(Review) Stitch Fix #7

Hi friends!

Happy “May the 4th Be With You Day” to all my fellow Star Wars lovers like me!

  

I got my seventh Stitch Fix recently and wanted to share it with you. After the last fix was such a huge hit, I wanted to give it another whirl.

So what did I get in this Fix? Let’s see!

Pinstripe fit and flare dress- $108   

Lace dress-$88  

Bangle -$28  

Nautical bag -$68

Maxinskirt-$48   

What did I keep?

Nothing. The pinstripe dress was beautiful and very well made but it was too pricey. I loved the lace dress but couldn’t figure where I would be able to wear it. 

The bag, maxi skirt and bracelet were cute and my style but I could find similar items for cheaper elsewhere, like Target or Old Navy. Despite the fix being a bust, I’m signed up for another fix in July.

For the newbies, Stitch Fix is a monthly personal styling service. To begin you fill out an online questionnaire detailing what you like and don’t like and your size in general. A personal stylist from Stitch Fix provides 5 items for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. You get three days to decide and whatever you don’t want you return in the mailer they send you. It’s $20.00 and whatever you buy, that $20 is deducted from the item. If you keep all the items, then you get a 25% discount. If you don’t like anything at all and return everything, you lose the $20 credit. You can give them a range of price point costs. Some items are more expensive than others

Would you try Stitch Fix 

What do you think of my fix?

Have a happy Monday! :)

Run, Run & Take The Wipe For Water Challenge (Review)

Disclaimer: As an Influentser, I received a complimentary package of Neutrogena’s Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Towelettes. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hello, friends!

It finally feels that spring has indeed sprung here in NY. This past week, the weather was cold and kind of crappy. But finally this weekend it warmed up. I didn’t want to not enjoy the weather, so I made sure to get a run out there.

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When I was running those miles, I made sure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings – the trees, the swans, the quiet, peaceful lake. It was so serene. It was the perfect aid to help clear my head.

Spring has definitely sprung here on Long Island!

Did you know April is known as Earth month? Being out on that run made me truly appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer. And it’s a shame that it gets hurt with constant pollution and general wastefulness. I try to not be wasteful and be mindful of my usage of things like water, but I am not perfect. So I am trying to do my part by taking Neutrogena’s Wipe for Water Challenge.

Neutrogena Naturals is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to save water. The Nature Conservancy is the largest freshwater conservation organization in the world with more than 400 staff focused on freshwater conservation at more than 500 sites globally. The average U.S. household wastes about 10,000 gallons of water every year. As a result, the amount of water wasted from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year, equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined. [source]

So I was happy to take the Neutrogena’s Wipe for Water Challenge with Neutrogena’s Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Towelettes. They are made from 100% renewable fiber and are clinically proven to completely remove dirt, oil and makeup, even waterproof mascara with no greasy residue. And by pledging to go 3 days initially to use the wipes instead of washing my face, I saved 15 gallons of water. IMG_6249

The wipes are fantastic – so soft against my skin, they smell nice, and leave my face feeling clean. And they remove my harsh eyeliner that is super hard to take off. So I am super duper happy with these wipes. So happy after using the wipes, I am happy to pledge another 5 days of using the wipes and will be saving 25 gallons of water!

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So I challenge YOU to check out Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Towelettes and take the Neutrogena’s Wipe for Water Challenge for yourself and help do the Earth good this Earth Month! :)

Being Sick Is Dumb aka What I’ve Been Up To

Hi friends!

It’s finally Spring! Huzzah!

I was so excited that warmer temps arrived and I was all set to run the Scotland 10K two weeks ago. I’ve run that race before (link) and I was excited to run it again.

However, my body had other plans. :(

The Tuesday before race day, I had the worst headache. I am susceptible to migraines and usually if I pop 2 excedrines, I am good. But it stayed the entire day. The next day, my throat was scratchy, but not sore. I figured it was nothing.

By the time Thursday rolled around, I felt really out of it and unwell. But I figured it was a sinus infection or a head cold. Something I could bounce back from relatively quickly. I went to pick up my bib for the race at lunch instead of going to the gym, because I wanted to get home early to rest. Friday came and at work I felt really, really unwell and warm, like if I were running a fever. By the time the weekend came, I was sick as a dog. I am pretty sure I had the plague (I am not even trying to be hyperbolic)! I had a fever non-stop (104 at one point!), no appetite, and my legs were so sore, as if I had run a marathon. The lack of energy I had was profound – just walking to my bedroom two feet to the bathroom was draining.

