals tomorrow, and hopefully some fun in the sun on Sunday! While you wait for the clock to strike 5:00 o'clock somewhere, I've rounded up some Friday Link Love for you!!

  • June is going to be an amazingly fun month! I've got my eye on this little number being restocked in my size for one of the events. It's perfect for summer, don't you think?!
  • I just purchased this book and I'm obsessed already. It's going to be my main summer read.
    • Here's a great article in relation to this book as well. It's actually how I discovered it!
  • Tom may be out, but this guy is most certainly in. I think he's a nice (looking) substitute. 
  • I also bought this dress to wear to the wineries tomorrow. Praying it arrives today so I can wear it and share on the blog next week!
  • Is flamingo the new pineapple?! This store seems to think so!
  • It might be just because I'm getting older, but lately reading a book has been way more appealing to me. I mentioned the one above that I'm starting to read now, but some of these sound really great too! Any that you'd recommend? 


In Case You Missed It -- here's what has been most popular the past two weeks on Primp & Proper. 


What's on tap for you this weekend?? Xo

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5.14.2015

It Feels Like Home to Me!


WOW, time really flies by doesn't it?! This week marks THREE years of living in Washington, D.C. and starting my first "real world" job. I cannot believe it. In some ways, it still hasn't sinked in yet that I live nine hours from where I grew up and that DC is now considered my home (although Rocky Top will ALWAYS truly be "home sweet home to me"). On the flip side, I finally feel like a Washingtonian and DC has never felt more like where I'm supposed to be. I LOVE it here!!



Whenever I'm back in Tennessee, talk to friends from college, or travel somewhere outside the District, people ask me all the time "why is DC such a great place to live?" Once I get over the whole "I can't believe you don't already know why" feeling, I break it down to them as to why I love this city and don't foresee leaving anytime soon (sorry Mom!).

It's the perfect mix of the north and the South // You'll be hard pressed to find someone who loves the South more than me, so when moving here three years ago, let's just say I was a little skeptical. However, after living in New York City for a few months and growing up in the South, I can honestly say that DC is the perfect mix of the two. You have your "big city" feel, while still maintaining the Southern charm. And, we are technically below the Mason Dixon line and Southern Living Magazine still features our city on the reg.

It's extremely diverse // Even though DC is not a state, and is honestly only a few miles wide and high, it is made up of so many different areas and neighborhoods. You have your sports area (and my hood) the Navy Yard, Glover Park is where all the college kids dwell, your extremely wealthy area and where all the good shopping is in Georgetown, the best place to go out is on U Street, we have a Chinatown and a plethora of other great areas too! DC is extremely diverse both culturally and demographically. We have people from all over the world who live here. I've never met so many people from so many different places in my life!



You'll never get bored // If you're bored in DC, then you obviously aren't trying to acclimate yourself. There's so much to do... everything from sightseeing, to dining at some of the best restaurants in the country, brunch on the weekends, shop in Georgetown, attend beer or wine festivals, visit the Embassy's, hangout on a rooftop pool, go to a Nats game, etc. The options are literally endless!



Very centrally located // Want to get away for a weekend? Annapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Dewey Beach, Outer Banks, Virginia Beach... all are within a half days drive from DC. Not to mention numerous wineries or breweries in the surrounding areas, as well as Snowshoe Ski Resort only a short drive South for some great winter skiing!



So much to do that is free // Even if you're not moving here, this is a great reason to visit! Most of the museums, attractions, monuments and tourist hot-spots are FREE!!! There are also plenty of festivals, parades and events that won't cost you a dime!



Everyone is in the same boat // Generally speaking, most people move to DC right out of college. The "young professional" population is invading DC and for good reason. This city really caters to the twenty and thirty somethings. Everything from awesome happy hours, weekend brunches, and events that we'd find appealing.

For that very reason, there are so many people our age to meet! Most people move to DC not knowing anyone. I only knew my best friend Ashton! Now, I have so many amazing friends and various groups of friends as well! Another great thing, is that generally those who move here are very outgoing. So there's always someone willing to hangout or do something!





There are so many reasons why I love DC! We'd be here all day if I could list them all. These are simply the highlights (I may be a little biased too, shhh). It's still crazy to think that I've been here three years. I've had the time of my life and am so thankful for all the friends and memories I've made along the way! Thank you to everyone for the constant love, support and friendship!! Here's to three more years and a wonderful future in the city that I love!!!





Thinking of moving to DC? Email me!! Happy to answer any questions you have or chat more about this wonderful city!

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5.13.2015

Jewelry Investment Pieces



I've mentioned before on the blog that I typically don't wear a lot of jewelry. I never have, probably because most of my youth was spent on the pool deck or in sweats. Yuckk. Even though I now am in the real world with a job, I still tend to not wear a lot of jewelry. Mainly because I live in DC and go through security multiple times a day. I definitely don't want to be THAT person who holds up the line taking countless bracelets and rings off. So I tend to stick to the basics. Since I wear minimal jewelry, I usually invest in more expensive pieces. Pieces that I can wear on the reg and will last a long time. So for today's post, I'm sharing some of my favorite investment pieces.

Necklaces: I get most of my necklaces from Loft, Ann Taylor, Kendra Scott and BaubleBar. While these aren't relatively expensive stores, I usually find some gorgeous statement pieces from them. I wear the Courtney Bib as much as I possibly can, and the monogram is a great piece to pair with a bolder necklace. I also can't get enough wear out of my Kendra Scott tassel necklace. I wear it at least twice a week and am thinking of getting the black one next.

