WILW {1.14.15}

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*when my job is fun. tonight, i have a tour-and-drinks/dinner visit at the Trump SoHo, as our company has recently partnered with them for travel rates. this is when i love my job: when i have fun events to plan, or when i get to visit cool hotels and be entertained by their sales managers and eat good food. i’ve been (mostly) on a liquids cleanse (juice and protein shakes) since Monday morning (minus a yogurt i had last night bc i was delirious after some hard workouts…whoops), so i’m not sure how much food i can stomach, but it’ll be cool to go and see Koi, at which i’ve never eaten. i’m a big sushi and sashimi fan, so hopefully it’ll look appealing to me by tonight!

*Rawpothecary. when i decided to cleanse out my weekend life choices on Monday morning, i hit Whole Foods (the fix-all health stop) for some juices with no real plan other than to get juice & protein shakes in me and keep all else out for a bit. i ended up with a basket full of Rawpothecary’s juices, and i’m really enjoying them. they’re a privately-owned Brooklyn company that makes organic, cold-pressed juices, and every juice i’ve tried so far has been really good. i’m not really sticking to any sort of juice cleanse plan, just drinking them throughout the day, but i’m a big fan and i’d definitely buy them again.

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*Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein.
i bought this on a whim at Whole Foods the other day as well, and i have to say, i’m pleasantly surprised by how much i like it. it has 15 grams of protein to 100 calories, and it’s organic, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free…and it actually tastes really good. i bought the Smooth Vanilla and i’ve been putting it in unsweetened almond milk, and it’s totally doing the trick. i found it at Whole Foods (which is pretty much my favorite restaurant), and i def plan to continue buying it.

GoL_plant-based-protein-1024x545*this sibling truth.

photocould nahhhht be more accurate for my bro and i (okay so minus the strangling part — we might get a lil annoyed with e/o sometimes but nothing ever serious). but we bust into some serioussss duets. i’m talking full-blown harmony & falsettos & arm movements & serious singing faces, on the regular. this is basically our #1 hangout pastime (with or without wine, and his guitar, and my hopes of being discovered mid-performance). we are one wannabe rockstars family.

*this song.  “Shut Up and Dance with Me” by Walk the Moon.

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it’s quite possible i’m late to the Walk the Moon party, but a guy at my gym and i got talking about music and realized we needed to be friends based solely on our love for two very important things: the gym and the band 1975. he then recommended i listen to Walk the Moon, so i did, and he was right. they rock, and not only because i really want to grab a guy by the shirt and say “shut up and dance with me” (okay so that’s, like, 77% of the reason). this is one of my new running jams and you should check it out if you want a fun new dancey beat to run to.

*when someone else understands your lifelong aspirations.

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and to think i just was following a childhood dream blindly, without ever once stopping to itemize all the other perks that came along with living in the ocean & being able to sing “Part of Your World” & having covet-worthy hair. this nailed it.

Anyone else obsessed with mermaids, or any other mythical creatures? i have a unicorn thing too, but mermaids have always been my first love. one of my bffs asked me last month, “if you could be a mermaid or a unicorn, which would you pick? and you HAVE to pick.” and it was actually a really, serious question for me. lollz. oh, and mermaid. definitely.

Discover any new good workout/running music lately? please share!!

Fave protein powder or juicing company?

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WILW: Christmas (Eve) edition

happy & Merry & all things glorious Christmas Eve to you, my lovely friends! whether i know you in my real life or have had the pleasure of “meeting” you via the blogosphere, i’m thankful to have so many absolutely incredible people in my world and wish you all the cheeriest, loveliest, most blessed of Christmases and holiday seasons.

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when you have a full week off and you’re able to use your time to spend however you so desire, with the people you want to see, well — you can’t help loving everything. i’m basically having the best week ever.

