And Just Like That….

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June Happened.

aaaaaand.a.lot.of.sorta.big.deal.things.happened.too.

We Raced in Fontucky.  I mean Fontana. Whatever.  It was PR City.

We’re Racing to the Altar!  {and rumors begone, we’re not registering for a jogging stroller anytime soon}

Rainbow Colored Deliciousness so good I.am.still.dreaming.about.them.

We partied with Hef at the Playboy Mansion Jazz Fest

I picked out my new ride(s)

And I got my a** kicked at Dynamic You and Physique 57.  Sore for Days.

What were your highlights?

{MF Dre}

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They Ran Naked!

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Remember when I posted this awesome giveaway?

The Naked Foot DC race was this past weekend and I am seriously getting so excited for the October race in Santa Barbara.  It’s definitely not a race-race in the sense that you have these crazy agro runners {ahem, me} vying for a spot in the corrals – the Naked Foot 5k celebrates running without focusing on the miles, Garmins and timing chips.

Have a look!

 

 non-runners – admit it, you know you think this kinda sorta looks like fun too.

Anyway, Katherine and Miss Zippy both won entries as part of my giveaway – you should head on over to their blogs for their full recap. SPOILER ALERT – Katharine placed! and Miss Zippy ran the whole thing Barefoot!

If you live in one of these cities, or nearby, you should consider signing up – and bring your family too!

  • Denver – July 21
  • Minneapolis – July 26
  • Grand Rapids – July 29
  • Nashville – September 15
  • Seattle – September 29
  • Austin – October 6
  • Santa Barbara – October 27** join me here!

Don’t forget to use the discount code RUNNAKED12 to get $5 off your registration!

{MF Dre}

 

Raising the Barre.

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Last Wednesday I was invited along with a small group of other bloggers/entertainment hosts & writers to a 2 year anniversary event for Physique 57 held at their studio in Beverly Hills.  For those of you familiar with Bar Method – type classes,

Physique 57 is an innovative workout program that combines isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches to systematically lengthen and sculpt your muscles and create a beautiful, lean body. Our process is similar to interval training, but we’ve taken that concept to the next level to make it even more effective.

With fans like Kelly Ripa, Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna and Demi Moore, Physique 57 is known to transform bodies.

I started taking ballet class when I was 5 years old and quit by 5 years 1 week.  I loved it thaaaat much. Unlike my graceful sister, I never had any control or coordination with my limbs and I was — and still am — far from good at anything remotely delicate and feminine or that involve dancing {remember this}?

Anyway, over the last few years I’ve made a much more concerted effort to just say yes to learning, trying new things and overcoming hurdles – thus when I got invited through my friends at FitFluential, I knew had to say YES.

There were about 10 of us invited and we mingled — albeit a bit nervously — with co-founder Jennifer Maanavi before class started.  She pretty much told us we were in for it.  I suppose you can’t claim that your clients see results in 8 classes or less without putting them through the wringer.

{L-R: Chelsea from Hollywire, Jessica from Glamour, Me, Jennifer Maanavi in Pink}

Our instructor, Sarah, started us off with about 10 minutes of arms – all different ways – using 5lb weights.  The weight seemed light, but by the time we were a few minutes in with no rest between sets, I knew things were going to get shaky from there.

Once my arms were 4 minutes past the fall off point, we moved over to the barre where we spent the next chunk of class doing squats: regular squats, squats with rubber balls between our knees, half squats, squats our toes, one leg squats – every variation possible.  No joke, marathon running legs mean nothing when it comes to this stuff.  I think I was laughing to mask the tears that I wanted to cry and I am now certain why the people who take Physique 57 have the best bodies ever…my legs were burning!!

We followed the barre with hips, back, abs, push ups, more abs and finally some stretches.  57 minutes later every I was beyond aware of every muscle in my body because each was shaking in that holy crap I’m alive or.maybe.dying.kind of way.

 Physique 57 was kind enough to give each of us a pass good for 2 weeks to take as many classes as we’d like so I went back again 3 days later, this time taking a Mixed level class since the Beginner didn’t work with my schedule.  Not going to lie – this workout is the real deal.  Two classes in, I know what this can do for my body.  It asked me to work in a way that running and other cardio doesn’t – focusing on small movements that not only strengthen the large muscles, but activate the smaller stabilizing muscles which don’t get as much use when I run.

