no more white.

10 Sep

Except this isn’t a fashion blog.  It is, however,  after Labor Day.   Moving right along…

I am the worst blogger because I never blog anymore…but I’m really great at Instagram (#humblebrag?) so catch me over at @gillianbcn for more consistent micro-blogging.   That said,  I wanted to give all y’all a little round-up of how my summer ended.  Here’s a random assortment of what I got after:

IPAs + some Cal bears

Once a month,  the Cal Alumni chapter of LA does a happy hour downtown.  I’ve only made it to a few of them,  but it’s fun networking and talking about how much Berkeley has changed since we left.  In August,  my BFF Jenn and I hit up the Pez Cantina happy hour, which just so happened to be on National IPA Day.  #boom


Ryan’s Engagement: One of my good friends from my high school, Ryan aka Ryry, proposed to his girlfriend Shana and we all went out to celebrate.  Good times with awesome people.  Can’t believe how long these hoodrats have been in my life.


Dinner Lab:  My buddy Eric and I hit up Dinner Lab recently for a 5-course “Cali Creole” meal.  The best part of the night was when his ex’s MOM randomly sat next to us.  LA is a small place.  Also,  I tried frog legs and determined they’re just okay.  I love this event because I love meeting new people,  trying new food,  and exploring LA.

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Work Stuff: The last month has brought some interesting work including a couple of interesting cases, a few random hearings at cool places, and work at a Small Claims Clinic at Southwestern Law School.



12th Man in San Diego:  My parents and I went on an adventure to San Diego a couple of weekends ago to watch the Seahawks beat the Chargers.  While Qualcomm left something to be desired (how is it cash only? This is 2015) was all had a great time, and the Seahawks managed a W.


South Bay Soul Cycle with Fit & Awesome:  I met Lindsey through social media a few years ago,  and her blog hosted an amazingly fun Soul Cycle class in Manhattan Beach,  taught by the amazingly energetic and rap-loving Jillian.


Wedding Crasher:  My friend Robert asked me to be his plus one for a wedding of two of his law school friends — and I had a great time even though I didn’t know anyone else there.  The bride and groom’s vows were so personable (and funny!) that I felt like I knew them by the end of the ceremony.  I’m just glad I managed not to cry at the wedding of two strangers,  although I may have told the bride on the dance floor that I loved her.  GET IT TOGETHER, G.



Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari: I joke a lot on Twitter about online dating and how it’s the worst,  but now I’m sort of glad I’ve gone through it/am doing it so I can relate to Aziz’s hilarious book.  Aziz wrote/narrates,  but it was co-written by a sociologist Eric Klinenberg straight outta NYU.  This book explains things like why having too many options/choices has hurt millennial dating,  why texting is the worst,  and how social media facilitates cheating.  I expected to laugh out loud dozens of times while reading this, but I didn’t expect to relate to it as much as I did, so that was cool.  Shoutout to my friend Dom’s boyfriend, Josh, for hard-selling me on this.  Also shout-out to a dude I went on two Bumble dates with for also urging me to read this — we will never speak again but hey, I got this awesome book experience out of it…and some beer I didn’t have to pay for. #winning!


deep in the dog days.

24 Jul

Where do I even begin since it’s been two solid months since I’ve posted anything?  I can’t even use “I’m busy at work” as an excuse — I was busy, but busier earlier in the year when I was better about blogging.  So, in lieu of giving you a play-by-play of every single thing I’ve done in the last two months, I thought I’d summarize with some highlights. So here’s what I’ve been up to:

#AllRiledUp + #AllinonCoughlin

My friends Riley and Johnny got married last weekend and I was also honored to be able to participate in the bachelorette festivities back in May in Austin, Texas and I also had a blast at the wedding.  Riley is my best friend by “transitive property” (my best friend from HS’s best friend from college) and she and I have been lucky enough to forge our own friendship.  Her husband is pretty great too.  Anyway,  we had a blast in Austin and in Las Vegas for the wedding itself.  Inside jokes for DAYS.

We had a great time in Austin — my friends made me “Texas two-step” with a random lawyer they “found” (thanks, everyone).  My revenge was getting the DJ at the wedding to play “Tuesday.”  But I digress…I loved exploring the Austin street art scene,  checking out some local gastropubs, and doing the whole “dirty 6th” thing.  We all had a great time.




The wedding was held in Summerlin — a little ways off the strip — and it was such a pretty location for a wedding!  Since my closest friends were in the wedding itself, I kicked it with Whitney and Dominique’s dates.  We came up with a pretty long list of inside jokes in just a few hours.  I had a great time at the wedding and have never seen Riley or Johnny look happier!


