Downward Doggin’

So I think I have officially caught the Yogi bug.  Ever since my doctor appointment, I started experimenting with a couple of yoga classes and ended up buying a Groupon for one month unlimited at a studio called YogaWorks.  Since I had minimal experience and didn’t know the good from the bad studios, I figured I would try whatever was somewhat close to my apartment and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.  After trying a few less than impressive studios, YogaWorks was exactly what I had been looking for: a variety of classes from bar to power yoga, people of all levels, a zen studio, approachable instructors and multiple locations all over the city.  While I am usually not one to a) workout after work or b) go to a workout class of any kind, I found myself running out the door of my office every night to try to make whatever class was available at that time.  I am typically a run in the morning type of gal and usually don’t like the restrictions of having to make a class (only exception: SoulCycle), but for some reason, yoga has changed all of that.  Not only did I find myself leaving class more refreshed, I was relaxed, happier and clear-headed.  A yogi miracle!

Just to give you a little anecdote, my boyfriend and I were planning on meeting for dinner after he finished work drinks and I finished a yoga class on the Upper East Side.  After I spent a majority of the day telling him this probably won’t work tonight because “you will get caught at drinks longer than you think” and him encouraging me that was not going to happen and that we would meet at 9pm, I finally gave in.  Be the bigger person, let him win, I thought.  Fast forward to 9pm when my class is finished, I check my phone to find three texts along the lines of  “I’m going to be a little bit late.”.  What was my first thought?  No problem.  Now, fast forward to 45 minutes later and I’m sitting at the bar by myself next to two creepy grown men, while awkwardly checking my phone to avoid having to converse with them.  Still remaining calm all the while.  And finally, at 10pm, that tall drink of water walks in smiling from ear to ear, “I’m so sorry.”  My reaction?  Pure and utter forgiveness.  Not only did I not care, I was extremely happy to see him!  See?  Yoga mind in progress!  HA!  I am only kind of kidding.  But really,  I think everything that they say about yoga is true.  I’m drinking the Kool-Aid people!  It is such a great mind-body exercise with so many benefits short and long-term.  It makes you feel at peace and helps you rid yourself of a racing mind (which I am more than guilty of).  Not to mention it can totally change your bod!  (Fine, I will look like Jennifer Aniston if I have to.)  I hope to be “practicing” for the rest of my life!

Hello, amazing body!

Anyone who thinks “Yoga isn’t for me” should give it a second shot!  Because I was one of those people.  I think it’s about finding the right studio and classes and not being intimidated.  For me I really enjoy the Vinyasa flow style because you don’t stop moving and you don’t hold positions for very long.  The other class which has been really enjoyable is BarWorks, which is a class at YogaWorks very similar to a Bar Method or Physique57 class (for a fraction of the cost).  It’s all about mixing it up!  I have noticed a small difference in my body already and feel so much stronger from only a month of full on commitment!  Grab a friend and give it a whirl if you’re not already addicted!  And who doesn’t want an excuse to buy more Lululemon?

Hope you’re enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend!  It has been absolutely beautiful in Massachusetts and so relaxing and fun hanging out with my family and friends!  So cliché – but I’m feeling very thankful!

XOXO

 

(pictures via Pinterest)

A Day in the Life: Abby

Abby 

Background: Abby is a former co-worker and good friend of mine.  We met through mutual friends a couple of years ago and work  only a few floors away from eachother.
Age: 24
Current City:  West Village, NYC
Hometown:  Sun Valley, Idaho
Job:  Hedge fund assistant
Nickname: Abbs, Ab, Fairgame
Idols: Martha Stewart & Betty Draper
Guilty Pleasure: Chalky candy (ie. Necco Wafers, LifeSaver wintergreen mints, Smarties) & people.com
New Obsession: Instagram & Montauk (as of this summer)
Addicted to: SoulCycle, rosé and anything coconut scented/flavored
Ideal date: Dive bar baby!
Fave food: Avocado
Favorite NYC spots: Joseph Leonard, Jefferies, Bounce & Village Tavern,  Rosemary’s (“get the celery caesar, it will blow your mind”), The Rusty Knot, Campbell Apartment, Inside Park at Saint Bart’s, La Esquina, Westway & Pete’s Tavern
(Wearing: Zara top, J.Crew cropped pants, J.Crew wedges, bracelets: David Yurman, Dallas + Carlos, Marc Jacobs bag, Joe Fresh jacket)

A DAY IN ABBY’S LIFE

6:40am – Wake-up (“newly a snoozer for 5 minutes, 10 if the previous evening’s festivities were um… excessive”)

