Current Fitness Wishlist

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of new workout gear to get your motivation in tip-top shape. I always find myself much more excited to get my butt to the gym when I have something new, whether it be something as small as a new water bottle or sports bra, or something bigger like new leggings or sneakers. Today, I wanted to share some stuff that’s on my current fitness wishlist (and a few things that I recently purchased).

I hope that this gives your motivation a little boost and inspires you to create your own fitness wishlist… It’s nice to reward yourself for your hard work and get you excited for your workout all in one 🙂 A little retail therapy never hurt anybody, right? Let’s get to it:

marble sports bragray leggings
nike joggerswater bottle / strappy sports bra
white + blue nikes black + gray hoodie

As you can probably tell, I mostly gravitate towards fun leggings, sports bras, and accessories. For some reason, purchasing workout tops is always a chore to me… More often than not I just wear a funky sports bra with a sweatshirt of some kind. (Or a college t-shirt or something along those lines).

My favorite thing about my picks from above is how you can mix and match any of them to create a cute look that can take you from the gym to errands or whatever else in-between. I would most definitely wear all of these pieces for a casual look during the day, even if I wasn’t headed to the gym.

The Nike joggers are probably my favorite thing up there, along with the marble sports bra and aqua-colored water bottle. I love them all, and think they make the perfect look for upper body workouts. Pair the moto leggings, black sports bra, and hoodie together for lower body, and just take off the hoodie for a cardio or yoga.

 

And there you have it — the perfect combo for almost any workout 🙂 What is on your current fitness wishlist? xx

Need some more inspiration or motivation for the new year? Find more health and fitness posts here.

 

Post-Holiday Detox

A week into the new year, and it’s safe to say the holiday season is officially behind us. For me, that means it’s time to reset and get back on track in terms of a healthy lifestyle. While I never fully fall off the bandwagon, I definitely get a bit more lenient and relaxed with what I consume during the holidays (who can resist vegan Christmas cookies and hot chocolate?). So, once the holiday season ends I like to take a few days as somewhat of a “detox period” to reset my system and whip it back into shape.

With that said, if you haven’t figured it out already, today I will be sharing my post-holiday detox tips with you guys. Whether you over-indulged this holiday and are getting back on track, or you’re are just getting started with a healthy lifestyle and want to start the new year off strong, these tips are sure to get you on the right foot. Here is my quick guide to a post-holiday detox, so you can start 2018 feeling refreshed and restored.

  1. Eliminate all the bad stuff. Whenever I need to reboot my system, the first thing I do is cut out all of the bad stuff that had slipped into my diet. From a few cookies here and there to some cocktails at holiday parties with friends, over the holiday season you’re bound to indulge a little more than normal. Now is the time to cut all of that out, and get back to a strict whole foods, plant-based diet.
  2. Drink up. One word: water. We hear time and time again how important staying hydrated is, and that’s because it is true. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day, and I promise you will feel a difference from the inside out. It’s crazy how big of a difference some good old h20 will do for your body. It’s easy to do once you get into a routine; just keep a filled water bottle with you all day, and you’ll find yourself sipping it more often than not.
  3. Hit the gym. If you’re looking to kick-start your workout routine, try some new workouts. I love switching up my routine to get reinspired, so if you typically run on a treadmill for cardio, try a circuit routine filled with burpees and mountain climbers instead. If you’re used to doing weight workouts with the machines at the gym, give the free weight section a try. There’s just something so motivating about trying out some new exercises when you’re feeling like you’ve plateaued or need a little kick-start.
  4. Yoga, yoga, yoga. Whether you’ve never done one downward dog in your life or you can do headstands like it’s nobody’s business, practice yoga a few times a week. It’s beneficial for your mind, body, and spirit, meaning while you get a workout you also get to find your inner zen. It’s therapeutic, so it’s perfect to detox from the inside out.
  5. Book a spa treatment. This may or may not just be an excuse to go to a spa, but I really do feel as though some good old TLC is just what the body needs when you want a little detox. Whether you choose a massage (which can have some serious healing properties!), a facial, or something else, you will feel as good as new. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, and ready to tackle your healthy lifestyle with ease.

