Good morning! It’s Friday, and I’m starting the day early with a sweat in spin class!
I have the option of working from home on Fridays (for now), so I’m looking forward to a day to focus in the comfort of my own home. I sure do miss the company of our fur kids these days. It will be nice to catch up with them and enjoy lunch at home, too.
I don’t have much on deck for tomorrow, but Sunday will be busy. I’m volunteering at a race, working, and getting ready for another week followed by out-of-town visitors. You better believe that I will be silencing any alarms tomorrow!
I’m definitely looking forward to getting some rest this weekend, and today I’m looking back at the week to share a new batch of Friday Favorites. I’d also love to hear what you’ve been loving in the comments and link-up sections below.
Here we go!
Friday Favorites #160: Week of 9/23
• the new iPhone 7
I’ve been waiting to upgrade my phone for quite some time. I was going to finally bite the bullet and trade my iPhone 5s in for a 6s a month or so ago, but then I got word that the iPhone 7 was coming out mid-September. I figured I’d save a little when the upgrade game out, and I had every intention of simply upgrading to the 6s until my friend Hillary clued me in on a fantastic deal. Anyone from AT&T looking to switch over to Verizon?
Scott and I have been with AT&T for years (and we have loved it for years!), but for whatever reason, their service in New York City is sub-par. Everyone talks about how AT&T barely gets service here, and they’re absolutely right. I was always running off of one bar in our apartment, and the wi-fi/4G connection was super slow and frustrating. I’ve heard that Verizon is the way to go from several sources, and man … the difference is incredible. The service is great!
I don’t know if this is true outside of the City, but it’s definitely worth researching if you’re in a similar situation. Until the end of September, any customer switching over from AT&T can turn in their iPhone 5 or 5s for $400, 6 or 6s for $600, or 6 plus for $650 credit towards a new iPhone 7 or 7 plus! You sign a 2-year agreement with the service, but you pay the remaining cost of the phone off during that time. At the end of the day, I’m paying less than $15 a month for the upgrade.
I’ve been swooning over the rose gold version since it came out, so of course I picked that one.
(pictured with a clear Speck case — drop tested protection from 8-feet!)
They also offer a new matte black option which looks great. The main difference between the 6s and 7 is the home button, camera, and earbud jack. The iPhone doesn’t have a headphone jack, only a Lightning port that’s also used to charge the battery. Here’s an article explaining why. The phone has a 12MP camera and a digital zoom up to 5x.
The home button isn’t really a “button”, and when you touch it the whole phone clicks. It’s weird, but I’m used to it and think it’s actually kind of cool.
If any of you end up switching to Verizon, let me know if the deal worked in your area, too!
• Zenergy yoga class with Chico’s
I kicked this busy week off in the best way with a Zenergy yoga class hosted by Chico’s. They’re rolling out a new Zenergy clothing line that features the softest, performance-inspired fabrics. Their mission is to make women feel comfortable, yet sexy as they age, and the new styles give off an easy-made-chic spirit that’s perfect for everyday life and activities.
I joined my blogging friends Ashley (<- thanks for the invite!) and Theodora at the Chico’s warehouse on 25th Street after work on Monday, and I was really looking forward to a calm and relaxing yoga session with Colleen Saidman.
She led a wonderful class full of stretches and holds, and I left feeling rejuvenated. (I need more yoga in my life!)
The class was held in the Chico’s warehouse, and the space was beautifully transformed into a yoga oasis.
Fresh juices, cucumber and mint waters, and light hors d’oeuvres were served afterwards, and everyone was gifted an outfit, bag, and yoga mat. Thanks for a night of zen, Chico’s!
• it’s officially FALL
If any of you follow LIL on Snapchat or Instagram (stories), then you already know that yesterday was the first day of the fall season, and this made me really excited. Call me basic, but fall has my heart.
Ever since we moved up where seasons actually exist, my favorite time of year is always when there is a slight chill in the air in the peak of when all the leaves start changing. I love pulling out the scarves and boots and cuddling up with a hot beverage in hand.
Yesterday I honored the changing of the season with a morning Pumpkin Spice Latte. Had to. <3
• impromptu running and workout dates
I have my friend Ashley to thank for a great week of workouts!
We went to yoga on Monday, on a run through Prospect Park on Wednesday, had a cardio dance party last night, and went to my very first SoulCycle class this morning! (For anyone near one, they’re offering free classes to first-timers until the end of the day!) Eighty percent of those plans — to go together anyways — happened at the last minute, and it was so fun to have someone to sweat and chat with during my workouts this week.
Thanks for motivating me to get out there and move, friend!
• Spotify’s Running Tempo feature
If you’ve been reading the blog for a hot minute, then you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Spotify. (I create workout playlists every season and have a new one coming at you soon!) While I love Pandora, I prefer to create and stream my own playlists, and I pay $9.99 for the upgraded membership without ads that also allows you to play any album or song in any order.
One thing I just discovered, however, is their Running Tempo feature. It’s great!
If you’re ever looking for running motivation, browse the Mood -> Running category and start running. The app will automatically start playing music that matches your tempo. You can run to the beat (as a dancer, this is amazing), and each song is an abbreviated version that transfers into the next. It’s like you have your own personal running DJ!
Through this option, I’ve discovered a lot of old favorites, too. Let me know if you give it a try!
• September POPSUGAR Must Have Box
Longtime LIL readers might remember POPSUGAR Must Have Boxes appearing on the blog from time to time!
For those who don’t, here’s how it works:
- Pick a plan: sign up for a subscription, packages start at $39.95 a month
- Unwrap your full-sized box of surprises each moth
- Enjoy your new discoveries!
You can always see what past boxes look like by visiting their Box Reveal page. All are valued well over $100 and include treats I would personally love to try. Also, I think it’s neat that Lisa Sugar (POPSUGAR Founder & Editor in Chief) personally hand-picks the items that go into each box. You’re essentially trying out her monthly “Friday Favorites”.
While I don’t personally subscribe to the service, it is a neat way to try new products, snacks, and accessories. (Who doesn’t love surprises in the mail every month, right?)
POPSUGAR sent me as box of treats this month, and I’m excited to share the contents with you.
The September 2016 Box included:
- JACK & LUCY Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat, suggested retail: $58
- NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit, suggested retail: $16
- BRIOGEO Don’t Dispair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, suggested retail: $36
- FLINT Lint Roller, suggest retail: $9.99
- SMITH & CULT Lip Lacquer in The Warning, suggested retail: $22
- THE GLUTEN FREE BITES Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites, suggested retail: $4.99
— Over a $145 value!
The travel lint roller is everything with pets. I’m loving the lip gloss, my hair desperately needs that hydrating mask, and I absolutely adore the hat. It’s a style I’ve been wanting to try, so now I have an excuse to give it a go. *fingers crossed*
If you’re interested in getting your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box, take advantage of getting $5 off of your first box by using the code SHOP5 (<- never expires!) at checkout. Thanks for the goodies, POPSUGAR!
• favorite LIL posts
And a throwback for the season …
• Friday funnies
Have a great weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Friday Favorites is a series of posts that features items I genuinely want to share with you, and affiliate links may appear from time to time. As always, your support is much appreciated! <3