Straight Outta Oz

In my 30 Before 30 post I mentioned that one of the things I wanted to do before 30 was see more live shows, concerts and plays! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Todrick Hall in Straight Outta Oz – which he wrote about his journey to become the performer he is today!

As I mentioned in my NYC post, I absolutely adore Todrick! I have been a huge fan of his from his YouTube days and could not be more excited to watch him blossom into the entertainer he is today! He was amazing as Lola in Kinky Boots, but to watch his passion on stage for something he wrote about his life was truly mind-blowing. Todrick is so talented and so full of life!

If you have not seen the show, check out his website for shows and tickets! You will not be disappointed!




Run the River 10K

Guys! I ran my SECOND 10K of the year last week & guess what?! I set a PR {person record for non-runner followers}. I ran the 10K in 1 hour and 5 mins (a full 10 minutes faster than the 10K I ran in March). That is 6.2 miles in 65 minutes! I am sooo dang proud of myself. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day!

Typically when I run with charity miles, I run for Team Red, White and Blue or the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America, but since Saturday was Earth Day, I ran for the National Park Foundation. My run earned $1.60 to the National Park Foundation. I know that this does not seem like a lot, but over time this adds up! I mean, this month alone, I have logged 42.5 miles and have a 5K today! That is $10.63 to different charities thanks to the charity miles app! Seriously, if you are not using this app – go and get it! It is so easy to log miles running, walking or even biking!

I am so super proud of myself and looking forward to running the Wicked Wine Run tonight! Be on the lookout for a post about that run as well.

Also, I have a 10 mile run  (Unmasked 10 Mile Run for your Life) coming up for @hogwartsrunningclub (check them out here) to benefit To Write Love on Her Arms, which is a great organization that is working to end the stigma associated with mental illness, such as depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. If you ever feel like you are alone in the world, PLEASE reach out to them. Remember, you are enough. YOU MATTER! I am going to run this for myself, as I have struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. Running has helped me cope with these, but sometimes we could all use a helping hand and I am grateful this organization exists to help us out! And I am even more proud to be a part of HRC, helping to raise awareness for mental illnesses and helping to unmask the stigma related to them.

My goal is one race a month for the rest of the year to help me stay on track to run my half-marathon in November!




Hair Salon Services

IMG_3259.JPGHey guys!! Sorry I have been MIA! April has been a busy month for me and I will have several posts over the next couple of days. One topic that I wanted to discuss was Hair Salon Services. I went to Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago and got my hair done by my amazing hairstylist and we got to talking about what services you can do at home and what you should ALWAYS go to a salon for, so I thought I would talk about a few!

  1. Hair coloring – I cannot stress how important it is to go to a salon when getting any type of coloring done to your hair. Box hair coloring can be so unpredictable, and let’s face it, we aren’t in high school anymore (and if you are – STAY AWAY FROM THE BOXED HAIR DYE). Seriously, so much can go wrong when you try to dye your hair on your own. Depending on the tones of your natural hair will have the color react in different ways. This can mean that the super blonde you want will turn orange in your hair. Take it from me (a girl who has tried and failed the whole box coloring thing), go to professional the first time. You will save soooo much money!
  2. Hair cutting – First of all, do you see the fancy shears that hair stylist have?? Yeah, they are super sharp and super accurate. Your scissors at home will not cut hair the same way. So please don’t try to cut your bangs at home. I have seen soooo many terrible videos where someone tries to cut their hair and ends up destroying it! Do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and go to see a professional the first time. You don’t want to be remembered by those ugly short bangs across your forehead, do you?
  3. Hair updos – Are you attending an event and would like to do a nice updo/hairstyle? Well there are so many youtube videos & blogs with step-by-step tutorials and how to’s, that this is definitely something you can do on your own! Check out a few of mine by clicking on the “Hair” page across the top! I will suggest that if you want something super complicated, talk to your hairstylist first to see if it is something you can do on your own!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post about a few different services I think you can do at home versus going to a salon. What hair service do you do at home? Comment below!




How To: Outdoor Run Hairstyle

Hi loves! 

Happy Saturday!! Today is a super easy hairstyle for when I run outside! 

First, I put my hair in a ponytail low enough to put a hat on. Next, I put in my hat and get it comfortable. I hate when my hair pulls or feels awkward in my hat, so I adjust the ponytail until it feels right. Finally, I braid my pony tail. I like braiding the ponytail so that it is all put together. When I wear my in a regular ponytail it swings a lot and pieces get stuck to my arms or back. The braid minimizes this effect. 

Here is a picture of the look before I went for my run! And after 5 miles it was still neatly put together!

Hope you have a fabulous Saturday! If you try this hairstyle, make sure to Instagram #gapeachhairaffair so I can check it out!




It’s My Birthday!

