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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:

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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.

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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!

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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DinnerLab

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?

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).

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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 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.

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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.”

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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

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

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

How do you get into the vacation mindset? 

Lexus Lace-Up Running Series

4 Oct

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share with you some exciting news happening over here.  Last week, I was given the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Lexus Lace-Up Running Series.  This is a new series of high-end races this November and December all throughout Southern California and I’m excited to spread the word about it!

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Each location has a 5k, 10k, and a half-marathon and race entry includes a tech tee, medal, chip timing, and a post-race beer AND brunch.

I’m not 100% sure which race I’ll be doing just yet, but if you want to register, use my discount code for 10% off:  RunLaceUp11

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The four locations are pretty cool too – Ventura, Palos Verdes, Irvine, and Riverside! unnamed

I’m also pretty impressed by the real-time results and seamless social media integration (including a mobile app).  Lexus clearly knows how to garner favor with runner nerds (or just me).

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One other thing I love about this race series — and one reason I felt like I wanted to help spread the word about it — is the fact that each race has a charity partner, and for two of the races, the charity is Back on My Feet! (Code BOMF will donate 10% of the race entry to BOMF for either the Palos Verdes or Irvine races)

I’ll post more details as they come – but I wanted to get the word out ASAP!   Stay fast 🙂

run it.

4 Jun

In honor of National Running Day, I thought I’d share a post I wrote 3 years ago about how and why I became a runner. In the last three years, I have run 10 half-marathons and 2 full marathons, and have become a stronger and more serious athlete. I love this sport and the running community and am so honored to be part of it.

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“…running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.” – Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

June 1, 2011 was National Running Day, at least in the United States, so I felt like jotting down some of my thoughts about running and why it’s important to me. A couple of days ago, some of my friends asked me about the sports I did when I was a kid. They couldn’t believe the answer was “zero team sports” and that I claimed to be the “least athletic girl, ever.” “Weren’t you a tomboy when you were little?” my roommate Alia asked in disbelief. Indeed, I was unathletic and uninterested in anything that tore me away from Girl Scouts, American Girl dolls, and my homework. I was too shy…

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currently loving.

29 Sep

Time for another obsessions round up. Here’s what I am currently loving:

– Dinner at Della Terra. I attended a birthday dinner for my friend Jane last Tuesday (I have gotten to know Jane over the years, through Aviva. Love Jane’s spunky sense of humor. Example: She once encountered some guy at a bar who ordered a rum and coke — or something like that — and ordered the bartender to “go heavy on the f***ing YOLO.” So now I say that all the time to Jane.  I hope she did such on her birthday).  Anyway, the gnocchi was great but the portion was tiny, but some of my girls hooked me up and let me sample their entrees. One them had braised pork belly in it and that was the bomb.com.  The chardonnay I ordered — Russian River, 2011 — was soooo buttery, I fell in love.

aviva and me at Della Terra.
aviva and me at Della Terra.

– Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Rivals 2.  I have a lot of weird obsessions, but MTV Reality TV shows top the list. I have been watching Real World religiously since the Hawaii season (Season 8). This aired in 1999.  I was in 5th grade. I have watched every season since (we just wrapped season 28 – Portland). Wow. That’s sorta sad when I write it out, but whatever.  Beyond the RW seasons though — and the real reason to watch — is for the Challenge seasons. Rivals 2 did NOT disappoint. My favs Emily and Paula took home the W for the girls.  My favorite male team (Jordan and Marlon) came in third, and while I think they could have won had Marlon’s swimming been a little better, it was time for a Wes and CT win.  Do any of you watch this?

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– Love all of the following songs:

 

 

 

I have become obsessed with my Garmin Forerunner 10.  It is SO light I forget I am wearing a GPS watch. And it might be calibrated wrong because I have not been hating my splits either.

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And last, but certainly not least, I love it when Yasiel Puig dresses up as Gumby and runs around San Francisco hotels taking pictures — including this one with Vin Scully.

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Hit me with your current obsessions.