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Hi friends! I had a Favorite Things Friday post ready to go for you last week, but then life got busy and I never had time to finish it up. Instead of wasting a perfectly good post, I thought I would share it with you all today. Better late than never, right?

Here’s a look at some of my favorite things from last week, along with one or two highlights from this week so far. 🙂

Favorite Sweat

One day after work last week, I went to a Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with two of my friends/former coworkers, Jojo and Shriya.


I had taken this class back in 2013, and I remembered absolutely loving it. Here’s the description of the class from the website:

A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass.


Just as I remembered, the class was super intense. Between the hot studio (not as hot as Bikram yoga, but still hot), the pounding music, the weight sequence, and the jumping jacks in between yoga poses, it was not your typical yoga class.

Unfortunately because I am still recovering from my foot surgery I wasn’t able to do all the jumping jacks/cardio moves, but it was pretty easy to make modifications. I stuck with my technique of talking to the instructor before the class to let her know about my limitations, and all went well.

Working out with friends is such a fun way to catch up too. Instead of spending money on empty calories from too many glasses of wine, you can get your sweat on! We are planning another date at CorePower Yoga next week, and I’m already so excited.

Oh, and here’s a super sweaty post-yoga selfie for you. You’re welcome.


Favorite Sweat #2

Another favorite sweaty adventure was yesterday’s early morning spin class at Biker Barre! I was running late and it was dark out, so I forgot to snag a photo. I borrowed this one from my friend Meaghan at The Fit Crasher while reading her helpful review of the studio beforehand. Thank goodness for Fit Crasher reviews!


Picture borrowed from Meaghan!

The class was located in Capitol Hill near Eastern Market, and although I was planning to Uber there from my apartment in Arlington, Fabio offered to drive me instead. Woohoo! He’s the best. 🙂 He dropped me off at 5:57 am (there was more traffic than either of us were expecting at that hour!) and I quickly ran inside for the 6:00 class.

The studio itself was small but very nice, and I absolutely loved the class.


Another picture borrowed from Meaghan!

The studio was dark, with just a few candles around the instructor’s platform. Since I entered the class late, I took one of the very last bikes in the front of the class (it’s actually in the front middle of this pic near the edge of the instructor’s platform, with a towel on the top). Being in the front was fine with me; I was just happy I made it in time!

The playlist was fantastic, and the cycling sequences were all great too. The class absolutely flew by for me, and I was shocked when our instructor announced it was the last song. It went so fast!

After the class I took a shower in the studio’s fully equipped bathroom (they have towels, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair ties, makeup remover, hair dryer, etc.) and then walked about 30 minutes to Union Station to hop on the red line to head to work. Such a nice way to start the day!

Favorite Change

After my class at CorePower Yoga last week, I was shocked to see that it was still light out at almost 8:00 pm.

IMG_0575Spring is the best. 🙂

I thought Georgetown looked extra pretty at this hour too. I’m so used to seeing it during my early morning runs, but it’s awfully pretty at twilight too!

Favorite Bite

Last week I met up with my friend Cullen again for lunch at Panera, and this time I tried out one of their new broth bowls.


I got the soba noodle broth bowl with chicken, and the whole thing was just 390 calories. I think the sodium was pretty high because of the broth, but it was so tasty! I definitely recommend these. Plus an apple on the side, which I took back to work to snack on later. 🙂

Favorite Purchase

A few months ago I decided that as soon as my foot was recovered from the surgery, I was going to buy myself a pair of Jack Rogers sandals. I’ve been coveting them for years (and even mentioned them on the blog last June) so I decided it would be a good way to reward myself.

I wound up adding the shoes to my Amazon wish list a while ago, and then I signed up for Camel Camel Camel, a free service that tells you when your Amazon wish list items go on sale.

Then last week, I got this email from Camel Camel Camel:

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(This wasn’t the exact size/color combo I wanted, but it was from the same Amazon seller so it didn’t matter.)

Anyway, getting that email was all I needed to pull the trigger.

When the sandals arrived, I was so happy! They were exactly what I wanted.


Now I can’t wait to wear them! (And break them in…I’ve heard they can be uncomfortable until you break them in properly. Any tips?)

Favorite Milestone

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my one year anniversary at my job, which meant that last week I had my annual review. The review went awesome and my manager had so many nice things to say about my work. I also got a salary increase, which is not always the case when you work for a small nonprofit organization. Woohoo!

To celebrate, my manager took me out for happy hour at Vinoteca, a beautiful wine bar by U Street.


We picked a day with gorgeous weather, so we were even able to sit outside! We wound up ordering a bunch of glasses of wine, and munched on one of their meat sampler plates.


The prosciutto with red peppers and almonds was my favorite. Yum!

Favorite Read

Last week I stumbled upon these diagrams for making healthy eating easy.  I thought all of them were incredibly interesting, and I couldn’t stop reading through the pretty, informative infographics. Here are two that I thought were particularly helpful.



One more…



Happy reading!

Questions of the day: How you do you like to catch up with friends? What’s your favorite part about spring? Have you ever owned/broken in a pair of Jack Rogers? How do you do it?

 Posted by on March 31, 2015

  19 Responses to “Favorite Things Tuesday?”

  1. Ive never even heard of Jack Rogers so thanks for expanding my fashion knowledge! Everything looks awesome; thanks for the recap!

  2. Wow you’d have thought with all the good press kale gets it would be right at the top! I’m really surprised.
    Well done on your review as well 🙂

  3. Um I think we are kindred spirits…this post has all my faves. Wine, spin, yoga!!!

  4. Jack Rogers can be super uncomfortable at first. The only tip is to break them in the hard way – wearing them!! Also, I like to go outside and scuff the bottoms up because they are super slick at first. Glad you treated yourself to a pair!

  5. I need to sign up for the Camel Camel Camel thing – what a cool concept! I always put stuff on my wish list, but then forget to check when it goes on sale! Also, I love the concept of a CardioYoga class. All my favorite things in one! I’m going to have to keep my eye out for something like that!

  6. Thanks for the photo love lady – glad to see you enjoyed your trip to Biker Barre. That little place is so much fun!

  7. I got those exact same shoes a bunch of years ago 🙂
    And yep, they took forever to break in :/

  8. I love that you’re back and at the hard work outs Chels!! I know how much you were missing a good sweat 🙂 Catch up ASAP?! (After April 7th/15th, I’m all yours!)

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