Sweating for a Cause: BrunchXBurn Recap

BRUNCHxBURN, a health and fitness event held to raise money for Chicago AVON39, occurred a week ago at the Gold Coast Equinox facility inside The 900 N Michigan Shops. All proceeds from the event went towards AVON39 and Breast Cancer Awareness.

Kathy Ruda, a fitness inspiration in Chicago's millennial scene, created and organized BRUNCHxBURN through her own personal brand, HERfitness. The event was a huge success filled with hair stylings, top-notch fitness, sought-out raffle prizes, post-workout champagne and exclusive goodie bags.

 After having your hair styled into fitness braids by Blowout Junkie Chicago, attendees were able to choose between two classes to take; Cycling or Best Butt Ever. With bikini season in our horizon, I chose Best Butt Ever - the ultimate peach emoji in the form of a fitness class. Best Butt Ever consisted of a 45 minute workout using resistant bands, 7.5 lb weights, and gliding discs to work every glut and hamstring muscle. Staying true to a Beyonce vs. Jay Z theme, the playlist consisted of some classic Bey oldies and new Lemonade remixes. 

Needless to say, I LOVED IT. Emmanuella St. Juste-Hill was awesome at getting the class pumped up and I would defiantly recommend taking a class from her. Not to mention she loves to take cute post-class pics (see above)!

The event's raffle table was filled with a fun selection of prizes including a Red Bull cooler, free pair of Nike shoes, gift cards to Chicago hot spots, and more. Although I did not win a basket, it was exciting to see other attendees become overjoyed at their winnings! Each guest also received a complimentary goodie bag including granola bars, discount codes to companies such as Scorch Cosmetics, and the not-yet-out June edition of Women's Health Magazine.

BRUNCHxBURN was an absolute blast and the best part was that all proceeds benefited a great cause. I was very impressed with how quickly and efficiently it all came together and hope to find more events of this nature to attend this summer in the city!

Top Summer Races in the City of Chicago

Lace up those sneakers...

It's that time of year where countless 5k, 10k, and Half Marathons take over the city. New to running? Not a problem. Consider yourself more of a run "walker"? I've got you covered. Here are some of the top must-attend Chicago races ranging from beginner to seasoned pro occurring in Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Solider Field, and more. So far The Color Run and Chicago Rock 'n' Roll 10k are on my list of already registered events!

May 2016
Chicago Undie Run/Walk - May 21st, 5k
The Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10k - May 22nd, 10k & Half Marathon
Solider Field 10 Mile - May 28th, 10 mile

June 2016
The Color Run - June 5th, 5k (Get $5 off with promo code CHICIL2!)
United Run for the Zoo - June 5th, 5k & 10k
The Chardonnay Run Chicago - June 18th, 5k/Fun Run
Tiki Run Chicago - June 30th, 5k & 10k

July 2016
Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - July 17th, 5k/10k/Half Marathon
Burgers and Beer 5k - July 18th, 5k
Esprit de She Chicago Run - July 21st, 5k & 10k
PAWS Chicago 5k - July 24th, 5k

August 2016
BTN Big 10k - August 6th, 10k
Chicago 10k - August 7th, 10k
World Vision's 6k for Water - August 13th, 6k

September 2016
Run Mag Mile - September 10th, 5k & Half Marathon
Women Rock Chicago - September 17th, 5k/10k/Half Marathon
Bucktown 5k - September 18th, 5k
Chicago Half Marathon & 5k - September 25th, 5k & Half Marathon

Your Ultimate Workout Playlist + iTunes Giveaway

Let's be honest, if we forgot our headphones, the gym isn't happening. 

Music plays such a vital role in working out. Whether you're on a machine at the gym, running along Lakeshore, or partaking in a group class, these all have one thing in common; music. From EDC to Today's Top Hits, my go-to playlist is essential for the extra pick-me-up when I'm feeling less than motivated to get those workouts in. Luckily, there are thousands of songs to choose from and are conveniently accessible anywhere we go. Discover my absolute favorites below + a chance to win an iTunes gift card so you can download them for your own workout playlist!

