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Workout Playlist (Barry’s Tribute Edition)

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Is there anything better than a workout class with great music?  Personally, I don’t think so.

I often wish I had access to the instructor amazing collection of remixes.  Does anyone know where to access this?  Throughout my month at Barry’s, the music was consistently amazing.   Thank you Niv! Below are some of my favorite tunes from the month. A  lot of the songs have a club feel, which reminds me of being in Ibiza. 

Lately I’ve been struggling to find new music beyond what’s on the top 40 list, so I’m super excited about this playlist. I hope you enjoy it too!

Barry’s Tribute Workout Playlist

FourFive Seconds-Rihanna, Kayne, Paul McCartney

Heroes–Alesso

Love Me Like  You Do-Ellie Goulding  (here’s a remix version)

Blame–Calvin Harris

Uptown Funk-Mark Ronson

I Need Your Love-Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris

Prayer in C–Robin Schulz and Lily Wood

Rather Be –Clean Bandit

Clique- Kanye and Jay-Z

GDFR–Flo Rider (remix version) <–This was one of my favs! I love sprinting to it!

Outside–Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris

Hanging Tree-James Newton Howard Featuring Jennifer Lawerence (Rebel Remix)

 

Barry’s Academy Week 2 and 3 Recap

I can’t believe I only have 3 classes left in the Barry’s Bootcamp Academy!  In case you missed it, I signed up for the February academy, which entails taking a Barry’s Bootcamp class every weekday of the month at the same time each day. Here’s the week 1 recap.

Week 2 was actually pretty great. I felt strong and I could really push myself on the sprints.  I really liked Niv, who has taught almost all of my classes so far. He has an impressive arsenal of techno remixes.  I liked feeling absolutely spent at the end of each segment.  There were a couple downsides, 1.) getting up in the morning didn’t get any easier and #2 is that I haven’t seen any real results.

Week 3.  This was a tough week. My body was just tired.  Even jogging hurt and by the end of each running segment. I also developed  a shooting pain in my foot.  I kind of felt like I was falling apart, but at least the classes had a lot of variety.  I was able to recover from the nagging pain in my foot with a combination of compression and icing.   It was still hard to get up and walk through -2 degree weather each morning, but we did it. Probably what I like best about Barry’s besides the intensity of the workouts, is that each class is different, which kept me motivated.

Frank also recreated a Barry’s shake at home and has been making it each morning.  Here’s his recipe for an adapted orange creamsicle shake:

  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 cup ice

blend /vitamix all ingredients for 1 HUGE shake.

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I’ll see ya in a few for the final recap!

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend! Despite the frigid temperatures, we had a fabulous weekend.

It all kicked off on Friday with a girls only  fondue night!

We had chocolate and cheese fondue and plenty of dipping options.

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On Valentine’s Day, Frank and I had a full day planned.

We  relaxed in the morning and watched some of our favorite food network shows.  Then I got a manicure before we met up to head to Dos Caminos for an amazing cooking class. I had gotten an email about a Valentine’s Day cooking class that included breakfast, unlimited cocktails, a cooking class with Ivy Stark, a four course lunch and a copy of the Dos Caminos Tacos cookbook. It was all for less than the cost of dinner for two,  so I signed Frank and I up.

We nibbled on some breakfast and had some delicious coffee before we were seated for the class.  Ivy Stark is the executive chef for all Dos Caminos and she was funny, talented and very witty.  She recently was featured in Well and Good, as she is on a mission to show people that mexican food can be healthy.

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From the second we sat down, the drinks were flowing, margaritas, sangria, tequila shots, it didn’t stop!  Frank and I did our best to pace ourselves, but the one thing that was totally worth it was the Mexican hot chocolate with chocolate tequila and passion fruit marshmallows.

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It was just insane.

We learned how to make blue cheese and fig  cheese empanadas, spiced rubbed filet minion with arbol chile sauce, chocolate mousse and mojito de limon tea.  Chef Ivy and Chef David were a great pair and answered all kinds of cooking questions.

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Then it was time for a four course lunch!

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We actually left before dessert was served  because we had a big dinner planned for the evening.

Can you guess where we went for Valentine’s Day?

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Dinner, dancing, old school New York?

If you guessed the Rainbow Room, you are right!  It recently reopened and it was a really fun way to have a very classic New York Valentine’s Day.  The live band was great and there were some amazing dancers on the floor.

