Strawberry Festival/Memorial Day Travel Recap 

Hey babes!

Sorry I’ve been a little behind on blog posts this week. It’s been crazy busy. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! I traveled down to VA Beach for some camping and the Strawberry Festival this past Saturday!

For those who don’t know, a very tiny town in VA Beach called Pungo, (with only one stoplight!) holds an annual Strawberry Festival every year.

There was a carnival with tons of fun rides, games, and delicious fried food – I finally got my funnel cake!! Needless to say I was excited about that! There was a parade, petting zoo, lots of shopping, vendors, and tons of people!

The sun was definitely out, and brought on the heat. I’m so glad I decided on a Darling pink, off the shoulder romper. The material was very light and the bell sleeves helped keep me cool throughout the afternoon!!

||Free People||Print – Cold Shoulder||Printed Pink Romper||

While we were down in VA Beach, we stayed on a camp ground a few miles from the beach. We were in a cute cabin, which was one of many in all different colors! We were right on the canal and spent lots of time with family and friends! The boys went fishing in the morning and I spent my time reading Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, and I HIGHLY recommend it, I couldn’t put it down. Also, if you are looking for the perfect summer shoe, I suggest Teva’s, which I wore all weekend. They are very versatile and come in a lot of different colors/styles. I linked them below!

On Sunday, it poured rain, so we decided to hit the movies to see Baywatch! I know it didn’t get great reviews, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I wore this super comfy t-shirt dress and chucks below, and accessorized with lots of snacks and a huge blanket (we all know how cold movie theaters can get)!

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and spent time with friends and family 🙂 Happy Thursday, almost to the weekend!

||Teva Sandals|| Converse – black||MK Cross-body||Wallet||Long T-shirt|| Coffee First|| Sunnies||Cat Eye||

 

Spin Bike Workout 

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE the spin Bike. I swam for 15 years, so cardio and sprints are some of my favorite workouts. Sometimes it’s nice to watch Netflix or blast some music and completely zone out. The endorphin high afterwards is pretty great too 👌🏼


||Exact leggings (long)||Same style leggings (charcoal)||Cross-back sports bra||Printed Under Armour||Green tank||Athlete Tank||Nike Frees|| Casio watch||White waterproof watch||

Workout below:

•I typically start out with five minutes of steady state, low resistance riding for the warmup, then get into the working sets. 

•Set 1: 12 minute climb – increase the resistance by 1 level, every minute

•Set 2: 1 minute all out sprint on medium resistance, 1 min steady state on low resistance. Repeat for 10 minutes

•Set 3: 5 min climb – increase the resistance by 2 every minute 

•Set 4: 1 min medium resistance all out sprint, 1 min steady state low resistance. Repeat for 5 minutes.

•10 minutes steady state for cool down. 

TAKE TIME TO STRETCH!! 


I usually do cardio one to two times a week. It makes me feel great and is a good supplement to lifting and yoga. Adding in the HIIT also helps boost your metabolism all day! I know sometimes I don’t have time to make it to a one hour spin class, or the times clash with my schedule, so this is a great way to still get the benefit on your own time. 

Give this workout a try and I promise your legs will be burning! 

Pinstripe Darling

Good evening! Happy Sunday.

I am looking forward to just a four day work week ahead! With Memorial Day weekend coming up, it’s going to be so hard to concentrate  these next few days.

I love that this spring season pinstripes and light blue tailored tops are back and in charge! They are perfect to dress up or down, and can be paired with blue jeans, jean skirts, shorts, or white jeans. Obviously from the photos, I decided to pair this darling top with a pair of skinny white jeans. I mean when the weather turns to spring/summer, and the sun is shining, how can you not break out those white staple pieces?

This light blue button up, is perfect for this time of year. It is made of lightweight material, with tailored sleeves and flows well on any body type. The back is longer, so it can be tucked in for work, or left out to go for a more casual look as I did here.

I completed this look with a pair of Steve Madden strappy heels, which despite how they may look, are super comfortable, and as I work all day, comfort is key. If you all are in the same boat and looking for comfy yet chic, check out some similar pairs linked here and here.

Add in your favorite bag (the style of mine is on sale!), grab your sunnies, and take charge of your week!

Graduation season is in full swing, and I spent my entire weekend celebrating some amazing college graduates.  LOTS of yummy foods, wine, dancing, and laughs – a good for the soul kind of weekend! I hope everyone else had a fun weekend, and is refreshed for the week ahead!

All outfit details will be linked below 🙂

||AEO White Jeans || Distressed White|| White Flare|| Chambray V-neck|| EXACT top|| J-Crew Popover|| Affordable sunnies|| Medium Satchel||

Spring Take on Business Casual

Good morning babes!

This morning I am saying hello to a brand new work week and gallons of coffee. Quick fact about me, I am an auditor by day, and work long hours in an office setting, and therefore have to put together work appropriate outfits on the daily. Today, I am sharing a favorite business casual outfit that incorporates the spring pastels, as well as a corporate business feel.

