Happy Bday Four Seasons!

It’s amazing how fast time flies by…I’ve been in Baltimore for approximately five years, but it feels like it’s been 10 or 20. Honestly, it’s so bizarre to me to pass placed in town and say “Oh yea, I used to live there a few years ago.” A few years ago?? Sheesh. It feels like I only got here yesterday! But I digress…

Anyway, in my many years here, I’ve seen the city grow in many ways: New restaurants, new buildings, new parks, etc. Honestly, I think it’s a very exciting time to be in Baltimore. Our size is growing to match our attitude. I can’t wait to see some of our amazing restaurants and attractions in mainstream magazines and polls (to be fair, we’re in SOME of these already, but we almost always get passed up for the top cities like NY, Boston, Miami, etc.). So do you hear me, Food & Wine? Travel & Leisure? We’re expecting a call sometime soon.

Baltimore

How could you NOT love Baltimore? :)

All that being said, it’s things like the Four Seasons coming to town that are moving us in the right direction. Say what you will, but I’m thoroughly happy to see them here. Not to mention their arrival spawning the arrival of stores like J. Crew, Anthropologie & Lululemon in a neighborhood quite close to me. I love shopping…It may or may not have a problem :)

I’ve yet to actually stay at the Four Seasons hotel (hint hint – book us a staycation Tom!), but we’ve had a few opportunities to drink, dine, hang out and yoga there and it’s been lovely!

four seasons yoga

Yoga with Lululemon at the Four Seasons

One of my favorite parts about it is the amazing restaurant, Wit & Wisdom. The food is amazing and the drinks are just as exciting. Add in the great view and you’re all set.

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Four Seasons and Wit & Wisdom, lucky for all of us, are celebrating their anniversary all week long – starting with a special night last night with half price wines (that got me & Molly immediately) and a % off your check! Excellent.

champagne toast

Cheers!

We got together to join for a fun dinner to celebrate! Woo hoo! We had an amazing time – the food, the drinks, the company. It was lovely. One of our favorite drinks there is a called a sticky wicket…

sticky wicket

Sticky Wicket*

  • Jim Beam
  • Ferner branca
  • Smoked maple syrup
  • Soda

Stir ingredients and serve short over ice with an orange peel.

*Now here’s the issue, I don’t have the measurements for this recipe figured out just yet. But I will! And then I’ll post again! I’ve talked with bartender friends and they’ve said it’s the Ferner branca that will make it. I Googled it and apparently it is made of 40 herbs and spices, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom and saffron, with a base of grape alcohol.

Thanks again to all the amazing staff at Wit & Wisdom! Congrats on your anniversary!

 

Ebates. Use it.

Seriously, if you haven’t heard of Ebates yet, you’re as crazy as I was.

Basically, Ebates is a website that connects you to the websites you’re already shopping at, it just provides you cash back for your purchases. It’s not always a lot, but it can be a ton depending on what store/etc. I’ve seen approx. 3-8% cash back from the stores I’ve shopped. I shopped at LOFT, ModCloth, Under Armour…even Amazon. I just got a check in the mail. It was only for like $7, but hey…that was $7 I didn’t have before!

Just do it. You’re welcome. :)

Click here to find (pretty much) all of your favorite brands on Ebates

Under Armour Armour Bra sportsbra review

So I was super excited to try out the new Under Armour Armour Bra because I think I’ve used the same kind of sports bra since I started playing sports. haha it’s true. I have a ton of simple Champion sports bras (mostly from Target but I recently also found them for less at TJMaxx if you’re looking!) but no UA bras…hence my excitement to try it out. 

When I was offered to try it out by the UA Twitter team, I got a little confused when they asked me for my bra size (aka not just a S/M/L size)…But then I realized that this new bra is made for a specific size! Makes sense. Very cool. 

I started liking this sports bra before I even tried it on…Why? I’m a SUCKER for great packaging. 

The bra’s info says it is made specifically for you and designed specifically for athletes. It’s sized for your exact fit of your band and cup, has power sling for fine-tuned cradling support and shape, super-stretch straps for no more digging, mesh venting for cool comfort, ultra-soft gel back closure for comfort, seam free edges for anti-chafing and much more. And although they don’t mention it on the tags, it’s pretty cute too. 

I really thoroughly enjoy Under Armour because it seems they really do a lot of testing (or they at least let their consumers know about it). It’s very cool to actually hear from their senior creative director and about the process of working with Dr. Joanna Scurr (watch video here).  

I love the shape of the back. I’m not used to sports bras with clasps which threw me off, but it has a cover with seamlessness so to be honest once it was on, I didn’t even feel it. 

I used it for a strength training workout first with my BMOREtoned workout crew. We did the Tone It Up Sculpting Workout from SELF Magazine (awesome btw!) and it worked really well. It didn’t feel much different from my other sports bras but it was good. 

I washed, dried and took it out for a test run the next day. I definitely felt the difference this time! When I first started running, I didn’t even think about it. Then when I got to about 4 miles, I realized I didn’t notice it because it was doing it’s job! Supportive and comfortable. 

So all in all I give a big thumbs up for the new Under Armour Armour Bra! It’s a great style and shape and is actually very comfortable and supportive. 

The only thing that might cause a hesitation of me purchasing another one would be the price point – $57.99. BUT, it most likely won’t stop me. It’s a great sports bra and, considering how important it is to have that support and comfort during working out…and considering how much I actually workout, it’s totally worth it. 

I’m planning to wear it this weekend in my first half marathon!! I’ll be sure to let you know how it works out! (if I survive…haha