Five Things Friday #186 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #186

Happy Friday!

Here’s some good news for you guys (or maybe just me) — they finally turned on the AC in our building! It wasn’t projected to turn on until June 1st, but with rising temperatures on the horizon, they caved. I’m really excited to actually sleep through the night now.

This week was a weird mix of gloomy rain weather and cooler sunshine. We have a couple things on the agenda this weekend (hello Deadpool 2!), but nothing too crazy. Hope you guys have a great couple days and can’t wait to get back to you with Monday’s post!

To wrap things up, here are some of my favorites from this week.

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1. Athleta Ambassador

Tuesday of this week I attended an induction party celebrating the newest Chicago Athleta ambassadors — and I am happy to say that I’m one of them!

After my meet and greet event earlier this year, they approached me and asked if I would like to be an ambassador, to which I obviously agreed. I feel like Athleta doesn’t get as much attention as other brands like Lululemon, but their clothes are similar in quality and price, yet I feel like they have so much more going on behind the scenes.

For one, I love their use of real women models online and in their catalogs. They have an atmosphere of inclusivity, promote raising strong girls, and recently earned the status of B Corp:

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

So what does this mean for you? If you’re in the Chicago area, I’ll be hosting monthly events at the store on Oak Street. These will likely range from workout classes to informational workshops, and if you have any topic suggestions, let me know in the comments!

2. The Kefir Cookbook

As you may know, I love Lifeway products, most notably their Farmer Cheese. Lifeway’s CEO, Julie Smolyansky, recently published a cookbook with recipes that feature kefir, Lifeway’s biggest product. It’s a beautiful cookbook and I’m still working my way through all the recipes, so if you’re a kefir and probiotic lover like me, this book’s for you!

3. Onia Swimwear

You may have caught my rant on Instagram a couple weeks ago about how all of the online articles about bathing suits for athletic bodies still featured stick thin models. I was discouraged because as someone with a more muscular build, I wanted to find resources to help me dress for that body type.

Many of you sent me suggestions (top rated: Athleta), but a friend of mine actually sent me a suit she had from Onia. The top fit perfectly and I loved the style of it so much that I wore it as a bra around the house for two days. Unfortunately, when I checked out their website to see about ordering another one, I didn’t see this style anywhere. 🙁

The quality is good and I wanted to show you what the top looks like in case there are any small-busted, broad shouldered girls out there who are in search of a good suit style, but I wish I could point you to the actual suit itself!

4. One Your Mark Training

Last week I had the opportunity to check out a workout class at On Your Mark Training with Reside Athletics and it definitely makes this week’s list.

I’ve been familiar with OYM since the owner, Emily Hutchins, is a Nike Master Trainer and super popular in the Chicago fitness scene. I still had never been to the studio since it’s a little out of the way from where I live, but am glad I made it out for this one. There are a ton of different types of classes and everywhere I looked I saw more and more types of equipment. If you’re in the West Loop or Bucktown, I highly recommend them — plus your first week is free!

5. Greece

It looks like the travel bug may have gotten us after Italy. Last Saturday we booked a 10 day trip to GREECE for this September!

As I mentioned in my Italy post, we usually book big trips through Groupon (or similar), but they only had one offer for Greece listed and the travel company and the deal specifically got horrible reviews. We decided to book everything ourselves which ended up taking ALL DAY Saturday. Since there are so many Greek islands, we had to figure out which ones we wanted to go to, how long of a trip, how long on each island, fly or ferry…you get the idea. Add on accidentally booking one of the flights to the wrong airport and you have Erin stress eating 4 brownies before all was said and done. HA.

Thankfully, all the flights are set and next up we are going to look into Airbnb’s since they are so cheap with the state of the Greek economy right now (like, $36 a night cheap!). We are going to Athens, Crete, and Santorini, so if any of you have been and have any recommendations, please let me know!


That’s all for this week — hope you have a great weekend!

6 comments on “Five Things Friday #186

  1. Congratulations on becoming an Athleta ambassador! What a great honour! 🙂

    I’m so, so, so jealous of you and your trip to Greece! I swear, it’s one of my dream vacation spots. I’m saving my first visit for my Honeymoon (or pre-wedding shoot? Haha!) Can’t wait to hear all about your trip there! 🙂

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