A Quick Escape to the Cape

Hey hey what up on this Wednesday?

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I guess someone’s a little (too) excited to be back on the blog today (and to have an app that frames pictures)…

I did stop by for a quick ‘hey!’ on Monday, but today it’s back to your regularly scheduled programming with another WIAW link-up hosted by Jenn!

As I briefly mentioned at the end of my Friday Favorites post (and made pretty obvious in Monday’s Instagram), I did end up going to Cape Cod, MA for a quick trip. A couple friends of mine have cottages there, so since I had work off and schedules aligned, I packed my bags Saturday night and headed up there with a high school friend on Sunday afternoon!


We arrived around 5:45 and went straight to one of my college roommates/ best friends’ beautiful condo. It was cool and drizzling, but I did not care one bit. I hadn’t seen her in over 2 months and I was beyond excited to reunite!

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A couple of my high school friends met my roommate when they visited me at school, and since this friend was one that visited, it wasn’t awkward (not that it would’ve been even if they hadn’t met) when we drove into downtown Chatham and had a nice long catch-up sesh over a delicious dinner.

Originally we had planned to go to The Chatham Squire, but there was a 45 minute wait (must mean it’s good!) and my roommate had to be on the road by 8:00 to get back for work on Monday morning. We walked around a bit and quickly decided on The Captain’s Table, and we were soon quite glad we did!

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I ordered the salad plate with salmon, which was a tossed salad topped with a salmon filet and drizzled in raspberry vinaigrette (<- my favorite). It was simple but absolutely perfect. Plus a fluffy roll dipped in the dressing (I told you it’s my favorite!) rounded out the meal.

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After chatting away for almost 2 hours, we (sadly) dropped my roommate off at her condo so she could head home. Even though it was way too short, I’m sooo happy I got to see her! :)

We then headed to my high school friend’s adorable cottage and got settled before leaving again to get ice-cream.

When I’m on vacation (and even when I’m not…), the question isn’t “do you want ice cream tonight?”, it’s “what flavor do you want tonight?”

We went to Emack & Bolio’s and I got the ‘Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel’. So sweet. So salty. So. freaking. good.

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It was pretty nasty out so we decided to take it back to the cottage and eat it while watching the Kardashians because come on, is there any better way to spend a rainy summer night? Not in my book.

After devouring our frozen treats and commenting on the ridiculousness that is the Kardashians, we Face-Timed one of our friends who is interning in DC. It was awesome to ‘see’ him and he (as always) had as laughing so hard my abs were sore (which is a good thing since I didn’t workout at all Monday or Tuesday). I know I say this a lot, but I am seriously so blessed to have the hilarious/ fun/ caring/ incredible friends that I have!


We went to bed super late (and I didn’t end up falling asleep til 4 am…) so on Monday we slept in until 10:30. We had brought a ton of food from home so we could just eat dinner out (and ice-cream, that’s a given) in order to save money after the NYC trip last week. Breakfast was light and uneventful, and we left the cottage around 11 to head into town!

It wasn’t raining, but it wasn’t awesome weather, either. The skies were gray but luckily the temps were prime, so we decided to park the car in town and walk ~1.5 miles to Lighthouse Beach, window shopping and chatting as we went. When we got there we realized we wanted to stay so we walked back to the car, grabbed some beach towels and headed back.

I couldn’t help but snap some photos of the gorgeous hydrangeas and breathtaking ocean views!

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The 4.5 mile walk in flip flops (+ lack of sleep) meant it was nap time as soon as we found a spot to spread our towels.

It was a bit chilly and windy, but the sun peaked out for about an hour or so. The soothing sound of waves crashing and little kids giggling made me so relaxed that I almost fell completely asleep (but not quite). I had my eyes open for a total of about 30 minutes to eat a pb + banana pita, white nectarine, almonds, and a few other snacks that I honestly can’t even remember (that’s how boring they were).

At about 4:30 we decided to make the trek back to the car so we could shower before heading to dinner!

Looking out and seeing this reminded me just how good life is.

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After a nice warm shower, we headed out in search of an inexpensive place to eat. As we drove into town, the sign for Sweet Tomatoes caught our eye so we turned right in, ordered at the counter, and snagged a table outside! The sun was out now, and the weather couldn’t have been better for some casual outdoor dining.

Since it was just the two of us (other friends from home couldn’t get off work, which was a huge bummer, but we made the best of it!), we decided to split a salad and a sandwich. Again, another great dinner decision!

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We literally did not leave a crumb on our plates.

The salad was fresh, and the raspberry vinaigrette (see, I did it again!) + goat cheese brought it to the next level. The sandwich was on the most incredible, thick focaccia and the roasted veggies + warm goat cheese melted in our mouths.

I know I can sometimes always sound a bit dramatic when I describe food, but I’m just being honest, and honestly it was that good.

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Once we licked our plates clean, we sat and talked for another hour before going back in and grabbing a root beer. Don’t ask why I was suddenly craving this… It was weird but I just went with it.