*Jesus. because although there are a million and one little & big things to love about Christmas — the spirit of the season; the indelible magic in the air; the shimmer of white lights glittering in the darkness; a cozy sense of belonging when you’re sharing time and space with the people you love most — no matter how precious & warm & all-things-lovely these moments may be, Christmas will always start and end with the birth of Christ, for me. He is my joy and my salvation; he is my hope in all things; He is my wonderful savior. anything good and lovely i have been given is because of Him, and i truly believe that the reason i have the most wonderful people in my life is because God chose to bless me beyond measure in this way. for me, Christmas is a time to love Christ, and then love the people i hold dear and count them as my most cherished blessings.

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*friends. i know i am a broken record with the whole “i have the best girlfriends in the world” thing — which is fast becoming a theme on this blog — but i really believe it’s true. [see point above for reason.] girls’ nights just make my life such a lovely one to live.

photo 1so thankful for these amazing ladies! and for our new little addition to girls’ night, lil Mr. Henry, my bff’s baby (who i confiscate as much as possible). this little guy just melts my heart, and i’m hoping his first words are “Auntie Shoshi.” still working on that one.

isn’t my best friend the cutest mom ever? love you baybay!

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henry2baby jumping jacks. it’s a thing. can’t start ’em too early!

oh, and speaking of baby workouts…

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my friend Jessie made this delicious bourbon cocktail for us that we all loved, too, and it was so easy: bourbon, gingerale and a splash of cran. perfect holiday drink.

photo(10)oh, and the above spread pretty much displays my dinner every night this week. this is my fave way to do a meal.

*home. i love being home at the lake. fireplace & puppies & sipping Bailey’s w/ almond milk with my parents at night and having bro-sis time and wearing gym clothes all day…this is my kind of life.

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this is my current blogging state, as we speak:
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*running/workouts. they’ve been consistently great — i haven’t missed a day since i’ve been home! Saturday was freezing here, so i hit a 7-miler (in just under an hour, which made me happy) on a treadmill, and it wasn’t as horrible as i expected (given that i haven’t made the treadmill jump very often this winter, as we’ve been fortunate to have pretty mild weather so far).

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Sunday i ran 7-8 miles outside, which felt amazingggg, and Monday i did an hour of total body workout at the gym, followed by 2 quick miles on a treadmill. yesterday i ran 4.5 miles on a treadmill and walked a half mile at an incline, and then did a half hour of abs (planks and decline bench). i’m pretty happy with this week’s workouts so far, i have to say, and i’m feeling so great with the running.

my best friend asked me the other night (while i was playing with lil Henry!) if i got upset when i didn’t run…like, if i needed to have it in my life and felt “off” if i didn’t.

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errrr let’s just leave it at that. 🙂

i could keep going but i need to get to the gym and start my day, sooooo have a wonderful, safe, merry & bright Christmas Eve, my friends! love you all.

i’ll leave you with a fabulous addition to my “feet in the sidewalk art” collection that my lovely friend Lauren took for me last weekend. so thoughtful, and i totally love this one. i’m hoping LOVE is my Christmas super power.

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WILW {10.29.14}

i decided these Wednesday posts needed an official graphic to make them feel like a “thing.”

ta-da.

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that, and i really like playing around with photo apps. i still maintain that my iPhone photographer career has great potential…

so, let’s get on with this before Wednesday is over, shall we?

WILW, category style:

what everyone needs:
*Corkcicle
about a month ago, boy and i were out to dinner at this adorable French wine bar restaurant upstate, and the waiter slid one of these magical instruments into our white wine bottle after pouring our wine:

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i was floored. boy was floored. what was this crazy icicle of wonder?

answer: the Corkcicle. maybe some of you know about this, or even have one, but it was totally revolutionary for me — and as a wine lover, i knew i needed one in my possession as soon as possible. it’s ingenious: you store it in your freezer, and you suddenly have a magic wand of a chill stick cork to keep your wine at perfect drinking temperature after you open it. it totally eliminates the need to put the wine in the fridge, or to use an ice bucket when out to eat. best.idea.ever.

i think this is a perfect gift idea, because who doesn’t like wine? (and if you can answer that question with “me” or “my (insert anyone you know)”, please don’t tell me. i don’t have time to psychoanalyze your deepest issues.)

plus, it comes in fun colors, which just makes life so much more enjoyable.  (*note: if you’re someone to whom i give a Christmas gift, sorry for spoiling it, but this is probably what you’re getting. you’re welcome in advance.)

