Monthly Archives: January 2014

A House Warming Brunch

This weekend I hosted my house warming brunch to christen the new apartment!


I invited about 20 of my friends to come over to see my new place and have some delicious brunch.






We had delicious food as pictured above! The final menu was overnight cheese grits, mini pancakes, pigs in a blanket, and lemon ricotta cookies, with a white wine and rose selection.

Followed up by a bloody mary bar and make your own mimosas!


All in all it was a great success and it was so great having my friends come over and see the new place!


xoxo 
Mal


Friday Favorites: Link Love

Link Love
Some Friday Favorites are specific to a theme, others will be link love.
Link love are things around the internet that captured my attention and amazement this week!

I love goop – Gwyneth Paltrow has amazing tips for life in general, and she has an amazing work ethic. She will be the first to let you know, that if you want a body like hers you better be ready to work. 





2 // Little Blondies Singing “Let It Go” from Frozen
Ok so little blonde children singing an amazing song and one of them is in a Little Mermaid dress… I’m sold

3 // Run for Fun’s Amazing WDW Marathon Recap
A must read – especially for any runner who has lost a parent.


4 // Vogue’s Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl: Cynthia Smith in Nantucket
I secretly wish I could spend my summers in the Hampton’s ala Emily Thorne in Revenge, but the shores of Orange County and Los Angeles will have to make due for me. I love Cynthia Smith’s style in this spread… so great! You can also say I have so serious hair envy!

  




Training for the Princess Half Marathon

With the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and 5k behind me its time to get those maintenance miles in for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend and the Glass Slipper Challenge!!! I also have a little thing called my first marathon coming up so here we go…


Here is my training plan for the next few weeks:


Jan 22- Barre Class
Jan 23- 30 min Run at 3:1
Jan 25- 5 mile run at 2:1
Jan 26- Barre Class


Jan 28- 30 min Run at 3:1
Jan 29- Barre Class
Feb 1- 9 mile run at 2:1
Feb 2- Barre Class


Feb 3- 30 min Run at 3:1
Feb 5- Barre Class
Feb 8- 10-15 mile run at 2:1 with my cousin
Feb 9- Barre Class attempt


Feb 10- 30 min Run at 3:1
Feb 12- Barre Class
Feb 13- 30 min Run at 3:1
Feb 15- 4 mile Run at 3:1
Feb 16- 2 mile Run at 3:1, Barre Class


Feb 17- 30 min Run at 3:1
Feb 19- Barre class

The Honest Weight Loss Post

Ok so I am perfectly happy with no one ever reading this post, but here it is… I need to lose weight.


My health is all perfect (except for my vitamin D deficiency) but I am not happy with myself so here I am. When my dad died I vowed to lose the weight and keep it off and now I am doing it.
I talked with my doctor and she had put me on a supervised plan, tailored to me. She knows I am a runner and my families history of strokes. 
Tomorrow is my first meeting with her to begin my program and I will be blogging a lot about it, so I hope I can find a supportive place here. I will meet with her every other week for a weigh in and screening. 


Like I said, I meet with her tomorrow but what I know right now is that I will be going on a 1200 calorie diet (excluding any gels/fuel used for running) and adding additional B-12 and vitamin D supplements to my diet. I want to try and eat as natural as possible, limiting the processed foods from my diet. However, with my work schedule I do need a few easy access convenience meals that are portion controlled – these will be my Lean Cuisine and Fresh & Easy meals. I am focusing or veggies, fruits, and lean meat. My doctor is a big supporter of pro-biotics so yogurt will be a daily thing as well. Of course low processed carbohydrates for some of my meals to give me the energy to run.


For exercise, I am beginning barre class this week and will do 2 barre classes a week, 1x 30 min run a week, and 1 long run on the weekends. I am also going to try and fit in a Tracy Anderson arm workout 2x a week.


My biggest obstacles will be eating out. I do it way to much and really want to limit it to once during the week and twice on the weekends. That may still seem like a lot to some of you, but for me it is a drastic cut down. 


I am really anxious to see how much I can lose by the Princess Half Marathon. Its 5 weeks a way right now! Hopefully the clean eating will improve my running and my race pictures!


Wish me luck!!



Tinkerbell Half Marathon Recap

Hi All- Just finished a great race… lengthy recap below!


Thursday
Thursday night after work I made my way down to Disneyland and was blessed with zero traffic. I met up with my mom and friend and we grabbed dinner at Bucca di Beppo. My mom has picked up our 5k bibs that day while I was at work (which went flawlessly). We were off to bed to rise and shine the next morning for the Never Land 5K.


Friday
Our alarm went off at 4:15am… ugh… we quickly got dressed ant took the ART shuttle from our hotel to the start line. Again this was super easy! Never Land 5K does not really have true corrals, more just what time you show up for the race and get in line. This year the lost boys were captured by pirates from London.


