coat // dress // tights // heels

Okay before we dive in and chat a little bit, this Rebecca Taylor dress is the BEST and I love it and it’s on sale. She sent it to me to wear to her presentation and it’s such a good one. I don’t really do a lot of gifted items these days (Trying not to overwhelm you guys with branded content and if I’m going to partner with a brand, I’d rather have money vs. clothes) but I will always say yes to working with RT as her clothes fit me so well and are always impeccably made. I am her super fan. Also, I get asked constantly on Instagram stories about these sunglasses. They’re the greatest and only $65 – highly recommend. Also, happy Valentine’s Day, friends! xoxo

So anyway, now that we’ve got that very important information out of the way, today we are going to talk about becoming a morning person. Or at least trying to. I like to call myself a morning person in training. MPIT? If we are being honest, I never really understood the allure of becoming a morning person until very recently. The concept of the elusive “morning person” annoying. Who just springs out of bed, ready to tackle the day!? Not I. My bed is awesome and you’d have to pry me out of the sheets to get me up before 7. And besides, staying up late was so much fun. When left to my own devices with nothing to do the next day I can easily stay up til 3 or 4am just watching movies or reading. And like a lot of creatives, I was more inspired at night.

Until 3 years ago (when I left my last day job and started blogging full time), I didn’t have much of a say in the matter. I always held demanding day jobs so I had to be up. I’d be in bed by 11 and up by 7 or so. But once I started blogging full time I would fall into a (rather dangerous) trap of staying up late late late writing, and sleeping til 10. That phase only lasted a little while… I eventually fixed that and started going to bed around midnight and getting up around 8/8:30. I never thought I’d be the person who was on the treadmill by 7:30am but here we are!!! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it on Instagram so I thought it would be fun to chat about that today.

Outfit Details: Vince Coat (from last year but this one is very similar and half off!) // Rebecca Taylor Dress (c/o, wearing a size 6, also available here and here)  // Chanel Purse // Express Tights (the BEST!) // J.Crew Factory Wedges (favs – so comfy!) // Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out but these are so similar!) // Polaroid Sunglasses

So what changed?

I blame the wellness challenge. When we kicked things off in January, I found myself much more tired from a) exercising every day and b) not drinking. So I just wanted to be in bed at the end of a long day. I started making bedtime into something I looked forward to, and with that, found myself getting up earlier.

It’s really all about the gym though. This week’s wellness challenge involves working out in the morning, and I can’t tell you how much better my day is when I’m up at 6:45/7 and start my day at the gym or an early yoga class. That way, your workout is taken care of for the day and you can get ready and just live your life. I realize that this is more of a blogger problem but I used to have this really annoying thing I would do where I’d go straight to my desk in the morning, get ready and have a photo shoot or whatever, work out mid-day, and have to shower and get ready all over again. Stupid, stupid. I hate putting makeup on and I was putting makeup on twice! Not efficient! For the past two and a half weeks, I work out around 7 and am home by 8:30/8:45. It feels awesome to have the workout out of the way. If I want to I can shower and put my pajamas back on or I can get dressed and look like a productive human. (You’d be surprised how frequently I choose real clothes as opposed to sweats!!)

And that is what makes getting to bed (and getting up earlier) easier for me. It isn’t some magical trick, it isn’t that my personality has magically changed (confession: when I was in Charleston this weekend I stayed up late every night as my friend and I both love watching old movies), it’s that I know how much better my day is going to be if I get up early and get to the gym.

So whenever anyone says “I wish I could work out in the mornings!” I laugh, and I laugh hard. Because if this reformed night owl can do it, literally anyone can. I am a monster. I may look put together in the photos but in my heart of hearts, all I want to do is be a lazy slob on my couch until I fall asleep there at 3am and drag myself to bed. But at 36 years old I’ve somehow finally figured out how to adult… or at least, adult a little bit. In bed at 10, lights out by 11, up by 7. I never thought I’d say it, but I really love this routine.

How about you? Are you a morning person? A morning person in training? If so… what gets you out of bed in the morning?

photography by Trent Bailey.

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