My First Trendy Tour: Newport Beach & La Jolla

I am so excited to publish my first Trendy Tour! While it was relatively short, my fitness escapades while exploring southern California were anything but disappointing. 

After the IDEA conference ended, I decided to take a solo trip south for a little R&R.; Staying in Escondido, I made my way down the Pacific Coast Highway. First stop, Newport Beach. 

For sand in my toes and salty air? Nope … For yoga. 

Ekam Yoga, Newport Beach


I was introduced to Ekam by Natalie over at Hello Day. She is an ambassador for the studio and recommended I check it out as I drove down the California coast en route to San Diego.


Well, I am oh-so-happy she did. This place was spectacular. 


Upon walking in, I was greeted with a warm welcome. Clean locker rooms, Etsy-esque jewelry and funky yet fun clothing lined the classic white walls of their lobby. And I hadn’t even stepped foot inside the actual studio yet. 


I chose a Vinyasa class which ended up being absolutely perfect for me. I walked into the place where I was to practice and was blown away by the architecture and gallery-like feel of the room. A few paintings lined the wall — enough to create inquiry, but nothing that would distract your practice. 


Our instructor greeted us and asked us what we wanted to work on that day. With all of the juxtaposition of sitting and intense workouts, I agreed with the other student on twists … lots and lots of twists. 


And ring out we did. Like a washcloth full of water, we turned our bodies in different directions and allowed for optimal movement through our back, spine and internal organs.  


Price: $$
Parking: Yes! There is a huge back parking lot for yogis to use as they please.  
Perks: Upon leaving the class, I was presented with a wire basket of ‘chilled eucalyptus towels’. 

I want these after every workout.

Yup, you read that right. Cooled towels with a hint of heaven. Pure bliss and just what you want after an hour of deep breathing and even deeper back bending. 

SparkCycle, La Jolla 

Lobby of SparkCycle

When I started teaching at Turnstyle Cycle I was quickly introduced to SparkCycle through one of my colleagues. Having been the master instructor out in Cali, my friend had recommended I check out the boutique studio if I had time. 
Time? I’ve got nothin’ but when it comes to indoor cycling 🙂 
So on Monday, I packed up my rent-a-car and drove down to La Jolla for a 9 a.m. class with none other than the owner of this adorable studio. 
Stephanie and I — Love this girl! 
From riding to the beat of the music to some very challenging arm exercises, this class royally kicked my butt  in a good way! 
Post class, we were given chilled towels while we were cooling down. Honestly, I love this idea! Looking to try out a new studio in SoCal? Here are the deets.  

Price: $$ First class is only $10! After that there are a plethora of package options for you to choose from. 
Parking: Yes! SparkCycle will validate for the garage located right next to the studio  whoop whoop! 

Perks: Bumpin’ music, pristine bikes and chilled towels; Need I say more? Also, their lockers rooms are amazing. Seriously, anything you could ever need! 

Do you like to try out fitness studios while on vacations? Start sharing! 
-TTT



A Sweat Pink Adventure: Trending Healthy Living Blogger Roundup

I’ve decided I’m going to break the mold a little bit. 


Instead of giving y’all a day-to-day breakdown of the past week at the IDEA World Fitness Conference, I’m going to split my experience into sections: A brief synopsis, trending bloggers and my very first trendy tour of SoCal! 

Laguna Beach, CA

If you missed my synopsis, it’s here. Otherwise, let’s begin. 


Ah, bloggers. We come in all shapes and sizes, with different intentions, goals and time frames in which we are able to write. Some are professionals and are able to pay their bills with said work, for others it is simply a hobby — a space away from their 9-5 jobs with a the main purpose of sharing healthy living tips, fitness routines and recipes with friends, family and followers. 

Moe, Jamie and Alyse

What ever their purpose or plan, I can safely say this is the most passionate and supportive group of people I’ve ever surrounded myself with. Ever.  


That being said, whenever I head to these gatherings (Colorado, Minneapolis or Boston) I’m always astounded by how welcoming everyone is. And whether I begin to read their daily blog babble or follow them on Instagram, I love the connections I make and how I continue to keep up with them as if we are neighbors rather than a nation apart. 

Run Eat Repeat (Monica), PB Fingers (Julie) & Fitnessista (Gina)

So without further ado, grab a cup of coffee and sit back. I’m pleased to introduce you to my mini roundup of newfound friends who I know you’ll enjoy following. 


Marielle, Fit Girl Pretty World
We’ve been online friends for a while, so when I finally got to meet Marielle in person it felt like we’d known each other for years. 


