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Guest post: Coffee Over Cardio

Good morning, Coffee Lovers!

My name is Abbey Scott and I am the founder of Coffee Over Cardio – an online coffee company!

I was living in NYC in early 2017, working at an investment bank, and spending WAY too much money on coffee when my boyfriend jokingly said to me, “You drink so much coffee, you should have your own.”

After laughing it off, we actually asked one another – wait, is that possible? Then we looked into the details.

Fast forward to November 2017 and we launched Coffee Over Cardio with four different flavors of ground coffee!

Designing the website and the bags, tasting the coffee, and making apparel was only one part of the process.

Not only did I want to create a coffee that tasted AH-MAZING, but I wanted to create a community that inspires others to chase after their dreams and passions just like I did. I like to ask people why they drink coffee. Are you staying up late studying for your diploma? Are you a mom of four and need a cup to get through the day? Are you working a full-time job and trying to launch your own passion project on the side?

Here at Coffee Over Cardio, we want to give you an affordable, quality cup of coffee with a side of inspiration and support for you to grow, prosper, and flourish!

Check us out at Coffeeovercardio.com or on our Instagram @CoffeeOverCardio.

Best,
Abbey Scott
Abbey Scott
Founder
@abbbeyscottt


Tawna with a cup of Coffee


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BAGGY SPOTS & OFF THE SHOULDER TOPS

Can we please just start this blog out with a moment of silence.

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AMEN! Ha-ha. I mean, but seriously this is one of those outfits that the longer you wear it, the better it gets. First the pattern, then the flow, omg; wait, there are slits?! Okay, before I give all the goods, let me tell you how I found it.  I got this little dime piece while Greg and I were in Maui as we were wasting time waiting on our flight back home. I know; perfect timing, right? (huge eye roll here) There was a cute little boutique store in the shopping mall down the street from where we were staying. As soon as I walked in, I walked directly back out and hollered at Greg… “I’m going to be in here for a minute,” …code for sit down, hold my bags, and give me the CC.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a huge fan of anything flowy, pants, and if it’s a boutique where not many will have it…SOLD! This store had all of the above plus some. So many pant sets, crop tops, dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, and all FLOWY! I limited myself to trying on just four outfits; trust me, there were many more in mind, this set being the first pick. I originally tried it on with the matching print top. Now I do love some print on print action but something just wasn’t flowing right on me. So I chose four other solid black tops that I thought would pair just as well. After some major decision making (PS: I’m the absolute WORST at making decisions on anything), I then finally decided on this off-the-shoulder cropped, bell sleeved, little piece of heaven top! Oh, for the LOVE of Bell Sleeves. My dad swears I should have been raised in the 60s and 70s and sometimes I like to think that I was in another life. Ha-ha.

Okay, so I now had a complete set and I just knew I couldn’t go home without it! It didn’t help that there were now a group of girls also in the store shopping and rooting me on every time I stepped out of the dressing room. Women supporting women…I like that shit. Needless to say, I was in love and my cheerleaders persuaded me that it should be mine.

Now is where I give you all the goods. PS…I also had a very difficult time deciding on whether I should talk about the top or pants first. They are both so adorable and I just didn’t know. The bell sleeves and cropped, oh but, the print and yesss, yess the slits!  See. Too much back and forth has taken place, so we will start from top to bottom like a normal human being.

OFF THE SHOULDER TOP: Maui Crop Top

First, I am seriously considering asking my website designer to include a “touch” feature because this fabric is to die for! Made of 100% rayon, it’s the softest, lightest weight, most relaxed fabric, I’ve ever worn. Perfect material for keeping you cool on those hot summer days. Okay, you probably don’t care about the fabric, so let’s just get to these freaking amazing sleeves! Now, I have a lot of shirts with flowy or bell sleeves but these are on another level. They are massive and hang down below your hands, making twirling and arm movement even more fun. Not that I need any help moving my arms any more BUT hey, when your feelin’ sassy, just OWN IT! Now, who doesn’t love a good off the shoulder top?  Summer or not, the off the shoulder look is definitely on trend and looks good on anybody, in my opinion.  Speaking of Summer looks, the cropped top is the perfect way to get that vibe, paired with any high waisted bottoms. Which brings me to the best part of this outfit…the pants!

