Fashion Friday & The Open Announcement 14.4

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I can't tell you how happy I am this week is over - I finally threw in the towel this morning and I'm home sick from work. I wish I could enjoy this day and the warmer temperatures coming to DC, but blah! I'm still sick! Anyway, did you see the Open Announcement for 14.4? It looks AWESOME! Aaron and I have been watching the Open Announcement each week and we got pumped last night watching Josh Bridges - he's a beast! (And when I saw we got pumped, I mean as pumped as you can get between tea, tissues, and lots of NyQuil.) I was also really excited to hear that the Open Announcement for next week features Rich Fronning and Samatha Briggs! It's going to be so fun to watch!

The bad news is that we have to go out of town this weekend so I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do the Open at my box like usual. (Insert sad face!) I don't think I can handle doing it today being sick, but I have to find some time at some point!

I love that 14.4 involves cleans - they're my favorite! I'm not so thrilled about the toes-to-bar, which I find extremely difficult! There's also no way I can do a muscle-up, but the first half of the workout so be fun anyway!

I also love that I have an excuse to buy more workout clothes! I've been really committed to that lately and last week, had a fun time at Old Navy trying a few things on:

2014-03-21_0001 2014-03-21_0002 2014-03-21_0003I ended up buying the pink outfit, which I think looked much better in the dressing room than it did the day of the Open, but whatever! I'm thinking about going back for the two middle shirts - I really love the material and they're comfortable! Shop Old Navy here. (They're offering 30 percent off with the coupon code THANKS)


Lately I'm loving anything neon! I think it's because I'm so desperate for spring and summer!


So, I'm curious, are you watching the Open Announcements?

Last year I wasn't doing CrossFit at this time and didn't watch the Open. I only caught the tail-end of the games, but I have to say, watching these various athletes perform has been really inspiring! It's been helpful too - I think watching this open announcement really helped me with my snatch form!

How about you? Do you watch CrossFit videos for helpful tips? 

Fashion Friday: 12 Days of Christmas WOD

Hey friends! Can you believe it's the Friday before Christmas? Woo hoo! To be totally honest, things have been really stressful lately as we try to prepare for our trip to Italy. I'm so excited but there's a million other things going on like hosting my family for Christmas, traveling to see Aaron's family, my car (I got in an accident about 2 weeks ago and I'm driving a rental), plus work. It feels VERY hectic right now and I'm struggling just to keep up with my laundry! Let alone the more important stuff! Haha.

However, there has been one saving grace - CrossFit. For me, personally, CrossFit has been the best way to destress. During that hour I'm at CrossFit, I'm mentally and physically challenged by the movements, and I don't have time to think about my to do list! That, my friends, is the biggest relief!

So, when I heard my box was doing a crazy workout they call the 12 Days Before Christmas, this Saturday, I knew it was just what I needed to get through the weekend and my mounting holiday stress! Now, I'm not exactly sure what all the 12 Days of Christmas workout entails, but I do know the gist is the pretty much the same everywhere: Complete 1, then 1&2, then 1&2&3, and so on till you get to 12. Here's the 12 Days of Christmas workout they did at Outlaw CrossFit last year:

1 Clean and jerk 2 Muscle ups 3 Box jumps 4 Hang squat snatch 5 Bar facing burpees 6 Push Press 7 Pistols 8 Toes to bar 9 Wall balls 10 Chest to bar pull ups 11 Handstand push ups 12 Front Squats

*GULP!* It's definitely going to be brutal!

I thought it'd be fun to tie in this week's Fashion Friday with this crazy workout, cause red and green stripe socks make a tough workout easier, right? :)


Guns Tank / Christmas Socks / Nike Shorts / Nike Free TR Fit 2 Black / Holiday Headband

The 12 Days of Christmas Workout is scheduled for tomorrow morning so I'm taking tonight off from CrossFit to prepare. This evening I hope to work on blog-related tasks, such as returning emails and scheduling blog posts for while I'm away! There WILL be content on the blog everyday through to the New Year!

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How do you deal with stress during the holiday?

Fashion Friday: Grey & Yellow // Beastmode

I've been in a workout funk lately. I went to CrossFit Monday and Tuesday, but skipped Wednesday and Thursday. My poor mood is a sure sign I need to get back to it ASAP, but sometimes, like today, I still feel the fear and don't want to go!

The reason? Today's WOD (workout of the day) includes rope climbs and pull-ups, both of which I suck at! I know the only way to get better is to do them more often, but part of me wants to avoid them altogether! So, in the spirit of facing the fear and doing it anyway, I'm channeling this Blogilates motivational tank with the phrase beastmode on it! Even though I know I'm a far ways from beastmode, I can do my very best and give it my all; I can at least go and try, which is exactly what I plan to do today! What about you? What's beastmode mean to you?

Grey-WorkoutTank / PUMA Sneakers / Leggings

If you like this outfit, you'll probably like others of I created! All of them are now categorized as "Workout Clothes" under the Menu bar "Fashion/Beauty."

What do you have planned this weekend, friends? 

Do you get scared to do different movements or exercises at the gym, too?

Fashion Friday: Reebok-Crossfit Clothes

Like I mentioned, I'm starting Crossfit soon. In honor of that I thought I'd put together an all-reebok outfit. Reebok is the official crossfit sponsor! Crossfit-Outfit

Fit 2 Kick Ass Top $28 / Reebok Crossfit Chase Short $19 / Reebok Crossfit Racerback Bra $21 / Classic Nylon Slim $55 / Reebok Headband $12

 And yes.. I do hope to be wearing those itty bitty shorts one day!

Do you do crossfit?

What do you wear?