Styling September

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During this transitional phase, it’s always a challenge deciding what to wear and what to shop for. The days can still be warm, but that brisk air of fall teases us as it slips into and out of our weeks.

I’m a rule breaker (white pants after Labor Day are totally a thing), but I also like to move and groove with the seasons. I think a key to styling the transition between summer and fall is blending: Pair shorts with a warm fall-colored top (like I did above!), wear a fun short dress with closed-toe booties, and incorporate floral prints with fall tones.

To give you some style inspo, I’m sharing pieces below that I’m loving for the rest of September and beginning of October. Would love to know your favorites!

Madewell Autumn Dress / Madewell Striped DressASOS Dress

NA-KD Sweater / Asos Skirt / Madewell Jacket

Lucky Brand Booties / Zara Booties / Zara One-Shoulder Top

How are you styling September? Share your September OOTDs with me on Insta!

xo,

Tatum

Outfit Photos by: Lauren Listor

Recovery

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I need to be upfront; recovery is not a topic I’m an expert on. In fact, it’s something I am admittedly bad at. When I’m sick and a doctor tells me to rest and skip the gym for a few days, I tell him or her that quite honestly, that’s not going to happen. When I injured my IT band and spent months in physical therapy (twice!), I researched and experimented with every method of low impact exercise that I could find in order to maintain my fitness routines. I’m horrible at taking rest days and haven’t done so for seven months.

So why on earth am I writing a post about the fitness topic I’m probably the worst at? And more importantly, why should you be reading this? Well, I’ve learned a lot about rest and recovery in the past few days, brought to my attention by a sprained ankle. After spending some time thinking over this topic, I decided it was something I wanted to write about, not as an expert, but as a way to both engage in and promote self-reflection and healthy habits. I think it’s important to ask ourselves: In what ways in my life am I practicing healthy rest and recovery habits and in what ways am I not? Through this question, I realized that I am practicing recovery in some ways, but am clearly (see above!) lacking in others. I hope this post can help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses in this area and will motivate you to make rest part of your healthy lifestyle.

Muscle Recovery 

I can’t be the only one who actually enjoys being sore the day after a tough workout. Standing up from my desk at work and going up and down the subway stairs might make my muscles scream, but the pain also brings the satisfaction of a workout well done. But just because I secretly enjoy the pain, doesn’t mean I should always have to suffer through it. After a particularly brutal lower body day, I tried PARODI’s Comforting Muscle Lotion and was immediately blessed with the feeling of instant relief. The lotion was just the answer my sore muscles were praying for, and I learned that there’s nothing wrong with seeking relief for pain (even when the pain comes from a good and healthy place!).

Recovery Fuel

We all know about the importance of a post-workout meal to refuel our bodies after the hard work we just put it through. I workout in the morning, so my favorite recovery meal is also my favorite breakfast. I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast for the past five years and I still get excited every time the microwave beeps (seriously, ask my friends, I have an obsession). Refueling after exercising is one area of recovery that I think I get right, so I thought I would share my post-workout breakfast! Feel free to modify as you choose (and share your creations with me on Instagram!)

  • 1/2 cup whole-rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vegan protein powder
  • 1 healthy sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 banana

Put oats, protein powder, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl and fill with water so that the water barely covers the oats. Microwave for 2 minutes. Top with a sliced banana and enjoy!

Hydration Recovery

Our bodies scream for water during our workouts (I’m that girl who reaches for her Nalgene between every song in a cycling class!), but we have to remember to continue the hydration after we leave the gym. Our thirst may be quenched, but we have to continue to give our bodies the hydration and electrolytes it needs to fully recover. I love drinking lemon water when I get to work for a refreshing way to hydrate. I also have recently tried and loved Pure Brazilian Coconut Water. I’m pretty picky when it comes to coconut water, but this brand was the best I’ve tried! If you’re feeling the need to replenish your body with electrolytes, definitely opt for coconut water over sugary sports drinks.

But like I said, I am no expert on this topic, so I would love to hear about your methods of recovery. Share with me in the comment section below or send me a DM on Instagram.

xo,

Tatum

3 Ways to Switch Up Your Workout Routine

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We all know that nothing lasts forever. Even what seem to be the best relationships, jobs, lunch orders, and clothing styles often run their course and are replaced by something better, trendier, or more fitting for our current life situation. The same goes for fitness. Just like we grow out of apartments, trends, and even some friendships, our bodies yearn for new ways to stay active and healthy. 

