WISH LIST: Shopbop sale picks

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1 // Nixon Kensington watch $125
2 // Rebecca Minkoff Zoey tech wallet $108
3 // Michael Kors Maritime Link triple wrap bracelet $125
4 // Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel $375

Every year, I add a bunch of stuff to my wish list hoping to cross them off sooner than later. Majority of the list are covered by purses and watches, but there are only so many of those one can own, right? Unless there’s an awesome sale, it’s hard for me to justify buying another watch/purse/necklace/etc.

This week from Nov 25 – Dec 1, Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year with these discounts:

Spend $250= 15% off
Spend $500= 20% off
Spend $1000 = 25% off
(coupon codes are here)

I’ve been eyeing that Nixon watch forever but really couldn’t justify spending $125 on another watch when I have two other ones that work perfectly fine as is. I’m definitely going to be reconsidering buying it now that the sale is on!

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ClassPass in Seattle

ClassPass Launches in Seattle

Fall in Seattle does one of two things to me:
1. Gets me super excited about pumpkin pies
2. Bums me out about outdoor sports because the constant rain = no biking, hiking, or kayaking

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to signing up for gym memberships. I get bored of a single sport or activity after 1-2 months and try to keep my workouts variable. In the past, I’ve binged on barre or yoga or Flywheel or boxing circuit training classes for a couple months at a time, got bored, and then moved on to the next one as soon as things started to feel too much like a monotonous routine.

ClassPass reached out at the beginning of November, as they launched in Seattle! If you haven’t heard about ClassPass yet, they are an alternative to traditional gym memberships. Instead of having to commit to a single gym/studio, ClassPass works with a handful of studios/gyms in each of the cities that they’re available in and gives you unlimited classes every month, with a restriction of 3 classes per studio. As someone who’s in the downtown core of Seattle, there are a number of studios in the surrounding area, which would easily give me the opportunity to try 10+ classes each month.

With ClassPass being only $99/month, this works out insanely well budget-wise. If I hit my goal of 10 classes this month, it’ll be $10/class, which is 50% less (if not more) than what I used to pay per class in the past. I’m super stoked that Flywheel and a handful of yoga studios that I used to frequent are all partnered with ClassPass because I no longer have to pay $15-25/class and am saving a ton each month if I hit my goal.

I’m about 3 weeks into this month’s pass and have taken 4 classes so far. My work schedule has been a bit insane, but with the number of studios and classes available, I’ve been able to reserve spots, or change existing reservations, really easily to accommodate my schedule.

If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking for a gym membership alternative, I would highly recommend ClassPass. Their service is phenomenal and it’s surprisingly seamless given how many memberships you’d traditionally have to hold on to if you signed up to each of the gyms separately.

My complimentary pass is due to expire in December, but if anyone wants to join me for a couple classes before then let me know! I’m totally up for new work out buddies to help stay motivated. I’ll be renewing my ClassPass in the new year, as well. If you want to check it out with my referral code, I would be forever grateful!

While I’m dreading my ClassPass ending in the first week of December, I’m excited to tell you about all the classes I tried and the motivation behind them. I’m big on stats and looking at data from some of the classes, so apologies in advance if things get a little geeky starting in mid-December. ;)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary 1 month membership to ClassPass to try. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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Pumpkin ALL THE THINGS!

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It’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Why? Well… the sudden realization that Fall is actually here (hello perpetually cloudy Seattle!) means I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to bake pumpkin anything. In the last three days, I’ve managed to make pumpkin pancakes, a pumpkin & chocolate loaf, and last night the oven cranked out 60+ soft-baked cookies (above)!

I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially all pumpkined-out.

(at least until Thanksgiving rolls around and there’s an excuse to make pumpkin pie…)

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Cliff jumping into the blue

Heights: one of the top three things I am terrified of. On the scale of 1 to 10 on the fear scale, I’d put my fear of heights at a 12. Growing up as a kid, I would freak out whenever walking within 5ft of the railings of the second (or third, or forth) floors of a mall because I was scared of flipping over the railing and breaking my neck. This was an extra weird thing to be afraid of as a 6 year old kid who could barely see over the railing… Ridiculous? Yes.

My fear of heights is still as irrational as an adult. Now that it’s physically possible to flip over the railings at the mall, my tolerance for walking (or even standing) close to one is waaaaay low.

Funny thing is, there have already been a handful of experiences where I forced myself to grow a pair, man up, and conquer my fears… even if it’s for a few seconds. A true test of this was crossing the Capilano Bridge back in 2012, but again on the trip to Eastern Washington when cliff jumping.

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Even though the cliff I jumped from was only just a smidge over 10ft, it took a lot of pep talk to jump off the edge. After throwing the tube off first (which hit the rocks and landed much further to the right than I had originally planned), I stood overlooking the rocks thinking, “shoot… so, do I really have to go get that?”

Super glad that the irrational fears went away just long enough to make a full leap off the edge for this photo:

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Not going to lie… now that this photo exists, I can die happy and never have to jump off another cliff.

P.S. How insanely beautiful is this water? The whole area was pretty much a dream in itself.

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The importance of “me time”

This month has been off to such a strong start! Day 5 in June already, whaaaat?

Last month, I promised myself to be true to myself— To embrace who I am 100% and be honest about it in every facet of my life. Part of this is knowing when to keep charging through and when to slow down and take a break. One thing I struggle with is being a workaholic. I’ve struggled with this a lot over the last few years… to the point that some relationships suffered because of it. It’s sad to think about and I know I need to be better about it. It doesn’t help that for a short while, blogging felt like another job, even though it’s supposed to be my creative outlet in my spare time.

This week made me realize that even in the days that I love what I’m doing for hours on end in the office, I need to step back and take care of myself too. There was a period of time earlier this year when I continuously dined out (breakfast, lunch, AND dinner… yikes those credit card bills were bad), didn’t work out, and slept late every single night. At first, I felt fine but as the time passed, I started to feel like garbage. It got harder and harder to wake up in the mornings. My body felt sluggish. I would get grouchy thinking about dinner plans and be extra irritable when hangry (hungry + angry… I am one of those people)!

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outfit details:
tank top & trousers: H&M
sweater: Brandy ♥ Melville (exact)
sandals: Franco Sarto via OnlineShoes (exact)
messenger bag: c/o Brenthaven (exact)
Ms. G glasses: Rivet & Sway
oversized boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto (similar)
necklace: SheInside (similar)

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In the wake of a crazy schedule, I made a conscious effort to prioritize myself. I did a huge grocery shopping haul (oh man, it’s embarrassing how long it’s been since there’s been at least one home cooked meal a week), cooked for myself for almost a week consistently for all 3 meals a day (big achievement!), and started to work in workouts before heading to the office.

It took longer than it should’ve to realize that I needed to take more time for myself, but better late than never! In trying to keep up these habits, I started reading #GIRLBOSS. Having a book on hand usually motivates me to take at least an hour out of my night to get through some chapters before bed.

I’m going to work really hard to keep this “plan” going and be better to myself. With that said, I’m stoked to get back into editing trip photos and sharing them again. It’s been a long enough break from vacation, right?

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