What Made This Weekend Wonderful

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I wasn’t exactly ready to say goodbye to the weekend. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I wish I had the day off, I woke up bright and early to begin conquering today’s to do list.

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This weekend was one of the best weekend’s we’ve had in ages. If you follow me on Instagram you know that it included a half marathon PR which I can’t wait to tell you guys more about tomorrow. But, at the end of the day, this weekend was wonderful for so many more reasons than the race outcome.

Friday night we hosted an Italian dinner for our friends and family who were also running the race on Saturday. The two hour dinner included lots of questions as three of them were running their first half marathon as well as cuddle sessions with Sulley, our new furry nephew.

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For the first time in ages all three of us had a wonderful race on Saturday morning. Bo, Amy and I have been running races together for years, but Saturday is the first that we can remember where everyone ran a strong, healthy race.


Due to friend connections, the three of us were able to enjoy VIP treatment during the Brooklyn Rock’n’Roll race which included bathrooms and bag check pre-race and incredible massages post race. It also gave me a chance to spend some quality catch up time with Dani and Megan, who are both Rock’n’Blog Ambassadors.

We celebrated the race with brunch at a new to us spot, Stone Park Cafe. Their biscuits and gravy are reason enough for us to return for brunch in the near future. Seriously, we are each still dreaming about that perfectly balanced gravy.IMG_5110

The ladies at Face Love Fitness hosted Amy and I for a relaxing introduction to their treatments which included 30 minutes of facial massage, exercises and relaxation. Enjoyed with a glass of rose, this was a perfect start to the evening.

As this was Amy’s first visit to Brooklyn, we spent Saturday night enjoying a mini bar crawl which allowed us to share our favorite spots with her as well as give her a tour around the neighborhood. We enjoyed a pumpkin beer flight, laughed by the fire and finally sampled craft cocktails from the new Autumn cocktail menu at our final stop.


There were signs of Fall everywhere his entire weekend, but especially Sunday morning. Fallen leaves covered our doorstep, Amy and I donned sweaters and booties due to the cooler temperatures, and we all chose warm lattes over iced coffees at Smith Canteen.

Amy helped us put the finishing touches on our apartment using fresh eucalyptus we bought at the market. I love the way it freshens up the room and adds a natural beauty to the space.


Bo and I prepared a huge batch of roasted root vegetables last night in preparation for a busy week. We have a number of different recipes we like but this one continues to be our favorite.

Your turn: What made your weekend wonderful??


Virtual Date

Have a seat friends and refill that glass of wine or coffee, depending the hour of day you’re reading this, because it is time for a virtual date. A lot has transpired since our last date together. We are both happily immersed in our new roles and life in Brooklyn.

-If we were together today, I’d tell you that making a 1,600 square foot space feel like a home has been a bigger challenge than either of us imagined. Since we’ve tried to be responsible in decorating the space, we’ve stuck to a monthly budget which means a slower process. It still doesn’t feel complete but we are making progress slowly but surely.

-If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that while we haven’t found ourselves in the ordering or eating out habit, our dinners haven’t been quite what I imagined. I have over 100 recipes pinned which I’m hoping to start making sooner or later, but so far dinner has been a grilled meat, a large salad and roasted vegetable. Between work, workouts and house updates I just haven’t had time.


If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that lately, weekends with my girlfriends have been quite different as many of them now have little boys or girls in their lives. In Dallas this weekend Blake and I enjoyed lots of quality girl talk, wonderful food, gorgeous weather, and shopping but we were in bed each night by 11 pm and spent some of most treasured time playing on the floor with her daughter. 


If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that I had the serious urge to chop my long hair into one of the popular “lob” (long bob” styles earlier this week before flying to Dallas. Even though I had a trim just a month ago, it is longer than ever and driving me insane. I love the bangs I have these days but on bad hair days it is unruly and takes longer than ever to blow dry. Any tips?

If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that my mom is training for her second half marathon – the Savannah Rock’N’Roll Half marathon which is a month from now. I’m so proud  of her for taking her walking to a new level and choosing to conquer this distance again. This time my aunt will be joining her but my plan is the same – run the half as quickly as possible then rush back to walk the final miles with them.

If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that I am not sure what it is about the South but I craved Diet Coke the entire time I was in Dallas. I never caved, instead sipping everything but including a delicious green juice, sparking water, and wine. Going home in November and December, I know that the urge to stop for a big gulp of Diet Coke with chewy ice will be there but I have to remind myself how much healthier I’ve felt since giving it up.