My mom and I walked the 5k and had a great time. We do this one just for fun and finished with a smile.


Start of Never Land 5k
Our Favorite Race Announcers in London dress!



We then made our way to the Disneyland Hotel for breakfast Tongaroa Terrace. Then it was time to get in line for the runDisney New Balance shoes. Major props to New Balance for the extremely well organized shoes distribution. We got our group number then made our way to the airport to pick up W, my best friend from college. 


W in tow, we then went to the expo to pick up our bibs, shop some gear, and await the calling of our group number to get the shoes. I bought the Cinderella shoes for the Princess Half Marathon! We got them!

New Balance Shop at Tink Expo



Then it was park time. Lunch at Blue Bayou to start the weekend and riding rides. A small nap/Target break, and back for more fun at the Disneyland resort! 


Saturday
We slept in this morning and slowly made our way to the parks. We started carb loading early at Pizza Planet near Space Mountain for lunch and continued on. Our one bad decision of the weekend was Splash Mountain. We figured, hey its hot, let’s do it. Famous last words… We ended up drenched and had to buy new shorts at the park. I am pretty sure I spent the rest of the day in pajama shorts lol. We go so many rides done and finished the day at Trattoria in California Adventure. Belly full of pasta and one glass of wine – we were ready for bed.


Sunday
Race Day!! We woke up at 3:15 for the race, and made our way to the ART shuttle at 3:45am. I had a Nature Valley Peanut Butter bar before the race and a Gatorade. This was a really good combination that worked well to fuel me for the race! We made our way to the start line, dropped our bag, and went into the corrals.

Start Line of the Tink Half


Announcers at Tink Half

 The race went great! W and I were both coming off of colds so we took it pretty easy at 2:1 and then 1:2 after mile 9 and had a great run! We never really hit the wall and finished smiling. We got our medals and then proceeded to brunch at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen… yummy bloody marys!! We hung around Downtown Disney for a bit before taking W back to the airport and traveling home to LA. Where I then took a 5 hour nap and woke up at 9pm.

FINISHERS!!!



All in all an amazing weekend and I cannot wait for the PRINCESS HALF MARATHON!!!



Off to Neverland! Tink Half Weekend So Far…

Well yesterday was the Neverland Family Fun Run 5k. I walked this with my mom and it was a blast!! Full recap to come next week but I wanted to share briefly the fun we have been having at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend so far!


Tomorrow we will be running the Tinkerbell Half Marathon! I am running this with my cousin Juliana, and my best friend from Texas Whitney. I like to call them Team Pink Coast-2-Cost!


Our wonderful cheer team includes 5k finisher Master P (aka my mom) and our dear friend and fellow Disney lover Chris.


Wish us luck as we fly through the Tinkerbell Half Marathon tomorrow!

Friday Favorites

one // inspiring quote for my upcoming diet!



two // Sleepwalking by Photek – awesome song for my graphic design work



three //  2014 Academy Award Nomination



Being someone who works in this crazy thing we call Hollywood you can’t help but get excited for the Oscars every year! The full list of nominees is here.


Here is another really good story on the who was snubbed *cough* RUSH *cough*


Happy Awards Season!!

{Leopard Love}

LOVE this @Gray Walker! A girl after my own (leopard) heart!

I am totally craving adding a little leopard to my life!

Leopard goes great with bright pops of color and the queen of all things classy, Jenna Lyons, has confirmed that leopard is in fact a neutral. 
So many options… Bags, shoes, home decor.
So many options, so little time.
Celine ♥
sadie + stella: monday musings: will I ever quit leopard?
J.Crew invitation clutch in leopard $138

25 By 25 Update

Ok so I know this is really early but I have already checked off a few things in my 25 by 25 list!!


1. Move Into My Own Apartment Done and done! I promise pictures to come just need to hang curtains and get my dang couch delivered!


14. Get A Good Camera Mom helped me with this one with my Christmas present… I am not a pro photographer so a dSLR was not for me but I love my Nikon Coolpix L320!

16. Buy A Baylor Brick We actually got 2! One for me, my mom, and grandparents, and then a memorial brick for my dad who passed away in November. A fitting tribute to a tried and trued Baylor fan!


24. Go to Three More concerts… this one is in the works. I am going to see The Eagles tonight! I also have tickets to Childish Gambino in May!


Working, working towards my goal of finishing the list!



2014 Tinkerbell Half Playlist

What better way to get pumped for the Tinkerbell Half than with an epic and inspiring playlist!
And now you can shuffle any playlist on Spotify mobile for free!


You can check out my full playlist that I will be rocking HERE!


But here are my top ten running songs for the Tink Half!