Pinknic & Beach Bummin’

This weekend was a best weekend. So much so, that I have no choice but to link up with Katie for my first Marvelous in my Monday post in a while, because, well — my weekend was nothing short of mar-vel-ous.

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I’m talking jam-packed from start-to-finish with all sorts of wonderful people & events & activities & food & fun. I honestly can’t think of anything I’d have rather done this weekend than exactly what I did. Riding that high pretttyyyy nicely this Monday morning.

When the boy arrived on Friday evening, we set off for our first highly-anticipated weekend adventure: a dinner date trip to Pokeworks, a casual Hawaiian poke place near Bryant Park, where we took our food and had a lovely little park date dinner.

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This build-your-own poke bar was such a stellar choice, and we quickly agreed we’d be back soon (and often). He had a Pokiritto (White Rice & Seaweed Wrap) with ahi, salmon and shrimp, and I chose a salad option with ahi, salmon, and so many yummy toppings (ginger, wasabi, scallions, garlic, mango, seaweed). I could seriously eat this all.the.time. His only gripe was that it didn’t fill him up, but that’s easily fixable — two orders next time for the boy, please.

We also stumbled upon a nice little surprise at the nearby wine store in the form of this hard-to-find-in-NYC bottle for which we’ve been looking for months now, popping into every wine store we pass to ask if they have this cab sav we stumbled upon at a West Village speakeasy this winter and really enjoyed: Owens & Vaughn.

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So happy this actually exists in NYC! We somehow managed to refrain from drinking it this weekend (you’ll see why in a moment), so I’m already looking forward to enjoying it upstate at the lake next weekend.

Thanks to a quiet Friday night, I pumped out a felt-so-good 8-mile run on Saturday morning (woot!) before we dressed up in pink & white and met our friends for a full day double date at NYC’s first Pinknic at Governor’s Island!

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This was my (and Ty’s) first time to Gov Island, which is literally a 5-minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan. It was so fun to see all the pink & white clad pinknic-ers festively gathering to drink rosé and lounge around all day. After all, isn’t that what Saturdays in Summer are designed for?

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This was the inaugural event, and we were glad we went and had a wonderful time drinking allll the sparkling rosé and playing Phase 10 (do yourself a favor and buy that immediately if you don’t have it) and picnicking to our hearts content. We all felt that the event could really benefit from making some organizational changes in future years, however. The line to get in was an absolute nightmare and they clearly needed a lot more people working the entrance to expedite that process, as we stood in line for about 45 minutes; there didn’t seem to be enough pink blankets spread out for everyone (although we found one easily, thankfully); they ran out of sparkling wine toward the end, and the boys said the wine tables weren’t organized intuitively either. We agreed we probably would just buy our own bottles of wine and recreate this in a park next year, but we had a blast and are glad we experienced it.

Sunday started with another morning run for me, a 4-5 miler this time, before we set out for a day of that beach bum life at the Rockaways. This beach community in Queens is where my mom grew up going, and it was another first for me this weekend that totally did not disappoint. The area was devastated by Sandy and then rebuilt beautifully, with a wide boardwalk and beach bar, and is a haven for surfers. An easy hour subway ride from NYC, you feel like you’re transported to an entirely different world than the one you just left — one much more California-esque than NYC, which we loved.

The highlight of the Rockaways (aside from the beach, of course) is definitely the raddest bar I’ve been to in NYC: The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, which also houses an uber popular taco stand inside it called Tacoway Beach.

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This place was everything an authentic beach/surf bar should be, IMO, and I wish I owned it/lived there/lived close enough to make it my regular hangout. We drank frozen watermelon margaritas and ate delicious little tacos (grilled tofu for me, which were yum) and played Phase 10 yet again, and felt like we’d found the bar on the East Coast that best fit our personalities and beach bum dreams. Seriously, I already cannot wait to go back.

So, that was my marvelous weekend in a nutshell! Hope you guys had amazing weekends as well.

Weekend highlight?
Best beach by you?
What’s your ideal bar/hangout? 
Surf bum style for me, all the way!

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MIMM (Happy Leap Year!)

Despite the fact that I could nahhhhht get up to workout this morning, I’m actually in a rather chipper mood for a Monday and totally ready to get this week underway, so I figured this happy Monday morning mood was a good excuse to bring back the Marvelous in My Monday linkup hosted by Katie.

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Today is a “stolen” day! #leapyear2016

I love how Google visually interpreted this day — so stinkin’ cute! And totally prepping us for the Spring mentality (woot!).

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Anyone else have the “I love any excuse to celebrate anything out-of-the-ordinary-and-cool” gene? I think I got it from my mom. I like that we have an extra day of joy in 2016, as I’ve already determined that this is going to be an amazing year for me (and hopefully you feel the same for you!).

This was a cool fun-facts read about Leap Year: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know.

Anyone else have an amazing weekend? It was beautiful here — Spring was really trying to rear her pretty little head — and I took advantage of it by running both mornings. Saturday was a 5.5 miler (half solo, half with the boy), and then we started off a lovely Sunday with 7-8 miles in the sunshine,

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then headed to Hillsong NYC for another fantastic service.

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I really love this church and am so glad to be back in the habit of going regularly, and it’s even more special to be able to go with him. ❤ I’ve been to a lot of churches in my life, and I have to say I’ve never experienced anything quite like Hillsong. It’s truly special.