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what i’m looking forward to:
*my (lil) bro turns 30 on Saturday.
we make big deals out of birthdays in my family, and i’m stoked for Ry to leave his 20s and enter the land of the 30s that i inhabit. crazy how the years fly by but stretch on forever at the same time, isn’t it?  to think we once looked like this,

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and now are all growed up. ish.

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i’m counting down the days til Friday, when i get to head upstate to spend the wknd w/ the fam (and boy) and celebrate Ry’s big 3-0. i anticipate this entailing good food, mimosas, board games, a Hussey + the new add-ons b-day dinner, wine, and lots of silliness. just the way i like my life.

what i’m watching:
*the World Series.
have i mentioned i’m a baseball fan? welp, i’m a baseball fan, thanks to my sports-obsessed dad. i was the little girl in Chuck Taylors carrying around a binder of baseball cards everywhere — bright pink, nonetheless. love the sport, and my team is in it again this year for the third time since 2010! yep — i’m a San Francisco Giants fan. giants-logo-sfthey used to be a NY team back in the day, and my grandpa was a fan, so my dad continued the streak. i’m currently watching them battle out game 7 of this series against the Royals while typing this blog, and hoping they manage another title win. ahhh, the suspense. lesssgoboys!

what i’m eating:
*dried mango.
this stuff is so good, and such a perfect sweet snack as an alternative to any unhealthy sweets. i buy it at Whole Foods in their bulk food section. they don’t add any extra sugar or preservatives — just pure dried mango. so gooood. when i did Nature Box, i chose this every month. hey, if it ain’t broke…

47ade78cc9bc534fwhat i’m doing for workouts:
*mainly cardio.
this week has been cardio central in my world:

  • a 10-miler outside on Sunday (felt so goooood to be back in the double digits)
  • 50 minutes of intervals at high resistance on the Arc trainer on Monday
  • 6 miles outside this morning, starting in the pitch darkness of pre-dawn

i’m so thrilled to be over the worst of the leg injuries and have been trying to take advantage of my ability to run more easily again. tomorrow i’m going to do a strength/plyo workout, however, to not get too overeager with the running streak and re-injure.

annnd one more thing before i send Wednesday on its merry way (get gone, hump day):
don’t forget to enter my Old Factory Candle Giveaway, if you haven’t already! 🙂

Fill me in on one of the above categories for you this week! eating/workouts/looking forward to, etc.

WILW {10.22.14}

What i’m loving Wednesday, by categories:

*food: Detour Smart bars in Apple Cinnamon.

these bars are seriously delicious and good for a pre-workout snack, a mid-afternoon snack or even to curb a sweet tooth and act as dessert. they’re chewy and light and super flavorful, and they pack 10 grams of protein into a 120 calorie, 2 g of fat gluten free treat. i love ’em.

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*drink: pumpkin beer (still). i went from a rarely-touch-a-beer drinker (Corona lights at the beach were about the extent of it) to a several-of-these-a-week imbiber this season, all because i threw my freak-out-over-calories-in-beer caution to the wind and decided that if i like it this much, i’m going to be a seasonal beer drinker, goshdarnit. and man, do i like this stuff.

newest try: Heartland Brewery’s Smiling Pumpkin Ale.

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sooooooo delicious. definitely high up in the rankings of the pumpkin beers i’ve tried to date. enjoyed one last night while watching my baseball team destroy their opponents in game 1 of the World Series! yep, i’m a lifelong SF fan, thanks to my (obsessed) father, and i’m stoked with their every-other-year streak they have going on with the World Series since 2010. so exciting.

