Friday Faves

Hi friends! How are you? Happy Friday! I’m so PUMPed (see what I did there?) that you liked yesterday’s workout. Please let me know if you give it a try!

What’s going on this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to. It’s looking like the weather is going to cooperate for a little adventure, so fingers crossed we’ll be heading to Orlando. I’m pretty sure that I’ll never get sick of wearing Minnie Mouse ears while watching the girls have the time of their little lives. We’re staying off-property for the first time since we’ve been here, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to head back to some old faves in the Sand Lake area. 

It’s time for the usual Friday Faves party! Each week, I look forward to putting together this little list of the best wears, reads, and finds of the week. Please join in the fun in the comments section; your recs and comments that put a smile on my fave.

modified side plank

(My first [modified] side plank in… more than 10 weeks. It felt good!)

Fashion and beauty finds:

New slip-ons and Livi’s TOMs. Livi was in need of new sneakers for school, and it can be tricky to find kids’ shoes that will match everything. These gold low-tops popped up and they’ve been a huge hit. The fabric is soft and light, and she loves them. 

gold kids Toms

I also ordered these slip-ons after wearing my Band Aid shoes to the max this summer. I wanted something I could slip on with jeans and a plaid top or tee, or a shirtdress (#uniform). They have a slight platform which I always appreciate. 

Steve madden slip ons

I’m seriously obsessed with this dress. It’s expensive, and I have no idea what I would ever wear it for (maybe someone will get married soon?? haha), but everything about it is dreams. I’m going to keep lurking it to see if it ever goes on sale. Revolve has quickly become my favorite shopping site -they have the best dresses and it’s where I picked up some goodies for our Chicago trip- so it’s fun to lurk around and see what they have.

This mask. I ordered some of these from Thrive Market since I’m loving sheet masks lately, but sometimes the ingredients can be a little sketchy. I knew I could trust it if it was from Thrive Market, and may or may not have convinced the Pilot to try one with me. It made my face super smooth and bright, and they were $3.99. BOOM. I’m also still loving the Beautycounter charcoal mask, and use it about once a week.

This cargo jacket is super similar to the one I wear all the time, and only $34.


Taking fitness to the next level.

Let’s all get up and dance to this.

Workout songs for October.

15-minute bodyweight workout.

How to get in your LISS workouts. (Low Intensity Steady State)

Four steps for foam rolling.

Good reads:

On feeling like an imposter and doing things that scare us.

14 things to do with friends.

Recipes I want to try + awesome eats:

These spooky skewers are perfect for Halloween!

Vegan Asian burger summer rolls.

Return of the overnight breakfast cookie! I had one of these blog classics a couple of times this week. They’re so easy to make the night before and enjoy in the morning. I’ll share a new flavor combo next week. 

These kitchen sink cookies.

Maple honeycrisp margaritas.

Speaking of cocktails, I have to share with you my latest fave. It’s SO bubbly, lightly sweet, and refreshing.

Just take Prosecco in a flute glass, and top with Wild Rose liqueur from Vom Fass. (<— we got it last time we were in Vegas, but you can order it online)

Top with a single rose petal if you’re feeling fancy.

Rose and prosecco cocktail

Have a happy Friday!



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  1. Bethany on October 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I need those margaritas this weekend!

  2. Christina @ on October 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I must make those maple honeycrisp margaritas asap! That sounds perfect for our Texas fall (aka it’s still really hot but I want all the pumpkins 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      same! it’s pretty hot here but it’s not stopping me

  3. LeeAnn Benesh on October 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Oh my goodness, that drink. Yum! Pretty much anything with Prosecco is a win 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm


  4. jordan @ dancing for donuts on October 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

    that prosecco cocktail sounds so delicious!!! prosecco is hands-down my favorite drink, but it’s nice to spruce things up a bit with some flavored liquor! and i actually bought my first pair of toms because the little girls i babysat for had them and wore them everyday. i figured they were onto something, and they WERE – those things are so freakin’ comfortable! love that they have so many styles now, too!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      which toms did you get? i have a pair of toms booties and love them!

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on October 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I loved that post from Anne as well, hope you have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      thank you, hope you had a great one too!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I feel like you always need a good dress in the closet you love. You’ll wear it eventually so JUST DO IT!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      thank you for enabling my shopping! hahaha

  7. Juliana on October 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Dude you should totally try the purple sheet mask from Andalou. It seriously makes you look 27 (or at least I like to think so, ha). ALSO, you should just get that dress and wear it around.. you know, like Monica did on Friends…

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      ahah YES. ok ordering the face mask to try. i’m excited!

  8. Emily on October 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love those shoes! Where are the jeans you are wearing them with from?

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      they’re old from stitch fix! i’ll check the brand for you when i get them out of the washer 🙂

  9. Katie on October 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Do they make those Toms Livi is wearing in adult sizes?! How cute!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      i wish! i would totally get some

  10. Stella on October 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    For Love & Lemons has their own site too! The same dress is there (not cheaper, but another place to watch for sales!)

    I love their stuff – I have many dresses & shirts from them, and the quality is fantastic.

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      i will lurk this, too! thank you!!

  11. Jen on October 8, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Hi Gina,

    You are such an experienced traveler, and I wanted to know when deciding on a hotel to stay in, what research do you do before hand. I unfortunately had a bed bug nightmare a few years back at a hotel, and I have not stayed in a hotel since. I wish I could be as carefree again and travel more. Perhaps I was just unlucky, but any advice on how you choose your hotels and if you had any bed bug incidents while travelling would be so helpful.

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      hey girl! i’m so sorry you went through that! i would be traumatized, too
      really i just lurk websites and all of the reviews. i do it for everything haha. but trip advisor, yelp and google help me a lot. once we find a place we like, we’ll usually stay at the same place

      • Jen on October 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

        Thank you Gina for those suggestions! I would love to travel and stay in hotels again. So, I will absolutely do what you suggested and summon the courage to try again. : )

  12. JESSICA on October 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm


    We’re you in O-town this weekend? Oh- I hate that i didn’t know that?!
    Hope you guys had a wonderful time at the park(s). And please tell me you made it to Bar Taco on Sand Lake Road. It’s a “fairly” New Mexican spot and we love it – the margaritas are so fresh and yummy!

    Here’s to a great week ahead –
    Xo – jessica

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      hey girl! yes, it was a super quick trip but we’ll be back soon! we got takeout from slate and it was SO GOOD. also, breakfast at keke’s was amazing
      hope you had a great weekend!

  13. jessica on October 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Gina: Yes, we like Slate too! And Keke’s is always great if you can stand the wait 🙂
    Keep Bar Taco on your list for next time and also there is a nice barre studio (and Orange Theory) also on Sand Lake too. 🙂

    Talk soon – Jessica

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      yes, i will definitely check it out next time!! i saw the barre and otf and had major fomo. it finally hit me that valdosta doesn’t have a lot haha

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