WE WEAR: JEWELRY 21 May 2015

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Jewelry is so personal and it's supposed to feel personal, right? I get a lot of questions about the jewelry I wear, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces and a bit about my personal style. I love unique, modern, minimalist, and luxe jewelry: stackable 18K gold bangles, delicately detailed super-thin rose gold midi rings, arm bands, and everything diamond (real or fake!). I love giving and receiving jewelry. Currently, my favorite pieces to gift are ear cuffs. They add that cool factor to the traditional stud and look good on everyone. My son loves pointing them out whenever I wear them. “Fancy Mommy!” he says.  

Because I'm always in between sweaty and clean, my general aesthetic is relaxed and modern peppered with a little bohemian. A typical everyday outfit for me is a comfy shirt, jeans, flat sandals, and a statement necklace. My outfits and jewelry are easy to slip into in the morning and comfortable enough to hang out in around the house with Mars, yet pulled together enough to go from the studio to the street. Here are some of my favorite pieces on the market right now:

Uniform Wares M-37 watch

Daimblond resin stackable rings

Ginette NY black onyx horn necklace 

Jennifer Meyer custom nameplate necklaces

Anything by Jennifer Fisher, especially the build your necklace

Pamela Love hand pieces 

A Peace Treaty necklaces and earrings 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

JUDGEMENT BARRIERS & FITNESS 19 May 2015

Does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat and becoming fit? One of the biggest fitness/health hurdles for so many people is being judged or feeling shame about their body. Because perfectionism has a strong grip on so many of us, you may feel like you have to be perfect at the studio, too.

So many of us are guilty of this. How many times have you passed on a particular class or instructor at Lithe or on a swimsuit because you're "too fat"? The entire first year after I had my son, I refused to buy clothes until I fit into my old ones! Have you passed on a particular sport because of shame?

Check out the video above. Sport England set its This Girl Can campaign to the classic 2001 Missy Elliot jam “Get Ur Freak On." It was created to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move, and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

7 STEPS TO OVERCOMING JUDGEMENT BARRIERS 19 May 2015

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1. Your body is your ally
Our bodies change through aging, pregnancy, illness, weight loss, weight gain, the list goes on. One thing we must learn to do is love our bodies before, during, and after. Be loyal to your body and love it. It’s the only one you have! Use it to help you win battles, not create them. The sooner we conceptualize our bodies as allies instead of enemies, the sooner we learn to mend the split between what we want and aspire to be, versus what and who we are. 

2. Choose love not fear
Don't let the fear of not being perfect or accepted hold you back from living the life you want. Instead, live your life by loving yourself and others. Going to the studio and popping your hips might feel embarrassing, but fear isn't running your show anymore because you love yourself, right? Six months from now, you'll be surprised how quickly you started Lithing up a storm. You'll also be amazed at your strength and stamina and it’s all because you said goodbye to fear.

3. Don’t let others tell you how much you’re worth
So many of us have a habit of letting other people’s opinion run their feelings and choices. Can you relate? Here’s the thing though: those people don’t know your story. They can never know the depth of your journey or the beauty of your mind, body, and spirit. If people try to tell you otherwise, walk away. When your best supporters tell you that you're awesome, believe it.

4. Slow and steady wins the race
One of the things that can trip you up while getting fit is lack of patience. We do not like to wait for things. You want to give up because it seems too difficult. Try to remember that the course of our life is not a straight path, but a winding one. We all make wrong turns and double back on ourselves. The best thing we can do is not beat ourselves up, but believe that we are worth it. Then just put one foot in front of the other. A Lither recently told me that she started Lithing a few minutes at a time, then 20 minutes, then 60 minutes. Three weeks ago, she completed her first 6x/week since she started three months ago. And it’s all because she stepped into the studio. Set a small goals and try to work at it in small ways every day. 

5. Ignore the Competition
It seems counterintuitive, but when setting up for your sweat session, plop your gloves and props down near a mat in the front of the room (you don't have to be in front of the instructor). This helps you focus on YOU instead of others in the room. 

6. Character matters
Our bodies take so many shapes during our lifetime. It is our character that matters the most! 

7. Chat up your instructors
Let your instructor know that you are nervous, don’t know what to expect, etc. What you perceive as a weakness is actually strength. Asking for help when you need it is hard, but that's how you learn and grow which will improve your practice and break down barriers.

Of course, now the question must be asked — does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat for your health? Let’s talk about it!

