Fitness Fashion Friday #2: Refreshing Lime & Orange

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Orange striped scarf (Gap); Lime green tank with criss cross back (Lorna Jane – Fall 2014 collection); Black tights (Lorna Jane)

Happy Fitness Fashion Friday everyone! I’m so pumped about “scarf weather.” Does anyone else have a scarf obsession? I especially love pairing scarves with my gym clothes because they are the perfect accessory to keep me warm before/after workouts. Better yet, mixing prints and colors adds style and energy to my gym look. Here’s my fav outfit from this week. I was gonna wear it to my workout, but I thought it was so cute I wore it out to dinner instead! (P.S. it’s not to late to participate in my giveaway for a signature GRIT tank top!)

LOVING the criss cross open back on this Lorna Jane tank!

LOVING the criss cross open back on this Lorna Jane tank!

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Happy Friday to you! #besos



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Thursday Giveaway! Win a signature GRIT tank top

Hey y’all!  Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Core + Cardio Workout.  My abs are still sore!  I just made it to NYC for a work conference.  I love it here.  Last night I checked into my hotel and caught up on some work.  This morning I went to 24 Hour Fitness in Midtown for a 30/60/90 HIIT class.  It’s really crazy to be here in the city (in the Financial District specifically) on 9/11.  I remember the horrible event like it was yesterday.  I was a Senior in high school and we watched the 2nd plane on TV – we couldn’t believe our eyes.  On a positive note, I remain so amazed by the resilience and perseverance of the families and friends who lost loved ones.  We are so much stronger than we think…

Ridin' in my cab from the airport to the W Hotel in Midtown

Ridin’ in my cab from the airport to the W Hotel in Midtown

I’m feeling generous today so I’ve decided to randomly giveaway one of my signature GRIT by Brit tank tops. You can choose either the black or the blue – whatever style you prefer.  To enter to win, just post comment below sharing what “GRIT” means to you.  You guys know what GRIT means to me, but I’d love to hear your point of view and personal stories.  Also, I’m a big fan of learning from each other, so let’s spread some gritty love and words of wisdom.  I’ll announce the winner next week, September 19th, in my Fitness Fashion Friday post.  Be sure to include your email if it’s not already linked to your comment profile so I can contact you for your mailing address and tank top size.  Good luck!  luv, Brit

Me and my friend Nena, sweaty in our GRIT tanks after PiYo class!

Me and my friend Nena, sweaty in our GRIT tanks after PiYo class!


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Complete Core + Cardio Workout

Hello friends.  It’s been a crazy work week for me here in Chicago.  During high-stress times like these it’s so important to keep up with my workouts or else I feel super groggy.  This morning I did this Core + Cardio Workout in my hotel gym.  It got me a good sweat so I wanted to share ;)  The entire workout takes about 30-35 minutes.  If you don’t like the stationary bike, feel free to hop on the elliptical or treadmill instead.

I’m jetting off to NYC tonight for a conference – hoping to sneak in a ride at Soul Cycle while I’m there.  Also, can’t wait to see the Dallas crew this Saturday at my PiYo class at the W Dallas Hotel!

Let me know how you like the workout!  Lots of luv, Brit

Brit’s Complete Cardio Workout



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Weekend Recap: Manicures, Ice Cream, Pole Dancing & More!

Hello ladies and gents.  Hope you are wrapping up a lovely weekend.  Mine weekend was super busy (just how I like it).  Last week I didn’t have to travel to Chicago for work because it was a shorter week with Labor Day.  This gave me the opportunity to go to my favorite fitness classes in the evenings and volunteer at my community placement with the Junior League of Dallas.  On Friday, I woke up super early, made some black coffee and taught my 6am spin class at 24 Hour Fitness.  I LOVE my playlist right now – “Undressed” by Kim Cesarion is my jam!

Up early enjoying my coffee in all of my Cornell gear - GO BIG RED!

Up early enjoying my coffee in all of my Cornell gear – GO BIG RED!

After class I showered at the gym and headed to my office in Downtown Dallas to work for the day.  We had breakfast tacos catered in from Taco Cabana – yummy!  After catching up with my colleagues, completing my expense reports and finishing some client work, I scurried over to the nail salon for a mani/pedi.  Now that its September, I got a Fall color – “chinchilly” by Essie .  What do you guys think?  What’s your favorite Fall nail polish color?  Also, I had a major sweet tooth and treated myself to a McDonald’s ice cream cone (only 140 calories – not terrible right?)

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Showin’ off my mani and enjoying my Mickey D’s ice cream cone (yes I needed to get some gas – I was “Ridin’ on E”)

On Friday night I went our for a sushi dinner with my friend Casey.  I love that my friends are so engaging and positive.  Just being around positive people can totally put a smile on my face.  It’s like sunshine.  We didn’t stay out too late because on Saturday mornings I teach PiYo for the W Dallas Hotel.  Class was PACKED this weekend (as you can see).  I think everyone was trying work of the Labor Day BBQ…or just savor some fun in the sun.  It was a hot, sweaty BLAST!

