And We’re (Almost) Off!

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Hello, lovely people! Today’s post is dedicated to the super exciting journey I am about to embark on…spending 4 months in Rome!! This experience means a couple things for The Pace…

  1. Time for a makeover! Those of you who have hung out with me on The Pace before might notice it looks a little different. I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to spice up the blog with a brand new look.
  2. A new section…travel! So far, I have focused on blogging about style, health, and fitness, but starting now, The Pace will also be a travel blog! Get ready for posts about study abroad experiences, weekend trips exploring Europe, and tons of pictures.

But before I hop onto the plane and begin this journey, let’s get something straight…why am I going to Rome? (other than the obvious answer, why not?!!) I am spending a semester studying abroad at Roma Tre in Italy. I will be taking classes and doing a Public Relations and Media internship at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communication, which is basically a long way of saying, I will be working on the Vatican’s social media accounts. I have wanted this internship for years (even before I even got accepted to Villanova!) and after all of the applying, planning, and packing, I am only a few days away from departure, and the feeling is unreal.

I really don’t know what to expect as I prepare to leave the country I have lived in for my entire 21 years, but I know the experience is going to be one I will never forget. Check back soon for my first post from Italy (gaaah, can’t believe I’m actually typing that!) and be sure to follow me on Instagram at @tatumerinmurray for a plethora of pasta and gelato pics 🙂




5 Secrets of a Healthy Lifestyle

If I had a dollar for every article I saw with a title like, “5 Ways to Lose Weight” or “10 Foods to Get Rid of Belly Fat,” my college education would be nearly paid off. It seems like everyone is constantly trying to tell us how to lose weight, get strong, and be fit, and although I frequently read health and fitness articles like these, it can get a bit annoying. So, here I go…adding to the madness!! (#sorrynotsorry)

Today, I am sharing things that I have learned, not from one of these articles, but from my constant effort to follow a healthy lifestyle. I am not an expert on this topic, but I do hope this post offers information that you can’t as easily find on the health and fitness articles all over your Facebook and Pinterest feeds.

1. Get sore

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Muscle soreness is a great reminder of not only your workout the day before, but also of your long-term health and fitness goals. As you move throughout your day, you are constantly reminded of the effort you exerted and are more likely to make decisions that go along with that hard work, not take away from it. So don’t be afraid to push hard in your workout and get sore!

2. Drink Tea

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We all can admit to eating when we aren’t exactly hungry; we eat while watching TV, studying, working on projects, or just when we are bored. But this mindless and unnecessary eating is not part of a healthy lifestyle. When you need something to compliment your TV show, get you through a tough assignment, or just to spice up a boring afternoon, try a cup of tea! Not only is tea harmless in the calorie department, but it also provides so many health benefits! For the greatest health benefits, including antioxidants, drink teas made from leaves of the Camellia plant (Black, green, white, and oolong teas).

3. Understand why breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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Everyone “knows” breakfast is the most important meal of the day (every weight loss article, cereal commercial, and mother says so!), but I’m not sure if everyone actually understands why it’s so important. When we eat breakfast, we are literally breaking the fast of the night before. By doing this, we tell our body we are starting our day and tell our metabolism to get out of sleeping mode and get revved up!

4. Switch it up

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Imagine reading the same chapter in a textbook over and over (ok, maybe you feel like you do that sometimes!). Just like reading the same information over and over won’t make you any smarter, doing the same workout day in and day out, won’t make you any fitter. If you don’t add variety to your workouts, your body will plateau; if it’s not being challenged, it has no way to improve. Integrate HIIT intervals (high intensity interval training) into your week of long distance runs, increase the weight you use for strength training, or try something totally new (kickboxing, pilates, tabata). Not only will you start to see better results, but you will be much more excited to workout if you know you aren’t stepping onto the treadmill for the zillionth time in your life.

5. Motivation is key

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Continuing to stay motivated is possibly the number one secret to a healthy lifestyle. We can give ourselves so many excuses as to why we should skip our workout for the day, but if we are motivated toward living a healthy and fit lifestyle, we can throw those excuses right out the window. To stay motivated, I follow several fitness Instagrams like @nikewomen, @basebodybabes, and @lornajaneactive. Every day I am inspired by the women on my Instagram feed that are dedicated to a healthy and fit lifestyle, which is often the push I need to set my alarm for my workout the next day. When all else fails, I recommend watching Britney Spear’s music videos, circa “I’m a Slave 4 U.” Those abs are all I need to get my butt out of bed and get started on my workout!

I hope these tips are helpful to you in achieving your health and fitness goals! If you have any health and fitness tips, feel free to share them in the comments section!