*tunes: the 1975.  one of the greatest joys in a music-lover’s life: that moment when you find a new band that sounds completely unprecedented to you and which becomes an instant obsession, a part of your daily routine from the very first listen. this band completely blindsided me when i first heard them on Spotify and i’m totally addicted to their dancey, snarky, cleverly catchy Brit alt/indie poppy sound. i seriously haven’t stopped playing this album — yes, i bought the entire album after previewing a few songs and realizing the one i’d intended to download simply wasn’t enough — ad nauseam since purchasing it. and i don’t intend to anytime soon.

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my picks: “Girls,” “Settle Down,” “Pressure,” & “Sex,” as well as the radio hit “Chocolate”…

right, so essentially i’m just obsessed with the whole album. listen to it. stat.

*inspiration. words that make my soul happy.

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*fitness humor. this is Hundo P true for me. nailed it.

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here’s to getting over the hump, friends!

whatcha liking this week?

WILW {10.8.14}

oh heyyy, friends. i’m still here, don’t fret! i can sense your worry. 🙂

you know those days when you just feeling super meh, and the only thing you can do to try to snap yourself out of it is try to focus on good things about your life and hope that eventually you’ll be able to mind-trick yourself into willing the yucky parts away?

welp, i had two of those in a row the past 2 days, which didn’t feel amazing. and i started blogging both days but just couldn’t muster up the energy to finish either time. but today, everything feels like sunshine and rainbows again, for no reason and every.

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so today, i woke up and decided i was going to get outdoors and run, no matter how much my legs hurt. and they did hurt — but i did run anyway — and while i fought for those painful 4+ miles, it was worth every aching step. i have so missed my morning runs along the river, and a slow, painful run this morning felt like a tiny victory, as it did wonders for my soul to just start the day outdoors and let everything go.

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when you love something that much, it’s hard to give it up, even if it hurts to stick with it. so this is the first thing i’m loving on this Wednesday: starting my day with an outdoor run again.

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oh, and
prayers for my hurting legs are much appreciated, please, friends! thank youuuuu.

something else making me happy today, on a totally unrelated-to-running note: i have to say, it’s nice to have friends who enjoy your blog so much — and know how much writing means to you — that they look forward to reading it and reach out to let you know you’re slacking. what that says to me is, hey! i like you and you’re important to me and i love reading about your little corner of the world, so please add something to my life by writing about yours.

that’s sweet. i like that. and i always appreciate those who help hold me accountable to writing. one of my bffs is such a fabulous blog-supporter (and fellow wanderlusting gypsy soul) that i swear she gets as stoked as i do to find stuff “for my blog” and is always sending me (or insta-tagging me in) pix to use, which i absolutely love. she recently sent me this one because she saw it and “it reminded her of me”…which i took as a big, fun compliment…in reference to the strong legs, the leg warmers (i love those things!), and the love for dance. (just not the pole, obvi.)  thanks, girl. keep ’em coming. 🙂

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sooooo, then, moving on! most of the things i’m loving this Wednesday happened over the weekend, so let’s backtrack, mmmmkay?

Saturday was a great day overall, starting with a (rather painful) 6.5 mile run, albeit on a treadmill due to the rain. boo.

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i’ve been doing a bit better with the foam rolling, although i still need to step up the consistency of that game…but the pumpkin everything goal? i’m crushing that one, like whoa. pumpkin beer for dayssss.

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it pairs so well with everything, really: gym pants, sweat, recovery, foam rollers…crazy how that happens.

in keeping with the pumpkin theme, i popped into Pinkberry for the first time in months to try their pumpkin season flavor. omg sososososo good.

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…annnnnd i kept the streak going strong, as Saturday night date night with the girls at their (awesome) new apartment in Hoboken consisted of on-the-couch pumpkin/fall beer taste testing (3 down so far), sweatpants & a movie. precisely, exactly, absolutely the way i wanted to spend that evening.

