Hi friends! Happy Friday! After hanging out at home this week, I’m thrilled to be back in things this weekend. I’m really disappointed to miss IDEA but I’m looking forward to our trip to Hawaii. I would love to hear what you do! We’re probably going to have a movie night at the pool, get some school supplies (whaaaaattt), and I’m teaching a barre class. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds of the week and around the web. I always love hearing about your favorites, so please shout out something you like in the comment section below.
Last week, the Pilote and I had a spa day in one of my favorite places: Miraval. I have done Miraval a few times and this was his first time; I was so excited to show him around and introduce him to magic (and also get him hooked). It was the most perfect and relaxing day; it was a huge treat.
We checked in and got our backpacks and water bottles, then the pilot had breakfast while I did a cardio drum class. Funny story: I used to teach this class when I worked at another local spa, and I was worried about teaching this class. It was just a lot of choreography that didn’t transfer to anything else, and I never got very excited about it, even though the guests seemed to be having fun.
I really wanted to try it from a guest perspective and see if it could redeem itself. Confession: I loved it. Cardio drums involves hitting a stability ball with drumsticks to music and moving around the ball (such as hitting the base of the ball, middle, top, then clicking the drumsticks above the head, or walking around the ball as you hit the ball in various directions). It was awesome and I had an amazing sweat.
After that the pilot ran on the treadmill while I lifted weights and then we headed out for an early lunch. The food at Miraval is INSANE. They source many ingredients from their own garden, everything is so fresh, and they include many gluten-free and vegan options. I had a sample of the buffet offerings, and the pilot and I also shared the chef’s specialty: striped bass with vegetables and risotto.
After lunch we went to the pool, where we spent over an hour floating on pool noodles, chatting and reading. When we’re at the pool with the kids, I’m super focused on the water all the time, so it’s a mental break to be near a body of water and not have to worry about the children.
When we finished at the pool, it was cocktail hour in the kitchen with my brother Kyle! He recently returned to work at Miraval as Director of Culinary Operations. He’s doing all the cooking classes and private dinners right now and loving it. We made an INCREDIBLE cocktail with blackberries, cucumber, lemon, lime, gin, ginger, mint and simple syrup. I can’t wait to recreate it here at home!
He also prepared this watermelon salad for our group to enjoy with the cocktails:
We had booked massages and this was probably my first time getting a massage after a giant cocktail, and TBH, that was it. I had the grounding massage, which is head, feet, and hands, and did the thing where I fell asleep and woke up with a start. It was a gold star.
We shopped in the boutique and finished the evening just in time to pick up Liv at the dance. I have a feeling we will be back soon. 😉
Fitness + good food:
Naked Collagen! I was looking for a new brand of collagen (my previous favorite was bought by another company) and I was SO happy with the Naked brand. They sent me some treats to try, and collagen is my new favorite. It is flavorless and dissolves perfectly in my coffee. It also comes from pasture-raised cows in Europe with very simple ingredients; with no added fillers or sweeteners.
They also sent a container of their lemon blueberry protein, which is DELICIOUS. I love it in oatmeal with blueberries and peanut butter on top, and I also made protein balls with 2 scoops of protein powder, oatmeal, peanut butter , lemon zest and a little maple syrup. (Here is the link to standard protein ball recipe and you can always adjust the flavors.)
Fashion + Beauty:
Based on the analytics, here are your top picks from the sale so far!
This dress was the first choice of a LANDSLIDE, and I know why. It’s so flattering, you can dress it up and down, and they have a ton of colors. I have so many of these dresses and this is a great deal at $36. (You can also add a sweater and booties to transition into fall.)
This vest. I bought it on sale a few years ago and I wear it all the time, especially when I’m cold at night with my pajamas on. This cardigan is a dream for my postpartum mom friends.
This fanny pack! I have two Dagne Dover backpacks and they are my favorite travel backpacks. The fabric is amazing and I love that they have a belt bag now!
These men’s performance shorts which resemble those of Lulu.
My favorite pajama shorts. I ordered the animal prints!
High waisted leggings. These are my favorite leggings because they have a flattering high waist, they’re not see-through, they’re not too heavy, and you can wear them for the gym and for life.
And this one is not part of the sale but worth sharing, as many of you have joined me in my new hoodie obsession. I hope you will like it as much as I do! The fabric is so soft and amazing.
Read, watch, listen:
After not watching anything on Netflix in ages, I watched everything Be Gentle: Pray and Obey. It was outside of my usual kind of fluff, and it was devastating. It was also fascinating to see such an extreme level of brainwashing. There aren’t enough trigger warnings in the world for this one, just one warning.
Read this book now and it’s a perfect, light-hearted summer read.
I loved this recent episode of the Model Health Show.
Happy Friday friends!
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and see you soon.