How Do You LuLaRoe?

3 May

Sponsored post, all opinions and photobombing dogs are mine. As always.

If you know me IRL you probably know that I’ve been obsessed with LuLaRoe for the past six months or so. I got hooked with the famous buttery soft leggings, and it’s only escalated from there. In fact, when I put together all of my work outfits for this week (because yes, I am that crazy and I do that every Sunday) I realized that I was wearing LuLaRoe every single day. I can’t help it, the clothes are cute and comfortable, easy to dress up or down, and I always feel good when I wear them.

So I was thrilled when Tawni asked me if I would be willing to try a few new styles and share them with you. Umm… yes! Tawni has a fantastic group called LuLaRoe Night Owls, which I love because usually East Coast parties start too early for me. :) I picked out a t-shirt material Nicole dress and the Classic Tee. Tawni was fantastic, she helped me figure out what size I would need in each (XS in Nicole, XXS in the Classic Tee) and shipped them crazy fast.

So how did I style my new lovelies? I’m so glad you asked.

Nicole

For the first look I added a chambray shirt tied up at the waist, and my trusty brown cowboy boots. It’s fun and casual and great for Southern California nights, where it still gets cold after the sun goes down. (Cripes my legs are pale.)

Next up I went casual chic with a wide belt and my Sperrys. You really can’t beat this for comfort alone. I feel so much more pulled together running errands in this than yoga pants, and it’s just as comfortable.

Finally, I went basic with a nice work look. Plain dress, navy blue heels. You could jazz this up with jewelry, but to be honest I wear the same whale necklace and small hoops every day. I’m just not a jewelry person.

Classic Tee

For the Classic Tee I started off by pairing it with LuLaRoe leggings. Holy mother of comfort. It’s long enough in the back to cover my bum, but I don’t feel like I’m swimming in fabric. (Tunics, I’m looking at you.)

Next up, distressed denim capris and my Sperrys. I would 100% wear this for a day on the water – it’s perfect!

And yes, you CAN wear the Classic Tee to work! I paired it with black pants, a blazer, and heels, and I’m ready for any meeting that comes my way. Plus I’m comfy.

And now, as a reward for sitting through half a dozen photos of me, a giveaway! Tawni has so generously offered up a pair of solid black leggings to one lucky winner! Enter below, giveaway closes Monday at 11:59pm, open to US residents 18 and older. Good luck!

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Music Run with 24 Hour Fitness

26 Apr

My registration for this event was comped. Because I’m an awesome super athlete. Shut up and let me believe that, okay?

Last weekend a friend and I packed up and headed for Pomona to do the Music Run by 24 Hour Fitness. This is a crazy fun event that I am going to do my best to explain.

First of all, it’s a night run that isn’t timed. That means you don’t get a medal, but it also means you can chill out and have some fun. We got there around 5pm and the place was already pumping. There was a DJ battle!

There were also food trucks, a huge Lite Brite (SO. FREAKING. COOL.), giant Jenga, and an obstacle challenge. I did not do the obstacle challenge. Let’s say it was because the line was too long and not because I was too chicken.

Since the run didn’t start until 7:15, we knew we had to eat before otherwise we would be starving. It would have been great to have some healthy options, but to be fair, no one held a gun to my head and made me order a milkshake. 😉

Then it was time for a warm up with some 24 Hour Fitness instructors. They did such a great job! I’ve really never seen a crowd get so amped up. Everyone was having a great time!

And then away we go!

While we waited, we bounced around a few giant beach balls. I told you, this isn’t like a regular 5K!


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We started running, but barely even got started before our carb loading for morons caught up to us and we (meaning me) started to cramp. So we walked, which was nice because we got to gab. The course was split up into five different sections, each dedicated to a different genre of music, with live acts interspersed. There were 120 speakers along the course pumping out rock, pop, country, hip hop, and dance. AND you control the playlist by voting in advance.

I was surprised at how fast it went – especially since we were walking!

Of course, there was some Prince on the playlist.


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And before we knew it, we were at the finish line! Which by the way, was another massive party.

This was such a fun night! And if you don’t live in LA, you’re in luck, because the Music Run is heading cross country. You can check upcoming dates on the website. They’re coming to Denver, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, New Jersey, Austin, Houston, and Las Vegas. There are two registration options, Regular and Rockstar. With Rockstar registration you’ll get some pretty awesome swag, but either way you’ll get a rockin’ night. (That was lame. I’m really not cool enough to provide coverage for music things.)

Hiking the Hollywood Sign

20 Apr

I had a whirlwind weekend when Brother came to visit me for a few days. Yes, I actually call him Brother. That’s not a blog name. His real name is Dean if you really want to know. (And he wants me to tell my hot friends that he’s single.)

At any rate, he wore me out! I’m so tired I can’t even remember everything we did but I know we went to Porto’s a dozen times. And to burn off those delicious carbs, we decided to hike the Hollywood sign.

I live really close to Griffith Park and can’t believe it took me so long to do this hike! I wanted to bring Teddy in his stroller, but Brother said that was a stupid idea and he wouldn’t let me. It’s a good thing, because I barely made it up that freaking mountain. I never would have been able to push the Bear up.

