Friday Faves + get your lotus tank!

Hi friends! Happy Friy-YAY! What are you up to this weekend? We don’t have a ton going on. Wildcats play on Saturday, our doula is coming over for a prenatal visit, Livi has ballet and an event at her school, and we’re going to head to the bay and lounge. It should be relaxing and amazing. Any fun fitness plans coming up?

Ob so nice

(OB looking so nice)

Tender greens

(Tender Greens date with friends)


(Decaf PSL. Can’t stop, won’t stop.)

Livi w mark twain

(Livi, having a conversation with Mark Twin.)

In typical Friday fashion, here are some things I’m loving from the week! I always enjoy hearing about your faves, too, so please shout them out in the comments section if you would like. 🙂

Lotus tanks are here! These have been a work in progress and I’m so thrilled with how they came out! Once again, I’ve partnered with Fed by Threads to support their incredible mission of providing emergency meals to those in need.


For each shirt that is sold, 12 meals are provided. You can read more about it here! I’ve been wanting to do shirts and start creating apparel for SO long, but it was important to me to find an awesome source: made here in the US with organic and sustainable materials. Fed by Threads was the perfect solution, and I’m so excited to be collaborating with them again. 

Here are the amazing Kale Yeah shirts we did over the holidays:

Kale yeah 1 of 1

(taking a batch to the post office. Over the holidays, we provided the funds for 1,428 emergency meals. My goal for this round: 2,000)

and the newest creation: the lotus tank!

I asked my friend Beth if she’d design a tank with a lotus flower design. Lotus flowers have always been special to me -I’ve wanted a tattoo of one for years- and I love the image of a gorgeous bloom emerging through murky waters. They’re a beautiful symbol of rebirth and change, and I thought it would be perfect for fall, as we head into a new season with our own unique goals.


One of my favorite lotus flower quotes:

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” -Masaru Emoto

Some info about the tank:

Made in Los Angeles from 100% organic cotton

Printed in Tucson, using non-PVC non-pthaylate inks

Each shirt sold will provide the funds for 12 emergency meals through Feeding America

Here’s an idea of what the design will look like printed on the tank:
Lotus tank  

Shirt color:

Size :

Preorders start today, and end next Friday at midnight. This is the ONLY chance to order, as I am ordering a limited amount based on preorders only. If you’d like to get your own gorgeous tank, click hereWe are offering the milk color pictured above with black ink, black with white ink, and a dark blue-grey with white ink. They are pretty true to size, but are form-fitting. If you’d like a looser fit, size up. I will probably go one size up to be more comfy. We have limited colors and sizes — they will go quickly! 

Janet Lansbury. I started following her on Facebook after Caitlin’s recommendation, and just downloaded her book No Bad Kids to enjoy now that I’ve finished The Rumor. (<— it was amazing.) It seems like she reads my mind and discusses the exact things we’re going through. We’re experiencing some serious sleep challenges lately, so I’m hoping this will help us think of a solution.  

Livi crashed

(Learning that we shouldn’t drive anywhere after 4pm.)

This video is perfect in every way. 

Checking out all of the posts from NYFW! It’s been such an exciting week to lurk along via online articles and Instagram. I’m especially loving the dark floral prints for fall, and I’m kind of excited for the comeback of flared jeans. Are you excited or afraid of their return? I really love the wash of these ones. Also scoping out this sweater, this dress, this dress, and these lace-up flats. Fall fashion is getting me a little too excited. 

I have a girl crush on Elana from Elana’s Pantry. 

Fruit in the yard! I’ve mentioned it before, but the house we’re renting here has a magical yard with an abundance of fruit trees: oranges, lemons, limes, pineapple guava, 



and pomegranates. I’ll definitely be picking some this weekend to enjoy on salads! (If you have any other pomegranate ideas, let me know!)


PLSC is hosting a meditation workshop. This is where I learned to meditate, and it changed my life. If any of my local friends would like to check it out (and receive your own personal mantra), all of the details are on the Facebook page here. Let me know if you have any questions! <3

This chocolate hazelnut spread. Pure happiness in a jar (…that’s almost gone).


Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Crystal N. on September 18, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Hi! Love the tanks and went to order right away after receiving the email, but I am not seeing any way to choose size and color? Maybe I’m missing something…totally possible! haha

    • Samantha on September 18, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Morning! Not sure if you figured it out already, but I used the pull down embedded in this blog post to select size and color. I couldn’t figure out how to from the e-mail either. So excited! I was able to order just fine. Sam

      • Crystal N. on September 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        It did not even occur to me to click on that! lol I glanced at it and thought it was just a graphic. Thanks so much for your help!

        • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

          happy you figured it out! sorry i didn’t point that out- it’s easy to miss. xoxo!

      • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        thank you for pointing this out for me!! i should have made the widget a little easier to understand. have a great weekend <3

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      the newsletter messed up the widget when i added the coupon code. sorry about that! if you respond to your confirmation email with size and color, or add a note in the paypal transaction, i’ll get it. xoxo!

  2. Aubrey on September 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Looks WIAW in a day videos:)

  3. Britt@MyOwnBalance on September 18, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Oo those tanks are so pretty! Love all the fruit in your yard. I’ve always wanted to grow my own fruit. I started with a pepper plant in my kitchen but they all shriveled and died. 🙁

  4. Kim on September 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Is the tank a racerback? Please let me know what back is like. I like the lotus design!

