the family that Menchie’s together… (+Friday Faves)

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start. We have some fam in town, and it is the best ever. 🙂 I have barre this morning and then I think we’re going to hit the beach!


In standard Friday fashion, here are some favorite things from the week. As always, I love to hear what you’re enjoying too, so please shout it out in the comments section if you’d like! Check in for today’s workout here. 


(the family that Menchies together, stays together)

Faves from the week:

This dress from lululemon! AHHHH they have so many cute dresses for spring.

Lulu dress

The fabric is like the hug of an angel; such an awesome spring/summer staple. 

This just makes me so happy.

Latest candle fave.

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These are handcrafted in South Carolina, using repurposed wine bottles and soy wax. The scent is GLORIOUS. (I got mine in Arkansas last week, but there are a lot on sale at West Elm.) This one is Cabernet and reminds me of my favorite Fig candle (Henri Bendel). The Pilot tells me instead of buying candles I should just light dollar bills on fire. This is what happens when a candle hoarder and a candle scrooge join hands in matrimony.

Kombucha cocktail recipes.

New apps to keep runners safe.

Still on the oatmeal cookie smoothie kick.

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Why home workouts fail. 

This beachy hair spray. It’s perfect for holding soft waves with additional sun protection. The scent is super fresh and clean.

The classic never dies.

Best snack

Flashback to singing in the car with friends (minus the cool costumes).

Health benefits of dancing. 

Have a hoppy (couldn’t help myself) Friday!! <3

Liv and bunny

Any awesome reads, recipes, fashion-y or beauty finds this week? 



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  1. Amanda @ SlimplifyLife on April 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Friday fave is that I just officially decided to move to SEATTLE to become an RD :). Super excited to join team West Coast!

    Happy Friday and Happy Easter!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 8:15 am

      That is so awesome! Congrats!!

  2. Jamie on April 3, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Oh my, I am in LOVE with the Ed Sheeran/Sam Smith mash. Thanks for sharing!!

    On a similar note to why home workouts fail, I recently ended my gym membership in order to save money, and I’ve discovered that my dog is absolutely the reason I fail at working out at home! He stops a billion times to use the bathroom on runs, comes to sniff my face while I’m laying on my back for ab work, and crawls underneath me during mountain climbers. Pets are so goofy!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Pets think workout time is for them haha. Bell is the same way 🙂

  3. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on April 3, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I read It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell in a 3 hr sitting last weekend and it was great. Definitely gave me a lot of feels and inspiration!

    I love your candle comment. My husband is the same way. I have a whole cabinet of them…but I need them all! He doesn’t hate candles but we have different smell tastes. He likes fruity candy smelling ones and I always love the fall and winter scents.

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 8:15 am

      I love the fall and winter scents, too.
      Definitely need to check out that books- I’ve heard so many great things about it
      Happy Friday 🙂

  4. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies on April 3, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Love that dress on you, and the color is perfect! Livi is cute as always!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thank you! Hope you have a happy Friday!

  5. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on April 3, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Ahh I need to check out some of the dresses from Lulu, I think it would be a good addition to my job wardrobe without me having to go straight Ann Taylor!

  6. Jenny @ apples &kale on April 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I am definitely going to have to start trying oatmeal in my smoothies. I have a little bit of a surplus going on since I always order extra oats to meet the free shipping minimum on Vitacost and iHerb… 🙂

    Have a great weekend!!

  7. Alyssa on April 3, 2015 at 8:31 am

    omg… the Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith mashup. I can’t. So good!

  8. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 3, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I NEED to checkout Lulu. I’m desperate for new clothes. I have a whole walk-in closet full of them, but I never want to wear any of them. I was just checking out a few of their shorts. BTW – this article was amazing this week.

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I want to live by a beach! Happy Friday! Enjoy your Easter!

  10. Jess on April 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I didn’t even know lulu sold dresses! Where have I been?!?

  11. Amber Schumann on April 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    That mashup up was amazing…THOSE VOICES!!!! I just heard a similar Sam Smith mashup yesterday that my cousin did with his girlfriend:
    I’m loving this trend right now!

  12. kristin | W [H] A T C H on April 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

    those lululemon dresses really are so cute. i saw them when i popped into my local store recently.

  13. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on April 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Your fro yo looks amazing! Loving the links!

  14. connie harney on April 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Tell the pilot that dollar bills can ‘t smell as good as that candle-I know because I was with her when she picked it out! LOL! Love, nana arkansas

  15. Victoria on April 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Which beachy hair spray??? Did I overlook the link or is it missing? Inquiring minds want to know! 🙂

  16. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 3, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hi Gina! Happy Friday! I haven’t had Menchie’s in far too long. In fact, I don’t think there is one nearby me, which is sad, sad, sad. This weekend, I’ll be learning new BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK to debut and launch on Monday — so I better get to it. And what am I loving this week? Green smoothies with mango in them, Amy Poehler’s new book “Yes Please” and a loose white tee I bought from Athleta. Loving your Lulu dress too! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  17. Alex @ True Femme on April 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I love candles that smell like wine, mostly because I think they smell like some delicious fruit punch or something! I’m really loving some raw honey in protein smoothies. It gives this really subtle sweetness and it’s totally addictive. Also, frozen yogurt is the best.

  18. Alex @ True Femme on April 3, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Oh and also–have you seen the new Coach Swagger purse? I’m obsessed with the perwinkle color, though the white and black ones are adorable too. Why must they be so pricey!?!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      no! off to google…

  19. Katie on April 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

    That lulu dress on you looks amazing!!!! 🙂 If you make any of the kombucha cocktails please share on the blog <3 HOPPY EASTER!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      thank you! hoppy easter to you too!

  20. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I saw that dress online that you tried on — did you buy it? Do you think it’s too long?

    • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      That color is great on you, btw!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      i did. i think it is long, but they hem in store for free so i might get it hemmed

  21. Kristina on April 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    what i’m loving this week:
    – Justin’s vanilla almond butter- i keep putting it on everything
    – Ali’s new cookbook from
    -Scott Michael Foster on the abc show Chasing life.
    – Everything Crossfit- just bout my weekend tickets to the Regional competition in San diego coming up in May. I CANT WAIT.

  22. Melissa on April 4, 2015 at 1:12 am

    North County? I grew up on that beach! 🙂

  23. Jaclyn on April 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    “The fabric is like the hug of an angel” Haha… your descriptions crack me up!

  24. CARLA on April 6, 2015 at 2:19 am

    ahhh your girl is growing up so quickly.
    I loved the easter pics too.


  25. Lynn on April 6, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Beauty finds. Purchased this Olivia Garden brush for my daughter and I at Ulta. She has thick wavy hair that tangles easily and this brush has been FANTASTIC! Highly recommend!

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