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Teaching my PiYo class last Saturday. I threw in some extra ab work ;)

I chilled out and ran a couple of errands on Saturday afternoon.  That evening I had a BALL at my little sister’s 23rd birthday party.  My sister, Kortani, is a Texas Tech Varsity Pom Squad alumn and now dances for the Dallas Cowboys.  She decided to throw a pole-dancing party for her b-day and invited all of her dancer friends.  I was super intimidated.  We ended up drinking wine, dancing and have a really good time trying out new moves on the pole.  My mom came along and took lots of pics.  Long story short, I have so much respect for girls who can legitimately pole dance – HOLY CORE STRENGTH!

Kortani (sis), Lexi (hery Yorkie), Mom and Me enjoying b-day cake and food after the pole-dancing!

Kortani (sis), Lexi (her Yorkie), Mom and Me enjoying b-day cake and food after the pole-dancing!

My sister 23rd birthday pole-facing party!  That's the whole crew and our instructor - so fun!

My sister 23rd birthday pole-facing party! That’s the whole crew and our instructor – so fun!

Woo hoo - I got up there!  #twerkin

Woo hoo – I got up there! #twerkin

This morning I had a some quiet time and reflected on my week and what I want to happen during the week ahead.  I skipped church today (oops – don’t tell my mom).  For breakfast I toasted a whole wheat English muffin and topped it with almond butter and strawberry preserves.  I also made a giant pot of black coffee which I sipped slowly throughout the morning.  I need to start being careful about my caffeine intake – I’m a coffee junkie!  Drinking lots of water it critical if you’re a heavy coffee drinker like me.  While I enjoyed my breakfast I also learned some new moves for my Sunday afternoon Turbo Kick class – teaching Round 62.   Have any of you ever taken a Turbo Kick class?  If not, I highly recommend.  Especially if you take it with me :)

Spending my Sunday morning learning new Turbo Kick choreography for class!

Spending my Sunday morning learning new Turbo Kick choreography for class!

After my Turbo Kick class I stopped by parents house to watch a little bit of the Cowboys game.  After seeing that it was going to be a total disaster, I cut my watching time short and headed home to clean up my place and chill.  I was so happy that the orange roses I bought 4 days ago are still alive and kicking.  They are the perfect touch to my little bachelorette pad.  I’m going to have to throw them away tonight though because I’m catching a 6am flight to Chicago tomorrow morning for work.

Enjoying fresh flowers in my clean bachelorette pad!

Enjoying fresh flowers in my clean bachelorette pad!

Now I’m packing up and getting ready to wake up early.  I still need to plan my workouts for the week.  Maybe I’ll do my old trusty hotel room workout tomorrow night.  What are your workout plans?  

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead filled with fun, fun and more fun!  Lots of luv, Brit


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Fitness Fashion Friday #1: Yellow & Camo

Neon Headband, Living OneLuv; Tank, TJ Maxx (old, bought 2 years ago); Camo Leggings, Onzie (gift from my gym buddy Lew)

Neon Yellow Headband, Living OneLuv; Tank, TJ Maxx (old, bought 2 years ago); Camo Leggings, Onzie (gift from my gym buddy Lew)

Happy Friday gang!  So today I’m officially starting a new GRIT by Brit Tradition: Fitness Fashion Friday!  Every Friday, I’ll post pics of my favorite activewear outfit from the week.  This week I wanna show off the outfit I wore yesterday to teach PiYo at Fossil Corporate HQ in Dallas.  All of the class members are super trendy, well-dressed Fossil employees so I had to bring my “A-game” when picking my outfit.  I think this was the perfect combo of FUN and FIERCE.  What do you think?

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Neon/Black Pattern sports bra from Target C9 Activewear on clearance for $10.99 – woo hoo! #c9atTarget

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Obviously I have to flex for y’all (wink wink)

SMILE - it's Friday!

SMILE – it’s Friday!



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Bye Bye Summer, Hello Fall! My Favorite End of Summer Activities

OMG I cannot believe it’s September – my Summer flew by!  Fortunately it was filled with lots of fun in the sun, beach time and quality moments with friends.  I don’t know about you, but I love the transition from Summer to Fall because the weather is still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities all while a crisp autumn breeze starts to fill the air – it’s amazing!  Here are some of my favorite end-of-Summer activities that prepare me for a fabulous Fall…

Planning my Fall Workout Routine

Brit's September Shape Up

I like to switch up my workout routine for the Fall.  In the Summer I take advantage of  unique exercise experiences (e.g. paddle boarding, swimming in the ocean, hiking, etc.).  However in the Fall, I follow  a more consistent fitness regimen that fits well with my work schedule and personal commitments.  There’s something about Autumn that naturally motivates me to develop a workout plan and stick to it.

