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life in luon

I am not even really sure when my love-affair with lululemon Athletica began. Thinking back, perhaps it was my first big purchase with Katie Hoff at Fashion Island in Orange County, California. Naturally, I splurged on the pair of pants that got everyone talkin’ luon…. their Groove Pants in black and bright blue. Yes, that was the day. However, perhaps it was my time at FIDM with Taylor Monk, creating patterns for 6-8 hours on massive drafting tables in downtown Los Angeles. Our outfits on those days never changed; decked out in Scuba Hoodies, Wunder Unders tucked into boots, our hair on top of our head with wide framed glasses intact. That then led to a beautiful year and a half on Beverly Drive at lululemon Beverly Hills, followed by another year at the Showroom in Louisville, Kentucky…. living and breathing the lifestyle in my luon clad attire. Regardless of where I am or what I am/have been doing, lululemon Athletica remains a staple in my wardrobe.


Okay, okay, so you have yet to experience the craze of all things luon? Want to hop on this bandwagon? You don’t have to tell me twice.

Behold, my suggestions for the “Top 5 Go-To’s” when beginning your lulu lovin’:

(yes…one for you, gentlemen…..)


1. Groove Pants


Nutshell: luon; medium-rise, flat waistband/hidden pocket, sweat-wicking & breathable, 4-way stretch; flare leg; reversible

2. Cool Racerback Tank



Nutshell: luon light; long-length, racerback, sweat-wicking & breathable, 4-way stretch

3. Wunder Under Pants/Crops 

wu pantcrop(blue=cropped version)

Nutshell: luon; medium-rise, flat waistband/hidden pocket, sweat-wicking & breathable, 4-way stretch; skinny “legging”; reversible

4. Define Jacket


Nutshell: luon; sweat-wicking & breathable; 4-way stretch; perfect to-and-from any activity; thumbholes, longer in the back than in the front to cover bum; form-fitting at waist

5. Metal Vent Tech(guys, this one’s for you)

metal ventmetal vent

Nutshell: Silverescent Fabric (X-Static powered) inhibits growth of odor causing bacteria; preshrunk; does NOT chafe; sweat-wicking & breathable; lightweight, hip-length…every guy’s fave.



There ya have it. Go to town.


At this VERY moment, I can NOT live without…

1. Trader Joe’s Lavender Dryer Bags

(in the dryer, in your dresser drawers, in your car….possibilities are endless) 




2. Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

(my favorite excerpts from this will be in a future blog post…)

east west



3. Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

(#BYOC = my newest experiment) 





4. Natura Culina Regenerating Rosehip Facial Oil

(a little bit applied to my face before bed…say no more)



5. MisFit Shine Activity Tracker

(love the sleep tracking element)




6. 5 Gum. Flavor? COBALT.

(i have a problem…)



7. Genuine Joy by Hilary Phelps  { }

(a fantastic blend of passions …all wrapped into one blog)

genuine joy


8. Lara Casey Postcards

(when you just want to send a quick hello… #feelgoods)

9. Hydroflask 40 oz. Water Bottle 

(cold. all. day….perfect for every workout. plus it forces me to HYDRATE!) 
white hydro
10. CraveClean Choco-PB Cupcake Protein Muffins
(Katie sent me a package of these goodies for my birthday… and, well…might just be placing a few more orders. Perfect for post-workout replenishment!)
choco pb
(start the day with one. every. day. 

Thirty (yes, “30”) Thursday


Got home, sat down, and timed myself  (competitive….shocking?) in writing down 3o positive words that popped into my mind. No rhyme, no reason. Abstract, artistic, logical, anything. Below is the oh-so-random list….

































…my time? 2 minutes and 8 seconds. What’s weird? I was born at 2:08 pm, 2 days ago, in 1986 (obviously). Superstitious?! Year 28 of my life is starting out on a #positivenote.