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Naturally, we then ventured over to Harwich to go to Schoolhouse Icecream and Yogurt for our nightly ice-cream fix. After mulling over the menu for about 10 minutes, I chose the ‘Harwich Mudpie’, which I believe was coffee ice-cream, brownie bites, almonds, and a little bit of heaven sprinkled in.

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We brought them back home to eat later on after digesting our dinners, and so we had something to enjoy as we watched suffered through the painfully awkward ‘Bachelorette: The Men Tell All’.

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By that, I mean we had it on in the background as I blogged/ read blogs/ enjoyed every spoonful/ cringed at the conversations the guys had. I haven’t been watching this season, and honestly after Monday night’s episode, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much.

While I was happy when the episode was over, I was legitimately sad when I finished my ice-cream. I could’ve eaten another cup despite the fact that this ‘small’ was literally overflowing with chocolatey goodness.

Exhausted and in mild food-comas, we happily went to our rooms around midnight, and I was asleep by 1:00.


Tuesday was a sunny day (yay!), so I woke up at 8:45 ready to beach it. Again, we ate some lame breakfast, and then grabbed Dunkin iced coffees (toasted coconut for me!), and were basking in the glorious sun by 10:20.

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We laid out, chatted, people-watched, and relaxed for a solid 5 hours before we decided to call it a day so we could hit the road and be back home before dark.

In case you’re wondering (which I’m sure you aren’t) – Yes, I did apply (and reapply) sunscreen, but yes, I did still get burnt in the places that hadn’t seen the light of day all summer. My stomach, upper thighs, and random patches on my back are the color of a tomato. Ouch.

Anyway, after a quick cleanup, we were saying goodbye to the cottage and to another awesome little getaway by 4:15.

The ride home takes about 3.5 to 4 hours, so we made a pit-stop at Dunkin again, and this time I tried the blueberry coffee. I always thought it sounded pretty gross, but I went for it and was pleasantly surprised!

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As we sipped away, we had the age-old Starbucks vs Dunkin debate and concluded that DD’s coffee is the way to go.

This is because 1) it’s cheaper, 2) it comes in way more flavors, and 3) it doesn’t taste like syrup. I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve gotten a flavored iced coffee from Starbs, all I taste is syrup. Could just be a bad barista, but I still prefer the price and variety of DD’s. Starbucks is good for other things though!

I digress…

I hadn’t eaten lunch (WHAT?! I never forget to eat a meal!), so as we drove I ate another pb banana pita, almonds, and various other treats I had stuffed in my bag.

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Aren’t my nails lovely?

I got home at 8:00 ready for a real meal, and luckily my wonderful mother had saved me some leftovers. I also had a bowl of cinnamon chex, yogurt and fruit, and a few little granola bars throughout the night because I was suddenly starving. I guess all that sun really drained my energy!

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It was an awesome quick escape to the Cape, filled with fun times with friends, fabulous food, and lots of R&R!

Also, while I was there, I thought a lot about this little blog of mine. You may have noticed that my Instagram and Twitter handles are now @fuelingfab… As I said in my short post on Monday night this may be the name of my blog once I become self hosted…or it may not.

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As I commented on my Instagram photo ^, I originally titled my blog ‘Fueling a Life’ for these reasons (also explained a bit more here).

As much as I love and am always going to keep the purpose of my blog and the meaning behind the current name, I love the word ‘fabulous‘ because I think it can describe so much – from life in general to fashion to workouts to food, which is what my blog is all about! Although I may discuss some serious topics, my blog is generally meant to be a lighthearted, slightly witty read to brighten peoples’ day, so I like how ‘fabulous’ is a fun word (that I use quite often) and is shortened to ‘fab‘, which is just a little more spunky (if a word can be spunky?).  Plus, I do love a good alliteration

I guess it all boils down to what name has more of a ring to it/ makes sense/ represents my blog/ lets the reader know exactly what my site is all about right from the get-go.

As you can see, it’s a really tough decision for me, so any and all input would be greatly appreciated! And don’t worry, you won’t hurt my feelings either way :)

Thanks for sticking around through my long posts and listening to allll my thoughts! I hope you have a great Wednesday and a fabulous rest of the week ;)

xo’s

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Take a Moment to Appreciate Life

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I love it when you can’t help but stop and take a moment to appreciate just how amazing life is.


I just wanted to pop in and say a quick hello!

Alsooo – You may have noticed that my Instagram and Twitter handles have changed…Both are now “@fuelingfab“.

Yes, this may be the name of my blog once I become self hosted…or it may not. Decisions, decisions! (Feel free to leave your input!)

I’m in Cape Cod for a short getaway, but I will be back with a WIAW post with all my amazing eats. The food has been fantastic, so get ready ;)

I hope you’re having a happy week!


xo’s

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Questions of the day:

  1. What makes you stop and appreciate life? 
  2. What is making you happy this week?
  3. Any input on ‘Fueling Fab’ vs ‘Fueling a Life’ is welcome :)

Oof.

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you all had a great week!

