One size does not fit all.

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“One size fits all” is not true for Women’s clothing and the same goes (if not more) for Men’s clothing too. At least women have more size variations than men – we have petite, plus, long, short and curvy.

My husband Nick is 6’4 with an athletic build so clothes that fit him properly are hard to find and almost always require tailoring. If the length is right, the width is off and vice versa. Big and Tall stores offer a very limited selection of stylish, quality clothing and even their sizing is flawed. Nick and I were both excited when Bonobos announced their line of Extended Sizes and were even more excited to see how they would fit.

Nick ordered items that all men need in their wardrobes and that are also pieces which 9 times out of 10 need tailoring in order to get a proper fit – in this case it was a Dress Shirt, Blazer and Dress Pants.Processed with VSCO with j2 preset

We are happy to report that everything fit perfectly, right out of the box! A first for Nick!

Did we mention Bonobos also has easy-care (no dry clean, wrinkle resistant) items in their collection too?! Nick’s Daily Grind Dress Shirt is one of those wash and fold pieces!

Bonobos has served a need for a very underserved part of the Men’s Fashion market with  everything from fit, to fabric quality, to price and even shopping experience. No matter what size or what style the man in your life is – guarantee he will find something he likes at Bonobos.

 

Fittingly,

Stacie + Nick

I don’t have the “skinny gene”.

I know some of you are probably reading that blog title and cursing me under your breath (or out loud at the screen) but it’s a weighted statement. Pun intended?

My entire life up until my second year of college I was an athlete, soccer being my main sport. I even played Division 1 my first year at FAU – until I got a taste of what “college life” was really like (and it wasn’t 2 a day practices or curfews). Needless to say, I only played one year and the athletic metabolism I had built up over many years quickly diminished.

EQ: Freshman 15 + entering your Twenties x Genetics / No Sports = 30 Unwanted lbs

I felt like I was discovering how my body worked for the first time. I learned over the next few years that I easily fluctuate in weight and it’s easier to gain the pounds than to lose them. I learned that I don’t just gain in one area, I distribute the weight evenly but it becomes the most noticeable in my face. I learned that I had to start being more mindful of what I ate and drank and how much and at what times – no more 3 am Taco Bell runs.

Fast forward a little. I was able to get to a place where I was content with body and I didn’t have to workout or diet 24/7, I just had to be active and actively aware of intake.

Fast forward again to getting engaged and spending a year doing hot yoga and eating like a bird until my wedding day.

And again two years later to becoming pregnant with my first child. I was back to a healthy and apt weight of 135 when we found out we were expecting. I’m 5’6 by the way. The day I had Jaxon, the scale that morning was 198. I gained 63 lbs and while yes, some of it was water weight and my 7 lb 14 oz baby, the rest was extra. Luckily, Jax was a great eater, so breastfeeding around the clock helped me lose the majority of the weight fairly quickly. The saying goes “9 months to put it on, 9 months to get it off” – well at 10 months postpartum I had not lost all of the weight, but I did find out I was pregnant with our second child! Surprise!

I tried to be more conscious of how much weight I was putting on this pregnancy but still managed to gain 45 lbs with Phoenix. The weight after he was born (at 6 lbs 8 oz) did not come off so easily with breastfeeding. I was not happy with how I looked or felt. I was aware that I had just had my second baby in under two years, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to feel like myself again and to wear my clothes again, the ones I hadn’t been able to wear even before becoming pregnant for the second time.

To make an already long story shorter, at 4 months postpartum and after weaning Phoenix, I decided to join Orange Theory. This is not a sponsored endorsement for OTF, this is just what I did. I chose a circuit training gym over a standard gym because I honestly did not and still do not have the motivation or knowledge to workout on my own. I wanted a place where all I had to do was show up and I’d get a full body workout lead by an instructor. My husband was the driving force in making sure I got my ass to the gym 4 times a week and wouldn’t let me give up even with my constant complaining about not seeing results. I felt like that meme where you workout one day and expect to be fit AF after.

Nick told me when I started to take a before picture from every angle and to do that every 30 days. He also said that it would take a solid 90 days before I would be able to see the transformation for myself. Best piece of advice he could have given me was to take those pictures because although other people were complementing me on the changes they saw, I couldn’t see them until I began comparing my before and after photos. If you take anything away from this post – let it be that if you are starting a fitness journey or even if you’re already on one – have half-naked photos to use for proof and motivation to keep going, because IT’S WORKING! As I mentioned earlier, I played sports until my twenties but I’ve never been as pleased with my body as I am now at 32 years old with two kids!

Although I love OTF and attribute it’s workouts to the couple of abs I have for the first time ever – I think any type of full body workout could help you achieve these results. The key is frequent, consistent workouts and being selective, not super strict, with your diet. I honestly could and should eat a lot better but one thing at a time, lol. I currently just try to drink a lot of water, stay away from fast food, the kid’s snacks, carbonated drinks and anything with a lot of sugar.

And the photos! The photos made me aware of the changes, proud of where I’d started and pushed me to go even further.

Please comment with any questions you might have! I am not a fitness or nutrition guru in any way, shape or form, I only have my experiences to speak for.

 

Flexingly,

Stacie

 

 

Run Forrest, Ruuunn

Halloween has to be my favorite holiday of the year!

It definitely started as a kid – my parents were always very into decorating, dressing us up and dressing up themselves; and almost always in unconventional costumes. I remember going through a “dead phase” (dead bride, dead prom queen, dead soccer player, dead cat) every costume included a pale face and blood.

Even as a child, I don’t believe we ever wore store bought costumes, always diy. That “tradition” has carried on into my adult life and now as a mother. Props to my mom for doing it without Pinterest! I literally start pinning to my ‘Halloween’ Pinterest board for the following year’s costumes before the current one has even passed.

The options for single/couples diy costumes are limitless but coming up with original, creative and cohesive costumes for a family of four is definitely more challenging. I also favor pop culture themes so that too narrows my playing field and to make it even harder on myself, this year I had to figure out a costume that incorporated my husband’s unruly beard because “shaving was not an option”.

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! I’m already excited for next year’s costumes!

 

Creepin’ it real,

Forrest, Forrest, Jen-ay and Lieutenant Dan