6/19 Purchases

Of course, we waited until Father’s Day itself to go shopping for Father’s Day gifts.

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As the Pilot wisely said “if you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute” so after brunch we ventured to the mall to see what we could find.

And as with any shopping trip for gifts, I found a couple of things that I *needed*, too 😀


I have been obsessed with the Sally Hansen nail effects strips. They’re about $8 and I’m on day 10 of my leopard print ones. Since it was time for a refresher, I picked up the black lace to try for this week 🙂


+ 2 dresses from the republic of bananas

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Dresses are the one thing that I’m not afraid to buy right now, since I’ll be able to wear them well into the fall with my growing belly.

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I knew the maxi dress was going to happen before we walked into the store. A mannequin was wearing it in the window and I loved the print and cut.

The black t-shirt style dress is for casual days- I’ll probably wear it to dinner at my dadoo’s tonight- and the button detail on the sleeves makes it a little more fun and different. I went a size up since my usual size fit me like a glove right now (it looked so cute, but I went with a little baggier), so hopefully it will last a while longer that way.

Grand total for the dresses: $150 – both were $30

Tip: use the code BRTAKE30 to get 30% off your online order through tomorrow 🙂

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  1. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on June 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve been super curious about those nail strips.
    Do you think they would work well on toes too? I read that you get 16, so what do you do with the extras?

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      they totally would. i just keep the extras in case one comes off or needs to be re-done

      • tamara on June 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

        Don’t bother saving the extra strips…I tried that and they get dried out and are no longer sticky.

        • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

          i cut min before peeling them- so they shouldn’t dry out. is that what you did too?

        • Jenn on June 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

          How so? If you don’t take the clear or white sticky part off the strip it shouldn’t affect them at all.

          • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

            they seem like they’ll still work no prob

    • d barker on June 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      they work great on toes..i use them all the time!

  2. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on June 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    ps. the dresses are SO cute!

    I got a maxi dress yesterday and thought of you!!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      whoo hoo!

  3. Bethany I. on June 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    My sister loves those Sally Hansen nail stickers too! She says they are way better than nail polish because they stay on longer even though they are stickers.
    I love the two dresses you bought! So cute!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      they’ve stayed on so well! i’m impressed with them 🙂

  4. April@motorcity running girl on June 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Just bought my first ever “summer” dress yesterday and totally thought of you!! The ones you bought are super cute BTW

  5. Kris | iheartwellness.com on June 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Sweet!!! How do you remove the last nail prints? With nail polish remover??

    The dress is uber cute and will look fancy on your growing belly 🙂


    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      yep with nail polish remover 🙂

      • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

        i had to write back and say they were a beast to get off! i use acetone free remover and it took forever

  6. alex on June 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    cute finds! i commend your maxi dress courage. i couldn’t pull it off – no way, no how! have a nice father’s day! and happy (sort of first??) father’s day to the pilot!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      you totally could!

  7. Amy on June 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I love the salon effects, i’ve had them last two weeks! I’ve also really gotten into the gel polish, it last 3 weeks on my fingers and 8 weeks on my toes!

    I use the extra big one on my big toe and paint the rest of my toes a color to match the pattern.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      ohhhh! that’s a great idea!

    • Kara on June 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

      looooove gel polish.. i never used to be able to convince myself to get my fingernails done when i got pedicures just because it NEVER lasts longer than 2-3 days. gel lasts soooo long and now i go every few weeks! it’s amazing. i’ve never gotten gel on my toes (i’m not even sure they offer it where i go), but since toenail polish lasts so long anyway, i can’t even imagine how long gel on toes would last.. i feel like i’d go twice a year!

  8. Tyler on June 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I bought the leopard ones today. I saw on a Kandee Johnson video that she cuts them in half so you can get a a little more bang for your buck! I’m also LOVING dresses! I live in MO where is it crazy hot and so humid you want to cry!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      ohhh good to know! i’ll try cutting this one in half 🙂

  9. Joelle on June 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Going to my friend’s 40th on friday and will buy the salon effect for that evening. I’m waiting to figure out my outfit before choosing one. Is it easy to apply by myself or do I need a second set of hands?

