guest post: morning glory blog’s workout playlists
happy friday, readers! i’m beyond excited to introduce you to my seriously talented, gorgeous, chic friend ashley of morning glory blog today! ashley is a boston-based fashion and music blogger, so i asked her to put together a couple of workout playlists for you guys. i’ve turned both of these into ppotify playlists [which i’ve shared with you below!] and plan on using them for myself starting like, yesterday.
i’m typically blasting hip-hop or electronic music in my ears when I’m at the gym [or taylor swift’s 1989, if i’m being honest], but i’m excited to try out a more rock-based playlist when i hit the gym next week. so, that’s enough from me… everyone, meet ashley… and expect to see more from her in the future here at bananas + bellinis! oh, and be sure to follow ashley on facebook, twitter + instagram!
hello everyone! my name is ashley and i am the founder of morning glory blog, a style and music blog. today, i am guest posting on bananas + bellinis to bring you the perfect workout playlists for your active and healthy lifestyle. music is a major part of my life. seriously, i don’t go a day without it, and i never leave the house without my ipod.
for ten years of my life, i was a competitive swimmer. from the pool, to dry-land training, and weightlifting, there was always music playing somewhere. it was the one thing that kept me sane and got me through a hard workout. music is a great way to bring positivity and excitement into your workout.
- “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” by Oasis
- “Don’t Sit Down Cuz I’ve Moved Your Chair” by Arctic Monkeys
- “Blind Faith” by Chase & Status
- “Dance Commander” by Electric Six
- “Easy Money” by Johnny Marr
- “Club Foot” by Kasabian
- “Come Closer” by The New Pornographers
- “What A Life” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- “Echoes Round The Sun” by Paul Weller
- “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
- “Purple Yellow Red & Blue” by Portugal, The Man
- “Lost” by Coldplay
- “Run [I’m a Natural Disaster]” by Gnarls Barkley
- “Contact” by Daft Punk
- “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone
- “In Safe Hands” by Badly Drawn Boy
- “Talk is Cheap” by Chet Faker
- “Push Your Head Towards The Air” by Editors
- “Islands” by Hey Ocean!
- “9669” by The Joy Formidable
- “Blood” by The Middle East
- “Welcome Home, Son” by Radical Face
- “Midnight” by Coldplay
- “Islands” by The XX
wine pairing class with synesthesia
today i want to talk about putting the whole “balance” thing that i always talk about into practice. i mean, this blog is called “bananas + bellinis” for a reason. monday funday is definitely a thing, and it’s a thing i like to take part in on occasion. this week, monday funday came in the form of an intro to wine pairings class with synesthesia at bamboo 52 in new york. we weren’t sure what to expect, but had a great time learning all about the different types of wine and how to properly taste them, eating cheese and of course, getting a little tipsy.
there were six of us in the class and there was an abundant amount of wine, cheese, bread and fruit for all of us. amanda, the instructor and owner of synesthesia, was enthusiastic, warm and extremely well-versed in all things wine. she made everything easy to understand, made sure everyone felt included and kept things really fun. i plan on taking all of the things i learned from her and someday hosting amazing dinner parties with perfectly paired food and wine. the main things i took away from the class were:
- don’t be cheap [this can be applied to any aspect of life, but we’re talking wine right now]
- wines from coastal areas will be lighter, fruitier wines
- when you taste wine, swishing it around in your mouth allows it to hit all the areas of your tongue so that you can make sure you are tasting all of the flavors
- sauvignon blanc is the best cooking wine
- cabernet sauvignon can go with any of the cheeses
- pinot noir pairs well with pizza [clearly this was the most important thing for me to know about]
so, if you need something to do on a cold monday night this winter and you want to put the whole balance thing to work, definitely think about taking one of these classes. you’ll have fun, learn about alcohol, and get drunk. you can thank me later.
motivation mondays: week 18
today i want to keep motivation mondays sweet and simple. with all of the bad things that seem to be happening throughout the world every single day, i want everyone to remember one thing today, this week, this year and forever:
you don’t know what the other people you encounter on a day to day basis are dealing with. coworkers, people you’re sharing your morning commute with, the sales associate at the store you’re shopping at, even your closest friends or family members. even the most put together people can be struggling with absolutely terrible things and the last thing they need is someone being rude or snarky to them over something that doesn’t matter. try to take that into account with every interaction you have and just. be. nice. being an a**hole doesn’t get anyone anywhere and won’t make you feel better about yourself either. hold doors for people, smile at a stranger on the street, pay for the person standing behind you at the coffee shop… little actions like this can go a long way. you could be turning around someone’s entire day [for the better] with simple gestures like this that require barely any effort… why wouldn’t you want to do that?
