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girl crush: christina sinclair

February 10, 2015

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tuesday happy to you m’loves.

welcome to “girl crush” tuesday.

i am beyond thrilled to showcase my friend and colleague, christina sinclair.

christina is a heavy hitter in the barre world and blogosphere.

her beach babe fitness is one of my favorite blogs; christina offers online workouts, recipes + nutritional advice, and great motivation for your fitness endeavors.

let’s get to know this southern california dynamo:

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please tell us a little about yourself:

Hi, I’m Christina! Mother, wife, fitness instructor and blogger.  Born and raised in Orange County, I spent 6 years in LA and even lived in the UK for a whole 6 weeks. That’s where I met my husband. We did long distance for two years before I dragged him across the atlantic and he put a ring on it. We have a rescue dog named Patrick, and an (almost) 9 month old son. I’m passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, dramatic arts (I have a BA from USC), and my growing family.

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name 5 bottom of the jar products?

January Labs facial products (all of them!), Blinc Mascara which is unlike any mascara you’ve ever tried, Honest company natural deodorant, Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap, + Bag Balm.

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who is your style icon and why?

According to Pinterest it looks like it’s a toss-up between Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. They both have a polished and feminine look with a good mix of classic and contemporary.

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what is your winter fashion must-have item?

My Leather Jacket and my Ugg Slippers.

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what is your favorite smell?

Oh I love smells! Gardenias, sunscreen, and freshly brewed coffee!

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how do you define luxury?

a view of the ocean and a glass of red.

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what’s the last book you read and loved?

Dissolving Illusions by Dr Suzanne Humphries — Fascinating!

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what are your vices?

Chipotle, Dessert, and Procrastinating.

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

giving my dog a treat.

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give me your 5 deserted island items….people and things?

My husband and son, lots of sunscreen, a fishing rod and a big box of matches.

peace

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

Peace, Gratitude and Philippians 4:6

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

the early 1970s — the music, the fashion just the whole vibe… An 80s aerobic instructor would have been fun too.

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what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

 the sun, the beach and all of the close getaway spots — palm springs, big bear, catalina, mexico… so many options!

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what are your least favorite things about southern california?

the traffic, the smog, the stereotypes.

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such a treat to have christina here today.

thanks so much for stopping by the goodniteirene.

if you’re in southern california be sure to catch one of christina’s butt-busting barre classes at equinox newport beach + equinox irvine.

you can also find christina on facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, and you tube.

it’s friday, and i’m in LOVE

February 6, 2015

 

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 happy-hot-pink-feathers-in-your-ears friday to you m’loves!

priscilla just got back from her petsmart spa day where we, bi-monthly, walk her in looking like the sticky, dirty floor of a movie theater, and strut her out looking like the proper, high-class stripper we’ve raised her to be.

one of my favorite things in the world is to send hunkiest off into the neighborhood, by himself, during prime-time dog walking hours, with priscilla, newly clad in her bright from blocks away, call-girl “feathers.”

the dirty looks and comments he has to endure from pedophile-suspicious neighbors has me in tears, rolling on the ground, sometimes wetting my pants—-{these days always wetting my pants :-(}

he is such a good sport.

here are a few others i am just as in love with:

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are you obsessed with the new cinderella movie too? i can’t wait to see it.

it looks like these live-action, disney remakes are on the rise. beauty and the beast has been perfectly cast {in my opinion} with the belle-icious emma watson. i’m not the only one who thinks she’s the perfect yellow-dressed heroine; here are 7 reasons why emma will make the perfect belle.

what other remakes would you like to see?

i’d totally come out of retirement for a mulan audition…ok…mulan’s mother then.

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i’ve had some bizarre cravings with this pregnancy; for example the 8-year vegetarian in me went through a 2-week non-stop, salami sandwhich smackdown.

thank god for my conscience and cholesterol that craving has passed, and i’ve moved on to more face-less, non-four legged cuisine.

hot chocolate being number one on my list as of this week.

trader joes makes a great, instant, organic hot chocolate; but it’s still a processed food–and now more than ever i want to stay away from as many chemicals as i can.

i have my eye on making this hot chocolate recipe from food52.com; it’ll go perfect to go with that candy cake you made me for valentine’s day.

