SS17 Workout Playlist

Since the weather is getting warmer (yay!), I’ll soon be spending more time outside wandering around Colorado’s countless paths, trails, and lakes. Which means it’s time for a new workout playlist! If you’re also looking to mix things up, here’s what you’ll probably find me listening to these next few months.

 

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Weekly Reads Roundup (3.3.17)

From a Pinterest-approved miracle salad to using artificial intelligence to fight the effects of cyber bullying, here are five of the best reads from this week!

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Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie

 

1. Calling it Quits: How to Stick to Resolutions Big and Small via GOOP

Stout explains that most resolutions centered around giving something up are destined for failure because the psyche is not bound by deadlines and doesn’t work on shortcuts. The process of quitting needs to be a long game, he says, one best approached with self-love as opposed to self-loathing.

2. This Acne Fighting Salad Has over 34,000 Pins on Pinterest via Byrdie

We’re already aware that what we put in our bodies affects our skin as much as the products we put on it. This knowledge often puts us on the defensive—we know to avoid certain aggravators like alcohol and sugar, for example, since they can contribute to acne and dullness.

3. The Empathy Layer via The Verge

Systems designed to foster clicks, likes, retweets, and shares have become global communities of unprecedented scale. But Zuckerberg was left to ask, ‘Are we building the world we all want?’

4. Why Stress is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good At It via GOOP

For one, she posits that while we tend to fixate as a culture on flight-or-flight, there are actually three other beneficial and physiologically positive types of stress; and that harnessing stress to work for you is as simple as changing your mindset, i.e. choosing to believe that your body is simply revving up in support.

(☝🏻 this one is super exciting because it features one of my favorite Stanford professors, Kelly McGonigal! I actually used to take yoga classes from her while on campus.)

5. This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life via Inc

Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.

No, the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.

 

My Life as E (And an Unexpected Videographer)

Often people ask me what I do for a living, and it’s not always easy to explain. Right now, I’m helping my sister to navigate all aspects of her career. (If you’ve seen Entourage, I’m basically the sports equivalent of E.) I help her through her decision making process like a business coach, keep track of partnerships and finances like a manager, coordinate travel and scheduling like a personal assistant, monitor deadline execution and flow like a project manager, and analyze social media analytics like a marketer (among many other things). Plus, on top of all that, I get to work with and learn from Paige’s incredible agent, Jeremy Aisenberg, and his team at Octagon (oh hey Ohan, Nicole, Alyssa, and Katie). Their experience in cultivating strategic partnerships and closing meaningful deals is second to none, and I am so grateful Paige chose to put her future in their hands.

But perhaps my favorite and most unexpected job responsibility has become videographer. Thanks to my trusty Nikon D3300, experience hustling as a content creator at startups/nonprofits, plus my highly developed skill of casually lurking in the background (can you lurk and not be a creep?), turns out I’m the perfect person to catch candid footage.

Check out Team Paige’s most recent video below from our trip to South Korea last October!

(Music by the incredible Joshua T Mitchell – thank you!)

Workout Like a Model: Pilates

One of the best things about ClassPass is that I can finally afford to do Pilates! Frequently touted by supermodels as the way to get long, lean limbs, I had always wanted to make reformer classes a part of my routine (if you don’t know what that is, check out this post for a little run down), but didn’t want to spend the extra $$$ required. Advocates of Pilates include Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart, and countless others.

But why is this workout so great for getting that model body?

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Camping at Sugarloaf Mountain

Surprisingly, Josh and I had never actually been camping together in the 10+ years we have been together. So this weekend, with the amazingly beautiful weather and (also surprisingly) free schedules, we finally decided to plan something. After asking friends and doing some research, we decided to head up to Sugarloaf Mountain outside of Boulder at the suggestion of this blog. Both Josh and I were wanting some nature time, but since we’ve been pretty worn out from work and life in general, we both wanted something close-ish to Denver where we could drive to the site, setup camp, and then just chill with a little hiking and a lot of eating around a campfire.

The verdict for this spot? Highly recommended. For some reason my phone decided to delete a few of my pictures, but here’s what I was able to salvage!

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The Coolest Jewelry Brands for Girls with Classically Chic Style

If you’ve ever dreamt of being as effortlessly chic Freja Beha or fall into the basic-is-better camp of Parisian fashion legend Inès de la Fressange (not that kind of basic, this kind of basic), I can guarantee you will fall in love with these ridiculously stylish jewelry lines.

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FREJA BEHA + CATBIRD FIRST KNUCKLE RINGS

If the above image looks even remotely cool to you, I highly recommend reading on! (And if it doesn’t, may I possibly suggest a good eye doctor?)

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Mara Hoffman Activewear

Mara Hoffman is the next designer to get in on the high-end activewear trend – and I am so glad she did! The team has crafted some truly awesome pieces that are a funky blend of patterns and basics, performance and athleisure.

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Racerback Tank Top in Skybird Black

At one end of the spectrum you have pieces like this Native American-inspired fully printed Racerback Tank Top that I totally would have rocked to high jump practice (but will now instead wear to hot yoga and Pilates). On the other end, there is this ridiculously comfy looking grey French terry Jumpsuit – the fact that it is a) grey (if you’ve ever worked out in grey pants, you know why this is a problem), b) worn by the model sans bra, and c) basically a sweatshirt onesie, means that the wearer probably isn’t hitting up anything more intense than the local juice bar. Which I am 100% a-okay with. No matter your level of athleticism, Mara Hoffman has guaranteed you’ll be looking surprisingly well put together at your next Soul Cycle class or bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch.

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Jumpsuit in Grey

Click here for the full collection and read on for a few of my favorite looks!

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Hola from Ixtapa

Sometimes you just need to step back and do nothing. When that time corresponds with your honeymoon, life is good.

Lounging by our own private plunge pool.

I’ll post a review of our resort when I return, but in the meantime here are a few snaps from paradise. 

A very generous and unexpected gift from Josh’s coworkers.

Flower petals on the bed upon arrival.
  
Our complementary afternoon treat of tequila.