For best results in our health, fitness levels, and physical appearance, it is crucial to switch up our exercise routines to ensure our bodies don’t become too accustomed to a workout to a point that it is no longer effective. 

But finding the time, energy, strength, and money to workout is enough of a challenge! Trust me, I hear you! Which is why I’m sharing some inspiration and ideas for how you can easily and effectively switch up your fitness routine! You might be surprised how motivating trying something new can be! Besides, we all know fierce women aren’t afraid of change and a little challenge 😉

For the Soul Cycle Obsessed:

Try weight training. The weight portion of Soul Cycle is high rep and low weight. To give your body a new challenge, adventure to the weight area of the gym and try a few upper body exercises (like these) using a higher weight and doing fewer reps. Adding weight training to your routine will give you more muscle definition and increase your metabolism!

For the Yogi:

Try boxing. I know it may sound like a bit of a 180, but hear me out. Yoga is a way to center ourselves: a practice used to eliminate distractions, stress, and negative energy from our lives. I’ve been taking a boxing class for the past several months, and I have to say that not only is it fantastic physical exercise, but also great for my mental health as well. I use the class to take out all of my anger from the week. When the gloves are on and bag is in front of me, it’s goodbye to work stress and feelings of inferiority and hello to feeling confident and strong once again. A yoga lover can challenge their bodies and minds by trying this new form of exercise. 

For the Runner:

Try a boutique fitness class. I know, I know. Why go from paying nothing and using the earth’s gym to paying upwards of $25 a class? The answer is two fold. First and foremost, for your health (deh). Second, your first class is often free 😉 There is a great benefit to challenging your runner’s lungs, legs, and cardiovascular endurance with a high-intensity interval training or strength and cardio combination class. These classes often group participants in pairs or teams, which ensures that you will be held accountable for your effort by others. Whenever I try a new class, I am forced to push myself harder and further because I know my team is counting on me. I prove to myself what my body is really capable of doing and then I’m able to take that knowledge to my future, solo workouts. 

What new workouts are you trying lately? I’m always looking for something new to try!

xo,

Tatum

Crop Top c/o Fierce + Regal/ Zippered Capri c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.

Waving Goodbye to Summer

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Waving Goodbye to Summer | The Pacetatumdone-46 (1)Waving Goodbye to Summer | The PaceHappy final days of summer, everyone! Hope you survived the heat and made it out without too much sunburn or too high of an electricity bill. I, for one, had a fantastic summer with my friends and family full of the perfect amount of sunshine, cocktails, relaxation, and fresh air (well, as fresh as it gets in New York 😉 )! I wanted to celebrate the end of the season with a post featuring some of my favorite shades of summer: baby blue and white. While I will be pairing my white jeans with sweaters as we head into fall (I know, I’m a rule breaker!), I will definitely miss the feminine, pastel tones that made up so much of my wardrobe this summer.

I also want to share the jewelry I have been hard core crushing on lately. I discovered Margo Rebecca Jewelry thanks to a friend at work and I seriously cannot stop wearing her gorgeous pieces. The necklace I’m wearing in this post looks beautiful paired with this sky blue top, but I’m also excited to wear it with cardigans and sweaters once the temperatures start dropping. I’ve been wearing this Crystal Chain Necklace and Crystal Silver Choker on repeat; they seem to compliment almost every outfit.

I’m also loving this ring and pair of earrings from Blush & Bar. The Tara Stud Earrings are so fun and unique and X rings are showing up everywhere lately!

Kissing a lovely summer goodbye and looking forward to the upcoming season! Wishing you and yours love, joy, and all of the pretty jewelry 😉

xo,

Tatum

Necklace c/o Margo Rebecca/ Earrings c/o Blush & Bar, Ring c/o Blue & Bar

Photos by: Lauren Listor

End of Summer To-Do List

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Oh how I long for the summer vacations of my youth that seemed to last and last… This summer has totally flown by, and I can’t believe we are nearing the end! With limited time left in the season, I plan to go out with a bang and live up every free moment, so I made a list of things I want to do before our Instagram feeds start filling up with way too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Follow along on my Instagram to see if I’m able to complete the whole list 😉

1. Day Trip to the Beach

Over Memorial Day Weekend, my friends and I took a day trip to Rockaway Beach and enjoyed pina coladas and time in the sun. With my unlimited Metro Card, I have no excuse not to spend the hour or so it takes to make the trek to the Rockaways at least once more this summer. But this time, I will be sure to reapply my sunscreen a bit more often 😉

2. Rooftop Season’s Final Hooray!

There is nothing a New Yorker loves more than drinking and eating on a rooftop. To commemorate the end of this overcrowded and sweaty phenomenon, I plan to have at least one more rooftop experience before we call summer a wrap. Whether I end up shelling out $16 for a cocktail or spend a weekend afternoon grilling on a friend’s rooftop is TBD. But the obligatory final rooftop view photo is a must.

