Friday Faves

Hi friends! Cheers to the weekend. <3 What are you up to? We have an event for Liv’s school, I’m teaching two Zumba classes, and am excited to hang out with the fam. It’s so nice have the Pilot home again… we kind of missed the man of the house. 😉

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, so please join in the fun in the comments section if you would like!

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Miss P Rose is already annoyed at my constant kisses. 😉

Kiss monster This latte from Kona Coffee. This is the Island Mocha, which had chocolate, banana, coconut and almond milk. I know.

Island mocha

(PS I start my new plan from my trainer next week, so fare thee well to my sugar bomb coffee drinks for a little while.)

There’s no such thing as “just for girls.”

Want to be more charismatic?

12 different types of people you’ll meet at the gym.

The latest Stitch Fix! I ended up sending back the dress and plaid tunic, but have already worn everything else.

Stitch fix

Livi with her “Auntie Meg hair.” 

Livi bear

Despite the fact that the Pilot was gone this week, we managed to have some real dinners instead of succumbing to the takeout monster. I made salmon with asparagus one night, a chicken dinner, and also this awesome slow cooker lasagna. 

Tattoo time is on the way. As I mentioned before, I’m finally getting a tattoo! I’ve wanted one for at least 10 years, and even though the Pilot isn’t exactly on board the tattoo train, I told him that I really wanted one after having our babies. He didn’t argue haha. I found an AMAZING studio here in San Diego, and even though I’m a giant needle phobe, I’m going for it.

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Buju tattoo

Shopping at Miss Match. If you’re local, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s a women’s boutique with unique pieces and they have great prices. Whenever I have a special occasion, I know Miss Match will have what I’m looking for. 

Miss match

I found a cocktail dress for the event tomorrow night, and became obsessed with the dress in the middle above. Sadly, I am not going to the Oscars so I did not have an occasion for it haha. The photo doesn’t even do it justice; the sparkles are exquisite. Maybe the Pilot will have a fancypants work ball again sometime soon?

Girls’ night! Betsy and I took madre out for dinner at drinks at Brooklyn Girl last night. 

Brooklyn gil2

We shared a bunch of different things to go along with our Back Pocket mules (strawberry, cucumber, ginger beer, lime, agave), including wood-fired pizza, kale salad, market veggies, latkes and a cheese board. 

Some of the eats:

Brooklyn girl

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a happy Fri-yay. I’ll see ya later with P’s 4 month update!

Shell whale



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  1. Cassie on February 26, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Congrats on making it without the hubs this week! I’m sure that can’t be easy.

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

      usually i think it would have been ok, but with the reflux spike, WHOA. i’m so glad my mom was here!

  2. SAL on February 26, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Please think twice about the tattoo–I’m with your hubby on this! How about something temporary, a la Danielle LaPorte’s collection?

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      every time i get a henna tattoo, i wish it would last longer!

      • Jill on February 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

        I also really want to get a tattoo and always put it off! I’m sure yours will be amazing!

  3. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on February 26, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Ooh a tattoo – how exciting! I hope your appointment goes well, and I can’t wait to see what you chose!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      thank you! i’m so excited about it!

  4. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on February 26, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Wait—there’s a 4-month update later? P is four months old????? I feel like she was just born!!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      right?! how did this happen??

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 26, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Where are you getting the tattoo? Oh my goodness, I don’t think I could ever do it. Self induced pain eek! Kudos to you and can’t wait to hear about it / see it!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      hahah! it’s going on my back, in between my shoulder blades

  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on February 26, 2016 at 7:33 am

    O man, tattoo!! Where are you getting it?

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

      on my back, in between my shoulder blades. i originally wanted it on my wrist, but the design i want needs to be a little bigger

  7. Paige on February 26, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Hi Gina,
    This isn’t related to Friday Favorites, but I’m hoping you can give me some San Diego recommendations.
    I’ll be there in early April for my Bachelorette! We are looking for a nice, special restaurant in the Gaslamp District to have dinner at one of the nights. We don’t want a chain or anything too touristy. Would you have any top spots you enjoy?
    Thank you! Paige

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

      are you staying in gaslamp? you want something walking distance??
      searsucker is pretty wonderful. it’s not super fancy -it’s nice!- but the food is glorious. also, the perfect place to take the girls afterwards is vin de syrah! make reservations. it’s a wine bar with small bites (the chocolate cheese board is the best) and the decor/atmosphere is awesome. have so much fun!

