More 2015 Paris Marathon…

Last Paris marathon post — Promise! I just have to write one little more blurb to not have post-wedding-depression…and then back to Fashion, Fun, Family, Food, Funky! But now…fitness (get it, things that start with “F”) OK. Some more pictures!

 

I am the farthest thing from a cool cucumber when I start a run. Hello anxiety, hello nerves. I couldn't stomach much the morning of -- I only ate half as much as I normally do pre-run, but somehow it didn't matter. I also ate 5 GU energy packets throughout the run (miles 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 22).

I am the farthest thing from a cool cucumber when I start a run. Hello anxiety, hello nerves. I couldn’t stomach much the morning of — I only ate half as much as I normally do pre-run, but somehow it didn’t matter. I also ate 5 GU energy packets throughout the run (miles 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 22). And yes, I am a geek with TWO fanny packs. Each had their own purpose, so I rocked two of them, making myself double cool.

I MEAN, right? So what if the crowds were a C-, the views were A+.

I MEAN, right? So what if the crowds were a C-, the views were A+.

Aside from my new friend Michelle that I ran with from miles 9 -22, I also met a new friend from Oregon, Jase. Jase and I both run together at the Oregon Track Club in Eugene, but had never met each other. We were put in touch with one another, and I had the privilege of spending all of Sunday with him and his wonderful wife, Lisa. To read more about him, go here. Talk about positive, engaging, interested, motivating, and positive. LOVE!

Aside from my new friend Michelle that I ran with from miles 9 -22, I also met a new friend from Oregon, Jase. Jase and I both run at the Oregon Track Club in Eugene, but had never met. We were put in touch and I had the privilege of spending all of Sunday with him and his wonderful wife, Lisa. To read more about him, go here. Talk about positive, engaging, interested, motivating, and positive. LOVE!

Men. The Paris marathon had 80% males last year, and this year 75% males. More females this year, but still not many. Come on European Women, show the men WHO THE STRONG and determined ones are!

Men. The Paris marathon had 80% males last year, and this year 75%. More females this year, but still not many. Come on European women, show the men WHO THE STRONG and determined ones are!

The starting line with the green flags.

The starting line with the green flags.

Leg selfie.

Leg  / Fanny Pack / Quad selfie.

Medal selfie. For those who are super observant, I am wearing a "Eugene Half marathon" shirt -- to represent my beloved hometown! GO DUCKS!

Medal selfie. For those who are super observant, I am wearing a “Eugene Half marathon” shirt — to represent my beloved hometown! GO DUCKS!

So counterintutive, so unhealthy, and so unme. But I couldn't resist. I just wanted a coca light post marathon! It tasted like heaven.

So counter-intuitive, so unhealthy, and so un-me. But I couldn’t resist. I just wanted a coca light post marathon! It tasted UNBELIEVABLE.

Le Touring. The brasserie that I spent 2 hours at just chilling and eating and people watching. Second year in a row. Hands down, a favorite.

Le Touring. The brasserie that I spent 2 hours at post-marathon just chilling and eating and people watching. Second year in a row. Hands down, a favorite.

Don't look at my face. Ok, you did. I look ridiculous, I know. But I was just so happy. And even with my eyes closed, you can tell how happy I am. And true story -- I put the green cover on and my head was sticking out of the arm hole not the head hole, so it was dragging and really long. I didnt notice for several hours and never changed. OH WELL. C'est la vie!

Don’t look at my face. Ok, you did. I look ridiculous, I know. But I was just so happy. And true story — I put the green cover on and my head was sticking out of the arm hole, so it was dragging and really long. I didn’t notice for several hours and never changed. OH WELL. C’est la vie! And yes — that shirt is the finisher’s shirt over my two fanny packs (for some reason, I took the other shirt off — notice in my hand — but decided to wear my fanny packs still. I guess I couldn’t part with them)

You can't tell, but these frenchies are chugging champagne. BEST IDEA EVER.

You can’t tell, but these Frenchies are chugging champagne. BEST IDEA EVER.

So....I took a shower and helped myself to one of these beauties.

So….I took a shower and helped myself to one of these beauties.

And admired my beautiful surroundings.

And admired my beautiful surroundings.

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Bad picture, but it was literally the next morning at 5 am when I was en route to the airport. They were taking the marathon green signs down. A past dream.

