My Favorite Things: October

Happy Friday! A few days late on this, but let’s round up my favorites from October.

Favorite Products & Services

Coola Sunless Tanner Products

It’s moments like this when I really wish I could blog in emojis. I need the hallelujah jazz hands emoji and the sassy hand-flip girl emoji with tan skin. 

After an event I co-hosted at Credo, I was gifted two organic sunless tanning products from Coola with which I am now OBSESSED. The Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist is super easy to apply. I mist a thin layer over one body part at a time and then rub it in before bed. I usually can’t stand the smell of sunless tanner but this product is super mild. The next morning I have a natural looking glow. So easy! The Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum builds gradually. You can apply a couple drops in your regular face lotion or just apply it like you would any other serum. I put it on before bed a few days in a row and then have the perfect color. It’s November in Boston—I’m not trying to look like I just got back from the Caribbean—so I love that these products are so gradual and easy to control.

Credo is actually having their Friends & Family sale this weekend so you can take 20% off these products (and their entire website of clean beauty products)! Use the code CREDOFAM at checkout.

Reebok Oversized Crew Neck Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is so cozy! I got it during a photoshoot the other weekend and have been wearing it nonstop ever since. It looks really good paired with tight leggings and has become my go-to when walking to and from the studio to teach. Joe calls me Kayne West when I wear it because it has the oversized look of his Yeezy clothing line (lol).

Favorite Workouts

Barry’s with Friends

with Blair & Ana

In October, Barry’s Bootcamp did a special where you could get a free class for bringing in a new client. I loved getting to exploit my friends for free workouts! 😉

Aerial Yoga at Swet Studio

I finally tried aerial yoga this month! I took two classes at Swet Studio in the South End: their First Time Riders intro class and then their Restore class. The intro class was a good introduction to the silks, and while there is a lot of standing around and instruction, you get to come into some great positions and finish the class by going upside down. Hanging upside down on the silks feels AMAZING. It’s the sweetest relief for my neck and I’m seriously craving the next time I can do it again.

For the Restore class, the silks hang low towards the floor and you are laying down most the time and it’s so incredibly relaxing. I will definitely be back and can’t wait to try their regular aerial class as well.

25-Minute Lower Body Circuit Workout

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & LegsIf you missed the workout I posted last week, be sure to check it out! The reviews are coming in and seems like you all love it (glad I’m not the only one who got my ass kicked by this one!). 😉

Favorite Things I Watched

American Vandal | This Netflix series making fun of all the true crime documentaries that are so popular these days is HILARIOUS. Joe and I finished it in just two days because we couldn’t stop watching. The Dylan Maxwell and Alex Trimboli characters KILLED ME. Ahhh it’s so good, just watch it.

How to Fix Rounded Shoulders | This is a great YouTube video on fixing rounded shoulders and improving posture. It’s something I’m currently working on myself!

Favorite Moments

Long Weekend in Maine

I spent a long weekend up in Rangeley at my parents’ home and it was a much-needed dose of nature. We went leaf peepin’ on the lake, walked through the woods, fed the birds and relaxed. I posted more pics on my Insta if you’re interested.

Reebok Photoshoots

with Blair, Sarah & my Btone fam

I got the chance to do not one but two awesome photoshoots with Reebok. The first was around the Seaport and the second was at Btone. So grateful for Reebok including me!

Halloween

I kinda threw in the towel on a costume this year and just grabbed some stuff from Forever21 and called myself a hippie. Joe put a little more effort into his Riff Raff costume (side note: very proud of my braiding skills). Not as good as our Napoleon and Pedro costume last year, but still a fun time with friends!

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.

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Legs & Butt

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & LegsHappy Friday! I’m looking forward to a busy, fun weekend. Tonight I’m heading to Credo for a makeup event with some other Boston “influencers” (I hate using that word to describe myself but “Instagrammers” also sounds weird—can’t win) and tomorrow I’m doing a photoshoot with Reebok. I’m really excited for the shoot but admittedly a little nervous. Getting the chance to work with a big fitness brand brings out the little insecurities as my mind falls into the comparison trap (I don’t have a visible, ripped six pack; I’m not flexible enough to do crazy-cool poses; blah blah blah). It’s useless chatter that doesn’t serve me and I’m sure the shoot is going to be a blast and my tight hip flexors and l will be fabulous. *snaps fingers and flips hair*

Now to shift focus on to a photoshoot I most definitely was not nervous about … let’s talk about me alone in my living room with a camera set up on a tripod (aka today’s workout). 😉 This 25-minute circuit workout focuses on legs and butt and damn did it burn!

