5 on friday

Since I haven’t done a 5 on Friday in a coon’s age, a favorite saying of my grandmother’s, I’m bringing it back. Thank you April, who posts like every day and has two babies, for motivating me that I should hop back on the bandwagon!

With two SEC games coming up, I’m in desperate need of a gameday outfit, and fast. I want to order this week, because I’ll be away from the ninth to the thirteenth and then ten days after that is the first game.

I know I’m either needing to wear crimson, gray, or black, and I won’t do white because it washes me out and I spill. I also don’t know if it’s a day or night game so I need to be slighly flexible with being able to layer something over a dress or romper if needed. Please help me pick one of these five darling options…

[via necessaryclothing.com]
1. Black and White Striped Romper

I love this Necessary Clothing romper. The ruffles are cute, it’s $25.99, and it’s not strapless, so I could throw on a bralette. Also, I could wear it with booties. But I don’t want to be cold and I don’t know how a jacket would look.

[via missguidedus.com]
2. Snakeskin Romper

Clearly, I’m a big romper girl. This missguided one for $42.50 stood out to me because of the print, but I don’t know if I’m sold on it being chiffon or not. I do know it would look good with booties, though, and I appreciate the long sleeves.

[via nordstrom.com]
3. Cutout Dress

Of course, I browsed Nordstrom a lot in looking for options. I like the cutouts of this $39 dress and the fact that it’s not quite a boring long sleeve but not completely sleeveless either. It would work with booties but having to wear a strapless bra would be an L. We’ll see.

[via urbanoutfitters.com]
4. Knotted Romper

Ah, Urban. I hate that this  Silence + Noise piece is an online exclusive because I’m curious about the fit and if the color is crimson enough in person. It’s also $59, and I’m not sure what bralette I’d wear or how low it goes. I will be at this one with my parents, so I’m not exactly looking to bare it all.

[via lyst.com]
5. Leopard Silk Romper

I know I said no white, but I can’t resist this Parker romper. I know the quality will be great, and I am obsessed with the print. I feel like leopard can get trashy quickly, but this is perfectly chic. The only issues are that it’s going fast for just $66.91 at Rack, it’s white, and I think it would pair better with a more summery shoe. But I still love it.

Other runner-ups include an Urban bell sleeved dress with cutouts, a Show Me Your MuMu dress, another one in a grayish lace, and a piece a local boutique posted on their Instagram, which I’ll try to get a pic of soon.

Please help!!




an ode to monday workouts

Monday workouts are a bear. It’s too easy to slip into pajamas or sweats after school or work and pass out with Netflix and a La Croix. I’ve been there, and I probably still will be there in a few Mondays, especially after a weekend of traveling.

But when I’m home, I’ve made it a point to work out on Mondays. I feel on top of the fucking world when I squeeze in a workout on a Monday. It sets my week off on the right tone and makes me feel way less guilty come Thirsty Thursday.

I’ve touched on the importance of the Sunday workout too, but I’m now also #TeamMondayWorkout. And sometimes Sundays are too nice to spend in a gym, no?

[via lindsayslist.co]
Mondays are a popular day, at least at my gym. I think people want to sweat out the weekend’s sins and start off the week on the right foot. I like to get in and out, so here’s my routine for a forty or so minute circuit:

  • 25 mins cardio: I prefer the StairMaster or an elliptical. Classics. Usually I burn about 300 calories, but it depends on intensity too.
  • 25 donkey kicks (2x): Pictured above, these are easy and require no weights and minimal space. They also don’t destroy my knees.
  • 40, and 60 second planks (2x each): Self explanatory, but I can’t emphasize the results I’ve seen from core work. Love it.
  • 25 cherry pickers (2x): Again, core is key. I feel like these are a quick way to a tiny waist and they’re adjustable because of the various weight sizes you can use while also not having to wait for a machine.

I probably could take less time if I wanted to, but between water breaks and general fucking around it takes me about forty-five minutes or so to finish this. I know I’m your fitspo, you don’t have to leave it in the comments. Thanks.





This month, instantblonde reached 50 followers!!!

I genuinely never thought I’d one day be able to type that I have fifty whole followers reading my thrice weekly ramblings. It means so much to have an audience for something I love to do so much, and I hope my content and the general state of shambles my life is always in makes you laugh.

Blogging for an entire year and making it to two hundred posts were big moments too. I frequently thank my stars that what started out and, well, still is me aimlessly pouring out my feelings and happenings to the world gives me so much fulfillment and satisfaction.

I’m so grateful for all of you for following along, even if you just pop in once a month to catch up. Each and every one of you motivate me, arguably more than a cheat meal or a glass of bubbly. Thank you for being the best audience in the world! (And thanks for making me feel as famous as Martha fucking perfect Hunt in the pic below.)

[via pinterest.com]


it’s all for you

I know you’re excited because I’m back with a midweek post, which is kind of unlike me, but there’s a caveat. I’m not writing about shoes, makeup, or boys today, but rather something a lot heavier. If you’re interested, I’m sorry if it gets too personal and I hope you get something out of it. And if you’re not, I get that too.

If you know me, you know that my mother and I are not close. In fact, we’re polar opposites. For as long as I can remember, we’ve butted heads on everything from my outfits to my college applications to my eating habits. We are known to have frequent fights via text, phone, and email. Screaming matches have occurred more than I’d care to admit. I think that she is absolutely fucking insane and I know that she thinks I’m naive, manipulative, and shallow. I could go on for hours, but I try to keep our differences off of instantblonde because they leave me feeling so negative and troubled and, truthfully, I don’t know if it’s something I’m even ready to share.

Tonight, he sat me down and asked that we talk, something he almost never does. “Of course,” I said, my mind immediately imagining bad news like illness, disease, or the like. Thankfully, it was none of those. My father, who is quite possibly my biggest inspiration- see here and here– in this world, had to ask me to stop fighting with my mother because it was taking a toll on him and his marriage.

If I’m being brutally honest, I am heartbroken. I would do anything for him because he’s done the same for me, and seeing him in pain because of my antics frankly sucks. Knowing that I’m hurting him and putting him in between two people he cares about is sickening. I’m disgusted with myself that I let it get so bad that he had to sit me down and beg me to stop.

I think the fact that I’m only agreeing to stop adding flames to the fire because of an outside opinion is a reflection of how fucked up mine and my mother’s relationship truly is, but that’s another post for another day. For now, Dad, I’m doing this for you. It’s all for you. I’m sorry that I’ve let things get this horrible and I’m sorry I’ve put you in such a precarious position.

Let this post be my unofficial vow to try to make things better, not for her satisfaction or my pettiness but for his well-being.

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve a hot shower, a drink, or a cheat meal. Thanks for reading.

But above all, try something.

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Looking Forward



what to wear: cutout crops

Looks like my busy fall has already started. Yikes. I’m knee deep in to-do lists, essays, and responses that I’m trying to get done before I go away twice in October and what feels like a million other times.

With being busy comes having less time to curate my wardrobe as much as I’d like. Hence, we’re wearing a lot of athleisure, and, to be honest, I don’t hate it. It’s that nice time of year when leggings are too warm but shorts might be a touch cool, so cropped leggings it is.

Enter the crop with cutouts. They’re the perfect feature: somehow less bold than neon accents and more put together than a straight hem, they offer a balance I’m liking a lot.

[via shop. nordstrom.com]
Seeing these Zella ‘Midnight’ crops online piqued my interest. Not only are they $59, but they also remind me of some Lululemon and designer activewear options. I have a few items of this brand and can vouch for the quality, which is exceptional.

[via lululemon.com]
If you’re a fan of mesh, these Fast as Light crops from Lululemon will do the trick. I’d probably scoop up either these $98 options, their $88 Rush Hour 21″, or the similar Sun Runner crop if I didn’t have a similar pair. I think mine are called the Var-City crop, but they’re no longer available. (I wrote about them and the general quality of Lulu items here.)

[via shop. nordstrom.com]
These Urban Without Walls crops, on the site in a Large for $39, are sweet. I love the fact that they avoid the lace-up trend that’s almost overdone now with a simple, linear design. And you can’t beat $40. I’ve never bought workout wear from Urban- I stick to going out tops, sweaters, and bralettes, basically- so I can’t vouch for quality or sizing, unfortunately. I might have to go give these a try, though, in which case I’ll report back. Also, doesn’t the model look a little like Malia Obama?

Three cheers to athleisure that makes your butt look good and your aesthetic even better.







a busy fall

Saying I have a packed fall this year would be an understatement. Between now and the end of November, I will be away for three weekends and five weekdays. I also have nine deadlines, three exams, two visitations, two family birthdays, and an open house weekend to work. Add the day to day responsibilities and tasks and we have one busy blonde over here.

That being said, I’m sorry if I’m a little absent here in the next two months. I try my hardest to schedule posts and be organized but I often get too caught up organizing my real life to do that here too.

Here’s what I’m doing to survive this crazy season:

  • Taking care of myself: As much as the upcoming travel will bring airport food, hungover brunches, and parent-expensed dinners (no shame), while I’m home, I try to eat relatively healthily. I feel better about splurging when I’m away, and my body adjusts better when I’m eating better and drinking water.
  • Planning outfits ahead: I’ll be at two SEC games this year, one in October and one in November, so a gameday outfit is a key part of my suitcase for those trips. I’m already looking for a dress, romper, or similar. It’ll feel so good when you look into your closet to pack the night before the trip and see 17238 piles and not one single option.
  • Writing it all down: Whether it’s on a huge Google calendar or on paper, like I do, I’d highly recommend writing each key event and trip down on a master calendar. This way, you have a visual of when you’re gone and you don’t have to search your emails for itineraries or reference a sticky note at the bottom of your purse.
  • Stocking up on travel sizes: This only applies if you’re traveling by air, but the next time you’re at Target, just stop in the toiletry aisle and load up on miniature toothpastes, mouthwashes, and empty containers, like my favorites for under $2, for all your hair and face needs.

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Thanks to me, you won’t be lugging this much stuff around. You won’t look as hot as Kate Moss, either, but that’s another post for another day.



never forget

Today, we remember. We remember the 2,976 Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We remember the countless first responders, firemen, police offers, and citizens who gave tremendously to help in any way.

[via rebeccalammersen.com]
It seems surreal that this devastating national tragedy was fifteen years ago. It came to shape so many of the coming years. It defined what it means to be proud to be an American in the twenty-first century. If you haven’t seen this video, which was taken from NYU dorms eight blocks away, I recommend watching it. Although very disturbing, it is more raw than any news coverage you could ever see.

We will never forget.