(Total fail…I didn’t get a single photo with the bride, groom, or my friends who were bridesmaids).

Palm Springs with my #LAwHers

One weekend late in June, I spent two epic days in the desert with my friends Heather and Kristina.  (We dubbed ourselves #LAwHers because we are all (female) lawyers in Los Angeles.  Oh yeah, we also all have quite the social media problems).  Heather is married to my good friend from law school, Blake, and I met Kristina through Heather.  We had the best time — Heather and I ended up at a drag show (?!) the night SCOTUS made gay marriage legal in all 50 states — so cool.  Kristina joined us the next morning and the three of us spent some QT in the pool.  We had fun goofing off and celebrating Kristina’s recent engagement, but also bonded over the #lawlife and gave each other advice.  I am so lucky to have such smart, supportive, gunnerish friends who get me.  Oh, and we all had major luck the next day the outlets and date shakes are the best things, ever.






Fourth of July

I was supposed to be in Palm Springs for the second week in a row,  but when plans changed at the last minute I improvised and it ended up being a great weekend.  For the past several years I’ve done a 5k on the 4th, and this year I was able to keep the tradition alive.  My parents joined me for a short little race in Newbury Park, not far from where I grew up.  Racing short distances is always a struggle — and this course had a pretty substantial hill.  I ended up getting first in my age group — my mom took second, and my dad took 3rd, and we all walked away with watermelon “medals.”

I spent the rest of the day party-hopping in DTLA and watched fireworks while some of my high school friends got into a dance-off with some random people on our roof.


I’ve also been lucky to hit up a few sporting events this summer — multiple Dodger games and FC Barcelona v. LA Galaxy.  Nothing better than a stadium beer.

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On Wednesday,  my running bud Andres roped me into an 11 mile “run” (some parts were  more like an insanely steep hike) from Echo Park Lake to the top of Griffith Park to see the Teahouse that a collective of artists constructed in the middle of the night.   The city is allegedly taking down the teahouse on Monday, so I wanted to see it while I could.  The run was tough — my calves started tweaking out on me about halfway — but it was SO COOL to see the teahouse.  I didn’t snap any photos, but the sunset over the Hollywood sign and the views of the city were pretty breathtaking as well.




My friend Eric introduced me to DinnerLab a few months ago, an in June we hit up a delicious multi-course dinner put on by Recreo Supper Club.  It was held at the Annenberg Space for Photography in the CAA building – and every single thing we tasted was incredible.  I’d totally recommend checking out DinnerLab if you’re at all a foodie.  The seating is communal which is awesome – we met some really cool people and also chatted with the chef.    Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.51.05 AM


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Coolest thing you’ve done this summer?  Cool things I should be doing?

#Mountains2Beach Marathon Recap

25 May

Yesterday I ran my third marathon – Mountains 2 Beach which started in Ojai and ended on the beach in Ventura. I wanted to get my recap done ASAP to remember all of the highs and various lows from this race.  Overall, it was a fabulous race experience and I also learned a lot for future training cycles.

My training going into this marathon was better than my previous two — I got in more long runs, and my pace was consistently better than it has been in the past.  I felt strong, and I wasn’t nervous heading into yesterday.  This is in stark contrast to when I ran LA in 2014 — I was a ball of nerves the entire week before because I had put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, even though I realized no one really cares about my time except for me.

Anyway,  my parents generously agreed to come up to Ventura with me on Saturday.  We hit up packet pick-up at Ventura High School on our way, which was a huge chaotic mess. I loved this race but their organization was awful at packet pick-up.  Various unmarked lines and very little space for the number of people it was trying to accommodate.  Also, the expo was really tiny and there wasn’t much going on, but it at least made it relatively easy to make quick work of it.


My parents and I headed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura which was great — we walked onto Main Street for an early dinner at Bombay Burger Bar which beyond hit the spot.  I’m pretty sure if you’re craving something the day before a marathon you should not deny yourself that craving and my body was telling me I needed a hamburger.  Granted,  my body tells me this a lot, but I listened on a pre-race day.  It was insanely hard to watch my Dad have a couple of beers while I drank water.  But there’s a first time for everything.



I managed to get to sleep around 9:30, which was helpful because my alarm was set to 3:15.  This race shuttles everyone from Ventura up to the start in Ojai, and my shuttle time was 4 a.m.  Waking up that early is never easy, but pre-race adrenaline got me going, and once I got to Ojai I ran into my #DTLARunning buddies Alvaro, Cynthia, Kevin, and Kendra and that helped pass the time.  On the shuttle,  I met a guy who had done this race before who suggested I stay to the left because sometimes the water stations are only one side.  That tip came in handy later on.

