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Packed and Ready! August 4, 2011

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Last night I finished packing up for BlogHer! Hope I didn’t forget anything!!IMG_6781

I am only traveling with a carryon suitcase, which seemed a little tight considering I’m bringing FOUR pairs of shoes! (Who am I?!)
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But we always travel with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It system, so it keeps everything neat and compressed.IMG_6782

Viola! All that fit into one folder! Impressive, no?
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I managed to fit all my clothes, toiletries, shoes, chargers, etc in there! Whew! It took a few hours, but I think it worked. Now I’m pumped!
I was hoping to also fit a walk in this morning, but I’ve just been SO tired this week. I’ve had one too many late-nights in a row, and it’s really catching up to me! I can’t wait for our hotel sleep tonight. I always sleep well when we travel. I don’t plan on getting much rest this weekend, but I think I’ll be too excited to care.

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A few weeks back, I was asked to review the new Ear Bud clip from ClipE. The idea is that it keeps your headphones from getting caught when you run or workout. This has always been an annoyance of mine, so I gladly agreed to review them.

Listening to music while I run is actually new to me in the past year or so. I used to run without it and now, I can never go back. I listen to everything from music to audio books to NPR podcasts. I have tried holding my ipod in my hand, in my shorts pocket, in my fuel belt… even threading the wire under my sports bra.

I even purchased a shirt last year that is specifically designed for headphone wires, but even that started pulling after a while and I had to just take my headphones off.

The ClipE was invented by a professional pilot and an avid runner. She actually got the idea from the way cables were organized in the cockpit of a plane. But the final result is both useful AND fashionable.
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I love the design that they sent me, the color even matches my ipod!

I tried them out using my ipod earphones, but I think it would work with any brand, as long as the cords are not too thick.
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The clip is pretty small, about the size of a quarter, and slips right onto your earphones by squeezing the small clip on the back. Then that same clips goes right on your shirt wherever you want it.
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I have used it twice so far. Once on a run and once on a walk. It definitely keeps the cord in place and doesn’t budge at all, which is nice. You have to make sure you give it enough slack so if you turn your head too far it won’t pull, but once it’s adjusted, it does stay really well.

I was able to swing my arms when I ran without getting the wires snagged. I tried it in a few places on my shirt (My sleeve and my chest), but I liked it best on my left shoulder (since my ipod was in my left pocket). I even forgot I had it on it was so comfortable.

I don’t have any complaints about it except that it doesn’t sit flat on your shirt. Since it’s clipped on, it actually sits sideways.

Overall, I really like it. I’m going to keep it clipped onto my headphones so whenever I need it, it will be there to attach.

You can purchase them online through their Amazon store here for $7.95.

Thanks to ClipE who sent me this product free for the purposes of reviewing it. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

BlogHer Newbie Anxiety! August 3, 2011

Filed under: Blogging — Kelocity @ 2:25 pm
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I’ve been talking about going to the BlogHer Conference for over a year now. It’s a weekend-long event dedicated to women and blogging, and I really wanted to be a part of it. My husband surprised me by buying my registration and hotel as a Christmas gift last year (Hubby of the year, right?!) I’ve had my ticket for eight months now and the Conference is finally here!!!

But this week, my excitement has sort of morphed into a mix between anxiety, stress and nervousness. As if looking at the agenda and seeing the overwhelming number of events isn’t scary enough…. then there’s the pressure of looking good, meeting people and networking. Of course, that’s the reason why I’m going in the first place (at least the networking part), but I’m going to be one of 3,000 attendees! What do I have to offer that no one else will? Will I be fun enough? Social enough? It’s a little scary going solo as a BlogHer newbie.

 

After reading a bunch of #BlogHer11 tweets and seeing how everyone was running out to get new shoes for the cocktail parties, I went shopping at lunch today to get a new pair too. And I almost walked out with a new purse too, and then I stopped myself. If I need a new bag to feel like I “belong” at BlogHer, clearly my priorities are messed up. Where are all these negative thoughts coming from? Why is my stomach in knots?

 

Perhaps it will help to have some goals for this weekend:
1.) Introduce myself to as many people as possible, hand out my business cards (and collect some too), and meet a few new friends
2.) Attend as many of the workshops as I can and soak in as much information as possible
3.) Get out of my comfort zone and attend a few parties
4.) Remember that I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else. Be Confident!

 

Tonight, I plan on packing, plucking my eyebrows and getting a good night’s sleep. I hope to arrive tomorrow night fresh, excited and eager & willing to learn.

 

If you happen to see this girl this weekend, please say hi!

 

My 7 Links – Kelocity Style! July 25, 2011

Filed under: Blogging — Kelocity @ 4:27 pm
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I got tagged by a couple of people for my "7 Links" post! Thanks, friends! Without further ado!

