Friday Faves

 Let’s all do the Friday dance πŸ™‚ Hope you have something fun to look forward to this weekend, or even just some glorious relaxing πŸ™‚ I’m teaching four classes, and excited to spend time with my little family on the beach. 

A pic from riding the stagecoach in Tucson:

Stagecoach fam

Some faves from the week and around the web:

Karaoke night! My mom offered to watch Liv one evening so we could have a night out. We went with Kyle and Meg to Union Public House for dessert + drinks.

I had this glorious creation called a Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer and lime:


and we all shared a chocolate waffle with ice cream.

Waffle thing



As tempted as I was by their fantastic Les Mis collection, I would never make anyone suffer through that, so I rocked out to β€œSateria” by Sublime instead. The best karaoke songs are the ones where you don’t even hear yourself because the entire bar is singing so loudly πŸ˜‰

We also have some legendary iPhone footage of the Pilot, Meg and Kyle rocking out. It was amazing on so many levels.

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5 ways Fitbit is a ruining my life.

Newest candle obsession. This one smells EXACTLY like my favorite Henri Bendel fig candle, but it’s $15 and much easier to find. Earthy, fresh, and burning away while I type up this blog post.


THIS crossbody and these booties!!! Anyone else scary excited for fall? Halloween stuff is officially in stores, so I’m convinced that pumpkin spice lattes and boots aren’t too far away πŸ˜‰

The movie might be better than the book.

The sweetest braid that madre did after cutting Livi’s hair:


Jojoba oil from Trader Joe’s. It makes a fantastic (and gentle) makeup remover.

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What are you loving this week? Go-to karaoke song? Vacations or upcoming trips planned?

Happy Friday!



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  1. I Love Rock and Roll is my favorite karaoke song, probably because I can’t sing and can just say the words to the song. This weekend we are going to have our pregnancy photos taken back where we got married almost five years ago to the day!

  2. Haha that sounds great, karaoke is the best!
    Also just so you know– you put another picture of the candle instead of Liv’s braids!

  3. Rebecca says:

    That Fitbit article is so true, I didn’t wear mine yesterday and all day I was thinking how far ahead my friends will be with their steps and how can I cheat some more steps into my day!! We are planning our first vacation to the US (from Australia), I can’t wait! Also I love that cup the Moscow Mule is in.

  4. Karissa says:

    YES to fall! Lol that is probably my favorite season, is it sad that by July I’m like “hmmm is it pumpkin infused every time yet??”

  5. Moscow Mules are my faaavorite!!

  6. My brother and I just had an epic Les Mis duet session yesterday! You should have done it!

    I’m at a family reunion right now–so for the weekend I forsee unpacking, relaxing and having a homemade everything fajita party πŸ™‚ Can’t wait!!

  7. Hmm I’m not sure if I’m excited that fall will be here before we know it or not! Karaoke is always fun! We would go to karaoke nights during college

  8. Looking forward to this weekend, spending time with some really good friends.

  9. I LOVE karaoke! I used to go every week, but now it’s more of a special occasion. I sing a ton of songs, anything from Heartbreaker (Pat Benetar) to Thrift Shop πŸ™‚

    My weekend is full of fun plans. Tonight I’m doing a themed dinner with some of my coworkers and we’re doing Greek night! Tomorrow I’m headed to a Christmas in July party!

    Can’t believe it’s almost August… and I love fall, but no wishing away the rest of the summer!!!!

  10. Happy Friday! I wish I had a trip plan, I’m due for a visit to see my family in Florida. I really try and stay away from karaoke, but I’d love to belt out some Alanis Morrisette if I could. Moscow mules are really popular here in San Francisco. I’m not crazy about the taste overall, but I do love the ginger flavor.

  11. I love Moscow mules!

  12. When I was in college, the night before finals week, we had a big midnight breakfast party in the dining hall, complete with karaoke. I usually stuck to Madonna or Shania Twain (“Man! I feel like a woman” at a women’s college was basically just leading a sing-a-long). After about two years of taking voice lessons, I started using karaoke night to test out my jury music, and hopefully get validation through Broadway tunes. Then, on a cruise once, my sister and I sang “Tell Him” which was a song sung by Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand that we’d sung for our high school talent show when I was a freshman and she was a junior. We still had the harmonies down after eight years! I love karaoke. <3

  13. Aren’t Moscow Mules great? Irish Mules are my favorite! They use Irish whiskey instead!

  14. Have a fabulous weekend! I’m headed to Brazil tonight for four days! So excited for my first trip to South America!!!!

  15. Great post. I love that braid!
    I’ve always loved Karaoke even though I sound like a dying cat. Give me Bob Segar and I am set.

  16. Does Union Public House have karaoke now? I was going to get down to Tucson this weekend but legal problems with my blog name prevented it. I love karaoke. My go to song is always Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

  17. Ashley N. says:

    Where do you buy that beautiful candle?! I looked online and someone mentioned Target, but I didn’t see any online. PS the Frye booties are AMAZING, so cute!!