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one of the most common things people say to me when they come to my pilates/coreplay classes is how surprised they are at the number of men who attend class. while yoga is finally considered a uni-sex activity; pilates, erroneously, still has a “stigma” of being a girl’s workout. the men who take my class have actually been the most vocal on how pilates has improved their fitness game…in all areas: strength, endurance, flexibility, and stress-release.

this article on a guy’s thoughts the first time he takes a pilates class made me giggle because i’ve heard some of these same, exact statements.

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so i have a new fitness obsession. and it involves candy-colored reebok’s with the straps, a “total eclipse of the heart” remix, and a bangin’ side-ponytail.

retro-sweat a free-stylin’, 1980’s {think VHS + leg warmers} inspired aerobic work-out is the latest craze down in australia—very similar to our country’s return back to dance aerobics {some of my favorites being: katherine greiner, bari, body by simone, anna kaiser, and mahri relin.} created by shannon dooley, retro-sweat is a tongue-in-cheek workout, complete with thong-clad costumes and the requisite aqua-net bangs–never in my life have i been so motivated to move to australia.

their instagram is my all-time favorite; and their very adult spread {i warned you} in c-heads magazine thinks i should look into a orange county franchise for all the toned yummy-mummy’s we have circulating around here.

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and finally to jumpstart your weekend, nothing like a drunk girl on tv, {at monster truck no-less} to get you motivated to party till-ya puke.

you’re welcome.

any friday favorites you want to share with me?

sending mad-crazy-love to you, and i’ll see you on the other side of sunday.

 

 

 

it’s friday i’m in LOVE

August 1, 2014

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happy august to you m’loves!.

the speed of this summer is giving me whiplash.

i have two words for august:

SLOW! DOWN!

i hope you guys stopped by the mary jo matsumoto’s summer flash sale i told you about yesterday; you don’t want to miss these deals.

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speaking of mary jo matsumoto and her fabulous’ness, a couple of weeks back i spied this embroidered fable dress from freee people in her art inspired blog post on joaquin sorolla; i couldn’t get into my greedy, little hands fast enough.

i’ve been living in this dress all week.

crazy-comfortable, this v-neck maxi works all year-long. right now it’s summer appropriate with sandals, but come winter-time i’ll be rocking it with my motorcycle boots and favorite puffer vest.

the colors they offer seem to change…already the tangerine version i bought {along with a black} has been replaced with this shadow purple rendition.

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so it’s no secret i’m kind of a psycho about the sun.

protecting myself from those dangerous and pesky UVA/UVB/UVC rays feels like a second job sometimes. it is a rare occasion when i’m not underneath some sort of hat.

the half-japanese in me has been forever on the hunt for a parasol-type cover for when i MUST be outdoors longer than the walk from my car, to whichever edifice i’m heading toward.

enter the brelli.

the brelli is an eco-friendly, luxury umbrella that protects 99% of UVA/UVB/UVC rays, and withstands up to 40 mph wind and rain.

hand carved from thailand and then manufactured in the usa, the lightweight brelli is coated with a sun protection canopy that never wears off.

i snagged one up on the one king’s lane sale {still in effect until today,} but if you miss the sale you can still get a brelli directly from their website.

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have you guys heard meghan trainor‘s single “all about the bass” yet?

so fun.

we’ve been tucking and squeezing to it all week; it’s a perfect, happy, bee-boppy, summer tune.

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did you know that every time you throw your hands in the air it raises your dopamine {the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and motivation}?

my friend dawn summerford, of working your body, filled me in on this little, known fact; she and i are often involuntarily throwing our hands up in the air mid spin class {typically during a favorite hip-hop song,} and it’s no wonder we both get ridiculously happy from doing it.

so, with my hands in the air, i wish you a happiest of weekends.

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

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