Friday Faves – Week of Aug 17

by Kristine on August 21, 2015

TGIF Mother F-ers. TGIF.

I don’t know where that badass-ness came from. I’ve been up since like 6:17am due to both a dog running around in the apartment above us and also because of a 7am Reformer Pilates class.

Update on the fitness front? I’m back into my Bar Method groove, and have been averaging about 3-4 classes a week the past couple of weeks. That first week back? BRUTAL. Actually, this week was brutal too. But that hurts-so-good brutal. You know? Bar Method, combined with 1-2 Reformer Pilates classes and I’m feeling strong.

Not strong enough to say no to my nightly dessert but um, hashtag balance. Right? (Buy this Coconut Milk Ice Cream immediately.)

Next up? Adding one HIIT workout into my routine for somse sweaty cardio. Whether that’s treadmill sprints at Equinox or a SoulCycle class. I’m craving a solid sweat about once a week.

But enough about me, lets get right to this week (and part of last week’s since I was crazy busy and never posted) Friday Faves.

Have a great weekend!

  • You guys – I am SO honored and excited to be a part of Brit + Co’s 15 Healthy Instagrammers to Follow. And to be in the company of the other 14 accounts on there. All of whom I follow and am inspired by DAILY. #gratitude
  • I believe anything made in a blender is superior to anything made outside a blender. Paleo. Blender. Waffles. With Strawberry Compote. Let that sink in.

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Weekend Roadtrip to Carmel

by Kristine on August 18, 2015

So last week – busiest week of my life. On all fronts. Not to say that’s a bad thing (except the part about our car completely crapping out and being in the shop for the last 6 days. That was a bad thing. Everything else? Wonderful.)

Of my life. I say that ish all the time and it’s a complete exaggeration every time I say it. But for dramatic’s sake, let’s just roll with it. Yes?

I’m nothing if not wildly inconsistent with my blog posts so I’m thrilled to continue that theme for another week.

I’m also highly caffenaited today because 1) I was up all night fending off a mosquito attack (really fun when you are allergic to mosquitos) and 2) once I had finally hit my first REM cycle I was awakened by a 4.2 magnitude EARTHQUAKE. San Francisco sometimes you just know exactly how to hit a girl when she’s down.

This may well be the first time in my life I’ve ever ordered not 1, but 2 LARGE coffees at Peets. Hot Black Coffee in the AM, Cold Brew in the PM. Truth be told, I’d pound a double espresso shot right now if someone handed it to me. (Because the Nespresso is 10 feet away and… lazy.)

A highlight of the last 7 days?

Well, Taylor Swift, live, in concert, but I’m sure you knew that already.

Another highlight?

A weekend staycation to Carmel.

I had to head down the coast to get a few things done for work, so boyfriend and I decided to make a night of it last Saturday.

It started bright and early when I woke up for the “7:15am” Bar Method class.

Only there is no 7:15am Bar Method class. As I found out when I awoke after a wine-fueled Friday night with dear friends in Tiburon, trekked up the street to Bar Method, realized I forgot my socks and burst into the studio at 7:09 only to hear the instructor calling out cues already.

An almond milk latte, a long walk, some Taylor in my earbuds and a Philz coffee made it right. Barely.

So then we hit Carmel.

TL/DR?

  • Carmel is adorable.
  • It’s actual name is Carmel-by-the-Sea.
  • Clint Eastwood was once the Mayor.
  • It’s ~130 miles south of San Francisco.
  • Carmel is an exceptionally dog-friendly city.
  • I either want to learn to play golf, or just be more “involved” in golf events since they seem to revolve around firepits and glasses of wine with appetizers and preppy clothing.
  • WHALES ARE EVERYWHERE IN CARMEL.
  • It is very hard to find an almond milk latte in Carmel.

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Stay

We stayed at the Tradewinds Carmel. It basically looks like Bali in the middle of the Central California Coastline. It’s adorable. I’d come back in a heartbeat. The room was spacious, clean, the bed was cozy, and they had PARKING a few blocks from the main street in Carmel. Always a plus.

