Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend to ya. What do you have going on?

We’re excited because our favorite guy is back in town after 12 days away. (It’s feels like nothing compared to this, but definitely miss having him around when he’s gone.) The girls were SO happy to see him again.

Yay hes home

We were also able to sneak away for a little date night to Wild Garlic Grill and enjoy catching up a bit. I feel like when he’s gone, our conversations are usually only a minute or two in between taking care of the kiddos or racing around somewhere, so it was a treat to sit, drink some wine, and talk. 


We’re looking forward to spending the weekend with him at home. We have a day trip to Phoenix planned, are planning a night at the pool with friends, and the usual summer fun. We got a membership to the Botanical Gardens, so I’m hoping we can sneak away one morning for a nature walk before it’s too hot.


I’d love to hear what you have going on this weekend! Please let me know how your Summer Shape Up workouts are going, too. I’ll have the email for Week 2 out later this afternoon.

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It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds, reads, wears, and eats from the week. It’s always fun to hear about what you’re lovin’ too, so please shout out a fave in the comments section if you’d like to join in the party. 

Fashion + beauty:

Latest Trunk Club delivery! I ended up keeping this Rails dress and these sandals. (<— I needed a new pair after trashing mine with constant wear, especially while we were in San Diego.) If you’ve been wanting to give it a try, here’s my referral code! I love the fact that you can decline items before they’re sent, and you can message with your stylist directly in the app. Plus, they’re all Nordstrom pieces so I know the quality will be A+.

Trunk club delivery(Got a few questions about the shoes in IG! They’re these ones and I looooove them. $30 off right now, too.)

Amazing Beautycounter promo for the 4th. Spend $175 and get a free skincare set! 

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Countermatch is our moisture adapting collection and Countercontrol is for combination/acne-prone skin. (If you spend over $100, email me because I have another goodie to send your way.) If you’re looking for ideas on what to order, I highly recommend the Dew Skin, Overnight Peel, Color Intense lipstick, any lipgloss, and the face oil.

I’ve been wearing this silk scarf tied as a headband. It’s the perfect length and the fabric is amazing.


All of the Summer Shape Up check-ins here on the blog and on Instagram. I’m so happy you’ve loving the meal ideas and workouts so far. It’s not too late to join in the challenge; all of the info is here.

Red, White and BOOTY workout! Perfect for 4th of July.

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Good eats:

Ren coffee

The oatmeal at Ren Coffee is SO good. They add flax and chia to the oats and you can add any toppings you’d like. I had mine with blueberries, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

Can’t wait to try this savory French toast.

Love this mezze platter for a summer party.

Try the girls’ favorite banana-egg-oat pancakes.

Adding this chopped salad to next week’s meal plan.

Read, watch, listen:

Essential oils to avoid before sun exposure.

What are your top three favorite movies of all time?

The best way to chill wine.

More reasons to have a gratitude journal.

Happy Friday!



** I can’t write this post without mentioning the unconscionable events happening at the US border, and the inhume way children and families are being treated. Please join me in donating to RAICESTogether Rising, and call/email/text your state representatives, urging them to find a solution. I used Resist Bot -simply text “RESIST” to 50409 – and it will walk you through crafting and sending your email. More ideas on how to help are in this post.

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  1. Shayna on June 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Thank you so much for speaking up about the atrocity happening on our border. It is absolutely heartbreaking and maddening. I know you don’t delve into politics on this blog, and I appreciate that because it is a wonderful respite from the inescapable deluge of bad news, but I think we all need to advocate for those most vulnerable among us, and for what our country stands for.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      i agree 100%. xo

  2. Dan on June 28, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I have been looking for a 4th July workout! Thanks for the share.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      let me know if you give it a try 🙂

  3. Maeghan on June 28, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Thanks so much for mentioning the current state at the US/Mexico border. I feel like bloggers skirt around political issues for the most part (makes sense depending on the focus of the blog, sometimes I just wonder what all of you think about things) so I really appreciate you acknowledging it and showing your support for human beings.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      to me, this isn’t a political issue at all- it’s about human rights. (and if someone disagrees with me and feels like they “deserve” to be treated this way, i don’t want them reading or around here.)

      • Maeghan on June 29, 2019 at 6:50 am

        Definitely agree that it’s about basic human rights and just general compassion and decency for other humans. I think the political side just comes in because of the harsh divide between parties on the issue and the harmful/hateful rhetoric that is being espoused by the current administration about people trying to come to the US. Thank you for caring <3

  4. Paula on June 28, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I’m a longtime reader and want to thank you for bringing up the horrific conditions and treatment of children and families at the border. Most blogger in the fitness space stay far, far away from anything even mildly political, and I applaud you. This is about basic human goodness.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      i couldn’t agree more. yes, it’s part of a much larger political problem and i understand there are differing viewpoints on that, but at the core, it’s about human beings (and CHILDREN) being horribly mistreated, and i can’t stay silent about that.

  5. Katie on June 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I always love your Friday Faves posts, but thank you so much for posting about the horrifying atrocities happening at the border, AND for giving actionable steps to help. I think the amount of aid organizations can be overwhelming (and not always legitimate which is equally horrifying), so being able to give a couple of vetted options to people is so helpful.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      i agree- it can be so overwhelming. <3

  6. Crystal on June 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Gina, thank you for mentioning what’s going on with children and families at the border, and for sharing info on ways people can help. I don’t care which way people lean politically, I think most of us can agree that what’s happening is awful and inhumane.

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      i couldn’t agree more. in their faces, i see my own family and children, and we need more people to stay up for them.

  7. Kristen on June 28, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    When was beauty counter going to release their new line? I can’t wait!

  8. K on June 29, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for posting about the border. I feel sad and mad … we absolutely have to better for children than this.

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