2/23: Some weekend pics

+ short captions

Appetizers at The Abbey


and Ra, too

Ra appetizers

Savaya coffee


(which I surprisingly didn’t love. It was sour?)

New Stitch Fix!

Stitch fix  1 of 1 5

(will post the goods on the Fashion page this week)

Dessert testing day πŸ™‚

Rice crispies  1 of 1

How did my hair grow?!


(It didn’t. Got some extensions and love them)

Yoga words of wisdom:

Yoga quotes

See ya in the morning!! <3


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  1. I totally want to try some hair extensions! They look totally natural on you πŸ™‚

  2. Could you do a post on what the deal is with hair extensions? Why’d you get them? Are they magic? I’ve only ever had shoulder-length hair (can never stand it to grow out further) and curious what trying out longer is like on a temporary basis.

    • Fitnessista says:

      sure, maybe i’ll do a fashion post with them! they’re surprisingly easy to use and attach πŸ™‚

      • I would love to see a post on the hair extensions! They look so natural! πŸ™‚

      • I’d love to see a post on this as well. My hair breaks and thins as it gets longer so I would consider them for fullness more than anything (my hair grows really fast anyway). Did you do any cost comparisons? I’ve always wondering if they break the bank or if they are reasonable.

      • I would love a post on hair extensions too! I’m trying to grow out my hair, and it’s taking foreverrrrr so it’s totally something I’d consider. Did you do them?! What is the care/upkeep with them? Cost? Would love all the details!

  3. I love that yoga sign, and your hair! Super cute!

  4. love the extensions! so it’s not your hair…I’m still envious of the length. sure looks completely natural to me!

  5. The extensions look like your real hair! You did them yourself?

  6. I second (third….fourth?) the blog post on the hair extensions! I would love to hear your thoughts and any tips you have!

  7. You look gorgeous in that picture with your hair! Did you get them for your shoot?

  8. The extensions really look like your real hair! So natural!

  9. I’m looking to get extensions! What brand are they? Hot heads?

  10. Love your hair extensions! I am lucky to have naturally long & thick hair. Sometimes I feel like in wearing a mop on my head.

  11. I can’t wait to hear about your stitch fix choices !

  12. Haha love the yoga sign!

  13. LOVE that yoga quote…so very true! Cannot wait to get my “Stitch Fix”…it should be arriving soon! πŸ™‚

  14. Your hair looks GREAT! I would love to get some extensions but just not in the budget these days. Maybe one day!?

    It looks like you had a WONDERFUL weekend!

  15. I love the idea of changing up your look with extensions, fun!

  16. Could you do a Fashion post on the hair extension process? I know nothing about them!

  17. Loving the hair!! Can’t wait to see the Stitch Fix!

  18. I like the addition of the short captions to your weekend pics post.

  19. Have you ever seen Parks and Rec? One of the characters calls appetizers “apps” and desserts “zerts”. Every time I see appetizers I can’t help but thinks “apps and zerts” πŸ™‚ I just ordered my first stitch fix but it won’t get here until mid-March. I’m so excited though!

  20. The extensions look fantastic, I’d never guess!

  21. I love that saying! And your hair looks great!

  22. hahaha! The other day I was reading your blog, and you must have posted a picture. I saw wow, her hair grows fast!

  23. For those having trouble growing out hair without it breaking off: since I gave up shampoo started using Wen, my hair is STRONG, shiny and grows like a weed! And my highlights stay bright, no fading. It does have a learning curve and I hated it until I learned what I was doing wrong. (There is a number to call on the bottle and their customer service is exceptional.)

    I know, those infomercials seem hard to believe. But it works. And I happened to hear yesterday that there is a crazy sale on it on QVC (shows on it all day) & qvc.com on March 15th.

    Gina, can’t wait for the extensions post – are those temporary (can be in or out any given day) or permanent (until professionally removed)?

    I didn’t post but LOVED WSU too πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      they’re temporary! i’ll do a video with how to put them in and everything πŸ™‚
      for the wen, what do you recommend?? i looked it (am going to wait til march 15) but am really excited they don’t test on animals

      • Bamboo Green Tea cleansing conditioner is my very favorite! The scent is wonderful and it rinses easier than some of the others to me.

        That is one of the keys to Wen – you have to work it in (after adding a little splash of water to get it going) and really RINSE it out since there are no detergents or harsh lathering agents in it. And you have to use enough – more than you would of any shampoo. Rinse it until you feel like it is out and then rinse 20-30 seconds more!

        And I use it now as my face cleanser too – since it has skin care ingredients – and my face has never been softer or more clear!

        Don’t be afraid to call them if you need help – if not used right, your hair will feel heavy and dirty.

      • Also, if you record one of the shows on QVC on March 15th to listen to while cooking or cleaning – you will learn a lot about what to do. I was given that tip by someone and it really helped a lot.

  24. LOVE the extensions!! What brand are they? And like the others have said, please please do a video! I would love to try them as my hair is still pretty thin from the hair loss I experienced postpartum – it’s only been 9 months but it’s still so frustrating :/

  25. Gina! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and I was wondering when you’d finally stop by Savaya at La Encantada. I was a barista at both locations before I moved to NY in September. I had an incredible time working for them and I learned more about coffee than I ever thought I would know – I definitely miss them now that I’m on the east coast. I’m so curious, you found their coffee sour? Was it espresso or drip coffee? Because I know with inexperienced baristas, an espresso can get sour quickly.

    Nonetheless I was happy to see my old familiar coffee shop! I spent many mornings there and I miss seeing the sun rise in that beautiful shop.

    • Fitnessista says:

      it’s a beautiful space! i was excited to try it but made the rookie move of getting an almond milk chai, hot. it was terrible. i’ll go back and try the coffee, as it seems to be their specialty πŸ™‚

  26. your hair looks amazing!!

  27. It makes me sad that you’re not satisfied with your natural self! You really don’t need the plastic surgery, hair extensions, eyelash extensions etc. It’s also concerning as a mother to a young girl to be able to teach by example that you ARE beautiful and don’t need the extra stuff. How will you respond when Livi comes home from middle school embarrassed about something from her physical experience? Say “don’t worry you can get that fixed?” I understand that some pampering can help build confidence and be fun but I would love to see you be confident in the body you were born with πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      this was your last comment:

      Those look great! I’ve never done them semi-permanent but I LOVE wearing fake eyelashes for special occasions. I would have expected it to be way more expensive.

      I’m currently considering splurging and getting a nose job. It’s something I’m very self conscious about but it is a lot of money. I’m also worried about the anti-feminist stigma of getting plastic surgery. What’s your view on plastic surgery? It’s hard to balance fun beauty stuff and being a good role model. Just gotta work on my confidence!

      • Yes. I personally think frequently about self confidence and plastic surgery / upgrades. I think they’re fun but rather anti-feminist and have a hard time debating between the two in my life. Am I not allowed to comment on this? I am sorry I have not commented more frequently on your blog, if that is what you are referring to. I’m sorry – I am confused by your response.

      • I apologize if my question offended you. I really meant it as a compliment.

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