My race strategy was to conserve the first 10, pick up the pace the second 10, and to hang on for the last 6.  This worked very well for the first 20 – and the first part of the race was nothing short of euphoric.  We started in Ojai and essentially did a big loop to add mileage.  I was hovering in between the 3:28 and 3:33 pacer for this portion.  There’s one very gradual uphill for about a mile at mile 6 and I made a conscious effort to slow my pace and not to push it.  My iPod was set to shuffle and everything was on-point, one great song after another.  I had this amazing feeling of “this is going to be my day…I’m going to shatter my PR.”  Even the signs were inspired.  My two favorites were ones that said “One if By Land – Boston Bound” and “San Diego – 200 miles.  Boston – 22 miles” held by someone at mile 4.

  • Mile 1: 8:00
  • Mile 2: 7:53
  • Mile 3: 7:36
  • Mile 4: 7:44
  • Mile 5: 7:37
  • Mile 6: 8:11
  • Mile 7: 8:07
  • Mile 8: 7:54
  • Mile 9: 7:31
  • Mile 10: 7:20

The miles were sort of blurring together and before I knew it I was at mile 10.  At this point I realized I could pick it up if I wanted to, so I accelerated when I felt like it and used the downhill.  I passed the 3:28 pacer.  And then I passed the 3:23 pacer. I knew I’d slow down once we got to the flat portion for the last 5 miles or so, but I figured this would give me a solid buffer to still BQ.

  • Mile 11: 7:33
  • Mile 12: 7:19
  • Mile 13: 7:05
  • (1:40:xx at the half)
  • Mile 14: 7:17
  • Mile 15: 7:39
  • Mile 16: 7:49
  • Mile 17: 8:02

Around this point I started to get a little bit tired, so I started walking through the water stations.  It was starting to get hot, and this portion of the bike path did not have a lot of cloud cover.  Based on my rough math,  I thought I could slow to a 9 min/mile average and still BQ, so with small walk breaks I’d be about 9 minutes per mile with my running pace still around 8 minutes/mile.

  • Mile 18: 8:49
  • Mile 19: 8:34
  • Mile 20: 8:51

Somewhere in the 21st mile is when things got rough.  I started to feel the beginnings of muscle spasms earlier in my race, and I had taken a salt pill to try and prevent them from taking over. In mile 21 I took another pill, and walked A LOT.  At one point when we made the turn off the bike path, I started running again and BOOM.   Both calves instantly seized up at the same time.  Every time I tried to run, they’d be okay for maybe a minute or so, and then spasm again.  Literally charley horse after charley horse with both calves.

  • Mile 21: 8:30
  • Mile 22: 12:39


I thought I’d maybe have a chance If I could get my calves to cooperate, but by now the 3:23 and 3:28 pacers were long gone.   At this point, I saw my parents who were cheering.  I told them “it’s gonna be close” as I ran by — I was still hanging with the 3:33 pacer.  Little did I know my calves would only get worse, essentially leaving me to walk the last 3 miles. Every time I would try to run both calves would seize.  

  • Mile 23: 8:23
  • Mile 24: 11:46
  • Mile 25: 12:58
  • Mile 26: 12:42
  • You can see the pain.

    You can see the pain.



    Total Time:  3:46:11

    This was unbelievably disappointing — I never really felt like I went into glycogen debt and I felt strong most of the way.  I crossed the finish line and started to cry.  Not from the disappointment of missing the BQ — I frankly did not deserve it with that race and that day will come.  What frustrated me is how EVERYTHING else was perfect — my nutrition,  the course, the music, the weather…Ugh.

    I rallied myself to a slow walk back to the hotel, showered, and took some standard social media photos.



    Later, my mom did some research and we think poor hip extension is the cause of my muscle spasms/charley horses.   So I will definitely be working on that and adding yoga into my routine.

    Overall, I am proud of what I accomplished yesterday and I loved the race.  The course was BEAUTIFUL and FAST.  I didn’t love miles 17-19, but I would know that for future years and plan accordingly.  I also loved that the race started at 6 AM – making it much easier to beat the heat, since it never really got THAT hot, although it did get sunny.

    I spent the rest of the afternoon eating In-n-Out and drinking an IPA while watching Pitch Perfect with my mom.  Fat Amy’s “horizontal running” even seems too taxing right now…

    Thank you to EVERYONE who sent me positive vibes and social media likes the last couple of days.  Yesterday was an emotional ride but so worth it.

    random things i felt compelled to share.

