I asked of my reflection, Tell me what is there to do?


fishtail braid with black dress and brown accessories

What I’m Wearing
* Ridiculously old black dress …from Contempo Casuals, yeah, that’s how old it is. I’m pretty sure I’ve had it since I was at least 19 years old. I still love it. It’s polyester so it really never fades or shrinks. It always comes in handy! …seen here all summery!
* Vintage Nordstrom purple blazer …I think the last time I wore this was June 2009!
* Asos boyfriend belt
* LAMB studded heels even a bit high for melast seen here with fur!
* DIY tassel earrings
* Louis Vuitton Speedy
* Tom Ford cat eyes

* Hair: top clipped up in the morning and let air dry …did a quick side fishtail later in the day. I kind of love how I created a striped chevron effect with my highlights but I got lazy at the end and my arms hurt. FISHTAIL TUTORIAL HERE

* Title: lyrics from Squeeze “Tempted”

I get a lot of emails and Tweets and comments about how I stay in shape {thank you} …and to be honest, and I’m gonna try not to sound like a total asshole but I’ve been pretty lucky UP UNTIL NOW. {though I’ve been saying that for the last year or so}. I’ve always been active and was athletic as a kid. I danced and took gymnastics and ran track and played all kinds of sports. Even in my early 20′s I waited tables while waiting for an acting career to take off, which obviously never did but working at the Hard Rock Cafe 5 nights a week, running up and down stairs all night with plates of food, is a pretty fantastic work out. I slipped and fell and hurt my back on the job and realized that if I stretched at night before bed, my back pain was gone in the morning. What was also great about my stretching routine is that it elongated my muscles, not to mention relaxed me, and really kept me in shape. I continued my hour long stretching routine before bed for years . . . and then 2007 came around and I thought I was preggo, blah blah blah I stopped caring so much, was less active and started sitting more because of blogging. Also, I’m going to be 35 in June and while I love my 30′s more than I did my 20′s, I prefer my 20 something body to this bag of mush. While I still weigh the same …my once hard and strong muscles have slowly become soft and smushy and my once high butt has become a bit sad and jiggly. And for the past 2 years I’ve been threatening to do something about it. And I just cannot seem to motivate myself to care. So I realized this is exactly where a personal trainer would come in handy!

Yesterday afternoon was my first session. I told her I didn’t care about losing weight …what I wanted was to feel strong again, to be tight, and to be solid when I flexed my legs and butt. So we did squats, and more squats and leg lifts and all the while I was whining like a baby NO, NO MORE, I CAN’T ..but i did. And today I went to work and every time I got up from my desk I whimpered in pain and every time I sat down, I cried a little more. I couldn’t even go to sit on the toilet without holding onto the wall for support. But that’s what I wanted. And I’m committed because it’s just gonna go downhill from here if I don’t do something about it now.

So yeah, I’m in quad agony hellfire but I’m going to see her next week …and the week after that until my ass is rock solid again and my reflection from the backyard into the sliding glass door of me in my bikini doesn’t jiggle with dimples in the harsh sunlight. I’ve finally made the decision to be healthy again …and forever. So yeah, I’m totally doing it.

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

56 Comments

  • Simone ♥

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I love your DIY earrings! You look amazing as always!

  • Absolutely Mrs. K

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love this casual/chique look. that dress looks smashing. love the combination of the belt and the shoes. oh the shoes, what perfect summer shoes. the little details are just magnificent. The shiny blazer makes it really interesting. Love the shoulders. Oh and every girl shoes have a Speedy bag.

  • Vixi

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Where is your blazer form? i LOVE!!
    xoxo

  • Polyvorina

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love the blazer! And your motivation vis-à-vis your work-out is inspirational.

  • Carolyn

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love your blazer and your braided hair!

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  • Elizabeth

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Your braid looks great! I desperately wish I had the patience to learn. Good luck with your workouts and have a great weekend!

    have your cake & eat it too

  • *amanda*

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good for you, honey!
    If we girls want our peanut M&Ms, we’re going to have to make up for it in the gymmy-gym! Haa haa!
    …and the dimpley jiggle in the harsh sunlight, I know allll about that…gotta get it tight, gotta get it right…♥ my bike helps with that ♥ … up hills…haa haa…
    …also, a little skim-firming lotion never hurt anybody… ;)

    Go activity!

    Happy Friday!

  • Kez

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    You always look amazing but it’s great that you’re looking after your health :)

  • Dubravka Dodig

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Your hair is wonderful! And this is a great look!

