Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pin one on me!

So I am sure most of you know about the giant black Internet hole that is Pinterest.

I have pinned and pinned and pinned some more.

And today one of my pins came to life!

I pinned this outfit a little while ago:

And guess what I found in my closet this morning... A black dress with pockets, black cardigan, grey tights, and my camel boots! What a perfect way for them to make their entrance this season!

Apologies for the heinous iPad photo. Camera is on it's way back to me tonight via the husband who has been gone for work.

I love this look and never in a million years would I have thrown them together in this fashion.

Thank you pinterest!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CEP Winner

Thanks to all for entering, my iPod is going to be quite happy with the new tunes!

Congratulations Genevieve!
You are the winner of the CEP Compression socks or sleeves!

I will send you an email connecting you with Jamie.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

CEP Compression Giveaway

This is my first giveaway! How exciting. Let's see how this goes...

So does anyone remember that time I ran a Half Marathon?
Yeah, it seems like such an incredibly long time ago! Anyways, while I was training I kept reading stuff about compression sleeves and socks. Up until that point I hadn't really known much about it- and had never tried compression at all. I kept suffering from shin splints and incredibly achy calves- typical for a first time runner who was ramping up the mileage.


While at the expo for the Columbus Marathon, there was a CEP booth. I talked to the gal and learned a bit more about CEP and what it was all about. I bought the sleeves right there on the spot and on they went immediately after the race. They pretty much saved my lower legs after completing my very first Half Marathon! 

So without getting into all the scientifical mumbo jumbo I'll just tell you what I know about them in language I know.

Compression is squeezing the life out of your legs, or arms, or thighs, or whatever are you are wearing it on. But it does it in the best way possible. CEP uses medical grade compression which means they are reeeeeeally tight, but they REEEAALLY Work! On my legs, they are like a big bear hug. They squeeze and force your blood to continue flowing and help prevent lactic acid from building up, thus increasing the oxygen and helping you recover quicker and easier. I don't wear them while I'm running, but I almost always put them on afterwards. It could part way be mental, but I feel better while I am wearing them.

You can learn more about the CEP technology (the REAL version) and all their amazing products here.

Now just before summer, I won a giveaway and got some CEP Socks. (I'm loving the new green ones as well and may need to scoop them up too.) I took them to the UK and they came in handy! Especially on the day when I set out to explore and do an easy 2k and ended up lost and finishing 7k instead!

It was my first time with the socks instead of the sleeves and I must say, while they are really hard to get on unless you know some tricks (turn it inside out and put the sock part on first, then get the ankle over your heel, and then you are pretty good to go- they are graduated compression and a lot tighter at the ankle FYI) The socks themselves were extremely plush and they felt so good on my sore feet. The compression was exactly what I love about the sleeves so the added bonus of the foot cover was even better.

Plus they look cool. Right?

I even wear them sometimes when my legs are just achy- not even after a run. They are also great for travel if you are going to be stationary for a while- helps with leg fatigue.

So now for the good stuff. Jamie over at MediUSA contacted me and offered to give away a pair of CEP Compression Socks OR Sleeves. Isn't that awesome? You get to pick what you want, what size, and what color!

Now I know lots of blog giveaways make you become a follower of the blog hosting the giveaway, I'd rather you follow me if you want to- not as a requirement. I think I'm pretty cool, most of the time. If you like randomness, some fashion, some food, knitting, running, and general that link at the top right to follow me. I'm just settling back in after the summer in Europe so I'll be back to regular posting soon!

So for this giveaway, all you have to do is help me out. My playlist needs some help so leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite running/workout song is. And if you don't have one, how about just a song that makes you want to get up and dance from the first beat that comes through the speakers!

Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.  Ends Sept 20th at 11:59pm EST.  A winner will be chosen using  Please leave a comment that includes your email address so I can contact you if you win! Good Luck!

**I was asked to write a review on my CEP Socks, but I have not been compensated and my thoughts are my own. I bought CEP long before I won them in the giveaway and when asked about the opportunity to for you to win a pair I wanted to share the CEP awesome!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quick Outfit Roundup

Short week this week, and it went even quicker considering it was my last week in Oxford.

I'm saying goodbye (but not really) to the town that I have called home for the summer. Saying goodbye to my colleagues who are definitely now friends. Saying goodbye to an amazing summer.

But man, I'll really be glad to get back home.

 Jacket- Forever 21, Pants- NY&Co, Print Ruffle Tank- NY&Co, Shoes- JC Penny

Entire outfit- NY&Co, Shoes- JC Penny

*Note- I bought this dress and thought WTH am I doing? I absolutely truly love it!!! Peter pan collar, ribbon, tiny horses ALL over it, white trim. I don't know why but am totally smitten.
Dress- Matalan, Jeans- Old Navy Skinny, Flats- Primark
Jeans- NY&Co, T-Shirt- Homage, Black Cardi- Target, Scarf- Outlet Store, Shoes- New Balance

Have a great weekend!
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