Friday Faves – Volume 2

by Kristine on January 23, 2015

Whooooa I’m actually keeping up on a blog series. Also speaking of the blog, stay tuned for a bit of a redesign. Think sleeker, more organized, and more relevant content to health/fitness/wellness/food/activewear in San Francisco and beyond. Big things friends, big things.

But let’s back up. It’s Friday. The sun is shining (in San Francisco, I can’t speak for the cold that is happening in various other parts of the country).

Just me or did this “short” week feel incredibly long? Like really, really long?

But we’re almost there.

Since it’s Friday, you know the drill. Or you probably don’t since this is the second time I’ve done this. (For a live play-by-play follow along on Instagram!)

Some favorites as of late:

-Arizona Basketball. I’m a proud Arizona Wildcat. When I was in school, I had basketball season tickets every year. (Even freshman year when there was literally a riot to secure them.) We’re big on our basketball team. Real big. And we’re (usually) real good. Every year boyfriend gets us tickets to the Stanford vs Arizona game and every year we make the trek to Palo Alto to Beardown. And every year we win. Why so quiet Stanford? Also, every year our beloved former coach Lute Olson is there and I get all kinds of crazy nostalgia. Next stop: a game at McKale Center in Tucson. And a stay at the Arizona Inn. And a LOT of Beyond Bread, Frog and Firkin and North eating. (To note: I actually didn’t accost Lute for a photo this year, this was from last year’s game. But I mean LOOK at the man. Dashing.)

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-The Bar Method. We’ll go into this more next week. But long story short, I quit my gym and signed up for the New Client Special at Bar Method for $99 unlimited classes for 30 days. The studio is beautiful, the instructors are phenomenal (and as an instructor myself, I’m PICKY) and I love the classes. I’m aiming for 5/classes a week over the next 30 days complemented by my once weekly SoulCycle and a couple of walks for good (cardio) measure. I’ve taken 4 classes this week. I’m currently feeling ALL THE HURT.

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-Plant-Based Eating. Again something we’ll go into next week. I’m working on a post to really preface this (spoiler alert: I get my best thinking done in SoulCycle during the song that comes after weights). Lately my bod has been craving a plant based diet. So I’ve been doing just that. I have Oh She Glows Cookbook and I’ve been making recipes from that all week and I’ve been feeling SO great. And satisfied for hours after my meals. I love it. It’s also been incredibly easy to cook up some animal protein for boyfriend to serve alongside the vegan meals. (To note: I’m not vegan – I still eat eggs and fish.) Tuesday we had this Vegan Kale Caesar with Crispy Chickpea Croutons and a Nut/Seed Parmesan. It’s insane. And makes a ton. Just dress your kale before serving. The Veggie Burgers are also perfect. I omitted the bread crumbs because we didn’t have any and I’ve been serving with kale, roasted sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast and spicy avocado hummus for a nutrient packed power-bowl.



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-Rustic Bakery – Rustic is one of my favorite places. Ever. It’s in Marin, at the Marin Country Mart, conveniently located right near SoulCycle Marin. They have the BEST almond milk lattes. The best oatmeal. The best salads. And the best breakfast sandwiches. Their sea salt and olive oil crackers are also perfection with Mt Tam Cheese and a glass of Cab. I’m not joking. Monday morning I went to Ian’s SoulSurvivor in Marin with two of my favorite people, Steph and her husband Danny, while boyfriend worked out and then we all reconvened for brunch at Rustic. The oats made with almond milk, topped with berries, pecans and a drizzle of honey are just the best. Danny’s smoked salmon egg panini looked pretty ridiculous too.



Christopher Creek Winery – Last Saturday we headed up to wine country to celebrate Jaime’s 29th birthday. We purchased tickets to Winter Wineland (similar to spring Barrel Tasting – you pay a flat fee, around $50, for a glass and can then taste all day long at 100+ participating wineries.) Deadly and amazing all at the same time. I had never been to Christopher Creek before and was blown away by their amazing wines, incredible hospitality… and of course the vineyard dog, Jake. Their Eastside Pinot was a quick favorite and we definitely pre-ordered a bottle when it’s ready to go in April. I also pre-ordered a raging hangover, but that’s neither here nor there.


There ya have it. Anything catching your fancy this week?

Have a great weekend!

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Kate Spade Saturday x New Balance

by Kristine on January 22, 2015

I like to shop. A lot.

I’ve toned down the shopping quite a bit since I have this savings goal/budget thing going for me in 2015. I figure 30 is the time I have to pull my ‘ish together. That sounds right doesn’t it? You turn 30, and now you’re fiscally responsible. And ready to buy a house and furnish it and have some gorgeous Pinterest inspired kitchen with a massive island, bar stools, professional range (stainless steel EVERYTHING) and an industrial fridge with a clear door. Like Giada has. Also an outdoor entertaining area. And Restoration Hardware everything. Like the showroom exploded in our not-yet-purchased home.

You know, normal, 30-year old things to think about. In an area where the housing market is out-of-control expensive.

But back to the shopping thing. I like to shop and I like to shop for workout things and shoes the most. So when workout things and shoes combine themselves into one perfect package, I about lose my mind.


Take a second to compose yourself and take it all in.


Yeah it’s a thing. They collaborated. And beautiful athletic shoes were born. Like the type I’d wear with just leggings and my Barbour jacket or something equally obnoxious that screams “I may be going to a bar class today, I may not. You’d never know.”

The bottom right. SWOON. Done. This was one of those need vs want moments. I NEED THESE. I feel like they say “I’m chic but conservative enough to know I can’t pull off the zig-zags or the multi colors. But still, I’m trying.”

Pre-Orders are happening via Kate Spade Saturday and New Balance and they’re selling out FAST.

They start shipping 2/2 – get on it!

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