Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

I don’t want to say I’m back, but I am feeling inspired. With the kid at sleep away camp (and having a blast) I find myself with more free time than usual. This week I took full advantage of the fact that I didn’t have to be home by a specific time or pay a sitter. We tried two new restaurants (well new to us) and I went not once but twice to a relatively new gym in Santa Monica, Gloveworx.

I first learned about Gloveworx from my friend Christina Malizia, a top fitness trainer and co-founder of CHILLBYWILL. Christina knows I love to try new things and that I’m alway up for a challenge. She said I would love Gloveworx and she was right. My first class was on Wednesday night. I went with three of my work peeps to a BOOM class. When I first arrived I felt a bit intimidated. There was a class going on and these people were working hard – sweaty hard. Class started and we were introduced to our instructor Karl. We started with a brief warm up on a spin bike. From there the 5 of us went over to the turf and were instructed on the proper stance and taught how to do a 1-2-3 combination. 3 of us were then brought into the ring. Our hands were wrapped and we picked out a pair of gloves (they supply wraps and gloves if you don’t have your own). I put on some awesome pink gloves and was ready to go. I had gone to a boxing gym in downtown San Diego the summer before I started college and loved it. Though it had been years, maybe even decades since I had gloves on I was energized and ready to go. There is something about standing in a ring that makes you feel tough! We spent about 5 minutes in the ring with Karl. He’d alternate between the three of us and work with us on our technique. From the ring we went to the turf where another trainer led us in a series of ab/core exercises. These were no joke. We then got on rowers and I became breathless trying to get below 1:55 on the rower (not sure I know what that means but it was hard). We repeated the ring, turf, cardio two more times. Our time on the turf got even more difficult (plank, squats, jump squats, high knees) and the final cardio session was on a Versa Climber. Wow maybe all the treadmill running wasn’t doing as much as I thought. Class flew by and left me drenched, just how I like it.
I came home super pumped and began plotting my next visit. I recruited my regular workout buddy and another friend to go Friday (yesterday) at 6:30am. Again we did another Boom class. This class was with Leyon, one of the Co-Founders. In this class we followed a similar format with the addition of time on a heavy bag. Can we talk about how fun it is to try and whack the sh%$ out of a heavy bag. Not only is it fun and therapeutic but this morning the back of my arms and my entire back are sore (that’s a good thing).
Gloveworx is located in Santa Monica on Wilshire between 15th and 14th. The first class is free. Go check it out and tell me what you think.

#blogfail…I’m back!!!

This is my first blog post in far too long. I’ve been scared to start up again for fear of letting myself down again. That said I have so much to say and share. For starters let me share this post I wrote on what blogging has taught me about content marketing. You can read the post here:

http://contentsolutions.demandmedia.com/how-to-save-your-blog-from-publishing-fails/

A Wise Person Told Me Go To Sage

I don’t care if you aren’t vegan. Go to Sage, a plant based bistro in Culver City. Since going there to celebrate my birthday a week ago I can’t stop thinking about my next visit. Everything I tried was beyond delicious. It’s one of those places where I found myself wanting everything on the menu. Now, if only they would open in Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica.

Photo from http://instagram.com/p/ravnPgC0JI/?modal=true

If You Are A Shopper You Better Shop Hers

Regretting those expensive shoes you bought last year but only wore once? Wishing you had the money for the Valentino flats you are desperately wanting. Check out Shop Hers.

Shop Hers is a luxury marketplace exclusively dedicated to pre-owned designer fashion. It is well curated and easy to use and navigate.

I had the pleasure of meeting CEO Jacyln and VIP Shopper Ilana this week at the Girls Lounge. Let’s just say I think I met my Style Soul Mates.

Want To Laugh?

No, I’m not going to make you laugh but I can tell you where to go if you want a good laugh: UCB Theater.

Many a Saturday nights we head to Hollywood to catch the 7pm Sentimental Lady: Guilty Pleasures Show at UCB Theater. Tickets are $5 a piece and you have to reserve them in advance (it always sells out). I’ve seen a number of shows at UCB Theater but Sentimental Lady is far and away my favorite.

The show is divided into two parts. During the first part the team asks someone in the audience to share a guilty pleasure, questions them about the pleasure, and then performs a series of scenes all tied to what the audience member has shared. I am so impressed with how the team members can remember all of the little details and bring them out with perfect timing.  

The second half is based on an audience response to the question, name something you used to be into that you are not into any more.  The second half is great but the first half is always my favorite. I love the interaction between the team and the audience member sharing his/her guilty pleasure. Again, this is Improv so no material exists before the show starts. Read: the people performing are smart and incredibly quick.

While UCB isn’t a fitness class or the latest food (like most of my posts) I will tell you that you might have sore abs from laughing so hard.  And speaking of food you should eat the amazing crispy brussels sprout leaves at La Poubellle after. 

Where Have I Been? Thinking About What Other People Are Doing…

I have so many things to write about but my blog has taken a back seat.  That being said, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write lately and how to write it to reach my audience.

Here is a post I wrote for work.  When it comes to my favorite business topics it would definitely be content marketing. In my spare time I’d love to bring some of these formats to life on my own blog. But for now enjoy another side to me.

http://contentsolutions.demandmedia.com/quick-guide-to-choosing-the-right-content-format/

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Flash Tattoos & Deity Jewels

Has anyone seen Flash Tattoos? It is no surprise that my very talented & beautiful friend Ellen Dante of Deity Jewels came over last night sporting them on her wrists along with some of her amazing jewelry.

Photo Courtesy of @deityjewels

Photo Courtesy of @deityjewels

I found some Flash Tattoos online today that are calling my name. Oh and Ellen’s jewelry is always calling my name. This wrap bracelet is at the top of my list.

Champagne diamond beads and loose champagne diamonds macramed with gold floss and a 14K gold clasp.

Champagne diamond beads and loose champagne diamonds macramed with gold floss and a 14K gold clasp.