I should probably start off this post by apologizing in advance for any grammatical errors, sentences that make zero sense, and whatever other weird things may come from these tired hands as they attempt to type up this week’s Friday Favorites! Last night I ‘slept’ over (aka did not sleep) at a friends house after a get-together of sorts with a bunch of friends and people from high school.

The only ‘word’ I have for how I feel this morning is…

Oof.

After things quieted down around 12:30, a few of my closest friends and I talked for about 2 hours, and once we turned the lights out, it took me over an hour to turn my mind off and fall asleep.

Fun fact: I’m the world’s worst sleeper.

Long story short, I’m running on empty this morning, so let’s see where this post takes us, shall we?

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Just like last week, I’m linking up once again with Heather to give you guys a fun little list of my current faves.


1. Running.

The post I wrote yesterday really got me thinking and realizing just how much running means to me. As I said, it keeps me sane (er, maybe not).

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I won’t go on and on gushing about it again today, you can read my thoughts yesterday for that, but I do just want to discuss a current favorite running related thing…

2. Summer workout clothes.

Yesterday I just grabbed whatever clothes were on the top of my drawers, and halfway through my run I looked down and noticed that I matched perfectly. Kinda super dorky, I know. While I don’t try to make my run OOTDs all matchy-matchy, I do still like to look at least somewhat put together.

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For shorts, I basically only wear Nike Tempo Shorts. I find them to be the most comfortable, and they have tons (read: too many) adorable colors and patterns to choose from. Now, that’s not to say I’m not willing to try other brands/styles, but these are just what I love and have the most (read: too many) of.

For tops, I like to wear breathable tanks in the summer heat. I’m not super fussy about these as long as they aren’t super long (or super short), tight, or thick. I have a bunch of awesome Nike tanks of different styles, plus a few from Target that I love!

For sports bras, I have a few go-to’s. My top choice is probably any from the Target C9 line (the one pictured below is one of my faves!). I don’t really have a long list of requirements, and these are beyond adorable and super supportive, so they’re winners in my book!

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I also have a few UnderArmour, Nike, and Old Navy sports bras that I really like, so clearly I’m easy to please in this department.

For shoes, I mix it up a lot depending on what kind of run I’m doing. I wear anything from Mizuno Wave Inspires (I went through 8 pairs of these in high school!), to Nike Frees, to Brooks PureCadence, and all three of those are my favorites for different reasons. What running shoes a person wears is based on a lot of personal factors such as arch size, pronation, foot strike, etc, as well as personal style!

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Well that ended up being a lot of running talk…whoops!

3. Fresh fruit.

I love fruit 365 days a year, but there’s something about the dog days of summer that make me love the cold, refreshing, sweet snack even more. I honestly love it all – from strawberries and blueberries, cherries, mangoes (especially this one…oh my gosh), oranges, apples, pears, white nectarines, bananas, watermelon, and everything in between. Come to think of it, there probably isn’t a fruit I don’t like.

I know apples, pears, and oranges aren’t really in season right now, but I still eat them all. the. time.

In fact, apple slices + apple pie spice (or cinnamon) is one of my favorite late afternoon snacks!

A few other amazing combos:

  • Granny smith slices with plain greek yogurt + cinnamon
  • Pear slices + any flavor greek yogurt (I like all the Oikos Traditional flavors)
  • Thinly sliced white nectarines or pears + melted cheese (just like that or on toast!)
  • And of course the classic -> bananas + peanut or almond butter!

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4. YouTube.

Not only am I obsessed with blogs, but I also really enjoy YouTube videos, especially daily vlogs. I actually mentioned over a year ago (ahh!) in this post, that I’m a huge fan of the Shaytards on YouTube. They’re an adorable, happy, loving family of seven that has been daily vlogging for five years! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember when Shay gave me a shout out! Coolest moment ever.

Over the past year I’ve become a loyal viewer to many other YouTubers, and not just daily vloggers! Here are most of the channels I’ve subscribed to and watch almost daily:

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Now, keep in mind, this is my ‘TV’ – I probably watch maybe an hour of TV a week and that’s usually on the treadmill if I’m not watching YouTube videos! Plus I can watch YouTube on my phone while I work on the blog, work out, peruse other blogs, etc.


Wow. That ended up being a hefty post for only 4 favorites…

Unfortunately I have to leave it at that even though I did have a few more things I wanted to tell you about. I guess I’ll just have to save those for another #FFavorites! I have work in a couple hours and I somehow need to make myself not look like a zombie.

This may be a challenge.


By the way, there’s a chance I may not get around to posting for a bit just because I have a long work day tomorrow and then I’m possibly heading to the Cape for a few days. Hopefully I’ll still be able to get on here at least to say hi, and maybe to get that ‘how to pack‘ post up! We shall see what happens.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend and I will talk to you soon :)

xo’s

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And in case you missed them, here are some of my more recent posts:


Your turn! 

  1. What are some of your favorites this week?
  2. Do you watch YouTube videos?
  3. Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

Running keeps me sane. Well maybe not, because I’m a runner, and runners are insane.

Hello again friends!