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Goodbye Paris, goodbye Natori apartment. Thank you for hosting me and being as beautiful and charming as always.

And just like that....back to reality!

And just like that….back to reality!

 

Thanks for reading! Have a great and wonderful weekend. A Lundi. xoxo

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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2015 Paris Marathon

Thank you so much to friends and family far and near who supported me along the way to complete my 3rd Paris Marathon (4th overall) on Sunday morning. Over the weekend, every other minute I received an email, text, or phone call to say “Good Luck” and it truly meant so much to me (and still warms my heart). So thank you. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of you, so huge hug, kisses, air kisses and high fives!

 

Post race

 

This time around, instead of doing a recap of the whole marathon (it is the same kind of emotions — success, heartache, determination, etc…), I am going to tell you what worked and what didn’t work. If you are considering running a marathon, pay attention!

 

What worked:

 

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Rich Bitch – Nicole Lapin

All, Thanks for all the support about the Paris Marathon.  More later this week, but it went well, and I am on my way back.  I wasn’t shooting for a PR, so it wasn’t quite this in terms of my time, but I emerged happy and more importantly, healthy.  On to today’s post!

 

Beautiful and successful, definitely a rich bitch.

Beautiful and successful, definitely a rich bitch. Empowering and inspirational!

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Josie Natori Retail Store – Giveaway!

It has been over ten months since the Natori retail store opened its doors in Nolita (253 Elizabeth Street, between Houston and Prince)! The store looks amazing and I wanted to share the new windows and merchandise. Since Spring is now here (April showers bring May flowers), head downtown, wander around the streets, eat a pizza and buy a bra and a dress.  Enjoy the pics and see details of an awesome *giveaway* at the end of the post!

 

Entertainment out of the Natori shop last Friday. YEP, this hunk of a dude, played for two hours outside of the store for FREE! (He is in fact, the son of Josie Natori, and my husband, Ken Natori). He is also a budding musician, dedicated and devoted to the brand, and a super hunky handsome dude.

Entertainment outside of the boutique last Friday. YEP, this dude played for two hours outside of the store!  My hubby!  Keeping up the momentum from this.

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Kiini Bikini

The Kiini bikini! This new popular all-over-the-place bikini is completely mainstream, but I am hopping on the bandwagon. Obsessed! I love the look, the colors, the vibe. This crochet bikini is handmade, so no two are alike. The classic triangle form is the perfect shape and the material embodies the bohemian Josie Girl vibe. What is not to love?

 

Crochet form.

Crochet form. (Note: this is inside out — the tag should be inside and not showing)

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Currently Loving….April ’15

Spring is officially here! And although I have spent the entire winter moaning and groaning about the cold, I now have about 15 minutes of non-complaints before I start with the dissing and hating NYC weather once the humidity and heat start….which knowing New York could happen any minute! On top of loving Spring, here are other things that I am currently loving!

 

1. Ample Hills Ice Cream

 

Frozen custard.

Frozen custard.

 

Now that it is almost the marathon GULP SWEAT FREAK OUT PANIC WHAT OH WHAT AM I DOING (I leave on Thursday night for the marathon), I have been carbo loading every single day, which means eating pints upon pints of ice cream. And once you try Ample Hills Ice Cream, you just can’t go back to eating plain old regular ice cream. This stuff is the real stuff.  Click here for my full post.

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Lou Malnati’s Pizza

I am a pizza lover. I might even go out on a limb and say that I am a both a pizza fanatic and snob. I love pizza and could eat it every night for dinner, but it has to be good pizza. Not the type of pizza that they serve at kids’ birthday parties (barf) or the kind that is soggy / too thick / bad sauce / overly cheesey / greasy, etc….  But once I find a pizza I like, I am a devoted fan. My favorite pizza places in NYC are hands down: Marta and Rubirosa. But when I can’t get to those restaurants (my husband isn’t a fan of eating pizza for dinner — he prefers it for lunch or a snack — one of our few conflicts), I love a frozen pizza. NOT JUST ANY FROZEN pizza, but Lou Malnati’s Pizza.

 

Lou.

Lou. We love you Lou.

