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Shoes: Nike | Leggings: Old Navy (love these!) | Sports Bra: F21 (similar) | Tank: Uforia 

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Some exciting things to share today.

First off, a new look and feel. For me, this has been a long time coming. As time goes on, people change and naturally, so do blogs. For me, this blog is a labor of love, hard work and dedication. So, for a few years – the format of the site was pretty stagnant. Looking to switch things up, I worked with the amazing women (Chelcie and Anastasia) of Featherstone and Company to totally redesign my blog and give it a major facelift.

Seriously, these women are AMAZING. No joke. I’ve counted on them for not only the design, but for help on tech questions, formatting, and everything in between. I’m so excited that I had the opportunity to work with this company and want to know something that makes this even sweeter? They are from Ohio. Now if that’s not destiny, I don’t know what is. 🙂

And if we’re on a roll talking about change, well…I’m sharing something super near and dear to my heart as of late – health. I’ve been working at my current job for around a year and for the first time in my career, I didn’t have to worry about bringing breakfast, lunch OR dinner. First off, this is amazing and I’m so insanely grateful to be treated so well by my employer. Second, this led to a lot of temptation. I’ve always loved eating (obviously) so getting seconds for lunch or grabbing a cup too many peanut butter pretzels felt natural. The thing was – I wasn’t that hungry. I ate because it was in front of me.

So, after a year…I felt a little sluggish. A little heavier. And well, not so great. I’ve been a member at a lot of gyms, but nothing really stuck. So, eventually I tried ClassPass and my world changed. I took classes (a lot of classes) and figured out what I loved, what I didn’t, and what was out of my comfort zone.

Introducing Uforia. I always loved cycling, but I found my groove (quite literally) at Uforia’s Revolutions, a 45-minute spin class that combines badass music and amazing bikes. I go around twice a week and can’t get enough!

If cycling isn’t your bag, don’t fret – Uforia features two additional classes that offer a little something for everyone.

GRIT is high-intensity cardio that features weights, reps (a lot of ’em!) and stepping. It’s great for the person who wants to move, work every part of your body and build long and lean muscles.

The next is hip-hop and to be honest, this one was WAY out of my comfort zone. I don’t have a lot of rhythm, but if you’re willing to step out of your normal routine, this one is AWESOME. Made for every level, you get as full body workout all in an hour.

And you know what? I was a little hesitant to take these photos, but this is real guys. I actually worked out and took photos after. I may not look like the prettiest girl in the world, but I felt like a badass in the moment – blame the endorphins. Also, who looks amazing after working out? If you know the secret, let me know.

So, have I piqued your interest in taking a class yet? Enter the promo code TOT for a free class (up to $25 value!) at Uforia. AMAZING!

Cheers!

Photography via Tory Putnam

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday and hello to the beginning of a fresh, new week. Personally, I’m SO excited about the last few weeks and weeks ahead. One of them? Moving into our new apartment! P.S. We get the keys today so I can’t wait to show you a little apartment tour in the following days.

This past weekend was full of excitement starting on Friday with Disclosure. I’ve seen them two years ago at a MUUUUCH smaller venue, but it was awesome to dance with thousands of other people and celebrate the beginning of the weekend. Saturday morning I had the amazing opportunity to co-host a spin class with Flywheel and Biossance. For those of you who haven’t heard of Flywheel, well…Flywheel isn’t your regular spin class, either. It’s a 45 minute high-energy, inspiring ride where the instructor pushes you every single song.

After the ride I looked (truthfully) like a sweaty rat, so I wiped my face with the insanely soft makeup removing cloths called The Refresher. The cloths gently removed all my makeup without leaving my skin tight or dry. Juuuuust what I need when I worked my butt off for an hour. Even better? The cloths are biodegradable and all of their products are plant-based! Hell yes for the environment! More to come on their amazing skincare line soon because truthfully, I’ve developed intensely sensitive skin in my late twenties.

Some other highlights? Sipping on some insanely delicious cold brew from Milton & Small, a breakfast date with myself at 20th Century Cafe, meeting Vanessa and talking about her insanely cool company Gold & Gumption, and making homemade tacos (complete with Corona) with Ittai.

Pretty perfect indeed.

Cheers, y’all!

 

Find Your Ritual

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday – how y’all feeling out there? I’ve talked pretty candidly about life and the stressors that come with it. From commuting to work and morning meetings to carving out the time to see friends and family – life can be pretty fast. Either you get swallowed up or fight like hell.

Luckily, I’m pretty stubborn and try to hold my own when life attempts to grab me by its sticky paws. My saving grace when I feel overwhelmed and consumed is by working out.

I’ve never been athletic. I actually quit almost every sport I played as a kid. I was awkward (still am 100%), pretty clumsy, and have no balance (body wise). This continued into my twenties. So, when I moved to San Francisco I was bombarded by workout options. I started to find myself confused on whether I should be doing HIIT, yoga, pilates or run.

I tried all of them and thought each individual workout brought something different. Besides yoga. And this killed me because I wanted to get my zen on so, so badly. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t relax, I wasn’t flexible, and I left more frustrated than I started.

This is until recently. Last year I had the opportunity to check out a class at Ritual Hot Yoga when it was located in Jackson Square. When I started at Pinterest, Ritual moved a block away. I think it was fate.

Soon after they opened the 6th street location, I’ve been hooked. Sometimes I even go twice a day (eeek!). Last Saturday I had the opportunity to go with a few fellow bloggers and share my obsession.

If you haven’t gone to Ritual, I promise you – you will feel 20,000 times better after going. The music is upbeat (think Disclosure and Flume), the studio is heated (not Bikrim, but heated), and the instructors find time to pay attention to everyone in the room – I’m not kidding. It’s impressive.