Lithe Instructor Diana K. via Lauren

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE 19 May 2015

Ultra Lithe Cleanse

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE - $75/day

1-3 days  • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based & raw

Prep for summer with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse. From May 27th-May 29th, we'll be debuting our greenest, Lithest detox yet (lowest sugar content, most alkaline and nutrient dense).  If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, our ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE is the right choice for you. Buy the 3rd day and receive $15 off!  

Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

  • Lithe Coco-Rose Water
  • Lauren's Skin Saver
  • Watershed Cocktail
  • Ultra Lithe Green Soup (there's an entire avocado in here!)
  • Spirit Lemonade
  • La Ensalada
  • Ultra Lithe Milk

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 22nd at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day(s) 1, 2, & 3 pick up on Wednesday, May 27th from 6AM-8PM.

SPRING READS 18 May 2015

Spring Reads!

I feel like I haven't read in years, but I started to make time for it on Lithe Escape, and also just became part of a book club, which I'm super excited about!  If you’re taking a holiday break or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading.  I usually look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days.  I thought I’d share five worthy reads with you:

Oh Joy!: 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy  written by my most creative friends (and Lither!), Joy Cho.  A colorful, inspirational guide to help bring that Oh Joy whimsy into your life.  It's filled with quick, fun, and stylish projects from home decor to food to fashion as well as tips on how to shop for vintage, and pick art for your home!

To Be A Friend Is Fatal written by my friend Kirk Johnson.  Founder of The List Project, Kirk is an all-around amazing guy, a killer story-teller, and has such an unbelievable story. 

Luckiest Girl Alive is a can't put down novel by Jessica Knoll which takes place on Philadelphia's Main Line.   Jessica gifted this book to me and I'm so glad she did.  It's such a page-turner; I was hooked on page seven!  

Girl in a Band: A Memoir is written by Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women. I love her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

CherryBombe celebrates women doing cool things in the food industry, which I love.  I picked up a subscription so I don’t always have to shell out for newsstand prices. 

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

SHE'S LITHE: CLAIRE ELLIOTT 18 May 2015

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This week, we get to know longtime Lither Claire Elliot!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? The 6AM class has become a pretty non-negotiable part of my daily routine. No matter how crazy my schedule gets throughout the day – work, travel, girlfriend hangouts, dates – that early bird time slot is always available. There’s no excuse not to sweat! My proximity to the studio (two blocks) doesn’t hurt either. I am so proud to be a part of the Old City 6AM crew. Talk about some bad*ss chicks!

When you've had a long day, what do you do to de-stress? A stack of magazines, some hot mint tea, my pajamas, in bed. That’s pretty much heaven. If it has been an especially stressful day, then swap out the tea with wine. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Lithe is so unique because it NEVER gets easy. Yes, you learn the moves and nail down your form, but you always sweat, your muscles always shake, you always challenge yourself to get to the next level. That consistent push, the lack of “plateau” in terms of inner and outer strength, is what makes Lithe unlike any other work out I’ve done. I agree with Molly who mentioned the barre chair series being the most killer moves of all time. When will I be able to complete the whole set?

And … one of the most geeked-out Lithe moments I’ve ever had was doing singles of the entire All That lineup, from Twiggy straight through to Sideline. Jonathan taught the class. It was 7PM in Old City. I smiled the entire time. There was Whitney Houston blasting and I could not believe I did it. Ah, magic! 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. I love trying out new clothes, shoes, lipstick, etc. Freestyle is the Lithe version of “outfitting.” The workout is always fun and keeps you on your toes, just like a pedicure with a new Essie polish!   

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? I was fairly certain that I was going to marry Prince William. I guess I’ll have to settle for Prince Harry.  

What was the first concert you went to? Celine Dion when I was 11. My older cousin took me because her boyfriend (shockingly) did not want to go. I cried when she sang “My Heart Will Go On” (I mean Titanic? Leo? Come on!). I thought I had died and gone to heaven. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 15 May 2015

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Happy Friday! This week we’re giving away one $50 gift certificate to Cabana Chic Swimwear! The Main Line-based webstore brings you the most exclusive swimwear from around the world (think South America) with a one-of-a kind aesthetic and superior quality. We love the luxe supportive fabrics, rich details, and beautiful designs.
 
Even if you don’t win this week, Cabana Chic is offering a 25% discount to all Lithers. Enter discount code LITHE25 at checkout from May 15-31. For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us which suit you have your eye on! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!

