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Monday Hot Yoga

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Despite not falling in love with my gym's Monday hot yoga class last week, I decided to give it another shot today. A few of my friends were going, which always helps motivate me to make it to the gym. I also was in the mood for something more mellow and relaxing (it was a pretty hectic day at the office!), so a relatively easy yoga class seemed perfect!


Tank: Under Armour [similar] Shorts: Asics [exact] Sports bra: C9 [similar]
I clearly wasn't ready for that second photo, but it's the only one I had that showed everything from head to toe! Thank goodness I decided to wear shorts to class (I think it's the first time I've ever worn shorts to a yoga class!) because the room was sweltering! I've never really done hot yoga until now (although I've done plenty of the room temperature variety), so it's taking some getting used to. Fortunately, these shorts are nice and stretchy, so they moved well with my body. This tank top is so light and airy that it was al…

Long Run on a Hot Day

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I love Saturdays! This morning was exactly like I love my Saturday mornings to be. I had some cinnamon rolls leftover from some baking Whitney and I did the other day (I'll share the recipe soon!), so I had those and a fresh cup of coffee for a leisurely breakfast. After catching up on my Thursday evening TV shows (Grey's Anatomy and Scandal), it was time for a run. I opted to start slowly in hopes that I would save up some energy and go a bit further than I usually do.
I ended up pacing myself quite well! I went a little over 5 miles, and each mile's pace was within a few seconds of each other. The amazing weather today definitely helped keep me going!

Tank: Nike [similar] Pants: C9 [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
After wishing I'd worn a tank top on a few warm weekends, I finally actually did it. Thank goodness I did! There isn't much shade on my usual weekend route, and today, there wasn't much of a breeze, either. That added up…

Friday Favorites (a day late...again!)

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Another week, another delayed Friday Favorites. Sorry about that, guys! I usually try to put these together when I have slow evenings during the week, but the last two weeks have been quite busy.

1. NARS Blush in Deep Throat. I'm a huge fan of NARS products (I included their Velvet Matte lip pencil in a previous Friday Favorites), and I've been using their blush for years. The latest color I've tried is Deep Throat, which is a lovely, natural peach. I've gotten so many compliments on my rosy cheeks when I've been wearing this!

2. Truett Hurst Winery. A Friday Favorite for the 21+ crowd :) I love going up to Sonoma for wine tasting with my friends. Whenever I go, I make sure I stop at Truett Hurst. They have beautiful grounds (with a really nice creek area where you can enjoy a glass of wine), friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. I'm a member of their wine club and have loved every single thing they've included in my quarterly purchases. If you find you…

Running Club is BACK!

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After several weeks without a meeting of my office running club, we finally made it happen tonight! It was a small group of us (only four people), but it worked out. Whitney and I ran together, and the other two ran together since they are much, much faster than us. The weather was incredible! The sunshine, the slight breeze, the mild temperature...it was really a perfect day for a run.

And what a run it was! Although neither Whitney nor I were really feeling a long run, we pushed a bit beyond our 5k loop and hit a little over 4 miles. We also ran a lot faster than we usually do. At the end, Whitney turned to me and said, "Man, you were cruising there!" And I turned back to her and said, "I thought you were the one flying!"

So, another good thing from running with friends...you can push yourselves to go a bit further without even realizing you're doing it :)



Shirt: Nike [exact] Pants: C9 [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Headphones: Skullcandy [exact]
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Long, Hot Yoga

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Mondays are always long, but I decided to wind down my day with some yoga. My climbing gym also happens to have yoga classes, but I hadn't attended any since joining. So, along with my friends Brent and Jason, I went to a very long, very hot foundations of yoga class. I also squeezed in a tiny bit of bouldering after mixing up the class's start time :)

It was unlike any yoga class I've ever taken! Most of the classes I've taken in the past have been vinyasa flow, but this class really focused on basics and form. It was really refreshing. I can see how useful it would be for beginner yogis — I wish I had a class like this when I was first starting yoga! I'll probably attend from time to time in the future, but I think vinyasa flow is a better fit for where I'm at right now.

Jacket: Lululemon [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Yoga Mat: Gaiam [exact]
My roommate James was kind enough to snap this photo for me post-yoga. Not my finest look (holy primary colors!), but…

Bacon Mac & Cheese (with a gluten-free option!)