3. Rock My Summer Favorites

We all have those go-to pieces in our closet that make us feel extra confident. With a transition of weather coming our way, now is the time to make sure our favorite outfits breathe the summer air once more before they are tucked away until next year. My Fewl swimsuit is definitely one of those pieces! If you’re looking for a great swimsuit to cap off the summer, be sure to visit Fewl Swimwear and use my code ‘TATUM’ for 30% off a purchase of $40 or more!

4. Turn Up the Summer Jams

Ever since my freshmen year of college, I have made a Spotify Playlist for each new season. I love being able to go back to my Spring 2013 playlist and feel like I am sitting in my old dorm room, studying for Economics, and thinking about boys 😉 My Summer 2017 Playlist is full of the upbeat, carefree songs that pair perfectly with this season. During these last couple of weeks, I plan to turn up those jams as often as possible! Because in five years, I want future Tatum to look back nostalgically on this summer with the fondest memories.

5. Take Advantage of the Light

Summertime spoils us with its long days and nights, but we can’t take them for granted! For many of us, our commutes will eventually become darker and that post-work drink with friends will start to sound a little less appealing. My goal is to take advantage of the longer days and make plans with friends to go for walks, stop by an outdoor happy hour, or hang in a park.

What is on your end-of-summer to-do list? Share it with me in the comment section below or on Instagram!

Swimsuit c/oFewl Swimwear

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Ready, Set, Go

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If you’ve been following along on The Pace or my Instagram, you might remember last month’s post about the elevated athletic performance brand, Fierce + Regal, that I just can’t get enough of. Through high quality and versatile pieces, the brand inspires, encourages, and enables women to be both fierce and regal from the gym, to the office, and wherever life takes us.

A regal woman has goals. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid or intimidated to aim high and reach for the stars. But setting goals is only the beginning, and this is where the pairing of regality and ferocity is so crucial. Fierce women attack their goals. They don’t back down from challenges. They pick themselves up when they fall. They remain confident in the face of setbacks and failure. It’s not enough to want, to plan, or even to be motivated. Goals cannot be achieved without the drive and hunger inside a fierce woman. Fierce + Regal encourages women to be confident enough to hold themselves to high standards and set big goals and strong enough to carry them through to the end.

We set and chase goals in many areas of our lives. At this stage in my life, many of my goals are fitness and career related, both which require a great deal of physical, emotional, and mental energy and strength. Fierce + Regal gives me the comfort and support I need to power through my workouts to achieve my fitness goals, giving me the boost necessary to attack the rest of my day at the office. As we look toward the transition of seasons, I’m especially loving this crop top for fall jogs through the park or an outdoor yoga session. These zippered capris that are perfect for busy weekends filled with gym time, runnings errands, and seeing friends. As always, Fierce + Regal pieces are made with the highest quality materials, making them irresistibly comfortable.

What goals are you setting and attacking?

xo,

Tatum

Crop Top c/o Fierce + Regal/ Zippered Capri c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.

 

Confidence Boost

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Even the most confident, polished, and put together people in the world have their down moments (I mean, Emma Watson has to have a bad day every once in a while, right?). No matter how hard to we try to stay organized and on top of things and maintain good spirits, we will always be faced with challenges, obstacles, and difficult moments. Maybe you just got back a defeating exam grade. Maybe work has you feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Or maybe your bedroom is looking extra blah in comparison to the fabulous summer getaways you’re seeing on Instagram. Whatever the cause, we all feel down on ourselves from time to time, which is perfectly natural. However, I refuse to feel down in the dumps for too long, so I like to take matters into my own hands 😉

I asked some of the coolest, smartest, most successful, and confident women I know to share some of their secrets for gaining an instant confidence-boost. Whether you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed or are really facing a trying day, I hope some of these tips with help to brighten your spirits and make you realize how amazing you are! I know I plan to screen shot this post and pull it out whenever I need a boost.

