Spring Outfit + Playlist

Cute spring outfit
Short sleeve button down blouse with a denim skirt
outfit with a round straw bag

Whether the weather cooperates or not at this point, I'm fully in a spring mood. I'm a weirdo and love making playlists and virtual mood boards for all kinds of occasions as well as each season, so I thought I would share my Spring Mood playlist with you! 

spring mood
straw bag + stripes + denim mini
Wrap mini skirt
Spring outfit with a denim mini skirt

You can listen to my Spring Mood Spotify playlist through the widget, or at this link.

spring vibes
spring outfit with a straw bag
denim skirt with a stripe top
cute spring/summer outfit
Top  |  Skirt (c/o)  |  Sneakers - here & here (have black accents)  |  Similar bags here & here  |  Sunglasses

I hope you enjoy the playlist! Do you like to make playlists for new seasons?

Vacation Picks + Packing List

vacation picks + packing list

Trey and I leave for vacation this Saturday and I cannot wait! Saturday will actually be spent in KC, but on Sunday morning we fly to San Diego, and will spend time in both San Diego and LA over the following week. Southern California is my happy place, and I need that pretty scenery in my life! I've also found that life and work are a bit more exciting when you have a vacation to plan and look forward to 😍I'm so excited that it's finally here!

As I've been online shopping for my trip and just in general, I've been compiling some finds that I think would be perfect for any spring and summer vacation! If you have a vacation coming up, then this post is for you! Also, I shared all of my my best packing tips and essentials here that have really streamlined the packing and traveling process for me. But here is some of my packing list for our trip as well as some of my favorite picks...

Denim jacket
Slide sandals
Primer with SPF for face
Facial oil (for dryer climate)
Crossbody bag
My favorite leggings (for travel & hiking)





Current Workout Routine + Favorite Workout Clothes

Beyond Yoga mesh leggings
my current workout routine & favorite workout clothes | Love, Lenore

Happy Friday! I'm feeling super burnt out at work these days, so to say I'm excited for the weekend is an understatement. Then I just have to get through next week and it's vacation time! 

One big way that I relieve work stress (and other stress) is through working out. What used to be a chore for me has really become a part of my life and something that I look forward to for the most part! I've been working out way more consistently the past few months, and I am starting to see a big difference, which is motivating me even more!

Read on for my current workout regimen, and my favorite workout wear! 

my current workout routine & favorite workout clothes | Love, Lenore
high-waisted leggings + a crop top

The past few months my regimen has been two spin classes/week, one yoga class/week, circuit and toning workouts at home (1-2/week), and occasionally a barre class. I've grown to absolutely love and look forward to my spin class, and now that I have cycling shoes and really know what I'm doing, I'm getting so much more out of it than I used it. What I like about spin is that it's not just cardio... It's also resistance training and it's something you can continually get better at by getting faster and by adding more resistance. My yoga instructor is incredible, and I love that her classes melt away my stress while also being a great workout. I love the relaxing aspect of yoga, but overall I like to get a workout out of my yoga classes. 

I don't want to get into too much detail about my routine in this post because I'm planning to change things up a bit soon. I'm definitely a believer in changing up workouts to keep your body guessing, so I've found a couple of programs I want to try! After our vacation I'm planning to tackle Kayla Itsines' 12-week Bikini Body Guide (BBG). They're short but HARD circuit workouts that have amazing results. I did this program before our wedding and was in such good shape, so I'd like to get to that point again! At this point I'm just trying to plan out how I can work it in with my workout classes without overdoing it. I also listened to the latest episode of the Skinny Confidential Podcast, which interviewed the founder of the PVolve method (I highly recommend listening). Everything he said really resonated with the goals that I have, and I think that method would be a good way to balance out spin classes. So I may subscribe to that streaming service after I do the BBG program.  

all-black gym outfit
workout crop top
Tank (similar)  |  Leggings  |  Jacket (c/o | sold out, but more options here)  |  Shoes: Adidas

Since working out more consistently, I've actually had a difficult time keeping up with laundry and realized I didn't have enough workout clothes I loved! Of course I'm never mad to have an excuse to shop for cute workout clothes.

