Friday Faves

Top Ten Favorite Sporty Fit Movies

When I was 8 and filming very ridiculous cooking in-faux-mercials with my sister  (uh.... wait a second... maybe not much has changed!) I decided I wanted to grow up and make movies. This passion continued onward as I went off to film school and moved out to Los Angeles. From there, well, the passion has definitely subsided. The industry isn't exactly my fave, and with my husband making films I've turned to different career paths - like this blog that lets me do everything I care to do all rolled up into one happy website sandwich. But all of this is not to say that I don't love movies. I love me a good movie. And since it is Friday, I've got weekend movies on the brain. So I thought I would break down my top ten favorite movies featuring fitness, sports and all that athletic loveliness.



10. Murderball

Murderball - Top Ten Sporty Fit Movies


Murderball is a documentary about wheelchair bound paraplegic rugby players which will put you through the emotional wringer. The story of these men is so touching, uplifting, funny and motivating that it had to be in my top ten.


9. The Sandlot

The Sandlot - Best Sporty Flicks

The Sandlot is one of those movies that reminds you what it was like to be a kid.


8. Center Stage


Love a good dance movie. Love a good love story. So what's not to love?


7. Bring it On


It's just a ridiculously cheerful good time.


6. Jerry Maguire


Who doesn't want someone to say that you complete them?


5. Save the Last Dance


Ok, so this movie isn't necessarily a piece of cinematic genius - but Sean Patrick Thomas teaching Julia Stiles to dance is still one of the more adorable dancey montages ever.  

4. A League of Their Own


Who doesn't like a bunch of ladies playing baseball? With Tom Hanks to boot!


3. Dirty Dancing

I mean come on... didn't we all have the time of our lives?  

2. Field of Dreams

  This movie holds a big place in my heart. I have fond memories of watching this film as a child and it has always stuck with me. (It also gave me a pretty big fear of choking on a hot dog...)  

1. The Cutting Edge


My parents will not be surprised to see this movie ranked here. When I was an overweight middle schooler, what seems to me was out of nowhere came the dream of becoming a championship ice skater. I'm not sure if it was because of this movie, or if this movie just fed into my obsession - but either way I had delusions of grandieur that I would take ice skating classes in the middle of summer (... in Florida...) and become the greatest skater that ever lived... at the age of 13. Much to everyone's surprise - this did not happen. But what did happen was me watching this movie upwards of 30 times over. I do not kid. And I will watch it if it is on TBS. I will still swoon over the doofie DB Sweeney. And I still get all excited when they kiss at the Olympics! (Spoiler alert) I love this cheesey flick!!


Making this list I realize there are about 20 other sporty movies that probably should have been mentioned, so there might need to be a round 2 of favorite flicks. I hope this one brings back some memories of a few good films you might want to check out over your relaxing weekend.


Sydney's Friday Faves!

1) On Wednesday evening I flew to Portland, Oregon for work. I must say, every experience I have had in Portland has been straight out of the show "Portlandia." I'm not sure if any of you have had the pleasure of watching this absurdist gem, but I suggest you watch an episode or two because what you see IS what Portland is. But through the dreary rains, the mustache obsessions, and the 90's style, you find little pockets of charm and some extremely delicious food. Last year my boyfriend, Ian, and I were here for work and we had some free time one evening so we decided to venture out and see if we could find some scrumptious vegetarian cuisine. We stumbled upon a restaurant called "Andina" which is a Peruvian tapas restaurant that, hands down, was one of the best dining experiences of my life to date. Clearly we had to go back this time around! We indulged and had cheesey delicious appetizers that were so worth it! Remember Brooke and I love the motto, "Treat yo' self!" and that is exactly what we did last night. We dined with friends, laughed, and ate food that made my taste buds sing!


2) While journeying through northwest Portland - which I have found to be my favorite part - we headed to a little local tea shop called Tea Chai Té, that had literally hundreds of teas that all looked and smelled dreamy. It took me about fifteen minutes to finally decide on a black and lavender boba tea, that I sipped over lovely conversation with my boyfriend and his best friend, Travis, who is now a new transplant to the Portland area.


3) I adore Body Language Sportswear ( that is based in Los Angeles and all the products are made in the USA (yay)! I just got a wild and funky pair of purple snakeskin spandex pants that I'm obsessed with. I wore them to teach one day this week and I'm excited to wear them with an oversized knit sweater and some killer boots.


4) This quote makes me happy and speaks truth...


5) And this one...




