because I’m happy.

16 Apr

I have about a month left of law school – so weird.  Before bar studying consumes my life and this little blog goes on an inevitable hiatus, I’ve been enjoying frolicking around DTLA and doing fun stuff when I’m not pretending to study or working out. Here’s a little glimpse of what’s been making me happy lately…

Last Thursday, I went to a reception for admitted students to my law school who are also scholarship recipients.  I talked to a bunch of 0Ls about the perks of choosing Loyola and soaked in this epic view from the City Club. Major #swoon.

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I recently moved — but only a block from my previous apartment.  Jenn moved in with her fiancé, Daniel, and I’m doing the solo thing. So far, so good!  My mom was a HUGE help in moving me and helping me furnish the apartment.  My mom also spent the day with me last Friday to do some major furniture shopping.  I fell in love with this coffee shop at a random Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was a steal, is one-of-a-kind, handmade, and all the money goes to Habitat for Humanity. Love. 10155400_10103002199040863_7297606057553916044_n

After #WESTWeekend, Whitney and I went on a walk and ran some errands together in Santa Monica. I love where I live SO much. 10155157_10103008183947063_195483132211681008_n

On Monday, I kicked off the week with a 3.5 mile run with Back on My Feet.  I love Team Homeboy and how we all support (and make fun of) each other.  At our turn-around point, I made Gordy, Brian, and Gavino take a selfie with me.

The funniest part of the morning occurred when I jokingly said “vamanizos” when a light changed and we started to run again.  My friend Andres immediately says “Gillian, you’re trying to hard to fit in.”  So funny, and probably true.

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love mah homeboys!

My DTLA Running Group — I started running with them exactly a year ago (the day after the Boston Marathon last year).  It has been amazing getting to know this diverse group of people who constantly push and challenge me to be a better runner.

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What is making you happy this week? 

goals check-in.

17 Apr

Hi everyone!  I can’t believe it’s already mid-April.  This year is speeding by and I’m not sure I like it.  I figured since we’re past the 1/3 mark on the year, I’d do a little update on how my 2014 Resolutions/Goals are going so far:

  • Read 12 books. - I’m relatively on track for this one, about to finish my third.  I got a little off track while moving, re-arranging everything, but I think I can do this one.
  • Do yoga 50 times.  I was on track with this one all the way through the LA Marathon, and then I fell off the wagon a little bit. I was doing yoga at a studio in Santa Monica (I had a groupon).  Once that expired, I’ve been less stoked on yoga.  My gym doesn’t have any instructors I’m loving, and I’ve been getting a little bit more into Body Pump.
  • Buy a cheap used bike and get comfy with it.  Still haven’t made moves on this front. I know, pretty lame for a spin instructor to not have a real bike. Must. Remedy. This.
  • Travel. I haven’t done a ton of traveling just yet (although I did JUST go to San Diego for the weekend with my girlfriends), but I am hoping to plan a trip for after the bar exam and some shorter trips as well before my job begins.
  • Expand my blog. My goal was to incorporate collaborations/working with sponsors (I’ve done some awesome product reviews: HaloBelt, Camelbak Relay, and Clif MOJO bars, to name a couple) and have a couple of fun events lined up. I’m not gonna quit the legal field to blog full time by any means, but I am excited that my blog is heading in the right direction.
  • PR in the marathon. DONE. While I was initially disappointed I didn’t BQ at LA, I am really happy with my PR of over 5-minutes, running a 3:44.
  • No Regrets Bar Studying.  Too early to tell.
  • SUP more often and learn to surf.  I’ve gone SUPing…once so far this year and also haven’t made surfing moves.  There’s time.

