NYC Wedding Bells

Image: Sippin an Old Fashioned with my classmates/boy buds Eric & Chris. I’m really not a whiskey girl, but I got peer pressured

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. This morning I’m blogging from NYC. I traveled here for a beautiful Manhattan wedding of my business school friends, Matt & Lily-Hayes. The ceremony and reception were held at Rockafeller Plaza in the Rainbow Room overlooking the city. The food was amazing, the scenery was stunning and most importantly I got to reconnect with my amazing friends. Sigh…still on a high.

So get this, for 4 weekends straight I’m either attending a black tie wedding or a formal gala. Today marks 3 down and 1 to go. These fancy festivities started with my friend Leslie’s wedding followed by the Dallas Autumn Ball last weekend. (I actually wore my bridesmaid dress from Leslie’s wedding to Matt & Lily-Hayes wedding. Getting some use out of that bad boy). Next weekend is my last formal event of the year, the Dallas Margarita Ball. I’m excited!

I decided to extend my NYC trip to do some “market research” on new dance cardio studios here in the city. So excited to take 3 classes today and catch up with several of my fitness sistas! I’ve gotta run to another sweat session, but be on the lookout for NYC class reviews coming soon. NYC is a great place and I use Moovit train line maps to help me get around.

Here’s a few photos from Matt & Lily Hayes’ wedding – hope you like. Have a wonderfully active and happy week!

Lots of luv, Brit

Enjoying the gorgeous NYC view during cocktail hour before the reception (Rainbow Room @Rockafeller Center
The lovely bride and groom dancing away on the rotating floor – stunning!
Me and my crew at cocktail hour – Harvard Business School Section B Class of 2010 – we roll deep (wink wink)
My first time witnessing the traditional Jewish chair dance – so fun!
What better way to end the weekend than an all you can eat BBQ brunch at Dino’s in Harlem! From Left to right, my classmates Jenn, Matt (groom), Chris, Eric & Lakshmi
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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

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!
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Fitness for the SOUL: My fun-filled weekend in NYC

Last weekend, my lil bro Austin (@Austin_Rettig) came to visit me in NYC.  He’s a Freshman Men’s Basketball Player at the University of Tampa.  Because I’m SO VERY PROUD of him, I decided to treat him to a weekend in the city for his Spring Break.  We kicked off the weekend with a stroll through Central Park…


Then hit up the Big East Final Four at Madison Square Garden


We started Saturday with some vintage shopping in the East Village…


and ended it with a hearty meal in Little Italy.  We were really missin’ our sister Kortani (@toots_boots) because nobody loves pasta as much as she does.


I taught a KILLER Turbo Kick class on Sunday morning at Turbo NYC (if you haven’t been to my class, I hate that for you).  Austin, helped me with the audio and cut some new tracks to “Harlem Shake” and “Snapbacks and Tattoos.”  After class we shot a new YouTube workout video that I’ll post tomorrow – be on the look out 😉


After gettin’ our praise on at HillsongNYC, we took the Q train to Brooklyn where we supported our home town hero, Derron Williams – DALLAS stand up!


Finally, we topped off the weekend by stuntin’ real hard b/c Derron’s mom gave us a serious VIP hook up – thank you Miss Denise!


Yeah…what you know about that family pass with the courtside action? hehe – I was pumped!


So grateful for my family.  My soul sings with gratitude #BLESSED

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