In addition to the 2 week pass, Physique also gave each of us a gift bag which included this book and a pair of their grippy socks to use in studio.  I’m headed back tomorrow and hoping to get 5-6 classes in before my two weeks are up.

I am pretty hopeful that this type of workout, in addition to a revised running plan will be just the trick I need to ensure the balance of endurance, strength and flexibility I will need to achieve my Chicago Marathon goals.  Plus, given how sore I was – I can certainly say that If I keep this up, my arms will look pretty good in my wedding dress this November.

While I may have hated the ballet barre, I can see myself getting hooked on this one.

Have you ever tried a barre class?

{MF Dre}

{all photos courtesy of Physique 57}

IX Things Sports Taught Me

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40 years ago Title IX opened up the doors for Women and Girls. Best known for breaking down the barriers in athletics and sports, Title IX also opened the doors for women in education.  While the spirit of Title IX certainly has extended beyond borders,  its enactment as law was limited to the United States – without official extensions beyond our borders.

On this 40th year, the women of Saudi Arabia will finally have the rights to participate in the Olympics.

Progress is still being made and unfortunately title IX is not a global right.

As a child, my first love was sports.  From the soccer field, to the pool, to the courts, my favorite memories lived within the rush of the win, the whip of the net as the ball hit the back of it, the reach of the two hand finish, the thrill of the ace, the fierceness of the competition, the sting of the all-too-excited high-five and the camaraderie of team.  Through sports, I discovered IX things about who I was and who I was meant to be.

Determined, capable, intuitive, strong, empowered, spirited, enduring, ambitious and emotional.

Sports pushed me to set goals, push limits, dream large and persevere.

Today Nike released an ad celebrating and spotlighting some of the women who persevered through the harsh realities of this game-changing legislation.

 “Voices” reflects on some of the challenges these incredible athletes have faced on their journeys to greatness, and celebrates the passion, commitment and strength of female athletes everywhere to be the best at what they do. As the film progresses, the voices of these athletes are embraced by young girls who embody the spirit of women in sport of the future, adopting the same “play by your own rules” attitude that Lisa, Joan, Marlen and Diana exemplify. An attitude that will inspire the next generation of female athletes. – Nike

My life is a tribute to playing by my own rules.

Is Yours?

{MF Dre}

Styled with Purpose.

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When it comes to fashion I am never one to jump on a trend, but I’m a fan of subtly incorporating something fresh and different or vintage and inspired into my look. My ‘bohemian bright’ style characterized by being laid back, comfortable and colorful.

I was recently introduced to Copious – a social marketplace that makes it easy for people to buy and sell the things they love. Based on your personal fashion interests, Copious pairs you with colors, trends, stylists and brands in fashion — allowing you to connect with the brand/seller on a direct, personal level – unlike the hidden walls of eBay transactions.

I did a closet cleanse this weekend to organize and make room for some new favorites. I decided to part with some old favorites that are now for sale (at really amazing deals) over on Copious. Shop my collection here.

Charlotte Tarantola, BCBGirls, H&M, Boutique 9, COACH, Marciano, GLAM, Gap, James Perse

{Shop this collection here}

What’s even better about these deals? There is a Purpose — all of the money from items sold will go directly towards supporting Pediatric Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital LA. I will use the sales to meet my fundraising requirements as I race with Team Disney this September in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon relay benefiting Children’s Hospital LA.

Did you find anything you love on Copious?

{MF Dre}

Magnolia’s Most Famous.

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On one of my first post-college trips to New York City years ago, I packed a bag full of the finest “beer budget” clothes I had, the sexiest heels I could afford and what I termed my signature fragrance {yeah, thank goodness I’ve grown up since then and realized CK One stinks and is hardly signature}. I envisioned my trip to be a soiree through all the Sex and the City haunts – turns out the only one I could actually afford was a trip to the famed Magnolia Bakery.

When I walked through those doors, the scent –unlike CK One — was something extraordinary, the sights of pastel and chocolate sweets were perfection and I quickly realized that I for the next 4 days, I had a 4pm fat out session date with Magnolia for an afternoon cupcake, brownies, slice of cake and holy-I-think-I-just-found heaven Banana Pudding.

and then I stumbled upon the recipe in the More from Magnolia cookbook

It was as if the heavens opened up and angels carrying spoonfuls of sweet banana pudding deliciousness were coming down to grace me. And I’ve been paying it forward ever since, doling out bowl full after bowl full of this goodness as often as it’s requested.