General fitness update:

  • Running:  I’ve been toning down my runs post-Ragnar.  I have been getting back into the swing of running with my DTLA Running group once a week, which I love, and running with Back on My Feet – Team Homeboy Industries 2-3 times per week. Last week, my left quad felt a little strained and hasn’t entirely bounced back, and I experience a little bit of top-of-foot pain on my right foot every once in awhile, so I’m trying to listen to my body and not push it.
  • Once again, I wore Thirty48 during all of my legs for Ragnar and their compression sleeves and running socks pretty much saved my legs and feet.

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  • Spinning:  I am still teaching 2x/week, and more if I pick up other classes.  I love making playlists and hanging out with my gym friends, and the fact that a gym employees me is always a good laugh.
  • Yoga: See above.  I need some sort of yoga inspiration. Any ideas?
  • Strength/Weights:  Just when I thought it was practically impossible, I picked up another obsession.  What is it, you ask? Body Pump. I have seen results physically and I love how efficient it is — if I were meandering around on the gym floor for an hour, there is no way I would be able to accomplish as much as I do in a body pump class. Also, the new release (Body Pump 89) just came out and it is no joke.  I have been doing body pump 2-3x/week.
  • Nutrition: A few of my friends from the gym and I are taking part in a “challenge” for the next two months. It’s essentially a paleo diet — no carbs.  So far, it has been pretty easy for meals, but it is a bigger challenge for pre-workout snacks. Does anyone have any carb-free snacks they swear by? I am not doing this for weight loss.  I am comfortable with how I look — I don’t weigh myself because who needs that?  I am doing this because I generally eat whatever I want, all the time, and don’t think about it.  This challenge will be good for me to be thoughtful about nutrition, and it will also be interesting to see if I notice any difference.
  • Walking: I prefer to walk whenever I can — but my FitBit needs some major charging so I have been lagging with stats for that lately.

How are your resolutions coming?  

What are you checking off the list and which are proving to be more of a struggle? 

WEST weekend.

15 Apr

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share some highlights from last weekend.  You may have seen me hashtagging some photos #WESTWeekend.  My best friend (Whitney) has a hyphenated last name, and her initials are WEST.  The weekend was named in her honor because her two college best friends (Dominique and Riley) and I kidnapped her for a night and we spent a night in San Diego. It was so much fun!

Whitney thought she and Riley were spending the day together in Orange County.  Dominique and I met up with them at their favorite little bar in Orange, CA near where they all went to college at Chapman.  Whitney was so surprised — she almost cried!

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Whitney, Dominique, Riley, and me behind the bar at O’s. Please don’t mind my entire arm of bracelets.

We had a drink at O’s and some really intense purple shooter and then headed to begin the weekend!

Our first stop was Stone Brewery in Escondido.  I had been wanting to check this place out since my IPA obsession began.  It was PACKED but we scored a table near the outside bar.

I did a flight of 5 different beers

  1. Stone Ruination IPA Wildflower Honey & Carolina Reaper Peppers (SO peppery I couldn’t drink it). 
  2. Cali-Belgique
  3. Go To IPA –> my fav
  4. Grapefruit Slam IPA –> second fav 
  5. Stone IPA –> a classic 
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alright alright alright.

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It was so fun incessantly quoting lines from #SELFIE relaxing and catching up with these girls! [Side-note: Riley recently got engaged (!) and I hadn't seen her since, so it was also fun to celebrate her this weekend!]

Of course I had to commemorate the trip with a candle.  Don’t worry — it’s pomegranate scented.

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We drove to DT SD and made a pit-stop at Ralph’s before checking into our hotel for some supplies (read: Chex Mix and tequila).  Everyone’s goal was to “drink like college.” Well, that’s a lie, my goal was NOT to do that.  There’s no way I can do that anymore. #old.

We got ready and goofed around a little and mostly took some selfies.

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…and headed out for a late dinner and drinks.  We explored The Gaslamp and noshed at Las Hadas.  The service was great and we all enjoyed the food.

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After dinner, we bumped around at various bars (amidst a gaggle of bachelorette parties).  The first place we ended up at (The Reef?) lured us in with it’s $2 beer specials and overly friendly security guard.  He personally escorted us to the next bar — sweet of him, but not our scene.