The dinner menu was a nod to Rainbow Room classics with a modern twist.

We had a wide assortment of canapés and breads to start, that I forgot to photograph.

I asked for an alternative to the appetizer options and they suggested an endive salad, which was nice and light.

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Frank got the  amish chicken salad, which wasn’t what we expected, but was interesting.

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The seafood course was a delicious and perfectly prepared scallop.  I never order scallops because they are usually overcooked, but these were perfection.

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For my entree, I had the dover sole with crab tortellini.  Again, nice and light.

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To finish, we shared the baked alaska, which I had never had–so retro. It was our favorite course of the night.  Do you see the igloo?

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We had a great night.

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They gave us (well, me) a rose and some chocolates and a few petite fours to finish of the evening.

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It was a perfect day from start to finish.

On Sunday, we hung out with our furry Valentine.  Petty’s rigorous workout schedule included some yoga.

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He also enjoyed some time cuddled up on the couch.

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On Sunday, we had brunch with friends at Norma’s, which happens to be participating in restaurant week!

A weekend filled with my favorite people and my favorite puppy, I couldn’t ask for anything more!

 

Barry’s Bootcamp Academy Week 1 Recap

I can’t believe I’m already looking back at my first week of Barry’s Bootcamp Academy.  5/20 classes in February are done!

If I had to sum up my thoughts on the week in one sentence it would be: it could have been worse.

Prior to starting week 1 I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle 2, let alone 5, back to back Barry’s Bootcamp classes in a row. I’d never taken more than 2 classes a week and I’d never taken 2 classes on consecutive days.  I thought I’d be wrecked by the third day. My main and worst fear was that I’d be injured the first week and have to throw away the rest of the month and a ton of money.

Fortunately, none of that happened.  I made it through all five classes with the expected and appropriate amount of soreness.  A bit of icing was all I really needed to keep  myself together week 1.

The nice thing about Barry’s is that each day of the work week focuses on different muscle groups. Monday is abs and arms.  Tuesday is legs and glutes. Wednesday is arms, abs and chest.  Thursday is hard core abs and Friday is full body.

Even though only two days are officially arms days, there is still way more arm work than I would ever do on my own and sometimes it seems like everyday is arms day, you get through it. I will say that I can rarely do even the lightest of the recommended weight range and I often have to drop down further. When I try to take the weights they recommend, I typically can only do 30% of the workout.  I’m one part wimp and they are one part insane!

Goals for Week 1:

  • Don’t drink alcohol Mon-Thurs.: Fail. I had a glass of wine at the cocktail hour on Tuesday.
  • Finish Week 1: check

I was starving pretty much the whole week, so I ended up gaining weight. I’m hoping at least a bit of that is muscle–see notes about heavy weights above.

Goals for Week 2:

  • Don’t Drink Alcohol Mon-Thurs.
  • Finish Week 2
  • Less snacking in general, but definitely less snacking on crap.
  • Make more dinners at home
  • Increase sprints by .5 MPH

Just one overall observation was that I had 4 different instructors week 1, which was great. I loved the music in each and every class.  It basically made it all worth it.

Valentine Gift Guide for Him

I used to have a hard time buying gifts for guys.  However, I now find it pretty easy to pick out a gift for Frank.   We tend to celebrate small and big events alike and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  If you are looking for last minute gifts for him, here are a few ideas…

A Slim Wallet 

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This one from Vineyard Vines is perfect for a night out because he  can tuck in just the essentials and lose the bulk of a traditional wallet. It’s like a clutch for dudes. $58

Buffalo Nickel Cufflinks

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Cufflinks are one of my go to gifts.  These Buffalo Nickel pair is really fun.  $98 from Brooks Brothers, but I think etsy has them too.

Tom Tom Multi Sport Cardio Watch

 

 

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If you’ve got a bit more to spend, this sports watch has a built in heart rate monitor (no annoying chest strap!), GPS and can track cadence and altitude. $299. Tom Tom is offering 20% off 12:01AM from 2/12 – 2/14 using code  20% off the MS Cardio.

Personalized Golf Markers

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Golf anything works for Frank. But I really like these brushed brass magnetic golf markers customized with initials. $17 for two.

Cocktail Making Kit

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This kit will help him make a bar worthy cocktail at home. Shaken or stirred? $39.99

HOMEMADE IDEAS

Valentine’s Day is a great time to make something truly from the heart.

