- I'm vegan.
- If I can't eat it, I don't put it on my face or skin. This includes cosmetics, skincare and haircare products, or even household cleaning products.
- I really, really enjoy yoga.
- I make everything from scratch. From my almond milk to body scrubs.
Vermont is Gorgeous!This was a perfect, relaxing weekend getaway not only because of the yoga, but the actual venue. Stratton Resort was adorable, and check out all the amazing views. It's no wonder why they call them the Green Mountains here, everything was so lush and green! In between all the classes and hiking, we had a lot of time to just chillax on the grass lawns and take it all in. Oooooohhhmmm!
There Are Some Bizarre Offshoots of Yoga NowadaysOne thing I learned on this trip is I like my yoga simple and stripped down to it's original roots. My favorite schools of yoga are Ashtanga and Anusara, and I learned this trip I don't like anyone screwing with it's traditional format. Some interesting classes I participated in included Hip Hop Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga. While Hip Hop Yoga was fun, it wasn't for me. I like to relax during my yoga sessions and with the thump thumping music I found it really difficult to find my flow. SUP Yoga was unique, but I had more fun just straight up Paddleboarding! My Crossfit training has served me well, because even though it was my first time trying the sport, I discovered I'm a SUP beast. The owner of the SUP company that took us out after a while asked me if I'd rather work on SUP technique instead of the yoga, so while everyone else was in shavanasa I was doing laps around the island in the lake at warp speed. I'm not going to lie, I was really dreading this class because I have OCD dirty-lake water issues, but it wound up being one of my favorite parts of the trip! There were also a ton of classes that were freaking bizarre that we didn't participate in, the weirdest one being Yoga on Horses. Yes, you read that right. Not sure how I felt about that one, but it was fun to watch!
The Acroyogi's were also entertaining as well. Acroyoga is a form of partner yoga which is you guessed it, acrobatic.
While watching the Acroyoga class, we tried out another yoga offshoot, tight-rope yoga. We miserably failed at even walking the rope, but it was fun nonetheless!Oh, and somehow hula hooping fit into all of this. Behold the hula hoop yoga class. Glenna was really into the hula hoops.
Yogi's Have to Shop TooThere was no shortage of crunchy shopping at Wanderlust. There were lots of apparel vendors, including Lululemon there selling their goods to the yoga pant wearing masses. At Lululemon's D'Ohm store, I couldn't resist purchasing a gorgeous white, draped yoga hoodie. It cost an arm and a leg, but I'd get a lot of fitness and non-fitness use out of it. Plus, it really came in handy later on during our hikes. More details on that in a second. In addition to apparel, there were a lot of jewelery, face/skin care, yoga accessory and video vendors. Both Glenna and Sharon got some beautiful, unique jewelery pieces. I upgraded my yoga mat and got a mat bag. I didn't realize how essential it was to have one during these sorts of events. It became such a pain carrying my old mat around and having it unfurl into a mess everywhere I went. Needless to say, we did our fair share of shopping!
Wanderlust is Vegan Gluten-Free HeavenOf course, the absolute highlight of the trip for me was the food. It was literally a gluten-free vegan paradise. Check out this pizza from Pizza for the People. Granted, the pizza was $18 but worth every penny. Another meal I had on repeat was this bowl from Wok in Roll. You pick and choose what grains, protein, veggies and sauce you wanted and I always went for quinoa, tofu, veggies and a green curry sauce. It was off the hook! I wanted to stuff my face with it after every hike. And those are just the highlights of food you actually paid for. Wanderlust had tons of food vendors giving out near full size samples. Best part was they were a lot of my favorite vegan brands. So Delicious gave out greek coconut yogurts, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream bars, while Nature's Balance had popcorn and vegan cheesy poofs! I omnommed my way through the vendor section several times a day and was never really hungry. My only real complaint on the food front is for dinner, the local restaurants although they had vegan and vegetarian options seemed to price gouge these dishes like crazy. I had a $21 tofu and vegetable noodle stir-fry. That's NYC prices! I totally wasn't expecting that in Vermont, especially when their beer and wine was in the $4-$6 range.
Hiking is Hard... and My Fire Ceremony is Better than Your Fire CeremonyThis city girl usually loves to hike, and we hiked two days while at the festival. The hikes at Wanderlust were way different than I was expecting though. For starters: They categorized an "easy" or "all-levels" hike as pretty much headed straight up the diamond runs on the mountain. I'm not even making this up. It was HARD. It really reminded me how much my cardiovascular endurance sucks because it was like being on a stepmill at warp speed the entire way. The only thing that made our first hike somewhat bearable is that we hydrated prior to going up. Our own way that is. If you have never experienced being bit by a black fly, you don't want to. They look like little harmless gnats but they swarm all over you once you're at the summit of the mountain. I got bit up pretty horribly and that was even with me using bug repellent. And the bites start out as little red dots and swell up to looking like you have a horrible disease. An oh, the itching! To try to keep ourselves protected from the flies, we pulled out our hoodies and scarves and rocked it zero dark thirty style. I think all the local Vermonters thought we were nuts. From what I read though, if you're from New England you have a somewhat natural immunity to them, so they don't bother you. They feasted on us. I'm really glad I dropped bank the Lululemon yoga hoodie, because without it I would have been in much worse shape after the festival than I am. Instead of just enjoying the view when you get to the top, the hike guides instead will make you do weird meditation ceremonies. On our first hike, we had an over 30 minute digeridoo complimented meditation. Normally I'd enjoy this, but I was getting eaten alive the entire 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, the guide wanted to stay up there rocking the digeridoo so we headed off the mountain by ourselves. Along the way, these three city girls encountered a bear and a dead badger.
