Blue Bell Sleeves

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Top: Chicwish [c/o] TTS | Skort: Similar | Shoes: Modcloth [c/o], Similar All Sizes Available| Bag: Gigi New York [c/o] | Sunglasses: Wildfox [c/o] | Necklace: Similar | Earrings: Baublebar [out of stock] Love these! ย | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Lipstick: Souffle

Photography by: Angie Garcia


I have this thing with oversized, structured tops. And yet, until this post, I owned none.

NONE.

What was I thinking?!

It wasn’t that I didn’t search to find one, I did. Every time I scroll through instagram I’d see NYC socialites in them with cigarette pants looking ridiculously gorgeous. Then I’d check the price of the top. Quiver inside. And decide I needed to just remove them from my brain.

I’m not sure why, but typically oversized tops that have structure [like these bell sleeves!] are pretty pricy! It’s like, “Hey, you’re going to look like you’re wearing a sack, but a cute sack, so it’s $399.”

This top is inย the prettiest blue shade and under $60, so it was love at first sight. It fits true to size and I paired it with a skort to balance the sizing. I’m on the hunt for linen leopard shorts to wear this all summer long!

Moving on, let’s talk workouts! We all know I’m addicted to cycling at Zyn22 and the past few months my friend has brought me to her workout studio that focuses on barre, pilates and this class called “bounce.” I love workout classes and while I never think of myself asย a competitive person, I have to be, because I do well in workout classes as opposed to being by myself.

I’ve run on and off the past few years, but never trained for anything. I tore my meniscus running in college, took a break and since then I haven’t “pushed” myself in that realm. But running is free and I love free. haha! I kept telling myself, “Katey, you need to learn to love something that doesn’t cost anything.” So here I am week 3 into running. Still hate it. Still think I’m dying. Still bored out of my mind the entire time. But still running…

So runners, be real with me. Will I ever like it? Will it ever be fun? Will it ever be a stress reliever?! I just sit and listen to all y’all marathon goddesses say, “It’s my me time! It’s so relaxing. No one can talk to me!”

And I just nod thinking, “Yeah, my me time is sitting on the couch with a glass of Cab. No one can really talk to me then either.” haha!

Bless you all and the lungs God gave you. I’m convinced he made some of us runners and the rest walkers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

XOXOKatey-2

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22 Comments

  1. Winter wrote:

    Love the top! Let a girl know if you find those linen leopard print shorts. I’m in the market too.

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  2. Kelcie wrote:

    Seriously this post ???????????????? I love the outfit and can’t wait to see the shorts your find. But mostly because of the running part. I feel like I read all these blogs and people are just running and loving life and I’m over here just trying to survive mile 2!! I know exactly what you mean about being bored!!! I feel like I am missing something haha

    Loved this, thanks for being real ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  3. Morgan wrote:

    I’m a goner in less than a mile haha so I totally agree The Lord gave me other talents and decided to leave out running. Good for you for sticking with it – more than I can say for myself!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  4. Amanda wrote:

    Katey – I have to assure you that it took me over a year to start to love running. I pushed myself for the same reasons: it’s a FREE exercise that you can pretty much fit in at any point. Once I got past my first goal: Running a whole mile without stopping, I was so energized and proud of my lungs that I kept going! Now I run 4-5 times per week, about 3-4 miles per run and it’s my favorite time of the day!

    Keep at it, you just might find a new passion ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Amanda

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  5. Claire G wrote:

    Hey there! I wasn’t really a runner until college when my roommate got me into it. And since then I’ve run everything from a 10k to a full marathon! I really do love it, but any run that’s out of your “norm” will take getting used to. For example, when I’m training for a marathon I certainly don’t LOVE those 18-milers leading up to it because it’s harder than my norm. So if you haven’t run much in the past few years and are now doing 3 miles, for you that’s harder than your norm! Try listening to a Journey Pandora station. It’s chill music but still has a good beat. And try switching up your routes! I NEVER thought I would be a runner and now I love it because of the challenge and it really tones you up, which doesn’t hurt either :). Don’t give up! Remember, always EARNED, never given! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  6. Such a fun top! Asbolutely love it – gorgeous color as well

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  7. Absolutely love this top! So much fun and that color is gorgeous

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  8. I’ve been eyeing this top for a while, I may need to just take the leap and get it lol!

    Also, I’ve been an on/off runner for most of my life, and the past two months I’ve really set my mind to running 5 to 6 days a week and I have to say it’s become one of my favorite times of the day. I have two little ones (Oliver, 2 & Charlie, 10 months) and I’m a Stay-At-Home-Mom so for me, getting out for an hour or so each day to run is super relieving and a stress reducer from hearing “MOM! MOM! MOMMY! MAMA! NEED YOU!” all day and night long! lol… I definitely think it took a couple months to really get in my groove of running and enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

    XOXO

    Melissa

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  9. Kathryn wrote:

    This top is so fun and unique! The color is beautiful and perfect for the spring/summer.