Love Letters

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A thoughtful love letter is perhaps the best gift around, and Feb. 14th is a good reason to finally write one to your love. Check out Rachel’s article, Tips for Writing an Amazing Love Letter, to help you get started.

Why You’re Awesome

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If you need a bit more of a guide, this book is funny, romantic and charming all in one. You fill it out madlibs style with a sweet thought on every page. $10 Urban Outfitters.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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In high school one of my girlfriends had a chocolate making and cookie making Valentine’s Day pre-party every year.  A bunch of girls would get together and make tons of sweets and then deliver them to our crushes/boyfriends/friends.  This year, I’m reviving the tradition by having a girl’s night fondue party.  While we’ll be eating a lot of chocolate covered goodness ourselves, we’ll also be making some for our Valentine’s.

Those are my suggestions.  What are yours?

If you’re looking for something for a lady, you can check out my holiday gift guide for sporty ideas.

 

Day in the Life

February is off to a good start.  Honestly, February feels more like the start of the year to me than January did.  I thought a Day in the Life post would be appropriate, as February has been sort of a new beginning for me. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

6:20am-Alarm goes off.  I let Pettitte out of his kennel and take him out for a quick bathroom break.

6:30am-I put on the work out clothes that I laid out the night before and throw my hair in a ponytail.

6:33am–I play with Pettitte and kind of laze around a bit and prepare Pettitte’s kong filled with peanut butter and blue buffalo.

6:45: Frank seems to be ready to go, so I put on an extra layer of pants and a sweatshirt, my jacket, hat and scarf.

6:48: I show Pettitte the peanut butter kong and he sprints for his kennel. I tuck him in with the kong and a toy and he enjoys breakfast as we slip out the door. We’ve found giving him breakfast in the kennel has totally ended any crying when we leave.

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6:50am-We walk to Barry’s bootcamp in the 15 degree weather. Brrr.  But we are signed up for the academy, so we have 18 more early morning walks to enjoy before the month is out.

7:00AM: We arrive at Barry’s and brave the crazy locker rooms to drop off our belongings and switch from boots to sneakers.

7:10am: Class starts. It’s legs and flutes day and I start on the floor.  I generally think that all the barry’s trainers are fantastic, unfortunately, this might be the one that got away. The strength moves are way overcomplicated and he never makes it near my end of the room to check form. Fortunately, the running segment is much better.  We have another set of strength and running and we are done. Since we are running overtime, almost everyone has skipped stretching, but I know I’m going to need every stretch I can get if I am going to make it through the academy.

8:15am: I head home.

8:25am: I give Pettitte breakfast part two in his tricky treat ball. He enjoys this while I take a 2 minute shower and throw dry shampoo in my hair.

8:35am I get dressed and do my make up, which consists only of moisturizer, powder and mascara.

8:45am: I read a few emails and play with pettitte for a few more minutes.

8:55am: I put Pettitte in his kennel and head to work.

9:00am: I’m at work.  This is the beauty of basically no commute. I work quickly to finish up a few things before my morning meetings start.

9:30am I dig into the yogurt and cereal I packed for breakfast.

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9:50am  I send one last email and head to my chair meeting which is followed by a committee meeting.

11:40am Meetings are over, so I head to my downtown office.  I have two different offices–note the different colors of the desks.  I generally try to work in one or the other each day, but that rarely works out. At least I get exercise.

12:00pm: Work, work work.

1:30pm: Lunch arrives from Fresh and Co. I love Fresh and Co.  I think they have a lot more variety in ingredients than chopt–for example, they have daiya vegan cheese, brussel sprouts, and all kinds of yumminess.  Their seasonal salads are always fabulous too. I’d eat there everyday if it wasn’t so expensive! $16 later, my lunch: The Sante Fe Salad, chicken, onions, tomatoes, kale, cheese, corn and avocado. Plus, the low fat tex mex dressing that is so nice and spicy.

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2:00PM A marathon of meetings starts and doesn’t end until 4:45pm.

4:45-5:20pm: I finish up a few things, but don’t even make a dent. Fortunately or unfortunately, I work until 11pm on Wednesdays, so I’ll have plenty of time to get caught up tomorrow.

5:25pm: Greet and walk Pettitte.  He has to do a whole long wag, stretch and hide under the coffee table routine before he’ll go for a walk and he will NOT be rushed.

5:45pm-6:00pm: Back from the walk. I feed Petty in his treat ball. The best trainer advice I got was to never feed a puppy in a bowl.  The ball method gives him some extra exercise. I play with Petty/try to keep him from  chewing up absolutely everything in the house. 7 months is a  very challenging age.

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6:00pm-6:30pm: I hop in the shower, do my make up and get dressed–while still trying to keep the beagle in check.

6:30pm: I hop in a cab to the Princeton Club where I am meeting Frank for an Emory in Your City Alumni Event.  It’s a cocktail reception and lecture about how a dog’s brain works.  The ride is slow, so I open feedly and read Meghann’s post on the WDW 44 Challenge while I sit in traffic.  I  enjoy the post so much that I actually don’t even mind until I finish the post and look at the meter.

7:00pm-8:30pm: I enjoy a few too many passed appetizers and a small glass of wine at the cocktail reception. The lecture is fascinating, if you are into dogs, I suggest you check out the book How Dogs Love Us. 

8:30-9:45pm: Frank and I walk to Ammos Estario for some dinner. We share the  greek salad and zucchini fritters. I also have a few bites of Frank’s fish. Too bad I don’t have a picture of the salad because it was stunning.

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We hop on the subway and our home by 10pm, just in time for Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce–LOVE.

10:00-11:30pm: We watch Girlfriend’s Guide and play with Pettitte.  I feel bad he hasn’t gotten much attention today, so I book him a spot in day care for Friday and confirm his mid-day dog walkers for the next three months.

11:30pm: Brush teeth, remove makeup and go to bed.

Fitness Lover’s Gift Guide

We are down to the wire, but if you are looking for last minute gifts, here are gift ideas at every price point for the fitness lover in your life (or yourself).

Under $25

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Eos Lip Balms are just the best! They are great for preventing chapping on those winter runs.  $4.99–available at any drugstore

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Runner’s World Subscription.  The gift that keeps on giving–I look forward to seeing this in my mailbox each month, although it’s probably time to go for the iPad subscription at this point. $12

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Choosing Raw Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat. A beautifully written book inspired by the beautifully written blog.  I love this book because it is so much more than recipes; it helps you make practical, achievable, healthful changes no matter what your relationship with food. $13

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Gift Certificate to Liquiteria, Hu Kitchen or any local health food spot.  Perfect for post-workout recovery.

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C9 Printed Leggings: These come in all kinds of fun colors and prints and they are under $30! I’ve been wearing mine nonstop. It’s a good way test out the print trend at an affordable price point.

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C9 Space Dye Pullover This is another great Target find! It’s cozy and cute.  It’s really warm, so you can wear it in lieu of a jacket for most of the winter.

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Gift Cards to Their (Your) Favorite Studio.  May I suggest Refine, Uplift, Barry’s Bootcamp, Soul Cycle, Flywheel, Mile High Run Club and City Row? $30-35

Under $100

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Erica Sarah race necklace. On my list every year.  They are the perfect combination of inspiration, victory and elegance. Around $50

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Athleta Triangular Be Free Tight Pricey, but Athleta has had the most gorgeous printed tights this year.  I want them all. Bonus, they have a wide range of size options! $74

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New Balance Wind Blocker Half Zip Let’s face it, wind is what really makes cold weather running tough.  This top will help stop wind in its tracks so you can journey on.  Plus, I love the side detail along the neckline. $99

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Finally, some splurges!

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New Balance Fresh Foams. My favorite new shoe of the year!  I use these for running as well as pretty much all my workout classes. Plus, they are super light if you are lugging them around pre or post workout. $110

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Lululemon Weekend Warrior Bag I’m going to admit that I’ve never owned any Lululemon workout bag, but I’ve always wanted one!  I can never justify the price, but as workout bags go, you can’t find many with better style and function. No matter how much schlepping you have to do, this bag has you covered with room for your laptop, yoga mat and water bottle, plus wet/dry compartments for swim gear, dirty shoes and sweaty apparel. $148

Winter Workout Playlist 2014

It’s time for a playlist.  I have to say the end of Gossip Girl has left a serious void in my life where fun indie music finds used to be.  However, I’m liking the sort of throwback vibe of a lot of the songs on this list.  Here are some songs to help your work up a sweat as the temperature drops.Various-Artists-Workout-Music-300x300

Ghost-Ella Henderson
Animal-Maroon 5
Uptown Funk-Mark Ronson
Bang Bang-Jessie J
Habits-Tove Lo
Cool Kids-Echosmith
Shake it Out-Taylor Swift
Lips are Movin‘-Meghan Trainor

Also, don’t forget to enter my New Balance Giveaway!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

After being quite sick for over a week, I’m finally on the mend–I hope.  Phew, I was just about to break down and go to the walk in clinic or my actual doctor!  Sorry to all my co-workers for refusing to  take sick days–I promise I always cover my cough.

Today has been both lazy and busy, Frank’s at work, so I’ve had all kinds of thoughts and nobody to share them with, thank god for blogs, right?

Here are just a few things on my mind, feel free to chime in!

Thanksgiving Live: I love Thanksgiving specials on the Food Network, but apparently, no Thanksgiving Live this year.  Was is because of the very awkward on air feud between my beloved Giada and Alton Brown last year?

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I guess Food Network isn’t taking any chances this year. I wonder if Giada and Alton have spoken since!

Petty is So Cute in his Petticoats

I’ve gone a bit nuts with buying winter clothes for Pettitte.  He’s pretty much always better dressed than me when we go out.  That said, the poor dog is still cold even in his jackets.  The sweater+jacket combo seems like overkill, but it might be necessary. We managed to make it to the vet for a bordella shot, then to petco to make up for the shot, and then a quick trip to the Union Square Dog Park.  It was my first time at that dog park, the dogs there were so nice and Petty had a blast, but it smelled terrible. Not sure if I’ll be back.

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Sweatpants

Is it acceptable to wear sweatpants until I change for a 9:30PM dinner?  I think the answer is no, but I will likely disregard my own advice.

Shake it Out

Will I ever get Shake it Out, out of my head? It’s been weeks.  This is so embarrassing, I need to download something new stat.

Andy Cohen

I read both of Andy Cohen’s books, Most Talkative and The Andy Cohen Diaries in a couple days.  I love Andy. I love Wacha.  How have I never run into him? We seem to go to a lot of the same places in the village.

Giveaway

Most excitingly, I have an awesome giveaway planned! It’ll be up in a couple days, if not sooner.  You won’t want to miss it.

What are you thinking about this Saturday?

 

Beauty Must Haves (Empties!)

I am a very low-key person when it comes to beauty and make up.   However, there are a few products that I really love and use on a near daily basis. I thought I’d share my list of non-make up beauty products that have become my go-tos.

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1.) Supergoop! This is a relatively new product for me. I believe I got it in a Birchbox a while back.  It was an instant favorite.  It’s heavier than my normal moisturizer–#6, so it will be great as we move into winter. I like its creamy texture and the built in sunscreen. $18-20

2.) Blowpro Faux Dry.  Oh my god.  This dry shampoo CHANGED MY LIFE. I tried dozens of spray formulas before I finally found this dry shampoo.  It is literally the only dry shampoo that actually refreshes my hair and saves me from shampooing daily. I have fine, oily hair and it needs a daily wash.   Other dry shampoos actually made my hair greasier. However, Blowpro actually absorbs the oil, blends easily and extends my hair’s life for a day.  I can’t say enough about it. It’s worth every single penny. $20.

3.) Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelettes. I bought these for Reach the Beach and they were another instant fav.  They are so refreshing. It’s like have cucumbers on your eyelids. A daily moment of serenity if you will. While you might need another eye make remover if you have a lot of make up on, these are perfect for a quick clean. $2.99

4.) Kiehls Creme de Corps.  This was a gift from a friend and I really love it for a weekly body moisturizer. It’s very rich, so it’s great for winter skin.  It has a very mild scent, which is great because I don’t like fragrance in lotion. $18

5.) Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.  I got this as a birthday gift from Sephora.  I know these have a lot of fans, rightfully so, they are awesome.  They are a light, but effective moisturizer in beautiful packaging.  I find them more effective than your average chapstick and they glide on like silk.  I really like both the untinted and colored. The only downside is the price, $22.50 seems like a lot for a single tube of chapstick!

6.) Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer.  I’ve used this for years, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. While my friends who work in beauty say it’s time to  upgrade, this product has been great to me. It really does reduce redness and even out my skin tone.  $14.99

7.) Origins Cheeks and Balances Frothy Face Wash.  I love this for a squeaky clean face.  I use this mainly in the summer when my skin is on the oily side, and it keeps blemishes in check. $21.50