So, while these tips may seem just like common knowledge to living a healthy lifestyle, I think that’s kind of the point. A little post-holiday detox is all about getting back to the basics in order to reset your system. Thoughts?

Do you have your own post-holiday detox plan? I’d love to hear your ideas. xx

Two Thousand & Eighteen

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to take 2018 on by storm. While 2017 was one for the books — for both good and bad — I am definitely ready to leave it behind and look forward to a bright new year.

While I pretty much never set “New Year’s Resolutions” for myself, I do always head into the new year with a list of goals and some quotes that I strive to live by. It just works best for me that way, and I almost think of it as more of a mood board than anything else. That being said, I wanted to share that with you today, and maybe it will even inspire you to make your own list of non-revolutions for the new year. Even if you don’t share it with anyone, I encourage you to create it for yourself. It’s always super interesting to look back on previous year’s lists and reflect on them — you get the chance to see how far you’ve come, in addition to what you still need/want to work on for yourself. Anyways here’s mine for this new year, if you’re interested:

  1. Relentlessly follow my dreams to turn them into realities.
  2. Continue pursuing a lifestyle centered around wellness and happiness. This includes meditating every day — without exception.
  3. Keep booking plane tickets. Maybe even book a one-way.
  4. Don’t stop fighting for what I believe in. #resist
  5. “Worrying will never change the outcome.”
  6. “Everything you can imagine is real.”
  7. “What you seek is seeking you.”
  8. “It’s not what happens; it’s how you handle it.”
  9. “Make every day count.”
  10. “Be the energy you want to attract.”

In honor of the new year, I also wanted to share some highlights from 2017. I posted these to my Instagram Story, and thought they summed up the year pretty well.

{january in new orleans}

{february spent protesting}

{march in the adirondacks}

{april spent by the sea in montauk…}

{…and above the clouds in a helicopter}

{maine in may}

{crossed off a bucket list item in june / banff, alberta}

{summer things in july}

{august by the pool}

{traveled across the globe by myself in september / bali}

{california dreaming in october}

{feeling fall festive in november}

{decembrrr in iceland}

{home for the holidays}

I hope this inspires you to create your very own mood board for the new year. I would love to hear all about your peaks and pits from 2017, along with your big plans for 2018.

The best is yet to come. xx

Winter in Iceland Travel Diary

{wheels up / yyz ✈️ kef}

Earlier this month, I crossed another major item off of my travel bucket list: winter in Iceland. To sum up the experience in one quick sentence: it did NOT disappoint. Iceland is like no place I have ever been or seen in my entire life; it truly looks like the moon or some far off planet. The whole trip we just kept saying, “This cannot be planet Earth.” I had also always heard that it was “The Land of Fire and Ice” and it turned out to be a very fitting nickname (I’ll let the photos speak for themselves). So, today I wanted to share a little bit about our trip and give you all of my top recommendations. I hope you enjoy! Without further ado, here is my Winter in Iceland Travel Diary…

{360º view of reykjavík from the top of hallgrímskirkja church}

{kaffi vinyl}

{reykjavík roasters}

For the majority of our trip we stayed right in the city of Reykjavík which is the capital city of Iceland, and the only city in the entire country — everything else is considered a town or village. It is a very pretty and safe city, and we loved being in the center of it all. We found a great vegan restaurant that we loved so much we ended up eating there three days in a row… I can’t figure out if that’s just sad or flattering, lol. It’s called Kaffi Vinyl and it has an entirely vegan menu accompanied by a great vibe complete with a record player for music, of course. We also stumbled upon an amazing little coffee shop, Reykjavík Roasters, which we fell in love with immediately upon walking in. It’s a cozy little place that was perfect for warming up with an oat milk latte in.

{the blue lagoon}

If you’ve heard anything — and I mean anything — about Iceland, you’ve most definitely heard about The Blue Lagoon. It is truly as amazing as it sounds, and we wished we had more time on the trip to go back a second time. It’s right near the airport, so we went there right after we landed and got our rental car. It was such a nice way to start off the trip and relax after the journey there.

We paid for one of the packages that includes a few extra perks, and definitely recommend doing so! I unfortunately didn’t get too many photos while we were there so bear with me as I explain all of the details! Although this was at the top of my to-do list for our trip, I admittedly didn’t know too much about The Blue Lagoon other than it was a big natural pool of hot geothermal water. Without even knowing anything else about it, I was sold! I didn’t realize how much more there was to it, including a swim-up bar (we got green juices that were some of the best we’ve ever had!), a swim-up clay/mud face mask bar (there is one complimentary for all guests, and an additional one if you buy a higher package with your ticket), and a sauna and steam room. It was incredible and we spent hours just relaxing in the warm water.

Three major things that I want to point out if you plan on going: 1. Buy tickets ahead of time. They sell out fast so plan ahead! 2. Purchase an early morning ticket time. We got there early in the morning since it worked out best with our flight times, and we were so happy with the way it panned out.  It seemed to just get more and more crowded as the day went on, and — for obvious reasons — the less people there were, the more enjoyable it was. 3. Be mindful about your hair! Something in the water can make your hair stiff and unmanageable, but if you’re careful then you will have no problem. You’re supposed to rinse off in showers before you go into the water, so when I did that, I took a bunch of the conditioner provided and put it all over my hair. Then, I left it in my hair without rinsing it out and went in to the water just like that. Afterwards, I went over my hair a few more times with the same conditioner, and my hair felt just as nice and soft as it did when I arrived 🙂

{skógafoss waterfall}

{mýrdalsjökull glacier}

{gullfoss waterfall}

{vík}

{vík’s black sand beach at sunset}

{the great geyser}

{diamond beach}

{jökulsárlón lagoon}

{vatnajokull glacier + ice cave}

{the friendly wild horses}

One of my favorite parts of the trip was seeing the beautiful wild horses all over along Ring Road. They were so incredibly friendly — it was so different than coming across wild animals anywhere else I’ve been. Every time we got the chance, we would pull over and get out of the car, and every time we started to get out, they would all come walking right over and come right up to us. We would just stand there and talk to them and pet them for so long… They would never leave until we did. We had heard before that it’s important to be gentle and talk quietly because some of them have never come into contact with humans before so you don’t want to scare them. Too cute — I loved them.

{fire + ice}

{random sights}

I’m not sure if the photos do it justice, but as I mentioned before, Iceland really looked like a completely different planet. It is such an amazing mix of mountains, volcanoes, streams, lagoons, and fields — unlike anything I’ve ever seen! I can 100% understand why so many movies are filmed here. We spent a lot of time just driving along Ring Road (Route 1) both north and south, and had such a good time doing that. It reminded me a lot of driving along the Icefields Parkway in Banff if you’ve ever been there. We could just drive aimlessly for hours pulling off and taking it all in every chance we got. We came across so many cute towns with friendly locals, amazing geography, animals (including reindeer. Yes, really!), and even a handful of turf houses.

Another interesting part of the trip comes with traveling there in the winter: short, short, short days! It was so interesting to experience! Iceland has only a few short hours of daylight in the winter, and almost 24 hours of sunlight in the summer (something I would also really like to experience!). The sun didn’t come up until 10 or 11 am while we were there, and it would start to set around 3:30 pm (but didn’t actually get completely dark until 5 or so). One thing I actually really enjoyed about this was that almost every hour was golden hour — a photographer’s dream! It cast such a beautiful light orange and pink light all day long, which made everything look even more beautiful.

Another perk of traveling there in the winter is the northern lights; it is the best time of year to see them there! Sadly, we got very unlucky and didn’t get to see them, though we were very close on two nights! However, it’s just another reason to go plan another trip back to Scandinavia, right? 🙂 We did get to witness the biggest meteor shower of the year while looking for them one night though, so that certainly was a silver lining.

I hope you enjoyed my Iceland Travel Diary! Have you ever been The Land of Fire and Ice? What are your favorite hidden gems on the island?

 

Los Angeles Travel Diary (& Video!)