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I'm a huge fan of macaroni and cheese. I've shared my attempts at making it healthy before. Today, though, I was craving some creamy, luxuriously cheesy mac and cheese. The spaghetti squash and almond milk version just wasn't gonna cut it. However, I had the little issue that I gave up gluten for Lent...

What's a girl to do?

Why, craft her own, sinfully delicious, gluten-free version, of course!


Bacon Mac & Cheese (with gluten-free options!)
2 cups uncooked pasta (I used Trader Joe's gluten-free, brown rice pasta) 1 piece of bacon 1 T. unsalted butter 2 T. cornstarch or all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese or non-fat, plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani) 2 cups of cheese (I used Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar and organic shredded cheddar) Salt and pepper, as desired for taste

Cook bacon until crispy in a large saucepan. Keep enough bacon grease in the pan to coat the bottom. Set bacon aside to cool.
Cook pasta according to package direc…

An Ambitious Run

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Happy Saturday! It's been a beautiful day here in San Francisco, and I decided to celebrate with a long run. I haven't gone on a run by myself in awhile, so I figured I'd do a quick 5k loop on my own today.

One of my favorite things about running solo is adjusting the run based on how everything is clicking.

Today, for example, I started slow and sped up as the miles went along. When my running app informed me I had hit 3 miles, I still felt pretty good, so I decided to keep going. Overall, I ended up hitting 5 miles for the first time since my last half marathon training program!


Top: Nike [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Sunski [exact]
It was hot today! Although it didn't seem particularly warm when I left my apartment, there was no breeze or shade along the water, so it got hot really quickly. I was wishing for a tank top pretty quickly! However, this outfit definitely held up to the challenge of warm weather. I was honestl…

Friday Favorites (a day late!)

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My Friday got away from me, so forgive me for posting these a day late! I thought it was going to be a quiet evening at home, but one of my friends had an out of town guest who we ended up showing around. We tried a new bar and ended the evening with Mexican food...which is always a good night for me :)
1. John Freida Frizz-Ease Dream Curls. When I cut my hair off a few months ago, I knew I wanted to do the whole wavy bob thing. Unfortunately, the product my hairdresser recommended wasn't doing much to bring out the natural wave in my hair. So, on a desperate trip to Target, I picked this up. It's been my go-to for wavy hair since! It's easy to use, smells great and doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy or dry.
2. The Plant Cafe Organic. This is a local chain in San Francisco, and I've recently fallen in love with it. It's a bit on the pricey side for what they offer, but they cater to different diets (tons of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items on the menu…

Bouldering V2s

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It's been almost a week since I last went climbing! Fortunately, I had a whole group of friends who wanted to go bouldering tonight. My friend Crystal (who frequently runs with me) decided to give it a shot for the first time, and then my usual climbing buddies Kim, Brent and Jason all joined in, as well. It was so much fun! It's always wonderful spending an evening doing something fun (and active!) with some of your favorite people.



Tank: Under Armour [exact] Sports bra: GapFit [similar] Pants: GapFit [similar] Shoes: Evolv [exact]
Since my monthlong climbing gym trial membership with free rentals expired, I finally had to buy my own climbing gear. I opted for these Evolv climbing shoes, which are nice because they don't require tons of lacing like the rental shoes I had been wearing! I also coordinated the color of the shoes with my new harness (I'll share that next time I go top roping). 
Tonight was my first time seriously tackling V2s. I've been gradually increasi…

Accidents, Running & Wine

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There are Mondays, and then there are exceptionally Monday-like Mondays. Today was one of those days. I was coming off of a lovely weekend in San Luis Obispo with some family, so it was already tough enough to head back to the office. However, on top of that, I was returning to a day packed full of meetings. Because I have a car, I had offered to drive my coworkers for our various offsite meetings today.

So, I made it to my first meeting of the morning with no hassle. I was in a downright happy mood when I was making my way from the first meeting back to the office...until the last intersection before I was about to park! A taxi unfortunately missed the very clearly marked turn lane signs and nailed my car. Fortunately, I came out of the accident completely unscathed — and that's the important part! However, it didn't exactly put me in the best of moods for the rest of the day.

Whitney ended up coming home with me and, to shake off all of my post-car accident adrenaline, we we…

Running the San Francisco Sunset

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We have been having some spectacular sunsets here in San Francisco and, conveniently, they happen to occur right around my usual weekday run time. Last Friday, my friend Whitney and I decided to go for a post-work run around the Presidio. I had to be up early on Saturday, so a run and dinner with a friend sounded like the perfect way to spend my evening.


