1.This week flew by thanks to lots of fun plans with friends. Valentine’s Day was filled with lots of Sugarfina candy, homemade treats (made these easy cake cookies for the office), trying new spots for dinner and drinks and then a secret stand up show with John Mulaney! Also seeing him again tonight with friends at Radio City – so excited!
2. So obsessed with Nicolette’s home tour on The Coveteur. Doesn’t get much more chic than Gucci in your Kitchen Aid Mixer right?! Also loved Grace’s bedroom reveal on her blog too (so cozy and relaxing!).
3. I’ve recently fallen in love with a new workout studio here in NYC called Bari Studio. Seriously the best workout class ever! Also my favorite spin studio, The Monster Cycle (they play the music videos while you spin), has had so many fun themes this week (like Britney v. Justin) that I’ve been so excited to go workout this week! New workout clothes too, like these leggings, make it a little more fun too.
4. With this week’s horrible tragedy in Florida, it is another constant reminder that so much needs to change in our country. I loved this post on Glitter Guide about 20 random acts of kindness because right now, everyone needs a little bit of that.
5. The weather was in the 50s this week so I couldn’t resist doing a little spring shopping! From the perfect white tee, to new pajamas (the softest pjs ever!) to a pink bikini, so many great pieces coming out!
When I got back from the holidays earlier this month, let’s just say I was not feeling my best. From the heavy food to barely working out to long car and plane rides, my body was in need of a major reset. Now a few weeks in and getting back into my normal routine, I’m sharing the five things I focus on when in need of a health kick reset.
- Do a detox: The quickest way for me to start feeling better is to cut out carbs, dairy and sugars from my diet. Tone It Up has an amazing 5 day detox free program that I used to help with recipes and it was such an easy way to figure out what I should and shouldn’t eat.
- Increase my workouts: Getting back into my regular workout routine is key when I get back from a trip. However, to really kick things up, I aim to workout 6 days a week instead of my normal 4-5. The routine that works best for me is alternating between doing BBG workouts in the gym and then the other days, cardio focused workout classes like spin or boot camp.
- Drink water: I’m always so bad about drinking water when on vacation so I always make sure to kick up my water intake once I get back. I use this ban.do cup at work to keep refilling throughout the day to make sure I’m constantly drinking water throughout the day. Not only does my skin look better, I also fill fuller too throughout the day.
- Try new recipes: With the cold temps outside, I try to cook more healthy recipes at home during January. Some of my favorites I’ve tried recently are this Golden Soup from Half-Baked Harvest and these Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tostadas from Goop. When I do go out though, I try to head to some of these healthy favorites around the city.
- Buy new workout pieces: The best motivator is cute new workout clothes right?! As always, Old Navy is my go-to for all my workout pieces. Not only do they come in so many fun patterns, colors and styles, they truly last wash after wash. If you don’t own a pair of their leggings, whether for spin or just running errands on the weekend, buy them now! Seriously the most flattering leggings I’ve ever owned, don’t fall down and under $40: doesn’t get better than that!
Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!
Old Navy Tank (c/o), Old Navy Leggings (c/o), Nike Tennis Shoes, Ray-Ban Sunglasses
One of the reasons I love New York is because of all the amazing restaurants to eat at around the city. While of course I love grabbing a burger or trying the latest dessert craze, I’ve also been able to find a ton of great healthy food options. Whether picking up a quick snack or refueling at brunch after a Flywheel class, here is my guide for the best healthy spots around the city (and totally appropriate to wear workout clothes to)!
- The Butchers Daughter: With three locations around the city, the original Soho location is my favorite thanks to its outdoor seating. This plant-based restaurant, café and juice bar offers a ton of different delicious options and I always feel full when leaving. One of my favorite items is their Waterflower Juice, which is made up watermelon, fennel, honeydew, cactus pear, lime and lavender flower. So refreshing and hydrating on a hot day (and also an amazing hangover cure!)
- Westville: I love Westville because it works for everyone thanks to its menu packed full of options. One of the best options on their menu is the long list of fresh veggie sides they offer every day. It’s a great place to share a ton of different plates, and still balances on comfort food options and healthy sides.
- Juice Generation: New Yorkers are always on the move, and sometimes we don’t have time to sit and eat! I love Juice Generation’s protein packed smoothies and acai bowls, ideal for before or after a workout or a busy afternoon of running errands. My personal favorite? The Mr. Greengenes smoothie which almost tastes like dessert and not a green smoothie by any means!
- by CHLOE: Before by CHLOE, I would have never tried a veggie burger but now I crave it! This vegan restaurant is one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city, thanks to its healthy take on burgers, fries and other fast food favorites. Make sure to pick up one of their desserts too which are almost all gluten-free (and oh so good!)
- Bluestone Lane: If you’re looking for the best avocado toast in town, this is the spot. It’s popular West Village location helped this Australian coffee shop grow into a ton of locations around the city, and it’s great for morning coffee meetings.
- Pressed Juicery: If you’re in need to a quick detox, head to Pressed Juicery. I love picking up one of their cold-pressed juices after a weekend of not-so-healthy choices or if I feel a cold coming on, they’re minis are packed full of a healthy kick. They also offer Freeze, which is a healthy version of fro-yo, made by using only juices from fruits and vegetables, almonds and coconuts. I now crave this healthy alternative for dessert and there’s no guilt knowing it’s a vegan, gluten and dairy-free dessert packed with the same nutrition found in their popular juice flavors.
- Sweetgreen: A favorite lunch spot for many New Yorkers, this salad spot offers the freshest ingredients. With one across the street from my apartment, I’ve become addicted to picking up my favorite harvest bowl for dinner instead of ordering takeout.
Photos by Caitee Smith Photography
Location: The Butcher’s Daughter, Soho, New York City
SHOP THE POST (plus a few other favorite Old Navy Active pieces):
Like most people, January has been focused on healthier eating and cranking up our exercise routines. For me personally, I’ve found a great new routine that I’m excited to share more about with you soon! One way I believe to make yourself feel even better in a workout is to be dressed in clothes that are not only sleek and stylish, but give you confidence as well. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite workout gear (like my new favorite Outdoor Voices leggings) that can easily take you from Flywheel to brunch in a flash!
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