Friday Faves

Hey hey! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. It’s been a good one over here. We’re trying to get everything sorted for distance learning and are hoping going to find our groove. How’s everything going for you guys?

Some highlights from the week:

Kyle, Meg, and the kiddos came over for backyard dinner the other night. It was our first time really hanging out together since this all began, and it was amazing. We set out the jumping castle, the kiddos played on our little playground between jumping, and we ate takeout and drank margaritas from Blanco. It was perfect.

I’ve also been hard at work for a new video project for you guys. The workouts are SO fun and a bit different than my usual YouTube offerings (like Dance Sculpt!) and I can’t wait to share them with you this fall. To get the news first, make sure you’re on my newsletter here.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my faves 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.

Fashion + beauty:

New lipglosses and lip sheers from Beautycounter. We reformulated and repackaged some of our bestselling lip products, using responsibly sourced vanilla, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. I LOVE our glasses because they aren’t sticky at all. They’re smooth, shiny, and gorgeous. My fave colors are Rosewood, Bare Shimmer, and Dahlia. 

Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I’ll share a post next week with what’s in stock and some faves under $50 for next week’s public access, but in the meantime, check out my early access post here. I made a wish list, which made it really easy to order online.

Some of the goodies on the way:

These leopard Hunter boots

This LED red light wand (for collagen production)

These cute lil North Face jacket for P (this is when I order the girls’ winter coats and sweaters)

This cozy sweater

More of my fave pajamas

Speaking of the sale, congrats to the two giveaway winners from our sneaky giveaway! I decided to pick two to make things even more fun 🙂

Melissa T. is getting a classic black sheath dress (ahh I love this!) and Jill is getting my fave fleece pullover. Stay tuned for another giveaway on Instagram later this morning!

Read, watch, listen:

Well, this is some good news.

I’ve been really enjoying Indian Matchmaker on Netflix. It’s the perfect way to end the day with a Good Pop strawberry shortcake popsicle. Sadly, I only have one episode left.

Birthday traditions from around the world.

Fitness and good eats:

Need a couple of minutes to stretch and breathe? Check out this restorative yoga flow.

Deep dish s’mores bowls.

Copy tofu sofritas burrito bowls.

New Daily Harvest flatbreads! I’ve been a fan of Daily Harvest for years and their new flatbreads make easy, delicious lunches. (The girls like splitting them, too!) They recently sent us their two new flavors to try: tomatillo pepper and kabocha and sage. I was so impressed with their flatbreads and love that they use simple ingredients. I think the tomatillo pepper is my fave and I added some leftover chicken on top to amp up the protein a little. So thankful for a lunch that takes less than 5 minutes of active prep time, especially right now.

If you want to try out Daily Harvest, use the code FITNESSISTA For $25 off your first shipment.

Iced tea! This is such a simple thing, but I’m on a serious iced tea kick the past month or so. (yep after two years, I totally started drinking caffeine again during this whole thing. My coffee in the am is still decaf but I love the afternoon iced tea boost.) To be honest, my very favorite iced tea is from Chick Fil-A but I also love making it at home. If you have any store-bought or homemade iced teas that you love, please let me know!!

45-minute HIIT bodyweight superset class.

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Robin on August 14, 2020 at 11:01 am

    My favorite iced tea is made with the Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea bags. You can do one normal bag and one of these- so good and needs no sweetener. I think there is a decaf option too.

    • Jill on August 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      That’s one of my favourite teas, too, and I always buy the decaf option. Never thought to try it iced, will do that this weekend!

      • Fitnessista on August 14, 2020 at 5:52 pm

        ok i’m definitely going to try it!

    • Fitnessista on August 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      that sounds amazing! i’ll be on the lookout- thank you!

  2. Nicole Kump on August 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    You should watch Love on the Spectrum on Netflix. Really sweet, awkward, and heartwarming.

    • Fitnessista on August 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      ok i was thinking of starting that one! i started watching a little of the lost husband last night. it’s a little slow but pretty good so far

      • Nicole Kump on August 14, 2020 at 10:44 pm

        That’s on my list to watch!

        • Melissa Caulfield on August 15, 2020 at 12:27 am

          So funny that you are saying this- I’m enjoying afternoon iced teas too!❤️ Heree in the deep south of Louisiana, they have a Tea called “Milo’s”. It taste just like restaurant sweet tea( red label / red top) but is wayyyy toooo sweet for me but they sell an Unsweet iced tea ( Green label/ Green top) – which is my FAVE!!!!- I add my own sweetner( stevia) & fresh lemon!!!! & they make an Iced tea made with Splenda ( Yellow label/ Yellow top) – which is not amazing The Milo’s iced teas come in gallon jugs & is located near the refrigerated section of our grocery stores in Louisiana. They have a website where you can check if they sell near your location.❤️

  3. Liz on August 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    3 comments. You might want to create a bit more interesting content. Rather than constantly shilling your beauty counter and sponsored products. Hurting for money?

    • Fitnessista on August 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Hi, I work extremely hard to create good content for this space. Please check out the podcast episode that went live this week, the fitness discussion post, and all of the videos I’ve been posting lately. No one is making you read my blog. Hope you find some joy in your weekend

      • Katie on August 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm

        I don’t have much to comment other than I am a long time reader and love your blog 🙂 Also, The Lost Husband was mindless and sweet. It is worth a watch!

    • Jess on August 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      If you don’t like the content, move along instead of trolling. Gina has always offered diverse, interesting content and I like hearing about the latest and greatest with Beauty Counter. Please take your sentence fragments elsewhere.

    • Melissa Caulfield on August 15, 2020 at 12:33 am

      This is such an awful comment and I’m so disappointed that people can be soooo rude & throw their words around like they don’t hurt others! Please be kind. Words hurt whether typed or spoken outloud. This blog is not the place for ugliness. If you’ve been a long time reader of Gina’s blog you would know she never pushes products! This is her blog and she is able to freely share as she chooses. I personally enjoy knowing about things like Beautycounter or any other products for that matter- that are available to me. I’m sorry you must be hurting emotionally in someway to leave such a rude remark. I do hope you know that you are important in this world & I pray you find some peace❤️

  4. Randi on August 15, 2020 at 9:44 am

    You have the best Friday Faves & Nordy sale picks. I’m so disappointed that everything on my wishlist was sold out by the time I had Insider early access ☹️ my husband and our budget were thrilled though

  5. Julie on August 15, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I wish I could wear lipstick again but masks are more important right now.

  6. Melissa T on August 15, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Yay I’m so excited about the dress. It’s perfect for our adoption day at court with our sweet kiddos. Thanks Gina!

  7. aarti Surendra on August 16, 2020 at 4:41 am

    I dont mind that I need to wear mask but i love to put lipstick, It boosts my confidence.

  8. akshat on August 16, 2020 at 4:42 am

    I cant resist Food, Desert and Of course Netflix 🙂

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