Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We're Going On An Adventure ... Again

That's right friends ... Will and I are back at it this week for our 2nd Boston fitness adventure.

And this time, I'm taking him to BARRE.

Yes, you read that correctly.

I'm introducing this tall (and probably very graceful) endurance athlete to the trending fitness class that makes you take off your shoes, grab a spot at the barre and pulse, pulse, pulse.

However, I have a dirty little secret: I actually don't particularly enjoy this form of fitness. It's just not for me. Don't get me wrong, I love classes besides the ones I teach, but barre ... just not for me. I'd rather partake in a Pilates, reformer or yoga class.

BUT, this being Will's first attempt at the muscle-shaking class, I'll be interested to see what he thinks of it all.

Stay tuned ... We should have a full report (and video) coming soon ...

What do you think of barre classes? Do you enjoy or dislike them?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Got A Spray Tan ... In My Bedroom

Let's face it. 

I live in New England where for 9 months of the year it is cold. The sun shines for just a few short hours and the only true warmth you feel comes from the seat warmers in your car or scalding yourself in the shower.

Ugh, it's not great. 

However, there are ways to negate this feeling of gloom. Especially when you're skin begins to blend in with blanket of snow that is soon to cover the leaf infested ground. 

It's called a spray tan and it's no longer just for celebrities, figure competitors and, well, Snooki. 

About a month ago I was introduced to Lauren  a bright, cheery Bostonian whose idea to build a mobile and organic spray tanning company has taken off. 

The company is called Pure Glow and their mission speaks for itself, 
To encourage healthy habits and provide a safe alternative to tanning in the sun or in an indoor bed. We believe what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body. We also believe that when you look good, you feel even better. We make it easy to look great and feel good about your glow.
I was lucky enough to have Lauren come to my house and spray my sad sun-craving skin last Friday. And let me tell you ... I'm still glowing, literally.

Not sure if y'all saw this picture from Insta, but with just a light filter I think it speaks for itself.

The color is even, not orange and fades well.

While Lauren was at my house she set up right in my bedroom ... which was both convenient and extremely clean. I have white rugs and furniture and not a lick of the bronzer got on it.

Here's what Pure Glow prides itself on:

- No UV Rays
- Only Organic, Skin Nourishing Ingredients
- Alcohol Free, Oil Free, Fragrance Free, Hypoallergenic

Now before you go thinking, 'Really Caroline? Spray tanning isn't something I would ever do. I'd turn  out looking fake.'


Trust me, spray tanning has come a long way since that episode of Friends. If you go to the right place the coverage is even and you walk away feeling healthy and radiant. 

Ross, of Friends, getting his spray tan on. 
Not to mention, coming from someone who sweats for a living (and sometimes takes 3 showers a day), the color holds up. 

So what are you waiting for? Have you ever got a spray tan? Beach season is a long time away and that flight to Miami isn't getting cheaper. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Calling All Girls: NBGNO Is Hosting One More Event!

Dear friends, 
I have some GREAT news. 

New Balance is hosting one more fantastic Girls Night Out Event, and they want you to come!

The event theme is called 'Staying Fit On The Go' and is being held on Tuesday, November 4th at 6 p.m. Unlike the other gatherings, NB is throwing this NBGNO at the Westin Copley! 

The night will include your choice of a workout: bootcamp or a run with the Westin Run Concierges, meet and greet as well as tips on staying fit on the go with the NBGNO hosts and of course, appetizers and drinks!

And there's one more thing ... 

I am going to be one of the hosts!! 

The lovely Sherri from Fun Fit Flavor and I will be co-hosting this fun evening -- and if any of the past GNO events are any indicators, this event will be exceptional. 

This free event fills up quickly (I'm talking one day!), so RSVP today here.  

So, are you coming??

One Sweet Evening

You guys. 

Sunday night ... blew my mind [and taste buds]. 

I was invited to the Taste The Seasons fall menu preview courtesy of sweetgreen. The DC-based company is by far my favorite joint in the city. I will go out of my way or stand in an absurd line just to inhale their Kale Caesar.