BAGGY SPOTS: Diamond Dot Pants

Maybe we should do another moment of silence for these bad boys. I mean, dang. These are what brought me into the store in the first place. I walked by and saw these on display and did one of those my body is still walking but my eyes and head have stayed behind things. That’s also the moment Greg knew he was screwed. Ha-ha! It wasn’t until the past two years that I really started to embrace “prints.” I think they have to be done the right way. These days, print is in and if you are brave, mixed print too! Dots however, have always been “in fashion.” It’s like Christian Dior says in his book The Little Dictionary of Fashion, “They are lovely, elegant, easy, and always in fashion. I never get tired of dots.” They are high waisted with a little zipper on the side and a waist band that you can tie in the front or the back, depending on your vibe. Made from the same cool, soft fabric as the top, these big ol’ flowy pants could easily be mistaken for a maxi skirt. It was at the moment I stepped foot out of the dressing room that I realized these pants were in fact pants and even more amazing than I was always already thinking. SPLITS!? The pants are completely split open from the ground to high thigh! Basically, what we have here is a hybrid of Pants / Shorts / Maxi Skirt. Insert shocked emoji face here. SOLD!

This outfit is by far the most fun outfit I’ve ever owned. It just makes me happy. PERIOD. The absolute perfect vacation, beach, travel getaway outfit for any woman. Though, I don’t live near any beaches, don’t doubt that I would rock this little number anywhere in the city! Hope you enjoy this look as much as I do and I hope you get to twirl in something similar too because every girl deserves that feeling!

Tawna_Baggy

Much love,
Tawna

Photos by: Mike Lam

 


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Girly in my Boyfriend Jeans

The rumors are true. I love white. Okay, so maybe not rumors; it’s pretty obvious that white, gray, and a Lil bit of pinks are my go-to colors! You just can’t go wrong with white, especially in this damn Summer heat. No joke; this shoot looks all glamorous and awesome but this was one of the hottest days on a rooftop in Texas. The sweat was real. I thought if you wore lighter colors, it was supposed to be cooler? Ha-ha; well, guess I’ll stop complaining about the heat. I mean, I begged for it to be Summer, so beggars can’t be choosers.

The real reason for this blog is for the outfit, I promise. As I mentioned, I love white, gray, and pink…girly colors, for the most part. While I am very girly, I love getting dressed up, doing my nails, getting my hair done, all the works. I am very much “bruh” too. I’m not afraid to get sweaty, work hard, ride motorcycles, cuss, and burp (not being sarcastic there). I’m a hang with the “boys” kind of gal. Who says you can’t do both? If anyone tries to tell me differently, it usually ends with “watch me.”

That’s how this look was born. I can’t think of a more girly, but not, outfit! AKA cute and comfortable. How do you pull that off and be stylish without looking sloppy, though?
Overall, I have a balance of some girly elements and not so girly elements in this look.

Here’s a little breakdown:

THE GIRLY SIDE:

  1. Overall color scheme with baby pinks, whites, and gray because pastels are always a great way to look girly.
  2. Rose gold accessories to spice up the outfit and bring out that baby pink element. Sunglasses, bracelets, earrings, and watches…pretty much accessorizing 101.
  3. Bright blonde (or whatever color; there is no discrimination here, ladies) Curly Hair to dress it up a little bit. Curls for the girls, right? Lol.
  4. A fuzzy purse for all of my crap because yeah, us women need that.

THE NOT SO GIRLY SIDE:

  1. Ripped up boyfriend jeans. Comfort is numero uno, always, for me. These over-sized, hole jeans pretty much equal walking around in underwear. Plus, they just look so cool.
  2. A bodysuit which could be considered the girly side because I wanted something more form fitting at the top with the lose baggy pants for a more put together look. However, the “boy” side is saying the less you have to worry about, the better and moving around freely without worrying if your shirt is wrinkled or moving is A+.
  3. Sneakers. I’m always on the go. I love wearing heels but I’m not wearing them just to stroll around town. They are for special events or if I need to be dressed “up.” Although, heels with this outfit would be totally rad too!
  4. Scrunchy. I never know what activity I’ll get into next, so I’m always prepared. Yes, scrunchies ARE a thang and you know within two hours of your hair down that shit is going up; so get one!

So, who says you can’t have comfort and style?