Brooke's Friday Faves: 1.18.13

1. If I were to tell you that a stapler was in my list of favorite things this week I might land on your list of most uninteresting people. But, that's just because you haven't seen this lovely line of office supplies from Russell + Hazel. Lucite and gold everything!

Sydney's Friday Faves!

This week I went for some favorites that are a bit more sentimental to me. It is still only a few weeks into the new year and I find I'm still in reflection mode from this past year. I had a wonderful 2012 and like any year there are ups and downs, but I've always felt we have a choice as to how we handle each of them. 1) First I will begin with something a bit more emotional. My Gstar's (grandpa) cowboy hat. This hat symbolizes him so beautifully. My Gstar passed away in mid December and he has always been one of the dearest people in my life. My Gstar loved old western movies, cowboy boots, and turquoise jewelry. He was just the sweetest man you would ever meet and having a piece of him in my room is a wonderful reminder of what a wonderful grandpa he was.


2) I've really grown to adore the amazing, Dolly Parton! She is such a talent! Dolly Parton is more than an artist she is such a giving woman and we can all learn a little from her. This book was a holiday gift and I will cherish it!



3) I try and head down south to visit my family every couple of weeks. Often times my sweet mama will have a little gift for me or a little knick knack for my dog Jojo, but my favorite gifts are the sentimental ones. My mama has saved both of mine and my sisters schoolwork over the years. I love when she pulls out sweet memories. Awhile back she gave me this poem that my youngest sister, Pamela wrote about me. This sweet poem warms my heart to this day and I am reminded of how much I love my younger sisters.



4) I write about my dog Jojo a lot because I am pretty much obsessed with him. He is perfect even when he's not (HA). He really is my little baby and I just love him so much. I have some Charlie Brown books displayed in my room because that's another little thing I adore. I received this book as a gift called Happiness Is A Warm Puppy and that title could not be truer. Jojo is happiness and he brings so much to my life!



5) Last week I was teaching class in Hollywood and when I walked out the studio owner congratulated me because I had been ranked as one of the top barre instructors in Los Angeles. I was so overwhelmed and full of gratitude. There are so many amazing barre instructors in Los Angeles. My sweet boyfriend was out of town for work when I found out the news but when he got back he brought me a little gift from the store, Life Is Good. And it was the perfect cherry on top of such a rewarding week. Because let's face it, life IS good, even when we have or hit a rough patch we know that the feeling you have when you have the best day is such a wonderful reminder of the good in our lives.



Brooke's Belated Friday Faves


1. Downton Abbey - I randomly started Season 2 of Downton Abbey last week when all of a sudden TONS of people were tweeting about it. So clearly I assumed they were spying on me. Or I was really on to something by watching it - but no.  I quickly realized I'm a day late and a dollar short and that Season 3 was premiering. So I had some catching up to do. With a sick husband in the house, I had a lot of TV time this week and I plowed through Season 2 in just a few days. Love it. And walking around yelling, "Mr. Bates!" in an English accent never gets old. You can ask my husband! {image via Co.Create}

2. Organizing - Upon my return from our holiday excursion I was feeling trapped in our tiny apartment. I couldn't take the fact that there was no place to store anything anywhere, so I decided to do something about it and a cleaning rampage began! It started in the chaos of my kitchen {see above} and expanded on to the whole apartment. There's many more drawers and cabinets to go but I'm slowly making my way. (And it gives me a good reason to buy organizing baskets and crates.) If you need some motivation - visit iHeart Organizing or High Straightenence on to get your butt into organizing gear.



3. Wallpaper! - I'm excited by the return of wallpaper. Especially with some of these AMAZING prints. Above is Oh Joy's line with Hygge & West who has numerous other gorgeous lines with other designers. Also love the fabulous designs of  Rachel J. Powell {below}. I would accent wall all over the place if I owned a home right now. Can't wait to one day use these amazing designs to decorate.




4. Smoothie Making - I received the personal blender that was on my wishlist for Christmas and now I can't stop smoothie-ing. It's a problem. I'll be bringing some personal recipes to Benner Fit soon, but for an easy fix - my guilty pleasure this week has been Yoplait's chocolate banana smoothie mix. If you add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter you will be in serious smoothie heaven. {image via Target}


5. Dominoes - Not the pizza. The game. You might ask, "What are you, an 80 year old man in a park?" Nope. I'm a 30 year old woman and I'm totally into dominoes. Take that world. Our last night in Florida we had an evening of learning how to play Mexican Train Dominoes with my parents and it was a blast. So we bought our own set and have been into it ever since. {image via e-How, you can learn how to play there!}