Black and boots


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Oh hi, fall. Nice to see you πŸ™‚

Even though I can’t wait for the holidays (Halloween!!!), getting together with the family and all of the upcoming events, I’ve been anxiously waiting to bust out the new boots.  

I’ve been wanting a pair of riding boots for a few years now. We were in Italy, shopping for some shoes for the Pilot when these beauties caught my eye.

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Love at first sight.
They fit perfectly, and even though I had to pack the insides of them with clothes to make them fit in my suitcase, I was so happy to bring them home with me.

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I’ll be wearing these a bazillion times this autumn and winter.
Do you have a favorite pair of boots? Any you’re lusting over?

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  1. brittney on October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm


  2. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Love those boots! Can’t go wrong with a classic tall brown boot — they’ll never go out of style!

  3. Haute Mommy on October 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Wow! I love those…wish they were available here!

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Very cute!! I got a pair of brown riding boots last Christmas and LOVE Them! Just broke them out last week – one of my favorite parts of fall!

  5. Kim on October 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Super cute!! Who makes those? Can you please do a fashion post on how to dress up boots for the work place? I’m so not fashionable and need help! I love boots but can never figure out how to wear them to work.

  6. Carrie on October 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I’m in no hurry to bust out the boots. I’m enjoying flats weather right now. After all, once I break out the boots, I’ll be wearing only them for a good 5 months thanks to stupidly long Midwest winters.

  7. Alissa on October 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I have been on the search now for almost a year for the perfect boots. I tried on 5 different pairs just this weekend. Going to start looking on Pinterest for ideas again. Love these boots though & I would have done anything to get them home too!

  8. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family on October 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Those are perfection!

  9. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    those boots are beautiful! i just got my first pair of brown riding boots in the mail yesterday; yours look very classy!

  10. N on October 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Omg, that top picture is the definition of awkward. You took a timed picture of yourself sitting cross legged on the floor. On what planet is that normal?

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Hope your day gets better

      • Lindsay on October 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        Haha, nice response Gina! I’m impressed by that pic. πŸ™‚

        • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

          it takes skill to run and sit down in front of a self timer hahaha

          • stephanie on October 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

            It’s always easy to make snarky comments when you are anonymous. Looking good Gina πŸ™‚

          • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

            thank you <3

          • kyla on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

            LOL, self timers are a skill in general

      • Erica on October 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        Amazing response, Gina. One of the reasons I love your blog. The picture is super cute and I am inspired by your hair cut now (looking for a change)!

        • Kelly on October 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

          That is exactly what I was thinking, super cute pic. Plus, it really shows off your chopped locks, I love your haircut!

      • melissa on October 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        it’s actually way cuter and less-awkward than a boring picture staring at the camera would be. people are insane. πŸ˜‰

        • Jamie on October 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

          I think it’s cute, and wouldn’t have even guessed it was self timed or whatever. Looks good to me! Bloggers are so brave. I’ve thought of starting one, but peoples’ horribly critical comments would bother me too much. Thanks for putting yourself out there!

    • Katie on October 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      this comment is the definition of jealousy! Gina, you look amazing and as a Mom I know how hard it can be to look that good when you’re juggling work, motherhood and being a wife. You seem to do it all so well! Poor miss N:(

    • Tynlee on October 2, 2013 at 12:57 am

      On the self indulged & narcissistic blogging planet it’s normal.

    • Tynlee on October 2, 2013 at 12:58 am

      On the self-indulged and narcissistic blogger planet it’s normal.

    • Jo on October 2, 2013 at 3:51 am

      LOVE the picture!! SO cute!!

  11. Erin on October 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    They are GORGEOUS! And your outfit is one of my fav’s – all black, so simple but always looks chic and pulled together! Lookin’ good lady =)

  12. lindsey on October 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    ok A) those are amazing boots and look so good w/ black top. and B) your full-body shot gives me motivation to get back to the gym post baby more than I have been! you look fantastic and happy/healthy!!!