Since I have made it no less than 3x over the last 2 weeks and been asked more times than I can count on two hands for the recipe, I figured I’d let you in on one of the easiest, most delightful and most assuredly crowd pleasing desserts I’ve ever made.

…so much so, that I’ve never been able to capture a picture of it before it gets completely dominated.

{so I continue to use one from this site – way more artfully displayed than what mine looks like after domination}

I’ve made it with a variety of substitutions {cool whip, store brand vanilla wafers, non-instant pudding} and additions {coconut flakes, butterscotch chips, caramel drizzle}, but the truth is that some things are best left untouched.

Even the non-banana lover has been known to quiver in defeat when that last spoonful has been scraped from the sides of the bowl… yea, that good.

Magnolia’s Famous Banana Pudding

1 – 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk (I use the fat-free kind)

1 1/2 cups ice-cold water

1 3.4oz package Jell-O brand instant vanilla pudding mix

3 cups whipping cream

1 – 12oz box Nabisco Nilla Wafers

4 cups sliced ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)

  1. On medium speed, mix together sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined.  Sprinkle pudding powder into the mix and blend until well dissolved.  Cover and let set in refrigerator about 3-4 hours.
  2. Whip 3 cups whipping cream with a mixer until soft peaks form.   Gently fold in pudding mixture with a spatula until well combined.
  3. Begin layering in a trifle bowl (preferably something glass to give it the full effect!) Layer 1/3 Nilla Wafers, followed by 1/3 Bananas, followed by 1/3 pudding mixture.  Repeat 3x.
  4. Cover and place back in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to combine.
  5. Feel free to garnish the top with leftover wafers or crumbs.

I’ve made this dessert for BBQ’s, for holiday parties, for birthday desserts, for Father’s Day, for Baby Showers (I filled baby cups with it!) and “just because” and it is completely and totally fool-proof. This definitely makes the D.T. list.

 Seriously, get off the couch, drive run to the store – you only need 5 things!

Now I am wondering… Is it possible to be famous for someone else’s recipe?  If so, credit me.

{MF Dre}

P.S. my favorite vanilla cake with butter cream frosting is also from Magnolia Bakery – try this recipe!

My New Ride(s).

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Last Sunday we took the homies to the Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance.

{that’s Beverly Hills fancy for car show}.

The car show is an annual Father´s Day event in BH so I thought it would be a good way to break the news to the Mr…. lucky for everyone, he is most certainly not a father — except to two adorable adopted mutts.

Lucky.Man.

Rodeo Drive was lined with vintage and racing cars and motorcycles – Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, McLaren, Rolls, Triumph and some crazy Hot Rod Nash below — it was pretty ridiculous — maybe not quite as ridiculous as the people in BH, but close.

Here are a few of my favs

{this was the car that Grace Kelly and Cary Grant drove in this movie}

{This brings the term road rage to a whole new level}

I told the Mr. it was time to find my new ride(s).

I picked an Orange 1960’s Morris Convertible, a 1941 Chevy Pickup and a 1967 Rickman Mattisse 500 C.C. Matchless bike. I want them all, please – especially the bike.

and then these two told me I was smoking something crazy.

Dare to Dream.

I didn’t know a thing about cars–and quite frankly, didn’t care–until I met the Mr.  Since he’s all cars all the time, it was either buckle up or get run over.

{Sometimes I’m certain that he likes cars more than me – he says it’s a tie}

I’ve learned a lot about cars in the last few years and while I still glaze over when it comes to the technical aspects, I’ve taken a huge appreciation for the styling and detail of them – case in point on my 3 choices…I’m guessing none of them are exceptionally fast (maybe the bike because it has some extra fancy 500 C.C. title to it), but each of them has a detail that you miss in today’s cars which are all starting to look alike.

Anyway, he’s off to the race track this morning and I’ve got the weekend to myself.  Bring on the  Manicures, Wedding Planning, Wine, Girlfriends, Running, Yoga and Fun!

If you could drive anything – new or old- what would it be?

PS – still time to enter my Dynamic You giveaway AND I ran this 5k on Tuesday in 23:59 (avg. 7:50 pace!)

{MF Dre}