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the beer was good, but the company was the highlight of my weekend. i haven’t seen these lovely faces nearly as much as i’d have liked to since the summer (and our weekend beach trips) ended, and it makes my soul so glowingly happy just to be around them, in sweatpants on the couch on a Saturday night when there’s nowhere else in the world to possibly be.

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oh, and real friends introduce you to amazing books that change your life, like the one i’m currently reading:

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it’s absolutely beautiful. i was undoubtedly hooked from the first page, as she told me i would be. it’s unprecedented, like a riot in the soult; it’s heartbreaking and raw; it’s shocking and organic at the same time. it makes you dive down into the hidden depths of your own confused, muddled being, down to the most sacred, clandestine parts, where love and loss and pain and joy all go to nurse their wounds after years of colliding with one another and try to make sense of where each one ends and the other begins. it’s brilliant, and i wish i knew how to write the way she does, to feel those things.

read it, please. you won’t regret it.

hmmm no segue for that little emotional burst, soooo…

The Voice makes me happy. anyone else watching this show?

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man, i love those four faces. i’ve had a Gwen girl-crush since she first burst onto the scene, and i’m just loving the way these 4 interact. i always assumed i’d naturally choose Adam (you know, when all 4 chairs turn for my blind audition and fight over me), but Gwen might be a game-changer. so fab.

annnd last but not least, i’m totally digging this little commentary on a runner girl’s fairytale:

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Anyone have any good runs/races lately?
Pumpkin beer: nay or yay? if yay, please tell me your fave kind so i can try asap!
Any Cheryl Strayed fans? Or any book recs you want to send my way, please do!

xo

WILW {7.16.14}

what i’m lovin’ this Wednesday:

*headbands. the higher the humidity, the worse my wavythick hair looks, and the more i love my ever-growing headband collection. i’m really not into doing my hair at all, so fun headbands are some of my fave summer accessories.

Urban Outfitters has some great ones out right now, if you’re on the hunt. the Bella Super-Wide Headwrap  is my newest fave and comes in a variety of fun colors.

photoconsidering how often i wear my green one, i think i’m going back for this one next:

headbanda girl can never have too many headwraps. or is that boyfriends? well, whatever you love, it’s nice to collect them. 🙂

*Begin Again. i rarely go to the movies. i always enjoy it when i do, but i just never make the time to go. but every now and then, a movie comes out that i feel absolutely compelled to see immediately — and that’s what happened with Begin Again, which i saw last night. i knew from one trailer that this was my type of movie: indie, music-themed, NYC-set. boom.

it.was.phenomenal. Mark Ruffalo was outstanding, and i thought Keira Knightley was perfect in her role as well. everything about it was right up my alley: it had an indie life/bohemian vibe and was set all over NYC, and revolved completely around their shared passion for how music shaped the core of their lives. loved the story, loved the cast (minus Adam Levine, who i normally can’t get enough of — he was def the weak link here, to be expected), loved the dialogue, loved the music. loved loved loved.

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photo: geektyrant.com

 *new (work) digs. we’re upgrading our offices to the World Financial Center/Brookfield Place right on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, and i’m stoked for this change of scenery. views of the water and a brand new office space in a muuuuuuch nicer building, which has stores and food courts and restaurants and bars and all that jazz? oh, and palm trees?? yes please.

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photo: wikipedia.com

 *travel. this sweet article names 20 Roads You Should Drive in your Lifetime and definitely serves as my Wednesday dose of wanderlust. such cool shots of sick roads all over the world.

how crazy is the Trollstigen road in Norway?! insane.

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awiemuc/Flickr

love the view from the Great Ocean Road in Australia, too. i probably  need to go here.

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Dmitriy Komarov/Shutterstock

i think some of the coolest roads i’ve traveled have been the Going to the Sun Road at Glacier National Park in Montana, which is super steep and windy and makes it appear as though you’re driving straight up into the sky at parts,

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photo: birdgei.com

and boasts a reallllly cool section of natural waterfalls called the Weeping Wall.