i finally got to eat at two hands over the weekend and it was everything i imagined it would be. the atmosphere was welcoming, cozy and totally low key, the staff was friendly [and australian, which is reason enough to stop in] and i had the best almond milk latte of my life. oh, and the avocado toast was incredible, especially topped with an egg [check out the #foodporn below]. if you’re planning on checking it out, make sure you get there early, as it was filling up extremely quickly around 11am on saturday morning and by the time we left there were quite a few people waiting.
a few links for you on this monday morning:
this. article. is. literally everything. read it. now.
i read about orangetheory fitness on the balanced blonde’s blog and was so excited to find out that they are coming to new york! they have introductory specials, so if it sounds like something you want to try sign up now!
have an amazing week everyone!
image courtesy of the good vibe
healthy lifestyle staples: skin brushing
the healthy lifestyle staples series here at bananas + bellinis is something that i think is really important. not only do i get to give you a glimpse of some of the things i do/use on a regular basis, i also get to show you how easy it can be to incorporate healthy habits into your day-to-day life.
today, i want to add another item to my list of healthy lifestyle staples: skin brushing. skin brushing is known to have many health and beauty benefits, such as reducing cellulite, stimulating the lymphatic system, aiding digestion and detoxification of the body, increasing energy and circulation and exfoliating the skin.
the skin is the largest organ in the body and its job is essentially to protect us from anything that might be harmful [toxins, germs, viruses, bacteria, etc]. if the skin is not well taken care of, it’s ability to protect us decreases. skin brushing is an easy way to keep the skin in tip-top shape as a part of your regular skincare regimen.
so, how does it work? by stimulating the skin, you’re essentially getting a bunch of the other systems in your body working. it’s best to do first thing in the morning before showering when your skin is dry and your system is relaxed. you should always brush in the direction of your heart, as this is the way the lymphatic system naturally flows. start with the soles of your feet [the nerve endings there are connected to your entire body], working your way up your legs, over your stomach, booty, hands, arms, chest [ladies, be sure to avoid the ladies, if ya catch my drift] and down your back [see the diagram below]. because you’ve just exfoliated, showering after skin brushing is the best way to go so that you can wash away all of the the dead skins cells. apply some lotion [or coconut oil!] after your shower to soothe the skin and moisturize. you should notice a difference in how your skin looks and feels almost immediately.
a few things to keep in mind when skin brushing:
- don’t brush too hard, you don’t want to irritate the skin
- skip over any cuts, rashes, irritations or varicose veins
- leave your face and neck alone since the skin there is so sensitive
ready to give skin brushing a try? you can buy a skin brush at most drug or health food stores for under $20. you can always order one online, too!
diagram courtesy of healthy lifestyle choices 101
kale salad with lemon tahini dressing
salads are my go-to when i’m looking for a quick, no-effort lunch or dinner. depending on what i have in the kitchen, it’s typically as easy as throwing a bunch of veggies, sometimes fruits, nuts and seeds together in a bowl and tossing it with some salad dressing. i avoid store bought dressings as much as possible because they typically contain additives, preservatives and extra calories… things we just don’t need. i like experimenting with making my own dressings to keep things interesting and change up the flavors here and there. this lemon tahini dressing served over a fresh kale salad is definitely one of my favorites. kale is great as a base for a salad because it contains lots of protein and fiber, is packed with other vitamins and minerals and is much more filling than other greens like romaine or iceberg lettuce.
for one serving of the lemon tahini dressing you will need:
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- juice of 1/2 of a lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
to make the lemon tahini dressing, simply combine all of the ingredients listed above in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.
the salad here contains [measurements are approximate]:
- 2 c. fresh mixed kale [you can buy this in most grocery stores ready-to-eat]
- 1/2 c. grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 of an avocado, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
combine all of the salad ingredients with the lemon tahini dressing, add a little salt and pepper and enjoy!
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