This look is perfect for any Traveler, Tom-Boy, Fashionista, Athlete, Moms, or on the Go Boss Babe! No matter what you are doing for the day, casual or not, putting yourself together is always a great way to set the tone.

Tawna

Photos by: Mike Lam
Shoes: REEBOK CLASSICS
Jeans: FOREVER 21
Bodysuit: EXPRESS
Icon Sunnies: MVMT
Leo Watch: MVMT
Knot Cuff: MVMT 

How to ALWAYS slay your look

1: Keep your wardrobe fresh.

It’s easy to let your closet get completely cluttered. Guilty as charged. We all need to periodically go through, clean out and add some new freshness! Have you ever looked in your closet and found a shirt that you literally wore in High School? Yeah, I’m also guilty as charged on that one too. Now don’t get me wrong, vintage is in and sometimes that can be a good thing to hang on to some items. Just be sure it’s something that you really aren’t ready to part with. I like to use the 1 for 1 rule of thumb. If I buy 1 new shirt, I need to get rid of 1 shirt. If I buy 1 new pair of pants, I get rid of 1 pair, so on and so on. Of course, you can always get rid of more but that’s your minimum! I’m not much on resale shops as I think it’s more of hassle and you never really get what it’s worth anyways. There is no better feeling than taking a big ol bag to a local donation center knowing someone out there is going to be clothed. Good deed, check. Closet cleaned out, check!

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#JoinTheMVMT

I’m a watch gal for sure. I think watches are the easiest way to accessorize your outfit. I fell in love with MVMT when Greg bought me my first one for my birthday last year. It was small and sleek but still just enough to make a statement. Plus, it was white and gold and I love anything in that color scheme. (The entire wedding was white and gold) Well, one thing led to another and I am now the owner of 5 MVMT watches and counting! I’ve worn these watches travelling the World, dressed up and dressed down. They are the perfect style to go with just about anything you put them with. One of my favorite features are the interchangeable straps. Depending on what face you have you can swap out the leather or metal bands to mix and match, which gives you more color options as well as more watches in general! Looks expensive but the price is right. Their motto “Style shouldn’t break the bank” and I’ll second that.  If you like a minimalist design with a cool story you should join the MVMT too.

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Three different Gym Looks: by BETTER BODIES

I pick my outfits depending on my mood, which usually changes every two point five seconds it feels like (hormones). I also pick my gym outfits based on what I’ll be training that day. If it’s lower body, I’ll usually wear tights so that I know everything is covered up. If it’s upper body, I will wear a cut off or tank top so I feel comfortable moving around. Usually something like that.

Just because I’m going to the gym and going to get sweaty doesn’t mean I want to look slouchy. Of course, I’m there to get shit done. I know the saying is if you are, “there looking pretty, then you’re there for the wrong reasons.” Well, I dress up because it makes me feel good about MYSELF, not to impress anyone else. Let’s face it, sometimes a new outfit or a cute one is motivation to get to the gym anyway! Most of us women find excuses to wear our new little numbers, so if that means you get your tushy to the gym then by all means hunny…slayyyy your gym look!

Here are three different looks you could wear to the gym to kill your workout and still look cute.

 

Photos by: JEN CASTRO

Outfits by: BETTER BODIES

Gym: DESTINATION DALLAS TEXAS

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My Wedding Dress

My dream dress. I’d be lying if I said it was what I had been dreaming of my whole life. To be honest with you, I hadn’t ever thought about what wedding dress I would wear until Greg proposed. For the longest time, I didn’t even want to get married! Well, that was until Greg came around, of course. Ladies, we all want to be independent, strong women, who “don’t need no man;” but when that prince charming DOES come around, you jump on that like white on wedding cake! It doesn’t come often and I knew if I didn’t snag this one while I had him…then I wouldn’t be wearing this amazing dress ever!

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Music Festival Look!

My Summer Burst Music Festival outfit! My husband and I travel to Stockholm a lot for business. It just so happened that the music festival was going on at the tail end of our trip. It was a must-see. A check mark on bucket-list for me to attend a music festival in Europe! 50,000 people, bass pounding, in the middle of an open field with a huge stage, insane lighting, it felt like how I have imagined Woodstock! We saw DJ’s Deadmau5, David Guetta, and the Biebs! You can’t live in this generation and not see Justin Bieber. It. Was. EPIC!

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