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There was no way I could run the race. I was so disappointed! But this wasn’t a small cold I could “push through.” This was the flu. And I had to listen to my body and rest.

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I ended up missing nearly a week of work and I still have a lingering cold. I just started to get back into running and into basebuilding. I have two half marathons coming up and a smattering of smaller races through July. I got free run coaching through Beth at Running With The Sunrise and right now am trying to run 3x per week consistently.

Thanks to the Boston Marathon fever (good fever!) this week, I entered the lotto for the Chicago marathon and I will find out in two weeks if I am in. *fingers crossed*

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So upward and onwards right?!

Have a happy Thursday! 

[Review] Stitch Fix Number Six

Hi friends!

I got my sixth Stitch Fix recently and wanted to share it with you.

What is Stitch Fix you may ask?

As I discussed in my earlier review, Stitch Fix is a monthly personal styling service. To begin you fill out an online questionnaire detailing what you like and don’t like and your size in general. A personal stylist from Stitch Fix provides 5 items for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. You get three days to decide and whatever you don’t want you return in the mailer they send you. It’s $20.00 and whatever you buy, that $20 is deducted from the item. If you keep all the items, then you get a 25% discount. If you don’t like anything at all and return everything, you lose the $20 credit. You can give them a range of price point costs. Some items are more expensive than others. This month’s items were in the $60-$80 range, whereas last time they were slightly cheaper.

After the last fix was kind of a bust, I took stepped away from the fixes. Now that I have an upcoming trip to New Orleans and because it is finally Spring, I wanted to give it another whirl.

So what did I get in this Fix? Let’s see!

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Dress #1  – Striped fit & flare dress

I loved this dress. It fit perfectly and the style was nautical and just darling! Kept.

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Dress # 2 – Laser cut fit and flare dress

This dress also fit perfectly. The dress color is a beautiful shade of blue and the laser cut out design was really beautiful. Kept.

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Vest & straight-cut boyfriend jeans

My stylist saw that I pinned a vest on my Pinterest and chose this vest for me. It fit near-perfect. I am not sure how I would style it but I loved it so much. Kept.

I also asked my stylist for boyfriend jeans. I never found a pair that “fit” or “looked” right. Then that same week, I snagged a pair from New York & Co. that were on point. These jeans didn’t fit right and made me look more bottom heavy. Returned.

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Lace-cut blouse.

I loved everything about this blouse. The fit. The color. The lace detail. Kept.

Overall this fix was a huge hit! My stylist really hit it out of the ballpark with this fix. I was very, very happy with this fix. I bought 4 out of 5 items. So, my wallet was hit a little hard but I am happy nonetheless. I signed up for another fix and will be getting one at the end of the month.

Would you try Stitch Fix ?

What do you think of my choices?

Have a happy Monday! :)

Firmoo.com Review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Firmoo.com. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

I started wearing glasses when I was in the second grade. They were purple frames and I remember the teacher, Mrs. Moore, standing me in front of the class and stating something along the lines of “Doesn’t she look so nice?” I was mortified. I wore glasses all through elementary school and in high school, tried to wear contacts but I tore them so frequently that my mom forbade me from wearing contacts until I was more responsible. So now, I wear both. But I remember going to the eye doctor and trying on (what felt like) every single pair of eyeglasses. It was such a pain and hassle.

But now you can order glasses online now! I recently received a pair of glasses through Firmoo and it was the easiest process ever.  Firmoo has hundreds and hundreds of styles to virtually try on and you can narrow your choices by shape of frame, material, designer, etc.  Once I uploaded my image and chose the best glasses for me, all I had to do was enter my prescription information (easily obtained from my eye doctor) and within a few days, my glasses were at my door!

The glasses came in a fun hardshell case, cleansing cloth, and a repair kit! How handy! The glasses were extremely well made and durable. Bonus: the glasses are also very lightweight!

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Right now, for the holiday, Firmoo is offering 50% off two frames. But if you miss that deal, for all new customers, Firmoo is offering a 50% off code on the frames sitewide. Just click here for the deal!

Have you ever ordered glasses online before? Sound off below!

Undisputed – Sarah Ohm Book Club

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Another month, another book!

Hey friends!

Sorry I haven’t posted anything running related in awhile. Running has become non-existent thanks to these brutal harsh months. Which is bad – very bad – considering I have a bunch of half-marathons coming up. :( Buuut I have some other fun posts lined up for el-blog-o! Like this post!

