Friday Faves

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Hope you’re having a good one. Thank you for all of the awesome comments on my last post. It’s nice to hear I’m not alone in the blah feeling. Something that has helped me immensely: reminding myself that it’s temporary. At one point, it will all be over. When we’re finally able to go back to Disneyland, I’ll be the weirdo walking around crying the entire time holding a Mickey rice crispy treat.

A couple of pick-me-ups from the week:

– Our new plant baby, Frida. I picked her out from a local nursery and they did curbside drop-off this week! You should have seen the Pilot and me trying to lug her inside with a dolly. She’s a big goil. She’s a 6-ft tall fiddle leaf fig and I’m going to do everything in my power to keep her alive and happy. Please send me any tips you have!

For now, I’m trying to figure out the water situation. I have another fiddle leaf that I lug outside every -710 days to to drench it in water and let the excess drain out before bringing her back inside. For this one, I can’t lug her outside because she’s enormous and heavy. Should I get one of those water tray things to put under the pot and still drench her? Or just water a minimal amount so that it doesn’t soak all the way through? Plant experts, please halp me.

She’s a beaut, Clark.

(Pics are on the way for those sad frames)

A Trunk Club! I was going to wait until all of this was over to get another Trunk Club (because let’s be real, I’m not wearing cute shoes or dresses right now) but we’re on week 6 and I really needed a pick-me-up, so here we are.

Daniel sent a lot of great stuff and I ended up keeping this Madewell dress (figured I could wear it in the fall with a jean jacket, too), this amazing Tory Burch small crossbody, this Zella tank, and these spray dye tights. If you’re looking to try out some new goodies from home, my link gets you $50 off your first Trunk. (Daniel will be your stylist too, and I love him!)

And now it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my fave finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Read, watch, listen:


This is so real and made me equally amused and angry lol. 

What weird things do you do to feel better?

Latest episode of Some Good News. These have been an excellent dose of positivity lately!

Downloaded this on the Kindle and can’t wait to start it this weekend.

Fashion + beauty:

New Vitamin C serum from Beautycounter! I’ve been waiting for them to launch a C serum foreverrrr and am so pumped that it’s finally here. It contains two ultra-stable forms of Vitamin C, plus turmeric and camu camu to help prevent age spots and defend skin from environmental stressors. It adds an instant glow boost and absorbs easily to layer with your skincare and makeup. Check it out here!

Loving this tank from Spiritual Gangster.

This makeup tutorial was a gold star.

– My SIL is making gorgeous handmade earrings. Check out her IG page here! They’re all so different and beautiful. It’s a nice way to feel a little special when you might not be wearing normal clothes on the reg. (I was wearing a white tank and jeans shorts and Liv was like, “Where are you going?! Why are you so fancy?”)

Fitness + good eats:

Barre bootcamp starts on Monday! Join in the fun here. We still have a couple of spots let for the promo, too- the first 100 to sign up are getting access to fall’s Barre Bootcamp 2 for FREE. Enter the code BYECORONA for $10 off through tonight and enrollment closes tomorrow. Can’t wait to do this with you all!

Kyle is doing a live cooking class next week (on Zoom) and they’re providing the ingredients FREE for 200+ people to follow along.

We did the test run of the meal this week and it was so.insanely.good. I’m so pumped for everyone who gets to do this next week! 

This everything bagel seared tuna looks amaaaazing.

Check out this total body workout. 

You need to try this super easy and tasty banana bread. We demolished it in 2 days.

An easy and healthy spring quiche recipe.

Happy Friday, friends!


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  1. Ashley on April 24, 2020 at 6:52 am

    I am not a plant person. I just ordered some plants from a local nursery and hope I d9nt kill them off. Good luck with that giant

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      the key is to not water them too much! it took me a long time to learn that. most houseplants only need to be watered every week or so (i’d check for the specific ones you got, but that’s helped me a lot)

  2. Monica on April 24, 2020 at 7:53 am

    I’m not a Fiddle Leaf expert (no locations with good enough light in our house to support one!) but they do make rolling plant dollys! She could just live on one of those and you could roll her outside occasionally? I have a massive monstera (we call her Mel, and she’s a diva) – that’s on a rolling dolly thing. Makes it a lot easier to adjust her location!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      yay, i got one- thank you!!! makes it so much easier

  3. Karen on April 24, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Search for plant caddy or pot dolly. They are basically plates with casters that you put the pot on. So you can move the heavy pots around. They come in all types from basic plastic to fancy metal.

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      thank you so much for posting this! i got one! 🙂

  4. Molly on April 24, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Swoooon x’s 1,000,000.

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      ughhhh SO magical

  5. Amanda on April 24, 2020 at 9:36 am

    A great plant resource (and podcast!) is Bloom and Grow Radio ( You can search her archives and listen to new content. I’ve learned a lot from listening. Website can be awkward to navigate, but she has great content and resources. Also there are typically good notes/details in the podcast episode pages.

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      oh i’ll check that out now– thank you!

  6. Allison on April 24, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Check out Hilton Carter on insta-he does lots of tutorials on how to care for your plants and he talks about fiddle leaf figs a lot! I would recommend putting a tray underneath so you can water it in place-if its hard to move around you might break leaves off trying to get it through doors and stuff. Good luck! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      yes, i just started following him! he’s so knowledgeable!

  7. Stephanie on April 24, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve made that exact banana bread recipe 3 times in the last 5 weeks, and I keep begging my husband to let more bananas go brown. So good!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      omg it’s so good! i can’t wait to make it again

  8. Donna mason on April 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Your Friday Faves are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the effort you put in to making these happen each week.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      thank you so much for reading for being here, donna <3

  9. Polly on April 24, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    How did you style your hair in the picture with the earrings? It looks so pretty!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      thank you so much!! i curl it and pretty much let it stay like that for a few days! i just swept it to one side

  10. Jessie R on April 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I Love your fiddle! We have one in the living room and I love watching it grow <3 ( very slowly). I think some banana bread needs to be in my future soon that looks delicious. i’m looking forward to the weekend so I can take a cake to my mom for her birthday tomorrow — from a social distance of course 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      i have a little one, too, and it takes forever to grow!
      happy birthday to your mom, too <3

  11. Nicole Dixon on April 25, 2020 at 10:49 am

    So many great things in this post, but also want to quote you from your link to 2017 workout.
    “On Monday, I feel like I’m put-together and crushing it, and by Friday I’m a hot mess and drinking wine by 11am. Mostly kidding.”
    Same girl! Saaaaaaame!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      it’s funny how some things never change 😉

  12. Julie on April 25, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    That plant is beautiful! And thanks for reminding me to order Glennon’s book. Done! (I also grabbed Jen’s.)

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      yessss so good!

  13. Ava on April 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Where did you get the fiddle from? I’m located in Tucson and interested in supporting that business.
    Thank you Gina!

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2020 at 11:29 pm

      it’s from green things on river! i did have to go down there to pick it out and pay for it (just wore a mask) but they potted it for me and delivered to the doorstep <3

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