Be sure to check out these gals’ blogs, sites, and Instagrams (links below!). They are all incredible women that I truly admire and think you will too 🙂

 

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I put on heels & lipstick. It doesn’t matter where I’m going because I’m dressing up regardless. I know the natural inclination is to wear something comfortable, throw your hair up in a bun and forget about it, but dressing up instantly boosts my mood (and wearing heels makes me feel fierce as hell).

-Kasia of Ampersand (@ampersand_blog)

When I need a confidence boost, I’ll turn on my headspace app and meditate for ten minutes. Taking time to relax and reflect always boosts my mood!

-Audra of Southern New Yorker (@audrakoch)

For me, confidence comes when I’m feeling happy. A never-fail way to start my day feeling happy is to to make a pot of coffee and blast music while I ready (along with some awful dancing and hairbrush-singing in the mirror – obvi!). Unfortunately, not all days start off that way. So whenever I’m in need of a mid-day confidence boost, I always keep a tube of YSL red lipstick + my favorite sunglasses in my purse. A fierce bold lip is an instant confidence boost for me. It sounds superficial, but it totally works. I swear!

-Katherine of Katherine in Manhattan (@katherineinmanhattan)

When I’m having a hard day, feeling blah or unmotivated, I walk away from my computer, phone or anything I’m working on and take 5 minutes to go over my personal/career goals, breathe, and think about why I’m doing this in the first place. Working in the fashion and media industries are fast-paced and can be stressful, so I have to take time to myself every now and then, and step away from work in order to get back on track and feel refreshed. 

-Audree of Simply Audree Kate (@simplyaudreekate)

Throwing on a black leather jacket and rocking a big hair flip.

-Nichole of Vanilla Extract (@nicholeciotti)

When I need a pick me up, my first stop to feeling fabulous is makeup. I used to work for MAC, so it’s engrained in me that a good mascara and a fun lip can brighten up the most blahhh days. I feel just as confident without a stitch of it on, but when I need to bust out my Sasha Fierce, makeup always seems to motivate me to change out of leggings, dress up & walk tall! I don’t wear makeup to impress anyone…I wear it for ME.

-Liz of Indigo Heights (@indigoheightsblog)

My number one tip for an instant confidence boost is to sweat it out! Working out has always been my go-to way to feel empowered. Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in your body, boosts your mood, and majorly ups your confidence. Finishing out an extra set of squat jumps or reaching a long term fitness goal is the best way to feel empowered! As a personal trainer, I love seeing my clients show this instant boost of confidence after they finish a challenge. I think exercise is a great way for everyone to get that instant “I can do anything” feeling.

-Samantha of The Fit Brunette (@samanthabowers_)

YOU are the best YOU. There is no one else like you. You are perfect to the core, wonderfully made, and beautiful. If you live every day knowing that, you will walk with your head a little higher.

-Lauren of Laurel Creative (@laurelcreative)

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already. Sometimes the best inspiration is already around you. Special thanks to these amazing women for sharing their wisdom!

Crop Top c/o Closet MotifCloset Motif/Asos Leather Pants/Steve Madden Sneakers
Photos by: Lauren Listor

Healthy Vegan Taco Salad

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I know I’m not the only one who finds Sundays to be a bit rough. Whether we’re sad our fun weekend is coming to an end, nervous about the work week ahead, or a little bit of both, Sunday evenings can be quite a let down after the high of the two previous days.

In order to keep some of those “Sunday Scaries” at bay, I try to fill my Sunday evenings with positive and productive things that will improve my week. A big part of this is meal prep. I have been a big fan of meal prep for a while as a great way to save money and eat healthy throughout the week. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with new recipes (see some of my favorites here), but this week, I decided to try a creation of my own and it turned out so well, I decided to share it! This salad is easy and cheap to prepare, vegetable and protein packed, and super flavorful. I’ve been enjoying it every day this week for lunch, and I’m still not sick of it!

I am a pescetarian (aka a vegetarian that eats fish), but I cook a lot of vegan meals, like this one. If you’re a carnivore, feel free to substitute the vegan beef-less ‘ground beef’ for a lean meat like chicken or turkey.  As I mentioned above, this recipe is great for meal prep, but you can also make a big batch for your family and friends to enjoy for a meal, or make a smaller batch for one or two. Oh, and feel free to add chips to complete the taco salad feel 😉

Healthy Vegan Taco Salad

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know your thoughts! Leave a comment below or message me on Instagram! 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Lower Body Workout

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I think we can all agree that there is nothing like the feeling after a great workout. We feel strong, accomplished, fierce (and probably very sweaty!). But we all know the struggles of finding the motivation and energy to get to the gym, and then when we arrive there is always the struggle of what do I do? This is something I get a lot of questions about from people who want to expand their gym routine from the bordeom of the treadmill.