4673_4827_Weeping_Wall_Glacier_National_Park_mdi went to Glacier National Park with my family when i was 14 and absolutely loved it — such spectacular, raw beauty — and i’d loooove to return now as an adult and have a renewed appreciation for this majestic place.

*inspiration: for running;

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for finding ourselves;

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for finding those simple, beautiful moments of unbridled joy in our everyday lives.

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What are YOU loving this week?
Anyone seen any fab movies?
Driven on any sick roads worth mentioning?

WILW {7.2.2014}

some of my “what” i love Wednesday post is definitely going to be a “who” i love Wednesday this week, in honor of our amazingggggg USA National Soccer Team and their valiant fight last night against Belgium. i love soccer and i love these boys and i am sad i won’t be able to watch them any longer this year.

Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

although i’m super bummed that they lost, it was such an exciting game filled with so many heart-in-your-throat moments. although it pained me a bit that i didn’t get to watch Kyle Beckerman play during their last game, i managed to get over that disappointment by taking in all the wonder that is Timmy Howard…who deservedly gets my #1 spot in what i love this week.

*Tim Howard. what.a.beast.

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the only good thing about the bajillion shots on goal that Belgium took yesterday was that this man had such an incredible game saving them, and can now go down in World Cup history as the finest goalie performance everrrr. he was a maniac and so in control of his team, and the game would have been over sooooo long before it was had he not been such a machine. i’m pretty sure i’m only one of 5263634534634 girls in America today who would now put Tim Howard at the top of their “wouldn’t mind meeting this guy” list. nicely done, boy.

*Graham Zusi. if i can’t watch Beckerman and his dreads flying around the field, i’m happy to follow this guy. he’s def one of my faves. i think i have a weakness for midfielders and their constant darting around the field, and he’s just so cute and strong. and that flippy hair and scruff = faves. sucker for a grungy boy.

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*my mom’s reaction to my reaction to the game.

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weird, that i was the little girl who whole-heartedly believed in her ability to be a thousand different things when she grew up, and that i still today invent a million lives for myself everywhere i go. nothing like a mom who believes you can get anything you want in life. for keeping my positive self-concept alive & kicking all these yearsthanks, mom. you’re the best.

*rooftops. fave places to be on warm evenings in NYC, and there are soooo many good ones here. last night i hit up PhD, the rooftop of the Dream Hotel in Chelsea, to celebrate Canada Day with some (Canadian) girlfriends. hey, i’m part Canadian and work for a Canadian bank, so i totally count. it was hilarious: they were playing Canadian bands (think Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Alanis) and had figure skating on all the TVs. such a scene.

i also used the pano setting on my iPhone for the first time (i know, i know). def will be employing this more often. first attempt: not the best, not the worst. hi, NYC.

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*floral-printed snapbacks. i’ve always been a hat girl, but don’t have many “girlie” snapbacks in my collection and am def crushing on these pretty patterns lately. need to get one asap.

Profound Aesthetic Company's Portland Rose Five Panel Hat

Profound Aesthetic Company’s Portland Rose Five Panel Hat

OBEY Meadowlark Snapback

OBEY Meadowlark Snapback

Flesh_Imp_snapback_dope__29_1_1024x1024cheers to a short week! love a good Friday on Thursday.
xo

Questions:
Soccer fans, did you watch the game? Any fave players?
Whatcha think ’bout snapbacks: love ’em or leave ’em? i can’t get enough.

WILW {6.11.14}

good morningggg and welcome to What I Love Wednesday. 🙂 i’m all over the place with this one so basically be prepared for a random dump of things!