We ended up at Barley Mash. I have no clue whether or not this place is “cool” or not but we had a good time.  Things that were awesome:

  • not having to wait in line due to some friends we met outside.  Shout out to the guys in town for the Padres/Tigers game who let us stand with them.
  • early 2000s hip hop music. (To the windows! To the wall!)
  • #SELFIE and Drunk in Love being played.  That’s all I need.

I drank the least, but somehow ended up being the biggest mess at the end of the night. #sweatmonster.

The next morning, I woke up at 8 and squeezed in a super short run before everyone else was up and about.  I headed out from our hotel for an out and back along the marina.

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We caffeinated and hydrated and then headed up to La Jolla for brunch before we got on the road.  I enjoyed my challah french toast at Nosh.

It was a great 24 hours and we accomplished our main goal of surprising Whitney with a fun weekend!  I’ve gotten to know Riley and Dominique really well over the years and I always enjoy spending time with them!  I also accomplished my secondary of keeping a secret for more than ten seconds — so that was a victory.

  • Favorite things to do in San Diego?
  • Favorite IPA?
  • SD people What’s Barley Mash’s reputation?

 

 

coachella for runners [Ragnar SoCal Recap]

7 Apr

Warning:  This post is going to be DOOZY.  But bear with me, it’s a good one.

This last weekend, I had the privilege to race Ragnar SoCal with Team Dirrty Dozen.  I had always wanted to do a Ragnar, but was put off by the insane amount of organization that would be required.  Luckily, my friend Melissa contacted me a few months ago about filling a spot on a team of women who met at FitBloggin’ and I jumped at the chance.

Our team consisted of 12 women, 6 in each van.  Here’s the breakdown of team Dirrty Dozen:

Van 1

Van 2

We all met up on Thursday night for a team dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  I drove home to DTLA, and set my alarm for 4:10 am to meet up with the team the next morning.  It was an early morning, but I was excited!

The race started in Huntington Beach, and we finished in downtown San Diego.  20 teams or so started every 15 minutes.  Our start time was 6:45 a.m. on Friday, so we got to the start about an hour before hand for a safety check and registration. And of course, team photos.

I love Huntington Beach — I had a fun 13.1 there last year, and my good friends Heather and Blake got married there as well (in HB, not at the half marathon).  I’ve also spent a couple of 4th of Julys there.  Fun way to start the weekend!

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Jenica, Debbie, Jillienne, Me, Lizzie, Jamie, Amy, Kathleen, Kia, Jill, and Carrie :)

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My friend Andres (from my DTLA Running Group and BoMF) was running on a different team — the awesomely named “Ragnafarians.”  We bumped into them many times throughout the weekend.  I was so impressed by their attention to detail with their theme.

IMG_6320After a good amount of time goofing around, it was 6:45 and Lizzie began her first leg along the bike bath in Huntington Beach. She ran even splits and seemed relaxed.  Our first legs took us from HB to Irvine — Jenica ran through Chapman University’s campus, Jillienne’s exchange was at Angels Stadium, and I picked up the slap bracelet baton from Amy in Tustin.

My first leg was 9 miles through the city of Tustin to Orange County’s Great Park in Irvine.  Although I’m no OC native, I know the Great Park well because I ran the Color Run there two years ago (with my friend Riley!) My first leg was hot and slightly uphill most of the way.

Although it wasn’t the most scenic of routes — mostly residential with some strip malls — I had a great time.  The roads are not closed for Ragnar events, meaning that we often got stopped at stop lights.  While it was sometimes annoying, I enjoyed the ability to interact and chat with other runners.  I went out a little fast, but had my total pace come in at 7:22/mile.

In Ragnar parlance, “kills” are the number of people you pass each leg. My first leg had a  kill count of 42. IMG_6334

Shout out to Thirty 48 for saving my feet and calves in the first two legs!