Most of my workout tops are from Forever 21 and H&M. These are something I don't like to spend much on and I got for the cute + lightweight factor for the most part. My favorite tops to workout in are anything cropped since I'm always wearing high-waisted leggings. My favorite sports bras are from H&M, but I also have some I like from Target and Forever 21. I don't need much support, so I go for the comfortable and cute factors. All of my leggings are either Zella or Beyond Yoga and I love both brands! My essentials for leggings are that they're super high-waisted, and that they have compression. I hate a non-compression legging, so I'm super picky on this. For shoes, I've been loving my Adidas pair, and have found that their shoes seem to have more support than Nikes.

Here are some of my favorite finds if you're looking for new stuff too:

Tops & Sports Bras:

Leggings & Shorts:

Shoes & Accessories:

The "It" Bags of the Season

cute woven bag
There's no denying that woven/straw/basket bags are the "it" trend of the season. I'm seeing them absolutely everywhere, and at all different price points! I have a feeling they're pretty polarizing, but I personally love them! In my home I love to decorate with different textures, and I love applying that philosophy to my outfits as well. Since these are the perfect accessory to transition into spring, I thought I would round up some of my favorites!

Sadly I can't include Zara stuff in the below widget, but I think they have the best collection! I legitimately opened 10 or 11 tabs and loved them all! If I had to narrow down, some of my favorites are here, here, here and here.

Zara bags aside, here are some others I'm loving (all under $100, and most are well under):

Is this a trend you plan on wearing? I already have two woven/straw bags 🙈 Mine pictured above is sold out, but I purchased it from the cutest boutique, Hello Luvvy! Oh, and my top can be found here.   

My Spring Check List

spring outfit: floral top + a denim mini | Love, Lenore
denim mini skirt with a spring blouse
I love the fresh wave of motivation and energy that comes with any new season, but especially spring. Spring always makes me feel hopeful and inspired! Since I'm feeling so motivated right now, I thought I would share my spring check list with all of you! 

spring florals
how to toughen up spring florals | Love, Lenore

Try at least one new dinner recipe each week. I've been so into cooking lately and want to continue the momentum by trying more new recipes. It's easy to get into a rut (especially in the winter) of making the same dinners over and over, but I want to keep things fresh (literally and figuratively) in the kitchen this spring!

File our taxes weeks before April 17. I'm a classic procrastinator paired with a millennial that is overwhelmed by adulting. It's quite the combo, let me tell ya! haha. This week I'm working on getting everything organized so that we can get started well before April!

Read a new book, front to back. This is a sad one. I am so, so out of the habit of reading. I actually read quite a bit every day, just not out of books. I've always loved reading, but in college I was doing so much academic reading that reading for fun lost its appeal. I have a stack of some books lent to me by friends and I'm debating between reading this one or this one first.

Start (and complete) the Bikini Body Guide workout program. "BBG" is a 12-week workout guide created by Australian trainer (and babe) Kayla Itsines. I actually found this four years ago and did 2/3 of the program before our wedding, and looking back at the photos, it seriously worked! While I've done some of the circuits here and there for a quick home workout, I've really been contemplating doing the program start to finish as I'm trying to get in the best shape of my twenties! I haven't decided what 3 month time frame to do it in, but I want to at least start it in spring so it carries over into summer!

Finally get rid of my sell + donate piles. My guest room is currently a hell hole of clothing piles. I have a Poshmark pile, a Facebook sell pile, and a large donate pile. I recently listed quite a few items on my Poshmark (@lovelenore) that are slowly but surely selling, but I need to stop procrastinating on the rest! I always want to be more minimal and not have clutter in the house, and getting rid of these piles will be a huge step in the right direction!   

stripes + florals
spring blouse with a denim mini and ankle boots | Love, Lenore
top  |  skirt  |  similar bag  |  boots  |  sunglasses  |  earrings

What are some things on your own spring check list? I actually have a lot more, but wanted to keep things simple for today's post ;)