I touched down back in New York a few days ago, and have been in a delirious state ever since… Jet lag has magically hit me much, much harder than it did for my trip to Bali! Anyways, today I’m back with my favorite kind of post: a travel diary. I’m sharing all of my favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the Los Angeles area (and boy, do I have a lot of recommendations!), and giving you all the details on my trip. Also, I have a quick video that I filmed while I was there, so stay tuned until the end to watch! Without further ado, here is my Los Angeles travel diary…

This was my first visit to LA, and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the city. It is so, so different than New York City — my second home — in the best ways possible. We all know the weather is near perfect, it is so much less crowded when you’re walking around, it felt cleaner, the people were friendlier, it is much more progressive — the list goes on and on! The traffic didn’t even bother me. What might be my favorite thing is how you have the mountains and the beach right in the same area; that’s essentially my dream world 🙂

Did I mention that I saw Kendall Jenner, Brittany Snow (one of my absolute favorites), and Cameron Dallas? I never see celebrities in NYC for some reason, so it was so funny to see so many in such a short amount of time.

{around west hollywood}

We stayed at an Airbnb in West Hollywood, which ended up being my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles. The palm-tree lined streets were filled with cute coffee shops, tons of amazing shops and restaurants, and the coolest street art everywhere you looked. It was amazing.

My absolute favorite places to eat in WeHo were Carrera Café or Verve for morning coffee, Rawberri for an açai or pitaya bowl, Urth Café for lunch, and Gracias Madre (all plant-based Mexican? Yes, please!) for dinner. All of these places were picture perfect, and I would go back to each in a heartbeat — there were so many more items on the menus that I would like to try!

{view from hollywood hills}

Hollywood Hills is truly amazing. The houses are gorgeous, the winding roads weaving up and down the hills are insane, and the view of the city of Los Angeles can’t be beat. We went on a quick hike at Runyon Canyon which was nice — it was sunny and beautiful and an easy hike. Parking was a little iffy — we were so happy that we were driving a Jeep Wranger that could park on the uneven grounds! I would love to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign next time around.

{malibu views}

{el matador state beach}

{malibu wine safari}

My other favorite area was Malibu, which is of course a little ways outside of Los Angeles. It was absolutely stunning; there are no other words to describe it. All of the beaches that we saw were gorgeous, but I’d have to say my favorite was El Matador State Beach.

We also visited Malibu Wine Safari which was nothing short of perfect. We did the Giraffe Tour, so we got to meet and feed Stanley the giraffe who is a retired Hollywood actor. (Yes, seriously). We basically all got into a safari-style truck like you’d see on an African safari and rode it around Saddlerock Ranch. We got to meet so many animals who all had the most clever names… My personal favorites were the llamas, including Barack and Michelle Ollama, the Dalai Llama, Kendrick Llama, and Llama Del Rey. In between meeting and feeding the animals, we tasted both red and white wines. Animals and wine — you couldn’t ask for a more perfect combo!

As far as food, Sunlife Organic was my favorite place that we ate at in Malibu. I had one of the best açai bowls I’ve ever had! Too good.

{santa monica}

{venice}

The Santa Monica and Venice areas are talked about a lot, but I have to say they weren’t my favorite parts of the city. I’m so glad I got to see and experience them, but I didn’t love them as much as the other neighborhoods that I talked about. The Santa Monica pier was fun to see (and the sunset from there is supposed to be really pretty!), the Venice sign was iconic (stop by Animal House to shop around while you’re right there), and I could sit and people watch at the Venice Skate Park all day long. Other than that, it was a little too gritty for my taste.

{a few random iphone snaps}

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I would be placing a heavier focus on videos moving forward. So, I decided to put together a one-minute look into my trip. It’s definitely not my favorite thing I’ve ever created, but it felt like a great way to get started with cinematography. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, “in order to get good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” It really resonated with me, and perfectly describes how I feel about videography at the moment.

That being said, this video was so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to make more (better!) videos soon. Thank you so, so much for watching — it really means more to me than you know! I hope you enjoy. And hey, if you have any ideas for videos that you want me to make, please just let me know 🙂

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So that just about wraps up my Los Angeles travel diary! Have you ever been to LA? What are your favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the area?
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Montauk Travel Diary
04. Lake Placid Travel Diary
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Quebec City Travel Diary
07. Nantucket Island Travel Diary
08. Newport, Rhode Island Travel Diary
09. Mont-Tremblant Travel Diary

Jet Set Packing List & Giveaway

Welcome back! When I relaunched this site, I mentioned that something I would be placing a heavier focus on is travel. I love to travel — it’s my favorite thing to do — so it’s only natural for me to share that with you here, which brings me to today’s post: I started creating these little packing lists for my own personal travels about two years ago, and now I can’t pack for a trip without them!