Image via Cabana Chic Swimwear

EATING LITHE INGREDIENTS: MESQUITE 13 May 2015

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We're thrilled to offer four new super delicious Daily Detox Superfood Smoothies within our May Eating Lithe Detox! One of my all-time favorite superfoods is mesquite and I'm so excited to feature it in our Lithe Foods Mexi-cacao smoothie. The Mexi-cacao smoothie is high in antioxidants and magnesium, with no added sugar. This blend is created with mesquite and raw cacao, which tastes AMAZING and also provides an energizing, caffeine-free power boost.

Cacao Magic is extremely high in antioxidants and magnesium, with no added sugar. This blend is created with Chinese herbs, rare medicinal mushrooms, and superfoods sourced from all over the world, including raw cacao powder, which provides the blend’s chocolate flavor. It tastes AMAZING and also provides an energizing, caffeine-free power boost. Just add a spoonful of Cacao Magic to get your protein, calcium, and yummy chocolate fix! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/collections/superfood-blends/products/cacao-magic#sthash.vIgeG38V.dpuf

 

Mesquite is high in protein, low on the glycemic index, and a great source of soluble fiber, meaning it digests relatively slowly and does not cause spikes in blood sugar, which is exactly how you want to start your morning!  Mesquite is a leguminous plant found in arid parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite has long been used by Native Americans, who ground it into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener. It has a sweet nutty/cinnamon flavor, it's gluten-free, and is a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc and potassium. We hope you enjoy it!  

 

Image via Lauren

WE WEAR 13 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Thinny

Gear: blue Under Armour leggings; blue Calvin Klein sports bra; Lithe Tour Tank; walk to studio w/Snarkitecture Beats by Dre

Oh, Mondays. After a lifetime of the "Sunday Scaries" (Definition: when all of your happy weekend vibes are replaced with a sudden sense of impending dread at about 6 o'clock Sunday evening), Lately, however, I've started looking forward to Mondays because I know there is most likely a Thinny class in my future. Since the beginning of 2015, I've developed a happy Monday routine of turning Pandora to either the Sam Smith or Camera Obscura station, throwing on the airiest top I can find, and heading to Thinny with Lauren, Sophie or Elizabeth. By the time we get to clockwork, I've completely forgotten my Sunday Scaries. And once we're gripping the blue bands and kneeling in a low hover, I'm actually kind of pleased that it's the beginning of the week (and doubly pleased that my pants match the bands)!

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

SHE'S LITHE: CELIA RAGONESE 11 May 2015

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This week, we get to know longtime Lither and FitHipHealthy photography intern Celia Ragonese!   

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I’m a planner and I love to feel healthy and strong. If I don’t Lithe and don’t have a class on the schedule, I definitely start to feel “off.” I love that I can schedule a class so far in advance and I think it is genius that Lithe Method lets me outsource my willpower by keeping me accountable for any late cancellations. And of course, the classes are all so awesome that I don’t care if I high V when I should low V. (Okay, I do care, but you know what I mean.)

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Does Pinterest count? But seriously, I love to decompress with a good book. Lately, I’ve gotten into witty and slightly sarcastic memoirs like Kelly Oxford’s Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar and I’m hunting down similar books for my summer reads.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? If I could insert the “raise the roof” emoji here, I would. The community and classes are both rewarding to me. Even though I’ve been going to Lithe since 2009, I’m still surprised at how classes continue to challenge and change my body. And the Lithe community is so inspiring – you guys are so dedicated and motivated! When I moved back to Philly a couple of months ago, I was beyond excited to check out the new classes and new instructors – and to get back in shape.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why?  My husband might say Hot Legs because I love to walk fast despite the fact that I’m so short, but I say Skinny Mini because like the class, I love variety and having a little bit of everything in one shot.

What's your signature drink? I’m always down for Prosecco, but I love making different drinks (I was a bartender for a hot minute). One of my summer goals is to perfect my spicy cucumber margarita.

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge-watched? I’m guilty of binge-watching Vanderpump Rules and Game of Thrones. I’m not sure what that combo says about me, but there you have it.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? The perfect ’90s celebrity crush in my mind, was Jordan Catalano/Jared Leto from My So-Called Life. I mean, c’mon. You know what I’m saying, right?

MAY EATING LITHE DETOX MENU 11 May 2015

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LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 11 May 2015

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We have the ultimate plan for you just in time for Memorial Day. Learn better habits while getting that Lithe glow (and body) with our Eating Lithe Detox. Our four-day detox is a collection of wellness staples, tonics, and remedies to cultivate inner and outer radiance. By implementing superfoods, adaptogenic herbs, Lithed-Up salads, and medicinal teas, you’ll become Lithe both inside and out. 

EATING LITHE DETOX:  Four days • 1300-1500 calories/day • Plant-based • $300

Check out our May Menu

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 14 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, May 19 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, May 21 from 6AM-8PM. 