We then took advantage of the 60-degree weather by walking over to the charming Bryant Park and enjoying the day for a bit. It’s so lovely to be in love in the sunshine, isn’t it?? 🙂

IMG_9066.JPGIn some positive running news, I decided to switch from my Asics to my Nike Air Zoom Fly 2s this past week to see how my legs adjusted, and I’m pretty pleased with the result. The Nikes are more flexible and minimalist and I have a softer footfall, and I feel good after a few days of running in them. I think there really is something to the whole “rotate your running sneakers” thing, for me at least. I’m bringing these to Maui with me (oh, did I mention we leave in two days?!) for some good beach running.

618Cvj51M9L._UX500_.jpgAnd because I’m having trouble staying focused on anything other than the fact that I’m going to HAWAII IN TWO DAYS, let me just leave you with this fun fact to whip out at your next cocktail party:

The Hawaiian Alphabet Has 12 Letters

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Hope your Monday is marvelous, loves! ❤

Weekend highlights?
Do you rotate your sneakers?
Movie suggestions for my flights?

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is it realllllly Monday again?

i had a perfectly lovely weekend and put myself to bed nice and early to try to avoid those Sunday night blechs… and then i saw this on The Berry’s Instagram (anyone else obsessed with this site??) as i was getting into bed, and had to send it to one of my best friends immediately because we spent the weekend together and were totally bemoaning this exact thing earlier in the day:

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welp, now that i got that out of the way, let’s focus on all the good things, hmmm?

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so, my weekend had all sorts of marvelous:

*workouts. i had two very different, both noteworthy workouts this weekend.

Saturday: at 9am i ran 8 miles outside along the Hudson River. it was the chilliest run i’ve done so far this year, as it was in the 30s, and i regretted not bringing gloves. i felt really good, though, despite the cold. and i know i plug them all the time lately, but it’s true — adding the 1975 album to my daily running playlist really kicks things up a notch. i can’t get enough of this band.

Sunday: at 9am i took my first barre class at Local Barre in Hoboken with my bff Alex. i haven’t taken a group exercise class in a minute, and everyone seems to be all crazy-eyed over barre, so i was game to give it a whirl. plus, the 9am class was free for first-timers, so that was an extra added incentive.

the studio was small and cozy, with an elemental, wood & exposed brick decor, which i really dug.

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they also had this sweet mason jar light fixture that i’m totally crushing on and want for my apt. amazingness.

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as per the actual class itself, well — it was okay. i liked it, and appreciated it for what it was, but it wasn’t high up on my list of fave workouts or classes i’ve taken. it’s definitely a totally different type of workout than i’m used to — i don’t do much low-impact, isolated muscle groups, active stretching stuff, which is what this totally was. it had its challenging elements for sure, and my tight runner’s IT bands certainly weren’t happy at many moments, but it wasn’t my class of preference. however, it basically had the same effect on me that yoga does: made me realize just how inflexible i am and how much more i need to stretch.

oh, and it made me want to be a ballerina, for sure. my dream life do-over? be a professional dancer. tomboy in real life, dancer by trade. the dream.

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speaking of (aka shameless plug): if you’re not following my friend and i on our inspirational Insta journey, please do so! @wildeyes.gypskyskies. we posted this pic this past wknd and are kiiiinda in love with it. 🙂

*yum. i had some fab eats in Hoboken this wknd, including great sushi and veggie dumplings, but the only thing i remembered to take a pic of was my greek yogurt/granola/fruit bowl yesterday from this adorable little cafe called La Bouche that i kinda wish i owned. pretty sure this is my fave food combo ever.

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in keeping with my love for yogurt, i discovered this seasonal Chobani this past weekend as well and am totally hooked:

chobsapple cinnamon. so so good. this is a close second to the pumpkin for me, as those two tend to be my fave flavors of most things. i’m just sad that both are limited batches. i need these in my life alllll the year ’round.

*girl time with my kindred friend. this makes my heart the happiest and was the highlight of my weekend for sure, spending Saturday-Sunday with my lovely friend all snuggled up on her couch doing allll the best things: giggling and boy-talking and eating sushi and drinking pumpkin beer and watching movies and working on our Instagram page and knowing we were exactly where we wanted to be. it’s one of the greatest things in the world to have a friendship like that, and i couldn’t have asked for a better, more soul-fulfilling weekend.

oh, and our pumpkin beer taste testing is still in full effect. we both agreed this is our fave of the season:

Southern Tier’s Pumking (how great is the name, too??)

southern-tier-pumpkin-2the flavors were just perfect. def the winner.

*baking. i’m not a huge sweets person but i like a little every now and then, and i really enjoy baking and try to make healthier goodies. i whipped up some pretty great little drop cookies last night that turned out even better than i’d expected: pumpkin oatmeal peanut butter doo-dads, with Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips.

cookiesthey’re so yummy, i sorta feel like i should just quit life and start an all-things-pumpkin company or something. i’ll get back to you when that idea pans out into something that makes any sense at all. 🙂

*humor.

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hope you all had fab wknds!

Tell me something that’s making your Monday bearable marvelous.
What are your fave things to do with your besties?
Any good workouts this weekend?