Five fabulous things I’m loving this week.
I just discovered this adorable hole-in-the-wall natural cafe and juicery in the Mission and I. AM. OBSESSED. The vibe is cozy hipster bohemian and the menu is out of control - goji turmeric smoothies, chia seed and hemp oatmeal, raw vegan cheesecake, you get the picture. I had the citrus hazelnut kale salad with figs, carrots, sprouts, oranges, toasted hazelnuts and avocado (above), and the quinoa bowl with roasted veggies was also amaze. Can I move in?
5 Pound Weights in SoulCycle
I’ve been going to Soul off and on for years, and have always defaulted to the 3 pound weights (and P.S. they are not easy – we’re talking about tons of fast-paced reps). But a few weeks ago I was there with my friend Megan (who’s preggers and fitspo to le max), and saw her immediately go for the 5s. So I figured, what the hell. Yes, it was harder. Yes, I had to stop to rest a few times. But it felt so good to push myself and I know I’m going to keep coming back for more. Check out this article to see if you’re ready to go up in weights.
Back when we lived closer to the Marina, I used to run constantly … to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Ferry Building, up and down the slopes of Russian Hill. Since we moved to Noe Valley, I’ve fallen out of the habit. My excuse: there are too many hills and too many crosswalks (I also don’t have my running buddies nearby to hold me accountable). But recently I discovered a beautiful 3-mile loop from my house through Glen Canyon Park. It’s a trail run with wooden steps and inclines, forest paths, and gorgeous views, and feels like you're not even in the city anymore. I’m hooked again.
Cheap Bikinis from Zaful
It’s summer, which means sun, which means beaches, which means bikini season. But honestly, I already own a TON of bathing suits, and in foggy San Francisco I really don’t need any more. So I’ve been ordering a few fun, insanely cheap bikinis online … for like, $13. Yeah, they’re probably going to fall apart after a month, and yeah, the sizing and fit leave something to be desired. But they satisfy my shopping urge, are great for mixing it up in pix, and keep me from breaking the bank. My latest purchases: this, this, and this.
Epsom Salt Baths
Work stress (at least for me) is a fact of life, so lately I’ve been proactive about finding more healthy ways to deal with it. My latest relaxation technique is soaking in an epsom salt bath. You can buy the salts anywhere (I got mine at Walgreens) and they boast a host of health benefits – they break down into magnesium and sulfate in the water to help ease pain sore muscles, improve sleep, reduce stress, flush, aid your body’s absorption of nutrients, and treat everything from psoriasis to bruises. Plus you’re lying in a hot bath which is heaven anyway. Sold.