25-Minute Circuit Workout with HIIT Blasts: Legs & Butt

EQUIPMENT I USED:

This workout is broken up into four mini circuits. For each of the circuits, you do three exercises for 30 seconds each, three times through. So that’s four and a half minutes of continuous work. You then rest for 30 seconds and finish the circuit with 30 seconds of cardio finisher. The last circuit is a little different in that instead of resting after the circuit, you go right into your finisher which is just a 30-second hold.

I’m using a 20-lb kettlebell but you could totally do this with a dumbbell and, as always, adjust the weight to fit your current fitness level. I’m also using a resistance band loop. If you don’t have one, don’t sweat it. All the exercises can be done without it as well (and will still be challenging, I promise).

As with all workouts, make sure to warm up beforehand. I have a 5-minute warm up on my YouTube channel or you can do your own. Listen to your body and modify as needed. If something doesn’t feel right, stop. There’s a difference between challenging your body and hurting it—let’s stick to the former!

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs

Circuit 1

30 seconds each exercise x3 – loop band around thighs, use weight

Sumo Squat | Hold your weight at your chest with elbows in tight (like a goblet squat). Feet are a little wider than hip’s width apart, toes are angled out. Keep your chest open and upright, shoulders back and you bend your knees and sink down into your squat. Actively push out against the resistance band so that your knees track in line with your middle toes the whole time. Press back to the top, bringing your hips forward and squeezing your butt at the top.

Sumo Squat Pulses | Hold your lowest squat and pulse up and down at the bottom. For these, you’re going to keep the weight at your chest as long as you can. When it gets to be too much, place it on the floor but stay low in your pulses!

Low Squat Side to Side Step | No weight for this one (unless you’re really advanced and want it—then be my guest!). Staying in a low squat position, you’re going to walk side to side, three or four steps to the left and three or four steps to the right. You want tension on the resistance band the whole time so never let your feet come in too narrow as you do these. Think wide and low.

CARDIO BLAST (30 sec): Squat Jacks | No weight for this one either. Start in a low squat position with feet wide, weight in your heels, low abs engaged, hips back. Staying low in a squat, jump your feet in close together and then jump your feet out wide again to the starting position. When your feet are wide, bring one hand to touch the ground, alternating hands each time.

Circuit 2 – RIGHT LEG

30 seconds each exercise x3 – use weight

Single Leg Deadlift to Reverse Lunge | Hold the weight in your left hand. Your right foot will stay firmly planted on the ground the whole time. Left toes are *lightly* on the floor about six inches behind the right foot. From here, do your deadlift, sending your hips back and hinging from the hips as you lower the weight towards the floor. This is a hinge, not a squat, so the weight doesn’t need to come all the way down to the ground. Keep your chest open as you do this. Come back to stand and then step your left foot far back behind you, sinking into a reverse lunge. Come back up, bringing the left toes lightly to the ground behind the right and repeat.

Curtsy Lunge | Start standing with feet hip-width apart, weight held at your chest. To modify, do these without the weight. From here, sink down into your curtsey lunge: right foot stays planted on the ground and as you bend that right knee, reach your left foot behind it as far to the right as you can until the ball of the left foot is planted on the ground as well. From this deep lunge position, you’re going to slowly stand up on the right foot, bringing the left foot back to center, lighting touching it to the ground (don’t shift too much weight into that left side)

Reverse Lunge to Low Squat | No weight for this one (unless you want it, in which case rock on!). Start in a low squat position. Staying low, step your left foot back into a low lunge and then quickly back up to the squat. You continue lightly stepping back and up, staying low through the legs and keeping weight in your right heel. This one burns!

CARDIO BLAST (30 sec): Sprinter Hops | Start in a low lunge position with right foot forward and fingertips lightly on the ground framing your front foot. From here, you’re going to hop everything off the ground (your feet barely need to leave the floor) and land right back low. Keep your chest open as you do these (try not to hunch). If mobility issues make these ones tough, do regular lunge hops with your torso upright instead of getting so low through the upper body.

Circuit 3 – REPEAT CIRCUIT 2 ON LEFT LEG

Circuit 4

30 seconds each exercise x3 – resistance band loop around thighs

Circuit 4 is five straight minutes of hip bridge work (talk about a glute burn!). If you want it to be harder, you can place your feet on an elevated surface or place a weight across your hips. In the video for this workout, I talk a bit about form in hip bridge exercises and if you’re new to working out, it’s definitely worth watching. Scroll up to the embedded video and fast forward to 20:05 for form tips.

Hip Bridge Lifts | Start laying on your back with knees bent, feet hip’s width apart, heels under knees, arms by side. Pressing into your heels and squeezing into your glutes, lift your hips up to a bridge position. Lower back down to hover your hips over the floor (try not to rest them)

Hip Bridge Pulses Out + Up | Hold the top of your bridge and pulse your knees out wide against the resistance band then pulse your hips up an inch higher to the ceiling. Continue pulsing out and up.