I hope you enjoyed my over-sharing NYC weekend getaway recap / WIAW post yesterday! It took me a long time to write that bad boy, but I’m so happy I did because I love having all those memories written down. And hey, maybe you at least can use it as a little ‘guide to NYC’ next time you visit?  Just a thought :)

Anyway, as I’m sure you know, today is Thursday which means 1) it’s almost Friday and 2) it’s time for yet another super fun, super random ‘Thinking Out Loud‘ link-up hosted by Amanda!

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Let’s get right to the good stuff, shall we?


Today I wanted to talk about running. Yes, a whole entire post dedicated to what has essentially been my life for the past seven years. I think that fact alone makes it worthy of its own post, don’t you?

I got the idea for this post on probably day 2 of having a blog, and a few of the thoughts have been sitting in a draft for months. Then between my recent tweet and Tuesday’s daily reading of Janae’s blog and commenting on this post, I felt like today was the day to write this.

I will tell my entire running story beginning with my first voluntary run back in 6th grade (*although that is not what I consider to be the start of my running career…I took a solid 3 years of just dabbling with it every now and again until it became my ‘thing’ the summer before 9th grade), but I’m going to save that (trust me, it’s saved as a draft of bullet points) for another day because I’d rather just throw some running randomness out there today.

Millions of thoughts about running race through my head practically everyday, so these are just 5 that were on my mind today. That means this is probably just ‘Part 1′ of many more to come…

Warning: Some of these will be deep, some corny, some super random, but hey, that’s a crazy runner’s brain for ya.

On your mark, get set, GO!


1. Running keeps me sane.

Although, really it doesn’t because the fact that I’m a runner makes me slightly insane, so it all kind of negates itself, doesn’t it? Regardless, you get my point.

Every day when I lace up my sneakers and hit the trails (or pavement, or track, or treadmill…), I feel at peace. Running is my therapy. I can think about everything, I can think about nothing. I can get lost in my thoughts, I can cry, I can vent my frustrations through the pounding of my feet, I can smile, I can just be. I can talk to a friend, forgetting what my body is even doing as we get lost in conversation. I can listen to music, podcasts, the birds, or my own breath. I can run fast, I can run slow, I can run long, I can run short. I can run for distance, I can run for time, I can run for speed. Whatever I do, I always run for me.

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2. Running helps me form unbreakable bonds. 

(*Please note: ^ that says unbreakable bonds, not bones…I wish!)

As I’ve probably mentioned many times (especially in this post! aww), I ran both XC and track all four years of high school. The friends I made on both teams are still some of my closest friends. We became so tight so quickly because we went through it all together.

We suffered through the same hard workouts (’800s til you drop’ was always a fun one..), felt the same pre-race jitters, talked for hours on our long runs and recovery days, pushed each other to achieve our individual as well as collective goals, sang at the top of our lungs on bus rides, pigged out at team dinners and hang outs, pulled all nighters at running camp, jumped up and down, hugged, and cried tears of joy when we succeeded (I’ll never forget the moment we found out we made it to the New England Championships), and everything in between. Sharing so many amazing (and not so amazing!) experiences helped bring us all together, and I know that those friendships will last a lifetime.

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(*Sorry these pictures suck since I cropped out everyone’s face! Just trying to keep things private for them. Hopefully once I feel comfortable sharing my blog with all my friends and family, they’ll be cool with their beautiful faces being shown. For now this will have to do!)

3. Running strengthens me in so many ways. 

I have always loved how running test the limits of the human body and mind. From the speed workouts, to the hill repeats, to the long runs, to the races, it’s no secret that this sport is just plain hard. I think it’s safe to say that all runners have days where we say (or at least think) “running sucks.” It hurts. It’s tiring. It’s often the last thing we want to be doing on a cold winter morning or a hot summer afternoon. But what makes us runners unique (and a little crazy!) is the fact that we just do it. We get out there because we know the second we get in that zone and find our stride, we’ll be so glad we did.

Not only is running hard on our lungs, muscles, bones, stomachs, (the list goes on…), but it’s equally hard on our minds. We can be in perfect physical condition yet never reach our goals because sometimes the hardest things to train is our brain.  A lot of people will even say it’s all mental. There are times when our bodies want to quit but our minds say “no, you can do this”, and there are just as many times when our bodies can keep going, but our minds say “no, you can’t”. It’s all of those times that test our limits. When we prevail, we see for ourselves that we truly can do anything.

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The feeling of accomplishment after a physically and/or mentally draining workout or race is unlike anything else. I don’t know about you, but endorphins are my drug of choice, and the ‘runner’s’ is the only ‘high’ I want.

4. Running led me to the blogosphere. 

By about day 3 of cross-country my freshman year, running had already become my passion. I fell in love, and let me tell you, I fell hard.

Besides working my butt off at every practice and meet, and doing all I could to stay injury free (didn’t work), I read as many running magazines as I could get my hands on, and had practically every running website bookmarked on my computer. I loved (and still do!) reading about elite runners, discovering new tips and tricks about injury prevention (not that those helped very much…I’ll have to devote an entire post to my injuries), nutrition, gear, and more. I wanted to know everything there is to know about this sport, although I soon realized that’s virtually impossible – there is always more to learn, and a lot of that comes with experience!