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  • Francesca

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    love the fishtail!!

    xoxo,
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  • Lili

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    The dress looks great on you, especially with the fab earrings and the cognac accessories. No wonder you’ve kept it for so long :-) The blazer is cool, but I feel it looks kinds foreign on you, like it would not be a color that matches you somehow. But nevermind that if you’re not into that kind of thing. I get asked so much about it that I notice things even when no one is asking ;-) By the way, kudos for your workout attitude. I just turned 30 and I guess I should start thinking about going down that road, too ^^

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  • AlbeeLucky

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Yay, congratulations and good for you. I know what you mean, being in my 30′s means I have to work harder to tone up. My elliptical is now my bestie, and I’ve welcomed yoga with open arms.
    I love the blazer and what it does for the outfit.+ Those cat eye glasses rock.
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  • Kelly Anne

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love your hair! Can we get a video tutorial on how to do it!?

  • charcoal and lime

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    GIRRRLLL I hear that! I turned 35 in October, my sister is 1 1/2 from 40 and she has me all freaked out. We are both naturally skinny. But she turned down dessert a few weeks ago and I was like, “Why” and she said she has been gaining weight, for the first time ever! Thankfully I have been doing yoga and Pilates 5 days a week for the last year or so, strictly for vanity sake. I workout because I am vain, so lame. But you know, whatever it takes! You know the pain goes away after a while…but those photos of you looking awesome in a swimsuit….ahhh those last forever!

  • MerciBlahBlah

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    First things first – CONTEMPO FRIGGING CASUALS???? Lawd that takes me back a day or two. I loved that place sooooo much and think I got an ensemble there to wear to the INXS Kick tour concert back in the day. I shudder to think of it.

    Secondly – you KNOW you have worked out hard when you have to do The Iron Cross just to sit on the john. Dayum that hurts – holding on to the walls for dear life to get to the toilet. I feel for you. I started working out with a trainer before I got pregnant and was in the best shape of my life when I did, but now, at almost 42, it is effing hard to get back and keep it. Sadly, the old saggy stomach muscles will never go back, hence a tummy tuck about 2 weeks in my future.

    You look fantastic – I love these pics of you all smiley and gorgeous.

    have a good one!
    merci,
    Shannan

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    You look awesome. Your hair color make your fishtail braid look like art.

    Does it make me weird that I think that? Or even noticed it?

    And not for nothing, I have thrifted 3 items recently that were originally Contempo Casuals. I kind of bought them in shame but they were great pieces…so there.

    I heart you the most!

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    P.S…when you get your desired new body…send me your old one. That way I don’t have to stop eating bacon on everything.

    #winning

  • love jenny xoxo

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    uummmmm, i love this outfit!! you are so gorgeous!!!

    I’m a new follower :)

    XOXO

  • Annie

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    That jacket is amazing!! It stands out so beautifully and the cut is *Oh* so perfect!

    I would be keeping that on high rotation!

  • Sing

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    You look amazing and spring fresh even in black. Love all of these pieces together.

  • vain319

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I loved Contempo Casuals! I worked at the stores for years,just to get my hands on the clothes first..lol..
    I am just now at 40 starting to piece out my closet by selling off some of my finds/closet hoarding..lol..I love how you make vintage look modern and the D.I.Y.’S are the bomb! keep doin’,whatcha’ doin’ love ya.

    http://shop.ebay.com/jusnuts/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25 this is the link to my stuff I am unloading!

  • Summer

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    right there with ya on the 30′s are better but the 20′s bod??? i’ll take that back please!!!

    guess all good things take work…blech.

  • Love + Marriage

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I remember shoplifting at Contempo Casuals. I was terrified enough not to do it again but I got away with it so I was still happy to have that sheer button-up floral top. Ha! Memories.
    Today as I left the house my husband compimented me and I said, I need to start exercising, I feel like a bump on a log. Thanks for the extra dose of motivation!

  • Craftmaker

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    You are so pretty! Love the side fishtail! It really does a chevron pattern. So funny, I did one myself last Saturday, minus the top clipped up. I love how it looks.
    Congrats on starting to exercise! I started two months ago after more than a year of doing nothing and it feels great. Of course it hurts A LOT during the first week but it feels great after the pain is gone.
    Have a nice weekend!

  • AgataP

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    amazing blazer and sunglasses!

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  • Holly

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    loving your hair!

  • Tatiana

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Contempo Casuals… I just went back 15 years… I’m 30 so I was always dreaming of the day that I’d be 20 and be a Contempo Casuals girl… Then Wet Seal bought it and it just wasn’t the same. Love the blog… Gets me going on my work mornings! Keep it up!

    PS I too just started with a trainer as I went from running marathons to walking for 20 minutes and panting the whole time… :( Soreness is a good thing… right?

  • Kayla

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I think you have a rockin’ bod already and you’ll be on fire when that trainer is done with you!

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  • modanista junkie

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    The blazer is awesome!!! Really loving the braid too! You look gorgeous as always! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    xoxo,
    melrod

  • Natalya's Closet

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    OMG! You look sooooo great, I love this outfit so much! XOXO, http://www.NatalyasCloset.com

  • CessOviedo

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck with those squads ever since 2011 started I haven’t worked out at all … of course my jeans started shrinking, yeah right! … You look amazing but whatever makes you feel better with yourself it’s worth trying! … acting careeer, didn’t know that one! Have a happy friday doll!