I paired this classic black blazer, with a green high neck pastel blouse. The high neck is perfect for work, and the color is gorgeous for the warmer weather. The leopard details on the blazer add a little pop of sass to the outfit and spice things up.

Wearing a sleeveless blouse underneath, makes it super easy to take the look day to night. Simply shed the blazer and you’re good to go!

I am wearing jeans from American Eagle (they have the best fitting jeans by far) and cuffed the bottom to show off these ADORABLE peep toe booties. The peep toe gives the outfit a spring touch and lets you show off those cute spring pedicures. If your office is more formal, simply roll the jeans down and switch the shoes out for some nude pumps, linked here and here.

Don’t let the Monday blues get ya down, new week, new goals!! Show the world what ya got 🙂

I have linked similar pieces below!

||Classic Black Blazer|| Fun Feminine Blazer, comes in multiple colors!|| J Crew Traveler Blazer – ON-SALE!|| Chicos Tank that comes in tons of colors!|| Sleeveless Blouse in lots of fun spring pastels|| Steve Madden peep toe booties that come in two colors here and here|| Belt is from TJ-Maxx, Calvin Klein, but I linked some similar styles here and here|| Purse is the Dalton Tote, by Henri Bendel.||

 

Daily Devotional {Jesus Calling}

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so happy the weekend is here! I am back in my hometown to celebrate my wonderful mama all weekend. Needless to say, we have lots of fun plans ahead!

As I was reading my daily devotional this morning, the subject really stood out to me, and I wanted to put together a quick post to share with you guys. The daily devotional I use is Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, and the reading from today was all about being present.

This is a somewhat mainstream topic nowadays. With social media, work, hobbies, etc., life has become so fast paced. We are always worried about what other people are doing, what is going on tomorrow or next week. We live in the future, which takes away from what life is supposed to be. When people say to focus on being present, what does that even mean?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” As Sarah Young puts it, we have to accept the limitations of living one day at a time. Worrying about tomorrow will not change the outcome, only add stress to today. God will help you day to day, all you have to do is focus on the present. Looking at life  moment by moment, and focusing on one day at a time, will bring much needed simplicity and peace. When you give your worries over to God, and rest in knowing he will take care of the future, you get rid of all the complications, worry and clutter that fights for your attention. This allows you to focus on what truly matters.

I know  personally, this is something I definitely need to work on. The days I make an effort to stay present, continuously talking to God and releasing any worries that pop into my head, I have a peace about me that I can not even explain. I challenge you to try it and see the amazing memories you’ll make that are so  much more vivid and meaningful, your relationships improve, productivity increase, and stress level go way down.

I hope this was able to give you some encouragement today, and help bring you some peace that you can take with you throughout the weekend 🙂

XOXO Stay Golden

Impromptu Spring Shoot 

Hello Dolls,

Good morning! I hope you all are having a fabulous week. I had to create a post for this absolutely darling outfit, perfect for Spring and the upcoming Summer months.

And when visiting the parents who have this in their backyard, a little spur of the moment photo shoot was a must!

This outfit is effortless and instantly makes you look put together. Essentially, these are glorified pajama pants and have all the comfort in the world.

The pants are very thin material, but no worries, they are not see-through. The blue color is to die for, and they look good on EVERYONE. Seriously – curvy, skinny, athletic, short, tall, etc. they flatter all body types in all the right places! The details of the draw string waste line, and pattern add a delicate touch to these “parachute” pants as I like to call them. They can be worn with this absolutely darling white top I have on, or with a crop top on the warmer days.

I paired them with nude sandals, but they can be worn with white sandals, or wedges. Brunch, beaches, shopping, marg mondays, traveling, etc. whatever fun event you have planned, this outfit is very versatile and can be worn anywhere. They are even comfortable enough to just wear around the house and be part of your favorite lounge outfit, I linked below, places you can find similar items! Happy shopping 🙂

||Similar styles here, here,  and here!|| A gorgeous fiery red pair, and a pair with a bright floral pattern.|| My exact top is linked here along with two other colors!|| If you’re looking for some fun crops tops to pair, I’ve linked a few here, here, and here!|| You can find my purse at Gigi New York!||

10 Minute (Healthy) Dessert!

Hey Babes!

Lets get real. Eating healthy when you are constantly on the go, the temptation to grab a quick bag of chips, poptarts, candy bars, etc. is so real. And if you work at a company like mine, there is never any shortage of sugary treats in the kitchen or break room! Now, I am all for enjoying life and all the yummy treats it has to offer (um chocolate, hello), but eating healthy and making good choices is key to feeling good and looking great too! If you want a quick and delicious recipe you can have as a snack and curb that sweet tooth, then this is the blog post for you!

Ladies, meet the three ingredient, delicious, oatmeal cookie. Here’s what you will need:

1. 2 ripe bananas
2. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
3. 1 cup of oatmeal

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 and coat a baking sheet with spray, to prevent the cookies from sticking.
2. Mash up the bananas completely, then add the peanut butter and oatmeal.
3. Mix well then place mix on baking sheet in individual cookies.
4. Heat for 10-15 minutes
5. ENJOY!