So when I heard this event was going to be a farm-to-table dinner hosted my by favorite healthy restaurant, there was no chance I was going to miss it. 

My plus one for the evening was my beautiful best friend Sarah. Who also goes out of her way to get her hands on the Kale Caesar. 

We arrived at Ward's Berry Farm a little early, so in true 27-year-old fashion we played with disfigured pumpkins and sat on hay. 

Once everyone arrived, the evening began with hayrides around the farm. It was SO great to see some of my Boston friends there — Sarah, Eliza, Christina, Lucie, Rachel (who works for SG and helped put on this incredible event!!) and the whole Flywheel crew :) 

My girl Christina from Flywheel and Barry's Bootcamp!
We munched on popcorn made from corn grown on their fields and drank hot apple cider  Yup, can't get more New England than that. 

Post-hayride, it was cocktail hour. 

Yes, ma'am. This freezing cold blogger needed a hot toddy ... pronto. And that I got ... as well as wine. 

Passed appetizers kicked off the mouthwatering array of food that was served to us on Sunday. Avocado toast, ricotta with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin hummus were all passed out. 

When it was time to eat dinner we entered  wait for it  a greenhouse that was elegantly decorated with perfect fall touches. Our menus with all of the course offerings were beside our plates  I literally couldn't wait to try out their new combinations!

My favorites? 

Wild Child: Wild rice, cilantro, peppers with a ginger miso vinaigrette. 
Curry Cauliflower Quinoa: Chicken, roasted curry cauliflower, warm grains, dried cranberries, arugula with a cucumber basil tahini. 

As an amazing bonus, the founders of sweetgreen (along with many other important members of the team) came up from DC and NYC for this event. They wanted to break bread with us just as they did every Sunday evening while they were starting this company. 

Their mission is simple. Serve authentic food and form authentic relationships with the community. I'd say this dinner was a fantastic representation of that. Thank you again sweetgreen for inviting me to #tastetheseason with you!! 

Maybe now I can order something other than my beloved Kale Caesar. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Take a Sporadic Step Back

This past weekend I traveled down to Charleston, SC for the wedding of my two amazing friends. While I’ve known the groom since 3rd grade (we grew up in the same neighborhood), I recently was introduced to his new beautiful bride 2 years ago. 

Funny story. 

Every year the neighborhood I grew up in throws a Christmas party. There is food for days and the drinks are flowing. On top of this, I have the luxury of literally walking two doors down when I’m ready to leave. So, two years ago, after many many years of disconnect (college, living in Boston, etc.), I decided to attend. 

My sister, mom and I stopped over for a Christmas Eve cocktail when I recognized a few people that I grew up with. I’m talking middle school and junior high. I went over and said hello — a decision I am so so happy I made. 

Two couples and myself. We hit it off. After a little talking and a lot of wine, we all discovered we legitimately all lived less than a mile from each other in a city outside of Boston. 

Small world. 

Fast forward 2 years and us ladies have had countless girls nights, Bachelorette viewings, backyard BBQs and bottles of wine. They truly have become some of my best friends and I am forever grateful. 

This weekend allowed me to recognize the importance of these relationships — both family and friends — as well as take a moment to embrace them.

I flew down with my best friend and was so lucky to stay with my family that lives in Charleston as well. 

I was surrounded by those I loved. Maybe I am gushing because I am still coming off of the wedding high — because seriously, the ceremony and reception were incredible — however, I believe it is important to take these sporadic steps back and view these friendships. 

In life, so many people will come and go: Co-workers, college or high school friends — we all grow up and begin to move on with our lives. It may sound harsh, but it’s true. And guess what, I don’t think it’s a bad thing! 

But … and this is a big but … those who are meant to stay, those special individuals who love you no matter what … they’re the real deal. 

They will text or call out of nowhere to see how you’re day is. They will offer advice at a time where you feel no one understands. They will dance with you, laugh with you and always keep your wine glass full.

You will most certainly disagree on topics ranging from politics to ABC’s newest Bachelor — and that’s a good. 

It is these individuals that you must encompass yourself with. Because, at the end of the day, these influences are what really matter. They will help shape you. 