Shirt: Nike [similar] Pants: American Eagle [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
I haven't worn this shirt in awhile, but it's one of my favorites. It's from 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials, which was the first sports event I ever attended as a credentialed photographer. It's also a nice, tight fit, which I like for running. I prefer my running clothes either skintight or just slightly loose...anything too big just gets cumbersome. How does everyone else about running clothing fit?
After my run, the evening turned into dinner + margaritas (neither Whitney nor my roommate Jason had experienced my homemade margarit…

March 2015 Birchbox

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It's the middle of the month, which means it time for my Birchbox to arrive! Unlike last month, I was completely in the dark as to what might be coming in March's box. I wasn't a huge fan of any of the sample choice options and wasn't blown away by the curated box they offered, so it was truly a surprise. 

Every month of Birchbox has a theme. This month's was "Creativity." While that was certainly clear from the packaging (it was beautiful!), I wasn't feeling much in terms of creativity from the box's contents.


In this month's box... amika Bombshell Blowout Spray Cover FX BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume Mirenesse Flossy Kiss - Cheeky Kiss Lip Crayon Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo and Reconstructing Masque
This is definitely not my favorite Birchbox. My two least favorite items to receive are hair products and perfume...and those comprised 60% of my box! I do like the way Harvey Prince products smell typically, t…

Bouldering and Trying New Tanks

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After going a week without a visit to the climbing gym, I decided it was time to change that! So, I joined up with a few of my friends (more and more of them are getting hooked on climbing) and we headed over. We split up based on who wanted to go bouldering and who wanted to top rope. I joined the bouldering group and off we went!

It's pretty fun seeing how quickly you start getting better at this sport. I'm already trying new routes that are a few steps above where I started. I did a V0 (the easiest bouldering difficulty level) as a confidence booster and solved it in no time at all. Time to try bigger and better things!


Tank: Lululemon [exact] Pants: Under Armour [exact]
I am absolutely in love with this tank top. I haven't paid full price for something from Lululemon in quite awhile (I typically wait for markdowns because I don't think their products are high enough quality for the price), but after trying this on a few times, I knew I had to have it! It's comfor…

Working From Home + Running

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This week, my company is moving offices. Because of that, all of us had to work from home for two days. My friend Whitney and I took advantage of the fact that we didn't have to commute and went running together right after work ended for the day. The combination of an earlier start and daylight savings time meant we were able to get some sunshine but still enjoy a full run. It was great!

Shirt: Nike [similar] Pants: Under Armour [exact] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Free [similar]
I realize that most runners don't exactly make the most attractive of faces while running, but mine are in rare form today! I'm going to blame it on the fact that this particular run was much faster than my usual ones, and these photos were taken at the end when I was dying from it. 
One of my favorite things about running with other people is the fact that they can push you a bit further. Today, for example, Whitney was running significantly faster than me at the beginning of the run, w…

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday the 13th! It's a beautiful, sunny day here in San Francisco, so I'm feeling anything but superstitious about today!
1. Lululemon Mesh with Me Tank. I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about this tank top online. However, I'm loving it! The built in bra is supportive enough for both climbing and running (I tested it out yesterday...will be posting about it soon!). It is a bit on the revealing side for a workout shirt (major cleavage alert with the mesh area in the front), but that doesn't bother me. Perhaps my favorite thing about this tank, though, is that the armpit area is cut a bit lower than usual, which means no awkward looking armpit fat. It's very flattering!
2. Benefit Brow Bar. As a natural blonde, I've never paid a whole lot of attention to my brows. They've always been practically invisible! But I recently decided to give my brows some TLC with a visit to Benefit. They tinted them a bit darker and groomed them. While I'm neve…

Workout Clothes Styled

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I've mentioned several times on here that one thing I value in workout clothing is the ability to mix it into my regular wardrobe. So, I've decided to start showcasing some of my regular outfits where I've done just that. A few disclaimers before I start into that, though...
I like clothes and putting together somewhat coordinated outfits, but I'm not going for a high fashion look. Typically, my number one requirement for my outfit is that it is comfortable. You will definitely not see me sporting five-inch heels on here!
My workplace has a very casual dress code. Some of these outfits won't be appropriate for your standard, business casual office. I live in San Francisco, and we tend to be very lax about what is and is not okay to wear to work!

