Friday Favorites – Under $100

There are just THREE days left to stock up on some of your favorite brands and stock your closet for the upcoming Fall season. Once the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends each of these items will immediately return to full price.  Since I know I’m not the only person on a budget these days, I thought it’d be helpful to feature a round-up of my favorite under $100 items that are still available.

Grab your cup of coffee and get shopping because many of these items are selling out quickly!  To make things easier, I broke my picks out over three categories: home, shoes and clothing.

Home

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale HomeI highly recommend snagging a pack of these candles for hostess gifts and then another pack for yourself.

This cozy throw is perfect for movie night and priced at $25 it won’t break the bank!

The perfect addition for any bar area, these Moscow Mule mugs are so fun!

Shoes

Nordstrom ShoesI fell in love with booties last year and since these are priced at just $80, I’m definitely adding these basic booties to my closet in taupe.

I’ve had these slippers for years and they are still in great condition! Now that I work from home, I may or may not wear them all day long!

I love adding a pop of color to an outfit with sassy heels. I just snagged these in red and can’t wait to wear them with jeans and a black tunic!

If you don’t want a bright color, these leopard heels are a great “neutral” heel option to add some fun to a classic black dress or jeans.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to finally buy a pair of Nike FlyKnits as they are $40 off and available in lots of fun colors!

Perfectly priced at less than $75, these flats are great for just about any day of the week.

Clothing

Nordstrom ClothingThe fun seams and detailing on this dress make it perfect for Fall especially when paired with the leopard heels!

I have this tunic in two colors and am definitely adding a bright color this year as it’s easily dressed up or down depending on how you style it.

This classic stripe long-sleeve t-shirt comes in lots of fun color combinations and is under $20, making it the perfect Fall staple.

My Victoria Secret bras have all seen better days and are over 4 years old. I am finally cleaning out my drawers and replacing them with this highly recommended bra.

This tunic is another fun option as the high-low design has a great drape to it and will work for weekday OR weekend fun. 

At this price, this Faux fur vests is a fun way to spice up any Fall or Winter look.

With over 2,000 positive reviews, how can I not want to add these to my wardrobe?

Bright and fun, these crops will be a bright, fun addition to my workout wardrobe.

This loose and relaxed sweater screams Fall and would be perfectly paired with skinny jeans, tall boots and a pumpkin beer.

When the weather gets crisp, this North Face vest is the perfect layer for workouts and errands, especially in the winter white.

I have this North Face quarter zip in two colors and practically lived in it last Fall and Winter.

Last but not least, one can never have enough classic black leggings and these have seaming detail and are heavy enough to wear in public without any see-through disasters.

Which pick is your favorite? Did you shop the sale? If so, what’d you buy?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!

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No Weights Required Workout

Do you ever have those days when you somehow sleep through not one but three alarms?

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This morning I woke up from what felt like the deepest sleep ever to the sound of a fog horn. Yes, evidently my body was so tired that I slept through a fog horn for a total of 45 minutes. I guess this is also the time to admit that my foghorn was on soft since I evidently turned the volume down on my phone yesterday. Ooops.

There was no way that I was getting from Times Square to Flatiron in 2 minutes to make the Uplift Strength class I signed up for earlier this week. After feeling defeated and frustrated, I embraced the extra sleep and spare time to make iced coffee and read the New York Times before logging onto my work computer.

Since working with Jess, I’ve kept my commitment to strength workouts. She stresses their importance and I’ve seen the results from this commitment both in my pace and how I look and feel. If you’ve never done her equipment-free strength training workout for runners, I highly recommend it!

I turned this missed workout into an opportunity to create a new “do anywhere” workout for you guys. This workout can be done anywhere as it doesn’t require weights! The only thing you need is workout clothing, socks, shoes, a timer, and some fun music. I highly recommend listening to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song EP on Spotify while doing this workout.

This workout is short on time since it clocks in at 27 minutes but it packs a mighty punch by working your full body. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did; though your muscles may not thank me by the end!

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Sky Ting Yoga

As promised guys, I have been trying lots of new studios so I can give you guys the inside scoop and I can begin to catch up on all the workout action in New York City. As you know, while I was living in Switzerland there were only two studios I visited, one was a seasonal spin studio and the other was my favorite yoga studio.

It’s so fun to be back in New York City and taking advantage of the boutique fitness scene. While it can be very expensive, I’m trying many of these studios through ClassPass or leveraging their new student specials!

It seems like every few weeks a new yoga studio opens in New York City.  Often it’s hard to understand what sets each apart from the other. On Yelp there are over 1,000 studios in the area and on ClassPass and FitReserve alone, there are over 100 studios in New York City!

But, when Well+Good, one of my favorite outlet’s for all things health and wellness, raved about Sky Ting Yoga, I knew I had to check it out!IMG_2357

Located on the edge of Chinatown, Sky Ting isn’t exactly easy to reach for most people. But, as soon as you walk through the studio, you are transported to a peaceful world filled with light, mellow music, friendly staff and an incredible yoga space. The staff was friendlier than most studios, making me feel at home and welcome even when I arrived sweaty and out of breath. Unlike many studios, Sky Ting includes mats and towels, so students don’t have to worry about lugging theirs or shelling out extra cash to rent.

