May 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! It’s such a gorgeous day outside and would be a good time to head down to Georgetown to check out the Project Gravitas pop-up shop at the Four Seasons Hotel from 11am-7pm. Project Gravitas is a dress line made in NYC and normally sold exclusively online, so this is an amazing opportunity to try on a dress before you make a purchase. It seems like most women wear a size up from their normal size so save yourself some shipping costs and go try on a few! You can even get fit by their team or chat with founder Lisa Sun while you’re there. Another great thing about this is that 10% of all “Diana Dress” purchases will be donated to The Washington Ballet (PG chooses a new charity and dress each month). Here’s a great bonus: each dress has a sewn-in body shaper so there’s no need to worry about looking anything but flawless!
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat and happy shopping! XOXO Jen
May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey all! Happy hump day! After all the delicious food I had this weekend I thought I should post something about some of the new workout gear I’ve fallen for. It is almost summer after all and it’s important to keep a healthy balance in life! Whenever I go clothes shopping and don’t like the way something fits me, I opt to buy new workout gear to motivate me to work harder! There’s been a lot of that going on lately…haha!
Two years ago I bought a pair of running tights from Old Navy that fit like a glove, were thick and had a higher waist so they were also very flattering. They were around $30 or $40 which is a great deal compared to most brands and prices. I’m an hourglass or pear shape–meaning my waist is small and I have hips–so I look best in clothes that cinch my waist a bit to play up my better qualities. However I haven’t been able to find a pair of running tights I like as much or ones that have a higher waist until I came across the Sculpt line at the Nike store.
If you’re like me, you’ll understand why a high waist is important. First of all, if you have that little pooch many of us women have (especially after the winter months), it keeps it all feeling tight so when you’re working out you won’t feel self-conscious. For me, I love exercising but when I’m not in as great of shape as I like I want to make sure I look and feel good so I don’t rush through my workout because I feel “fat.” Women have so many body issues, myself included, and there’s no shame in wearing something to make you feel better about yourself. So, yes, these Nike pants are $100 but until I can start my own line or Old Navy makes more of their high-waisted running tights for less, I am going to have to just go for it and put the money out. The end result for me will be a longer, harder workout and I think that’s worth it! Another bonus to these pants, too, is that there are no unattractive rolls when you are doing your sit-ups! Get it, girls!
I have however, found some fun tops at Old Navy that are in my new rotation at the gym. My favorite tanks are the semi-fitted because I don’t like to feel like I’m being suffocated by my clothing while I’m working out. Their Knotted Tanks are awesome–they are incredibly light, long and hang just below the hip, are slightly see-through and dry fast. I despise tanks that are too short because, again, it just doesn’t work with my shape! These tops are only $16.94/each and are such a great deal! I’d also like to point out that Old Navy is the same company as Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta and the quality is just as good–don’t get sucked in by marketing and feel like you’re getting a less-superior product because it’s cheaper than some other brands! BTW–if you use the code ONSAVENOW you can save an additional 15-25% off!
Another top I like from Old Navy is the Bubble Tank ($14.94/each). It’s 100% polyester but it’s so soft and I like the tie on the side–it gives it a little bit of flair! Again, I love the price on this tank and I feel good wearing it!
I was at the Under Armour store the other day and picked up two of the women’s UA Achieve T-Back Tanks. They are slightly more than the ON racerback tanks but they have a lot of colors available and they were on sale so I went for it. They are $24.99/each regularly. These tanks are long enough to hit slightly past my hips (I’m 5’8 btw in case you were wondering) and are extremely light and cool. I will prob wear these when I’m not working out, too!
