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Hi guys! IT’S FRIDAY!!! Smile What are you up to this weekend??

I’m a late poster today because I had to close last night and open this morning. It’s as painful as it sounds, but I’m off early and have a bloggy dinner tonight- so excited Smile

Since it was helter skelter with work, today’s eats have looked like this:


A chocolate cherry bomb beefed up with a T of almond butter and spirulina + tea for b-fast:


A Larabar + organic honeycrisp for snack:


And my personal chef made a lovely Southern lunch Winking smile


A salad would have been lovely too, but I’ll munch one when I get home.

Since it’s Fashion Friday and Foodbuzz is in two weeks (!), I thought it would be fun to focus on cocktail attire for this week- I need some shopping help Smile Since I’ve gotten to Orlando, I’ve worn *real* clothes maybe twice? It’s been 100% lulu up in herrrre.

Here are a couple of the dresses I’ve been scoping out for the fancier dinner at Foodbuzz:


imageRent the Runway

Still on the prowl, though Winking smile Where do you like to shop for cocktail dresses?? Any current faves? Feel free to link it up in the comments!

Well I’m back to work and then hitting up the gym.

Have a lovely Friday!




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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I love both of those dresses! I couldn’t choose. I say buy the express one and rent the other to wear. 🙂 Wish I could go to Foodbuzz!!

  2. Katie on October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    That first one is awesome! And I LOVE Express! I want an unlimited credit card from a sugar daddy to buy all of their clothes (my boyfriend won’t mind, I already asked him).

  3. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I love the lace express dress! That is my go to place for dresses for sure.

    I remember doing the closing/opening routine when I worked retail — it sucks for sure.

  4. Stefanie on October 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I would venture to say that there is NOTHING wrong with 100% Lululemon attire!

    Favorite places to shop for dresses are Express, Macy’s, and!

  5. gigi on October 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Im in love with that Express dress! I like bebe for dresses too

  6. Regina on October 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hands down the first one. LOVE it and you’d look killer in it

  7. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I love the Rent the Runway dress! I am also off shopping this weekend for holiday party/cocktail attire and am looking for ideas too. Unfortunately we don’t have Express or any of your amazing American stores up here in Ontario, but I’m hoping for a bit of luck – online shopping never seems to work well for me when it comes to dresses! Good luck with yours!

  8. Sara on October 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    BCBG has gorgeous cocktail dresses – they are always my go-to for when I need a fancier dress. Luckily, they have quite a few outlet locations where you can find their stuff at an awesome discount. (I’m sure Orlando has one…?) Last year I got a $300 dress for a wedding marked down to $140!
    I tend to only like Express for basic pieces – if you buy from Express there is a good chance there will be a girl with the same dress on!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      that’s a very good point! and how did i forget about bcbg??

  9. Leanne @ Simplicitlee on October 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I love both dresses! They are so pretty! Speaking of which, I have my fiances xmas work party coming up in just over a month… I need a new dress!

  10. Melissa on October 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    LOVE the first one! Express always has such gorgeous drsses!

    also have you checked out they have amazing prices on designer clothes! It’s from the UK but it’s well worth taking a peak!

  11. Lauren on October 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I am in love with this dress from Nordstrom, the cut and color are gorgeous!!!

    I also like the bottom of this one

    Have fun shopping!

  12. jill on October 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I think the Express one is all YOU! I like to check out BCBG, White House Black Market & Nordstrom Rack.

    What do you think about this dress from BCBG:

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      oh i love it! classy wassy 🙂

  13. babs on October 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    love the express dress. buy it!

    i love clothes, but have never been very stylish. i try to change it, but it’s really difficult to transition into stylish. i guess i’m just a work in progress 😉 i wish everyone had access to a stylist

  14. Kim @ Eat and Be on October 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Ooh, love the Express dress and could totally see you in it!
    I can totally relate to what you mean about wearing “real clothes.” I work from home so it is an exciting occasion when I get out of comfy stuff! Makes it extra fun 🙂

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    If you don’t opt for the 1st one, I’ll take it! Seriously. Not kidding. It would fit me. I dig it. I want that! Where did you find it? Because I need to shop for their other dresses whatever site you found that on…

    That’s my project for this weekend, too, is to find cocktail attire.
    I am thinking Bebe or a few boutique, Nordstrom, Neiman’s, dare I say Forever 21 and Charlotte Ruesse for random blind-luck maybe for Saturday’s daytime stuff…not sure girl. I am lost. I am putting this project off. But I can’t any longer.

    The deets on that dress when you have time, pretty please 🙂

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Duh. Just saw it. It’s Express. Ok that’s what I get for a very late night and little sleep.

  17. jenna on October 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    anne taylor loft always has the cutest clothes!

    after you bad experience with rent the runway would you still consider getting a dress from them?

    i love the express one.

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      yes because they gave me a gift card to use- that’s the only reason why though!

      • Lauren on October 25, 2010 at 7:52 am

        You had a bad experience with RTR? I love that site! September was two-for-one, so I made up events in order to wear designer dresses. 🙂

        • Fitnessista on October 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

          LOL! i’m hoping this time is a lot better

  18. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Luuuuurve the 1st dress. 😀

  19. Michelle on October 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I just used rent the runway for the 1st time last weekend for my father-in-law’s 60th birthday. I was a little nervous because of your experience with them when you went to Chicago but it worked out fine & I didn’t want to return the dress! Black Halo has some really nice styles on there (I got the Jackie O = sooo cute!). is another great website!

