Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? It magically decided to turn into fall this week, so we’re looking forward to enjoying the cooler weather. We’ll also be hosting a joint birthday celebration for the Pilot and Penelope; I have a feeling shenanigans are on the way. I’d love to hear what you have going on! For now, I’m off to make copious amounts of enchiladas and sangria.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. I always look forward to sharing some of my favorite eats, wears, reads and finds with you each week, and love when you share your faves, too. Please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section!

Fashion and beauty:

-Hamil-hat. This hat saves the day when I barely have time to put my contacts in before heading out the door for school drop-off, and also makes me strangely happy. I wore it the other day, and it brought back so many awesome memories from our Chicago trip and finally seeing Hamilton. I remembered leaving the theatre trying not to bust out sobbing because I was so overcome with emotion, and it brought a smile to my face. Like, “What a nerd” but also because I know I’d be the same emotional mess if I saw it again.

Hamilton hat

-The latest Stitch Fix delivery! I’ve received quite a few good ones lately, but this one just hit it out of the park. My stylist Alexandra (aka my BFF because she gets into my brain and just KNOWS ME) sent a grey dress with bell sleeves, the perfect leather moto jacket, destroyed jeans, and these embellished Joe’s jeans. I’d been lurking a similar pair on the Anthro website but hadn’t pulled the trigger yet, and I’m so glad because I like these ones even more. I’ve been a Stitch Fix fan for years, but am loving it even more now that we have limited shopping. 

Embellished Joe's jeans

(Jeans are here!)

She also sent the perfect necklace for my Halloween costume. 🙂

-The girls’ fall Mac & Mia boxes. We very occasionally use Mac & Mia, mostly because I’ll order a majority of the girls’ clothes online during sales. It’s fun to try it out seasonally for some new staples. I’ve noticed that these are the pieces the girls wear over and over and last much longer. The quality is markedly better, and the stuff they send is SO cute. I’m working on a post with some of our faves, but in the meantime, here’s the outfit Miss P wore yesterday.

Miss P rose

I just can’t. 


-This tea! Since I’ve ditched caffeinated beverages (13 weeks, baby!), I’ve been sticking with decaf almond milk lattes and herbal teas. I always like to try out new ones, but my top favorite flavors are Tulsi Rose, Yogi Egyptian Licorice, and now this Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin. It has a nice spice to it without being over the top, and still tastes great after reheating the same mug 3 times.  

Yogi cinnamon vanilla healthy skin tea

-Livi the photographer. I’m notorious for losing my phone, and Livi’s a pro at finding it and surprising me with random pictures. She takes a lot of pictures of the TV, of P, her toes (?), and random artistic shots, like this one of Bella eating a stolen graham cracker.

Bella eating the graham cracker

Great reads:

Martha Stewart’s travel must-haves. 

Pure inspiration.

Feeling offended is a choice. 


Honest fitness class descriptions. 

Lower body moves to add to your workout. 

Exercise makes you happy. 🙂

veggie bowl

Recipes and food:

I need to try this cookie recipe.

This chicken and white bean chili soup.

Vegan butternut black bean nachos.

A unique take on pumpkin bread.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Bethany on October 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I don’t know how you are going strong for 13 weeks! Impressive! I’ve never heard of Mac and Mia but P is looking O so cute!

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

      i keep telling myself that if i want caffeine i can have it, but i haven’t really wanted it yet

  2. Janice on October 20, 2017 at 7:37 am

    {Sigh}…Miss P! No words.
    Caffeine free – thanks for providing the additional motivation I needed. 13 weeks is impressive. I’ve been hearing its time to break up with my caffeine boyfriend. Now is the time. I love the Pure Inspiration article! I also saw that pumpkin bread recipe this week and am so intrigued. I bet those flavors highlight each other so well.

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

      hahah the caffeine boyfriend. i’ve noticed a huge decrease in my anxiety levels, so it’s been worth it 🙂
      hope you have a great friday <3

  3. meredith @ the cookie chrunicles on October 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

    that’s my all time favorite tea! I must have it in the house at all times!

    • Christine on October 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Me too!!! I drink it every night before bed!

  4. JC on October 20, 2017 at 10:16 am

    That tea is in my Amazon cart :).

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on October 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I will have to check out that tea! Coffee and I are still going pretty steady, but I like having caffeine free options in the evening.

  6. Molly Petsch on October 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Mix the Egyptian Licorice tea with Peppermint tea…. random but do delicious and my fav! Happy Friday!

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    OMG 13 weeks without caffeine. You’re a rockstar! I don’t think I could do it. It would hard and I would be cranky. LOL

  8. Katie on October 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I LOVE Yogi tea! I’m not sure if I’ve tried a flavor that I haven’t liked!

    This week I’m loving the cooler fall weather and that I’m starting to feel better. I’ve been recovering from mono and I’m starting to feel like I’m turning a corner!

  9. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on October 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    OMG 13 weeks good job! PS Now I want a child just to find my phone, is that a bad reason to start having kids? ha ha

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I’m laughing at that picture of Bella taken by Liv! So cute! And props to you for keeping up with your caffeine-free life. Does this mean you’re skipping kombucha too? Have fun with the celebrations this weekend! 🙂

  11. Amanda on October 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I’m very caffeine-sensitive and feel it if I happen to have something full-throttle (as I call it). Fortunately I know my limit and can still enjoy chocolate. 😉 I’m a big fan of herbal teas, and the flavors are seemingly endless. Enjoy the weekend of parties!

  12. Katie on October 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

    OK I always request Alexandra too! I’m not sure if its the same person but I looooooove the stuff she picks out for me. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      she’s amaaaaazing!

  13. Kailey on October 21, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Love the hat!
    Finally won the NYC Hamilton lottery two weeks ago, which I was convinced wasn’t possible! Totally cried walking out of the theatre. All the feels.

    10 weeks without coffee (help me!) so I’m always on the hunt for new teas! Definitely going to try that vanilla cinnamon one (perhaps with some pumpkin almond milk?)

    As always, thanks for sharing such a fun list of faves!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      omg i’m so excited for you that you won! i couldn’t cry walking out of the theatre because i would have LOST IT. like it would have been concerning for those around me hahahah
      look at you with no coffee! i hope you like the tea 🙂
      have a great week, friend

  14. Kelly on October 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    No caffeine!? What? How did I miss this? Why??

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      i stopped when i had my surgery, and decided to see if i could live without it.

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