    • Alana on September 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Yes, would love to know if they are racerback or not (I am thinking not), and also if there is a sample of the dark gray/blue color! Awesome design and cause, Gina!

      • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

        hi! not racerback- just regular tanks 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      it’s a regular back 🙂 happy you like the design!

  5. Gena @ orgenazation on September 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I’ve just started meditating this week – wish I was local to attend the workshop 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  6. RachelG on September 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

    OMG, that picture of OB! I miss the Noodle House and ocean (and Zumba classes!) so much. 🙂

    We also had our first doula meeting this week so that was one of my faves. As a rookie to all of this it is so great to have someone to ask my “silly” questions to (such as, is there a specific way to push in labor, or is it like going to the bathroom? 😛 ) I feel like she will be so great to have in the delivery room, even if it ends up being just to reassure us that we’re doing the right things and to give Scott and my mom a bathroom break every now and then. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      so so true. it’s amazing to have another advocate in the room who is just there to help you (and has tons of knowledge)

  7. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on September 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I would love to have fruit trees in our yard! That’s awesome! We’re hoping to at least plant a garden next year.

  8. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Liv is adorable with Mark Twain! I can imagine only imagine some of the challenges right now. I was a nanny for a long time. Those t-shirts are adorable. I would buy one just because they’re made in Tucson. 🙂

  9. Heather @ Life In Leggings on September 18, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Those tanks are so cute and I love the great cause. <3 I'm currently sipping on Pumpkin Spice coffee, but I still have yet to get a straight up PSL from Starbucks. That obviously needs to change. Have a great weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      doo it. it goes quite nicely with the wrap 😉

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on September 18, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Direct access to though fruits!!! O my <3 It would be perfect!

  11. Becky on September 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Have you tried the PSL with coconut milk yet? It’s heaven. I’ll never go back.

    I would love to support you and buy a tank. I love the lotus flower as well (I have one tattooed on each foot). The Canadian dollar is so terrible right now though so I’m avoiding buying American stuff. Womp womp. Hopefully I can jump on the train for the next round if our dollar comes around again.

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      yeas it’s so good!!
      no worries at all. i’ll probably do another shirt in late winter 🙂

  12. Crystal on September 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Love the design on the tank top! You should totally get that as a tattoo, it would be so pretty 🙂

    Not gonna lie, I am ever so thrilled that flare jeans are coming back!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      i really want to!
      me too- i think they’re more flattering than skinnies

  13. Samantha @ThePlantedVegan on September 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Love the tank! So simple, and cute! Wow! All those fruit trees!!

  14. Melissa on September 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Love the lotus design 🙂 Was wondering if there was any way to see samples of the other color combos?

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      we don’t have mockups of those colors :/ alok was going to make them for me, but it would take extra time and i wanted to make sure preorders were good to go before baby gets here

  15. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I’m so jealous you live in a yard with all that fruit! How magical!

  16. Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal on September 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Definitely pre-ordering a tank!

    My girlfriend, Brittany, told me that Liv is like the cutest child ever after meeting you two this weekend. I told her to tell you HI from your biggest fan since I couldn’t be there. 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      thank you!!
      awwww! brittany was so sweet. hopefully i’ll finally get to meet you soon!

  17. Shaina Anderson on September 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Tanks ordered – 1 for me and 1 for my soul sister. <3

    That fruit in your yard!! I'm thinking I want to invite myself over? haha. *creeper* Also, I LOVE Janet Lansbury. It seriously feels like she's speaking to me. every. time!

    San Diego trip in order in October for free kids stuff!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      yay so awesome! thank you, friend!
      excited to see ya in october. i may be a zombie, but always down for an acai bowl 😉

  18. Tracy on September 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Just ordered my tank!!! It was hard to decide on a color…I want 3! I may end up ordering another in white….

    LOOOOOVE the lotus flower quote! Pinned it so I’d remember.

    And I just bought the Dora dress from Anthro! 🙂 It’s super cute in person. I love the texture and fit. I’m wearing it to my bro’s wedding next weekend in St Augustine, FL <3

    Have a great weekend, Gina! I have YTT this weekend. 8th of 12 weekends. Finally getting closer to completion!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      yay, thank you for ordering!!
      so excited that you’re almost finished with your training. now if we could just take each other’s classes 🙂

  19. Christie@ Lovely Lemon on September 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I love the shirt you did for the holidays, “Kale Yeah”. So funny! Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      thank you- hope you have a great weekend, too!

  20. Jess @ Clarendon Tinder Diaries on September 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

    The lotus tank!! And the Kale Yeah! Love love love

  21. Tristica on September 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Love the tanks and the cause! Just ordered mine and going to check with my workout crew to see if any of them would be interested in supporting a good cause 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      so awesome. thank you for ordering, tristica!

  22. kristin on September 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    OMGosh! That tank is adorable!

  23. Brandy H. on September 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    So I ordered a tank, yay! But was never asked a sz or color!!! I really want a navy tank in a med, is there a way to ad this after ordering?

    • Fitnessista on September 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

      yes! just respond to your email “your fitnessista purchase” with size and color and i’ll add it to your order

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