6:45am – Shower; products: Organix Coconut Milk shampoo & conditioner (“like I said, love coconut”), St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub, cheap drug store body wash, typically stolen from one of the roommates

6:55am – Check emails, apply Pond’s Cold Cream (“super moisturizing and clean feeling”), Organix Coconut mousse for volume and blow dry; flat iron if needed with a “Chi-tah”; the Sockbun (“if I’m being totally lazy/running late/don’t feel like showering (gross, I know), I’m a HUGE fan of the sockbun done with a sock that I’ve probably taken from a roommate’s drawer and cut up…”)

7:00am – Apply makeup; in Abby’s makeup bag: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, Benefit “get-even” powder in no. 2 (“an all-time fave”), NARS bronzer in Laguna, MAC pot eyeliner to be applied with a flat brush in “embark,” L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

7:10am– Pick-out outfit and get dressed; (“Typically TONS of J.Crew”) for work usually black pants and a blouse or blazer (“my roomie works for Theory so that’s a blazer go-to”)

7:15am – Pack gym clothes for the day; load up cell phone, head phones, tidy up room and turn off AC  (“Yes, I sleep with AC on. Can’t live without it, even in the winter.”)

7:30am – Subway to office (“I CANNOT ride the subway without music. 3 current favorite songs: Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch, Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin, Walk on By – Noosa (Sound Remedy Remix)”)

7:45am –  At desk, check emails, eat breakfast (usually a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crisp, berry crumble flavor mixed with Special K) and a cup of coffee at the office or sometimes Starbucks Venti Non-Fat extra hot latte with 5 Splendas (“Yes, 5”); peruse Facebook, Twitter, NYTimes.com, my horoscope (“Capricorn, daily, I love horoscopes”), theyallhateus.com, honestlywtf.com, becuaseimaddicted.com, a few Tumblrs, Man Repeller and both of our favorites, Atlantic-Pacific

8:15am – Early morning sit down with boss, make office rounds, catch-up with IR team, chat with traders, emails, phones, work, work, work (“and lots of G-chat in between”)

12:00/1:00pm – “I just started a new job and everyone gets to order daily form Seamless which is AWESOME. My go to is a turkey sandwich from Blake & Todd with tomato, cucumber, AVOCADO and LOTS of honey mustard, can’t get enough of that stuff. I used to do a lot of afternoon snacking but I’m super busy in my new role so sadly that’s not really an option anymore.”

6:15pm – Start to wrap up at work, send a few final emails, check in with the team to see if anyone needs any last minute help

6:25pm – Change into gym clothes “hot pink Nike sneakers, Lululemon pants, grimey t-shirt (I should grow up and start wearing nice work-out tops but I love a good beat-up tee), usually Dartmouth, Holy Cross or something from home like a bar t-shirt – classy, right? SoulCycle sweatshirt. And no, I don’t wear socks.”  – Abbs, the socks you’ve got to work on!

6:30pm – Walk to the gym (Abb’s gym of choice: NY Health and Racquet) and SoulCycle on Thursdays (“Fave teacher is Danny, try him out, he’s amaze.”)

7:00pm –  Gym (either elliptical or treadmill)

8:00pm – Walk home every day (Abby’s favorite part of the day); home or mani/pedi (“Currently rocking OPI Lincoln Park After Dark”); Shower to rinse off, wash face with St. Ives and “steal some more body wash”

8:15pm –  Change into another old t-shirt, boxers and have dinner on the couch with the roommates; Dinner: typically a veggie burger, chick peas with soy sauce (“try it, it’s so good”), cheese and crackers, or pasta with Vodka Sauce, always followed by Cool Whip (“an all time fave”) or a trip to Tasti-Delight (“there is one dangerously close to our apartment”) for coconut fro-yo (shocker!); “lots of really classy television” like Gossip Girl, Criminal Minds, Real Housewives (“not by choice but one of the roommates is addicted”), Sex and the City etc.

9:15pm – “I get in bed pretty early but always watch a show on my laptop. Right now I’m re-watching Mad Men because I love it to death but I just got into Homeland and I’m OBSESSED. I finished the first season and the rest aren’t on iTunes and I don’t have Showtime AKA if anyone wants company on Sunday nights and has Showtime, hit me up!”

10:00pm – “Goodnight! And yes, I still sleep with a teddy bear named Sleepy.” – Sleepy? How clever.

How do your days compare?  Have these posts inspired you to go out and try a new beauty product or whip up something new for dinner?  I’d love to know!

Hope everyone affected by the storm is getting their lives somewhat back to normal this week!  Power is almost all back on in NYC and I even was able to take the subway to work this morning!  No more $25 cabs for this gal… ahh the little things.

XOXO

PS – check out this Hurricane Sandy slideshow