One day as I was surfing the web I somehow stumbled upon Julie’s blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, and from that day on I was hooked. I was sucked into the blog world and I never want to leave. I have since discovered hundreds of other healthy living blogs, and now follow about 30, reading many of them daily.

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If I had never fallen in love with running, I don’t think I ever would have fallen in love with blogging. This goes to show how running has given me so much more than just the benefits that are direct results of it. I don’t just love blogging because it relates to my passion for health & fitness (as well as food, fashion, etc.). I love it because I’ve always loved writing as well as hearing other people’s stories, and those are what blogging is really all about.

Blogging is the perfect thing for me because it combines all of my loves into one space. The blogosphere is where I feel I belong, and I owe it all to running for bringing me here. I love this (massive and still growing) corner of the internet, and I hope to become an even bigger part of it in the future :)

All your favorite blogs in one place!

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I have about 5,000 other long, serious thoughts, but I’ll save those for another day. This last one is a little a lot less ‘deep’…

5. Running gives me super attractive tan lines.

^ Mild sarcasm…

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Nah, make that heavy sarcasm.

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PSA: Wear sunblock!


Wow, writing just five of my million racing thoughts (no pun intended!) on running reminds me just how big a part of my life this sport is. And to be honest, to me, it’s really not just a sport, it’s a way of life.

If you’re not a runner but still managed to read this entire post, hats off to ya! Runner or not, I hope you enjoyed hearing some of my personal thoughts on running. Hopefully it got you thinking!

xo’s

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Just in case you missed them, here are some of my more recent posts:


Now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear some of your random running thoughts. Leave them in the comments below! Come on, don’t be shy – we’re all a little insane ;)

Some of the Craziest Combos and Most Memorable Moments (WIAW: NYC Edition)

Happy happy Hump Day everybody! I hope you’re doing well :)

As I said in my last post, on Sunday I went to NYC with three of my high school friends.

I was praying that this trip would go as planned after the whole DC trip failure, and thankfully it went even better than expected!

Seriously every second of this NYC adventure was a blast. From chatting on the drive to my friend’s grandparents’ gorgeous home where we spent the night, to laughing on the hour long train rides to and from the city, to exploring on Sunday night and all day Monday, to watching Late Night with Seth Meyers, and of course, eating some of the best food – every moment was memorable!

Of course I wanted to recap my wonderful weekend getaway and since so much of the trip was spent eating the most incredible food, I figured what better way to give you way too many details than I’m sure you care to know do that than a WIAW!?

As always, a huge thanks to Jenn for hosting this link-up!


What I Ate (& Did) Wednesday in NYC 

Sunday

We arrived at my friend Matt’s grandparents’ beautiful home (about an hour from the city by train) at 5:30 and his grandma (the cutest, nicest, most amazing hostess) had made coleslaw and turkey & cheese finger sandwiches on the most delicious Panera sourdough. We weren’t super hungry then, but we were all so glad we ate because 1) it was so. freaking. good. and 2) we didn’t end up eating dinner until 9:30!

His grandparents then drove us to the train station, which was only 5 minutes from their house. Talk about convenient. We hopped on a train and talked and laughed (probably a little too loudly…) the whole 55 minutes to Grand Central.

When we got there, we hailed a cab so we could hurry to get in line for free tickets to a UCB improv show. Matt is in an improv group in college and it’s his passion, but we’re all SNL fans and love comedy (then again, who doesn’t?). Unfortunately the line was super long and there was only one stand-by ticket left. Of course, we let Matt take it! We felt bad leaving him, but he insisted that he was fine being alone (makes sense considering the amount of estrogen around him all weekend…). We knew how badly he wanted to see the show, so we agreed that us three (now very hungry) girls would go near Times Square and have a nice dinner and some girl time.

For some reason we had trouble finding a place to eat (I don’t really know how this was possible seeing as we were in NYC and all…), but finally we stumbled upon Planet Hollywood and decided that we would deal with the 20 minute wait because we were beyond starving.

My friend Caitlin and I both got the ‘Spinach & Peaches’ salad which was “grilled chicken, baby spinach, peaches, strawberries, candied walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles (<- I’m not a fan so I had those held), served with tomato balsamic vinaigrette”. Key words = candied walnuts. Holy yum. It was fresh, filling, and totally hit the spot.

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Nicole chose three seasonal side salads – one was avocado and tomato, another was kale and cranberries (?), and the third was beets. She said they were all amazing, and they sure looked it!

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No longer hangry, we happily headed over to Broadway for dessert and fun at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. If you’re ever in NYC, I highly recommend going there for some classic American grub (burgers, fries, shakes, and more!). Not only is the food amazing, but so is the entertainment. The waitstaff are extremely talented broadway hopefuls who audition when they’re not waiting tables, and perform even while they are!

Such a neat experience.

^ Our super nice, funny, and talented waiter.

