LIFE LATELY | 3.13.17

LIFE LATELY

Hello friends… I thought it would be a fun to start the week off with a little bit of a life recap! I was so busy the month of February between Berlin and running the Princess Half that I think I sent a grand total of 7 nights in my bed the whole month. So in light of all of my travels, I wanted to share some things that I am working on and a few updates!

Running

I recently updated my 2017 Race Schedule so head over here to see where I am running and all my recaps!

LA Life

If you are following me on any of my social media platforms you have probably seen that I have been seeing a ton of musicals and plays this year! To ensure that I was able to get Hamilton tickets I became a Pantages season ticket holder with my mom and cousin, Juliana. So far this year we have seen The King and I and Finding Neverland at the Pantages. Over at the Ahmanson we have seen the pre-Broadway run of Amelie (starring Phillipa Soo)  and Fun House. We still have more to come!

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Shopping

I got these Lilly Pulitzer pants when I was in Florida! They are perfect for brunch or trips to Disney World.

Athleta hosted a barre class and private shopping event this weekend where I snatched up some amazing athleisure wear... You know you travel a lot when you see a studio wrap and think it will be a perfect plane sweater.

Travel

I am currently planning two summer trips that I am very excited about…
My mom and I will be going on a 7 day cruise to Greece – something we have wanted to do for a long time! Please leave any recommendations in the comments!
We are also going to Walt Disney World for July 4th!
Yes, I travel with my mom and yes, it is cool!

Laughing

Seriously this video is kind of my life…

My 5th Princess Half Marathon 👑 | 2017 Race Recap

Holy princess tiara 👑 – it is hard to believe that Juli and I’s just finished our 5th Princess Half Marathon. Truly an amazingly fun race that we both share so many memories at! I have to mention, we both realize we are so blessed to continue running this amazing race and are truly shocked that this year marked our fifth time crossing the finish line! Now onto the recap!

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This year Juli and I shared a DVC studio at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House. I have to say we both loved the hotel and it was great for race weekend. The buses worked so efficiently and we never encounter long lines. For our carb load meal we decided to check out Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs. Needless to say everyone at the table fell in love with this restaurant and we will be returning. Except we might lay off the hot sauce next time 🌶️

The night before the race we both a had a hard time getting to sleep the night before and talked in the dark for about an hour before we both finally fell asleep. My least favorite part of all runDisney races is the ridiculously early start times… The alarm went off at 3:20am (gross) and we quickly got ready to be way finders and navigate our way through 13.1 magical miles. I was way finder Moana and Juli was chief Moana… can you tell we both really liked this movie.

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We were promptly in line for the bus right before 4am and go on quickly. I won’t be the only one to say the traffic was awful this year. We usually have more time at the start area to relax and take pictures but due to the traffic we pretty much had to drop our bags at gear check, made our way to the portos and make the long march to the corrals. Of course this traffic led to a 10 min late start for the race… I wasn’t bothered by it.

I was in corral H, one up from last year! Juli was in her speedy D corral. They did change the way the corrals split this year which I think led to longer porto lines, but eventually we made our way to our appropriate corral. After the 10 min delay the national anthem was sung, fireworks went off, and the elites were out!

Finally it was my corrals time to start and I was off. This year I stopped for, what might be a personal record, 11 character stops. But I have to say the winner was Gaston. The line was long, but not ridiculous when I ran up on him at his Tavern in Fantasyland. I jumped in line and it moved so slow… I was a little upset and considered bailing out of the line to run on but Juli texted me to stay put. Gaston full on flirted with EVERY SINGLE PRINCESS. When it was my turn I popped up next to him in my usual “look how cute I am while running” pose and he full on pulled me into him… I was shocked, laughing, crazy in love and now am in love with this picture. In my opinion Gaston won the Princess Half.

Gaston at Princess Half Marathon 2017

I caught up with Juli and some friends in the Cinderella line after a quick castle pic stop. I ran my usual :45/:30 intervals throughout the entire race. We took a few extra walk breaks where the course crowding was impossible, around the half way point and on places where the road really slopes. I have to say the one thing about this course is with my ankle injuries the places where the course literally leans puts a lot of pressure on the outside of my right ankle.

I ran into so many friends on the course like Julian and finally found/met Erin! We had an amazing time and totally ran this as a party race – our time should prove this. Proud to say this might be my slowest half marathon time ever 3:58:18… Who else loves a party race!?!

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What can I say – we love the Princess Half Marathon! Per our tradition we got some champs at the finish line!

My Carry On | Updated

You may have seen from instagram but I recently traveled to Berlin for work. I had shared my previous carry on necessities from a few years ago, but as I have traveled more my carry on has gotten more refined.  I thought this trip was a great time to do an updated carry on post.