  20. Kelly b on October 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm has a great selection! Got one for a recent wedding there and it was a huge hit!

  21. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on October 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Ohhh I love the first one!! Glad to know you’re going dressy because I have a dress I can’t wait to break out!!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      the only thing that can be overdressed is a salad, my friend 😉

  22. Mo on October 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    The Express dress wins, hands down. I’m not “girlie” at all . . . for whatever reason, I didn’t get that gene . . . but I know a knockout dress when I see one! Just got a new car – so I’m going to spend my weekend seeing just how fast it will go. Take care Gina.


  23. Allison @ Food for Healing on October 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Ooo Express ALL the WAY! that would look amazing on you.

    I wish i was going to Foodbuzz, maybe next time.
    I’m not a dress-wearing kind of girl really, so i can’t offer any tips.

    also, my weekend plans aren’t very exciting, going to a funeral supper tomorrow and thats about the extent of my weekend.

    Have a good one yourself though!

  24. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on October 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    My favorite place to find cocktail dresses is Nordstrom’s.. hands down. That’s where I got my last one… was on sale… almost 50% off! BOOM!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      boom is right! i love when that happens! 🙂

  25. LisaG on October 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I see u in the Express one definitely. Plus u get to keep it.

  26. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on October 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    You know what? I love Ann Taylor Loft for dresses. I snagged a great silk, flutter-sleeve dress this summer that is my new favorite LBD.
    For the Foodbuzz Gala Dinner, I really love the Express dress. For myself I am trying to figure out what to wear… only a couple more weekends to decide 🙂

  27. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You’re so lucky you get to go to foodbuzz!! 😀 I lovee the first dress. Both are great, though.

    Have fun at the bloggy dinner!

  28. Laura J. on October 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I’m currently lusting after that very Express dress, so that would be my pick 🙂 You could totally rock it!

  29. Liz @ Blog is the New Black on October 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Cute dresses!

  30. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Both dresses would look great on you! But I can totally see you rocking the Express one. 😀

  31. christina on October 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    ah, the CLOPEN!

  32. Shanna on October 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The Express one would look fab on you!

  33. Clare @ Fitting It All In on October 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love the express dress for you. I like to shop at Nordstrom so you can get a variety of designers and styles. Although WhiteHouseBlackMarket is great for classic dresses you can wear forever!

  34. kristinp on October 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Back in the retail day we used to call that a “clopen”. Clopen: v. (clo-pen): to close a retail establishment and open it again the next day. Usage: I can’t go out tonight, I have to clopen and will be unavailable until tomorrow evening. 🙂 Good times, I tell you!

    I think either of the dresses you chose would be gorg (unhelpful I know). Also, there’s a new designer out at Dillard’s, Nordstrom and the like who’s really reasonable and pretty fab. Her name is Suzi Chin and it seems like every time I gravitate toward an amazing dress it’s one of hers and under $100. Hurray!

    Good luck!

  35. rebecca lustig on October 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    loving the first dress (from Express)!!

    i love a good bcbg dress. or anything on sale at bloomingdales. butttt when i can’t afford it, i turn to an h&m kind of place

  36. Stacy on October 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Ooooo you should so roll with that Express dress! It’s everything you could ever hope for in a dress! 🙂 BCBG is always awesome with dress selection. I recently stumbled across Def check it out!

  37. Tami@nutmegnotebook on October 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I like the second dress, it is classy!

  38. Dee on October 23, 2010 at 12:19 am

    ooh! I love that dress from Express! Have a good weekend!

  39. Mi-An Dela Cruz on October 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    get the express dress! I love express bc their clothes are so modern and chic. I especially heart their Editor pants. No other pants fit my booty like they do! My other favorite place to shop at is Anthropologie. But just so damn expensive! So i’m always watchin out for the sale. But they have such Cute and Unique clothes.

  40. georgia on October 23, 2010 at 4:23 am

    My favourite designer (gorgeous dresses!) –

  41. Nicole on October 23, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I second the suggestion for I’m 5’11” so most of the more stylish cocktail dresses in stores are obscenely short on me. I like that ASOS lists the model’s height (like RTR) and dress size so I can estimate how it’ll look on me. They also have a “View Runway” option so you can see how the dress moves. I like that I can almost guarantee that nobody will be wearing my dress, and the prices are relatively friendly on your wallet. Of course shipping takes awhile so you have to plan well in advance. My current fave is this one, which I bought in navy and wore to my husband’s Khaki Ball (Navy thing). It fit like a glove and looked amazing.

  42. Dana Marie on October 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I wish I was five eleven — or five nine, 5’7” doesnt demand enough respect.

  43. Lyssa on October 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I really like some of the local orlando boutiques. One of my faves is Zou Zou on Summerlin downtown. Also has some great sales!

  44. kate on October 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I love your placemats! I have the same ones from World Market – the best store ever!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      seriously, i want to live there 🙂

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