Monthly Archives: February 2015

RACE RECAP – Princess Half Marathon – 2015

Oh my goodness!! Another runDisney Princess Half Marathon in the books and I must say – they just keep getting better and better!

This year I ran again with my cousin Juliana and we stayed at the Villas at the Grand Floridian.
We had a 3am wake up call to get ready for the race. Staying at the Villas we had our kitchenette to make breakfast before the race. We were out the door by 3:45am and took the monorail to Epcot.
It’s good to note that if you are staying at a monorail hotel you will need to plan more time to get to the race!

We got to the start area and did some quick preparations for the race, dropped our bags at gear check, and made our way to the corrals. We only had about 10 mins in the corrals before the start. I was in corral I so I started exactly at 6am. With a little magic and pixie dust I was off!

I went with the 30:30 run walk run ratio that Jeff Galloway had suggested at Star Wars Half. I decided to run through the first groups of characters. Pirates, Heroes and Villains always have really long line and are normally still out when you swing back around (plus better lighting).

Before I knew it we were in the Magic Kingdom and I was running through Cinderella’s castle! I decided to run as Pocahontas this year. Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest with me!

I saw my mom and god-mother just outside the castle and continued on. The weather was wonderful and I was feeling good. I was keeping 14 minute miles and decided – yup we are going to do some pictures! I had to take a photo with tourist Genie… always reminds me of my dad!

The heroes and princes were still out when I came back around so I decided to keep the tradition alive and grab a pick! John Smith was only a bit flirty…

 

From there it was a quick few miles to the finish. I always love the gospel choir right before we end. I need a little Jesus on a Sunday morning to get me to the finish line. I wish we had this is California as well. I made it through and finished strong!

After the race it was time to celebrate. We all met up and had brunch at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian to celebrate. Juliana completed the Glass Slipper Challenge and I got my Coast to Coast medals. Brunch was great and my Princess Half was even better!!

BRUNCH // Malibu Cafe

Hey there Brunchers! Well this blog is called Bad Wolf Brunch – so it is high time I start talking about it. Basically I love brunch and in Los Angeles we have plenty of opportunity to never repeat a place. However on President’s Day I went to Malibu Cafe with Becca from Leather.Lace&Cupcakes and this will become a repeat location!
True Life: My Best Friends are fashion bloggers…
So back to brunch – Becca and I wanted to get together because I apparently do not live in LA during the month of February (I am off to Florida in 2 days) and we needed a little girl time.
I am all about little city escapes and the Malibu hills make you feel a world away from Los Angeles.
We had to drive about 45 minutes but it gave us plenty of time to catch up.

We started the “The Board” – Becca and I have a thing for charcuterie boards – and a yummy strawberry basil cocktail… So yummy. We had a lovely lunch of salads and fried chicken and ended with roasting s’mores… literally could not be more perfect.
After we finished our meal we went exploring and even took a row boat out for a bit.
I mean really – how cute and perfect is this place.
Just trying to get some sun here people!

Ok… ok… I will be adding more brunching fun to the blog I promise! If you are good I might share some Disney World Brunch gloriousness!!! Ta Ta for now!

Berlin Trip Recap


Hey Brunchers! So as you know I went to the lovely and history filled Berlin, Germany last week for the Berlin Film Festival! I had one day at the end of my trip for some good old fashioned tourist fun and wanted to share my way to see Berlin in 1 day. Maybe you to will find yourself on a short trip where you want to pack in as much as possible into one adventurous day!
Wake up call was set for 9:15am. I quickly got ready and headed down for breakfast at the hotel.
By 9:45am I was out the door and walked to Potsdamer Platz to jump on the sight seeing bus.

Now I always make fun of these buses in Los Angeles, but I had a limited amount of time to see the sites and I knew I could hit them all and gain some knowledge with the help of this bus. I did do my research ahead of time and knew where I wanted to get off and explore, and where I wanted to sit and listen. 
The first stop for me to jump off was at Checkpoint Charlie
I knew I wanted to see this historic site but had read that it was a very short stop. I entered the free outdoor exhibit to read on some of the history then headed to the actual sector. I also really wanted to get my passport stamped – so for 5 Euro, the equivalent of Hollywood Boulevard Spiderman at Checkpoint Charlie stamped my passport with the 6 stamps and I left extremely happy with the whole situation.