Necklaces



Earrings: Honestly, this area of jewelry is the most minimal for me. I believe that I look horrible in dangly earrings, so studs it is. I have my go-to pearls, diamond and gold studs. I alternate between these three.

Bracelets/Watches: Like I said above, I don't want to be "that" girl who holds up the line because I'm wearing ten thousand bracelets. So I have my Michael Kors watch, BaubleBar bracelet and various others that I wear most of the time. I also tend to look for pieces that don't have metal in them. That saves me lots of time when going through security at work.

Bracelets




Rings: I love rings. Rings are my favorite piece of jewelry, and an area where you can really make a statement. I tend to spend less money on rings though, because over time I've gotten pretty bad at taking them off to wash my hands, and ultimately losing them. But some of my favorites have been found from BaubleBar, C.Wonder (may it rest in peace) and H&M. H&M surprisingly has some great statement rings. 

Do you have a go-to piece of jewelry that you invest in? Let me know what it is in the comments below. I always love discovering new pieces to add to my collection!

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5.12.2015

Draper James by Reese Witherspoon


Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Sweet Home Alabama. I probably watched it once a week, if not more. Reese Witherspoon has long been my Southern idol and it doesn't hurt either that she has plenty of Tennessee ties. She's the epitome of a Southern woman and absolutely flawless. So thirteen years after Reese played a fashion designer in one of my favorite movies, she's now becoming one in real life. Just last week, Reese launched her inaugural line of Southern inspired designs. Her love for Tennessee and the South, plays a huge role in the fabrics and theme for her first collection. You'll see everything from cotton ball prints, to southern saying totes and monograms. Yes, monograms. Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Draper James collection. Oh, and I most certainly need the Printed Knoxville Pant... I mean, that's where I'm from so it's justification enough!! 

Draper James (2)

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**This is not a sponsored post. I'm just a huge fan of this new brand and wanted to share with y'all. Opinions are my own. All images are via the Draper James website.

5.08.2015

Fitness Friday with ClassPass

Happy Friday y'all!! It'll be 5 o'clock somewhere very soon, promise! Before you get into your weekend festivities though, I wanted to share with y'all a little workout motivation post.

I've mentioned on the blog before, about a workout service called ClassPass. It's a fabulous monthly membership that allows you the opportunity to hop from one fitness studio to the next, all in the same month. No more overpriced memberships that give you access to one type of class and one gym each month. With ClassPass, you can barre on Monday, hit the gym on Wednesday and yoga it out on Saturday morning. It's awesome y'all.

Since sharing my first post about ClassPass, I've gotten several questions about the ease of use and being a first time user. To give y'all first hand knowledge, my dear friend and fellow blogger, Jennifer, and I set out to give ClassPass a try together. We spent the month of April heading to various gyms, studios and trying out different types of classes. We went to some classes together, and others on our own. All the while gaining "first timers" experience to share with y'all!!!



So let's break it down in several easy steps shall we.... first, sign up for your monthly membership. Once you've gone through the super simple process of creating your account and paying your dues, you'll be able to start signing up for classes.

Choose how you want to search, either by studio or type of class, and then you can browse the various times offered. It's even broken down by area. Super simple, right? Then choose a class you want to take and sign up! There's even an app that makes the process easier.

It took less than 5 minutes to become a member, and then start signing up for classes.



Now that you're signed up for a class, here are some tips for "first time ClassPass-ers." I'll admit, I don't like going to things by myself. I guess it's a comfort thing. So I was a little nervous to try out Pure Barre for the first time, and by myself. So here are some tips for making your first class, alone, easier:

  • Arrive early, so you can get a good location. Whether that's a spot in the back for a barre class or a stationary bike that's not in the front row. Either way, you don't want the intimidation factor of being in front. You have to start out slow, and use the front row as motivation. 
  • Introduce yourself to the instructor. Let them know this is your first time trying out this class. By letting them know before the class begins, you'll avoid the awkward "raise your hand if your new" question. Plus, you'll get extra attention from the instructor. They'll take notice and make sure the steps are explained in more depth. 
  • Go in with a positive attitude. Don't show up telling yourself that you're going to be embarrassed or not know what to do. It'll show. Instead, go in with a positive, can do mindset. 
  • Stretch, stretch, stretch. Most classes get right into it, so do plenty of stretching while you wait for it to begin.
  • Try it out. The great thing with ClassPass, is that you can try out all kinds of classes or workouts. If barre isn't for you, try cycling. That was the case for me. As a first time ClassPass-er, I didn't realize how many options I had. I also didn't realize how fortunate I was to be able to try out so many different kinds of classes... all for a one-time fee. It was great.
  • Take a friend. If it's possible, invite a friend to go with you. Some fitness studios will offer a free class for first-timers. And then afterwards, suggest they sign-up for ClassPass and join you!
What other tips do you have for taking workout classes for the first time solo? I was just super nervous. Afraid I was going to stand out and not know what to do. But honestly, that wasn't the case at all. Everyone is so friendly. Oh, and don't be shy! Introduce yourself to others, especially regular class members. Odds are, they'll be able to give you some tips before the class starts as well and help push you through to the finish!

Signup for ClassPass here! Oh, and be sure to checkout my friend Jenn's blog today too. She's doing a similar post and sharing her view point on being a first time ClassPass-er. Learn even more tips from her, and find out which classes she took.

P.S. if you need a little workout motivation, this is awesome!! I think it fits this post PERFECTLY!! It's extremely motivating, no matter how you workout!! Have a great weekend loves!! Xo


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**This post is sponsored by ClassPass. Compensation was given in one free month of membership. Photos and opinions are my own.