By far one of the best yoga classes (and workouts!) I’ve experienced in San Francisco. So, if you’re down to take a class  take a look at Ritual’s schedule and let me know! I’ll take you up on that offer and then some!

Cheers!

The Best Workouts In San Francisco

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I pride myself on living a (somewhat) healthy lifestyle. And if you’ve lived in San Francisco for more than a few months, I’m sure you feel that too.

There are no shortage of acai bowls, quinoa substitutes, and Lululemon leggings coming at us from all sides. For the record, I don’t hate it. In fact, it’s part of why I love this crazy, stupid and beautiful city.

It’s no secret that I really enjoy working out. This is something really different for me because I was NEVER like this. Ever. Sure, I played sports but actually working out for fun didn’t make sense to me.

Luckily, like many of you, I found the power of ClassPass and it has rocked my world. Maybe stupid to say, but I can’t get over the flexibility and variety.

That’s why I wrote about some of my favorite classes in San Francisco for The Bold Italic. I touch upon a variety of studios and classes – all within a reasonable budget.

Check it out here!

Cheers!

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What’s Your Ritual?

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Hi Everyone!

Being a part of ClassPass, I have the opportunity to try a ton of different classes and studios in the San Francisco area. Like i’ve mentioned before, i’ve gotten really into spin, pilates, and barre classes. So much cardio. But what was missing about workout routine included stretching, toning, and well…relaxing.

Luckily, I live in San Francisco and there’s no shortage of yoga classes. Now, i’ll admit something. I have a hard time turning “off.” Many of you who know me can say the same. Buuut, when the mood strikes, I desperately crave some “me” time. Whether it’s 5 minutes to grab coffee by myself, an all-day shopping extravaganza or a day of just doin’ me, I need time to recharge (much like the iPhone i’m always on – I swear, i’m trying to get better).

I’ve tried several yoga studios and I admire each and everyone who practices yoga. I love the idea of setting an intention not only for the next hour, but for the day. I love the flexibility that comes with yoga and most of all, I love the tranquility of yoga. But, it’s hard. At least for me. So when I find a studio i’m really comfortable with, I call it a mini-miracle.

A few weeks ago, I tried Ritual Yoga in downtown San Francisco. I walked from my place in Pac Heights to the Financial District sort of prepping myself for an hour of “zen.” I calmed my nerves by listening to Kendrick Lamar and Odesza (fitting, right?) and got to the 10:00 a.m. class a few minutes early.

I was greeted with a smile and hug by Brittany Blum, co-founder of Ritual who showed me the space they are inhabiting for the time being. I put my stuff away, was given a yoga mat and cloth and stepped inside a room that smelled of bergamot oil and was lit only by candles. Upon entering, I told myself to leave all my shit at the door and have a good time.

Brittany and her two other co-founders (Caitlin and Lindsey) have created an amazing mixture of intense, high-end, and soulful yoga that gives you an entire experience from beginning to end. Oh, and I worked up a sweat while I was it.

So, that being said…I HIGHLY recommend Ritual for the experienced yogi, the novice, and anyone who wants a serious sweat session.

Cheers!

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Fitness Feature – Burn San Francisco

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Hi Everyone!

You may have seen me write about it, but over the past few weeks i’ve been doing a lot of classes a la Class Pass. Now, if you don’t know about ClassPass, check it out – it totally has transformed the way I workout and the way I think about working out!

Most recently, I had the opportunity to check out a class (that’s available on ClassPass) called Burn San Francisco. I’m a big lover of pilates, but let me tell you…Burn is a bit different.

Their mantra and method emphasize constant movement using circuits to challenge and improve endurance, agility, balance, and strength, with appropriate focus on stressing proper form and method.

With their newest location in Hayes Valley, I checked it out and had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Lisa Corsello!

The new space is beautiful and airy. Inviting and not overwhelming, you’re greeted by a wonderful receptionist who welcomes you to the studio and asks if you have any injuries prior to your class. I snagged a bottle of water before the class (free of charge!) and was on my way to getting my butt kicked.

We spent an hour mixing up our workout between cardio, strength training, and stretching. Some of the moves were foreign to me, but luckily my instructor Sierra was awesome!

Lisa and I caught up after class and she told me about her journey of opening Burn and what’s to come. With the opening of the Hayes Valley location comes two others and loads of promise!

I highly encourage you to try Burn San Francisco if you’re in the area. After all, they have 4 locations (Hayes Valley, Mission, Inner Sunset, and Russian Hill) now!

Cheers!

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Photos via Burn SF Instagram and Jennifer Graham Photography

The Ohio Transplant x Athleta

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! As many of you know, I recently completed my first (ahh!) half-marathon. I’m not a runner really, but I wanted to set myself to a reasonable goal and see if I could kick its ass. Well, I did. And I felt great afterwards. A lot of prep went into my half-marathon training: the perfect playlist, an arm band that could hold my iPhone, setting a running pace, staying hydrated, and of course – what the hell do I wear?

I opted for some killer leggings and a tank for the race, but what if you aren’t a runner and guffaw at the very mention of running. Wellll….some big news, y’all!

I’m hosting my very first (ah!!) event with Athleta on Fillmore on Saturday, March 7th at 8:30 a.m. I’m teaming up with Athleta, the amazing Tricia Kirkwood of Sunshine Fitness, and Shikha Kaiwar of Shikhalamode to bring you guys a morning of food, fun, and pilates.

Tricia (who was named most enthusiastic instructor in SF by ClassPass!) will be teaching DetoxFIT, an hour class of Pilates, Yoga, and Barre exercises that help detox the body after a vigorous run or a week of indulgence.

I mean, who wouldn’t want that? And it’s free!

For more info, RSVP here!

Cheers!

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