I handed off the slap bracelet to the speedy and inspiring Jamie, who began the first round of runs for Van 2. The first “major exchange” was quite a spectacle – tons of vendors and people milling around looking for their runner or runners looking for their teams.

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After I cleaned myself off to the best of my ability (dry shampoo and Action wipes FTW), we refueled with Quest Bars that Jillienne picked up from Nutri Shop Pasadena.  SO good.  IMG_6332We drove out to Dana Point where we’d exchange with Van 2 again in a few hours.  But first, we rehydrated and refueled with some pizza and beer.

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I fell in love with Dana Point…

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…and it was at this major exchange where I dubbed Ragnar “Coachella for Runners.”  Tons of people were using this idle time between the exchanges as a chance to sleep (in sleeping backs on the grass).  Others were eating, drinking coffee, foam-rolling and tiger-tailing. The rest were marking vans with innuendo-filled sayings, or of course, chatting about running.  It was so awesome being surrounded by hundreds of people who are as obsessed with the sport as I am, and it reminded me why I love it so much.

IMG_6338I also ran into my Back on My Feet buddies in Dana Point.  I would have been on their team if Dirrty Dozen hadn’t nabbed me first, so I was glad I got to spend some time with them.

10175009_1436133303294518_354201808_n-1After a few hours, it was time for Lizzie to start her second leg.  It was awesome that she and Andres (from the Ragnafarians) were waiting in the hand-off zone together!

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Lizzie’s leg was challenging — the sun set right as she started, and she had 12 miles to cover in the dark with no van support of any kind.  She got an awesome pint glass for finishing it though, I am still jealous.

Ragnar rules require that between the hours of 6:30 pm and 6:30 am, all runners have to wear a reflective vest, a head lamp, and a tail light.  Jillienne and I sported our matching Halo Belts.  Neither of us even noticed them while we were running – and they looked cool.

IMG_6351My second leg was a 2.7 miler through Oceanside down to the pier. It was short and mostly downhill, but the challenging aspect was that it was as at 1:20 am.  I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible, so my van could eat and rest.  My first mile was 6:30 (whoops), but I held on and finished the whole thing with an average pace of 6:47.  I am SO not in 5k shape and this was a challenge — but it was so fun.  I blasted my obnoxious music and was reminded of just how much I love the sport. (Yes, running is a sport). Total kills = 21. IMG_6360My teammates were also crazy supportive and put up with my goofiness.  They also all think I’m some crazy speed demon (ha!).

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We high-tailed it out of Oceanside and headed to the next major exchange (in Carlsbad).  But first, we got food at the only option — McDonald’s.  We all laughed when in the woman in the drive through urged us to enjoy the rest of our day.  Which day?? One double cheeseburger later and we all got to pass out for the “night.”  2 hours of sleep in a van? #winning.

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Lizzie’s third leg began before 6 in Carlsbad.  She had the most mileage, but arguably the sickest views. IMG_6367Our team killed hills and meandered through cute beach towns of Northern San Diego County.  Around 10:15 am, Amy finished her last leg and “slapped” me.

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I set off for an easy and relaxed 4+ miler through Torrey Pines into La Jolla.  My first time miles were pretty hilly, so I kept it controlled by enjoying the scenery and trying to perfect the art of the runner selfie. IMG_6384I wanted to NOT go out too fast for once, so I actually sang out loud a little bit to try and keep my pace under control.  It worked!

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This was my favorite leg by far. It was so beautiful, the weather was gorgeous, and I wasn’t killing myself.  I “killed” 17 people. My favorite part was passing a group of 3 athletic looking dudes — who I am sure though “who does this chick think she is?”  One of them passed me again but only for a few strides. HAH. IMG_6393

 

I slapped Jamie and she was off!  My splits were uneven due to the hills — 8:08, 9:24, 7:43, 7:10 but it felt incredible.  And I was done! IMG_6398

We all snapped some photos as Van 2′s runners set off.

