The LRD & My Weekend Must-Dos

Lulus, Summer Style, OOTD, NYC, West Village, Jeffrey Grocery, FaveWardrobe update for less than the cost of a Friday night out in NYC?  This LRD {little red dress!} from Lulu*s might be one of my favorite summer finds! It’s under $50, which is a steal especially as we’re heading into the dead heat of summer and the last thing I need is to make a big summer dress purchase. It’s the perfect wardrobe addition to mix up the summer dress game I’ve had going on and I’ve paired it with these wedges as well as my white converse for a much more casual look with a chambray shirt around my waist.

My West Village Weekend Must-Dos …

  • Pack a little picnic, head to the Hudson River and enjoy the breeze off the water (if you do this on Sunday, hit the tiny farmer’s market on 8th ave and Hudson to snag fresh goodies!) or pop into Murray’s Cheese Shop on Bleecker for a well curated picnic spread
  • Enjoy brunch at Jeffrey’s Grocery (or their fantastic $1 oyster happy hour!) and a post brunch cocktail at Bar Sardine
  • Do spend an afternoon catching the sunset and noshing on oysters on the water at Grand Banks
  • Get out of the heat and check out the new Whitney museum
  • Get your shop on at Otte NY or the plethora of tiny shops in the neighborhood
  • Wind down on Sunday night with dinner at Barbuto, their kale salad and carbanara are out of this world amazing, not to mention they have a delightful rose!

 

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Finding the Motivation to Break a Sweat

Fitness, Blogger, Activewear, Peony, NYC, aveMaybe you’ve caught onto the fact that I enjoy working out (see this, this, this or this post) for me personally it’s a stress reliever, a mind clearer and so much more but most importantly? It’s that sense of accomplishment that I feel after whatever workout it is that I’ve just done … even the mediocre ones (hey, at least I went right?)

However, as with all things, even though I actually enjoy hitting the gym and doing different classes does not mean that I don’t experience the same struggles as everyone else. I’m not always motivated to go or I simply don’t have the time, most ridiculous excuse there is according to a friend of mine who happens to be a spin instructor. Per said friend who will remain anonymous, “you make time for the things that are important to you.” So I’ve pulled together the things that get me moving.

Schedule it – My schedule is all over the place so it’s rare that I can go at the same time every day but just as I do with meals, I evaluate my schedule on Sunday and mark down what class I’m going to or what time I want to go to the gym. If it’s on the schedule, I’m going.

Really struggling? I have a standing Barre Burn date with my friend every Tuesday morning, we hold each other accountable and don’t want to let the other one down, it’s a guaranteed workout and bonus is that we can catch up not over a cocktail!

Change it up – I get bored real quick with the same routine, the same run and the same class all the time so I am constantly trying new things out. For my runs I do intervals, which I became addicted to thanks to Barry’s Bootcamp! Hit the gym at different times of the day, this will give you a chance to try out new machines or take over an actual area and do a workout you’ve seen online (this has been my go to as of late). I can’t stress enough about trying new classes, I’m loving Cyc, City Row, Model Fit and my go-to for a good ass kicking is Barry’s.

Have a goal – The goal doesn’t have to be ‘get ready for bikini season’ but make a goal for yourself. For me it’s pretty simple, the end goal is to feel good.

Treat yourself – Look, I know, it might not be a rich chocolate dessert but cute active wear is a big enough treat for me. Not to mention if you feel good going to the gym imagine how great you’ll feel leaving that workout, yoga, Pilates or barre class. Which is why I’ve partnered with Peony, their newest collection of chic leggings and luxe tees, all of which allow you to express your individuality in and out of the gym. Exclusive discount for II readers: Get $25 off a $150 order from Peony using code: ASHLEYNII25 

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Hey Friday you’re looking pretty damn good. Friday as of late for me has been a harried, crazed day attempting to rush to the airport and this week is no different. I’m off to Dallas to spend the weekend with the fam and to check out a few new places like The Grove (hello boozy snow cones and ice cream floats, not to mention corn hole and hammocks!) and Local Coffee + Juice Bar. PS … did you catch my 171Ludlow Insta-takeover on Monday? Something big is coming …

Have a great weekend! A

NYC’ers

  • CYC Fitness Beachside Pop Up is happening at Gurney’s Montauk and I’m obsessed so I know you will be too. Reserve your spot here
  • Friday nights are pay what you wish at the new Whitney and trust me, the sunsets here are gorgeous.
  • Nike is offering FREE workouts in NYC. Yes. Free.
  • Partake in a good old fashioned watergun fight
  • Mark your calendars: Kiki de Montparnasse sample sale is happening next week.
  • Footloose is showing in Bryant Park on Monday, prepare accordingly.
  • This 1962 TWA terminal is a thing that retro dreams are made of. Swoon.

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