No matter what your preferred method is to break a sweat, I always advise my friends to incorporate some type of strength training into their routines. I talked about the benefits of strength training in this post and shared an upper body workout. Today, I’m sharing a lower body workout that can be modified for any fitness level. It combines strength training with pilates and cardio moves that will leave your muscles screaming and sore the next day. Lace up your sneaks, pop in your headphones, pull this baby up on your phone, and hit the gym. You can do it!

Lower Body Workout

ADVANCED: 55-60 minute workout-Starting with Set 1, do 20 reps of each move, 16 reps of each move, and 8 reps of each move. Do the same for Set 2, 3, and 4. Finish with pilates burnout.

INTERMEDIATE: 30-40 minute workout-Starting with Set 1, do 8 reps of each move. Go through each set twice. Finish with pilates burnout.

BEGINNER: 20-30 minute workout-Do 8 reps of each move. Finish with pilates burnout.

[Pattern of set: 1. Strength training 2. Cardio move 3. Pilates move 4. Strength training]

SET 1:

Deadlifts

Squat jumps

Rear leg lifts (On hands and knees, do # of reps for both sides) 

Side lunges

SET 2:

Kettle bell swings

Burpees

Fire hydrant leg lifts (Do # of reps for both sides)

Hip Thrusts (Back on bench, hold weight on hips and thrust hips up)

SET 3:

Ski/Narrow Squats

Jumping Lunges

Hamstring Leg Curls (Do # of reps for both sides)

Curtsy Lunge (Lunge back into curtsy position)

SET 4:

Wide stance deadlifts

Pop squats (Squat down and tap ground, jump up and bring legs together)

Elbow tap lifts (On hands and knees, pull in knee to elbow and extend leg back out)

Squat steps (In squat position, step out to wide squat position and back in to narrow squat position)

PILATES BURNOUT: 45 seconds on, followed by 15 second pulses

Inside leg lift (Lie on right side, cross left leg over right and lift right leg up and down. Repeat on left side)

Side leg lift (Lie on right side, raise left leg up and down. Repeat on left side)

Rear leg lift (On hands and knees, raise straight leg up and down. Repeat with other leg.)

 

And don’t forget…no trip to the gym is complete without fierce and comfortable fitness attire. I talked about my obsession with Fierce and Regal in this post and still can’t get over how incredible the line is. Be sure to check out Fierce + Regal online and on Instagram for the amazing pieces I’m wearing in this post and more!

Happy sweating!

xo,

Tatum

Capri LeggingsSports BraThe One-Shoulder c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.

 

Summer Lovin’ in Kaer

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Can you believe we are already halfway through summer? I feel like I just installed my AC unit and got my first sunburn! So far, summer has been lovely—Summer Fridays at work, relaxing at Central Park, day trips to the beach, and rooftop BBQs—this girl can’t complain 😉 We may be halfway through July, but summer is far from over, and I’m determined to make the last half of it even better than the first!

My next few weeks of summer hold a lot of exciting plans including a weekend trip to Philly to reunite with my college besties and a visit from my parents (my OG besties!). In between fun-filled weekends and busy work weeks, I anticipate many spontaneous adventures with my fellow NYC partners in crime 😉 The days aren’t this long all year, so it’s important to take advantage of the ample sun light!

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Speaking of sunlight, I feel like this dress is a gift from above; I have majorly fallen in love. This piece by one of my favorite Brooklyn designers, Kaer Brooklyn is unlike any I have ever worn, and I felt like a ballroom dancer twirling around in Union Square Park 🙂 I love dresses that are classy, unique, and comfortable and this one hits all three. If you followed me in September, you know I was obsessed with this bomber jacket by Kaer (still available here on the site!) and I’ve been a huge fan of other Kaer pieces ever since. Head over to the site to shop this dress and other gorgeous pieces.

How are you celebrating the rest of the summer and what are you wearing? Share in the comment section below or DM me on Instagram 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Dress c/o Kaer Brooklyn

Special thanks to Kaer for sponsoring this post.