The Ultimate Workout Playlist (brace yourself)
I Love My Life - Justice Crew
Tidal Wave - EVVY
679 (SFM Remix) - Nethking
Bitch I'm Madonna - Madonna
Who's With Me - Flo Rida
The Water Dance - Pitbull
Dazed and Confused - Jake Miller
Formation - Beyonce
Birthday - Selena Gomez
Sorry - Justin Beiber
Bad Blood (DJ AKS Remix) - Dj Aks
Work (R3hab Remix) - Rihanna
Fireproof - Coleman Hell
Hair (Remix) - Little Mix
Red Lips - Aggro Santos
Sayonara (Salvatore Ganacci Remix) - Rebecca & Fiona
Pumpin Blood - NONONO
The Noise - Fedde Le Grand
Messin' Around - Pitbull
My House - Flo Rida
Love Myself (Fareoh Remix) - Hailee Steinfeld
Search Party (JayKode Remix) - Sam Bruno
Sorry - Beyonce
Cheap Thrills - Sia
Dessert - Dawin
We Get Lit - Young Futura
Me & My Girls - Selena Gomez
Tap Dat - Rachele Royale
Bitch Better Have My Money (GTA Remix) - Rihanna
All Night Longer - Sammy Adams
Live Young Die Free - Fletcher
Daddy Lessons - Beyonce
Often (Kygo Remix) - The Weekend
Go To Work - Tim Omaji
Keeping Your Head Up (Don Diablo Remix) - Birdy
Daddy - PSY

Now that you have a picked out #sweatsesh list, top it off with a new iTunes Gift Card! Read the Giveaway Details below to see how you can win... 

Prize: $100 iTunes Gift Card
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Brunch X Burn: Sweat for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sweat for a good cause this May at Brunch X Burn, presented by HERfitness!

When I came across HERfitness Founder Kathy Ruda's Instagram account, it was love at first post. When the Nike Vixen/ Women Health Magazine Action Hero posted about needing help creating a fitness event benefiting Chicago's Avon39 event and Breast Cancer Awareness, I was all ears. Myself, as well as other fitness enthusiasts in the city, joined forces to gather goodie bag and raffle items as well as spread the word about this great event. After a very quick turnover, Brunch X Burn was formed.

The Details

LOCATION: Equinox Gold Coast
DATE & TIME: Sunday, May 22 1-3 pm (the perfect Sunday Funday!)
COST: $15 per Class

BURN: Two fitness class options; Cycling or Best Butt Ever group class at Equinox
BRUNCH: Post-Workout refreshments provided by JuiceRx Juices & Cleanses and Beatrix

BENEFIT: Raffle table giveaways from:
-Women's Health
-The Goddess and Grocer
-Sweat Cosmetics
-Scorch Makeup
-KIND Healthy Snacks
-Mamma Chia
-Temple Turmeric
Purely Elizabeth
-Red Bull
-Pals with Pawz
& many more!

BONUS: Complimentary HERfitness goodie bags filled with healthy snacks, discounts, and free redemption cards from the brands listed above, plus more!


Tickets are currently live, so hurry to reserve your spot! Can't make it but still want to donate to the cause? Aside from the two class options, the event registration page also offers a donation option. Win, win.

 Myself, as well as all the other Brunch X Burn volunteers, hope to see you there!

*For questions about the event, email kathyruda@gmail.com

Healthy Eats: Cheese Boards Are Life

Pass the Brie, please.

If you're an avid cheese lover like me, you're going to love exploring the different cheese boards offered around the city. Aside from a beautiful presentation, the fruit and nuts that usually accompany the cheese provide essential nutrients while leaving you full with a perfect amount of food intake. While I have only discovered two restaurant favorites thus far, I am on the search to see where else in the city these delicious spreads reside.

Where: 3 Arts Cafe at Restoration Hardware, Gold Coast

Menu Item: Delice De Bourgogne Cheese Board
(served with preserves, pecans, and a warm baguette)

Where: Bridge House Tavern, River North

Menu Item: Cheese Board 
(an assortment of cheeses, honey, spiced nuts, fresh fruit, sunflower raisin chips)

PSA: The Chicago Punch cocktail at Bridge House Tavern is the perfect #treatyoself

Putting these on my "To Make" list! The city is full of wonderful food, including healthier alternatives if you just know where to look. With summer on the rise, I'm sure the list will continue to grow as other Chicago hot spots start to follow the cheese board trend, if not already!