So surround yourself with this kind of love. 

And ... once and a while ... remember to take that sporadic step back.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Boston Fitness Brand That Inspires Me

Before I started working at BostInno, I had no idea just how many fitness (athletic shoe to be exact) brands are head quartered right here in Boston.

Reebok (Canton, MA)
New Balance


So it goes without saying that if you're a fitness professional living in this city, it's best to try out each one and find the brand that most organically meshes with your authentic self.

Example: If you participate in CrossFit, you're probably most likely going to gravitate towards Reebok.

As an all-around exerciser, I try not to discriminate any one workout. I find I feel best when I mix it up. Currently I'm loving ClassPass for this reason -- lots of class, all different studios = jackpot.

Me and my Btone babe, Emily

Orangetheory Fitness!
Specifically, I've been obsessed with Pilates Megaformer classes at Btone and Studio Empower, HIIT classes at Barry's Bootcamp, Zone5 and Orangetheory Fitness and of course ... lots of yoga to ease my stress.

So there you have it. I love versatility in my workouts. And so does New Balance.

They not only support about a billion Boston-based studios, they are extremely involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation ... I'm talking about a 25-year collaboration and over 20 million dollars donated to breast cancer awareness and research.

Um. Yea. Amazeballs.

And if you follow me on my different SM platforms, I'm sure you've seen me post about the Lace Up 365 campaign ... again, linked with the Komen foundation. Brilliant.

Last night New Balance hosted their final Girls Night Out event. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, they went out with a bang.

I'm talking passed appetizers, open bar and incredible swag. All for free. All for a good cause.

Out host for the evening was my dear blog friend Sherri, who told her emotional story surrounding her sister's recent breast cancer diagnosis.

We began the night with a fun run hosted by yours truly and the ever-so-awesome Sarah over at Blonde Bostonian. Let's be clear, she led the 4.4-miler ... I led the 2.2-miler. Loved every second of it.

Upon coming back to the store, we were greeted with wet wipes to clean up along with waters, apps, drinks and a live DJ. New Balance was even offering discounts on all of their shoes and apparel. Gah.  I just can't.

All the 2.2-mile ladies!!
Sherri, our host for the evening, telling her story.
But, aside from the sensational swag, delicious eats and fantastic look and feel of their apparel and shoes, it is their generosity that inspires me. It motivates me to dedicate my workouts to those struggling with the illness. It gets me donating my time and money to the cause.

They are truly an amazing company.

And I feel so blessed to be a part of their community.

What is your favorite fitness apparel brand? Why?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Our First Adventure: Turnstyle Cycle [VIDEO]

Puddles of sweat and beaming red faces. Yes, that was Will and I after completing our first (of many) fitness adventures!

If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, read this

It began Monday night around 6:15 p.m. when Will and I met over at Turnstyle Cycle in Cambridge. As many of you know, this is where I teach the majority of my cycle and TRX classes each week. I really wanted to kick off this adventure with a BANG.

And we did.

Let's get one thing straight. Indoor cycling is my baby. A form of fitness that has followed me through college and helped me discover this passion for coaching others to live a healthier lifestyle.

This was Will's first indoor cycle class.

And while I rode to the beat, I was continuously looking over my should to see how Will was holding up. And the answer was -- really well.

Okay, okay -- I know he is an endurance athlete, competing in worldwide (yes, GB this past summer) competitions, but I am the kind of gal that looks after those newbies I bring in. Call me crazy but it's just me. 

End result: He crushed it. And without a doubt, he tried to make everything more of a competition/the most difficult possible.
Example: During one of our "abs" songs, I caught Will 'crunching' without the use of his hands ... a sign he wanted to up the ante.

At the end of the day, while I was wiping my brow and Will was mopping up his puddle, I was really proud of him. I realized this was just the beginning of a long road of adventures.

Each one being an opportunity for me to realize what it was like to take these classes for the first time -- through the eyes of Will. So thank you Mr. Allen for teaching me a thing or two about group fitness. I can't wait to explore more studios with you.

UMM ... and check out this video he made. Unreal.