*these perfect push-up handles. i’m a big fan of push-ups (my trainer always used to tell me i had the best push-ups of any of his female clients which may or may not have been true, but i’m going to believe it anyway because i’m a glutton for workout compliments and i’ll take what i can get!) and try to add variety: regular ground push-ups, against a bench, claps against a bench (because i’d face-plant if i did them on the ground), tricep push-ups, and these prop-assisted babies:

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these are tooouuughhhh but burn oh so good and really force you to do some pretty darn perfect-form push-ups. and if you look at yourself in the mirror while doing “the perfect push-up,” your shoulders and arms look amaaaazing. it’s quite the nice little morning confidence booster. 🙂

can't.stop.with.the.gym.selfies.

can’t.stop.with.the.gym.selfies.

i can only eek out about 10-15 of these (as opposed to 20 regulars) but i definitely can feel it and would recommend getting your hands on a pair of these if you can. good way to challenge yourself and switch it up.

*my new Kate Spade purse. i’m totally not the girl to spend a lot of money on purses but i managed to snag this Southport Avenue Linda during a 75% off sale and am loving it for the summer. i have about 4,326 things to throw into a purse to jaunt around the city on a daily basis (not the least of which are shoes because who wants to commute in heels??), and this bigger tote-size is perfect. plus i just love the yellow accents — anything summery makes me a happy girl.

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*Wild by Cheryl Strayed. i’ve been tearing through books like a banshee lately — this is the 4th in 2 weeks — and i love how entirely different they’ve all been from one another. i just started this book and already know i’m going to thoroughly enjoy it (despite the heart-wrenching beginning that basically encompasses my worst nightmares). the author embarks on the daunting task of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) entirely solo at age 26, and i’m so stoked to read about her crazy adventures and live vicariously through someone who is as utterly outdoorsy as i wish i could be. a young girl brave enough to take on the wilderness and hike a 2,663 mile long trail with no guides or companions? so stinkin’ epic. i definitely couldn’t do this without friends or a great boyfriend or like superhuman powers that made me suddenly not scared of things that creep and pounce in the night.

wild*first book club tonight. some girlfriends and i decided a girls’ book club was definitely in order, and i’m excited about our first meeting tonight! we’re pairing a different novel with a wine bar each month, so this way we get to expand both our literary horizons and our knowledge of adorable vino locales smattered throughout this city. considering how much i love both wine and books, this is pretty much my idea of an ideal pairing.

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tonight we are meeting at Lelabar in the West Village, which i’ve posted about before and which has awesome happy hour specials, to discuss The Book Thief. some of us had already read this (either solo or for other book club type purposes) and everyone else wanted to, so we figured it was a good starter book. i’ll keep you posted on what we’re reading next, in case you want to join in remotely and talk via blogosphere. 🙂

*this quote. for every reason in the world.

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what if we dared to lead such full lives, such lives of intention and purpose, spent chasing all that we love and all that we dream of being and doing, that people were taken by our very passion in our everyday living and found us inspiring, found us fascinating, found us unprecedented?

just the very thought of that sends my little heart soaring.

Questions:
What’s something you’re loving lately?
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WILW {6.4.14}

it’s been a minute since i’ve done a “what i love Wednesday” post, and i can’t lie — i’ve had better Wednesdays in my life, and got some upsetting news this morning that makes work a little bit of a meh place to be today. nevertheless, there are always things to brighten life up a bit regardless of the storms, so i’m trying to focus on those, and i’ve had some smile-worthy things happening in my week already.

*a gorgeous morning sky on yesterday’s run along the West side/Hudson River

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*one of the best Bloody Marys i’ve ever had, at Cowgirl Seahorse at the South Street Seaport

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*time in my life to read for fun again now that the semester is over. i’ve read two books in the past two weeks: The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars. i really enjoyed both…

and i have a feeling this line from The Fault in Our Stars will be staying with me for, like, ever:

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i love when a line you read once in a book or hear once in a song just lodges itself underneath your skin and imprints into your mind like stark black type on a white page, and you feel like you’ve discovered fire for the very first time. and i’m thankful the world isn’t my personal wish-granting factory — it makes dreams, and prayer, and working hard toward something you really want all the more precious.