LITHE IN SELF (WORTH THE WEIGHT) 8 May 2015

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You're worth it.  Check it out! 

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 RESULTS! 7 May 2015

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We're back! Fifteen out of 21 Escapees had their before and after measurements taken. Measurements aren't the only measure of success on our escapes, but they sure are telling. I always say that one week will make you strong, but in this case, THREE FULL days will make you strong. I had a blast last week and can't wait to share more pictures of our food, fitness and fun. Check out @lithe_escape on Instagram (#litheescape) for pictures. 

Image via Lauren

WE WEAR 7 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Waspie

While my true favorite color is and always has been "sparkly," pink ranks at a very close second. My phone case is pink, my iPad cover is pink, and my toenails are perennially pink too. It only makes sense that my gloves to grip those killer blue bands follow suit! The magenta Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra's support may not be necessary for Waspie's waist rotations, but I definitely appreciate it when we get to candy canes, around-the-worlds, and half moons. And I'm a sucker for printed leggings – they can (kind of) distract me from the inevitable burn of holding wide second during Waspie!

Gear: Yo Lithe tank + Pink Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra, grey check Under Armour leggings + pink Pearl Izumi gloves.  New Balance 711 + Frends headphones

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

SHE'S LITHE: DANIELLE BARRY 5 May 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I sign up for classes in advance and put them on our calendar at home. If it's on the calendar than I make myself go and I always know I have someone to watch the baby.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? When I am stressed and can make it to a class then that is all I need! On days that I am not able to make a class, I love to veg out in front of the TV, take a walk with my family, shop, or try a new restaurant with friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding aspect has been the transformation I have seen in my body. I started Lithing regularly after I had my baby about a year ago and I feel stronger now than I did pre-pregnancy. The most challenging aspect of Lithe has been learning the cardio cheer sequences. When I started taking classes I avoided the ones that were high cardio because I am not the most coordinated person and the cardio scared me. I finally forced myself to try Higher Power and I instantly fell in love with the class! It is my new fave and I try to take it as much as possible.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe class, I would be Thinny. It keeps me grounded, focused, and makes me leaner and stronger. These are things that I strive for every day!

What's your signature drink? Vodka on the rocks with a splash of water and lots of lemon.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Luke Perry. I was obsessed with Dylan McKay. He was the ultimate bad boy. 

LITHED-UP SALAD DRESSING 5 May 2015

Lithed-Up Salad Dressing

Your favorite Lithe Foods salad dressings will soon be packaged to-go! Most salad dressings are filled with sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, and processed ingredients. Our Lithed-Up salad dressing is loaded with healthy fats, antioxidants, trace minerals, live enzymes and farm fresh organic ingredients. First up in our series is your favorite, Bikini Kale! 

Not sure about nutritional yeast? It's a perfect substitution to salt, dairy, meat, and other high fat foods with protein. This low fat and calorie yeast provides 18 amino acids, an abundance of vitamins and minerals and it tastes really good. The distinctive nutty, cheese-like flavor can enhance many of your power food meals. I love it on kale chips and popcorn.  

Nutritional yeast is a great alternative to animal-based protein. One ounce has only 79 calories and contains 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. Many brands also contain vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell production and nerve function. Because of the low sodium content, many people monitoring their intake of sodium use it as an alternative to salt. Give it a shot!

Ingredients: Lemon, tahini, nutritional yeast, garlic, shoyu, extra virgin olive oil, water, and pepper 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 1 May 2015

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TGIF! This week we’re giving away one four-hour session (a $300 value) with my organizational expert, Zhanna from Living Lightly. During the consultation,Zhanna works with you in your home to create a sense of calm and efficiency. The session is customized to your needs and can include organizing closets, preparing for a move, clearing clutter in your kitchen, making your playroom more manageable, or whatever matters most to you.
 
Also, Living Lightly is offering a special for Lithers! Even if you don’t win this week, contact Zhanna directly here and mention that you're a Lither for a discounted rate. For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU need Zhanna's organizational expertise. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!

FOLLOW LITHE ESCAPE ON INSTAGRAM! 30 Apr 2015

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We've been escaping and achieving mind-blowing results since 2009. Imagine one week to focus on yourself. A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), and unparalleled results. See what we're up to and where we're going next @lithe_escape!  

ESCAPE PACKING TIPS! 29 Apr 2015

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Now that Lithe Escape and summer is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Treasure Beach for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that I'm a super-light carry-on only packer. I find it freeing to travel with so little. How do I do it? 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

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