  18. I love Livi’s hair! Super cute.

    I’m loving the peanut gin-gins from whole foods this week. If you haven’t tried them I definitely recommend you do while they’re on sale (2 for $4)!!!!!!!

    Have a beautiful weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista says:

      LOVE those! you just reminded me because i haven’t had them in forever. hope you have a great weekend too!

  19. we are going out to my cabin tonight to visit some relatives πŸ™‚ have a great weekend

  20. Henri Bendel! His stuff smells sooooo good! I had some of his vanilla oil drops that you burn, I wish I would have got a couple more viles. I need to look for those again.

  21. LOL – that Fitbit article…

    Sounds like you have a fun and busy weekend ahead with all those classes! I’ve been teaching a LOT of BODYPUMP this week, and my body is done and in need of some rest. So, some major relaxing is on my agenda this weekend!

    We are actually wandering to YOUR neck of the woods for a little family vacation at the beginning/middle of August. I’m so excited to escape this AZ heat! Are you on/near Mission Beach?? It’d be fun to meet up for a cupcake and/or coffee date!!

  22. Always love Livi’s braids.

    Are you new to Moscow Mules? They are ALL the rage; I swear they’re the drink of 2014. I can’t keep away from ’em πŸ˜‰

  23. Good to know about jojoba oil! I am totally going to buy some. I am looking forward to the weekend! I am working at the SF marathon – can’t wait to cheer on the amazing runners!

  24. I’ve been looking for something for makeup removing!

  25. I couldn’t resist…just ordered the candle! Sounds heavenly.

    Did you read the book?? I’m pretty sure the movie would have to be better than the book! I couldn’t even get through it….I didn’t care for her writing style. The author made out like a bandit IMO…

    • Fitnessista says:

      it was THE WORST. it could have been soooooo good, but i couldn’t finish the series. the movie has to be better

  26. UMM can I borrow your Mom?? She sounds awesome!

  27. Sounds like an awesome week! I adore Moscow Mules, too. The combination of ingredients sounds odd at first, but they are delicious!

    My go-to karaoke song is “Walking in Memphis” (the Lonestar version). πŸ™‚

  28. I can’t wait for fall either, boots and everything pumpkin! Without a doubt my favorite season πŸ™‚

  29. That karaoke night sounds like so much fun! I agree, Les Mis would have been tempting but not really a fun song to sing in a bar! And I’m loving summer and summer dresses so much, but Fall things are def fun- love the colorblocking on that bag!

  30. Hi Gina!

    I am a senior at SDSU and am moving to the OB area and would love to come take some of your classes. I also would love any recommendations about restaurants, stores, etc. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista says:

      send me an email and i’d be happy to send you the info! also, we are having an event at orange theory on sunday if you’re free

  31. and where is said karaoke footage?! haha

    no plans this weekend, just trying not to have a baby since my OB is out of town and I refuse to have anyone else πŸ™‚ mind over matter right?

  32. So fun that you guys did karaoke! My go-to song is N’Snyc – Bye, Bye, Bye or Killers – Mr. Brightside! I

  33. That waffle is speaking my love language. Holy moly.

    Don’t know how you resisted Les Mis! I would have been belting out “On My Own” quicker than you could say Jean Valjean (and that would be BEFORE I even had a drink haha)!

    Have a lovely weekend! <3

  34. Heading to SD tomorrow! πŸ˜€

    Moscow mules are one of my husbands favorites! There’s a night club near us called John Collins where MM’s are their specialty.

  35. Ohhhh that candle sounds amazing. I hope that I can find one at a local store near me. Moscow mules are really delicious!

  36. If you like the Moscow Mule, you should definitely try a Dark and Stormy! It’s the exact same thing except spiced rum instead of vodka. So good!

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  37. I love Moscow Mules! That’s a great karaoke song that you all sang by Sublime. I haven’t heard that song in YEARS!! Definitely adding it to my list for the next time I go to karaoke with co-workers!

  38. How did I miss waffle pic! Yum!!!

  39. This weekend and all of next week I’m going to be studying for the GRE but the good news is that two days after I take it I’ll be relaxing on a beach in Hawaii with a pina coloda in my hand πŸ˜‰

  40. Can we have a tutorial on Liv’s hair-do??!

  41. My go to karaoke is… believe it or not… Nelly’s E.I. LOL My hubby and I rocked it once at a karaoke night and now it’s a standard. πŸ™‚

    By the way… does your mom do house calls???

  42. Have a nice weekend!

    This weekend I’m having vacation with my family in the town. I’m enjoying my yoga work-out outdoors breathing in fresh air and smell of wonderful trees πŸ™‚ Amazing nature to get inspired for anything.

  43. Lol, I love that you’re front and center in the stagecoach photo. You gotta own it when you look good, I guess.

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