Friday Faves – The Fitnessista


Hi friends! Happy Friday! How’s the week been? It was a great one over here. I had quite a few calls with 1:1 nutrition clients, a brainstorm session for the new year (SO many fun things on the way!!) and crushed through the ol’ to-do list. I’m looking forward to another holiday party this weekend and getting our Christmas tree. (I can’t believe I was finally converted to Team Real Tree. They smell incredible. There’s nothing like it.) I’d love to hear what you have going on!

If you’re holiday shopping this weekend, just wanted to re-share this year’s gift guides:

For her

For him

For the kids

For your fitness-loving friend

(I’ll have a last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers guide up soon, too)

Now it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web, and I love hearing about your faves, too! Please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below. 

(Maisey’s teeth. Always a fave.)

Fashion + beauty:

I ordered a super cute Santa sweater a boutique and when I googled to find it, it’s on Walmart for $26. I paid more than double this, for the exact same thing. Don’t be like me; order it from Walmart or Etsy. 

This is my #1 fave on today’s list. I shared a bit about these on IG stories, but I’ve been using Frownies for about a week after being ad targeted for them. I think my phone knows I’m afraid of Botox and sent me this ad. (No judgement if you get and love Botox. 99% of people do, haha. It’s just not for me, right now. Never say never, though, right?)

These things were created in the late 1800s (for real!) and the idea is that it prevents and reduces wrinkles by making a little cast on your face. You may be scrunching your face in your sleep and have no idea. You wet the shiny side, pull your skin taught, and let it dry for a few seconds until it hardens. You sleep with them on and wet to remove in the morning. My crease in between the middle of my eyebrows is GONE in the morning and perfectly smooth!!

The results don’t last all day, but the more you use them, the more it helps to train your face to stay relaxed. Over time, you need to use them less and less often. The reviews online were incredible so I ordered them, and I’m a believer. I can’t wait to see what my results look like after prolonged use. This link will get you $10 off!

This tanning face spray. I ordered this during the Sephora VIB sale and LOVE it. (Heads up that their shipping is very slow right now.) I use their drops as my regular self tanner (I add 4 drops of the dark drops to my body lotion) and love that you can use this light mist after your nighttime moisturizer. The color is perfect – not orange at all – and it doesn’t leave any spots or streaks. 10/10 recommend.

I bought these shoes and they’re GORGEOUS. They’re similar to another brand that’s like $400 and I couldn’t justify it, since I rarely go anywhere that requires heels. Looking for a black wrap dress or a velvet dress to wear with these for Christmas. I just signed up for their referral program, and this link will get you $20 off. (Once you get to the site, just search for Bow Shoes and they’re the first ones that pop up.)

Always love the way this little table turns out:

Health and fitness:

Something special about my favorite sauna blanket: when you order, you get a sauna blanket bag for FREE. Check it out here and use the code FITNESSISTA75 – this is such an awesome promo! I’ve been using the sauna blanket for about a year now and My full review is here. 

I recently tried Organifi Harmony after a blog reader told me it tastes like the most delicious and rich hot cocoa. It tases incredible. It’s not too sweet, and the perfect deep cocoa flavor. I add it to warm almond milk and to my smoothies, and it contains many of my favorite adaptogens and hormone-balancing ingredients. When I know I’ll be drinking Harmony later, I cut my morning supplements in half since many of my go-tos are already included here. You can use the code FITNESSISTA for an extra discount, too.

Just for kicks:

Read, watch, listen:

Podcast is now on Spotify! I don’t know why it took me 1800 years to add my feed to this platform, but I finally did it. Cue the confetti! Here’s the link to my latest episode with Natasha Caleel, and you can also find the show on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. 

What movies can you watch over and over?

Exercise releases the body’s own cannabis-like substance, which can help reduce inflammation.

Try last week’s barre workout here!

Good eats:

This Christmas charcuterie board looks amazing! If you’re looking for single-serving boards, check out these grazing boxes, too.

Cranberry orange bread

The only apple dessert you’ll ever need.

White bean chicken chili

Happy Friday, friends!


PS. Congrats to the winner of this week’s sneaky giveaway, Leah! She’ll be getting a Beautycounter All Bright C serum. My favorite things giveaway will be up soon, so stay tuned!


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