Last but not least–my new fav sports bra! This purchase came about because of a sale, like most of my purchases, but now I’m in love and I’m not sure if I can ever go back to my old brand. The Incredible by Victoria’s Secret has it all–style, more than 20 different colors and patterns, full support, shaping (eh, hem all you athletic girls know what I’m talking about), wicking, racerback design, and is completely flattering. I don’t even mind that it’s visible from some of my semi-see through tanks I’ve purchased because it just adds to the whole look! These bras are a little pricey at $49-$59/each but you know how Vicki’s is–when they have a sale, it’s amazing! I would recommend going out and grabbing one of these as soon as possible! You will feel amazing while working out and the girls won’t give you any problems!
As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s post! XOXO Jen
May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day! I enjoyed my three-day weekend and had a nice mix of work and play! Saturday I went to a winery with a friend, Sunday I did sound and lighting for a wedding in Old Town, Alexandria, and yesterday I wandered around Georgetown and did some shopping. I went into LUSH because I was in desperate need of a good, refreshing shower gel and an amazing foot scrub–daily sandal appearances and the DC humidity make these two additions a complete necessity at this time of year! I also like shopping at LUSH because they use natural ingredients, make everything by hand and do not test on animals.
The first product I settled on after playing with a ton of items in the store (so much fun!) was their dirty springwash shower gel ($9.95-$28.95). It’s a mixture of spearmint, menthol, glycerin and sea salt and has a tingling, cooling property and leaves your skin really soft. Essentially, it is amazingly refreshing! Yeah, it’s technically for guys but girls use it, too and the scent isn’t so strong that when you get out of the shower you still smell like mint. Plus, my signature scent (Victoria’s Secret Vanilla Lace) always overpowers any lingering shower gel scent! I bought the small bottle to make sure I liked it once I got home but I will definitely return to get a larger bottle soon!
The next product I had to get was the stepping stone ($4.50). I’ve purchased this in the past and I completely forgot how much I love it! First of all, it smells soooooooo good and has hints of lemon and lime plus a mixture of pumice stone, sea salt and a deodorizing foot powder called lycopodium. All you need to do is break off a small piece (it crumbles easily) and mix it with water in your hand then apply it to your feet–they will come out smooth and smelling great!
May 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Rose Gold–in fashion, jewelry and in kitchen and bath finishes! So often fashion trends make their way over to the interior design industry and I just love when that happens! I first fell in love with Rose Gold when I saw MK’s oversized runway watch, above ($295). I recently came across a gorgeous new finish from Dornbracht called Cyprum. It’s their first new finish in five years and is made of a copper and gold alloy mix with a non-corrosive electroplated surface that sparkles! It’s available in their kitchen (Tara) and bath (MEM) lines starting this summer . Prices start at $3,075 for a single-lever bath mixer and $2,519 for a single-lever kitchen mixer. Time to accessorize your sinks, guys! What do you think about the rose gold? Are you a fan? As always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
I may be late to the game with this but I recently discovered Autodesk Homestyler, a great site that allows you to create design layouts and plans in 2D and 3D. I was trying to decide if I should learn how to use AutoCAD, which is a design tool professional designers use (fashion, interior design, architects, etc.), but I realized while that would be awesome to add to my resume I really just wanted a fun tool to play and design with! Homestyler is from the same company that produces AutoCAD but its target user is everyday people like you and me which means it’s a lot easier and helps you visualize what you want your room to look like super fast!
Once you sign up, you can create a user profile and share your designs with other users. They can “heart” your design (kind of like Instagram) and leave comments, too.
You can create a new design from scratch and use real measurements to get the specifications correct (wondering if that couch will fit in your living room?) and you can choose products to place in your room from their huge catalog with brands like Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. The only issue I see so far is that I can’t randomly select an image/product off the internet and include it and it doesn’t have everything from Crate & Barrel, etc. so the options are slightly limited. However for a free tool I think it’s pretty awesome!
I started re-creating my living room but I really won’t be able to play with this software until this weekend. I’m working on redecorating my bathroom and I’m thinking about making some changes in my living room. This tool will be so helpful rather than moving all of my furniture and breaking my back! If you sign up let me know–we can share designs (my username is afreshcoat btw)! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen