Entries from January 2015

girl crush…danielle aka dani from grit!

January 27, 2015

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talk about breaking the internet…today’s edition of girl crush is going to give that kardashian character quite the run for her money.

ladies and gentlemen, i present to you danielle wellbrock-gallinger, aka dani, danielle has grit, the glue that holds GRIT cycle together, and my nickname for her: the hottest thing to ever happen to a spin bike

dani’s sold-out classes are not to be missed. always a sweatfest; she makes your time on the bike fly by, with you holding your own ass at the end of class.

let’s get to know a little more about this #goddessonabike

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tell us a little bit about yourself dani:

Can I list Ass Kicker as a career? I run GRIT Cycle and teach classes there. My formal title is Director of Operations, but my staff just refers to me as Mama Bear.

I have a super sexy husband, Glenn, and three fur babies….two Snuggle Puggles: Verona, “the Snoogs”, and Ouzo, “the Tank”, and my little meatball French Bulldog: Duke, “the Bootie”.

I have many passions! My family most of all, anything Disney, churros, beer, nachos {I am passionate about food}, reading books, Halloween, making lists, and organizing things. {type A all the way}

beauty

name your 5 bottom of the jar products?

 Josie Maran Argan Oil

Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Body Cream

Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne

style

who is your style icon and why?

I am not really sure I have a style icon. I wear what I like. I am not incredibly trend driven.

winter

what is your winter fashion must-have item?

I have a few: My Doma black leather jacket, Frye Dorado riding boots, and my Vince thermal beanie.

lumber

what is your favorite smell?

The lumber section of Home Depot.

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how do you define luxury?

Luxury is having everything on my to-do list checked off.

books

what’s the last book you read and loved?

Lamb by Christopher Moore and I just re-read Generation Kill by Evan Wright {I am not monogamous in my book reading.}

vice

what are your vices?

Beer, nachos, churros, shoes, wigs, and lipstick!

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

Sunglasses.

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what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

I would not give myself any advice! Each step in life is a learning experience whether good, bad, or in-between and I cherish every failure, bad tattoo, and triumph the same.

travel

what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

Traveling with my hubs and exploring a new corner of the earth!

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what is your idea of perfect happiness?

Happiness is being imperfect and accepting life’s imperfections

family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

My education!

in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

It really is not that far back in time, but I would have loved to be in my 20’s in the mid to late 1970’s.

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what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

 I love the weather and the close proximity to Disneyland

what are your least favorite things about southern california?

It is expensive!

dani

thank you so much dani for the sneak-peak into your beautiful heart and soul; your fan base just grew exponentially.

make sure you check out dani’s fabulous classes at GRIT cycle.

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my life….of late….

January 26, 2015

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as you can see i can’t keep this under wraps {or hidden beneath baggy shirts} any longer.

hunkiest, jones, priscilla and i will be welcoming the newest family member in april.

we have discovered a new definition for joy.

although this has been a formidable pregnancy {for the last twenty-three weeks i’ve battled hyperemis gravidarum–severe nausea every two hours, without any reprieve;} the “hellos“, kicks, and disco-dancing taking place in my belly are more than worth how sick i feel.

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our beasts are already natural babysitters.

it’s amazing how they can sense these things; rarely do they leave my side.

priscilla, especially, likes to get her snuggle on with my bump.

we spend most of our time here, in bed, trying to keep fluids and saltines down.

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 nursery rhymes + lullabies are rehearsed, we’ve been practicing our “inside voices” and not barking in the house {myself included.}

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i’ve had to cut back on my work schedule a bit, but i hope to keep teaching as long as i can.

exercise has actually been the only thing to quell the nausea.

and trust me i have tried every, stinking, in some cases stupid remedy:

ginger, salt, carbs, protein, seabands, coconut water, acupuncture, prayer, IV fluids and intravenous medications, crying, bitching, meditating and begging—all to no avail.

i’ve lost one tooth and all self-respect.

but the time left is so short, and i cannot wait to meet my precious, baby girl.

so that’s my news on a monday!

oh…and the winner of the box of santa barbara bars is:

celena fahey!!

congratulations celena; i will be in touch to get your address.

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it’s friday and i’m in love!

January 23, 2015

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happy red-velvet-friday to you m’loves.

it’s friday, and i’m a buck-toothed, tail-waggin, giddy-ass, disco’ing donkey.

even though i work the weekends i still love me an end-of-the-week party; mostly in my bed, with a remote control, my dvr crammed with shows or my latest read.

 reading all your kind, welcome-back comments slapped me into a silly delerium; thank you darlings.

here are a few of the fancies currently tickling my soul-bone:

almonds

ohmahgah!!

please tell me you’ve digested these salty, savory piñatas for your mouth?

trader joes just started selling them; i’m pretty sure i bought the costa mesa branch out clean, but you’re welcome to try.

i mean does it get better than this guest list:

marcona almonds: ✓

sea salt: ✓

black summer truffle: ✓

what else does one need in life?

in my case two gallons of water due to all the sodium consumption; a small price to pay for such oral happiness {yes, i said that.}

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what does your january fridge look like?

 i’ve never been one commit to new year’s resolutions; especially of the diet nature; nothing like telling me NOT to eat something to send me on a weeklong trans-fat/high fructose syrup bender, but i’m not averse to an occasional tasty tweak here and there.

here is a list of must-have {health conscious} items we all could pick up next time we’re grocery shopping.

you can imagine my shock that my saliferous, hypertension-inducing nuts didn’t make the cut, but i am happy to report that i do eat a grapefruit every day.

yoga

 i’m foaming at the mouth, old yeller style, for these yoga mats from mark and graham.

the go-to online store for everything monogrammed, mark and graham just released these gorgeous mats.

it’s the perfect motivation for me to get back in the studio and find my crow pose again.

salts

yoga class aside, the crankiness of my knees and back have reached an all-time high. i’ve been marinating in these bath salts every night.

completely natural, vegan, and cruelty-free valentina’s home-brewed magickal mineral salts are the only antidote for soreness, fatigue, and general malaise.

the jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood in sweet dreams lullabies your mind and body into a peaceful sleep.

i love the refreshing pick-me-up of the sunny outlook salts when i’m feeling especially down in the dumps.

there’s also nothing like a fresh charge of rosemary to get you focused and on track; habit breaker helps stir the pot on resolutions and goal-setting.

and because it is a new year the essential oils of anise, bergamot and cacao in prosperity give you that extra dose of easy street as you relax in the bath.

i buy these individual salts at mother’s market, but they’re also available online.

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 although mother’s market is the shopping post i adore most; it is unfortunately not a dog-friendly market.

here is a list of surprising businesses that {unbeknownst to me} are dog friendly.

you know i’ve ALWAYS wanted an excuse to visit tractor supply co.; now i finally have my excuse.

balzac

 

ok, stuff like this totally geeks me out:

the geniuses at info we trust were able to diagram the daily 24hr schedules of history’s most brilliant, innovative and prominent minds; breaking down their typical, must-do day.

french novelist/playwright, balzac is a man after my heart. he, too, had an “epic caffeine addiction” {is there any other kind?} and was known to down as many as 50 cups of BLACK {duh} coffee a day.

he also required a ton of sleep that included daily naps after his marathon coffee-sprees.

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lastly, my playlists have been heavy with this new song from ellie goulding.

i’m afraid it’s the closest i will get to seeing/reading fifty shades of shit grey.

the whole soundtrack {which isn’t fully released until 2/10/2105} is fabulous..but this week “love me like you do” is blowing my mind.

so tell me kitty-kats…what is currently rocking your world.

see you on the other side of sunday…

and do forget to enter for a free box of santa barbara bars.~~~~~~~CONTEST CLOSED~~~~~~~~~

 

love,

katie

 

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