Have you noticed the new look? I decided to streamline things, which certainly wasn’t as easy as it seems. I ended up doing the whole thing myself and I am not very adept at coding and that sort of thing so… you’ll see more changes in coming months. Just bear with me. More outfit and recipe posts will come next week, I promise. For now, here are some things I’m loving as of late…
1. Pure Barre. I recently joined a new Pure Barre studio near my office, which has been amazing for me. The class times are really convenient (I usually go before work, during my lunch break, or after work). So rather than sit in traffic, I can get my workout done. If you’ve never done a barre workout, and if there’s a studio near you, I highly suggest it. I’ve done a private barre workout before, but the great thing about Pure Barre is the atmosphere. You’re surrounded by positive women, the instructors are really helpful and attentive and the music is usually pretty great (Katy Perry, Britney Spears… not just weird techno like a lot of group fitness classes). Every class is a challenge, but it isn’t tough on your joints. I danced pretty much my whole life, so I’m able to utilize a lot of what I learned throughout the years. Every class leaves me feeling energized, healthy and focused, and the best thing about it is that it gives me one hour a day where I don’t think about anything aside from my workout. My New Year’s Resolution is to focus more on myself, and take on less responsibility (I know that sounds kind of self-serving but the past two years, I’ve just spread myself way too thin and it’s starting to manifest in me going absolutely crazy) and I think Pure Barre will fit into that goal perfectly.
2. Birkenstocks. I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for years, but I fell back in love with them earlier this year. I had a pair in fifth grade that were bright blue rubber, with pink designs. They were pretty awesome, until I was involved in a strange golf cart accident where a golf cart landed on top of my foot, sending the Birkenstock buckle plunging into my skin. Sadly, they had to be retired… but my lust continued. In 2006, Heidi Klum designed a line for Birkenstock, and I was madly in love with one sandal in particular. Unfortunately, I couldn’t track them down anywhere (online shopping wasn’t quite as prevalent as it is now) but lately I’ve been reminiscing about those sandals and am on the hunt to track a pair down. Heidi, please bring these beauties back!
3. The Restart Project. I am a big fan of AOL On, which hosts some pretty great online series. I’ve already professed my love for the Nicole Richie Show and now, there’s a new show to be obsessed with. The Restart Project, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and trainer Tracy Anderson, will soon premiere, and I can’t wait. It focuses on fitness from the inside out, which has always been one of my passions. It sounds New Age-y, but I think it’s so important to focus on health and fitness in terms of how it makes you feel, rather than how it makes you look. I know so many girls who really don’t work out, but will post Instagrams of their “workout lewks.” It shouldn’t be about getting your skinniest, but becoming the best you you can be. Taking time for yourself to cook something healthy, to do some stretching or just take a nice walk on the beach. This show seems like it will focus on that and, let’s be honest, it’s probably going to be a tearjerker.