ayyyee happy new year! this year i’m focusing on doing more of the things i love. eating at good restaurants, making good food at home, challenging my body with new workouts, challenging my mind with good books, leaning into relationships with my family, friends, riders and my partner. so far it feels really good! i have not watched tidying up with marie kondo but my partner did move in with me so naturally i’ve been forced to throw a lot of my shit away. i like “does this spark joy?” as a rule of thumb but some things i hold on to because they bring back memories…memories that aren’t necessarily joyful. do you keep things that remind you of your pain and your progress? what are some of the things you’re doing this year to make you feel good and aid in your healing? write them down and say peace out to the past but remind yourself how far you’ve come xoxo P
who doesn't love a good sale?! i was lucky enough to get this mara hoffman one piece as a christmas present and now it's on sale! where my #discountdivas at? it fits suuuper well (i'm wearing a medium and could've gone for a small) and the quality is superb. there are a bunch of cute suits on sale on her site! definitely check them out because these pieces are timeless and she knows how to fit a woman's body so well. use the code SALEONSALE to get an additional 20% off! yaaas! thank you mara!
what's up #paulaposse?! i'm excited to announce i have another batch of #paulaposse long sleeve tees! these are custom screen printed tees with paula posse on the front and a silly summer photo on the back. the inspiration is from the saint pablo tour tees with kim in her suit on the back playing tennis (sooo good). sizing is unisex! if you want one slide through my dms on instagram @pauladawn i would love to see you rocking one!
finally, some rain in california! we've had weeks and weeks of perfect 50-60 degree clear skies and i'm into the shift. perhaps it's because i was born and raised in bellevue (20 minutes east of seattle) that i enjoy the vibe of a gray sky accompanied with comfort food and coffee (or chai). lots of people wait for the storm to pass but i've learned how to dance with the rain. it poses a challenge but you got to get your rain gear and go! there is life to be lived. right now i'm rocking jeffery campbell's cloudy chelsea rain boot and i'm in love. there's a 1 1/2" heel and a 1" platform so you feel a little more upright and ready to tackle anything. don't let a little rain get in your way.. slay! happy new year
a reminder to "breathe", "go your own way" and get on the burrow train.
i love getting things in the mail and you can now count couches as one of those things. this couch is comfy, has a charging station, and is easy to assemble. it's meant to take a part and put back together so if you are on the move this is the couch for you. it fastens sort of like a chest, you screw in the legs, and volià - couch.
food helps me feel content... for lack of better words. this past month a lot has been thrown at us (hurricanes, earthquakes, orange man issues, etc.) and this morning marks a horrific mass murdering in las vegas. i quickly ran down to my local market and grabbed a fresh peach. if i can make something pretty perhaps i will feel a little better. i was reminded of the shift in seasons. peach season is pretty much over. and all seasons come to an end. heading into this week and month with an optimistic perspective - not so much that things will get better but that these past events have made us stronger and ready to take on what's next.
1 c wallaby vanilla bean organic greek yogurt
2 tbs coconut flakes
2 tbs chia seeds
are you still feeling the positive vibes from dare to bare? me too. so what now? how can we continue to empower ourselves and women of all ages? for me it starts small. continue the positive self talk. exercise. eat right. don't consult a scale or worry if those pants no longer fit. focus on how you feel! and spread positivity whenever you can. if you weren't able to make the event feel free to browse the movemeant foundation website to learn more about what we were up to and donate. huge shout out to everyone who was able to ride! what a special day... hope to see you next year!
crossing my fingers that SoulCycle makes some more of these beauties! let's woman up (and eat pressed freeze)!
i've been doing this combo for years and trust me, it's the best way to start your day! every sunday i have two classes in the castro. 8:30A and 10:45A. often times i talk about brunch during class so i've been getting a few requests for recommendations. here's are some spots i like that are close to the studio!
project juice - a block away from the studio on castro st. my go to is the green bowl "protein" style with almond butter on top. if you are gluten free they have amazing gf bread for their avocado and banana almond butter toasts.
réveille coffee co. - two words: avocado toast. walk towards 18th take a left and it's on your left hand side. amazing coffee! cool vibe.
sit down brunch:
fable - on castro a block from the studio! awesome food like acme sweet baguette french toast or steak & eggs benedict. amazing back patio space (seriously dreamy). takes reservations.
lark - a block away on 18th. bottomless mimosas for $13. brunch with a mediterranean twist (hello poached eggs with lamb souvlaki). takes reservations.
starbelly - on 16th (a few blocks away). on the menu: chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, chorizo and egg pizza, challah french toast, and my fav sunnyside joe's (prather ranch ground beef, cheddar, onions & spinach, potatoes). takes reservations.
reserve your bike and reserve your brunch! also, don't forget to eat something small before class (apple, banana, some oats, etc.). hope to see you sunday!
