She works with willing hands.

My Current Eyeliner Obsession

Several weeks ago, I bumped into a friend after our Mojo Fitness class and noticed that despite our hour-long, sweat-inducing workout, the eyeliner subtly rimming her pretty brown eyes still looked fab.  And it was the prettiest and most subtle shade of purple – more like a neutral with a subtle purple sheen.  I told her that I loved it!

A week later she approached me after class and handed me this:

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That’s Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Blue Eyes.  Try saying that three times fast.

First of all, I was touched by her thoughtfulness.  At $11.95, it was an inexpensive gift that communicated she was thinking of me.  (She even remembered my eye color!)  It was really, really sweet of her, and her act of gifting it to me inspired me to consider small ways that I can similarly bless the people around me.

It’s amazing how a gift of great eyeliner can perk a girl right up.

And it really is great eyeliner!  The set includes three colors intended to enhance your natural eye color, and there are separate trios for brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes and blue eyes.

Although I was initially skeptical of the bright blue container housing the blue eyeliner stick, after one slick of it on my upper lash line I was sold.  It is a totally wearable, subtle blue shade that reads more like a neutral – nothing reminiscent of the 80’s here!  The other pencils are a pretty brown and a more dramatic but still totally wearable black.

But the best part about these eyeliners isn’t even the gorgeous colors.  The liner goes on smoothly and easily and stays in place all day, even through sweaty workouts.  Plus it’s fragrance and paraben-free, and safe for sensitive eyes.

And while I’ll still whip out my liquid liner when I want to rock my beloved cat eye look, this trio of eyeliners is every day eyeliner perfection – making it my current eyeliner obsession!

Spring Fashion at lululemon

I haven’t always been a fitness girl.  Although I was formerly a ballerina and college cheerleader, the years of rigorous studies and then practicing law kept me away from the exercise world.  Don’t get me wrong, I know some lawyers who are ripped, but it is not without some serious tenacity and lots of deliriously early mornings.  Lawyers work a lot – and I’m not an early morning gal.

Let’s just say that after years of neglecting my fitness and then three pregnancies, I saw myself at a fork in the road – either get myself in shape OR face a future of flabbiness and self-conscious tugs at my waistband.  I chose the former and I wrote about that process here.  And I’m so thankful that today I can say that I’m a fitness chick – not from a place of arrogance or conceit – but from a place of true thanks that I have enjoyable opportunities to exercise this body that God gifted me.

I even lead dance fitness classes from time to time.  You can check out the class that I instruct here.  It’s called Mojo Fitness and it’s my happy place.

I wear my fitness gear hard and often, and prefer styles that can take me from class to preschool pickup and then through lunch and afternoon errands.  So when I started itching for some updates to my warm weather fitness attire, I consulted the experts.

These are the gals that I head to for fashion advice – Clara and Alison.

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I love fashion and feel fairly confident and capable in the style department, but these ladies are experts…and they happen to be personal friends.  They are unbored housewives, just like me, with little kids and busy lives.

They recently launched their own fashion and style blog called ClaraAlison Styling, and they do personal styling, wardrobe assessments, closet clean-outs and personal shopping on the side.  Most importantly, they’re mad about fashion, both have a wicked eye, and are fellow sweat enthusiasts.

We decided to meet up at lululemon athletica to put together some fresh looks (but not before meeting at our favorite coffee shop down the street for a hot cup o’ joe).

I have to admit, lululemon is another one of my happy places (and no, I did not receive any compensation or freebies to say that) – I just like their gear.  Their clothes have a fresh look and easily transition from exercise class to the street.

Lindsey (the rad chick in the white cap) came along to find some new gear for her RealRyder and Spunata classes, and she also took our photos.  She is an unbored housewife who happens to hold a degree in photojournalism, and she’s one of my best friends.

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That’s me in the purple top, front right.

The gals working at lululemon were positively welcoming and wonderful, offering clothing suggestions and pointing out new gear.

Clara and Alison pulled some options,

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and after some styling,

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Lindsey and I weighed our thoughts on the new mesh sided crops.  I loved the high waist and slanted bottoms, and the mesh ventilation is perfect for my Mojo class but perhaps less ideal for preschool pick-up.  What would the teachers say?  Scandalous, I tell you.

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Clara and Alison found Lindsey a look that suited her perfectly.  (And as a side note, this chick is blurry in every.single.picture.  She is in a state of perpetual motion.)

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I mean, what is more fun than playing real life dress-up with friends?

Until I got a call from my kid’s school telling me that I needed to come pick him up because he was coughing all over his classmates.  So I jetted out of there.  ‘Tis the life of an unbored housewife.

Until we meet again lululemon…

Oh, and they’re hosting this cool festival this weekend:

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Check out the info here.  They’re going to have live music, food vendors, pop-up shops and free exercise classes all day (including pilates, bootcamp, barreless barre, circuit bootcamp and yoga).  Go get sweaty!