Back on the bus as soon as possible and I listened as we passed Gendarmenmarkt – which would have been a must stop in December for the Christmas Market, but in February I counted this as a drive by. I also cruised by Alexanderplatz and got off again at Rotes Rathaus, right before Museum Island. They advertise the Aquadom but I wanted to check out the DDR Interactive Museum. I love places that make me feel like a kid and where I can touch things – this museum delivered! This museum covers what everyday life was like in East Berlin. This was a fun, educational, and short museum… exactly what I wanted and would highly recommend! You can even see a East Berlin prison cell…
East Germany Jail circa the Cold War
Back onto the big red bus the next stop was Museum Island. If I would have had more time I would have gotten off here too, but I continued onto the Brandenburg Gate. I took a moment for a few selfies and grabbed some Starbucks. It is also good to know that this is where the American Embassy is. It is always smart to have an idea of where your local embassy is when traveling just in case.
Me in front of the Brandenburg Gate
After my selfie session and some warming up with Starbucks I walked over to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This is a moving architectural feat with 2,711 stelae.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Underneath the memorial is the “Place of Information” and is not to be missed. Get the audio tour and work through the rooms to discover more about all who were lost during the holocaust. The exhibit open with the quote “It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” One of the beauties and agonies of travel is you will find yourself in places of unthinkable tragedy, but by being there you are more aware and understanding of the fellow inhabitants of our Earth. Through travel we can explore history and tangibly feel what happened. We can enlighten the future and not repeat the tragedies of the past through these experiences.

Needless to say – I spent a good amount of time at the memorial. In the Place of Information they also house all the known names of the Jewish Holocaust victims. After I finished the exhibit I decided to walk back to Potsdamer Platz.

I had a quick meal at Vapiano and returned to my hotel. Since I had a few more hours until dinner I decided to check out KaDeWe – Berlin’s 7 story department store. It was a quick taxi ride away. Most of the clothes you can find in LA so I did not go crazy shopping but the 6th floor is filled with food delicacies and imports. There are several champagne bars so I stopped for a glass of Moet. It was fun looking at the U.S. imports like Lucky Charms and Budweiser – classy Berlin! This was a fun stop to round out my big tourist day in Berlin.

So that was my world wind day in Berlin. Like I said I wish I had time to see the Museum Island, but another place I am adding to the list is Hackescher Markt in Mitte. 
If you have any questions about my day in Berlin comment below!

PHM PREP // Helpful Link Round Up

Brunchers – I am so excited for the Princess Half Marathon…
While I am still in cold Berlin, I have been dreaming about my upcoming trip to the sunshine state to run with so many wonderful women (and a few brave dudes).
I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from last years PHM Prep series! Enjoy!!

xx Mal

A GEEKY LOVERS GUIDE to VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentines day is almost upon us and I wanted to share a few of my favorite geek out gifts for lovers!
Your Gal-entime can happily embrace her single status with a pro feminism pro cats tote while you both enjoy a screening of Magic Mike. Couples can pair up with these great gifts. Any manly man geek will look most dapper drinking his scotch with Star Trek Whisley stones and some Doctor Who slippers. And well for us girly girls – a comfy love hoody, some glasses your guaranteed to have love at first sight with, and the world’s most gorgeous flowers!

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GALENTINE:
Pro Cats Tote
Magic Mike Blu Ray
Dating a Fictional Character Tee
Bouquet of Unicorns

COUPLE:
Doctor Who Companion Bracelet
I Love You I Know Towels
Game Console Mugs

MANLY GEEK:
Star Trek Borg Whiskey Cubes
Chemist Cocktail Kit
Doctor Who Slippers

LEADING LADY:
Love Star Wars Hoodie
Giant Gem Speaker
Landeau Flowers
Wildfox Lolita Sunnies

PHM PREP – Packing Your Gear Bag

I am getting so excited for my third PRINCESS HALF MARATHON!
One of the steps that so many runners forget to prep is their gear check bag.
This essential gets you to the race and for after the race. I am one of those runners who does not carry much on the course but I use a lot of the gear check items for prep.

I always prep my gear check bag the night before the race. This way I am prepared and know I have everything I need when I wake up at dark thirty.
Here is what I put in my bag:
Spi Belt – This is what I wear for races. It hold my phone and gu’s. That’s all I run with.
Mylar Blanket – I use this to keep warm before the race. It is easy to dispose of and gets the job done.
Extra Safety Pins – Bib malfunctions, costume glitches… you always need a few of these bad boys.
Extra Hair Band – I could never finish a race if I had a hair band break… Bring an extra and you can feed it through your belt for no muss no fuss.
Sunscreen – Just nice to have some extra in case you or your friends forget to apply.
Breakfast – I like a grab and go breakfast to eat on the shuttle to the race. Cliff Bars and Bagels make great options.
Her Glide – This is the last thing I do before checking my bag. If I am wearing shorts… well you know, but I also apply under my sports bra straps – this has been a game changer.
After the race…
Flip Flops – I love this Nike flip flops for after the race… getting out of my shoes is a priority. I have a tricky ankle so this is great in case I need to be iced up or wrapped.
Wipes – The TravelLite Antiperspirant wipes are great for after the race, but baby wipes and wet wipes work just as well.
And do not forget the necessities like…
Your ID – to buy a victory mimosa
Credit Cards & Cash – to buy said mimosa
Keys, Magic Bands, ETC. – You will need to get back home somehow… even if home is your resort!
Do you have any other secrets I should add to my gear check bag?

