Patios & Pinstripes

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top (similar here and here, also love this one) | Shorts | Sandals (only $34!) | Necklace | $12 David Yurman Dupe Bracelet

Happy Monday, everyone! It's an especially happy Monday for me because I'm at the airport waiting to board a plane to Belize in celebration of our two-year-anniversary (a few weeks early)! It is a much needed break and I couldn't be more excited to share it with my favorite human being. You can follow along on snap (@abradey15) and IG (@amandamart15) and I'll be telling you all about it when we return!

We spent our Saturday - day one of vacation - sitting on patios around OKC. I snapped these pics on our way to The Yard for a Beermosa. It was the first sunny day we've had in a while and it was soooo nice to feel the sunshine on my shoulders! This J. Crew off the shoulder top was perfect for getting a little color while kicking back and relaxing with friends. I paired it with my favorite cut-off jean shorts for a more casual look, but it would be easy to dress up with distressed white denim and wedges.

Also, I am 100% obsessed with the necklace I'm wearing from The Styled Collection. I've been picking my outfits based off of it ever since it came in the mail. I'm dying to order more jewelry from their site - like this bracelet, maybe? I love all the rose gold options so much!

I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by,

The Best Protein Pancakes

Friday, May 19, 2017
Puppies, Wine and I'm Fine Weekend T, tank version here (use code AMANDAMART for 10% off) | Similar Sweater 

It's no secret, breakfast is pretty much my love language and I la-la-love me some pancakes. Growing up, pancakes and waffles were my dad's specialty - he would always make them for dinner when my mom was out for the night (with a side of sparkling apple juice, of course). As I grew, he started letting me help make the pancakes. He taught me to watch for the bubbles in the batter and once the bubbles started popping, it was time to flip! We also always made a test-size pancake to make sure the pan was the right temperature. Now days, C does most of the cooking (I'm a lucky lady, eh?), but pancakes are my thing and I still always make that test pancake. 

I've tried nearly 732 recipes for "healthy" pancakes and they never turn out quite right. Paleo pancakes are too thin and runny, protein pancakes are flavorless, dry and chalky.....none of them ever compare to good ole buttermilk! That is, until I found About Time Protein Pancake Mix

These pancakes are:
1) Delicious
2) Fluffy
3) Hearty & Healthy

Is there a better combination? I think not! They are quick, easy and turn out absolutely perfect every.single.time. All you have to do is add water to the powdered mix, stir, and pour onto a 325 degree griddle (I've discovered the lower the temp, the better the pancakes). The same batter also makes perfect waffles, mug cakes, and more. About Time has lot of recipe inspo on their blog that I will be utilizing! 

Their nutrition facts are amazing (especially for something so yummy) and they are gluten free. Each serving has 27g of protein, 24g of carbs and 7g of fat. That leaves just enough room for some butter and maple syrup! C & I normally make a serving and a half to split and have an egg white omelet on the side for a healthy Saturday breakfast. It's so nice to start our weekends off on a healthy note but still feel like we are indulging! 

Pottery Barn 'Cambria' Plate | Pottery Barn 'Riley' Flatware

I buy my About Time mix from TRIAD in OKC. The staff is amazing, knowledgable, very helpful and never pushy. They often let you sample products before buying them (which is SO important when you're buying 30+ servings at a time). They actually introduced me to this mix by letting me take a sample ziplock bag home and I am eternally grateful. I haven't tried the other flavors because I loved the Maple Syrup so much, but I'm betting they are all equally as delicious. If you need sups, protein bars or pancake mix, definitely swing by TRIAD and tell them I sent you.

What do you have going on this weekend? We are supposed to have friends over for a cookout but our power is still out from the crazy Oklahoma storms last night...fingers crossed it gets fixed soon! Other than that, we are running a 5k and packing to fly out Monday morning for our anniversary beach trip. And of course, we'll be eating our About Time pancakes for weekend breakfast.

Thanks for reading and happy breakfasting!

P.S. Sorry for the poor quality photos! We wake up in the 7o'clocks on Saturday mornings because we are old and boring and our kitchen wasn't quite light enough for pictures yet! But my tummy was rumbling and I couldn't wait, ha! 

Gingham Style

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Top (similar in red here, also love this one and this one that is on sale today only!) | Pants (favorite work pants - comes in multiple colors) | Tory Burch Miller Sandals | $12 David Yurman Dupe Bracelet | Similar $12 Sunnies | Necklace | Lips | Arrow Ring

It seems like gingham is all the rage lately! I always wear my J. Crew gingham button up in the fall with a fur vest, riding boots and a PSL making me the most basic of the basics, but this is my first time wearing gingham in the spring/summer. I'm kind of loving it!! I think it would be perfect for Memorial Day coming up or for the 4th of July if you add in some pops of red.

I wore this outfit on Sunday for Mother's Day brunch. We went to Stillwater and took my mother-in-law to the clubhouse at Karsten Creek. I normally just eat the brunch buffet, but this time I ordered a pancake and it completely hit the spot. What I love most about this top is that unlike most cold shoulder tops, you can wear a real bra with it due to the thicker straps! That also means I can wear it to! I hate spending money on tops that aren't work appropriate. This one is great because you can also dress it down with white shorts or cut-offs meaning you'll get twice as much use out of it.

Also....apologies for my messy, gross hair. The Oklahoma wind was in full force AND I ran out of dry shampoo. It was a terrible combination!