THE GOAL

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

THE RULES

  1. Blogger is nominated to take part
  2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
  3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
  4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
  5. And so it goes on!
  6. We’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

MY SEVEN

Most Popular: By far, my most popular post is my 2010 Nike Women’s Half Marathon recap. People find my blog everyday by searching for pictures of the coveted Tiffany’s Necklace you get instead of a medal! I’ve run the race 6 times and this year, I’m coming back for the 7th!

Most Beautiful: I’m a little biased, but I’m going to have to go with my wedding posts. Partly because the pictures come from a professional photographer, and partly because I was in the best shape of my life and the happiest I’ve ever been. I love my pictures!

Most Controversial: I was so nervous to post about my religious beliefs (or lack thereof). At first I was paranoid I was going to offend someone by writing it, but in the end, I realized that at the very least, maybe it would spark a good discussion.

Most Helpful: Um… That’s hard. I don’t know, maybe the post where I discuss the woes of shin splints? I sympathize with anyone who has them, so hopefully my tips will help someone else cope with them!

Surprise Success: My "How to Walk to Work" post was fun to write and people seemed to be interested in it. I actually wasn’t expecting that. Hooray!

Not Enough Attention: Truthfully, I don’t write a lot of posts geared towards the greater good of mankind. I’m mostly a "slice of life" blogger, and I use it as a public journal of sorts. But if I had to choose a post that I think is a fun read, I’d say my Catalina Island hike fits the bill. I actually wrote this post before I even had a blog, and it makes me smile.

Most Proud: This is actually a tie!

1.) I’m proud of my Travel Links. Every time I am feeling ungrateful or sad, I look at this page and it reminds me how many amazing opportunities I’ve had over the years. Traveling is so fulfilling to me. I am so lucky to have married a man who shares my passion. I hope this list continues to grow!

2.) And of course I’m super proud of running the Boston Marathon! (That link compiles all my Boston Marathon Posts together). Boston to me is the pinnacle of marathon running and I am so proud that I was able to finish. I was in the back of the pack, but I finished with a bigger smile on my face than any of the thousands of people in front of me.  I ran with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team as a way to celebrate being 10 Years Cancer-Free!!
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And now… Here are the blogs that I tag (even though I’m probably one of the last people to do this "7 Links" post!)

 

Eagle Rock Brewery: Girl’s Night May 18, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Dining Out,Food,Friends — Kelocity @ 9:20 pm
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Ok, I admit. Having a post about going to a brewery slightly contradicts my “I don’t really drink” post a few days ago. But like I said, I don’t need to drink, and when I do I definitely don’t overdo it. This was a beer tasting event, and that’s just what we did. Tasted some really amazing beers.

The Eagle Rock Brewery in Glendale hosts monthly events just for women. Each night has a theme and last night was ‘Bieres De Champagne”. It was a sampling of sparking beers that could almost pass as…. champagne!

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I went with some of my favorite bloggers, Kaitlin and Katherine!

I made sure to represent with my nametag. Hello, my name is kelocity.com !

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They went through each beer, one at a time and described how they make it, why they like it and what it should taste like. This was very fun for me since I know nothing about beer.

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The first one was Deus from Belgium. This one was sweet, they told us to look for hints of honey, and they were definitely there. I really liked it.

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Plus beer that comes in wine bottles is fun. I’d never seen that before. Is it common?

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The second one was Maltose Falcons Brut that was made by a homebrew club in Woodland Hills. It was FABULOUS. My favorite of the night for sure. It had a lot of flavors that really did dance around my mouth. I never really knew what people meant when they say that, but this one definitely did.

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The third was Lifemans Cuvee-Brut from Belgium and it tasted like grape soda (in a good way). Maybe like an Italian soda. The good kind. It was so sweet.

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And lastly, we had the Malheur Brut Noir from Belgium. They said that there was “chocolate in the nose”. If you focused really hard, that was definitely there. I don’t usually like dark beer, but this one was different. It was delicious.

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The tasting room was a lot of fun, I’d definitely go back to try some new ones.

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It was a fun night out with the girls and I really enjoyed trying some beers that I’d probably never think to order in a restaurant or a bar. But maybe now I’ll actually read the descriptions on the menus and choose something fun next time.

Katherine sent us home with a bag of four of her Ah-Mazing macaroons. Seriously, these things are like crack. There’s a reason one of them is now missing from the picture….

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Ok, that was a lie. They are all now missing. I don’t know where they went. Don’t look at me!

 

She Runs LA: A Blogger’s Night Out April 29, 2011

Last night, hoards of girls headed down to the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles to for a Girl’s Night Out hosted by Nike+! Everyone had to run a 10k race on their own, and then join Nike for the post-race celebration.

My friend, Tessa, and I took the metro downtown (Hooray for being Green! — and too cheap to pay for parking down there!) I love the whole LA Live center downtown. They did an amazing job with it. It’s so pretty and fun.
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My tank got mailed to me, but we waited for Tessa to grab hers. They are adorable. One of the best race shirts I’ve ever got.
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This event was exciting for me, because I attended as ‘Press’! We even got credentials! This is very exciting in the blogging world (at least for a newbie like me!)

