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Don’t Ever Stop

In honor of What I Ate Wednesday, here are some shots of what I’ve been lucky enough to nibble on inhale.

salad with chicken

healthy half salad

Layered salads delicately decorated in feta, avocado, roma tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, grilled chicken, flakey salmon, crunchy pita chips, and tossed in a silky vinaigrette.

salmon rice mediterranean dish

And the best of dippers.

Belly Dancer Salad

Chic falafel.

Compliments of the talented chefs at Basil, I dove into the salad above for dinner tonight. It’s coined the Belly Dancer. Perhaps it’s a salad fit for dancers. The artfully tossed dish certainly left me in the mood to dance.

falling in love

I bet you never thought healthy food could look so desirable.

grape leaves

Maybe I spoke too soon. Don’t judge a leave by it’s cover. These guys taste like buttery hunks of spiced rice.


You can learn a lot from shooting pictures of food, like the more you’re around it, the more you want it. And it’s always sinful to skip dessert.

tiramisu dessert

vineyard vines and cake

Sweater: Vineyard Vines

There were bites of tiramisu yesterday and baklava today. You know my sweet tooth can’t be tamed.

Layers of crispy fillo dough and sweetened pistachios. Irresistible.

baklava ym

A dessert a day keeps the doctor away.

snapchat piggy

I have one hell of a sweet tooth, but I’ll take that over a lot of other things.

sweets over drinks

Thank goodness for that gym flo and constantly challenging myself.

I’m embracing the handstand journey just as I’ll continue trying to make grape leaves look mouth watering in photos. Persistence is the name of my game.


What are you working on in your fitness routine? Handstands anybody? 🙂

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Persistently Consistent

Stick it, come on you can do this, pull tight.

handstand practice

I was practicing handstands before yoga class today when I noticed how easy it is to jump to the next goal. I spent weeks mastering my headstand, only to quickly jump to my new goal of solidifying my handstand.

ACAC yoga

It’s important to think about how far we’ve come, not how far we still have to go.

handstands on handstands

Who knew persistence could be a pain?

As a kid, I remember being persistent in my quest to have fun. That little kid is still very much alive and a part of who I am today.

happy in the snow

Persistent enough to force that giant sled down the little icy hills of Charlottesville.

snow time fun

A snow day was much appreciated on Monday as I persistently chased that well-known childhood high.

snowtime cheer

After an adventurous snow day of sledding, plowing through trails and attempting to throw snowballs, it was time to shed some layers and hop back on the work wagon come Tuesday.

back to work from snow day

First, I had tasks for my summer road trip after our big benefit on Sunday evening.

Dress: Nordstrom, Shoes: H&M

Dress: Nordstrom, Shoes: H&M

(Click here for more pictures from the benefit.)

Hours of work were tucked away and then it was off to the gym for yoga and cardio, but not before I snapped several shots of some savory creations.

taking food pictures


basil caprese salad


Basil Greek Nachos


Shrimp salad at Basil


berries dessert in cville

Wait, what was I describing? 😉

Have a great evening!

What goal do you find yourself being overly persistent about?

persistent and consistent

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Eats, Sweets and Monday Beats

Marvelous is in the eye of the beholder. When the weekend comes to an end and the reality of the week sets in, it’s sometimes dreadful. Without the week though, the weekend wouldn’t be so enjoyable. It’s the mediocre times that make us appreciate the best parts of life. Welcome to Marvelous Monday.

Marvelous is dinner Friday night at Black Salt.

blacksalt restaurant

The fried isowipes clams were crisped to perfection, lightly golden and explosively buttery served with a lightly curried madras aioli with a taste of the clean Massachusetts sea shore.

isowites clams

The blue mussels were perfectly steeped in a spicy array of seasonings with smoked greens, chilies and squash.

blacksalt blue mussels

I ordered boulibase for my main entre, which was off the menu and had head-on prawn, sea scallops, mussels, oysters, and fingerling potatoes in a Mediterranean broth with a toasted baguette and a classically diverse rouie with an accent of chili powder.

boulibase at blacksalt

While the meal left me completely satiated, I still manage a little huge pocket for sweets. Susan Wallace, the pastry chef outdid herself with a special selection of samplings of the most delicious combinations of pies, cakes and mousses that were undeniable.

blacksalt desserts

I loved the edible architecture of each dessert. The butterscotch Pot de Creme was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

susanwallace desserts

After the meal, we got the complete tour de BlackSalt Kitchen, which had a window for guests to observe.

the blacksalt kitchen

Susan even gifted us with a goody bag of treats to take home for later, full of raspberry bars and chocolate peanut brittle that was Susan’s very own family recipe. I met two of the cooks, Taylor and Armando who helped me snap a shot of the goodies.

blacksalt desserts

What a treat! The seafood was pristinely fresh, the desserts were artistically mouth watering and the service was impeccable. Thanks Susan and the BlackSalt team!


Marvelous is mastering new tricks in aerial yoga class. Hanging in a hammock is surprisingly great for digestion. Who knew?

Marvelous is Sweet Greens after a hard workout. I ordered the February salad of warm grains, arugula + shredded kale with portobello mushrooms, basil, beets, and parmesan topped with a pesto vinaigrette accompanied with a warm lentil soup.

sweet greens february

Marvelous is an 80s dance party on Saturday night. What a feeling….

80s dance party

Marvelous is sushi & sashimi Sunday. That should be a thing if it isn’t already.

raku sushi sashimi

How was your weekend?


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A Flexible Workout

I’ve been on the go traveling, and with that comes a lot of eating out.

sweet french toast

breakfast at pauls

No complaints here. 🙂

croissant chocoalte

paul bakery

Unfortunately though, restaurants often have bigger portions, that contain higher levels of sodium and fat. All that delicious flavor comes with a price.


lobster roll

To fight off the extra calories, I try to always squeeze in a workout, even on a busy day.

run with your dog

I strive for flexibility- you can do this workout anywhere to become more agile.

the flexible workout

Click here to look up any of the moves listed in the workout. These are my favorite yoga moves.

If you’ve got 10 minutes, get this workout done!

If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to get moving, here are 5 tips from Glamour magazine:

  1. Tell yourself, “I only have to work out for 7 minutes.”
  2. Listen to your exercise playlist before exercising.
  3. Work out with someone who is 40% more fit than you are.
  4. Schedule it into your calendar.
  5. Stop debating the damn workout and just go.

Have a great evening!


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