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      no they’re super easy!

  10. Dotsie on June 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Very cute dresses, indeed! I’ve wondered how those nail strips would work! Do you think they would hold up well for swimming two days a week, showed and dishwashing?! Right now I’m hooked on the gel/shellac polish and hit the nail shop every two weeks or longer. Problem is, everything is getting pricey and I want to save money!

  11. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on June 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I tried on a maxi dress at GAP yesterday and almost got it — just because you posted about maxi dresses! I think I still get, it’s on sale online. That advertisement by blogging seems to work! you should get free maxi dresses from all over for it 😉

  12. Arianna on June 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I really want to try those nail stickers, they are really cute! And I love love love both dresses, very mama-to-be chic 🙂

  13. Meredith on June 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I tried the nail effects strips today. The left hand came out great—I am right handed– but my right hand would not stick. When I went to file the strip off using the pink side of thenail file it came off uneven and ripped off a lot of the strip. What’s the trick? My left hand looked so pretty so I want to try again! Love those dresses! And the leopard nails are too cute!!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      i don’t use the file- i bend it over the edge of my nail and rip it

  14. Courtney on June 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I’m wearing the lace pattern right now! It’s fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      i’ve got mine on too now! LOVE it

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Cute maxi dress and nice deals$$

    You are very smart to go up a size. Even though I never really got very big, it was amazing that I thought, oh I have x months til that will be tight on me and then one day you wake up…and it’s…tight 🙂

    Happy Father’s Day to Pilot and glad he picked up a few things too 🙂

  16. Paige @ RAN on June 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I totally bought the striped version of that black dress yesterday! It’s so cute right? I wad in between sizes too and decided to size up. Since it’s t-shirt material it might shrink a bit.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      that’s what i figured too- i’ll probably forget and throw it in the dryer and when it shrinks it will be ok 🙂

  17. Gina @ Running to the kitchen on June 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I love that Maxi dress!

  18. Ali on June 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Haha, I love the “if you do it last minute it only takes a minute.” You have a wise one on your hands.

  19. Andrea on June 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I have the leopard ones on right now too and I bought those lace ones to do next! We must have the same taste!

  20. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on June 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I loved the Pilots last minute shopping philosophy, it made me giggle – very wise 😉 gorgeous purchases – i’m loving maxi dresses as well, they’re so comfortable and easy to wear, but at the same time so feminine and beautiful! Just wanted to say I really enjoy your fashion posts – I wore a blazer with jeans on Saturday and thought of you! 🙂 xyx

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

      thank you- i’m so glad you’re enjoying them 🙂

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Love both of those dresses! The maxi dress will look especially good on you as your belly gets bigger! 😀

  22. Jill on June 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I have the lace strips to put on when I’ve got somewhere good to go. I quit at a drug mart yesterday so I bought a BUNCH of stuff while I still have my discount! So now I have about 4 different kinds of Sally Hansen strips waiting in the wings, plus I have some that I cut in half to use again. I can’t wait to put on the lace ones!

  23. Britney on June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Hi Gina! I’ve been reading your blog daily since February and am a big fan; I love the way you write! I’m so curious, why do you call your husband by his name in the Family posts and the “Pilot” in the other posts? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      to make them different 🙂

  24. mary (what's cookin with mary) on June 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I want that maxi dress !!!!!!!! Super cute G 🙂

  25. Dani on June 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Super cute finds, Gina!

  26. Susan on June 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I was able to wear several normal items from Banana Republic well into my pregnancy. It’s nice to be able to wear things you can wear again next year, when you aren’t pregnant anymore!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      that’s the plan- i’m going to try to keep buying things that will grow with me 🙂

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