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a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste


zara launches activewear

shopping, fitnessAnna KellerComment
from Zara's  GYMWEAR  collection

from Zara's GYMWEAR collection

This past week, I threw myself into the local boutique fitness scene. I took a boxing class at Athletx, a spinning class at Rev, and an HIIT at work (yeah, I'm lucky enough to have fitness facilities and classes at my job. it's nice.) It was fun, rewarding, and HARD. There were times that I could barely make it into my office desk chair, but those sore muscles are the best reminder that if you aren't challenging yourself, you aren't changing yourself. And since I'm slated to be wearing a bikini in the Dominican Republic in a few short days, I need all the change I can get.

A big part of motivating myself to take these killer classes is making sure I like what I'm wearing when I exercise. I've written about this many times, but wearing cute fitness attire makes all of the difference in how you feel during a workout. It also goes to say that the proper wardrobe choices can help with performance, too. No one won a 100-meter race wearing an old college tee shirt and yoga pants, that's for sure.

Yesterday was my rest day, which meant that I had a little extra time to do some internet browsing. Yesterday also happened to be the day that Zara nonchalantly released an activewear collection on its e-commerce site. Coincidence? I think not. The collection features the most beautiful neutrals, sleek swimsuits, slouchy grey sweatshirts, "pushup leggings" and just a touch of neon. Perfection. They're also all at a shockingly affordable price point, which means that I might have to reward my hard week of work with a new outfit (or two).

ready to r-e-l-a-x

lifestyleAnna KellerComment
the weekend at last

I am 100% an introvert. I need to my time to relax, and being on the go, day after day, is simply exhausting. No matter how much fun I'm having, I need my down time. Summer is notorious for being an extremely busy season, and August has been a blur for me. I started the month off going to Osheaga for three days, and after that, it's been a constant stream of days with friends at the beach, work parties, squeezing in boxing classes, wine dates, and so much more. In the past week alone, I went to see Trainwreck (and was super disappointed by it! Anyone else feel this way?), ate my weight in smoked meat at Bluebird BBQ in Winooski, got my iPhone screen fixed after smashing it for the first time in my life, saw Beach House in concert at Higher Ground, and did 5 loads of laundry. And tonight I have a hair appointment right after work, and then am meeting friends to go to the ArtsRiot Food Truck Stop. It's been a blast and I'm happy to squeeze in as many summer activities as possible before the temperature starts to drop, but I desperately want to curl up with my cat, AppleTV, and a bottle of Trader Joe's Coastal Sauvignon Blanc and call it a day. Which is exactly where I hope to be later this evening.

Have a wonderful & relaxing weekend!

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summer must-do list

adventure, listsAnna KellerComment

happy summer everyone!

now that summer is officially here, and the humidity has officially made my hair impossible to handle, I'm going to make a must-do list so that I don't miss anything I've been craving to do. summer in Vermont is short and fleeting, riddled with bugs and thunderstorms, but I think that makes me appreciate the good parts even more. plus, it gives me something to remember when it's -19* F outside.


- eat outside as much as possible -

- dip my toes in the chilly Atlantic -

- actually go swimming! full on, get your hair wet swimming -

- go on a bike ride date that ends with a picnic, watching the sun set -

- get creative with sangria! -

- make a friend who has a boat, and go on said boat -

- draw & journal, ideally while sitting in nature -

- go on little weekend trips -

- exercise outdoors, not at the gym -

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