Archive | August, 2011

Random Rec Wednesday: Kate Spade Online Sample Sale!

31 Aug

Have you ever been to a sample sale?

Well if you haven’t, be sure to get your tetanus shot first. I went to an Ella Moss sample sale once and I was practically murdered when  a new rack of clothes was placed in front of me.

Take the dress! But spare me my life!

Also be sure to clear your schedule. I had to drive to some warehouse that was probably the scene of many Dateline crimes and wait in a line that curved around the block, just to get my hands on some discounted scoop neck tees.

No, thanks. I love a bargain, but I also love my life.

But I make an exception for is the Kate Spade Sample Sale. It’s going on now and its up to 75% off!

Whaaaat?

I know! How can you beat that?

The best bags go fast, but don’t worry there is absolutely no clawing involved.

And remember to sign up for her email newsletter so you’ll know right away about the next one!

Hey losers! Another sale is going on!

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Motivating Monday: Don’t stop believin’

29 Aug

“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.”                                                                                                                                                                              -Diane Sawyer

I wonder how many women let go of their dream of hosting World News Tonight because they stopped believing it was possible.

Just sayin’.

Random Rec Wednesday: Hiking Yoga

24 Aug

I recently discovered the joy of Hiking Yoga. It’s a brilliant concept. Hiking – good, yoga — good, so why not combine the two?! I mean, if you’re going to work out, why not get some fresh air while you’re at it?

San Francisco hike

Fitness buff and founder, Eric Kipp got the bright idea to combine hiking with yoga and started Hiking Yoga in San Francisco in 2009. The company has grown exponentially since then and now has locations nationwide! Eric leads several of the classes himself and I got to meet and chat with him during my first hike. His passion for fitness and helping others achieve their goals is really inspiring.

For anyone who dreads working out (i.e. me), this is the workout for you. You don’t have to be a hiking or yoga extraordinaire. HikingYoga welcomes all levels of yoga, from beginner to guru and will coach you along the way on improving your poses. I have done hikes in two of their Bay Area locations and I felt so great after! Like bursting out in song and signing from the mountain tops great.

Each hike is 90 minutes and you stop four times along the way to do some yoga poses. Not only is it an awesome workout, it’s a social workout. Bring your friends and/or meet new people on the hike. Another bonus: Hiking Yoga uses Perkville to track your hikes so you can earn free ones. It’s like a frequent flyer program for exercise! And you can earn free hikes for recommending your friends, which is how I discovered Hiking Yoga.

If you’re looking for a physical AND mental workout, check out hikingyoga.com to find a location near you. And be sure to find them on Facebook, Yelp,  and Groupon for promos!

Motivating Monday: How NOT to succeed

22 Aug

Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, was rejected 60 times before getting the one yes that changed her career and life.

60 TIMES. To state the obvious, that’s a lot.

Do you have a passion that you gave up because you hated rejection? If you did, I bet you didn’t get rejected 60 times. Many would have given up in her situation. And imagine if she did!

Kathryn wrote an article about her years of rejection and it is such great advice that you’re going to just have to click on the link to read it for yourself. Please do. It’s an entertaining and inspiring story.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The point is, I can’t tell you how to succeed. But I can tell you how not to: Give in to the shame of being rejected and put your manuscript—or painting, song, voice, dance moves, [insert passion here]—in the coffin that is your bedside drawer and close it for good. I guarantee you that it won’t take you anywhere. Or you could do what this writer did: Give in to your obsession instead.”

Kathryn Stockett- The Help Was Turned Down 60 Times Before Becoming a Bestseller

And go see The Help. I loved it! Or read the book.

I haven’t yet, but I’m going to, okay?

Motivating Mondays: Tomorrow is today!

15 Aug

“What you do today creates every tomorrow.” –Oprah

The pressure!

Every time I read this quote I want to sprint out of my chair and be more productive. The quote is funny that way…it’s motivational, yet also scary. You don’t want to ruin every tomorrow! Or in true Oprah fashion,

‘Every to-morrooooowwwww!’

(Photo:Katy Winn/Getty Images)

Leave  it to Oprah to tough-love guilt us into creating better futures for ourselves. Verrryyyy sneaky! (slow chin stroke with raised eyebrow). But sometimes we need that tough love kick in the pants to reach our full potential. I know I do.

It’s okay to have a lazy day here and there, but your future really does depend on today. Sometimes we just need to put down the Bon Bons, turn off the Hoarders marathon, and get off the couch!

So no pressure, but what will you do today to create your every tomorrow?

Hmmmm? I’m tapping my toe, here. I don’t have all day people!