There are a number of trails to the sign to choose from, and we went with the Canyon Blvd Trail, which is a moderate hike.

What to Expect:

The first part of this trail is the toughest because the elevation climbs up pretty quickly. I’m not used to actually climbing, so this was tough for me. Turns out I’m much better – and faster – on flat land.

You will get to a point where you can choose to go up and hike around to the top of the sign to get the best views of the city, or you can go down to hike around near the front of the sign and get the best pictures. We went for the photo opp.

After that, you’ll turn around and go back the way you came. It took us about half the time to get back down because it’s downhill. But we weren’t in a rush, and we weren’t pushing to go fast. We were savoring the views of nature. Plus it was hot.

What to Bring:

For the two of us on an 85 degree day, we brought three bottles of water. I’d say that’s the minimum you want to pack.

Bring sunscreen. Apply it when you get out of the car, and again at the turnaround point. Trust me.

Wear sneakers. The trail is hard packed but there is still a fair amount of loose gravel/sand/dirt/whatever so you want to have good traction.

And most importantly – have fun! The low route that we took to the front of the sign is a little shorter, about three miles each way, and it took us about three hours to do the full thing.

Easy Tricks to Hit 10,000 Steps

14 Apr

Do you use a pedometer? It seems like just about everyone has some kind of step counter these days, and we all want to hit our 10,000 steps goal! But it can be hard, especially if you’re like me and you have a job that traps you at a computer for most of the day, so here are some tricks I’ve come up with.

Now, it should be noted that after I had the idea for this post, but before I wrote it, I was scrolling through Facebook and found a very similar post written by Karen Sommerfeld. Karen is way funnier than I am, and a MUCH better writer. So hers is probably better. Plus we had a few of the same ideas, so I had to come up with some new ones.

Treadmill Desk

I don’t have a treadmill desk at work, but I do have a fancy desk that goes from sitting to standing with the touch of a button. I have my DIY treadmill desk at home, and even though I don’t use it all day, it really does make a difference at night. I use it when I write blog posts, waste time on social media, and catch up on emails. I can do all of that without sitting on my butt!

Pace

I don’t know why, but for some reason I lack the coordination to read on a treadmill, but I can read while I walk slowly around my house. I’ve found that this is also a great way to unwind at the end of the day. You’re not supposed to use screens for thirty minutes before bed, so I use that time to pace around my condo with a good book.

Dance, Dance, Baby

When I’m in the kitchen I like to crank up a fun playlist and bust a move while I put away the dishes. I boogie while I sweep. I shake my groove thang while I fold laundry. Not only does it increase my step count, but it really makes the boring chores go faster.

Calf Raises

You know when you get to the end of the day and you’re like, 50 steps away from your goal? But you’ve already washed your face and brushed your teeth and you’re standing at the edge of your bed? Keep standing there and do some calf raises. You’ll tone your legs and your rear, and each one counts for a step.

Best of Expo West

12 Apr

Last month the best natural and organic companies convened in Orange County for Expo West, where they showcased their newest products and old favorites. I love going to this show because I always find great new things! Here are my favorites from this year.

Cracked Nut Butter

This stuff is amazing. Nut butters with decadent dessert flavors that you can eat on a cracker, on a spoon, with ice cream, or baked into a fancy dessert. How good are the flavors? How about brownie batter, cinnamon roll, and cookie dough? So delicious. I mean, plain old peanut butter sandwiches seem kind of boring now.

Homemade Harvey

You know those fruit pouches they make for kids? I’m always stealing them from my nephew because they are yummy. Plus, it’s just a really convenient and non-sticky way to eat fruit on the go. But they are pretty small. So Homemade Harvey has a solution – fruit and veggie pouches for grownups. They’re bigger, and you won’t have to feel bad about stealing them from a child. My favorite flavor is banana strawberry kiwi.

Karma Nuts

I loooove cashews but I feel guilty if I eat too many because they tend to be pretty high in fat. Turns out that’s because of the way they’re cooked. Karma Nuts has “wrapped cashews” that are air roasted and the skins are left on to make them healthier and packed with nut-trition. (See what I did there?) They taste amazing, and they’re good for me. That’s a snacking win.

Vital Proteins

Vital Proteins has a marine collagen powder that I’m in love with. Not only is it a protein powder, but it promotes anti-aging and healthy skin, hair, and nails. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that it’s soluble in hot or cold liquid, and it has NO FLAVOR. This means you can mix it into your coffee! I love a protein powder that can go into my coffee so I don’t have to make a separate drink in the morning.

Moonshine Sweet Tea

I’m Southern, and that means I’m particular about my sweet tea. Especially the ready to drink stuff from a bottle. It’s usually overly sweet with too much artificial flavor. But not Moonshine Sweet Tea. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s all non-alcoholic. I didn’t try all of the flavors, but the original and the mint & honey are both amazing. The peach is also good, and I’m sure the others are great too. Except unsweet. I will never understand why a person would want iced tea unsweet.

So those are my new favorite products – I can’t wait to see what I find next year at Expo West!