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i tend to do most of my shopping online these days. it's easy. it's fun to get packages delivered to my door and i can typically return the product without too much hassle. however, there's something about the in-store experience - feeling the textures, listening to music, meeting people that work at the store and are passionate about the product. there's also an aspect of discovery. online, i typically go with brands i know. and my wardrobe is getting pretty predictable. i like that i've simplified things but i've been missing the "ohhh i love this new brand" feeling. finding a new brand is kind of like finding a new song. it feels more special when less people know about it. but eventually you want to share it! so with that, let me introduce seldom seen.
seldom seen is a boutique in hayes valley. you can find it right across the street from loving cup on octavia street. tons of people come to hayes valley to shop and might miss this incredible store because they stay on hayes street. don't be like them. go to seldom seen!
everytime i go in they have new stuff! they are constantly restocking with the latest and greatest. the clothes are hip, high quality, and perfect for the laid back lifestyle. in the shop i've found well known brands that are hard to come by in san francisco, like maison kitsuné and earnest sewn. i've also been introduced to new, up and coming brands like svenskco, a SF local candle maker (omg they smell so good) and bleached goods, concert tour style street wear highlighting high end fashion houses. here are some photos i did with seldom seen to capture this awesome brand.
make sure you stroll through the store and check these items out! there's a sale going on through sunday. plus, it's awesome to support our local shops! thank you seldom seen for existing and making me look cool again :)
i pretty much love anything that's mexican inspired and love it even more when papalote salsa is involved. putting this dish together is really simple! here's what you need:
1/2 lbs. medium shrimp - raw, deveined
1/2 c quinoa
1 c black beans
1 c corn
1/2 queso fresco (or feta cheese)
1/2 purple onion - diced
2 tbs chopped cliantro
2 tbs papalote salsa
3 cloves of garlic
handful of cherry tomatoes
cook quinoa according to the packing. next, chop your ingredients and start to marinate the shrimp with garlic, cilantro (leaving some for toppings) and squeeze half a lime.
line two pans with olive oil. cook beans and corn in one pan and shrimp in the other.
place cooked quinoa into a bowl and top with shrimp.
add everything else and enjoy the deliciousness. top with as much salsa as you desire!
can't you see how excited i am to be wearing olive and black?! my two fall stable colors. i often miss nike's "tight of the moment" but have found good luck ebay. sometimes buying a new pair of fun tights motivates you to get back moving! whatever it takes #justdoit
after a few weeks listening, yup, im still obsessed with a seat at the table. nope, i'm not going to compare her to her sister. but yup, solange slays just like her sister. this album is seriously so good. it's melodic, beautiful, and insightful. i like how she's isn't shying away from interludes. instead of interrupting the music they serve to compliment the music and provoke deep thought. she's using the personal to address the political. tina taught me blends into don't touch my hair soo seamlessly and a song title that is seemingly aggressive becomes soulful and celebratory. "but this hair is mine!" she exclaims. and it is prideful as it should be. and sampha is featured which is everything (my black james blake). check out the video here
other favorites include cranes in the sky, junie, and don't wish me well.
check out the album on spotify
another great album to bump while cozying up indoors is tycho's epoch. we all knew this album was going to be good but damn, this is so good! it starts off a little more upbeat than his previous work and really gets you going. perfect for the morning commute or afternoon stretch session. it's an album that you listen to beginning to end. all the songs are amazing but if i were to pick a favorite i think it would be source. i can't wait to see this show live! playing at the independent tonight and sunday at treasure island music festival (warming up the bridge stage for james blake). hope to see you there in your rain boots :)
listen to epoch on spotify
i constantly find myself hungry all the time... if you workout twice a day you get where i'm coming from. if you don't workout twice a day you get where i'm coming from! food is essential for us all. and snacking is just as important as any meal. it's so easy to grab the unhealthy quick fix but two minutes of your time can make all the difference when it comes to snacking.
i always keep toppings on deck! pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, coconut chips etc. if you get in the habit of using these items they will definitely be gone before their expiration date. you can use them with oats, chia seed pudding, cottage cheese (if that's your thing... never could get into this), and yogurt! put them in mason jars if you wanna be all cute about it.
here i went with chia seeds, coconut chips and sliced almonds. i washed some mixed berries and topped with yogurt. i'm big on greek yogurt but it's nice to have the creamy almost liquidy kind as a change up (here i used trader joe's but i also like wallaby).
take the time to snack right! if you can't do it at home put all the toppings in a ziplock and make it happen at work. your mind, your body and your tastebuds will thank you.