As you know, I am part of SarahOhm.com’s Blogger Book Club.  Each month, we read a book of our own choosing based on each month’s theme. March’s theme was: Biography Of Someone You’ve Been Meaning To Learn More About.

A long, long time ago, I was the hugest wrestling fan. I grew up watching wrestling, my favorite being Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage (“Oooh yeah!!!” and “Break into a slim jim!”). And in high school, my girlfriends were also into wrestling. We used to go to wrestling matches and meet wrestlers at the now defunct WWF Restaurant in Times Square.  I have met a lot of wrestlers – I still haven’t met The Rock though. I still can cock my eyebrow like he does.

My friends and I had our favorites: The Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, Triple H, to name a few. The actual list of wrestlers we met is actually kind of ridiculous. But there was one wrestler we were all infatuated with: Chris Jericho. One of his gimmicks, which then became a real thing was his heavy metal band, Fozzy. We would follow Fozzy around and we met them in real life a bunch of times, even getting to go on stage with them. Chris Jericho, real name, Chris Irvine, has written 3 books to date:

  1. A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex
  2. Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps
  3. The Best in the World: At What, I Have No Idea

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I decided to read Undisputed, because … I don’t know. I just decided to start there. And you know what? Starting in the middle wasn’t a bad idea at all.  The book chronicles Chris’ start at the now WWE (back when it was still called WWF) and what it was like to start in a whole new organization which was very much different than WCW where he was previously. But what I enjoyed most about this book was not just learning more about Chris’ journey as a wrestler to the WWE and the highs and lows  that came with it – I enjoyed the gratuitous trip down memory lane.

I remember when Jericho made his debut in 1999 and watching it with my dad – I used to go watch wrestling with him at his apartment when my parents split. I remember going to watch Fozzy, Chris Jericho’s band in the pouring rain at a festival in New Jersey and then missing the bus with my friends and having to take a cab from New Jersey back to Queens (and getting there at 3 am with no money and my friend’s mom bailing us out)! I remember going on a really bad date in college with a guy who was also into wrestling and managing to go on stage at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts and singing TNT by AC/DC with Chris Jericho and his band.

But as much as the book talks about wrestling, there are stories of Chris Irvine, the person behind Chris Jericho. And he talks about his dad, famed hockey player, Ted Irvine. He tells of his mom, who he loves so very much, who passed away after a long battle with tetraplagia after a horrible accident. He tells of his kids who he loves so much and his wife, who when my friends and I were tweens, were all so jealous of, ha!

I fell out of wrestling by the time I graduated college, so if I tried to watch it now, I would have no idea what the storyline was or who was even still wrestling. But the book was a great read – so if you know nothing of wrestling or were never really into it, it may not be your thing. I read the book in a matter of days, I couldn’t put it down. I definitely want to check out his other books now.

And, for PROOF, here is a pic of me and my friends with Chris Irvine aka Chris Jericho:

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And there you have March’s book. Next month is about healthy living – any recommendations? Sound off below!

Red Velvet Black Bean Hemp Brownies [+ GIVEAWAY!]

Disclaimer: I was provided with a bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

Some of my favorite “healthy” living things are things are things that I discovered by happenstance. Brussel sprouts, flax seeds, sunbutter and, hemp!

Hemp isn’t brand new to me and it (hopefully) isn’t brand new to you either. Hemp can be found in clothing, rope, paper, oil, resin, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, and paint. Hemp is also super delicious. But hemp can get a bad rap.

Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will our products cause a false positive drug test.

And more importantly, hemp is delicious!

Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their hemp hearts.

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Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut. They are super easy to incorporate into your meals:  simply sprinkle hemp hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package! Hemp hearts are also nutritious! Hemp hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas, which is more than the same serving of chia or flax!

It was my niece’s 15th birthday and she doesn’t exactly to have the healthiest diet. So I wanted to incorporate the hemp hearts with her favorite thing ever: red velvet.

Soooo that is how red-velvet black bean hemp brownies were born!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of 15 oz low sodium black beans (plus 1 can of water)
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts (reserve 2 tbsp for sprinkling on top)
  • 1 package of your favorite brownie mix, 19.5 oz
  • 2 tbsp of organic red food coloring (not pictured, buy here)
  • 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven according to brownie package directions. Open the can of beans, drain and rinse. Fill the same can (now empty from the beans) with water. Put beans with water and hemp hearts (remember to reserve 2 tbsp!) in your food processor or blender until smooth. Mix pureed beans-hemp heart mix with brownie package mix. Add food coloring. Re-blend until color is evenly distributed. Grease baking dish with cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and the 2 tbsp of hemp hearts. Cook brownies according to package directions. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

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Manitoba Harvest is giving you the chance to try Hemp Hearts on your own! Enter below – GOOD LUCK!! :)

 

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Breathe Annie Breathe-Sarah Ohm Book Club

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Hello friends!