  13. Shelley on October 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Love the boots. I’m obsessed with riding boots, especially berown boots with black skinnies. To die.

    I have a random question. I’ve been following your blog for three years now and I sweat you look like you’re in even better shape now (after having Livi) than before you were pregnant. Do you feel this way at all?

  14. Yaara Leve on October 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Those boots are lovely!! Are they comfortable? I’ve been looking for a pair of classic riding boots like that. But it’s difficult because they can be really uncomfortable and stiff. Also I have short legs–I’m 4′ 11″–so I can’t get something too tall or it looks like I’m being swallowed–lol. Also what brand are they?

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2013 at 12:19 am

      thank you! i think they’re altariva brand, because i don’t see another brand on them

  15. Jackie on October 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm


  16. Laura @ The Healthy Sooner on October 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Love the boots and love your blog!!

  17. Carrie on October 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I am (im)patiently waiting to put on boots! I have a slight obsession with boots and fall clothing. I just dress better in the fall I think!! Love those boots…and the black top, pants and brown boots is one of my favorite looks!

  18. Ali on October 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I have three pairs of taller boots. I went a little crazy when I lost a lot of weight and my calves could finally fit in boots! πŸ™‚ I love them so much! I like that I can feel dressy and/or put together and chic even though all my boots are flats. Plus, they are so cozy during the 6-7 months of cold winters up here!

  19. Kathy on October 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Super cool boots – but that’s not the reason for my comment. Those are beautiful, fun shots of you and you look happy & healthy. I really love the first shot too – super cute!

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      thank you, kathy!

  20. Steph on October 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Those pictures of you are GORGEOUS!! I’ve been following your blog for years, and you’ve always looked beautiful, but you seriously have never looked better! Please share your secret! Can you teach us the Gina way of eating???

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      wow, thank you so much!! i think it’s just been a matter of trial and error over the years. i eat more now and more variety, and while there are definitely off days, i don’t think about it that much any more. i just focus on being happy and getting enough sleep each night πŸ™‚

      • Jas on October 2, 2013 at 4:57 am

        Seriously you look fantastic, better than ever! Really motivating. Am getting back into the gym pronto!

        • Laurie on October 2, 2013 at 10:57 am

          I second that comment! You are such a beautiful person inside and def on the outside! I obvi need to do your workouts πŸ˜‰

  21. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on October 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    My favorite boots are a pair of brown Fryes I have… looooooooooooooove them.

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      i’ve never tried fryes. i’m afraid for the addiction to start πŸ˜‰

  22. Crystal on October 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Those boots are so effing gorgeous! I love a good pair of leather boots. I’ve got my eye on these: I love the cognac color.

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      AHHHH i love those! awesome colors, too

    • Amy on October 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      If you skip the leather then they are cheaper and you don’t have to literally wear the skin of an animal. Just a thought. Leather is pretty disgusting.

  23. Mari on October 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    those boots are really cute!! and you look so pretty in the pictures!!

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      thanks, mari!

  24. Jess on October 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Haha in college my friends called me Jess in Boots, so as you can imagine, I’m quite the enthusiast : )

    I will always love my black Frye Melissa button boots, but this fall I’m loving the Aerosoles Ride Line. I have them in brown from a few years ago but go them in black last month and have been wearing them to work almost every day.

  25. lisa g on October 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I love black and brown together! The boots are so cute. You are in amazing shape and have inspired me to start running more. Starting at 3 miles a couple times a week and hoping to improve my time and distance.

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      thank you, lisa! best of luck with the running, too πŸ™‚

  26. Bonnie on October 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm


  27. Emma on October 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I fell in love with these boots today, but unfortunately they’re not on my college girl’s budget πŸ™

  28. Casey on October 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm


  29. Jaclyn on October 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Looking beautiful, Gina. I’ve been loving your selfies lately! xo

  30. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on October 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    These are gorgeous! I think THESE might be my lust pair of boots… xo

  31. april on October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    i have found a few pairs of boots that i’ve loved lately, but these are beautiful… i think i’m lusting after these boots now. i guess i just need a plane trip to italy now πŸ˜‰ (by the way, you look gorgeous in these pictures!)