See that black dot in the middle of the ski trail? That's the bear that was following us!The hike on the second day we thought would be a little more "normal". Once we got to the top, we were informed that it was time for our guided meditation and burning ceremony. We were all instructed to write something we need to let go, along with something we want to welcome in it's place on two strips of birch bark, and then BURN the one we want to let go.
Again, I enjoyed the sentiment but I was being eaten alive by those damn black flies. So I can't say it was fun. Lucky for us, we didn't have to worry about being escorted off the mountain this time around because we just took the gondola down.
In SummaryIf you enjoy yoga and live in the Northeast (or on the West Coast where they have sister events), I highly recommend checking out Wanderlust. Not only does it make for a great girls trip, but it was very couple and family friendly as well. Lots of folks with their kids and even dogs got to enjoy the festival along with a bit of yoga. Vermont is absolutely gorgeous during summer, and I can't wait to visit again. I also had the BEST time hanging out with these two girls here. Can't wait to start planning our next fitness-oriented girls trip with them!
I packed for my entire 4 day trip to Boston in this small overnight bag.Having traveled so much on business, I've created a pretty fool-proof method for packing, and this is how I do it. First, make a quick chart of all the days you'll be away. I usually divide mine up so I have a box for day time, and evening. From there, fill it out with the activity you plan on doing during that time on that day. Reason I divide it up day/evening is because usually if you’re going out in the evening, it requires you to be a bit more dressed up than what you’d wear during the day, though this may not apply to you. Here was my general itinerary for my vacation to Boston.
|Day||Travel to Boston||Freedom Trail- Explore City||Museum of Fine Art||Fenway Tour|
|Evening||Dinner/Drinks||Dinner/Drinks||Dinner/Drinks||Travel to NY|
|Day||White Blouse, Denim Shorts, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, Red, White and Blue Bandana, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote||Black Maxi Dress, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote,||Tribal Maxi, Skinny Belt, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote||Tee or Tank, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote,|
|Evening||White Blouse, Jeans, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Black Zara Heels, Wallet||Black Maxi Dress, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Zara Heels, Wallet,||Leopard Blouse, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Jeans, Zara Heels, Wallet||
Same as day.
- Wear bulkier items, like jeans, boots, scarves, jackets, hats etc so they don’t take up room in your suitcase.
- Bring only footwear suited to what you’ll be doing, and make it work with everything you’re wearing. I’ll usually do one pair of hybrid casual/dressy heels (wedges are great for this), one pair of flats (like sandals, loafers or chucks), and my workout sneakers for when I hit up the hotel gym. If I’m going to a wedding or a more formal event, I’ll pack appropriate heels for that but only if necessary. Same goes for business trips, if I’m on a business trip I’ll go for pumps and not wedges.
- When given a choice, I always pack the dressier version on items I may have multiples of at home. For example, I’ll choose my black jeans over blue. That way they work for casual daytime activities, but are also dressy enough I can wear them someplace fancy in the evening if need be.
- Include handbags and accessories in your outfit ideas. This makes it easier to create different outfits using the same items you already know you’re bringing.
- Keep your main clothing items, like tees, pants, shorts etc. neutral (black, gray, white, beige, etc) and add color with jackets, scarves and accessories. That way everything matches. Try to keep a consistent color theme with what you pack. In my Boston trip example, my colors are black and white as my basics, and I accent it with gray, neon yellow, leopard, B&W stripes, hot pink and metallics.
- Don’t be afraid to wear the same thing multiple times. It’s super easy nowadays to wash and air dry certain items in the bathroom sink. Jersey is great for this. Plus things like jeans can be worn multiple times before washing anyway.
- White Blouse- worn on the trip there
- Denim Shorts- worn on the trip there
- Neon Sandals- worn on the trip there
- Red, White and Blue Bandana- worn on the trip there
- White Fedora
- Black Zara Heels
- Black Maxi Dress
- Tribal Maxi Dress
- Skinny Belt
- Striped Tank
- Black/White Tanks
- Army Jacket
- Neon Blazer
- Black Bathing Suit
- Leopard Blouse
- Bras & Underwear (7 pair)
- Curl Cream/Gel
- Shaving Lotion
- Shower Cap
- Hair Towel
- Face Wash
- Hair Clips
- Bobby Pins
- Blow dryer and attachments
- Straightening Iron
- Makeup Bag
- iPhone and Charger
- iPad and Charger
- Camera and Charger
- Water Bottle
- Keep a standard list of everything I you need as far as toiletries, basic clothing needs (under-things, PJ’s, workout clothes), necessary electronics (iPhone/charger) and documentation (wallet, ID, keys, etc). I keep mine in Evernote so each time I need to pack, all those items are already on the list for me. Then all I have to do is figure out my clothing for whatever activities I’m doing and I’m good to go. The less I have to think about, the better. I even include on this list a section for pet needs if the pets are coming with me, because it’s easier to delete that if it doesn’t pertain to my trip, instead of last-minute needing to remember what I should bring for them.
- When finally packing your bag, always remember to roll your clothes, never fold them! Rolling clothes helps prevent wrinkles, plus you can fit way more stuff in your bag than with standard folding.
- Also, always remember to leave a little extra room in your bag. You know, just in case you go shopping.