I then started having friends and family members asking for one while they were planning their own trips, and it sort of just became “a thing.” I use this general/master list the most, but I also started creating customized ones for different types of vacations — beach vacations, ski trips, camping trips… You get the idea.

Once I started getting so many people asking for these, it made me realize that apparently I’m not the only one who finds them useful. I recently got them printed on these pads of paper (50 sheets per pad) as a tester before launching an entire line (!!), and I’ve been sending them to a few blogger friends to get their input. I’m just about ready send another order to the printer and work on creating the full line, but for today I wanted to get the ball rolling…

So, with all of that said, I am very excited to announce that these packing lists are now available to purchase from anywhere in the continental United States for $15 + free shipping! I am hoping to open up the shipping destinations to be worldwide soon, but for now it is just available to the U.S. (luckily most of my audience is based here!). If you are interested, just email me at emilykgannon@gmail.com 🙂

What’s even more exciting is that I am also going to be sending away a few to you guys for fun! To win one, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram, like this photo, and comment either where you are taking a trip to next or where your dream vacation is. I will be choosing a few of you by random, and will DM you right on Instagram for your address if you win. The giveaway will be closing on October 13, and I will ship all of the packing lists to their new owners on that day. Best of luck!! I hope you are as excited as I am.

 

I would love to hear if there are any other products that you would be interested in me making! Whether it’s packing lists for specific getaways (beach, mountains, etc.) or something completely different, please let me know!

Surf Sand Sun

YOU GUYS. I just got back from my trip to Bali, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. If you follow me on social media, then you know I was gone for 10 days, getting sandy and sunkissed at a yoga and surf retreat. (If you’re not already, you can follow along here!)

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite photos from the trip, and talk a little bit more about my experience — it was quite the Eat, Pray, Love moment! So without further ado, here is my Bali travel diary…

{around the retreat / endless smoothies by the pool, lush gardens, outdoor yoga chalet, & more}

The retreat itself was nothing short of heavenly. It was through Goddess Retreats, and it was even better than I expected (and I had high hopes!). There are a few different options for the retreat — I chose the yoga one in Seminyak.

The retreat was wellness-oriented, so we had yoga twice a day, which was amazing. It was in an outdoor chalet, and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to readjust and start going back to doing yoga inside! We also had unlimited spa treatments, so I had facials, manicures, a pedicure, hair treatments, and more. There were also tons of massage options, body scrubs, an aloe vera treatment for skin that has seen a little too much sun — it was too great.

The chefs vegan-ized every single meal for me, which was so, so nice. It was seriously some of the best food ever; there were so many flavors that you just don’t get in America. Possibly my favorite part? The vegan cookies on my nightstand that were restocked daily (yes, please!).

I also had a few “Bliss Days” as a part of the retreat, where I got to choose from a list of excursions… I chose a bike ride through the countryside and rice fields of Ubud — which was amazing — and a day at Sundays Beach Club, which was also picture perfect. Some of the other options were snorkeling, SUP yoga, a tour of a temple, and white water rafting.

{playing around with over/under shots on my gopro}

{sundays beach club / clear turquoise waters, white sand, seemingly endless views of the indian ocean, & more}

{sunny sights}

{ubud rice fields}

{a few of the many, many bali dogs around the island}

Bali has such a unique energy to the island that I truly cannot describe with words. I met multiple people who said they visited once for a vacation and never ended up leaving — it’s that captivating. It is spiritual and just plain joyful… It is the true definition of “good vibes” (as much as I hate that saying, it’s just too fitting). It’s like magic! Not only that, but it is incredibly beautiful. The Indian Ocean was the perfect turquoise color and you could see right through it… It reminded me so much of the water in the Bahamas, which up until this trip was the prettiest water I’d ever seen. Pair that with the soft white sand and you end up with the perfect beach. The rice fields and waterfalls aren’t so bad either 🙂

Getting there was quite a hike being that it is on the exact opposite side of the globe from New York. It took almost 30 hours of traveling to get there, but it was so worth it. In fact, I am already planning my next trip back and cannot wait to explore more.

 

Have you ever been to Bali? What are your favorite hidden gems on the island?

 

 

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