FIT GEEK FRIDAY // 13 Songs for 13.1

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Long Haul Carry-On Packing Guide

Packing Your Carry On for A Long Haul Flight
Flying an international flight, or as we frequent travelers call them long hauls, can be a very uncomfortable but necessary situation. You are literally stuck on a plane for 10+ hours and for most of us thats in economy class. One day I will be super cool enough to enjoy a flat lie bed, but today is not that day, and I am going to be thankful that I am off seeing the world and got the extra leg room seat.
Now – your carry-on suitcase for your flight is your life line to surviving the flight and getting to your final destination in one piece. So lets get technical for one second. You get to bring two bags with you on a plane… your carry on and a personal item. Your carry on dimensions should be 22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm). Your personal item can be something like a briefcase or purse.
For my carry-on I use the Kate Spade Saturday Large Weekender Bag (seen above). I like this bag because it has a shoe compartment, outer pocket, and nice pockets on the inside. Since this is a canvas bag I put a good coat of Scotch Guard on it before using. The carry-on bag I have been lusting after is the Lo & Sons Large OMG Travel Bag. Again both these bags have the shoe compartment which is a must! Both can also go under your seats – which is why I go with these bags over a traditional roller bag… No one wants to be getting things out of that mid flight.
Now what you put in your carry-on is the real game changer. Below is everything I put in my carry-on. I know, I know… it looks like a lot. But in the long run it is just the right amount.

I have got all the necessities:

  • Passport & Flight Documents
  • Laptop and iPad (for work and back up entertainment)
  • Chargers and Adapters
  • Guide Book
  • Notebook, planner, and comic book
  • 2x Back Up Outfits (1 dress and leggings and tee)
  • Extra Shoes
  • Foot Duvets & Compression Socks
  • All my inflight necessities
  • Valuables (jewelry)
  • Super Comfy Sweater – Mine is the Nasty Gal Dot Com Fuzzy Cardigan
  • Missing from photo: headphones & eyemask
A few things I recommend. I love the Restoration Hardware Foot Duvets for flying. They have soles so you can wear to the bathroom and are fur lined so they keep my feet extra warm. Plus they are on sale now for $9.99. Since I am totally type A I also applied Scotch Guard to these as well.
My In Flight Necessities
These little guys are the most important because they are your key for surviving the flight, any layover, and not looking like death upon arrival.
These end up in three separate bags. My charger bag, TSA liquids bag, and medicine bag.
Lets break down what I keep in each bag and how I use it…
Medicine & Solids: This bag (Shop Bando Peek Bag) has my All Day Pain Relief, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Pills. Always have some kind of Advil or Aleve on a plane with you… I injured my tailbone in high school and these long flights always have me feeling like a 90 year old. I just cannot sit on my but for that long. Sleep aids are a very sticky subject. Personally I do take an OTC sleep aid (think Unisom) for long flights. My biggest tip: do NOT take any sleep aid or relaxant until you are in the air. The last thing you want is to have to change planes or gates all dopped out. Adjust your sleep aids for how long you will be in the air. Half a pill does work. I bring allergy pills because I am allergic to nature.
In this bag I also have my powder, chapstick and Berroca. Berroca is the European version on Air Born… I swear by plopping on of them with your in flight breakfast for an energy boost and to help evade jet lag.
TSA Liquids: Please note I do not have a cute case for this bag. I have the clear TSA version from The Container Store. Each country is stricter about different rules than others, to play it safe when traveling internationally just follow them all to the letter. In this bag I have some face wash, a small bottle of perfume, anti bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, mouth wash, emergency pain reliever, and facial moisturizer. This bag stays packed all year and I check it before a trip to see what needs to be replenished. I love Birchbox for all the samples you get that are perfect for your 3oz bag. This is where I get my trial sized cosmetics like CC cream and small mascaras to keep in my bag for touch-ups or completely re-doing my makeup before my final destination.
My tip for this is to bring Wet Wipes. You can use them to wipe down your tray table, your hands, or your body after a long flight. Hell you can even use them on your face in a pinch. It should be worth noting this is not all my toiletries. I pack a traditional toiletries bag in my checked luggage.
Chargers & Adapters: Most seats now have a USB charger so you will kick yourself if you don’t bring your cords with you in flight. I also have my adapters handy for when you need to charge in your layover. Remember if you are having a layover in London and flying onto France or Germany you will need a UK adapter as well. I have a wonderful 5 port USB charger that comes with all the needed adapters and it goes with me everywhere. I am never without a way to charge in any country.
I also keep an external battery charged in this bag in case of emergencies. I love the Henri Bendle dop bags for this. Yes they are for guys but I won’t tell if you don’t. This canvas bag also got hit with some Scotch Guard – cause apparently I am nuts.
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BWB TRAVELS // Off to Berlin

Hey Brunchers! I am off to Berlin…
I have some really fun posts lined up for your enjoyment and starting my travel series BWB Travels!
Hope you enjoy and see you when I get back… then off to run the Princess Half Marathon!
Until then find me on instagram: BadWolfBrunch