Friday Faves

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Helloooo. Happy Friday! YAY for the weekend. What’s going on in your life? Today, we’re hanging out at home, and tomorrow we’re meeting up with friends for brunch and a playgroup. Then, it’s off to Orlando for the weekend! We were on the fence about going but decided YOLO (do the kids still say that? heh) and we’re just going to go for it. Bring on the rice crispy treats – I can’t believe I didn’t have one last time! – and watching the girls live their best little Disney lives. I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

It’s time for the usual Friday Faves party around here. This is where we share some of the highlights from the week: food, fave beauty items, fitness finds, reads, + fun things to watch. I love hearing about your faves, too, if you’d like to shout them out in the comments below!

Reads + random:

HUGE news about my brother Kyle. AHHH I’m so proud of him. (The Tucson restaurant scene is about to explode.)

Chef Kyle


(Pics from this incredible pop-up dinner he did last year.)

I LOLed so hard at this.

The new royal baby! Did anyone else gets embarrassingly thrilled to find out about the new royal arrival? I cried a few tears of happiness. I just love them so much. And Kate. This just confirmed my belief that she isn’t even real.

Kate Middleton after giving birth vs Me after giving birth


How to accept anxious feelings so you can let them pass.

7 books to read this spring.

Paleo banana bread. I picked this up from Whole Foods and really like the nutty texture. It’s sweet, moist, and dense, with lots of walnuts interspersed throughout. I was almost tempted to chop it up, pour milk on top, and add berries (it sounds weird but I promise it’s amazing), but after the great knife-ing, I still can’t bring myself to enjoy this combo again. Anyway, the banana bread is especially fantastic heated up with a little Kerrygold on top.

Paleo banana bread

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Can we just take a moment of silence for this show? It’s surprisingly hilarious and endearing. I was looking for something to put on while I was working the other night, and decided to give it a try because it had so many 5-star reviews. (The cover never intrigued me on Amazon for some reason, and I didn’t even really like the title, so I never thought to check it out.) Right away, I was like, “OMG, this feels like Sex and the City.” It has surprising humor (word to the world, it gets a bit crass if that doesn’t float your boat), impeccable costumes + makeup, and a really fun storyline. The pilot episode sucked me in, and I’m excited to alternate this with episodes of Shameless when I’m chilling at night. 

Marvelous Mrs Maisel


Fashion + beauty:

These sneakers (on sale right now!). These are worth another mention because I’ve been wearing them with pretty much everything. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the softer suede-ish material, but it turns out that they don’t get nearly as dirty as similar canvas shoes. Here’s the link if you’re looking for some perfect spring/summer casual low-tops. I’ve worn these to Disney a few times, too, and they felt great all day.


A few people asked about the dress in my recent Bright Cellars post and the link is here! I got it through the Shopbop sale, and the fabric is amazing. It’s very light and doesn’t wrinkle as easily as some of my other chambray pieces. The stripes give it a little something extra, too.

Chambray dress


These EcoSox Bamboo No Show Socks! They sent me a couple of pairs to try out, and I’ve been living in them for workouts + hanging out here at home. Good socks make such a difference in how your sneakers and workouts feel, so I’m pretty picky about the ones I’ll use. The bamboo fabric is super soft, and these are ventilated with moisture protection, so they don’t get wet or too warm… even during super sweaty workouts. They’re not treated with chemicals, and are made with bamboo, which is one of the most sustainable fabric options out there. EcoSox has a ton of options on their site and you can use the code FITNESSISTA20 to get 20% off. Check them out here! (Special thanks to my friends at EcoSox for sponsoring this shout out.)



We’re winding down the introductory offer for the new Fit Guides. If you know you’d like to try it out, grab yours here before the 1st to lock in the $19.99 monthly price. (The price goes up to $29.99 on the 1st, which is still way less than 1 personal training session for a month of workouts.) I’m so excited to share these with you and have a feeling you’ll love them. If you’re not sure which one is the best fit for you, take the quiz here to find out. If you’re not sure if it’s a fit or have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below or send me an email!

Fitnessista Fit Guides

This morning I’m off to get my unruly hair cut. 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and happy weekend!