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 26, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Happy Friday, Gina! I just love that picture of you and P. How nice you’ve had your Momma in town! Makes life so much better, doesn’t it? And are you back to teaching Zumba? Does that mean you subscribe again or can you just teach old releases? Have a fabulous weekend, friend! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:43 am

      makes life so much better!!
      i’m on the fence if i’m going to subscribe again. i’m kind of over zumba, but had fun teaching it last weekend.i can still teach old releases, and stuff i choreograph myself, but don’t know if it’s worth the $30 a month when the last couple of years of dvds have been so bad.
      are you still teaching body pump? i know you’re super busy with your new job. hope you have a great weekend!

      • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 27, 2016 at 7:06 am

        Oh that’s cool that you can still teach older stuff. I am only teaching BODYATTACK right now actually. I hope to pick up a BODYPUMP class soon. I’m one month into the new job with 24 Hour, and so far it’s great. SUCH a change to be back in an office after so many years away writing from home and working in the gym — but a good change. It’s the perfect opportunity me for right now — that’s for sure. Thanks for asking. 🙂

  9. Laura on February 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I had no pilot for the last two weeks and I had muddy buddies for dinner on Tuesday . . . and Wednesday . . . and when he got home last night we went out for tacos. So good job not succumbing to the take out monster!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

      i think having madre here, and liv, inspired me to make real food. back in the day when it was just me, i’d have egg, cereal or soup and call it good haha

  10. Jessie R on February 26, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Loving that picture of the girls, so adorable!! That latte, I WANT! Looks amazing. When we were in Hawaii a few years ago, I had some of the best coffee of my life in Kona- Kona Joe’s, yum! I toured it and a small cocoa farm with my grandma :).

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

      hawaiian coffee is the best thing ever!

  11. Meg on February 26, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I literally kept scrolling back to that long, sparkly dress every 5 minutes, OBSESSED!! Made me wish I was going to prom but then I remembered that I’m old and if I was going to prom, it would be to chaperone, telling kids to stop grinding and twerking haha!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

      oh my gosh, i was FIXATED ON IT in the store. it’s stunning!! your comment made me laugh. i was like “i’d love to go to prom again! oh wait, that was 13 years ago…. oh man. haha”

  12. Melissa C on February 26, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Hello there! I read your post last week , but didn’t comment . It was about u getting on an antidepressant. I haven’t just had a baby but have dealt with cod , anxiety and insomnia for the last 8 weeks. My youngest son has some health issues with ulcerative colitis and I think it triggered over paranoid with myself. I know I need I need something because I cry alot and feel hopeless and I’m not sleeping at all. I’ve always been afraid of medicines for anxiety because I struggle to keep the weight I lost off. I wonder ed if u knew of any anxiety meds that don’t cause weight gain , if there are any at all? Thanks for the courAge for posting about this delicate issue- u gave me the courAge to pick up the phone and call my dr to make an apt!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

      that makes me so happy to hear <3 sending lots of love to you.

  13. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on February 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Ooo I’m so intrigued to see about the tattoo! I’ve actually been to that tattoo place with a friend, and I want to reinforce your opinion on that particular parlor. We had an amazing time working with one of the artists, and she is still pleased with the result over a year later. I’ll have to check out Miss Match! I have a banquet coming up, and this place looks adorable!

    Happy Friday, Gina! Have a beautiful weekend.

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

      that is so great to hear! it’s such a cool place and everyone there seems amazing
      YES YOU NEED TO! they will have something gorgeous and perfect for you. also, their prices are great- very reasonable
      hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Becky @ The Bex Factor on February 26, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I’m SO excited for you to get a tattoo. I already commented on your IG pic, but I’m a needle-phobe too. I pass out getting routine blood work done, every.time. Tattoos just don’t feel like normal needles and nothing about the process makes me feel faint. Every time I get a new tattoo, I can’t wait to go again. Masochism at it’s finest? I hope it’s a good experience for you and I can’t wait to see it!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

      i’m the SAME WAY. i got blood taken the other day and felt woozy and awful the whole time.
      i’m happy to hear it’s not so bad! i keep telling myself after giving birth it should be a piece of cake haha

  15. Alex @ True Femme on February 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Good luck with the tattoo! I hate needles too but didn’t have any problems when I got mine. I’ve been wanting another one for a while, but can’t decide what to get! Hope you have a great weekend! <3 Oh and that coffee sounds *amazing*

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

      that’s good to hear!! and yes, it was so good 🙂
      have a happy weekend!