The photos are an accurate depiction because we a) had 2 beds in our room – one was for sleeping, one was for my clothing (woo hoo last minute booking and getting the last room!) and b) I about lost it over the courtyard.

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Do

Carmel Plaza – great outdoor shopping mall on the main road in town. Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, some great cafes and restaurants, etc

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Pebble Beach/Spanish Bay – golf resorts with great restaurants, some shops, wine, views, etc. Not to be missed the bagpiper at Spanish Bay (sunset) or drinks by the firepits (Spanish Bay) and the 18th hole (Pebble Beach).

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Beach – slightly touristy if you go to the main beach at the end of Ocean Ave but beautiful nonetheless.

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Eat

Stillwater Bar and Grill – We hit Stillwater at Pebble Beach for dinner and enjoyed a delicious spread of seafood with an incredible view. Highly recommend. You pay to get into Del Monte National Forest (where Pebble is located) but the amount is then credited off your bill at dinner.

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Carmel Belle and Katy’s Place – Didn’t get a chance to eat at either the next morning (hello lines around the block!) but from the looks of it – they’re where you want to brunch.

Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co. – Great local coffee shop on Ocean Avenue. I like mine black with a pinch of cinnamon and a side of vintage car.

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Action items?

Go to Carmel.

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Friday Faves – Week of August 3

August 7, 2015

Sometimes I think, money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy a G-Wagon. Which is really the same thing, is it not? I noticed this week that I quoted Selena Gomez multiple times. More than 4 less than 7. Which is more than 4 times too many. It’s actually frightening to me that I can […]

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Not Moving Is Hard

August 5, 2015

Today, in addition to being starving (just roll with it), I went back to Bar Method. Everyone looks so happy in that photo. I didn’t. After a 6 week hiatus. If you know nothing about Bar Method or 6-week hiatus’ know this: that’s a LONG ASS TIME away from Bar Method. No matter the yoga, Pilates, […]

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Friday Faves – Week of July 27

July 31, 2015

Oh hail. IT’S FRIDAY. Currently: drinking a smoothie topped with a crumbled Nola Bar. Because that’s how I roll. After working through the past 2 weekends at Wanderlust and San Francisco Marathon (and loving every, single freaking minute of it), I’m pretty excited to have exactly… nada on my weekend agenda. To just sleep in, […]

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SF Marathon Weekend – Spectator Edition

July 29, 2015

Like I don’t even know where to start. I guess I could start with the fact that about an hour ago, as I drove home from my Pilates class, Rachel Platton’s Fight Song came on the radio. I love this song. It’s my LET DO THIS song. So naturally I sang at the top of my […]

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Friday Faves – Week of July 20

July 24, 2015

Happy Friday! I think it’s Friday. We’ll just go with it. After an amazing weekend Wanderlusting my face off, I’ve been immersed in all things San Francisco Marathon this week – and the fun really got started yesterday at the expo set-up. Since I started at Lululemon, this has been a HUGE part of my job […]

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley 2015

July 20, 2015

So I’ve spent the last few days at Wanderlust Squaw Valley up in Lake Tahoe. I’m honestly trying to remember every single little detail of it. So what’s Wanderlust?   Where do I sign? As part of the Community Team at Lululemon, I was at Wanderlust for work. Hashtag joblove. I was able to meet […]

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Friday Faves – Week of July 13

July 17, 2015

So I know it’s like feast or famine over here. I’ve been up in Tahoe the past couple days for Wanderlust Squaw Valley so I’ve been slightly busy getting my yoga on, supporting our team up here, and taking in absolute everything I can about this amazing festival. To say I’m a yogi would be […]

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Friday Faves {Volume : I Lost Count}

July 10, 2015

You guys, I’m doing it. Bringing back Friday Favorites. IT’S ALL HAPPENING. I actually can’t believe it’s already (almost) the weekend. Not complaining. Got a full one planned – dinners, wine, yoga, Pilates, running, errands, relaxing, Giant’s Game, THE WORKS. Also, boyfriend and I started Bloodline on Netflix the other night. We just finished Episode 2 […]

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