This recipe is uhmazing, and one of my absolute favorite dessert replacements. Healthy, all natural, and a feel good treat! Happy eating 🙂

Lady in Red


Hey Dolls,

Happy Thursday! How is everyone’s week going? The warmer temperatures and sunshine have made me so happy lately! Although, I could definitely do without all these allergies!

Thanks to the warmer weather finally making an appearance, so too are some of my favorite warm weather pieces. Two big trends that I have noticed coming onto the scene this season are maxi dresses and bold floral prints. I don’t know about you guys, but I can definitely jump on that train. This darling dress I am wearing is classic and can be worn throughout the spring and summer months. The top is flattering and the high neck allows for versatility in the places you can wear it (aka makes my life easier taking it from day to night, church to brunch, etc.). The cinched waist is key as it creates a nice flow and gives the dress a nice shape, preventing it from just hanging and hiding your figure.

The combination of vibrant colors and bold prints make choosing accessories a bit tricky since you want to avoid cluttering the outfit. If add-ons are a must (and I get it, I love my accessories), then I would suggest minimal classic jewelry and neutral tones to avoid clashing with the colors and prints. This dress, along with pieces that have similar patterns, can definitely speak for themselves!

This dress can be worn to church, wineries, summer barbeques, etc. I have linked a couple places with similar dresses and patterns below.  Happy shopping ladies!

xoxo Stay Golden

||Maxi with similar shape and high neck linked here and here|| A dress and jumpsuit, with bright patterns, from the same boutique as the dress shown above, linked here and here!||

The True Purpose

Good morning Dolls and happy launch day!

This has been a dream of mine for a couple of years now and I recently decided to dive in head first and really go for it. I invested in a domain name and officially started the journey as a blogger. I have learned a lot about lighting, cameras, photo shoots and angles, etc. (and still learning so bear with me)!

A little about me…. I am an auditor by day, therefore I work a full time job for an accounting firm in the D.C. area. On a day to day basis, I balance a demanding career, fit in my workouts, take care of my babies (yochon puppy and cockatiel), study for the CPA exam, meal prep, as well as prepare content for the blog. I am extremely busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

First, I think I ought to explain how I came up with the name “Three Golden Rules.” As I was thinking about what I wanted to share with the world and what was important to me, I realized that living my life and filling myself with constant happiness is due to three main aspects. First, I have always loved fashion and putting outfits together, and personally on the days where I really love my outfit, I feel so much better and I am actually way more productive. Second, I swam for fifteen years so exercise has always been a huge part of my daily routine and something I can not live without. Moving and exercising, as well as eating healthy foods, helps me feel good and stay energized throughout the day. It’s also a great stress reliever and, best of all, it’s free! Third, Jesus is my rock. I read daily devotionals and one of my goals this spring is to dive more into God’s word and make it a part of my morning routine. It creates a positive mindset and helps me feel at peace going into the day. With all that said, my posts will be geared toward those three categories as I discuss below.

So what’s the purpose of the Three Golden Rules? Fashion, fitness, and faith are three aspects of my life that are part of my everyday routine and very important to me. I will have fashion posts geared around recent trends and the seasons, but only looks I would actually wear.  Hopefully this blog will be a resource to help you guys put your own cute spin on these outfits and rock them in your day to day life.

As this is a lifestyle blog, for the fitness aspect, I will be posting healthy and yummy recipe ideas, mainly geared toward busy people who do not have a lot of time to cook fancy shmancy meals. I also want to be able to be a source of workout ideas, and help give you some inspiration to get moving and feel healthy in your own body.

The faith aspect may be a bit controversial; however to put it plainly, I just do not care. I respect others and whatever beliefs they may have, but I think those of us that have relationships with God, have a responsibility to share the amazing power of his grace with others. We have to shine a light into their lives and be a positive influence. I’ll be sharing verses and some of my daily devotionals with you all and explain how they help me. My goal is to help lift you all up in a way that will allow you to apply God’s wisdom to your own lives.

I want to provide a positive and fun platform where people can come to get outfit inspiration for work and play, workout and recipe ideas to feel good in their own skin, and also a dose of Jesus to help live life to the fullest. Balance is everything, and if I can do it, then so can you!

If you want to see more of my day to day life, daily outfits, decor, etc. on a more regular basis, you can find me on Instagram at annaleelee_11. I can’t wait to see where this journey will take me! Please feel free to comment below or email me if there is anything specific you would like to see!

xoxo thanks for reading! Stay golden friends.

All photo details linked below:

||Similar bed frames linked here and here. || Bedding is Ralph Lauren, and all pillows are from Home Goods|| All pictures from Hobby Lobby, similar frames linked here and here. The exact travel photo (bottom right) linked here and the water color frame (top right) is linked here, and both are on sale! || The coffee mug is from Francesca’s, so I linked some cute mugs here!|| Shirt is from TJ Maxx, brand is Love Culture.||