As you may know, I joined  SarahOhm.com’s Blogger Book ClubSarah, a fellow ambassador had reached out to us other ambassadors to see if we were interested in starting up a book club and voila, the club was born. For February, the book theme was love. I had wanted to read something new, but I couldn’t find anything that really piqued my interest. I decided to then read something over that I knew would fit the theme. I chose… (cue drum roll):

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a book gifted to me by my friend Estelle who is one half of the blog, Rather Be Reading, which she shares with blogger/photographer, Magan. I hate to pigeon-hole this book as a love story, because it is more than just that. The main character, Annie, is training for the Country Music Marathon, in honor of her dead boyfriend, Kyle, who was a runner himself (and was supposed to have run himself). Annie hates running, but feels obligated to run as she feels guilty for Kyle’s death. In order to train for the marathon, Annie hires a runnng coach and it is during those training runs, she meets her coach’s younger brother, Jeremiah. And of course, feelings happen. But those feelings conflict with the other feelings she experiences with Kyle’s death, guilt, loss, vulnerability, fear, self-discovery. And because of Annie’s age in the novel, she also experiences moving away from home, going to college, dealing with new friends, and mending fences with old friends.

Seriously, all the feels.

As a runner myself, I identified what it was like to put myself through a marathon training schedule, the feelings that come when you hit a new distance for the first time, the sacrifice you must make (your social life hits the back burner when you have a long run of 10+ miles in the books the next day). And I found myself cheering Annie every step of the way when it came to running – whether it was towards the finish line or to opening herself up to new love.

I was a little disappointed that we don’t get Annie’s actual marathon experience, but that is because I am running nerd like that. Miranda Kenneally was a new-to-me author, and I really loved her writing. I am so thankful to my friend Estelle to opening me to a new author. It has made me want to read other books by Miranda Kenneally and to read other books/authors along the same category of young-adults.

Tomorrow’s March, so that theme is: biography of someone you’ve been meaning to learn more about… so many too choose from, so little time!

Happy reading!



Mile High Run Club Review

Hello friends!

A few weeks ago, I was given the  chance to try out Mile High Run Club, a boutique treadmill class in NYC. Located in NOHO, a few blocks away from NYU, Mile High Run Club offers 2 types of running classes:

  • DASH 28
  • The Distance

Dash 28 is a 45-minute class provides a foundation for runners of all levels with about 28 minutes of structured intervals followed by 10 minutes of strength plus power training with kettlebells whereas The Distance is an hour-long advanced performance improving class incorporates 50 minutes of continuous intervals, tempo, and hills on the treadmill and is coached by elite runners.

I chose Dash 28 based on my fitness level at the moment. I trekked one evening after work to Mile High Run Club. I won’t lie, I was really nervous and intimidated. But once I got there, all fears were assuaged by the super friendly and welcoming staff.

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I was given a brief tour and jammed my stuff in a tiny locker and waited for the current class to end and mine to begin.

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My class was taught by Andia W, a professional Golfer, master Certified Fitness Professional / Sports Performance Coach and a contributor for the American Heart Association Go Red For Women campaign.  She was really friendly, introduced herself to each student. The class was more packed than I thought it would be. When you register for a class, you can see what treadmills are booked and which ones are still available. At the time I registered, it did not seem that were many people registered.

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I got on my treadmill and saw on the treadmill, there was a card which outlined pace: one for beginner/intermediate (“joggers”), and one for advanced/elite (“racers”). To play it safe, I stuck with joggers.

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True to the description, the beginning of  the class started with a warm up, followed up with a half-hour of intense running, with intervals at different speeds and inclines. We started at “1” then “2”, “3”, and “4” with a varying mix throughout. And then after 30 minutes we took it to the floor doing various strength training moves, like lunges, squats, oblique moves, and planks for another 15 minutes. Afterwards we had a cool down. But I was soaked to the bone. The workout was definitely intense and I enjoyed it a lot. I definitely would go back but not regularly as it is a little bit pricey for me ($34 a sesh, with a multi-pack making it slightly less per session). But all in all it was definitely different and it was fun to challenge myself in a new way. It’s great for when the outside weather is less than ideal!

Thank you Mile High Run Club for letting me try you guys out!

Happy running!