*trying a new church. i alluded to this briefly in a previous post, but on Sunday night i visited Liberty Church in Union Square for the first time. i always enjoy trying a new church, as there are so many different worship styles and preacher personalities. i’d been attending Hillsong for a while on and off, and i still really enjoy it — it’s just huuuuge, and a completely different experience from the smaller, more intimate services like Liberty’s.

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i thought Liberty exuded a great vibe: casual, comfortable, friendly, personable, and small enough where it seemed like everyone was just hanging out with their friends at a worship service. the worship team was awesome, and i really liked the young pastor’s message as well. i’d totally return to this church and left with a very positive impression and a happy heart. it’s been a while since i’ve felt truly connected to a church community, unfortunately, and i’m hoping to change that here in NYC very soon.

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*simplicity. i’ve been thinking about this lately, and what it would look like to really just focus on the most important things in life and try to push the proverbial “fluff” to the periphery. on nights when i’ve chosen to stay in bed reading rather than go out on the town, i’ve found myself reflecting on what is really important, and what it looks like to lead a simpler life and be more content with less.

to do what i most want to do with my time. to love the people i love as best as i can, no matter where they live or how often i see them. to say even a few words that contain entire worlds within them. to step out in faith, in courage, when my little heart beats wildly inside me from the sheer uncertainty of what might happen.

to make do with less, and free my heart up for more of what i can only dream might be possible.

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xoxo

What are you loving about your life lately?

 

WILW {4.30.14}

heyyy, friends.

i definitely didn’t intend to take that long of a blogging hiatus, but life has been a busy one lately! glad to be back. 🙂

things i’m loving about this week/my lately life:

*consistency with the shorter-to-medium runs. i have yet to start rocking the longer training runs for my half in a few weeks, but lately, the 5-6 milers have been doing me just fine. i’m happy with the consistency of my times as well, and although i’ve felt a bit more sluggish than i’d like and running on some tired legs, i’m hoping that changes soon! i had three pretty decent ones in a row last weekend (getting progressively more tired as the days went on!):

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*the coolest script ever.
in looking for a sweet script for a potential tattoo, i stumbled across this girl’s blog/site called Neither Snow. she has such an incredible calligraphy talent and i’m absolutely in love with her word design. the flow and artistry is amazing. check out her site, as she has some sweet ideas for gifts or weddings or tattoos or anything you’d like writing on.

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*a “Good” happy hour. a good happy hour spot is a great thing in NYC, and when you’re meeting your girlfriends, you want a cute, charming little place with decently-priced cocktails and a low enough noise level so you can catch up without shouting over each other.  Good Restaurant in the West Village offers all of that, with $7 House Cocktails (and they have a great selection), $6 glasses of wine, and an intimate little bar. i’ll definitely be returning here for some girl time.

goodnot a bad little list, and just $7 til 8pm. we tried the Sandia Limonada (minus triple sec), which was fruity and summery and would be perfect on a hot day at the beach, and The Bradford (with vodka instead of gin), which was really good and cucumbery (my fave). definitely a winner of a girl-time spot.

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*passion. i love how people arrange words sometimes into the most beautiful sentences and phrases you’ve ever read, and all you can do is sit in awe of how mere words can make you feel…and wish to God you’d thought to pen those words yourself.

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this totally speaks to me, for i am one of the over-enthusiastic. i get excited about, well…pretty much everything.
and i won’t apologize for that. 🙂

*this sign in McSorley’s, the oldest bar in NYC (quite a tourist haven, which i finally visited for the first time this week). i want this sign in my house.

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also, i have to announce the winner of my first Color Me Rad giveaway today as well!

congrats to Lindsey, who won the first registration i’ll be giving away for the various Color Me Rad races coming up this summer and fall.

be on the look out for upcoming giveaways for the Color Me Rads in this area! and don’t forget, you can use the discount code RUNTHISAPPLE10 to receive 10% off a registration for any race.
Your turn…
Tell me something good about your week so far!
Favorite girlfriend happy hour spots in your city? Or if you have some for me in NYC, please share!

xo