Things I’m Loving Thursday

March 17, 2016 · 6 comments

I’m taking a page out of Julie‘s book by posting a “Things I’m Loving Thursday”. It’s been too long since I did a round up of my favorite discoveries/favorite things. And I really like alliteration.

1. Topping the list right off the bat? Rage yoga.


You heard me. It’s rage yoga. It’s for people who are more into swearing than they are into sitting quietly listening to their own thoughts. I still haven’t decided if I’m not zen enough for regular yoga or if I am just too A.D.D., but anyway, this concept seems to really get me. What’s more therapeutic than $12 tickets to a vinyasa-styled yoga class filled with expletive dropping followed by a good beer from the bar?

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I don’t know about you, but I’m in there like some effing swimwear.

2. Pins 2 Kill Leggings

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Since my studio just rolled out Pure Barre Platform, I’ve been searching for more lightweight leggings. I’m known to sweat… big time, and these Pins to Kill leggings are perfect. You can select a ready-made pattern, or you can design your own leggings.

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Shown here are the blue arrow leggings, and after loving this pair, I now have my eye on the Indie Geo pattern!

The lighting isn’t great in our studio, as you can see, and this made for some really great outtakes of our trying to capture some Pure Barre Platform cardio kicks in motion.

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Note to self: Cardio kicks are a lot harder when you’re not warmed up. Get that leg straighter!

3. Invisibobble, the traceless hair ring.

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After seeing a barre client with this in her hair one day, I asked her how it possibly stayed put. She has very fine hair, so I assumed it wouldn’t hold all my hair back.

When shopping at Sephora for my new faaaavorite NARS product (more on that next week), I saw these near the register and asked a sales associate if she thought it would keep my hair back. She recommended them, so I nabbed a three-pack of the clear Invisibobbles.

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I frequently go to barre during my lunch break or before heading somewhere, and even with the cute ribbon Emi Jay hair ties, I always get a crease in my hair. BUT, I’ve used the Invisibobble more than once now for a class, and I’ve had zero creases from it! And that’s with my wrapping this thing around my hair three times.

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I was a skeptic, but I’m glad I took the leap of faith and made the purchase. I highly recommend the Invisibobble for ponytail holding when you want no crease. I’m also a fan of using it for an easy loose, messy bun.

You can also snag these from Nordstrom, but Sephora has a wider color selection.

4. TheSkimm‘s political coverage.

(an example of a graphic image used last week to illustrate how the primary is shaping up)

In election years past, I always felt lost in a sea of opinions and prejudices. I wasn’t really sure what thoughts were my own and which thoughts were replications of the people around me.

To form my own opinions, I’ve been following coverage of the sordid road to the White House closely. When I couldn’t catch a debate/was too busy with work/just needed a quick recap, I used TheSkimm to catch up. I love reading it every morning for my general morning news when I first wake up and walk Chloe.

You can sign up here to get TheSkimm e-mails in your inbox each morning. Wake up informed about what’s going on in the world!

5. This Buzzfeed writeup about what a real life trip to Kleinfeld is like. This girl is hilarious, and let’s be honest, we’ve all been wondering what a non-televised appointment is really like.

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She describes this as somewhat like the Nickelodeon Super ToyRun Sweepstakes, which, let’s be honest, is probably still a lifelong dream of mine.

6. BeetsBlu Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor

You all know how much I like wearing a heart rate monitor when I work out to track my exercise output.


For a few months, I used my Orange Theory Fitness bluetooth heart rate monitor to pair with my Polar Loop 2. Suddenly, my heart rate was extremely erratic and seemingly inaccurate. Now, if I try to use the heart rate monitor, it only stays paired with something for 12 minutes tops and loses the connection. It made for a few weeks of very frustrating workouts.

Check out how strange my reading looks with the old heart rate monitor:


Fortunately, like they had ESP that I was in need of a new HRM, BeetsBlu reached out to me. They sent me their bluetooth heart rate monitor, and it works wonderfully. I use this up to two times a day (running and barre class), and it’s delivered a much more accurate reading,


Big difference, huh? I’m happy to have a HRM that holds up.

Beetsblu syncs with my Polar Loop 2 like a dream (so much faster and easier than the OTF one), and it’s also compatible with apps like MapMyRun, RunKeeper, and more.

I’ve recommended this heart rate monitor to all my barre clients, and I know several who are really happy with the purchase (and yes, I will be returning to OTF to see if they will trade my monitor out for a new one, since I’ve heard this happens frequently with theirs).

If you’re looking for more information on tracking my heart rate during exercise or my Polar Loop 2 (which I use for the actual tracking), check out these posts.

What are your recent loves/discoveries? Have you tried rage yoga? Have a great idea for a new legging design? In the market for a heart rate monitor? Actually been to Kleinfeld? I want to hear all about it.

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1 Janelle @ Wholly Healthy March 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

That hair band looks awesome! I hate having creases in my hair post-workout
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2 Christina Orso March 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

wait, what’s your new favorite nars product?!


3 Kristen McGrath March 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

I need to try those crazy looking hair ties! Have you used them when you have gone on a run? That is my biggest issue with hair ties is that they can’t handle bouncing. Also I am going to check out those leggings-love the pattern you’re wearing! Xoxo


4 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

AHHH, sorry! Hahaha. I cut some things out to save for next week. More on that to come, I promise!
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5 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

YES, you do! Truth be told, I haven’t tried them for running. I think they’re better for things like barre. I’m with you, though. I can only use the Scünci hair ties that are really tight for running or my hair falls out!
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6 Kat March 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Oh you gotta try – it’s basically a quiz where you can rate where you stand on issues, and how important they are to you, and it tells you with whom your views most closely align.


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