Friday Faves

 Letโ€™s all do the Friday dance ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have something fun to look forward to this weekend, or even just some glorious relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m teaching four classes, and excited to spend time with my little family on the beach. 

A pic from riding the stagecoach in Tucson:

Stagecoach fam

Some faves from the week and around the web:

Karaoke night! My mom offered to watch Liv one evening so we could have a night out. We went with Kyle and Meg to Union Public House for dessert + drinks.

I had this glorious creation called a Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer and lime:


and we all shared a chocolate waffle with ice cream.

Waffle thing



As tempted as I was by their fantastic Les Mis collection, I would never make anyone suffer through that, so I rocked out to โ€œSateriaโ€ by Sublime instead. The best karaoke songs are the ones where you donโ€™t even hear yourself because the entire bar is singing so loudly ๐Ÿ˜‰

We also have some legendary iPhone footage of the Pilot, Meg and Kyle rocking out. It was amazing on so many levels.

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5 ways Fitbit is a ruining my life.

Newest candle obsession. This one smells EXACTLY like my favorite Henri Bendel fig candle, but itโ€™s $15 and much easier to find. Earthy, fresh, and burning away while I type up this blog post.


THIS crossbody and these booties!!! Anyone else scary excited for fall? Halloween stuff is officially in stores, so Iโ€™m convinced that pumpkin spice lattes and boots arenโ€™t too far away ๐Ÿ˜‰

The movie might be better than the book.

The sweetest braid that madre did after cutting Liviโ€™s hair:


Jojoba oil from Trader Joeโ€™s. It makes a fantastic (and gentle) makeup remover.

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What are you loving this week? Go-to karaoke song? Vacations or upcoming trips planned?

Happy Friday!



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  1. Brynn on July 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I Love Rock and Roll is my favorite karaoke song, probably because I can’t sing and can just say the words to the song. This weekend we are going to have our pregnancy photos taken back where we got married almost five years ago to the day!

  2. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Haha that sounds great, karaoke is the best!
    Also just so you know– you put another picture of the candle instead of Liv’s braids!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

      just fixed it. oops!

  3. Rebecca on July 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    That Fitbit article is so true, I didn’t wear mine yesterday and all day I was thinking how far ahead my friends will be with their steps and how can I cheat some more steps into my day!! We are planning our first vacation to the US (from Australia), I can’t wait! Also I love that cup the Moscow Mule is in.

    • priya on July 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Where in australia do you live? im from the us and planning my vaca to aus!

  4. Karissa on July 25, 2014 at 8:03 am

    YES to fall! Lol that is probably my favorite season, is it sad that by July I’m like “hmmm is it pumpkin infused every time yet??”

  5. Coco on July 25, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Moscow Mules are my faaavorite!!

  6. Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit on July 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

    My brother and I just had an epic Les Mis duet session yesterday! You should have done it!

    I’m at a family reunion right now–so for the weekend I forsee unpacking, relaxing and having a homemade everything fajita party ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait!!

  7. Megan on July 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Hmm I’m not sure if I’m excited that fall will be here before we know it or not! Karaoke is always fun! We would go to karaoke nights during college

  8. Jodie on July 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Looking forward to this weekend, spending time with some really good friends.

  9. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I LOVE karaoke! I used to go every week, but now it’s more of a special occasion. I sing a ton of songs, anything from Heartbreaker (Pat Benetar) to Thrift Shop ๐Ÿ™‚

    My weekend is full of fun plans. Tonight I’m doing a themed dinner with some of my coworkers and we’re doing Greek night! Tomorrow I’m headed to a Christmas in July party!

    Can’t believe it’s almost August… and I love fall, but no wishing away the rest of the summer!!!!

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 25, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Happy Friday! I wish I had a trip plan, I’m due for a visit to see my family in Florida. I really try and stay away from karaoke, but I’d love to belt out some Alanis Morrisette if I could. Moscow mules are really popular here in San Francisco. I’m not crazy about the taste overall, but I do love the ginger flavor.