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Natori Sahara Sleepshirt / Beach Coverup

Readers- First off, thanks so much for your support / comments / emails after my post on Monday.  It was a much more personal and vulnerable post than normal. Although I am a still uncomfortable about being so exposed on the internets (why hello fertility treatments), I am glad I went out on a limb. And all your support and feedback makes it all worth it… On to today’s post!

 

My favorite go-to pajama (other than a tee shirt and undies) is a classic sleepshirt. And now, Natori has created the best sleepshirt of them all. White, crisp, cotton with embroidery! I brought it with us on spring break vacation last week, but instead of sleeping in it, I used it as a beach cover up! Multifunctional, beautiful, and comfortable!

 

The look. And don't mind the background -- can it be any more beautiful? DAMN I was a lucky girl....

The look. And don’t mind the background — can it be any more beautiful? DAMN I was a lucky girl….

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Dolce and Gabbana: This is My Family

A few weeks ago, fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana made some pretty controversial comments. In addition to opposing same-sex marriage, they also made critical comments about IVF, suggesting the procedure and other forms of fertility treatments created “synthetic babies.” While this blog has been a great outlet for me to share my ideas on fashion, food, fitness, parenthood, and more, I have tried to keep it free of any bigger picture discussions about politics or social issues. Until now.

 

IVF, and fertility treatments in general, are something that strike incredibly close to home for me, and for Ken. Without fertility treatments, we wouldn’t have any children. IVF gave me (us) the two most important gifts in our life. So Dolce and Gabbana… your comments were more than a little offensive and hurtful.

 

Ken and I first started trying to have kids in the Spring of 2008. As I hadn’t had a regular cycle in years, I was already skeptical of my ability to get pregnant. On a startling phone call from my OBGYN, I was told that if I wanted to have children, I immediately needed to see a specialist. And so seconds later, I placed the call.

 

My non synthetic baby.

My non synthetic baby.

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Puerto Rico – Spring Break

Happy Spring Break! As mentioned on Monday, I spent the first half of Spring Break with my family in Mexico, summarized here in 5 pictures. Now we are in Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico with my in-laws.  To keep up with the 5 picture theme and little words (shorter and funnier), here are cinco pictures of our current trip.

 

Josie Girl Blog - Puerto Rico Playground

Kids’ heaven. Playground with multiple airplanes. It is always deserted with very few people, and we are so happy to be there.

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Mexico – Spring Break

Hola, amigos! The kids and I had a great time with my parents in Mexico (Bucerias, outside of Puerto Vallarta) last week, and are now on part deux of vacation with my beloved husband and his parents in Puerto Rico. One spanish speaking place to the next, (but Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean)! As I am still on vacation mode (= no downtime away from kids, and when kids are in bed, I collapse), instead of a full post, here are 5 photos that give you a good feel of Mexico. Enjoy the brightness, color, and look!

 

Day 1 Yellow wall.

Day 1 Yellow wall.

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Natori Office: The Showroom

On this blog, we have had the privilege of seeing some aspects of my mother-in-law (Josie Natori)’s home; her (sick and drool-worthy OMG I NEED IT NOW) closet  and the (incredible, chic, and original) silver bathroom in herapartment. And now, we have the opportunity to take a sneak-peek look at the Natori Office in NYC (I highlighted my mother in law’s office here — the office within the office). Come take a tour of where the magic at Natori happens! First stop: 18th Floor (come back Friday for more on the 19th Floor).

 

Natori office.

Once you exit the elevator, you see “Natori” written across the wall. Most impressed = Cruzzie. N A T O R I.

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Solo Travel = Mad Face

Happy Monday!  I just (barely) survived my first solo travel excursion with both kids.  To make it easy, we made the trip to Mexico…. with a stopover…. and a forty minute drive (joking on the easy part).  All worth it to meet my parents on vacation (I meet Ken, who couldn’t take two weeks off,  next week), but boy, was it an effort!

 

The below (while not taken yesterday), summarizes my (our) feelings.

 

Toosh... Make a mad face

Toosh… Make a mad face

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Kale Caesar Salad

I have always loved kale (Ken even considered naming our son, “Kale” instead of “Cruz” — true story), but this kale caesar salad has taken my love of the dark leafy green to a whole new level. Like, I could eat four heads of kale in one day and be happy and content. This is an easy salad, with a super tasty homemade dressing that lasts in the fridge for several weeks. Once I discovered the recipe from Epicurious, I have literally made this salad 2-3 times a week. I can’t stop, won’t stop, why stop. So here is the recipe.  Enjoy!