  32. dee on October 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    oh my gosh! i love these! the leather on them looks ridiculous. ridiculous in a good way, of course. πŸ˜‰

    • dee on October 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      & by them, I totally mean the boots. I think too fast for these things. Lol.

  33. Sabrina on October 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    You look gorgeous Gina. So healthy and happy. And I LOVE the boots – that color leather is so perfect for this fall.

    • Fitnessista on October 2, 2013 at 12:57 am

      thank you- miss you!!

  34. Runner Girl Eats on October 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    LOVE these boots! I am obsessed with my riding boots. Probably my favorite thing about fall πŸ™‚

  35. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on October 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Love those boots! I have a pair of black suede high heeled boots that are my favorite ever! I can’t wait to start wearing them!!

  36. Amie V on October 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Love the boots, love the pics. You look adorable, let naysayers nay. You look fitter than ever! All your hard work shows!! Thanks for daily inspiration and an amazing blog!!

  37. Danica @ It's Progression on October 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    super cute!! It’s still pretty warm here, but it’s supposed to cool down a lot starting Thursday and I’m already daydreaming of getting my boots out of the closet! I have a pair of black riders I got last year that I just love.

  38. Paige@FitNotFad on October 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    LOVE those boots! They are so gorgeous. I love to pair my riding boots with black jeans…last fall I got a few comments on pairing black and brown but I think it looks so classy, like your outfit in these pictures. I just bought a new pair of mid-height brown boots from Aldo and I can’t wait to wear them with some skinnies, scarves and cardigans!

  39. Angie on October 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Gina, LOVE those boots and you are looking so good!!!!!!! Don’t worry about what other people say, you really do look amazing and I wish I looked that great in a selfie !! πŸ™‚

  40. Annalisa on October 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

    You look amazing!!! Those boots are HOT!! I busted out my boots yesterday!!! You inspire me always and I think you are a brave soul to put yourself out there like you do. Keep being fearless!!!

  41. Abby on October 2, 2013 at 1:04 am

    You look amazing lady! Motherhood definitely suits you! And love the boots!

  42. char eats greens on October 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Love these boots!! They’re an awesome height!!

  43. Kristen on October 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Those boots are perfect! Love the whole outfit.
    And I don’t think that pose is awkward. What IS awkward is me asking you to post more pics of yourself as my motivation. Haha I swear I’m not a creeper but damn! Hard work and eating right definitely pay off and you are proof of that. Lookin good girl!
    Now I’m off to do some HIIT πŸ™‚

  44. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Oh I love my riding boots! I wear them constantly when the weather gets cool. Also, I like that first picture. It’s candid and different. Stop the hate people!

  45. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I loooove those boots! I’m trying to find a new pair of black ones for fall.

  46. Rachel on October 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Those boots are super cute! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚ I have followed your blog for a few months now and it’s one of my favorites!

  47. Maria on October 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

    No homo, but your tush looks amazing. Keep up the awesome work, lady!

  48. Shelly on October 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    You are looking amazing! All your dedication is totally paying off. Those boots are so beautiful. I’m also on the look out for an amazing pair of boots that I will love. Where I live I so wish I could wear boots like that during the winter but we get too much snow and ice. They put down sand and salt and any awesome looking boots that I wear would get ruined. So I end up wearing big, bulky boots that are super functional but not very cute.

  49. Aisling on October 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Oh I LOVE those. Bellissima! They’re great on you. I love to get boots on holiday and usually get mine in a village in the South of Spain, just for the fun of it (and the value!). Enjoy. Can’t wait to get my boots out!

  50. Kaylee on October 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    You look gorgeous!!!

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