Be Well: Shape Up

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I've had a rocky relationship with Shape magazine. When I was younger, it was the magazine I always reached for first - it comes as no surprise to you that I've always been interested in exercise and living a healthy life. Shape was obviously a perfect fit for me.

However, over the past few years I've become increasingly frustrated with the fact that they never feature workouts that highlight the importance of lifting heavy weights. I can only read the sentence "requires 2-3 lb. weights" so many times before the intensity of my eye rolls gives me a killer headache. For a magazine that's supposed to help women learn how to live a healthy life, I couldn't help but think that they were doing a spectacularly poor job providing truthful and useful information about exercise.

I haven't read an issue in a few months, but when I was in the nail salon this past weekend I decided to pick up the January/February issue. Were my complaints about their workout features resolved? Not really. But they did have a downright awesome spread on the average American diet that really restored my opinion of the magazine. Seriously, if you haven't read it yet, grab the January issue if you get a chance - the statistics on the foods many of us eat every day are astounding. But it's not all bad news - they also outline an awesome plan for eating healthy, focusing on meat and veggies. Overall, I thought the issue contained the most inspirational yet useful tips to help you keep your 2014 healthy eating resolutions that I've seen - you should definitely check it out.

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I just want to take a moment and celebrate how enjoyable my life has been over the last 24 hours. Yesterday, Wednesday, was a rare day where I was able to get to work a bit later than usual and leave work earlier than usual. I was in my car by 6:00 at the end of the day - a very enjoyable change of pace amid weeks where leaving at 7:00 felt like leaving early. I got to go home, hang out with my husband, catch up on Downton Abbey, read these awesome Vulture articles, listen to this amazing song from Her half a dozen times, and go to bed early enough to make it to the gym this morning. Maybe that sounds like an average night to you, but for me it was wonderful.

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Finally, don't forget to enter the giveaway hosted by The Distillery if you haven't already! (See yesterday's post for further details.) All you have to do is follow them on Facebook and/or Instagram - hop to it!

Have a great Thursday!

Dress Well: Introducing The Distillery...

Thai Black Coral Bracelet and Bracelet with Black Beads (both via The Distillery c/o), Madewell shirt (old), Urban Outfitters cardigan (super old), Paige jeans (old), Madewell booties, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Unknown necklace, Rebecca Minkoff bag

Today I'm very excited to get to introduce you to two things. First up: my two wonderful handmade Thai bracelets. My friend Catelyn gave them to me when I was in Austin over the holidays, and I've been wearing them non-stop ever since. Which brings me to my second introduction: Catelyn's online shop, The Distillery, where you can buy these beautiful bracelets and many other one-of-a-kind items that are featured in their expertly-curated collection.

There's more to The Distillery than just awesome bracelets - they feature a wide selection of vintage and handmade items that they find locally or while traveling internationally, as well as art. Catelyn and her brother hand-pick each of the items listed on the site. I particularly love their colored glassware, such as this decanter - how amazing would it look on a bar cart?

And the good news just keeps on coming - starting today, if you follow The Distillery on Facebook or on Instagram (@thedistilleryaustin) you will be entered to win your choice between the bracelets I'm wearing here. Following them on both sites gets you two entries - what are you waiting for?

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DSC_5977The entry period ends on Sunday, so go ahead and follow them right now! I'll announce the winners next Tuesday, so be sure to check back in on that day!

Your support means the world to both Catelyn and me - I'm extremely grateful to you all for welcoming The Distillery into the Name's Not Ashley family!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!