As a CSCS personal trainer, Marielle blogs about life, fitness and how she leads a healthy lifestyle. Follow her on IG, twitter or check out her blog — I guarantee you, her SoCal pictures will make you smile. 

Natalie, Hello Day  
Nicest. Person. Ever. 


Natalie and I met at the BlogFest cocktail party where she suggested I hit up her favorite Newport Beach yoga studio, Ekam. Well, I did just that and she did not steer me wrong. I quickly followed her on IG and found myself lost in the pictures of her adorable family and peaceful life. 


Hint: She offers up great post-workout hair tips! 


Nicole, Foodie Loves Fitness 
Nicole and I instantly hit it off. I’m talking BFF status. From our love of fitness to our chats about PR emails (a part-time job of hers), this Cali resident makes me want to move west just so we can hang out, have blog dates and workout together. 


Is this really too much to ask for? 


Erin, Power Fitness PDX/ Dig Deep Play Hard
The most energetic and positive award goes to Erin. Not only did she kick some serious booty in our morning workout, she was constantly coming to me with ideas about how we can possibly work together in the future. 


Umm … where do I sign up? Be sure to check out her App or follow her on IG, FB and/or Twitter


Shannon, Badass Fitness
Her website name says it all. Shannon is the ultimate badass — crushing our workout and being a wealth of knowledge at the Tabata Bootcamp booth at the expo — this chica does it all. 


Catch up with her on all of her platforms: IG, FB and Twitter



That was kind of like meeting at Starbucks for a coffee date, right? Hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂 


– TTT 


Rese-ing Out of My Comfort Zone {Fitness Apparel Review}

When it comes to fitness apparel it’s safe to say I am really picky about what I put on my body. 


I hate tags that itch and sagging-crotch crops really grind my gears. 


So for me instead of attempting new brands or styles I stick with what I know. I rarely detour from my extremely straight path that is my workout apparel. Heck, I know what I like and what works, so sue me. 


Until now. 


A newer company recently contacted me to review some pieces of their upcoming fitness look book and I gladly accepted. Because, honestly, this girl need to branch out of her 5 year old Lululemon bubble.


Rese Activewear sent along a gorgeous cardigan, sports bra, tank and crops for me to sample. And let’s just say, while I may have a undying love for Lulu, Rese is quickly beginning to take the lead with these stylish yet practical pieces. 


First and foremost I must confess — I have an affinity for interestingly designed backs of tanks and sports bras. I am talking crazy straps and key holes — honestly, give me a high neck and a bare backed shirt and you’ve won my heart. 


Well, ask and you shall receive. 


The articles Rese sent along delivered. The sports bra, while black in color, incorporates a double strap on each side that pairs perfectly with the teal tank I received. 

Why? 

With a high cowl neck and large circle cut out in the back, this tank shows off the beautifully crafted straps without my spin class thinking I’m too houchy-houchy. 


Alright. Now that I have your attention, let’s chat bottoms. 


I’m a black girl. I’ve dabbled in grey and (gulp) colors — but for me, the classic noir crop is simple, goes with any top and … ahem … hides everything. 


Catch my drift? 

Well, in an effort to be exotic, I requested a pair of bright blue crops. I know, I’m absolutely crazy. And without getting too graphic on you, all of the things occurring on my backside — hidden. Now that makes for one happy customer. 


I actually think these blue pants have helped me conquer some insecurities. For me, well to put it frankly, I’ve always been an ass girl. Playing sports all throughout high school and running/teaching spin in college it’s just always been muscular. 


And while I’m proud of my lower body strength, my fear was these pants would accentuate an already prominent feature of mine. I. Was. Wrong. If anything these (paired with a black, grey or patterned white top) are absolutely adorable. 

Lastly, and certainly not least, I received a cardigan

Bathroom selfie. Classic. 

Nope, nope, nope — this is not just any old fitness top. This is by far the softest article of clothing I own. Heather grey, long in length and wavy drapes in the front, this garment also flatters even the sweatiest of fitness goers. 


Seriously, I’ve thrown this on over my spin clothes post class and gone out on a first date. No shame. No second date either. 


So there you have it TTTers, Ms. Trendy’s attempt at staying on point with not only the fitness fads occurring but also the fashionable side of working out. 


Because I have always believed that if you feel good about the clothes you wear to the gym, you’ll not only work harder but you’ll enter with an air of confidence … even if you do leave completely breathless from your bombin’ workout.  


Do you invest in fitness apparel or toss on any old t-shirt? Let’s start the convo. 

-TTT