If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that over the past few weeks, I donated one to many things to Goodwill. I purged my closet down so much that the only black dress I had for this week’s NEW (Network of Executive Women) meeting was the dress I wore to our engagement dinner seven years ago. I saved it due to the special place it holds in my heart and it’s classic look, but haven’t been able to fit in it for at least six years due to the unforgiving lace bodice and sizing. After months of cleaner eating, it fit like a charm Thursday night.


If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that one Saturday during college football season, without fail, both my teams lose miserably. Luckily, my gir’ls day in Dallas kept me from watching either game or I know that I would have drowned my sorrows in pumpkin beer. Yesterday was definitely upset Saturday with multiple Top 25 teams being facing defeat.

If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that after years of using only a tinted moisturizer, I crossed into the world of foundation yesterday while at Sephora. I’ve found myself using a primer, tinted moisturizer and a powder in order to achieve a more finished look. When my latest tube of Laura Mercier’s Tinted Mousturizer started spurting it’s last drops, I decided to use it as an opportunity to try something different. I just did a quick makeup application in the Dallas airport and loved how smooth and even the coverage of my new Laura Mercier foundation is even without a primer or powder.

If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that traveling this week seemed foreign after three months in New York. I made three novice mistakes – forgetting to pack my liquids separately, over packing for the conference and girls weekend and forgetting to download my book or show for the three-hour plane flight home. It was a great primer for the next six weeks of more frequent travel.


If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that Vera Bradley reminds me of high school graduation when every girl in our graduating class received an abundance of quilted bags, purses, wallets and id holders before leaving for freshman year. After seeing how handy Amy’s old jewelry roll and hanging toiletry bag were while rooming with her in Dallas, Blake and I made the North Park Mall Vera Bradley our first stop yesterday. I can’t decide what shocked me more – that Blake didn’t know what Vera Bradley was or how expensive the items are these days. Luckily the classic black items will last for ages and be used often.

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If we were sitting together today, I’d tell you that we became aunts and uncles today to an adorable seven week old miniature toy golden doodle. Sully stole our heart today when we held him for the first time and we can’t wait to spoil him rotten!

Your turn: What would you share with me today if we were together?


New Balance Girls Night Out

Wow, the number of free workout events hosted in New York City never ceases to amaze me! While most people often focus on how expensive boutique fitness classes are in the city, there is also the complete opposite offered on what seems like an almost daily basis.

Thursday night, I joined my friends Zoe and Sashea at New Balance’s Flagship location for Girls Night Out, their version of happy hour.


These evening happy hour events take place a few times per year, each time featuring a great workout, speakers, great swag, and a fun after party including photo booths, drinks and light bites.  Their site features a sign up option which allows people to RSVP for the event, allowing New Balance to cap the number of women who attend each event depending on the venue or workout’s space constrictions.  Not based in NYC? Don’t worry, you can still get in on the fun in the future! On Thursday night over 30 cities hosted Girls Night Out events ranging from Durham, North Carolina to Los Angeles.


The check in process was fast and included a cute swag bag and tank top which we were asked to wear for the evening’s workout. The check in process only took a minute and I was happy to see that they also offered bag check for those people coming straight from work. While people were arriving, New Balance and local partner Juice Generation offered guests fresh coconut water, green juices and bar samples to enjoy while mingling and checking out the latest Fall gear.


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At 7pm the hostess greeted everyone and explained that we had two options: a fun run or a strength training workout with fitness expert Hollie Perkins.  Those doing the strength workout quickly walked a few blocks to a larger space which could accommodate 100 women for a strength training workout.


Hollie’s energy lit up the room as she greeted our group and prepared us for the workout which would be a mix of cardio and resistance band strength training. She provided tips for making each exercise harder or easier depending on ability and demonstrated each move on the stage so everyone could easily follow along. For the next 40 minutes we lunged, jumped and pumped our muscles until the room was a sweaty mess. Her playlist was so spot on that many of us broke into a dance or busted out a few moves more than once.


After the workout New Balance welcomed us back to the store for cocktails and food, including a delicious green tea vodka cocktail.



If you’re in one of the many cities where New Balance hosts Girls Night Out, I encourage you to grab a few girlfriends and make a date for their next event. While they fill up quickly, they are a fun and free way to break a sweat and enjoy a healthier happy hour. Follow either the corporate New Balance handle or your local New Balance store on social media to get updates on their next event.