WILW {1.14.15}

*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.

*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.

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.

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?

Friday Five {10.17.14}

happy Friday, friends! super stoked this beautiful day has finally arrived, as this has felt like a looooong week for me. anyone with me?

let’s get right into the fabulous Friday Five, aka what’s rockin’ my world this week:

*this babyface darling sweetheart lovebug of a mush.

i gave lil Henry this elephant so he'd know i'm always thinking about him, since pachyderms never forget. safe to say, i think they're fast friends. <3

i gave lil Henry this elephant so he’d know i’m always thinking about him, since pachyderms never forget. safe to say, i think they’re fast friends. ❤

there’s no way i could put anything else as my #1 this week when this boy is in my life. he’s totally stolen my heart and i can’t wait to see lil Henry and my bff Jess tomorrow. yep, headed back upstate, aka my weekend home.

and a transitional image to tie the above and below parts together today (and because it’s so cute, i couldn’t leave it out!):

which segues nicely into…

*workouts. this has been a killer week for workouts for me — stoked about that. the legs are  significantly less sore every day, and i haven’t skipped a day since last Tuesday — and i’ve kept my workouts varied enough (aka, didn’t overdo the running even though i’m finally running without much pain again) that i’m still feeling good. i also have had a lot of sleep this week and kept the plans to a minimum — my social life has been the gym or else watching the Voice with pumpkin beer and my Halloween costume crafting to keep me company — and it’s been quite glorious. i had a totally rad workout this morning: an hour of intense plyo-free weights-abs followed by 15 mins on the Arc trainer, and it was exactly what i needed to kickstart my weekend into amazingness gear.

*feeding the mermaid obsession. yet another amazing find from my lovely kindred spirit friend Alex who knows me so well. i’m thinking this will become my next DIY project:

totally nonplussed about the fact that i live in a big city and not at the beach — this must hang in my apt. you can’t fight your inner nature. 🙂

*words to live by. things my heart scream.

*biking this apple.
there are a whole lot of views in this world less spectacular than my morning commute to work.

have i mentioned that the hours of 5:30-8:30 am are some of the best of my day? biking down the west side on a beautiful October morning does wonders for my soul and helps me start the day thankful for some quiet time and fresh air (before having to be indoors all day, which pains me to no end). this morning was simply gorgeous and i willingly risked my life to fish my phone out of my purse (which was dangling on the handlebars) to snap this shot while cycling. and boy, was it worth it.

have a wonderful weekend, friends! i’ll hopefully have some beautiful pictures of upstate NY and some funny ones of my Halloween costume to share with you next week. 🙂


Tell me something great from your week!

How do you commute to work? Any other bikers?

What are some defining attractions/buildings in your city that are picture-worthy?