Hip Bridge March | Holding the top of your bridge, you’re going to lift one foot at a time, crunching the knee in towards your chest like a march. Try to keep your hips level as you do this (both hip bones same distance from the ceiling). If your resistance band rides up during this, don’t sweat it, just keep on marching.

FINISHER (30 sec): Hip Bridge Hold | Hold the top of your bridge.

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs

WEARING | (outfit c/o of adidas) leggings / tank / sports bra / sneakers

I know that last picture of my outfit has nothing to do with the workout, I just think it’s cute. [insert sassy girl emoji] Speaking of cute …

Activewear Sale Alert!

Now until 10/29 you can take 20% off your *first* order from Carbon38 with the code CARBON20. I pretty much want every single piece of activewear on their site, but if you’re looking for specific suggestions, almost everything in this fall style roundup post I did last month is from Carbon38. Shop the site HERE.



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October Stitch Fix Review

Olivia Lace Up Sweater by Rails from my October Stitch Fix Review

I got a great fix this month and am excited to share my October Stitch Fix review with you. For anyone new to Stitch Fix, it’s essentially on online styling service. Their stylists mail five items to you and you can keep or return whatever you’d like. If you keep the whole fix, you get 25% off. I’ve been using Stitch Fix with varying frequency for years now and love it. A lot of the items in my closet that get worn most frequently have actually come from fixes. And the longer you work with your stylist, the better s/he gets to know you, and the more personalized your fixes become.

October Stitch Fix Review

Kimberli Embroidered Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt by Hazel – $58

Kimberli Embroidered Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt by Hazel from my October Stitch Fix Review Kimberli Embroidered Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt by Hazel from my October Stitch Fix Review Kimberli Embroidered Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt by Hazel from my October Stitch Fix Review

I love the embroidered sleeves on the sweatshirt and have already gotten so many compliments on it. It’s a light material—somewhere between a t-shirt and a sweatshirt—so you can wear it with just a bra underneath as a shirt during this transitional fall weather.


Madeline Faux Leather Moto Jacket by Noisy May – $58

Noisy May faux leather moto jacket from my October Stitch Fix review Noisy May faux leather moto jacket from my October Stitch Fix review

If there weren’t that 25%-off incentive to keep all five items, I probably would have returned this jacket. It’s super cute and I’m glad it’s faux leather, but the material is really plastic. Like when I move my arms it makes a squeezing sound. Love the way it looks though, so I’ll definitely still get some use out of it!

Marley Fringe Infinity Scarf by Octavia – $34

Octavia fringe infinity scarf from my October Stitch Fix review

I love this deep red color for fall and winter and the scarf is made from the softest, coziest fabric. I now think I have a solid scarf collection, so after keeping this one, I went into my Style Profile on Stitch Fix and changed my preferences so that I’ll no longer receive scarfs. Love how easy it is to customize your fixes as your closet needs change!

Skylar Back Seam High Rise Step Hem Skinny Jean by Level 99 – $102

Olivia Lace Up Sweater by Rails from my October Stitch Fix ReviewSkylar Back Seam High Rise Step Hem Skinny Jean by Level 99 from my October Stitch Fix reviewLace-up crop tank with high waist jeans and plaid button-up

Over the years, Stitch Fix has sent me several pairs of jeans from this Level 99 brand and I think I’ve kept every single one. They’re just stretchy enough to be comfortable and are so reasonably priced! I’m digging the uneven hem trend so these were a definite keeper.

Olivia Lace Up Sweater by Rails – $248

Olivia Lace Up Sweater by Rails from my October Stitch Fix Review Olivia Lace Up Sweater by Rails from my October Stitch Fix Review

I LOVE this cashmere sweater (and pretty much everything else Rails makes). It’s soft with velvet ties lacing up the front and something I’d wear all the time. When I saw the price tag though, I almost didn’t even try it on. I do, however, have a quality over quantity approach to my closet these days, and after doing the math and having lengthy conversations with myself, I managed to justify keeping it. 😉

The total for the fix is $500, and with the 25% discount for keeping all five it’d be $375. That’s still a little too much for me to spend on clothes, but I happened to have some Stitch Fix credit that brought it down closer to $250 so I decided to treat myself this month.

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If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix yet, you can set up your profile and schedule your first fix HERE. When you set up your profile, you can pick the price ranges that work for you, so don’t be put off by the sweater in mine. I reduced the frequency of my fixes and made my price ranges a little more lenient because I do occasionally like to spend the extra money for a high quality brand.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Gotten any good fixes recently?

I’ll leave you with these outtakes—who do I think I am? Maria from Sound of Music? The hills are aliiiiiiiive …

Kimberli Embroidered Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt by Hazel from my October Stitch Fix Review

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