  16. Leah on February 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I follow Buju Tattoos on Instagram and LOVE their work–you’re in good hands! So awesome you’re getting tattooed there–can’t wait to see what you get!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

      thank you! the studio is INCREDIBLE. i’m really excited about it

  17. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on February 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I got a semicolon tattoo on the side of my finger last summer and I love it. I never had anything against tattoos, I just never had something that meant enough for me to permanently stick on my body. Now I love it and where it is.

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

      that is amazing! i think because i’ve been wanting it for so long, i’ll be really happy with it

  18. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Penelope has the most expressive faces! I love it!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

      she is a funny little thing 😉

  19. Cara on February 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Oh man the girls are so stinkin cute! Liv’s hair though….! The food looks yummy and that dress is absolutely gorgeous!

    Enjoy having the hubs home!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

      thank you! they make quite a pair 😉 i love doing liv’s hair
      hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  20. Tracy on February 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Liv’s hair looks so cute! I miss hearing about Meg & Kyle! Do they still have their blog?

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 11:51 am

      they did, but i don’t think they renewed their domain? i just texted kyle to ask him. it’s

  21. Crystal on February 26, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Your kids are so adorable. Livi is your little mini me, and I think miss P looks a lot like the pilot!

    Have fun getting a tattoo…you are a braver woman than me, I just can’t do needles and blood. I almost cried the other day when I had to get my blood sugar checked, so embarrassing. I’ve always loved the idea of having artwork on my body though.

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

      i’ll probably cry haha. i had to get blood taken last week and almost got sick
      i’m a giant chicken but i really want one!
      and agree that p is a baby tom 🙂

  22. Katie on February 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Where is your coffee table from? Would fit great with our living room!

    Good luck with the tattoo (I have one, totally recommend it and it wont be that bad 🙂

  23. Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things on February 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Ahh so exciting about the tattoo! My 3 best friends from high school have been brainstorming ideas for a fun small tattoo that we’d all get. We spent hours sitting at a restaurant trying to come up with an idea haha.

  24. Lacey on February 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Oh my goodness that dress <3 <3 <3 waaannnntttttt! Im definitely going to have to check that out next time Im in SD! And good luck with your tattoo! I am absolutely a needle phobe – I black out every time I get my blood tested. But I got a tattoo on my ankle this summer and no problems! Of course it wasn't the best feeling in the world, but it wasn't the worst and I am so happy with it! I can't wait to see it!

  25. Kerry on February 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    My little one is 3 months and I am curious what is the chair you have miss P in? The kiddos are just adorable!!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      it’s the baby bjorn babysitter balance. the chair is AMAZING. it’s the only way i cook food and shower haha

  26. sara on February 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    hope you post about your trainer and the plan! dying to hear for sure since you already look unreal it will be fun to hear what you’re goals are/you’re working on!


    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      i will definitely post more details! i’m really excited about it. i’m basically enlisting her for accountability help. i’ve been pretty terrible at taking my own advice lately, so it’s nice to have someone who cares that i’m drinking lots of water and eating at regular intervals 😉 my goal is to build some lean muscle and clean up my eating a bit. xoxo!

      • sara on February 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

        Fantastic! Accountability (for me) is so crucial. I’m hoping post baby (due 6/3) I am able to really buckle down and get super serious since i’ll have a long way to go… SIGH!

  27. GiGi Eats on February 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    OOOO cannot wait to see what tattoo you get!!! I got one when I was 17 years old on my ankle, on a whim, because I wanted to be a BAD ASS! HA!

    Fast forward 10 years and I got a second one, on a whim, but this one I kinda wanted for at least 6 years, and I friggin’ LOVE IT! I went with my friend to get hers and when she was done, I was like, YOU KNOW WHAT?!?! I WANT ONE TOO! and BAM! lol

  28. Victoria on February 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

    What articles! I especially enjoyed the one about how to be more charismatic, very interesting!

  29. Chloe - A Latte Lipstick on February 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    You’re little ones are just so adorable!! And can’t wait to see the tattoo!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

  30. Amanda P. on February 28, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Hi! Tattoos are a different type of needle “pain”. I have found that I like the rush of endorphines afterwards! Where did you get your coffee table? (Random question:). I’m looking for a new one and yours in the picture with Liv is similar to what I’m looking for. Thanks!

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