Reflecting on a year ago…

Road to Durango A little over a year ago, I ventured to Durango, Colorado to visit my grandfather at his beautiful mountain home. Yup, just my Pappa and I, taking on the mountains one offroading trip at a time. I absolutely LOVE the mountains. There is something about being in the west that exudes a true sense of serenity and peace. I find it to be extremely healing. And, to be honest, I was in a period of unknown transition, again. Exciting, yes. But uncomfortable all in the same.  I was wrapping up my summer, and was going to be moving to Knoxville, Tennessee to obtain my Masters in Sport Psychology and begin an entirely new life…. I absolutely love taking my life and steering it in the direction of my dreams. However, I have found that I make subconscious decisions (such as picking up and going to Durango) when I am needing some clarity. Well, being in the clean, crisp air of Durango with my Pappa did JUST that. About year ago, I was 26 going on 27. And a year ago, my family treated me, for my birthday, to this Durango getaway. Tonight is what I am currently reflecting on this list from that incredible vacation! What a way to transition…with pure clarity and all.  I HIGHLY suggest getting out to the mountains if you want a gorgeous respite from the routine. Promise you that you will leave feeling so rejuvenated and refreshed!

Hiking and picnic with Pappa at 11,000 feet in Hermosa Cliffs

Durango Sports Club Workouts & Starbucks chats with Don and Twana Powell

Mexican Fiesta at Bruce and Evelyn Gaylor’s Ranch

Exploring the Indian Ruins in Mesa Verde (un. real.)

Dodging cattle herd/ drive on the highway in Mancos  (literally,  they sat in the middle of the highway for 20 minutes…)

Downtown Durango solo shopping trip with a pit stop for a green smoothie … and of course playing with hippie incense at Durango Natural Foods

Driving through Silverton en route to Telluride

Jeeping through Ophir Pass

Lunch at Appaloosa in Telluride

Waterfall Sightseeing in Ridgeway

Poppin P’s & Chocolate Shoppe in Ouray (AKA Little Switzerland)

Driving along the Ralph Lauren Ranch (hundreds of thousands of acres large!)

Relaxing by water at Lake of the Pines at Aunt Wendy’s Cabin

Golf Scramble Swordfish Dinner & Cocktails at Glacier Club

Salmon Dinner at Sow’s Ear at Durango Ski Resort

Sunday Mass at St. Columba Catholic Church

Early birthday gift from Pappa of authentic Lucchese Cowboy Boots from Downtown Durango Boot Barn!

Morning Bike ride in the mountains of Glacier Club

Stilwellness got a makeover…

announcementThe fabulous Taylor McFarlane is at it again. This time, she is not my lululemon wingman or my yogi Zen-master. Nope, this time, she grabbed her “other hat” and ran with it. That “I am an insanely talented web-designer” hat. Mmhmmm, yeah, THAT one. She managed to take my old blog and website, and create a new, beautifully designed piece of work….all on my birthday. What a blessing! I am SO proud to have this gorgeous website completed today, June 204, 2014! Now, the fun part comes…wrapping my mind around this bloggin’ world. Explore the site, click around…enjoy!

Check out her website: if you’re ever in the market for a fresh, new website (or anything creative that can be done on a computer for that matter…)!


“Savasana in Chicago”

savasanaThis morning, Linz emailed me about an “aha” moment she experienced in her yoga practice, and I felt inclined to ask her if I could share it on my blog. She gladly said yes, and so the below passage is in the voice of Lindsay and her wonderful yoga teacher.

I wanted to share with you something my yoga instructor said this morning that stuck with me.  First off, she’s rad.  She’s like CRAZY good at yoga (former dancer), AND super smart. She likes to demystify terms mentioned in yoga (her way of being creative in her own mind) – so today she said something like this:


vacationI did a bit of a “computer clean-up” both at work and at home today, and so far have come across two main things:

1) A collection of hilarious, “lost” photos from childhood, high school,and college (always provides a solid laugh)

2) My “Vacation Bucket List” (created in 2010)

I will save the photos for another date, but here lies the infamous bucket list of vacation spots that I am now giggling at, as I don’t even know why I chose a few of them! I DO know they should happen. Totally.

I have provided my comments in Italics, because it only made sense to give my 2 cents!