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July 25, 2014
Good Morning from Galveston, Texas!
Currently, I’m sneaking in my final post before a true vacation begins. Scott and I were talking about the last time we went on what felt like a “real” vacation together (alone or with friends that didn’t involve work), and came to the conclusion of our honeymoon.
I guess you could say we have been enjoying taking advantage of it with late night outings and conversations with friends, which would explain the hold-up in getting this post up at a normal early hour. Sorry about the delay!
Lets get straight to the Friday Favorites. As usual, I invite you to join the party and share yours through the comments and link up button below!
Friday Favorites #47: Week of 7/25 – Houston Highlights
• Embassy Suites hotel
I have always enjoyed staying at the Embassy Suites.
This trip, we checked into one located in the heart of downtown Houston, and Scott and I were impressed by the looks of the inside as well as the service.
Everyone went out of their way to accommodate our large group, offered me something to drink every time I went down to work in the lobby, offered extended late check-out times, and always asked about my day. It was a great stay!
• Top Golf
Following every full day of the conference, there was also a night outing planned for our group. As Scott’s wife, I was invited to join in on the fun and took full advantage of experiencing every one.
I had seen places similar to Top Golf in movies before, but never visited one for myself until Tuesday. Basically, you could describe it as a fancy driving range meant for adult entertaining.
There is a full sports bar set up on the inside and a private party space to order dinner and hit golf balls on the outside.
Believe it or not, I took Golf I and II in college. I hadn’t really picked up a golf club since then so it was fun for me to revisit my swing.
The group of us had a great time at the links and Scott and I even got to hang with his college buddies who now live in the city!
Now if there was only a Top Golf remotely close to us…
• DEFINE Body & Mind barre class
While Scott was busy on Wednesday, I was on a mission to finish up my work for the day in order to get out of the hotel and explore a little.
Wanting to check out a local barre class, I was very thankful for your suggestions on where to go! A few of you mentioned DEFINE, so I called to register myself for an afternoon class and headed that way shortly after.
I cabbed over to the River Oaks area, which was only about three miles away and had a great afternoon! It started with a barre class at the studio.
There’s just something about entering a barre, Pilates, or yoga studio that instantly calms me. I take classes at my gym frequently, but truly miss visiting the ambiance of a studio on a weekly basis.
I checked in quickly and headed upstairs to the Open Level class.
On the phone, I asked if I should wait to take the Intermediate level later on in the day, and the studio manager assured me that I would still get a great workout at the introduction level. Holy geez, that I did!
I’m not sure if it’s because it had been several months since I have taken a full barre class or what, but my legs were on fire. The barre burn was certainly present and never fails to get me every time.
My teacher’s name was Elizabeth and she did a great job transitioning exercises and changing them often.
On my way out of the studio, I noticed some funny looking sneakers with clips on the bottom for rent. I asked what they were for and it turns out that they also offer Spin Revolution classes, which is very similar to SoulCycle. I wish we were around a bit longer. I have been dying to try a class like that!
After my barre class, I decided to make the three mile walk home and see part of the city instead of cabbing back. On the way, I found a great new-to-me salad bar chain called Salata.
The restaurant features a glorified salad bar that gives you all the options and toppings you could possibly ask for. I chose the seafood salad with seasoned shrimp, and added a lot of veggies into the mix with a vinaigrette dressing.
Spinach, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, peas, tofu, chick peas, and probably a lot of other things I am completely forgetting about.
It was delicious, filling, and I found another location the next day for lunch as well. The restaurant is based in Texas, but there are locations popping up throughout the United States including cities in Illinois and California. Here’s hoping Michigan comes around!
• Flojos sandals (Marshalls find)
There was a Marshalls right next to Salata, so naturally I stopped in for a minute. I ended up purchasing two summer tops and found these Flojos sandals near the register on my way out for $14.99.
I have been wearing them all week. What a steal!
• Battlefield Houston
Another group outing activity this week was laser tag.
Tuesday night, a group of twenty-five or so rolled into Battlefield Houston and I’m not sure if they knew what they were in for.
The group playing at our scheduled session time was divided into two teams, and we spent five rounds trying to complete challenges and rack up points by shooting people. It was fun, but different than the laser tag and attire I am used to.
I had a blast running around and shooting lasers in the dark, nonetheless!
