Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend to ya. What are you up to? We’re enjoying a little impromptu beach vacay in Jacksonville. 

Palm trees

(The weather is ridiculous here! Sunny, warm, and with a breeze.)

It was grandparents’ day at Liv’s school. Her class is very small, and she was feeling sad about being the only kid without grandparents in town. (I told her I would be her grandparent stand-in, which cheered her up a little, but I could tell she was still bummed.) It was a half-day anyway, so I decided to let her play hooky and take the girls to the beach. We all needed a little fresh air and sunshine. 

Jax beach

Walking in jax

(I’m pretty sure all 3 of us had our eyes closed. The girls’ dresses are from Garnet Hill. My dress is here, cross body is Kate Spade, and shoes are here!)

We had an amazing dinner at Ragtime

Mahi at ragtime

(it’s casual and super kid-friendly with great food. I got the usual blackened mahi with veggies, red beans, and rice)

and then spent the rest of the evening gathering seashells, chasing waves, and swimming in the pool. It was perfect. 

Liv on the Beach

Beach play

I’m excited to catch some shopping today (YESSSSS) and hit up Whole Foods before we head back to V-town. 

I’d love to hear what you have going on!

Now it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds, wears, eats, and reads from the week. Please shout out any faves in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun.


All of the enthusiasm for the new fit guides! I’m so happy that you’re excited to join in the fun. A lot of love and work went into the Month 1 workouts, and I have a feeling you’re going to love them. It’s a great way to get a boost of motivation heading into the summer, and take things to the next level. If you still have questions about the Fit Guides, please leave them in the comments section so I can include them in next week’s FAQs post. If you haven’t yet taken the fitness personality quiz, check it out here.


Fitnessista Fit Guides

A quick, intense barre workout.


This sticky sesame cauliflower recipe is a WINNER.

Sticky cauliflower

We had it for dinner one night with brown rice and green beans, and let it be known that the girls ate, and enjoyed, cauliflower. Usually Livi is telling me to “stop that smell” whenever I cook it. Ok, and maybe I vaguely said “a vegetable” when she asked what it was. 

Kids ate cauliflower

(Also gave them a side of organic hot dogs just in case they hated it. I’ve learned that whenever I give them something new, it helps to serve it with something I know they like and will eat.)

One-handed snack ideas.

Making these cookies ASAP.

Fashion + beauty:

This toner. I’ve been getting occasional questions on IG stories about my skincare routine. A good filter goes a loooong way lol. The details for many of my favorite products are here, and the only thing I’ve really changed lately is adding this toner into my routine. I read this article about the 7-skin method, and was instantly intrigued. I’m always looking for ways to keep my skin hydrated and healthy since I’m often sleep-deprived, so I decided to test it out. I noticed a difference IMMEDIATELY. My skin just drank that ish up. You wash your face with a gentle cleanser, then pat on the toner (using your hands, not a cotton pad) on your face 7 times. Then you follow with a nice thick moisturizer for night or SPF and moisturizer for day. 7 times for toner sounds like a huge, ridiculous and redundant step, but it’s super fast. Each time you just pat on a tiny amount. I’ll definitely be sticking with this method!


A few people have also asked for an update on the dip nails since I fell in love with them. I got them done professionally before a recent trip (to see what the salon peeps do so I could replicate it at home) and the tech damaged my nails pretty badly. She went to town with the whirly file thing until my thick nails were sad, thin, crispy remnants of what they once were. I’ve been letting them heal since then, but will do them myself when they’re back to normal. 

The Gal Meets Glam collection launches today and it looks incredible. So many gorgeous dresses for spring/summer.

Read + watch:

She made an emergency landing more calmly than I make a Starbucks order.

Feeling inspired by Des all week.

Gnat season is back, y’all. 

Parenting in 10 words or less. <— the comments are A+

Happy weekend, friends!


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  1. Amber on April 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

    OMG the comments on that parenting post! So good! Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:12 pm


  2. Liz on April 20, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Wow, I’m a little surprised that all the other kids in Liv’s class had a grandparent nearby. I thought it was pretty common to not live near grandparents, but maybe it’s different where you guys live? I didn’t grow up near my grandparents and neither did any of my friends. Sounds like you guys picked an awesome activity to do instead though! The beach looks glorious.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      yeah a lot of the kids here are either from valdosta, or have family nearby. i was so happy to take them on a little trip and we had a great time. hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Kirsten @ little bites of my life on April 20, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I could do with a little beach break right about now! Spring is taking it’s sweet old time! You should post your shopping finds and Whole Foods haul like you used to many years ago. I used to love it when you did your weekends away and then pictures everything that you bought. You can probably tell we don’t have a lot of places to shop around us!!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      hey girl! we don’t have a lot of places to shop here, either. i took pics and will post them on sunday!

  4. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

    What a fun little trip! Beach time is the best time.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      thank you! hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I never had Grandparents near me growing up so I know how she feels! I’m sure the beach makes it better.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      awww! yeah we all had a blast <3

  6. Mary on April 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Totally off topic but do you miss your former breast size ever? I’m contemplating surgical fixes for significant asymmetry and the surgeons seem to want to add implants, while I would just as soon lipo the larger side down and just be A-cup all over and go braless whenever I want. I love your shoulder-baring outfits, which reminded me! I don’t know a lot of people who’ve had larger breasts AND smaller to get opinions from. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      hey girl! i don’t miss it at all. i loved them, but looking back on pictures, i don’t feel like they suited my body. i’m a small a cup now, and can’t help but think a b would be perfect, but i’m totally happy

  7. Colleen @ Frenchie Farm on April 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Such a fun getaway, I wish we lived closer to a beach! Chicago weather has been brutal, but I think spring is FINALLY here.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      i’ve heard about that crazy chicago cold weather. i hope spring is here to stay for you <3

  8. Alaina Burran on April 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Just wanted to leave you some blog-reader love…. You are a part of my day and I truly enjoy reading your posts! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      thank you so much, and thank you for reading <3 made my night 🙂

  9. milania al-jammaly on April 20, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I love K-beauty! thanks for the toner recs! and those dresses on galgoesglam!!! omg i want them all!!!!

  10. Erika S. on April 21, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Hey Gina! Love that everyone is FINALLY getting into the K beauty thing! The US is really yes behind k beauty trends but it’s nice to see the market picking up. I’m currently hoarding a drawer full of korean sheet masks & eye patches. Word to the wise…keep some sheet masks in the fridge…they are very cooling and help de-puff when cold!

  11. Melissa Caulfield on April 21, 2018 at 6:58 am

    How are you healing from your laser treatment? I had one Monday for small broken capillaries! I think I may need one more but already looks so much better. Curious what spf you use- I’m trying to better about sunscreen:/

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      thankfully it healed great! it really freaked me out for a bit, but it’s fine now
      i use SPF 47 + a tinted SPF moisturizer on my face and neck

  12. Anne on April 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve been meaning to pop in to the comments and thank you for recommending the revel nail kit – it’s legit awesome and I’ve already saved so much money compared to going to the salon. I found the videos on the revel website super helpful to get the best technique!

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2018 at 10:07 am

      yay, i’m so glad to hear you love it! what colors do you have? i want to order a couple more

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