it's time to share some albums i've been bumping! it's always good to put a few more in rotation. if you haven't been listening here are some recent favorites
listen to blond on spotify
after a highly anticipated wait frank ocean has done it again. i love this album because it takes you on a journey. he captures a mood and tells a story. it speaks to our basic human emotions, feeling sad, alone, self-absorbed, etc. while also keeping things mellow yet enlightening. i do like nostalgia/ultra and channel orange more, however, this album is definitely a nice progression. and it gets better with every listen! nights is my favorite track. similar to pyramid, it starts off as a solid song but then it changes tempo into this super rad amazing track. if you've been to my soulcycle class recently i love stretching to pink + white and seigfried. i also play this awesome remix of white ferrari that you need to check out right now! it makes me feel like im in the movie drive :)
i feel like people have been sleeping on the zhu album! zhu maintains his chill sexy vibes and it's just perfect. i find it super easy to listen to from start to finish though the stronger tracks are mostly near the beginning. it's the perfect album to end the night with while sipping a nice glass of wine. the standout track for me is good life. the lyrics are powerful and the groove is smooth. i love how he's the cute little baby on his album art! how notorious of him ;)
listen to generationwhy on spotify
need to clean your house or take a bath? i've got the perfect album for you. bon iver 22, a million. think kanye's lost in the world but extended. 22 #strafford apts is so great. i also love 8 (circle). all around just such a great, soulful piece of art. enjoy!
listen to 22, a million on spotify
now this album has been out for a while but i need to mention skin by flume! as soon as i put it on it gives me festival vibes. i imagine a crowd mesmerized by cool lights and dope beats. the beginning of the album feels a little more mainstream but i like that he takes some risks later on starting with wall fuck, oh my god, the production is wild with this one and i love it. my favorite must listen to tracks are you know which goes right into take a chance with little dragon (that angelic voice) and then followed by innocence with alunageorge (great three track stretch)! overall super solid album! hopefully that gives you enough tunes to bump for now. i'll be back with more soon
listen to skin on spotify
i'm back from burning man and feeling swaggy af! because gratitude! i have an amazing life and i'm so grateful to live it up and be surrounded by such awesome people! there's not much else to report...
i played an amazing back to back set with cameron drake at the barechested baristas camp! that was a highlight and i will post our set soon! also, i was finally able to catch a tycho sunrise set (they haven't posted it yet on soundcloud but here's one from last year). to me sunrise is the best time out there and this year i was able to be up for 4! it's worth the sleep debt or the hauling yourself out of bed because... dawn!
and finally i'm taking my dj skills to the dark room! that's right! this friday i am mixing and teaching my soulcycle class at the same damn time! this will be the first time i'm doing this and the first time an instructor has dj-ed their own class in the bay area! there are a few bikes left so i suggest you grab one here!
also wearing illesteva sunnies and old nike blazers
"the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." mark twain
yeah, yeah. we get it. summertime in san francisco doesn't really exist. but what does? great summery produce! I use food as a vehicle to remind myself of what I might be missing. In this case, tropical delicacies (in desperate need of a tropical vacay). to make this morning bowl you need:
1 c rolled oats
1 c water
1 c almond milk
2-3 tbs sliced almonds
2-3 tbs coconut flakes
2 tbs chia seeds
cook oats according to directions on the packaging. sub out half the water for almond milk half way through cooking process (you will notice the oats have soaked up the water. this is when you add the almond milk).
while the oats are cooking you can cut up the mango. once the oats are done simply top with your ingredients.
a very simple but delicious way to start your morning! some protein, fiber and carbs to get you going! extra points if you bump some reggae during the process.
i love summer because i love bbqs and i love watermelon! watermelon salad is pretty much my go to for a potluck style bbq. it's easy to make, super delicious and a crowd pleaser. there are literally millions of watermelon salad recipes on the internet. i took the liberty of adding a little more flavor to the traditional watermelon, feta, basil situation.
preheat the oven to 400 and gather your ingredients. what you need:
2 small watermelons
1 bunch of basil
8 oz of feta in block form
2 cups of pine nuts
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
coat the pine nuts with balsamic vinegar and place in the oven. nuts will roast for about 10-15 minutes. be sure to check them periodically to make sure they don't burn.
while the nuts are in the oven cop up the remaining ingredients to your liking. i think it's super important to buy feta in the block form and chop/crumble it yourself! it's much more flavorful this way... fluffy and moist :)
take the nuts out of the oven, toss the ingredients together and enjoy!
for those that are unaware bacon bacon has a brick and mortar location in cole valley, my magical little neighborhood. i am obsessed with their breakfast tacos and thought i would share! simple ingredients... eggs, bacon, mashed avocado, pickled red pepper, and hot sauce on two corn tortillas. fast and $3 each! i mean... look at these things
perfect for when you don't have time for a big brunch but still want something delicious. i also love their vietnamese iced coffee. hits the spot. my favorite thing? the perfectly crushed ice they use. it's the details right? #dawning