  11. Bridget on July 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love Moscow mules!

  12. Beks on July 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

    When I was in college, the night before finals week, we had a big midnight breakfast party in the dining hall, complete with karaoke. I usually stuck to Madonna or Shania Twain (“Man! I feel like a woman” at a women’s college was basically just leading a sing-a-long). After about two years of taking voice lessons, I started using karaoke night to test out my jury music, and hopefully get validation through Broadway tunes. Then, on a cruise once, my sister and I sang “Tell Him” which was a song sung by Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand that we’d sung for our high school talent show when I was a freshman and she was a junior. We still had the harmonies down after eight years! I love karaoke. <3

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

      ahhhh i love that!

  13. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Aren’t Moscow Mules great? Irish Mules are my favorite! They use Irish whiskey instead!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

      i’m determined to try all the flavor variations ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Have a fabulous weekend! I’m headed to Brazil tonight for four days! So excited for my first trip to South America!!!!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

      AMAZING. have so much fun!

  15. Natalie Wester on July 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great post. I love that braid!
    I’ve always loved Karaoke even though I sound like a dying cat. Give me Bob Segar and I am set.

  16. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Does Union Public House have karaoke now? I was going to get down to Tucson this weekend but legal problems with my blog name prevented it. I love karaoke. My go to song is always Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

    • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I was supposed to go to Blog Her too for the rest of the weekend. Instead I will be rebranding everything I’ve worked for.

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

      no, we went to shooter’s for karaoke ๐Ÿ™‚
      so sorry to hear about the rebrand :/ the good news is that you may think of something you love even more. hang in there.

  17. Ashley N. on July 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Where do you buy that beautiful candle?! I looked online and someone mentioned Target, but I didn’t see any online. PS the Frye booties are AMAZING, so cute!!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

      i bought it at target but found it on amazon to link— linked right by the pic

  18. Jane on July 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I love Livi’s hair! Super cute.

    I’m loving the peanut gin-gins from whole foods this week. If you haven’t tried them I definitely recommend you do while they’re on sale (2 for $4)!!!!!!!

    Have a beautiful weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 10:56 am

      LOVE those! you just reminded me because i haven’t had them in forever. hope you have a great weekend too!

  19. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on July 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    we are going out to my cabin tonight to visit some relatives ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great weekend

  20. Kelly on July 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Henri Bendel! His stuff smells sooooo good! I had some of his vanilla oil drops that you burn, I wish I would have got a couple more viles. I need to look for those again.

  21. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on July 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    LOL – that Fitbit article…

    Sounds like you have a fun and busy weekend ahead with all those classes! I’ve been teaching a LOT of BODYPUMP this week, and my body is done and in need of some rest. So, some major relaxing is on my agenda this weekend!

    We are actually wandering to YOUR neck of the woods for a little family vacation at the beginning/middle of August. I’m so excited to escape this AZ heat! Are you on/near Mission Beach?? It’d be fun to meet up for a cupcake and/or coffee date!!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      yes, i’m close! let me know when you’ll be here!

  22. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Always love Livi’s braids.

    Are you new to Moscow Mules? They are ALL the rage; I swear they’re the drink of 2014. I can’t keep away from ’em ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      i’m totally new to them! i always get wine or a margarita ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Good to know about jojoba oil! I am totally going to buy some. I am looking forward to the weekend! I am working at the SF marathon – can’t wait to cheer on the amazing runners!

  24. Julie on July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve been looking for something for makeup removing!

  25. Tracy on July 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I couldn’t resistโ€ฆjust ordered the candle! Sounds heavenly.