    10 May

    So my blogging has been sporadic…but over the last month I’ve saved up some things to share with you guys.  Here’s a random list of things I like/love/am obsessed with:

    I know, I know…such a blogger cliché to jump on the subscription box bandwagon – but I am loving the $19/month commitment to Rocksbox…they ship me 3 pieces of jewelry, I wear them until I feel like sending them back…and the cycle repeats.  I love the fact I don’t have to commit to buying the pieces (although there is an option to purchase).  Yay for baby steps to being an adult.  (I loved these earrings and this necklace from my first set).


    • Speaking of boxes – although not a subscription box I LOVE LOVE LOVE the curated gift boxes the girls (based in LA!) put together over at BoxFox.  I sent my friend Whitney the “hustle” box when she started a new job in SF and grabbed my mom one for Mother’s Day.
    • Baseball season. Hellooooooo Dodger stadium!



    • Casual Fridays.  because duh.


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    • The fact the TimeHop app lets me relive college.  Here’s a photo of me, Kathleen, and Amanda with (one of) our favorite college bar’s bouncers. So normal.


    • My high school guy friends.  I have one biological brother and 10 brudders.  They’re the best.

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    • Thursdays…have been and always will be my favorite day of the week.

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    • Social Media & the law – I’ve done some interesting things at work lately related to social media which has been fun.  Fun fact:  Although users might think their snapchats disappear, forensics experts can still obtain them. IMG_1977
    • High school reunions.  Loved seeing two of my close girl friends this past weekend at Malibu Wines.  I had the best time in high school (I know, I’m one of those obnoxious people) and always love re-connecting with my HS peeps.


     What’s a random thing you’re loving?

    my 3 fitness obsessions [b/c “girl crush” sounds too creepy].

    14 Apr

    These three women inspire me to be a better runner and a stronger athlete — and you may not have heard of any of them because they’re not Olympians or professional athletes, but they have inspired me over the years and I thought I should share the wealth!

    I started taking spin classes in 2008 at Cal’s on-campus gym, and I quickly became low-key obsessed with Anja’s class. (Her six-minute slow remix of B. Spears’ “Toxic” = legendary).  I admired her enthusiasm and how dedicated she was…and not to mention that she was also a gymnast and getting her masters in nursing.   A few years later, she’s a nurse in Los Angeles, and a master trainer with Daily Burn and teaching classes at Equinox.  I’m no Anja, but I found her ability to pursue multiple passions inspiring, and she was a huge motivator for me in deciding to get spin certified and teach a class.  It’s been amazing to watch her success unfold via social media.




    No clue why I even bother taking a class with anyone but Laura Crago.  I dubbed her class #ChurchOfCrago because it is that amazing.  Insane beats, energy, and motivation…and she has an EDGE.  Last week my friend Riley said “I want to be her…but you REALLY want to be her.”  Yuppp.  Not weird at all.  Sometimes some of the yoga-like speeches instructors give at the end of SoulCycle classes come off as trite, but Crago’s always inspire me. Last week, she managed to not only say “Bye Felicia” but also one of my favorite quotes of hers — “How you do anything is how you do everything.”  Her class is tough but amazing and she is a total bad ass.  Go take her class immediately.

    image: Soul Cycle website

    image: Soul Cycle website

    Janae is both a warrior and an amazing athlete.  I follow a lot of running bloggers – but Janae is more like a runner who happens to have a blog.  She is a beast — she’s close to breaking 3 hours in the marathon.  I find her particularly inspiring because  a few years ago, she went through a divorce while being somewhat in the public eye…and during this particularly stressful time she destroyed her own PR in the half marathon and broke 1:30.  She has also blogged honestly about her relationship and what it’s like dating while being a single mom, and has always come off as grateful and classy.  Her mantra of “I can do hard things” has proved true for her – and she has inspired me to push myself.

    image: Hungry Runner Girl website

    image: Hungry Runner Girl website

    Who is your biggest fitness inspiration? 

    vacation state of mind.

    13 Apr

    One thing that has been different about being an “actual adult” with a job (as opposed to a fake adult 3LOL-ing my way through last year) is that my weeks are MUCH more structured.  I love routine — so in a lot of ways this is great for me — but it has been an adjustment to build in spontaneity and fun on non-weekend days.

    Last Thursday, on an out-of-the-ordinary trip to SoulCycle to visit the #ChurchOfCrago with Whitney and Riley, I announced I was “on vacation.”  Whitney asked “Really?  Don’t you have work tomorrow?”  I laughed — of course I did — but I have adopted something I like to call the “vacation mindset.”  Whenever I sneak in an unexpected break in my routine, I am SHOCKED at how happy it makes me and how it literally serves to brighten my whole day.  Here’s some recent things I’ve done to cultivate the “vacation mindset.”



