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Spring Break: Preparation

As I’m amping up for my island hoping adventure in mid-April I thought it would be fun to do a little series to share how I get ready for a Spring Break-style vacation.

Today we’ll cover how I preparing for two weeks of bikini-wearing, then I’ll be back to chat about shopping for my trip, and how to pack for your next get away.


One of my favorite health-related adages is: “You can’t out train a bad diet.” A close second is: “Abs are made in the kitchen.” What do both of these sayings have in common? They reinforce the truth that diet is extremely important when it comes to getting into shape or losing weight.

While I’m a great fan of green juices and have tried – And enjoyed – A few juice cleanses over the years, those aren’t sustainable habits. Definitely a great way to jump-start a healthy new approach to your diet, but don’t try to survive on juice alone for extended periods of time. If you want to get your booty into fighting shape what you need to do is clean up your diet.

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Load up on healthy, fresh whole foods like local produce and whole grains. Cut processed foods, eating out, and convenience items. Not sure where to start? Look up your local Farmers Market and go on a fun tasting adventure – See what looks good and load on up healthy, local produce.

Currently I’m chowing down on veggie-filled stirfry dishes, protein smoothies, energy bites & focusing on clean green eating.


While diet may be more important, exercise still plays a major role in getting your body into top fighting shape. And even more crucial is exercising consistently.

I’m currently keeping myself engaged and enjoying myself by mixing things up. In my mind my current exercise regime can be broken down into three different categories:

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  • Gym – Aiming for 3-4 workouts a week and these circuits include everything from jump roping to bodyweight moves like push-ups, planks & lunges to weight training.
  • Running – My 1-3 runs a week are my favorite stress-reducing pastime, when I hit the road I’ve got a grin on my face and can’t wait to explore. I’m currently doing 1-2 shorter runs midweek that are 3-4 miles long, and a longer weekend trail run that’s between 6-10 miles depending on how much time I have.
  • Classes – I love taking classes after work during the week when my schedule permits. Pilates and yoga are my go-to’s, but I also really enjoy boxing and can’t wait to add martial arts to my repertoire.

Looking for some ideas to mix things up at the gym? Try bodyweight and core moves, kettlebells, and medicine balls. All great ways to increase strength!

How are YOU getting ready for Spring Break?

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February In Review

I always have mixed feelings about February – On one hand it’s nice to start the year with a short month, on the other hand, it was a great month so I wish there was more of it!


From preparing for Valentine’s Day with Tiffany & Co.’s stunning new T collection to venturing to the freezing but always-fabulous Manhattan for New York Fashion Week, February was filled with fun style moments.

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{Trendy Mondays – Peacock Print}


Unfortunately what usually suffers when I have a hectic month are my eating habits – And February was no exception. Luckily, in this case, that meant loads of smoothies and protein bowls. Quick, easy nutrition that lets me keep going!

Hopefully March will offer more kitchen time though – I’m craving crackling cauliflower and delicious, healthy Indian food.


The past two months have marked a big transition for me in terms of fitness. I shifted from lifting weights 5 days a week to doing primarily body-weight workouts, 3 times a week, and supplementing that with running, Pilates, and yoga.

The weather in San Francisco has been gorgeous so I’m having trouble keeping myself inside, but if you’re gym-bound, be sure to check out my Gym Etiquette post and make sure you’re not making these mistakes!

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{Beginners Fitness}


  1. Publish: I’m excited to take on the role of Fashion Editor for Legally Vogue – We’re relaunching the website, starting a monthly video chat, and planning a fun launch party for this Spring filled with local fashion designers. Stay tuned for details.
  2. Move: Catch me if you can! I went from no running for three years to 2-3 runs a week and I’m loving the shift. Not only is it great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, but I’m thrilled that my body is handling the transition to a higher-impact activity so well.
  3. Grateful: I may have spent February visiting New York and planning an island getaway for this Spring, but I couldn’t have appreciated San Francisco more. The views, the weather, the buildings, the restaurants, the people… I’m in love!
  4. Habits: Between my OCD-plan-ahead tendencies and my overly packed schedule I have a habit of clinging to my calendar like a lifeline. This month I made an effort to say yes to spontaneous outings and not stress about sticking to my To Do List on weekends. With excellent results! 🙂

How was YOUR February?

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Gym Etiquette

After the warm reception to my Salon Etiquette post I thought I’d take some reader requests on the topics of etiquette & appropriate behavior. The number one being – Gym Etiquette.

If you’re a regular gym go-er you’ve probably come face-to-face with some fairly horrifying things at one time or another. From bizarre locker room behavior to people who make you shake your head and roll your eyes.

[1.] Dress appropriately

I love a good croptop, but your gym attire should aim to be functional. I’m not saying you can’t look fabulous – I fully support finding stylish workout gear – But you shouldn’t be dressed for the club. Or the beach.

You should be dressed for the gym. Because you’re at the gym!

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[2.] Clean up after yourself

For the love of all that is holy re-rack your weights. Take your towel with you. Don’t leave mats and jump ropes all over the floor. Pretend you’re in kindergarten and are being graded on how well you tidy up your personal space.

[3.] Be aware of your surroundings

Whether you’re changing in the locker room, waiting in line for a cardio machine, or checking your phone while you walk out the door, be sure that you know what’s going on around you. Don’t walk through someone’s workout, don’t make people uncomfortable with your behavior, and don’t keep other people from completing their workouts because you’re not paying attention.

[4.] Share!

Space on the floor, machines, weights, lockers – What do these all have in common? They’re for everyone. That means you need to share them.

Every single time.

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[5.] Don’t disturb others

This is, without a doubt, my number one pet peeve at the gym. Carrying on NSFG conversations and listening to music out loud are two things you should never do at the gym. Ever.

Is your workout time the only chance you have to catch up with your bestie? That’s great, but take it outside for a walk instead of talking about your weekend one night stand, in detail, within earshot of 30 people. Why yes, I have had this happen to me at the gym.

{Images from Gym Motivation}

What’s YOUR biggest gym pet peeve?

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The Truth About Working Out

That’s an ominous title, no?

Today is all about reality checks and understanding what your goals should be if you want to feel your best.

Working out is great. I love it and can’t get enough. I’ll try anything and you’d do well not to stand between me and my endorphins. That being said… Your workout is just 20, 30, 60 minutes out of your day. If you want to feel – And look – Your best, you NEED to pay attention to the other 23 hours of the day.

“You can’t outtrain a bad diet” is one of my favorite sayings. What’s great about it is that it makes you think – Getting through that killer workout is great, but rewarding yourself with a pizza isn’t the best option.

How you fuel your body and how you spend your day are vital to reaching your goals. Eating a clean diet filled with whole foods and limited consumption of processed “food,” sugar, and preservatives is key.

What else is important? Read on for my top tips on staying healthy while you’re NOT in the gym!

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[1.] Walking

Whether you’re running errands on foot, walking to and from your office, or going out for an evening stroll with your pup – Make sure you spend some time on your feet each and every day. You’ll be amazed how much this will help your fitness goals – It clears your head and sets a healthy tone for the day.

After getting my FitBit last year I realized just how much walking I’m getting in each day – Usually between 3 and 5 miles daily during the week and between 5-15 miles each day of the weekend.

[2.] Standing

Sitting down is causing a whole host of health problems for our generation that have never before existed. From sitting on the couch while watching TV to sitting at your desk all day to sitting in your car during your commute – Think about just how much time you’re spending in this position every day.

  • Try biking or walking to work instead. Too far? Try taking public transportation and walking to/from the station. Spend the least amount of time possible in your car!
  • Set reminders for yourself throughout the day to get up from your desk. Even better? Do some stretching or core awareness work throughout the day to loosen up your body.
  • Bonus points if you can trade in your traditional desk for the standing variety. It can be a challenge to make the transition, but your body will thank you all day long!
  • Try stretching, rolling, or doing core work while you’re watching TV home. If I have a movie on there’s also a yoga mat out. Or resistance bands. Or a foam roller…
  • When your 2pm-3pm lull kicks in – Get outside!! Don’t reach for coffee. Don’t reach for sugar. Try getting in a walk or a workout around this time, or just go spend some time soaking up Vitamin D in a patch of sunshine. You’ll be amazed how much more clear-headed you are afterwards!

So tell me… What do YOU do when you’re not working out?

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Workout Gear vs Streetwear

Whether you fit your gym sessions in before, during or after work, you’re always faced with a very specific quandary – What do you wear as you traverse between locals?

This is something that I’ve always thought about and is one of the things I notice most during my walk home from work. If you go abroad you’ll notice how rarely you see anyone on the street in tennis shoes, let alone full head-to-toe workout gear. And in car-centric cities where you drive to the gym, this isn’t really an issue.

I prefer to keep my street clothes on the appropriate side of the spectrum so when I see girls walking around in spandex shorts and a sports bra it gives me ulcers. On the other hand, I have to confess that when I used to head straight from work to Pilates, which is near my apartment, walking over in my workout gear was the most convenient option.

So that begs the question – What’s a girl, or guy, to do? With an endless number of adorable workout gear companies, there are tons of chic choices that can go straight from the street to the gym.

{Spandex done right – Gents, take notes! I also love the bag & old school kicks, fun additions to the look}

Whether you like mesh shorts, running tights, or cropped pants there are great options available, from high-end to basic. There are great speciality stores like Lululemon Athletica and Raw Threads as well as more readily available stores like Old Navy, GAP, Adidas, Nike, or other sporting goods stores.

{Karolina Kurkova paired her bright pink highlighted running tights and orange shoes with a snug wool pea coat.}

Especially during fall and winter you need some extras to keep you warm and outerwear is also a great way to cover up during your pre and post workout time and keep your sweaty shirt and sports bra straps out of the public eye. 🙂

{Not sure what the best way to accessorize is for your next gym trip? The Sartorialist’s Gym Dandy knows just what to do… And here I thought no one worked out in Italy!}

{Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio at PilatesCropped yoga pants, basic tank top, leg warmers, a high ponytail & a long-sleeved shirt to throw over everything!}

Now that you’ve got the gear it’s time to get your booty to the gym!

What workout gear or gym goodies can you not live without?

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