My Favorite Things: November

My Favorite Things: NovemberHappy Hump Day! My plan for today was to shoot a couple upper body workouts after teaching but I am so sore from a boxing class I took yesterday that I’m not even confident I’d be able to brush my hair at this point. Post writing and email answering, it is!

Favorite Products

Videography Lights

img_5951Best $100 I’ve ever spent for the blog. I bought this Studio Softbox Lighting Kit so that even when I’m short on natural lighting I can shoot workout videos and pictures for the blog and my YouTube channel. I love that you can fold them down when you’re done using them because I have a one-bedroom apartment and am tight on space (one of the reasons I’ve always hesitated to buy professional lighting). Ok BRB gonna go make out with my lights.

HotelTonight App

Joe and I made an impromptu trip to NYC to see our Australian friends who let us crash with them while traveling through Sydney (recap of that trip here and here). We used the HotelTonight app to book a last-minute room at the Gansevoort for only $200 (rooms there for a Saturday night are typically around $600–hellz no). Such a good deal!

Favorite Workouts

Strength Training Class with MegaFood

I traveled to New Hampshire earlier this month to teach a group fitness class for the MegaFood crew–so much fun!

Bodyweight Superset Pyramids Workout

This was my favorite workout I posted to the blog this month. If you don’t have time to do the entire workout, just do the first superset–it’s definitely the hardest one.

Megaformer Class at Coastal Core in Belmar, NJ

Coastal Core

This is my second time taking a megaformer class at Coastal Core while visiting Joe’s fam in New Jersey and it was awesome! Challenging and the instructor, Lawrence, was great with form adjustments. Joe and I were dying by the end (in a good way). 😉

Favorite Eats

Dig Inn

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I could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dig Inn every day. And it’s dangerously close to Btone…

Gourmet China House

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Gourmet China House is my jam. Joe and I usually split the Chilled Pickled Cucumbers with Garlic and the Cauliflower Clay Pot. The cauliflower dish is not for the faint of heart (so hot) but if you live for spice, you must order it next time you’re in Chinatown. Joe usually starts profusely sweating about halfway into the meal but it’s so good you just can’t stop eating.

Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgivingdinnerJoe’s mom makes the best Thanksgiving food! I don’t like turkey so I just load up on the sides (especially her sweet potato dish). She always raves about the Moosewood cookbooks and after this year I think I’m finally going to buy one. You might think that as a blogger I’d cook Thanksgiving myself or at least contribute one photo-friendly side dish but honestly I do nothing. The adultier adults do all the cooking while I jump on the trampoline with my eight-year-old nephew. I help clean (I’m not a barbarian!) but, yup, that’s about it.

Favorite Things I …

Read

  • Hillbilly Elegy | I loved this book! I read it in the wake of the election after this interview with the author was recommended to me by a friend, but even if you have absolutely no interest in politics it’s worth a read. It does paint a critically compassionate (if that’s a thing?) picture of the current state of affairs for the white working-class, but it’s also a colorful memoir filled with flawed, endearing characters. Add it to your reading list!
  • Catch 22 | This is one of my all-time favorite books. So much so that every few years I re-read it. When I was at my parent’s house this month, I spotted my copy buried in my childhood closet and dove right back in. Reading/re-reading classics always makes me nostalgic for my English major days and writing analytical essays. Nostalgia for essay writing … probably should have kept that sentiment to myself (haha).

Listened To

  • Crimetown PodcastThere are only three episodes of this new podcast out so far but I’m hooked. Each season chronicles the history of crime in a different US city, with the first season focusing on Providence, RI. If you love history and are as fascinated by the mob as I am, you will LOVE this podcast. So well done and entertaining.
  • Tove Lo’s newest album | Ok, I admit that all of Tove Lo’s songs kinda sound the same–literally every one is about being drunk/high and in a bad relationship. But I just love her voice–so soothing. Her album Lady Wood has been on repeat for my work days lately.

Watched

  • Friday Night Lights | I know I’m late to the game, but I just started watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and I’m OBSESSED. The first episode kinda threw me off–a spinal cord injury within the first 20 minutes of the series?? Chill out. I can’t even remember anyone’s name yet. But I stuck it out into episode two and now I’m in a full-blown binge. Side note: You know you’re getting old when you have a crush on the coach instead of the football players … (LOL).
  • Game Changers | Joe found this documentary series on hulu, which features a different business leader or entrepreneur each episode–the creators of Craigslist, Mark Cuban, Warren Buffet, Twitter, Anna Wintour, John Stewart, the list goes on. I find it so interesting!
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid | We watched the first movie from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series with our nephews and niece over Thanksgiving and I think I might have even enjoyed it more than the kids–so cute and funny!

Favorite Moments

24 Hours on the Vineyard

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My Dad is helping me sell my car (a relief but also sad–I’ve had it since I was 16!) so I drove it home to the Vineyard and got to spend the day with my parents. Since I’d be with Joe’s family for Thanksgiving it was great to be able to fit in the visit.

Visiting Grounds for Sculpture in NJ

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This place is the coolest! It’s one part art museum, one part sculpture garden. The sculptures are 3D, life-sized (or larger) recreations of famous paintings and other works of art. If you’re near the Hamilton, NJ area you’ve got to check out Grounds for Sculpture!Grounds for Sculpture Grounds for Sculpture - Renoir

What were some of your favorites from November?

