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avant barre bash

Remember when I did this photo shoot with Nini Gueco, owner of Avant Barre? I luckily had the chance to attend their Avant Barre Bash and meet their instructors and couple of other bloggers. Since that photo shoot, I haven’t taken a class or have seen the newly finished space.

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It’s a beautiful space that speaks industrial and modern. Very, very South of Market like. It’s a perfect studio to walk over to after the 9-5 job at a tech start-up or after your coffee date in South Park.

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During the bash, we enjoyed food from Fresh Roll before class. I had a great time socializing with Avant Barre instructors and bloggers. There was even a funny moment mixing RUNA with Zola, which wasn’t bad at all. It was a combination of energy drink + coconut water, a great alternative to champagne. Ha!

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What is a Avant Barre class like? Well, it’s a fast-paced barre class that emphasizes on strength and core with upbeat music. The high level energy of the class is really inspiring and motivational. You almost feel like you want to get up and dance, but half way through lifting up your knees, you realize that you already are kind of dancing. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking to do a fitness class other than cycling or Zumba.

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Thank you to Avant Barre for the gift bag! I can’t wait to “Rock These Socks" plus snack & refresh on Zola, Pretzel Crisps and Somersaults post barre class.

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GIVEAWAY! // follow @avantbarre & @theelleteeblog on Instagram and one lucky winner will win two weeks of class at Avant Barre!

photos by JJ Casa of 8:45a

manifesto print co.

I have some really exciting news to share that I’ve been keeping in for a couple weeks now… Kiri and I started our own business! After our obsession with illustrating, designing and screen printing, we decided to start Manifesto Print Co.

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We are all about custom design, unique prints and funny puns. It first started with this design, 'namaste, bitches.'

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And after a couple of texts back and forth, we got inspired to do a series of designs. Many of which are still being worked on, but we’re thrilled to launch them within the next month!

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A pun from the song ‘bitch, don’t kill my vibe’… ‘beets don’t kale my vibe.

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You can shop manifesto print co. tanks & shirts here and follow us on instagram @manifestoprintco.

juice & spruce

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a blogger event for lululemon with Project Juice! I learned a lot in planning this event and officially love being an event manager. It’s a great process to see everything come together.

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One of my favorite parts was doing the branding. Coming up with the name ‘Juice & Spruce’ was hard, but after sketching and brainstorming for a couple of days, it came to me quick. Haley and I did deliveries for the mini-juice invites on lululemon PUBLIC bikes and had a chance to bike all around the city.

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Our collaborating with Project Juice was awesome. They created custom labels with the lululemon Grant Ave logo and each blogger was gifted a one-day juice cleanse. They also had a chance to talk to all of the bloggers about the benefits of juice cleansing and what cold-pressed juice actually is.

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My favorite part was the juice-inspired cocktails named after hip hop/rap songs: Turn Down for Watermelon / Gin and Juice / Apples in Paris

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Manifesto Print Co. did some customize t-shirts for the bloggers. “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe” was such a funny joke I came up with a couple of months ago and it’s great to see it live on a shirt from Kiri’s drawing. You can officially shop fort here

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Overall, this was such a fun event and I absolutely loved meeting all of the bloggers in the San Francisco community. Can’t wait for more to come!

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photos by wellshot san francisco

nyc

It took me a week to get settled from being back in San Francisco from New York and thinking about everything we did is so unreal. Everything about last weekend was magical and 

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These are just a few of my highlights. I have much more to say about coffee shops, vegan spots & all around neighborhoods.

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The High Line: An old railway repurposed into a park, it’s one of the newest attractions in NYC. With aerial views of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, this park is definitely a place you can stay for a couple of hours to get away from the busyness of the city.

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Prospect Park: This place very much felt like the new Central Park. Located in Brooklyn, it’s got a lot of room for activities like running, biking and exploring.

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New York Sunsets: They are very much visible here. It’s crazy. The sun setting in the city makes the city shine even brighter than it already is.

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photography by wellshot san francisco

twenty-four

I’ve been meaning to share the gesture a older and wise man made during my birthday in New York. My friends and I were at brunch in Greenwich Village and we spotted an older couple sitting next to the window. We were looking at the amazing brunch dishes they had in front of them, just to see what we would order. As they caught us looking at their food, they gave us some great advice.

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"Life is a celebration," the older man said. And as we all nodded our heads, he continued to say, "You’re too young to understand," in a jokingly matter. "Happy birthday," he ended.

As moments went by, he was leaving with his wife and came over to me to say, “Happy 18th birthday.” And as I laughed and said, “Thank you,” he was gone.

Seconds later, the waiter comes to our table and said, “I’ve been stalling to give you the check because… the older man took care of it.”

Inside of the bill holder was not a receipt listing what we owed, but rather a “Happy Birthday!” that the older man had wrote for me.

Emotions went all throughout my body and I’ve never felt that much gratitude. Even as I left the restaurant to chase him in wanting to give him a hug, he was already gone, walking through the streets of The Village with his wife.

This was such a simple gesture and a simple moment, that really made my day.

New York, I love you. Not because of your amazing skyline, awesome black coffee or your fashionable ways. But, because… what the older man did, is something I will never forget and will be able to say, “Remember that time when I brought in my 24th year inside of New York?”… from now on.

effortless living

Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot I styled + photographed the other day! This week, yoga teacher Hailey Miller & I got to play with some looks in Dolores Park.

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I decided to style lululemon’s effortless &go collection with the vestigan + shine tight (roll down) in fuel green. The good to go tee is one of my absolute faves from the collection right now. It’s got a perfect length that sits on your hips and can be easily paired with any amount of necklaces.

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&go is designed to take yoga teacher Hailey Miller from down dog in Dolores Park to work and then out to dinner. &go marries technical fabric with on trend silhouettes. you’re busy living life. we get it.

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photography + styling by lexie tiongson / the elle tee