We all ordered our own dessert, but quickly realized we could’ve just shared one thing…

Nicole’s choice:

(This drool-inducing photo is from my Instagram)

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^ I don’t remember its name but I do remember it was chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. Yeah.

Caitlin’s choice:

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^ That would be the ‘Wicked Cake’ aka “moist chocolate-peppermint cake layered with chocolate ganache and creamy vanilla icing”. Mmmhm.

My choice:

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^ The ‘Brownie Mudslide Sundae’ aka “the best brownie in N.Y. smothered in vanilla ice cream & hot fudge”. I can’t.

Well actually I can, because I sure did. I’m either proud or embarrassed ->

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I’m going with proud. No shame in enjoying life, especially on vacation!

I was almost (read: almost) too full to function but I just kept going at it because 1) I paid for it and didn’t want it’s amazingness to go to waste and 2) it was too good to stop eating. Zero regrets (except for about 20 minutes after…not a pleasant feeling).

At about 11:15 we walked to Grand Central to catch the 11:44 train back to the house. It was a little bit of a hairy situation with Matt since the UCB show got out at about 11:20, but somehow he made it onto the train at 11:43. Phew.

The train ride was full of recapping our nights and lots more laughs, especially when we realized we were on the wrong train (but luckily we figured out all we had to do was hop off and grab another train that came a minute later). We’re rookies, but we’re learning!

It was down-pouring when Matt’s grandparents picked us up. Clearly luck was on our side that night between Matt somehow catching the train, realizing our mistake before it was too late, and just barely missing the rain!

We arrived to a bowl of fresh cherries and had a nice chat with our wonderful hosts (who were not tired at all – guess it shows how good the retired life can be!) until about 2am. It was a late night, and I didn’t end up falling asleep until around 3:30, but the lack of sleep was totally worth it!

Monday

We got up around 8:45 and walked downstairs to a delicious breakfast. Our morning fuel: OJ, fresh fruit, cheesy scrambled eggs, and more Panera sourdough with blueberry orange marmalade & hot pepper peach jam (<-such a cool flavor!).

Shortly after, we headed to the train station and waited a while, playing games like ‘guess that person from high school using one word clues’ to pass the time.

We arrived around noon and headed right to Starbucks to grab iced coffees to keep the yawns at bay.

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Next we walked to the MoMa where we showed our college ID’s and got tickets for $14 – pretty good deal!

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^ The writer in me loved this one! So meta. 

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^ At this point it was about 1:30 and as much as we appreciated this famous work of art, it made us realize that it had been 4 hours since that lovely breakfast and we were feeling the grumbles, big time.

When we drove past Eataly the night before, both Matt and Nicole said we had to go there because they’d heard rave reviews. So, the decision for lunch was made! We hopped in a taxi and headed to the wonderful Italian market.

Let’s just say that what Matt and Nicole had heard about it was spot on. It was absolutely incredible and made me a million times more excited to study abroad in Italy this Fall!

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We were well aware that we’d be without food from about 5:00-7:45 and then we were going to wait to eat dinner back at the house after the show. This meant we needed a hearty lunch to hold us over until about 9:30. Boy, was it hearty alright…

We chose the Panini place and seriously, they were perfect.

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Nicole and I split the ‘Il Pescatore’ (“olive oil poached tuna, hard boiled eggs, tomato and red pepper pesto, and parsley”) and the ‘L’Alpino’ (“prosciutto cotto with fontina cheese and housemade fig mostarda”). The fish was super light and slightly tangy, unlike any tuna salad we’ve ever had.

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While the first panini was delicious (and we inhaled every bite), the second one stole the show. The warm bread was crusty yet soft, and the sweetness of the fig mostarda was the perfect balance to the salty prosciutto and melted fontina. I could’ve easily polished off two more, sin un problema. (<- Whoops, that’s Spanish…I guess I need some practice before I leave!)

The paninis were fairly big but somehow didn’t feel heavy, which was a welcome change from the American sandwiches we’re used to.

Besides the paninis, pastas, wines, etc., the market has Italian groceries, and of course authentic gelato and cannolis!

Matt had a cannoli and Nicole had hazelnut gelato, which both looked so good. As much as I wanted gelato, I knew it wouldn’t keep me satiated for more than an hour, so instead Caitlin and I decided to pick a container of fresh fruit from the wall of choices.

As soon as we laid our eyes on the most beautiful, bright mango, our tough decision was made.

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Again, perfection. Each sweet slice was cold, creamy, and literally melted in our mouths. I thought all the mangoes I’d had before were good, but man did this one prove me wrong.

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We walked a few steps and then all four of us simultaneously noticed smelled the Nutella store. Naturally, we just followed where our noses led us.

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Oh my gosh, that place is what I imagine Heaven to smell like.

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We were a tad full from lunch but split the ‘Pane con Nutella’ (“Eataly’s housemade rustic bread spread with Nutella”). It was essentially a large hunk of the sweetest, softest bread covered in decadent, gooey, melting chocolate. I don’t think we spoke for a good three minutes once we took a bite.

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It was about 3:15 when we returned back to reality after our brief visit to Heaven on Earth (aka Eataly). We figured we had just the right amount of time (and fuel) to make the 1.7 mile trek to 30 Rock to pick up our tickets and chill before the show.

On our way, we found ourselves walking through ‘Broadway Bites’, a bunch of little street vendors set up with yummy foods and drinks from local restaurants.

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Caitlin and I sipped an organic matcha green tea from one vendor, and Nicole bought some ‘B-Day Cake Truffles’ from Momofuku Milk Bar which were unbelievable.

Just think: funfetti cake batter rolled into balls, but ten times better. Yep, that exists.

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We then wandered through Bryant Park, which also had tons of street vendors, plus games like ping pong and bocce, as well as beautiful greenery! We were practically drenched in sweat by now (I give too many details, don’t I?), so we sampled two unique juices to quench our thirst: ‘Strawberry Basil’ and ‘Watermelon Jalapeño’. They sound a little crazy but they were both super refreshing and different than anything we’d ever had!

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As we neared 30 Rock, we came across a crowd of people taking pictures of someone in a store, so we knew there had to be a celebrity inside! Matt soon found out it was Floyd Mayweather, an extremely wealthy boxer. Kinda cool!

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We finally arrived at NBC right on time! At 4:15 we got our tickets and wristbands and then went downstairs to wait until 5:15.

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^ Click to see Instagram!

It brought back memories of last summer when we saw Jimmy Fallon, and suddenly we were filled with excitement!

The hour flew by and the next thing we knew we were headed up to the studio to see Seth, as well as his guests: Kate McKinnon (SNL star), Pete Rose (former baseball player), and Betty Who (singer)!

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Somehow luck was still on our side because we got front row seats again! Seth was literally less than a foot away from us when he would talk to his producers/writers during set changes, and he even came into the audience to answer questions. Matt and Nicole both asked him one and he was so nice to answer!

The hour long show was hilarious and went by way too fast. Just like that it was 7:40 and we were headed back to Grand Central to catch the 8:22 train.

Once we sat down, we realized how sore and tired our legs were! I opened my Argus app and saw that on Sunday night we walked almost 3 miles and Monday we walked almost 5.5! We figured we probably walked even more than what my phone picked up. None of us were wearing the most supportive shoes so our calves and feet were feelin’ it, but we were glad we got some exercise without even trying!

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Once again, we somehow just missed the rain. When we arrived back at the house at about 9:45 it was pouring! I guess God really wanted to let me and Nicole have a good time after the weather messed up our Washington DC trip!

Matt’s grandmother had made the most amazing (I feel like I’ve used such strong adjectives to describe all the food I ate, but I mean every word) salad with cranberries and some sweet vinaigrette, roasted garlicky broccoli, and healthy (not breaded) chicken parm on top of the Panera sourdough! It was the perfect way to end a day (make that two days!) of incredible eats.

At 10:30 we hit the road, (safely) blasting show tunes and throwback hits, and blabbing all the way.

I got home around 12:30 and as soon as I got inside the exhaustion set in.

But as tired as my body was, my mind couldn’t stop thinking about the perfect mini vacation I just had.

To say that this trip was a success is an understatement. Both days were so full of laughs and fun, and the four of us made some of the best memories (and ate some of the best food) that we will never forget!

I feel so blessed to have such great friends to be able to share all of these experiences with. It’s times like these that I truly feel alive.

I’m also so grateful for this blog where I can write about my life, not just for myself, but to share with all of you!


Whew. I know that was the world’s longest post, but I really hope you enjoyed reading it as much as enjoyed writing it :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday and a great rest of your week!

xo’s

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I’ll be back soon with more OOTDs, new content, a ‘how to pack‘ post, and even more randomness. As I mentioned before, I’m going to be updating and adding to my ‘About Me‘ page so that you can get to know me beyond my eats, workouts, outfits, and recaps!


*Questions of the day:

  1. What are some memorable foods you’ve had?
  2. Have you ever seen a celebrity?
  3. What is one city you’d love to visit?

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Remember this song?

Duh of course you do, how could you forget a Jay Z and Alicia Keys hit?

Why did I ask that?

I cannot get it out of my head today. But we’ll get to that in a few, I don’t want to be rude and not say hello!


Hi guys!

I hope your weekend is going well (or went well if you’re reading this on Monday)!

I’ve had a low-key weekend around here. Lots of blog stuff, running, porch chilling, ice-cream cone eating, oh and two yummy family dinners!

I just realized both Friday and Saturday’s dinners were take-out salads + bread. Not surprising considering I’m a tad obsessed with carbs in all forms (hence the giant hunks of bread for sides), and oh yeah veggies are good too!

Both pics below are from my Instagram. If you don’t follow me yet, you should! That way I can follow you back and we can see what each other is eating, wearing, doing, etc. Yay for internet friends :)

As you can see, I had a little too much fun with editing/ making corny (<–wrong vegetable) puns on the second one…

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Also, you may see those pictures again on another WIAW, fair warning.


Anyway, back to the song in the intro. As I said in my last post, I’m heading to NYC today!!