CARRY ON GUIDE

Strategy
Yes… I have a strategy for how I fly, especially long haul (aka over an ocean). As you probably know, you are allowed to bring one carry on bag, typically a wheeled one, and one personal item with you. My goal is to not have to open the my actual carry on accept for once the entire flight. Everything I need for the flight is in my personal item. This trip I am just using my Phillip Lim bag which will also be my work bag in Berlin.

In Flight Kit

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My personal bag holds all my in-flight necessities which all fit in my clear TSA approved zipper pouch. I like to keep my skin hydrated during the flight so I turn to my go to item Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray and Jo Malone Vitamin E Gel (seriously this stuff is a miracle worker). I pack my full eye cream and love to use the under eye gel masks right before we land to look more awake.
In this kit I also have a travel tooth brush, tooth paste, Advil PM, my Bobbi Brown foundation, and a bunch of perfume samples.

Along with my kit, in my personal bag I always have an iPhone charger, my travel wallet, a book, headphones, eye mask, Wet Wipes (wipe down your tray table people), and a small flashlight. Literally this is everything I need to get through a flight to Europe.

My Rolling Carry On

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This bag has all the extra things I may need or do not want to pack in my suitcase. I keep my laptop, all my chargers and adapters, my jewelry, work items like my hard drive and planner, a back up pair of leggings and panties, and a scarf (because Berlin was cold). The only thing in this bag that I use during the flight is my travel pillow, which I get out at the start of the flight and return to the bag before I land.

What are your carry-on necessities? Let me know in the comments!

I am very excited to continue my travels over the summer to Europe and my beloved Disney World! Stay tuned for more travel and running fun!


 

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VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE | 2017

So Valentine’s Day is upon us once again! Two fun facts about me and Valentine’s Day… one I am single, two my job takes me out of the country every year during Valentine’s Day! But I still secretly love this holiday even though I am usually too busy to celebrate it.

Still, I love to send cards and candies to my friends and family as a way to show them that I love them. Here are some of my top gifts to give (or treat your self too) this Valentines Day!

VDAY Gift Guide 2017

Heartstagram Frame | Pink Nikes | Heart Drop EarringsTory Burch Tote | Rose + Stemless Glasses | Monogram PitcherCafe Du Monde Coffee + K-Cups

I am seriously obsessed with Framebridge! I had them frame a photo of my mom and I and it turned out amazing. I love the heartstagram matting and for $39 you cannot beat the quality. Order buy Feb 8th for a Feb 13th delivery! Save $10 off your first framing by using this link.

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I love the idea of gifting a small taste of the south and Cafe Du Monde is iconic. Especially to a friend that lives somewhere where they do not  know what Mardi Gras is (cough LA). I found some at my local World Market last weekend but am dying to get some K-Cups for my quicker morning fix!

How do you feel about Valentines Day? Yay or Nay?

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TRAVELING FOR BUSINESS

Next week I set off to cold, snowy Berlin for my real life job. At 27 I have spent the last 4 years traveling several times a year to various countries for my job. While all this has sparked a love for travel it has also made me an expert at crossing an ocean for my job, so today I wanted to share my favorite items that get me there stylishly and professionally.

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I am currently coveting this carry on from Mark & Graham. I love the structure, color and fact that this can be considered a personal item. This very well could be my next buisness traveler purchase. Big enough to tote your laptop, in air essentials kit, and a good book! I am currently still using my trusted Lo & Sons OG Bag for my carry-on or a big tote.

TRAVEL WALLET

A travel wallet is a necessity for business travel. You want to stay organized and look professional. I have had the Aspinal of London classic travel wallet for nearly 3 years and I adore it! It keeps me so organized! Alongside this you always need your business cards in a great card holder – I always turn to Kate Spade for these.

I think the biggest keys to business travel is to make sure you have everything you need to do your job. I need to have my hard drive, laptop, trip information, and chargers with me in my carryon just in case my luggage gets lost. From a personal protection stand point my jewelry always gets packed in my carry-on too. I have an older version of the Henri Bendel jewelry case but love this version as well!

Other Favorite Travel Posts:
24 Hours Tourist in Berlin
My Old Long Haul Carry On Guide
Traveling Long Haul for a Race

Weekend Roundup | 1.30.17

So I have thinking about starting my Monday’s off with a weekend roundup. I usually have very eventful weekends here in LA. So let me know what you think and if you enjoy these…

The main things this weekend was working on my dinning room makeover. I had been looking for a new oversized art piece to fill my big wall in the kitchen and I found it at World Market. I saw it online but wanted to see how it looked in person before I bought it, so I went over to the Original Farmer’s Market (by the Grove) to take a peek and it was in my car in about 2 mins with a load of other goodies. Seriously World Market is my kryptonite.

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EATING:
Most of my eating was at home this weekend. But I did get to Juice Crafters to get a morning smoothie. I tried my hand at the Pantages Rent lottery to get a ticket but sadly did not win, so conciliation prize a healthy smoothie. Juice Crafters is right next door to the Pantages and I loved this little location – so LA.

