Weekend Styles | 01.10.15

I have got to share something with y'all. First things first, I will wholeheartedly admit that I am a yoga pants snob. If it's not lululemon, I'm not interested. It's not for lack of trying. In fact, I think I've tried on every single pair of black stretchy pants in existence - just nothing compares to the life-changing fit, comfort and durability of the activewear company everybody loves to hate. Until Thursday.

While waiting around at Costco for a prescription, I came across a table of black workout leggings. I've been on the hunt for a few more pairs, but have been dragging my heels to trying to avoid spending another $82 on one pair of pants. They looked decent at first inspection, and so I bought a couple of pairs on a whim. Did I mention they were $15 each?

It's now coming up on 48 hours and I haven't taken them off. They're amazing. They're an almost perfect replica of my beloved Wonder Unders, except, wait for it, I think I might like them better. Totally opaque, perfectly cut, super stretchy, and they stay up through a power yoga class better their 6x the price counterparts. Y'all, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair STAT either in your local warehouse or online here.

Besides the amazing yoga pants breakthrough of 2015, it's been a pretty wonderful but chilly week back in the office. In case you missed it, we revealed the ultra-luxe new brand for Ivori Nicole Events, and a kick-ass, one page monthly goal planner to complement our recent philosophy shift of Action-Based Goal Planning.

In other news, since our engagement, I've been pinning like crazy. I'm completely head over heels for the idea of mismatched Kate Spade cocktail dresses for my bridesmaids, and have taken an obsession with long-sleeved wedding dresses. What do y'all think of this Rosa Clara frock? Am I nuts since we're thinking about a June wedding?


Finally, I wanted to share with you a "recipe" for the one thing I can't stop cooking and Z won't stop eating - perfect for you New Year's Resolution dieters.

Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup

Cook one pound of navy (or other small white) beans. I usually just cover and double them with water and then pop them in the crockpot on high for 5 or 6 hours. Once those are close, brown a pound or so of sausage links in a large pot with a little splash of olive oil. Really any kind works - I've used both smoked Polish and sweet Italian with great results. Once those are browned, take them out, slice them up, and set them aside. Add one large chopped onion to the drippings from the sausage and sauté until translucent. Add a couple cloves of smashed up or grated garlic and stir just until fragrant. To that, add 8 cups of chicken stock, 4 cups of water, and one bunch of kale, stems removed and sliced into ribbons. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add drained but not rinsed beans. Cook for another 10-15 minutes. Add sausage, stir until heated through, season with salt and pepper, and serve.