$12 David Yurman Dupe Bracelet | Sunnies (Prada) Similar HereSimilar $12 Sunnies | Arrow Ring

That bad news is that this specific top is almost sold out :( the good news is there are a bazillion other adorable gingham tops available right now! I linked my favorites in the widget below.

What are your thoughts on gingham style? Not to be confused with gangnam style, of course!

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Couldn't help but share this real life behind the scenes shot - no Mother's Day picture for me! 

Made With Love

Monday, May 15, 2017

How cute is this casual T from Mode? I snagged it at their birthday bash and am head over heals in love with it. I'm such a sucker for the t-shirt & shorts combo...always have been, always will be. It's basically my weekend dress code. Mode is full of clothes that scream weekend road trip or patio weather...can I have one of everything?! If you're looking for something unique and fashion forward, check them out and tell them I sent you!

My favorite part about this t is the "Made With Love" print on the pocket. It gives it just enough sass to make it different from other t-shirts without being overwhelming. I was planning on wearing it with plain cut-off jean shorts, but this old pair from American Eagle matched the color of the roses so perfectly that I couldn't not wear them together! I love the boxy fit of the top...flattering yet still perfect for wearing after a big lunch.....because, lets be real, weekend calories and patio beers are not tracked.

Speaking of weekend calories....we went to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in concert on Saturday! Talk about a bucket list item! I've been wanting to see that duo live since I was singing "The Way You Love Me" into my hair brush in 1997 and jamming out to "Real Good Man" on the way to horse shows with my Saddle Club friends in 2002 (please tell me I'm not the only girl who watched The Saddle Club.......). TBH, I was a little disappointed in Tim. He didn't play very many songs and the ones he did sing were not my favorites. Faith, however, was a rockstar. I will be researching her skin care routine....whatever it is, sign me up! She has never looked better!

Top c/o Mode, available in store (also love this one) | Shorts (old, similar here and here) | Sandals (old, similar here and here) | Necklace | Sunnies

This time next week I'll be on jet plane headed somewhere warm and sunny....I know it will make the work week extra tedious because my Monday is already dragging and it's not even 10 a.m.! My brain is clearly already on vacation mode -- can you blame me?! The good news is that when I come back, my legs will be waaaaay more tan than they are in these pictures, ha! 

Thanks for reading! It means so much.

The Peach Emoji

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tank | Leggings | Sports Bra (sold out - similar here) | Sneaks

I'm so excited to share a little part of my workout routine with ya'll today! Health and fitness is a huuuuge part of my life and has been for nearly five years. I'm very passionate about fueling my body correctly and keeping myself fit doing workout programs I love.

I typically workout and eat according to my macros plan five or six days a week (you can sign up with my coach here). I go to Koda Crossfit regularly, mix in some cardio days, and occasionally do some lifting at Four Star Fitness. Last fall, I tore the labrum in my shoulder while working on our sucks. I am very limited in what upper body workouts I can do, meaning a lot of crossfit is out. My physical therapist (who is amazing btw) discovered that due to my labral tear, the rest of my body got all out of whack; my hips, neck, core, etc., were all compensating for my shoulder and were out of alignment. Later this year, I'll have to have shoulder surgery, but in the mean time, I have a home-exercise/rehab program to keep my shoulder mobile and my body aligned.

That brings me to my booty! Several of my P.T. exercises are focused on my hips and butt and oh.em.gee, my cheeks have never been so sore in my life! I've started integrating these movements into my workout routine several times a week and am loving the results. My form has gotten better, the movements have gotten easier, and my booty has gotten firmer and perkier [insert peach emoji here].

Clam Shells

Lay on your side with your knees scrunched up - almost in the fetal position but not quite! Your knees should be perpendicular to your body. Make sure your stomach is sucked in and your body is tight. Keeping your ankles together, lift your upper knee as far as you can without twisting your core, then slowly bring it back down. Repeat twenty times on each side for one, two or three rounds.

Side Lying Leg Lift

Align your knees, hips and shoulders. Bring your feet to a 90 degree angle behind you, then, straighten your upper leg. Flexing your foot towards you, pull your leg up and back, leading with the heel, as far as you can go, then return to the starting position. Make sure your stomach is tight and your shoulders are back (don't let your midsection fall forward). Do this twenty times on each side! You can do one, two, or three rounds depending on how you feel.

Pigeon Pose

Truth time: I hate pigeon pose. That probably means I need to do it more.... It really stretches the hips and booty! People that are extra flexy can get their crotch to the ground and their head on the floor. Clearly, that's not for me, ha! I always try to get my leg perpendicular to my body and then sink as low as I can for as long as I can...or at least for a minute per side. Good luck!

Now, let's talk about this outfit! 

1) Of course I love this tank from Wags & Weights. I mean......have you met me? I think they made it with me in mind - literally my favorite things in the history of the world. 

2) Have you tried Victoria's Secret's line, Victoria Sport? I am a die-hard Lulu lover, but VSX has kind of stolen my heart. Their workout apparel is great quality, affordable, supportive and so stylish! I wear this bra to the gym, under v-neck tees, and basically everywhere I go. Unfortunately my exact bra is sold out, but I linked some of my favorites in the widget below. They have tons of unique options, colors, prints, straps, high-neck, low-neck and everything in between. I especially love their leggings because their actually long enough for me! Being 5'9", it's insanely hard to find pants that are long enough, hug me in all the right places + aren't see through, but VSX's work every time. Highly recommend! 

What workouts are you loving right now? I'd love to hear. 

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