    Cess O.
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  • Ylana Lima

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

    Beijos.

    Ylana
    Brazil.

  • MUA

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    You have an amazing smile ;-)

    Caro xxx

  • Liz

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to be you when I grow up! (okay, you’re only 5ish years older than me, but still) You are just so genuine and cute! I love your honesty!

    This outfit is also kinda killer! I love the way you are rocking the blazer here and in your old post!

    -Lizzy
    http://restonstyle.blogspot.com

  • drollgirl

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    you look fab! and your braid?! i just love it.

    happy friday!!!!

  • Pamela

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Maegan! I was wondering if you could possibly do a hair tutorial for doing a fishtail? I’ve seen them all around but don’t have the slightest idea how to do one. They seem simple enough but who knows…

    Thanks!!

  • GorJess Fashion For Less

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Well, lucky you for not having to workout for weight reasons. I love the glasses and your shoes are great! I’ve been doing the side braid but I might try a fishtail out seeing how good it looks.

  • Karin Sen Cankan

    April 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love the shoes and the look of the whole outfit just perfect.

    Love

    Karin
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  • Alex

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve always wanted to know how to fishtail my hair. Could you do a tutorial?

  • Corie

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    Ummm I remember Contempo Casuals!!! And ummm I definitely can’t fit anything I wore back when I was 19! Jealous!

    Very cute look. I love the braid. My daughter has been trying to braid her hair like yours and it always wind up to be an epic fail.

  • Anonymous

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    omg i remember contempo casuals! i remember some people in school used to joke around and call it con-trampo causals, but it did have some nice stuff!

  • AKB

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    Those LAMB heels are freaking awesome!!! It’s great that you’re working on fitness. I really need to get my shit together too. Stay strong and stay focused cause you’re doing a really great thing for yourself! :)

  • Natassia

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    Maegan…. I LOOVE LOOOOOVEEEEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From Brazil.

  • Tanya

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    You look hot! I love that dress and belt, makes your waist look tiny. I will be 35 in October and defitely am feeling the sagging and just all around not tight enough bod to satisfy me! I’ve become much more strict with my diet and exercise.

    So, I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey to toning and health.

  • Noemi

    April 2, 2011 | Reply

    You look great and Wow Contempo Casual have not heard about that store in a long long time I grew up in the 70′s not sure when CC came about maybe 80s but it sure feels a lot longer than that :) Polyester best material ever in my opinion! So love the entire outfit & those Tom Ford cat eyes I wish I could wear, big sunglasses do not seem to look good on me! Thank you for the follow on Twitter!!
    ♥ Noemi
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  • Alanna

    April 3, 2011 | Reply

    I love that you keep it real, always. You are the ish, woman.

    I’ll tell you that when I lived in Southern California, namely Orange County, I was inspired to exercise because of the weather and, of course, the women.

    You are strong and solid already. Weights will just take you where you wanna be. Keep squatting, lunging and lifting heavy! you’ll be where you want in no time :)

    Love this blog. keep smiling.

  • Mitu Rosu

    April 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hi there.
    And wow, i like how you look dressed with those clothes.I like your purse.
    Thanks for this post and for those photos.

  • Tatjana

    April 3, 2011 | Reply

    You always look so pretty.

  • Sarah

    April 3, 2011 | Reply

    You are lovely, as always! Congrats on committing to a gym routine – it will make you feel (and look) awesome! Thanks for always being so real in your posts – I love your style and your voice!

  • La Petite Olga

    April 3, 2011 | Reply

    I love how your hair looks in these pictures!

    xx Olga
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  • Lexi

    April 4, 2011 | Reply

    The fishtail braid looks great on you … and goes so well with the tassel earrings!

    xox Lexi
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  • agnes

    April 4, 2011 | Reply

    j’adore tes chaussures.
    Très jolies photos

  • T.

    April 4, 2011 | Reply

    Love this look! Also I think it’s great to see that there are amazing fashion bloggers over thirty (like you) out there, makes me a little less afraid of my own 30th birthday in June. Oh, and you don’t look like you need workout!

  • Gwen

    April 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good for you getting a trainer. While I think you look amazing having some type of exercise is always a good thing. I love squats although I don’t do them often enough.

    I so wish I could figure out the fish-tail braid. Ellie would love it. LOL!

  • Vegas Fashion Stylist

    April 5, 2011 | Reply

    Contempo Casuals that is soooooo funny. I wish that store stayed in business and killed Wet Seal. You do a fabulous job on your blog.

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  • Mandy

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    You look fiiieeerce! I have some similar items in my closet and you’ve totes inspired a sassy new outfit. Get it, girl!

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