17 May 2020

Mimi Takes Five - #103

ONE // Down Dog
Last month, I downloaded the Down Dog app. The free trial was extended due to Covid-19, so I decided to give it a go. I used to do yoga in a studio, but haven't in a very long time and thought now would be a good time to pick it up again. This app is the best thing I have come across! The sessions are completely customization from level of difficulty to duration to targeted area to type of practice. I mean, if you want to do a 10-minute Sun Salutation: you can! If you want a 30-minute Hatha practice with focus on the lower back: you can! There is sure to be a practice combination to suit every one of your needs. I did the free trial and loved it so much I got the yearly subscription. Last week, they even added the casting feature which is a game changer! I cast everything to my TV instead of trying to follow on my phone. A subscription gives you access to the entire suite of apps including Barre, HIIT, 7-Minute and even prenatal yoga. I've also tried the Barre one and love it! I can't recommend this app enough, using it has been a real treat!

TWO // Terracotta Bodysuit
I've been really into a neutral, warmer tone colour palette these days and trying to incorporate it more into my wardrobe. I've also been more and more attracted to bodysuits. As a kid who grew up dancing, bodysuits are not unfamiliar to me. However, I have a long torso, so finding bodies that are long enough can be a challenge. So far, I've gotten lucky with H&M and Banana Republic. This short-sleeve, square-neck terracotta one is perfection! The fit is fantastic, the material is lightweight (making it great for summer or layering) and the colour is a tad vintage. It can be a great neutral basic to an outfit, or be the focal point when paired with more subtle hues. This is definitely a piece I can wear almost all year round, from spring to fall. I plan on wearing it with everything from jeans, to shorts, to skirt and dresses. I've also got plenty of outfit ideas, so stay tuned to see how I style it!

THREE // Gold Mani
With all this time on my hands, I've been able to keep said hands perfectly polished! I used to be very good at maintaining my manis, but had let it slip in recent months. With the weather warming up (and mitten season behind us), I've found joy in doing my nails again! This week, I chose a gold metallic polish. I love the shimmer this one brings to the table, yet it remains a neutral shade that matches with everything. It also glimmers in the sunshine, which makes me smile every time I catch a glimpse. I'm trying to find small joys around me these days and a fun manicure is an easy way to add a little colour to your day!

FOUR // Green Floral Dress
My obsession with floral dresses continues with this green beauty! This dress was made for me, from the fit-and-flare silhouette to the square neckline, the flutter sleeves, the floral print and the bold Kelly green colour. It's the perfect summer outfit waiting to happen. Just add some cute sandals, add a straw accessory or two and you're ready for any adventure summer might throw your way. The fact that it's wrinkle-resistant makes it the perfect thing to throw in your suitcase at every turn! Wear it with anything from a jean jacket to a fitted blazer or sneakers to strappy sandals. Wear it anywhere from brunch to the beach and everything in between! This dress will be getting a lot of wear from here on out!

FIVE // Swish and Flick Podcast
Last week, I talked about the new live readings of the first Harry Potter book in this post. Well, listening to these chapters has been a real treat and totally reignited the potter-head in me. To try and delve even further into the world, I decided to start listening to the Swish and Flick podcast. It's a group of four friends (one from each Hogwarts House), who decided to do a full re-read of the series and analyze it chapter by chapter. This breakdown is a really good approach and follows the same format as the live rereads from Pottermore. Granted, it started about three years ago, but the commentary is still very much accurate. Also, I'd like to point out that it's full of spoilers, so if you've not read the entire series yet, it might not be a good idea to listen to the podcast until you have. The girls add in so much insight and information from various sources. I'm just zooming through the episodes and absolutely loving the distraction that the Wizarding World provides, especially during all of my walks these days. It's very much reminding me of my own major reread that I had done with my brother. You can find them on his blog here!

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