Birthday Wishlist

It might be too soon to post a Birthday wishlist but I’ve wanted most of these items for more than just a spur of the moment “want.” The past few months all money has gone towards food and bills. I am ready for a therapy session (shopping to clarify) and a birthday!
Birthday Wishlist
1. Rebecca Minkoff 5 Zip. This bag is a necessity and a staple. I do not own one black purse. How crazy is that!
2. Mac Candy Yum Yum has been on my mental wishlist for so long. Too long.
3. Le Creuset set would be fantastic. Wish I would have cared about everything when I was getting married or else this would have been on my registry! A larger French oven qt, a Saucier or sauce pan for frittatas that can go from stove to oven, or a roaster would be perfect!
4. Lululemon Run Speed Short. I use to get the longer shorts but once I got a pair for my recent marathon, I will never go back. They were perfect and no need to pull them down all the time!
5.  Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror Gold/Blue 58mm. I’ve been lusting over these for so long. I have a pair already that are just the original that I bought 4 or 5 years ago that I’ve kept in great condition. They have been the only sunglasses that look good on my face. Absolutely obsessed with these!
6. Tory Burch Leopard Tote. One word: Leopard. Love this bag so much! Its hard to find classic leopard bags in my price range that don’t look cheesy.
7. Mac Fantasy of Flowers Mineralize Skinfinish. I’ve heard great things about this product and would love to try it out!
8. Vince Camuto Jilli Bootie. To Die For. Want these in a bad way! Perfect heel for the summer!
9. Nars ‘Heat Wave’ Perfect red lip. Want. Real. Bad.

My Favorite Running Gear

My Favorite Running Gear
I played sports my entire life. There wasn’t a time when I was not active. Thank you parents for that! I came to Utah from Arizona to play D1 collegiate soccer. Once my 4 years were done I got into running and racing. Ragnar was my first race and I fell in love with the sport! I get asked about my favorite running gear on a daily basis so here are some of my go-to gear:
The Sleeves are only for during exercise whereas the socks are for both during and after       (recovery). If you want sleeves for both try out Zensah since they are not medical they allow constant blood flow. I find that they have the same compression as CEP’s sleeve. Compression has helped me more than anything in terms of recovery. Definitely a necessary item for training!

Just FYI I am a neutral runner and I can wear more minimal running shoes. However I need more support and cushion for my longer runs. I always keep two in rotation to avoid injury and they serve different purposes.

Amazing headphones for women! They fit perfectly in my ears! All I need is a button to change the song, pause, and volume! Definitely worth the price tag!
4. Sketchers Go Run 2
What Sketchers?! Sketchers took a designer from both Nike and Saucony to focus on running shoes. This shoe is awesome. The upper fabric of the toe feels wonderful. This is my go to shoe for speed! Extremely light (more than the Nike Free & Saucony Kinvara) and comfortable. I suggest adding the provided sole! Less than $80!
Every time this goes on sale I snag one! I love them! So breathable and it doesn’t ride up! I wear it for spin, running, pump, and yoga! Arms look amazing and makes me look like I have a chest!
All time favorite neutral shoe! I love these for my longer runs especially outdoors. Don’t love them for the treadmill as much because they are a little bit heavier (if you are use to a minimal shoe). They offer the perfect amount of support and cushion.
The perfect watch for what I need. If you do not care about the accuracy of calories burned (it just estimates and it is pretty close) but what all the other qualities of the 210 (they have updated version now the 220 & 620 – which is pretty awesome) then it is a fantastic watch. It is the least expensive Garmin on the market.
Love this brand! They are known for their Bras but this Jacket is one of my favorites other than MPG’s Valencia (that I could not find a picture of). I live in this jacket and my MPG Valencia Hoodie (I have way too many colors in this one).
The softest capri I own! Love these for anything! They are very slimming too!
Awesome company that offers you a lifetime sock. If you ever get a hole in it you can call them and they will send you a new pair. All of their socks are great and you can’t go wrong. This is my favorite product of theirs and I never have any issues! Great sock= better running! Trust me!
I have never liked GU. I tried everything else because the texture was just too hard to fathom. However this flavor changed my world. I absolutely love it! I am not even a huge caramel fan! This was a seasonal product but since it was so popular it will become a set flavor.
I can post more about shoes if you are interested. I am a buyer for a specialty running store so I definitely have a background for running/workout gear. It is necessary for everyone to get fitted (gait analysis) for the running shoe that’s right for them. What works for me might not work for you! Especially if you need a stability shoe for over-pronating.

June Purchases & Snap Shots

June was another adventure with Brown Haired Boy. He definitely made it a special one to put in the books. There was a lot of family activities and a trip to Lake Powell, purchases & gifts. I was extremely spoiled and treated like a princess.  

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Pink Martini Skirt @ Soel Boutique

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In Red

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Marathon & Birthday same thing right

Let just say I am still in shock. Wednesday I volunteered to take my friend’s spot in her marathon on Saturday. Being a planner this was very spontaneous to say the least. I haven’t run a marathon in 2 years but have one on schedule in October. I can pull a half marathon out of my butt but a marathon, that’s a whole other story. I won’t do a whole recap of the race. How I did it I am still not sure. However, I stayed positive the entire time and just enjoyed it- which is not like my normal self. I am extremely competitive so the fact that qualifying for Boston was a possibility with how I was feeling and my pace I just couldn’t help it.

3:23 was my official time. I qualified but in someone else’s name. . .

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Made paleo protein pancakes but added enjoy life chocolate chips. Everything is better with chocolate. The best part was coming home to a note from Brown Haired Boy since he was working and couldn’t come to the finish line.

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He bought the flowers after he found out that I qualified for Boston. It’s pictured in bed because that’s where I was all day yesterday and today to be honest.

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Birthday is also in this title. I am a birthday whore. Not sure exactly what I mean by that but I love everything about them. I enjoy making big deals over them. I believe in birthday week and if we are being honest I celebrate it the whole month of June. This year I am trying to tone it down a little bit. I mean I am getting older so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal right. . . who am I kidding.

I told BHB that I didn’t want anything other than dinner at Tortilla Bar. Yes I cannot get enough of that place. I’ve probably been 4 times since my review on it. In case he does decide to get me something or anyone else for that matter, here are some ideas:

The Goods

kitchenaid

I’ve wanted this for way too long

quest bar

Questbar cookie dough bars. Absolutely Favorite.

yellow kitchen

Perfect for my Kitchen

wifey

Why wouldn’t he want me to get this!

zara heels

Size 9 please! Been waiting forever to get these!

bottoms

Size M.

Size Small Please!

Size Small Please!

toms

Size 8.5

Taking me to Lululemon, Anthropologie, J Crew, Nordstrom, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s will make me happy as well!

Next time we can talk about the birthday treat! I am all about creating healthier indulgences however my husband is the opposite. It’s all about balance between me and him.

Time for an ice bath. BHB loves pour the ice on me, rude. 

The Highs & Lows of Retail Therapy

Whoever says they do not get a high from shopping is a liar. Whenever I need an instant boost of energy or mood changer I will shop. Whether it is online, going to my favorite food or retail stores it doesn’t matter, they all work. Its an expensive addiction let me tell you.  One that my husband does not understand. I can do it all day long.

I definitely love deals and cannot pass up on them. However I can be very indecisive and take a while to choose what I want. Ask anyone I usually have 10 items in my shopping cart and can take up to 2 weeks to narrow them down through elimination and addition.

I need a budget. We can discuss that for another post. Brown Haired Boy will definitely appreciate it as well.

Lets just say I went a little crazy this spring. However I was trying to build up my side business of being a rep for an amazing company so I don’t really count that. I mean that’s an investment! But then again you can say that about a good quality closet right? Okay I might sound ridiculous but I love it. It is my passion aside from fitness and food.

This does not include the items I’ve bought at my favorite boutique down in the Riverwoods because I cannot find those items online.

Now to the good stuff:

May Steals:

orange short sleeve

neon green

red peplum black dresskeyhole blousegreen skirt

black bow gold clutch jelly shoes bow ringsh130124_sh000171_s_01_0012

 May Splurges: 

stripe tank

white lululemongroovy shorts