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Virgin Sport San Francisco | #GoFitYourself

Happy Fitness Friday everyone! I’m here today to share some exciting news! Virgin Sport is coming to San Francisco this Fall for the Virgin Sport San Francisco‘s inaugural three-day Festival of Fitness October 13-15.

The Festival:

This will be Virgin Sport’s first US event and they’ll be galvanizing the community to celebrate local art, music, culture, and fitness. The festival weekend will include everything from food & drink boothes and entertainment to fitness classes and races.

The Events:

For the runners out there, there are two races at the festival that you can sign up for – The Twin Peaks Mile and the SF Bay Half Marathon. They’re taking place on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th respectively.

The Message:

Dreamt up by Sir Richard Branson and Co-Founder Freddie Andrewes, Virgin Sport was launched, along with CEO Mary Wittenberg, with the goal of combining the fun and adventure of fitness with Virgin’s very own brand of moxy.

Between now and the Festival, Virgin Sport is launching the #GoFitYourself campaign on social media to share their healthy living message and encourage people to get fit and have fun.

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And BONUS – I’ve got a discount for anyone who wants to join the fun in October! Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

I’ll be running the SF Bay Half Marathon but encourage everyone to come out to support the fitness community in the Bay Area regardless of your running capabilities or fitness level.

Since we’ve got a couple of months to go – I’m going to be doing a series of blog posts with Virgin Sport to help us all get ready for the festival. We’re going to cover running, stretching, recovery, and even how to fuel your body for an active life.

So stay tuned!

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Outerwear Edit

I am a very serious and dedicated lover of outerwear – Which you’ve probably discerned by now – So I was excited to show off the latest Spring/Summer collection from local brand A by Anubha.

Anubha Srivastav is based here in the Bay Area and her designs, under the A by Anubha label, are made with a hand-woven, eco-friendly Indian textile called Khadi.

Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), Khadi movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian goods. Thereby improving India’s economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting spinning of Khadi for rural self-employment and self-reliance. Even today Khadi is produced in the villages of India by the rural artisans, Khadi Village Industries is one of the oldest Indian government organizations created to provide employment to the artisans and craftsmen of Indian villages.

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British Racing Green Jacket – A by Anubha

Black Jeans – Jolt by Nordstrom

Asymmetrical Cold Shoulder Tee – BP by Nordstrom

Soho Leather Disco Bag – Gucci

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Mandarin San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

The latest lightweight outerwear collection combines eye-catching colors, sleek silhouettes, and feature one of her signature design elements like the ‘Bandha-gala’ (a Mandarin style collar) that are traditionally found in male outerwear.

What do YOU look for in lightweight jackets for this time of year? Colors, a favorite silhouette, a specific fabric?

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Wanderlust: Summer Vacation Mode

I don’t know about you, but I start getting an itch to take a vacation when it’s been a few months. Especially this time of year. Summer has become one of my favorite times to travel – Whether it’s a long weekend away or a full-on international adventure.

I love everything about traveling. Packing your bags, getting a carry-on ready for an adventure, planning out a trip… I even love luggage and train stations and airports.

Visiting new places, making new memories, exploring new cultures, eating new foods, and meeting new people… What’s not to love?

So far, I’ve traveled to cities and countries in South East Asia, Western Europe, and both Central and South America. I tried to count them and I think I’ve tackled 12-13 countries to date.

Definitely time to try a new one. 🙂

To get you in the mood, here are some amazing shots of beautiful locations, ninja packing skills, and all sorts of stunning wanderlust inducing images to fuel your Friday day dreams!

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Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

Needless to say, it’s time for me to plan my next vacation!

Where are YOU going on your next adventure?

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What I Eat in a Day | High Protein Vegetarian

I’ve done What I Eat in a Day posts in the past, but since my eating habits continually shift, I thought I’d check back in and share an update. After playing with counting macros last year and trying the Tone It Up Challenge earlier this year, I’ve settled into a high protein, plant-based diet in recent months.

My diet and lifestyle have shifted dramatically over the last ten or so years since I first started getting interested in health and nutrition. There were periods where I didn’t workout, whereas now I workout once or twice a day. There were periods where I was fully vegan, fully raw, and fully paleo.

What I’ve learned with all of my trials, and a few errors, is that every body needs something different to fuel it. And, what your body needs may shift from day-to-day. With such a high level of activity these days, plus a super sensitive digestive system, I’ve settled on a diet that definitely can’t be described in one word. Or even a complete sentence.

I’d call my diet – Wait for it – Plant-based, high protein, gluten-free, and lactose-free with an emphasis on whole foods. I try to limit my processed food intake and focus on fresh produce and plant-based protein.

So, without further ado, here’s my high protein vegetarian variation on What I Eat in a Day!

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What’s YOUR favorite meal? Do you have something you look forward to eating all day?

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2017 Fitness Adventures: MNT Studio & MNT Barre

Between Love Story Yoga, Avant Barre, and Orangetheory Fitness, I’ve had a wonderful time trying out new workout studios this year for my Fitness Adventures series.

This past weekend I attended the MNT Studio launch party with Jill from Champagne for Everyday and Ashley from A Lady Goes West.

The studio formerly known as Mint has re-opened their doors as MNT – Move Nourish Transform. The two-story studio is absolutely stunning – Chic, fun, and welcoming.

Read on for my review of my first MNT class!

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The Low Down:

This class included some of the basic equipment – A ball, band, and light weights. We spent part of the class at the ballet barre in front of the mirror and the other part of it on a mat in the center of the room. The class was fairly fast paced with high repetitions of traditional barre and Pilates movements.

I can assure you – My booty and abs were burning.

Thoughts:

Between the muscle burning reps and the bursts of movements acting as cardio, I was sweating from beginning to end and felt like I had gotten a full body workout. Arms, abs, and legs all got some quality attention and most of the moves had multiple variations so that you could find a workout that suited your abilities and desire to push yourself.

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{Jill from Champagne for Everyday and Ashley from A Lady Goes West}

Recommendations:

This studio is a Must Try. If not for the amazing classes, at least to get a peek at the decor. I promise you’ll be asking who their decorator is!

I kid.

But real talk – This studio has it all. Yoga, barre, and Pilates classes, as well as an on-staff nutritionist. As you all know, I’m a huge proponent of working out and staying active, but I always remind you that nutrition is a key factor is health. MNT Studio seems to agree with that and offers you the ability to book sessions with their health and wellness coach Molly online.

And, bonus, MNT Studio is on ClassPass!

Are YOU a fan of boutique studios? Or barre?

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