Apart from the space and the friendly space, the primary thing that sets Sky Ting apart from the rest is the yoga space. After checking in you head back outside and ascend an outdoor staircase to the fifth floor studio.

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Skylights and large windows allow light to flow through and illuminate the bright white walls and wood floor. The only thing that fills the space other than light is a tall giraffe, which provides levity to any yoga class.

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The owners Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan who both previously taught at Yoga Vida, teach a unique yoga style known as Katonah yoga. The method brings together traditional hatha yoga, pranayama breathing techniques and strong vinyasa sequences. This mix allowed me to go from sweating and breathless to calm within just moments when I took Chloe’s class last week. Her yoga style and epic playlist quickly helped me realize why after only two weeks, the yoga studio is filling the Monday night class to capacity.

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The only thing I must point out, is that even though I enjoyed the class and left feeling less stressed and standing a bit taller, is that I didn’t feel that I fit in. This sounds silly as New York City is filled with all types of yogis. But, in this Monday evening class, I felt as if I was at a modeling or actress audition. The majority of women in the class were taller, slimmer and tanner than me while having a California cool persona. Don’t get me wrong, that won’t keep me from going back to Sky Ting but it’s something I do feel I should point out in case that isn’t your crowd or style.

Their schedule includes both 60 and 90 minute classes at just about any hour you could want! They have six classes Monday through Friday and three classes on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in town on a weekend, I’ve heard that their Saturday and Sunday duo instructor classes with the founders, Krissy and Chloe, are wonderful!

Each class costs $20 though there are packages which reduce it down to $16. Make sure to take advantage of their new student special –  two weeks of unlimited classes for just $20!

Want to read more? Check out what Elle, Well + Good and Vogue had to say about Sky Ting!

Cost: $20 though packages can reduce prices to $16  Address: 55 Chrystie Street (at Canal Street) 4th Floor, New York City  What to wear: Your favorite yoga gear and a bottle of water will do just fine but don’t worry about lugging mats as they provide them!

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A NYC Birthday Weekend

Happy Monday!

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I hope you guys enjoyed a wonderful weekend. In honor of Bo’s 31st birthday, we put together a fun New York City weekend itinerary including a few of the things on our Summer Fun List.

Friday night our friends Erika and Garrett hosted us for a delicious, homemade dinner while enjoying sunset views of Manhattan. While it’s fun to go out every now and then, relaxing and catching up with friends in the comfort of their home was a welcome treat. We weren’t rushed and instead spent hours planning ski trips, bike rides and sipping lots of wine. 

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Saturday morning we slept in later than normal before heading downtown for our favorite NYC workout, Fhitting Room with Emily Cook Harris and Eric. They are the perfect power team, balancing out each others music tastes and enthusiasm for different workouts. Saturday included lots of TRX work, rowing sprints, and box jumps. I love that Bo and I can finally agree on a workout that we both love.

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After a quick shower we headed downtown for lunch at Gansevoort Market and an afternoon at the new Whitney Museum. In case you haven’t heard of it before, Gansevoort Market is an indoor market featuring 22 different stands which serve everything from authentic Greek yogurt bowls to New York Style pizza. It’s open daily from 8am to 9pm, making it the perfect spot for any meal or meeting. We ended up grabbing a sunny table and sharing a few different things, our favorite of which were a slice of pizza from Luzzo’s and a ceviche bowl from Mission Ceviche. IMG_2499IMG_2496

We really enjoyed the new Whitney Museum, which due to its size, is able to display numerous works of art which have been in storage or only on limited display due to the previous museum’s small size. We started at the 8th floor and worked our way down, as recommended, but found ourselves a bit overwhelmed and tired by the fourth floor. We enjoyed views of New York and New Jersey in between touring their inaugural exhibit, America Is Hard to See.

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Saturday night we headed to Brooklyn for drinks and dinner with friends. We had drinks before dinner at The Long Island Bar and Henry Public, both of which I’d recommend. Long Island Bar feels like a diner but serves up perfect cocktails, especially Manhattans and Gimlets. Henry Public’s cocktail menu is creative and unique, serving up delicious cocktails such as the Summer Fancy which included muddled stone fruit, verbena honey and champagne. Delicious!

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The main event was dinner at PokPok a small but mighty Thai restaurant located near Columbia Street Waterfront in Brooklyn. This unassuming restaurant has a Michelin star and a menu that will change your expectations for Thai moving forward. While most of the menu is quite spicy, our group was able to find things everyone enjoyed. My favorite item were their wings, which were a delicious combination of sticky, sweet and crunchy.  If you enjoy Thai food, add this to your list of no miss restaurants in New York. It’s an easy subway or taxi ride from Manhattan!

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After a busy Saturday, we spent most of Sunday relaxing at home. After attempting to bake without the proper equipment, I was reminded that baking is an exact science. Even though neither my banana bread nor my zucchini bread turned out, it was fun to spend some time in the kitchen.

Sunday night, Russell and Meg hosted Family Night Dinner at their house for Bo’s birthday. Every other Sunday night one of us hosts this relaxing evening together. It gives us a chance to catch up before the week starts. Last night we watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt when we weren’t cooking. I’m loving that show – so fun!

The menu included our favorite homemade crab cakes, rack of lamb, squash casserole, roasted fingerling potatoes, and birthday cannoli from an Italian Brooklyn bakery.  IMG_2607 IMG_2610

What a wonderful birthday weekend!

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