Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re sticking around at home and enjoying a three day weekend with some R&R, pool time, and grilling with friends! This is obviously one of the biggest sale weekends of the year so I’m sharing some of my favorites, plus what I’ve purchased myself. I hope you have a safe, relaxing, and wonderful weekend!
CLUB MONACO: 25% off your purchase with code SUMMERTIME–One of my favorite stores but I’ll only shop it on sale! If you’re willing to go braless, this dress is stunning, a silk tank in several colors, and this versatile cashmere sweater comes out to over 50% off.
DUDLEY STEPHENS: Free shipping with code FREESHIP–you can read all about my favorite fleeces here!
If you caught this post or follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been incorporating Solidcore into my workout routine over the past couple of months. It’s a very challenging, pilates-inspired workout that takes place on a reformer-like machine and it’s designed to strengthen and change your body over 50 minute classes filled with slow, controlled movements.
The workout is notoriously intimidating to newbies but the instructors are hands-on–the classes have a max of 15 people–and Solidcore offers beginners classes, which I highly recommend taking a few times before jumping into the regular. (I avoided it for years purely because I have some back issues and figured I wouldn’t be able to do anything well.) I’m excited to have Jenny, a recovering lawyer and current communications manager at a law firm by day, and pro-coach at the West End studio by night (she’s also my neighbor!) here to answer some questions about the workout. She’s one of the best but toughest fitness instructors I’ve had and if you want your butt kicked, plan to head her way. She addresses a bunch of the FAQs, but if you want to know anything else in particular, leave it in the comments and I’ll have her follow up!
How long have you been teaching Solidcore and how did you get your start?
I have been coaching for just about three years! I was a regular client downtown and at the Wildwood studio in Bethesda, and when a training was coming up I asked the manager–Artemis–what she thought about my signing up. She strongly encouraged me to do so and I’ve been a staple ever since.
After a busy weekend last weekend and a generally tiring week, plans are minimal this time around and I am not complaining! I’m having a pizza + wine night with girlfriends tonight, this desk is supposed to arrive tomorrow, and I have a couple workouts scheduled…that’s it! A bunch of links below–I hope you have a great weekend!
+ A great interview with Will and Harry’s former press secretary, who dishes on what it was like to work for the brothers for 10 years and what their personalities are really like.
+ Along those lines: I’m such a fan of Elizabeth Holmes (not that one!) and devour everything she writes about the royals, including this piece on the new bebe.
+ I have such a soft spot for boxed baked goods and am 100% planning to get the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge mix to see if it lives up to this test for the best boxed brownies. The Ghirardelli has been my preference as of late but it clocked at the no.3 spot!
+ As a foodie who loves checking out new restaurants in the city, I loved this story on how the essentially 1% of diners in DC receive VIP treatment at some of the city’s best establishments.