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  1. JC on April 27, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Kate is a boss! She descended the steps from a plane, in heels, in the middle of winter in Norway at 6 months pregnant!!! Didn’t look down-just glided. And when she scolded George in public at her sister’s wedding-even future kings don’t mess with this momma!

    And now a royal wedding to look forward to!

  2. Amy on April 27, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I LOVE The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! I just finished up the last episode a few days ago. Just wait until she goes to a group “fitness” class (I think it’s 2 or 3 episodes in) 😉

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2018 at 10:33 am

      I saw it! HILARIOUS

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 27, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Kate is amazing, I don’t look that put together now, two years after I had my youngest one.

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Hahah seriously! That was like 7 hours after childbirth. Here I am 2 years later in a top knot and yoga pants

  4. Kirsten @ little bites of my life on April 27, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I know it’s her job, but I kind of felt sorry for Kate! I have never had a baby but I can’t imagine having my hair & make-up done shortly after and then putting on a dress and heels!

    I really like your runners. I can be a little prone to blisters on my heels – do they rub?

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your rice krispy bar!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2018 at 11:11 am

      i feel a little bad for her, but not really because she’s a goddess. 😉 i’m sure she put on her jammies and slippers shortly after.
      i’m prone to blisters, too, but i wear them with no shoe socks and they don’t rub at all
      hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

  5. Colleen @ Frenchie Farm on April 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is hilarious! My husband and I binge watched it a few months ago. I also need to try that paleo banana bread asap!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      yes, you will love it!

  6. Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness on April 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Kate is pretty awesome. I mean I know she has a team of people who do help her look presentable after birth but my goodness! I’m sure once she’s home she yanks all that off and looks like the rest of the awesome moms!

    I’ve actually worked with Base Culture and I love their products! They have a fudge brownie that’s DELICIOUS!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      ohhhh i’ll be on the lookout for that!

  7. Kristin Johnson on April 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I’m going to Disney this sat and sun! You best bet I will keep my eyes open for you ! (Fan girl here lol)

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      yay, please say hi if you see us out and about!

  8. Jacki on April 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Kyle will keep the Prep & Pastry cronut, right?? Right?? That thing is life.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      i’m sure he won’t get rid of it! soooo good

  9. Harley on April 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Congrats to your bro! I love Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, too! It is almost like a musical and so well done. Season 2 is in progress.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      yes, it totally feels like watching a musical!

  10. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    That is SO AWESOME about your brother!

  11. Jackie on April 27, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Oh I LOVE the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! I live in MN and thus I typically spend some time on the treadmill in the winter and that show got me through all of February. I was lol’ing while getting my sweat on. I am sure my family thinks I am strange;) I love these posts, now about those shoes…

  12. Stephanie on April 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    My baby just turned one and I have the itch to go to Disney. I know she is way too young to really enjoy it, but I totally want to go and keep going back. How do you make Disney affordable? Do you have season passes? Trying to figure out how we can go semi-frequently and not break the bank. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      we do the 5-day park hoppers because we can split them up. that’s the best way to do it! when we were in san diego, we’d often just go for the day so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel every time

  13. Nicole Kump on April 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Congrats to your bro! I enjoy both of those restaurants so I’ll have to hit them up again. Btw, I haven’t given birth but I think I look like Rocky after a cardio workout so I’m amazed how great she looks hours after birthing a baby! And I watched all of Mrs. Maisel and liked it a lot too! Have a fun weekend!

  14. milania on April 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I’m excited you mentioned about the marvelous mrs. maisel! been wanting to watch it! and love those sneakers.
    I still am part of a gym now so I may have to pass on the fitness guide! when i stop the gym i will join! have a good weekend!

  15. Julia on April 29, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Ha! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – that whole thing with getting out of bed after her husband feel asleep to remove her makeup…I couldn’t believe it! We’ll have to check out these restaurants next time we’re in Tucson. That’s great for Kyle. Our last stop through Tucson was a bit of a bomb, restaurant wise, but that’s on us. We’re not local and had a hard time being removed from the side of town we know.

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