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READING:
Still working my way through Outlander series. Literally Dragon Fly in Amber is so good!

WATCHING:
Catching up on Vikings and Homeland. If you like Game of Thrones esque shows and have not watched Vikings do yourself a favor and get on that. Literally all I want to be is Lagertha when grow up… Also like some serious hair goals in that show!

SHOPPING:
I leave the (now) warm and beautiful LA next weekend for snowy, rainy, cold Berlin. So mainly stocking up for things I need for my trip. But I did pick up a new pair of Diff Eyewear sunglasses from their winter sale. Hoping these make it to me before I leave.

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How was your weekend? Let me know if you like these little catch ups in the comments!

Dinning Room Makeover | Saving A Docksta Table

So as you can see I have gotten the design itch. Currently I am re-working my dining area.
My first step to any design challenge is to figure out what I want and what I am drawn too.
Pinterest is the perfect sounding board for this… So I did what every girl would do I started pinning different aesthetics that I like.
You can view my inspiration board here!

DINING DESIGN INSPOAs I do with all my designs I started to look for pattern. My go to color scheme for my entire apartment is varying shades of blue and white. Traditionally I lean towards navy and white, but my living room, kitchen and dining room also incorporate varying shades of aqua and teal. The one thing I kept noticing in my patterns beyond my color scheme was the round tulip table. Guess what guys – I have a round tulip table.

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The only problem was my Ikea Docksta has seen better days and the table surface has a few scratches. I contemplated just buying another Docksta but figured I could spend that money better elsewhere. One thing about my apartment and design is that I can do it on a budget. After a lengthy web search I found out that Docksta’s generally get scratched up, but then my mother reminded me that any table you use multiple times a day will get wear and tear. So I set out to save my tulip table.

The first thing I did was give it a good scrub. For the table top the usual all-purpose cleaner works great, but acetone can help to get rid of anything sticky. I use my dining room table for sewing and crafting so I had some old glue stuck on mine… acetone took it right off. For the scratches I tried a few different things like paint pens but ultimately found that the permanent chalk marker I had from my craft drawer match perfectly! I did about 3 coats with drying time in between and the top looks so much better!

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I also gave some special attention to the base of my table. White obviously can get dirty and mine certainly was. I started again with muli-purpose cleaner, then used Ajax with bleach to whiten it up and finally a Magic Eraser to finish the job!

What can I say I saved my Docksta and $175 – more dinning room makeover fun to come!

Dinning Room Inspiration

It has been super rainy here in Los Angeles over the last few weeks and especially the last few days. While I am thankful for the rain pouring down on our drought stricken land – we SoCal kids have had to stay indoors more than we are used too.

All my added time inside has led to a total Pinterest binge and the desire to re-do my dining area. The thing I love most about my apartment is how light and bright everything is. My aesthetic has always been traditional with a beachy twist.

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I guess my upbringing of living between Florida, Texas and California have influenced my design taste… I love a big farm table, blue and white accessories, fresh flowers, and airy lighting.

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How amazing are these sea grass dining chairs? These might be too bulky for my apartment but love the idea of incorporating natural fibers into my home.

As much as furniture sets the stage – sometimes it is all about setting the table. I adore this Ralph Lauren blue and white tableware matched with the natural woven placemats.

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Stay tuned to see where my dining area ends up!

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Prepping for the Star Wars Half Marathon 2017

Hey Guys – so first off HAPPY NEW YEAR! My first race of 2017 is going to be my favorite race weekend of the year – the Star Wars Half Marathon Light Side Weekend. Once again I will be taking on the Rebel Challenge consisting of a 10k followed by a Half Marathon!

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I thought that today I would share some of my most helpful posts and recaps from years back for any of you preparing for the race weekend!!

Prep Posts
Best Post Race Cocktails
Best Pre and Post Race Restaurants
Putting Together a Race Outfit or Costume

2016 Race Recaps
5K and Expo Recap
10K and Meet Ups
Half Marathon Race Recap

This will be my third rebel challenge so if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments! Recaps coming next week!

My Favorite Christmas Songs

I am so happy that 5 Fandom Friday has returned and this month we are going full blown Christmas. This week we are talking about our 5 favorite songs to get us into the Christmas spirit!

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A little preface as to my favorite songs for this season – one I am a Christian so for me this season is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. Two – I am a choral singer which means Christmas repertoire is near and dear to my heart. It’s not Christmas without Handel or Amy Grant in my dear opinion. Seriously though I cannot recommend Amy Grant’s first Christmas Album and the Trans Siberian Christmas album enough.

If any of these songs are new to you feel free to listen in my Spotify playlist… I will be adding some more of my favorites here!

Five Fandom Friday is hosted by Megan and Kristin – read more about it here.
My past Five Fandom Friday posts can be found under the Nerdiness Dropdown in my header!