    • A few months ago I attended a hearing in Santa Monica…so instead of sitting in traffic to get out there, I headed west early, hit up a rooster class at SoulCycle and ate breakfast by the ocean.  (Basically SoulCycle = vacation for me if you haven’t figured that out.  I am a cheap date).


    • Worked out of our other LA office in Century City.  I did this last month — a couple of my colleagues laughed at me when I said I felt like I was on vacation, but I seriously did.  I am overdue for a mid-week jaunt to Century City.


    • Having coffee with my Dad after his gym session in DTLA before we both head to work.


    • Changing up my route to hit up Two Guns Espresso’s new stand (outside of the PwC building)


    • Carpooling with my Dad out to Oak Park for dinner with my family, and heading back in with him the next morning…complete with a super early Starbucks run to fuel the commute.unnamed-4
    • The occasional pre-work breakfast with the Cal Alumni Association or Creative Mornings/LA

    January’s CM/LA with Eric Joule from Strava.

    How do you get into the vacation mindset? 

    hollywood half recapped.

    12 Apr

    Yesterday I ran my 18th half marathon.  (That number is now approaching embarrassing status, but I digress).  The course wasn’t my favorite but it was still a good experience overall, so I thought I’d break it down as I procrastinate work (noticing a theme?) and trying to overcome my sleep deprivation.  ANYWAY.

    I started off the morning with a 4:30 wake-up call.  Did my usual coffee/oatmeal/selfie thing, and headed out the the metro right around 5.



    I met up with some of the #DTLARunning crew and we headed over to the start at Hollywood and Highland for the race start at 6.

    I ran the 10k here two years ago, so I knew what to expect, but my initial criticisms of the race are twofold: (1) there weren’t really easy-to-find porta-potties near the start (or I am blind), so I waited in a long line at Hollywood & Highland’s shopping center before the start.  Better than porta potties for sure, but some security guards noted that these were technically not supposed to be open.  Whatever.

    Also, I did something I NEVER do and brought a bag to the race with a change of clothes for after the race, including my favorite Nike jacket.  (In retrospect, this was a total bonehead move).  I didn’t realize gear check was at the FINISH,  over a mile away from the start until it was too late, so I tried to hide my bag and hoped for the best.  Sigh.

    I hustled into Corral #2 and a few minutes after 6 we were off.

    The course itself had it’s pros and cons – I wouldn’t classify this course as “hilly” but it was mentally challenging which made it pretty tough.  It was an out and back on Hollywood Boulevard, but in order to get the mileage up to 13.1, there were probably a half dozen or so little dog-legs up and down side streets.  These proved to be short little hill repeats – I liked the downhills but they were not fun.

    My early splits were decently speedy:

    • Mile 1 7:08
    • Mile 2 7:17
    • Mile 3 7:22
    • Mile 4 7:43
    • Mile 5 7:41

    I spotted my high school teammate, Garrison, on several of the out and back sections — he was running the 10k.  At one point I yelled “Garrison, get up here!!

    Around mile 5, I saw Andres, and he joined me for about a mile or so.  Shout-out to AC for making sure the mile he ran with me was my fastest. He also reminded me that the next section would be downhill, so I kept that in mind…ish.

    • Mile 6 7:06
    • Mile 7 7:25
    • Mile 8 8:10
    • Mile 9 7:53

    Around Mile 9 the half-marathon converged on the 10k and 5k runners who were still finishing.  One of my least favorite things to happen in a race…you lose track of who is in front of you, it’s hard to gauge speed, etc.

    • Mile 10 8:02
    • Mile 11 8:13

    Around Mile 11.5, we passed the finish…and then had to head out an extra 3/4 of a mile or so in the wrong direction, and then back.  This was pretty torturous and my time reflects that.  I was so over it by this point.

    Exhibit A:



    • Mile 12 8:23
    • Mile 13 7:55

    Finish:  1:40:40 – 7:43/mile average pace

    4th out of 263 in my age group (F – 25-29)

    26/1819 – All females

    182/3219 Overall



    (Of course the gear I had stored was nowhere to be found.  Sad).

    So overall, I wasn’t thrilled with my performance or the course logistics,  but it was a fun morning and an impressive turnout by #DTLARunning.  Thanks again to everyone who came out to support us!

    The rest of my day was amazingly fun – and a tad bit overaggressive but what else is new.  I’ll save that for a different post.

    Thoughts on the #HollywoodHalf if you ran it? 


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