Fab in Fabletics

Hey all and happy Tuesday!

Over the last several months, I’ve felt groggy, less energized, and not like myself. I recently went to the doctor and got my thyroid checked (if you didn’t know, I have hypo-thyroid disease) – it was off, and now that my medication has been adjusted, I’m getting myself back on track, in all facets.

Over the last six weeks, I’ve been getting in the gym regularly and it’s been feeling great! I’m up to three days in the gym.

Day 1: 10 minutes of cardio warm-up, 3 sets of arm weights (12 reps each set), 20 more minutes of cardio

Day 2: 10 minutes of cardio warm-up, 3 sets of leg/ab work (12 reps of each set) squats with a 6-8 pound medicine ball, stomach twists with medicine ball, medicine ball toss with squats, 20-second planks (3 for the first set, 2 for the second set, 1 for the 3rd set), 20 minutes of cardio

Day 3: 30 minutes of cardio

Scroll through to see some photos of a collaboration with Fabletics

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Shop: Sweatshirt, Leggings, Shoes

Thanks for stopping by and your support, always!

 

Here’s Looking at you, Houston

Hey y’all and welcome back to That Blonde Rebel!

Last week marked my 1 year anniversary of moving to Houston. It’s been an awesome, wild, and surprising year filled with highs and lows and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about myself and this city.

My last year in San Antonio was one of the hardest, saddest years of my life. Everything at school (former high school English teacher) felt like it was crumbling around me, my mom and I found her best friend passed away, and my anxiety and sadness was sending me into a downward spiral. My family and friends encouraged me to make a change and Houston was the logical place to go as it was close-ish to home, and I had both friends from high school and college here. Within a month of living here, Harvey hit. I was about to start a brand new job in corporate America and Houston was devastated by the flood. If there’s anything I’ve learned since moving here, it is that there is good in the world, we are resilient, and at the end of the day, it will be okay, maybe not right in that moment, but things will be okay. I’ve learned to be strong, to bet on myself, and know that every single day I am growing and learning in some way, whether it’s emotional/mental growth, career growth, or blogging growth, I am proud of the person I see in the mirror today. This city has brought out the best in me, encouraging me to meet new people, try new things, and branch out. I cannot wait to see what this next year has in store. Every experience (both good and bad, happy and tragic) leading up to this big move to humid Houston has prepared me for the hiccups and triumphs this life has to offer. I’ve got to say though, I’m definitely ready for more triumphs!

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That’s all, folks!

The Importance of Showing Up

The Importance of Showing Up

Hey all and happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

I came across the following quote the other day and shared it in my Sunday Inspo series on Insta Stories yesterday and it really resonated with me:

“You’ll have good days, bad days, overwhelming days, too tired days, I’m awesome days, I can’t go on days. And every day you’ll still show up.”

I think this is a great reminder that you are absolutely in control of your mindset. I am so guilty of letting one thing that happens completely spiral my day, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Show up for yourself, for your friends and family, for your career. Maybe it’s waking up 10 minutes earlier to grab breakfast on the way out the door. Maybe it’s smiling more at others as you stand next to them in the elevator. Maybe it’s calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and giving them an ear. Here’s to taking control back and putting my best foot forward. Anyone else need to press the reset button on your mindset? Let’s show up and do it together!

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Shop: Top(similar here too), Skirt, Shoes, Ring, Bracelet

(bag, earrings, and sunnies are all sold out)

Keep shining, y’all!

This is Thirty

This is Thirty

Hey party people, and happy Tuesday! And Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!

I cannot believe this new decade is here and I’m so ready for all of it. Thank you for all the messages, posts, and love that has come my way already surrounding this big day. I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with my family and friends.

Scroll down for a bright look I am LIVING for and to read 30 things about me, some of which you may or may not know.

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Shop: Dress (regular here, curvy here), Shoes (here), Pin (here), Bag (here), Jewelry (Earrings, Cuff Bracelet, Multi-Stone Bracelet, Ring)

And now… for 30 facts about moi:

  1. I was actually born on Father’s Day
  2. The first chapter book I ever read was Harry Potter
  3. I hate condiments (no ketchup or mustard for this girl)
  4. I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood)
  5. I filled up my passport before I went to college
  6. Tim Duncan (hands down, one of the best pieces of the Spurs family) knew who I was in 3rd grade
  7. Sloths are my favorite animal
  8. I was a high school English teacher before moving to Houston
  9. I’ve had the same two best friends since middle school
  10. I’ve been in 11 weddings (and there are probably several more to go)
  11. Large statement earrings are my favorite accessory
  12. My favorite movie is easily Almost Famous (also, download the soundtrack, you won’t regret it)
  13. I am terrified of rollercoasters
  14. I’m a meat-eater through and through (if it didn’t have meat on the plate, it wasn’t a meal) – I love short ribs so much
  15. I’m the youngest of three (they taught me how to ride a bike and how to swim, not out of wanting to, but because they needed to – I was slowing down their games lol)
  16. I rolled my ankle during a football weekend in Oxford and have struggled to wear skinny heels every since (block heels or wedges are about all I can do)
  17. My best family memory was Christmas in Michigan where Santa came on Christmas Eve while we were at church and the restaurant was closed (leaving my mom in her floor length fur jacket and the rest of us eating at a McDonald’s)
  18. I was born in Chicago, lived briefly in Detroit, moved to Texas for ten years, and went to school in Mississippi for six, and then back to Texas (it goes without saying that I have a weird accent)
  19. My favorite clothing item would be an off the shoulder top and/or dress
  20. I have always loved to dance, although I’m not as good as I used to be
  21. Having a fresh mani/pedi is quite possibly my favorite thing to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon
  22. Likewise, I love a nap any day, any time
  23. I’ve been a true-blue Grey’s fan since high school and sob almost every episode
  24. I rescued a dog in college and he’s the best worst dog you’ve ever met (bless my parents for always taking him and loving him while I’m living in Houston)
  25. One of my favorite places to visit state-side is Miami – solely for the sun, the food, and the photo ops
  26. I’m a total night owl
  27. Flowers can absolutely turn my day around
  28. I absolutely don’t know what life was before the internet
  29. I don’t drink coffee but I am addicted to ice cold coca-cola (I’m trying to introduce more water into my life)
  30. I started this blog as a way to show girls and women who look like me to be confident, take fashion risks, but stay true to yourself and always look for the happiness in every day

Thanks for reading through this one. Let me know in the comments if anything surprised you or if we have something in common!

Xoxo, Liza

(the girl, ahem, the woman, who is now 30, flirty, and living her best life one outfit at a time)

Songs for Sunshine

Songs for Sunshine

This is a different kind of post, y’all.

I absolutely love music and the power of it. I love all kinds and believe that music can absolutely impact your mood.

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Shop: Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Dress (similar here), Ring (here), Bracelets (here and here), Shoes (here), Bag (here)

Here are five songs I love to listen to

Sunshine (The Knocks Remix) by POWERS

Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit

Take a Chance on Me by ABBA

Beautiful by Carole King

Halcyon Birds by Broken Back

These are a mix of throwbacks, alternative, and just bring me a smile on way into work each day. I hope they can do the same for you!

Mother, May I?

Mother’s Day only comes once a year and it is right around the corner, y’all.

Moms, or those maternal figures in your life, are selfless. They put everyone ahead of themselves and their love is all encompassing.

My mom is no exception. So to you, Mom, thank you.

Thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for your kind words, supportive actions, and your hugs. Thank you for encouraging me to bet on myself. Thank you for leading by example in forgiveness, compassion, and generosity. You are the absolute best. You are so special to me and our relationship means the absolute world. If I can be even half the mother you are to my future little ones, I’ll have done alright.

Keep scrolling for some mother-daughter pics, shop my outfit, and check out my 5 top gift ideas for that sweet soul in your life.

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Love you, mean it, Mama!

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Shop: Top (here), Jeans (here), Earrings (here), Shoes (here)

FIVE GIFTS FOR ALL THE MAMAS OUT THERE

Best Candles in ALL THE LAND (shop here)

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Julie Vos Gardenia Hoops (shop here)

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Mom’s New Fave Tote (shop here)

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The Sweetest Espadrille Flats (shop here)

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A Gold Foil Art Print (shop here)

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Happy Mama’s Day to all the strong, beautiful, and amazing women out there!

Xoxo, Liza

 

Cheer Up, Buttercup

Needing more CHEERFULNESS in your life? Say no more, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading for 3 ways you can add more happiness into your life.

  1. INVEST in your relationships – ENGAGE in your life, y’all! Find happiness in others’ successes. Just because something great happens for someone else doesn’t mean anything on your end is lacking. I read somewhere that people who have a sense of a social connection with others feel less sadness, depression, and isolation than those that feel alone. Ask someone how they are, slip a card in the mail, send a text “just because”. It’s a win-win.
  2. Think POSITIVE – you know the old saying, “when life hands your lemons…” Well, sorry to burst some of your Eeyore bubbles, but it’s true. Finding the positive in a sticky situation keeps your stress and blood pressure down. For example, a rock flew from a truck and hit my windshield. There is currently a large “L” crack. This was a crummy deal and it probably scared me more than anything else. But I was safe and the windshield can be replaced.
  3. FRESH AIR – I think the pollen has pretty much subsided down South, so get outside! Sorry Northerners, but I think you’ve got to wait a little bit longer. A walk outside, for even 10 minutes, can reduce stress and help you clear your head! Find a spot to sit, take some deep breaths and tell yourself that it’s all going to work out. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, exhale your stress out, and open your eyes. It’s a whole new world with a whole new perspective.

Scroll down to shop this happy look!

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Shop: Top (here), Earrings (here), Jeans (here), Sunnies (no longer available), Bag (here), Shoes (here)

Here’s to a day of cheerfulness, sunshine, and positive vibes, y’all!

Xo, Liza