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VIPs right here!

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We rocked the pink carpet!
Tessa, me, Sarah (Two Boo‘s sister!), Katherine, Amanda and Kaitlin!
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Inside was all lit up pink too! It screamed ‘Girl Power’!
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The pre-concert party was three floors of massages, hair styling, dance music and Nike Demos. The lines for the massages were way too long and crowded, but I did score some Body Butter from Bliss Spa. I ❤ Bliss!

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I had full intentions to change into my black heels for the event…. but my sketchers were just so comfy, I kept them on all night. No Regrets.
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Nike had some of their new products out to see.
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The highlight for me was seeing their new GPS watch for runners. I bought a garmin GPS watch back in 2005 and I love it. It tells me the exact route I ran, the elevation and a bunch of other great stats that the Nike+ couldn’t provide. But now they have this GPS one and it looks pretty awesome. I haven’t looked into all the features it has, but I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.
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It was pretty crowded inside, I really wish they had some snacks to munch on since everyone came straight from work. They did have some drinks, but ran out before I got the chance to snag one.

We had fun chatting, people watching and showing off our media badges.
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The lovely Kaitlin and Katherine!
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Look who else we ran into! Healthy Coconut!  || And Tessa took advantage of the Paul Mitchell hair styling. Pretty curls!
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It’s always a fun time with these ladies. Such a great group!

Then we headed into the Nokia Theater for the main event. It was supposed to be the Winner’s of America’s Best Dance Crew and then a concert by Mike Posner. The stage did look really great.
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But we didn’t stay for the show. We were starving!!
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And the yard house is known for BEER! Check out all the kegs!
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I asked for the lightest thing they had on tap…. which was the Wyder’s Pear Cider. It was so clear it almost looked like water. It was sweet, crisp and delicious! It actually tasted like a Chardonnay.
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I ordered the Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque. Oh. My. Gosh. I have to say this was probably the best grilled cheese I’ve EVER had. And I eat a lot of grilled cheese. Ohhh, the tomatoes! The cheese oozing out… I’m already craving another one! ((I will post the picture when I get home, promise!))

Such a fun night out with a great group of girls (And some other bloggers too, not pictured!)
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When we left the event, we all got goodie bags too! It came in an awesome reusable tote and included lip balm, a Luna bar, Pop Chips and some Paul Mitchell samples.

Thanks Nike, for inviting me (and my readers). I hope in future years they can better manage the crowds and provide some snacks. Although I didn’t pay to enter the virtual race or attend the party, most people paid $40 to get in. I’d probably attend again though, just plan my night a little better. I love that they are celebrating women runners. It was a great evening downtown with some awesome girls.

 

Blogger Meetup: Pizza Party! March 21, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Cooking — Kelocity @ 6:29 am
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Saturday night, Kaitlin hosted an LA Blogger meetup at her place and it was pretty awesome.

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The group included Kaitlin, Amanda and Andy, Katherine, and Melissa .

And in true Blogger Fashion, the food was amazing.

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We had a make your own pizza concept, with no topping spared!

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Katherine is a pro and taught us all how to properly stretch out the dough (the key is to keep adding flour)!

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And spreading olive oil on the dough before the sauce and toppings makes it crunchy! YUM!

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We made four mini pizzas to share. They were all gorgeous. I love when food looks like art.

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I love cheese. Lots of cheese… and garlic. MMm!
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I put the Broccoli on this bad boy. I just bring so much talent to the foodie world.IMG_4748

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Served with a really good salad (and Newman’s Own Dressing of course!)

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Blogger friends –> Real friends! You won’t meet a nicer bunch of people.

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Melissa made dessert. Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies, and a peanut butter coffee cake!

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I’m not a big Harry Potter fanatic, but if you hang out with these guys long enough, you’ll become one through osmosis. lol

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We also watched the Rebecca Black music video Friday a few times. You should watch it. It’s addicting.IMG_4782

Such a fun night, great food and new friends.

Photo from twobooswhoeat.com !

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Ladyface: LA Blogger Meetup! March 12, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Food,Friends — Kelocity @ 3:23 pm
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Last night, 12 other bloggers and I met up at the Ladyface Alehouse in Los Angeles. It was so fun to hang out on a patio, drink some great beer, and meet my online blogger friends in person!
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I know absolutely nothing about beer, so I asked for the lightest beer they had on tap.
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The blonde was great. Crisp and refreshing.
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What a lovely group of people it was. The conversation went all over the place and I had a blast.
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Danielle and I!

I had eaten before I came, but I had to try the Pretzel. It just seemed to fit the beer theme.
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Some amazing women: Monica, Katherine and Amanda.
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So fun to see Kaitlin again! And her awesome friend Katy! (She lives in Boston, where I’m from!)
–And hi Mark!
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There was a group shot taken in there somewhere, if anyone has it, please send it to me!

So awesome to be in the company of such fun people, wish I got more pictures of the other fun bloggers!. We’ll just have to do it again soon!!

 

 
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