Monday, April 16, 2018

#flywheelambassador

Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco

In college, I made it a point to head to the gym once a week (for social reasons mostly), maybe went for a quick run around the sorority block (probably to work on my tan), and most definitely never enjoyed any of it. It was a means to control my weight and eat even more nachos that at-the-time I didn't see any issue with. Fast forward years later post-graduation I grew a new found appreciation for breaking a sweat. It wasn't easy and took a lot of trial and error to figure out the right classes and sweat sessions that felt fun and right for my body. On top of that I didn't just want to work out better I wanted to see the fruits of my labor and see a change in my body so eating healthier was step two to finding a better balance. 

Currently, I am training for a 10K. In February I ran one so this one will be my second 10K in a few months. The training is my favorite part, it allows my body to prepare itself for the big run. Last time around I didn't push myself enough to run on hills so when it came time to do it for real I overexerted myself and hurt my knee somewhere along on race day. 

To be better prepared for this race I partnered up with Flywheel-- an indoor cycling studio-- to train better, smarter and push my body for the upcoming race. I've been a fan of Flywheel for many years now, I've spent many a bad-Monday in the studio sweating out the day. The energy from the tireless instructors, immaculate facilities, perks I didn't even know I needed like fresh fruit, face wash, and endless bobby pins make this gym one of my favorites in San Francisco.  

If you are in the area, I'd definitely recommend this gorgeous gym, central to downtown and the Embarcadero. Use code FLY VANILLA for your first class on-the-house!

Post sponsored by Flywheel. Photography by Jessica Monroy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Micro Trends: Linen and More

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linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends
linen longline blazer, denim blazer, round bag, vasic round bag, spring pastels, what to wear this spring, spring microtrends

Even before the first day of Spring officially hit I was ready to wear my lighter tones and pastel neutrals. This longline blazer was a Zara Winter sale find a few years ago, I really liked the double-breasted look of it even though I wouldn't wear it for a few months after it came in. And guess what? Linen is in, in a big way this season. I'm just going to go ahead and call it, linen and polka dots are this Spring's micro-trends! Are you a fan of any of them? Do tell and send me your recommendations to shop, I need more polka dots in my life.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

What I wore in Palm Springs for Alt Summit

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Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs
Zara maxi floral dress, Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Arno chianti booties, The Saguaro hotel, what to wear in palm springs

I was lucky enough to attend Alt Summit for the first time ever earlier this year, and as a fellow blogger or overall enjoyer of blogs, you know how big of a deal this can be! I learned a great deal from empowering and knowledgeable speakers, soaked up all the creative and contagious energy from fellow creatives and was utterly inspired by the colorful and happy vibes in Palm Springs. Did I mention it was also my first time in Palm Springs? The weather was on the cooler side, so I did bring my standard San Francisco day-to-day attire and ended up with a bohemian business chic look overall.

Look 1: This Kimono screams boho Palm Springs relaxed attire, I was intent on doing it justice in the land of palm trees and perpetual tans. I added a little black dress underneath to fully let the kimono shine, let my hair down, literally, and added my fave red boots to complete an easy desert-chic look.

{Kimono gifted | Dress | Boots gifted | Hoops}


Look 2: Granted this look is more business chic than boho vibes, but can we at least agree it's cute and you know you want to tie a neck scarf on now, am I right? The lighter shades of the peasant top and the light wash denim make it appropriate for Palm Springs, and the pops of red, slick back ballerina bun and silver shoes make it more me and elevate the look. While it might have been more conference business chic, I def wore this look while scouting out all the PS classics like the Pink Door house, the Parker, and all the charming hotels that somehow don't seem to mind when you just wander in to photograph even though you aren't a patron.

{Blazer | Top | Denim | Silk scarf gifted | Lipstick | Shoes | Sunglasses gifted}


Look 3: Somehow that big-city-girl-look that doesn't shy away from all black outfits ended up in my suitcase. It's strange because it isn't a look I usually wear, perhaps I was mourning the end of the conference? Either way, the dress is lovely on its own but since it was a chilly day the blazer was worn on top since it was the only jacket other than the kimono that I brought with me. 



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