    As for running – I would advise you to keep at it! I’ve been an on again, off again runner my whole life. However about a year ago, I started to consistently run throughout the week. I’ve now worked up to 4-5 miles, 4-5 times per week. It’s turned into a major form of therapy for me and some days, I even look forward to the run at the end of the day! That’s definitely not a place I would’ve ever thought I’d get to so for that reason, I’d encourage you to keep going! You’ll get there, girl ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.chicandshimmer.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  10. Ashley wrote:

    My bf listens to podcasts while he is running v a playlist! He says it helps him run further and stay focused on listening to the story of the segment rather than the act of running.

    It sounds like it’s worth a try, and there are some great Girlboss podcasts out there!

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  11. Irina wrote:

    I’m with you girl. Not, a runner. Never have been and I’m not sure I ever will be. My lungs ache, my hips hurt .. I just can’t do it. I go to Orange Theory Fitness and they kick my booty with a combination of cardio, rowing and weights .. so I don’t feel bad while others run as I stride on my elliptical.

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  12. Kacie wrote:

    I know what you mean about having a thing for something but not owning any. I love oversized boyfriend denim but have never even tried a pair on, haha! As for running – some people love it and some people hate it. I hated it until I started taking spin classes and was able to build up endurance. Now I can run for miles without needing to slow down. ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, Kacie
    RegallySoled.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  13. This top is gorgeous on you!! Love the color and style! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  14. Alexa wrote:

    HA I feel you on the running thing! It’s kind of a hit or miss for me, some days I have total runners high and others I am like this needs to end. I always take (Aubrey) my dog, but I know Peaches probably isn’t much of a runner! However she really motivates me to keep going, and encourages me to go in the first place because I know she loves it so much!

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  15. Rachel wrote:

    OMG Katey you talking about running is me talking about running! lol My “me time” also looks similar to yours.. I think even if you don’t eventually love running itself you will love the results either way!
    http://www.onepotslop.com/

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  16. This outfit is so cute! Love the monogrammed Gigi bag <3

    BlondieInTheCity.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  17. Bobbie wrote:

    I love workout classes too because I am always trying to stay up with people besides me, so it keeps me going! But I am also a runner and love to run. I would recommend go to a park or a running trail. That way there are people around to distract you. And its fun to spot someone and make yourself catch up to them. Play games with yourself then you forgot how far you’ve even ran!

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  18. Johanna wrote:

    This is such a pretty Look! I love it. And your Style is amazing. Can i ask you what for a camera you use and what for a lense?

    Greetings from Germany

    Johanna

    http://www.fashionstylebyjohanna.com

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  19. Haley Jackson wrote:

    LOVE this top. You’re precious. Running, lol. It’s something I have a love/hate relationship with. I HATE running outside, but LOVE running on the treadmill. I can’t breath outside unless its like overcast or spring weather all the time. I do make sure I have good energy & eat something like Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin bread with almond butter before, otherwise I’m hating every step. I also learned to play either a playlist by trainer Katrina Scott on Spotify or Passion Radio on Itunes or Pandora. Sometimes I need pump up music, other times I need sweet Jesus music to calm my soul & rejuvinate me. Try it! I feel your pain… I’m finally getting back into my running game. It gets better!

    xoxo

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  20. Kenzie wrote:

    Katey, I love this look and this top is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this awesome find with us ๐Ÿ™‚ As for running — I am really into running and just finished training and running a half marathon, and for me, once I’m in shape running is a blast and I love it, so just keep pushing yourself and once you can get past 2-4 miles, you’ll find it is a lot easier and enjoyable! I always tell my friends that running is all in your head and it really is! Sometimes I even have a “quiet time” and listen to worship music and pray, which really helps distract me and helps me to focus on something else!

    xx, Kenzie

    Published 10 May 16Reply
  21. Rex wrote:

    You are very beautiful
    http://www.chichandbagnews.com

    Published 11 May 16Reply
  22. Jenna wrote:

    OK, ok, ok, ok.

    Running is something i am still trying to fall in love with. There is one thing i have found that helps me the most that i didn’t see mentioned in the comments above.

    SCENERY!!!!!

    For me, running is super boring. Plus listening to myself huff and puff is enough to put me over the edge. I have ran in neighborhoods, dog parks, river valleys, farm fields, and ive come to the conclusion that i CANNOT run in a straight line for 45 minutes and not go crazy or die of boredom. I found a path thats meant for hardcore mountain bikers so it goes up and down and through trees, through streams, twisting and turning and i have never had so much fun in my life! It is seriously the only way i feel like im not working out or doing something i dislike. My dog loves it too because she can run through the trees and explore, maybe Peaches would love it too!

    Try finding a path in some trees with changing scenery and you might enjoy it a little bit more! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 11 May 16Reply