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RAGNARIAN!

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Jillienne, Me, Amy, Lizzie, Kia, and Jenica

We enjoyed a nice brunch at Cody’s in La Jolla before heading down to DT SD to wait for Van 2′s runners to come in.  It was SO amazing to have real food.

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We mozeyed down to San Diego.  We met up with the Ragnafarians yet again (I stole a piece of pizza from them – thanks guys!) and tried to avoid falling asleep standing up.

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IMG_6404After a little while, Runner #12, Debbie, came toward the finish.  Ragnar culture dictates, though, that the whole team crosses the line together.  The only problem? Debbie beat Van 2 to the finish!  After maybe 20 minutes or so they appeared, and we all crossed together. (This was about 4pm on Saturday.  You can do the math time wise).

Any race that has a bottle opener for a medal gets two thumbs up from me.

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We posed for pictures, talked about the race, and then slowly said our goodbyes before going our separate ways.

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It was an incredible weekend and an inspiring one.  I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about whether or not I would like Ragnar (let alone doing it with strangers!)  I thought “Why would I run 16 miles over 22 hours when I could do that in a little over 2 hours?”  The added challenges of no sleep, weird times, and weird nutrition made it a unique race.  Additionally, it didn’t feel like running one 16 mile race — I felt like I ran 9 miles, a 5k, and then a 4 mile fun run.

I would totally do another Ragnar and am already trying to coerce my best friend to do a team with me one day. It was crazy, but just the right amount of crazy!

  • What’s your favorite race you’ve ever done?
  • Are you a Ragnarian?
  • Did you log some miles this weekend? Where? 

 

 

 

 

legality of influence. [Fashion Law Symposium]

24 Mar

This past Saturday, March 22nd, I spent a few hours on campus (weird, I know) to attend a symposium put on by the Fashion Law clinic at my law school.  The name of the symposium was “One Channel Does Not Fit All:  The Fashion Law Implications of Omnichannel Marketing.”

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Let’s be real — I will be the first to tell you I am NOT interested in high-fashion (or even low-fashion, if that’s a thing).  My best friend is always on me about buying clothes that actually fit and spending time in stores that aren’t Lululemon.  So I didn’t go to this symposium because I want a career in fashion law.  I peeped the different panel discussions and one of them — about the legality of influence and the laws governing disclosures for bloggers — really interested me.

I had to miss the panels before lunch (because spin class) but I showered quickly, threw on a business-y dress that passes for fashionable in my eyes (even though I’m pretty sure peplum is pretty 2012), and headed over just in time for the lunch program.

Lunch was awesome for two reasons – first, it was catered by Joan’s on Third.  Second, it featured an interesting discussion between Bernard Campbell, co-founder of Fi3, and Crosby Noricks, Founder and Fashion Marketing Strategist at PR Couture.

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One component of the discussion was whether or not there is a place for stores in this era of digital marketing.  Crosby emphasized that she thinks stores will gain importance again, but it will be about the experience as opposed to the products themselves.  Again, I had to think about this as it applies to my life — but there’s definitely something about the Lululemon experience that makes me willing to spend a little more as opposed to trudging through clearance bins at the Nike Outlet.

Crosby also commented on the prominence of social tools — like bulletin boards — on brand websites, and how brands like Free People are reacting to consumer behavior by encouraging the use of things like selfies and hashtags and integrating them into the in-store and online shopping experience.

After lunch was the panel I was super stoked on — “Legality of Influence (Advertising & Disclosures).”

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Moderator:  Oren Bitan, Attorney,  Buchalter Nemer

Speakers:

  • Candice Hyon, Corporate Counsel of Marketing, Privacy, and Property at Forever 21
  • Lauren Indvik, Editor in Chief, Fashionista.com
  • Stacy Procter, Staff Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
  • Rey Kim, General Counsel and Senior VP, Legal and Business Development, HALSTON

I nerded out HARD while listening to this panel because it was pretty much a direct convergence of my professional (ish) life with one of my passions – blogging/social media.