Shopping for “Back to the Gym” Clothes

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The one thing I hate about no longer being a student, is not being able to partake in “back in school shopping.”  Alternatively, I now go “back to the gym shopping” in preparation for cooler weather and more indoor workouts.  I always hit up Target® and check out the Champion C9 activewear department.  Every time I go, there’s always a killer sale!  Personally, I’m a  fan of  Target® C9 Activewear because the styles are on trend and functional – yay for bright colors, leggings and racer-back tanks!  Honestly, I wear my C9 gear on the weekends as casual wear, even if I’m not working out.

My PiYo Classes on the W Hotel Roof-deck

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I love teaching my end-of-Summer rooftop PiYo Class at the W Dallas Hotel!

So I’m a little biased on this one because I actually teach this PiYo (Pilates / Yoga) class in Dallas, TX.  But I’m super excited that classes have been extended to last throughout the end of September – yay!   We have an amazing view, great playlist, effective workout and it’s all free and open to the public!  I highly encourage you to check out some free workouts in your local community – there are often free “back to school bootcamps” at local parks.

Running/Jogging at my Local Park

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Going for an outdoor run in Dallas is one of my favorite end-of-Summer activities!

There’s a beautiful window of time during late September/early October that’s perfect for outdoor runs.  In the middle of the Summer it’s way too hot to run outside in Texas – temperatures are over 100 degrees!  While I live an active lifestyle and teach lots of group fitness classes, I’m not an avid runner.  However, during this sweet stretch of time I like to go for a 5K jog once or twice a week.  I find it very therapeutic, especially when I have a good playlist to energize my stride.  In fact, I’m about to peace out and go for a run right now – see ya!  Lots of love, Brit

What are your favorite end-of-Summer activities?

How do you stay active in the Fall?  

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.


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Happy September & Lucy Activewear Giveaway Winner Announcement

Happy September

Wishing you a happy September – HELLO FALL!

Happy September to you!  First and foremost, I want to announce the winner of my Lucy Activewear Giveaway.  I asked you guys to share your favorite leg workout, and boy, did you!  My legs were on fire just reading all of your leg exercise ideas and personal favorites.  It was tough to pick to a winner, but after giving it much thought, I’m happy to announce that Mari is our winner! Here’s her favorite leg workout: My fave leg exercises are jump squats, box jumps and split squats because you feel them right away and they are super effective. With the right amount of reps and sets, I am definitely feeling them the day after :-) Congrats Mari.  Your Lucy Activewear is on its way to you!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Labor Day weekend – I did!  I kicked things off by teaching my beloved PiYo class at the W Dallas Hotel on Saturday Morning.  I’ve been so humbled and amazed by the huge turn out we have week after week.  For those of you who live in Dallas, I highly encourage to come check out a class.  I’ll be teaching FREE PiYo classes every Saturday morning through September 27th.

Teaching my PiYo class on Saturday morning (that's me on the left, facing the class)

Teaching my PiYo class on Saturday morning (that’s me on the left, facing the class)

I actually got a double dose of sweat on Saturday.  After my PiYo class I scurried over to 24 Hour Fitness for Turbo Kick class with my Dallas gym buddies.  I’ve been working out with this crew for 3 years now.  Rain or shine, we meet at the gym for Turbo Kick every single Saturday morning at 10am.  Working out together pushes us to go extra hard and have fun!  It’s so great to have “fit friends.”  Do you have gym buddies who you regularly workout with?

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Me and my Saturday morning workout crew! Post-workout sweaty smiles :)

I also enjoyed lots of non-working out activities.  On Saturday afternoon my neighbor/buddy, Emilio, and I got some rest and relaxation by our pool.  We shared a bottle of white wine and read the September issues SELF, O, and Fitness magazines.  Yesterday, I went to a yummy Tex-Mex brunch with two of best friends in Dallas, Crystal and Neka (pictured below).  After enjoying my spinach enchiladas, chips and guacamole and girl talk, I went on a shopping spree at the new Lorna Jane that opened in Dallas North Park Mall.  (Remember I won a $500 Lorna Jane gift card at the Idea Blogfest – yeah buddy!) I got a ton of bright, fresh new workout clothes – eek!  I’ll be posting lots of Lorna Jane photos and product reviews in the next few weeks.

Ladies Labor Day Brunch in Dallas

Me, Crystal and Neka at Mi Cocina in West Village, Uptown Dallas for Labor Day Lunch

Today I’m back to work in full on “grind-mode.”  Fortunately it’s yoga week in Dallas so I’ll be teaching some extra PiYo classes which I’m really excited about.  In addition to working out and working at my corporate job, I’m also planning some special Fall workouts and recipes so be on the lookout!  Lots of luv, Brit