Fitness Tips to Get Your Body Vacation Ready

As the countdown to Project Hawaiian Vacation continues {t-minus 5 days!}, don’t think spending 10 straight days in a bikini hasn’t been on my mind. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, it’s often hard to feel ready to show that much skin.

A few months ago I introduced you to a new workout regime I begun called GYROTONICS at the San Francisco studio A Body of Work. After going regularly now, I’ve been really excited about the increased strength and toning I’ve experienced, particularly in areas that you rarely think about – places like your back, shoulders and hips.
Gyro’s twists, turns and focus on creating movement in your joints has also helped me feel lean and flexible. I think that will come in particularly handy after our long plane ride to Kona!  But I think my favorite part of GYROTONICS is how fun it is. The moves make you feel a bit like a kid again!
If you’re in San Francisco A Body of Work is offering a great client special right now. Buy any package and you get a free massage or session of other body work. You just have to hurry – this offer expires at the end of July!
And if you need to get beach ready, but don’t have a few months to try a new workout routine, here are some of my other favorite get in shape quick tips!
~ Drink lots of water. Put lemon or cucumber in your water and drink one large glass before breakfast and then throughout the day. It increases your metabolism and, as a diuretic, it will help diminish water retention and bloat.
~ Avoid processed foods. Stick to fruits, veggies, protein and a touch of whole grains. My rule of thumb: shop only at the outside isles of the grocery store. If it comes in a box, pass it by.
~ Kick up your cardio. If you can increase your physical activity by at least 50% everyday, you’ll see the benefits quickly.
~ Focus on the jiggly bits. Try doing even 10 push ups and 25-50 air squats per day. Your triceps and bum will start to tighten right up.
Here’s to hitting the beach and rocking a body that you feel good about!

Happy {Pretty in Pink} Weekend

Did you know there are only six Fridays left until Fall {what the what?!!}. That means we’ve go to grab hold of what’s left of summer and enjoy it down to the very last drop. Whether that’s days spent at the beach, bbqs, lazy afternoons or far flung trips you better get in some serious fun while the gettin’ is good.  

When it comes to the weekend, sometimes girls just want to have fun and hey, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! I prefer my summer with a heavy helping of girlfriends. 

That’s why I was so excited to toast to my bestie for reaching the five year blogging milestone {sneak peek pics here!} and gather another bevy of stylish beauties to sip bubbly and shop each other’s closets tomorrow {thanks to Threadflip

Here are some other fun things to keep you busy this weekend:
~ You can get your shop on in my RueLaLa boutique – the sale ends today and there are still Lanvin flats available!

~ If you live in SF and don’t know about Makeshift Society yet, check out these cool peeps who are making it happen in San Francisco Magazine {familiar face included}

~ This looks practically perfect in every way 

~ This room kills it 

~ So does the summer issue of Wayfare Magazine

~If you need a good belly laugh 

Next week is going to be all about vacation around these parts so if you’re craving a good getaway do come on by!

Till Monday luvies,

quotes via here and here, image via here

Get Your Shop On {Apartment 34 RueLaLa Boutique is Now LIVE}

If you’re looking to add a final piece or two for your end-of- summer wardrobe, you’re in luck! After serving as guest editor of RueLaLa’s blog in June, they asked me to return to curate my own Apartment 34 RueLala boutique and the doors just opened!

As I perused the RueLaLa merchandise, I wanted to find the perfect end-of-summer separates that will allow you to mix, match and create effortless looks. I also was careful to select options that will transition into fall really well.  My boutique includes some stellar options from my favorite lines including Joie, Theory, See By Chloe and Lanvin. And of course the requisite sky-heels are in abundance.

You might want to hurry though. While the deals are exceptional, the quantities are quite limited!

I just want to say a huge thank you to RueLaLa for having me as a guest curator. I had a blast and I hope you love what I selected as much as I do.

Not a member of RueLaLa yet? Not to worry – they’re offering Apartment 34 readers an exclusive invitation. Feel free to sign up right here