Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. I can’t believe the girls only have a few weeks left of school! We’re in frenzy mode leading to the end of the year, and have lots of fun events in the mix. This weekend, we’ll be swimming with friends, catching up in a class playdate, doing a CF walk, and the Pilot will continue to be in airline study mode. Please keep your fingers crossed for him. <3

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web, and I always love to hear about what you’re enjoying, too. Please share something you’re lovin’ in the comments section below.

Read, watch, listen:

Instant Family. This was a surprising delight of a movie. I put it on the other night because I just wanted to watch something lighthearted before bed, and was crying in the first 15 minutes (not in a sad way, but in an “omg that’s beautiful” kinda way). The cast is a gold star, and there’s a lot of sarcasm and hilarious moments to brighten up any of the more serious parts. This movie is based on a true story, and follows a married couple after they bring three foster siblings into their family.

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I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun weekend movie.

Radium Girls. A friend recommended this a long time ago, so it’s been sitting in my Kindle untouched. I finally started the book this week and can’t put it down. The book follows the story of a handful of the “radium girls,” who worked in a factory painting the dials of military watches with this self-luminescent paint, composed of radium. In those days, radium was thought to be a miraculous health elixir, as it could burn cancer cells in the body, and so the girls didn’t think twice when they were instructed to “lip, dip, paint” – pressing their radium-laced paintbrush in between their lips in order to draw perfectly fine lines. Needless to say, they encountered various ailments from their exposure to radium and their work in the factories. While it’s a non-fiction book, it reads like a fiction novel, and has me equally intrigued and horrified that this actually happened. 

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Fashion + beauty:

This gingham dress came in my Trunk Club and I’ve already worn it for Easter brunch and a casual date night. Midi-length dresses aren’t usually flattering on me (I’m not a tall person), but for some reason, this one works, and I love it! The fabric is super light and it has just the right amount of swish as you walk. 😉 

Bardot gingham off shoulder dress

(Shoes are on sale here)

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I’ve still been loving my Trunk Club deliveries as a way to spice up my summer wardrobe. All of the pieces are incredible quality (because they’re from Nordstrom) and it gives me the chance to decline pieces before they’re sent to be replaced with alternate items. It’s also fun to message my stylist on the app. If you’ve been wanting to give it a whirl, my referral link is here!

These Athleta shorts. I went in to pick up a couple of things with a gift card and came across these lightweight, high-waisted shorts. They’re extremely flattering and made out of super light tech material. I paired them with this top and love the fit. It’s one of those mom uniform outfits that’s functional and comfortable but still looks put-together. 

Athleta shorts

(Shoes are here)

This week’s Beautycounter pick is this Nectar blush, which is a dupe of my beloved Nars Orgasm blush. The color looks exactly the same (!) and is a great safe alternative. All of Beautycounter’s products are screened heavy metals, since it’s easy for those to sneak in the supply chain when you’re using materials from the earth. It’s nice to know that I can get the same color I love without heavy metal hitchhikers that are commonly found in blushes and bronzers. Check it out here. 

Beautycounter blush

The Sephora spring bonus event is in full force! If you’re browsing around this weekend, here are my fave picks: 

These undereye bag patches. I stash these in my suitcase or carry-on bag every time we travel. They make eye bag swelling go down a ton, so they’re helpful for mornings when I’m a little tired or look swollen from traveling. 

This mascara primer is a gamechanger. It adds a ton of length to your lashes – I’m often asked if I have eyelash extensions when I use this stuff – and I think it helps to condition them a bit, too. 

This is my favorite cleanser.

This is a jar of pure magic.

Good eats:

I’m back on a serious acai bowl kick. I’ve been meeting up with friends  at Nekter after our workouts, and they’re such a refreshing treat after a good sweat. I love the peanut butter acai bowl with pea protein added. SO good.

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A recent breakfast pic:

Quick bfast

(Siete tortillas, 1 egg, 6 liquid egg whites, spinach, Paleo chicken sausage from Costco)

Dinner from Renee’s Organic Oven: zucchini noodles, all the veggies, marinara, kalamata olives, and chicken


Officially obsessed with these bites (found them at CVS):

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Cinco de Mayo is this weekend! If you’re planning your fiesta, here are some must-make recipes from the blog:

The best cheesy enchiladas

Instant Pot Mexican rice (so easy and so good!)

Guacamole or this deconstructed guacamole salad

Tequila Sangria

Fruit salad

If you’re looking for a dessert idea, this tres leches cake is a bit labor intensive, but so worth it. 


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Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Amber on May 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Lovin’ the recipes for Cinco De Mayo! Instant family also looks like a good movie to try to watch this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      hope you love it! happy weekend 🙂

  2. milania on May 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    thanks for recommending a feel good movie! i’m so into Game of thrones, that this movie will probably be a good break from it. hahah and that mexican instant pot rice looks yummy! i just opened that page and hey, i see my face in there!! :))

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      yes, this will be a nice break from game of thrones 🙂
      ahh so awesome!

  3. Courtney on May 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Happy Friday! We were surprised at how much we loved Instant Family too! And your enchiladas have been on my “must-try” list for a while — maybe it will finally happen this weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      please let me know if you give them a try!

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing my post, Gina! And I JUST tried those Athleta shorts on last night in red and didn’t get them but am going to return this weekend to pick up for sure! Did you know you can get an instructor discount at Athleta — only in store, but it’s 30 percent? Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      yes! i was so pumped to find out we get 30%. guess i’ll be shopping there more often 🙂 you’re making me want to red pair now, too

  5. Katie on May 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

    We loved Instant Family too! The best thing that happened to me this week was randomly finding first row Hamilton tickets while I was in London for work. It was my second time seeing it, and it was still SO GOOD!!!!

  6. Jessie on May 7, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I loved Instant Family! I watched it on a flight last week and got all teary-eyed. Radium Girls was an excellent book, thank goodness it inspired the creation of OSHA, sadly it took such a terrible thing to happen.

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