 

Ingredients for Salad:

 

Ingredients

 

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Maison Labiche Sweatshirts

I am a huge fan of sweatshirts. If I could, I would wear them every day. And now I have found yet ANOTHER line of sweatshirts that I am royally obsessed with. And of course, it is French (bien sur), which makes it even cooler and better! In my mind, French = fancy, so I can wear these out to a dinner party, or even a gala, and be well dressed (in my dreams). Maison Labiche, everyone!

 

Maison Labiche, House of Female Deer.

Maison Labiche, House of Female Deer.

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Mah Ze Dahr Nutella Hand Pies

Hello friends! I am so happy to write about Mah Ze Dahr once again! This past winter, the amazing online bakery founded by former Goldman Sachs executive Umber Ahmad was written up in the NY Times as having the best doughnuts in the city. As a loyal fan, I couldn’t wait to taste the doughnuts, so I went online to buy. And yet, instead of following my plan, I indulged in half a dozen of the Nutella Hand Pies. AND OH MY, they are amazing. True perfection. The New York Times needs to review THEM!

 

Bundle of deliciousness

Bundle of deliciousness

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Natori Bliss Smooth True Brief

Yes, these may look like granny undies. Yes, they are full coverage. Yes, they are HUGE. AND YES, GOSH DARNIT, THESE ARE AMAZING! My new-go to undie! Seriously, I love them. They are so big that they cover my waist bulges (think spanx), but are also so retro and fun that they look good. I actually think that they make me look leaner, tougher, and hip. Yep, granny panties to the rescue!

 

The look. Picture, cute bottom.

The look. Picture, cute bottom.

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March 2015 Workout Playlist

"Stretching"

“Stretching”

 

Once again, I am running the Paris Marathon this year….YUP, I am totally and utterly insane. Third Paris Marathon in a row (See 2013 Paris Marathon and 2014 Paris Marathon)! And with this $#$#$@*$$ crazy cold winter, the training has been no joke. Enter explicit run on sentences here!!!! I have done long runs on treadmills, in the snow, with sub freezing temperatures, and as a result have cracked feet, red face, and a severe case of grumpiness! It has been SO UNFUN LADIES!!!!! The only thing keeping me going is my music. So here is my March 2015 Workout Playlist (because in 3 days, it is March….go figure with this insane weather).

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JOSIE GIRL(S) DROOL OVER THE OSCARS

What a long style night! By the time Gaga took the stage at the Academy Awards, I was ready for bed. Good thing the Josie staff was up (late) for the challenge of picking the coolest and crispest looks from this year’s mega-wattage style parade. I’m turning over today’s post to their takeaway and wishing I could shop directly from these pics. Wow.

 

Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture

It’s hard to believe that a dress punctuated with starbursts of sequins could be described as delicate and lovely but in this case, it’s true.

 

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Ample Hills Creamery

Even in sub-freezing temperatures, nothing is better than Ample Hills Ice Cream. Sold at three different Brooklyn locations and as of YESTERDAY, at the Gotham West Market in Manhattan, this ice cream is like no other. More like a pot of 24K gold in comparison to bronze.  Not only does it taste delicious, but it is the only ice cream parlor in New York City that makes ice cream completely from scratch on the premises. It gets its eggs and dairy from local farms, and each aspect of the ice cream is handmade with premium ingredients. Holy cow.

 

The store

The Gowanus Ice Cream Parlor on a recent cold, snowy, freezing weekend afternoon. Check out the roof deck up top. I want to have a party up there — for lazy people who don’t want to come to my party in Brooklyn, they will not know what they are missing. It is simply amazing.

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The Glitter Guide Feature!

I am (majorly) blushing…..I’m so excited to share with you the latest feature by my new friends at The Glitter Guide!  The lifestyle website dedicated to helping its readers “shine bright” put together a really fun article featuring our home.  I LOVE the piece and am so flattered they featured the pictures and details of my interview with them.  Enjoy the below pics then click through to the article.. Thanks Glitter Guide!

 

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I am awkward. And it kind of looks like I am wearing 80’s arm warmers (as cool as they are, I am not).

 

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I LOVE this pic!

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