July 2014 Workout Playlist

I LOVE music. And yes, LOVE needs to be capitalized. I like listening to almost everything – and I love listening to new artists, or artists that just haven’t broken the US barrier yet. So, each month I make new playlists – my “Favorites” playlist, which I add new songs to every day, and my “Workout/Warm Up” playlist – which is (at max) 20 songs. (The one currently on my iPhone is just a generic warm up playlist that I have, since I can’t exactly fit a ton of playlists on my phone.)

Why do I need to make a new playlist each month? Well, besides the fact that I hear new & amazing music everyday, I also get bored. It’s why I change my alarm songs every month, and why I sleep at the foot of my bed sometimes. I get bored warming up or walking home to the same songs over and over – I just don’t feel motivated if I listen to the same playlist.

So here’s my warm up playlist for July 2014, as shared on Spotify.

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Obsessed: Fabletics (Review #3: Saute)

Note: This post contains referral links. Think of it this way: you get your first outfit for $25 (or a little more for a 3-piece outfit), and I get the points for referring you. It’s a win-win situation! I also was not paid to write this blog post – and I paid for my outfits with my own money. Which is probably why I should bring my own lunch to work this week… and maybe next week too?

So I’ve become a tad bit obsessed with Fabletics – 90% of my activewear is from there now. But I really can’t help it – the clothes are just so good and fun and much more affordable than other activewear brands! Plus, some of their clothes are just too pretty and cute to only work out in – like the mint julep brush print Kumo Tank, which I got last month when I bought the Saute outfit. This is one of my favorite yoga outfits – and I ended up getting the Hawaiian Ocean Salar Leggings instead of the black ones, because the whole point of me subscribing to Fabletics was to get fun products – not the usual black leggings that I can get anywhere. Plus, the outfit came with a headband, which has become super useful now that I have bangs. Continue reading

Dim Sum-ming It in Manhattan

I went to get some dim sum with one of my interns today and we started chatting about how different the Manhattan Chinatown was from the DC Chinatown. She was telling me about how DC Chinatown is all glitzed-up and not as authentic as the Manhattan Chinatown – something I honestly can’t imagine, so I’ll have to experience it when I go next month. Anyway, she was super excited about getting dim sum – and it inspired me to write this post because I realized that I almost never get dim sum in Manhattan with my family – we always travel to Flushing, where the “better” dim sum places are. I know that you definitely can get amazing & authentic dim sum in Manhattan – but the service is normally a tad bit better in Flushing than it is in Chinatown.

If you didn’t know, dim sum is kind of like a Chinese version of brunch, served in a tapas style. You can order little dishes of different dumplings, rice, buns, spring rolls, etc. to share with your table, and it’s also very affordable – most dim sum places are about $3-5/dish. My favorites include shrimp dumplings, shrimp wrapped in a rice noodle, shu mai & sticky rice. Each plate has either three or four dumplings, depending on what you order – enough for everybody in your party to try everything. So if you’re interested in trying some, but don’t actually want to venture out to Flushing, here are my favorite dim sum places in Manhattan. (And you don’t even need to speak Chinese to go to these places… although it totally helps.) Continue reading

Obsessed: Fabletics (Review #2: Vaasa Tank, Sports Bra & Moro Short)

Note: This post contains referral links. Think of it this way: you get your first outfit for $25 (or a little more for a 3-piece outfit), and I get the points for referring you. It’s a win-win situation! I also was not paid to write this blog post – and I paid for my outfits with my own money. Which is probably why my wallet’s looking a little thin…

I’m actually obsessed with workout clothes – so much that I’m trying to figure out a good way to wear them to the office. So far, I’ve managed to make it work with the Kumo Tank – but not so much for my other clothes. Yet. ANYWAY, during my first and second month, I decided to purchase some items from Fabletics that weren’t part of an outfit… mainly because the outfit they were a part of had pieces that were sold out in my size. So between the extra items I bought in the first and second month, I ended up with a brand new outfit! I got the Vaasa Tank in purple, the Vaasa Sports Bra in grey, and the Moro Short in black. Continue reading

Currently Eating: Ice Cream (Part Two)

July is national ice cream month, which means that you should eat as much ice cream as you can this month, and then go on a diet and only eat frozen yogurt the other eleven months of the year. (Alternatively, you can eat as much ice cream as you want all the time, but then you’d have to exercise it off. And ice cream has a surprising amount of calories.) I did a blog post last year about some of my favorite ice cream spots, and I’ve decided to share some more of my favorite haunts this year – thus the “part two” in the title. Plus, you should always treat yourself with something sweet (or sweet and savory) at least once a day. It’s good for your soul. Continue reading