Update: I’m going to keep updating this post to link to new posts for things I accomplish on this list.

Goodness gracious, it’s my 28th birthday! That means 2 years to the big 3-0! I have decided to mark this monumental occasion with very own “30 before 30” bucket list. I was thinking yesterday about how I couldn’t believe I was turning 28 and I felt like there were so many things I wanted to do before I turned 30. I started reading some lists from some blogs I found online and went from there. The following are a list of things that I want to do in the next 2 years before I hit my next big birthday!

  1. Visit Australia and New Zealand – I am dying to go to Australia and New Zealand, so this is number 1 on my list of things to do before I am thirty!
  2. Perform 30 acts of kindness – over the next 2 years, I will find ways to perform 30 acts of kindness and hopefully someone will pay it forward
  3. Be in 2 states at once – I have always wanted to do this, so why not now
  4. See Niagara Falls – Although I have been to NYC on many occasions, I have never made it this far north!
  5. Take a road trip down the west coast of the United States – I want to Start in Seattle, Washington and road trip down to San Diego, California! Hitting all the big stops in between (Portland, Napa Valley, San Francisco, LA, and so many more)!
  6. Visit Canada – I have heard that Toronto is fun city and I would love to visit!
  7. Take a spontaneous trip to somewhere I have never been – I had so much fun when I spontaneously decided to go to Miami a couple of weeks ago. Next time, I want to go somewhere I have never been
  8. Spend a weekend at the beach cut off from the world – Yes, turn off the phone & unplug… just a weekend of relaxation and good reading
  9. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean – this kind of goes hand in hand with number 5!
  10. Go on an all-girls trip – I love taking trips with my girlfriends, so I want to do one BIG trip before the big 3-0!
  11. Run/walk a marathon – I am signed up to run a half-marathon this year and would love to run/walk a marathon before I am 30!
  12. Get in the best shape of my life & stay that way – As I work towards my healthy living goals, I want to get in the best shape of my life!
  13. Learn something new
  14. See more live music & concert & plays – this list goes on & on, but I do want to see more live entertainment over the next couple of years
  15. Read more books (broaden my variety) – I love reading, but I definitely need to widen the genres of books I read
  16. Keep up with this blog – I have really enjoyed this blog and want to keep up with!
  17. Get a camera and take up photography again
  18. Teach someone something new – not only do I love learning new things, but I also love teaching someone new things and my job allows me to do this on a daily basis.
  19. Find something I am passionate about and pursue it
  20. Do something that scares me
  21. Visit Ireland – I am dying to go to Ireland & drink a beer in an Irish pub!
  22. Attend my 10 year high school reunion and catch up with people I haven’t seen in years!
  23. Find the perfect “little black dress” – unfortunately, I do not have one, but definitely something I want to find before turning 30!
  24. Take a hot air balloon ride
  25. Go to Harry Potter World – I have been to the original side of Harry Potter World, but I have not been the newest side of Harry Potter World – this is something I definitely want to do before I turn 30!
  26. Try crossfit, just once!
  27. Take up dance (again) – I used to dance and cheer when I was younger and would love to take it up again, mostly as a fun way to help with number 12!
  28. Save money (outside of my 401k) – I have a pretty good 401k set up by giving myself 10% every pay check, but now I want to save up money outside of that. It won’t be easy with car payments and student loans, but a little bit every month helps!
  29. Take a cooking class & make it stick – I am not the best cook and while I can follow recipes pretty easily, I just want to take a class to learn a few tips & tricks
  30. Spend my 30th birthday in Las Vegas!

PHEWW – so that list was a lot harder to make than I thought it would be, but man am I excited to tackle this list! I know I have a lot of “travel” items, but I would rather make memories by traveling the world than have money in my bank account! I will keep y’all updated over the next two years and add links to the posts I create for each item I cross off my list!

Do you have any cool “30 before 30” bucket list items you wanted to share? Comment below!




March Transformation

Hi guys – can you believe another month has come and gone! This year is a quarter of the way through.. how much good have you done?

I have been running a lot this month! Running is my favorite form of cardio, so I have been trying to get in 2-3 runs a week. Today is the last day of the month and I have run over 40 miles! That is $10+ dollars to charity this month! This year, I have run over 100 a miles, which is 1/3  of my annual goal! SOOOO.. I am going to increase the goal I set for myself in my resolutions & goals post – I am setting myself a goal of 350 miles for the year! That is less than 250 miles to go!

Also, I had my weigh in and measurements taken last week – I have lost 2 pounds since my last weigh in (and I know it is not as much as my last time, but gaining muscle will offset losing pounds). That means, since January, I have lost 9 pounds! NINE POUNDS! I also lost several inches this month

  • Neck (-0.25 inches)
  • Chest (-1 inches – improvement from last month of 0)
  • Shoulders (-1 inches – improvement from last month of 0)
  • Waist (-2 inches – improvement from last month of -0.5)
  • Hips (+0.25 inches- those squats are improving the bootayy ;), but definitely working on this area this month)
  • Bicep (+0.25 inches – need to keep working on my arms!)
  • Thigh (+0.25 inches – attributing this to all of the running & leg workouts, but going to monitor over the next month to make sure I am moving in the right direction)
  • Calf (-0.25 inches)

That makes a total of 3.75 inches lost (1 more inch than last month) and a GRAND TOTAL of 6.5 inches since January! I worked out 3-4 days a week during March (not as much as I planned, but I was busier than I expected), but my eating was not great, so that is something I need to focus on for April!

Here is a #transformation picture for you. The picture on the left is from my senior year of high school (2007) and the picture on the right is from last week! My 10 year high school reunion is this summer and I want to be the best version of myself when I go to the reunion! My transformation over these last 10 years has been tough, with a lot of ups and downs and plateaus. I am thankful to have a personal trainer who pushes me each week to do better. Take a look at the transformation:

Alright guys – this month is my birthday month, so I need to keep up the hard work and grind this month! Summer is just around the corner and I would love to feel great in the bikini I bought a couple of weeks ago 🙂 Here are my April goals:

  1. Hit the gym/workout 4-5 days a week, to be honest, I have realized that 4 days is probably a more realistic goal to hit each week, but I will continue to work hard this month and try to push myself!
  2. Post on the blog as often as possible! I need to find some hairstyles to film videos for you guys, if you have anything you want me to talk about or show you, let me know! Also, if you haven’t already, check out my Wanderlust #confessionsofatravelholic posts (NYC and Miami are live). I am going to Nashville in April, so be on the look out for that post towards the end of the month!
  3. EAT HEALTHY! I really need to focus on this during April to help my goals even more!
  4. GIVE BACK – I use charity miles to give back through running, but I also want to do something in my spare time to give back as well. My goal is to donate time or money this month for a charity.

In addition, I am running 2 races this month:

  • April 22 – Running the “Run the River” 10K in Roswell with a close friend of mine! I am really excited (also, did I mention, I ran a 10K in March!! Check out my Instagram for the post) and looking forward to pushing myself this month!
  • April 29 – Running the “Wicked Wine Run” 5K in Nashville with some friends. Super excited for this run as well, because, well WINE!

I will post about these races later this month! What are some of your goals for the month? Have any hairstyles you want to see? Let me know!




How To: Washing My Hair

I always get the question asked, how does your hair look so shiny and healthy? Well, I think it attributes to 2 things:

  1. My bomb digity hair dresser that has been doing my hair since college and saving it one split end at a time. Seriously, she is amazing and I LOVE her. Want to know how much? I live in Atlanta and go to Jacksonville sometimes just to get my hair done (and see my family, of course). But really though, there have been weekends where I know I need it done (like right now my roots could use some touch up) and I will go down for a quick trip so that she can do my hair! She helps me keep it looking so shiny and healthy 365 days of the year!
  2. How I wash my hair plays a huge part! First of all, I don’t wash it every day because a) too much conditioner in my hair is NOT a good thing and b) I have soooo much hair that it would be a hassle to wash it every day! So what do I do between wash days? I use dry shampoo! Check out this post for all of my favorite shampoos, conditioners and dry shampoos! And check out this post to see how I get away with after-gym hair! I only wash my hair 2 times a week (and if I can go less, I do).
    • When shampooing my hair, I focus on the roots. This is where most of the oils and dirt build up over the course of a couple of days and any product you put in stays at the roots. This helps make sure you hair is clean (and looks clean) while not drying out your ends where the most damage from heat is (bye bye split ends).
    • When conditioning my hair, I focus on the ends! You probably could have guessed that from where I was heading with this post, but it is true, I focus more on the ends of my hair than the roots (but of course I work it throughout to get rid of all the tangles). This helps those dry and damaged ends to give you a healthy looking shine from root (the newest, healthiest part of your hair) to ends (the oldest, most damaged part).
    • When I use dry shampoo, I make sure to use a small amount. This is to ensure I don’t over use the dry shampoo, as I want to make sure it looks nice and clean, not dry and damaged!

I hope this posts helps you! I also notice that my hair color can impact how healthy it looks. When I have my blonde ombre for summer, my hair looks more dry and damaged due to the damage from changing the color and all the sun my hair is getting. When my hair is dark, it tends to look a lot more shiny and healthy. If this is something you notice, talk to your hair dresser about ways to help improve the healthiness of your hair. I love to use Moroccan oil when my hair is still wet. This helps hydrate my hair and helps with the frizzy pieces and fly aways!  Remember, something that helps one person, doesn’t always help everyone, these are just things I have noticed over the years!

Let me know what you think by commenting on this post or #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram!