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Hi friends! Happy Friday! What do you have going on this weekend? We have a date night planned, we’ll be taking Livi to see the new Minions movie with friends, and our gym is launching all of the new Les Mills releases! Aaaaaand my mom gets here Sunday. It’s going to be a great one! Any fun fitness plans or events on the horizon?

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

Pho date with Livi. The Pilot went out with some friends, so it was just the girls that evening. I asked Liv what she was feeling like for dinner and she said, “OB Noodle House. I feel like some pho.”

Atta girl.

Pho date with livi

(I didn’t have pho for the first time until like 2 years ago haha)

These gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at People’s:

Heirloom tomatoes

Summer Shape Up is wrapping up! I can’t believe this year’s challenge is coming to an end. If you missed the fun this time, remember that you can complete the challenge or use the workouts to shake up your routine as you’d like. Our next Shape Up will be over the winter and will include full-length videos. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and for your awesome check-ins.You have 3 more days to check in this week and enter the Week 4 giveaway!

Ssu2015 week 4 checkins

The cupcakes and cashmere collection! Emily did such a beautiful job, and I love the cohesive look of the collection -you can mix and match so many of the pieces!- while everything has its unique detail. I especially love this shirtdress but I’m wondering if it will be too short with the belly…

On the same day I wrote this post about meditation, my friend Katie posted this awesome video on her Facebook. Please don’t listen to it if you’re sensitive to strong language. If you love strong language, please enjoy and laugh along with me, with tears rolling down your face.

7 ways to become a stronger runner.

Coffee coconut popsicles.

Guys try leggings for the first time. “I feel so athletic.”

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year… Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This is when new fall items go on sale for a limited time before they go back to full price. It’s a great opportunity to check out the styles and color schemes for fall before the season arrives. Here are some things that I’m loving from the sale! Last year, this was when I did a majority of my capsule wardrobe. I will probably do the same this year, picking more transitional type pieces that go with me from the maternity to postpartum period. Purses and jewelry always fit. 🙂



This initial pendant necklace

My favorite type of everyday shirt

Boots season is on the way!!

This gorgeous eyeshadow palette 

A compact smart phone wallet

My favorite hobo bag is on sale! I’ve been wanting a lighter color…

A simple LBD

Love Hanky Panky

Printed yoga shorts

This printed shift dress

While I was browsing around -why is online shopping so fun?- I came across this tub of La Mer. I know it’s really popular —  has anyone out there used it?? Can you verify that it’s made of gold and unicorn tears?

Another fave is that I’ll be at IDEA next week! Is anyone else going? I’m so excited for the Superbowl of fitness; I look forward to it every year. 

At idea

(from last year’s conference!)

Have a happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on July 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Haha…will have to check out the meditation video! Thanks for sharing that one Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Nicole on July 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

    The highlight of my week has been the Duolingo app I downloaded! I’ve been brushing up on my French. It’s free and you can brush up on a language you know or learn a new one. They also have a desktop site with more features and tips, love it.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      i downloaded it a while ago and need to play around with it more!

  3. Alex d on July 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Yay for pho! And that meditation video had me giggling the whole time, have a wonderful weekend!

  4. julie @ peanut butter fingers on July 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

    so sad we won’t have an IDEA reunion again this year!!!! hope you have the best time!! <3

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      wahhh i will miss you so much!!

  5. Samantha on July 10, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Love pho! We haven’t had it quite as good as when we were in Vietnam BUT we’ve got a darned close local place.

    This weekend is supposed to be a bit cooler but still plan to be on the SUP a lot (and not fall in!) My 9 year old and I played with a few harbor seals yesterday so we’re going to look for them again today.

    Tomorrow after I teach, going to get a massage and energy work by a friend who is a shaman, reiki master, LMT. Cannot WAIT!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      sounds like an amazing weekend!! enjoy!!

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Have a blast at IDEA next week! Heirloom tomatoes are my favorite this time of year!

  7. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on July 10, 2015 at 8:05 am

    All I can say is coffee coconut popsicles……… <3

  8. Diana on July 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Oh my that bag. Just, oh goodness.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      the best!

  9. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Those Frye boots are just gorgeous!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      seriously boot lust right now!

  10. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 10, 2015 at 8:29 am

    those tomatoes look amazing!!

  11. Niki @ Life With Niki on July 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I still have not had pho, even though I literally live in pho central. There must be at least 50 pho restaurants within a 5 mile radius of where I live but yet…one day ;)!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      oh it’s so so good! once you have it, you’ll never go back to live without it

  12. Erin M. on July 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    That meditation guide is sooooo hilarious. Love it!!

  13. Jenny on July 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

    LaMer. I used it for years. And you totally know this, but my skin got better when I learned to eat better. Now I eat real food (like you do), drink water, and use the Boots Organics line from Tar-jay. I’m 37 and I get carded a couple times a week. 🙂 Save yo’ money or spend it on the boots! xoxoxo

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      i like to thin nutrition, sleep and water intake make the biggest difference anyway 🙂

      • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        and yes to the boots!

  14. Amanda on July 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Pho is so so so delicious!!!

  15. Liz on July 10, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I’ve used La Mer. The sales woman told me it was created by an astrophysicist who put sound waves in it…? Total waste of money – it just made me break out. Spend that cash elsewhere!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      whaaaaat? i would have been like “you’re joking, right?”
      don’t worry i will! purses > face haha

  16. Lauren on July 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Love that Nordstrom basic’s shirt! Does it wrinkle easily? I’m in the market for some new basics but i HATE ironing 😉 haha

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      i hate ironing, too! when shirts get a little wrinkled, i hang them in the bathroom while i take a shower and the steam relaxes it

  17. Alex @ get big, go to work on July 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Where have I been?? I never knew Mordstrom had this sale. I must check it out. I’m due for some new clothes. Thanks for the tip. Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      yay, enjoy shopping!! xo

  18. Cassie on July 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I’m reading American Wife – probably a little late – but it is AWESOME!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      ohhh i loved that one!

  19. Emily on July 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    That legging video was so funny. They do one where they try on rompers too… cracking me up!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      i need to watch it!

  20. Crystal on July 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Those heirloom tomatoes…be still, my heart.

    Also, I love that Livi eats all kinds of “grown-up” food. She’s probably already got a much more advanced palate than most adults, lol!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      she definitely has a more advanced one than i had in my twenties!

  21. Nikki on July 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Guys trying leggings has me cracking up, thank you for the fun Friday!

  22. Lady ID on July 10, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Had pho for lunch today. Can’t remember the last time I had it but it was great – I want it every week!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      ahhh so good

  23. mary on July 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    How does Livi pronounce pho? I never order it because I don’t want to ask for “fuh” or mispronounce it as “foe”. LOL

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      she says “fuh” 🙂

  24. Jenn@Mark My Miles! on July 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I am so excited for Nordstroms sale. Last year I was pregnant and saving money for the little ones arrival.

  25. Nicole on July 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I JUST tried Pho for the first time this past week. It was delicious!

  26. Courtney Bentley on July 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    OMG coffee coconut popsicles YUMM!! Thanks for sharing xo C

  27. Rochelle on July 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Wow Liv is looking so grown up! Just gorgeous like her mummaHey Gina, I was wondering do you use a macbook? I am thinking of making the switch but am scared! Is it very user friendly? What size did you go for? Thanks lovely x

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      i do! i have a pc that i use and a mac book. when i first switched to mac, i was afraid of using it. i LOVE it. i’m not sure what size it is, but it’s a macbook pro.

      • Rochelle on July 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm

        Good to hear! I’m not very computer savvy, but everyone says once you go mac you don’t go back!

  28. Caroline on July 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I will be at IDEA! I actually met you there in LA two years ago (I was 26 weeks preggers)!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      yay, so happy you’ll be there again! come say hi if you see me 🙂

  29. Mo on July 13, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I couldn’t agree more on Nordstrom anniversary sale being the most wonderful time of the year (cue the xmas tune!) and I took full advantage on Saturday 🙂 I hope you found some fun stuff too! And I love Liv telling you she’s craving Pho <3 ! I kind of can't even 🙂 ! Enjoy the time with your mama in town! xo

    • Fitnessista on July 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      right? it cracks me up.

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