First, I found it interesting that the FTC governs bloggers (I’m living in a cave and never really gave it much thought).

The FTC  is a civil enforcement agency.  It serves to protect consumers and to protect competition, and specifically focuses on policing unfair or deceptive acts.  Unfair or deceptive acts consist of:

  • a representation/omission
  • that is material
  • and is likely to mislead the consumer [a reasonable consumer, not someone who is ingrained in the industry and should know that posts are sponsored, etc.]

Under Section 5 of the FTC Act,  ALL material connections between bloggers and the advertisers/sponsor must be disclosed.  This applies to all types of blogs, and fashion bloggers are not exempt even though it could change the reader’s perception of them. Stacy suggested bloggers err on the side of caution and DISCLOSE material connections.  Makes sense.

Disclosures don’t have to take any specific form — they just need to be clear and conspicuous to the reader.

Here’s some other facts from the discussion I found fascinating:

  • Pinterest is the highest grossing social network.  The average user is on it for 1 hr and 15 minutes and spends $175.  Take that, Instagram.
  • One audience member explained that many brands mentioned in rap songs are paid placements. (Example: “Pass the Courvoisier” was paid, but “Tom Ford” was not).  He also emphasized the fact that rappers are held to a different standard because there is no disclosure requirement.  I thought that was really interesting — I had no idea these were paid, but it makes sense.
  • While there may be some confusion between who is a “blogger” and who is a “journalist,”  journalists are governed by a Code of Ethics that requires that they do not accept gifts.
  • One panelist mentioned GOMI in the context that readers  are aware of when bloggers aren’t disclosing things they should be. LOVED the GOMI shout-out and I am pretty sure I was the only person in the audience who had heard of it.

I stuck around for the last panel —  “Legally Good: How to be Socially Responsible and Why it’s the ‘Right Thing to Do’ for Fashion Brands” — but I started to zone out a little and didn’t find this one quite as interesting.

After the presentation, I chatted with some of my friends who are in the Fashion Law clinic and got to meet Professor Riordan and some other people who attended the symposium.

I’m glad I checked it out!  If you made it all the way to the bottom of this nerd-fest, do me a solid and answer one of the following:

  • Favorite apparel brand (fitness or normal “fashion”)?  Why? 
  • Do any of your favorite brands do anything marketing related that you find particularly innovative? 
  • Favorite marketing slogan (currently)? 
  • What is your personal policy for your blog re: disclosures? 

clif mojo + camelbak relay review.

23 Mar

I’m recovering from a week filled of workouts (6 spin classes in 5 days might be a tad on the aggressive side) but I wanted to pop in and share my thoughts on a couple of products that were recently sent to me to check out!

I’m a fan of Clif Bar — half a Clif Bar has often been a pre-run go-to for me.  A little while ago, Clif reached out and asked if I’d be interested in trying their MOJO bars.  Of course I said yes.

IMG_6119Overall,  the MOJO bars reminded me a LOT of KIND bars (which are a favorite of mine).  I like that the bars had real chunks of dried fruit and whole nuts, as well as other healthy and delicious things (chia seeds, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, etc.)

My favorite flavors were the ones with dark chocolate – both the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond were rich and dessert-like.  I liked the idea of a Coconut Almond Peanut bar but I feel like there was maybe one too many flavors going on in there.  While peanuts and coconuts are two of my favorite things I’m not sure they go together. I’d buy these bars and I think they’re on par with KIND bars, but I think overall KIND bars might be slightly more tasty.

This week I also had the opportunity to check out a new product from Camelbak, the “Relay” water filtration system, which will be available in stores this month.