    Did you read the book?? I’m pretty sure the movie would have to be better than the book! I couldn’t even get through itโ€ฆ.I didn’t care for her writing style. The author made out like a bandit IMO…

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      it was THE WORST. it could have been soooooo good, but i couldn’t finish the series. the movie has to be better

  26. Lori on July 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    UMM can I borrow your Mom?? She sounds awesome!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      she is the best ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Amy S on July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds like an awesome week! I adore Moscow Mules, too. The combination of ingredients sounds odd at first, but they are delicious!

    My go-to karaoke song is “Walking in Memphis” (the Lonestar version). ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Hilary on July 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I can’t wait for fall either, boots and everything pumpkin! Without a doubt my favorite season ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on July 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    That karaoke night sounds like so much fun! I agree, Les Mis would have been tempting but not really a fun song to sing in a bar! And I’m loving summer and summer dresses so much, but Fall things are def fun- love the colorblocking on that bag!

  30. Sarah on July 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I am a senior at SDSU and am moving to the OB area and would love to come take some of your classes. I also would love any recommendations about restaurants, stores, etc. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      send me an email and i’d be happy to send you the info! also, we are having an event at orange theory on sunday if you’re free

  31. shaina on July 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    and where is said karaoke footage?! haha

    no plans this weekend, just trying not to have a baby since my OB is out of town and I refuse to have anyone else ๐Ÿ™‚ mind over matter right?

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      haha it is hidden foreverrrrrr
      fingers crossed for you! i can’t wait to see pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on July 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    So fun that you guys did karaoke! My go-to song is N’Snyc – Bye, Bye, Bye or Killers – Mr. Brightside! I

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      kyle and meg did bye, bye, bye. amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on July 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    That waffle is speaking my love language. Holy moly.

    Don’t know how you resisted Les Mis! I would have been belting out “On My Own” quicker than you could say Jean Valjean (and that would be BEFORE I even had a drink haha)!

    Have a lovely weekend! <3

  34. Emily on July 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Heading to SD tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Moscow mules are one of my husbands favorites! There’s a night club near us called John Collins where MM’s are their specialty.

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      whoo hoo! are you free sunday? we’re having an orange theory event if you’d like to come (and you can bring a friend or friends). let me know!

  35. Ashley @ Sweet carolina belle on July 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Ohhhh that candle sounds amazing. I hope that I can find one at a local store near me. Moscow mules are really delicious!

  36. Holly on July 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    If you like the Moscow Mule, you should definitely try a Dark and Stormy! It’s the exact same thing except spiced rum instead of vodka. So good!

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      that sounds GLORIOUS. i’m on it!
      hope you have a great weekend, too!

  37. Mari on July 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I love Moscow Mules! That’s a great karaoke song that you all sang by Sublime. I haven’t heard that song in YEARS!! Definitely adding it to my list for the next time I go to karaoke with co-workers!

  38. Jodie on July 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    How did I miss waffle pic! Yum!!!

  39. Alex @ Kenzie Life on July 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This weekend and all of next week I’m going to be studying for the GRE but the good news is that two days after I take it I’ll be relaxing on a beach in Hawaii with a pina coloda in my hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. Amna on July 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Can we have a tutorial on Liv’s hair-do??!

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      sure! i’m trying to figure out a way to video it while explaining… i usually have about 90 seconds to braid

      • tiffany on July 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm


  41. Pua on July 26, 2014 at 3:17 am

    My go to karaoke is… believe it or not… Nelly’s E.I. LOL My hubby and I rocked it once at a karaoke night and now it’s a standard. ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way… does your mom do house calls???

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      haha i love that so much ๐Ÿ™‚
      seriously! she is the best.

  42. Nancy @ on July 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Have a nice weekend!

    This weekend I’m having vacation with my family in the town. I’m enjoying my yoga work-out outdoors breathing in fresh air and smell of wonderful trees ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing nature to get inspired for anything.

  43. Lizzie on July 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Lol, I love that you’re front and center in the stagecoach photo. You gotta own it when you look good, I guess.

    • Fitnessista on July 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      wasn’t my intention. i didn’t take the picture ๐Ÿ™‚

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