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My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well. 🙂

10-Minute Lagree Fitness Core Workout You Can Do at Home

10-Minute Lagree Fitness Core Workout You Can Do At HomeI recently shot a workout with my girl Sarah for her YouTube channel, Sarah Fit, and wanted to share it here as well for anyone who isn’t a subscriber. I also have a question for you guys below so even if you’ve already seen the video, still scroll down!

10-Minute Lagree Fitness Core Workout You Can Do at Home

You’ll do each of the megaformer-inspired exercises for 60 seconds (just like in a Lagree Fitness class) and there are wrist breaks built in so that you’re not in a plank the entire time. You’ll need a pair of gliders, a dish towel, paper plates, or anything that will slide across the floor.

My favorite part of shooting this workout was getting to sit there talking while Sarah did all the hard work (LOL). Not because I’m lazy–it’s just so much easier to teach and explain exercises when I’m not also focusing on doing them. Sometimes I’ll finish shooting one of my workout videos, watch it back, and immediately think of a million cues and explanations I should have given. I loved being in full-on teacher mode here. 10-Minute Lagree Fitness Core Workout You Can Do At Home

WEARING | Lululemon stirrup leggings (old and not available on the Lulu site but I actually bought mine on Amazon!) // Fabletics tank (if you’re a Fabletics member, take advantage of their leggings sale–2 pairs for only $24!)

Question for You

Now that I’m starting to get the hang of this whole YouTube thing, I want to make workout videos for older workouts in the archives. I’ll still post a new one each week, but maybe every other Thursday I’ll also republish an old post (#TBT) with a new video to accompany it. This is a great way for new readers to find the best older content they missed, and also an opportunity for long-time readers to try a workout that they might have skipped because it was unclear how to do a move from pictures alone.

So my question for you is: What workout(s) from the archives would you like to see in video form? My kettlebells are still in storage from moving so unfortunately a remake of kb workouts won’t be happening any time soon. Everything else is fair game! Leave a comment below or if you’d rather not, tweet me (@nicoleperr), comment on my latest Instagram (@nicoleperr) or send a carrier pigeon. 😉

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to me (and Sarah!) on YouTube.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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Cyber Monday Activewear Sales to Shop

Cyber Monday Activewear SalesI hope all my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had every intention of doing one of these roundup posts for Black Friday but my holiday food coma had other ideas … 😉

30% off Alo Yoga

Use code ALO30 at checkout.

I finally got myself a pair of their signature Goddess leggings that I see on every Insta-famous yoga chick and I love them! The material is thick and high-quality and I adore the leg-warmer look. Mine are the regular rise and I do think in the future I’ll go for the high rise cut. I’ve been eyeing the High-Waist Moto Leggings

Alo Yoga Leggings - Sale Picks

Moto LeggingsGoddess Legging Solid | Goddess Legging in Print (only $40!!)

25% off Bandier*

Use code CYBER25 at checkout.

Bandier is a trendy activewear boutique that carries some of my favorite brands. Their selection tends to skew to the pricier side so this sale could be an excuse to get something that’d normally be out of your budget. Bandier Sale Picks

Peek-a-boo joggers | Cozy Fleece Breeze HoodieDusk leggings | I’m Just Here for the Savasana

25% off Puppies Make Me Happy

Use code CYBERPUPPIES at checkout.

I have three of the sleeveless tanks from this company and wear them all the time. Not only are they adorable but the quality is excellent (of the sleeveless muscle tanks, anyway–haven’t personally tried the other cuts!). Here a few of my favorites: Puppies Make Me Happy Tanks - get 25% off Cyber Monday

Pugs N’ Roses | Puppies Make Me Happy | Puppies and Fitness (they have these for barre, boxing, spin and yoga as well) | Puppies & Coffee

25% off Sweaty Betty*

I love the studio leggings Sweaty Betty makes! I haven’t has as much luck with their running leggings, but all their studio category rocks my world.

Sweaty Betty sale picks

Jive Crop Reversible leggings | Open Turn Barre Tank | Flaunt It Tank

2 Best-Selling Fabletics Leggings for $24*

This is a KILLER deal but you need to be a Fabletics member to take advantage of it. I have several pairs of Fabletics leggings and wear them all regularly. They used to be great for basics but it’s been exciting to see them expand into fun prints and different fabrics. Fabletics Leggings Sale

Salar Leggings in White Fresco Print | Gaviota Leggings in black | Brogan Leggings | Brogan Capri

20% off at Athleta*

Use code RECHARGE at checkout.

I recently bought the High Rise Cut Out Chaturanga Tight and the long-sleeved Pose Top (pictured below) and am OBSESSED with both. The top is great for layering and is so soft that I usually end up wearing it all day and then to bed at night. Hygiene what?! 😉 Athleta Cyber Monday Picks

Chaturanga Tight | Pose Top | CYA Vest (I tried this on in-store–so warm and cute!)

Other Noteworthy Sales

  • Amazon has been making a push to step up their fashion game and I’ve found some awesome workout clothes and sneakers lately on the site (side note: my Prime obsession is out of control). Select items are 30% off  through midnight tonight. The adidas Pureboost caught my eye!*
  • New Balance is offering 25% off and free shipping. I LOVE their Newbury tight.
  • Shopbop is having a sale where the more you spend, the more you save. They have an ever-growing Activewear selection from top designers.*
  • Take 20% all final sale items at Revolve with code CYBER20.*

Did you do any Cyber Monday shopping? What sales are you loving?

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