The Relay is similar to a Brita system, but what’s cool about the Relay is that it filters in real time.  I’ve used a Brita filter for years, and while it’s convenient, I sort of love that this fills up entirely while you’re at the sink.  It also makes transportation of the device back to the fridge easier because the pitcher isn’t top heavy because all of the water is waiting to be filtered.

 photo 1 (6)So far, I am a convert.  I am hoping the filter refills will be easy to find (meaning that they better be at my local City Target because that’s the only place I ever go).

[Disclosure: Clif Bar and Camelbak both sent me product free to review, but I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own].

Tell me:

  • Favorite snack bar? 
  • Have you tried the MOJO? Fav flav?
  • Do you use a water filtration system of some kind or do you trust the tap? 

random things i’m loving.

20 Mar

Howdy!

I know I’ve been a bad blogger post-marathon.  But the good news is I’ve been saving up a lot of fun things to tell you guys about.

Last Friday, BFF Whitney and I rented stand-up paddle boards in Marina del Rey for an hour.  We got a Groupon for $12 for a one-hour rental from Phins.  It was great getting out there!  IMG_6127Whitney had the day off, but after SUP-ing we bopped over to her office for a special lunch talk with Paul Rusesabagina, who harbored Rwandan refugees in a hotel he managed during the Rwandan genocide. (The real life Don Cheadle from “Hotel Rwanda”).  I haven’t seen the movie, but he was insanely inspiring and it was an honor to meet him.

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I can’t wait to read his book and to learn more about the work he is doing!

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Saturday highlights included a weights class and teaching a little spin, watching my (former) roommate Jenn try on a few wedding dresses, and then law prom (also known as “Barrister’s Ball”) at the W in Westwood.  Aviva and I pregamed with our friends Blake and Heather and Heather gave me a (needed) makeover.  You’d think by 26 I could do hair and makeup.  NOPE.  #girlfail.

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I mostly chatted with attractive 1Ls my friends and demanded more hip hop music be played.  It was a fun night!

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Sunday featured the usual body pump/spin back-to-back combo.  Afterwards, two of my gym budz took me to lunch at LA Café for the greatest sandwich of all time, the lobster grilled cheese.  They claimed it was to celebrate my marathon but really they just wanted an excuse to taste heaven.

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What was sad, though, is when I got home Jenn was completely moved out! (She’s engaged and you know engaged people live together sometimes).  I am excited to live on my own, don’t get me wrong, but I lived with Jenn for almost 3 full years and will definitely miss some of our routines (like watching various TV shows together, gossiping about our mutual friends, judging the blogs we both read, and her giving me advice/laughing about my wreck of a life and the jokes of situations I get myself into).  I think the hardest transition will be not calling her “my roommate” anymore.

I also have some random things I did before the LA Marathon so I’m sticking them here.  You’re welcome.

The day before the marathon, I went to a 5k at LMU with Back on My Feet.  I didn’t race, but I cheered my teammates and drank a ton of this water.  OBSESSED with hint and need to find it somewhere ASAP.

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A few days before the race I indulged in a Soul Cycle class c/o RackedLA.  It was my first time at the BH location (meh) and my first class with Pixie.

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I also have been hitting up my Farmer’s Market obsession on the reg.  I love having fresh flowers scattered around my apartment.

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Um also my friend Jackie made me THE coolest sign, ever, before the marathon.  See for yourself:

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Jackie and I also hit up my fav DTLA rooftop bar, the Ace Hotel. #swoon.

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I ordered the “Amazing Frozen Drink” which made me happy because (a) it was delicious (b) it was made with tequila (c) the bartender made a happy face with cherries and a lime. #easilyamused

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Another reason I love the Ace: the spire of the hotel was modeled after the Segovia Cathedral which is outside Madrid. Love.

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Because this post was so random, answer one of these:

  • Drink of choice? From where?
  • Favorite type of grilled cheese?
  • Have you tried SUPing?
  • What are you doing today?