We leave this afternoon and I could not be more excited. Boy do I hope this trip works out better than the last one

If all goes as planned, I will have lots of photos and stories to share when I get home! Fingers crossed.


Aaaand that’s all I’ve got time for today, but I really wanted to check in and see how your weekend was going!

I will wrap this up the same way I’ve concluded most of my recent posts (sorry if it’s getting old!)…

I will see ya very soon with more OOTDs (my Instagram and Twitter have a ton more than on here, but my most recent OOTDs are still on my phone waiting to be shared!), some new content (trust me, I’m working on this!), a ‘how to pack‘ post, and more randomness. I’ll also be updating and adding to my ‘About Me‘ page because I want you guys to get to know me beyond what I eat, what I wear, or what workouts I do!

Stick around because the fun is about to begin!

…Could I be a little more cheesy today? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

Anywho, have a fun Sunday and a great week ahead :)

xo’s

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Questions of the day:

  1. What are you up to this weekend?
  2. What is your typical take-out meal?
  3. Do you have an Instagram?

Thoughts on Thursday

Hi guys! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s WIWIAW! I had a blast doing it, so I’m thinking I may do it again next time I don’t have any exciting foodie pics to share.

Anyway, today is Thursday, which means another Thinking Out Loud link-up by the lovely Amanda!

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I have a draft going about thoughts on being a crazy runner, but I’m not quite ready to share it just yet. That means this week is just a bunch of random thoughts I’ve had lately.

Let the randomness begin!


1. Have you heard the old wives’ tale about how if you sleep with a tube of lotion, you wake up with fabulously moisturized skin? Yeah, me neither. But apparently last night I wanted to cuddle with some lotion… I woke up this morning with this tube of Eucerin in my face. Weird.

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2. Yesterday I worked the 3-10 shift, so when I came home I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was relax, put my (sore) feet up, and eat my favorite ice cream cone. So, that’s exactly what I did. And it was gloooorious.

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3. On the 4th of July (once I cheered up a bit), I got into a nice patriotic ensemble, naturally. Before I put my red bandana on, I realized I already had on all the red I needed! Why is it that whenever I have plans (not that they worked out or anything…) I always get a massive zit, but when I’m literally at home doing nothing, my skin is clear? Arg acne.

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4. Last Wednesday had been a nice, sunny day, and then just as I was heading out the door to go to work, it started pouring. Like the type of rain when you can’t see more than 2 feet in front of your car as you’re driving. Lovely! This photo does not do it justice, but I parked almost directly in front of the door to J.Crew, sprinted in, and still looked like I had just taken a shower. Wet clothes/hair + blasting AC = not a very happy me. Oh well!

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5. I have a major obsession with mason jars. I got this tumbler from Target, and I use it every. single. day.

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My room was decorated in 7th grade, so I decided a few weeks ago to buy some fake flowers and make the room a little more sophisticated! I love soft, romantic styles with a touch of whimsical detailing. Aka mason jars + (faux) wild flowers = perfect in my book!

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Not a mason jar, but definitely helps spruce up the room a bit!

Not a mason jar, but definitely helps spruce up the room a bit!

6. Something I have not, nor ever will, grow out of is my love for rainbow sprinkles. Don’t get me wrong, froyo is already amazing on its own, but they just make everything a little better. It’s the little things in life.

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7. Another one of life’s simple pleasures is the pep in your step after (you give yourself) a manicure. There’s just something about that fresh coat of polish that nothing else really compares to. Well, actually there are many things I can think of that are way better than that (um hello, Christmas? freshly baked brownies? a day of boating? weekend getaways? a runner’s high? oh yeah, and spending time with family & friends?). Yeah, sorry Essie, but you get my point.

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8. I think today may be the day I finally switch over to self-hosting! I’m 90% sure I’m going to go with Bluehost, but I have a bit more researching to do before I make the big move!

PS – Thanks Amanda and Courtney for answering my emails and helping me out so much!

9. With a bit a lot of trepidation, I say this (considering what happened last week, but since these plans do not involve flying, I’m ((almost)) certain they won’t fall through)… On Sunday, three friends and I are driving to NYC to hang out in the city and then see Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday! If you’ve been reading my blog since last summer, you may remember that I saw Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in July 2013, which was incredible. Fingers crossed that these plans work out!

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10. Back to blog talk: I think what’s holding me back (besides the fact that it costs money and I want to make sure I choose the best web-host) is that I’m not 100% sold on the title ‘Fueling a Life‘. I love my little ‘slogan’ because ‘fitness, fashion, food, and fun’ are what I want to talk about, and they are what I consider ‘fuel for feeling alive‘, but I just don’t know if it has a ring to it?

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What do you think? I want a title I’m proud of and that feels right for me first and foremost since it’s my blog, but I also want my readers to feel connected to it, if that makes sense. I would love some feedback on this one!


Now, last Thursday turned out to be a bit of a bummer for me, so here’s hoping that today will be a better one not just for me but for YOU too!

See you soon with OOTDsnew content, a post about packing a carry-on, and more!

xo’s

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