Throw Caution to the Wind

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Taking a risk is scary. There is no doubt about it. Gathering your reservations, worries, and cautious anxieties into a bundle and throwing it into the wind, knowing you can’t get it back, is never easy. But in many circumstances, it’s worth it. I’m not talking about risks like standing in the middle of train tracks (don’t worry, we kept an alert eye on both sides at all times during this shoot!!) or wearing high heels during an ice storm. The risks that are worth taking are the ones force us out of our daily routine and comfort zone. They introduce us to new places, new people, and new ways of viewing the world. These risks bring out parts of ourselves that we never knew existed, because we haven’t needed them yet.

Being a risk-taker doesn’t mean you live a risky life; it means you weigh the opportunity for growth and excitement as being more important than fear. This is the mindset I am adopting as I prepare to take on my newest risk: studying abroad in Rome. I have never been out of the United States, so just the idea of an overseas flight is enough to give me butterflies! Add to that a new city, a new language, a new apartment, new classes, and a new internship, and this experience definitely qualifies as somewhat terrifying. Everyday, I am feeling more and more ready to take on this risk, but for now, I’ll just stand in the middle of these train tracks (freezing my buns off!) in this amazing hat and cardigan from Forever 21. Come on, people…Rome wasn’t built in a day 😉

I would love any packing or studying abroad tips, as well as recommendations for places to go in Rome! Feel free to share your knowledge with me!



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10 Questions: About Me

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I was nominated by Britney Turner of HerStyle Media to complete the 10 Random Questions Tag. Read on to get to know me a little better!

1. What’s your favorite winter trend?

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Camel and black. It’s effortlessly chic and I am obsessed! Any look that can be achieved with closet staples is a winner in my book! I’m especially in love with the Jacey Duprie from Damsel in Dior rocks this killer color combo!

2. Sephora, Ulta, or M.A.C.?

Sephora. I could literally live in there.

3. Starbucks or small, cozy cafe?

I am a big Sbux fan, but definitely a small, cozy cafe. I prefer the genuine, intimate feel to the fast-paced atmosphere of Starbucks.

4. One meal you can eat for weeks?

Salad. It’s an obsession.

5. iPhone or Android?


6. 60’s Glam or 90’s Grunge?


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Definitely 90’s Grunge. Not only am I a big fan of Converse and plaid, but Nirvana and Pearl Jam are two of my favorite bands of all time (this poster hung in my freshman and sophomore college dorms!)

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy 🙂

8. Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles?

Considering that it is 3 degrees outside as I write this, I would love some warm weather. Hello, L.A.!

9. #1 Goal in 2015?


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Travel. I have never been out of the United States, but at the end of this month, will be starting an incredible journey to Rome, where I will be interning and studying for the semester. I hope to travel around Italy and Europe and can’t even begin to explain my excitement!!

10. What’s one reason you chose to start blogging?

love reading blogs and one day, I had the realization that I can do it too! So I created a folder in my Documents called “If I Started a Blog…” Soon, I changed the name of that folder to “The Pace” and here I am!

Now…it’s my turn to pass on the Random Question torch! I nominate Vanessa Gatlin from A City Girl’s Guide to Life, Areta Chen from Areta’s Style Secrets, Rebecca Pytell from Strength and Sunshine, Ayla from MaracujaSpirit, and Kristyn Royster from Primp & Proper.

My Questions

1. Chocolate or vanilla?

2. Favorite way to break a sweat?

3. Current Netflix binge?

4. If you could babysit any baby animal for a day, which would it be?

5. New Girl or Gossip Girl?

6. If you could be the personal assistant to anyone, who would it be?

7. What do you never leave your home/apartment/dorm without?

8. Would you rather own a private yacht or a private jet?

9. What is something you love about yourself?

10. What is one thing you are working to make better?

Be sure to link back to this post, create 10 new questions of your own, and then nominate 5 more bloggers to participate in the tag! 



Live in Color

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The Christmas decorations are put away and the New Year’s sequins are back in the closet, but I refuse to believe the fun is over. The end of the holiday season does not mean we must surrender to dull colors (and attitudes). Trust me, I love neutrals just as much as the next girl, but this month is all about fresh starts, and nothing says fresh to me like a pop of color.

This dress from Target is the perfect way to break up your winter neutrals. The color palette is warm enough for winter and pairs beautifully with dark tights, but when the weather (eventually) starts warming up, I can definitely see this lil’ baby looking lovely among blooming flowers. Unfortunately, this pattern isn’t available online (I bought it in store a few days ago, so I’m sure it’s still there!), but both patterns online are just as cute!

How are you bringing color to your life this season?



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Get a Clue

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Maybe it’s just me, but this trench coat makes me feel like I should be doing some major sleuthing. When I was a kid, I used to put on my robe detective coat whenever I lost something and carry out a full-on investigation until it was found. I guess I’ve just always had a touch of Sherlock in me 😉

On a more practical note, this coat is amazing. It is water repellant and has a removable liner, which makes it extremely versatile for many kinds of weather. Word to the wise, these coats run on the larger side so if you are in between sizes, order a size down (for reference, I am wearing an XS)!

Hope you all had fabulous New Year’s celebrations and are enjoying a wonderful start to 2015!

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