How Classpass Changed My Life

I want to start out by saying that I currently have no financial or branded affiliation with ClassPass. This is in no way a sponsored post. I’m simply an ordinary member who loves it and wants to share how it has made me a fitter, better and happier person. Here’s my story…

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As a kid I was never one for competitive sports. I wasn’t at all athletic and as soon as I was old enough I was cut from every team. I then channeled all of the rejection and frustration I felt from sports into theater and had a blast being in three high school musicals. Since I already had a naturally slim figure in high school and throughout college, I never gave much thought to fitness. In college I tried yoga and discovered my love for group fitness. I loved how non competitive yoga was and how supportive everyone in class was no matter what your ability. It wasn’t about winning or being the best, it was just about getting your mind and body in shape.

Almost two years ago I saw that I had gained weight and I started running outside and on the treadmill. I opted for running because it was free and I could do it on my own time. However, I hated every second of it. There’s nothing more isolating than running without a destination while listening to the exact same playlist day after day. While I would always look for excuses not to run whenever I could find one, I kept doing it because I felt that I had to in order to lose weight. I soon realized that I was punishing myself for no reason and I needed to find something that I actually liked if I really wanted to be a fitter, healthier person. So I remembered my love of yoga and group fitness and signed up for ClassPass. I’m now in the best shape of my life. I take a class through ClassPass almost every day not because I feel like I have to in order to get skinny, but because there’s nothing I’d rather be doing after work or during my free time on the weekends.

About ClassPass

For those of you who aren’t familiar with ClassPass, it’s a subscription service available across tons of cities that allows you to pick up open spots in fitness classes at thousands of studios. For $130 a month you can get unlimited classes with a limit of three per studio per month. While $130 a month may seem like a lot, with classes in New York and other major cities going for $20 to $50 a class, it’s actually a steal. Unlike a gym, there are no initiation fees or year long commitments. If you travel you can use it in any of the 30+ cities available at no additional cost. Without ClassPass there’s no way I would be able to afford to workout as often and as well as I do. My Visa card and I are both thankful for the opportunity to workout everyday without the financial stress that can come with studio or gym memberships.


Another thing I love about ClassPass is the variety. One of the reasons I never worked out before was because it was boring. ClassPass provides me with a sense of discovery every time I visit a new studio. It keeps working out exciting and makes returning to your favorite studios an adventure too. Everyday is an opportunity to try something new. In a week you can do everything from yoga to pole dancing to spinning or even fencing.


Whenever I visit a new studio or one of my ClassPass favorites, I always feel so welcomed into each unique community. I’ve taken close to 150 classes since I signed up for ClassPass in July and have yet to go to a studio that isn’t 100% welcoming and genuinely interested in my fitness goals. On top of the numerous studio communities I have been welcomed into, ClassPass also provides me with a vibrant community of people interested in bettering themselves through fitness. Whenever I meet another ClassPasser, we automatically start gushing about our favorite studios and classes.


When I first started running and eating healthier I saw some results, but I still wasn’t completely happy with the tone and shape of my body. Now that I love the workouts I do, I’m seeing results that I never thought were possible. I lost another 20 pounds since joining and almost everyone I know has commented on how much weight I’ve lost. When you run, the only calories you’re going to burn are the ones you burned on your run. But when you do resistance training such as barre and yoga you’re building muscle which burns more and more calories for you throughout the day. Now that I’m starting to see my abs again, my muscles are burning calories all the time, not just when I workout.

However, it’s not just the physical change that has made me happy. I have so much more energy and feel so much better that I have in years. Like I said earlier, I no longer feel obligated to workout. I just love doing it and by loving my workouts I can love myself more. In a few months I’ll be turning 30 and I feel fitter and more alive than I ever did in my teens or early 20s. I’m so thankful to ClassPass for making this amazing experience possible and affordable for me. Namaste.

If you’re looking to get back in shape, here’s my advice – choose something you love and do it for you. That’s the only way you’re ever going to see the results that you want.

Think ClassPass is for you? Sign up using my link and we can both save $20!

UPDATE: ClassPass has raised their monthly unlimited rates in New York to $190 a month for current members and $200 a month for new members. They are also offering a 10 class a month pack for $130. While price increases are never fun, I am still an unlimited ClassPass member.

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Valentine’s Day Party Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Looking for fab custom cocktail recipes for your Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day party? Whether you’re having a romantic evening with you’re one and only or watching chick flicks with your girlfriends, it’s always a must to have fancy cocktail recipes on hand. Here are a few cocktails that my friends at Van Gogh Vodka dreamed up for Valentine’s Day.

Pomegranate Sernade Valentine's Day Cocktail

Pomegranate  Serenade

2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3 oz. Pink Lemonade
Pour ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with floating raspberries and a squeeze of lemon.

Pom-Punch Valentine's Day Cocktail


1 -1/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash of Soda
Sangria Fruit
Place vodka and cranberry juice in a mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously to chill. Add in cut fruit and shake lightly. Pour mixture into a rocks glass. Add a splash of soda.

Chocolate Almond Kiss Valentine's Day Cocktail

Chocolate Almond Kiss

2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
1/2 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
Splash of Cream
Pour vodka, hazelnut liqueur and dark crème de cacao into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir. Top with a splash of cream and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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This Valentine’s Day Make Your Online Dating Life More Like Real Life with the WhoNow Dating App

When I came across the opportunity to review the latest cutting edge dating app just in time for Valentine’s Day, I immediately wondered if I was the right person to review it. After all, I have a serious boyfriend who I’ve been living with for three years. But then it occurred to me that I might just be the perfect person. They say you should never trust a skinny chef. So why should you trust a single person to give you dating advice? Armed with the knowledge I’ve gathered from being in a long committed relationship, I set out to try WhoNow, a dating app that allows you to give and get anonymous feedback from your friends.

WhoNow Dating App Online Dating Tips

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One of the biggest problems I had with online dating apps and websites when I was single was that they don’t mirror real life. It often becomes a forced and fake experience that you put a lot of work into, but don’t get a lot out of. That’s why I gave up on dating apps and started going to bars where I didn’t meet anyone either. In real life as on regular social media sites, you’re always getting feedback from and engaging with your friends. However, dating apps have traditionally asked us to go at it alone. That’s where WhoNow is different.

By allowing you to organize your relationships with anonymous comments and feedback from your trusted friends and followers, WhoNow lets your friends do half the work making dating less of a burden and a lot more fun. WhoNow also helps you make better dating decisions by allowing you to use polls, locations and images in post for better advice. Just like in real life getting feedback from friends on anything from finding a date to where you should go on your third date, is fast and simple. You can invite friends to join you on your dating journey using their phone numbers for a fast and secure one way invite. No need to worry about random followers. WhoNow is completely private. Your information will only be shared with the people you invite and comments from your trusted inner circle are 100% private.

With the help of our friends, we can all become better daters and have more fun doing it. So if you’re interested in changing your dating game or getting back into it, WhoNow is available for free download on iOS and Google Play.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.

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Valentine’s Day Self-Love Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether or not you have special plans with an even more special someone or are a single gal out on the town, the best way to celebrate is by showing yourself a little love.

Valentine's Day Cupcake

By showing yourself some love, I mean treating yourself to something pretty and pink. It doesn’t have to be something big (unless you want it to be) just a little something that says “you’re awesome” like this Kate Spade Be Dazzling Amber Candle or this adorable Bow & Drape ‘I Like You A Latte’ Travel Mug.

If you’re planning a Galentine’s Day celebration, why not do a small gift exchange? Just borrow the classic Yankee Swap from Christmas, treat each other to cute Valentine’s Day themed gifts and you have yourself a party.

Personally, I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing this Valentine’s Day. It’s in the middle of New York Fashion Week and my boyfriend might be getting a root canal the day before. But I will be getting myself a little something, something!

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Winter Storm Jonas Turns New York Into a Winter Wonderland

Today Winter Storm Jonas turned New York City into a whole new place. The blizzard gave New Yorkers a true day off and transformed Manhattan into a traffic-free Winter Wonderland. If only every day could be a snow day!

Winter Storm Jonas

I’ve lived in New York for about six years now and I’ve never seen it the way I saw it during the Jonas blizzard. Instead of being the fast and busy place it always is, New York became relaxed and whimsical as the snowstorm blasted over Manhattan. With no non emergency vehicles allowed on the roads, everyone who was out on the empty streets of the city was there to play. Since there was no traffic, you could even walk and make snow angels in the middle of the street.

As I walked through the snowy city, I saw people making snowmen in Times Square, cross country skiing through the streets and enjoying the bliss of having nowhere they needed to be.  If there’s anything I learned from this monumental blizzard it’s that New Yorkers need more snow days (we got around two feet of snow today) and that everyone needs a good North Face jacket. I’ve had mine for 10 years and it’s still going strong.

Flatiron Building NYC

Blizzard 2016

New York Public Library

Bryant Park Hotel

Jonas Snowstorm

Bryant Park NYC

New York Snow Storm

Times Square NYC

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