Shirt: Uniqlo [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Boots: UrbanOG [similar]
In hindsight looking at these photos, I'm not in love with my cami sticking out from underneath my flannel, but I do like this shirt with these leggin…

Mondays with Mario at Boot Camp

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Boot camp with Mario is such a great way to start off the week! It's so nice knowing that I have one serious workout in the books by Monday evening. I'm also not a fan of weightlifting, so it's a good alternative for building some muscle. Every week, I feel like I'm getting stronger...so it must be working! 
Tank: Under Armour [exact] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact] Shoes: Nike [similar]
This is one of my favorite workout outfits that I've put together in awhile. It's very simple but flattering. It's also very functional...this tank top has a vent in the back that is great for sweaty, indoor workouts like bootcamp. These shoes, on the other hand, weren't the greatest. They tend to slip around my foot a lot (I think the newer ones are a bit tighter on the foot), which isn't great when we're doing a bunch of repetitive exercises like mountain climbers! 
How was everyone else's Monday? Are you getting adjusted to daylight savings time well?

Daylight Savings Run Time

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Ahh...I love when daylight savings time begins! Sure, the whole losing an hour of sleep thing isn't ideal, but it means it'll still be light outside after work. When I don't have sunlight as an excuse, I typically end up running a lot more since I absolutely hate running on treadmills in gyms. 
Today, I took advantage of some sunny springtime weather and got out for my first solo run in awhile. My calves were definitely a bit on the tight side, but I knocked out a 5k without stopping. Perhaps the delicious food waiting for me at the end was just the reward I needed to get myself moving!

Tank: Lululemon [similar] Pants: GapFit [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact] Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
It got super warm yesterday, so I figured a tank top was a safe bet today. I questioned that choice while I was doing my five-minute warmup walk! It was still a bit foggy and breezy. Fortunately, though, the fog burned off mid-run and this ended up being perfect by mile 2. 
Post-run, I he…

Friday Favorites

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My favorites this week are a little skewed a bit courtesy of me spending most of the last week in bed sick...but I did manage to sneak one fun makeup item in there :)

1. Madewell Slub V-Neck Pocket Tee. I have fallen totally head over heels in love with this T-shirt! I've been hunting for that perfect V-neck for quite awhile, and I think this may be it. It's long (so perfect for wearing with leggings), comfortable, comes in a ton of colors and is opaque. And, to top it all off, it's less than $20 and a few colors are on sale right now. I've bought entirely too many of them over the last few weeks.

2. Naked Berry Veggie Juice. This was a lifesaver when I couldn't keep anything else down. It's tasty (really...not one of those "we promise it tastes good!" juices that ends up tasting like burnt kale) and delivers quite a strong punch in terms of nutrients.

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food. With all the climbing I've been doing, I've been developing …

A Quick Climb

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Tonight, I squeezed in a quick climb after work! After my bout with the stomach flu last week (and, unfortunately, another day under the weather this week), I've been taking it pretty easy this week. However, I really wanted to do something tonight, so I asked Brent if he wanted to do a bit of bouldering. We only went for about an hour, but it was still a good time! My arms are a bit weak from time off and Mario's killer workout on Monday, but I think I'll be back to normal in no time.


Tank: Forever 21 [similar] Sports bra: Lululemon [similar] Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
This was really quite the great bouldering outfit! The tank top is fitted, but not compressive, so it was comfortable but moved with me. My Yogasmoga pants never disappoint when I'm climbing (which is fortunate, since I'd given up on them for running). I'm going to be buying my own climbing shoes here in the next few weeks, so I'll soon have some more information to pass along on equipment. Until…

Back to Boot Camp

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Last week was rough. On Thursday, I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and began a 36-hour struggle with the stomach flu. I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say it was not a fun couple of days! It's the most sick I've been in quite awhile. Since I couldn't stomach solid food for that entire time, I ended up taking the weekend off from working out, too, because I had absolutely zero energy.

But, now that the new week is here, I'm back to feeling most of the way normal! We had boot camp with Mario at work tonight and, after the intense session that left me sore for days last week, I took it easy today. He worked mainly upper body and core today, which was nice. It should help get my muscles in shape for climbing!

Shirt: C9 [exact] Pants: Aerie [similar] Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Forgive the slightly crazed look in my eyes there...that's what happens after a bout with stomach flu! Also, I hope you all appreciate my co-worker's expression there in the back…