Yesterday afternoon, Scott and I rode with a group of friends over to Seawall Beach in Galveston. We rented a beach house and have plans for no plans here until Sunday!
I’m sure there will be plenty to keep us busy, but for once, this vacation is all about relaxing and going with the flow.
I will be back to share the highlights on Monday, but have been absolutely loving it so far!
Don’t forget to enter the Fabletics giveaway going on if you haven’t already! Thank you all of you who have, as I am been overwhelmed (in the best way) by your excitement and have been enjoying reading your fitness fashion picks!
Have a great weekend!
July 23, 2014
I have an exciting giveaway for you guys today!
Fabletics is a fitness apparel company that is designed to provide stylish, affordable workout gear to keep you moving. I have been eyeing some of their pieces over the past couple of months and am thrilled to be working with them on this review!
From comfortable and flowy to tight and fitted, they have a variety of looks and materials for all sorts of body and fitness types. I just love the looks of their new bright prints and colors this season!
I have seen some of their cute and unique outfits pop up in magazines and all over social media, so I was interested to find out more about the company and how they work.
Fabletics is co-founded by Kate Hudson who I absolutely adore.
She has a casual, cool style about her that certainly shows through the look of her designs with this line.
You can choose to order pieces straight from their website at the regular retail price or become a VIP Member and receive a full outfit sent to you each month for $49.95. Similar to other styling services, you fill out a style profile to help pick what items would suit you best and always have the option to skip a month when you need to.
Compared to other designer brands that offer similar looks, the prices for the quality of their pieces are very affordable!
I was asked to pick out a handful of them I was drawn to in their latest collection, and instantly fell for this fun high intensity print that also happens to be included in Kate’s Favorite Styles.
I went with a stylish, yet comfortable outfit selection that I could wear to classes at the gym or even on an active day around town. Lately, I have been loving moisture wicking materials that allow me to break a sweat without requiring a shower directly after my workout.
I received a shipment of mix and match pieces that has certainly spiced up my every day gym fashion, and have been wearing them on rotation since I put them on for the first time. Check them out!
My favorite type of legging this year has been the capri length, so when I saw this pair with the unique mesh design, I had to have them.
It may sound silly, but having a handful of vibrant, stand out pieces to my workout wardrobe instantly gets me motivated to get out there and move something. Or… in this case, get my yoga on in the backyard.
Anyi Sports Bra in high intensity print.
I was able to give every piece a good wear before we left for vacation and have been somewhat living in the Lima Capris. I like to call them my “party” pants and have received a ton of compliments while wearing them!
The Norwalk Tank is ideal for studio classes with the built in bra and mesh material. I like the adjustable hem and stretchy feel and flow.
The matching sports bra is also a stand out item to me. I love the back design and feel fully comfortable wearing it on it’s own without additional support. I was worried about the size, and ended up going up one more than my normal (Small instead of XS) after browsing their sizing chart.
The tops seem to fit very true to size, while the bottoms had me questioning between two sizes. I ended up ordering the smaller (XS) after looking at their pant size suggestions, and think they would be even more comfortable if I just stuck to my normal order size (Small). Did that confuse you?
What I am trying to say is don’t pay too much attention to the sizing chart. Initially, I was worried that the pants would run large, but in the end they fit just like most other brands. Stick to what you know!
Even so, I’m still very happy with my shipment and have a feeling you will see these items show up in my photos often.
I wasn’t fully sure about the white Havana Coverup tee at first, but as soon as I put it on I loved the feel of the open back and soft burnout fabric. It will be great to have to throw on to and from hot yoga classes!
And last, but not least I’ll be saving the mesh capris for those days where I’m feeling extra sassy. Love them!
Since Fabletics is on board to share the fit-spiration and keep you motivated to live a healthy, active lifestyle, they have agreed to get you to the gym with an on-the-go prize package.
One lucky Housewife Glamour reader will be chosen to receive their True Gym Bag packed with a $49.95 gift card + workout essentials!
Including: hair ties, socks and a water bottle.
Leave a comment on this post (mandatory!) sharing what kind of outfit you would purchase with your gift card and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
You have until Midnight Sunday, July 27th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Monday morning, the 28th.
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
Disclaimer: While the items featured in this post were provided to me by Fabletics, all thoughts and opinions are my own!